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Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Win McNamee/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."

  • To ensure he receives necessary IV antibiotics, he'll remain in the hospital overnight, Ureña added.
  • President Biden spoke with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, CNN reports. The catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.
  • "He's not in any serious condition. He's getting out shortly, as I understand it," Biden told reporters in Connecticut, adding that he is looking forward to having Clinton "come over and have some lunch and talk," per CNN.

Driving the news: The medical team has been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, according to Clinton's physicians.

  • "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well," two of his doctors said in a joint statement.
  • "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care," Ureña tweeted.
  • The California-based medical staff has been in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist.
  • "We hope to have him go home soon," his physicians added.

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Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

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Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."