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FTC chair Lina Khan. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images.

Amazon wants Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any antitrust investigation targeting the company, arguing her past statements about the e-commerce giant create the appearance that she has prejudged the company.

Why it matters: Amazon's purchase of MGM will reportedly be reviewed by the FTC.

The big picture: Khan rose to prominence with a law review article about the antitrust issues posed by Amazon, and her appointment as chair of the agency was cheered by Big Tech critics who want to see the government rein in the companies.

Details: In a 25-page recusal motion filed Wednesday, Amazon highlighted Khan's previous work for antitrust advocacy group Open Markets Institute, her academic paper "Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox" and her work on the House Judiciary Committee's digital markets investigation.

  • "Although Amazon profoundly disagrees with Chair Khan’s conclusions about the company, it does not dispute her right to have spoken provocatively and at great length about it in her prior roles," Amazon wrote in its petition.
  • "But given her long track record of detailed pronouncements about Amazon, and her repeated proclamations that Amazon has violated the antitrust laws, a reasonable observer would conclude that she no longer can consider the company’s antitrust defenses with an open mind."
  • An FTC spokesperson declined comment.

Read the filing.

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COVID-19 forced lasting changes in how teachers teach, according to a poll by Khan Academy, which found that more than three-quarters of teachers plan to update the way they work in the classroom.

Details: More than two-thirds of the 1,000 teachers surveyed by YouGov for Khan Academy — a nonprofit that offers online education — said they intend to blend new tools picked up during the pandemic with their previous teaching practices.

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

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Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.

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Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: The Weather Prediction Center said in a storm summary Monday that winter storm warnings are still in effect for portions of the Central Appalachians, Ohio Valley, interior Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, while portions of the Central Appalachians and coastal New England are under high wind warnings.