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Recode reports Apple is looking to sell a bundled TV package that would include three of the most lucrative premium channels: HBO, Showtime and Starz.

Should you buy it? Unclear. The package would offer subscribers the chance to pay for those channels, likely at a reduced cost (at this point the price is TBD), as opposed to having to pay for them separately. Currently Apple sells HBO for $15 monthly, Showtime for $11 monthly and Starz for $9 monthly. The channels are currently available on mobile/desktop or on Apple TV.

Why it matters: While most other big telecom competitors are moving to sell a traditional bundle of numerous channels on their digital pay-TV platforms, Apple has insisted that it won't move in that direction. Instead, they're hoping to upsell consumers who already pay for one or two of those channels standalone through Apple.

Why it might not happen: Recode reports that thus far, none of the premium networks have confirmed that Apple has struck deals with them to bundle their content. And even if they did, it's still unclear what type of licensing fees they would charge Apple, which could or could not make the opportunity worth it for the tech giant.

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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm the day after the article is transmitted.

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Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.