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2019 Ford Edge. Photo: Ford

This week my snowy driveway is brightened by a ruby red metallic Ford Edge Titanium midsize crossover utility.

What's new: The 2019 Edge now comes with Ford's 250-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, and a new 8-speed transmission.

  • The optional all-wheel drive system uses AI to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between 2-wheel and all-wheel drive for improved fuel economy when extra traction is not needed.

Safety stuff: Like Honda and Toyota, Ford has decided to make advanced safety features standard on many of its models.

  • The Edge is the first to get Ford's new Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features.
  • That includes tech that can automatically apply the brakes if you don't respond in time and can nudge you back into your lane if you drift.
  • It can also identify and steer into parallel and perpendicular parking spots.
  • An optional Assist+ package adds adaptive cruise control and lane centering, which allows you to take your hands off the wheel for up to 10 seconds.
  • Its new Evasive Steering Assist feature will even bolster your defensive steering maneuvers to ensure you react appropriately.

The bottom line: It's an impressive list of safety technology in a mainstream brand vehicle that costs between $31,000 and $45,000.

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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 federal government'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.

Senate confirms Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Antony Blinken. Photo: Alex Edelman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate voted 78-22 on Tuesday to confirm Antony Blinken as secretary of state.

Why it matters: Blinken, a longtime adviser to President Biden, will lead the administration's diplomatic efforts to re-engage with the world after four years of former President Trump's "America first" policy.

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Former Google CEO and others call for U.S.-China tech "bifurcation"

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A new set of proposals by a group of influential D.C. insiders and tech industry practitioners calling for a degree of "bifurcation" in the U.S. and Chinese tech sectors is circulating in the Biden administration. Axios has obtained a copy.

Why it matters: The idea of "decoupling" certain sectors of the U.S. and Chinese economies felt radical three years ago, when Trump's trade war brought the term into common parlance. But now the strategy has growing bipartisan and even industry support.