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CDC cuts travel advice from guidelines for vaccinated people

The Biden administration put the highly anticipated guidelines on hold last week in part over concerns about the wording and the recommendations around quarantining.

Vaccine-skeptical Trump country poses challenge to immunization push

The expansion in vaccine supply marks a critical time to confront deep skepticism among large numbers of rural whites and Republicans.


Sen. Roy Blunt won't run for reelection in latest blow to GOP

The veteran lawmaker is the fifth Republican incumbent to say he won't be on the ballot next year.


How Biden is betting on Buttigieg to drive a new era of racial equity

Barely a month into the job, Buttigieg has touched on improving racial equity in transportation at virtually every television interview.

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Security review recommends enhanced background checks, retractable fencing to secure Capitol

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore will propose a series of intensive security measures in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

March 8, 2021

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Culture Club

Democrats, Break Up With Bruce Springsteen

And while you’re at it, stop relying on pop culture to score points with voters.

By Jack Hamilton

President Joe Biden answers a reporter's question after speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Washington.


With No Votes to Spare, Biden Gets a Win Obama and Clinton Would Have Envied

Even with all the compromises—and the agita on the left—the Covid relief bill may be just what the Democrats needed to deliver.

By Jeff Greenfield

An illustration of Joe Biden and a person holding a sign saying they are a Republican voting for Biden

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The Rise of the Biden Republicans

The pollster who identified “Reagan Democrats” in the 1980s sees the emergence of a mirror image voting bloc. And it spells trouble for a GOP dominated by Trump.

By Zack Stanton

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York.


Oh, Yeah, Now We Remember Why We Thought Andrew Cuomo Was a Jerk

A year ago the New York governor had celebrities swooning. Now his career is on life support.

By John F. Harris

A Customs and Border Control agent is shown on the U.S. side of a razor-wire-covered border wall in Arizona.


Biden’s Unnecessary Border Crisis

His moves to undo Trump’s border policies are creating a migrant surge that risks running out of control.

By Rich Lowry

Books by Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, including "On Beyond Zebra!" and "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street," are offered for loan at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library on March 02, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The two titles are among six by the famed children's book author that will no longer be printed due to accusations of racist and insensitive imagery. The other titles include “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

OPINION | fourth estate

Confront Dr. Seuss’ Racism, Don’t Cancel It

Erasing problematic works as if they never existed won’t prevent stereotyping.

By Jack Shafer

Vernon Jordan attends the 40th Anniversary Gala for "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste" Campaign

OPINION | Postscript

Before He Was a Washington Institution, I Knew Vernon Jordan as a Civil Rights Pioneer

The product of segregation-era Atlanta, he helped me desegregate the University of Georgia.

By Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Vernon Jordan talks to reporters during a press conference in Washington.


Vernon Jordan’s Creed: ‘Michelle, I’m Too Old To Let Race Get In The Way of Friendship’

The journey of a civil rights leader turned consummate Washington insider.

By John F. Harris

A woman is given her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.


The U.S. Has the Power to Tamp Down Coronavirus Variants — If We’re Willing to Use It

We’re in a race against mutations all around the world. The fastest way to speed vaccination is to let other countries manufacture the vaccines developed by Operation Warp Speed.

By Tom Frieden and Marine Buissonnière

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event to sign an Executive Order on the economy with Vice President Kamala Harris February 24, 2021 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

OPINION | Washington and the World

How Biden Is Setting Himself Apart From Trump—and Obama—in the Middle East

The new president is trying to uphold American values while acknowledging cold realities. But the balance will be difficult to maintain.

By Frida Ghitis

In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, a flag sits just north of a new section of the border structure near Tecate, Calif.

The Big Idea

One Way Trump May Have Changed Immigration Forever

For decades, U.S. presidents have managed a delicate consensus on taking in refugees. Trump blew it up.

By Jack Herrera

A collage illustration with the capitol building, a ransom note, the Weather Underground logo, and an old time bomb

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When the Left Attacked the Capitol

Fifty years ago, extremists bombed the seat of American democracy to end a war and start a revolution. It did neither, but it may have helped bring down a president.

By Lawrence Roberts


Joe Biden’s first 100 days

We’re tracking the administration’s efforts to reshape policy and politics. Follow along as we chronicle Biden’s use of legislation and regulation to enact his agenda.

The vaccines that could stop Covid-19

We're tracking dozens of the vaccines in use or development in the United States and around the world.

Biden issues voting access executive order on Bloody Sunday's anniversary

The president also called for progress on voting rights legislation.

Biden team plots the country’s first national Covid testing strategy

The widespread testing envisioned by the Biden program is sorely needed to help bring the pandemic to an end.


The Democrats who could take Cuomo's place

With Cuomo wounded, next year could get very interesting.

Capitol riot shaman's TV interview irks judge

Defense lawyer used attorney privileges to put client on streaming edition of "60 Minutes."

As England's schools reopen, Boris Johnson hopes the third time is the charm

The British prime minister talks up a "cautious" approach as England's schools reopen for what ministers hope will be the final time.

By Annabelle Dickson