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Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden tested negative for COVID on Monday, several days after being in contact with a "mid-level" White House staffer who has tested positive for the virus, press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Monday evening.

Driving the news: "This morning, after being notified of the staffer’s positive test, the President received a PCR test and tested negative," Psaki said in the statement. "He will be tested again on Wednesday."

  • Citing CDC guidance, which says fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after exposure, Biden will continue with his regular schedule.

Details: The staff member, who is not identified and "does not regularly have contact" with Biden, tested positive on Monday, according to the statement.

  • On Friday, the same staffer, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, "spent approximately 30 minutes in proximity to the President on Air Force One, on the way from Orange, South Carolina, to Philadelphia," Psaki said.
  • The staffer had tested negative before boarding AF1 like everyone who travels with Biden.
  • Psaki said this person started experiencing symptoms on Sunday and was tested on Monday.  

Of note: "The criteria for what is considered a 'close contact' with the principals is determined by the White House Medical Unit, in line with CDC guidance," Psaki said.

  • Others onboard who came in "close contact" with the staffer are being notified and advised to get tested.

The president will deliver a speech on Tuesday addressing the Omicron variant and unveil new steps the administration is taking to help communities in need of assistance.

The big picture: Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey have tested positive for the virus. Both are vaccinated and have received a booster shot.

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is also fully vaccinated and has received the booster, said Monday he tested positive.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Focus group: Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Pool/Getty Images 

As President Biden approaches the one-year mark of his presidency, some swing voters say his handling of the pandemic has weakened him in their eyes.

  • But they see him projecting strength when he talks about protecting American democracy.

Driving the news: These were key takeaways from the latest Engagious/Schlesinger swing-voter focus groups for Axios, conducted Tuesday, just days after the president's Jan. 6 anniversary speech.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.