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TIME's Phil Elliott cover story on Democrats: "[E]ight months into the Trump presidency, the party looks to face its toughest odds since Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984."

Big picture: "The Democrats are in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected, and hold the fewest governors' mansions — 15 — since 1922."

  • "Of the 98 partisan legislatures in the U.S., Republicans control 67. During Barack Obama's presidency, Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures."
  • "The median age of their congressional leadership is 67, and many of the obvious early presidential front runners will be in their 70s by the 2020 election."
  • On the need to focus on the heartland: "28% of House Democrats hail from states that don't touch the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, down from 37% in 2007."
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The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

Data: Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.

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The barriers to vaccine passports

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Vaccine passports could become available soon to help people resume their livesbut they face numerous scientific, social and political barriers to being accepted.

The big picture: Reliable and accessible proof of vaccine-induced protection from the novel coronavirus could speed international travel and economic reopening, but obstacles to its wide-scale adoption are so great it may never fully arrive.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a series of amendments overnight into early Saturday morning.