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Former presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed Joe Biden for president on Sunday, saying in a tweet that he "has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever."

Why it matters: It's yet another endorsement of Biden from a former presidential candidate and an especially significant one considering that Harris' attacks on Biden over his support for busing in the first Democratic debate were viewed at the time as a massive blow.

  • Harris said during the opening debate that she doesn't believe Biden is a racist, but skewered him for speaking fondly about his time working with segregationist senators.
  • "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day," Harris famously said. "That little girl was me."
  • The viral moment led to a surge for Harris in the polls and a dip for Biden, who fumbled his response and seemed ill-prepared for the debate. In the end, however, it was Harris who dropped out in December and Biden who is now on pace to win the nomination.
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What she's saying:

"One of the things that we need right now is we need a leader who really does care about the people and who can therefore unify the people. And I believe Joe can do that. I am supporting Joe because I believe that he is a man who has lived his life with great dignity. He is a public servant who has always worked for the best of who we are as a nation, and we need that right now. There is so much at stake in this election, guys."
— Kamala Harris

The big picture: Biden has received endorsements from at least nine former candidates as the moderate wing of the Democratic party has consolidated around him, including Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke and Mike Bloomberg.

  • Bernie Sanders has so far gained endorsements from former candidates Marianne Williamson and Bill de Blasio.

Of note: Harris, who is viewed as a possible pick for vice president, said she will appear with Biden at a rally in Detroit on March 9, one day before Michigan's Democratic primary.

  • A win for Biden in Michigan would likely be a knockout blow to his rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) with Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Capitol in May 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Booker, had been working toward a bipartisan deal for months but things fell apart due to disagreements on qualified immunity and other issues.

Federal Reserve scales back expectations for economic recovery as Delta variant weighs

Fed chair Jerome Powell during a congressional hearing last year. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Fed downgraded near-term expectations for the economy and the labor market, alongside hotter-than-expected inflation, in new estimates out on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the first time those closely-watched estimates reflect impact from the delta variant that's already rattled the labor market. Still, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said enough progress has been made to begin to pull back emergency-era measures that have supported the economy.

Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.