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Biden finalizes full slate of Cabinet secretaries

Biden has selected 10 men and 5 women as Cabinet secretaries.

Updated Jan 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Biden's Day 1 challenges: The immigration reset

He wants to reverse course on Trump's immigration crackdown, but nothing about it will be simple.

Nov 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Biden's Day 1 challenges: Systemic racism

The expectations are high, but his powers may be limited.

Nov 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Biden's Day 1 challenges: Climate change

He'll reverse Trump's environmental rollbacks, but he can't achieve his biggest goals without Congress.

Nov 16, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Biden's Day 1: Stimulus stall

He's almost certain to inherit the stalemate when he takes office.

Nov 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Biden's Day 1 challenges: The coronavirus

It gets worse every day, making it harder for a new administration to solve.

Nov 12, 2020 - Health

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16 hours ago - Economy & Business

The polarizing jobs report

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Friday morning's dismal jobs report only goes to prove whatever people already believed about government policy.

The big picture: Democrats and progressives are convinced that the weak pace of job growth only serves to underscore the necessity of massive government spending to boost the economy.

Justice Department proposes rule to crack down on "ghost guns"

"Ghost guns" that were secured by the DC Metropolitan Police Department are on display during a press conference. Photo: Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Department of Justice released a proposed rule Friday that would broaden the definition of "firearm" and require some gun-making kits to include serial numbers.

The big picture: President Biden last month unveiled a series of executive actions on guns, including directing the DOJ to propose a rule to crack down on the proliferation of "ghost guns," which are untraceable firearms assembled from kits.

21 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden: Disappointing jobs report shows recovery is a "marathon," not a "sprint"

President Biden said Friday that the disappointing April jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added just 266,000 jobs last month, underscores the importance of the COVID-19 relief package and his other proposed spending plans.

Why it matters: Economists had expected a gain of around 1 million jobs last month, making this the biggest payrolls miss, relative to expectations, in decades.

What to watch in AMLO's meeting with Harris

Three Mexico national guardsmen stand in front of the metro overpass that collapsed onto a busy highway. Photo: Julián Lopez/ Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Joint efforts to stem the increased number of migrants heading to the U.S. will likely be at the top of discussions when Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hold their virtual meeting on Friday.

The big picture: The U.S. government has consistently asked its southern neighbor to prevent immigrants from reaching the border, mostly through threats like former President Trump’s talk of tariffs.

Social media's "in-kind contribution to Biden"

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Facebook's continued suspension of Donald Trump's account extends the silencing of Joe Biden's most potent critic — and the current president's control over the national political narrative into his second 100 days.

Why it matters: Biden has been able to successfully focus on COVID-19 relief, his infrastructure plan and fielding his new administration, in part, because Trump hasn't been able to shake his social media muzzle and bray about the migration crisis or any White House misstep.

May 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden's plan to work with — or bail on — the GOP

President Biden, after remarks on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden plans to test Republicans’ appetite to pay for any part of his proposed $4.1 trillion in infrastructure and social spending before deciding whether to pursue one big tax-and-spend package or two smaller ones, Axios has learned.

Driving the news: Biden is wary of boxing himself in, since it would dictate whether he seeks a bipartisan or all-Democratic approach. He told reporters on Wednesday, "I'm willing to compromise. But I'm not willing to not pay for what we're talking about. I'm not willing to deficit-spend."

Updated May 5, 2021 - Health

Federal judge overturns CDC's eviction moratorium

Maricopa County constable Lenny McCloskey speaks with a renter after evicting her from a hotel for non-payment on October 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge's decision to vacate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's temporary federal eviction moratorium, which had been extended multiple times since being enacted by the Trump administration last fall.

Why it matters: The nationwide halt on most evictions due to the pandemic was seen as a temporary fix for millions of renters put at risk of losing their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

By the numbers: Faith breakdown of presidential support

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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Just 23% of white evangelicals approve of President Biden's work in office, after staunchly supporting President Trump throughout his presidency, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.

By the numbers: On the other side, Biden has overwhelming support from those who are atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated with religion.

Biden to raise refugee cap to 62,500

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President Biden will raise the cap on refugees to 62,500 this fiscal year, he announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes after a wave of outrage over his initial decision to keep the Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 admissions in place.

May 2, 2021 - World

Israeli official: Biden told Mossad director U.S. isn't close to returning to Iran deal

Biden met with Mossad director Yossi Cohen on Friday, per a senior Israeli official. Photos: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images; HEIDI LEVINE/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the director of Israel's foreign intelligence service, Yossi Cohen, on Friday that the U.S. has a long way to go in talks with Iran before it agrees a return to full compliance of the 2015 nuclear deal, per a senior Israeli official briefed on the talks.

State of play: Cohen, who has been director of the Mossad since 2016, laid out Israel’s position on the issue, telling Biden it would be a mistake for the U.S. to return to the deal without improving it first. Biden assured Cohen that the U.S. will continue to seek Israel's input in the future.

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