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Darko Bandic / AP

The Trump administration is dialing back the U.S. commitment to an international initiative that sets transparency standards for oil and mining revenues.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative spokeswoman Christina Berger said today the U.S. "commitment to implementation appears to be withdrawn," but also said the group has not heard directly from the U.S. government. The Interior Department, which has led work to comply with the voluntary EITI standards, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Why it matters: Transparency advocates say backing away will keep U.S. tax information out of public view, and hurt momentum for transparency and anti-corruption efforts globally. This is the second move on transparency rules by the Trump administration — he's already signed legislation nullifying SEC rules requiring oil and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.

Update: Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said no decision has been made about whether to apply for EITI certification, and noted that the formal validation process for the U.S. isn't slated to begin until April of 2018. She said Interior "remains committed" to transparency and good governance in extractive industries.

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President-elect Biden has an aggressive Day One immigration agenda that relies heavily on executive actions to undo President Trump's crackdown.

Why it matters: It's not that easy. Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration. Advocates are fired up. The Supreme Court could threaten the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and experts warn there could be another surge at the border.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with all Denver Broncos quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucusColorado Governor and partner test positive.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday as crisis engulfs league, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.