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Evan Vucci / AP

Trump delivered remarks during the National Day of Prayer before calling on a series of religious leaders to stand behind him as he signed his executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty.

You're now in a position where you can say what you want to say, and I know you'll only say good.

Key piece of the order: It eases restrictions imposed by the Johnson Amendment, which limits political participation by tax-exempt religious groups.

Quotables:

  • "We will not allow people of faith to be bullied, targeted or silenced any more, and we will never stand for religious discrimination, never ever...tolerance is the cornerstone of peace."
  • "No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenets of their faith... freedom is not a gift from government, freedom is a gift from God."
  • "My first foreign trip as POTUS will be to Saudi Arabia, then to Israel ,and then to place my cardinals love very much — Rome."
  • Trump said he will meet "with our Muslim allies" from across the Middle East in Saudia Arabia to discuss combating terror.

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A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package, in one of the few concrete steps toward COVID relief made by Congress in several months.

Why it matters: Recent data shows that the economic recovery is floundering as coronavirus cases surge and hospitals threaten to be overwhelmed heading into what is likely to be a grim winter.

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

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Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow.