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The U.S. Capitol dome. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

The Senate: All eyes are on the upper chamber this week, as senators race to pass their tax cuts bill:

  • Tuesday is the first hurdle: The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to hold votes that would pave the way for the tax cut bill to hit the floor. Two undecided Republicans, Johnson and Corker, sit on that Committee. So their votes on Tuesday could tip their hands for later in the week.
  • Thursday or Friday: If things go to plan, the Republican Senate will pass the bill after 20 hours of debate and a long series of votes.

The House votes this week on a resolution requiring all members and staff to complete anti-harassment training. It's the first congressional action to stop this behavior and there could be more to come.Trump's schedule this week:Monday: Lunch with Pence and Republican senators (we aren't sure which ones.)Tuesday: Joins the Senate Republican Policy Lunch to rally the troops before the tax vote.Later that afternoon, Trump will meet at the White House with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell to discuss the year-end spending deal. I'm also told Defense Secretary Mattis could join, given that defense spending caps are a major part of the negotiations.Wednesday: Trump will travel to Missouri to give a speech promoting tax cuts.Thursday: He and the first lady will participate in a ceremony to light the national Christmas tree.Friday: Lunch with Tillerson and Mattis.

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Biden extends mask mandates for travelers into 2022

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

President Biden will announce new testing protocols for international travelers on Thursday and extend masking requirements through March as the U.S. prepares to fight the Omicron variant this winter, according to senior administration officials.

Driving the news: The U.S. will tighten pre-departure testing protocols starting early next week by requiring all inbound international travelers to take COVID-19 tests within one day of their departure rather than three.

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America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron

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The race to figure out just how dangerous the Omicron variant is will likely be a global effort, but some experts are skeptical that the U.S. will play a dominant role.

Why it matters: The CDC has repeatedly come under fire for inadequate data collection throughout the pandemic — and figuring out how to respond to Omicron requires a lot of data that doesn't currently exist.

U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.