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Joe Biden, the early 2020 Democratic frontrunner, is seeking a middle ground on climate policy and has brought on one of former President Obama's high-level aides as an informal adviser, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The story sheds new light on how Biden will approach a topic that he has not yet emphasized in his nascent White House run. While Biden's campaign has not yet unveiled a policy platform, the report confirms that he is not seeking to join rivals who are running to the left on the issue.

  • A number of other candidates have endorsed the Green New Deal resolution — which has drawn criticism from some labor unions — or floated other quite aggressive plans.

The big picture: The "backbone" of Biden's policy will involve remaining in the Paris climate deal, and preserving emissions and vehicle mileage rules that President Trump's agencies are unwinding.

  • The story sources that broad outline to Heather Zichal, a former top aide to Obama who Reuters reports is now Biden's informal climate adviser.
  • "[T]he policy will likely also be supportive of nuclear energy and fossil fuel options like natural gas and carbon capture technology, which limit emissions from coal plants and other industrial facilities," says the report, citing an unnamed former Energy Department official also advising Biden.

What they're saying: Zichal told Reuters that Biden will seek to build a "new climate coalition" and that "unions and environmentalists are searching for common ground."

  • While Biden appears to be seeking continuity with Obama-era climate policies, he's likely to face pushback from activists on the left flank of the environmental movement who are pushing the Green New Deal or have proposed other sweeping plans.
  • Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement released a statement saying Biden's policy would be "a death sentence" for younger generations.

The intrigue: Biden's informal energy adviser, Heather Zichal, responded to the Reuters story on Twitter, calling it "wrong." Her response illustrates the Democrat's internal debate over how aggressively to pursue climate policy.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What's next: Via Twitter, Biden said he views climate change as an "existential threat," and that he will unveil more details "in the coming weeks."

Go deeper: What Biden and Beto just told us about the 2020 climate fight

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MLB enters first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is in a management lockout — the first work stoppage since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

Symone Sanders leaving VP's office

Vice President Kamala Harris and her press secretary Symone Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the VP’s office by the end of this year, three White House officials told Axios on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The VP has faced an onslaught of criticism in her first year centered on her leadership and staff, adding to the suggestion, she’s not the Democratic Party’s preferred nominee for 2024.