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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune is really upset with congressional Democrats about year-end deals they cut with Republicans and the White House.

Why it matters: His tweet thread this week kind of, maybe, suggested that it could affect the Sierra Club's big political operation.

  • One of his tweets said (emphasis added): "The Sierra Club and our more than 4 million members and supporters will not, and cannot accept failure when it comes to protecting our climate for our children and future generations. Primaries, anyone?"
  • One of the deals includes a tax package that omits expanded incentives for electric vehicles and solar projects and the trade deal he calls a loser for the climate.

Where it stands: Late Wednesday afternoon, I asked the Sierra Club if they planned to back any Democratic primary challengers in the 2020 congressional elections, but I haven't heard back.

Go deeper: What makes the 2020 election historic for climate change

Go deeper

12 hours ago - World

Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

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.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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.

Updated 14 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.