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Axios 07/16/2020 05:30
A pandemic would normally be a time when public health expertise and data are in urgent demand — yet President Trump and his administration have been going all out to undermine them. Why it matters: There's a new example almost every day of this administration trying to marginalize the experts and data that most administrations lean on and defer to in the middle of a global crisis. Here's how it has been happening just in the past few weeks:. The administration has repeatedly undermined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Axios 07/16/2020 05:00
Data: , state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti, Sara Wise/Axios. The coronavirus continues to spread nearly unchecked across almost the entire country: 37 states saw their caseloads increase over the past week, and only two states experienced a meaningful improvement. Why it matters: These rapidly escalating outbreaks will translate into thousands of deaths and make it all the harder to safely reopen schools or otherwise reclaim some sense of normalcy. By the numbers: New infections rose by at least 10% last week in 37 states, spanning every region of the country.
Axios 07/15/2020 20:49
President Trump on Wednesday that Bill Stepien will step in as his new 2020 campaign manager. Why it matters: The elevation of Stepien is a demotion for Brad Parscale, the existing campaign manager. Parscale was hand-picked by Jared Kushner, Trump's adviser and son-in-law. He had been in the role longer than any of Trump's previous campaign managers. The shake-up comes as Trump's status as the incumbent weakens in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,. What Trump's saying: " Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign."
Axios 07/15/2020 17:53
Stocks rose Wednesday on promising new COVID-19 vaccine data from Moderna Therapeutics, although much of the optimism is outpacing the science. Axios Re:Cap digs into what Moderna said, what it didn't say, and what comes next in the vaccine race with Richard Besser, former acting director of the CDC and current CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Axios 07/15/2020 17:36
A number of prominent Twitter accounts, including those of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, appear to have been compromised Wednesday, posting messages tied to a cryptocurrency scam. The big picture: One bitcoin wallet linked to the scam appears to have received the equivalent of over $100,000, according to . Why it matters: Twitter has become a key source of communication and people generally assume the content posted by an account is from the person who owns the account, increasing the likelihood of a scam being successful. Details : The accounts of Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and Kanye West, as well as Bitcoin.org, Coinbase and Ripple, were similarly compromised. Twitter said it is looking into the matter but didn't imme.
Axios 07/15/2020 12:03
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt ® announced on Wednesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will self-isolate, reports. Why it matters: The 47-year-old Stitt is believed to be the first governor in the U.S. to test positive. He attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa last month, which the county's health department director said to a surge in cases in the region. Stitt led one of the most aggressive reopening plans out of any state and rarely wears a mask in public, according to . He has also resisted a statewide mask mandate and said Wednesday after testing positive that he's still "not thinking about a mask mandate at all.". The big picture: Oklahoma has reported 21,738 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and saw a record 993 new in.
Axios 07/15/2020 10:39
Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks beginning next week in all of its 9,000 company-owned stores, in addition to its Sam's Club locations, the company Wednesday. Why it matters: Walmart is the largest retailer in the U.S. and the latest in a string of national chains — including Costco and Starbucks — to mandate masks for customers. The company notes that 65% of its stores are located in areas where "there is some form of government mandate on face coverings.".
Axios 07/15/2020 09:14
The White House Wednesday that by economic adviser Peter Navarro attacking Anthony Fauci "didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes.". Why it matters: In a normal administration, Navarro's actions would almost certainly result in his dismissal — but the White House did not immediately indicate any disciplinary action against him. It also further obscures the administration's support of Fauci, days after it put out listing the times he was "wrong on things" in the coronavirus pandemic's early days. The state of play: In the uncleared op-ed, Navarro wrote that Fauci "has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.". "So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and c.
Axios 07/15/2020 09:04
Joe Biden is offering hints about how he’d try to thread the political needle to move big climate and energy plans through Congress. Why it matters: If the 2020 election opens a path to moving substantial legislation, it's likely to be a fraught and narrow one that could vanish entirely in the 2022 midterm elections. Catch up fast: Biden yesterday to spend $2 trillion over four years on clean energy and climate-friendly infrastructure projects like mass transit. The plan also calls for policies including a requirement that power companies provide 100% zero-emissions electricity by 2035. His overall platform is a mix of executive moves and proposals that would require new legislation. The big picture: Biden campaign officials, on a call with.
Axios 07/15/2020 06:00
In 2018 President Trump granted the Central Intelligence Agency , providing the agency with powers it has sought since the George W. Bush administration, former U.S. officials directly familiar with the matter told Yahoo News. Why it matters: The CIA has conducted disruptive covert cyber operations against Iran and Russia since the signing of this presidential finding, said former officials. Driving the news: According to the Yahoo News story, of which I am the lead author, gives the CIA much more power to undertake such operations without needing prior approval from the National Security Council. Under the Obama administration, U.S. officials would discuss proposals for specific potential covert actions for months, or even years, before si.
Axios 07/15/2020 05:50
Tech was the first industry to send its workers home when COVID-19 first hit the U.S., and it has been among the most cautious in bringing workers back. Even still, many companies are realizing that their reopening plans from as recently as a few weeks ago are now too optimistic. Why it matters : Crafting reopening plans gave tech firms a chance to bolster their leadership and model the beginnings of a path back to normalcy for other office workers. Their decision to pause those plans is the latest sign that normalcy is likely to remain elusive in the U.S. What's happening: Many tech companies had already announced plans to allow most workers to telecommute through the end of the year (and in some cases indefinitely). Quietly, though, compa.
Axios 07/15/2020 05:40
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the game for U.S. businesses, pushing forward years-long shifts in workplaces, technology and buying habits — and forcing small businesses to fight just to survive. Why it matters: These changes are providing an almost insurmountable advantage to big companies, which are positioned to come out of the recession stronger and with greater market share than ever. What we're hearing: "There is no doubt that the longer this pandemic pulverizes this economy the main victims will be small and midsized companies," Bernard Baumohl, chief economist at The Economic Outlook Group, tells Axios. "We’re seeing the whole business landscape dramatically undergo massive changes and one part of this is how large companies w.
Axios 07/15/2020 05:00
College students overwhelmingly plan to return to campus this fall if their schools are open — and they claim they'll sit out the fun even if it's available,. Why it matters: For many, even an experience devoid of the trappings of college life is still a lot better than the alternative. 76% of college students say they will return to campus if they have the option.
Axios 07/15/2020 05:00
Reproduced from ; Chart: Axios Visuals. Florida is the new domestic epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and it's on track to keep getting worse. By the numbers: Of the 20 U.S. metro areas with the highest daily case growth, nine are in Florida, according to Nephron Research. Driving the news: The 132 new deaths yesterday, the most the state has seen since the pandemic began. Between the lines: Deaths lag several weeks behind new cases, and cases are skyrocketing. The state on Sunday announced more than 15,000 new cases, shattering the single-day case records in New York and California. Florida now has more confirmed cases, adjusted for population, than New York ever had — although New York's true caseload was almost certainly multiple tim.
Axios 07/14/2020 23:27
The Trump administration is cutting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out of the process of collecting coronavirus data, . Why it matters: The new database will not be open to the public, according to the Times, and comes amid repeated efforts by the Trump administration to sideline the CDC. Details: The White House told hospitals to stop reporting key data about their patients to the CDC, and to instead feed it into a new system that will flow directly to the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the CDC. The change was designed to help the White House's coronavirus task force allocate resources, officials told the Times. But experts said they're worried that the new system will make it harder for people outside.
Axios 07/14/2020 21:26
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in Tuesday night’s primary runoff, . Why it matters: Sessions had been the underdog in the race against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who had the backing of President Trump.

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