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Axios 09/22/2020 17:40
We can officially declare the 9-to-5, five-days-a-week, in-office way of working dead. But offices themselves aren't dead. And neither are cities. The big picture: Since the onset of pandemic-induced telework, companies have oscillated between and . Now, it's becoming increasingly clear that the future of work will land somewhere in the middle — a remote/in-person hybrid. Surveys conducted in the six months since most people started working from home show that less than 10% of Americans actually want to work remotely all the time, according to a new Barclays analysis. The much more common desire is for flexibility: the option to come to the office a few days a week for meetings and face-to-face time with colleagues. The U.S. workers who hav.
Axios 09/22/2020 17:32
The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a public service announcement on Tuesday warning that mail-in ballots "could leave officials with incomplete results on election night," and that foreign actors are likely to spread disinformation about the delays. The bottom line: The agencies called on the public to "critically evaluate the sources of the information they consume and to seek out reliable and verified information from trusted sources," including state and local election officials. The big picture: The agencies expect foreign malign actors to disseminate false reports of "voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, voter or ballot fraud, and other problems intended to convince the p.
Axios 09/22/2020 15:50
Around 70% of all immigration detention centers are run by private companies, including the one at the heart of a new whistleblower complaint that alleges systemic medical neglect and malpractice. Axios Re:Cap digs into the business of immigrant detention, including oversight and profit incentives, with Jonathan Blitzer, a staff writer for the New Yorker who’s covered the subject for years.
Axios 09/22/2020 15:49
Joe Biden's campaign is storming states with competitive Senate races this week to help boost Democratic candidates in the run-up to the election. Why it matters: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death is galvanizing Democrats to fight harder for control of the Senate with less than two months before Election Day. Winning that chamber is the of responding to. Republicans' plan to vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election. Biden's campaign also launched a joint fundraising effort with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) this week to help candidates across the U.S. Driving the news: Biden will be in North Carolina on Wednesday, while his his wife, Jill Biden, and Doug Emhoff, Sen. Kamala Har.
Axios 09/22/2020 14:23
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, . The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision , but Philadelphia's top elections official this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election. Pennsylvania requires voters to place their ballots in an unmarked "secrecy" envelope before placing that inside another mailing envelope. Historically, only about 5% of Pennsylvanians have voted by mail as the state had required an excuse to
Axios 09/22/2020 13:36
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week. What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates on Tuesday.
Axios 09/22/2020 13:06
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy. Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible. A number of measures passed in the CARES Act — including an extra $600 in unemployment benefits — have expired or run out, with no replacements in sight. Congress remains deadlocked over additional economic stimulus, and the looming Senate fight over Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement is likely to keep the stimulus on the back-burner through November. What he's saying: "What's happened lately is th.
Axios 09/22/2020 12:54
Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping announced last week that the party must strengthen its leadership over private companies, and that entrepreneurs must meet the party's needs. Why it matters: Xi's new announcement will increase fears that Chinese businesses may serve as a Trojan horse for the CCP. What's happening: On Sept. 15, the CCP's top decision-making body, the Central Committee, a memo calling for closer ties between private Chinese businesses and the United Front Work Department, which is the CCP's bureau in charge of extending its influence and control to all corners of society. The guidelines say the aim is to "create a backbone team of private businesspeople who are reliable and useful at critical moments.".
Axios 09/22/2020 12:03
President Trump plans to meet with shortlisted Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa during a campaign visit to Florida on Friday, according to two sources familiar with his plans. What we're hearing: Sources who know both Trump and Lagoa say they still expect the president to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but they view the Lagoa meeting as a wild card because they say she has a charismatic personality that would appeal to Trump. The majority view in Trump’s inner circle is that Barrett would be easier to confirm because senators are familiar with her.
Axios 09/22/2020 10:42
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that he would support moving forward with a Senate vote on President Trump's selection to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why it matters: Barring any big surprises, Democrats have virtually no shot at stopping the confirmation process for the president’s nominee before November’s election. The big picture: Romney was one of the few Republican senators who were question marks amid Trump's push to quickly nominate a replacement for Ginsburg.
Axios 09/22/2020 10:37
President Trump used a virtual address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to defend his response to the coronavirus and call on other countries to “hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.”Setting the scene: Trump ticked through four years of major decisions and accomplishments in what could be his last address to the UN. But first, he launched into a fierce attack on China as Beijing’s representative looked on in the assembly hall. Breaking it down: There were two main themes to Trump’s speech. On his watch, America and its military have become more powerful than ever — but he is using that strength to promote peace. China is taking advantage of other countries and bodies like the World Health Orga.
Axios 09/22/2020 07:49
The fight over a new Supreme Court justice will take Washington's partisan bickering to a new level and undermine any chance for needed coronavirus relief measures before November's election, Wall Street analysts say. What we're hearing: "With the passing of Justice Ginsburg, the level of rhetorical heat has increased, if that seemed even possible," Greg Staples, head of fixed income for the Americas at DWS Group, tells Axios in an email. "What little time is left on the Congressional calendar ...
Axios 09/22/2020 06:00
Internet connectivity remains a weak link for the disaster-wracked U.S. territory Puerto Rico, and some experts fear a new tranche of Federal Communications Commission subsidies set aside just for the island might not help the people most in need of a broadband connection. Why it matters: Puerto Rico is locked out of most federal funding available to U.S. states to help expand internet service.
Axios 09/22/2020 05:40
America's elected representatives have failed America. Why it matters: The bipartisan inability to deliver economic stimulus could impede economic growth for months to come. It will create widespread damage across America — from small businesses to large industries to schools and day cares — and leave many Americans without jobs or homes. State of play: The initial economic stimulus, called the CARES Act, was only designed . Since then, congressional leaders have become too entrenched in their partisan positions to reach a deal on anything else. The House passed a large package that went nowhere. Senate Republicans tried, but , to pass a skinnier bill earlier this month. A by the Problem Solver Caucus seems unlikely to reach the floor. Befo.
Axios 09/22/2020 05:00
Data: Axios/Ipsos surveys. 1,100 U.S adults surveyed Aug. 28-31, 2020, and 1,008 U.S. adults surveyed Sept. 18-21,2020; Chart: Axios Visuals. The share of Americans eager to try a first-generation coronavirus vaccine dropped significantly in the latest installment of the , as President Trump hyped suggestions that one could be ready before the election. Why it matters: As the U.S. of 200,000 deaths, this underscores the risks of politicizing the virus and its treatments. The trend is taking place among Republicans as well as Democrats. It's another warning of the potential difficulties health authorities will face in convincing enough Americans that a vaccine is safe and effective. The big picture: Americans don't see the vaccine as a silver.
Axios 09/22/2020 05:00
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly removed new guidance saying that the coronavirus spreads via aerosols from its website yesterday, drawing a fresh barrage of criticism. The big picture: Concerns about the CDC's competence and politicization have only grown as the pandemic rages on. Driving the news: The agency posted in a note on its website saying the guidance that acknowledged airborne transmission was only a draft, and had been published in error. The update came months after scientists pushed for the agency to acknowledge the disease can spread through the air. "CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
Axios 09/22/2020 00:59
Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the , bringing with it the risk of "" and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana. What's happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ® made and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared , as the states began feeling the impact of the slow-moving storm — which was causing coastal flooding along the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico Monday, . Found it!
Axios 09/21/2020 22:11
The Louisville police chiefo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case. Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged. .

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