AROUND THE NATION: Neil Young songs pulled from Spotify over Joe Rogan podcast

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Neil Young's music removed from Spotify

Spotify, known for its streaming music and podcasts, announced it was working on removing rock legend Neil Young's music due to claims the platform spreads COVID-19 vaccine misinformation through popular podcaster Joe Rogan.

Young wrote an open letter to his manager Frank Gironda and Tom Corson, co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Records, demanding his songs be pulled due to what he called disinformation on the podcast.

“The Joe Rogan Experience,” based in Austin, Texas, was the most listened to podcast in the U.S. and worldwide in 2021. Rogan has an exclusive contract with Spotify.

Joni Mitchell will be honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Joni Mitchell stands with Neil Young

Singer Joni Mitchell announced Jan. 28 she would seek to remove all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with Young's protest.

Mitchell and Young both rose to fame as popular musicians in the 1970s.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell posted to her website. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, according to numerous sources, giving President Joe Biden his first high court opening.

In this April 23, 2021, file photo, members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

The president has said he plans to name the court’s first Black woman.

President touts health insurance additions

President Joe Biden said 14.5 million Americans signed up for private health insurance for the year under the health law from President Obama's era.

“Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans,” Biden said in a statement. “We are making that right a reality for a record number of people, bringing down costs and increasing access for families across the country.”

The Affordable Care Act offers health insurance to people who do not have employer coverage through a mix of subsidized private plans and expanded Medicaid.