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Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) called the committee's Wednesday hearing on policy responses to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election the first of several "capstone" events to finalize a committee report on the Obama administration's actions at the time.

What they're saying: "The committee is ready to finalize our assessment of the Obama administration's response to Russian interference, and today's hearing will be the first of several capstone events." He told reporters the assessment was "pretty close" on Tuesday, per Politico.

  • Senate Intel leaders already released a document blessing the intelligence community's report on the 2016 election, including assertions that Russian interference was intended to help the Trump campaign.

What's next: Burr announced more high-profile Obama personnel might appear before the committee in the near future: "We have invited Ambassador Rice and her deputies to join us in a few weeks. We've also invited former leaders from FBI and DOJ to testify in July. "

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Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.

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Airbnb co-founders double Afghan refugee program to 40,000

Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.

The big picture: The housing typically lasts several weeks, and Airbnb and Airbnb.org provide subsidies to hosts. Hosts and donors also help pay.