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Category: Axios

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Wait! A Russian military intelligence agency leased server space in Arizona and a computer in Illinois? Wait! The Russian military used bitcoin to buy servers, register domains and pay for other election-hacking activity? Wait! The Russian military used screenshots and keystroke-capture to monitor dozens of DCCC and DNC employees as they typed? Wait! The Russian…

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President Trump’s royal welcome was overshadowed today by his own Justice Department, as the Mueller investigation charged 12 Russians with hacking Democrats during the 2016 elections — and this comes just three days before Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin. The big picture: The Mueller investigation’s charges today directly tie the Russian government to 2016 election hacking,…

Axios China

Liu Xia lands in Germany July 10 after years of heavy Chinese restrictions. Photo: Jörg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody one year ago today, flew to Germany earlier this week. Jane Perlez and Ian Johnson of the New York Times explain How Germany Won Freedom…

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The pound is falling this morning … After roiling the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump — always dicey as a guest — crossed the North Sea and is doing the same in England: This could have been an isle of pomp and calm ahead of next week’s summit with Vladimir Putin. Instead, it’s the…

Axios World

Trump is doing battle on trade on at least three fronts: a ballooning conflict with China, disputes over metals and autos that are infuriating allies like Japan and the EU, and combative NATO negotiations with Mexico and Canada. So do Americans agree with Trump that China, Europe and their North American neighbors are all ripping…

Axios Science

A constant problem astronomers have in focusing on distant star clusters is the issue of blurring in the atmosphere due to turbulent mixing. In response, scientists have developed corrective infrared optics that allow large telescopes to see more clearly through the dust and glowing gas surrounding young stars. The image of the young star cluster…

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More Americans are in the markets than at any point since 2007, but it comes with increasing concerns about the end of this golden age. What’s new: “Never has it been so cheap to put money into the market… Financial advice is easier to get… And advances in technology mean investors can keep tabs on…

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Toplines from Trump at the NATO summit: Trump accused Germany of being “totally controlled” by Russia in comments about their proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. German Chancellor Angela Merkel replied that she’d already “experienced the Soviet occupation … it is good that we are independent today.” Trump called on NATO members to double their…

Axios Future

Advances in artificial intelligence are supercharging propaganda, espionage, and cybercrime, threatening “the end of truth,” says a new report from the Center for a New American Security, shared first with Axios. Kaveh Waddell writes: The biggest danger is so-called “deepfakes,” or AI-doctored videos falsely showing people saying or doing something. “We’re moving into an era…

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England’s World Cup-winning team from 1966 (The Times of London) “At a time when populist politicians are trying to choke off or reroute migration flows, what matters to fans of the [all-European teams in the World Cup] semifinals — England, France, Belgium [eliminated] and Croatia — wasn’t the players’ ancestry but that they excelled,” AP’s…

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Buckle up: Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a lengthy judicial record and his confirmation fight will be a 2018 litmus test. Be smart: Democrats don’t have the power to stop Kavanaugh, unless Republicans start to defect. Even with John McCain home in Arizona, Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh with 50 votes in Washington. Vulnerable…

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President Trump wanted a walk-off home-run win with his Supreme Court pick: When confidants raised doubts about Brett Kavanaugh over the past week, according to Jonathan Swan, Trump brushed them aside and offered the simple retort: “He’s got the votes.” Why it matters: So many reluctant Republicans voted for Trump because of the Court. They…

Axios World

The ground is shaking under U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s feet after two top cabinet officials resigned over her blueprint for Brexit. The bigger picture: Two years after May moved into Downing Street in the wake of the Brexit referendum, and nine months before the U.K. is set to leave the EU, the truce she…

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President Trump will tie Barack Obama tonight for Supreme Court nominees, announcing his second choice after only 18 months in office. His shortlist: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge. [Go deeper] The bottom line: Absent a major Trump surprise in primetime, this nominee will shift the court substantially to the right.…

Axios Future Trends

Republicans, Democrats and the health care industry are still feeling out the specific battle lines in the coming showdown over health care costs. But they all know it’s coming. Almost everyone is facing higher health care costs in one way or another, implicating every part of the health care industry. People who buy insurance on…

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Within seconds of President Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court pick at 9 tonight, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network will begin running digital ads targeted at Democrats in red states who might vote for confirmation. On the left, Demand Justice — a group launched in May to prepare progressives for a Court fight — plans…

Axios Sneak Peek

Trump often saves his harshest words for Germany and its leader Angela Merkel — and their feud could explode this week at the NATO summit. Trump has perfected what European officials describe as a 10-minute monologue on what he views as Germany’s major sins: unfair trade with the U.S. (especially on cars), inadequate defense spending,…

Axios Future

In a turn away from vision, a team at MIT has created a feline robot that attempts to better approximate how humans and animals actually move, navigating stairs and uneven surfaces guided only by sensors on its feet. Kaveh Waddell writes: Many ambulatory robots rely on substantial recent improvements in computer-vision, like advanced cameras and…

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Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House in El Paso, speaks to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement as he sits with Josue, who migrated from Guatemala, and Miriam, who migrated from Honduras, as they try to track down their children after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody on June 25. (Joe Raedle/Getty…

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Motorcade carrying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives toward the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Would you travel 7,000 miles to confirm what your boss believes? That’s partly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was doing with his two-day mission to North Korea. Sources tell Jonathan Swan and me…

Axios PM

If you were looking for signs of a thaw in the trade war between the U.S. and China, you’re going to have to wait. Right now, it’s all escalation. Here’s how bad it’s getting: “The conflict is likely to escalate beyond trade. The Trump administration last month curbed visas for Chinese students, and Congress looks…

Axios China

The U.S.-China competition over technology took an interesting twist in late June at the Tsinghua-Google AI Symposium in Beijing — Tsinghua University announced a new Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which will work with some U.S. companies. What’s happening, per a report on the announcement: The Institute for AI will focus on fundamental theoretical study aimed…

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Trump writes to Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg to demand an increase in defense spending. The letter was released by the Norwegian Defense Ministry. (J. David Ake/AP) President Trump’s harsh blast at NATO during a rally last night in Helena, Mont., was Europeans’ worst nightmare come to life, Western diplomatic sources tell Jonathan Swan and…

Axios Science

Spiders can set sails of silk that they ride for hundreds of kilometers. This so-called “ballooning” behavior, which can take them 2.5 miles up in the air, opens the world to these wingless arthropods, Alison Snyder writes. From the decks of the HMS Beagle more than 180 years ago, Charles Darwin described spiders ballooning on…

Axios PM

Just after midnight tonight the Trump administration is set to impose tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods, escalating a global trade war that has pitted the U.S. against trading partners around the world. What’s next: Already, several U.S. sectors are freaking out — soybean farmers losing business in China, aluminum metal companies hit inadvertently…

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Alumni of President George W. Bush’s second term are getting flashbacks: Democrats are favored to take over the House, spelling a raft of headaches for a Republican president. What’s true today was also true in 2006. Bush 43 aides were certain that winter was coming — and they were right: Voters, driven by discontent over…

Axios Future

Everything is automated and powered by artificial intelligence — or soon will be — in a new fashion shop opening tomorrow in Hong Kong. From the time you enter, using an app to trigger open a locked electronically sliding glass door, until you leave with your stuff, you may never see another human, apart from…

Axios PM

Workers are quitting their jobs again, a sign of confidence in the economy and a very good reason to feel optimistic on Independence Day. Details: “Workers are choosing to leave their jobs at the fastest rate since the internet boom 17 years ago,” the WSJ’s David Harrison and Eric Morath report. “3.4 million Americans quit…

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“In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls—, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist. I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.” — Oprah to Vogue UK on running for office…

Axios360: Expert Voices Live

Tom Scaramellino, TallyGo’s CEO on the current infrastructure landscape: “We can’t talk about autonomous vehicles… massive congestion reduction and quality of life in cities without having real-time access to what is going on in this city in that moment of time.”   Sarah Ashton, who heads Uber’s Southern California public affairs, gives her take. Photo:…

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Social media, online fundraising platforms and email groups have helped connect like-minded women — many of them mothers — in efforts to reunite immigrant children separated at the border, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez and Kim Hart write: Women are taking their children to demonstrations outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices, and scheduling “playdate protests” and “nurse-ins,”…

Axios PM

America’s teens are no longer working at the rate of their parents, as the recession-driven collapse in the teen workforce has collided with new priorities for our nation’s youth. Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Note: “Summer” is an average of June, July, and August; Chart: Axios Visuals The big picture… “Researchers have suggested multiple reasons why…

Axios360: Media Trends

The future of media is: “storytelling” “immersive” “engagement” and “quality” according to the line-up of experts Axios Media Reporter Sara Fischer hosted for our second Media Trends event. The big picture: To illuminate the trends shaping the future of media, Sara spoke with marketing and advertising leaders from the platform, publisher, agency and brand sides…

Axios360: The Innovation Impact on Health Care

Axios health care reporter Bob Herman and executive editor Mike Allen hosted a conversation on the cost of innovation in the health care ecosystem and how biosimilars, technology and policy will affect it. Bob and Mike sat down with: The Honorable Sander Levin, U.S. Representative (D-MI-09)Ranking Member, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health The…

Axios360: The Industry Impact of 5G

Axios Executive Vice President Evan Ryan hosted a “View from the Top” segment with: Mr. Niklas Heuveldop, President and CEO, Ericsson North America Be smart: While there’s no set definition of 5G, the new network promises faster speeds and increased connectivity. The leap from 4G to 5G is expected to be so dramatic that it…

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios Some administration officials are so optimistic about making progress with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un that they hope a Round 2 with President Trump can be held in New York in September, when world leaders pour into Trump’s hometown for the U.N. General Assembly. Officials tell us that Kim would have to show…

Axios Sneak Peek

During his year and a bit as Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn tried many different tactics to persuade the president why some of his most hardwired instincts on trade were, in Cohn’s view, misguided. In one memorable Oval Office meeting, Cohn told a fictional story about Trump’s Scottish golf course to explain why Trump…

Axios Future

Serving food at Hema. GIF from Alibaba video Select some live seafood in one of Alibaba’s Hema grocery stores in Shanghai, get it rung up and bagged, and a robotic arm will whisk it away to a kitchen, wheeling down a raised highway. Minutes later, a robotic pod will appear, pulling up to your table…

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Thousands march through downtown Minneapolis yesterday to protest Trump immigration policies. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP) This weekend’s massive flash rallies to protest President Trump’s immigration policies — following the global women’s marches and the March For Our Lives after the Parkland school shooting — represent a unified, accelerated activism surpassing even what was seen…

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Top Democrats tell me they’re worried that a sudden wave of ambitious party members calling for the abolition of ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is newly controversial because of the caged kids — will make the party look weak on security, a key issue for many swing voters. These Dems fear the…

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Our summer Friday feature … This is out on Tuesday, so perfect to preorder for the holiday … “The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West,” by John F. Ross (Viking): “This is the story of the most practical of American visionaries who arose in…

Axios China

A scandal has been brewing over several weeks after public accusations that actress Fan Bingbing had evading taxes through the use of “ying-yang contracts”–one contract with a lower fee for the tax authorities and another with the real, much larger figure. Now the authorities are paying attention, and look to be using the public revelations…

Axios AM

President Trump has repeatedly told top White House officials he wants to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization, a move that would throw global trade into wild disarray, people involved in the talks tell Jonathan Swan: “He’s done that 100 times. It would totally [screw] us as a country,” said a source who’s…

Axios World

America’s closest allies once believed President Trump could be contained — by the likes of James Mattis, or in a pinch Emmanuel Macron, if not by the weight of his office and America’s role in the world. In recent months, they’ve all but given up on that idea. The bottom line: Despite repeated exhortations from…

Axios Science

Last year saw the second-largest tropical tree cover loss on record since 1999, in large part because of human-caused fires in the Amazon, a new analysis from the World Resources Institute and University of Maryland found. What it means: Trees absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide, preventing even more global warming. Losing tree cover means…

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Republican political campaigns and U.S. government agencies have spent more than $16 million on Trump properties for events, lodging, meals, rounds of golf and more since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, according to data collected by ProPublica. Data: ProPublica; Note: Chart does not include five undated payments and three payments of negative…

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Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has given Republicans a once-in-a-generation shot at reshaping the Supreme Court. The big picture: Republicans already preserved a conservative seat by denying Merrick Garland a vote in 2016. Now they will likely be able to replace Kennedy’s swing vote with a more reliable conservative, with immediate implications, Axios’ Caitlin Owens and Sam…

Axios Future

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine threw his support behind President Trump’s proposed “Space Force” as a new branch of the armed services in an interview this week with me and Axios science editor Andrew Freedman. Having NASA behind the Space Force could hasten its creation. The Pentagon has said it will study the president’s proposal, and…

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America’s allies in Europe are worried about President Trump’s expected meeting next month with Vladimir Putin. Senior officials from four NATO member nations tell Jonathan Swan that their worst fear is that Trump will clash with America’s allies at the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11-12, then will shortly afterward lavish praise on Putin.…