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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is serving her final term after 14 years in power — will be Harvard's guest graduation speaker in the spring, according to a press announcement.

Details: Harvard president Larry Bacow said Merkel is "one of the most widely admired and broadly influential statespeople of our time...She continues to play a central role in confronting some of the great challenges of our era."

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Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "We may have disagreed on many points but at least we had shared commitment to the governance of our country."

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T-Mobile debuts free robocall-fighting service

T-Mobile announced Thursday it will offer ScamShield, a free scam-blocking service to all T-Mobile, Metro and Sprint customers.

Why it matters: Robocalls remain the scourge of the industry, with billions of unwanted calls pummeling customers last year.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 13,589,273 — Total deaths: 584,990 — Total recoveries — 7,607,033Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 3,499,771 — Total deaths: 137,420 — Total recoveries: 1,075,882 — Total tested: 42,521,027Map.
  3. States: Georgia governor bans local governments from issuing mask mandates — Florida breaks single-day record with over 150 coronavirus deaths
  4. World: U.S., Canada and U.K. accuse Russia of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research.
  5. Politics: RNC to restrict attendance at Florida convention amid coronavirus surge.
  6. Business: More than 32 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits.