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There's no director leading the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice, a position that "is supposed to be the administration’s leading voice on domestic and sexual violence, both nationally and internationally," WashPost reports.

Why it matters: Rob Porter is one of two administration members to resign in one week over allegations of domestic abuse and the White House has been criticized over how it handled this news. This DOJ position would have the power to enhance and support programs to help women who are victims of assault.

This looks especially bad considering my colleague Jonathan Swan's reporting last week: “Trump tells friends that he deplores the #MeToo movement and believes it unfairly exposes CEOs to lawsuits from their female employees. The fact that women frequently face sexual predation in the workplace doesn’t impact his view on this.”

  • But there hasn’t been a Senate-confirmed director for this office since 2012.
  • Cindy Dyer, who was the Violence Against Women director during George W. Bush's second term, told the Post that it would be "a powerful statement" for Trump to nominate someone right now: “It’s perfect timing, and it’s an opportunity to make a statement that violence affects us all and we’re not going to stand for it.”

A White House spokesperson told WashPost that the person considered for this position “is currently in the clearance process and will be announced when the process is completed.” Until then, Katie Sullivan, a former deputy district attorney in Colorado, will be the acting director.

Go deeper with the Washington Post's database of Trump's missing positions.

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Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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Pfizer says COVID vaccine over 90% effective in kids

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the FDA Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Changing the inflation conversation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Inflation looks like it’ll run hot for longer than plenty of smart people thought it would. The conversation over just how much more Americans will have to pay for their stuff has taken on a new intensity, as supply problems show few signs of fading.

Why it matters: The rate of price growth has remained consistently strong in recent months — a time that some thought would bring cooling prices after an initial reopening spike. What goes on with prices will influence the decisions made by Congress, the Biden Administration, and the Federal Reserve.