Kia Kokalitcheva Mar 2, 2017
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Uber hires second law firm to investigate harassment claims

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Susan Fowler Rigetti, the former Uber engineer who recently accused the company of ignoring sexual harassment and gender discrimination, today sent out a tweet that again had Silicon Valley buzzing:

Uber names/blames me for account deletes, and has a different law firm -not Holders - investigating me. I have hired— Susan Fowler Rigetti (@susanthesquark) March 2, 2017

The reference to "Holders" law firm is Covington & Burling, where former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a partner. Following Rigetti's initial claims, Uber retained Holder to investigate.

An Uber spokeswoman tells Axios that it has indeed hired an alternate law firm:

The law firm Perkins Coie is looking into the specific allegations raised by Susan. They will report into Eric Holder, who is responsible for the overall investigation into Uber's workplace practices. To be clear: they are investigating Susan's claims, not Susan personally.

Uber also says that Perkins Coie has been in contact with Rigetti's attorneys. Axios has reached out to Rigetti for comment, and will update if she replies.

Jonathan Swan 1 hour ago
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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.