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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in November 2017 at APEC. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP / Getty Images

President Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, the AFP reports, which Trump confirmed he did after their March 20 phone call. Sarah Sanders confirmed on Monday the two discussed a potential bilateral meeting, which could take place at the White House. During that call he also congratulated Putin for winning an election that was widely seen as a sham.

The potential meeting: According to Trump at the time, they discussed meeting to talk about the “arms race.” The Kremlin said no planning on a proposed meeting has begun, per Reuters.

Washington and Moscow have not discussed the potential summit since the call, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian media outlet RIA. Since then, the U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack in the U.K., and Russia followed suit.

Trump and Putin have met twice before: Once in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, and once in November at APEC in Vietnam. Putin and Trump have spoken on the phone several times.

The backdrop: While the Trump administration recently announced sanctions over Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and publicly accused Russia of bearing responsibility for an attempted murder on British soil, Trump did not raise those issues in the congratulatory call or make public statements on the moves.

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Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sat down with CNN on Thursday for their first joint interview since the election.

The big picture: In the hour-long segment, the twosome laid out plans for responding to the pandemic, jump-starting the economy and managing the transition of power, among other priorities.

The quick FCC fix that would get more students online

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As the pandemic forces students out of school, broadband deployment programs aren't going to move fast enough to help families in immediate need of better internet access. But Democrats at the Federal Communications Commission say the incoming Biden administration could put a dent in that digital divide with one fast policy change.

State of play: An existing FCC program known as E-rate provides up to $4 billion for broadband at schools, but Republican FCC chairman Ajit Pai has resisted modifying the program during the pandemic to provide help connecting students at home.

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America's hidden depression

Biden introduces his pick for Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, on Dec. 1. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President-elect Biden faces a fragile recovery that could easily fall apart, as the economy remains in worse shape than most people think.

Why it matters: There is a recovery happening. But it's helping some people immensely and others not at all. And it's that second part that poses a massive risk to the Biden-Harris administration's chance of success.