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Eaze

Eaze, often called "Uber for Pot," has added 10 people to its policy team in the last month as it eyes expanding its marijuana delivery service beyond California. Its latest hire, Laurent Crenshaw, was just hired from Yelp.

Why it matters: The move comes as many states have legalized either medical or recreational cannabis use, but also amid signals from the federal government that it hopes to crack down.

Crenshaw, who will be senior director of policy, and responsible for overseeing efforts on the East Coast and with the federal government. While Eaze is looking to expand beyond California, no time frame has been set.

Among the other recent policy hires is David Mack, who joined about a month ago from Lyft to be Eaze's senior VP of public affairs and communications.

Despite the rhetoric from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mack said that "momentum is pretty good" on the regulatory front.

"There’s been a tremendous amount of interest from members on both sides of the aisle as well as (state) attorneys general to see clarity brought to this issue," he told Axios, pointing to a recent letter to Congressional leaders from several state attorneys general.

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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.

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