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West Virginia’s senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, each have disproportionate power to determine America's legislative future, including on voting rights and infrastructure.

Axios Re:cap digs into West Virginia’s moment at the center of the U.S. political world with Axios political reporter Alayna Treene.

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Virginia to remove Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue this week

Workers install an eight-foot fence around the Robert E. Lee monument on Jan. 25 in Richmond, Virginia, amid preparations for its removal. Photo: Eze Amos/Getty Images

Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue will come down on Wednesday, days after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the state could remove the 60-foot-tall monument.

Why it matters: The 130-year-old statue is "Virginia's largest monument to the Confederate insurrection," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement Monday. "This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth."

Go deeper: Floyd's death set historic pace for Confederate removals

Sep 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Manchin backs as little as $1 trillion of Biden's $3.5 trillion plan

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has privately warned the White House and congressional leaders that he has specific policy concerns with President Biden's $3.5 trillion social spending dream — and he'll support as little as $1 trillion of it.

  • At most, he's open to supporting $1.5 trillion, sources familiar with the discussions say.

Why it matters: In a 50-50 Senate, that could mean the ceiling for Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda — and that many progressive priorities, from universal preschool to free community college, are in danger of dying this Congress.

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.