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Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Twenty-one Democratic senators sent a letter on Monday asking the Justice Department for new information on threats to election workers.

Why it matters: The 2020 election led to an increase in threats against election workers prompting the department to launch a task force to ensure those who work on elections "be permitted to do their jobs free from threats and intimidation."

Details: The letter, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked the DOJ for more information on the number of threats against election workers, officials, volunteers or their families, the number of completed and ongoing investigations based upon those threats, and any guidances issued by the FBI or any United States Attorney's Offices regarding how these investigations are being handled.

What they're saying: "We must ensure that election workers are able to do their jobs free from threats, intimidation, or other improper influence," the letter read.

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Ohio county official denies knowing about attempted breach of election network

Residents of Lake County participate in early voting on Oct. 16, 2020. Photo: Dustin Franz/AFP via Getty Images

John Hamercheck, president of Ohio's Lake County Board of Commissioners, on Tuesday denied knowing about any attempts to breach the county's election network during the spring primary.

Driving the news: According to the Washington Post, a private laptop was plugged into the network inside Hamercheck's government office on May 4. No sensitive data was obtained.

Food delivery "ghost kitchens" face major obstacles

Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The growing popularity of food delivery has given rise to startups that open "ghost kitchens" — kitchens in warehouses or trailers that prepare food solely for delivery and have no option to dine in.

  • But they can come with a whole host of problems.

The big picture: The concept of "ghost kitchens" has been dubbed the next big thing in the future of services, with high profile backers like Uber founder Travis Kalanick. But these kitchens can be hard to run or unsafe.

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Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for health workers

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities nationwide.

The big picture: The order comes one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.

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