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Virginia Mayo / AP

The number of high school students drinking alcohol has dropped significantly over the past 25 years, a new CDC report says, however excessive alcohol consumption remains a concern. Teens who reported they have at least one drink a month dropped from 51% in 1991 to 33% in 2015.

Yes, but: In 2015, one out of 3 students said they drink alcohol, with more than half of those (almost 58 percent) binge drinking, the CDC said. More than 2 out of 5 of those binge drinkers consumed 8 or more drinks in a row.

Impact: Nearly 188,000 alcohol-related emergency department visits in 2011 involved patients aged 12 to 20. The CDC said there were about 4,300 deaths in people under 21 caused by excessive alcohol consumption during each year from 2006 to 2010. And, in 2010, underage drinking cost the U.S. about $24.3 billion.

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Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

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69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

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China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.