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First Lady Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Expect to hear more about Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman, as discussions heat up about replacing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The state of play: A number of influential people close to President Trump want her in the job — and Trump has told people he likes her and trusts her. She is one of a tiny number of campaign originals left in the White House.

  • A person close to the president said Grisham could potentially take on another senior press job, if not as a direct replacement for Sanders.
  • No decision has been made on Sanders’ replacement. Trump tweeted about Sanders: "I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas."

Go deeper: Some of Sanders' most controversial claims as press secretary

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CDC panel endorses Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-to 15-year-olds, following the FDA's emergency use authorization.

Why it matters: Approval from the CDC panel was the final step needed before inoculations could be offered at any vaccination site for this age group.

  • Pfizer has said its vaccine is 100% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a trial of more than 2,200 children between the ages of 12 and 15.

GOP lawmakers downplay Capitol riot at House hearing

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Republican members of Congress sought to minimize the Capitol insurrection at a House hearing on Wednesday, with statements calling pro-Trump rioters "patriots" and other lawmakers falsely denying demonstrators were supporters of the former president at all.

Driving the news: The hearing comes shortly after House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership over her criticism of former President Trump's actions leading up to and on Jan. 6.

McConnell, McCarthy say 2017 tax law is "red line" in infrastructure talks

The top Republicans in the House and Senate told reporters after meeting with President Biden at the White House that "there is a bipartisan desire to get an outcome" on an infrastructure package, but stressed that revisiting the 2017 tax cuts is a "red line."

Why it matters: Wednesday marked the first time that Biden has hosted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at the White House.

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