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Richard Wolffe has interviewed former secretary of state John Kerry for us. He was keen to espouse Joe Biden’s credentials on foreign policy, and contrast them with the approach of the current incumbent of the White House. Kerry says:

I think Joe’s unique credibility and years of relationships in Europe will help restore those alliances on day one of a Biden presidency. I know he’s respected, and he earned those relationships. In 2008, when Russian tanks rolled into a neighboring country called Georgia, it was Joe Biden who immediately picked up the phone, and called an old friend, who happened to be the president of the country. So Joe got on a plane, flew all night, and sat on a hilltop in Georgia with the president of our democratic ally and made it clear the United States stands with allies. People remember those moments.

Related: John Kerry on Biden’s foreign policy: ‘He’d never lavish praise on dictators’

Jordain Carney over at The Hill has a decent scene-setter for today’s return of the Senate. It is going to be a fraught session, with Carney observing that they have a matter of weeks to wrap up their work before the November election, and that work includes preventing another government shutdown and trying to revive a coronavirus relief package.

The Republican approach is to present a stripped-down bill that they can get consensus on, but the two sides are far apart.

The sticking points on the negotiations are largely the same as they were when Congress left DC: Republicans have proposed a $1.1 trillion package, while Democrats have lined up behind the $3.4 trillion House-passed bill.

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