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Former California Congresswoman Mary Bono. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Five days after taking the job, interim president of USA Gymnastics Mary Bono resigned Tuesday, the New York Times reports, after she was criticized for her opposition of Nike's decision to back Colin Kaepernick despite his lead in protests against racial inequality in the United States by kneeling for the National Anthem.

The big picture: When Bono took the position last week, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles resurfaced a photo Bono posted of herself using a marker to black out the Nike logo on golf cleats. She was also criticized for taking the position due to her former role as a lobbyist for the law firm representing USA Gymnastics when the Nassar scandal broke, Faegre Baker Daniels.

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Vaccinations, relief timing dominate Sweet 16 call

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) speaks during a news conference in December with a group of bipartisan lawmakers. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Vaccine distribution, pandemic data and a cross-party comity dominated today's virtual meeting between White House officials and a bipartisan group of 16 senators, Senator Angus King told Axios.

Why it matters: Given Democrats' razor-thin majority in both chambers of Congress, President Biden will have to rely heavily on this group of centrist lawmakers — dubbed the "Sweet 16" — to pass any substantial legislation.

Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

A progressive coalition is pressuring Chuck Schumer on his home turf by running a digital billboard in Times Square urging the new majority leader to end the Senate filibuster.

Why it matters: Schumer is up for re-election in 2o22 and could face a challenger, and he's also spearheading his party's broader effort to hold onto its narrow congressional majorities.

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.