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Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin gives the inaugural address after being sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia on the steps of the State Capitol on January 15, 2022
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin gives the inaugural address after being sworn in on Jan. 15. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Jennifer A. Kingson
Updated Jan 15, 2022 - Technology

The beauty business turns to augmented reality

Animated illustration of a hand swiping to view different lipstick colors.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Andrew Freedman
Updated Jan 15, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Earth's climate went off the rails in 2021, reports show

Climate map showing temperature departures from average during 2021.
Temperature departures from average in degrees Celsius during 2021. (Berkeley Earth).
Caitlin Owens
Jan 15, 2022 - Health

Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines

Illustration of three figures indicating how to use a rapid COVID test. 
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Biden boxed in on Ukraine

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jacob Knutson
Updated Jan 14, 2022 - World

U.S. confirms Russia arrested REvil ransomware hackers

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow in June 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow in June 2021. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/TASS via Getty Images

Pence: "Tragic" Jan. 6 no reason to scrap filibuster

Photo of Mike Pence speaking into a mic
Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

The NFL has an extraordinary grip on America’s media diet

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

You can start ordering free COVID tests Wednesday

Illustration of an arrow made out of cotton swabs.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Biden admin threatens to take back Arizona's COVID aid over anti-mask rules

Picture of Gov. Doug Ducey speaking into several microphones
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Tyler Buchanan
Jan 14, 2022 - Politics

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn congressional map

A map of Ohio congressional districts invalidated by the state supreme court.
This Ohio congressional district map was invalidated by the state supreme court. Photo courtesy of state legislature

GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won't seek re-election

Picture of John Katko
Rep. John Katko. Photo: Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Barak Ravid
Jan 14, 2022 - World

Possible Netanyahu plea deal could force him out of politics

Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Amit Shabi/Pool/AFP via Getty
Zachary Basu
Jan 14, 2022 - World

U.S. accuses Russia of preparing "false flag" operation to attack Ukraine

Vladimir Putin
Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Biden's latest Fed pick signals brewing climate battles

Illustration of stone bank columns as smoke stacks
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Retail sales slipped a surprising 1.9% in December

Shoppers hold bags in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021
Shoppers in San Francisco on Dec. 22. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Corporate America's incredibly profitable pandemic

America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic

Faux booze goes mainstream

Shelves in a store filled with non-alcoholic faux booze drinks
Shopping on New York's Upper East Side at Boisson, a store that exclusively sells alcohol-free beer, wine and spirits (and accessories). Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios
Ina Fried
Jan 14, 2022 - Technology
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Tech giants play the blame game

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Biden's epic failures

White House cake with 1 candle
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios
Tina Reed
Jan 14, 2022 - Health

What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron

Illustration of a coronavirus cell in curly quotes.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

America's vaccination drive runs out of gas

Illustration of a vaccine syringe warped into a wave shape.
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Jan 14, 2022 - Sports

Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa again

 Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.
Novak Djokovic during a practice session for the 2022 Australian Open n Melbourne, Australia, on Friday. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Biden hosts Manchin and Sinema at White House to push for voting rights reform

President Biden speaks to reporters after a meeting with Senate Democrats in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats sink Ted Cruz's bill to sanction Nord Stream 2

Sen. Ted Cruz. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dem Senate candidates rally against “sellout” Sinema

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is seen entering a caucus meeting with President Biden
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema enters the Democratic caucus meeting on Thursday with President Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Biden names Sarah Bloom Raskin as Fed's top banking regulator

Sarah Bloom Raskin, governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during an open meeting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington
Sarah Bloom Raskin during a Fed meeting in 2013. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dave Lawler
Jan 14, 2022 - World

Latest lockdown party bombshell piles pressure on Boris Johnson

Today's front pages. Photo: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty