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The Trump administration on Thursday scrapped an Obama-era proposal that would have required airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later, and dropped another propose rule seeking to mandate disclosure of more information about revenue from fees charged for extra services.

The department said the proposals have “limited public benefit" and that airlines would" incur significant costs" if required to report data on revenue from fees such as early boarding.

Why it matters: Airlines are already required to disclose bag fees. But the Associated Press reports critics argue that the information is often hidden until after customers already purchased a ticket. Travel agents and websites that sell tickets also reportedly complain that airlines sometimes declined to disclose informatin on fees, preventing third-party sellers from providing passengers with a detailed total cost.

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Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

The Biden protection plan

Joe Biden announces his first run for the presidency in June 1987. Photo: Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

The Joe Biden who became the 46th president on Wednesday isn't the same blabbermouth who failed in 1988 and 2008.

Why it matters: Biden now heeds guidance about staying on task with speeches and no longer worries a gaffe or two will cost him an election. His staff also limits the places where he speaks freely and off the cuff. This Biden protective bubble will only tighten in the months ahead, aides tell Axios.

Bush labels Clyburn the “savior” for Democrats

House Majority Whip James Clyburn takes a selfie Wednesday with former President George W. Bush. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush credited Rep. James Clyburn with being the "savior" of the Democratic Party, telling the South Carolinian at Wednesday's inauguration his endorsement allowed Joe Biden to win the party's presidential nomination.

Why it matters: The nation's last two-term Republican president also said Clyburn's nod allowed for the transfer of power, because he felt only Biden had the ability to unseat President Trump.