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A solar farm in California. Photo: Sam Lafoca/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

The Interior Department announced Monday that it has approved a massive solar energy project on California's public lands.

Why it matters: The $550 million project will produce enough energy to power nearly 90,000 homes.

  • The plant will be built on over 2,000 acres of public land.

What they're saying: "The time for a clean energy future is now. We must make bold investments that will tackle climate change and create good-paying American jobs,” Secretary Deb Haaland said in the statement.

  • “Projects like this can help to make America a global leader in the clean energy economy through the acceleration of responsible renewable energy development on public lands.”

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Scoop: Biden taps Russia hawk for key energy post

Then-Vice President Biden with Hochstein at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit in 2015. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden has appointed close former adviser Amos Hochstein as a State Department energy envoy charged with implementing a U.S.-Germany deal allowing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be completed, sources familiar with the decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: Hochstein has been a leading voice against Nord Stream 2, a strategic and financial priority for the Kremlin that will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine and deliver gas directly to the heart of Europe.

Federal judge says Florida ban on "sanctuary cities" racially motivated

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing "sanctuary city" policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups.

Why it matters: In a 110-page ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said the law — signed and championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because it was adopted with discriminatory motives.

Biden steps into the breach

Sen. Joe Manchin heads to a meeting with President Biden today. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line.

Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Biden's top priorities. After several weeks of letting negotiations play out, the president is finally asserting his power to ensure his own party doesn't block his agenda.