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Sam Clovis with President Trump at a 2016 campaign rally. Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP

Sam Clovis is a top Trump campaign surrogate emerging at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's current focus. Reports have pegged him as the "campaign supervisor" in Mueller's indictment with whom George Papadopoulos corresponded regarding meetings with suspected Russian officials — and, just last week, he was interviewed by Mueller's team and testified before a grand jury, per NBC News.

Keep an eye out: Clovis is currently nominated to become the USDA's top scientist — though he has no agricultural science or research experience — and the position requires Senate confirmation. Expect fireworks if Democrats on the Agriculture Committee got the chance to question him in a public confirmation hearing.

Some more background on Clovis:

  • He was a conservative radio personality in Iowa, which increased his involvement in state Republican politics — ultimately losing the 2014 race for state treasurer after finishing behind Joni Ernst in Iowa's Senate GOP primary earlier that year.
  • He served as national co-chair of President Trump's campaign where he also acted as chief policy advisor, supervising George Papadopoulos.
  • He's previously been dismissive of climate research and climate change and been an outspoken opponent of LGBT rights, drawing waves of criticism from congressional Democrats.

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Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
4 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

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The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.