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Marty Walsh (right). Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A dispute about what Labor Secretary Marty Walsh did or didn't know before he left Boston for Washington is now threatening one of President Biden's more popular Cabinet members.

Why it matters: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has said Walsh should resign if he was aware of past domestic violence allegations facing the Boston police commissioner he appointed before resigning as mayor. Walsh has denied any knowledge, but sworn filings in court are challenging that claim.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whose support could be vital to Walsh keeping his job, recently dodged a question about whether the secretary should resign if he was aware.
  • The White House declined to comment, although Walsh has continued to be a prominent face for the administration at events and through travel.

Details: Shortly after Biden nominated him to be Labor secretary in January, Walsh picked Dennis White to run the city’s police department.

  • The process was rushed and seen by some as a way to fill the job with a favored candidate before handing over the mayor's office.
  • Two days later, the Boston Globe reported about past domestic violence allegations involving White.
  • Walsh placed White on leave and ordered an independent investigation. A 19-page report detailed the allegations, as well as on-again, off-again support for the probe by the Walsh administration.

What they're saying: Walsh has vehemently denied any foreknowledge.

  • His supporters say he was duped by the former police commissioner, William Gross, for whom White served as deputy and who is his close friend.
  • "Neither the allegations nor the internal affairs files were shared with me in 2014, or during any other consideration of Dennis White," Walsh said in a statement this month. "Had I known, I would not have chosen him for police commissioner or any other role."

In a court filing this month, Gross swore under oath that he had informed Walsh of the allegations in 2014.

  • "There is no way anyone is brought onto the command staff without such a briefing to the mayor and approval by the mayor," Gross wrote in an affidavit.
  • Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins, who is being vetted as a potential U.S. attorney for eastern Massachusetts, told a Boston radio station this week that a sworn statement "has to trump somebody just saying, 'Yeah, that never happened.'”

Be smart: The case is unlikely to fade, because Walsh's replacement — acting Mayor Kim Janey — has moved to fire White.

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Evictions lead to rare clash between the White House and Dems

Demonstrators listen as Rep. Cori Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, right, speaks at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the expiration of the eviction moratorium. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House and Democratic leaders have been dueling — publicly and privately — over who should take responsibility for extending an eviction moratorium that could protect millions of people on the verge of homelessness.

Why it matters: It's a rare moment of dysfunction between the usually-in-lockstep Biden team and congressional leadership.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.