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Trump Cabinet members under investigation, from left: Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Steve Mnuchin, Ryan Zinke, and David Shulkin. Photos: AP

"Inspectors general have opened at least five investigations into charter or military flights by Cabinet officials amounting to millions in federal spending," WashPost's Drew Harwell, Lisa Rein and Jack Gillum report on A1:

Why it matters: "The drumbeat of controversy over Cabinet travel threatens to undermine a core pillar of Trump's relationship with his base — his promise to 'drain the swamp.'"

"New examples of questioned expenditures include":

  1. "Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who on Friday turned over his travel records under pressure from [the] House Oversight Committee."
  2. "Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faces an expanding investigation into his travel by private jet."
  3. "Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin last week backed out of a congressional trip to Europe ... after criticism about another international outing, which combined official travel with sightseeing and a Wimbledon tennis event."
  4. "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faced new criticism about his travel — often accompanied by his wife, who is managing a Republican campaign in Montana — which included stops at political fundraisers."
  5. "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ran up at least $800,000 on [military flights], including a flight with his wife to visit the nation's gold stash at Fort Knox."

"The White House said Trump officials took 77 military flights through Sept. 19, compared with 94 flights taken during the first eight months of ... Obama's administration."

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Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump will give a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do – and so much more."

Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has been refusing to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration. 

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Europeans have high hopes for Joe Biden

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Joe Biden's inauguration will be greeted with enthusiasm in Europe, with three new polls making clear that most Europeans can't wait to bid Donald Trump adieu.

The big picture: Europeans generally expect brighter days ahead under Biden, according to the polls, but his election has not fully assuaged doubts about U.S. democracy and global leadership.

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U.S. surpasses 400,000 coronavirus deaths on Trump's final full day in office

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Over 400,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. as of Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

Why it matters: It only took a little over a month for the U.S. to reach this mass casualty after 300,000 COVID deaths were reported last month. That's over 100,000 fatalities in 36 days.

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