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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would create a federal framework for states to regulate sports betting, ESPN first reported and Axios has since confirmed.

Why it matters: It pits pro sports leagues, which want a federal framework, against casinos and other big gaming companies, which don't.

Since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year, there has been no regulatory consistency among the states seeking to allow participation within their borders.

More from ESPN on Hatch's draft legislation:

"The legislation, which would allow wagering on professional and collegiate sports, would require states to apply for approval from the U.S. attorney general when implementing new sports betting laws and regulations. It would force sportsbook operators to use official league data to grade wagers until at least 2023 and create a mechanism for authorities to target unlicensed operators domestically and offshore."

Pro sports leagues would favor Hatch's bill because they likely could charge for the official league data. Gaming organizations, of course, don't believe such data is necessary for gaming integrity — pointing to historical success in Las Vegas.

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has his own proposal for a federal framework and, unlike Hatch, isn't retiring next month.
  • Last week, companies including MGM, Caesars and Fanduel created the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association to monitor wager integrity.
  • MGM currently has deals with the NBA, MLB and NHL, allowing the casino to access official league data feeds.
  • Some casinos have individual partnerships with teams, including the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Cowboys.

Here's the draft legislation:

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Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.