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The post-Covid city
Aug 7 • 11 min
It’s too soon to know what downtown cities will look like after the coronavirus pandemic. What we do know is that no business will be spared. Both small mom and pops and big retailers will have to shut their doors and move away from dense city centers.…
The dangerous tech of nuclear war
Aug 6 • 10 min
On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Since the end of the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear attack has seemed far fetched. However, the rise of cyber hacks and artificial intelligence could disrupt the…
The conspiracy theory virus
Aug 5 • 11 min
The events of 2020 have created an online world where conspiracy theories are easy to spread and grow. One example of this is QAnon - once a far-right fringe conspiracy theory that pushes the idea that the deep state is trying to take down President…
The vote by mail election
Aug 4 • 10 min
Voting by mail has become a controversial issue for President Trump’s re-election campaign. He talked to chief political correspondent Jonathan Swan about his lack of confidence in the system in yesterday’s Axios on HBO interview. While Trump continues to…
Biden’s decision matrix
Aug 3 • 10 min
This week, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is supposed to decide on his pick for a running mate. How he’s selecting her says a lot about how Biden might govern. Plus, how the virtual school year could push retailers even closer to the brink.…
The untold mental toll of COVID-19
Jul 31 • 11 min
We know the news reports about the skyrocketing number of coronavirus patients, the shortage of frontline healthcare workers, and the importance of social distancing. Another problem that needs our focus is the emotional toll this pandemic has on all of…
Big tech’s fight with Washington
Jul 30 • 10 min
The CEOs of four of the most powerful companies in the world testified before Congress yesterday. While the hearing was supposed to be about anti-trust laws, it quickly devolved into a scattered display of partisanship. Plus, our exclusive Axios Harris…
Trump never asked Putin about bounties
Jul 29 • 11 min
In an exclusive interview, President Trump told Jonathan Swan he never confronted Vladimir Putin about intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops. The full interview with President Trump will air on HBO on Monday August 3rd at…
The second wave of protests
Jul 28 • 10 min
Thousands of people held protests in at least a dozen American cities this weekend, days after the Trump administration announced it would send more federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque in an extension of Operation Legend. A month ago protests over…
The fight for another stimulus bill
Jul 27 • 10 min
This week, lawmakers in Capitol Hill are trying to piece together the next stimulus package as many benefits like unemployment insurance and forgiving evictions expire. Democrats and Republicans both agree that a new bill is necessary but there’s been a…
Busting the racial wealth gap myths
Jul 24 • 11 min
Ideas about the racial wealth gap in America have been around for a long time. The divide is growing even wider, despite education and income. The proposed causes and solutions start to fall apart when you look at the details. Plus, how President Trump is…
U.S.-China diplomacy is crumbling
Jul 23 • 10 min
Prosecutors say the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a researcher after the FBI interviewed her about alleged visa fraud on June 20. The researcher was charged for lying about her affiliation with a Chinese military university. This move…
Parents turn to schooling “pods”
Jul 22 • 11 min
Many school districts are still debating whether to go with a virtual, in classroom or hybrid education model for the year, but some families are taking their children’s education into their own hands. Neighbors are banding together to form schooling…
The global clash over a vaccine
Jul 21 • 10 min
The U.K. and China made big news with promising results in vaccine development for the coronavirus — the US, Russia and at least five other countries are also working on possible vaccines. But for a vaccine to work effectively, these countries should be…
Trump’s new legal opening
Jul 20 • 10 min
The latest Supreme Court ruling on the DACA program, which protects the status of people brought into the US as children, gives President Trump a pathway to enact executive orders on policies that Congress hasn’t passed. Plus, doctors are getting better…
The burden on teachers
Jul 17 • 10 min
Some of the country’s largest school districts have already made the decision to go online-only for this coming school year. Many are talking about hybrid models that combine distance and in-person learning. But whether they’re online or in the classroom,…
The war on public health experts
Jul 16 • 11 min
This week, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention send all coronavirus-related data straight to the Department of Health and Human Services. This is just the latest step in President Trump’s war…
Covid tests for office buildings
Jul 15 • 11 min
Buildings are getting tested for coronavirus, too. Research teams in Oregon are conducting real-time coronavirus tests on ventilation systems in buildings that could be essential for returning to the office or school. Plus, small businesses are facing an…
Stuck between U.S. and China
Jul 14 • 10 min
Last week, the Trump administration announced a new policy that could force international students out of the United States if their universities move to online-only classes. This puts more than a quarter of a million Chinese students in the U.S. at risk…
PPE failure, again
Jul 13 • 10 min
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 33 states and California and Florida hit record high numbers of daily cases last week. Now, hospitals and other medical facilities are feeling deja vu, as they start to experience personal protective equipment…
The chief justice’s long game
Jul 10 • 11 min
Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down multiple setbacks to President Trump and conservatives on cases ranging from abortion to LGBTQ discrimination. Chief Justice John Roberts’ record shows he’s not siding with the left. Instead,…
Facebook’s civil rights fail
Jul 9 • 10 min
This week, Facebook failed its own civil rights audit. The internal audit showed the social media company still hasn’t done enough to protect users from hate speech or crack down on fake information used to suppress voter turnout on its platform. Plus,…
The misinformation virus
Jul 8 • 11 min
The spread of misinformation is crippling our fight against the coronavirus. Social media and a deeply partisan divide are fueling what the World Health Organization calls an “infodemic,” which is just as urgent as the virus itself. Plus, the 2020…
China’s war on your speech
Jul 7 • 10 min
Beijing’s new national security law doesn’t just apply to Hong Kong residents. China’s Article 38 makes it illegal for anyone in the world to promote democratic reform for Hong Kong — including you. Plus, how Wall Street is now betting on a Biden…
Tucker and Trump’s culture war
Jul 6 • 10 min
In recent weeks, President Trump’s rhetoric has become increasingly dark and reminiscent of his “American carnage” inauguration speech. The upcoming election has put a focus on his claims of a “left-wing culture war,” the same language that Fox News host…
Extinction-level crisis of local news
Jul 3 • 11 min
For this Independence Day, we’re dedicating this special episode to journalism and the role it plays in our democracy. Journalism is in danger. It’s under attack and distrusted by many. Tens of thousands of journalists are out of work mostly in local…
The race to replace nursing homes
Jul 2 • 11 min
Elderly people in nursing homes make up 45% of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. Nursing home alternatives have been on the rise for the last decade, but the pandemic has made those alternatives more urgent. Plus, the U.K. offers to protect the freedoms…
The new stimulus fight
Jul 1 • 11 min
The first stimulus package was a lifeline for millions of Americans. The beginning of July means we’ve got just a few more weeks before all those benefits expire. Unlike when the first bill passed in March, Congress is divided on whether people need…
No solution in sight for child care
Jun 30 • 11 min
Almost 40% of our workforce is made up of working parents. It’s been a huge struggle to juggle homeschooling and work in the middle of a pandemic — and it’s likely going to get worse. Though many workplaces could reopen this fall, many K-12 schools…
The end of cash
Jun 29 • 10 min
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated our cashless society and deepened the divide between those who depend on it and those who now live mostly without it. Plus, President Trump’s doubling down on messaging to his base at the exclusion of the broader…
The call for corporate reparations
Jun 26 • 11 min
For years, some Democrats and Black leaders have called for reparations from the U.S. government for slavery. Axios business reporter Courtenay Brown says reparations may move faster in the private sector, where some corporations are trying to make…
The uncertain shape of the recovery
Jun 25 • 11 min
The consensus among economists is that the U.S. recovery will most likely be something in between a V and a W — a sharp drop, a relatively small bounce back, and then a long period of slow growth. Time to pay attention again: The coronavirus surge is…
The jobs that won’t come back
Jun 24 • 11 min
In February, the U.S. job market was at a 60 year peak. Now, months into a pandemic and an economic recession, many of the job losses are more permanent than previously thought. The pandemic will shift what kinds of work will be available and the skills…
The new race-conscious media diet
Jun 23 • 12 min
In the past few weeks, bestseller lists and streaming platforms have been full of books, shows and songs about racism in America. As demand for this type of content grows, streaming companies are featuring more prominently — and it could have a lasting…
What’s next for Trump vs. Biden
Jun 22 • 11 min
The Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns are beginning to look familiar. Even as he slides in the polls, President Trump’s presidential campaign is doubling down on 2016 messaging and focusing on his base. Meanwhile, Biden has shifted his…
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Jun 13 • 3 min
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