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President Donald Trump, left, hugs Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., center, as Vice President Mike Pence, right, watches, as they arrive for a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Before Trump, Republicans could be counted on to trumpet the benefits for free trade. These days, such Republicans are harder to find. You'll more likely encounter a House GOP member rebranding himself as a "populist nationalist" and trashing one trade deal or another.

A senior House Republican told us at his party's Philadelphia retreat that many of his colleagues are afraid of Trump using his megaphone against them if they reject his agenda. "That's real power," the member noted.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn is one of the few Republicans resisting full-blown Trumpism.

In response to Trump's trashing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Cornyn tells CNN's Manu Raju:

"I don't see any benefit in trying to crawl back into our shell as a country. We can't do that economically. We're obviously next door to Mexico. As I frequently tell my friends in Mexico, I said we can't get a divorce, we need to figure out how to make this marriage work."

Why this matters: Republicans accepted long ago the death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the key Asian trade deal. But we'll be watching closely to see whether they roll over on the rest of Trump's populist nationalist agenda. The most public resistance to protectionism will likely come from the Senate.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

The bomb cyclone and atmospheric river seen via satellite on Sunday. The center of the storm is at the middle of the comma shape, due west of Washington State. (CIRA/RAMMB)

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

Mike Allen, author of AM
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Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.