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The Justice Department is warning the "senior Trump administration official" who authored an infamous anonymous New York Times op-ed in 2018 that they may be violating nondisclosure agreements by writing a book set to come out this month, CNN first reported.

The big picture: The DOJ wrote in a letter to Hachette Book Group, the publisher of the book, that the author could potentially violate agreements for administration officials with access to classified information that "typically require that any written work potentially containing protected information be submitted for pre-publication review."

  • Hachette Book Group said it is undeterred and that the book, titled "A Warning," is still set to come out on Nov. 19, according to CNN. In response to the Justice Department, a lawyer for Hachette said the publisher is committed to protecting the author's identity.

What they're saying: Per CNN, the author's agent accused the DOJ of trying to unmask the anonymous official.

  • "Our author knows that the President is determined to unmask whistleblowers who may be in his midst. That's one of the reasons A WARNING was written," Javelin, the agency representing the author, wrote in a statement.
  • "But we support the publisher in its resolve that the administration's effort to intimidate and expose the senior official who has seen misconduct at the highest levels will not prevent this book from moving forward."

Go deeper: How "senior" is Anonymous?

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India sets new COVID world record as oxygen demand jumps seven-fold

COVID-19 patients being treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic in Indirapuram, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Rebecca Conway/Getty Images

India has seen demand for oxygen jump "seven-fold" as the country set a new world record for daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, per AP.

By the numbers: India's health ministry reported 412,262 new infections, taking the official tally past 21 million, and 3,980 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The official death toll now stands at 230,168. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher.

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U.K. sends patrol ships to British island amid fishing dispute with France

The HMS Tamar, one of the two ships deployed to Jersey. Photo: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

The United Kingdom's government announced Wednesday it has deployed two Royal Navy patrol vessels to the island of Jersey "as a precautionary measure," as tensions over fishing rights escalate with France.

Why it matters: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement the government took the action to protect Jersey against potential threats of "a blockade" of French fishing boats at the island, which is off the coast of northwest France.

Social media's "in-kind contribution to Biden"

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Facebook's continued suspension of Donald Trump's account extends the silencing of Joe Biden's most potent critic — and the current president's control over the national political narrative into his second 100 days.

Why it matters: Biden has been able to successfully focus on COVID-19 relief, his infrastructure plan and fielding his new administration, in part, because Trump hasn't been able to shake his social media muzzle and bray about the migration crisis or any White House misstep.