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Banners at Larry Bacow's 2018 inauguration as Harvard University's 29th president. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

For 2 weeks, Harvard University has been reviewing gifts made to the school from 1998 to 2007 by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, University President Lawrence Bacow said Thursday, the Harvard Crimson reports.

The big picture: Epstein's reported $8.9 million in gifts to Harvard, detailed by Bacow, is greater than the known $7.5 million in donations he made anonymously or circuitously to the MIT Media Lab. Epstein's largest reported donation to Harvard was a $6.5 million gift made in 2003 to the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which studies evolution, population structure and other areas.

  • The school received roughly $2.4 million in other gifts from Epstein prior to his 2008 guilty plea that resulted in him becoming a registered sex offender.
  • Nearly all of Epstein's gifts have already been spent, but Harvard's review found an unspent balance of $186,000 that the university plans to invest in "organizations that support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault," Bacow writes.
  • The review of gifts made between 1998 and 2007 is ongoing, per Bacow, who says that Harvard has not identified gifts made following Epstein's 2008 guilty plea.

The intrigue: Bacow also wrote the university "recently learned" that former professor Stephen Kosslyn designated Epstein as a visiting fellow in 2005 for the school's psychology department. Bacow describes Kosslyn as "a beneficiary of Epstein's philanthropy."

  • Epstein donated $50,000 to Stanford University's physics department in 2004, the school confirmed 1 day after Epstein's gifts to Harvard were made public.

Read University President Lawrence Bacow's letter:

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Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
4 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

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The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

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The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.

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