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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned consumers that romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley, a major agricultural region in California, may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Why it matters: Maryland health officials tested the strain of E. coli that is "closely related genetically" to the type found in sick people in the latest outbreak, per the CDC. As of Tuesday, 67 people in 19 states have been infected

Be smart: The CDC has urged restaurants and retailers not to serve or sell romaine lettuce from the region and for people to throw it away, as the investigation remains ongoing.

  • Most romaine packaging has a label indicating where it was grown. The CDC urges people to dispose of any packages that aren't labeled.
  • Officials haven't figured out the cause of the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria, but "[c]ontaminated agricultural water is a prime suspect in these outbreaks," per the Washington Post.

Go deeper: Study: How the E. coli bacteria becomes antibiotic resistant

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Why it matters: Trump's failure to force divestiture or eviction was more than just a blunder, or source of schadenfreude for the TikTok users who bedeviled his reelection campaign's event planners. It was part of a "talk loudly and carry a small stick" economic policy toward China that Joe Biden will inherit.

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The Capitol attack on Jan. 6 resulted in at least nine physical assaults against journalists and at least five arrests, per the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker's top editor.

Why it matters: President Trump's harsh rhetoric towards the press has empowered leaders abroad and locally in the U.S. to continue to attack press that they don't like.

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Joe Biden's inauguration and the days right after will bring a rat-tat-tat burst of climate policy moves, but keep this in mind amid the splashy pledges: pushing through most of his agenda will be a long, uncertain slog.

Why it matters: Biden's climate plan is far more expansive than anything contemplated under President Obama. But for all the immediate pledges, it will take years to see how far Biden gets.