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Fidelity Investments on Tuesday laid off hundreds of employees, Axios has learned. This comes just months after the Boston-based firm offered voluntary buyouts to 3,000 members of its 45,000 workers – an offer that is believed to have been accepted by more than 1,500 employees.

Context: Fidelity is not the sort of company that would seem to require cost-cutting. Last year it reported record revenue ($15.9 billion), profits ($3.5 billion) and accounts (workplace plan participants, retail households and institutional). But it has been known to do periodic payroll culling, in part to keep those profit margins high.

Fidelity statement to Axios: "We are a very healthy company that continues to grow, and our record 2016 earnings underscore this fact. Beyond this, we actively manage our business and have not historically commented about hiring or reductions."

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NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.

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