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The rise of comapnies like Google and Facebook has raised the profile of privacy issues. Photo: Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images

A top business lobby released a set of guidelines that it said could inform the development of new federal privacy rules.

Why it matters: The proposal from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mark its full entry into the debate over privacy and reflect ideas that are palatable to the business community.

The details:

  • The group thinks federal regulations should supersede state laws, a move that’s become more appealing to industry thanks to California's data privacy bill going into effect in 2020.
  • Their proposal calls for rules to be applied across industries, to tech companies like Google and Facebook, plus competitors including telecom giants.
  • It also calls for Congress to "encourage collaboration as opposed to an adversarial enforcement system.” Companies dislike that the California law lets individuals sue companies over certain privacy violations.

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Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

Stephen Hahn. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.