Politics

Biden hikes cost of carbon, easing path for new climate rules

The price point is temporary. A new Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases is required to issue a final number by January. “A more complete update that follows the best science takes time. This is why we are quickly restoring the prior estimates as an interim step,” Heather Boushey, a member […]

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White House planning to forecast vaccine shipments months in advance

The background: Early in the vaccine rollout, states complained they weren’t getting enough notice of vaccine shipments. Soon after taking office, Biden’s Covid team committed to providing states with three-week estimates into their vaccine allocations. Over the past month, weekly vaccine shipments to states have steadily increased from 8.6 million shots to 14.5 million. “States […]

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Biden administration sending masks to poor communities

Why it matters: The initiative comes nearly a year after Trump administration health officials first internally explored whether to send masks to every American in hopes of slowing the virus’ spread — an idea that was rejected at the time. Public health experts have since pushed for reviving the concept as a way of reaching […]

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Biden calls for national unity and healing, as coronavirus death toll climbs past 500,000

“For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there holding their hands, there’s a look in their eye and they slip away,” said Biden, whose first wife and infant daughter died in […]

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NASA doing ‘preparatory work’ for climate push, acting chief says

“We’re just taking a look at our Earth science decadal survey … and the missions that would get to make those measurements to particularly support climate research and looking at how we might accelerate those,” Jurczyk said in an interview. “We’re doing some preparatory work expecting that that’s going to be a request when we […]

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‘Stop the bleeding’: Biden reaches out to Europe, but Trump’s damage has been done

Biden is guaranteed to get hearty applause while addressing G-7 leaders and the Munich Security Conference on Friday, but his administration should expect a rockier road ahead. After conversations with his British, French and German counterparts, aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting Quad counterparts (India, Japan and […]

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Under Biden, Justice Department presses fight against Omarosa

In a new brief filed in federal court in Washington just before midnight Thursday, the Justice Department forcefully defended its position in the case, even tangling with Manigault Newman over the contentious circumstances of her dismissal by then-White House chief of staff John Kelly. “She…made no attempt to file any Termination Report before September 2019, […]

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Biden to declare major disaster for Texas amid crippling freeze

The president also said he would sign a major disaster declaration for Texas as early as Friday afternoon and that he spoke to Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday night about the situation in the state. Abbott had previously said he requested the declaration during his conversation with the president. Biden signed a separate emergency declaration earlier […]

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Biden to tap new labor board top cop, rescind Trump apprenticeship program

Ahead of a meeting with labor officials Wednesday afternoon, the White House said Biden would also revoke former President Donald Trump’s executive order creating an industry-led apprenticeship program, which sought to reduce the federal government’s role in creating and monitoring such training opportunities. The Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program created as a result of Trump’s order has […]

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Biden admin will spend $1.6B to expand Covid-19 testing and sequencing

Health officials told reporters that $650 million will be used to increase access to testing in non-medical settings, such as K-8 schools and underserved congregate facilities, including homeless shelters. HHS is planning to establish regional coordinating centers to organize distribution of Covid-19 tests and coordinate with labs across the U.S. The Biden administration also plans […]

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