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David Koch, chairman of Americans for Prosperity. Photo: Paul Vernon / AP

There's been a change of leadership at one of the most powerful grassroots conservative organizations in the country. Americans For Prosperity — the political organizing spear of the Koch brothers' network — will be losing its CEO Luke Hilgemann and COO Sean Lansing, who have acquired the Champion Group, a political consulting firm.

The new CEO of AFP will be Emily Seidel, whose stature in the network has been rising over the past six years and who previously worked for Mike Pence back in his House days.

Top Koch official Mark Holden wrote in an email to network members that Hilgemann and Lansing "have decided to leave AFP to pursue other opportunities," and that Tim Phillips will continue as AFP's president.

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The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

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The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

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Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot."

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.