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The Political Week in Photos

U.S. President Joe Biden used his first address to a joint session of Congress to a call for “a once-in-a-generation investment in our families,” outlining trillions of dollars in new spending for infrastructure, child care, paid leave, community college tuition, and subsidies for working-class families.

In India, the second wave of the coronavirus has grown into a tsunami, with the country setting records for the world’s highest number of daily cases and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government coming under increasing pressure.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a rising tide of allegations of  “sleaze” after a former aide accused him of pursuing plans that were “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal.”

These were among the topics of this week’s most compelling political images.