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Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Fox News announced Monday that veteran anchor Bill Hemmer will take over for the network's 3pm hour beginning Jan. 20.

Why it matters: Hemmer is taking the reins after longtime Fox News anchor Shep Smith announced in October that he was stepping down from his position as anchor of "Shepard Smith Report." Smith was also Fox News' chief news anchor and managing editor of the network's breaking news unit.

Details: In a statement, Fox billed the show as a "hard news hour" and said the name of the show will be called "Bill Hemmer Reports."

  • "As a journalist, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance," Hemmer said in a statement. "Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience."
  • Hemmer currently co-hosts "America's Newsroom," Fox News' three-hour morning news show. He has been with the network since 2005 and was an anchor with CNN prior to joining Fox.

The big picture: Hemmer's hiring is mostly being lauded as a well-deserved promotion, especially by colleagues at Fox News who have been congratulating him on Twitter.

Yes, but: Mediaite, which broke the story of Hemmer's promotion, noted that Hemmer may not take as much of a contrarian take towards the Trump administration as his predecessor Smith, who had a reputation for being a fair anchor and straight news reporter.

  • Smith reportedly exited the network in response to tension between the news and opinion divisions at Fox News.

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Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.

The Supreme Court's abortion showdown arrives

Protesters gather at the Supreme Court during arguments about the Texas abortion law Nov. 1. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court will debate today whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, and neither side is trying to lower the stakes — or to make today’s case anything less than a referendum on Roe’s very survival.

The big picture: Conventional wisdom, on both the left and right, says the court is likely to chip away at abortion rights without overturning its precedents outright. But neither side has spent much time trying to help the justices thread that needle.