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Amtrak has failed to stop and spot hundreds of its employees, including the most "safety-sensitive" workers, for drug and alcohol use as required by federal regulations, according to a new report released Thursday by the passenger train system’s inspector general, per the WSJ.

Details: The company vowed to tighten its screening processes following a deadly crash in 2016. But the inspector general’s report stated: "Maintaining an effective drug and alcohol program has been a longstanding challenge for the company." Records and anonymous medical claims data was evaluated for nearly 6,200 safety-sensitive workers from 2014–2016.

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.