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President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani hailed Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" host Jeanine Pirro as a "crusader for justice" as she returned to her show Saturday.

Why it matters: She's been off the air for 2 weeks after the network condemned comments she made on her program suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar's wearing of a hijab meant she followed Sharia law. Pirro was to appear on "The Sean Hannity Show" Friday night. He said she canceled because of a "serious family emergency."

What they're saying: Pirro made no mention of her absences, but guest Giuliani told Pirro it's an honor to be with her again."I’m glad you’re back," he said. "We need, at this time that our country is in trouble, we need your common-sense voice," he said. Pirro thanked her "loyal Fox News channel viewers" at the end of the show.

Go deeper: Fox News host suggests Ilhan Omar's hijab means she follows Sharia law

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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