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President Biden nominated University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany, the White House announced Friday.

Why it matters: Biden maintains ties to the University of Pennsylvania, where he accepted an honorary professorship after leaving the White House in 2017. She would be the first woman to hold the position if confirmed, Politico notes.

  • Biden and Gutmann worked together to establish a foreign policy center called the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington D.C., which opened in 2018.

The big picture: Biden on Friday also nominated Jeffrey Hovenier to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo and Virginia Palmer as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Ghana. Biden also named Chantale Wong as nominee for director of the Asian Development Bank, a post that carries the rank of ambassador. Since taking office Biden has nominated over 20 ambassadors.

Gutmann served as president of the University of Pennsylvania since 2004.

  • She is an award-winning author and editor of 17 books, many focused on constitutional democracy and human rights. She's also the daughter of a German Jewish refugee.

What's next: The nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.

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Scoop: Dem donor Tsunis is Biden's pick for Greece

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President Biden plans to nominate hotel executive and major Democratic donor George Tsunis as his envoy to Greece, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: Senate Foreign Relations Chair Robert Menendez (D-N.J) had pushed Biden to pick Tsunis, and now Tsunis has a second chance to prove he's worthy of serving as an ambassador after his failed nomination under President Obama.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.