Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced H.R.1 at a press conference in January. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

H.R. 1, which lays out a plan to strengthen federal ethics laws, expand voting rights and require presidential nominees to release their tax returns, passed in the House on Friday. It is unlikely to make headway in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The big picture: Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21 and a longtime proponent of campaign finance reform, says Democrats have a 3–5 year strategy for enacting the key elements of H.R. 1, from allowing citizens to vote online and barring members of Congress from serving on corporate boards to requiring "dark money" political groups to make their donors public.

Go deeper: Take a closer look at H.R. 1's key provisions and why it matters.

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Viral load is a puzzle in COVID-19

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How sick a person gets from a virus can depend on how much of the pathogen that person was exposed to and how much virus is replicating in their body — questions that are still open for the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: As people try to balance resuming parts of their daily lives with controlling their risk of COVID-19, understanding the role of viral load could help tailor public health measures and patient care.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. EST: 32,048,333 — Total deaths: 979,454 — Total recoveries: 22,025,324Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m EST: 6,962,333 — Total deaths: 202,467 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: Cases are surging again in 22 states — New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Business: America is closing out its strongest quarter of economic growth.
  5. Technology: 2020 tech solutions may be sapping our resolve to beat the pandemic.
  6. Sports: Here's what college basketball will look like this season.
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Trump risk rises for companies

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Donald Trump fancies himself a businessman — and has given himself a central role in determining the conduct and even the existence of major companies both domestic and foreign.

Why it matters: America has historically been a great place to operate a company under the rule of law, and not be beholden to political whim. Those days seem to be over — at least for companies in the communications industry.

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