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Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court said Friday that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Kavanaugh, who has been fully vaccinated since January, has no symptoms, per the Court.

  • Kavanaugh learned of his positive case on Thursday evening after being tested as part of the Court's "regular testing protocols."
  • Kavanaugh and his wife will not attend Justice Amy Coney Barrett's investiture ceremony that is scheduled for Friday morning "as a precaution."

The big picture: Kavanaugh's positive test comes just days ahead of the start of a new term, which is expected to be the first in-person session with all nine justices since the pandemic forced proceedings to be held virtually.

  • Kavanaugh, along with all of the other justices, tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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Virginia governor has had long COVID for more than a year

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still has long COVID-19 symptoms more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor is one of millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of long COVID, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.

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The Biden administration is rethinking the U.S. approach to sanctions after four years of Donald Trump imposing and escalating them.

The big picture: Sanctions are among the most powerful tools the U.S. has to influence its adversaries’ behavior without using force. But they frequently fail to bring down regimes or moderate their behavior, and they can increase the suffering of civilians and resentment of the U.S.

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Angela Merkel took up her vaunted mantle as Europe's crisis manager for what could be the last time tonight, as she urged the EU to find compromise in its showdown with Poland.

Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.