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The Trump administration is rolling back the ACA's contraception mandate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit today over the Trump administration's new rules for contraception coverage. Those rules allow a broader range of employers to seek an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's coverage mandate.

Why it matters: The ACA has been tied up in litigation since the day it passed, and that appears destined to continue. And even a few victories in lower courts can still put a major dent in the White House's priorities.

The claim: The ACLU said it will argue that the new rules violate the First Amendment by "promoting religiously motivated and other discrimination against women seeking reproductive health care."

Reality check: The Supreme Court has already sided with one employer — Hobby Lobby — that sought an exemption from the mandate on religious-freedom grounds, and has generally tended to side with parties who say their religious rights have been violated.

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What has and hasn't changed as Biden takes over U.S. foreign policy

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President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

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  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: NYC postpones vaccine appointments following shipment delays — Private companies step in to fill vaccine logistics vacuum.
  4. World: Biden will order U.S. to rejoin World Health OrganizationBiden to bring U.S. into global COVAX initiative for equitable vaccine access.
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Congress grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Both chambers of Congress on Thursday voted to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the path to confirmation for President Biden's nominee for defense secretary.

Why it matters: Austin's nomination received pushback from some lawmakers, including Democrats, who cited a law that requires officers be out of the military for at least seven years before taking the job — a statute intended to reinforce the tradition of civilian control of the Pentagon.

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