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House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

White House lawyers blocked former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson from answering the House Judiciary Committee's questions about the Russia investigation 212 times, according to a transcript of her written testimony the panel released Monday.

Why it matters: Donaldson was former White House counsel Don McGahn's chief of staff. Her notes feature prominently in the obstruction section of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

The big picture: The White House previously instructed Donaldson and former communications director Hope Hicks not to testify or turn over documents related to their time in the administration.

  • Hicks became the first witness to at least partially comply with a subpoena in the committee's obstruction of justice investigation. A White House counsel sitting in on the interview blocked her from answering any questions.
  • House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced last month he'd reached an agreement to receive written testimony from Donaldson. Though she did address some aspects of her tenure, Donaldson did not reveal any new revelations concerning the Mueller investigation.

Go deeper: Read what the Mueller report says about Hicks and Donaldson

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Buffett eyes slow U.S. progress, but says "never bet against America"

Warren Buffett in New York City in 2017. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Warren Buffett called progress in America "slow, uneven and often discouraging," but retained his long-term optimism in the country, in his closely watched annual shareholder letter released Saturday morning.

Why it matters: It breaks months of uncharacteristic silence from the 90-year-old billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO — as the fragile economy coped with the pandemic and the U.S. saw a contentious presidential election.

Restaurant software meets the pandemic moment

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Food delivery companies have predictably done well during the pandemic. But restaurant software providers are also having a moment as eateries race to handle the avalanche of online orders resulting from severe in-person dining restrictions.

Driving the news: Olo filed last week for an IPO and Toast is rumored to be preparing to do the same very soon.

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