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Halimah DeLaine Prado. Photo: Google

Google has named Halimah DeLaine Prado its new general counsel, taking over day-to-day oversight of the company's legal team from Kent Walker, who had essentially retained the GC role since being promoted to a broader position in 2018.

The big picture: Tech giants' legal teams are in a busy season as policymaker scrutiny rises and potential antitrust cases loom.

Between the lines: DeLaine Prado's promotion makes her a woman of color in a senior leadership role, rare for Silicon Valley and corporate America writ large. The tech industry has faced pressure both from outside and from within its own workforce to diversify at the top.

  • That said, Walker will still remain in his role as senior vice president of global affairs, serving as DeLaine Prado's boss at the helm of Google's policy and legal teams worldwide.

Background: DeLaine Prado, a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown Law, has been at Google since 2006, most recently serving as vice president of legal, where she ran the global team handling counsel for Google products including ads, search and YouTube.

  • Walker in a statement called her "uniquely qualified to lead the Legal Department at this critical moment."

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President Trump plans to brandish obituaries of people who supposedly voted but are dead — plus hold campaign-style rallies — in an effort to prolong his fight against apparent insurmountable election results, four Trump advisers told me during a conference call this afternoon.

What we're hearing: Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the "specific pieces of evidence" aimed at bolstering the Trump team's so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden’s victory.

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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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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.