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From left: Hoda Kotb, Robin Wright, Tina Smith and Christine Tsai. Photos: Getty Images and YouTube.

As powerful men in every industry lose their jobs due to allegations of sexual misconduct, companies are hiring women to replace them.

Why it matters: One way to combat the culture of workplace harassment revealed by these men's accusers is to replace the alleged harassers with qualified women.

  • Hoda Kotb took over for Matt Lauer as co-host of NBC's "Today" show, completing the show's first ever all-female lineup of hosts.
  • Alex Wagner, a former MSNBC anchor, will replace Mark Halperin on Showtime's "The Circus."
  • Tina Smith, former Lt. Gov. of Minnesota was sworn in Wednesday to replace Al Franken after he stepped down amid an ethics investigation into past conduct.
  • Christiane Amanpour replaced Charlie Rose as an anchor on PBS.
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards' female lead, will become the Netflix show's new star in its sixth and final season, replacing her on-screen husband Kevin Spacey.
  • Gretchen Carlson was elected chair of the Miss America organization to replace former CEO Steve Haskell after the Huffington Post leaked emails from Haskell containing sexist and disparaging comments about past pageant winners — including Carlson herself.
  • Christine Tsai took over as CEO of 500 Startups when Dave McClure was ousted after he apologized for making multiple unwanted advances toward women.

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”

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