Online media outlet Splinter is shutting down after nearly 2 years as a result of low readership, reports The Daily Beast.

Why it matters: Splinter, which is operated by G/O Media, took the place of media gossip blog Gawker after it was also forced to shut down following a legal battle with former wrestler Hulk Hogan. The left-leaning Splinter focused on politics and media and was often critical of mainstream media outlets.

What's next: G/O Media editorial director Paul Maidment told Splinter staff that he will try to relocate as many people as possible to a different branch of the company.

  • Yes, but: Some of Splinter's editorial leadership have taken to Twitter to look for new opportunities.

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Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice

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Confidants of Joe Biden believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice — and would be surprised if he picks anyone else.

The state of play: This is a snapshot of the nearly unanimous read that we get from more than a dozen people close to him.

An election like no other

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The coronavirus will make the 2020 presidential election different from any in modern history: Voting that begins earlier, results that take longer, mail carriers as virtual poll workers and October Surprises that pop in September.

The big picture: Perhaps 80 million Americans will vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, tells Axios. That's going to set up more of an Election Season than an Election Day — and increase the odds of national turmoil over the vote count.

Exclusive: Inside McCarthy's new GOP messaging platform

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has given his GOP colleagues new marching orders for stump speeches between now and November, as incumbents worry about how President Trump's own challenges may strain their re-election bids.

Driving the news: McCarthy delivered a PowerPoint presentation to the GOP conference in person last Thursday at the Capitol Visitor Center, with several members joining via Zoom, lawmakers and aides familiar with the gathering tell Axios.