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Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Sep 15 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. The White House meeting comes less than a week after Biden announced that the Labor Department […]

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Sep 15 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging and urged Congress to keep the trend going by extending the more generous financial assistance, […]

Biden, leaders of Australia, India, Japan to meet in person

Sep 13 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan for a four-way meeting later this month to strategize about COVID-19, climate change and other issues. Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced Monday that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga […]

Biden to survey NY and NJ storm damage after deadly flooding

Sep 7 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will survey damage in parts of the northeast that suffered catastrophic flash flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, and use the muddy backdrop to call for federal spending to fortify infrastructure so it can better withstand such powerful storms. Biden is set to tour Manville, New Jersey, and […]

Jill Biden heads back to classroom as a working first lady

Sep 7 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is going back to her whiteboard. After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumes teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009. She is the first first […]

Biden marks Labor Day delivering sandwiches to union members

Sep 6 2021 — Darlene Superville — NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden marked the Labor Day holiday on Monday by delivering deli sandwiches to union members, the people he says built the middle class. A casually dressed Biden stepped from his dark SUV holding boxes of sandwiches from Capriotti's, a restaurant chain founded in Wilmington, in his home state […]

Harris to California on Wednesday to campaign with Newsom

Sep 4 2021 — Darlene Superville — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit California's Bay Area next week to campaign with Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces possible removal from office in a Sept. 14 recall election. Symone Sanders, Harris' chief spokesperson, tweeted Saturday that the vice president would visit on Wednesday. Sanders later confirmed that the trip is for Newsom's political benefit. […]

Biden postpones Friday plan to head to Delaware home

Aug 20 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the continuing crisis in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden postponed plans to head to his Delaware home on Friday and instead will spend the night in Washington. The White House announced the latest schedule change hours before Biden spoke about the chaotic evacuation of American citizens and allies from Afghanistan. The president […]

Obama curtails 60th birthday bash after delta variant surge

Aug 4 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — The party for the nation's 44th president will go on, but only for family and close friends. Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend at his Martha's Vineyard home off the Massachusetts coast due to the surge of infections blamed on the delta variant […]

Biden fires Trump-appointed head of Social Security agency

Jul 9 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday fired the commissioner of Social Security after the official refused to resign, and Biden accepted the deputy commissioner's resignation, the White House said. Biden asked commissioner Andrew Saul to resign, and his employment was terminated after he refused the Democratic president's request, a White House official said. […]

Jill Biden’s travels show range of missions and emotions

Jul 3 2021 — Darlene Superville — PHOENIX (AP) — After wrapping up a hectic, two-day swing through Dallas, Houston and Phoenix to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, Jill Biden didn’t relax on the four-hour flight back to Washington. She prepped for yet more travel in a week that by itself demonstrated the range of missions and emotions associated with the first lady's movements […]

Cesar Chavez’s legacy lives on in Biden’s staff, Oval Office

Jun 28 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama flew to California to dedicate a national monument to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez nearly a decade ago, a group of the activist's relatives were invited to pose for photos with the president. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Chavez's granddaughter, hung back. As a member of Obama's staff, she had […]

Biden promotes milestone of 300M vaccine shots in 150 days

Jun 18 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office. Biden credited scientists, companies, the American people and his whole-of-government effort. The president noted that the […]

Jill Biden getting Delaware beach day for her 70th birthday

Jun 2 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is getting a day at the beach for her 70th birthday. President Joe Biden and his wife were heading to their Delaware beach house Wednesday evening to help the first lady celebrate that personal milestone on Thursday. The trip makes for a rare midweek getaway from the White House by […]