Central American migrants hold a demonstration following the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee approved the first batch of subpoenas to Trump administration officials regarding the policy of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

The big picture: The decision will "compel the heads of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to deliver documents," per the AP. Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said, "I believe this is a true national emergency. When our own government rips children from the arms of their mothers and fathers with no plans to reunite them — that is government-sponsored child abuse."

In a statement provided to Axios, an HHS spokesperson said:

"HHS understands and appreciates the important role of Congressional Oversight and has communicated regularly and in good faith with members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Additionally, we have transparently provided 792 pages of documents related to the Committee's request and offered their staff a review of the Office of Refugee Resettlement portal at the Department."

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Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.