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The parliament of the Maldives has extended a 15-day state of emergency — originally set to expire on Tuesday — by 30 days at the request of President Abdulla Yameen, reports Al Jazeera.

Why it matters: The extension follows a second week of mass protests over Yameen's decision to arrest two Supreme Court justices, who drew the president's ire after overturning the convictions of nine of his political enemies. Parliamentary opposition has called the extension "illegal and void" due to a lack of quorum.

“President Yameen failed to muster the required number of votes to pass his emergency legislation. And so Yameen has ratified and extended the Emergency illegally... President Yameen has, in effect, hijacked the entire state and is ruling the Maldives like a military dictator."
— Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

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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

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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.