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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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COVID cases and deaths are on the rise

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising all across the U.S. even before the Omicron variant takes hold.

Why it matters: The holidays — and the inevitable spread of Omicron — will only heighten the risks that unvaccinated Americans face from COVID, in all its forms.

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New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.