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The classified memo written by the House Intelligence Committee is expected to be released soon, White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview with Fox News Radio on Wednesday. He added that he has seen the four-page document, and White House lawyers are currently going through it.

Why it matters: Several Republicans have been pushing for the memo's release, claiming that it contains evidence that the FBI and Justice Department are biased against President Trump. Meanwhile, Democrats argue that the memo is a tool to further undermine the FBI and Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

"It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and then the whole world can see it."
— John Kelly on Fox News Radio

FBI Director Christopher Wray has also read the memo, and has urged the White House not to release it to the public, sources told Bloomberg, because it "contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative."

Timing: Last night after the State of the Union address, TV cameras caught President Trump telling Rep. Jeff Duncan that he "100 percent" supports releasing the memo.

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California surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

A man prepares a funeral arrangement in in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 12. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Facebook bans Myanmar military

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Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform.

The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive protests to erupt throughout the country. Military leaders have been using internet blackouts to try to maintain power in light of the coup.

It's harder to fill the Cabinet

Data: Chamberlain, 2020, "United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset" Chart: Will Chase/Axios

It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.