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Photo by European Parliament / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Facebook is launching an updated Government and Politics portal in July that any candidate or campaign around the world can use.

Why it matters: Election transparency efforts in the U.S. came as a result of election meddling and fake news spreading during the 2016 election. But this type of nefarious activities happens globally, so Facebook also has to address the problem outside the U.S.

Why they're doing it: Facebook's Global Politics and Government Outreach Director Katie Harbath says they're hearing from an increasing number of candidates, governments, and advocacy groups around the world that want to use Facebook's election and advocacy tools that are launching in the US.

Between the lines: The tools help candidates understand intel about other campaigns, so it makes sense campaigns across the globe would want to try out these tools.

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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.