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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn in before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday "the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents. That would be wrong," but also hedged when asked if he was recused from investigating Hillary Clinton.

Why it matters: Sessions on Monday directed federal prosecutors to report directly to him and the deputy attorney general in assessing whether a special counsel should investigate the Hillary Clinton-era sale of Uranium One and "unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation." Sessions recused himself in March from investigating "any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States."

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Remote work shakes up geopolitics

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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.

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.