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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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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.

White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.