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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The issue:

President Obama was masterful in building his power and brand, not only winning back-to-back elections but doing so with the two highest vote totals in US history. But his eight years were a disaster for the Democratic Party.

The facts:
  • Since Obama's election, Democrats have lost 62 House seats and 9 Senate seats.
  • As a result, Trump enters office with full control of Congress and the ability to tilt the Supreme Court conservative for years to come.
  • It's worse at the state level: there are 12 fewer states with Democratic governors and as many as 900 fewer Democrats holding state-level offices.
  • Republicans now control 68 out of 98 partisan legislative chambers in the country — an all-time high.
What's next:

This might not be rock bottom for Democrats. In 2018, of the 33 Senate seats up for re-election, 23 are presently held by Democrats, and many of them in Trump Country.

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  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.