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Stripe, a San Francisco-based online payment infrastructure company, is raising $250 million in new funding at a $35 billion valuation.

Why it matters: This would put Stripe third on the highest-valued U.S. startup list, but the 2 companies ahead of it are WeWork and Juul.

Investors: Return backers include Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz.

  • This round is not yet closed, as the company remains in discussions with new investors. Stripe co-founder and president John Collison declined to say if the entire $250 million is spoken for by insiders, who then would cut back their allocations for newbies, or if some of it still needs to be filled.

The bottom line: "Investors view payments companies like Stripe as a way to get exposure to a basket of fast-growing public and private tech companies, since Stripe’s revenues are tied to its customers’ growth. The market for payments services is also expanding as more commerce moves away from physical stores and toward digital storefronts," writes the Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair.

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Coronavirus surge is sinking consumer confidence

Data: Hamilton Place Strategies, CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The rise in coronavirus cases in certain parts of the U.S. is stunting confidence across the country, a crop of new reports show.

Driving the news: After stalling during the previous two-week period, overall economic sentiment declined for the first time in two months, according to the Economic Sentiment Index, a biweekly survey from data firm CivicScience and Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage."
  2. Health: Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations. Hospitals face a crush.
  3. Business: Coronavirus testing is a windfall. Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.