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Eugene Kaspersky, Russian antivirus programs developer and chief executive of Russia's Kaspersky Lab, works on computers at his company's headquarters. Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

All federal agencies have finished scanning their networks for Kaspersky anti-virus software, a Department of Homeland Security official told Axios.

Why it matters: DHS mandated earlier this fall all agencies make plans to scan for the software and remove it within 90 days over concerns Russian intelligence was using Kaspersky as a channel to hack or monitor communications from the U.S. government. The anti-virus software was found in 15% of the agencies, per the official.

After 6 agencies missed an October deadline as part of the removal due to a lack of resources, DHS helped them out, according to Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra, per Nextgov.

What's next: On Dec. 19 the agencies are required to start removing Kaspersky.

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.

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