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The state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

More than 140 women, including legislators, senior legislative aides, and lobbyists, have called out what they describe as sexual misconduct by powerful men in the "nation's most influential legislature" in California's capital, the LA Times writes. That includes "groping, lewd comments and suggestions of trading sexual favors for legislation."

Thought bubble: Unfortunately, this is surely not the whole picture and the wave set off by the Harvey Weinstein revelations is likely only just the beginning.

  • It's not just California: The Weinstein scandal has "set off a wave of investigations, recriminations and accusations across the nation, including in state capitals in Rhode Island and South Dakota. Women from all walks of life — from actresses to corporate leaders — have used social media to report instances of abuse, often marked" with "Me too," and sometimes using a hashtag.
  • More on "Me too": Activist Tarana Burke started the Me Too Movement a decade ago. "It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible," Burke told Ebony. Actress Alyssa Milano reignited the Me Too idea over the weekend, encouraging survivors to write #MeToo on social media to show the magnitude of the problem, and eventually tweeted that she'd been told the Me Too movement started a long time ago.

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FDA advisory panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine for emergency use

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended the authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.

Why it matters: The FDA is expected to make a final decision within days on the J&J vaccine, which was found to be 66% effective against moderate to severe COVID. An emergency use authorization would allow distribution to immediately begin, helping streamline and speed up the vaccine rollout across the U.S.

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Schiff: "Definitive" Khashoggi report sends clear message to Saudis

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The report released Friday on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was short on evidence or new information, but Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tells Axios that the “definitive” statement assigning responsibility to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) speaks volumes.

What he’s saying: Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, says that while some intelligence couldn’t be published because of the need to protect sources and methods, “we rarely see something published that is this definitive and I think that's an important accomplishment for the administration.”

Exclusive: Law enforcement organizations back Biden pick for assistant AG

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Local and federal law enforcement officials are backing Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, according to letters sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The Major County Sheriffs of America noted Gupta “emphasized that she does not support efforts to ‘defund the police'” and highlighted her desire to improve criminal justice through methods that include increased training for law enforcement officials.

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