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Charlie Neibergall / AP

The White House is working on an executive order that has "very, very strong" language on religious liberty, per Politico's Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher.

  • What's happening: The White House has invited conservatives to the White House on Thursday, and sources are telling Politico the original draft order, which leaked in early February, is nearly as tough as the first attempt.
  • What it does: Behaves like Indiana's RFRA, which allowed business to exempt themselves on religious grounds.
  • The winners: VP Pence and religious conservatives.
  • Cautionary: "Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan, though one cautioned that it hasn't yet been finalized, and noted that lawyers are currently reviewing and fine-tuning the draft language."
  • Foreshadowed: Leonard Leo told Axios' Jonathan Swan late last month that the White House wasn't backing off its promise to deliver wins for social conservatives.

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Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.

Schumer rattles reconciliation saber

More than an aisle separates Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, seen in the Senate Chamber after the Capitol siege. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Chuck Schumer is expected to telegraph, as soon as tonight, that he will use his political muscle to pass some of his party’s priorities — like President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

Why it matters: While the Senate majority leader wants to work with Republicans on key legislation, advisers say, he will make clear that using the simple majority vote inherent in the budget reconciliation process is one of the big sticks at his disposal.