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Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury." Screengrab from MSNBC.

"Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff made the rounds on the morning news shows Monday, where he was pressed about inaccuracies in his book.

  • Wolff initially insisted on CBS This Morning that "everything in the book is true."
  • But when Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski cited a specific instance where she was mischaracterized during a lunch, Wolff admitted: "Sometimes the sources get it a little off... I don't represent myself as being there. You're dependent on the people who were there."

Why it matters: Wolff's credibility has been a main topic of discussion since excerpts from Fire and Fury were published last week. The White House said that the book contains "several falsehoods," and Axios has reported that several of his assertions are wrong, sloppy, and betray off-the-record confidence.

More from Wolff's morning news appearances:

MSNBC

  • He said the White House's "total disorganization" and their interest in him writing a book is why he was given so much access. He added that Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway were the main two figures who helped get him in.
  • He started spending time at the White House shortly after President Trump's inauguration and stopped when Bannon left.
  • He claimed that Trump's assertion that he doesn't know him is "false": "I've known him since the 90s," Wolff said. "When I was at New York Magazine, I was one of the people he used to call up to complain about something that had been said."
  • 100% of the people who are closest to Trump "believe there is something wrong here," he said.

CBS

  • Wolff said he didn't speak with any members of Trump's Cabinet or Vice President Mike Pence.
  • Trump "probably had no idea" that the conversations they had were for Wolff's book and that they would "chat as if they were friends."

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Big Tech lobbies hard against looming antitrust bill

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Big Tech CEOs, including Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai, have been jawboning lawmakers as a Senate committee takes up a key antitrust bill Thursday.

Why it matters: The bill prompting this lobbying frenzy could upend how tech's giants do business, and tech's critics see this as a "now or never" moment for Congress to check the industry's power.

Biden stock market gets Trumped

Data: Yahoo Finance; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

U.S. stocks markets performed worse during the first year of Joe Biden's presidency than during the first year of Donald Trump's presidency.

By the numbers: The S&P 500 rose 19.3% between the market close before Biden's inauguration and yesterday's market close, compared to a 24.1% increase for Trump during the similar period.

First look: Biden's Year One turnover

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Data: Brookings Institution; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Low first-year turnover among President Biden's senior staff marks a "return to normalcy" and a sign of stability after the Trump years, says a new Brookings Institution report reviewed by Axios.

Driving the news: The departure of five out of 66 "A-Team" officials puts Biden's departure rate as the third lowest since Ronald Reagan's presidency, above only George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush, the report found.