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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, isolated in the White House residence with COVID-19, signed two measures Friday aimed at curbing fraud in pandemic relief programs.

The legislation, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, extends the statute of limitations to give prosecutors more time to file criminal charges.

“The American people deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent as intended,” Biden said. “My message to those cheats out there is this. You can’t hide. We’re going to find you. We’re going to make you pay back what you stole and hold you accountable under the law.”

By some estimates, billions of dollars that were supposed to help small businesses and people who lost their jobs could have ended up in the hands of fraudsters. The Justice Department has named a special prosecutor to target the issue.

“The watchdogs are back,” Biden said.

The president spoke from a White House balcony, where he’s delivered other public remarks while he’s been isolating with a rebound case of COVID-19.

He originally tested positive on July 21 and was treated with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid. He tested negative twice and ended several days of isolation, only to test positive again last Saturday.

The rebound case brought a recurrence of mild symptoms, including a cough.

The president’s personal physician, Dr. Kevon O’Connor, wrote Friday that the cough “has almost completely resolved,” although Biden still tested positive that morning.

COVID-19 has scrambled some of Biden’s plans. For example, he canceled a personal visit with veterans demonstrating for health care legislation outside the U.S. Capitol, making a video call instead.

However, recent days have also been a dramatically productive time for his presidency. Democratic lawmakers reached an agreement on legislation to lower prescription drug prices, collect more tax revenue from corporations and spend hundreds of billions of dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Biden was also in isolation when he announced the killing of Ayman al-Zawahri, the al-Qaida leader, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The president is counting on testing negative again soon. On Monday, he’s scheduled to visit Kentucky, which has been devastated by flooding.

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Chinese Zodiac Signs: What is a Metal Monkey and what year is it?

THE METAL Monkey is an element of the Chinese zodiac animal given to those born in 1980 and 2040.

Those born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 are all part of the Monkey category in the Chinese zodiac. 

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6The Metal Monkey is specific to those born in 1980 and 2040 What year is the Metal Monkey?

Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals such as: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

The Metal Monkey is a sub-component of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.

It is specifically characterized to those born in 1980 and 2040 and it is the ninth placement in the zodiac calendar cycle.

Each zodiac sign also has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water which add more uniqueness to the sign.

Monkeys are said to be curious, clever, intelligent, and versatile. 

Other years of the Monkey 

People born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 are Monkeys. 

The year of the Monkey happens every twelve years.

6The year of the Monkey happens every 12 years

Similarly, those born in 1980 and 2040 are considered Metal Monkeys.

Some notable Monkeys are: Kim Kardashian and Channing Tatum.

Characteristics and personality traits of the Metal Monkey

The work hard play hard mentality applies to many characters but it is particularly pertinent here.

Metal Monkey’s just love people and socializing. They adore crowds and thrive on interaction with other humans.

Metal Monkey’s possess a lot charm and definitely have an ego, the nice variety.

They are so self-assured, failure isn’t an option for the Metal Monkey.

6Kim Kardashian is a Monkey in Chinese zodiac Credit: Getty Images

Many regard them as restless, inquisitive and sometimes sly. 

Monkeys make good actresses, photographers, lawyers, artists, musicians.

6Channing Tatum is a notable Monkey as well in the zodiacCredit: The Mega Agency Types of Monkeys

There are five types of Monkeys in the zodiac calendar, each belonging to their own element. 

Metal Monkey: Decisive, crafty, eloquent, forceful, and charming. 

Earth Monkey: Earnest, down to earth, frugal, industrious and innovative.

6Each Monkey belongs to an element with their own characteristics; Wood, Water, Fire, Metal, Earth

Wood Monkey: Aspirational, active, responsible, and workaholic.

Fire Monkey: Smart, passionate, adventurous, and business-minded.

Water Monkey: Natural born leader, vital, and arrogant. 


Each sign has its own compatibility with others of the Chinese zodiac.

The Monkey is most compatible with the Ox and Rabbit.

6Each sign has its own compatibility with others of the Chinese zodiac

They work well with the Rat, Snake, and Dragon. 

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However, they are least compatible with the Tiger and Pig. 

Other types of Zodiac animals combined with the Metal element
  • The Metal Rat
  • The Metal Ox
  • The Metal Tiger
  • The Metal Snake
  • The Metal Rabbit
  • The Metal Horse
  • The Metal Dragon
  • The Metal Goat
  • The Metal Rooster
  • The Metal Pig
  • The Metal Dog

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