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Former national security advisor Michael Flynn misled Pentagon investigators over his involvement with Russia during his application process for a security clearance last year, per a letter from House Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings to the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz.

The big thing: Flynn stated he had not received "any benefit from a foreign country," claiming that his $45,000 speaking fee at a 2015 Moscow gala for RT, the state-owned Russian news network, was paid by his U.S. speakers' bureau — however, Cummings' letter states that the Oversight Committee has documents showing Flynn's speaking fees were paid directly by RT.

The other big thing: Flynn claimed he had "insubstantial contact" with foreign officials in his clearance disclosures. He sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the gala.

The backdrop: Flynn's attorneys sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee today saying he would exercise his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination rather than turn over documents the committee is seeking in its Russia probe.

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Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.

The big picture: There isn't one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 31,870,904 — Total deaths: 976,311 — Total recoveries: 21,979,888Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m ET: 6,934,205 — Total deaths: 201,909 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: CDC director says over 90% of Americans have not yet been exposed to coronavirus — Supply shortages continue to plague testing.
  4. Politics: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for coronavirus — Poll says 51% of Republicans trust Trump on coronavirus more than the CDC.
  5. Technology: The tech solutions of 2020 may be sapping our resolve to beat the coronavirus
  6. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson begins large phase 3 trial — The FDA plans to toughen standards.
  7. World: Justin Trudeau says Canada's second wave has begun
  8. Future: America's halfway coronavirus response

Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Details: A police spokesperson told a press briefing a suspect was in custody and that the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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