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Kamala Harris. Photo: Spence Platt/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden would make a great pick for 2020, but, she clarified, as her running mate, Politico reports.

"I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate. As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job."
— Sen. Kamala Harris to reporters in New Hampshire

Harris has kept her options open, adding that: "There are certainly a lot of other candidates that would make, for me, would make a very viable and interesting vice president."

The big picture: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Biden as the presidential nominee and Harris as his VP would be the "dream ticket," per Politico. A Trump adviser previously told Axios that if Harris draws strong support from African-American voters, that could present a challenge in 2020. Several male, Democratic candidates have been asked whether they would commit to a female running mate.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
11 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.