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Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado told MSNBC's Katy Tur that her then-colleague in the House, former Rep. Bob Filner, tried to pin her against an elevator door and kiss her. Filner was ousted from his position as mayor of San Diego in 2013 after multiple female staff members came forward with allegations of assault and harassment.

  • On harassment in Congress: "What strikes me in this conversation is that a lot of my colleagues and others have said this is going on, but they seem somehow so reluctant to say who did it."
  • On the allegations against Sen. Al Franken: "I thought [he] very appropriately apologized and said that ... his future should be decided by the Ethics Committee."
  • On whether Franken should resign: "If these things had happened now, while Senator Franken was a senator, then I think probably he should resign," but the alleged incident described by Leeann Tweeden took place before Franken was elected.
  • On the second accusation leveled against Franken, which took place after he was elected to the Senate: "The Ethics Committee needs to investigate and decide whether that's true."

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.