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In an explanation that was at times difficult to follow, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's attorney Phillip Jauregui attempted to cast doubt on Beverly Young-Nelson's allegations against Moore.

The backdrop: Moore has been under pressure from Sean Hannity and members of Congress to offer substantive evidence countering the allegations against him. "It takes time to work through this, and we want to be correct," Jauregui said.

  • Jauregui claimed the yearbook signature from Moore that Young-Nelson presented as evidence was lifted from divorce filings that Moore, as Etowah County District Attorney, signed years later.
  • Moore flatly denies having written the message, saying he didn't know Young-Nelson at the time.
  • Jauregui said that the penmanship suggests the message was written by two different people. He demanded that Young-Nelson turn over the yearbook so that the original copy may be reviewed by an expert.
  • Jauregui said repeatedly that the allegations had been "incredibly painful" for Moore and his family.

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

The big picture: Flynn's pardon would be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election.

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The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

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The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.