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Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Breitbart News, the right-wing nationalist and flamboyantly pro-Trump website, is rapidly growing its online reach and engagement. By some measures, it's overtaken some of the most established news and consumer brands.

Why this matters: Breitbart's traffic growth comes as it expands its political influence in Washington. Former chairman Steve Bannon is Trump's chief strategist and 2 former Breitbart journalists have gone to work at the White House; former national security editor Sebastian Gorka is a deputy assistant to the president, and former reporter Julia Hahn will be working under Bannon.

By the numbers:

  • Breitbart has moved ahead of The Washington Post, Fox News, Walmart and Yelp on the Alexa top sites ranking that combines measures of visitors and pageviews.
  • According to comScore, Breitbart's number of unique visitors has grown 62% in the past three years. The site's reach, or the amount of unique visitors it attracts, is now larger than established political websites, like The Hill and Politico.
  • Visitors spent 3.7 minutes on the site per visit in December, compared with 3.3 average minutes per day spent on The Huffington Post and The New York Times.
  • Breitbart was one of the most-engaged news websites on Facebook in 2016, according to Newswhip, surpassing CBS News, Yahoo! and NPR. (Engagement is based off of likes, comments, shares and reactions on Facebook.)

Go deeper

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.

Updated 4 mins ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

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5 mins ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

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