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In an interview with WGBH, former FBI Director James Comey admitted that he is "a little bit numb" to President Trump's continued Twitter threats, but added that if a Democratic president acted the same way, Republicans' "heads would explode."

"I say that slowly because I hope Republicans listen to it and realize that if a Democrat were president and did that, their heads would explode. So my question is, why are your heads not exploding now?"

The big picture: The New York Times reported last week that Trump has privately discussed investigating and prosecuting Comey and Hillary Clinton, two of his most prominent political enemies. Comey has also been subpoenaed by House Republicans who want him to testify privately about his handling of the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails. He told WGBH that he "would never just ignore a subpoena," but that he would prefer a public hearing to avoid selective leaking that creates some kind of "false narrative" about alleged FBI bias.

Go deeper: James Comey no longer considers himself a Republican

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Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia would be the biggest regional player to sign onto the "Abraham Accords" peace agreement with Israel, and such a major breakthrough would likely convince other Arab and Muslim countries to follow suit.

Tech's leaky world

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Tech companies are learning what everyone in Washington already knows: Leaks of confidential info are inevitable, and "plumbing" operations to close them rarely work.

Why it matters: Most tech firms talk up the power of transparency but prefer to keep details of their operations secret from competitors and the public. Researchers, regulators and the media are increasingly relying on information provided by dissident employees and whistleblowers to see inside companies' workings.

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First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a virtual town hall with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Oct. 14. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.