Biden’s big unveil

President Joe Biden appears to just be starting his effort to remake social welfare programs and the U.S. government. During his first prime time address before a joint session of Congress, the Democrat will unveil a sweeping $1.8 trillion plan to expand education and child care. The massive proposal—which if passed by lawmakers would do everything from making community college free to create a national family leave program—would be paid for in part by the largest tax increase on the rich in decades. It’s the third major overhaul proposed by Biden since taking office in January and may not need any Republican support to become law. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s big speechMargaret Sutherlin

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The Fed sounded a little stronger on the prospects of a U.S. recovery during its April policy meeting thanks to vaccines and fiscal support. The central bank left rates near zero and asset purchases at $120 billion a month as Chair Jerome Powell weighed in on the Archegos fallout. Stocks fell and bonds rose. Here’s your markets wrap.

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of the former lawyer for Donald Trump.

New global coronavirus cases rose for the ninth consecutive week, by a record 5.7 million, as a 52% surge in India outweighed declines in most regions, the World Health Organization said. Companies around the world are stepping in to help ease the crisis, as India’s death toll surpassed 200,000. The crisis has also spurred louder criticism of vaccine hoarding by rich nations, just as the U.K. bought 60 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. Here’s the latest on the pandemic

 

A patient breathes with the help of oxygen in a tent in Ghaziabad, India.

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A cheerleader’s profanity laced Snapchat rant was the focus of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on free speech. The case, which could produce the biggest school-speech ruling in decades, marks the first time the court has considered the intersection of social media and the First Amendment rights of students

Here are some things with a total market value in the neighborhood of $40 billion: companies such as Prudential Financial, Carrier and at just a few billion less, Southwest Airlines. Or, for a recent price of about 30 cents each, the supply of Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency that started as a joke in 2013. Here’s why people can’t get enough of the Shiba Inu themed coin.

The golden Dogecoin

Photographer: Panther Media GmbH/Alamy

After a number of false starts, corporate America is finally bringing workers back to the office. Exxon Mobil and JPMorgan are the latest to announce reopening plans. Google, meanwhile, is saving about $1 billion a year with workers staying home.  

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces mounting scrutiny over his integrity and conduct as a series of scandals over what the opposition has dubbed “sleaze” engulf his government. Here’s the full story on the Tory’s troubles. 

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America Needs a New Fix for Air Pollution

Air pollution disproportionately affects communities of color in the U.S.—which has been known for decades. A new study shows that not only is this true across income levels, states and urban and rural environments, but it’s also true regardless of the type of pollution, suggesting traditional mitigation methods may not be enough to fix the problem

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