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Jeff Mason
Reuters White House Correspondent; Past president at WHCA; Colorado native, Northwestern grad, Fulbright alum. Postings in DC/Brussels/Frankfurt/Berlin.Source
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Biden’s climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming

Biden’s climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate summit will turn to the issue of technology on Friday, featuring remarks from entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, after Thursday’s Earth Day kickoff sought to rally world ambition to reduce global warming.Biden called the two-day meeting with dozens of heads-of-state to declare the United States back at the climate leadership table after his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, withdrew from the Paris agreement to cut...

Apr 23
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Biden's climate duo of Kerry and McCarthy puts U.S. back in global warming fight

Biden's climate duo of Kerry and McCarthy puts U.S. back in global warming fight

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unlikely duo is steering President Joe Biden’s efforts to restore U.S. credibility on fighting climate change: a patrician former presidential candidate and a plain-speaking, long-time civil servant – both with Boston roots and baseball loyalties.John Kerry and Gina McCarthy worked together under former President Barack Obama, when Kerry served as secretary of state and McCarthy led the Environmental Protection Agency.Now their mission is more targeted.The two must deliver in the coming days a new, ambitious pledge to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and win...

Apr 16
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Biden's climate envoy Kerry to hold talks with China, South Korea

Biden's climate envoy Kerry to hold talks with China, South Korea

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will travel to China this week to discuss international efforts to tackle global warming, seeking to press his counterparts to make ambitious emissions reduction targets despite tension in the U.S.-China relationship.The U.S. State Department said Kerry would travel to Shanghai and Seoul, South Korea, for talks on April 14-17, ahead of President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with world leaders on climate change next week.Kerry will “discuss raising global climate ambition,” during his visits, the State Department said.A source familiar...

Apr 13
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U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit on Friday carefully choreographed to counter China’s growing influence.President Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan - countries together known as the Quad - pledged at their first summit to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific and to cooperate on maritime, cyber and economic security, issues vital to the four democracies in the face of challenges from...

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Mar 12
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In summit with India, Japan and Australia, Biden says free Indo-Pacific 'essential'

In summit with India, Japan and Australia, Biden says free Indo-Pacific 'essential'

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden met leaders of Australia, India and Japan on Friday, a group central to his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power, and said a free and open Indo-Pacific region was crucial to all of them.The White House says the virtual meeting of the countries known as the Quad, the first at leader level, shows the importance Biden places on the Indo-Pacific region and that it will focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, and on reviving economic growth.“A free and open Indo Pacific is essential to...

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Mar 12
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Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election.Slideshow Biden’s order comes on the 56th anniversary of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” when state troopers and police attacked civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, who were protesting racial discrimination at the voting booth.On Wednesday Democrats in the House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation to update voting...

Mar 7
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Biden unveils plan to pump $1.9 trillion into pandemic-hit economy

Biden unveils plan to pump $1.9 trillion into pandemic-hit economy

By , WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal on Thursday designed to jump-start the economy and speed up the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.Biden campaigned last year on a promise to take the pandemic more seriously than President Donald Trump, and the package aims to put that pledge into action with an influx of resources for the coronavirus response and economic recovery.“It’s not hard to see that we’re in the middle of a once-in-several-generations economic crisis with a once-in-several-generations public health...

Jan 14
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Operation Warp Speed chief adviser resigns, Biden's transition official says

Operation Warp Speed chief adviser resigns, Biden's transition official says

By (Reuters) - Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser for Operation Warp Speed, has resigned but will be available to the incoming Joe Biden administration as a consultant for about four weeks, a Biden transition official told Reuters late on Tuesday.Slaoui's role leading the COVID-19 vaccine development for the government effort is expected to be diminished after Jan. 20, according to CNBC, which first reported the development.The Biden team has not asked Slaoui to stay past his current contract, which includes a 30 days’ notice before termination, CNBC said.The U.S. Department of Health and...

Jan 13
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Trump's demoralized staff count down the final days

Trump's demoralized staff count down the final days

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has lost the support of many former loyalists in his administration after a riot at the U.S. Capitol that he helped provoke, and his White House is in “meltdown” as it lurches through his final days, current and former officials said.While Democrats plan to introduce an article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, many White House staff members are upset and embarrassed by the turn of events, and are eager to move on. They said they have faced criticism from peers and are worried about damage to their reputations and job prospects.Some...

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White House repeats no Taiwan policy change; experts see Biden gaffe

White House repeats no Taiwan policy change; experts see Biden gaffe

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The White House on Friday reiterated that Joe Biden was not signaling a change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan when he said the United States would come to the island's aid if it was attacked by China, and analysts dismissed the president's remark as a gaffe.While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.Biden when he was asked at a CNN town hall in Baltimore on Thursday night...

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