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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told CNN Tuesday that there were "sound reasons" for judges to issue a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

Why it matters: Burr's comments, which come after the Justice Department released redacted documents relating to surveillance of Page, put him at odds — again —with House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who led the charge on the controversial memo outlining FISA abuses earlier this year. Nunes and Burr, both Republicans, have consistently been on opposing sides when discussing how to handle Russian election interference.

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Trump pardons Bannon in final hours of presidency

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President Trump issued an eleventh-hour pardon to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night, sparing a longtime ally from a federal fraud prosecution over his alleged misappropriation of nonprofit funds.

Why it matters: Bannon was the most high-profile name on a list of what's expected to be dozens pardons and commutations that the White House released, with mere hours remaining in Trump’s presidency. His pardon of the former Breitbart News chief came as Bannon faced criminal charges stemming from a scheme to privately finance a southern border wall.

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Google is investigating recent actions by Margaret Mitchell, who helps lead the company's ethical AI team, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."