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Sens Edward Markey (left) and Richard Blumenthal. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Democrats Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal introduced "privacy bill of rights" legislation today shortly before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify in a Senate hearing about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Why it matters: It's the first concrete piece of legislation to come from the Facebook controversy, and the first recent attempt to apply privacy to web companies like Facebook and Google. The bill would direct the FTC to require companies to get consumers' opt-in consent before using, sharing or selling their personal information.

Quick take: What a difference a year makes. Almost exactly a year ago, Congress repealed the FCC's privacy rules that applied to internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon, but not web platforms like Google and Facebook. Now, the only piece of legislation on the table (so far) applies only to the web firms, despite some calls for uniform rules that apply to all members of the internet ecosystem.

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID-related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.