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A federal court has temporarily halted an FCC decision that boosted the major Sinclair-Tribune broadcast merger.

The details: The Republican-controlled FCC recently brought back what is known as the "UHF discount," which effectively allows broadcasters to cover more than the 39% of the country allowed under current rules — because it counts certain types of stations as covering a smaller area. That move has been challenged in court.

Why it matters: The UHF discount eases the acquisition of Tribune by Sinclair Broadcast Group, on of the major media deals of the year.

The court said Thursday that it was halting implementation of the decision. But it cautioned that the "purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for stay pending review and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion." The FCC declined to comment. Variety reports the stay is expected to last through June 7.

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Mayors press Biden to adopt progressive immigration agenda

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A coalition of nearly 200 mayors and county executives is challenging Joe Biden and the incoming Congress to adopt a progressive immigration agenda that would give everyone a pathway to citizenship.

Why it matters: The group's goals, set out in a white paper released today, seem to fall slightly to the left of what the president-elect plans to propose on Inauguration Day — though not far — and come at a time of intense national polarization over immigration.

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Demand for coronavirus vaccines is outstripping supply

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Now that nearly half of the U.S. population could be eligible for coronavirus vaccines, America is facing the problem experts thought we’d have all along: demand for the vaccine is outstripping supply.

Why it matters: The Trump administration’s call for states to open up vaccine access to all Americans 65 and older and adults with pre-existing conditions may have helped massage out some bottlenecks in the distribution process, but it’s also led to a different kind of chaos.

Woman who allegedly stole laptop from Pelosi's office to sell to Russia is arrested

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A woman accused of breaching the Capitol and planning to sell to Russia a laptop or hard drive she allegedly stole from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was arrested in Pennsylvania's Middle District Monday, the Department of Justice said.

Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged over the laptop allegation and the case remains under investigation, per the DOJ.