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President Trump tweeted that former FBI director James Comey reopened the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails because she led polling in October 2016, reiterating prior statements from the White House and the RNC.

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Yes, but: Trump seems to be misreading Comey's intentions about the investigation, per a Politico breakdown. Comey says in his book that he publicly reopened the Clinton investigation because he unconsciously feared making her an "illegitimate president" in an "environment where [she] was sure to be the next president."

The full excerpt...

“I had assumed from media polling that Hillary Clinton was going to win. I have asked myself many times since if I was influenced by that assumption. I don’t know. Certainly not consciously but I would be a fool to say it couldn’t have had an impact on me. It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in the polls. But I don’t know.”

Trump followed up with more Sunday morning tweets, this time criticizing Comey's new book for not answering "the big questions" — and insinuating that the former FBI director deserves time in prison for his actions — and revisiting the 2016 tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The president called Comey's memos "FAKE" — though Comey testified under oath to Congress about their existence — and also got personal, calling Comey simply "not smart!"

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Go deeper: The juiciest excerpts from Comey's "Higher Loyalty"

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Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

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55 mins ago - Energy & Environment

China's 5-year plan is hazy on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.

Vaccine dreams juice jobs report

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

Good news for your Friday: the economy added a whopping 379,000 jobs in February — far outpacing expectations.

Why it matters: Virus cases eased in recent weeks and states lifted restrictions, helping fuel a hiring surge. It's proof of how much control the pandemic has over the job market.