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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration was noticeably absent on Sunday's cable news lineup, with not a single member making an appearance on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS or NBC.

Why it matters: President Trump is in the midst of an impeachment storm over allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The Sunday shows are widely viewed as a space for political actors to speak directly to the public and relay their perspectives on pressing political issues.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a loyal of the president, appeared on ABC's "This Week," where he suggested that Trump was joking when he publicly called for China to investigate the Bidens last week.

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) took a similar stance on CBS' "Face the Nation," while Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) got into a heated argument with NBC's Chuck Todd and attacked the intelligence community over allegations that they sought to undermine Trump with the Russia investigation.

Between the lines: Trump's most adamant defender on cable news in recent weeks has been his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who appeared on Fox News' "Media Buzz." Giuliani is not a member of the administration and has been subpoenaed in the Ukraine investigation.

  • Several prominent Republicans have spoken out against Trump's comments about China and Ukraine. On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the 3rd Republican senator to condemn Trump for inviting China to investigate the Bidens, joining Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

Go deeper: Trump's impeachment poll warnings

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43 mins ago - World

Netanyahu and Israel reluctantly adjust to a post-Trump Washington

Netanyahu (R) and Biden in 2010. Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close aides are very nervous about the transition to a new U.S. administration after a four-year honeymoon with Donald Trump. One Israeli official told me it felt like going through detox.

What he's saying: Netanyahu congratulated Biden minutes after he was sworn in, saying in a statement that he looked forward to working together to "continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. State of play: New coronavirus cases down, but more bad news ahead.
  2. Politics: Biden set to immediately ramp up federal pandemic response with 10 executive actions — Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. World: Biden will order U.S. to rejoin World Health OrganizationBiden to bring U.S. into global COVAX initiative for equitable vaccine access.
  4. Vaccine: Amazon offers to help Biden administration with COVID vaccine efforts.
Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

First glimpse of the Biden market

Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images

Investors made clear what companies they think will be winners and which will be losers in President Joe Biden's economy on Wednesday, selling out of gun makers, pot purveyors, private prison operators and payday lenders, and buying up gambling, gaming, beer stocks and Big Tech.

What happened: Private prison operator CoreCivic and private prison REIT Geo fell by 7.8% and 4.1%, respectively, while marijuana ETF MJ dropped 2% and payday lenders World Acceptance and EZCorp each fell by more than 1%.