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Patrick Semansky / AP

Trying to show action despite a balky Congress, and knowing the week's news is likely to be dominated by fired FBI Director Jim Comey's public testimony on Thursday, President Trump is hitting the road to try to generate a little offense.

On Wednesday, he'll fly to Ohio (Ohio River, bordering Kentucky) "to address ways of improving levees, dams and locks along inland waterways that are crucial to agricultural exports." Trump's "infrastructure week" gets a top-of-front page story by the WashPost's John Wagner:

  • "While a formal introduction of most of Trump's infrastructure plans are likely months away, the White House plans to send its principles for overhauling the air traffic control system to Congress separately this week."
  • A key message: "the White House's desire to streamline the government permitting process for new highways and other infrastructure, a prospect that has concerned environmental advocates."
  • Economic adviser Gary Cohn: "Time is money ... The cost of infrastructure goes up dramatically as time goes on in the approval process."
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President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

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Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.