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President Trump gave a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do — and so much more."

Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has refused to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration. 

What he's saying: In prepared remarks released by the White House, Trump touted his administration's Middle East peace deals and its rallying of nations to "stand up to China like never before."

  • He also condemned the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters, but added, "As I prepare to hand power over to a new administration ... I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning."
  • "I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars," Trump says.

The big picture: The president has remained largely out of the spotlight in recent days amid the ban from his preferred platform Twitter, a second impeachment and looming Senate trial.

  • The president is still expected to issue a flurry of last-minute pardons and commutations before he exits the office.
  • The get-out-of-jail-free cards are expected to be granted to a mix of Trump's allies and those affected by criminal justice misgivings.

What to watch: Trump is not set to attend President-elect Biden's inauguration on Wednesday but will instead end his term with a "military-style send-off."

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Kaine, Collins' censure resolution seeks to bar Trump from holding office again

Sen. Tim Kaine (center) and Sen. Susan Collins (right). Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are forging ahead with a draft proposal to censure former President Trump, and are considering introducing the resolution on the Senate floor next week.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction, Axios Alayna Treene writes. "I think it’s important for the Senate's leadership to understand that there are alternatives," Kaine told CNN on Wednesday.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."