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What a week in Trumpland it has been. It seemed like there was a massive new breaking story leaking from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every day. To get through it all, Axios has rounded up the 5 biggest stories of the week and shipped them right to you…

The firing of Michael Flynn: Oh, Monday. You were so long ago. There was a time when Trump's firing of his national security advisor seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, Flynn lied to VP Pence and claimed that he never discussed sanctions during a December phone call with the Russian ambassador. Then again, Trump also said during his press conference Thursday that he approved of Flynn's discussions: "If anything, he did something right…He was just doing his job." And Flynn's job is still open as Trump's pick for his replacement, Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said no — reportedly calling the job a "shit sandwich."

Russia trumps you: Oh, Tuesday. You were so long ago. There was a time when the New York Times' report on Tuesday night that Trump campaign aides had contacts with Russian officials seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, Russia attempted to interfere in November's election and Trump praised the country throughout the election cycle. He shot it down pretty forcefully on Thursday, branding it "fake news put out by the media" and claiming that he wasn't aware of anyone on his campaign having had contact with Russians.

That press conference: Oh, Thursday. You were so long ago. There was a time when those 77 minutes of peak Trump press conference magic seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, some branded it an unhinged performance, while others viewed it as the president talking masterfully to the base that elected him. From leaks ("the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake") to the travel ban ("We had a very smooth rollout. We had a bad court."), POTUS played the hits and presented his administration as a "finely-tuned machine" just trying to deal with the "mess" it inherited from Barack Obama. And, oh yeah, the press conference was initially supposed to be an introduction to his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta.

The deportation force that wasn't: Oh, Friday. You were so long ago. There was a time when the AP's report that Trump was considering mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, it was the culmination of one of Trump's most controversial campaign promises to build a deportation force. But that came crashing down quickly. The White House and Department of Homeland Security issued categorical denials regarding the implementation of the policy and the authorship of the draft memo that sparked the report was called into question. Check out the memo for yourself and see what you think.

Campaign part deux: Oh, Saturday. You're finally here! It's the weekend! It's time to relax! It's…campaign season? With 1,354 days to go until the 2020 election, Trump is visiting an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, giving what a White House spokesman called "a campaign rally for America." Rallies are Trump's way to let loose and have some fun. And after the week he's had, what else can he do but…

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While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

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The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few year's lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House.

Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

Americans agree about more issues than they realize

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Many Americans assume the rest of the country doesn't share their political and policy priorities — but they're often wrong, according to new polling by Populace, first seen by Axios.

Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.