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A view of the building where FBI officials reportedly raided the residence of Michael Cohen, longtime personal lawyer for President Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The FBI's raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was seeking information about payments related to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, two women who had affairs with now-President Trump, in addition to any potential role from the publisher of The National Enquirer, the NYTimes reported Tuesday.

Between the lines: The agents were acting on a warrant "personally signed off on" by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Times notes. President Trump has increasingly pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the broader Mueller probe.

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Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."

COVID created an epic U.S. trade gap

Chart: Axios Visuals. Data: Census Bureau/Bureau of Economic Analysis

The details of the blockbuster fourth quarter GDP report released Thursday morning tell a vivid story of how the underpinnings of the world economy have been reshaped by the pandemic.

One example: In the arithmetic around U.S. economic output, trade acted as a more severe drag last year than it has in a generation.