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Infrastructure: Here’s how far apart the White House and Senate GOP are right now

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The two sides are a lot closer than when they started — but remain billions of dollars apart. Biden met Wednesday with Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, an exchange the White House described as “constructive and frank,” and Republicans are expected to make another counteroffer on Friday.
With only a narrow majority in the Senate, Biden would need votes from key moderates in his party, like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to push through a deal with Democratic votes alone. Manchin has said he wants his party leaders to seriously engage with Republicans and agree on a bipartisan bill.
Biden’s original plan would have cost an estimated $2.25 trillion. He offered this week to bring his price tag down to $1 trillion but wants to ensure it amounts to new funding — not money redirected from spending already approved by Congress as Senate Republicans have been demanding.
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Neera Tanden joins White House as a senior adviser after withdrawing Cabinet nomination

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A longtime health policy expert, Tanden will begin planning for potential policy changes that could result from the forthcoming US Supreme Court decision on Republican legal efforts to strike down the Affordable Care Act. She worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration as the act was designed and implemented.

Among other duties, the official said, Tanden will also launch a review of the US Digital Service. The service is charged with solving the federal government’s information technology and online security issues, recruiting technologists for tours of service akin to the Peace Corps.
The US Digital Service, which is housed within the Executive Office of the President, was launched after the crash of the Healthcare.gov website in 2013. Since the start of the pandemic, it has worked on a number of coronavirus-related projects for agencies across the federal government.

Last month, the service’s administrator, Matt Cutts, departed the position.

Biden originally
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White House Facts

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White House Facts


For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of
the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its
history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President
George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that
the federal government would reside in a district “not exceeding ten miles
square…on the river Potomac.” President Washington, together with city
planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is
now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As preparations began for the new federal city, a
competition was held to find a builder of the “President’s House.” Nine
proposals were submitted, and Irish-born architect James Hoban won a gold medal
for his practical and handsome design.

Construction began when the first cornerstone was laid in October of
1792. Although President Washington oversaw the construction of the house, he

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White House, TN – White House, Tennessee Map & Directions

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White House is a city in Robertson and Sumner counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 7,220 at the 2000 census. According to the city website a special census was conducted in 2008 that placed the city population at 9,891 residents, with 3,587 households within the city limits. White House is currently experiencing rapid growth in both population and community development. Consequently, it has one of the fastest prospering economies in Tennessee. The town’s current mayor is John Decker.
The area that is now White House was purchased around 1828 by Richard Stone Wilks, a settler from Virginia. A trail running from Kentucky to Nashville, originally created by buffalo and Native Americans, cut through the area. This trail was originally known as the Louisville & Nashville Turnpike during the mid-19th century. In 1928, the trail was renamed US Highway 31W.
In the mid-19th century, the Carter, Thomas,

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White House drops Interior nominee after Murkowski objects | PA Power and Policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is withdrawing its planned nomination of Elizabeth Klein to become deputy secretary at the Interior Department amid opposition from Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Klein, who worked at Interior during the Obama administration, was among five women named by then-President-elect Joe Biden to serve as deputy Interior secretaries. But she was never formally nominated and now won’t be, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

Klein’s withdrawal was first reported by Politico.

Instead, Biden is expected to name Tommy Beaudreau, another former Obama-era Interior official, to be deputy secretary, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about a nomination that has not occurred.

Beaudreau is a former Interior Department chief of staff and served as the first-ever director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency created after

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A new White House under Biden: Discipline, diversity, dogs and social distancing

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  • Changes at the White House are evident since US President Joe Biden took office, in stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump.
  • From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, Biden’s steady style marks an abrupt change from the bombast and volatility under Trump.
  • Dogs are back on the South Lawn. Regular media briefings, with follow-up questions and data-driven answers, have returned.

WASHINGTON – On the morning of 20 January, hours before Joe Biden arrived at the White House as the 46th US president, a clear plexiglass shield was erected at the guard’s desk at the entrance to the West Wing housing the executive offices.

It was a small but noticeable sign that things were changing: Covid-19 protections missing during Donald Trump’s last year in office would be a regular part of White House life in the Biden administration.

From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, the

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FuelCell Energy Earnings Mixed But CEO Upbeat On Biden White House

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Wells Fargo: These 2 Stocks Could Climb at Least 30%

After January’s sell-off, February’s first week of trading saw the stock market firmly back in bull mode. All 3 major indexes closed off the week at or at touching distance from all-time highs, as the market reacted favorably to the latest job data and the Democrats’ decision to move forward with a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. So, where is the market heading next? Investment firm Wells Fargo sees long-term appreciation ahead for the stock markets. Attempting to peer into the future, Wells Fargo’s senior global equity strategist Scott Wren says, “Playing into our expectation for a meaningful bounce back from the pandemic-induced contraction of last year are factors we have discussed in the past and we believe will continue to be the drivers this year. Positive vaccine news, easy money policies being pursued by the Federal Reserve, and additional

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White House coronavirus task force warns some Covid-19 strains ‘may have evolved into a more transmissible virus’

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“This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring and summer surges. This acceleration and the epidemiologic data suggest the possibility that some strains of the US COVID-19 virus may have evolved into a more transmissible virus,” reports sent to states dated January 10 and obtained by CNN said.

The report continued, “Given that possibility, and the presence of the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmissible, we must be ready for and mitigate a much more rapid transmission.”

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shot down an item included in the January 3 task force state reports that suggested there was a homegrown “USA variant” of coronavirus, a misperception that began on a call with governors, an administration official told CNN.

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LeBron James says ‘it would be great’ for LA Lakers to visit the White House

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It had become a tradition for the reigning champion to visit the US president in the season following its triumph, albeit one that’s taken a brief hiatus during Donald Trump’s time in office.

James’ Cleveland Cavaliers were the last team to fulfill the tradition when the players met Barack Obama in 2016 but the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors both since declined invites to meet Trump.

In 2018, the Warriors decided instead to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in lieu of the traditional White House trip.

However, following the Lakers’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, James said he would be happy to meet Joe Biden’s new administration but questioned whether current health and safety regulations would allow it.

The Lakers would have the possibility to visit the White House when it plays the Washington Wizards in the second half of the

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White House willing to cut a stimulus deal without ‘liability shield,’ breaking with McConnell

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One of the people familiar with the administration’s thinking said the measure was “considered important but not absolutely essential.”

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Friday that the liability shield was McConnell’s priority but that Trump wanted unemployment insurance extended.

“That’s a question for Mitch McConnell … that’s his priority,” McEnany said, when asked if the administration would insist on a liability shield. “This president is very keenly focused on unemployment insurance.”

The dealmaking flexibility conflicts with the ultimatum McConnell has given Democrats that any congressional stimulus package must make it significantly harder for workers and customers to sue employers and businesses for damages related to the coronavirus.

McConnell has said he will not bring up legislation for a vote in the Senate if it does not include the liability measure. “We’re not negotiating over liability protection,” McConnell told CNBC on Tuesday. “We’re not negotiating with Democrats over

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