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In a Saturday night tweet, President Trump brushed aside nearly all of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's recent scandals, saying that Pruitt's $3 million security detail was needed due to "death threats." Trump also said that Pruitt's $50-per-night Capitol Hill condo was "about market rate" and his travel expenditures were "OK."

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Go deeper: Axios' Ben Geman and Jonathan Swan analyzed Pruitt's "dangerous days" this week.

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"Megacities" on the rise

Data: Macrotrends; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Places with more than 10 million residents — known as megacities — are becoming more common as people from rural areas migrate to urban ones.

Why it matters: The benefits of megacities — which include opportunities for upward mobility and higher wages — can be offset by their negatives, like the fact that they're breeding grounds for COVID-19.

Racist novels skyrocket in price amid clampdown

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two notorious white nationalist novels are seeing their online values surge as social media companies remove white supremacists and far-right activists continue to use popular online venues to sell racist material.

Why it matters: The $200 asking price of the 1973 "The Camp of the Saints," a book that sold for $40 six months ago, shows the demand for white nationalist literature remains high as the Department of Homeland Security warns of the potential for violence following President Biden's inauguration.

Coronavirus cases fall in 41 states

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections fell by 16% over the past week — the third straight week of significant improvement.

Yes, but: The U.S. is still averaging roughly 165,000 new cases per day, meaning the virus is still spreading largely unchecked. And the rise of more contagious variants will ensure that Americans’ risk remains high.