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Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. Photo: Photo: Paul Drinkwater / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes instantly made waves across America, sparking a rush of enthusiasm for her to pursue a presidential bid. But in a newly released InStyle interview, which took place just three weeks before the awards ceremony, Oprah said a 2020 run isn't in the cards:

I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.

Yes, but: Despite Winfrey saying that being president "isn't for me," don't rule out a 2020 run just yet. This interview came before the country exploded with #Oprah2020, and the powerful response she received may change things. Keep in mind that after the awards ceremony her partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that "she would absolutely do it."

Why it matters: In the wake of the #MeToo movement that has swept the country, Oprah hits all the right notes. As Axios' Shane Savitsky wrote after her striking speech, "She’s not a white man, she’s liberal, she’s flirted with the notion of running, she’s a voice for women and the abused in a sullied Hollywood industry, she’s famous."

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In cyber espionage, U.S. is both hunted and hunter

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American outrage over foreign cyber espionage, like Russia's SolarWinds hack, obscures the uncomfortable reality that the U.S. secretly does just the same thing to other countries.

Why it matters: Secrecy is often necessary in cyber spying to protect sources and methods, preserve strategic edges that may stem from purloined information, and prevent diplomatic incidents.

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The Biden White House is deploying top officials to get a wide ideological spectrum of lawmakers, governors and mayors on board with the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The broad, choreographed effort shows just how crucially Biden views the stimulus to the nation's recovery and his own political success.

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Scoop: Sudan wants to seal Israel normalization deal at White House

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Three months after Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel, it still hasn't signed an agreement to formally do so. Israeli officials tell me one reason has now emerged: Sudan wants to sign the deal at the White House.

Driving the news: Israel sent Sudan a draft agreement for establishing diplomatic relations several weeks ago, but the Sudanese didn’t reply, the officials say. On Tuesday, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Eli Cohen raised that issue in Khartoum during the first-ever visit of an Israeli minister to Sudan.