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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) will step down as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and House Judiciary's crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations subcommittee amid allegations that she mishandled a sexual assault claim, the New York Times reports.

Details: One of Jackson Lee’s former congressional aides filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that the congresswoman fired her after she said she was sexually assaulted by a supervisor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The NY Times reports that Jackson Lee, who denies she fired the aide for retribution, was given an ultimatum by the foundation to step down this week or face a vote of removal.

Go deeper: #MeToo's 2018: Congress, Church and Silicon Valley

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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.