National Newswatch

Jill Biden apologizes after remark about Latinos causes stir

Jul 12 2022 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden apologized Tuesday for saying Latinos are “as unique" as San Antonio breakfast tacos during a speech to the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. “The first lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” tweeted Jill Biden's spokesperson, Michael LaRosa. […]

Biden awards Medal of Honor to 4 for Vietnam heroism

Jul 5 2022 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday bestowed the nation's highest military honor to four Army soldiers for their heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War. Biden presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Edward N. Kaneshiro, Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell, Specialist Five Dennis M. Fujii, and […]

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul 3 2022 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York City nurse […]

New press secretary hails barrier breakers who paved way

May 16 2022 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Karine Jean-Pierre held her first briefing as the new White House press secretary on Monday, crediting “barrier-breaking people" who came before her for making it possible for a Black, gay, immigrant woman like herself to rise to one of the most high-profile jobs in American government. “I stand on their shoulders. If […]

Jill Biden was president’s eyes, ears on trip to Ukraine

May 9 2022 — Darlene Superville — BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The first telephone call Jill Biden made from her black SUV after an unannounced meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart inside the embattled country was to her husband, President Joe Biden. Biden and Olena Zelenska, who had not been seen in public since President Vladimir Putin sent Russia's military into her country […]

Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Ukraine, meets first lady

May 8 2022 — Darlene Superville — UZHHOROD, Ukraine (AP) — Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with first lady Olena Zelenska to show U.S. support for the embattled nation as Russia presses its punishing war in the eastern regions. Biden traveled under the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile […]

Jill Biden hears heartbreak of Ukrainian moms now in Romania

May 7 2022 — Darlene Superville — BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Jill Biden on Saturday heard heartbreaking stories from Ukrainian women and children who fled Russia’s war and found safe haven across the border in Romania, and the American first lady praised the Romanian government and relief organizations for the range of humanitarian aid they are providing to refugees. At a Romanian […]

Michelle Obama to address democracy summit June 13 in LA

Apr 20 2022 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at a democracy summit sponsored by a national, nonpartisan voting organization she helped create, the group announced Wednesday. The former first lady's June 13 remarks to When We All Vote's inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles will be her first in-person appearance before […]