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Feeding white rats at an animal laboratory of a medical school in Chongqing Municipality, China. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that 47% of Americans favor the use of animals in scientific research while 52% oppose the practice.

The big picture: The use of animals in scientific research remains a controversial issue between scientists, activists and often politicians, Pew explains. Some groups argue the practice is necessary to develop treatments for medical conditions and diseases, while others say experimenting on animals is unethical and inhumane.

By the numbers: According to the survey, opinions of animal testing do not adhere to partisan lines, but is split among genders and education levels as those with higher education levels or scientific knowledge tend to favor the practice.

  • 50% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are in favor of using animals in scientific research.
  • 45% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor the practice.
  • 58% of men favor the practice.
  • 36% of women favor the practice.
  • 59% of people with a postgraduate degree favor the practice.
  • 40% of people with a high school degree or less favor the practice.

Flashback: President Trump signed legislation earlier this year limiting the use of dogs in research conducted by the Veterans Affairs Department. However, Pew notes, 40 scientific and medical groups opposed the bipartisan legislation, arguing the practice was helpful in developing cures for human disorders.

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Ro Khanna accuses Biden of quitting Middle East

Rep. Ro Khanna. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images

An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.

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Comprehensive immigration reform is a pipe dream, but some Senate Democrats are hoping to tie key immigration provisions to the next big reconciliation push.

Why it matters: Immigration is one of the most controversial and partisan issues in U.S. politics, which is why the budget reconciliation process — which allows for bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority rather than the usual 60 votes — is so attractive.

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Artists paint portraits of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Mumbai, India. Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

President Biden plans to meet this month with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India in a virtual summit of the so-called Quad, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: By putting a Quad meeting on the president’s schedule, the White House is signaling the importance of partnerships and alliances to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.