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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,"...

Blinken Tests Positive
Blinken Tests Positive

Blinken Tests Positive

Secretary of State attended the correspondents' dinner over the weekend

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and said he is dealing with mild symptoms. Blinken and his wife, Evan Ryan, attended the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night in Washington, CNBC reports. So did President Biden. The White House said the president's...

Biden Weighs In on Fate of Roe v. Wade

President says right to abortion should be codified into law

(Newser) - President Biden has weighed in on the extraordinary leak at the Supreme Court, arguing that a woman's right to abortion should be codified into law, reports Axios . "At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that...

Poll: Biden Rises but Can't Get Past Inflation

Democrats might take comfort in a couple of trends as the midterms near

(Newser) - Overall, more voters approve of the job President Biden is doing than did two months ago, a new poll has found. But issue by issue, the picture is less bright for the president, the Hill reports. The Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 42% of respondents are happy with Biden'...

Biden Makes a 'Coup' Joke at Annual Media Dinner

President roasts himself, Trump, the media at White House correspondents' event

(Newser) - The White House press corps' annual gala returned Saturday night along with the roasting of Washington, the journalists who cover it, and the man at the helm: President Biden. The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, sidelined by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, featured Biden as the first president in...

Don't Expect a Huge Number on Biden's Student Loan Salve

President still considering 'some debt reduction,' but not the $50K-per-borrower some Dems want

(Newser) - Reducing, or outright eliminating, debt for the 43 million people who've borrowed money via federal student loans has long been a top priority on progressives' wish list. And President Biden is seriously considering "some debt reduction," he announced this week, though advocates shouldn't get their hopes...

US Aid to Ukraine is 'Almost Exhausted.' Now, a New Plan

Biden proposes $33B assistance package to last an estimated 5 months

(Newser) - President Biden will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to help Ukraine fend off the Russian invasion, two administration officials said Thursday, per the AP . Biden's latest proposal—which the officials said was expected to last for five months—has more than $20 billion in military assistance for...

Leaders Past and Present Mourn Albright

'Freedom had no greater champion,' Biden says in eulogy

(Newser) - A veritable who's who of Washington leaders gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to Madeleine Albright, a child of conflict-ravaged Europe who arrived in the US at age 11 and became America's first female secretary of state. The trailblazing diplomat and champion of her adopted country as...

Biden Issues His First Pardons
Biden Issues
His First Pardons

Biden Issues His First Pardons

Grants clemency to 3, commutes sentences of 75 more

(Newser) - President Biden has granted his first three pardons, reports the AP , providing clemency to a Kennedy-era Secret Service agent convicted of bribery and to two people convicted on drug-related charges who went on to become pillars in their communities. Biden also commuted the sentences of 75 others for nonviolent, drug-related...

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