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Data: DRC Ministry of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon, Harry Stevens/Axios

The world's second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has now spread to Uganda.

What to watch: The World Health Organization and aid groups are pouring resources into the region to try to contain it, but the longer this Ebola outbreak continues, the greater the likelihood it will spread to other highly populated areas within the country, move to other neighboring countries or even internationally.

Threat level: The danger of this particular outbreak, which began Aug. 1, 2018, is that it's what several experts call the "perfect storm" of a highly lethal and contagious virus in an area of the DRC that's a hub for poverty and neglect, insurgent activities, distrust of government and international organizations, and a mobile population with many refugees.

Go deeper: Ebola treatment distrust leading to greater likelihood of spread

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Stalemate over filibuster freezes Congress

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell's inability to quickly strike a deal on a power-sharing agreement in the new 50-50 Congress is slowing down everything from the confirmation of President Biden's nominees to Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Whatever final stance Schumer takes on the stalemate, which largely comes down to Democrats wanting to use the legislative filibuster as leverage over Republicans, will be a signal of the level of hardball we should expect Democrats to play with Republicans in the new Senate.

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Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

Putin at a military parade. Photo: Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint on the arsenals of the world's two nuclear superpowers, limiting the number of deployed nuclear warheads and the bombers, missiles and submarines which can deliver them.

Updated 1 hour ago - Technology

Facebook refers Trump ban to independent Oversight Board for review

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Facebook's independent Oversight Board has accepted a referral from the platform to review its decision to indefinitely suspend former President Trump.

Why it matters: While Trump critics largely praised the company's decision to remove the then-president's account for potential incitement of violence, many world leaders and free speech advocates pushed back on the decision, arguing it sets a dangerous precedent for free speech moving forward.

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