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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 […]

‘Pop’ fans: Biden kids, grandkids part of White House scene

Apr 26 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's grandkids say anyone who wants to take a crack at their “Pop” has to go through them first. When Biden calls to check in, he doesn't stop with one grandchild but ends up dialing all of them for updates. Even son Hunter Biden gets a nightly call from Biden. Biden’s […]

White House: Jill Biden ‘tolerated’ medical procedure ‘well’

Apr 14 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Jill Biden had a “common medical procedure” on Wednesday, came through it “well” and was expected to resume her normal schedule, the White House said. President Joe Biden accompanied his wife to an outpatient centre near the campus of George Washington University. No further details were immediately released about the condition of the […]

Harris highlights pregnancy difficulties facing Black women

Apr 13 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — One Black mother said she nearly died after her son was born following an earlier miscarriage and a stillbirth. Another Black mother said that she wasn't told about the dangers of her particular pregnancy complication in women like herself and that it led to the loss of her baby just before her delivery […]

Major training: Biden dog gets help adjusting to White House

Apr 12 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's dog Major will get professional help adjusting to the White House after a pair of biting incidents last month. Private training for the 3-year-old German shepherd will be conducted “off-site” — not at the White House but in the Washington area, Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson […]

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

Apr 7 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Jill Biden on Wednesday delivered on her promise to prioritize the struggles of military families by reviving a decade-old initiative that challenged Americans to do something as simple as mow the lawn or drop off a meal for a family with a loved one in the armed forces. Biden said military families are […]

Official: Biden moving vaccine eligibility date to April 19

Apr 6 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential, front-line workers, the president plans to announce that every […]

Harris to move into official VP residence next week

Apr 1 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — After more than two months of living in temporary housing, Vice-President Kamala Harris will soon be able to unpack and unwind at her official residence on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Symone Sanders, senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice-president, tweeted Thursday that Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will […]

Ruh roh! Biden pooch drops doggie doo in White House hallway

Mar 31 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Doggie doo in the White House? One of President Joe Biden's dogs apparently deposited the pile of poo in the hallway outside the Diplomatic Reception Room, just off the South Lawn, on Wednesday. Reporters accompanying Jill Biden on a trip to California spotted the brown stuff on the red-carpeted hallway as they waited […]

Hunter Biden says he wouldn’t repeat work for Ukrainian firm

Mar 31 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's son Hunter says his service on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, which Republicans tried to turn into a negative during the 2020 presidential campaign, wasn't unethical and didn't represent a lack of judgment on his part. But the younger Biden wouldn't do it again if given a chance, […]

Biden announces diverse first slate of judicial nominees

Mar 30 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate a “trailblazing slate” of judicial nominees, a field that includes Black, Muslim American and Asian American Pacific Islander candidates for federal courts and for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The White House said the 11 nominees are attorneys who have […]

Harris back on the road after opening weeks in Washington

Mar 17 2021 — Darlene Superville — LAS VEGAS — She needed no introduction, but the vice-president offered one anyway. “I’m Kamala Harris,” she told the women behind a coffee counter at the Culinary Academy, where job seekers learn how to make lattes and other coffee drinks to become baristas. Harris wasn’t here just for the soy-milk latte sweetened with lavender syrup. […]

Biden, Harris and others to promote relief plan’s benefits

Mar 15 2021 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Let the sales push begin. President Joe Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris and their spouses are opening an ambitious, cross-country tour this week to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion plan to defeat the coronavirus and boost the economy. The road show — dubbed the “Help is Here” tour by the White House […]

FEMA to help manage unaccompanied minors at US-Mexico border

Mar 13 2021 — Darlene Superville — WILMINGTON, Del. — The Biden administration is turning to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help managing and caring for record numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children who are streaming into the United States by illegally crossing the border with Mexico. FEMA will support a governmentwide effort over the next three months to safely receive, shelter […]

For Biden, there’s no place like a weekend home in Delaware

Mar 13 2021 — Darlene Superville — WILMINGTON, Del. — As he stood in the Rose Garden celebrating his first big legislative win, President Joe Biden gestured to the White House and said it's a “magnificent building” to live in. Except on weekends. Of the eight weekends since Biden took office, he has spent three at his longtime home outside Wilmington, Delaware, […]