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Thanksgiving marks a brief cease-fire from partisan warfare in Washington.
But the usual hostilities will resume soon enough. The midterm elections are less than a year away.

Here are five political reasons President Biden Joe BidenOvernight Health Care — Feds, military top 90 percent vaccine rate Cities prep security plans for large holiday crowds On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed MORE can be thankful today — and five reasons for his GOP opponents to feel some gratitude, too.

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Biden can be grateful for…

Vaccines

The nation's battle against COVID-19 has not been won yet, but it has been transformed by the widespread availability of vaccines.

According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 196 million Americans are now fully vaccinated and an additional 35 million have received at least one vaccine dose.

The extension of vaccine eligibility to young children has given some much-needed peace of mind to them and their parents. Meanwhile, nearly 40 million adults have received a booster dose.

COVID-19 is the issue on which Biden polls most strongly, for good reason.

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His standing would be vastly different if the vaccines had not come on-stream when they did.

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It's been a long and winding road, but Biden's biggest legislative goals are within reach.

A major infrastructure bill has been signed into law, and the president's even larger social spending measure has finally made it through the House.

In both cases, Biden owes a debt of thanks to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is now almost three years into her second stint wielding the gavel.

Even Pelosi's ideological opponents acknowledge her skills as an exemplary strategist and vote-counter. The first female Speaker ever, she has led House Democrats through almost two decades of…
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