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Attorney General Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In his first public remarks since the Mueller report's release, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday Russian hacking was "only the tip of the iceberg" in the country's plans to "influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America," per the Washington Post.

What he's saying: Rosenstein, who spoke at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, also defended the decision not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice as a result of the Mueller report, saying, "The rule of law is our most important principle. ... As President Trump pointed out, 'We govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] … the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will.'"

Go deeper: For hacked campaigns, 2020 might as well be 2016

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Thanksgiving box office shows theaters have long road to recovery

Photo of Disney's "Encanto;" Credit: Disney

Box office ticket sales over the Thanksgiving holiday show that consumer confidence in moviegoing is slowly improving, but not enough to bring the struggling theater industry back to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon, if ever.

Why it matters: "We may have to temper expectations a bit" for next year, said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

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23 mins ago - Health

Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world

Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

The emergence of the Omicron variant is bringing new urgency to global vaccination efforts.

Why it matters: New variants can emerge anywhere, and can spread everywhere. Getting doses to the developing world — and getting those doses into people's arms — is essential, and that effort has so far been lagging.

GOP courts anti-vaxxers with jobless aid

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republican officials around the country are testing a creative mechanism to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates: unemployment benefits.

Driving the news: Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee have changed their unemployment insurance rules to allow workers who are fired or quit over vaccine mandates to receive benefits.