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Axios' Courtenay Brown (left) and former White House communciations director Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: Axios

Joe Biden, if elected president, would work to find common ground with longtime former colleague Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Friday at an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: With little chance of Democrats controlling the Senate, fears of continued congressional gridlock have run high, but Scaramucci predicated Biden would deliver “actionable results” alongside Republicans.

What he’s saying: Biden is a “very centrist” person and can heal the country, especially now that both parties are ready to show they can overcome their differences, Scaramucci said. He predicted these actions:

  • A bipartisan stimulus plan is “certainly” a guarantee, given the nation’s current needs.
  • Infrastructure and education are also on the table.
  • “There's lots of common ground out there where you don't have to beat each other's brains in and trigger each other,” he said.

Context: Scaramucci served as White House communications director for 10 days in 2017 before falling out with President Trump, and advised the Biden campaign during the election.

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Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.