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As of December 7 there were 369 women running or planning to run for a House seat in 2018, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, which would be the most women House candidates ever. The number is subject to change, as the filing deadlines for most states are months away.

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Data: Center for American Women and Politics; Potential candidate totals; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

One reason: Following President Trump's election, and particularly since the Women's March, women have been more "energized" and "driven to get involved," per the the New York Times. Another factor is the sexual harassment awakening that has taken the country by storm over the last several months, and involved the president as well as several male members of Congress.

  • Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock told the Times more than 22,000 women have reached out about running since Trump's election, compared to 1,000 women in the 10 months prior to the election.
  • More than 15,000 women have contacted She Should Run since Trump's election, Axios' Alexi McCammond reported in November.
  • Anita Dunn, former communications director for President Barack Obama, told the Times: "The year is ending on this note of women who are stepping forward, finding their voices, in many ways doing the classic 'we are mad as hell and we aren't going to take it any more.'"

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U.S. ahead of pace on vaccines

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The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

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Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate.

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Netanyahu campaigns against Biden's plan to save Iran deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly criticized the Biden administration for its intention to return to the Iran nuclear deal and told his supporters he was prepared to "stand against the entire world" to stop it.

Why it matters: This is a major change of tune for Netanyahu, who had been careful in his statements on the Iran deal and avoided publicly criticizing President Biden. The statement was part of Netanyahu's attempt to rally his base ahead of Israel's election on March 23.