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The London offices of Orbis Business Intelligence, Steele's firm. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP

A lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct research that led to the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, the Washington Post reports. Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, who authored the dossier, which contains salacious but unverified claims about Trump's conduct in Russia and links between his associates and the Kremlin.

  • Why it matters: We know the dossier is playing a role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. This report underscores that it was, at least initially, an attempt to discredit Trump — and one that is tied directly to the Clinton campaign.
  • Worth noting: Prior to its agreement with the Clinton lawyer, "Fusion GPS's research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary," the Post writes.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.