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President-elect Biden has selected former South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison to chair the Democratic National Committee.

Why it matters: Harrison rose to national prominence while running in 2020 to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of President Trump. The Democrat smashed the all-time Senate fundraising record by collecting $57 million in the third quarter of 2020, but he ultimately lost to Graham by 10 points.

  • House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), whose endorsement of Biden before the South Carolina primary helped him secure the Democratic nomination, had pushed for the president-elect to choose Harrison to lead the DNC.
  • Harrison previously served as chair for the South Carolina Democratic Party and ran for the national committee role in 2016 before bowing out to Tom Perez.

The big picture: Harrison, who recently launched a PAC focused on long-term investments in areas seen as Democratic reaches, will be tasked with defending the Democrats' narrow majorities in the House and Senate in 2022.

  • "I’m humbled and excited that @JoeBiden has chosen me to lead @TheDemocrats," Harrison tweeted Thursday. "Together, we’ll organize everywhere, invest in state parties, expand the map, and elect Democrats who will be champions for the working people of this country."

Biden announced several other picks for DNC leadership on Thursday, including:

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for vice chair of civic engagement and voter protection
    • "I’m honored and humbled to be endorsed by @JoeBiden for Vice Chair of the @DNC," Bottoms tweeted. "I’m ready to build on our party’s progress to make a better future for all Americans."
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, vice chair
  • Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, vice chair
  • Texas Rep. Filemon Vela Jr., vice chair
    • "I am honored to have been selected by President-elect Biden to serve as Vice Chair ... to fight for equality and opportunity for all," Vela tweeted. "This election saw historic voter turnout, sending a clear message that the American people wanted new leadership."

What he's saying: “This group of individuals represent the very best of the Democratic Party,” Biden said in a press release Thursday. "Their stories and long histories of activism and work reflects our party’s values and the diversity that make us so strong."

Go deeper... Jaime Harrison: "We have to transform the Democratic Party"

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Biden's official announcement of DNC leadership.

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The Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, is pictured outside the John Joseph Moakley United State Courthouse in Boston on March 25, 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.