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Brazilian great Marta Vieira da Silva scored on a second-half penalty to secure a 1-0 victory over Italy and guarantee Brazil a spot in the knockout round.

Why it matters: This was Marta's 17th World Cup goal, making her the most prolific scorer in World Cup history (both men and women).

  • All-time leaders: Marta, Brazil (17 goals); Miroslav Klose, Germany (16); Ronaldo, Brazil (15); Birgit Prinz, Germany (14); Abby Wambach, USA (14); Gerd Muller, Germany (14).
  • The 33-year-old Marta also became the first player to score at five different World Cups, a testament to her longevity and a reminder of just how long she's been one of the faces of this sport.

The big picture: Marta is a six-time FIFA World Player of the Year (now called Best FIFA Women's Player), winning four straight awards from 2006 to 2010, and then another one last year while starring for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

  • She's widely regarded as the most gifted woman to ever play the game. And yet, like the great Lionel Messi, Marta has never won a World Cup. Her best finish: 2007 runner-up.
  • Yesterday's goal was historic, but the most important thing is that Brazil advanced to the next round, breathing new life into Marta's pursuit of a world championship and the immortality that comes with it.

More Women's World Cup:

  • Australia 4, Jamaica 1: 25-year-old Samantha Kerr, who plays for the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars, scored all four of Australia's goals.
  • Title IX effect: The global impact of Title IX is on full display at the Women's World Cup, with NCAA-schooled internationals anchoring many of the world's top squads.
  • Today, 3pm ET: Group D action: England (6 pts) vs. Japan (4) — Argentina (1) vs. Scotland (0)

Go deeper: What to watch for in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sydney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Empire State Building among hundreds to light up in Biden inauguration coronavirus tribute.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.