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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 […]

Biden signs bill to counter spike in anti-Asian hate crime

May 20 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to curtail a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and expressed pride that lawmakers who seem to agree on little else came together against hate and racism. Biden lavished praise on Democrats and Republicans for approving the bill by lopsided […]

Biden to award 1st Medal of Honor to retired Georgia colonel

May 19 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will award his first Medal of Honor this week to a retired colonel for acts of bravery during the Korean War, the White House announced Wednesday. Biden will bestow the nation's most prestigious military honor on retired Col. Ralph Puckett Jr., who held Hill 205, a strategic position near […]

Let’s face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

May 15 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to keep masking up until all 435 of them get their COVID-19 […]

Let’s face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

May 14 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked "certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to keep masking up until all 435 of them get their COVID-19 […]

White House releases Jan. logs of visitors to Biden, aides

May 7 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday began voluntarily identifying people who visited with President Joe Biden or his aides, reinstating a practice put in place by Democrat Barack Obama but later dropped by Republican Donald Trump. “This release was made in accordance with the reinstated policy to voluntarily disclose White House visitor logs,” the […]

US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

May 2 2021 — Darlene Superville — WILMINGTON, Del. — The U.S. top trade negotiator will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed worldwide, two White House officials said Sunday. The White House has been under pressure from lawmakers at home and governments […]

Adviser suggests Biden still wears mask outside out of habit

May 2 2021 — Darlene Superville — WILMINGTON, Del. — One of President Joe Biden's top White House advisers suggested Sunday that he's still wearing a mask outdoors out of habit although the latest public health guidance says he doesn't need it. Questioned about Biden's practice, senior adviser Anita Dunn told CNN's “State of the Union” that she realized that she was […]

Biden helps his Amtrak family celebrate its 50th anniversary

Apr 30 2021 — Darlene Superville — PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden didn't want to be anywhere else Friday than helping his Amtrak family celebrate 50 years on the rails. “I wouldn't have missed this for the world,” he said at Amtrak's station in Philadelphia, where he used the occasion to plug his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. Biden rode Amtrak almost daily […]

Meet ‘SGOTUS’: Emhoff settles in as second gentleman of US

Apr 29 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice-President Kamala Harris, has probably toured more COVID-19 vaccination centres than he ever imagined. If he ever imagined that at all. His drop-ins at places where people are rolling up their sleeves for a jab of protection have become a particular focus for Emhoff as he begins to […]

Harris, Pelosi make history seated behind Biden at speech

Apr 28 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Vice-President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address. President Joe Biden noted the historic development at the very opening of his address. After taking the podium, Biden […]

What to watch during Biden’s 1st big speech to Congress

Apr 28 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is putting the finishing touches on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a prime-time speech on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Biden will use the speech before lawmakers and a broader viewing audience to talk about what he's accomplished in the […]