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This week, lawmakers in Congress are trying to piece together the next stimulus package as many benefits, like unemployment insurance and eviction forgiveness, expire. Democrats and Republicans both agree that a new bill is necessary, but there's been a lot of back and forth about the specifics — and they're running out of time.

  • Plus, a reality check on the coronavirus vaccine.
  • And, the silver lining for civil rights this year.

Guests: Axios' Alayna Treene, Sam Baker, and Sara Fischer.

Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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Nov 4, 2020 - Podcasts

The early narrative of the election

What's the election story that’s forming in real time?

Niala Boodhoo talks to Axios’ White House and Politics Editor Margaret Talev in Washington, D.C. — and in New York, Jacob Weisberg, co-founder of Pushkin Industries and former editor in chief of the Slate Group.

CPAC Republicans choose conservatism over constituents

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CPAC proved such a draw, conservative Republicans chose the conference over their constituents.

Why it matters: More than a dozen House Republicans voted by proxy on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in Washington so they could speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC. And Sen. Ted Cruz skipped an Air Force One flight as President Biden flew to Cruz's hometown of Houston to survey storm damage.

Border Democrat warns Biden about immigrant fallout

Henry Cuellar (right). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

A Democratic lawmaker representing a border district warned the Biden administration against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios he supports President Biden. But the moderate said he sees the downsides of efforts to placate pro-immigrant groups, an effort that threatens to blow up on the administration.