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DNC chair Jaime Harrison in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo: Micah Green/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee reported raising $18.4 million so far this year after raking in $8.5 million in February, according to its latest FEC filing.

Why it matters: This is the most money the committee has ever raised within the first two months of the year, the DNC said in a release.

Driving the news: The DNC's new chair Jaime Harrison smashed the all-time Senate fundraising record as a Senate candidate while trying to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

  • The record amount follows the consequential Democratic wins in Georgia's run0ff elections.

By the numbers: Last month's fundraising is the most raised by the committee during a February in a non-presidential year, a spokesperson said.

  • The committee currently has over $43 million in cash on hand, per its FEC filing.
  • The DNC currently only holds $50k in debt. A spokesperson said that this is the committee's lowest amount of debt since 2008.
  • February's haul is its second-highest monthly pull ever.

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The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.