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Photo: EUGENE TANNER/AFP/Getty Images

The individual who sent a false alert to people in Hawaii that a ballistic missile was headed towards the state earlier this month isn't cooperating with a Federal Communications Commission investigation into the incident, an official said Thursday at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing.

Why it matters: The false alert raised concerns about the integrity of the wireless alert system that can send messages to smartphones in a certain area.

"We are quite pleased with the level of cooperation we have received from the leadership of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency thus far. We are disappointed, however, that one key employee, the person who transmitted the false alert, is refusing to cooperate with our investigation. We hope that person will reconsider."
— Lisa Fowlkes, Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

What they’re saying: “We’ve encouraged all of our employees to cooperate in the investigations that are going on, but it comes down to a personal choice for each employee,” said Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. He added he didn’t know directly whether or not the employee in question was cooperating with the FCC, but that it would be “disappointing“ if he was not.

Go deeper: How the phone alerts system works

This story has been updated with Richard Rapoza’s comments.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Trust in federal coronavirus response surges

Data: Axios/Ipsos survey; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Trust surged in the federal government since President Biden's inauguration when it comes to COVID-19 — but that's almost entirely because of Democrats gaining confidence, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: Americans reported the biggest improvement in their mental and emotional health since our survey began last March, and the highest trust levels since April about the federal government providing them accurate virus information and looking out for their best interests.

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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