Jared Kushner at the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem, 2018. Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

MANAMA, Bahrain Jared Kushner used the opening speech of the Bahrain conference on President Trump's Middle East peace plan to speak directly to the Palestinian public.

Why it matters: Trump is deeply distrusted by Palestinian leaders, who are boycotting the conference. The White House "peace team," which Kushner leads, is attempting to go over their heads and convince the Palestinian people the plan includes major economic opportunities.

"My message to the Palestinians is: Don't believe what people tell you. President Trump and the U.S. haven't given up on you."
— Kushner

The big picture: The aim of the conference, which continues Wednesday, is to bring together key regional and global players to discuss the economic portion of Trump's plan. Expectations of a breakthrough are low, though, with neither Israeli nor Palestinian leaders in attendance and the political elements of the plan on hold.

Kushner said in his speech that the Palestinian leadership is stuck on old paradigms, and there is a need for new thinking.

  • Kushner added that the Palestinian economy has suffered from ongoing crises and the failure to reach a political solution to the conflict with Israel. "But today is not about the political solution. Today it's about economy," he said.

His bottom line: Kushner added that many people refer sarcastically to the "deal of the century," a phrase Trump used to describe his goal. He stressed: "I would call it the opportunity of the century. And I hope the Palestinians use this opportunity."

Go deeper: Highlights from Kushner's Axios interview

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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to charges related to Breonna Taylor killing

Brett Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. Photo: Courtesy by the Shelby County Sherrif's Department

The former Louisville police officer charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, pleaded "not guilty" on Monday, the Courier Journal reports.

The big picture: The announcement of charges against Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department in June, set off nationwide protests last week. None of the officers involved in the raid were indicted on homicide or manslaughter charges related to Taylor's death.

SurveyMonkey poll: Trump's Ohio bet

Data: SurveyMonkey survey of 3,092 Ohio voters, Sept. 1-25, 2020; Note: COVID-19 was a write-in option; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Trump leads Joe Biden 51%-47% among likely Ohio voters overall — but he holds a whopping 74%-24% lead with those who say a flagging economy and job concerns are their top issue, according to new SurveyMonkey-Tableau data for Axios.

Why it matters: Ohioans are more worried about their jobs than the coronavirus — and that's President Trump's best chance to cling to a narrow lead in this state he won handily in 2016.

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  5. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
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