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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Within his first few hours of being in office, Brazil's newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro issued a series of executive orders that "targeted Brazil's indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community," the Associated Press reports.

Details: The orders will make it difficult to establish new land designated for indigenous groups and descendants of former slaves, while also removing LGBT concerns from the responsibilities of the the human rights ministry. LGBT activist Symmy Larrat told the AP that the community doesn't see "any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues."

The big picture: The far-right Bolsonaro has promised to crack down on crime and corruption and revitalize the struggling Brazilian economy through pro-market reforms. The latter pledge helped propel Sao Paulo's stock market to a record close on his first day, per the AP.

  • But critics fear Bolsonaro's history of racism, homophobia and praise for military dictators will manifest in policy that undermines human rights, especially for minority groups.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Brazil for the inauguration, told Bolsonaro that President Trump is confident that the U.S.-Brazil relationship "will benefit the world and the set of shared values that we believe we can together advance."

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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.

The big picture: Flynn's pardon would be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election.

This story is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

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.