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Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said the party will reschedule its Jan. 14 debate if it conflicts with President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Three 2020 candidates who have qualified for the debate in Des Moines, Iowa are senators, and will serve as jurors in the upcoming trial: Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

  • Sens. Cory Booker and Michael Bennet have not yet qualified for next Tuesday's debate.

What he's saying: “Obviously, if there’s a trial on the 14th, then we’ll move the debate. If there’s not, then we’re going to have the debate. At the moment, all systems are go, and so we’re going to move forward,” Perez said on MSNBC.

  • “Democrats and our senators can walk and chew gum."

What to watch: The DNC did not comment when asked whether this Friday's qualification deadline would be delayed should the debate be postponed, Politico notes.

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

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.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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.

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