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The House Intelligence Committee sent two letters Friday inviting five people to testify before the committee related to their investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

The guest list:

  • James Comey, FBI director
  • Mike Rogers, NSA admiral
  • John Brennan, CIA director
  • James Clapper, director of national intelligence
  • Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general

Why this matters: These are the first public hearings (though one will be a closed session) related to the investigation of Russian hacking, which many speculate was ordered by Vladmir Putin to help Donald Trump's campaign.

On the Twitters: "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" Trump wrote on Jan. 3.

Don't forget: On Jan. 6, Clapper, Comey and Brennan briefed Trump on the intelligence committee's unofficial findings, relaying the message that the CIA, FBI and NSA believed "Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency."

Save the date: May 2. Comey and Rogers were invited to appear at a closed hearing, while Brennan, Clapper, and Yates were invited to an open hearing.

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As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.

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Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden signs executive orders and swears in day one presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony.

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