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.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Getty Images photos: Mark Reinstein

When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.