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An Iowa cornfield. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration announced Friday a plan that aims to boost corn-based ethanol, the Des Moines Register reports.

Why it matters: President Trump is facing what the paper has branded a "rural rebellion," necessitating this latest twist in a never-ending battle over America's ethanol mandate. The president is stuck between two allies — agriculture and oil interests — feuding with each other.

Where it stands: The EPA, which administers the plan, and the Agriculture Department will take steps to make up for waivers that some smaller refineries, which face compliance under the law, have received.

  • "The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would effectively force bigger, non-exempted refineries to take up the slack," Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: The arcane policy, which requires refineries to blend a certain amount of ethanol into gasoline, has sucked up a lot of oxygen inside the White House and the Beltway. Across much of the country, motorists are mostly not concerned about it as long as gas prices remain low.

My thought bubble: It'll be interesting to see what degree the policy becomes a big topic in this year's presidential election — specifically Iowa, a key battleground state and America's top corn-ethanol producer.

Go deeper: Nebraska's corn farmers are "outraged" at Trump

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What to listen for in Biden's inaugural address

Vice President-elect Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, and President-elect Biden and Dr. Jill Biden arrive in Washington yesterday. Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Reflecting both the man and the times, President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.'s inaugural address needs as much reality as poetry.

What to watch ... The president-elect will do both, sources tell me: Biden’s biography equips him not just to deliver a great speech, but also to start putting the public sector back in good working order.

Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."