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Ahead of Bombshell Report, Biden Speaks to Saudi King

But there was no mention of Jamal Khashoggi in conversation with Saudi King Salman

(Newser) - President Biden spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Thursday for the first time since taking office—but the conversation was overshadowed by the looming release of a US intelligence report expected to say the 85-year-old king's son ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden...

US Airstrike Hits Syria Target Tied to Iran-Backed Militias

Attack is first military action taken under Biden

(Newser) - President Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria on Thursday, after recent rocket attacks launched on US forces in Iraq. The target was a structure thought to be used for smuggling weapons by two Shia militias backed by Iran, CNN reports. The goal of the US attack was to hurt the...

New York Is No Longer an 'Anarchist' City

New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, have designation rescinded

(Newser) - New York City is no longer an "anarchist" place in the eyes of the federal government after President Biden rescinded an order from his predecessor. The September order from former President Trump directed federal agencies to review grants and funds for Democratic-run cities "permitting anarchy, violence and destruction"...

Biden May Have 'Brewing Crisis' on Child Migrants

Decision to reopen an emergency facility brings charges of hypocrisy

(Newser) - When President Trump was in office, critics said his immigration policies resulted in children being held in "cages." Now that President Biden has reopened what it calls an "emergency facility" in Carrizo Springs, Texas, for immigrant minors, his critics are accusing him of hypocrisy. Coverage of the...

US to Share Report Blaming MBS for Khashoggi Killing

UN expert says it must be released 'for the sake of American democracy'

(Newser) - Though Donald Trump played nice with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it does not appear that President Biden will keep that up . The Biden administration plans to release on Thursday a declassified version of a 2018 intelligence report that concluded the crown prince approved and likely ordered the killing...

Biden Lifts Trump's Green Card Freeze

Republican's order halted most legal immigration

(Newser) - President Biden reversed yet another order from his predecessor Wednesday, lifting the "pause" on immigration that Donald Trump introduced in April last year. Biden said the Trump freeze on green cards, which was extended after being issued for an initial 60 days, did not protect the US economy as...

Biden Signs Order to Boost Vital US Supply Chains

He says bipartisan talks were 'like the old days'

(Newser) - President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening US supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods—a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to...

White House Plans to Distribute 25M Masks

They will be handed out at health centers, food banks

(Newser) - President Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus. It’s part of his effort to ensure equity in the government’s response to the pandemic, the AP reports. Biden is aiming to reach underserved communities and those bearing the brunt of...

Neera Tarden's Prospects Not Looking Better Today

Senate panels delay meetings that were slated for Wednesday on White House budget office nominee

(Newser) - It looked like Neera Tanden might have long odds in being confirmed as the head of the White House budget office, and "new hurdles" emerged on Wednesday, reports the AP . Two Senate committees postponed voting on her nomination, with a Democratic aide on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

Trudeau Swipes at Trump in Call With Biden

And more from their virtual meeting, their first since Biden took office

(Newser) - President Biden’s first bilateral meeting with Canada’s Justin Trudeau since taking office was high on policy, low on pomp, and featured a very large swipe at Biden's predecessor as the coronavirus forced the two leaders to convene virtually Tuesday rather than gathering with customary Oval Office fanfare....

Biden Leads Mourning of the Half-Million Lost

President says Americans killed by COVID-19 were 'extraordinary'

(Newser) - With the nation's death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak reaching a half-million, President Biden on Monday mourned the people who make up that statistic. "We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," he said in a televised address. "There's nothing ordinary about them. The people...

Meghan McCain: Fauci Doesn't Understand Science

Frustrated about 'inconsistent messaging,' co-host wants expert replaced

(Newser) - Meghan McCain is "over Dr. Fauci." The co-host of The View criticized the vaccine rollout on Monday's show and the coronavirus guidance given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, the Hill reports. McCain said he's guilty of "terribly inconsistent...

Biden to Hold Moment of Silence

500K deaths expected to be reached Monday

(Newser) - The US is within hours of hitting the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, and President Biden plans to honor the half-million US victims of the coronavirus with a moment of silence Monday night. He'll first offer remarks at the White House, and after the moment of...

Everybody Would Like a Word With Joe Manchin

Lobbyists look for ways to win Senate swing vote

(Newser) - His opposition to President Biden's choice as budget director probably will be the end of her nomination. He may well decide whether a $15-an-hour minimum wage, or a smaller one, becomes law. Everybody in Washington wants Sen. Joe Manchin's vote, but first, every lobbyist would like a moment...

Abbott Calls Biden's Move 'Partial Approval'

Disaster declaration could be added for other counties later, White House says

(Newser) - President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas on Saturday, an action that will send federal money to 77 of the state's 254 counties. Gov. Greg Abbott welcomed the announcement but pointed out that he'd requested the declaration for all Texas counties. "While this partial approval...

In First Speech on World Stage, Biden Reverses Trump

He disavows 'America First' message and pledges support of NATO, Europe

(Newser) - President Biden gave his first major speech to foreign leaders Friday in a virtual address to the Munich Security Conference. Two big themes: He declared that democracy was "under assault" in the US and around the world, and he stressed that the US would once again be working closely...

Biden's Ready to Talk With Iran About Nuclear Deal

US would be willing to meet with nations that negotiated the treaty

(Newser) - If invited, the Biden administration said Thursday, the US would meet with Iran and the other nations that signed the 2015 nuclear treaty about reinstating it. EU High Commissioner Josep Borrell said he'd be willing to set such a meeting up, USA Today reports. The US goal would be...

Biden Shuts Down $50K Student Debt Idea in 6 Words

'I will not make that happen'

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday slammed the door shut on a proposal to erase $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower with six words: "I will not make that happen," he said at a CNN town hall. But NBC News reports he did indicate that he was...

Biden Offers to Stay After Town Hall to Help Worried Mom

Plus more from the Tuesday night event

(Newser) - Joe Biden wrapped up his first town hall since becoming president Tuesday night, and the evening got pretty personal for one attendee of the event in Milwaukee, Wis. The woman asked a question about her 19-year-old son, who was diagnosed with pediatric chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at 14 and...

Biden Makes First Official Trip Out of DC as President

He's holding a town hall event in Milwaukee

(Newser) - Almost four weeks after taking office, President Biden has chosen Wisconsin for his first official trip outside Washington, DC, as president. Biden will discuss his COVID relief plan at a CNN town hall event in Milwaukee Tuesday night, the Hill reports. Biden, who narrowly won the battleground state in November,...

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