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A makeshift memorial outside the Gold Spa in Atlanta honors victims of this week's shootings. Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

President Biden and Vice President Harris have responded swiftly to the massacre earlier this week, including restructuring tomorrow’s previously planned trip to Atlanta.

Why it matters, via Margaret Talev, Axios' managing editor for politics: the response reflects both Biden's instincts and his engagement with the community during last year's campaign.

The big picture: Biden looked to AAPI voters to help put him over the top in the final weeks of his race against Donald Trump — and exit polling suggested they supported Biden over Trump by roughly 1 to 2.

  • Biden acknowledged the hate and fear many in the community were experiencing around bogus COVID-related messaging. "These racist acts must stop," he said, vowing to address the targeting "with urgency and seriousness.

What's next: Biden and Harris scrapped an event celebrating the COVID stimulus and instead will meet with Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders on Friday.

  • The White House has lowered flags in memory of the eight killed, including six Asian women, and administration officials have reached out to the AAPI community.

Go deeper ... Biden: Georgia shootings "troubling" amid year of brutality against Asian Americans

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.