Thursday's top stories


Exclusive: Fugitive Carlos Ghosn calls Japanese justice system a 'joke'

Photo illustration of Carlos Ghosn with cars and abstract shapes.
Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas tech giants

Photo of people scaling the wall of the U.S. Capitol building
A mob of Trump supporters breaches the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers

Picture of the Supreme Court building
Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Oath Keepers leader indicted on charges related to Jan. 6

Picture of Stewart Rhodes
Stewart Rhodes. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

In photos: 2021's devastating climate disasters

Firefighters working on a wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, California, in September 2021.
Firefighters work on a wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., in September 2021. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Navient paying $1.85B over claims of predatory student loan practices

In this photo illustration, the Navient Corporation logo is seen displayed on a smartphone and in the background.
Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

RNC threatens to block candidates from participating in official debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates banner is seen as the stage for the final presidential debate.
Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

House passes voting rights bill

A picture of the Capitol Hill Rotunda from outside
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Biden announces purchase of additional 500 million COVID-19 tests

Picture of a sign in a pharmacy that says "no more covid test"
Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
Zachary Basu
Jan 13, 2022 - World

Russian officials to brief Putin on "very disappointing" security talks

Putin and Sergei Shoygu
Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry\TASS via Getty Images

College enrollment plummets — again

Students, faculty and others walk down a campus path amidst a mostly empty University of California-Irvine campus Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
Students walk down a campus path amidst a mostly empty University of California-Irvine campus on Jan. 7. Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

How Fed policy can narrow racial divides

Adam Tamburin
Jan 13, 2022 - Politics

Blue Nashville to be split into three red congressional districts

Tennessee's new congressional maps to split Nashville into a seahorse-looking district
Map courtesy of the House Select Committee on Redistricting
Zachary Basu
Jan 13, 2022 - World

Assad regime officer sentenced to life in prison for Syria war crimes

Campaigner holds picture of Syrian war victims
Yasmen Almashan, a Syrian human rights campaigner, holds a photo of victims of the Assad regime outside a German courthouse. Photo: Bernd Lauter/AFP via Getty Images

Electric cars could become charging stations too

Ford's F-150 Lightning pickup can top off the battery in a Mustang Mach-E.
Ford's F-150 Lightning pickup can top off the battery in a Mustang Mach-E. Photo: Ford
Tina Reed
Jan 13, 2022 - Health

America rethinks its endgame for COVID

Animated illustration of two hands moving a goalpost back and forth.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

First look: NRCC raised $140 million in 2021

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is seen addressing a news conference.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

McCarthy's plot to build the House of Trump

Photo illustration of a collage of Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy and the US Capitol.
Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Al Drago/Bloomberg, Sean Rayford/Getty Images

COVID deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket

Rebecca Falconer
Updated Jan 13, 2022 - World

U.S. presses UN to hit North Korea with more sanctions over missile tests

 People watch a television broadcast reporting on North Korean Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Railway Station on January 05, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.
A broadcast reports on North Korea's Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Amtrak pays $2.25M to passengers with disabilities over station access

An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station April 2, 2004 in New York City
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Andrew Solender
Updated Jan 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Kevin McCarthy declines interview with Jan. 6 select committee

Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House Democrats to combine 2 key bills in push for voting rights

  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a December news conference in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a December news conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Dems frustrated with Biden’s Omicron response

A compilation shows Reps. Tim Ryan and Elissa Slotkin, side-by-side.
Reps. Tim Ryan and Elissa Slotkin. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call (left); Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images