Biden and Macron plan to meet as the U.S. and France try to smooth things over in their submarine saga

President Emmanuel Macron as the leaders sought to smooth tensions following a messy arms deal with Australia that triggered a diplomatic row resulting in France – America’s oldest ally – recalling its ambassador to the U.S. “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic… Continue reading Biden and Macron plan to meet as the U.S. and France try to smooth things over in their submarine saga

President Joe Biden and other world leaders are given microphone ‘condoms’ at UN amid COVID fears (photos)

US President Joe Biden and other world leaders who spoke at Tuesday’s United Nations General Assembly were given a fresh microphone head in order to prevent the gathering of world leaders from becoming a COVID superspreader event.    The microphone head, had the appearance of black, condom-like bag. One reporter wrote: ‘New in the age of COVID, a little condom for the microphone’… Continue reading President Joe Biden and other world leaders are given microphone ‘condoms’ at UN amid COVID fears (photos)

Biden vows a new era of ‘relentless diplomacy’ as the world contends with Covid, climate change and China

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden defended his decision to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan in his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, a move that he says will allow the U.S. to pivot to other global challenges like the Covid pandemic, climate change and an ambitious China. Biden’s debut address to the 193-member… Continue reading Biden vows a new era of ‘relentless diplomacy’ as the world contends with Covid, climate change and China

President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will defend his decision to end America’s military mission in Afghanistan as he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for the first time as president. Biden is also expected to discuss the Covid pandemic, climate change and the challenges posed by China. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was scheduled to… Continue reading President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly

A key part of Biden’s plan to combat Covid is at risk as FDA meets to debate booster shots

A key part of President Joe Biden’s plan to combat Covid is in jeopardy as a Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee meets Friday to debate and vote on Pfizer and BioNTech’s application to offer booster shots to the general public. The vote by the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee –… Continue reading A key part of Biden’s plan to combat Covid is at risk as FDA meets to debate booster shots

His economic agenda on the line, Biden prepares to fight for tax increases on the wealthy

WASHINGTON – After a rough summer, President Joe Biden is getting ready to spend the autumn fighting for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. The surge of the Covid-19 delta variant, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, hurricanes, wildfires, evictions and inflation have all battered Biden’s approval ratings and exhausted White House staff. Now he… Continue reading His economic agenda on the line, Biden prepares to fight for tax increases on the wealthy

Biden to meet with Sens. Manchin, Sinema as Democrats try to build support for $3.5 trillion bill

President Joe Biden will meet Wednesday with Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema as he tries to nudge the skeptical Democrats to back his sprawling $3.5 trillion economic plan. The president will speak separately to the centrists Manchin and Sinema, who represent West Virginia and Arizona, respectively. Both lawmakers have criticized the proposed $3.5 trillion… Continue reading Biden to meet with Sens. Manchin, Sinema as Democrats try to build support for $3.5 trillion bill

Biden will nominate privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya to the FTC

President Joe Biden announced Monday that he plans to nominate privacy hawk Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission. If confirmed, the nomination would finalize Biden’s picks to the influential independent agency, allowing Democrats to move forward with an ambitious agenda on competition and privacy enforcement. Bedoya would take the seat currently occupied by Democratic… Continue reading Biden will nominate privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya to the FTC

Consumer trade group asks Biden for clarity on vaccination mandate

Consumer companies have questions for President Joe Biden about his plan to increase vaccination rates. On Thursday, Biden outlined a six-pronged plan for raising vaccination rates. His administration will require federal employees to get inoculated, without an option for weekly Covid-19 tests. Biden also said that he would ask the Department of Labor to issue… Continue reading Consumer trade group asks Biden for clarity on vaccination mandate

Biden, Xi discuss avoiding confrontation in second phone call of new U.S. administration

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since February on Friday. It marked the second call between the leaders since Biden took office in January, as tensions between the world’s two largest economies simmer. “President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability, and… Continue reading Biden, Xi discuss avoiding confrontation in second phone call of new U.S. administration