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Here's what we know is in the scaled back Biden budget bill and what got cut

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  Democratic leaders have set the end of this week as a deadline to try to get a detailed framework for their domestic policy bill that sweeps up all of President Joe Biden's top priorities. After months of infighting, there was a new sense of urgency and optimism   this week   that a deal is   within reach — or at least a framework for one — that could pass the House and Senate later this fall. Opposition to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for the president's "Build Back Better" plan from two key Senate moderates — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. — forced leaders and the president to trim programs, and lower expectations for those on the left. Biden  met with both progressives and moderates  earlier this week. Both sides left the meetings with the realization that they can't get everything they wanted. Now red lines have given way to real horse trading as Democrats piece together a roughly $2 trillion package. And one sign of progr

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine appears more than 90% effective in kids 5 to 11

Pfizer and its partner BioNTech say their data supports authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine in kids 5 to 11. The Food and Drug Administration  released the companies' briefing document  Friday morning in a prelude to a meeting of expert advisers to the agency  scheduled for Tuesday . The companies studied a 10 microgram vaccine dose in children ages 5 to 11, a third of the dose used for adults and older children. The lower dose was chosen to minimize side effects and because it still prompts a strong immune response, the companies said. In the main clinical trial conducted by the companies, the vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 No new safety problems were identified in the companies' studies. No cases of heart inflammation were observed in the main study, but only a few thousand children were included in the research, so that sort of rare problem wouldn't necessarily be detected. The antibody response to the vaccine was comparab