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Photo: Mikhail Svetlov via Getty Images

]The Department of Justice announced indictments Thursday against seven Russian military intelligence officers for alleged malicious cyber activities against the U.S. and its allies, including retaliation against officials and organizations that exposed state-sponsored doping by Russian Olympic athletes and the hacking of a lab investigating Russia and Syria's use of chemical weapons.

The big picture: The new indictments come on the heels of the U.K. and the Netherlands accusing Russia of running a massive global campaign of cyber attacks intended to undermine Western democracies. Dutch authorities said today they expelled four GRU officers for attempting to hack OPCW, a global chemical weapons watchdog investigating the Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

  • Fancy Bear, the hackers believed to have breached the Democratic National Committee to tamper in the 2016 elections, are also believed to be the group that hacked the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Data: Axios/Ipsos survey; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Trust surged in the federal government since President Biden's inauguration when it comes to COVID-19 — but that's almost entirely because of Democrats gaining confidence, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: Americans reported the biggest improvement in their mental and emotional health since our survey began last March, and the highest trust levels since April about the federal government providing them accurate virus information and looking out for their best interests.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.