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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. is in the middle of the largest-scale terror by mail campaign since 2001, threatening to eclipse the Unabomber in a far shorter time window.

The big picture: Thankfully, no one has been hurt by the most recent incidents. But a wide swath of Democratic leaders and public servants was targeted today, which should concern all Americans.

Driving the news:

  • Packages reportedly containing explosive devices were sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan (the package was sent to CNN, where he sometimes appears on TV), Eric Holder, and Maxine Waters.
  • Just two days prior, a bomb was sent to the home of Democratic megadonor George Soros.

Why it matters: There's too much violence in our politics. In just the past two years...

  • A conspiracy theorist entered a pizza restaurant with an AR-15, firing three shots.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, sustaining critical injuries.
  • Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter, then won election.
  • A white supremacist was charged with second degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.
  • Earlier this month, ricin was detected on packages addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, during a screening at the Pentagon's mail facility.

What they're saying:

  • President Trump: "We have to unify, we have to come together and send one clear, strong, unmistakable message — acts or threats of political violence, of any kind, have no place in the United States of America."
  • CNN's Jeff Zucker: "There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media."
  • Hillary Clinton: "We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service ... But it is a troubling time isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together."
  • Steve Scalise: "These attempted attacks that have been made are beyond criminal, they are acts of pure terror... I have experienced first-hand the effects of political violence, and am committed to using my voice to speak out against it wherever I can... As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal."

The bottom line: There's nothing ensuring this gets better before it gets worse.

Go deeper: Mail bomb spree: Clintons, Obamas and others targeted

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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  2. Vaccine: FDA advisory panel endorses J&J COVID vaccine for emergency use — About 20% of U.S. adults have received first vaccine dose, White House says — New data reignites the debate over coronavirus vaccine strategy.
  3. Economy: What's really going on with the labor market.
  4. Local: All adult Minnesotans will likely be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by summer — Another wealthy Florida community receives special access to COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.