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President Donald Trump arrives in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

Air Force One landed in Switzerland this morning, ahead of Trump's speech to Davos tomorrow.

Trump advisers hope the takeaway will be: "America first" doesn't mean "America alone." A top White House official tells me Trump's implicit message will be: "We're back."

  • N.Y. Times: "Bottom Line for Davos Elite: Trump Is Good for Business."

The backdrop: "Europe’s Core Leaders Tell Davos Why They’re Different Than Trump" — Bloomberg:

  • "The leaders of Germany, France and Italy used separate appearances in the Swiss resort ... to beat the drum for free trade, globalization and more joint policy making in Europe."
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel "was joined by French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who together represent continental Europe’s three biggest economies."

N.Y. Times Quote of the Day: Phil Levy, a former White House economist for President George W. Bush, on Trump’s approach to planned trade pacts:

  • “Maybe there was some sort of presumption on the part of the president and his team that if the U.S. said stop, this process would come to a halt. What this shows is that’s not true. The world just moves on without us.”

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  3. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  4. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  5. World: Hong Kong puts tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge — Pfizer to supply 40 million vaccine doses to lower-income countries.
  6. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
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Schools face an uphill battle to reopen during the pandemic

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President Biden's plan to accelerate the reopening of K-8 schools faces major challenges from a still out-of-control pandemic and more contagious coronavirus variants.

Why it matters: The longer American kids miss in-person schooling, the further they fall behind. But the uncertain state of the science on the role young children play in the pandemic continues to complicate efforts to reopen schools.

Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.