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Photo: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chevron said Thursday that it would not increase its bid to buy Anadarko, leaving the prize to Occidental while walking away with a $1 billion breakup fee.

The latest: Anadarko announcing on Thursday evening that it has entered into a “definitive merger agreement” with Occidental, expected to close in the second half of 2019.

Why it matters: The move seemingly ends the high-stakes battle to obtain Anadarko and its attractive acreage in the Permian Basin region of Texas, the heart of the U.S. oil boom.

What they're saying: "We look forward to signing a merger agreement with Anadarko and realizing value for our stakeholders as soon as possible," Occidental said in a statement.

  • Chevron will not make a counterproposal to Occidental, a smaller company than Chevron that nonetheless offered a higher, $76-per-share cash-and-stock bid for Anadarko.
  • "Winning in any environment doesn’t mean winning at any cost. Cost and capital discipline always matter, and we will not dilute our returns or erode value for our shareholders for the sake of doing a deal," Chevron CEO Michael Wirth said in a statement.

Go deeper: Anadarko calls Occidental's takeover bid "superior" to Chevron's

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Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.

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Over 3,000 detained in protests across Russia demanding Navalny's release

Russian police officers beat protestesters at a rally against of jailing of oppositon leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Saturday. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Police in Russia on Saturday arrested more than 3,300 people as protesters nationwide demanded that opposition leader Alexey Navalny be released from jail.

Details: Demonstrations began in the eastern regions of Russia and spread west to more than 60 cities.

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Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain and GOP governor

Combination images of Cindy McCain and Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Arizona Republican Party members voted on Saturday to censure prominent GOP figures Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who've all faced clashes with former President Trump.

Why it matters: Although the resolution is symbolic, this move plus the re-election of the Trump-endorsed Kelli Ward as state GOP chair shows the strong hold the former president has on the party in Arizona, despite President Biden winning the state in the 2020 election.

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