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Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of Fusion GPS, agreed to testify in a closed-door setting before the House Intelligence Committee next week in exchange for the panel withdrawing a subpoena, per CNN.

Why it matters: Fusion GPS, a Washington-based investigative firm, has been under heightened scrutiny in recent months for commissioning the Steele dossier, which details Trump's alleged interactions with Russians during his campaign. The firm was also hired by Hillary Clinton and the DNC to collect damaging information about Trump.

More details:

  • Simpson testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 hours earlier this year in a closed session and provided information to the Senate Intelligence Committee under the condition that he would not be forced to waive privileges protecting the firm and the identities of its clients.
  • Fusion GPS attorney Josh Levy said in a statement Wednesday that leaders of the House Intel Committee agreed to interview Simpson under similar circumstances.

Court battle:

  • In addition to their subpoena for Simpson's testimony, the House Intel panel also issued a subpoena for Fusion GPS' bank records. But last month Fusion went to court to try to block the order.
  • It's unclear where the committee's attempt to obtain the records stands, but Levy said the current agreement for Simpson to testify is separate from the court battle over the records.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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