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On Wednesdays, you’ll receive a spotlight on Vice President Kamala Harris’ role in the Biden administration from White House reporter Noah Bierman, alternating with an up-close look at the week’s best reporting from The Times’ Washington reporters. Expect analysis of what’s going on in national politics from senior Washington correspondent David Lauter on Fridays.

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Noah Bierman is a White House reporter for The Times, focusing on Vice President Kamala Harris. After joining The Times in 2015, he wrote for the paper’s national desk and covered the Trump administration. He previously worked for the Boston Globe in Boston and Washington, covering Congress, politics and transportation.

David Lauter is The Times’ senior Washington correspondent. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He served as The Times’ Washington bureau chief from 2011 through 2020.

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