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Screenshot: "State of the Union"

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" said Democrats surrendered to President Trump's stonewalling during the House impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Republicans and Trump's defense team have criticized House Democrats for not allowing the judicial branch to decide on congressional subpoenas.

The exchange:

Host Jake Tapper: "You told senators this week, 'Don't surrender to the president's stonewalling.' What do you say to those who say that's exactly what the House Democrats did by not going to court to try to force subpoenas and force witnesses?"
Lofgren: "We did go to court, as you know."
Tapper: "But you didn't pursue it in court. You ultimately withdrew the cases and went to the Senate."
Lofgren: "Ultimately, we realized we had the evidence we were going to get and that it was sufficient to prove our case."
Tapper: "But didn't you surrender to President Trump's stonewalling in that sense?"
Lofgren: "Well, I guess in that sense we did because if we waited for three or four years, the election would be over. The issue would be almost moot. With the McGahn subpoena — we subpoenaed him last April, and we're not going to get an answer on that probably until next year."

Go deeper: Adam Schiff: GOP "deathly afraid" of impeachment trial witnesses

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during an October COVID-19 briefing in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Robert Kitchin - Pool/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses as the government pushes to reach a 90% vaccination target for the country.

Why it matters: Under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, businesses in close contact with customers must require a vaccine certificate from them. Ardern said at a briefing Tuesday that in order for these venues, which include hair salons, bars, restaurants and gyms, along with events, to operate staff must also be vaccinated.

State Department to set up new cyber bureau to combat hack attacks

Secretary of State Tony Blinken speaks on the challenges during an October conference in Quito, Ecuador. Photo:y Felipe Stanley/Agencia Press South/Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Monday plans for the State Department to create a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy.

Why it matters: The establishment of the bureau and plans for a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology come after a series significant hack attacks and other online crimes, notably ransomware assaults on U.S. infrastructure.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.