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President Trump used part of his State of the Union address Tuesday to call for Congress to pass infrastructure legislation that supports "investments in the cutting edge industries of the future."

The bigger picture: The brief reference — in a speech dominated by both nods to bipartisanship and deeply conservative immigration rhetoric — reflects a White House interest in areas like artificial intelligence, quantum computing and 5G wireless.

What he said:

  • Trump said that "I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future."
  • He also said that China had spent years "stealing our intellectual property," a perennial tech concern.

But, but, but: It was a nod, not an agenda.

Go deeper: Full Axios State of the Union coverage

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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