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Second Amendment Isn't Absolute, Biden Says

President, first lady plan trip to Texas town reeling from school shooting

(Newser) - President Biden, arguing again for new gun control laws after the mass shooting in a Texas school, said Wednesday at the White House that the "Second Amendment is not absolute." When it was added to the Constitution, the president said, "You couldn't own a—you couldn'...

Parents Await Word After School Shooting
Families Gather
to Await Word

Families Gather to Await Word

Biden to speak to the nation about the Texas school shooting

(Newser) - Families waited in near silence Tuesday afternoon at a civic center in Uvalde, Texas, to learn whether they'd lost a child in the shooting at Robb Elementary School . Some of them sat outside, appearing stunned, the Washington Post reports, staring blankly. Border Patrol agents ringed the site, which was...

Gaffe or Policy Shift? Nobody Is Quite Sure
Biden Gaffe
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Nobody Is Quite Sure
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Biden Gaffe or Policy Shift? Nobody Is Quite Sure

Biden's comments on Taiwan have analysts guessing

(Newser) - So has US policy toward Taiwan changed or not? "No," President Biden declared Tuesday when asked that specific question, reports the AP . But Biden's comments the previous day still seem to have muddied the water on what the US would do if China were to invade the...

Biden Ready to Defend Taiwan; China Not Happy

President says US would defend Taiwan with force if there were ever an attack against it

(Newser) - The United States is on board with the "one China" policy —meaning that, in regard to Taiwan, it acknowledges formal ties to China instead. But the American government doesn't endorse China's views that it effectively owns Taiwan, and the US enjoys a "robust" unofficial relationship...

US, South Korea Talk About Expanding Exercises

Biden meets new president, who has urged closer ties

(Newser) - After their presidents met Saturday in Seoul, the US and South Korea announced they might broaden their joint military exercises in the face of North Korea's aggressive nuclear missile program. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said the exercises are "key to our combined defense capability" during a...

2 Secret Service Employees Sent Home From Biden's Trip

They were involved in an allegedly drunken altercation with taxi driver in South Korea

(Newser) - It might be another case of Secret Service employees behaving badly overseas : Two have been sent back to the US ahead of President Biden's trip to Asia , reports the AP . The details of what happened were still being investigated, but ABC News reports an agent got into a heated...

Biden's Support Keeps Dipping —Among Democrats

New poll numbers show his approval rating overall at an all-time low of 39%

(Newser) - President Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party. Only 39% of US adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from the Associated Press...

Biden Starts Asia Trip With Visit to Computer Chip Plant

He was greeted by South Korea's new leader

(Newser) - President Biden is opening his trip to Asia with a focus on the computer chip shortage that has bedeviled the world economy, touring a Samsung computer chip plant that will serve as a model for a $17 billion semiconductor factory that the Korean electronics company plans to open in Texas....

For Formula Shortage, Biden Invokes Defense Production Act

President announces effort to fly products in from other countries

(Newser) - President Biden on Wednesday announced a series of moves to resolve the nation's infant formula shortage, starting with invoking the Defense Production Act. The law, enacted in 1950 during the Korean War, gives the president wide-ranging power to set companies' priorities during a crisis. In this case, CNBC reports,...

Report Blames Afghan Collapse on Trump, Biden Decisions

US plans to withdraw damaged local forces' morale, report contends

(Newser) - A government watchdog says decisions by Presidents Trump and Biden to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military. The new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction mirrors assertions made by senior Pentagon and military leaders...

In Buffalo, Biden Repeatedly Blasts White Supremacy

He spoke to victims' families, local officials, and first responders

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday spoke in Buffalo, offering lengthy comments in the wake of an attack at a Tops supermarket that killed 10 Black people. The Washington Post reports Biden repeated a story he has told before, about how the white pride march in Charlottesville in 2017 was one of...

2 Tweets From Bezos on Biden, With One Theme: 'Misdirection'

Amazon founder goes after president on Twitter about inflation

(Newser) - President Biden is well aware of the nation's current woes around inflation , and he recently pledged to make it his top domestic priority. But his thoughts on how to do so have rankled one of the world's richest men, and that man took to Twitter to tell the...

Biden Says Nation Must 'Address the Hate'

President addresses Buffalo shooting at ceremony for fallen officers

(Newser) - President Biden on Sunday condemned the mass shooting in Buffalo, calling the killer a "hate-filled soul" while acknowledging the wearying effect of such crimes on the nation. "We must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America," the president...

US Flags Are at Half-Staff to Mark a 'Tragic Milestone'

US is close to recording a million COVID deaths

(Newser) - With the US on the cusp of recording a million COVID-19 deaths, President Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings from Thursday until sunset Monday. Each death is an "irreplaceable loss," the president said in a statement . "As a Nation, we must...

Gas Prices Reach Record, and Biden Speaks Out

Inflation is my No. 1 priority, says the president

(Newser) - About a month ago, President Biden ordered the release of a million barrels of oil a day from national reserves to help curb steep gas prices. On Tuesday, however, those gas prices reached their steepest point on record—an average of $4.37 across the US, reports the Hill . No...

US Answers Putin With New Lend-Lease Act

Legislation will speed up aid to Ukraine

(Newser) - On the day Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a restrained Victory Day speech in Moscow, President Biden signed into law an updated version of the Lend-Lease program that helped the Allies—including the Soviet Union—defeat Nazi Germany in World War II. This time, Lend-Lease will be used against Russia....

After Protests at Judges' Homes, Biden Speaks Out

They 'must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety'

(Newser) - President Biden on Monday expressed his support for judges after protesters converged on the private homes of two Supreme Court justices in the DC area over the weekend. "Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for...

Civilians Are Out of Mariupol Plant
Civilians Are Out
of Mariupol Plant

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Civilians Are Out of Mariupol Plant

Ukrainian forces push back Russians from Kharkiv

(Newser) - "All women, children and elderly people" have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced Saturday, CNN reports. "This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed," she said. Russia made the same announcement, per the BBC , but...

With Fund Nearly Dry, Biden Sends Ukraine $150M in Aid

Military assistance includes artillery rounds, radar

(Newser) - The US is sending another shipment of military equipment to Ukraine, costing $150 million, White House officials said Friday. But the fund for such aid is nearly dry, CNBC reports, and President Biden reminded Congress to approve more money. "For Ukraine to succeed in this next phase of war...

Biden Makes Groundbreaking Pick for Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman to hold the job

(Newser) - The next White House press secretary will be a pioneer. President Biden announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki, becoming the first Black woman and the first openly gay woman in the job. Saying Jean-Pierre has "the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job,"...

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