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Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos on Monday responded to a flood of "bizarre" and baseless conspiracy theories — boosted by President Trump and his allies — alleging that the company rigged the 2020 election.

What he's saying: "The allegations against Dominion are bizarre, but I’ll set the record straight," Poulos wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed out Monday. "Dominion is an American company, now headquartered in Denver. Dominion is not and has never been a front for communists."

  • "It has no ties to Hugo Chávez, the late dictator of Venezuela. It has never been involved in Venezuelan elections."
  • "There is no secret 'vote flipping' algorithm."

Background: Dominion, which supplied voting equipment for the election in 28 states, has been at the center of a web of conspiracy theories on the right since Election Day. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell — a Trump ally who until recently was on the president's legal team — have claimed that voting machines were hijacked with software originally designed to keep the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez in power.

  • Poulos wrote that Dominion only focuses on a "highly regulated and certified" part of the election process.
  • "Despite the company’s limited role in elections, it has been the target of a stream of outrageous statements since Election Day—increasingly reckless and defamatory allegations that don’t stand up to scrutiny," Poulos wrote.

The bottom line: "These attacks undermine the tens of thousands of state and local officials who run our elections," Poulos wrote.

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Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 years in prison

An anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar.Photo: Hkun Lat/Getty Images

A Myanmar court sentenced the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Monday to four years in prison on charges of "inciting public unrest" and breaking COVID-19 protocols, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: It's the first of several verdicts that could result in the 76-year-old Nobel laureate being imprisoned for decades.

The big picture: Suu Kyi has been detained since the military overthrew the elected government and seized power on Feb. 1. Security forces have killed hundreds of activists and arrested thousands of others following massive protests in the wake of the coup.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

Pope Francis denounces European governments' migrant response

Pope Francis adresses refugees at the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on Sunday. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis criticized European countries' response to migrants and asylum seekers during his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Sunday.

Why it matters: The pope said "migration is a humanitarian crisis that concerns everyone," but little had changed in the global response to displaced peoples since his first visit to Lesbos five years ago, per a transcript of his remarks. "Human lives, real people, are at stake. ... let us stop this shipwreck of civilization!"

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