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Close-up of Lyft logo in a car window. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

During its first quarter earnings, Lyft announced a partnership through which Waymo — Alphabet's autonomous driving unit — will deploy 10 vehicles on the ride-hailing company's service in Phoenix, where Waymo is already testing its cars.

Why it matters: Alphabet is an investor in both Lyft and Uber, and the latter is set to finally go public at the end of the week.

The cars will all be deployed by the end of Q3 and will have safety drivers during the rides, the company specified during an earnings call with analysts following the announcement.

The bigger picture: For Waymo, this will be yet another avenue for the company to test its vehicles with more customers as part of its ambitions to operate a commercial ride-hailing service with self-driving cars.

  • And for Lyft, this goes back to its original approach to self-driving cars: its Open Platform, through which it hoped to welcome a myriad of partners to deploy and test their vehicles on its service.

Editor's note: The story has been updated with more information about Lyft's strategy and about the partnership.

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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.