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Will america spend tens of billions of {dollars} over the following few years to slow climate change?

Will Congress cut back medical prices for middle-class and poor households — and lift taxes on the wealthy?

Will Joe Biden have the ability to appoint the judges of his option to the federal bench?

And can Biden have the ability to enact the coronavirus policies he favors?

These questions and plenty of extra are successfully on the poll in Georgia in the present day. The state is voting in runoff elections that may select each of its senators, after no candidate gained 50 p.c of the vote in November. Republicans have to win solely one of many two races to maintain Senate management; Democrats want each to retake management.

Observers on the each the political proper and left agree that the distinction between these two situations is profound.

“The stakes couldn’t be larger,” Barack Obama wrote on Twitter yesterday.

It can “echo far into the long run,” The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board wrote, citing the likelihood that Democratic wins would convey company tax will increase and more durable regulation of Wall Road and the power business. If Republicans maintain the Senate, they will block these strikes, shield a few of President Trump’s deregulation and examine Hunter Biden, The Journal added.

It’s true that the filibuster — which requires 60 votes for a lot of payments to cross the Senate, reasonably than a easy majority of 51 — will constrain Democrats even when they win each Georgia races.

However the filibuster now not applies to judicial nominations, together with to the Supreme Court docket. And it doesn’t apply to a small variety of finances payments, generally known as “reconciliation” payments; a Democratic-controlled Senate would almost certainly cross many tax and spending measures — on local weather, well being care and extra — via reconciliation.

Profitable Senate management would additionally enable Chuck Schumer, the Democratic chief — reasonably than Mitch McConnell, the Republican chief — to resolve which payments come up for a vote. By doing so, Schumer might assist Biden construct bipartisan majorities on a number of points. “The destiny of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda hinges on the end result” in Georgia, Vox’s Ella Nilsen wrote.

What do the polls say? After the polls’ flawed performance in November, many individuals are cautious of trusting them, and I feel some skepticism is warranted.

The FiveThirtyEight polling averages present the Democratic candidates with very small leads, of between one and two proportion factors. In November, the polls in Georgia underestimated Trump’s share by just below two proportion factors. That mixture suggests the runoffs are a tossup.

The most recent: In Dalton, Ga., Trump turned a rally into a rambling lecture full of conspiracy theories, falsehoods and private assaults as he continued his battle in opposition to the peaceable switch of energy. “There’s no method we misplaced Georgia,” Trump mentioned. “I’ve had two elections. I’ve gained each of them. It’s superb.”

And extra from The Instances: Nate Cohn factors out that Democratic turnout has been sturdy in early voting. Jonathan Martin and Astead Herndon have previewed the two races. And The Instances will publish election evening needles for each runoffs.

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DealBook: The columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin proposes an idea to cease questionable inventory buying and selling by members of Congress.

From Opinion: Jamelle Bouie, Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg all have columns on Trump and American politics.

Lives Lived: Ted DeLaney started his profession at Washington and Lee College as a custodian and collected sufficient credit to graduate at 41. He returned a decade later as a historical past professor and later helped lead a reckoning over the Accomplice common the varsity’s title honors. DeLaney died at 77.

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Many individuals attempt to enhance their consuming habits in the course of the first days of a brand new yr, both as a part of a decision or to get well from vacation gluttony. We’ve got a easy suggestion for doing so: Reduce on the quantity of added sugar you eat.

The typical American eats about 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day, roughly twice the quantity beneficial for males and thrice the beneficial quantity for girls. Consequently, sugar is a primary explanation for the nation’s weight problems epidemic and seems to boost the danger of diabetes, most cancers and Alzheimer’s.

“Sugar activates the getting old applications in your physique,” Dr. Robert Lustig of the College of California, San Francisco says. “The extra sugar you eat, the quicker you age.” (His lecture on the topic has greater than 12 million views on YouTube.)

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Right here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Enthusiastic (5 letters).

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P.S. An inside Instances e-mail yesterday reminded reporters to not use “pressure” as a synonym for “variant.” A virus pressure is lower than 94 p.c genetically similar to a recognized virus, as the e-mail defined. The brand new coronavirus variant is greater than 99.99 p.c similar.

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As we speak’s episode of “The Daily” is concerning the runoffs in Georgia. On the most recent episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher talks with Netflix’s Bela Bajaria about how change occurs in Hollywood.

Claire Moses, Tom Wright-Piersanti and Sanam Yar contributed to The Morning. You’ll be able to attain the crew at themorning@nytimes.com.

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