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David Pecker. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images

David Pecker, CEO of American Media, Inc., which publishes The National Enquirer, has been granted immunity for providing information to federal prosecutors about President Trump's knowledge of Michael Cohen's payments prior to the 2016 election to two women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump, per Vanity Fair. The WSJ first reported Pecker's cooperation Wednesday.

Why it matters: Pecker, who has been working with Trump since the late 1990s, and his chief content officer, Dylan Howard, are the latest to defect from Trump's close circle of confidants and advisors. They join the likes of Cohen himself, who has implicated Trump in his violation of campaign finance law.

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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.