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Biden calls for patience with his economic agenda after weak jobs report fuels criticism

President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on May 5, 2021. (Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman)

The White House was put on the defensive on Friday after April's jobs report showed weaker-than-expected hiring, fueling criticisms of the administration's economic agenda and teeing up new battles with Republican lawmakers.

Oklahoma OKs ban on teaching 'critical race theory'

Oklahoma public school teachers will be prohibited from teaching certain concepts of race and racism under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt

Heads up! Pentagon tracking Chinese rocket booster as it falls back toward Earth

In this April 29, 2021, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province. The central rocket segment that launched the 22.5-ton core of China's newest space station into orbit is due to plunge back to Earth as early as Saturday in an unknown location. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP, File)

The U.S. Space Command is tracking a large Chinese rocket booster that is tumbling uncontrollably through space and expected to come crashing down to Earth sometime this weekend.

US employers added just 266K jobs in April as hiring slows

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, A man walks out of a Marc's Store in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. With viral cases declining, consumers spending again and more businesses easing restrictions, America's employers likely delivered another month of robust hiring in April, reinforcing the economy's steady rebound from the pandemic recession. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

America’s employers added just 266,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than in March and a sign that some businesses are struggling to find enough workers as the economic recovery strengthens

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Personal ties: Harris' family in India where COVID rages

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, villagers release firecrackers and hold placards featuring Vice President Kamala Harris after her inauguration, in Thulasendrapuram, the hometown of Harris' maternal grandfather, south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

The coronavirus crisis in India has created diplomatic and humanitarian challenges for the Biden administration

Man charged with stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco

Dr. Michelle Lee, left, a radiology resident, and Ida Chen, right, a physician assistant student, unfold a banner Lee created to display at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in New York's Chinatown. Lee, who is Korean-born, and Chen, who is American-born Chinese, join medical professionals of Asian and Pacific Island descent who feel the anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Authorities have filed attempted murder and elder abuse charges against a man who allegedly stabbed two elderly women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop

EXPLAINER: Why patents on COVID vaccines are being fought over

In this Dec. 29, 2020, file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester, Pa. The Biden administration’s call to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor parts of the world get more doses has drawn praise from some countries and health advocates. But it has run into resistance from the pharmaceutical industry and others, who say that it won’t help curb the outbreak any time soon and will hurt future innovation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

The Biden administration’s call to lift patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor parts of the world get more doses has drawn praise from some countries and health advocates

Sheriff: Girl shoots 3 at Idaho school; teacher disarms her

Police tape marks a line outside Rigby Middle School following a shooting there earlier Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Rigby, Idaho. Authorities said that two students and a custodian were injured, and a student has been taken into custody. (AP Photo/Natalie Behring)

Authorities say a sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher

Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'

Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a sweeping elections bill into law that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even though there were no signs of voter irregularities in the November presidential election

Facebook's oversight board: Watchdog or distraction?

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook's oversight board, which on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 upheld the company’s ban of former President Donald Trump, also had some harsh words for its corporate sponsor: Facebook. But critics aren't convinced this decision is a triumph of accountability, and say its actions may actually distract from more fundamental issues that Facebook seems less interested in talking about. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Facebook's oversight board, which on Wednesday upheld the company’s ban of former President Donald Trump, also had some harsh words for its corporate sponsor: Facebook

Biden commits to waiving vaccine patents, irking pharmaceutical companies

A Northwell Health registered nurses fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in the Staten Island borough of New York. The Biden administration on Wednesday  joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

Dozens of developing countries have pushed for the proposal, saying it would allow them to rapidly produce their own generic vaccines, rather than wait months or years for sufficient doses.

ANALYSIS: The effort to dump Liz Cheney is the consequence of a party that lost its way

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., awaits the arrival of President Biden for his addresses to a joint session of Congress on April 28. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The move against Cheney is a sign of political cowardice. While shocking, it is not surprising for a party that has lost its way.

SpaceX lands Starship spacecraft for the first time

It's a key milestone in the test program and a dramatic statement coming two weeks after NASA chose the vehicle to fly its astronauts to the surface of the moon

Coronavirus could be under control this summer in U.S.

The report comes as administration officials and leaders in many states are sounding more confident that the country can return to a degree of normalcy relatively soon.

Federal judge vacates CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium

Landlords and property owners have consistently challenged the CDC order, arguing the policy sets an undue financial burden on business owners.

Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo. Former President Donald Trump will find out this week whether he gets to return to Facebook. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board says it will announce its decision Wednesday, May 5 on a case concerning the former president. Trump's account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook

Garland urges Congress to bump DOJ budget by 11% to fight domestic terrorism, advance civil rights

Congress needs to increase the Justice Department’s budget by 11% next year so the feds can better address domestic terrorism, gun violence, voter discrimination and other Biden administration priorities, Attorney General Merrick Garland said...

Wind, rain pound South amid flood fears and water rescues

Residents of the Crescent at Lakeshore apartment complex are rescued by Homewood Fire and Rescue as severe weather produced torrential rainfall flooding several apartment buildings Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Homewood, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Relentless wind and rain have pummeled large swaths of the South, causing tornadoes, sparking a flash flood emergency in Alabama and damaging homes from Texas to Virginia

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