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Susan Walsh / AP

At a rally in Iowa Wednesday night — seeming to enjoy himself as he deviated from prepared remarks and held forth for over an hour:

  • Immigration: Trump said he would introduce legislation stating that immigrants cannot receive welfare until they have been in the U.S. for 5 years — a 5 year ban is already in place under current law, so it's unclear what Trump would be modifying.
  • The wall: Axios' Jonathan Swan reported earlier this month that Trump had pitched Congressional Republicans a solar-paneled border wall. Tonight, he spoke about it publicly for the first time, giving himself a bit of credit — "pretty good imagination, right? My idea."
  • On hiring rich people for roles like Commerce Secretary: "I love all people, rich or poor. But in those particular positions I just don't want a poor person."

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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."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.