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Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Photo: James Cooper/Corbis via Getty Images

Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order mandating that internet service providers with state government contracts adhere to net neutrality principles.

  • Why it matters: Bullock is the first governor in the country to make such a move a month after the FCC rolled back net neutrality rules.
  • The details: Under the order, a company that has a telecom contract with the state must not block or throttle lawful web content, nor "interfere with users’ ability to select, access, and use broadband internet access service," per a statement from Bullock's office. These practices were prohibited under the net neutrality order the FCC overturned last December.

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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.