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Leana Wen. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

Planned Parenthood confirmed Monday that it's finally reached an agreement with Leana Wen, who was voted out as its president in July, over the terms of her departure from the women’s health care and reproductive rights group.

Why it matters: The agreement ends weeks of acrimonious negotiations over Wen's severance package, which came to the fore in a New York Times report over the weekend.

  • Per the Times, Wen claimed in a letter that Planned Parenthood was trying to gag her as she accused the group of hypocrisy and of withholding her health insurance and departure payout as "ransom" to pressure her to sign a confidentiality agreement. Planned Parenthood denied the claims.

What they're saying: Planned Parenthood said in a statement to news outlets including Axios confirming the agreement, "We are glad that both parties have been able to work together and find a resolution, and look forward to continuing the crucial work of protecting and providing sexual and reproductive care for people across the country."

  • Wen tweeted that she was relieved the dispute had been resolved.
"As a former patient, I will always be thankful for the exceptional care that Planned Parenthood provides to millions of people every year."

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
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