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Biden makes the economic case for fighting climate change on second day of virtual summit

Biden makes the economic case for fighting climate change on second day of virtual summit

(CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday highlighted the economic opportunities of climate action an ambitious new goal to at his Leaders Summit on Climate from the White House."Today's final session is not about the threat that climate change poses, it's about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides," Biden said. The President said he is grateful to all of the world leaders who have announced new commitments to curb emissions, and added that he felt the summit has so far yielded "great progress.""I'm very heartened by (Russian President Vladimir Putin's) call yesterday for the...

Apr 22
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Biden says verdict in Chauvin trial could be a step toward racial justice in America and urges country to come together

Biden says verdict in Chauvin trial could be a step toward racial justice in America and urges country to come together

(CNN)President Joe Biden said Tuesday racial justice after a jury found guilty of murdering George Floyd in a case that was closely watched around the world.Biden called the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case "a giant step towards justice in America" but added that much more needs to be done in his first remarks since the verdict.Calling systemic racism "a stain on our nation's soul," Biden said he was heartened by the jury's verdict, the testimony of other police officers against Chauvin throughout the trial and the collective realization about the reality of systemic racism worldwide that...

Apr 20
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Inside Biden's new 'Jobs Cabinet:' An extensive effort to notch infrastructure win

Inside Biden's new 'Jobs Cabinet:' An extensive effort to notch infrastructure win

(CNN) announced on Thursday that he would be assigning five Cabinet secretaries to serve as his messengers in working with Congress and engaging with the public on the administration's infrastructure proposal. "While most of the Cabinet will have a role in helping shape and press the jobs plan, today I'm announcing that I'm asking five Cabinet members to take special responsibility to explain the plan to the American public," Biden announced during his first Cabinet meeting since being sworn in. The five secretaries he appointed as his infrastructure emissaries are: Transportation Secretary...

Apr 1
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Biden calls Georgia law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century' and says Justice Department is 'taking a look'

Biden calls Georgia law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century' and says Justice Department is 'taking a look'

(CNN) on Friday called a signed into law in Georgia "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "an atrocity," saying the Justice Department is "taking a look" at the measure.Asked if there was anything the White House could do to protect voting rights in Georgia, Biden told reporters on a tarmac in Delaware, "We're working on that right now. We don't know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department's taking a look as well."A spokesperson for the Justice Department told CNN earlier Friday that the agency is "aware of the law," but had no further comment. In a statement...

Mar 26
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Biden says Putin 'will pay a price' for Russian efforts to undermine the 2020 US election

Biden says Putin 'will pay a price' for Russian efforts to undermine the 2020 US election

Washington (CNN) said Vladimir Putin "will pay a price" for his efforts to undermine the 2020 US election following a landmark American intelligence assessment which found that the Russian government meddled in the 2020 election with the aim of "denigrating" Biden's candidacy. "He will pay a price," Biden said of Putin in an interview that aired Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America". "We had a long talk, he and I, and relatively well. And the conversation started -- 'I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, be prepared.'" Biden held his first call with Putin in late...

Mar 17
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Biden honors the half million US lives lost to coronavirus

Biden honors the half million US lives lost to coronavirus

(CNN) honored the American lives lost to on Monday, speaking of the collective grief of a nation and in personal terms."The people we lost were extraordinary. They spanned generations," he said. "Just like that, they took their final breath alone, in America."Biden spoke from experience when it came to describing the grief of losing a loved one. "For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it's like to not be there when it happens. I know what it's like when you are there holding their hands, there's a look in their eye and they slip away," Biden said. "I know that when...

Feb 22
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Biden son-in-law faces conflict of interest concerns following coronavirus response investments

Biden son-in-law faces conflict of interest concerns following coronavirus response investments

Washington (CNN)The White House has pledged to bar family from using the office for personal gain, but questions are being raised by good governance groups and about whether an investment firm co-founded by Biden's son-in-law could present a new set of ethical challenges for the administration. On the campaign and now, at the White House, Biden has faced questions about whether his son, Hunter, or his brother, , could pose conflicts of interest over their business dealings. But now, Biden's son-in-law, Dr. Howard Krein, is facing scrutiny.Krein, who married Ashley Biden in 2012, is a head...

Feb 10
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Biden to halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and take other climate-related action

Biden to halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and take other climate-related action

(CNN)President Joe Biden will sign several executive actions related to the climate crisis on Wednesday, including one directing the secretary of the interior to pause on entering into on public lands or offshore waters.The executive order directs the interior secretary to launch a "rigorous review" of the existing leasing and permitting programs related to fossil fuel development, and to identify steps to double renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030, according to a fact sheet provided by the White House. The halting of new leases fulfills a campaign promise by Biden and...

Jan 27
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Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day

Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day

AdvertisementA commission stood up by U.S. President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the U.S. issued its inflammatory report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Trump announced that he was establishing the commission last fall, following a slew of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. He blamed the school curriculum for violence that resulted from some of the protests, saying that "the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools."The commission...

Jan 19
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US has more than 9 million Johnson & Johnson doses ready to go once pause is lifted

US has more than 9 million Johnson & Johnson doses ready to go once pause is lifted

(CNN)The US has more than 9 million doses of ready to be administered now that a federal vaccine panel has recommended resuming use, CNN has learned. President Joe Biden's coronavirus adviser Jeff Zients told CNN earlier Friday that there are more than 9 million doses that have already been distributed to states, tribes, territories and federal channels that are ready to go once the panel recommended lifting the pause. But it's still unclear how soon those shots will be administered. On Friday afternoon the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization...

Apr 21
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