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How Biden could expand paid family leave to more Americans

How Biden could expand paid family leave to more Americans

President Joe Biden recently unveiled his American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion proposal that, among other things, would provide 12 weeks of paid leave to workers caring for new children or a sick family member. Perhaps as important, the proposal could also fundamentally change how the US government defines “family.” The current law of the…
Biden finally raised the refugee cap. Now comes the hard part.

Biden finally raised the refugee cap. Now comes the hard part.

After months of indecision and blowback from within his own party, President Joe Biden has finally raised the cap on refugee admissions for 2021 to 62,500 — but he has made clear he doesn’t think the US will actually admit that many people. “The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this…
Biden agreed to waive vaccine patents. But will that help get doses out faster?

Biden agreed to waive vaccine patents. But will that help get doses out faster?

The Biden administration has announced that it will work with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to negotiate a deal to suspend intellectual property rights associated with the Covid-19 vaccines — a surprise move for the administration, which had initially resisted taking such a step. The reversal came as Covid-19 deaths are mounting in India and…
Biden’s plan to make America less terrible for parents

Biden’s plan to make America less terrible for parents

Christina Hayes has always had to fight to keep a job and take care of her family. Diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago at the age of 19, the Michigan mom often needs time off to go to doctor’s appointments. But her job with an airline doesn’t give her paid time off. Add to that…
The logic of Biden’s new July 4 vaccination goal

The logic of Biden’s new July 4 vaccination goal

President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a new Covid-19 vaccine goal: 70 percent of US adults getting at least one shot by July 4. With this, the Biden administration expects the country will be able to move much closer to the pre-pandemic normal than it has over the past year. It’s a shift for the…
Major Biden Promises To Be A Very Good Boy When The New White House Cat Arrives

Major Biden Promises To Be A Very Good Boy When The New White House...

"Champ and Major, the president and first lady's dogs, members of the family, are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press conference on March 9. "And on Monday, the first family's younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and…
How Biden could actually deliver on his climate goals

How Biden could actually deliver on his climate goals

It’s possible to imagine the United States in 2030, if the country pulls off President Joe Biden’s climate ambitions. Every last one of the nation’s 191 coal power plants is closed or on its way out, and natural gas in the power sector is rapidly declining. Renewables power more than half of our electricity needs,…
Biden is quietly enforcing one of Trump’s most anti-immigrant policies

Biden is quietly enforcing one of Trump’s most anti-immigrant policies

President Joe Biden said during his speech before Congress on Wednesday night that there is “no wall high enough to keep any virus out.” But he has kept in place a Trump-era policy that effectively put up a wall to the vast majority of migrants arriving on the southern border over the last year on…
Biden’s labor secretary says gig workers should be considered employees

Biden’s labor secretary says gig workers should be considered employees

US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told Reuters on Thursday that gig workers should be treated as employees. Having President Joe Biden’s top labor official say so is a welcome development for this class of workers — including drivers for Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash — which has long sought this distinction but has so far been…
The Biden Administration Wants To Ban Menthol Cigarettes, But It’s Getting Surprising Pushback

The Biden Administration Wants To Ban Menthol Cigarettes, But It’s Getting Surprising Pushback

In 2020, Rep. Karen Bass, then-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, slammed the tobacco industry’s “greedy and ruthless strategy” to target Black communities. “Black Americans die from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and other tobacco-related diseases at rates far higher than others,” Bass wrote. “For far too long, tobacco companies have continuously been allowed to…

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