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President Biden is expected to sign off on new travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from South Africa, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives for an event on the coronavirus with President Biden at the White House on Thursday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain, widow of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves in disagreement with former President Donald Trump. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Joe and Jill Biden attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning before his inauguration. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Is Catholic. He Also Supports Abortion Rights. Here's What That Could Mean

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Chantelly Manzanares grades her daughter Rosabella's spelling test. Because her mother is deaf, Rosabella sometimes uses American Sign Language to interpret what's happening in her classes on Zoom. Kristin Gourlay hide caption

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Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

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A sign warns against COVID-19 near the Navajo town of Tuba City, Ariz. As the pandemic rages across the U.S., mitigation measures continue to be critical to save lives. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Voters head into their Iowa Democratic caucus site last year. Problems with a new smartphone app delayed reporting of the results for days or, for The Associated Press, permanently. Steve Pope/Getty Images hide caption

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The acting head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media has fired the presidents and boards of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Above, the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is seen in Prague in January 2010. Michal Kamaryt/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Postal Service is still struggling to deal with mail sent during the recent holiday season. Quinn Klinefelter/NPR hide caption

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'There's No End In Sight': Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

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Corine Dehabey, the director of programs for the Toledo office of US Together, pictured in a 2017 story. Today she says her organization is hopeful and excited for the changes coming under President Biden. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Refugee Resettlement Coordinator Is Hopeful For What Comes Next Under Biden

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Rep. James Clyburn has filed a bill in Congress that would make "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing" the U.S. national hymn. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. James Clyburn Proposes To Make 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing' The National Hymn

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Cuban migrants block the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe international bridge between Mexico and the United States, to demand that the Trump administration allow them to wait for their asylum process on U.S. soil, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Dec. 29, 2020. Herika Martinez /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Asylum Seekers Hope Biden's Pledge To Welcome Immigrants Includes Them

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Legal fights over the use of census data brought protesters to the Supreme Court in 2019. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Activists in New York City show their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which took effect on Friday. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Christopher Myers, left, and his GED student, Ngoc Nguyen, right. Chelsea Aguilera/StoryCorps hide caption

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'I Have Wings Now': At Age 45, She Went Back To School

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She Resisted Getting Her Kids The Usual Vaccines. Then The Pandemic Hit

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Doug and Judith Saum moved to New Hampshire from Reno, Nev., to escape the health effects of worsening wildfire smoke. Annie Ropeik/NHPR hide caption

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