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Since President Trump took office, attacks on the media have been his go-to strategy at rallies, on Twitter and elsewhere.

Driving the news: A BBC cameraman was shoved on the media platform by a Trump supporter who then hurled explicit insults at the press during Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday. The BBC's Washington correspondent called the incident "an incredibly violent attack," highlighting the fact that Trump's anti-media rhetoric is "a constant feature of these rallies."

The big picture: Past presidents have argued it’s their job to tone down the heat in moments of high tension and unease, especially following deadly acts of domestic terrorism. But Trump told "Axios on HBO" last year that his divisive rhetoric is his "only form of fighting back," and that his supporters crave it. Meanwhile, the past two years have seen a shift in the political landscape between the media and the public, something several press freedom organizations describe as being of "grave concern."

Violence against the media since Trump's rise to presidency:

  • Conservative essayist Bethany Mandel purchased a handgun, The Daily Beast reported in 2016, after receiving anti-Semitic and threatening messages from apparent Trump supporters after she denounced then-candidate Trump.
  • Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was body-slammed in 2017 by Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. President Trump, at a rally for Gianforte last year, said that "[a]ny guy that can do a body slam, he is my type!"
  • A T-shirt advocating for hanging journalists, which reads "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required," was sold on Walmart's website in 2017. A Walmart spokesperson said the shirt was sold by a third-party seller and removed from their site "as soon as it was brought to our attention."
  • Five journalists were killed and two were injured in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, last summer — the deadliest attack on journalists in the U.S. since 9/11.
  • Pipe bombs were mailed to prominent media organizations and Democratic figures last year — and the suspect appeared to be a Trump supporter.
  • A man was arrested after threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees, saying in a threatening phone call: "You're the enemy of the people and we're going to kill every ... one of you."
  • CNN's Brian Stelter aired a call from a C-SPAN viewer and Trump supporter who said he wants to shoot Stelter and fellow CNN anchor Don Lemon if he sees them.
  • A man was arrested after allegedly making 40 threatening calls to CNN, which included death threats to a reporter USA Today identified as Don Lemon.
  • Trump rally attendees consistently level insults at media covering the event.
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The other side: Protestors surrounded the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson last November, chanting “We know where you sleep at night.” His wife was at home; no one was injured but one person cracked the front door after throwing themselves against it, per the Washington Post.

Go deeper: Trump says supporters demand his red-hot rhetoric

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Biden extends mask mandates for travelers into 2022

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

President Biden will announce new testing protocols for international travelers on Thursday and extend masking requirements through March as the U.S. prepares to fight the Omicron variant this winter, according to senior administration officials.

Driving the news: The U.S. will tighten pre-departure testing protocols starting early next week by requiring all inbound international travelers to take COVID-19 tests within one day of their departure rather than three.

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America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron

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The race to figure out just how dangerous the Omicron variant is will likely be a global effort, but some experts are skeptical that the U.S. will play a dominant role.

Why it matters: The CDC has repeatedly come under fire for inadequate data collection throughout the pandemic — and figuring out how to respond to Omicron requires a lot of data that doesn't currently exist.

U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.