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Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, leave France on Nov. 13 at Orly Airport in Paris. Photo: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Monday's signing event for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill should also be a victory lap for Vice President Kamala Harris, but so far voters haven't given her credit for largely under-the-radar efforts.

The big picture: Since the spring, Harris held more than 30 public events — and about 150 calls, meetings and other engagements with members of Congress — to tout elements of the infrastructure plan as well as President Biden's larger Build Back Better social spending plan.

Details: Harris and her team focused on reaching voters through local media, "constituency-based media" including appearing in outlets like The Grio or joining Black radio personalities for interviews. She also made appearances on targeted programming such as the NBA All-Star Game, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and a special on the Lifetime network.

  • She traveled to a water plant in Oakland, California; a bus factory in North Carolina; an electric utility plant in New Hampshire to discuss broadband infrastructure; and a carpenters' training center in Las Vegas.
  • Traveling to Paris after Congress passed the infrastructure bill, Harris highlighted the spending plans in separate speeches while there.

But, but, but: Harris' favorability (44% per a recent LA Times poll) is lower than her four predecessors' rating at the same time in their tenures.

  • Only 27% of independents view her favorably, and nearly 60% of white voters surveyed view her unfavorably.
  • "The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she's able to do politically," CNN reports.

What we're watching: Her planned remarks at Biden's signing ceremony could mark a notable public appearance for a VP who's faced critiques for her visibility and comparisons to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who's been the more public face of the administration's infrastructure rollout.

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Focus group: Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Pool/Getty Images 

As President Biden approaches the one-year mark of his presidency, some swing voters say his handling of the pandemic has weakened him in their eyes.

  • But they see him projecting strength when he talks about protecting American democracy.

Driving the news: These were key takeaways from the latest Engagious/Schlesinger swing-voter focus groups for Axios, conducted Tuesday, just days after the president's Jan. 6 anniversary speech.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Credit: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.