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Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he would support Sen. Lisa Murkowski if she ran again in the 2022 midterms, despite her having been censured by Alaska's Republican Party earlier this month for voting to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Senate Republicans who have spoken out against Trump or voted against him during the trial have faced intense backlash from their state parties. Trump has already announced he will support any competitor to Murkowski, and pledged to travel to Alaska to campaign against her. Murkowski is slated to be up for re-election in 2022.

  • The authors of the censure also criticized Murkowski's stance on abortion, and for voting against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Sullivan justified his support, saying, "we don't agree on everything but we make a good team for Alaska."

Go deeper: Trump to claim total control of GOP

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The GOP's new power centers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs the voting law. Photo: Gov. Brian Kemp's Twitter feed.

Democrats control Washington, but Republicans have a mighty counterweight that gets little attention: dominance in the states and the courts.

State of play: The GOP controls a majority of statehouses and state legislatures + more state Supreme Court justices lean Republican than Democrat. All of this is backed by Republican-appointed majorities on federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme court. 

Updated 28 mins ago - Health

This arthritis drug cost $198 in 2008. Now it's more than $10,000

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In 2008, a box of 30 anti-inflammatory rectal suppositories that treats arthritis, called Indocin, had a price tag of $198. As of Oct. 1, the price of that same box was 52 times higher, totaling $10,350.

Why it matters: As federal lawmakers continue to waver on drug price reforms, Indocin is another example of how nothing prevents drug companies from hiking prices at will and selling them within a broken supply chain.

Fintech's record year

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massive venture rounds into fintech companies have ballooned this year, pushing up total dollars invested — in just the first three quarters of 2021 — to nearly double the amount in all of 2020, per new PitchBook data.

Why it matters: The maturing of fintech startups means a growing number of companies are able to raise huge later-stage funding rounds as investors look to lock-in their bets.