Category: Administration

Biden stumbles at presser but vows to ‘keep moving’ in campaign

President Biden on Thursday defended his viability atop the Democratic ticket amid growing calls from lawmakers for him to step aside, laying out the case for his candidacy, even as he made a high-profile gaffe at a closely watched press conference. The president was adamant he was the best man to take on former President Trump in November, despite others in the party openly questioning…

Biden maintains limit on Ukrainian strikes despite Zelensky’s push

President Biden on Thursday reaffirmed a limit on how Ukraine can use American-provided weapons to strike inside Russia, just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the restrictions “crazy.” While the U.S. has permitted Ukraine to strike beyond the Russian border near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Biden has resisted Ukrainian demands to reach Russian targets as far as 300 miles across the border.  “If…

US, allies raise concerns over Chinese hackers

A group of eight countries, including the United States and Australia, are raising concerns over Chinese hacking groups and the threat they pose. The advisory, reported first by The Wall Street Journal, marks an unusual move for Western governments, who joined together to target China’s cyber activity, which they claim is led by the country’s intelligence services. Australia led the warning and marks the first…

Anxious Senate Democrats warn time running short for answers on Biden’s future

Senate Democrats returned to Washington on Monday voicing concerns about President Biden’s future as the Democratic presidential nominee, setting up high-stakes talks in the coming days about a path forward for the party.  While no Senate Democrat has gone as far as at least six of their House counterparts in calling for Biden to step aside following his disastrous debate performance, questions swirled among anxious…

Julián Castro weighs in on Biden’s first post-debate interview: ‘Not good enough’

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro said President Biden’s interview on ABC Friday was “not good enough.” “I think the most chilling was when [George] Stephanopoulos asked him, ‘Well, what if you lose to [former President Trump,] then how are you gonna feel?’ and President Biden said, ‘Well, as long as I gave it my all,’ that basically that he would feel ok,”…

Live updates: Biden dodges questions on his mental fitness in Stephanopoulos interview

President Biden is sitting with ABC News for an interview airing Friday in response to a poor debate performance that has left Democrats reeling and looking for a new party leader. The interview, conducted by George Stephanopoulos is airing on ABC. Calls for Biden to step aside from the 2024 race have reached a fever pitch after a debate with former President Trump left the…

Disney heiress says she’ll stop donating to Democrats unless they replace Biden on ticket

A Disney heiress says she plans to stop donating to the Democratic Party unless President Biden drops out of the 2024 race after his dismaying debate performance against former President Trump last week. “I intend to stop any contributions to the party unless and until they replace Biden at the top of the ticket.  This is realism, not disrespect. Biden is a good man and…

Biden speaks to Netanyahu about ceasefire talks

President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Thursday morning about progress on a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. “Earlier I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss ongoing efforts to finalize a deal that would result in a ceasefire together with the release of hostages – a deal that I have outlined and is endorsed by the UN Security Council, the G7, and…

Biden says he was seen by doctor after debate and is fine

President Biden told Democratic governors that he saw a doctor after his shaky debate performance last week and was given a clean bill of health. The comments, first reported by Politico, apparently contradict White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who told reporters Tuesday that Biden had not had a medical exam since his February physical. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates confirmed to The Hill that…

Governors after Biden meeting: We have his back

A small group of Democratic governors affirmed their support for President Biden following a White House meeting with the president on Wednesday amid growing Democratic calls for him to drop out of the race.  “The feedback was, we are all looking for the path to win. All the governors agree with that, president Biden agreed with that,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, speaking outside of…

White House explains ‘We finally beat Medicare’ debate flub

The White House on Wednesday explained what President Biden meant when he misspoke and said “We finally beat Medicare” in last week’s presidential debate. “He meant to say he beat big pharma,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a briefing when asked about the president’s words. “I mean, that’s what he meant to say.” The statement about Medicare by the president last Thursday…

Biden: Trump’s immunity decision leaves ‘virtually no limits’ on presidency

President Biden on Monday harshly criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to largely shield presidents from criminal prosecution while serving in office, calling it a “dangerous precedent.”  “For all practical purposes, today’s decision almost certainly means that there are virtually no limits on what a president can do. It’s a fundamentally new principle,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “It’s a dangerous precedent, because…

Former defense secretary: Biden looking weak on world stage ‘very, very serious’

Former Trump defense secretary Mark Esper on Sunday expressed concern over how President Biden’s debate performance was perceived on a world stage, suggesting it could sew doubt within foreign allies and adversaries about his ability to serve. “I mean, it’s very, very serious. I mean, if you’re a foreigner, an ally or a partner, you’re looking at this and you start questioning…Does he have the…

Biden campaign says debate ‘did not change the horse race’ 

President Biden’s campaign said in a memo Saturday that his poor showing in Thursday night’s presidential debate “did not change the horse race.” “Flash polls from CNN, 538, SurveyUSA, Morning Consult, and Data for Progress show what we expected: The debate did not change the horse race,” Biden campaign Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon said in the memo. “This mirrors what the campaign’s internal post-debate polling…

Beryl strengthens into first hurricane of 2024 Atlantic season. Here’s what you should know

Hurricane Beryl became a hurricane Saturday, the first of the 2024 Atlantic season, according to discussions from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). “Beryl continues to rapidly strengthen, and has now become a hurricane,” the NHC said in a discussion Saturday evening on the Atlantic season’s first hurricane. “Satellite images show an expanding central dense overcast feature, and recent microwave images indicate that a partial eyewall…

Live updates: Biden, Trump set for Atlanta showdown

President Biden and Donald Trump are squaring off against each other in their first televised debate of the 2024 campaign in Atlanta, which will be hosted by CNN at 9 p.m. EDT. The stakes are high for both men. Trump holds a narrow lead over Biden nationally at 45 percent to 44 percent, according to a Decision Desk HQ/The Hill aggregate of polls. Biden has…

Bipartisan lawmakers call for increased AI oversight in Medicare Advantage coverage decisions

A bipartisan group of 51 lawmakers in both the House and Senate is calling for increased oversight of artificial intelligence (AI) in Medicare Advantage (MA) coverage decisions. In the letter addressed to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the group of lawmakers said that they are “concerned about MA plans’ use of prior authorization, specifically their ongoing use of…

Biden, Democratic leaders condemn protest violence outside Los Angeles synagogue

President Biden and prominent Democrats condemned protests of an Israeli real estate sale at a Los Angeles synagogue on Sunday, calling the protests antisemitic. Groups protesting the Israel-Hamas war and U.S. policy towards Israel gathered outside the Adas Torah, synagogue where organizers held an event advertising real estate for sale in “housing projects in all the best Anglo neighborhoods in Israel.” “Intimidating Jewish congregants is…

Emhoff says world ‘literally’ depends on Biden win in November

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff in a Sunday interview argued the significance of President Biden winning another term is so important, “the world depends” on it. Emhoff made the comments during an interview on CBS “Sunday Morning,” after being asked if he ever thought about how he and Vice President Harris could move back to California if the election were lost, and everything would be “just…

Emhoff to speak at new Tree of Life synagogue’s groundbreaking

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff will attend the groundbreaking ceremony later this week for the new campus of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the White House announced Monday. Emhoff, who is Jewish, will deliver remarks at the event Sunday, nearly six years after a gunman opened fire at the synagogue, killing 11 people in the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. Crews began demolishing…

Immigration advocacy groups sue Biden administration over border directive

Immigration advocacy groups are suing the Biden administration over President Biden’s recent directive that will limit the number of migrants seeking asylum at the southern border. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a number of other organizations filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. “We were…

Sudan may become ‘world’s largest humanitarian crisis,’ McCain warns

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain warned Sunday of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Sudan. In an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” McCain stressed the importance of “safe and unfettered access” for the organization to deliver food to the war-torn country. “Sudan has the real possibility of becoming the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” McCain said. “We cannot get food in —…

Trump attempts to take credit for insulin pricing in Truth Social post

Former President Trump attempted to take credit for insulin pricing in a post on Truth Social Saturday. “Low INSULIN PRICING was gotten for millions of Americans by me, and the Trump Administration, not by Crooked [President Biden,]” Trump said in the Truth Social post. “He had NOTHING to do with it. It was all done long before he so sadly entered office. All he does…

Biden on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ immigration criticism: ‘Is he describing himself?’

President Biden on Thursday questioned whether former President Trump was talking about himself after his rival called an immigration executive order by the White House that was announced this week “pathetic.” Trump this week said Biden’s “executive order won’t stop the invasion, it’s weak, and it’s pathetic,” adding that he believed the order was just for show ahead of the debate coming up later this…

Biden: Putin ‘not a decent man — he’s a dictator’

President Biden on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “not a decent man” and “a dictator” who has concerned him for decades while addressing a shift in U.S. policy allowing Ukraine to strike near Russia’s border with American weapons. Biden made the remarks in an interview with ABC World News anchor David Muir while in Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day…

Biden urges Congress to restore Roe v. Wade protections after Senate GOP blocks contraception bill

President Biden doubled down on his push for Congress to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law, after Senate Republicans blocked a bill from consideration Wednesday that would have established a federal right to birth control. “@VP and I believe that women in every state must have the freedom to make deeply personal health care decisions,” Biden wrote in a post on…

Biden says he doesn’t think Netanyahu is playing politics with war in Gaza

President Biden said Tuesday that he does not think Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “playing politics” with his handling of the war in Gaza. “I don’t think so. He’s trying to work out a serious problem he has,” Biden said when asked after remarks on the border whether Netanyahu was “playing politics with the war.” Biden’s comments came hours after a Time magazine interview…

Biden on foreign election meddling: ‘All the bad guys are rooting for Trump’

President Biden said in a new interview that there is evidence China is meddling in the upcoming U.S. election, quipping that “all the bad guys” are rooting for former President Trump in November’s race. “There is evidence that meddling is going on,” Biden told Time Magazine in an interview published Tuesday, declining to go into greater detail. When a reporter interjected to say it sounded…

Rubio: Biden is ‘demented man propped up by wicked and deranged people’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed President Biden on Friday calling him a “demented man” in a post on the social media platform X. “Our current President is a demented man propped up by wicked & deranged people willing to destroy our country to remain in power,” Rubio said in the post, which features a video of Biden following a Friday announcement about the Israel-Hamas war….

Biden says Israel has offered road map toward lasting cease-fire in Gaza

President Biden announced the terms of an Israeli-led proposal Friday that includes a three-part road map toward an end to fighting and the release of all remaining hostages taken Oct. 7, giving the strongest indication yet of a potential end to the war between Israel and Hamas. “After intensive diplomacy carried out by my team, my many conversations with leaders of Israel, Qatar and Egypt,…