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The median wage for 132 CEOs of S&P 500 companies jumped from $11.7 million in 2017 to $12.4 million — or more than $1 million per month — in 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

Why it matters: If the trend applies to the rest of the companies in the S&P, it would set a new compensation record for the third consecutive year — and "one of the starkest examples in years of shareholder performance trailing CEO pay," according to the Journal. The median pay raise for the 132 CEOs was 6.4%. Ordinary workers, meanwhile, have seen their pay grow at a steady, but slower rate, with hourly wages for nonsupervisory workers jumping to 3.5% in February from a year earlier.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

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When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.