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Trump and Trudeau at the G7 in June. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump said in a press conference today in New York that he rejected a request for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the United Nations General Assembly because "his tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move and I told him to forget about it."

Why it matters: This is an extraordinary insult to a close ally on a global stage, and comes as the U.S. is negotiating with Canada over a trade deal to replace NAFTA. Trump said his team was "not getting along well at all with their negotiators," and threatened to tax all cars coming in from Canada if a deal isn't reached. He said the deal would "probably or possibly" include only the U.S. and Mexico, though there's stiff resistance to such an outcome on Capitol Hill.

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Manchin's massive means test

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.