The Pew Research Center is out with new data that shows wealthy U.S. adults are more likely to say that the statement that "home internet service is affordable enough that nearly every household should be able to buy service on their own" describes their views, rather than "the government should provide subsidies to help low-income Americans purchase high-speed home internet service." There's a sharp divide by party, too.

Why it matters: There's probably a fight coming over the future of the FCC's "Lifeline" program, which uses fees collected from consumers to fund subsidies for low-income people to access internet and phone service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has floated the idea of adding a co-pay to the service and capping its budget, but said he doesn't intend to remove broadband from the program entirely.

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Data: Pew Research Center; Note: "Dem" and "GOP" includes respondents "leaning Dem" and "leaning GOP"; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."