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Sanders takes reporters' questions at a briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, "We're really proud of the work we've done already with Senator Rubio, doubling the child tax credit."

Moments before, the Washington Post reported that Marco Rubio informed Senate leaders he would vote against the Republicans' $1.5 trillion tax plan unless it includes the child tax credit provision he has been advocating for.

  • Trump called Paul Ryan on reports that he might step down as House Speaker and told Ryan he'd be "very unhappy" if the news is true. Ryan "assured" the president that the reports are not true, Sanders said.
  • Trump also called Rupert Murdoch to congratulate him on the Disney-Fox deal.
  • On Omarosa Manigault-Newman's exit: "Omarosa resigned from her position... I'm not going to get into the weeds of a personnel decision."
  • On Manigault-Newman's comments that she has "seen things" at the White House that have made her uncomfortable and have upset her as an African-American woman: "The comments she made, that was the first time I heard those."
  • On diversity at White House after Manigault-Newman's departure: "We have a very diverse team at the White House ... It's something that we strive for every day is to add and grow, to be more diverse and more representative of the country at large and we're going to do that."
  • On the net neutrality vote: "The administration supports the FCC's efforts and, at the same time, the White House has and always will support a free and fair internet."
  • "I don't think there was one thing you could do [to prevent]" mass shootings in Las Vegas or Newtown. The fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting is today.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

Facebook's pivotal week

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

They're battening down the hatches at Facebook headquarters this week as the company faces a trifecta of tumult: a continuing wave of negative press coverage fueled by document leaks, a critical earnings report Monday and a reported name change looming.

The big picture: All this is unfolding as Mark Zuckerberg tries to transform Facebook from a social network into the prime mover behind a new "metaverse" of VR- and AR-driven remote work and play.

3D-printed houses seem poised to go mainstream

A rendering of a planned 3D-printed, net-zero-energy community in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Photo: Mighty Buildings

3D-printed cement houses are about to take off, offering a cheaper, more efficient way to provide homes for those who need them — as long as they can be built in ways that don't worsen climate change.

Why it matters: Developers of 3D-printed homes think they can take on multiple challenges: the affordable housing crisis, the shortage of skilled labor and rising material costs.