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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Senate rejected Friday a resolution to overturn the EPA's recent decision to scrap Obama-era carbon emissions regulations for power plants and replace them with more modest rules.

Driving the news: 3 Democrats — Kyrsten Sinema, Doug Jones, and Joe Manchin — joined Republicans in opposing the Democratic measure. Susan Collins was the only Republican to support the resolution in the 41-53 vote.

The big picture: This was a messaging vote to hit Trump's regulatory rollbacks and rejection of mainstream climate science — and put Republicans on record about it.

  • However, the defection of 3 moderate Democrats highlights why passing a big climate bill will be extremely hard even if Democrats somehow eke out a small Senate majority in 2020.

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GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

Why made-for-TV moments matter during the pandemic

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.