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President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Xinhua/Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari via Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the White House has extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington this fall, and discussions are currently underway.

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The backdrop: The invite comes amid growing frustration, across the political spectrum, over Trump's failure to condemn the Russian president for his government's meddling in the 2016 presidential election

Reality check: Putin’s visit to Washington during the height of the midterm elections would likely prompt outrage. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said earlier this year that he has "every expectation" Russia will "continue to try and [meddle]" in the midterms.

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Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

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Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.

Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency. It's intensely and poisonously partisan. It's complicated. And the lives and welfare of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

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Vaccine passports were touted early in the pandemic as an important piece of the plan to get people back to normal life. Now they’re becoming a reality.

Driving the news: CLEAR, the secure digital identity app that you see in airports around the world, and CommonPass, a health app that lets users securely access vaccination records and COVID test results, have joined forces.

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Americans who are highly motivated to get vaccinated are traveling across state lines after hearing about larger vaccine supplies or loopholes in sign-up systems.

Why it matters: "Vaccine tourism" raises ethical and legal questions, and could worsen the racial socioeconomic and racial inequalities of the pandemic.