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White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has postponed the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, amid allegations of improper conduct and growing concerns about the physician's ability to lead the agency, committee chairman Johnny Isakson and ranking Democrat Jon Tester announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Although the White House says it stands by Jackson, the delay only adds to their fears that he'll get denied.

"The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs is postponing the hearing to consider the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in light of new information presented to the committee”
— Sens. Isakson and Tester in a statement Tuesday

What to watch: The Sens. also sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday requesting "all documentation pertaining to Rear Admiral Jackson's service in the White House medical unit and as Physician to the President."

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Why it matters: It's just a number, but kind of a wild one. Consider, via CNN: "Tesla is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and its merger partner PSA Group."

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

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A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.