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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans — reshaped, controlled and defined by Donald Trump since 2015 — are slowly but surely charting a post-Trump ideology and platform.

Why it matters: Other than conservative courts, toughness on immigration and hostility toward modern liberalism, it's been impossible to specify the core and connective ideology of Republicans under Trump.  

Now, Republicans are rallying around a plan to break up with corporate America and oppose Big Business, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Education — and big government:

  1. Quit corporate America: A new breed of Republicans — led by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who last week called on the party to divorce Big Business — is championing the working class against the party's traditional boardroom allies. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a plan to "Bust Up Anti-Competitive Big Businesses."
  2. Pound parental rights: Terry McAuliffe's debate remark dissing parents allowed Virginia Republicans to mainstream an issue that was already burning up Fox News. The day after Glenn Youngkin's victory, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said the party will soon unveil a "parent’s bill of rights." Democrats are now playing defense on education — an issue they used to own.
  3. Terrorize tech: If Republicans win back the House and/or Senate majorities, curbs on Big Tech — including new taxes — will be a Day 1 priority. Cries of censorship — real or manufactured — are one of the surest GOP applause lines, milking the party's cultural gulf with Silicon Valley. J.D. Vance, the "Hillbilly Elegy" author running for Senate in Ohio, is pushing to dismantle the "Big Tech Oligarchy."
  4. Malign mandates: President Biden's plan to require COVID vaccination or testing for employers of 100+ people beginning Jan. 4 has been a huge gift in the eyes of Republican governors. Florida's Ron DeSantis was among the first of several GOP governors to sue Biden over the mandate: "[T]he federal government cannot unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation."
  5. Fan fear: House Republicans are building their regain-the-majority strategy around the trifecta of rising inflation, illegal immigration and crime. The GOP blames all those troubling trends on Democrats, since they're in charge. The fear factor has a receptive audience with the big prize in next year's midterms — suburban swing voters.

The big picture: Trump will probably run in 2024 and make the GOP about his various grievances. In that case, Republican candidates will try to smuggle these ideas to voters without offending the party leader.

Editor's note: This story was first published on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

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Sweden's first woman PM resigns hours after appointment

Sweden's Prime Minister-elect Magdalena Andersson speaks at a press conference after the Swedish parliament's budget vote on Nov. 24, 2021. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

The first woman to serve as Sweden's prime minister on Wednesday resigned hours after she was appointed, after the Swedish parliament failed to pass the budget proposed by the government's minority coalition.

Why it matters: Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson announced her intent to depart following the Green Party's move to quit their two-party coalition. Her decision is based on a constitutional practice that says a prime minister should resign if a party leaves the governing coalition.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

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Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.