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Alex Brandon / AP

This afternoon, President Trump went to see a 4th-grade class at St. Andrew Catholic School in Florida with Betsy Devos, Gov. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Jared Kushner and Ivanka.

According to the pool report, Trump told one girl who wanted to start her own business, "That's a good idea. Make a lot of money, right? But don't run for politics after."

Just before leaving the classroom, he told a little African American girl with braids, "Oh that hair is beautiful. I love that hair, right?" After passing another African American girl with braids, he repeated, "I love her hair!"

Trump then met with local educational officials and beneficiaries of school choice policies.

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The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.

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Biden's Russia challenge

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The Biden administration has already proposed a five-year extension of the last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, announced an urgent investigation into a massive Russia-linked cyberattack, and demanded the release of Russia’s leading opposition figure, Alexey Navalny.

Why it matters: Those three steps in Biden's first week underscore the challenge he faces from Vladimir Putin — an authoritarian intent on weakening the U.S. and its alliances, with whom he’ll nonetheless have to engage on critical issues.

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Why it matters: As is the case with most new technologies, when it comes to podcasts, consumer adoption has outpaced monetization.

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