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Nike announced it is changing company policies to ensure that female athletes who become pregnant are better protected and aren't penalized, reports Bloomberg.

Why it matters: For runners, endorsement contracts make up the bulk of their incomes, and they must meet specific thresholds for compensation that could be unachievable if pregnant, reports the New York Times.

The context: Leading up to the announcement, Nike sponsored athletes published numerous op-eds in the New York Times detailing how the company treated them during and following their pregnancies.

  • Allyson Felix, one of Nike's most marketed athletes, published an op-ed detailing her experience. The 6-time Olympic champion described getting pregnant as "the kiss of death."
  • Alysia Montaño earned mainstream recognition after running while 8 months pregnant, and broke her non-disclosure agreement with Nike to talk with the New York Times.

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Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that "everybody" should get the coronavirus vaccine — the first time he's encouraged his supporters, who have been more skeptical of getting vaccinated, to do so.

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Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced Monday that the Biden administration will explore "lawful pathways" to allow migrant families separated under the Trump administration to reunite in the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has pledged to reunite the hundreds of families still separated as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, and signed an executive order last month creating a family separation task force chaired by Mayorkas.