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Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in March 5th, a White House official tells me. This will the 5th meeting between the two leaders since Trump entered the Oval Office.

The backdrop: The announcement comes four says after an unusual spat between Netanyahu and the Trump administration over settlements in the West Bank. It also comes three days after Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted in two cases of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

The settlements dispute: Netanyahu said at a meeting of his party that he had been discussing with the Trump administration the possibility of annexing the West Bank settlements. The White House flatly denied the claim and demanded Netanyahu backtrack, which he did. A White House official told me today the incident is over and the White House sees it as "Water under the bridge."

Netanyahu's legal troubles: A senior White House official told me it's an internal Israeli matter and will not influence the President's decision making on the content and timing of his peace plan. The White is still working on the peace plan and Secretary of State Tillerson said Wednesday that it'll be up to the president to decide when he feels he's ready to put that plan forward. "I will say it's fairly well advanced, is what I would say", Tillerson added.

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Biden says presidency "will be determined" by outcome of spending plans

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.

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China declines to speed emissions cuts in new UN pledge

A view of the skyscrapers in the haze in Shanghai, China, in December 2020. Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Chinese leaders are sticking with a prior target to bring the country's carbon emissions to a peak before 2030, according to documents filed with the United Nations Thursday under the Paris climate agreement.

Why it matters: The new documents come just days ahead of the UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow. China is by far the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, and its emissions path is key to whether the temperature-limiting goals of the Paris agreement can remain within reach.

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Biden lays out $1.75 trillion "framework" before Europe departure

President Biden in Kearny, N.J., on Oct. 25. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

President Biden announced Thursday a "framework" for $1.75 trillion in social program and climate change spending after failing in prior efforts to win over his fellow Democrats on a much broader and costlier package.

Why it matters: Biden is gambling that by proclaiming the broad contours of the proposal, which he immediately began selling in a meeting with House Democrats before jetting off to Europe, progressives will vote for his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan if and when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings it to the floor.

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