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Senator Tim Scott talks to reporters about his plan to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss race. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

President Trump has "obviously reflected on what he has said" about the violence in Charlottesville, Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, told CBS News after meeting with Trump. In separate comments to reporters at the Capitol, Scott said it "will take time" for Trump to regain moral authority after he noted there were "very fine people" on "both sides" of the violence in Charlottesville, according to the AP. Scott said he urged Trump to avoid making inflammatory comments about race.

Trump's thinking behind the comments: Trump said he meant to say "that there was an antagonist on the other side," but Scott told reporters "the real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side…I shared my thoughts of the last three centuries of challenges from white supremacists, white nationalists, KKK, neo-Nazis, so there is no way to find an equilibrium when you have three centuries of history."

Go deeper with Axios' Jonathan Swan: Inside President Trump's meeting with Tim Scott

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sydney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

Off the Rails

Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Empire State Building among hundreds to light up in Biden inauguration coronavirus tribute.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.