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Browns center J.C. Tretter was elected as the new president of the NFL Players Association during union meetings Tuesday, beating out Buccaneers linebacker Sam Acho and Giants safety Michael Thomas.

What to watch: The election comes at a turbulent time for the NFLPA, which has plunged into a state of disarray in recent weeks thanks to the public disagreement over the proposed CBA, which includes a 17-game schedule starting in 2021 at the earliest.

  • The full union membership (~2,000 players) has until midnight on Saturday to vote on the proposed 10-year deal that most of them will play under for the rest of their careers. If it receives a simple majority (50% plus one vote), it will pass.
  • "The first thing Tretter needs to do is develop a strategy for getting leadership on the same page," writes Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. "It's critical that a union present a united front. This union recently hasn't, which sets them up to be exploited if/when bargaining resumes."

Tretter's bio:

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Akron, New York
  • College: Cornell (Degree: Labor relations)
  • NFL: A fourth-round pick in 2013, Tretter has been the Browns' starting center for the past three seasons and signed a three-year, $32.5 million contract last offseason.

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New York Times columnist David Brooks' resignation from a paid gig at a think tank on Saturday is the latest in a flurry of scandals that America's biggest and most successful newspaper company has endured in the past year.

Driving the news: Brooks resigned from the Aspen Institute following a BuzzFeed News investigation that uncovered conflicts of interest between Brooks' reporting and money he accepted from corporate donors for a project called "Weave" that he worked on at the nonprofit.

America rebalances its post-Trump news diet

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Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

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Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.