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The CIA released details to lawmakers on Thursday about CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel's life, which until now has been largely secret, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Some lawmakers have called for more information about her, but moving from clandestine to a public position has its challenges. The little information known about her includes her work at a Thailand "black site," which has drawn criticism since her nomination.

What else we learned about Haspel, per the WSJ:

  • Haspel wanted to pursue an education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, until her father "told her girls weren't welcome at the time." She instead received a languages and journalism degree from the University of Louisville.
  • She worked in the library and foreign language lab for the U.S. Army's 10th Special Forces Group upon graduation.
  • She applied to work for the CIA "[w]hen she heard that women could work there and even go into clandestine services overseas."
  • She was awarded the George H.W. Bush award for "a capture operation involving two terrorists with suspected connections to an embassy bombing," though the CIA would not specify which.

Go deeper: The CIA's history with black sites and enhanced interrogation.

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Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jay Powell bump elbows before House hearing on Tuesday. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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Beijing draws Chinese companies even closer

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping announced last week that the party must strengthen its leadership over private companies, and that entrepreneurs must meet the party's needs. 

Why it matters: Xi's new announcement will increase fears that Chinese businesses may serve as a Trojan horse for the CCP.

Scoop: Trump to meet with Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa on Friday

Lagoa and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Trump plans to meet with shortlisted Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa during a campaign visit to Florida on Friday, according to two sources familiar with his plans.

What we're hearing: Sources who know both Trump and Lagoa say they still expect the president to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but they view the Lagoa meeting as a wild card because they say she has a charismatic personality that would appeal to Trump.

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