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President Joe Biden.

After Biden’s first year, the virus and disunity rage on

From the inaugural platform, President Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that.

Chris Coombs stood behind the bar at Deuxave, one of four Boston restaurants he owns. He is hoping Congress replenishes the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a COVID aid program that ran out of money last year, to help him and other restaurateurs cope with the Omicron variant.

Restaurants call for more federal aid as business plummets amid the Omicron surge

They want Congress to replenish the rescue plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which blew through its $28.6 billion funding last year after only about a third of eligible restaurants received grants to help cover lost revenue from the pandemic.

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, center, speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2017.

For Oath Keepers and founder, Jan. 6 was weeks in the making

Two days after the election on Nov. 2, 2020, the Oath Keepers were already convinced that victory had been stolen from President Donald Trump and members of the far-right militia group were making plans to march on the US Capitol.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a Senate hearing in Washington on Nov. 4.

After a rough first year, CDC director Rochelle Walensky tries to correct course

A series of stumbles by the former Mass General star have underscored just how rough the transition from running an infectious disease department at a hospital to a sprawling, public-facing government agency has been.

In this Aug. 29, 1957, photo, Senator Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat from South Carolina, waved as he left the Senate chamber at the end of his 24-hour, 18-minute filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.

‘Jim Crow relic’: A short history of the filibuster

Dating to the 1800s, the filibuster has been used by lawmakers to both advance and thwart Black racial progress — but it is in the thwarting of that progress that it has been used with greatest frequency and success.

Census memo cites ‘unprecedented’ meddling by Trump administration

The issues involved crucial technical aspects of the count, including the privacy of census respondents, the use of estimates to fill in missing population data, pressure to take shortcuts to produce population totals quickly, and political pressure on a crash program that was seeking to identify and count immigrants living in the country illegally.

Caudia Cedillos, left, waves signs with her daughter Montserrat before a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, on Nov. 2, 2020, in Miami.

Biden backers ‘not seeing the results’ a year into his term

Just over a year ago, millions of energized young people, women, voters of color, and independents joined forces to send Joe Biden to the White House. But 12 months into his presidency, many describe a coalition in crisis.

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President Biden

Biden is ending his first year in office with arguably the worst week of his presidency

Next week, President Biden will celebrate his first year in office. But the past week was so bad for Biden on multiple fronts that it might be hard to claim victory on much.