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President Joe Biden is set to deliver a $1.8 trillion plan for families, workers and students as he marks nearly 100 days in office with a joint speech to Congress.
Here’s more on that and everything we’re watching this Wednesday morning.
Biden’s $1.8 trillion plan: Raise taxes on the wealthy to fund free preschool and community college
President Joe Biden will announce an approximately $1.8 trillion plan to invest in universal preschool and free community college in his first joint address to Congress tonight, as well as expanded access to child care, a senior administration official said.
The proposal, which the White House calls the American Families Plan, would also raise taxes on the wealthy to offset the cost over 15 years. It’s the second phase of Biden’s two-part push to reshape the economy, following the $2 trillion infrastructure plan he announced last month.
However, the proposal is expected to face stiff resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Biden’s speech tonight will be similar to the official State of the Union address, albeit with coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place that will limit audience size.
The 9 p.m. ET speech will be an opportunity for Biden to outline his policy priorities and accomplishments, as well as outline his vision for the country. Here’s how you can watch it.
The speech comes just two days before Biden begins his 100th day in the White House. Over the past three months, many say Biden has become the “chief comforter” of our pandemic-stricken nation as he helped the country publicly mourn those lost to Covid-19 and showed empathy for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wednesday’s Best Stories
Fatal shooting of black man by NC deputies reveals ‘enduring flaws’ in policing, experts say
The outcome of Derek Chauvin’s trial was seen as an important step in the evolution of policing. But the Fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., a black man from North Carolina, just hours after the verdict was announced, is seen by many as a major setback. “Sending Chauvin to jail doesn’t make Floyd’s family whole, it doesn’t stop a cop from pulling the trigger, and more importantly, it doesn’t change the system that’s broken,” an attorney said. New video posted on Tuesday shows the moment a SWAT-style team from the sheriff’s office arrived to arrest Brown. By Erik Ortiz | Read more
US Navy ship fires warning shots after Iranian boats approach
It was the second tense encounter at sea in less than a month, after about a year without such an incident, and it coincided with high-stakes negotiations between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program. . By Dan De Luce and Mosheh Gains | Read more
A mayor, a pastor and an adult movie star: Who’s running against California Governor Newsom
Nearly 20 years have passed since California voters recalled a governor and voted for a Republican. While political strategists warn against comparing this recall to the one that ushered movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger into the governor’s mansion, the growing list of conventional and non-traditional candidates is already capturing the public’s imagination. By Alicia Victoria Lozano | Read more
OPINION: Biden blames companies for not paying taxes, but his own state is helping them
Delaware undermines the president’s proposals by allowing companies to easily benefit from offshore tax havens. He should fix this, not raise taxes. By Joshua Jahani | Read more
Pandemic-ravaged restaurants can tap into a $29 billion subsidy program starting Monday
Some federal relief is coming for restaurant owners who have faced pandemic closures, an economic downturn, supply chain rumbles and a slow return of customers and staff. By Ben Popken | Read more
BETTER: 6 bright and tasty salads for spring
Want to make a salad that looks like a meal? Use this simple formula. By Ronnie Koenig | Read more
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An incredible thing
Few people reach 100.
Particularly few who landed on the beaches of Normandy as part of the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
World War II paratrooper Jim “Pee Wee” Martin achieved both feats. And he threw a 100th anniversary party celebrating both accomplishments.
Read the story of “Pee Wee’s Jump Fest”, an event honoring Martin and five other World War II veterans of the 101st Airborne.
And Happy Birthday Pee Wee!
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