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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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Black history booms as states restrict it

Illustration of a flower made of text pages that is sprouting from cracked asphalt.
Sareen Habeshian
Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Everything we know about the China balloon

 A ship scans the sea during efforts to retrieve and recover the Chinese spy balloon on Sunday.

Memphis Police Department to be reviewed by DOJ after Tyre Nichols’ death

People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Big barrier to Black representation in Congress rapidly declines

Illustration of a person holding the US Capitol building as a megaphone with abstract shapes emerging.

Joe Manchin feels the heat in West Virginia

Senators to receive briefing next week on China balloon, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

Trump denies Chinese balloons flew over U.S. during his administration

Donald Trump speaks at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's Annual Meeting

DeSantis files complaint against Orlando foundation over holiday drag event

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference to announce the award of $100 million for beach recovery following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida
Andrew Solender
Updated 19 hours ago - Politics & Policy

House GOP eyes China spy balloon investigations

Rep. Michael McCaul, wearing a blue pinstripe suit, white shirt and blue tie, stands in front of the Capitol.

California no longer pursuing K-12 COVID vaccine mandate

Illustration of a stack of wooden toy blocks showing a syringe, a COVID cell and a cotton swab.