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NBC News reports that Barack Obama warned President Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, citing three former Obama administration officials. Per NBC, the warning came "less than 48 hours after November's election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office."

A senior White House official confirmed to NBC that Obama told Trump "he was not a fan of Michael Flynn," but said that wasn't surprising given how critical Flynn had been of Obama.

Just this morning, Trump tweeted: "General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration - but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that."

Sound smart: Axios' Jonathan Swan reported last night that White House officials were leaking constantly about Flynn to try and get as much separation from him as possible amid the Russia inquiry. Trump was unhappy to see that report, though, and wants his aides to stop bashing Flynn.

Up next: Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, will testify this afternoon that she warned the administration about Flynn long before he was fired.

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Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

Stephen Hahn. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.