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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote this month on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which has been publicly endorsed by President Trump but opposed by some hardline conservatives.

Why it matters: McConnell has said he would only bring the bill to the floor if it had the votes to pass. The bill has continued to gather support among both parties over the past few weeks and is almost certain to pass the Senate, but will have to go back through the House before reaching the president's desk. McConnell said members should "be prepared to work between Christmas and New Year's if necessary in order to complete our work."

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CDC director says politics didn't play a role in abrupt mask policy shift

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told Fox News Sunday that political pressure had nothing to do with the agency's sudden announcement that fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most indoor settings.

Why it matters: Emerging evidence shows vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus, as COVID-19 cases and deaths drop. But the responsibility to uphold the abrupt policy change falls to individuals and businesses.

Biden’s danger: The great overreaction

Some Democrats and economists have begun to worry that President Biden, intent on FDR-like transformation of a wounded America, is doing too much, too fast.

Why it matters: Some economists fear that all this spending will crank up inflation, and put Biden’s economic legacy at risk.

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