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Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The White House has eliminated its top cybersecurity advisor post, Politico reports. Rob Joyce, who announced his resignation weeks ago, will be the last so-called cyber czar.

Why it matters: This is the latest episode in the Trump administration, and national security advisor John Bolton has remade the national security apparatus away from cybersecurity. Since Bolton's arrival, the National Security Council has lost homeland security advisor Tom Bossert and Joyce.

How it happened: Politico reports that Christine Samuelian, an aide to Bolton, wrote the Council on Tuesday explaining in an email obtained by Politico from a former U.S. official, that the decision is part of a larger effort to "streamline authority" for senior directors who head NSC teams.

John Bolton gets what he wants: Bolton had long been rumored to want to demote the cybersecurity advisor post from one reporting to the president to one reporting to him. More recently he had been rumored to be considering eliminating the post entirely.

The timing: At a time with unprecedented cybersecurity threats, Bolton has consolidated power at a time nearly everyone outside the administration agrees calls for specialized knowledge. Right now:

  • The U.S. is picking fights with two of its top cyber adversaries in Russia and Iran.
  • The National Security Council — on which the cybersecurity coordinator sits — can't agree on important aspects of cybersecurity strategy.
  • The country is just welcoming a new director to the NSA and Cyber Command — the top posts in cyber espionage and offense.
  • Criminal threats continue to evolve.
  • The president has proposed some form of massive infrastructure investment. Modern infrastructure is connected to computers — creating brand new threats.

What they're saying: In a statement House Homeland Security Committee ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said "after just a month in the Trump White House [Bolton] is already wreaking havoc on the National Security Council."

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The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

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Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.

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