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Wynn has been accused of sexual assault. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg via Getty Images

This week, the RNC cut ties with billionaire Steve Wynn after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault, and Sen. Marco Rubio promptly fired his chief of staff for inappropriate workplace conduct.

The big picture: Wynn and Reed aren’t the first prominent Republicans to be accused of sexual misconduct, but both faced swift and public consequences as the GOP has its #MeToo moment.

Wynn resigns as Republican National Committee finance chair:

  • The RNC was being pummeled online for not taking immediate action after the Wall Street Journal reported dozens of allegations against Wynn for sexual harassment and assault.
  • CNN's Abby Phillip points out that the official statement makes no mention of the allegations.
  • WashPost's Bob Costa tweets: "On phone now, RNC member furious w/ RNC over 'silence' re: Wynn. 'We were in the dark for 24 hours. No guidance, no decision, nothing. I learned the news today from the media.'"
  • An RNC stalwart tells Axios' Mike Allen: "This was poorly handled [took too long, and RNC members left in the dark] but it’s fleeting. No one cares who the RNC finance chair is."

Rubio (R-Fla.) "fired his chief of staff Clint Reed late Saturday night after determining that his top staffer violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and subordinates along with threatening to withhold employee benefits," per Miami Herald.

  • Rubio four-paragraph statement: "I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates."
  • "We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future. Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred."

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

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The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

14 hours ago - Health

U.S. to restrict air travel from 8 countries over new COVID variant concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.

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