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From left, President Biden with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, deputy labor secretary Julie Su, Made in America Director at the Office of Management and Budget Celeste Drake and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

Today, President Biden is hosting a White House summit aimed at combating the kind of hate-fueled violence that emerged at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016, a Walmart in El Paso in 2019 and a supermarket in Buffalo earlier this year. “Evil will not win. It will not prevail. And white supremacists will not have the last word,” Biden said at the United We Stand summit, recalling that he ran for president after the 2017 attack in Charlottesville.

Earlier in the day, Biden heralded a tentative deal to avert a rail strike as “a win for tens of thousands of rail workers and for their dignity” and said it would avoid “significant damage” to the U.S. economy. Biden, joined in the White House Rose Garden by key negotiators, said the agreement brokered by his administration was evidence that labor unions and management could work together. Biden called in to the negotiations Wednesday night, a White House official said.

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  • 12:15 p.m. Eastern: Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and other Democrats held a news conference on reproductive rights.
  • 1:45 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters. Watch here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden delivered the keynote speech at the United We Stand summit. Watch here.
  • 8:25 p.m. Eastern: Biden attended the 45th Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala.

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