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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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The biggest event for markets this week will be Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank's governing council and the press conference following it from ECB president Christine Lagarde.

Why it matters: With interest rates jumping around the globe, investors are looking to central bank heads to see if they will follow the lead of Fed chair Jerome Powell, who says rising rates are nothing to worry about, or Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, who has drawn a line in the sand on rates.

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Manchin's next power play

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), America's ultimate swing voter, told me on "Axios on HBO" that he'll insist Republicans have more of a voice on President Biden's next big package than they did on the COVID stimulus.

The big picture: Manchin said he'll push for tax hikes to pay for Biden's upcoming infrastructure and climate proposal, and will use his Energy Committee chairmanship to force the GOP to confront climate reality.

Why picking a jury for the Derek Chauvin trial is so hard

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The tough task of selecting a jury for former MPD officer Derek Chauvin's trial for the killing of George Floyd is set to begin Monday.

The state of play: "This case may be the most highly publicized criminal trial in a long time. ... That means that it's harder to find people who really have an open mind," Richard Frase, University of Minnesota Law School professor of criminal law, told Axios.