Mark Halperin in 2016. Photo: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP

Showtime's "The Circus" will permanently replace Mark Halperin, who was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment last October, with CBS anchor and former MSNBC host Alex Wagner. It's notable that Showtime is replacing Halperin with a female journalist, given the rise of sexual harassment allegations against men in power in both media and Hollywood.

Why it matters: There was uncertainty directly following the first CNN piece that detailed Halperin's abusive behavior in October about whether the show would return. Halperin and his longtime co-writer John Heilemann lost their book deal with Penguin Press, and their miniseries deal with HBO.

Go Deeper: The New York Times has an interview with "The Circus" co-host Mark McKinnon and Showtime's chief executive David Nevins.

"We all strongly believe that the success of the show is not based on the co-hosts — it's based on the concept... No one co-host was irreplaceable."

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Former officer who shot Breonna Taylor indicted on wanton endangerment

A memorial to Breonna Taylor in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on Sept. 23. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March and shot her at least eight times, on three counts of wanton endangerment.

The state of play: None of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid will face charges related to the actual death of Taylor, such as homicide or manslaughter. The two other officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were not charged at all. Hankison's bond was set at $15,000.

FDA chief vows agency will not accept political pressure on coronavirus vaccine

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn promised that "science will guide our decision" for a coronavirus vaccine at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

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