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Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Axon, makers of the digital evidence storage product Evidence.com, to ask about its the site's security practices. Axon is a major manufacturer of body cameras used by the police, one of many products compatible with the site.

Why it matters: Wyden is a privacy hawk and the letter's queries don't betray much in the way of an actual suspected security problem at Axon. But, as the letter notes, Evidence.com hosts material that is highly sensitive to police, victims and defendants. The letter could be a harbinger of a new focus on law enforcement contractor cybersecurity.

The details: "More than 6,000 agencies now rely on Axon’s products, including over half of the major city agencies in the United States and Canada. As Axon continues to develop its line of body-worn cameras and camera accessories, these numbers are sure to grow," notes Wyden in his letter.

  • Wyden asks about security auditing procedures, cybersecurity practices and the security surrounding the site's encryption.
  • He asks why two factor identification isn't a default requirement for the site. Two factor identification requires users to pass a second check before logging in to a system, meaning that even when a password is stolen there is an additional layer of security.
  • He also asks for details about prior data breaches.

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CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
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  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”

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