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Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The biometric ID company CLEAR — which most people know as a quick way to get through airport security and prove vaccination status — is adding new lines to its business, including identity verification for employee background checks.

Why it matters: Background checks can cost up to $100 per hire and take several days, and they're often not available when firms are trying to hire an independent contractor.

  • CLEAR is partnering with the company Checkr to link workers' background checks to their CLEAR apps, so they can flash those checks the way they'd flash a driver's license to prove ID.

The big picture: CLEAR is betting that consumers are sick of using documents to prove ID. "Any time you have to stop and prove that you are you, we believe CLEAR can help," says Catesby Perrin, EVP of growth at CLEAR.

  • Tying background checks to identity can be especially useful in the gig economy, as when people are hiring babysitters or helpers to assemble furniture off the internet, says Kristen Faris, senior vice president of sales solutions at Checkr.
  • "The more comfortable consumers feel with interacting with strangers via platforms and bringing those strangers into their home or businesses, the better it is for those workers," Faris says.

But, but, but: Giving companies like CLEAR access to more and more of our data — from our faces to our vaccination statuses to our background checks — raises privacy concerns.

  • Look for these questions around data privacy to keep coming up as technology and identity collide.
  • "Privacy and control are our guiding force," says Perrin.

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Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

Biden's communication headaches

President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.