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Ivanka Trump stands as she's acknowledged by President Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing, chaired by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on July 11, on paid family leave policy.

Why it matters: It’s a rare sign of movement from the Republican Senate on an issue that isn't a traditional focus for Republicans. In pushing this policy from the White House, Ivanka Trump has had to contend with a skeptical chief of staff, John Kelly — who's described the plan as a "pet project" — and a myriad of other skeptics on Capitol Hill and inside the conservative movement. She has been working on this for 17 months in the White House, meeting with members of both parties. She has gained the approval of key voices, including Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

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The Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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Obama speechwriter fears Biden unity drive is one-sided

Cody Keenan (right) is shown heading to Marine One in December 2009. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."

Scoop: Conservative group puts $700k behind Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley explains his objection to certifying the 2020 election results hours after the U.S. Capitol siege. Photo: Congress.gov via Getty Images

A Republican group is raising and spending huge amounts of money defending Sen. Josh Hawley after he was ostracized for early January’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Why it matters: The Senate Conservatives Fund is backfilling lost corporate and personal donations with needed political and financial support, helping inoculate the Missouri lawmaker as he weighs re-election or a possible presidential campaign in 2024.