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Hillary Clinton's former campaign chair John Podesta — who infamously had his emails hacked by the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race — is speaking out against the "big lie campaign" propagated against him by President Trump.

His tweets: "Not bad enough that I was the victim of a massive cyber crime directed by the Russian President ... Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President. [Trump] seems a lot more worried now than July 2016 when he asked the Russians to hack our campaign."

Some context: Trump attacked Tony Podesta, John's older brother, on Twitter earlier today, saying that the brothers have "earth shattering" information about Democrats that "could Drain the Swamp."

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1 hour ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

3 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

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.