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A senior energy adviser to President Joe Biden urged Russia to supply more natural gas to Europe now rather than wait for approval of a new pipeline. Amos Hochstein said Monday that Russia “should do it quickly” to ward off the risk of shortages this winter. He says Europe’s natural gas crunch has multiple causes, including strong demand for gas in China. But he says Russia has enough gas to increase sales now rather than wait for European Union and German authorities to give final regulatory approval to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. It brings gas across the Baltic Sea direct to Europe and bypasses pipelines through Poland and Ukraine.

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President Joe Biden says he feels “very positive about reaching a deal on his big domestic policy bill. Biden spoke briefly to reporters as he headed to New Jersey to promote his child care and infrastructure plan. White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for the measures are drawing the backing of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. A person who insisted on anonymity to discuss Manchin’s position tells The Associated Press the senator is agreeable to the White House’s new approach. Democrats are trying to wrap up talks on the social services and climate change package now being eyed at $1.75 trillion, though it could still climb higher.