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Officials in Venezuela said on Wednesday that they have called a presidential election for April 22, per the AP, after negotiations between the ruling socialist party and opposition politicians broke down.

Why it matters: President Nicolas Maduro has already launched his campaign for a second term, and is currently the only candidate in a race the opposition says could be a sham, per the AP. Maduro's nearly five-year tenure has largely been marred by economic crises, food shortages and civil unrest.

The backdrop: This comes as the Trump administration is deciding whether to impose restrictions on Venezuelan crude oil exports and the exportation of U.S. refined products to the country. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made the announcement this week during his a seven-day tour in Latin America and the Caribbean, said it’s part of an attempt to punish the Maduro’s regime, which he said has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship.

Go deeper: Venezuela's economic collapse, by the numbers

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Remote work shakes up geopolitics

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The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

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The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.