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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former White House Personnel Security Director Carl Kline will appear for a deposition before the House Oversight Committee on April 23, after the panel voted to subpoena him earlier this month in its investigation into the White House security clearance process.

The backdrop: White House whistleblower Tricia Newbold told the committee in an interview that 25 denials for security clearance applications had been overridden by the Trump administration. She alleged that the White House ignored national security concerns over foreign influence, past criminality and other conflicts of interest that could leave officials susceptible to blackmail. One of the high-ranking officials for whom a security clearance denial was overridden was senior adviser Jared Kushner.

In a letter, Kline's attorney asked the committee to retract its subpoena, and instead subpoena the White House for records that lawmakers plan on asking Kline about. Kline's attorney also recommended that the panel look into security clearances issued under the Obama administration.

"These files will provide an apples-to-apples comparison to best evaluate claims concerning Mr. Kline’s process for high-profile security-clearance candidates (if any) and whether his own conduct was somehow unusual (if at all)."

Go deeper: Cummings names subpoena targets for security clearance investigation

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Police officers' immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.

Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity — the shield police officers have now — could force officers accused of excessive force to personally face civil penalties in addition to their departments. But such a change could intensify a nationwide police officer shortage, critics say. 

The U.S. coronavirus vaccines aren't all the same

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The U.S. now has three COVID-19 vaccines, and public health officials are quick — and careful — to say there’s no bad option. But their effectiveness, manufacturing and distribution vary.

Why it matters: Any of the authorized vaccines are much better than no vaccine, especially for people at high risk of severe coronavirus infections. But their differences may fuel perceptions of inequity, and raise legitimate questions about the best way to use each one.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

The future of workplace benefits

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The pandemic exposed how workplaces across America are inhospitable to parents. But it could also spur companies to make changes.

The big picture: Well over a million parents have left their jobs due to child care responsibilities during the pandemic. Now, companies — large and small — are attempting to reimagine workplace benefits and add flexibility to help those parents come back.