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Cory Booker. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), 49, would be the country's first self-described vegan president, the LA Times' Nardine Saad writes.

What he's saying: "I find myself more and more rejoicing in the delicious simplicity of a whole food, plant based diet,” Booker wrote on Facebook last March, sharing a picture of a roasted-cauliflower lunch.

  • On "The View" on Friday, Meghan McCain asked Booker: "What does a vegan eat at the Iowa State Fair?" Booker responded: "I won’t eat the pork chop on a stick, but there will be a lot of fried stuff."

"Booker is a self-described 'junk-food vegan,'" per the LA Times:

  • "He fasts intermittently and focuses on eating unprocessed food with simple ingredients, which have helped him lose weight and increase his energy."
  • "He also loves a good Impossible burger."

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69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

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China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.

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Vaccine dreams juice jobs report

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Good news for your Friday: the economy added a whopping 379,000 jobs in February — far outpacing expectations.

Why it matters: Virus cases eased in recent weeks and states lifted restrictions, helping fuel a hiring surge. It's proof of how much control the pandemic has over the job market.