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Clinton with Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998

Actress Lena Dunham and magazine editor Tina Brown told the the New York Times they warned associates of Hillary Clinton's about Harvey Weinstein, but no apparent action was taken.

Why it matters: Weinstein has been a big donor to the Clintons, the Times reports, donating to Bill Clinton's legal defense fund while he faced impeachment, and hosting fundraisers for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 run. Dunham said "she was troubled by the producer's visible presence." The Clinton campaign denies having been warned specifically about rape from Dunham, and receiving a warning in 2008 from Brown at all.

  • Dunham says she told the deputy communications director of Clinton's campaign: "I just want to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point...I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault." She also said she warned a spokeswoman for Clinton, Adrienne Elrod, after "the campaign had not responded to her concerns about Mr. Weinstein.
  • Brown says she told someone close to Clinton during the 2008 campaign that she felt it was "unwise to be so closely associated with" Weinstein.

Go deeper: Read the full NYT investigation on 'Weinstein's complicity machine.'

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Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Pool/Getty Images     

Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.

Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency. It's intensely and poisonously partisan. It's complicated. And the lives and welfare of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

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The rise of vaccine passports

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Vaccine passports were touted early in the pandemic as an important piece of the plan to get people back to normal life. Now they’re becoming a reality.

Driving the news: CLEAR, the secure digital identity app that you see in airports around the world, and CommonPass, a health app that lets users securely access vaccination records and COVID test results, have joined forces.

"Vaccine tourism" stretches states' supplies

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Americans who are highly motivated to get vaccinated are traveling across state lines after hearing about larger vaccine supplies or loopholes in sign-up systems.

Why it matters: "Vaccine tourism" raises ethical and legal questions, and could worsen the racial socioeconomic and racial inequalities of the pandemic.