Harriet Tubman will finally replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill

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“It’s important that our money reflect the history and diversity of our country,” President Biden’s press secretary said. Nearly five years after an initiative to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill was introduced, White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters in a briefing Monday that the Biden administration is “ exploring ways to speed up the process ” that was stopped during President Trump’s tenure. Read Full Story

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Decision Desk HQ calls the presidential race for Joe Biden

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The upstart election data firm is the first to call Pennsylvania, and therefore the presidency, for Joe Biden. The four-year old election data firm Decision Desk HQ, which competes with the Associated Press and network news desks to call races on election night (and beyond), has beat its better-known rivals to make the call for Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. Read Full Story

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Stimulus update: What can Joe Biden do to push second checks and extra unemployment before 2021?

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Short answer: He can set the right tone but not much else. A cliff lies ahead for millions of Americans six weeks from now, when a raft of emergency pandemic aid expires, including the 13-week extension of unemployment insurance, student loan forbearances, and eviction moratoriums. But! Unlike the previous eight months of congressional deadlock on a second stimulus bill, a new president-elect is now on the scene. Can Joe Biden do anything before he’s sworn in on January 20? Short answer: no. Read Full Story

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Stimulus check 3: Here’s what happens next now that the Senate finally approved COVID-19 relief

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$1,400 stimulus checks could be sent out as soon as Friday, provided this one thing happens first. Over the weekend, the Senate passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The passage of the bill was split along party lines with all Democrats voting in favor of it and all Republicans voting against it. Included in the bill is the third round of economic impact payments and other measures to get funds to struggling Americans, including: Read Full Story

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What John Kerry has planned as Biden’s climate envoy

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At a conversation with Al Gore to mark the U.S. returning to the Paris Climate agreement, the former Secretary of State and new climate envoy discussed how the U.S. can regain the trust of the global climate community. It’s now been 30 days since President Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which means the U.S. is formally back in the global effort. But while there is important symbolism in that action, it’s only the beginning of the climate work Biden’s administration must do. John Kerry, who first signed the country into that agreement as Secretary of State in 2016, is now tasked with convincing the rest of the world that the U.S. can be trusted as a leader in this space as Biden’s climate envoy. Read Full Story

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If Biden wins, corporate purpose will face a higher bar

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It’s easy to take a stand against an unpopular president. But in a different environment, companies will have to go further to get credit for living their values. When Joe Biden rolled out his economic plan last month, he said the old idea that corporations only exist to deliver profits to shareholders and nothing else is “an absolute farce.” Companies also have a responsibility to their workers and our country. It’s a signal that the debate over “corporate purpose” is headed toward a crossroads this November. Read Full Story

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How big will my third stimulus check be? This calculator tells you

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The biggest stimulus check yet is coming thanks to President Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill. Use this calculator to see how much yours will be. Over the weekend the Senate finally passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, better known as the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. While the bill provides for many things to help Americans weather the ongoing pandemic, the most anticipated for many Americans is the third stimulus check. Read Full Story

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