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Top eight stories for today including President Joe Biden highlighted the dismal January jobs report to demand broad backing of his $1.9 trillion stimulus legislation; Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoed a pandemic-relief bill shortly after the GOP-controlled Legislature passed it; The World Health Organization is worried wealthier nations are hoarding vaccines, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including President Joe Biden highlighted the dismal January jobs report to demand broad backing of his $1.9 trillion stimulus legislation; Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoed a pandemic-relief bill shortly after the GOP-controlled Legislature passed it; The World Health Organization is worried wealthier nations are hoarding vaccines, and more.

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National

1.) President Joe Biden highlighted the dismal January jobs report on Friday afternoon to demand broad backing of his $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief legislation.  

President Joe Biden speaks with House Democratic Leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) Back to the House this afternoon after an all-nighter at the Senate, Democrats passed a budget resolution Friday to fast-track President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill without Republican support. 

In this image from Senate TV, Vice President Kamala Harris sits in the chair on the Senate floor to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that paves the way for fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. (Senate TV via AP)

3.) Forget Donald Trump. Here’s why the economics of journalism is to blame for the public’s mistrust of the news media, and how the industry can regain the public’s faith. 

An issue of Time magazine on a newsstand, November 16, 2017. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

4.) Health officials from the Biden administration announced at a press conference Friday that the Pentagon will deploy troops to help Americans get Covid-19 vaccines

Tim Manning, national supply chain coordinator for the White House Covid-19 response team, speaks Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in a live teleconference. (Image via Courthouse News)

Regional

5.) The governor of Wisconsin vetoed a Covid-19 relief bill Friday shortly after the Legislature passed it and put it on his desk, leaving the state’s lawmakers and chief executive short of a compromise on how to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has eluded them for almost a year.

The Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison. (Photo via Vijay Kumar Koulampet/Wikipedia Commons)

6.) Newly public filings from the sex-trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell show that the accused Jeffrey Epstein co-conspirator is seeking to snuff out her New York prosecution by invoking a clause of Epstein’s 14-year-old nonprosecution agreement.

In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

International

7.) New infections and deaths are declining globally, but the World Health Organization is worried wealthier nations are hoarding vaccines and hindering efforts to suppress the novel coronavirus around the planet.

Israelis receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical professionals at a coronavirus vaccination center set up on a shopping mall parking lot in Givataim, Israel, during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Along with the impressive speed of its vaccination campaign, Israel is discovering its limits. Even after inoculating over one-third of its population, the country remains stuck in a tight lockdown as it grapples with imported variants of the virus. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

8.) The Russian Federation faced off against former shareholders of oil giant Yukos on Friday in the latest chapter of a 15-year legal saga over the government’s taking of shares. 

A view outside the Dutch Supreme Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (Courthouse News photo/Molly Quell)

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