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Tom Brokaw. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester has accused former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw of unwanted sexual advances, according to an exclusive video from Variety.

Why it matters: NBC was hit by the #MeToo movement when "Today Show" co-host Matt Lauer was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. Vester says she was "groped and assaulted" by Brokaw, a legendary name in news.

"Much of my work for NBC was going to war zones, and being in positions of real danger...and had some transient PTSD. But it was not a fraction of the PTSD I have suffered from this, and it's really important that employers get that, and NBC gets that."
— Vester

The details: Per Variety, Vester alleges that Brokaw "physically tried to force her to kiss him on two seperate occasions, groper her...and showed up at her hotel room uninvited," and says that she was "deeply traumatized."

  • Brokaw denied the allegations, Variety reported, saying that he met with her "on two occasions," and the meetings "were brief, cordial and appropriate."
  • The Washington Post reports that another woman alleges that Brokaw "acted inappropriately toward her" in the 1990s.

Go deeper: Watch Vester's full account at Variety.

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CDC panel endorses Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-to 15-year-olds, following the FDA's emergency use authorization.

Why it matters: Approval from the CDC panel was the final step needed before inoculations could be offered at any vaccination site for this age group.

  • Pfizer has said its vaccine is 100% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a trial of more than 2,200 children between the ages of 12 and 15.

GOP lawmakers downplay Capitol riot at House hearing

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Republican members of Congress sought to minimize the Capitol insurrection at a House hearing on Wednesday, with statements calling pro-Trump rioters "patriots" and other lawmakers falsely denying demonstrators were supporters of the former president at all.

Driving the news: The hearing comes shortly after House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership over her criticism of former President Trump's actions leading up to and on Jan. 6.

McConnell, McCarthy say 2017 tax law is "red line" in infrastructure talks

The top Republicans in the House and Senate told reporters after meeting with President Biden at the White House that "there is a bipartisan desire to get an outcome" on an infrastructure package, but stressed that revisiting the 2017 tax cuts is a "red line."

Why it matters: Wednesday marked the first time that Biden has hosted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at the White House.