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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.)

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Twitter to label COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, implement strike policy

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Twitter announced Monday that it will label tweets with potentially misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines, and introduce a strike system that can lead to permanent account suspension.

The big picture: Tech companies are taking an increasingly aggressive stance against users who attempt to share misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines on their platforms.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Trump, Melania received COVID vaccine at White House in January — CDC director warns "now is not the time" to lift COVID restrictions.
  2. Vaccine: J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines — Vaccine hesitancy is shrinking.
  3. Economy: Apple says all U.S. stores open for the first time since start of pandemic — What's really going on with the labor market.
  4. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.
  5. World: Italy tightens restrictions as experts warn of growing prevalence of variants — PA announces new COVID restrictions as cases surge.
  6. Local: Colorado sets timeline for return to normalcy.
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Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January

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Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that "everybody" should get the coronavirus vaccine — the first time he's encouraged his supporters, who have been more skeptical of getting vaccinated, to do so.

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