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Supporters of Bolivia's former President Evo Morales during clashes with police on Nov. 19 in El Alto, La Paz. Photo: Gaston Brito Miserocchi/Getty Images

Bolivia's interim president asked Congress Wednesday to back fresh elections as violence continued to grip the country in the wake of former President Evo Morales' resignation, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: There have been running street battles ever since the disputed Oct. 20 election, claimed by Morales. Clashes between Morales' supporters and security forces have been ongoing since his Nov. 10 resignation and subsequent departure for the political asylum of Mexico. At least 32 people have died in the unrest, per the BBC.

  • The U.S. State Department ordered family members of United States government employees on Nov. 13 to leave Bolivia because of "widespread unrest" there.
  • It cautioned Americans against travel to Bolivia and advised U.S. citizens in the country to "strongly consider departing as soon as they safely can do so."

The big picture: While Morales' supporters do not recognize the self-declared interim president Sen. Jeanine Áñez, U.S. officials have said they "look forward" to working with her as she and authorities "arrange free & fair elections as soon as possible."

  • Áñez has yet to announce an election date, according to the BBC.

What he's saying: Morales said from Mexico that the country saved his life by granting him political asylum, but he said he's not done with politics, per AP, which reports him saying, "Let the whole world know that I won’t change ideology because of his coup."

Background: The Organization of American States reported widespread electoral fraud. Morales promised fresh elections.

Between the lines: Per Axios' Dave Lawler, "Morales is a giant of recent Bolivian history. The country's first indigenous president, he's been credited with reducing poverty and overseeing strong economic growth."

  • "But he also consolidated power over institutions and the media, and sought the presidency this year despite losing a referendum on whether he could do so."

Go deeper: Bolivian Sen. Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is in a management lockout — the first work stoppage since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

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A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

Symone Sanders leaving VP's office

Vice President Kamala Harris and her press secretary Symone Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the VP’s office by the end of this year, three White House officials told Axios on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The VP has faced an onslaught of criticism in her first year centered on her leadership and staff, adding to the suggestion, she’s not the Democratic Party’s preferred nominee for 2024.