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Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she and President Biden have not spoken about re-election plans and she doesn't "think about it."

Driving the news: "We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven't completed our first year and we're in the middle of a pandemic," Harris said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

  • Asked whether she believed Biden would run again, the vice president said, "I don’t think about it, nor have we talked about it."

The big picture: Harris, the first woman to serve as vice president, is the presumptive Democratic nominee if Biden doesn't run for re-election.

What they're saying: “We’re building back up our economy, and we are re-establishing America’s role in the context of our allies and partners around the world," Harris said of her priorities, per WSJ.

  • "I feel very strongly that our vision of the future must be one in which everyone can see themselves, where no one is left out," she added.
  • "I’ll never deny anybody how they’re feeling, but I know there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic and a lot of good work that has happened that has alleviated the burdens that people carry."

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Pence: "Tragic" Jan. 6 no reason to scrap filibuster

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Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an attempt to "overturn results of the presidential election that had been certified by all 50 states."

Why it matters: Though the former vice president's op-ed in the Washington Post focuses on rebutting filibuster reforms, these are also the most public statements Pence has made about the post-election narrative and the attack as an effort to interfere with President Biden's victory.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine.

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S&P 500 on track for worst-ever start to year

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Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.