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Hikers head out of the Grand Canyon. Photo: Ross D. Franklin / AP

The Department of the Interior is considering a price hike for National Park visitors during "peak visitor seasons" to raise money for infrastructure improvements, according to a press release on Tuesday.

  • Secretary Ryan Zinke said: "Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved...We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks...to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today."
  • The new fees would be applied to 17 parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and more beginning on May 1, 2018. Non-commercial vehicles would be charged $70 (up from $30 currently at many parks), people on bike or foot would be charged $30 (up from $15), and an annual pass to any of the 17 parks would be $75 (up from $60). The Department is estimating an increase in revenue of $70 million annually.

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.