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A media watchdog on the right is going after advertisers on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" after left-leaning groups successfully targeted Fox News' Sean Hannity advertisers last week.

Why it matters: There is a growing trend of advertisers being caught in partisan battles. Earlier this year, Sleeping Giants, a social media activism group, publicly outed Breitbart advertisers on Twitter, resulting in over 1,000 of advertisers pulling their ads from the website. Similar ad boycotts of YouTube and Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" this year demonstrate the growing pressure placed on brands to align themselves with brand-safe content.

On Tuesday, #StoptheScalpings, a new campaign launched by former radio hosts Brian Maloney and Melanie Morgan under the Media Equalizer group, posted a list of Maddow' advertisers with contact information, urging viewers to call them and ask why they are affiliated with "outfits that do not uphold the Constitution." Hannity has reportedly invited the campaign leaders to appear on his show. They were responding to a campaign by Media Matters pressuring advertisers to remove their ads from Hannity's program.

Update: USAA said it will reinstate ads on 'Hannity' as well as other cable networks after the Media Matters report was published last week.

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Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.

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