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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who drafted the memorandum Trump says helped him make his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, is requesting a meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Chairman Richard Burr and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, per Politico.

What to watch for: Confirmations or clarifications on how firing Comey went down. Reports are flying that Rosenstein was so furious earlier this week that he threatened to quit his new role (for which he was just confirmed two weeks ago) when Trump and his team indicated he was one of the main reasons POTUS fired Comey.

Go deeper: The Democratic caucus has called for someone other than Rosenstein to appoint an independent prosecutor and requested he brief Senators on the firing. Read Rosenstein's original memo here. Read the timeline of Comey's firing here.

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18 mins ago - World

Scoop: Secret Israel-Sudan contacts paved the way for deal sealed by Trump

Trump on the phone with the leaders of Sudan and Israel. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty

While the U.S. officially brokered the Israel-Sudan normalization deal, it was Israel that facilitated talks between the U.S. and Sudan on the broader deal that included Sudan’s removal from America’s state sponsors of terrorism list.

Why it matters: Israel’s secret contacts with Sudanese officials paved the way for a deal that was nearly a year in the making.

Updated 19 mins ago - Politics & Policy

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  1. Politics: Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan as cases surge in the Midwest.
  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control the rise in hospitalizations.
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.
42 mins ago - Health

Trump's testing czar: COVID surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests

Assistant Secretary of Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the federal government's coronavirus testing response, pushed back on Wednesday against President Trump's continued claims that rising coronavirus cases are a product of increased testing.

The big picture: Every available piece of data shows that the pandemic is getting worse again across the country. Hospitalizations are on the rise — and some hospitals are warning that they could soon be overwhelmed — while 13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day.