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Conference championship weekend is upon us.

Why it matters: The action begins tonight in Santa Clara, Calif. and continues through Saturday, with the outcomes dictating who makes the playoff and who makes the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

Pac-12: No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon, 8pm ET (tonight)

  • Lines: UTAH -6.5 | O/U: 46
  • What to watch: The game-within-the-game matchup between Utah's dominant D-line (nation's best rush defense) and Oregon's talented and experienced O-line.

Big 12: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor, 12pm ET

  • Lines: OKLA -9 | O/U: 64
  • Fun fact: Oklahoma is the only school to win at least three straight Big 12 titles (2006-08 and 2015-18), while Baylor is the only other school to win two straight (2013-14).

SEC: No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 2 LSU, 4pm ET

  • Lines: LSU -7 | O/U: 55.5
  • What to watch: LSU has the nation's No. 2 scoring offense, so they should have the advantage if this turns into a shootout. Georgia has the nation's No. 2 scoring defense, so they should have the advantage if it turns into a slugfest.

ACC: No. 23 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson, 7:30pm ET

  • Lines: CLEM -28.5 | O/U: 57
  • Fun fact: Virginia is the seventh different ACC Coastal champ in as many seasons, with the first six all losing in the title game (Duke and Georgia Tech lost to FSU, while UNC, Virginia Tech, Miami and Pitt all lost to Clemson).

Big Ten: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin, 8pm ET

  • Lines: OSU -16.5 | O/U: 56
  • Consider this: If Oregon beats Utah, LSU beats Georgia, Baylor barely beats Oklahoma in a gross game and Wisconsin beats Ohio State 52-7 ... the Badgers could make the playoff! As the great Kevin Garnett once yelled at the top of his lungs, "Anything is possible!!!"

Other conferences:

  • American: No. 20 Cincinnati vs. No. 17 Memphis (-9.5)
  • Mountain West: Hawai'i vs. No. 19 Boise State (-14)
  • Sun Belt: Louisiana Lafayette vs. No. 21 Appalachian State (-6)
  • MAC: Miami (OH) vs. Central Michigan (-6.5)
  • C-USA: UAB vs. Florida Atlantic (-7.5)

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.