FBI director nominee Christopher Wray testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Confidence in the FBI's senior leadership among rank-and-file employees has dropped from previous years, according to an internal climate survey obtained by Lawfare.

Why it matters: The survey confirms that the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, in tandem with the Peter Strzok scandal and President Trump's barrage of attacks against the intelligence community, have created an air of instability within the bureau.

The details: Employees across the Bureau's headquarters 56 field offices expressed pride in working for the FBI at levels that were consistent with previous years. When asked questions related to their views on the honesty, integrity and vision of the FBI's senior leadership and director, however, positive sentiment declined by as much as 0.62 points out of five.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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