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Evan Vucci / AP

At 9:01am today President Trump tweeted:

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

Behind the tweet: there are two things you need to know about the thinking inside the White House:

1. Trump hates the legislative filibuster. As one senior administration source says: "he's a practical guy...he's not an ideologue." As a private businessman, Trump could never understand when he saw senators like Ted Cruz standing for hours on end reading children's books. Trump saw this as utterly pointless and futile behavior that would never fly in the business world. He doesn't care a bit about congressional traditions and was thrilled when Mitch McConnell used the nuclear option to force through Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court.

2. Trump is flagging the shutdown in September for a very good reason: his aides tell me the current government funding fight was seen internally as something they just needed to "get through."

There was never going to be major victories in the 2017 spending bill; the Democrats had all the leverage and Trump couldn't afford a government shutdown so early in his administration and with healthcare still unresolved. The 2018 spending fight is a different matter, though.

My White House sources tell me this will be the time to fight for real "wins" — like funding the border wall. That will lead to an inevitable standoff with Democrats and possibly a government shutdown.

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.