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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (L) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R). AP Photo/Zach Gibson and Molly Riley

The Congressional Black Caucus will get a say in the confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for Attorney General.

The drama: Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley is willing to allow CBC House Democrats to testify, via Politico. That includes Rep. John Lewis, a key figure in the Civil Rights movement. But Grassley wants them to go after others in the hearing, unlike the usual procedure of lawmakers skipping the line. Democrats don't love that.

Why it matters: Racial issues — including voting rights, the Drug War and policing — will lead the Sessions confirmation hearing. A Lewis-Sessions exchange is sure to dominate a news cycle, so Democrats want to maximize that exposure.

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Attorney General Barr may be fired or resign, as President Trump seethes about Barr's statement this week that no widespread voter fraud has been found.

Behind the scenes: A source familiar with the president's thinking tells Axios that Trump remains frustrated with what he sees as the lack of a vigorous investigation into his election conspiracy theories.

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Scoop: Trump's spy chief plans dire China warning

Xi Jinping reviews troops during a military parade in Beijing last year. Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Thursday will publicly warn that China's threat to the U.S. is a defining issue of our time, a senior administration official tells Axios.

Why it matters: It's exceedingly rare for the head of the U.S. intelligence community to make public accusations about a rival power.

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Tech's race problem is all about power

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As problematic as the tech industry's diversity statistics are, activists say the focus on those numbers overlooks a more fundamental problem — one less about numbers than about power.

What they're saying: In tech, they argue, decision-making power remains largely concentrated in the hands of white men. The result is an industry whose products and working conditions belie the industry rhetoric about changing the world for the better.