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Ohio statehouse. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

Members of the Ohio House voted on Thursday to strip Speaker Larry Householder (R) of his leadership position following his arrest earlier this month related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.

Why it matters: The Ohio House has never before removed a speaker, AP reports. Bipartisan support for removing Householder has accumulated since the affidavit’s release. The vote was unanimous; he retains his seat.

Background: Householder was one of five defendants identified as allegedly taking part in a pay-to-play scheme that led to the exchange of corporate money for personal and political use to help pass House Bill 6, a bailout for two FirstEnergy nuclear plants.

  • Householder was a key player in passing the legislation.
  • House Bill 6 authorized a fee added to every electric bill in the state that would be directed to the energy plants near Cleveland and Toledo through 2026.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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  4. Local: All adult Minnesotans will likely be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by summer — Another wealthy Florida community receives special access to COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.

The week markets went wild

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The markets just closed out a manic week.

Why it matters: Outsized — and in some cases historic — moves were evident across the board.