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POTUS is campaigning in South Carolina and Minnesota in one week. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump is taking a hands-on approach to shaping the Republican Party by continuing to intervene in primaries.

Driving the news: He's holding a campaign rally in Minnesota's 8th district tonight, home of what's considered to be one of the most competitive House races in the country. And on Monday he's expected to rally for the South Carolina governor one day before the GOP runoff election, per NYT.

Another South Carolina race proved the president's power: GOP incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford lost his primary last week after President Trump encouraged voters to ditch him because he wasn't loyal to him.

  • Yesterday, Trump continued his attacks on one of his own, telling Republican members of Congress that Sanford is a "nasty guy," according to Washington Post.

Why it matters: Sanford isn't the first Republican incumbent to lose his bid for re-election after the president weighed in, and he won't be the last. President Trump might be getting what he wants, but he could hurt the party's chances at keeping the House come November.

Be smart, from Sanford's interview with WaPo: “The tragedy of the Trump presidency is that he thinks it’s about him."

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Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.