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Vice correspondent Kaj Larsen filming in Nigeria. Screengrab via VICE News on YouTube.

More than a dozen current and former employees at Vice News recounted a culture of sexism and sexual harassment plus a human resources department that was unresponsive to employee complaints to the Daily Beast. "We have immediately begun reviewing this matter," Vice told the Daily Beast via a statement.

The big picture: The sexual harassment revolution is toppling the careers of powerful media men like Mark Halperin, Leon Wieseltier, Michael Oreskes and Lockhart Steele. The flood of allegations — which have now reached Vice — reveals an industry where women often can't get ahead without facing harassment and, in some cases, abuse from their male colleagues.

The details, per the Daily Beast: One example is former employee Phoebe Barghouty, who alleges she was repeatedly sexually harassed by LA bureau chief Kaj Larsen. Barghouty says her reports reached Vice's then-global director of human resources, Nancy Ashbrooke, but no action was taken against Larsen.

Ashbrooke had served as the VP of HR at Harvey Weinstein's Miramax Films from 1991 to 2000 — the years during which Weinstein was paying out legal settlements to women he had allegedly harassed. Larsen and Ashbrooke did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily Beast.

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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

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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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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
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