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Sen. Kamala Harris at the Capitol. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A bipartisan group of Congress members are introducing a bill today that would target revenge porn and extortion using explicit online material.

The details: The Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act would prohibit sharing private, explicit images without consent. It's sponsored by Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). Speier had introduced a similar bill last year.

"Perpetrators of exploitation who seek to humiliate and shame their victims must be held accountable," Harris said in a statement. "It is long past time for the federal government to take action to give law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on these crime."

The goal: The bill aims to strike the balance between preventing nonconsensual sharing of images while preserving free speech.

Our thought bubble: Revenge porn and extortion are sometimes a part of sexual harassment and other misconduct. Even if the bill doesn't ultimately pass, the fact that Congress members have signed on shows increased awareness around the issue after numerous sexual harassment scandals have been exposed.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

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The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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