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Sen. Joe Manchin and Gayle Conelly Manchin at the senator's swearing-in ceremony in 2019. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday nominated Gayle Conelly Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and the former president of the West Virginia Board of Education, to serve as co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Why it matters: The ARC is an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 state governments with the goal of investing in Appalachian communities. Sen. Joe Manchin is a critical moderate swing vote that Biden will need in order to pass any of his priorities in the 50-50 Senate.

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Manchin urges Democrats to find "bipartisan solution" to pass sweeping voting rights bill

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday urged Democrats to find a "bipartisan solution" when trying to pass their flagship election and anti-corruption bill — a signal that he will not support an effort to get rid of the filibuster to pass it.

Why it matters: Manchin's statement comes amid increasing calls for Democrats to get rid of the 60-vote threshold to pass the "For the People Act." Without the West Virginia Senator's support, Democrats may have no choice but to reach a compromise with Republicans to pass the legislation.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Mar 25, 2021 - Economy & Business

Dealmakers turn eyes to D.C.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Washington, D.C. is about to take center stage for the deal-making business, as both legislators and regulators are eyeing major changes.

Driving the news: The key issue is taxes, with President Biden expected to push for a corporate rate increase to 28%.

Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

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