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Biden Confronts Supply-Chain Crisis Stretching Past His Grip

  • Pandemic-related transportation snarls clog U.S. ports
  • U.S. imports at record highs; retailers say they’re stocked
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WATCH: President Joe Biden says the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating 24 hours a day and 7 days a week as his administration tries to relieve supply-chain bottlenecks.(Source: Bloomberg)
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President Joe Biden wants to break a logjam at U.S. ports and stave off a holiday season of shortages and delays -- bottlenecks that officials and stakeholders say extend far beyond the reach of the White House.

Flotillas of cargo ships anchored off major ports and stacks of shipping containers piling up on wharfs have ratcheted up concern that American shoppers may be greeted by empty shelves when the holiday season kicks off next month.