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Why it matters: President Biden has made the COVID-19 crisis and a post-Trump return to national unity and traditional democratic ideals his top priorities. From vaccinations to stimulus to schools, Biden is seeking bipartisan compromise while showing a willingness to use executive authority and bare Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate to implement his policies. Republican leaders are navigating deep party divisions over if and how to move beyond former President Trump.

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    Axios Explains: Abortion

    Polling shows America in the middle on abortion

    U.S. Forest Service halts prescribed fires amid extreme fire danger

    A firefighter putting out a hotspot from a wildfire near Mora, New Mexico, on May 13.
    A firefighter putting out a hotspot from a wildfire near Mora, New Mexico, on May 13. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

    Final New York congressional maps fuel NYC free-for-all

    Rep. Mondaire Jones
    Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.). Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

    Indigenous women fear for their safety in a post-Roe America

    Photo of a person holding up a sign that says "Reproductive rights are human rights" at a protest
    Abortion rights activists at the "Bans Off Our Bodies" Reproductive Rights rally on May 14 in Los Angeles. Photo: Araya Doheny/FilmMagic via Getty Images
    Updated May 21, 2022 - Politics & Policy

    COVID-19 dashboard

    Illustration of a coronavirus cell falling into a time warp.
    Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
    Updated May 21, 2022 - World
    Axios Explains: Ukraine

    Dashboard: Russian invasion of Ukraine

    People driving back into Kyiv stop to take photographs of a destroyed Russian main battle tank on the main highway into the city on May 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    Zelensky proposes compensation for "victims of Russian aggression"

    Photo of Volodymyr Zelenskyy on a screen
    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in a live video during the opening ceremony for the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2022 in Cannes, France. Photo: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

    Kamala Harris: U.S. must end “epidemic of hate”

    Photo of Kamala Harris sitting at a table with her hands folded in front of her
    Vice President Harris speaks about reproductive rights while meeting virtually with abortion providers in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 2022. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Summer Lee wins PA House primary in triumph for the Squad

    Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee
    Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images
    Stef W. Kight
    Updated May 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

    Federal judge blocks Biden from ending COVID border policy

     Immigrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing through a gap in the U.S.-Mexico border barrier
    Immigrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images