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Former Vice President Joe Biden is planning a 2020 campaign launch schedule for the next month bookended by events in Pennsylvania — with visits to key early-voting states in between.

The big picture: Biden's Pittsburgh and Philadelphia events, set to take place on Monday and May 18, respectively, will be specifically dedicated to what he's calling "the core values of his campaign" — "reclaiming the soul of the nation, rebuilding the middle class, the backbone of America and uniting Americans."

The schedule

April 29: Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • This kickoff event will highlight Biden's "vision for rebuilding America’s middle class."

April 30: Iowa

May 1: Iowa

May 4: South Carolina

May 5: South Carolina

May 7: Nevada

May 8: California

May 9: California

May 13: New Hampshire

May 14: New Hampshire

May 18: Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Biden's rollout schedule will conclude with a rally where he plans to "lay out his vision for unifying America with respected leadership on the world stage — and dignified leadership at home."

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Joe Biden

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The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

2 hours ago - Health

Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot."

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.