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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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Scoop: 50,000 migrants released; few report to ICE

A law enforcement officer walks to meet migrants crossed the Rio Grande River illegally last month. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date. Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have showed up so far, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The sizable numbers are a sign of just how overwhelmed some sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be: A single stretch covering the Rio Grande Valley had 20,000 apprehensions in a week. The figures also show the shortcomings of recent emergency decisions to release migrants.

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Scoop: Israel launches maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry's

A Ben & Jerry's store in the Israeli city of Yavne. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

The Israeli government has formed a special task force to pressure Ben & Jerry's ice cream and its parent company Unilever to reverse their decision to boycott Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The Israeli government is concerned the move by Ben & Jerry's will encourage other international companies to take similar steps to differentiate between Israel and the West Bank settlements. A classified Foreign Ministry cable, seen by Axios, makes clear the government wants to send a message.

Video game developers at Activision Blizzard say they'll walk out Wednesday

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Employees at Activision Blizzard will hold a walkout Wednesday in protest of widespread harassment allegations across the company, a spokesperson on behalf of the group told Axios.

Why it matters: Walkouts are a drastic measure for developers in a largely non-unionized field, a testament to just how angry employees currently are.