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Our video series Axios Sourced is an inside look at the reality of politics. Axios takes you behind the scenes of the week's biggest news stories, and last week's videos covered everything from Russia to Mark Zuckerberg. Here's what you missed:

  1. The Mooch vs. Reince: When deputy press secretary Michael Short suddenly resigned, he texted Jonathan Swan.
  2. Russia compounds: The U.S. isn't giving them back, despite Russia's pleas. Deputy news editor Dave Lawler went to Maryland to check them out.
  3. Mark Zuckerberg's money: Tech reporter Dave McCabe investigates where Zuck's billions are going.
  4. Mooch on the loose: Trump is happy with the "colorful, bombastic New Yorker," Swan explains.

The Mooch vs. Reince

Anthony Scaramucci assumed his role as communications director and quickly became the face of the admin's aggressive push to stop White House leaks. More on that here. In this episode, Swan explains the power struggle between The Mooch and Reince Priebus, just days before Priebus was abruptly replaced as chief of staff.

Russia compounds

Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian government will seize two U.S. diplomatic sites in Russia, in retaliation for looming U.S. sanctions. This came seven months after Barack Obama seized two Russian compounds in the U.S., accusing the Kremlin of using them as spy bases. In the interim, President Trump had been considering returning those Russian compounds, including a beautiful 45-acre estate in Maryland, after Russia warned relations couldn't improve until Trump did so.

Axios went to Maryland to look at the summer retreat at the heart of U.S.-Russia relations.

Mark Zuckerberg's money

In this episode of Axios Sourced, Tech Reporter Dave McCabe takes you behind the scenes on how Mark Zuckerberg is spending his billions via his philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Go deeper: Read McCabe's article that breaks down exactly where the money is going and how the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative works.

The Mooch is loose

Scaramucci didn't waste any time becoming the public face of Trump's aggressive anti-leaks campaign. His

expletive-laden interview with the New Yorker

could have damaged any other official's career,

but Trump wasn't mad about it.

Swan explains how Trump views the newest member of his comms team.

Go deeper

Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

China's 5-year plan is hazy on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.