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Google DC says it won't host political fundraisers. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Google is no longer allowing Run For Something — a group that recruits and trains progressive candidates for office — to hold a political fundraiser at its D.C. campus on June 6. Google did not respond to requests for comment about why it changed its mind.

The big picture: It's not unusual for companies to allow outside groups to use their office space for events, and Google hosts more than 400 politically affiliated events each year, per a person familiar, including an event with the conservative website Newsmax and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross last October.

What they're saying: Run For Something had arranged to rent the space from Google and was not receiving any financial contributions from the company, per Lesley Lopez, chief communications and marketing officer for Run For Something. Their fundraiser had scheduled to feature Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren, and was set to be the group's first big event in D.C. this cycle.

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Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

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The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.