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The conservative One America News Network is breaking with most media organizations by supporting the White House against CNN in the legal battle over correspondent Jim Acosta's suspended press badge.

"WE are going to file in the CNN vs White House court an Amicus Brief in favor of the White House. Acosta’s actions are stopping our people from getting their questions answered, so that we can give our audience the real news direct from our President. ... Can’t believe Fox is on the other side, but they have direct communication to the President. We are lucky if we get a five minute interview once a quarter."
OANN CEO Robert Herring

Between the lines: OANN is a competitor to Fox News and is struggling to pull itself from the bottom of the cable ratings. But Marc Fisher of the Washington Post writes, "it is nonetheless one of President Trump's favorite media outlets."

  • "[CEO Robert Herring] often said OAN’s purpose was to give viewers the news they needed to make educated choices. But he increasingly directed the newsroom to cover stories that reflected his personal views," WaPo reports.
  • The network focuses on conservative topics such as anti-abortion issues and defending police in shootings.
  • It reportedly minimizes coverage of the Russia investigation and refrains from covering the troubles of the White House.

Thought bubble from Axios' Sara Fischer: Conservative outlets are trying to ensure that they have support from the press corps should they face adversity from a Democratic-leaning administration in the future. Fox News received support from the White House press corps in 2009 amid friction with the Obama administration.

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The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

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Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly criticized the Biden administration for its intention to return to the Iran nuclear deal and told his supporters he was prepared to "stand against the entire world" to stop it.

Why it matters: This is a major change of tune for Netanyahu, who had been careful in his statements on the Iran deal and avoided publicly criticizing President Biden. The statement was part of Netanyahu's attempt to rally his base ahead of Israel's election on March 23.