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Biden and Harris team up for health care event in North Carolina

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will promote their health care agenda on Tuesday in North Carolina, a battleground state that Democrats hope to flip in their favor after falling short to Donald Trump in the l...

 

Hur said Biden couldn't recall when his son died. The interview transcript is more complicated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House knew it had a political problem on its hands when a special counsel report questioned President Joe Biden's memory last month, but Biden saw a much more personal affront as well. Robert Hur, who had been appointed t...

 

State of the Union: What to watch as Biden addresses the nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State of the Union speech is one of the biggest pieces of political theater every year. It's rooted in a simple requirement in the U.S. Constitution that directs the president to "give to the Congress Information of the State o...

 

Vice President Harris targets Trump as she rallies for abortion rights in Wisconsin

WAUKESHA, Wisc. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris blasted Republicans as extremists for trying to ban abortions as she rallied women in the key battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday, marking the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade by leading D...

 

Biden creates new national monument near Grand Canyon, citing tribal heritage, climate concerns

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Declaring it good "not only for Arizona but for the planet," President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a national monument designation for the greater Grand Canyon, turning the decades-long visions of Native A...

 

Harris says Florida rules on Black history pushed by DeSantis are 'propaganda'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris said extremists want to "replace history with lies" as she traveled to Florida on Friday to assail Republican efforts to overhaul educational standards, plunging into a battle over schooling that has r...

 

NATO unity will be tested at upcoming summit. Ukraine's possible entry may be the biggest challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues with no end in sight, NATO's much-celebrated unity faces fresh strains when leaders gather for their annual summit this week in Vilnius, Lithuania. The world's biggest security a...

 

Biden signs debt ceiling bill that pulls US back from brink of unprecedented default

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two days to spare, President Joe Biden signed legislation on Saturday that lifts the nation's debt ceiling, averting an unprecedented default on the federal government's debt. It was a decidedly low-key denouement to a m...

 

Deal approved, Biden will address budget, debt agreement from Oval Office Friday evening

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden planned to discuss the contentious, just-passed budget deal in a speech to the nation Friday night, ready to sign the agreement averting the country's first-ever government default, which would have sent shock w...

 

Biden OKs Alaska oil project, draws ire of environmentalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is approving a huge oil-drilling project on Alaska's petroleum-rich North Slope, a major environmental decision by President Joe Biden that drew quick condemnation as flying in the face of h...

 

Investigation? Review? Biden faces a messaging dilemma

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Hillary Clinton was running for president, her campaign wanted a gentler way to talk about the criminal investigation into her private email server, so they called it a "security review." Now President Joe Biden's team is using...

 

Biden signs gay marriage bill at White House ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed gay marriage legislation into law Tuesday before a crowd of thousands, a ceremony that reflected growing acceptance of same-sex unions. "This law and the love it defends strike a blow against hate in a...

 

Biden: Still not enough votes to codify abortion rights

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that Democrats still lack the power to codify abortion rights into law despite his party's stronger-than-expected performance in the midterm elections. "I don't think there's enough v...

 

Veterans 'best of America,' VP Harris says in laying wreath

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under gray clouds and pouring rain at Arlington National Cemetery, Vice President Kamala Harris told the nation's veterans Friday their work makes America stronger, as the administration announced new support for children who l...

 

Biden trying to save incumbent Democrats in campaign sprint

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden took off on a personal final-days campaign sprint Thursday that reflects the Democrats' major concerns before next week's midterm elections, appealing to New Mexico voters to defeat "reckless and i...

 

Biden pardons thousands for 'simple possession' of marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of "simple possession" of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging p...

 

Biden sidelines Venezuela's pro-democracy leader from summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a "very brave man" who carries on hi...

 

In Buffalo, Biden mourns victims, says 'evil will not win'

BUFFALO (AP) — President Joe Biden mourned with Buffalo's grieving families on Tuesday, then exhorted the nation to reject what he angrily labeled the poison of white supremacy. He said the nation must "reject the lie" of the racist "replacement t...

 

In Buffalo, Biden to confront the racism he's vowed to fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden talks about his decision to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, the story always starts with Charlottesville. He says it was the men with torches shouting bigoted slogans that drove him to join what he calls t...

 

Biden taking 'hard look' at student loan forgiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he's "taking a hard look" at canceling additional federal student loan debt and will reach a decision within a month. "I am considering dealing with some debt reduction," Biden told r...

 

Biden lashes at Putin, calls for Western resolve for freedom

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Joe Biden delivered a forceful and highly personal condemnation of Russia's Vladimir Putin on Saturday, summoning a call for liberal democracy and a durable resolve among Western nations in the face of a brutal a...

 

Trump's stash of documents shows 'fragile' historical record

WASHINGTON (AP) — As president, Donald Trump never liked to leave a paper trail. He avoided email, admonished aides to stop taking notes during meetings and ripped up documents when he was finished with them. But Trump was unwilling to part with s...

 

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