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There's a theory floating around Time Inc. that the magazine publisher's two known suitors ― Meredith Corp. and a group led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. ― may team up, with Meredith carving out the lifestyle-type titles and Bronfman retaining the newsier pubs. But a source familiar with the situation tells Axios that there have been no such conversations between the two parties.

Price talk: The market isn't really getting ahead of this one: Shares jumped from $13.80 after a late November report that Bronfman had bid $18 per share (which was rejected by Time Inc.'s board), but never climbed above $19.25 per share (Feb. 3). They closed trading today at $18.80 a piece ― suggesting that shareholders aren't expecting either Bronfman (nor Meredith) to go much higher than that original offer.

Timing: Both Meredith and Bronfman Jr. have signed nondisclosure agreements in order to view nonpublic information and meet with Time Inc. execs, but there does not seem to be a formal timetable for bids. Or, in the source's words, it's "flexible."

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Biden's latest executive order: Buy American

President Joe R. Biden speaks about the economy before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room at the White House on Friday, Jan 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden will continue his flurry of executive orders on Monday, signing a new directive to require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

Tech digs in for long domestic terror fight

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With domestic extremist networks scrambling to regroup online, experts fear the next attack could come from a radicalized individual — much harder than coordinated mass events for law enforcement and platforms to detect or deter.

The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

The pandemic could be worsening childhood obesity

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.