White House Loosens Travel, Other Rules on Cuba
White House Loosens Travel, Other Rules on Cuba
2022-05-18 00:15:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — The White House plans to increase authorized travel to Cuba, encouraging commercial opportunities for consumers to buy goods from “independent Cuban entrepreneurs,” and reverse the restrictions on remittances — a Trump-era policy — that kept Cuban immigrants from... Read More

White House
White House Accelerates Response to Baby Formula Shortage
2022-05-12 23:09:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his administration to “work urgently” to respond to the major baby formula shortage that has forced families across the United States to rely on others with leftover supplies to swap or sell... Read More

Supreme Court
Alleged Judicial Activism in Abortion Case Renews Calls for Supreme Court Reform
2022-05-09 20:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The draft of a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade that was leaked to the media last week is renewing calls in Congress to expand the number of justices. Democrats behind the proposal say the Supreme... Read More

Internet Providers Promise $30 Service
2022-05-09 20:25:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay... Read More

White House Focuses Efforts on Increasing Supply of Paxlovid
2022-04-27 14:18:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — At a White House briefing Tuesday, Dr. Ashish Jha, the new White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, detailed how the U.S. plans to ramp up supplies of Paxlovid, an oral antiviral treatment which is used to prevent severe illness... Read More

Biden Reinstates Rule Requiring Environmental Review for Projects
2022-04-19 21:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced it is restoring provisions of a 1970 law that requires formal review of projects for their environmental impact before they can go forward. The Trump administration had abolished the need for the... Read More

WH Environmental Justice Advisors Press for Justice40 Action

Key members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council said Tuesday that the Biden administration hadn't done enough to make good on its promise that 40% of all benefits from climate investment go to disenfranchised communities. Speaking at a... Read More

Jan. 6
Ex-Police Officer Faces Jury Trial on Capitol Riot Charges

Over a year ago, two off-duty police officers from a small town in Virginia were charged with storming the U.S. Capitol together. A trial for one of them starts this week. The other could be a key prosecution witness. The trial of former... Read More

White House
White House Press Secretary Psaki Refuses to Confirm Reports She's Joining MSNBC
2022-04-01 18:25:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who brought back the tradition of daily, in-depth briefings with reporters, refused to directly confirm reports in advanced talks to leave the Biden administration and join MSNBC, perhaps as early as next... Read More

Private Companies Urged to Bulk Up Cyber Defenses
2022-03-21 22:01:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday urged private companies to bolster their cyber defenses, citing intelligence that suggests the Russian government is exploring “options for potential cyberattacks” on entities and critical infrastructure in the United States. “To be clear,... Read More

White House Outlines Dire Outcomes if Congress Fails to Pass COVID Relief Aid Bill 
2022-03-15 20:40:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The White House issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining what might happen now that the $22.5 billion in COVID-19 relief aid was dropped from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. “We continue to... Read More

White House Bans Russian Oil Imports Into US
2022-03-08 15:14:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the U.S. is banning Russian oil imports in the administration’s ongoing bid to increase the toll on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. “Today I am announcing the United States is targeting... Read More

Political News
Narrowed Build Back Better Plan Could Come as Manchin Signals Support 
2022-03-07 22:57:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Hopes for the passage of a revamped version of the Build Back Better Act were renewed last week after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., indicated he could support a scaled-down version. Manchin’s objections to the version of the bill... Read More

Dwight Chapin, the 'President's Man,' Talks Nixon, Ukraine and More
2022-03-07 21:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One of my late mother’s favorite stories of my childhood involved my first “vote” in a federal election. It was the fall of 1968 and I was in kindergarten and our teacher, Mrs. Blumberger, decided that in addition... Read More

White House Unveils Plan for Dealing With Next COVID Phase
2022-03-02 16:43:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Hours after President Joe Biden declared “it’s time for Americans to get back to work” in his State of the Union address, the White House on Wednesday unveiled its updated plan for dealing with the next phase of... Read More

US, European Allies Cut Key Russian Banks from SWIFT Banking System
2022-02-27 17:01:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The United States and its European allies will kick certain Russian banks out of the global interbank messaging system, known as SWIFT, a step intended to devastate the Russian economy in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine.... Read More

House Panel Requests Trump WH Records from National Archives

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional oversight committee sought additional documents Friday from the National Archives related to former President Donald Trump's handling of White House records as the panel looks to expand its investigation into his handling of sensitive and... Read More

White House
White House Sees Progress on Securing Critical Mineral Supply Chains
2022-02-23 15:38:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that progress is being made on securing critical mineral supply chains, moves the administration says will power clean energy manufacturing and create good-paying jobs. Last year, Biden signed an executive order intended to... Read More

Trevor Noah Tapped as Entertainer for Correspondents’ Dinner
2022-02-14 15:40:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, scheduled for Saturday, April 30. “The White House Correspondents’ Dinner celebrates Americans’ freedoms and the... Read More

Postal Service
Schumer Vows to Bring Postal Reform Bill to Senate Floor Before Presidents’ Day
2022-02-09 20:01:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday vowed to bring a postal service reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote before the Presidents’ Day recess. The bill, which passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan... Read More

White House
President Reignites ‘Cancer Moonshot,’ Stressing Screening, Ambitious Goals
2022-02-02 14:46:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday relaunched the “cancer moonshot” project he oversaw during the Obama administration in an East Room event attended by lawmakers, agency heads, and doctors, nurses and researchers, many of whom will comprise a new... Read More

White House
Biden Celebrates Breyer, Affirms Vow to Name Black Woman to Supreme Court
2022-01-27 19:34:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday affirmed his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that while he does not yet know who his eventual nominee will be, such a choice was... Read More

White House
Biden Defends Record, Vows to Get Out and Talk to Americans Face to Face
2022-01-20 17:09:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s second solo press conference since taking office turned into a marathon lasting one hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday as he was repeatedly pressed to defend his first year in office and lay out a... Read More

White House: Russia Prepping Pretext for Ukraine Invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine, according to... Read More

White House
Second Gentleman Emhoff Acts as Public Link to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished up spaghetti and chocolate milk to kids at a YMCA near New Orleans and reminisced with second graders in Detroit... Read More

Renewable Energy
Biden Administration Advances Renewable Energy Projects
2022-01-12 21:38:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Seven federal executive branch agencies have begun rolling out wind, solar and other clean energy projects, the White House announced Wednesday morning. According to a senior administration official, the effort builds on President Biden’s commitment to “pull every... Read More

In The News
Reliability of Antigen Rapid Tests in Detecting Early Omicron Questioned
2022-01-12 19:17:54
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Beginning Jan. 15, private health insurers will be required to cover the cost of home testing kits despite recent concerns from elected officials and researchers over the reliability and availability of rapid antigen testing. “I’ve heard from so... Read More

In The News
White House Allocates Funds for Poor to Pay Heating Bills
2022-01-07 21:03:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced details Friday for how it will fund energy costs for low-income persons this winter as a cold wave swept over the nation. A White House statement described increased funding under the Low Income Home... Read More

FDA Approves Two New Over-the-Counter At-Home COVID-19 Tests
2021-12-30 15:34:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two new over-the-counter COVID-19 tests intended for home use have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Both of the tests, one manufactured by SD Biosensor and distributed by Roche and the other manufactured by Siemens, are... Read More

US to Lift Travel Restrictions on Eight African Countries
2021-12-24 15:10:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is lifting travel restrictions on eight southern African countries imposed last month over concerns about the omicron variant. “On Dec. 31, @POTUS will lift the temporary travel restrictions on Southern Africa countries. This decision was... Read More

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