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Hope Hicks and Steve Bannon. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday along party lines to authorize subpoenas to obtain documents from 5 former White House officials.

The big picture: The subpoenas are part of the committee's wide-ranging investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by the Trump administration. As part of the resolution, the committee also authorized a subpoena for Attorney General Bill Barr to turn over special counsel Robert Mueller's full report.

Subpoenas were authorized for the following individuals:

  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn
  • Former White House strategist Steve Bannon
  • Former White House communications director Hope Hicks
  • Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus
  • Former White House deputy counsel Ann Donaldson

Go deeper: House Judiciary Committee launches sweeping Trump probe

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.