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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a 20-minute private conversation on Tuesday ahead of the president's meeting with Republican leaders to discuss tax reform, per Politico.

Why it matters: Their meeting comes after a tense August recess during which the two leaders reportedly did not speak for weeks. Politico reports that the meeting was an attempt to bury the hatchet ahead of a busy fall for the Republican legislative agenda.

Flashback: Trump called McConnell out on Twitter after Affordable Care Act repeal failed in the Senate, saying the senator "couldn't get it done."

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The big picture: Reliable and accessible proof of vaccine-induced protection from the novel coronavirus could speed international travel and economic reopening, but obstacles to its wide-scale adoption are so great it may never fully arrive.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a series of amendments overnight into early Saturday morning.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

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