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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Five people have told the New York Times that over the last 2 years, Vanessa Tyson has recounted an incident in which she was sexually assaulted at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Three of those people said Tyson told them her assailant was Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

The big picture: The people say Tyson's accounts of the incident were largely consistent with the detailed statement she released this week, in which she claims Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex after what she initially considered a consensual encounter. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) also learned of Tyson's allegation roughly a year ago, well before discovering that Fairfax may be elevated to the position of governor due to the Ralph Northam blackface scandal. Fairfax has denied the allegation.

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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

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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.