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White House closes in on ‘families plan’ spending proposal centered on child care, pre-K, paid leave

White House closes in on ‘families plan’ spending proposal centered on child care, pre-K, paid leave

White House officials are closing in on a large spending plan centered on child care, paid family leave and other domestic priorities, according to two people aware of internal discussions. The package could amount to at least $1 trillion of new spending and tax credits, though details remain fluid.The American Families Plan, the second part of the administration’s Build Back Better agenda, is expected to be unveiled ahead of President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on April 28, the people said. It follows the approximately $2 trillion that the White House introduced this...

Apr 19
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‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

ADShortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation’s southern border: Don’t come now — but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration — while eager to roll back Donald Trump’s immigration policies — first needed to to avoid winding up with “2 million people on our border.”Less than a month later, the new president began tearing down some of the guardrails himself....

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Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

WASHINGTON - Shortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for an interview with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation's southern border: Don't come now - but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration - while eager to roll back Donald Trump's immigration policies - first needed to implement "guardrails" to avoid winding up with "2 million people on our border."Less than a month later, the new president...

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Mar 20
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Capitol Police officer suspended after antisemitic document found at checkpoint

Capitol Police officer suspended after antisemitic document found at checkpoint

ADU.S. Capitol Police suspended an officer Monday after a copy of an infamous antisemitic tract was found near a Capitol Hill security post Sunday, alarming a congressional aide who viewed the document in plain sight at the checkpoint. Photographs provided to The Washington Post show a printed copy of the Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion on a table inside an entrance to the Longworth House Office Building.The Post provided the photographs to the Capitol Police on Monday morning and requested comment. The department said Monday evening that acting chief Yogananda D....

Mar 15
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Tanden withdraws as budget nominee in Biden’s first Cabinet defeat

Tanden withdraws as budget nominee in Biden’s first Cabinet defeat

ADThe White House withdrew Neera Tanden’s nomination to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday evening after she faced bipartisan opposition for the job — dealing President Biden his first Cabinet defeat in the evenly split Senate.Tanden, who would have been the first woman of color to lead the powerful budget agency, drew opposition because of past social media posts attacking Republican lawmakers. In a letter to the president withdrawing herself from consideration, Tanden acknowledged that she had no remaining path to confirmation and said she did not...

Mar 3
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Nevada Democrats move to end presidential caucuses

Nevada Democrats move to end presidential caucuses

A new bill would convert the state’s nominating system to a primary election that would threaten New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status.In this Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, people wait in line to vote at a polling place on Election Day in Las Vegas. | John Locher, File/APNevada Democrats moved Monday to end the use of caucuses in presidential nominating contests, part of a concerted effort to push the state to the front of the primary calendar.The bill, which was introduced in the Assembly, would convert the nominating system in the state to a primary election instead of caucuses, a move...

Feb 15
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Biden pledged ‘science, not politics.’ It's been more complicated.

Biden pledged ‘science, not politics.’ It's been more complicated.

Nearly a month into Biden’s presidency, the push to reopen schools is laying bare the thorny balancing act between science and politics.President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, Feb. 11. | Evan Vucci, File/APPresident Joe Biden promised that his administration would lead with “science and truth,” a continuation of a campaign message that he’d prioritize and elevate government scientists, in a sharp break from the Trump administration's pandemic response.But nearly a month into Biden’s presidency, the...

Feb 13
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Biden plunges fully into Covid relief talks

Biden plunges fully into Covid relief talks

The president knows his presidency rides on swift action on the $1.9 trillion package. On Wednesday, he showed it.President Joe Biden has inserted himself more directly into the talks over the coronavirus relief package. | Evan Vucci/APAfter two weeks of letting negotiations over a Covid relief package linger in Congress, Joe Biden hit the gas on Wednesday.The president worked the phones and hunkered down with fellow Democrats at the White House, in what aides described as an overt signal that he wants his massive “rescue” package passed and passed quickly.“If we are going to get our arms...

Feb 4
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‘It’s a mess’: Biden’s first 10 days dominated by vaccine mysteries

‘It’s a mess’: Biden’s first 10 days dominated by vaccine mysteries

Biden’s team is still trying to locate upwards of 20 million vaccine doses that have been sent to states — a mystery that has hampered plans to speed up the national vaccination effort.U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. | Doug Mills, Pool/Getty ImagesJoe Biden promised he’d bring in a competent, tested team to run the pandemic response, set ambitious vaccination targets and impose strict public health guidelines.His team arrived at the White House with a 200-page response plan...

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Biden seeks to bring normalcy back to White House after tumultuous 4 years

Biden seeks to bring normalcy back to White House after tumultuous 4 years

The aftershocks of Trump's presidency, however, are likely to continue to disrupt Biden's administration for months to come.President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House on Wednesday night. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoJoe Biden bounced down Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, reveling in the opportunity to greet the small handful of supporters lining the street and joke with reporters while on-air.It was a brief moment of normalcy for the consummate retail politician.But Biden’s first day as president was most remarkable for the abject...

Jan 21
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