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A week after his emotional monologue about his newborn son's heart defect, Jimmy Kimmel had a strikingly serious interview last night with Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Republicans who's trying to steer his party toward a more moderate health care plan. Cassidy has pledged to make sure any bill passes "the Jimmy Kimmel test," but Kimmel grilled him on what that should actually mean:

  • Cassidy: It should lower premiums so middle-class people can afford them (he acknowledged that the House bill doesn't). Also: "You have to have a health care program that not only works for the patient, but works for the taxpayer."
  • Kimmel: "Since I am Jimmy Kimmel, I'd like to make a suggestion as to what the Jimmy Kimmel test should be ... No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it."

Kimmel on how to pay for it: "Don't give a huge tax cut to millionaires like me."

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Driving the news: The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Games will have to be called off, The Times reports (subscription), citing an unnamed senior government source.

Biden's centrist words, liberal actions

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President Biden talks like a soothing centrist. He promises to govern like a soothing centrist. But early moves show that he is keeping his promise to advance a liberal agenda.

Why it matters: Never before has a president done more by executive fiat in such a short period of time than Biden. And those specific actions, coupled with a push for a more progressive slate of regulators and advisers, look more like the Biden of the Democratic primary than the unity-and-restraint Biden of the general election.

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What they're saying: "I very much hope and can expect … that they will uphold our decision," Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg tells Axios.