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Joe Biden. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Joe Biden nominated Stacey Dixon on Wednesday to become the principal deputy director of National Intelligence, the nation's second highest intelligence post, per a White House press release.

Why it matters: If confirmed by the Senate, Dixon would be the first Black woman to hold the position, according to the New York Times.

  • Dixon is an intelligence technology expert and her nomination to the position reflects the Biden administration's desire to emphasize "technological innovation in intelligence gathering," per the Times.

What they're saying: “Dr. Stacey Dixon is a talented and innovative intelligence professional who has served in a variety of roles during her distinguished career in the Intelligence Community," Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence, said in a statement responding to Dixon's nomination.

  • "Dr. Dixon possesses a deep knowledge of the intelligence tradecraft and understands the critical work intelligence professionals perform every day."
  • "I cannot think of a more exceptional leader to join the ODNI team and help set the strategic direction for the Intelligence Community," Haines concluded.

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Apr 21, 2021 - World

Scoop: Israeli cyber firm NSO negotiates with Jordanian intelligence

King Abdullah II. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO negotiated with the Jordanian government in recent months on a deal to sell new spying technology, two sources briefed on the matter tell me.

Why it matters: The Jordanian intelligence services surveil terrorist groups, but they also monitor opposition activists and crack down on domestic criticism of King Abdullah II.

Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.

CBC members nix border visit

A Haitian migrant carries a toddler on his shoulders today as he crosses the Rio Grande River. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus weighed visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this week to investigate the conditions faced by Haitian migrants and protest allegations of inhumane treatment by U.S. agents.

Why it matters: It's a thorny proposition both in terms of timing and messaging. Going assures a new wave of negative headlines for President Biden amid sinking popularity. And with congressional deadlines in the coming days over infrastructure, a possible government shutdown and debt-limit crisis, Democrats can't afford to lose any votes in the House.

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