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Trump and Kushner. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The White House is sending prison reform priorities to Congress, stressing re-entry, work training and rehabilitation for inmates, administration officials told the AP. President Trump is also expected to move the Federal Interagency Reentry Council from the Justice Department to the White House with an executive order this week.

Why it matters: Jared Kushner has been pushing for criminal justice reform from within the White House and has been meeting with activists for months. While the White House priorities don’t include the more controversial sentencing reforms included in the bipartisan Grassley-Durbin bill, White House support could make it more likely that Congress holds a vote on this issue.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

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

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

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.