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Sec. Mattis listens to President Trump during a cabinet meeting. Photo by Saul Loeb/Getty Images.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is declining to comment on the alleged $700 million fraud at Theranos, much of which occurred while he sat on the blood-testing company's board of directors.

  • Mattis joined the Theranos board after retiring from the military in 2013, and left after being nominated by President Trump.
  • Statement from Mattis spokeswoman Dana White, who declined to elaborate: “Secretary Mattis was struck by the promise of technology and was looking for any technology solution to save lives on the battlefield.  He resigned his position on the Theranos board on Dec. 16th prior to his confirmation.”

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.