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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from a polling station with his dog Dilyn after casting his ballot in London Thursday. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Polls across the United Kingdom opened Thursday morning as millions of Brits vote in the country's third general election since 2015.

Why it matters: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has staked his leadership on a promise to "get Brexit done" by securing a majority in the election, after facing a parliamentary impasse on the issue in a minority government. But if he loses, he'll go down as one of the shortest-serving prime ministers in history.

Students from the University of Reading arrive to vote in the General Election 2019 on graduation day. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images
A man arrives to vote at a polling station in Furnace, near Inveraray, Scotland. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to vote in north London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
A man in a Santa Claus hat and a man in an Elmo costume outside the polling station at Pakeman Primary School in Islington, London. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images
Voters outside the polling station in Nenthead, on the Cumbria and Northumberland border in northern England. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon casts her vote in Glasgow. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images
Nuns leave a London polling station. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images
A voter carries his dog with a pro-EU sticker on his coat at the polling station at Pakeman Primary School in Holloway, London. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images
Brian Mansley carries a sign in Edinburgh, one of hundreds that are being dispatched to polling stations around Scotland. Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images
An early voter at a polling station in Whitley Bay, northeast England. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images

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President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

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The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

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Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.