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The White House has released a five-page memo written by Chief of Staff John Kelly proposing changes to the security clearance process in the wake of revelations last week that Rob Porter had not been able to receive a full clearance over domestic abuse allegations.

Some of the changes:

  • Work with the FBI to develop best practices for reviewing security files.
  • Formalize the notification process between the FBI and the White House and ensure all background investigations are flagged to the FBI.
  • Reduce the notification time between discovery of information and disclosure to the White House to 48 hours or less.
  • Write memos on any clearance reviews that have personnel or national security implications.
  • Grant temporary clearances for 180 days with the option of extending for 90 days if no derogatory information is found.
  • Revoke any top-secret interim clearances for individuals who have been under investigation since before June 1, 2017.
  • Limit access to certain highly classified information for individuals with interim clearances.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

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Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

Why it matters: The Chamber is the marquee entity representing businesses and their interests in Washington. Its memo, obtained exclusively by Axios, could set the tone for businesses debating how to handle their candidate and PAC spending following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.