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Tillerson dismissed the rumors of an impending 'Rexit.' Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, "I intend to be here for the whole year," when asked on CNN whether he'll stay in his role through 2018. Tillerson also said he has "never questioned" Trump's mental fitness — an issue thrust into the spotlight after journalist Michael Wolff claimed in his new book that top administration officials question the president's intelligence and mental stability.

The backdrop: An NBC report that Tillerson called Trump a moron and subsequent rumors that his relationship with Trump is strained has fueled speculation that Tillerson's job is in danger, but the Secretary of State told CNN that he has received no indication from Trump to that effect.

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More than outright destroying jobs, automation is changing employment in ways that will weigh on workers.

The big picture: Right now, we should be less worried about robots taking human jobs than people in low-skilled positions being forced to work like robots.

House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."