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Screengrab of Sportscenter host Scott Van Pelt with Dan Patrick via YouTube

ESPN announced another round of layoffs in an email to employees today, Yahoo reports. The network will cut 150 people, none of whom are on-air staff, in a continued effort to rebuild the network around digital.

Why it matters: ESPN is facing what many other cable networks are struggling with: waning subscriptions, higher production costs and stagnant ad revenues. As the network continues to migrate to digital, it will need to move resources and jobs to better address the new media landscape.

Wednesday's announcement is the latest in a series of major cuts at the network. ESPN slashed 300 jobs in 2015 and another 100 this April. In the memo to employees, ESPN president John Skipper said the cuts are about redirecting resources.

Parent company Disney is in a state of flux after it reportedly offered to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets as cable network revenues continue to sink due to cord cutting. And ESPN's digital future is hazy as it will be forced to battle tech giants for digital broadcast rights. It still hasn't gotten the rights to show NFL highlights for its Snapchat show.

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.