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Patreon, a company that lets artists collect monthly dues from their fans in exchange for access to content, is reversing course on newly announced changes to its payment structure after significant backlash.

Tough decision: As CEO Jack Conte tried to explain last week, the company wanted to tackle some issues with its current model, including the month-to-month variations in fees incurred by artists and creators. Unfortunately, as users quickly pointed out, the new fee structure, which included a flat per-transaction fee, would have disproportinately impacted small pledges of $1 and $2.

  • Many artists worried this would discourage their fans, who would now pay those extra fees, from contributing.
  • Some critics even accused the company of making the changes solely to boost its own revenues (it takes a 5% cut from earnings) now that it's raised new funds from venture capitalists.

Instead, Patreon says it will work with its users to come up with new ways to fix its fee issues.

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Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.

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Scoop: Anthony Coley to lead Justice Department public affairs

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Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, has tapped Anthony Coley, an Obama-era Treasury Department official, to serve as a senior adviser and to lead public affairs at the Department of Justice, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As the public face of the DOJ, Coley will help explain — and defend — the department's actions, from sensitive cases to prosecutorial decisions, including the investigation into Hunter Biden.

AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Ysidro, California, in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

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