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The Trump administration is accused of reversing 25 security clearance denials. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Whitehouse whistleblower Tricia Newbold told NBC News Tuesday a supervisor left her feeling "humiliated' after she reported the Trump administration had reversed 25 security clearance denials.

What she's saying: The White House whistleblower told NBC’s Peter Alexander the supervisor moved files to a shelf beyond her reach. "It was definitely humiliating," said Newbold, who has been a White House security adviser for 18 years and has a rare form of dwarfism. "But it didn’t stop me from doing what was right."

Details: Newbold said national security was an American issue, rather than a Democratic or Republican one. "We as security professionals owe it to make all our recommendations in the best interest of national security," she said.

The big picture: In response to Newbold's report, House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has sent a letter asking the White House to cooperate with the committee's investigation into security clearances. It specifically names President Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

  • Trump's son-in-law told Fox News Monday he couldn't comment on the White House’s process, but he had been "accused of all different types of things, and all of those things have turned out to be false."

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America rebalances its post-Trump news diet

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Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

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Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.

Why migrants are fleeing their homes for the U.S.

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Natural disasters in Central America, economic devastation, gang wars, political oppression, and a new administration are all driving the sharp rise in U.S.-Mexico border crossings — a budding crisis for President Biden.

Why it matters: Migration flows are complex and quickly politicized. Biden's policies are likely sending signals that are encouraging the surge — but that's only a small reason it's happening.