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White House Pushing Automakers To Support 40% Electric Vehicle Target for 2030

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The White House has told U.S. automakers it wants them to back a voluntary target of at least 40% of new vehicles sales being electric by 2030 as it works to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, sources briefed on the matter said.

The discussions with U.S. automakers on electric vehicle (EV) targets come as the Biden administration is set as early as next week to roll out its proposed revisions to vehicle emissions standards through 2026.


White House Says Canceled AON-Willis Towers Watson Deal Shows 'Robust Enforcement' of Antitrust Laws

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The White House on Tuesday praised the Justice Department's successful effort to stop a $30 billion deal that would have created the world's biggest insurance broker, saying the agency's work was "robust enforcement of the antitrust laws."

Aon Plc and Willis Towers Watson Plc called off their merger on Monday, saying U.S. regulators' objections created unacceptable delay and uncertainty. The Justice Department had filed a lawsuit to stop it.


White House and Senators Scrambling To Salvage Infrastructure Deal

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Time running short, senators and the White House are working furiously to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden’s top priority.

Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, several issues are still unresolved over the nearly $1 trillion package. Spending on public transit remains in question and a new dispute flared over the regulation of broadband access. Patience was running thin Tuesday as senators accused one another of shifting the debate and picking fights over issues that had already been resolved.


White House Says Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Will Eliminate All Lead Pipes and Service Lines in US

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The proposed bipartisan infrastructure agreement reached last week in Washington includes funding to remove and replace millions of lead pipes and service lines across the US.

According to the White House, $55 billion would go toward water infrastructure, which would encompass eliminating lead pipes and service lines that continue to serve an estimated six to 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and child care facilities.


Uber and Lyft launch COVID-19 Vaccine Ride Programs in White House Partnership

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Uber Technologies Inc and rival Lyft Inc on Monday launched COVID-19 vaccine ride programs in partnership with the White House, offering Americans free rides or discounts for their trips to and from a vaccination site.

Customers who have booked a vaccine appointment can request a ride through the Uber app and either incur no charges if the trip costs less than $25, or receive a $25 discount for their journey, the company said.


White House Blasts Joe Rogan for Discouraging COVID-19 Vaccine on Podcast

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Top White House officials blasted comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan on Wednesday after he advised his younger listeners against getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

During an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, called Rogan’s comments “incorrect” and explained why he takes issue with the remarks made.


President Biden Holds First News Conference; Hints at Changes to Senate Rules in Order To Push Agenda

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President Joe Biden at his first news conference Thursday left the door open to backing fundamental changes in Senate procedure to muscle key parts of his agenda like immigration and voting rights past Republican opposition “if there’s complete lockdown and chaos.”

Even as his administration navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic damage, Biden is grappling with how to deliver on a host of big promises despite a razor-thin Senate majority. He teased that changes to Senate rules that would allow bills to pass with fewer votes may be necessary for him to achieve some of those goals.


White House COVID-19 Briefings Resume; Projecting 90,000 More American Deaths in Next 4 Weeks

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The Biden administration launched its new level-with-America health briefings Wednesday with a projection that as many as 90,000 more in the U.S. will die from the coronavirus in the next four weeks — a sobering warning as the government strains to improve delivery and injection of vaccines.

The tone of the hourlong briefing was in line with President Joe Biden’s promise to be straight with the nation about the state of the outbreak that has already claimed more than 425,000 U.S. lives. It marked a sharp contrast to what had become the Trump show in the past administration, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation.


Dr. Anthony Fauci Says It's 'Liberating' To Be Supported by White House

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is back.

In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again.

He called it “liberating” Thursday to be backed by a science-friendly administration that has embraced his recommendations to battle COVID-19.


Biden White House Pledges Respect for Free Press, Truth and Transparency

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s press secretary held her first news conference on Wednesday, seven hours after Biden’s inauguration, vowing to bring truth and transparency back to government.

Jen Psaki, who served as the chief spokeswoman at the State Department under former President Barack Obama, told reporters she had a “deep respect for the role of a free and independent press in our democracy.”

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