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Michael Probst / AP

The Verge has an interesting look at Breitbart's expansion missteps in France ahead of this spring's presidential election in which populist darling Marine Le Pen is expected to make a strong showing.

  • The status quo: A network of far-right websites and blogs in France collectively known as the fachosphère that support Le Pen's National Front, but they're largely amateur and unprofessional.
  • The goal: Breitbart CEO Alex Marlow told Axios in late January that they're planning on a Paris bureau. A former Breitbart spokesman said the goal is to "become the centralizing hub/platform for the so-called 'anti-establishments.'"
  • The problem: Breitbart forgot to register their domains in France, so breitbart.fr and breitbartnews.fr now belong to a 22-year old student who is thinking about linking them to non-profits that fight racism and anti-Semitism.

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Biden's latest executive order: Buy American

President Joe R. Biden speaks about the economy before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room at the White House on Friday, Jan 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden will continue his flurry of executive orders on Monday, signing a new directive to require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

Tech digs in for long domestic terror fight

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With domestic extremist networks scrambling to regroup online, experts fear the next attack could come from a radicalized individual — much harder than coordinated mass events for law enforcement and platforms to detect or deter.

The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

The pandemic could be worsening childhood obesity

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The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.