President Biden speaks about manufacturing jobs and the economy Nov. 29 at SK Siltron CSS, a computer chip factory in Bay City, Mich.
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WASHINGTON When he ran for the White House, Joe Biden told voters his presidency would be a bridge to the next generation. His first two years on the job have revealed it to be a much more ambitious venture. As he nears the halfway mark on his first term, President Biden is pointing to legacy-defining achievements on climate change, domestic manufacturing and prog- ress on the COVID-19 pandemic — all accomplished with razor-thin majorities on Capitol Hill and rather dim views from the public. President Biden’s legislative accom- plishments extend to nearly every aspect of American life — although their impact may take years to be felt in some cases — and his marshaling of a global coalition to back Ukraine’s defenses and of democra- cies against China’s growing influence will echo for decades. He defied history in the