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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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3 hours ago - Health

Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.