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Jared Kushner's lawyers told CNN Monday he will be stepping down as Publisher of Observer, formerly New York Observer, and will be selling the property into a family trust.

Kushner's ownership created some sticky situations:

  • The site was one of only a handful of publications to formally endorse Trump during the Republican primary, although it did not endorse any candidate during the general election.
  • In an interview with Recode yesterday, Observer editor-in-chief Ken Kurson said Kushner gave the team ample editorial freedom, but Kushner still faced conflict-of-interest accusations during the election.
  • Last July, Kushner received backlash from an Observer employee who wrote an op-ed on the website accusing him of ignoring anti-Semitic imagery in his father-in-law's campaign.

Kushner bought The Observer in 2006 for $10 million. He will be replaced as Publisher by Joseph Meyer, his brother-in-law and the current CEO of the Observer.

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Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.