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Hope Hicks in the Oval Office. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images

No decision has been made on Hope Hicks' replacement as White House communications director, but here are some people who could be in the mix, according to my conversations with the inner circle:

  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, if she wanted the job, could step behind the scenes.
  • Heather Nauert, a former Fox anchor and correspondent who is the State Department spokesperson, is very well-liked in the White House, and people believe she'd do a great job as press secretary (not comms director.) A White House official said: "With all the stink attached to the State Department, she's one person who all the Trump people know is a Trump person."
  • Mercedes Schlapp, now the White House director of strategic communications, is a veteran of the George W. Bush administration and has been involved in long-range communications planning.
  • Tony Sayegh, now Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, is well-liked inside the White House and was seen as doing a great job leading the tax reform communications. He has managed to keep close relationships with both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn.
  • Jason Miller — a top official on the campaign and transition, and now a managing director in Teneo's Washington office — may come back inside. Trump loves "my Jas" and would like to have him back. In the ever-changing fault lines of Trumpworld, Jason has managed to maintain good relationships across them all.
  • Wild card: Chief of Staff John Kelly could flex his muscles and bring in one of his aides when he headed Homeland Security. Jonathan Hoffman is well-respected but is not known to the president. Kelly could also look outside of the administration, and is known to like people who have government experience.

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Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

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President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.

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Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.