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President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan on March 11. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The day after the fragile passage of President Biden's infrastructure bill, House leaders were already working on Part Deux: passing the bigger social-safety-net bill two weeks from now — the week before Thanksgiving.

The intrigue: I'm told lawmakers are angling for invitations to the infrastructure signing ceremony even before the date has been announced — each making the case for why they were a vital part of closing the deal.

  • Biden wants to sign the bill as soon as possible. But the House is out this week, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to lead a delegation to the climate summit in Scotland.
  • Biden said Saturday that he'll include Republicans: "Vice President Harris and I look forward to having a formal signing ceremony for this bipartisan infrastructure soon. ... I'm not doing it this weekend because I want people who worked so hard to get this done — Democrats and Republicans — to be here when we sign it."

Taking questions yesterday, Biden promised Americans will see the infrastructure bill's effects "probably starting within the next two to three months."

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Nov 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden's Fed pick puts progressives on notice

Powell and Biden. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden's nomination of Jerome Powell for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve shows Biden's willingness to stare down progressives to get his cherished Build Back Better legislation through the Senate and into law.

Why it matters: Inflation is threatening Biden’s $2 trillion social spending and climate package, and Biden wants to save his political capital with moderates for that fight.

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Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.

Travel bans upend holiday plans amid new virus fears

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Just when it seemed safe to travel overseas again, along comes Omicron.

Why it matters: The emergence of the new coronavirus variant couldn't come at a worse time, just weeks before millions of people are expected to travel for the holidays to reunite with loved ones they've missed during the pandemic.