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Another EU antitrust fine for Google is coming down the pipeline in mid-July over allegations Google has used its Android mobile operating system to beat out rivals, Reuters reports. The European Commission has been investigating the case since 2015.

Why it matters: It's another example of how the EU takes anti-competition violations far more seriously than the U.S. In June of last year, the EU slapped Google with a record $2.8 billion fine for anti-trust practices around its search product, which they said unfairly pushed consumers to use Google's Shopping platform. Sources told Reuters they expect this new fine to top that record.

The big picture: Prior to last year's whopping fine, the last time antitrust regulators financially penalized Google in a meaningful way was in 2011 for $500 million over an advertising disclosure consumer deception violation, which Google settled. That's 10 times less than what these two fines would collectively add up to.

The details: The EU competition enforcer will also reportedly tell Google to stop licensing deals that prevent smartphone makers from promoting apps run by outside companies. Note: Google allegedly provided financial incentives for manufacturers to pre-install Google search.

Be smart: To some extent, this fine may be just a drop in the bucket for Google, but it will likely serve as a deterrent to others. Plus, Android powers three-quarters of cell phones in the EU, per Politico.

What they're not saying: Google provided no comment beyond pointing to a blog post from 2016 rejecting the charges.

Go deeper: Policing the power of tech giants

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the UN. Photo: John Minchillo/Pool via Getty

Israel is planning a campaign to discredit a UN commission formed to investigate the violence in Gaza last May and the root causes of the protracted conflict in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry cable seen by Axios.

Why it matters: Israeli officials say they are highly concerned that the commission’s report will refer to Israel as an "Apartheid state" and that its findings could damage Israel's reputation, particularly among progressives in the West. The report is expected in June.

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Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire: reports

Justice Stephen Breyer. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, NBC news first reported and multiple outlets confirmed on Wednesday, giving President Biden his first — and maybe only — chance to put a stamp on the high court.

What’s next: Appointing a new Supreme Court justice will be one of the longest-lasting pieces of Biden’s legacy — and could give Democrats a jolt of energy ahead of next year's midterms.

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Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.