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2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden launched his campaign inside a union hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday with an appeal to the blue collar workers who helped hand Trump his electoral college victory in 2016.

"There are three basic reasons why I am running for president of the United States. First, to restore the soul of the nation. The second is to rebuild the backbone of the nation. And the third is to unify this nation. We always do better when we act as one America."

The big picture: On the heels of this morning's attacks by President Trump over earning the endorsement of the nation's largest firefighter's union, Biden told a largely white crowd: "I make no apologies. I am a union man." Biden used the rally to endorse a $15 minimum wage, call for free community college and the prohibition of "non-compete" agreements for low-wage workers, and advocate for a public option instead of Medicare for All.

Other highlights:

  • In striking a pro-labor tone, Biden took aim at Trump's economic policies and vowed to roll back the Republican tax cuts.
  • He lauded organized labor and berated Wall Street leaders and companies that used the Trump tax cuts to purchase their stocks.
  • "The country wasn't built by Wall Street bankers, CEOs and  hedge fund managers. It was built by you. It was built by the great American middle class. And America, America middle class was built by unions, by you. The stock market is roaring, but you don't feel it," Biden said.
  • The former vice president also sought to appeal for a more hopeful and inclusive vision of America, saying: "The only thing that stands in our way is our broken system that's continually being undermined by our president. Donald Trump is the only president who's decided not to represent the whole country. The president has his base. We need a president that works for all Americans."

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about 2020 candidate Joe Biden

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Neera Tanden withdraws nomination for Office of Management and Budget director

Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s decision to pull her nomination marks Biden's first setback in filling out his Cabinet with a thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

What's ahead for the newest female CEOs

Jane Fraser (L) and Rosalind Brewer. Photos: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images; Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The number of women at the helm of America’s biggest companies pales in comparison to men, but is newly growing — and their tasks are huge.

What's going on: Jane Fraser took over at Citigroup this week, the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. bank. Rosalind Brewer will take the reins at Walgreens in the coming weeks (March 15) — a company that's been run by white men for more than a century.

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Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million adults by end of May

President Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.

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