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US Account for Aid to Ukraine Running Out

Administration appears in no hurry to seek more money, but backers don't want interruptions

(Newser) - The $48 billion kitty that Congress approved in December for aid to Ukraine is running low, and supporters on Capitol Hill are unclear what the Biden administration plans to do about it. Their concerns include when the president will ask for another round of funding and whether it will be...

Administration Invests in Carbon Capture Projects

New funding increases pressure on industry

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Wednesday announced $251 million in funding for carbon capture and storage projects in seven states, aiming to reduce planet-warming pollution from power plants and other industrial facilities. The announcement represents a vote of confidence by the government in the nascent technology, which proponents—often from oil...

Attorneys: DOJ Made 'Retaliatory' Move in Hunter Biden Case

Attorneys for IRS whistleblower say they've been taken off investigation into president's son

(Newser) - An IRS whistleblower said to have eyebrow-raising information on a "sensitive" investigation into a "high-profile, controversial subject" that's been going on since 2018 now says they've been removed from that inquiry, as has their "entire investigative team." The subject in question: Hunter Biden, per...

Biden Predicts US-Mexico Border Will Be 'Chaotic'

'For a while,' at least, as use of Title 42 ends

(Newser) - President Biden predicted Tuesday that the US-Mexico border would be “chaotic for a while" when pandemic-related restrictions end, as 550 active-duty troops began arriving and migrants weigh whether or when to cross. The restrictions allowed US officials to use Title 42 of a public health law to expel migrants...

White House Is Cracking Down on Airline Cancellations

Airlines would have to reimburse customers for delays that were within their control

(Newser) - The Biden administration is proposing new regulations that would require airlines to compensate passengers and cover their meals and hotels if they are stranded for reasons within the airline's control. As the AP reports, President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were unveiling the plan on Monday. It continues...

Three Big Staffing Moves at White House

Gen. CQ Brown Jr. apparent pick for Joint Chiefs of Staff chair; Wolensky exits; Neera Tanden to replace Susan Rice

(Newser) - President Joe Biden is expected to nominate a history-making Air Force fighter pilot general with years of experience in shaping US defenses to meet China's rise to serve as the nation's next top military officer, according to two people familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Senate,...

EPA Wants End Date on Emissions From Power Plants

Supreme Court blocked attempt during Obama administration

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency wants power plants to almost eliminate their carbon dioxide emissions, an effort blocked by the Supreme Court during President Barack Obama's administration. The Biden administration proposal, which is still being developed, probably would force fossil fuel-burning plants to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from their...

Ocasio-Cortez Urges Biden to Ignore Ruling on Abortion Pill

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DOJ Appeals Ruling on Abortion Pill

HHS secretary has said he wants Texas judge's decision overturned

(Newser) - On the first business day after a Texas judge blocked Federal Drug Administration approval of an abortion pill, the Justice Department lodged an appeal. The filing in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asks that Judge Matthew Kascmaryk's ruling not take effect while the appeal is being decided, the...

After White House Blames Trump on Afghan Exit, He Blasts 'Morons'

Two-year review acknowledges mistakes but blames Trump policies for limiting choices

(Newser) - The chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan should have happened sooner, the White House concedes, though it also places much of the blame for the mess on the Trump administration. After a two-year review, the National Security Council concluded "President Biden's choices for how to execute a withdrawal from...

Feds Propose Rule on Trans Athletes
Feds Propose Rule
on Trans Athletes

Feds Propose Rule on Trans Athletes

It allows for restrictions in high school, college under certain conditions

(Newser) - The Biden administration is proposing a change to Title IX that would make categorical bans on transgender student athletes , now in place in 20 states, illegal under federal law. However, it would allow restrictions on trans athletes in high school and college if certain conditions are met. The proposed change...

FAA Nominee Withdraws
Nominee to Run
FAA Withdraws

Nominee to Run FAA Withdraws

Phil Washington's confirmation was stalled in the Senate

(Newser) - After twisting in the Senate winds for nine months, President Biden's nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration has given up on the job. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted Saturday night that Phil Washington has withdrawn, Politico reports. "The FAA needs a confirmed Administrator, and Phil Washington's...

Report: Feds Threaten Nationwide TikTok Ban

Company says it has been told Chinese owners need to sell their stake in app

(Newser) - After more than two years in office, President Biden apparently now holds the same position as his predecessor on TikTok. The administration has threatened to ban the app unless Chinese company ByteDance sells its stake, sources tell outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . In 2020,...

Biden Makes His Pick for Labor Secretary

Julie Su would be first Asian American to serve in Biden's Cabinet at secretary level

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday said he planned to nominate deputy labor secretary Julie Su to be his next labor secretary, replacing the departing incumbent, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Su, a civil rights attorney and former head of California's labor department, was central to negotiations between labor and freight...

For $2.3K, Americans Can Sponsor a Refugee

Welcome Corps initiative allows citizens to help displaced people make a home in the US

(Newser) - Ordinary Americans can apply to sponsor refugees on an expanded basis through a new effort expected to assist with the Biden administration's goal of welcoming 125,000 refugees this fiscal year. Nine federally funded nonprofits have helped settle most refugees in the US since 1980, though recent trials have...

For Those Seeking Abortion, This Is a 'Game Changer'

FDA finalizes rule change allowing certified pharmacies to dispense abortion pill mifepristone

(Newser) - The FDA on Tuesday approved a rule change allowing retail pharmacies to dispense the abortion pill mifepristone—providing more options for residents of states where abortion pills are allowed and for those able to travel out of states where abortion is restricted. The Biden administration broadened access to the drug...

Those Medicare Advantage Ads Face Crackdown

Biden administration proposes curbs to protect seniors from what senator calls scams

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Wednesday proposed a ban on misleading ads for Medicare Advantage plans that have targeted older Americans and, in some cases, persuaded them to sign up for plans that don't cover their doctors or prescriptions. The rule, proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,...

Here's What Russia Wanted in Exchange for Whelan

Officials pushed for release of Vadim Krasikov, detained in Germany: CNN

(Newser) - The family of Paul Whelan is holding out hope that "the third time is the charm." Referencing the releases this year of other Russian detainees Trevor Reed and Brittney Griner, the family said Monday it has faith that freeing Whelan remains a top priority for the Biden administration....

Trump: I Turned Down Trading Bout for Whelan

US and Russia plan to discuss American's release this week

(Newser) - Former President Trump said Sunday that he rejected a Russian prisoner trade that would have freed American Paul Whelan. In a post on Truth Social, the Hill reports, Trump said the price—the US release of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout—was too high. "I turned down a deal...

Judge's Move Likely Marks End of Efforts to Hold MBS Accountable

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Saudi crown prince in journalist's murder

(Newser) - The move Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee feared has come to pass: A US district court judge on Tuesday dismissed her lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the murder of the Washington Post journalist. Judge John Bates said he felt "uneasiness" in the decision, but had essentially no...

Top Border Official Refuses Request to Resign

Chris Magnus says he'll go to work Monday anyway

(Newser) - "I have no plans to resign as CBP commissioner," Chris Magnus said in a statement Friday. That may conflict with the Biden administration's plans, the New York Times reports. Magnus said Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, gave him a choice: Resign or be fired by President...

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