Wednesday's top stories


Biden’s face mask campaign to stress U.S. production capacity

A white mask has the words "sold out" written in red on it against a blue background.
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios
Zachary Basu
Jan 19, 2022 - World

Scoop: Ukraine tells senators post-invasion sanctions are no help

Zelensky. Photo: Johanna Geron/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling

Starbucks store
Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Barak Ravid
Jan 19, 2022 - World

Netanyahu plea talks enter crunch time

Netanyahu (right) meets with his lawyer ahead of a court hearing last February. Photo: Reuven Casto/Pool/AFP via Getty
Caitlin Owens
Jan 19, 2022 - Health

Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement in sex abuse case

on Vaughn, former University of Michigan and former NFL football player, speaks at a press conference on the University of Michigan campus on June 16, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan and NFL football player, speaks at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Rising rates may hammer the stock market

Illustration of man scratching his head with stock market arrows behind him
Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios
Selene San Felice
Jan 19, 2022 - Politics

DeSantis courts conservative influencers as Trump feud grows stronger

Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump speaking at rallies, the images side by side
Photos: Joe Raedle/Getty, Mario Tama/Getty
Ina Fried
Jan 19, 2022 - Technology

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal complicates Big Tech regulation

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Biden to announce plan to distribute 400 million masks for free

Biden
Photo: Ken Cedeno/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tina Reed
Jan 19, 2022 - Health

The end of the Omicron wave is in sight

NASA estimates Tonga volcano exploded with force of 5-6 megatons

A satellite image of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Dec. 24, before the eruption.
A satellite image of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Dec. 24, before the eruption. Photo: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Jan 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

New York AG alleges "significant evidence" of Trump Organization fraud

Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James
Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Photos: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images (left); Scott Heins/Getty Images
Sara Fischer
Jan 19, 2022 - Technology

Ex-N.Y. Post digital chief files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment

Photo: Richard B. Levine/Corbis via Getty Images
Ivana Saric
Updated Jan 19, 2022 - Economy & Business

Airlines warn of flight cancellations amid 5G rollout concerns

Emirates SkyCargo airline Boeing 777F aircraft
Emirates SkyCargo airline Boeing 777F aircraft. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Lachlan Markay
Updated Jan 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Political consultants pocket taxpayer cash

Illustration of hands grasping money, all surrounding the US Capitol building.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Schumer pushes for doomed filibuster changes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is seen speaking with reporters on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer addresses reporters Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images