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Congressional Democrats have included some of their longtime legislative priorities in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Republicans accuse it of being an expensive liberal wish list; Democrats say they want a New Deal for the present era. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough works beside then-Vice President Mike Pence earlier this year during the certification of 2020 Electoral College ballots, in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Voters fill out 2020 general election ballots in Alexandria, Va. A state-level Voting Rights Act is now on the governor's desk. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images hide caption

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Virginia Is Poised To Approve Its Own Voting Rights Act

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Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., waits for Vice President Mike Pence to arrive for her swearing-in reenactment for the cameras in the Capitol in January 2020. Bill Clark/Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, where he is scheduled to speak Friday night at a vaccination site at NRG Stadium. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

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Activists are likely to be disappointed that the Senate parliamentarian ruled against the inclusion of a $15 minimum wage in the giant COVID relief bill. But the provision's omission likely means the measure will gain more support in the Senate. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Can't Vote On $15 Minimum Wage, Parliamentarian Rules

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Then-President Donald Trump waves at the crowd during the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, Trump is out of office but is still headlining the event. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All About Trump: CPAC Seems Poised To Ignore Republican Identity Crisis

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Signs sit near the White House following a 2018 March for Our Lives rally. Three years later, the activist group, founded by survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, is consulting with the Biden administration on violence prevention policies. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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Youth Activists Are Heard In Biden's White House, But They Want To See More Action

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The Biden administration has reopened shelters for migrant teens that were first used by the Trump administration in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Long trailers that previously housed oil workers in two-bedroom suites were turned into dorms with bunk beds, classrooms and medical care. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Biden Pledges That Border Shelter For Teens 'Won't Stay Open Very Long'

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seen here in July, denies allegations that he sexually harassed former adviser Lindsey Boylan. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images hide caption

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The building that houses the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is pictured in 2015. Emails and text messages from prosecutors in that office have come out as part of an inquiry into their handling of a case. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. House Appropriations Committee/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight Committee hearing about the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Graeme Jennings/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Under Pressure, Postmaster General Calls For Changes To Mail Delivery

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Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Court on Oct. 8, 2019, as the court heard arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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The cost of repairing or replacing historical items damaged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot "will be considerable," Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers Wednesday. Other costs include maintaining a security fence topped with razor wire that surrounds the U.S. Capitol grounds. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. federal courtroom sits empty in 2017 in Honolulu. A new study finds that judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers are more likely to rule in favor of employers. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher/AP hide caption

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