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SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice is now WeWork's chief brand officer. Photo: Alison Yin / AP

SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice, who resigned from the spin startup in 2016, is joining WeWork as their chief brand officer. She'll focus on promoting community at the billion-dollar company.

Why it matters: WeWork founder Adam Newman told Axios' Steve LeVine in October that one of his main goals is to help re-establish the notion of "lost community" — where for centuries residents of urban areas gathered in bars, cafes and open spaces to hash out the subjects of the day. Rice, who worked as a Hollywood talent agent in the 20 years prior to launching SoulCycle, will now spearhead the project.

Go deeper: WeWork is valued at $20 billion and operates in 19 countries. It recently bought the iconic Lord & Taylor building in Manhattan, a coding academy, and a wave-pool startup in 2016. They're also opening a private elementary school for entrepreneurial kids next fall.

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Congress grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Both chambers of Congress on Thursday voted to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the path to confirmation for President Biden's nominee for defense secretary.

Why it matters: Austin's nomination received pushback from some lawmakers, including Democrats, who cited a law that requires officers be out of the military for at least seven years before taking the job — a statute intended to reinforce the tradition of civilian control of the Pentagon.

McConnell proposes February impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is proposing that the impeachment trial of former President Trump begin in mid-February to allow for due process.

Why it matters: The impeachment trial is likely to grind other Senate business to a halt, including the confirmation process for President Biden's Cabinet nominees.