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A Nov. 9, 2017 tweet explaining the confusion around verified status that Twitter is trying to resolve. Image: Screenshot.

Twitter rolled out a series of changes on Wednesday to its verified accounts program aimed at addressing who is eligible to get the coveted blue checkmark.Under the revised guidelines, Twitter says it reserves the right to revoke the verified status of any individual, but specifically calls out certain criteria that could lead to a loss of verification.Included in that is not only the direct harassment or promotion of violence but also being a member of a group that promotes hate, violence or direct harassment of individuals based on their race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or other criteria.Twitter also moved to revoke the verified status of a number of prominent far-right and right supremacists, including Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, organizer of the Charlottesville rally. This resulted in predictable outrage from those impacted, as well as their supporters.But it also led to criticism that Twitter wasn't solving the problem it had originally identified. When it first said last week it was pausing its verification program, it noted that the verification of a prominent user's identity had come to be seen as an endorsement. Wednesday's actions might please those that don't appreciate seeing the blue checkmark adorn the posts of white supremacists, but it doesn't appear to solve the confusion over what verified status is supposed to mean.Why you'll hear about this again: Twitter hinted more changes are coming. "We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of," the company said.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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.