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Thirty-one patients with lung injuries associated with vaping were re-hospitalized and seven died in the days after their hospital discharges, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Dec. 10 in one of four new studies released Friday.

Why it matters: Officials are recommending health care providers follow up with patients in the days after discharge to prevent further complications.

  • Health officials stress these cases were not medical mistakes, but are not able to point to any critical reasons for the medical complications.

The state of play: More than 2,500 people have been hospitalized in all 50 states for the vaping illnesses, also known as EVALI. More than 50 people have died.

Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows Vitamin E acetate is "strongly linked" to the outbreak, officials said in a call Friday.

  • Scientists found Vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 48 out of 51 patients in 16 different states, signaling the illness is not derived from a single product.
  • Vitamin E acetate is a viscous oil used as an additive in cannabis vape cartridges.
  • Health officials are still not ruling out other factors responsible for the illness, including other chemicals in nicotine vaping products.

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Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.

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Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

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Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."