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In his first address to a joint congressional session last night, President Biden called for investments in infrastructure, education, childcare and scientific research, describing them as programs that would “propel us into the future” and allow the US to win a global competition with China. You can find highlights from our reporting here.

Hours earlier, Biden announced his presidency’s third blockbuster funding proposal. The three proposals add up to about $ 6 trillion and reflect an ambition to restore the federal government to the role it played during the New Deal and Great Society.

Biden also set out his broader foreign and domestic agenda, describing his decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 as a way to keep his promise to end America’s “forever wars”, despite warning the Die US continued to face other threats around the world.

First: Biden began his address to Congress with a series of words no American president had said before: “Mrs. Vice President and Mrs. Spokeswoman.”

Quote: “America is moving – forward – and we can’t stop now,” said the president. “We are at a major turning point in history. We have to do more than just dismantle. We have to do better back down. “

German intelligence said it would keep an eye on members of the coronavirus denier movement as they run the risk of undermining the state.

The increasingly aggressive movement – fueled in part by savage conspiracy theories – has focused beyond criticizing lockdowns and sanitation rules on taking over the state itself, its leaders, corporations, the news media, and globalism, to name a few goals.

Over the past year, protesters have attacked police officers, defied civil authorities and, in one widespread episode, scaled the steps of parliament.

Links: In announcing the decision, intelligence officials noted that the movement is closely linked to extremists such as the Reichsbürger movement, a network of groups that refuse to accept the legitimacy of the modern German state.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

The UK Electoral Commission is investigating whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson used funds from a Conservative Party donor to add to his annual budget of £ 30,000 (US $ 41,600) to upgrade his official quarters, which is located above the offices at 11 Downing Street.

Questions about his home renovation are just one of several issues that haunt the Prime Minister. Johnson is also accused of making persistent statements about the imposition of another lockdown and unusual access to wealthy business people on government contracts.

The prime minister claimed attacks by opposition parties were an attempt to divert attention from the government’s successful introduction of coronavirus vaccines that would reward voters in the regional elections on May 6.

Details: Johnson denied reports that he had said he would rather “pile bodies by the thousands” than issue a third lockdown. But he admitted that he had expressed deep frustration and said that “these were very bitter, very difficult decisions for any Prime Minister.”

Despite tens of billions of dollars in US and NATO spending on building the Afghan security forces, officials and militia commanders across Afghanistan told The Times that they were not prepared to face the Taliban or any other threat alone.

As the US prepares to withdraw its troops, the security forces are plagued by severe ammunition and supply shortages. Wages are low, recruitment is falling and corruption is abundant.

Michael Collins above, who piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia 60 miles over Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they were the first people to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 90.

A growing movement in the French theater is calling back the work of forgotten female artists, writes the Paris-based critic Laura Cappelle. This is a slightly edited excerpt.

Around 150 women had professional careers as dramatists in pre-revolutionary France between the 16th and 18th centuries. But if you guessed a number close to zero, you wouldn’t be alone. For decades it has been the standard assumption that ingrained inequality prevented women from writing professionally until the 20th century.

Now a growing movement in French theater is regaining the forgotten work of these artists, reviving a lost concept: le matrimoine, the female equivalent of patrimoine – translated as inheritance or what is inherited from male ancestors and used as a collective term to describe cultural heritage . As Matrimoine, artists and scholars are pushing for the belated recognition of women’s contributions to art history and the return of their plays to the stage.

Matrimoine is not a neologism. “The word was used in the Middle Ages but has been deleted,” said scholar and director Aurore Evain. In 2013 she launched the annual Days of the Matrimoine, a festival that takes place alongside the Days of Patrimoine, a national celebration of French cultural heritage.

That visibility now affects younger generations of scholars and artists like Julie Rossello Rochet, a playwright who completed a PhD last year on her 19th century predecessors. Studying her work helped her come to terms with the discomfort she felt as a young writer. She said, “I kept hearing, ‘Oh, it’s so rare to have a woman writing for the stage. ‘Actually it isn’t. “

Combine roasted salmon with radishes and peas for a quick and satisfying springtime dinner.

Affectionate and exuberant, “Best Summer Ever” is a high school musical, the cast of which is largely disabled. The effect is a feeling of amazing warmth and camaraderie.

In Jackpot, Michael Mechanic describes how the ultrarich live, arguing that excessive wealth “harms us all” – including the ultrarich themselves.