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David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff with a penchant for controversial statements and a history of inmate deaths in his jail, says he's joining the Trump administration as an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke is a frequent Fox News guest and a favorite with many of Trump's grassroots supporters.

Juliette Kayyem, who served as the DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration, wrote on Twitter that Clarke would be taking her old job, adding: "I am floored. And feel for my career staff."

As the Daily Beast has reported, he traveled to Moscow in 2015 to meet with a Russian official who had been sanctioned by the U.S. government.The position doesn't require Senate confirmation.

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Deutsche Bank pays New York $150 million for dealings with Jeffrey Epstein

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Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay the state of New York a $150 million penalty for "significant compliance failures" related to its dealings with now-dead convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the State Department of Financial Services announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Deutsche Bank "failed to properly monitor account activity conducted on behalf of the registered sex offender despite ample" public information about Epstein's criminal history, according to regulators. It's the first time any financial institution has been penalized for its dealings with Epstein.

FBI director says China aims to become "world's only superpower"

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI Headquarters on June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray gave a speech today at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. in which he laid out "more detail on the Chinese threat than the FBI has ever presented in an open forum."

Why it matters: China's increasingly aggressive behavior under General Secretary Xi Jinping is ringing alarm bells in the U.S.

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Trump administration invests $2 billion in coronavirus drugs

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The Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense have awarded $1.6 billion to Novavax and $450 million to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as part of the federal government's efforts to speed up the development of coronavirus treatments.

The bottom line: Federal scientists are holding out hope that these companies' treatments, along with other vaccines in development, will snuff out the spread of the coronavirus.