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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has told associates he plans to dramatically pare back his interactions with journalists following his jaw-dropping comments to The New Yorker, sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Why it matters: Scaramucci's aggressive entrance rattled West Wing staffers, and, like any aide representing President Trump on TV, he runs the risk of upstaging POTUS, who insists on being the star of his own show.

"Mooch" was scheduled to be a headliner at this weekend's Politicon conference in Pasadena, Calif., but he's pulled out. A source with direct knowledge says he withdrew before the Lizza incident — because of the new job, not the incident.

To be clear: We don't expect that Mooch, who has been highly accessible to the press during his Wall Street career, will disappear from your screens.

He'll keep doing TV when the President wants him to, and there's no way he'll stop engaging with all reporters; but he's told associates he'll be limiting his one-on-one interactions after feeling "burned." Scaramucci has told friends he was under the impression the conversation wouldn't be made public, though Lizza says Scaramucci never stipulated at the beginning of the conversation that he wanted it to be off the record. And Scaramucci has told associates he may have botched "the protocol" and tweeted on Thursday night: "I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again."

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Former D.C. Guard alleges Army Generals lied about Jan. 6 response

Members of the National Guard and Capitol police keep a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators away from the Capitol following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A former D.C. National Guard official has alleged that top Army generals "lied" to Congress in their testimony on the U.S. Capitol riot, Politico first reported Monday.

The big picture: Col. Earl Matthews, who was serving on Jan. 6, alleges in a memo that the official version on the military response is "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist" and that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on it features "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis."

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

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Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This battery plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.

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The scramble in Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act is being complicated by an effort to tie it to a needed hike in the federal debt limit.

Why it matters: The House and Senate are rapidly coming up against a series of deadlines they must address before the end of the year — or risk disrupting crucial military funding and upending the economy. Congressional leaders are now hoping they can knock out both "must-pass" priorities in one, complex swoop.

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