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Phot: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Krispy Kreme on Monday announced that it's launching a year-long promotion to give a free donut to anyone who's received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: Although most people won't change their mind on the vaccine solely because of a donut, promotions like this could help build enthusiasm around the vaccines overall.

  • Krispy Kreme isn't the only company trying to get customers pumped up about immunity.

The big picture: In Michigan, Greenhouse of Walled Lake is offering a free marijuana joint to anyone who's received a COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reports.

  • Detroit restaurant Oak & Reel will offer 50% off to dine-in customers who've been vaccinated.
  • Rumbleseat Bar & Grille in Massachusetts has offered 20% off Monday food orders for vaccinated patrons, Mass Live notes.
  • The Village Tap bar in Chicago will give $10 gift cards to the first 1,000 people who show them proof of receiving a coronavirus vaccine, ABC 7 reports.

Other companies are offering freebies to get you to your vaccination appointment.

  • Lyft and Uber will provide free transportation to vaccination centers, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • StarMetro buses in Tallahassee, Fla., are offering seniors free transportation to vaccination sites, WTXL-ABC News notes.
  • And rural counties throughout America are working to provide free transport to residents who may lack access to communal vaccine sites, the National Association of Counties writes.

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House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.

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The Democrats' debt dilemma

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Democrats find themselves in a political and potentially catastrophic economic quagmire as Republicans stand firm on denying them any help in raising the federal debt ceiling.

Why it matters: The Democrats are technically right — the debt comes, in part, from past spending by President Trump and his predecessors, not only President Biden's new big-ticket programs. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is saddling them with the public relations challenge of making that distinction during next year's crucial midterms.

Pelosi's endgame

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears at a news conference on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began her infrastructure endgame Tuesday, pressuring centrists to ultimately support as much social spending as possible while pleading with progressives to pass the roads-and-bridges package preceding it.

Why it matters: Neither group can achieve what it wants without the other, their ultimatums be damned. The leaders of both acknowledged the speaker's unique gift for pulling off a deal after separate conversations with Democratic leaders.