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Lyft said it is working with self-driving startup Drive.ai to get semi-autonomous vehicles on the Bay Area streets by the end of the year, Recode reports. A driver will still be in the vehicle to take over in case human intervention is needed. Drive.ai is the fourth autonomous software company Lyft has signed a partnership with.

Why it matters: Lyft and rival Uber are in a race to deploy self-driving cars so that drivers are eventually not needed — therefore eliminating the need to split ride-hailing fares with the drivers. These are just tests at the moment, but show how quickly the companies are trying to perfect the technology. Lyft is also working with Waymo and nuTonomy which expects to put semi-autonomous cars on Boston streets by the end of the year.

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Manchin's massive means test

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.

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