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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky onstage at the Code Conference. Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media

Airbnb will be ready to go public next year, CEO Brian Chesky said Wednesday, though he's not sure it will. "I want to make sure it is a major benefit to the company if we do... It could happen," he said at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Calif.

Backstory: A few months ago, amid the departure of finance chief Laurence Tosi, Chesky shut down rumors that the home-sharing company was planning to go public in 2018.

Changing the ratio: Chesky said he wants to add at least one woman (its first) to Airbnb's board of directors and two or three independent members. Earlier this year, former American Express CEO Ken Chenault joined as its first independent board member.

Long road: Echoing previous comments, Chesky explained that although New York City is small in terms of business for Airbnb, the company is committed to working out its regulatory differences there, because 50,000 hosts depend on the service for additional income. And while back in 2010 he believed the issues would be resolved within a year, it's now clear that will take several more years.

Ambitions: Shedding some light on how Airbnb wants to become a full-fledged travel company, Chesky said that he wants to expand into a variety of services, from groceries to content. In some areas the company will partner with others, as it has done with restaurant reservation service Rezi. In other areas, it will build its own service.

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Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

Why it matters: Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach the former president last week on a single charge: incitement of insurrection for the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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