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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Since it was first popularized more than a year ago by actress Alyssa Milano, the #MeToo hashtag has been used over 19 million times, and 75% of public officials accused in the U.S. of sexual misconduct will be out of office by the new year.

The big picture: #MeToo has rocked a number of institutions previously resistant to believing victims of sexual misconduct, with more expected to come.

Politics

It was the year of the woman, in more ways than one.

  • A record-setting number of women won seats in Congress in November's midterms.
  • The Senate and the House came to an agreement on a bill which tackles the process staffers and lawmakers undergo when accusing a colleague of sexual misconduct.
  • The #MeToo movement was part of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
  • Flashback: President Trump joked about the rules of #MeToo at a Pennsylvania rally, saying it kept him from using the phrase "the woman who got away."
Tech

Silicon Valley has a big sexual harassment problem that it was forced to start tackling.

Religion

Religious institutions around the world had to face their histories of abuse.

Media
  • CBS had its year of reckoning, giving CEO Les Moonves the boot, along with settling with accusers of Charlie Rose and an actress who says she was retaliated against for reporting sexual misconduct.
  • Photojournalists broke their silence about harassment in the industry.
  • The Miss America pageant rebranded as a result of the #MeToo movement.
Education
Around the globe

It wasn't just the U.S. — men and women around the world said enough is enough.

Go deeper: #MeToo shows no signs of slowing down

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Dems race to address, preempt stimulus fraud claims

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Biden officials are working to root out the systematic fraud in unemployment and Paycheck Protection Program claims that plagued the Trump administration’s efforts to boost the economy with coronavirus relief money, Gene Sperling told House committee chairmen privately this week.

Why it matters: President Biden just signed another $1.9 trillion of aid into law, with Sperling tapped to oversee its implementation. And the administration is asking Congress to approve another $2.2 trillion for the first phase of an infrastructure package.

57 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador

Nicholas Burns. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat, is in the final stages of vetting to serve as President Biden’s ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Across the administration, there's a consensus the U.S. relationship with China will be the most critical — and consequential — of Biden's presidency. From trade to Taiwan, the stakes are high. Burns could be among the first batch of diplomatic nominees announced in the coming weeks.

Biden's Russian sanctions likely to achieve little

President Biden announces new sanctions against Russia. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Despite bold talk from top administration officials, there's little reason to think the Russia sanctions package President Biden announced Thursday will do anything to alter Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior or calculus.

Why it matters: While it's true some elements of the package — namely, the targeting of Russia's sovereign debt — represent significant punitive measures against Moscow, it leaves plenty of wiggle room for the Russian president.