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Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Thursday that the conference will hold a 10-game football schedule eliminating non-conference opponents to begin on Sept. 26.

The big picture: The "pandemic-forced decision ... pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths," AP writes. SEC joins other conferences, including the Ivy League, that have limited or canceled their fall sports altogether over concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The SEC's title game will be held December 19, two weeks later than planned, in Atlanta.

Go deeper: Michigan State football team to quarantine or self-isolate

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Consumers are planning to cut back on travel spending for the holidays

Reproduced from the Conference Board, Nielsen; Chart: Axios Visuals

Consumers are planning to pare back the most spending on vacations and travel during the holiday season — another possible concern for the services sector, according to a survey by the Conference Board and Nielsen provided first to Axios.

The big picture: Overall, consumer spending this holiday season is expected to be roughly in line with last year, the Conference Board estimates.

“You blew it”: GOP activist turns on corporations over vaccine mandates

The chairman of the American Conservative Union said on "Axios on HBO" he accepts "Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed," but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — with greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.

The big picture: In a joint interview with his wife, Mercedes, Matt Schlapp also refused to share their vaccination status. And he told corporate America "you blew it" by embracing vaccine mandates and liberal social stances that have alienated GOP voters and politicians.

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Pelosi expects “billionaire’s tax” to pay for Biden social spending

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday she expects the chamber to pass the bipartisan infrastructure plan by week’s end, and alternatives to corporate tax hikes and a “billionaires tax” will be used to finance President Biden’s promised expansion to the social safety net.

Why it matters: Pelosi’s comments come as House and Senate leaders try to wrap up a deal. What will get cut — and how the remainder will be paid — are linchpins to a final agreement.