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Sen. Ed Markey (left) and Rep. Joe Kennedy. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) will announce on Saturday his intention to run for Senate in 2020 against sitting Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Boston Globe reports.

The big picture: Kennedy, the 38-year-old grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, wrote in a Facebook post last month that he is considering a Senate run out of a desire to shape "what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future." The 73-year-old Markey was co-author of the Green New Deal resolution along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and he has already received a re-election endorsement from AOC and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warrren (D-Mass.)

Go deeper: Highlights from Kennedy's response to the 2018 State of the Union address

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Scammers seize on COVID confusion

Data: FTC; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Scamming has skyrocketed in the past year, and much of the increase is attributed to COVID-related scams, more recently around vaccines.

Why it matters: The pandemic has created a prime opportunity for scammers to target people who are already confused about the chaotic rollouts of things like stimulus payments, loans, contact tracing and vaccines. Data shows that older people who aren't digitally literate are the most vulnerable.

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

14 hours ago - Health

FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.