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Cars in the pit at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 08 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NASCAR rejected multiple advertisements from firearms companies this summer, muddling the racing organization's stance on Second Amendment issues, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Gun enthusiasts and manufacturers told CNN the rejections stunned them and they fear NASCAR is silently joining the chorus of companies calling for action on gun control and changing their internal policies on guns following recent mass shootings.

Context: NASCAR partners with retailers including Gander Outdoors and Bass Pro Shops, which both sell guns, and gun manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms, but other gun distributors and manufacturers said the company rejected advertisements that depicted assault-style rifles or sniper rifles.

What they're saying: David Dolbee, general manager for the firearms distributor K-Var Corp., told CNN that the rejections do not make sense:

  • "This is a colossal mistake. Do they not understand their own base? They are a sporting organization trying to take sides on a political issue. That never goes well for any company."
  • The National Rifle Association criticized NASCAR in an online post, calling the rejections "a decision that could easily alienate a great many of its most ardent fans."
  • NASCAR has not explained its reasoning behind rejecting the ads.

Go deeper: 145 CEOs urge Senate to pass gun control legislation

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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.