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Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is set to deliver the keynote address at Monday night's Toner Prize Celebration — in memory of Robin Toner, the first woman to serve as national political correspondent of The New York Times.

What he'll say: "Our nation would be so much better off without all the bitter and angry politics. And if we could all just get back to being Americans once again."

  • "For our elected officials, that means putting the people’s priorities ahead of partisan interests."
  • "For members of the media, that means being a little more like Robin Toner and never losing sight of how your work affects people’s everyday lives."
  • "Now more than ever, it means not being beholden to headlines or ratings, and instead just practicing the tenets of good journalism — following a lead, gathering the facts, and shedding light on the truth."

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U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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The best charities are increasingly effective. That's the clear message sent by Open Philanthropy, the think tank that doubles as the grant-making vehicle for Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna.

Why it matters: With tech and crypto wealth becoming a fast-growing part of the philanthropic pie, there's more of an emphasis than ever on effectiveness — what the newly-divorced Melinda French Gates, in her recent Giving Pledge update, characterizes as giving as "impactfully as possible."

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New data from South Africa suggests the Omicron variant spreads more than twice as quickly as the Delta variant, and that immunity from prior infection doesn't appear to protect a person very well against Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The findings are extremely preliminary, and there are still many open questions about how well vaccines work against the variant. But these initial breadcrumbs of data are helping the world begin to understand what it's up against.