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Ground beef. Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

A ground beef recall has been issued by Cargill Meat Solutions as 132,606 pounds of ground beef are believed to be contaminated with E. coli, the United States Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday.

The details: An investigation concluded that 17 illnesses and one death between July 5 and July 25 were linked to the raw ground beef that was made from the chuck portion of the carcass. According to the USDA, most people who are infected experience diarrhea and vomiting but recover within a week.

What it is: E. coli are a group of diverse bacteria found in the environment, foods and the intestines of people and animals. Most strains are harmless, but some cause illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and more, according to the Center for Disease Control.

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Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

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69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.