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Some of Washington’s most influential industry trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have formed a new advocacy group, launched Monday, urging President Trump to back an Obama-era climate policy.

The details: The coalition, called Let America Lead, focuses on how the policy — a phase-down of heat-trapping chemicals used in appliances like air conditioners — makes America competitive and creates jobs. Climate change isn’t mentioned.

Flashback: The Obama administration helped broker the policy in October 2016 as an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the 1987 treaty to repair the ozone layer.

The details: The group is a 501(c)(4), which means its donors don’t have to disclose their funding, and that it can be used for political purposes. Its backers include:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Council for Capital Formation

What’s next: The policy would need to be voted on and approved by the Senate to be enacted, which is also a component of the campaign. But the Trump administration needs to send it to the Senate first.

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Public health officials are warning that the U.S. may be on the verge of a dangerous double whammy: COVID and flu, spreading simultaneously.

The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.

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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.