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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Joe Biden for The Atlantic this morning:

  • "If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation. The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America."
  • "We have fought this battle before — but today we have a special challenge. ... We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support."
  • "You, me, and the citizens of this country carry a special burden in 2017. We have to do what our president has not. ... We have to do what he will not. ... We have to remember our kids are watching."

Why it matters: Biden, with 36 years in the Senate and eight years as V.P., is eying one last run in 2020, when he'll be 77. He's chastising Trump in unusually personal terms that are certain to drive a flood of coverage and conversation.

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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