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Sen. Joe Manchin supports "a little bit of pain" for senators who want to filibuster, but won't get on board with simple majority rule in the Senate, he told "Axios on HBO."

The big picture: "Do whatever. ... Just don't say, 'We don't-- not gonna vote. I'm not gonna vote for that."

  • "They've talked before some of the rules could be changed a little bit. But not to the point where just a simple majority rules. That's all."

Asked about progressive policies he supports, Manchin pointed to his conservation accomplishments, including the landmark Great American Outdoors Act, signed into law last year.

  • "It's one of the great conservation bills of all times," Manchin said. "I'm an all-in person: ... Let's make it work, sit down, work through it. It's a give-and-take proposition. We'll come out with a good product."

Manchin, who was West Virginia governor from 2005-2010, said when asked if he might run for the states again: "I think that day has passed."

  • "It was the greatest job in the world," he said. "We did the pensions for our miners that took me three years — pension and health care."

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Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home

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President Biden will convene world leaders on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to push them to do more to end the pandemic — though he's also facing criticism for prioritizing boosters at home.

Why it matters: There is still no functional plan in place to vaccinate the world, and past summits of this sort have flopped. The White House hopes that this virtual gathering will produce ambitious promises, accountability measures to track progress, and ultimately help achieve a 70% global vaccination rate this time next year.

GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump

Jesse Benton, spokesman for the Ron Paul campaign, speaking to reporters in the spin room after the CNN Debate on January 1, 2012. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul was indicted this month for allegedly funneling $25,000 from a wealthy, unnamed Russian to former President Trump's reelection efforts.

The big picture: The Justice Department alleges that Jesse Benton, 43, the husband of Paul's niece and a veteran Republican staffer, orchestrated a scheme to conceal the illegal foreign donation with another GOP operative, Doug Wead.

Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Biden administration will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year beginning in October, the State Department confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes as the U.S. contends with resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees stateside, and as the world faces "unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs," the department wrote.