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President Biden speaks at the White House during a virtual event with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden plans to host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House next week, according to people familiar with the preparations.

Why it matters: Rewarding Johnson with a White House visit is another indication that the two leaders plan to work collaboratively on COVID-19, China and climate change.

  • The meeting, scheduled for early next week, will be part of a busy week of diplomacy for Biden as he also prepares to host a COVID-19 summit on the sidelines of the United Nations' annual gathering.
  • Biden also is to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan on Sept. 24 at the White House for a meeting of the so-called Quad alliance.

The big picture: Biden and Johnson worked closely at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June to convince other countries to adopt a unified approach to countering China's rising global influence. They're also working in close concert to prepare the climate summit in Glasgow in November.

  • Earlier today, Biden held a virtual meeting with Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce a new partnership to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

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Biden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy

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President Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he underwent a routine colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday, according to the White House.

Why it matters: The move made Harris the first woman to hold presidential power in U.S. history.

Biden's pick to lead major banking regulator drops out

Saule Omarova, nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, at a confirmation hearing on Nov. 18. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden's pick to head one of the country's most powerful banking regulators is dropping out of consideration for the post, according to a statement from Biden that accepted the withdrawal.

Why it matters: Saule Omarova, nominated to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, faced a tough path to confirmation — with opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.

Why it matters: It's the latest setback in the Biden administration's rollout of COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Federal judges in two states temporarily barred the administration from enforcing mandates for millions of workers last week.