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House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has sent a letter asking for a "final time" that the White House cooperate with the committee's investigation into security clearances, and warning that the committee will begin authorizing subpoenas on Tuesday for at least 5 current and former White House employees.

Details: The letter follows an interview with White House whistleblower Tricia Newbold, who told the committee that the Trump administration has reversed denials for 25 security clearance applications. Cummings told White House counsel Pat Cipollone that the committee will first issue a subpoena to depose Clark Kline, the former director of the Personnel Security Office.

  • That will be followed by subpoenas for chief security officer Cory Louie, chief operating officer Samuel Price, former deputy chief of staff Joseph Hagin and deputy director of administration William Hughes.

Cummings also said that the committee would forego interviews with White House officials if they begin cooperating with the investigation. He said the committee is prioritizing security clearance documents related to the following individuals:

  • Ivanka Trump — White House adviser
  • Jared Kushner — White House senior adviser
  • John Bolton — National security adviser
  • Michael Flynn — Former national security adviser
  • Sebastian Gorka — Former deputy assistant to Trump
  • John McEntee — Former personal aide to Trump
  • K.T. McFarland — Former deputy national security adviser
  • Rob Porter — Former White House staff secretary
  • Robin Townley — Former senior director for Africa

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The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly criticized the Biden administration for its intention to return to the Iran nuclear deal and told his supporters he was prepared to "stand against the entire world" to stop it.

Why it matters: This is a major change of tune for Netanyahu, who had been careful in his statements on the Iran deal and avoided publicly criticizing President Biden. The statement was part of Netanyahu's attempt to rally his base ahead of Israel's election on March 23.