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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to President Trump questioning the loyalty of Jewish Americans who support the Democratic Party by tweeting Tuesday that he's a "proud Jewish person" with no concerns about voting Democrat.

I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States."
— Sanders tweet

Why it matters: As CNN notes, the presidential candidate has increasingly referred to his family's experience of the Holocaust this year, as he frames a broader argument that Trump's rhetoric is stoking white supremacy in the U.S. And he's spoken of his father's experience as a Polish immigrant in America, as Trump moves to restrict immigration.

  • That's in contrast to his 2016 campaign, when Sanders became the first Jewish candidate to win a major-party presidential primary but rarely spoke about his background, per the progressive, secular outlet Jewish Currents.

Go deeper: Bernie Sanders: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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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.