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Barbara Walters interviews former President Gerald Ford at ABC News election-night headquarters on Nov. 4, 1980. Photo: Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images

Susan Page, after N.Y. Times bestsellers on Barbara Bush and Speaker Pelosi, now is tackling celebrity interviewer Barbara Walters for a biography expected in early 2023.

Driving the news: A forthcoming announcement by Simon and Schuster and Javelin notes that Walters was the first woman to host a network morning show ("Today"), and to co-host one of the Big 3 evening shows (ABC).

  • Walters, age 91, developed and hosted "The View," and interviewed everyone from Lucille Ball to the Obamas.

Page, the D.C. bureau chief of USA Today, says in the announcement: "She fished with Fidel Castro, dated John Warner, and grilled Monica Lewinsky. She was a groundbreaking broadcaster who cut a path for women in journalism, from Oprah Winfrey to Katie Couric and more."

  • "She defined a new sort of journalism," Page added, "pivoting from political leaders to Hollywood celebs to convicted felons to the Dalai Lama. ... [S]he was ... sometimes ruthless. She also suffered disdain (some of it on the air from her male co-anchors) and pain."
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2021 economy boomed at fastest rate in 37 years

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. economy surged ahead with a 6.9% annual growth rate in the final months of 2021 and achieved the strongest growth over an entire calendar year since 1984.

Driving the news: New GDP numbers from the Commerce Department show a remarkable acceleration in economic activity, much faster than the 5.3% growth rate analysts expected.

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The Federal Reserve will be raising rates, just as the economy is slowing. The markets hate that.

Why it matters: The ugly start to the stock trading year doesn't just reflect Fed-induced agita — investors are also worried about a growth slowdown.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaking in the White House in December 2021. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that a record 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare marketplaces since Nov. 1, including more than 10 million enrollments through HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: Last year's stimulus bill contained substantial investments in the program, including increased subsidies for people who don't receive health insurance from an employer or through Medicare or Medicaid.