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The White House asked President Trump's former counsel Don McGahn twice to say publicly that the president did not obstruct justice by asking for special counsel Robert Mueller to be dismissed, but McGahn refused, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This shows how far the Trump administration has gone to prove the president did not attempt to obstruct justice, per the New York Times. The request by Trump also has House Democrats saying it's "critical" for McGahn to testify before Congress regarding the Mueller report.

What they're saying: In a statement, McGahn's lawyer said: “We did not perceive it as any kind of threat or something sinister. It was a request, professionally and cordially made,” the New York Times reports.

The backdrop: McGahn spent more than 30 hours talking to Mueller's investigators last August and said he was ready to resign in 2017 rather than ask the deputy attorney general to fire Mueller. He stayed in his position when Trump didn't push him on the matter, per the Wall Street Journal, ultimately leaving the White House in 2018.

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Pfizer says COVID vaccine over 90% effective in kids

A health care worker preparing a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine dose in New York City on Oct. 21. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the Food and Drug Administration Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Changing the inflation conversation

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Inflation looks like it’ll run hot for longer than plenty of smart people thought it would. The conversation over just how much more Americans will have to pay for their stuff has taken on a new intensity, as supply problems show few signs of fading.

Why it matters: The rate of price growth has remained consistently strong in recent months — a time that some thought would bring cooling prices after an initial reopening spike. What goes on with prices will influence the decisions made by Congress, the Biden Administration, and the Federal Reserve.

The biggest headline from Biden's town hall

President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

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