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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton introduces Lt. Governor Tina Smith as the replacement to Senator Al Franken on Dec. 13 at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images.

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who was tapped by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier month to replace the embattled Sen. Al Franken after his resignation amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations, is set to take office this week. She will fill the seat until the November 2018 midterm elections.

Background: Franken's resignation takes effect on Tuesday and Smith will be sworn in by former Vice President Walter Mondale the next day, per the AP. Smith, who served as Dayton's chief of staff prior to becoming his running mate in 2014, was the likely frontrunner.

What's next: Smith, who plans to run for the remaining two years of Franken's term in a special election in November, told the Star Tribune that doesn't yet know if she'll take over the outgoing senator's committee assignments — Judiciary; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Energy and Natural Resources; and Indian Affairs. However, Smith reportedly said she will take on much of Franken's staff — about 50 employees would be in Washington and Minnesota.

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The new faces of NBC's Olympics coverage

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A new(ish) face will be leading NBCUniversal's prime-time coverage of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games: veteran sportscaster Mike Tirico.

Why it matters: It's Tirico's first run as prime-time host for the Summer Olympics. Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas hosted 12 Olympic Games between 1988 and 2016 for NBC before handing over the prime-time spot to Tirico in 2018.

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Behind the scenes at the COVID Olympics

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TOKYO — The COVID rule-breaking was obvious at Friday's opening ceremony, when athletes were clearly visible on TV with masks below their noses, but an athlete tells Axios that the rule-breaking has been going on well before that.

  • It's been happening at least since athletes arrived in the Olympic Village, where masks were dropped below noses and different teams were forced to share buses.
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Axios AM Deep Dive: The Covid Olympics

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Welcome to our Axios AM Deep Dive behind the scenes of the Tokyo Olympics detailing the impact of the COVID pandemic, led by Ina Fried, who's on the ground in Tokyo, plus Kendall Baker, who's covering the Games every day in his Axios Sports newsletter.