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CIA Headquarters. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP Getty Images

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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Dave Lawler, author of World
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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.