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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump officially has the votes in the Senate to secure an acquittal in his impeachment trial on Wednesday, according to a whip count by Politico that analyzed public statements by members of the chamber.

Where it stands: More than 34 senators have stated they will vote to acquit the president, meaning Democrats won't have the two-thirds majority they need to remove Trump from office.

The big picture: Acquittal has always been a near certainty since the articles were transmitted by the House, where not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment.

  • "If there’s any suspense at all, it’s over whether a handful of centrist senators will break with their parties on one or both of the impeachment articles," according to Politico.

What's new: A number of senators confirmed on Monday they would vote no on Trump's removal, including Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and John Thune (R-S.D.)

  • The offices of Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) also confirmed to Politico that they'd vote to acquit.

Go deeper ... Live updates: Closing arguments begin in impeachment trial

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COVID-19 drives smell loss awareness, research

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The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight.

Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The Senate voted 50-49 on Saturday to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: COVID relief has been a central promise for Biden, and passing the sweeping package has been a major priority for the administration and congressional Democrats.

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Why we need to know COVID's origins

The WHO's headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Geopolitical tensions are foiling efforts to get to the bottom of how COVID-19 originated.

Why it matters: Insights into how COVID-19 began can help us prevent future pandemics — especially if it involved any kind of leak or accident at a virology lab.

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