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Last July on New York's Park Avenue. (Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty)

An offshoot of the Amazon effect is an explosion in the number of job listings for driving delivery trucks. Listings last year rose to No. 3 on Monster, the jobs site, from No. 11 in 2016. Some 24,000 such driving jobs were listed on the site last year, chief marketing officer Jonathan Beamer tells Axios, a 19% increase over 2016.

Why it matters: Many of these jobs may vanish at some point in the future as autonomously driven trucks take to the road. But, if humans are to be removed from the picture, that will also require a system for smoothly dropping off packages on doorsteps. As of now, the surge in these jobs has come almost out of nowhere — in 2014, they were No. 25 on the Monster list. And the firm expects 110,000 more such truck-driving openings over the coming decade.

Read this fact: "Active truck utilization" is a measure of how many trucks are needed versus the number of trucks available. The 10-year average is 93%, reports the FT's Gregory Meyer. But last year it rose to 100% — meaning there is no wiggle room in the system. One result is surging prices to hire trucks, and rising wages to attract and retain drivers.

  • Companies are offering stock options and signing bonuses to attract drivers. Look at the listings at Indeed, another jobs site.

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Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

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President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

Texas judge temporarily halts Biden's 100-day deportation freeze

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A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but he could face pushback from the courts.