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Rep. Darrell Issa may run for the district next door his California 49th if Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns from the seat, The Hill reports.

Why it matters: Issa announced yesterday that he would not be running for reelection in his own district, but did not specifically say he would be retiring from Capitol Hill.

Hunter has been caught up in federal and congressional ethics investigations — and his 50th is a redder district than Issa's 49th.

Key quote: Rep. Hunter told the Hill regarding Issa, “If I was to blow up in the air, then he would be running for it.... If I blow up, yes. Why wouldn’t he run for my seat if I was to blow up in the air?”

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Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.