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White House warns companies of growing cyberattack risk

Mar 22, 2022
While big energy and financial firms are better defended than they used to be, other critical industries are still vulnerable.
President Joe Biden warned companies against potential Russian cyberattacks this week. Experts say the U.S. is unprepared for such cybersecurity threats.
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President Biden signs defense spending authorization bill into law

Dec 31, 2021
The defense spending authorization bill for fiscal year 2022 is a big increase from previous years. It's also more than the President originally requested. And compared to recent social spending legislation, the bill passed relatively smoothly.
President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which will provide pay increases and expand paid family leave, into law this week.
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Checking the roads and bridges to grandmother's house

Nov 24, 2021
What will the infrastructure bill do for 60-year-old Putty Hill Avenue Bridge — which supports 17,000 vehicles daily — and similar sites?
Each day, more than 17,000 vehicles use Maryland's 60-year-old Putty Hill Avenue Bridge, which has suffered wear and tear.
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Biden seeks to keep Powell in place, elevate Brainard at Federal Reserve

Nov 22, 2021
Brainard will be nominated for vice chair. The two officials typically agree on monetary policy but sometimes diverge on regulation.
President Joe Biden names Jerome Powell, left, as his nominee for Federal Reserve chair and Lael Brainard, right, as vice chair.
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Native leaders raise economic issues at First Nations Summit

Nov 15, 2021
During the summit, tribal leaders drew attention to the lack of investment in the Indian Health Service.
President Joe Biden at the Tribal Nations Summit. In his opening remark, Biden noted the disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on Indigenous communities.
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Earmarks are back, and they could be key to Biden's infrastructure plans

May 13, 2021
Earmarks — money members of Congress request for projects back home — could make it easier for lawmakers to get on board.
Earmarks benefit lawmakers' constituents and could entice more members of Congress to support infrastructure spending.
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Biden signs $1.9 trillion relief bill before speech to nation

Mar 11, 2021
“There is light at the end of this dark tunnel of the past year. There is real reason for hope," President Joe Biden said.
President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan in the Oval Office. He has drawn broad support for his management of the coronavirus response.
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Biden executive actions target LGBTQ discrimination

Jan 20, 2021
The president is strengthening workplace protections and rolling back the military ban on transgender service.
LGBTQ rights supporters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2019, as the court holds oral arguments in three cases dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Biden unveiling $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

Jan 14, 2021
Biden's "American Rescue Plan" would deliver another round of aid to stabilize the economy while public health officials try to get the upper hand on the pandemic.
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on Jan. 8 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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How baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap

Jan 13, 2021
A proposed $1,000 savings account for every baby born in the U.S. could improve future outcomes for an entire generation of families.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, above, and Sen. Cory Booker are pushing for baby bonds to help close the racial wealth gap.
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