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The White House continued its attack on former FBI Director James Comey as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said his upcoming book "belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section," and that Comey is "known to be a liar and a leaker."

Why it matters: This battle between Comey and Trump isn't ending any time soon, as we near Comey's national book tour that kicks off next week. Sanders added that the tour and his book are "nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt" by Comey. She followed up by saying Trump is "not at all" worried about what Comey has to say.

  • Per Sanders, there will be a National Security Council meeting over Syria at the White House later on Friday at the "deputy level," and that all options are still under consideration.
  • She added that in the pardoning of Scooter Libby, Trump believed it "was the right thing to do."

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

Pay TV's bleak post-pandemic outlook

Data: eMarketer; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Pay-TV industry, and with the near-term future of live sports in question, there are no signs of it getting better in 2021.

Why it matters: The fraught Pay-TV landscape is forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.

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Biden sets his sights on China

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The new administration's first few moves and statements on China suggest that President Biden may continue some of the Trump era's most assertive policies.

Why it matters: China's severe domestic repression, its dramatic rise as a technological superpower, and its increasingly aggressive actions around the globe mean that the world expects the American president to take action.