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Biden’s big engines that could

With close margins in Congress, the Biden administration may look to Cabinet heads to drive big changes apart from legislation

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Congressional chaos

Stimulus checks and a defense bill throw political alliances into disarray

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Slipping through the cracks

Five decades ago the United States’ mental health system shifted to protect patients’ civil liberties. But those protections leave few options to help people who don’t realize they need psychiatric care

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Stalling the virus

The two leading U.S. COVID-19 vaccines use new technology developed to avoid use of embryonic stem cells—and trial participants hope the shots’ safety will encourage other Americans to get them