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Uber self driving cars. Photo: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images

Experts say the self-driving Uber vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian on Monday morning may be at fault, the AP reports. Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies self-driving cars, told the AP "The victim did not come out of nowhere. She’s moving on a dark road, but it’s an open road, so Lidar and radar should have detected and classified her."

Why it matters: This is the first fatality involving a full autonomous test vehicle, and Uber has halted road testing of its vehicles. Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moire said the vehicle likely wouldn't be found at fault in the crash. But Smith's analysis paints another picture.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.