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Billionaire Miles Kwok poses at his NYC apartment in November 2017. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

Drudge tweeted Thursday "LIFE AFTER MERCER! BANNON FINDS NEW BILLIONAIRE, MILES KWOK..."

Background: Miles Kwok, aka Guo Wengui, is a controversial, self-proclaimed billionaire and member of Mar-a-Lago who fled China and has taken up refuge in a Manhattan penthouse while awaiting a decision on his U.S. asylum application.

Beijing has been trying for months to get him back, including, as the Wall Street Journal reported in October, using Steve Wynn as an intermediary to ask Trump to repatriate him.

"President Donald Trump received a letter from the Chinese government, hand-delivered by Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino magnate with interests in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau. Mr. Trump initially expressed interest in helping the Chinese government by deporting Mr. Guo, but other senior officials worked to block any such move, according to people familiar with the matter," WSJ reported.

What's happening now: Kwok was very active on Twitter until suddenly going quiet in late November. Before his Twitter break, he tweeted about several meetings with Steve Bannon, and his pinned tweet shows him with Bannon.

My thought bubble: Drudge provides no further evidence beyond the tweet, but I have been hearing similar things. Given Bannon's apparent issues with donors, Kwok and Bannon's convergent views of the PRC, and their love of the spotlight, this could be an interesting partnership. That is, until it collapses in recrimination, as every partnership eventually seems to do for both men.

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Reports: CIA finds "Havana Syndrome" unlikely caused by foreign campaign

CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill last April. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

A preliminary CIA report rules out a foreign global campaign as the cause of American and Canadian diplomats affected by a mysterious illness known as "Havana syndrome," per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Some lawmakers had suggested the sometimes debilitating illness was due to directed energy attacks. But CIA officials told the New York Times that most of the 1,000 cases reported to the government could be "explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress." This finding has angered some victims, per the NYT.

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 2 far-right "America First" activists

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot, from left; Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin on Capitol Hill in December. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas Wednesday for far-right leaders Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey, who allegedly encouraged followers to go to D.C. and challenge the 2020 election results.

Why it matters: The action underscores the panel's increasing focus on rallies held ahead of the Capitol attack and how extremists were drawn to former President Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, per the New York Times.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.