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November 8, 2019 11 min

Billionaires appear terrified of a Warren presidency — but the idea of taxing the rich isn’t new. Dan dives in to the politics of wealth taxes and the prospect of billionaire Mike Bloomberg joining the presidential field with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei. Plus: new troubles for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger and the real meaning of a life sentence.

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November 7, 2019 12 min

Earlier this week, TikTok faced scrutiny in a congressional hearing and Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn called TikTok “China’s best detective” in a letter to its CEO. Dan digs in to TikTok and data privacy with Senator Blackburn. Plus: Facebook and Google consider new political ad rules and big money for former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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November 5, 2019 10 min

Private equity employs nearly 6% of all American workers, but the industry remains overwhelmingly white and male. Dan unpacks the private equity diversity problem with Kara Helander, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at The Carlyle Group. Plus: how American companies are trying to dodge China tariffs and the big tech company calling for facial recognition rules.

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Dan discusses Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposal to fundamentally overhaul the health care system in America.  Plus: Apple steps up on affordable housing & private equity wants to buy the Knicks.

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October 31, 2019 10 min

Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced it will no longer accept political advertising, just minutes before Facebook released its quarterly earnings report. Dan dives in with Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried. Plus: new troubles for Boeing and the auto world’s latest mega-merger.

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October 30, 2019 10 min

Parking garages aren’t just low-tech eyesores in American cities — they might even be urban America’s greatest real estate development opportunity. Dan chats with Axios Cities editor Kim Hart. Plus: why college athletes are about to get paid and the state of Halloween candy sales.

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October 29, 2019 10 min

Yesterday, Uber announced a new division called Uber Money, to grow its financial services for both drivers and customers. Dan digs in with The Verge's senior transportation reporter, Andrew Hawkins. Plus: Google makes a play for Fitbit and Facebook employees fight back on political ads.

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October 28, 2019 10 min

Microsoft has beat out Amazon for the Pentagon’s ten-year $10-billion dollar JEDI agreement to modernize the Defense Department’s cloud services. TechCrunch reporter Ron Miller joins Dan to unpack the contract. Plus: young Americans vs. capitalism and the e-commerce giant you probably haven’t heard of.

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October 25, 2019 10 min

The United Auto Workers union votes on a tentative General Motors agreement today, which could end a nearly six-week strike. Dan dives in to the deal with Joann Muller, who writes the Axios Navigate newsletter. Plus: Facebook decides to share with publishers and the return of “Davos in the Desert.”

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit today, amid controversy after Hillary Clinton and Brandi Carlile cancelled their appearances. In this special pop-up episode, Dan digs in with Fortune reporter and conference co-chair Michal Lev-Ram.

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October 22, 2019 10 min

It’s been one month since Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry, and today, Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, will testify. Dan chats with Axios White House reporter Alayna Treene on the latest. Plus: Softbank pays Adam Neumann to go away and how one Virginia town is getting drugs via drone.

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October 21, 2019 10 min

TikTok overtook YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in U.S. downloads last year, and now, even news organizations are trying to cash in on that audience. Dan digs in with The Washington Post’s TikTok producer, Dave Jorgenson. Plus: Facebook friends a Democratic presidential candidate and how esports could become part of the Olympics.

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October 17, 2019 9 min

Dan dissects the future of Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra with Bloomberg tech reporter Kurt Wagner. Plus WeWork's big decision and an end to the General Motors strike.

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October 16, 2019 11 min

Dan and Axios' Alexi McCammond dig into last night's Democratic presidential debate, in which big tech was a topic and Elizabeth Warren was the clear frontrunner. Also, Blackstone buys big in Vegas, and Trump's made-up economic advisor.

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October 15, 2019 10 min

Mark Zuckerberg and Elizabeth Warren are at odds again over Facebook's decision to forgo fact checking in its political ads. Dan digs in with Axios media reporter Sara Fischer. Plus: Democrat debate prep and a real problem with fake news.

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October 14, 2019 11 min

Dan digs in with Axios’ Jonathan Swan about his reporting on the Trump bluff that kicked off Turkey’s attack on Syria. Plus: the China trade deal that isn’t and why WeWork is running out of cash.

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October 11, 2019 10 min

From Apple to Google, tech companies are facing increasing pressure to take a stand on the Hong Kong protests: following money vs. morals. Dan digs in with Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried. Plus: Dyson gives up on electric vehicles and why Hooters merged with a pharmaceutical company.

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October 10, 2019 10 min

In San Francisco, the median rent is now $3,550. Dan chats with Axios Cities Editor Kim Hart about California’s new rent control law that could affect nearly 40 million Americans. Plus: esports moves into dollar stores and Apple capitulates in China. https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-cities-e91d49d7-a2b8-4af7-9802-1a70351ad185.html

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October 8, 2019 9 min

Dan looks at the situation surrounding a NBA executive tweeting support for the Hong Kong protestors and the league's attempt to not let it affect its business relationship in China, with Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. Plus: WeWork mess continues and the push to stop police form viewing Ring doorbells.

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October 7, 2019 10 min

Dan talks with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei about the likelihood of impeachment, President Trump’s favorability and the public debate ahead of 2020. Plus: racial inequality in automation and very bad news for private equity.

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