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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The NFL on Thursday asked Congress for federal sports betting legislation, during a House Judicial Committee hearing.

The bottom line: Legislators failed to come to a consensus.

The goal of a federal framework for sports betting is to eliminate illegal off-shore betting that has become an industry worth billions of dollars.

  • Many congresspeople favor such legislation, but this was the first hearing to discuss its potential.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed for federal regulation in August.

Jocelyn Moore, the NFL's executive VP of communications and public affairs, said the league is asking for "core standards to protect the integrity of our game." She added that they could provide:

  • Easier paths to data sharing between leagues.
  • Greater authority on interstate commerce, law enforcement and money laundering.
  • Protection for intellectual property and data for leagues.

Sara Slane, senior VP for public affairs at the American Gaming Association, agreed that everyone at the hearing is racing against the illegal betting market, but maintained that state regulations are strong enough to beat it.

Be smart: Legislators still had questions about things like credit card use, how student athletes are affected and security concerns for players and league officials involved in betting.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.

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