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Michael Calderone is joining Vanity Fair as senior editor of The Hive, a franchise within the company that focuses on covering business, technology and media from the lens of people in power, according to an internal memo obtained by Axios. Calderone comes from Politico, where he is currently senior media reporter.

The big picture: The move is part of a bigger executive announcement about new talent coming in to beef up Vanity Fair’s coverage ahead of the election.

  • “I look to The Hive daily for great reporting and writing on power across media, politics, business, and tech, and I'm excited to bring my experience and enthusiasm to this ambitious team,” says Calderone.
  • John Homans continues as Executive Editor of The Hive.

Details: Vanity Fair has also hired Caleb Ecarma from Mediaite, to cover the intersection of media, politics and the web. Based in Washington, Caleb will cover Donald Trump and "MAGA" culture.

Other staff announcements include:

  • Kira Pollack has been promoted internally to Creative Director.
  • Daniel Kile, has been promoted to Deputy Editor, overseeing many of the company’s biggest editorial franchises and projects.
  • Tara Johnson has been promoted to Visuals Director.

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Meta removes over 600 accounts linked to COVID disinformation effort by China

Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Meta announced Wednesday it has removed over 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to a Chinese influence operation that claimed the U.S. was pressuring the World Health Organization (WHO) to blame COVID on China.

Why it matters: Though Meta said the network was unsuccessful, it marks yet another COVID disinformation campaign instigated by China in an effort to discredit the U.S.

Stacey Abrams launches second campaign for Georgia governor

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Stacey Abrams, voting rights activist and former 2018 candidate for Georgia governor, is running for the position again in 2022. Abrams would be the first Black female governor in the country.

Why it matters: Abrams caught national attention in 2018 by narrowly losing an election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in a state held firmly by the GOP for nearly two decades.

First known U.S. case of Omicron variant identified in California

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.