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Over 91% of decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms are men, according to a new Axios analysis.

The upside: The nearly 9% mark for women is an increase from 7% at this time in 2017 and from 5.7% in 2016.

The downside: It's still single-digit territory, despite a year of heavy emphasis on the venture industry's gender imbalance.

The methodology: PitchBook provided a list of all U.S.-based VC firms that had raised at least one fund of at least $100 million between 2013 and 2017. We then examined the firms' websites to determine the decision-making level of investment management, sometimes using supplemental information like SEC filings. We excluded administrative staffers (COO, CFO, IR, marketing, etc.). In short, we were looking for people who can write checks.

Specific numbers: We found 91 of 1,015 decision-makers at 232 U.S.-based VC firms were were women, compared to 72 out of 1,019 last year at 227 firms. Remember that the sample changes a bit, due to a different 5-year fundraising period.

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Senate Democrats settling on 25% corporate tax rate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The universe of Democratic senators concerned about raising the corporate tax rate to 28% is broader than Sen. Joe Manchin, and the rate will likely land at 25%, parties close to the discussion tell Axios.

Why it matters: While increasing the rate from 21% to 25% would raise about $600 billion over 15 years, it would leave President Biden well short of paying for his proposed $2.25 trillion, eight-year infrastructure package.

GOP pivot: Big business to small dollars

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Republican leaders turned to grassroots supporters and raked in sizable donations after corporations cut them off post-Jan. 6.

Why it matters: If those companies hoped to push the GOP toward the center, they may have done just the opposite by turning Republican lawmakers toward their most committed — and ideologically driven — supporters.

CDC: Half of US adults have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose

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Half of US adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about a third are fully vaccinated, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still on the rise, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during Friday's White House COVID-19 briefing. With cases in many states being driven by variants, public health officials have emphasized the need to ramp up vaccinations.

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