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Event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

Wis Media Partners, an event-planning company founded in December 2016 by a longtime friend and current senior adviser to Melania Trump, was paid $26 million by President Trump's inaugural committee, according to tax filings reported by the NYTimes.

The details: The nonprofit committee chaired by Thomas Barrack Jr. was under pressure by watchdogs to reveal how it spent the $107 million it had raised from wealthy donors.

  • $26 million to the firm run by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the First Lady.
  • $25 million to Hargrove, Inc., a trade show company that has played a role in every inauguration since 1949.
  • $9.4 million on travel.
  • $4.6 million on salaries and benefits for 208 employees.
  • $4.1 million for ticketing.
  • $3.7 million to David Monn, a New York-based event planner.
  • $2.7 million to Production Resource Group.
  • $1 million to the White House Historical Association.
  • $1 million to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Samaritan's Purse.
  • $750,000 to the Vice President's Residence Foundation,
  • $500,000 on legal fees.
  • $237,000 on fundraising.
  • $250,000 to the Smithsonian Institution.
  • $2.8 million leftover, which the committee says will be donated to charity once remaining expenses are paid.

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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.

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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.

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