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Biden Defends Record, Vows to Get Out and Talk to Americans Face to Face
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
Geopolitics
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

Second Gentleman Emhoff Acts as Public Link to White House
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

Biden Administration Advances Renewable Energy Projects
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

Reliability of Antigen Rapid Tests in Detecting Early Omicron Questioned
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

White House Allocates Funds for Poor to Pay Heating Bills
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
Health
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
Travel
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

Biden to Unveil Sweeping Plan to Respond to Omicron Variant
White House
Biden to Unveil Sweeping Plan to Respond to Omicron Variant
2021-12-21 15:00:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday will unveil an aggressive plan to address the stunning surge in highly infectious new omicron variant cases, including getting up to 1,000 military medical professionals to help in overwhelmed hospitals and making 500... Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin Says No to $2T Bill: ‘I Can’t Vote for It’
Political News
Sen. Joe Manchin Says No to $2T Bill: 'I Can't Vote for It'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he cannot back his party's signature $2 trillion social and environment bill, seemingly dealing a fatal blow to President Joe Biden's leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats'... Read More

Senate Approves Defense Authorization Bill
Political News
Senate Approves Defense Authorization Bill
2021-12-15 20:31:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday afternoon passed the National Defense Authorization Act, ending a prolonged standoff on amendments, many of which were jettisoned from the final bill. In the end the vote was a decidedly bipartisan 89-10. The bill... Read More

Biden to Focus on Elections, Media as Democracy Summit Wraps
White House
Biden to Focus on Elections, Media as Democracy Summit Wraps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to close his two-day virtual Summit for Democracy on Friday by shining a spotlight on the importance of election integrity, countering authoritarian regimes and bolstering independent media. On the summit's first day, Biden announced... Read More

Build Back Better Act’s Benefits Disputed by House Environmentalists
Political News
Build Back Better Act’s Benefits Disputed by House Environmentalists
2021-12-09 22:30:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — With little doubt some version of the Build Back Better Act will win final approval within days, on Thursday a congressional panel discussed how to get the greatest environmental benefit from it. Democrats said that after the infrastructure... Read More

White House to Implement Policy to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing
Health
White House to Implement Policy to Cover the Cost of COVID-19 Testing
2021-12-08 17:19:42
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden recently implemented new actions to protect Americans against COVID-19 variants this winter, including a new policy beginning Jan. 15 to expand at-home testing. “More than 150 million Americans with private insurance, who are now able... Read More

White House Panel Assessing Changes to the Supreme Court Makes No Recommendations
Supreme Court
White House Panel Assessing Changes to the Supreme Court Makes No Recommendations
2021-12-08 16:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A special commission established by President Joe Biden to assess potential changes to the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously approved a draft final report Tuesday that makes no specific recommendations for change. Instead, the 294-page document provides the president... Read More

Biden Wishes Americans Happy, Closer-to-Normal Thanksgiving
White House
Biden Wishes Americans Happy, Closer-to-Normal Thanksgiving

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of U.S. families —... Read More

White House Pushing Utility and Energy Providers to Prevent Shut-Offs This Winter
Energy
White House Pushing Utility and Energy Providers to Prevent Shut-Offs This Winter
2021-11-18 21:44:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling on energy providers to proactively coordinate American Rescue Plan Act funds to prevent utility shut-offs this winter. In a press briefing issued on Thursday, the Biden-Harris White House urged states, localities and tribes... Read More

Turkeys to Take Posh Turn Ahead of White House Pardon
In The News
Turkeys to Take Posh Turn Ahead of White House Pardon
2021-11-17 22:08:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A pair of winged celebrities are scheduled to check in to the posh Willard Hotel tomorrow as they prepare for an all-important meeting with President Biden on Friday. We’re talking, of course, about the turkeys who will be... Read More

Speakers Hail Centrists, Willingness to Compromise at Infrastructure Bill Signing
White House
Speakers Hail Centrists, Willingness to Compromise at Infrastructure Bill Signing
2021-11-16 22:07:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t the best afternoon for holding a bill-signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. As the hour approached, the temperature plummeted and at times the wind sweeping across the wide lawn gusted to 35... Read More

Aviation Industry, Wireless Providers Clash Over 5G Cellular Expansion
Telecom
Aviation Industry, Wireless Providers Clash Over 5G Cellular Expansion
2021-11-12 15:34:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Days before President Joe Biden is set to sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, a coalition of aviation entities is seeking to put the brakes on a key element of the package —  the expansion of 5G... Read More

White House Issues New Guidance for Combating Veteran Suicides
Mental Health
White House Issues New Guidance for Combating Veteran Suicides
2021-11-10 19:01:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The White House recently issued evidence-informed guidance for reducing the tragedy of veteran suicides, as 65,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2010.  "Suicide among service members, veterans, and their families is a public health and national security... Read More

Biden to Host Canada’s Trudeau, López Obrador at White House
White House
Biden to Host Canada's Trudeau, López Obrador at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host talks next week in Washington with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the White House said Wednesday. The Nov. 18 meeting will be the first with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and... Read More

White House Rolls Out Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Fix Aging Ports, Ease Bottlenecks
Infrastructure
White House Rolls Out Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Fix Aging Ports, Ease Bottlenecks
2021-11-09 22:34:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — The White House outlined an ambitious multibillion dollar plan on Tuesday to dramatically upgrade the nation’s aging ports and relieve the bottlenecks that have plagued the nation’s critical supply chains since early summer. The actions announced during a... Read More

Biden Asking Democrats to do so Much With so Little in Congress
Congress
Biden Asking Democrats to do so Much With so Little in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely have the leaders of Congress been asked to do so much, with so little, as in navigating President Joe Biden’s big domestic vision into law. Reaching for FDR-style accomplishments with slimmer-than-ever Democratic majorities has been politically messy at... Read More

Biden Faces Fresh Challenges After Infrastructure Victory
In The News
Biden Faces Fresh Challenges After Infrastructure Victory

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — He has been here before. President Joe Biden doesn't need to look any further back than his time as vice president to grasp the challenges that lie ahead in promoting his new $1 trillion infrastructure deal to... Read More

Biden Rejoices After House Achieves ‘Monumental’ Breakthrough on Infrastructure
White House
Biden Rejoices After House Achieves ‘Monumental’ Breakthrough on Infrastructure
2021-11-06 20:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If there’s ever been a broader smile on the face of a president than President Joe Biden wore Saturday morning in the State Dining Room of the White House, history was not on hand to record it. Beaming... Read More

Progressives Delay Infrastructure Vote, Make McCarthy Prediction Prophetic
Congress
Progressives Delay Infrastructure Vote, Make McCarthy Prediction Prophetic
2021-10-29 14:59:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — “Does she have the votes?” This is not an unusual question to be heard when one wanders about Capitol Hill, but on Thursday afternoon it was a question literally on everyone’s lips. Case in point: This rendering was... Read More

Florida Sues Biden Over Contractor Vaccine Mandate
Litigation
Florida Sues Biden Over Contractor Vaccine Mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House. The lawsuit, announced by... Read More

Biden Announces ‘Historic’ Deal — But Still Must Win Votes
Political News
Biden Announces 'Historic' Deal — But Still Must Win Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Thursday he had reached a "historic economic framework" with Democrats in Congress on his sweeping domestic policy package, a hard-fought yet dramatically scaled-back deal announced just before he departed for overseas summits. Biden's... Read More

Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again
Well Versed
Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again
2021-10-26 23:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In a divisive age in which it seems lawmakers will run faster from a deal than they would from a burning building, it’s nice, occasionally, to hear an elder statesman talk about the government's ability to get things... Read More

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