Semiconductor Makers Push Congress for New Funding

American semiconductor giants are pressing Congress to pass legislation that would provide $52 billion for their industry, warning that they may otherwise relocate overseas.

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Biden to Begin New Asia-Pacific Economic Bloc With a Dozen Allies

The goal is a resurgence in U.S. influence in the region, especially vis-à-vis China, after Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Solar Industry ‘Frozen’ As Biden Administration Investigates China

More than 300 solar projects in the United States have been canceled or delayed in recent weeks because of an investigation by the Commerce Department.

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Coronavirus Cases Among Boldface Names Have Washington Feeling Uneasy

A spate of positive coronavirus tests among top officials is a reminder that, even amid an attempt to pivot away from strict restrictions, the pandemic is not over.

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

The announcement from the Justice Department came after Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, and Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts announced their own positive tests.

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U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia

To try to halt the war in Ukraine, the U.S. and its allies have imposed the most sweeping export controls seen in decades on Russia. Now they have to enforce them.

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Chinese companies that aid Russia could face U.S. repercussions, commerce secretary warns.

Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, said the U.S. could take “devastating” action against Chinese companies that defy Russian sanctions.

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Commerce Department Survey Uncovers ‘Alarming’ Chip Shortages

Increased demand for the semiconductors that power cars, electronics and electrical grids have stoked inflation and could cause more factory shutdowns in the United States.

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U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China’s Repression of Minorities

The Commerce and Treasury Departments put new restrictions on an array of companies and institutions that they said were misusing biotechnology.

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Commerce Dept. Will Shutter Unit That Conducted Rogue Investigations

An internal inquiry found that the office improperly opened investigations and overstepped its legal authority, but stopped short of attributing the problems to racial or ethnic bias.

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Biden’s Infrastructure Sales Force Knows Its Potholes and Bridges

Five cabinet members, all former mayors or governors and therefore experts in infrastructure fights, are fanning out across America and Capitol Hill to try to sell the president’s rebuilding plan.

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Biden Gains Two Key Economic Advisers

The Senate confirmed Gina Raimondo as President Biden’s commerce secretary and Cecilia Rouse as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers.

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What Can We Learn From Where the Schools Stayed Open?

As districts across the country wrestle with when to return to in-person instruction, the story of Providence, R.I., offers a lesson in what it takes to do so.

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As Senate Weighs Biden’s Commerce Pick, Here’s What to Watch

A Senate committee will question Gina M. Raimondo, President Biden’s pick for commerce secretary, at a hearing Tuesday morning.

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Providence Kept Classrooms Open, and the Students Came Back

Unlike in many Northeastern cities, a majority of families in Rhode Island’s capital have sent their children back to school.

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Biden Selects Heads of Labor, Commerce and Small Business Agencies

With his victory secured, the president-elect is moving to fill out his economic team.

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Biden Picks Rhode Island Governor for Commerce Secretary

The incoming administration will select Gina M. Raimondo, a moderate Democrat, to guide a sprawling department critical to business and technology.

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Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First

New York City became the highest-profile example when Mayor de Blasio said elementary schools would reopen starting Dec. 7.

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Who’s in the Running to Be Joe Biden’s Vice President?

Here are 12 women who are under serious consideration by Mr. Biden, and why each might be chosen — and might not be.

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

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America Shouldn’t Have to Play by New York Rules

A national lockdown is bad medicine and worse politics.

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