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Omicron could signal trouble for Biden's political clout

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - President Joe Biden and his aides have long asserted that ending the pandemic would revive his political fortunes, as Americans give him credit for lifting the coronavirus's threat and begin to appreciate his other accomplishments, from climate to infrastructure.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough enter for remarks before signing into law four bipartisan bills in support for veterans in the South Court Auditorium at the White House on Tuesday. Foto: Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman

But the emergence of the omicron variant raises the prospect that the corner will not be decisively turned on covid for the foreseeable future, as variants continue to crop up, many Americans continue to resist vaccines and experts differ on what restrictions are necessary.

That could pose a daunting political threat to the president, whose party already faces severe head winds heading toward the midterm elections and a potentially tricky reelection battle...

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