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Tom Brady in Hulu's Super Bowl commercial. Photo: Hulu

Super Bowl 2020 was watched by an estimated 194 million people on Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation.

The big picture: With figures like that, it's no wonder the clash between Jimmy Garoppolo’s San Francisco 49ers and Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs drew some of the biggest names in business, sports and politics during the commercial breaks. Here are some of the most memorable ads from the big event.

  • Days before the game, Tom Brady posted a photo of himself at a stadium on social media. It stirred speculation about the future of the 42-year-old, who's a free agent this year.
  • All became clear on Sunday when it turned out the posts were teasing his Super Bowl commercial for Hulu:
  • President Trump's 2020 campaign touted his social justice credentials in a Super Bowl ad featuring Alice Marie Johnson. Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense after her cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West:
  • Jeep got us all nostalgic for the 1993 comedy classic "Groundhog Day," as Bill Murray reprised his role as our favorite weather forecaster Phil Connors for the automaker's commercial:
  • Cheetos brought us further back in time with a cheesy ad featuring rapper MC Hammer and his 1990 classic song "You can't touch this":
  • Doritos called in big guns from the entertainment industry for its ad, with Lil Nas X and his insanely catchy chart-topper "Old Town Road" taking on Sam Elliott:
  • Planters resurrected Mr. Peanut in a 30-second ad, titled "Tribute," showing the beloved character's funeral:
  • Google went with an emotional Super Bowl commercial featuring an 85-year-old grandfather who uses Google Assistant to keep his late wife's memory alive.
  • Hyundai went heavy on the star power and Boston accents in its commercial, with John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and Chris Evans featuring in the "smaht pahk" special:

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more ads.

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Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
4 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

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.