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Photo: Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The New Hampshire Union Leader, the conservative-leaning Manchester-based newspaper, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Sunday.

Why it matters: It's the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat for president in over 100 years, after it broke from more than a century of backing Republicans to endorse libertarian Gary Johnson over President Trump in 2016.

  • Biden has aggressively targeted New Hampshire, which Hillary Clinton won narrowly in 2016.
  • The endorsement came hours before Trump was set to visit the state on Sunday.

What they're saying: "Building this country up sits squarely within the skill set of Joseph Biden. We have found Mr. Biden to be a caring, compassionate and professional public servant," the editorial reads.

  • "He has repeatedly expressed his desire to be a president for all of America, and we take him at his word. Joe Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need. He will be a president to bring people together and right the ship of state."
  • The authors note that their "policy disagreements with Joe Biden are significant," and that they expect to "spend a significant portion of the next four years disagreeing with the Biden administration."

"We were hopeful with Trump’s win that he might change, that the weight and responsibility of the Oval Office might mold a more respectful and presidential man."

  • "We have watched with the rest of the world as the mantle of the presidency has done very little to change Trump while the country and world have changed significantly."

Yes, but: The paper conceded that Trump has achieved "many admirable accomplishments" during his first term, citing his judicial appointments, tax policy, support for gun rights and work toward peace in the Middle East.

  • But it accused Trump of failing to take responsibility for the extent of the coronavirus pandemic, ballooning the national debt and weaponizing "the social-media-driven political landscape we now live in ... ripping apart all comers to the delight of his fanbase but at the expense of the nation."

The bottom line: "President Trump is not always 100 percent wrong, but he is 100 percent wrong for America," the editorial reads.

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Why it matters: The findings follow an election dominated by rampant disinformation about voting fraud on social media; companies' fraught efforts to stifle purveyors of disinformation including former President Trump; and a deadly Jan. 6 insurrection over the election organized largely online.

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Prepared doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Germany on Dec. 7. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine were significantly less effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant in early lab tests, but a three-dose regimen was more effective.

Why it matters: Omicron, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization after being identified by scientists in South Africa last month, has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines against this specific new form of coronavirus.

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Biden unveils "Building a Better America" branding

President Biden speaks on infrastructure while visiting a bridge in Woodstock, N.H., last month. Photo: John Tully/Getty Images

President Biden today launched a new website and unveiled bold new branding as part of a nationwide tour to sell the benefits of his infrastructure package.

Why it matters: The White House says passage of the new law shows the ability to "forge bipartisan consensus and prove our democracy can deliver big wins" even in these toxic times.