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Sen. Marco Rubio at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday became the latest in a small but slowly growing number of Republicans to publicly recognize President-elect Joe Biden, as President Trump refuses to concede.

Driving the news: The Senate Intelligence Committee acting chair was asked by journalists on Capitol Hill about reports that Biden's considering Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) for the role of national intelligence director in his incoming administration. "That'll be the president-elect's decision, obviously," Rubio replied.

What else he's saying: When asked to clarify his reference to Biden being the president-elect, Rubio said: "Ultimately that's what the results, the preliminary results, seem to indicate. You certainly have to anticipate if that's the highest likelihood at this point.

  • "But obviously the President has legal claims in court and he'll continue to pursue those, and if that changes, obviously, it'll be something we'll have to deal with."

Worth noting: Rubio told Axios' Alayna Treene last week that he's leaving the door open for a 2024 presidential run.

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The siege

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On Jan. 6, White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger entered the West Wing in the mid-afternoon, shortly after his colleagues' phones had lit up with an emergency curfew alert from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.

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Dems invoke Robert Byrd to sell Manchin on Senate rules changes

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A small group of Senate Democrats is privately invoking the legacy of late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd in an effort to sway Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support their plans to change the chamber's rules, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Manchin — who holds Byrd's Senate seat — has often referenced his predecessor's strong moral conviction and insistence on preserving the Senate as an institution, as justification for some of his tough positions.

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