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Vice President Mike Pence told "CBS This Morning" on Friday that he doesn't "know anything about" the QAnon conspiracy theory, adding that he dismisses it "out of hand" when pressed.

Why it matters: President Trump said earlier this week that he does not know much about QAnon, but said its supporters "are people that love our country," drawing a wave of controversy.

  • QAnon centers on the baseless idea that some portion of America's elite are cannibals and pedophiles, engaged in a global fight to take down Trump via the "deep state."
  • A number of QAnon believers have won GOP congressional primaries, most notably Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Trump congratulated Greene on the win despite her record of backing QAnon and espousing racist and Islamophobic remarks.

The big picture: Trump's statements this week prompted a number of prominent Republicans to speak out publicly against QAnon, including Rep. Liz Cheney, Sen. Ben Sasse, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Jeb Bush.

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Updated Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

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Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Buffett eyes slow U.S. progress, but says "never bet against America"

Warren Buffett in New York City in 2017. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Warren Buffett called progress in America "slow, uneven and often discouraging," but retained his long-term optimism in the country, in his closely watched annual shareholder letter released Saturday morning.

Why it matters: It breaks months of uncharacteristic silence from the 90-year-old billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO — as the fragile economy coped with the pandemic and the U.S. saw a contentious presidential election.

Restaurant software meets the pandemic moment

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Food delivery companies have predictably done well during the pandemic. But restaurant software providers are also having a moment as eateries race to handle the avalanche of online orders resulting from severe in-person dining restrictions.

Driving the news: Olo filed last week for an IPO and Toast is rumored to be preparing to do the same very soon.

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