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Top eight stories for today including the Biden administration announced plans to ship doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies around the country; California Governor Gavin Newsom’s popularity has taken a hit recently; A Moscow judge ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to serve more than 2 ½ years in prison, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the Biden administration announced plans to ship doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies around the country; California Governor Gavin Newsom’s popularity has taken a hit recently; A Moscow judge ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to serve more than 2 ½ years in prison, and more.

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National

1.) The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to ship 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies around the country as part of an effort to expand access. 

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, a nursing home resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine by a CVS Pharmacist at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility in Harlem neighborhood of New York. The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who managed to get appointments for a first dose are seeing them canceled.(AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

2.) Continuing the rollback of the last administration’s hardline immigration agenda, President Joe Biden is calling for major reforms to the country’s asylum programs and working to reunite the thousands of families separated at the border.

In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

3.) The Senate continued its confirmation of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks Tuesday by approving Pete Buttigieg to serve as transportation secretary and Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security.

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

4.) Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is on his way to bipartisan confirmation returning him to America’s top agricultural job

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who the Biden administration chose to reprise that role, speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

5.) House impeachment managers have begun laying out their case against former President Donald Trump, calling it clear that he whipped supporters into a frenzy before sending them to the Capitol to interrupt constitutional processes. 

People attend a rally in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Regional

6.) Governor Gavin Newsom’s popularity has taken a hit recently as residents and businesses across the state have grown increasingly frustrated with being the ball in a regulatory pinball machine following recent huge spikes in Covid cases. 

FILE - In this June 26, 2020 file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a face mask as he urges people to wear them to fight the spread of the coronavirus during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif. A member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office staff tested positive for COVID-19 this week and contact tracing has begun, the office said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The staff member had not interacted with Newsom or with staff that routinely interacts with the governor, the statement said. Separately, a state employee who works in a space shared with some staff from the governor's office also tested positive for COVID-19 but the person also had not interacted with the governor or his close staff, the office said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

7.) Following shockingly brutal attacks that left two elderly men dead last week, San Francisco officials on Tuesday sought to dispel perceptions that the city is soft on crime under the administration of a progressive, reform-minded district attorney.

This screenshot from a home security camera shows the moment a man knocked 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee of San Francisco to the ground in a seemingly unprovoked and senseless attack. Ratanapakdee died of injuries sustained in the attack several days later.

International

8.) A Moscow judge ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to serve more than 2 ½ years in prison on Tuesday over alleged parole violations, a decision certain to fuel more streets protests and harden international resolve to stand up to President Vladimir Putin.

In this handout photo provided by Moscow City Court Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in the cage during a hearing to a motion from the Russian prison service to convert the suspended sentence of Navalny from the 2014 criminal conviction into a real prison term in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (Moscow City Court via AP)

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