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Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee (AP's J. Scott Applewhite)

A couple passages from yesterday's Sessions hearing that you may hear about again:

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, top Dem on Senate Intel, lays out a marker on pardons: "[S]ince you've recused yourself from this investigation, ... if the president or others would pardon someone during the midst of ... our investigation or Director Mueller's investigation, that would be, I would think, problematic."

Sessions: "I appreciate the opportunity to respond to questions as fully as the Lord enables me to do so."

To Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): "If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can. ... I'm not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous."

To Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), on whether the Russians interfered with the 2016 election: "It appears so. The intelligence community seems to be united in that."

To Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on whether he knows if Trump records conversations: "I do not."

On whether there'd be an obligation to preserve such records: "I don't know, Senator Rubio. Probably so."

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat U.S. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/Getty Images. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.

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