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Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, announced a new show with Bruce Springsteen exclusively for Spotify called "Renegades: Born in the USA."

The big picture: It's the second podcast to debut in a series of exclusive shows from Higher Ground Productions for Spotify. Spotify debuted "The Michelle Obama Podcast" last year.

Details: The eight-episode series will feature former President Obama and Springsteen discussing a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage and the state of America, according to a statement.

  • "On the surface, Bruce and I don't have a lot in common. But over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility," Obama says introducing the first podcast.
  • "In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much.”
  • Spotify says Dollar Shave Club and Comcast will serve as the first season’s presenting sponsors in the U.S.

Flashback: Springsteen and Obama first became close in 2008, when Springsteen helped to campaign for the former president against John McCain.

  • Springsteen has continued to be a strong voice for the Democratic Party, most notably performing for Hillary Clinton supporters on the eve of the 2016 election in Philadelphia and lending his hits to the DNC and Joe Biden campaign events during the 2020 election.

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States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).

Cuomo: "I am not going to resign"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.

Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."

Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

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Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.