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Mike Pence, Kirstjen Nielsen, Jeff Sessions, Jim Mattis, Mike Pompeo. Photos from Getty Images: Kevin Hagen, Olivier Douliery, Alex Wong, Saul Loeb, Nicholas Kamm.

Washington has launched a massive "whodunnit" search to identify the anonymous senior White House administration official who wrote the scathing New York Times op-ed trashing President Trump.

The big picture: Scores of high-ranking officials from Vice President Mike Pence to Defense Secretary James Mattis are denying their involvement. Meanwhile, President Trump is calling on the Times to turn over the author.

  • Vice President Mike Pence: "The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds. The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts," VP communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: During a briefing with reporters in India, Pompeo said "they should not...have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive, bad actor’s word for anything and put it in their newspaper. ...It’s not mine."
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions: A Justice Department spokesperson denied Sessions' involvement, stating that the AG "is not the author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed."
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis: Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said "It was not his op-ed."
  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: A DHS spokesperson said the secretary is "focused on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland—not writing anonymous and false opinion pieces."
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for Treasury tweeted "It is laughable to think this could come from the Secretary."
  • U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley: She replied "No" when asked by the Times as she walked into the Security Council.
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: "Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false," Coats said in a statement per CBS.
  • Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson: A HUD spokesman told Politico in an email, "Haha nope."
  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: According to Politico, "A spokeswoman at the Interior Department replied with only the word “no” when asked whether Secretary Ryan Zinke or Deputy Secretary Dave Bernhardt wrote the letter."
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry: The secretary tweeted, "I am not the author of the New York Times OpEd, nor do I agree with its characterizations."
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: He tweeted, "I did not write and am thoroughly appalled by this op-ed. I couldn’t be prouder of our work at Commerce and of @POTUS."

Be smart: Axios' Jonathan Swan tweeted earlier, "Are people actually bothering to ask all these cabinet secretaries whether they wrote the anonymous op-ed? I highly doubt it’s a cabinet sec but if it is they’d happily lie to cover their butt. An inane exercise."

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FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly COVID antibody treatments

A coldbox containing monoclonal antibody treatments at a Regeneron clinic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in August. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The FDA said Monday it's limiting the use of two monoclonal antibody therapies as COVID-19 treatments because data indicates they're "highly unlikely" to be effective against the dominant Omicron variant.

Driving the news: The FDA revised the authorizations for Regeneron and Eli Lilly "to limit their use to only when the patient is likely to have been infected with or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments," per a statement from the agency.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

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Biden calls Fox News reporter a "stupid son of a b---h" on hot mic

President Biden blasted Fox News' Peter Doocy on Monday after the reporter asked if the nation's soaring inflation is a political liability, saying, "what a stupid son of a b----h."

The latest: The president called Doocy Monday evening, the reporter told Fox's Sean Hannity. "He cleared the air and I appreciated it. We had a nice call," Doocy said when asked whether the president apologized, adding: "I don't need anyone to apologize to me."