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First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce
First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce

The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers.

Updated Oct 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy
First look: White House seeks to coordinate debt-ceiling message

The Biden team wants Democrats to note nearly 30% of debt came from President Trump.

Sep 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Exclusive: Biden opposes a presidential commission for Jan. 6

His stance puts the ball in Pelosi's court.

Jun 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy
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

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10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Inside Ron Klain’s message to progressives

Ron Klain attends a Cabinet meeting last July. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told allies and staff during a conference call Wednesday night President Biden wants to include funding for child and elder care in any revised Build Back Better agenda, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Klain’s comments came after his boss failed to mention those two priorities during his earlier news conference, while explaining how he planned to revive his agenda and pass it in “chunks” in the face of concerted opposition.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
20 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Splitting up Biden's Build Back Better package could save Dems' climate agenda

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Getty Images photo: Win McNamee

President Biden's attempt to salvage his faltering clean energy and social spending plan could bring new efforts to revive climate-related measures separately or within a slimmed-down package.

Driving the news: Biden on Wednesday publicly endorsed the prospect of splitting up the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan. Biden suggested there's agreement possible on the roughly $550 billion in climate and provisions.

Mike Allen, author of AM
23 hours ago - Politics & Policy

First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today

President Biden's Presidential Inaugural Committee will mark his first anniversary in office by blanketing today's airwaves — from breakfast to evening news to prime time — with a video promoting a recovering, resilient America.

  • The video is narrated by Tom Hanks, who was part of Biden inaugural festivities, and features cameos by everyday Americans — a UPS driver, a Teamster from Michigan and a bed-and-breakfast owner in Wisconsin.

Scoop: Jill Biden expands communications team ahead of midterms

First lady Jill Biden visits a vaccination clinic in Washington in November. Photo: Rich Kessler/NBAE via Getty Images

Jill Biden is expanding her communications team in anticipation of increased demand for the first lady ahead of this fall's midterm elections, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: First ladies are often more popular than their husbands and become valuable surrogates during elections. Kelsey Donohue, who worked as an assistant press secretary for first lady Michelle Obama, will join the three-person communications team.

Jan 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden’s sense of reality is undercutting his own power

President Biden checked his watch as his news conference went into overtime on Wednesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Over nearly two hours on Wednesday, President Biden admitted the GOP has effectively blocked his agenda, Vladimir Putin can invade Ukraine with impunity and the coronavirus moves faster than the public health apparatus.

Why it matters: A big part of any president's mystique and leverage comes from the perception of the power they wield. Biden gave himself high marks on nearly every issue during his news conference, but he also gave his allies and adversaries — not to mention his staff — plenty to address during the next 24 hours.

Scoop: White House eyes vaccine mandate for migrants

A migrant receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Mexico before continuing to the U.S. border. Photo: Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images

The White House is considering requiring migrants aged 5 and older to receive a coronavirus vaccination as a condition for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to await court hearings, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has been offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people in immigration detention centers or shelters but hasn't yet offered it to other migrants who've crossed the border — much less required it.

Highlights from Biden's marathon 2-hour press conference

President Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 19. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday marked the end of his first year in office with a marathon press conference from the White House East Room, during which he defended his record in office and made headlines on several fronts.

Why it matters: It was only Biden's second solo presser while in office. The president said he would support splitting his flagship budget bill, the Build Back Better Act, to pass it in increments. He also called on the Federal Reserve to do more against inflation, and predicted that Russia will invade Ukraine.

Biden on midterms: "I think it could easily be illegitimate"

President Biden on Wednesday declined to say if the upcoming election would be fair and legitimate without voting rights reform.

Why it matters: Biden previously called Republicans' voting restrictions as an attack on democracy and emphasized that the forces behind the Jan. 6 insurrection could rise up again if voting rights legislation remains blocked.

Jan 19, 2022 - Health

Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing

President Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. should have done more COVID-19 testing earlier on during his first year in office.

Why it matters: The administration has faced criticism for the timing of the free tests that it distributed. A widespread shortage impacted millions across the country during the holidays as Omicron cases surged.

Jan 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden holding far fewer press conferences than his predecessors

President Biden has held fewer news conferences during his first year in office than his recent predecessors, according to data compiled by the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Why it matters: Solo news conferences present an opportunity — and a risk — for presidents to defend their actions, parry with reporters and talk directly to the American people. The one Biden is holding at 4 pm Wednesday will be just the 10th of his presidency.

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