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President Trump's transition team was aware that Michael Flynn was under federal investigation before naming him national security advisor, the New York Times reports.

The investigation was into paid lobbying work Flynn did for Turkey during the presidential campaign. Flynn made a disclosure to Don McGahn, now White House counsel, on January 4 according to the report.

The timeline, based on the reporting
  • Nov 18: Trump offers Flynn NSA post
  • Jan 4: Flynn discloses he is under federal investigation
  • Jan 20: Trump takes office, Flynn becomes NSA
  • Jan 26: Sally Yates warns McGahn Flynn could be subject to Russian blackmail
  • Feb 13: Flynn dismissed as NSA

Correction: The Times reports that Trump's team was aware of the investigation, not Trump himself.

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.