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1. INSIDE THE SENATE: Sen. Chuck Schumer's flip phone is one of the hardest working artifacts in Washington. In reality, Schumer's most prized assets in the evenly-divided Senate are Vice President Harris' tiebreaker vote, and some arcane budget rules that allow him to overcome Republican opposition. Insider dove into how the New York Democrat is wielding his power.
He's always on: "Typical daily interactions include touching base via back-to-back calls with newcomer Raphael Warnock of Georgia via Zoom and discussing infrastructure strategy with Tom Carper, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman and a well-known Biden sounding board."
He has an ace in the hole, kind of: Schumer, like Biden says he wants to work in a bipartisan way. But arcane budget rules that both parties have exploited offer a narrow path for Democrats to pass most of Biden's agenda without a single Republican vote.
This more than just policy for Schumer: His 40-year legacy of public service is now deeply intertwined with how much of Biden's agenda becomes law. He is also facing down a potential primary challenge as he seeks a history-making fifth term.
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