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Groups of Google employees are staging walkouts around the globe today to protest how the company has handled sexual harassment and misconduct, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: Within the last week, Google’s leadership has been on the defensive about its handling of accusations of harassment or misconduct by executives.

The demands, as posted by organizers on social media, include "An end to Forced Arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination. ... A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity. ... A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report."

The big picture: Staff at some Silicon Valley companies have become increasingly involved in activism in recent months, and some of their campaigns are accomplishing their goals — as when Google canceled its Pentagon AI drone project.

From the scene:

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Exclusive: White House meeting with members of Problem Solvers Caucus

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus discuss the COVID-19 relief bill in December. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Top White House officials will meet Wednesday with a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers as the administration tries to enlist moderates to support the president's infrastructure proposal.

Why it matters: The meeting is something of an olive branch after President Biden's team courted groups of progressives to back the $2.2 trillion package.

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The new vaccine threat is fear itself

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The FDA’s decision to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine has set off a chain reaction of fear — about the safety of the vaccine, and about whether the FDA is overreacting — that's causing unnecessary drama just as the vaccine effort is finally picking up speed.

The big picture: Throughout the pandemic, the public and the media, and sometimes even regulators, have struggled to keep risks in perspective — to acknowledge them without exaggerating them, and to avoid downplaying them because other people will exaggerate them.

Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase heads to Wall Street

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Coinbase, the country's largest cryptocurrency exchange, is expected to go public today at what could be a valuation north of $100 billion.

Why it matters: This gives crypto a Wall Street seal of legitimacy, after an early existence marred by ties to illicit goods.