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Trump is getting back on the campaign trail, hitting rallies in the states where he's still fairly popular, and raising money for select Republican candidates heading into November's midterm elections. He's been doing this sporadically since inauguration, but the pace is quickening.

What's happening: This week, Trump hits two states for campaign-style events: He flies to Nashville on Tuesday for a political rally and a fundraiser for Marsha Blackburn, who's running for the Senate in Tennessee. On Thursday, Trump holds fundraisers in Dallas and Houston.

What's next: I've been told we'll see incrementally more campaigning for the president from June until November, but we shouldn't expect every week to look as heavy on political travel as this one.

  • So far, Mike Pence has been doing the vast bulk of midterms travel for the administration, and the VP will continue hitting Republican House districts and fundraisers around the country while Trump will likely focus on larger rallies in states where he remains relatively popular.
  • Some vulnerable Republican House candidates have told Trump's advisers that it would be harmful, not helpful, if the president visited their districts.
  • Another campaign trail figure to watch — as Axios first reported — is Donald Trump Jr., who plans to hold rallies to support Republican candidates in midterm Senate races. The states he's most focused on: West Virginia, Missouri, Montana and Indiana.

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Biden's latest executive order: Buy American

President Joe R. Biden speaks about the economy before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room at the White House on Friday, Jan 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden will continue his flurry of executive orders on Monday, signing a new directive to require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

Tech digs in for long domestic terror fight

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With domestic extremist networks scrambling to regroup online, experts fear the next attack could come from a radicalized individual — much harder than coordinated mass events for law enforcement and platforms to detect or deter.

The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

The pandemic could be worsening childhood obesity

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The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.