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Photo: Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick formally entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday.

Why it matters: The former governor joins a crowded Democratic field less than three months out from the Iowa caucuses.

  • The Atlantic reported earlier this week that Patrick may be planning to skip the Iowa caucuses altogether and to focus his efforts on New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The backdrop: Patrick served as Massachusetts' governor from 2007 to 2015. He's previously served in the Clinton administration as the U.S. assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. He is currently working at the private equity firm Bain Capital.

  • In 2018, Patrick said he would not run in light of his wife's cancer diagnosis. She has since been given a clean bill of health.

Of note: Patrick has already missed the filing deadlines in both Alabama and Arkansas.

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  2. Politics: Biden readies massive shifts in policy for his first days in office.
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The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.

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President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

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