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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of hiding in a refrigerator to avoid a live television interview on Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before the country's general election.

What happened: Johnson was approached by a reporter for "Good Morning Britain" while visiting Modern Milkman, a local business in Yorkshire, who asked to speak to him on live television, setting off a confrontation, per The Guardian.

  • Johnson's aide appeared to respond with an expletive.
  • The camera cut to the show's hosts, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, who were stunned in the studio.
  • Johnson continued to ignore the reporter — before telling him, "I'll be with you in a second" — and then walked into the dairy refrigerator.

What they're saying: Morgan called Johnson a "fridge-hider" in a tweet after the incident.

  • Sources from Johnson's Conservative Party told The Guardian that the prime minister entered the fridge "to prep [him] for a separate, pre-agreed interview" — and stated that he was "categorically not hiding."

The big picture: A key election forecast showed the Conservatives holding a shrinking lead in tomorrow's election.

  • YouGov's MRP poll of 100,000 U.K. voters predicted a 28-seat majority for Johnson's party yesterday — still a solid victory, but significantly down from a projected 68-seat majority late last month.

Go deeper: Why Trump cares about this week's U.K. elections

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The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot" — The recovery needs rocket fuel.
  2. Health: CDC: It's time for "universal face mask use" — Death rates rising across the country — Study: Increased testing can reduce transmission.
  3. Economy: U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows — America's hidden depression: K-shaped recovery threatens Biden administration.
  4. Cities: Bay Area counties to enact stay-at-home order ahead of state mandate
  5. Vaccine: What vaccine trials still need to do.
  6. World: UN warns "2021 is literally going to be catastrophic"
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Former FDA chief Rob Califf on the vaccine approval process.