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Saul Loeb / AP

Remember Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor? He's had a rough transition, and insiders aren't happy with him, according to Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush of the NYT. In addition to weathering a FBI inquiry about ties to Russia (he was cleared), he's dealing with White House whispers:

  1. Talking too much: "Mr. Flynn's penchant for talking too much was on display on Friday in a meeting with Theresa May, the British prime minister, according to two people with direct knowledge of the events."
  2. His son's tweets: Michael Flynn, Jr. already caused trouble on Twitter when he promoted the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, and most recently referred to the immigration ban as "the Muslim ban" and claimed it was "necessary." His account has been deleted.
  3. Skipped a meeting with Mattis, Pompeo and Tillerson: "Mr. Flynn was invited but did not attend. Part of the meeting was devoted to discussing concerns about Mr. Flynn, according to an official with knowledge of it."

Who wins: Steve Bannon, who has taken on a bigger national security role.

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Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

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President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.