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Jared Kushner Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Jared Kushner has had a great two days: prison reform passed the House and he got his permanent top secret security clearance restored.

Why it matters: Just two months ago, Kushner was going through a brutal bout of revenge — leaks, negative press coverage and the stripping of his top secret security clearance by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. But Jared and Ivanka Trump have outlasted many before, and Kushner seems to have done it again.

  • The approved security clearance was particularly huge. It was a saga that had been dragging out in the media and hobbled Kushner politically, both internally and externally.
  • Prison reform was something Kushner had been working on behind the scenes since early in the administration, having to convince a tough-on-crime President and Attorney General to get on board. The bill received strong bipartisan support beyond expectations on the House floor on Tuesday.

Bottom line: Family comes first in this White House.

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Michigan board certifies Biden's win

Poll workers count absentee ballots in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 4. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and granting him the state's 16 electoral votes.

Why it matters: Republican Party leaders had unsuccessfully appealed to delay the official certification, amid the Trump campaign's failed legal challenges in key swing states.

Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

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President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to nominate former Fed Chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury Secretary, four people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Yellen, 74, will bring instant economic celebrity to Biden’s team and, if confirmed, she will not only be the first female Treasury Secretary but also the first person to have held all three economic power positions in the federal government: the chair of Council of Economic Advisers, the chair of Federal Reserve and the Treasury Secretary.

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Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of vaccine and therapeutics manufacturing with Bob Nelsen, a successful biotech investor who on Monday launched Resilience, a giant new pharma production platform that he believes will prepare America for its next major health challenges.