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Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal speak on the USMCA trade agreement, Dec. 10. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her statement on Tuesday at a Politico event that House Democrats would back the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), stressing the decision "isn't about politics and giving the president a win."

The big picture: Pelosi claimed that Democrats helped to secure a better agreement than the original draft, despite her expectation that Trump would take credit for the final version, she explained at Politico's Women Rule Summit.

What she's saying:

  • “I don't think any one of us is so important — including the president of the United States — that if we have an opportunity to advance the well-being of America's workers, America's farmers and America's manufacturers, America's interests, that if we have an opportunity to do the right thing by the American people that we should walk away from it because of him? It's just not worth it, in my view.”
  • “We are so far away from the proposal that he put forth that this is a triumph for American workers. We are miles and miles from what he put forth, so he has yielded on what this is."
  • "We certainly wouldn't miss any opportunities because of the president, occupant in the White House ... if he has collateral benefit, so be it."

What to watch: Negotiating teams from the three countries will meet in Mexico City Tuesday afternoon to announce the changes and likely participate in a signing ceremony, according to Politico. Pelosi intends to bring a vote in the House next week before lawmakers depart for December recess.

Go deeper: The trade deal that might survive impeachment

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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