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Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2015. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Iowa now has the strictest abortion law in the country, after Governor Kim Reynolds banned abortions "at around six weeks of pregnancy," or when a heartbeat can be detected, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: This sets Reynolds up for a legal battle with organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, who said they would sue upon her signing the bill, per the AP. Critics say the bill bans the procedure before women may even know they're pregnant, but supporters hope it will challenge the landmark abortion case, Roe vs. Wade. It did not receive any Democratic support, according to the AP, and has exemptions for rape and incest. It is set to go into effect on July 1st.

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

Scoop: Politico stars plot new Playbook

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Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow. 

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Big Oil's big reckoning

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There doesn't seem to be an oil major that's got it all figured out between the pandemic, cloudy demand and price outlooks, and the unknown path through a world getting a bit more serious about climate.

Driving the news: ExxonMobil yesterday afternoon showed the latest signs of its struggle to position itself as it announced large write-offs and a big rethink of long-term spending.