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People holding banners shout slogans during the 'March for Science' in Durban. Photo: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

The March for Science took D.C. on Saturday — as well as cities around the world — to make one message clear, per USA Today: "evidence-based" policy decisions are crucial, and "science should not be ignored."

The backdrop: As Axios' Alison Snyder reported earlier this week, the march is smaller this year than its first event last year, as organizers considered what would be best for their communities — which doesn't always mean an in-person march. Per USA Today, advocates "want to keep the spotlight on the critical role science plays in daily lives."

  • The Washington Post reports that the idea for the March for Science "germinated online following the first Women's March on Washington...It caught on fast, with several mainstream science groups jumping on board and promising a nonpartisan event."
  • Shaughnessy Naughton, director of pro-science advocacy group 314 Action, told Wired that scientists can play a role in policy decisions because of the trust the public has in them: "Scientists represent the outsider status, people who aren’t beholden to politics as usual and that does resonate with folks...It can take them outside Democrat or Republican talking points.”

Photos from this year's March for Science:

A child sits on the shoulders of a man holding up a sign as people rally during the 'March for Science' in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images
Some hundreds of people joined the March for Science in Munich, Germany. Photo: Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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President Biden in Kearny, N.J., on Oct. 25. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

President Biden announced Thursday a "framework" for $1.75 trillion in social program and climate change spending after failing in prior efforts to win over his fellow Democrats on a much broader and costlier package.

Why it matters: Biden is gambling that by proclaiming the broad contours of the proposal, which he immediately began selling in a meeting with House Democrats before jetting off to Europe, progressives will vote for his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan if and when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings it to the floor.

Economy slows in third quarter amid Delta variant

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy increased at an annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, the Department of Commerce said Thursday.

Driving the news: The gross domestic product figures for July through September come in much lower than the 6.7% increase in the second quarter, reflecting the "continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.

Top Dem says Big Oil put Earth on "brink" of catastrophe

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Don't expect a sedate House hearing Thursday on allegations that Big Oil has intentionally sown doubt about climate change.

What they're saying: "For far too long, Big Oil has escaped accountability for its central role in bringing our planet to the brink of a climate catastrophe. That ends today," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, intends to say in her opening remarks shared with Axios.