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CBS News

CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin has been chosen to lead ABC News, the network confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: Godwin will be the first Black woman to lead a major broadcast news division. Last year, Rashida Jones was named president of MSNBC, becoming the first Black executive to lead a major cable news network.

Details: The 14-year CBS veteran replaces longtime ABC News President James Goldston, who left the network this January.

  • Godwin will report to Peter Rice, chair of Disney General Entertainment Content.
  • According to a statement from ABC, Godwin will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio across ABC News, which encompasses everything from "Good Morning America" to "The View.”

What they're saying: “I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” Godwin said in a statement.

  • “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together.”

What to watch: Godwin's hire comes as reports are circulating that her current colleague, CBS News chief Susan Zirinsky, is planning to step down in the coming days or weeks to return to a role producing content.

What's next: Godwin starts in early May.

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The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.

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Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.