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Puerto Rico Will Be Rebuilt, Biden Promises on Visit

FEMA chief acknowledges issues 'in the previous administration'

(Newser) - President Biden promised to "rebuild it all" while visiting Puerto Rico on Monday, as tens of thousands of people remain without power two weeks after Hurricane Fiona struck and residents worry that Washington's dedication to their recovery could prove fleeting. "I'm committed to this island,"...

Supreme Court Won't Hear States' Vaccine Mandate Case

Missouri led opposition to Biden rule for health care workers

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal brought by 10 states challenging a federal vaccine mandate for health care workers. The states' case, led by Republican-run Missouri, sought to toss out a rule imposed by President Biden in November 2021, Reuters reports, that applies to workers...

US, Venezuela Swap Detainees
Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Biden releases drug convicts in exchange for US detainees

(Newser) - Seven Americans who were detained in Venezuela are coming home after a prisoner swap in exchange for two imprisoned members of President Nicolas Maduro's family, President Biden announced Saturday. The decision to grant clemency to the two Venezuelans, who are nephews of Maduro's wife, was made by Biden,...

Some Borrowers Ineligible After Student Loan Plan Tweak

The change was quietly made the same day 6 GOP-led states sued

(Newser) - With six Republican-led states now suing to stop President Biden's student loan debt relief plan from coming to pass, his administration on Thursday made a quiet, unannounced change to that plan. As CNN reports, about 770,000 borrowers whose federal student loans are guaranteed by the government but are...

'Substantial Loss of Life' Is Possible in Florida: Biden

First storm deaths are reported as president declares major disaster

(Newser) - President Biden warned Thursday that Hurricane Ian could turn out to be the deadliest storm in Florida history, causing a "substantial loss of life." Biden made the remarks at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NBC News reports. The first storm deaths were reported, per...

Biden Asks for Lawmaker Who Died Last Month

Press secretary says president had the late Rep. Jackie Walorski on his mind

(Newser) - President Biden received no response at an event Wednesday when he called out to the audience for Rep. Jackie Walorski. The Indiana Republican was killed Aug. 3 in a highway accident . The president was thanking lawmakers of both parties at the White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health for...

53 Years After Nixon's Hunger Conference, a Big Goal

Biden wants to see hunger eliminated in the US by 2030

(Newser) - President Biden has set a massive goal, but one he considers doable: End hunger in the US by 2030. He said as much Wednesday at the first White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health since 1969—one that was held under President Nixon. What you need to know:
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CBO to Biden: Here's Your Student Debt Price Tag

$400B over the next 30 years, it estimates

(Newser) - President Biden’s plan for student debt cancellation will cost the federal government about $400 billion over the next 30 years, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The figures were released Monday in response to a request from Republican lawmakers who oppose Biden’s plan in large...

Elton John's WH Concert Ends With a Big Surprise

President Biden presented 75-year-old singer with National Humanities Medal

(Newser) - Elton John is currently on his farewell tour after a half-century of performing, and he made an extra-special stop on Friday night: the White House. The 75-year-old singer appeared as a guest of President Biden and first lady Jill Biden for a performance meant to help honor "everyday history...

US Has Been Quietly Warning Russia Not to Go Nuclear

Putin's veiled threat came after months of backchannel warnings: reports

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's veiled warning about the use of nuclear weapons to defend Russia came after months of backchannel warnings from the US about exactly such behavior. Officials tell the Washington Post and CNN that the US has consistently warned Russia for months in private communications about the grave consequences...

Biden Takes Another Emergency Step for Puerto Rico

Major disaster declaration unlocks federal funding to be administered through FEMA

(Newser) - Days after approving an emergency declaration as Hurricane Fiona whomped Puerto Rico , President Biden has now issued a major disaster declaration to help the island recover. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi thanked the president and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the expedited declaration Wednesday, saying it ensures Puero Rico "will...

Biden, Zelensky Condemn Russia in UN Speeches

Both presidents decry the brutality of the invasion

(Newser) - President Biden delivered a fierce condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine to the UN on Wednesday, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a prerecorded video speech demanded justice. "A permanent member of the UN Security Council invaded its neighbor, attempted to erase a sovereign state from the map....

Health Experts, GOP Have Doubts About Biden's Pandemic Claim

It's not over, officials point out, when 400 people are dying of COVID each day

(Newser) - Update: Add Anthony Fauci to the list of people contradicting President Biden's assertion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Fauci, Biden's top COVID adviser, said Monday that the US is "not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to, quote, ‘live...

Biden Says 'the Pandemic Is Over'
Biden Says
'Pandemic
Is Over'
'60 minutes' interview

Biden Says 'Pandemic Is Over'

And more from president's '60 Minutes' interview

(Newser) - President Biden appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night in what the AP refers to as a "rare" interview, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the raid on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, among other things. His declaration on the state of the pandemic in the US was fairly bold:...

In London, Biden Praises the Queen
In London, Biden
Praises the Queen

In London, Biden Praises the Queen

Elizabeth was 'all about service,' president says before event for world leaders

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II "was the same in person as her image: decent, honorable and all about service," President Biden told reporters in London after signing a condolence book Sunday evening. "Our hearts go out to the royal family, King Charles and all of the family," he...

Railroad Unions Win a Sick Day for the First Time

Workers will be able to go to medical appointments without being penalized under new contract

(Newser) - More than 40 years after President Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers who went on strike, President Biden decided against taking a hard line in the negotiations between freight railroads and unions. In private talks, Biden defended the workers' positions, the Washington Post reports. In the middle of the night,...

Biden to Meet With Families of Griner, Whelan

Both are jailed in Russia

(Newser) - President Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan , both of whom remain jailed in Russia, senior administration officials told the AP . The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between...

Biden Evokes JFK Moonshot Challenge in Cancer Fight

Initiative aims to cut deaths from the disease in half in 25 years

(Newser) - Sixty years to the day after President John F. Kennedy's famous speech about Americans reaching the moon, President Biden delivered an update on his plan to battle cancer that he likens to the challenge issued in 1962. "This cancer moonshot is one of the reasons why I ran...

Marking 9/11, Biden Says the Fight Goes On

President pledges pursuit of terrorists continues though war in Afghanistan ended

(Newser) - President Biden marked the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sunday, taking part in a somber wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon and paying tribute to "extraordinary Americans" who lost their lives on one of the nation's darkest days. Held under a steady rain, the ceremony occurred...

Biden: I'm Going to Queen's Funeral

President met Elizabeth three times, including for tea at Windsor

(Newser) - President Biden told reporters Friday that he will attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in London. "I don't know what the details are yet, but I'll be going," the president said, per USA Today . Buckingham Palace has not released a schedule yet, but the service is...

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