Trump and Netanyahu earlier this month at the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed the Israeli cabinet today on his visit to the U.S. and his meeting with President Trump at the White House last Monday. According to two officials who attend the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu told the ministers:

"There is no concrete U.S. peace plan on the table at the moment. I am not saying there couldn't be one in the future, but right now there is none."

At a briefing with Israeli reporters last week after his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu said the President didn't share a draft of the U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace, or a timetable for releasing his plan.

Where things stand: In the last few months President Trump's "peace team," led by senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt, has been working on a plan for re-launching peace talks. Those efforts encountered serious difficulties after Trump's Jerusalem announcement on December 6th. Since then, the Palestinians refuse to engage in any contacts with Trump's advisers.

In a Washington Post Op-Ed published last Thursday, Greenblatt wrote:

"The president has been clear that he wants a fair and enduring agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians that will enhance Israel’s security and give all Palestinians the opportunity for a prosperous future. We are ready to work with any party truly interested in peace to reach this goal".

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The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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