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John Doerr, John Chambers; Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

For the past 20 years, Cisco Chairman John Chambers and Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr have been bringing tech execs to Washington to meet with government officials about the issues Silicon Valley cares about, like corporate tax reform, high-skilled immigration and science education.

The biggest game-changer over the past two decades? Trump.

Between the lines: Despite the tech industry's overall skeptical view of Trump, two longtime Silicon Valley leaders see positive momentum for driving pro-business policies that will spur startup investment and, most of all, jobs.

"We realize we have to change — I think Republicans and Democrats know it. And we've finally got somebody who's going to be bold and go for it.... We've been through three presidencies in the past 20 years trying to get corporate tax rate changes. At least we're starting to move. The scary part is our counterparts around the world are moving much faster." — John Chambers

Chambers and Doerr said they're most optimistic about:

  • Slashing corporate tax rates and bringing back overseas tax dollars
  • Infrastructure package that includes broadband expansion funding
  • High-skilled immigration that gives preference to foreign nationals who get advanced U.S. degrees in science or technology

Where there's still a lot of work to do:

  • Increasing computer science and technology education for K-12 students
  • Startup-friendly policies that help more entrepreneurs get funded and go public to drive GDP growth and jobs.
  • Modernizing government

Startups will be the major source of job growth. Generating 25-30 million jobs over the next 10 years will require 300-500 IPOs on the Nasdaq alone, Chambers said. Last year, there were only 90. "It's doable, but only if you get the startup engine moving dramatically faster," he said.

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Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says

Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel last month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

Updated 4 hours ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

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4 hours ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.