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DraftKings is in talks to go public via a reverse merger with a blank-check acquisition company called Diamond Eagle, as first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Axios.

The state of play: If this sounds familiar, it's because Diamond Eagle's management had a prior blank-check company called Platinum Eagle that kicked tires on FanDuel (which was later acquired by Paddy Power Betfair).

  • DraftKings and FanDuel had once agreed to merge, but were blocked by federal antitrust regulators.
  • Diamond Eagle, led by veteran media executive Jeff Sagansky and aided by former MGM CEO Harry Sloan, raised $350 million in its IPO earlier this year. DraftKings hit a peak valuation of around $2 billion in 2015, but later pulled back.
  • Diamond Eagle is currently the clubhouse leader for DraftKings, but word is that there also have been discussions with other strategic and private equity suitors. Not yet hearing anything on price. Expect resolution of some sort by year-end.

Go deeper: DraftKings CEO Jason Robins on Axios' Pro Rata Podcast

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden readies massive shifts in policy for his first days in office.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.
  6. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.
Dave Lawler, author of World
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Alexey Navalny detained after landing back in Moscow

Navalny and his wife shortly before he was detained. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained upon his return to Moscow on Sunday, which came five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He returned despite being warned that he would be arrested.

The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.

Mike Allen, author of AM
7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.