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President Trump will campaign in Nevada, Kentucky, and Tennessee next month to support Republican candidates ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in November, according to a person familiar with his thinking — they did not specify which candidates.

Why it matters: Trump believes that no one is better at exciting Republican voters than him, and he's doing everything he can to persuade his 2016 base to vote for his preferred nominees in 2018.

Background: The three states mentioned above are just a few of the stops he'll make in September. He's focused on growing the majority in the Senate, protecting the House and supporting gubernatorial candidates.

  • In August alone, President Trump has held 16 events in eight states to rally support for Republicans running for office in gubernatorial, House and Senate races. So far, he's helped raise over $75 million for Republicans at these events.
  • There are some districts where Trump might not be as helpful to Republican candidates — like the 24 GOP-held districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. But his team could instead use people like Ivanka Trump or Ben Carson to campaign for these candidates.
  • 25 Trump-backed candidates have won their primaries so far.

The president decides who he'll support by considering three things: who has been the most consistent supporter of his agenda, who can win the race, and who will be the best legislative partner to him when in Congress, according to the person familiar with his thinking.

One more thing: President Trump will not rule out campaigning for Republicans who withdrew their support for him during the 2016 presidential election after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released.

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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.

Economy slows in third quarter amid Delta variant

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The U.S. economy increased at an annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, the Department of Commerce said Thursday.

Driving the news: The gross domestic product figures for July through September come in much lower than the 6.7% increase in the second quarter, reflecting the "continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.

Top Dem says Big Oil put Earth on "brink" of catastrophe

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Don't expect a sedate House hearing Thursday on allegations that Big Oil has intentionally sown doubt about climate change.

What they're saying: "For far too long, Big Oil has escaped accountability for its central role in bringing our planet to the brink of a climate catastrophe. That ends today," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, intends to say in her opening remarks shared with Axios.