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Cowen analyst Chris Krueger sets the scene for this week's GOP policy retreat:

  • He sees Obamacare repeal being rolled into tax reform, incentivizing lawmakers to vote in favor of it. Krueger calls this process of merging two bills into one the legislative equivalent of William "Refrigerator" Perry.
  • Says Trump will be "super anxious" to put some points on the board, and infrastructure is something everyone largely agrees on. With the main focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare, Trump should have more wiggle room on infrastructure.
  • A bipartisan package of tax cuts and credits could be approved for the FY18 reconciliation process. It could also be a component of an infrastructure bill.

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This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.