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The outcry over two chip vulnerabilities has reached Capitol Hill. Rep. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat, wants major processor makers Intel, AMD and Arm to provide a briefing on the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that have received widespread attention.

What he said: “I am looking to better understand the nature of these critical vulnerabilities, the danger they pose to consumers, and what steps your companies plan to take to protect consumers,” McNerney said in a letter to the firms’ chief executives.

Yes, but: So far, McNerney is the only lawmaker to formally ask questions about the chip security flaws, so it isn't necessarily indicative of broader congressional concern.

Go deeper: Axios’ Ina Fried explains everything you need to know about the two bugs.

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Democrats are calling a last-minute audible on mail-in voting after last night's Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin.

Driving the news: Wisconsin Democrats and the Democratic secretary of state of Michigan are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes. They are warning that the USPS may not be able to deliver ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere sentenced to life in prison

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Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court for sex trafficking among other crimes, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Raniere was convicted last summer with sex trafficking, conspiracy, sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, forced labor and possession of child pornography. His so-called self-improvement workshops, which disguised rampant sexual abuse, were popular among Hollywood and business circles.