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Joe Donnelly. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

President Biden has nominated former Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to serve as ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Friday.

Why it matters: Donnelly, a former Indiana senator, served as co-chair of Catholics for Biden during the 2020 election and defended Biden's faith in an Indianapolis Star op-ed.

The big picture: Donnelly, 66, was nominated to serve as the ambassador to the Holy See.

  • The role is based in Rome and is currently filled by Chargé d'Affaires Patrick Connell.
  • Donnelly is a devout Irish Catholic and graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
  • He served as a senator from Indiana from 2013 to 2019 and was a House Representative from 2007 to 2013.

What's next: The nomination 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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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

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U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.