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Trump on Inauguration Day 2017. Photo: Noam Galai / WireImage via Getty Images

President Trump said today that he wants to "bring our country back from a tremendous divisiveness" that began in the Clinton era. Here's what he said during a White House lunch with TV anchors before tonight's State of the Union address:

I would consider it a great achievement if we could make our country united, if I could unite the country.  That's not an easy thing to do because the views are so divergent.

More from Trump...

  • "I actually asked a longtime senator — happened to be a Democrat — 'Is this the worst [most divided] you've ever seen it?' He said, 'Absolutely not.  During the impeachment of Bill Clinton was much worse than this.'"
  • "[H]aving a business background and a successful business background is great, but oftentimes you do things that you would never do in business because you have to also govern with heart."
  • "[I]mmigration is so easy to solve if it was purely a business matter, but it's not.  And I think that's something that I've learned maybe more than anything else.

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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.

"Vaccine tourism" stretches states' supplies

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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.