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Then-Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in November 2009. Photo: Stephen Boitano/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a Politico Playbook event on Tuesday that while she doesn't think two recent allegations of inappropriate touching by former Vice President Joe Biden are "disqualifying" for his potential 2020 run, she wants Biden to know that it "isn't what was intended — it's how it was received."

"To say I'm sorry you were offended is not an apology. It's 'I'm sorry I invaded your space.' ... I've known Joe Biden a long time. My grandchildren love Joe Biden. He's an affectionate person, to children, to senior citizens, to everyone, that's just the way he is ... But he has to understand in the world that we're in now that people's space is important to them, and what's important is how they receive it and not necessarily how you intended it."

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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.