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President Biden (center) sits with members of the Democrats' baseball team during the Congressional Baseball Game for charity at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday made an appearance at the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.

Why it matters: Biden's appearance comes amid tense political negotiations on Capitol Hill as lawmakers seek to negotiate the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package as the threat of a government shutdown looms.

The big picture: The Congressional Baseball Game is a yearly tradition — started in 1909 — in which lawmakers from both major parties compete on the field and "solidify friendships off the floor and on the field," per the game's website.

  • The game also raises money for charity. This year about $1.2 million will go to local causes, including the Washington Literacy Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, CQ Roll Call notes.
  • This year's game, which is usually played in the summer, was delayed until the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2020 game was canceled due to the pandemic.

Driving the news: White House press secretary Jen Psaki opened the door for a potential Biden appearance at the game during a press briefing on Wednesday, saying: "We've ruled nothing out."

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For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

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America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

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WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."