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Inside Biden’s hot streak, from the poolside to the Capitol

President Biden has faced low approval ratings and cascading crises. His challenge is to turn this hot streak into a pivot point that reorients his presidency and energizes Democrats, supporters say. Democrats hope the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade will energize voters alarmed by what they call the extremism of the Republican Party. The recent successes “have probably converted what would have been a Category 5 storm to a Category 3 storm for Democrats,” David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, says Democrats must contrast that with the GOP as a party in the thrall of extremists, he adds. Biden directed his staff not to disclose details of any interactions with members of Congress to take himself out of the public picture to take

The seeds of Biden’s biggest win were planted just a few weeks ago. On July 14, after months of painstaking negotiation, Manchin told Democratic leaders he would not support an economic package that contained tax increases or new spending on climate change. The White House saw cracks in McConnell's position, as key Republican senators issued statements indicating they were open to a scaled-back deal, a White House official said. Republicans, however, said that the bill will do nothing to bring down consumers’ prices anytime soon and that, if anything, its minimum corporate tax will harm the economy. “I don't think anything in the last few weeks has changed the dynamics on the ground,” said Chris Hartline, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

On July 28, fresh out of his covid-19 isolation, Biden held an economic event at the White House as the House was scheduled to vote on the chips bill. The bill was significantly scaled back from the $2 trillion bill Biden and Democrats sought last year. Senate Republicans, who just hours earlier had helped Democrats pass the massive chips bill, were livid. The next day, angry Senate Republicans blocked a bill to help veterans who had been exposed to toxic burn pits during their service, attracting a wave of criticism. Days later, Senate Republicans reversed course on the burn pits bill, which passed with an overwhelming bipartisan vote. Kansas voters resoundingly rejected the measure, as roughly 60 percent voted to maintain abortion protections.

Biden's long-sought health-and-climate package was nearing passage on Saturday. Ricchetti and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stayed up through most night to watch the process play out, talking to Biden about every half an hour. One key provision in the health-care portion of the bill — a $35 cap on the price of insulin for many patients — was stripped away by Senate