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Sen. Cory Booker. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he wouldn't be surprised if Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) faced scrutiny from the Senate Ethics Committee for publicly releasing confidential documents regarding Brett Kavanaugh, the Washington Post reports.

The saga: The initial batch of documents Booker released on Thursday, which led to his "Spartacus moment" and revealed Kavanaugh's views on racial profiling, had already been approved for release the night before. But Booker said he later released additional documents that had not been cleared by the committee. Booker has repeatedly stated that he understands his actions were in violation of committee rules.

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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

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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.