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A whistleblower from the DEA called Marino out for shepherding policies that favored drug companies. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

Lawmakers are urging President Trump to withdraw his nomination of Rep. Tom Marino as drug czar after a Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation revealed his role in promoting a bill that made it harder for the DEA to crack down on opioids, contributing to the widespread crisis. Trump said he's "looking into" the matter.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin wrote a letter to the White House "demanding" the withdrawal of Marino's name from consideration.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer told the Washington Post that nominating Marino "is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen's house."
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill has said she will introduce legislation to repeal the law that stifled the DEA.

Go deeper: The drug industry's triumph over the DEA, from the Washington Post.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  4. World: Hong Kong to put tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge.
  5. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Carbon Health's CEO on unsticking the vaccine bottleneck.

Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

4 hours ago - Health

CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty

Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.