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A TSA agaent at a security gate. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Now that TSA agents have missed their first paychecks, airports are starting to feel the squeeze of the partial government shutdown and are closing security checkpoints or entire concourses due to a lack of screening agents.

Driving the news: Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport closed one terminal’s security checkpoint on Monday due to a lack of screening agents. Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses on Saturday because too few TSA agents were showing up for work.

  • Both Washington’s Dulles International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were operating under "contingency plans" due to call-outs, per TSA spokesperson Michael Bilello. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority told the NYT that inclement weather caused the shortage of security agents at Dulles.
  • By the numbers: Bilello said the rate of unscheduled absences Monday (7.6%) is more than double what they were on roughly the same day in 2012 (3.2%).

Why it matters: The absences could have an effect on air travel and potentially make airports less secure. They may continue to increase as the political stalemate over funding for President Trump's border wall drags on.

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.