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Elise Amendola / AP

Democrats are trying to keep alive the controversy over Congress overturning privacy rules for broadband providers before they could go into effect.

  • House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee used a hearing on wireless spectrum on Wednesday to drive home their concerns, to the frustration of Republicans. "I'm just telling you that this is not what it's been made out to be," said Republican Greg Walden, who chairs the full committee.
  • Eight Democratic Senators wrote to major internet providers asking about their privacy practices. They encouraged each company to "provide your subscribers with the same level of privacy and security protections as stipulated in the FCC's broadband privacy order."

Why it matters: Democrats have already indicated they think this issue has legs, with some of the party's campaign arms using the vote to hammer Republicans. For example, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee deployed robocalls letting swing voters know that their representative voted in favor of overturning the privacy rules. Politico's Alex Byers detailed other efforts. This is also red meat for the Democratic base. Liberal groups are outraged by the rollback of the rules, which President Trump signed this week.

What we're watching: Whether constituents bring this issue up with their representatives during the coming Congressional recess.

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Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report

Bill Barr. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

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The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.