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America’s vanishing workforce – POLITICO

“It’s time to get back to work,” Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday while announcing that his state would be ending federal unemployment benefits. “We do not want people on unemployment. We want people working. A strong economy cannot exist without workers returning to a job.” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan and Lt. Gov. […]

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White House lifts mask mandate for vaccinated staffers, visitors

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris approached the Rose Garden podium for an afternoon address on the news with no masks. They embraced, maskless, as they walked away from the podium after the speech and returned to the White House. “America has been waiting for this day for a long time,” White House […]

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Republicans draw ‘red line’ for Biden in Oval Office showdown

What happens when you get Washington’s four most powerful lawmakers in the same room with the president? Not much. The process is beginning to pick up speed, and some Democrats view the GOP’s request to put the bill through committees as stall tactics given the Democratic timetable. Minutes after returning from meeting, Pelosi reiterated her […]

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States won’t get Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week

Shipments of the J&J shots have been relatively limited since the vaccine was authorized in late February. States, tribes and territories have received less than 1.5 million J&J shots in the last two weeks, after federal officials lifted a recommended pause on use of the shot following reports of rare but serious blood clots after […]

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‘It’s not phony’: Biden hungry for a jobs deal with Republicans

The White House views Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-W.V.) counteroffer to their own proposal as a constructive step towards a bipartisan deal. Should negotiations move forward, the remaining priorities within Biden’s roughly $4 trillion spending plans that are not included in a bipartisan compromise — from funding for home health care to expanded childhood education, […]

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Diplomats to Biden: Don’t give the plum Europe posts to donors and allies

Biden is in the final stages of vetting some political nominees and expects to announce his first such batch in the coming weeks, according to four people, including donors and former administration officials. Dozens of ambassadorships are expected to be given to campaign donors, supporters and longtime friends of the president in the next several […]

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The Black correspondents at the White House

White House reporters have access to the highest seat in the country — and they’re a small group. An even smaller group within that? Reporters of color. On this episode of Playbook Deep Dive, Eugene Daniels is in conversation with fellow Black White House correspondents April Ryan (The Grio) and Ayesha Rascoe (NPR) about everything […]

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Biden finds reasons for optimism in disappointing jobs report

Biden, speaking from the East Room of the White House, argued that the jobs report underscored the need for the multitrillion-dollar recovery package enacted earlier this year, as well as the huge spending proposals the president has laid out in recent weeks. “This month’s job numbers show we are on the right track,” Biden said. […]

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The Biden White House slowly, glacially, returns to normal

The White House is offering vaccines to all employees through its medical unit and allows staff to take time off to get vaccinations, but that’s rare, since the shots are available on the grounds themselves. The White House would not say what percentage of its staff has been vaccinated. When asked if vaccination was required […]

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Millions of renters brace for a post-pandemic ax

White House officials said they would be releasing more information “in the coming weeks.” The disruption in housing relief is the latest example of bureaucratic chaos impeding Washington’s sprawling Covid-19 economic rescue. An effort to help millions of struggling small businesses by providing forgivable loans has repeatedly run into problems, and similar snags plagued attempts […]

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