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In an interview with NBC News, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the Bureau currently has more than 3,000 open terrorism investigations nationwide, all of which are full-field cases that range from suspected ISIS threats to homegrown extremism.

Why it matters: Per NBC News, this is a higher number than previously disclosed. "This is in big cities and small towns," Wray said. "It's a real problem."

Other highlights:

  • On the FBI's reputation: "What I have seen is people fiercely focused on trying to do the right thing in the right way, free from political influence, consistent with the best traditions that I've always revered about the FBI. At the end of the day, we're going to get criticized no matter what."
  • On failing to follow up on Nikolas Cruz: "We were worried, would people suddenly not want to call in? If anything, we've seen exactly the opposite — a sharp uptick [in tips.] It's been quite significant."
  • On foreign espionage: Wray said that China is consistently going after U.S. targets to obtain trade secrets. "To be clear, we do not open investigations based on race, or ethnicity, or national origin. But when we open investigations into economic espionage, time and time again, they keep leading back to China."

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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.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

Snapchat.

Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.

Nasdaq's ultimatum

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New diversity and inclusion rules are on the table for some of America's most powerful corporations, courtesy of one of its most powerful stock exchanges.

What's new: Nasdaq is threatening to delist companies that won't move toward having at least one woman and at least one underrepresented minority or LGBTQ person on their corporate boards.