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Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will attend a closed-door meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Bold PAC on Thursday evening in D.C., according to three sources familiar with the plan.

Why it matters: Warren is only the second 2020 Democrat to meet with the caucus' fundraising arm so far this cycle. These meetings — designed to be candid and intimate conversations — help inform the caucus who to endorse in the presidential election.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden met with CHC Bold PAC members on July 10, per Gisel Aceves, Bold PAC’s political director.
  • There are 38 members of CHC Bold PAC, led by Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), and some have already endorsed a presidential candidate individually.

The state of play: Julián Castro has also been in talks to meet with the caucus, per Aceves, but hasn’t done so yet because of scheduling conflicts.

  • Two other Democratic candidates have reached out to meet, as well.
  • “Candidly, I’m surprised that out of the 20-something presidential campaigns we haven’t been approached by more,” Aceves told Axios.
  • One of the main focuses of meeting with the Bold PAC is to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. “We want to make sure whoever the nominee is doesn’t waffle on this,” she said.

“Our members are acutely aware of how important and consequential this election is obviously to the country, but also how the Hispanic community has been attacked by this administration,” she added.

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Former FDA commissioner: "Reliable drug supply is absolutely critical"

Axios' Caitlin Owens and former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan. Photo courtesy of Axios Events

Having a reliable supply of pharmaceutical drugs throughout America will be "absolutely critical" to boosting affordability in health care during the Biden administration, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Mark McClellan said at a virtual Axios Event on Friday.

The big picture: McClellan, who served under President George W. Bush, says drugs having limited supply and limited competition leads to elevated pricing. He considers drug supply to be a national security and public health issue.

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Americans are still spending money

Source: Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans spent more money at stores and restaurants in 2020 than they did in 2019 — even in the face of a devastating global pandemic that shut down broad sectors of the economy.

Why it matters: The monthly retail sales report this morning came in well below expectations, and showed consumer spending falling on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Total expenditures were still higher in December 2020 than they were a year previously, however.

The deplatforming fight shifts to the courts

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Capitol riot and tech firms' sweeping attempt in its wake to dislodge the online far right are kicking up efforts to have the courts settle knotty questions about online speech and power.

Why it matters: Legal battles could force the people angry at Big Tech to bring more rigor to arguments that have often devolved into messy sideshows.