Biden’s fentanyl position sparks criticism from 2 sidesFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
President Joe Biden’s calls in his State of the Union speech for strong criminal penalties in response to soaring deaths linked to the potent opioid fentanyl are being rebuked by harm reduction advocates who say that approach could make the problem worse, even as some in Congress jeered the comments and blamed the Democrat’s border policies for deepening the crisis.
Biden’s State of the Union draws audience of 27.3 millionFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 27.3 million people watched President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on television, the second smallest audience for the annual event in at least 30 years, the Nielsen company said on Wednesday.
Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflictFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State of the Union address tends to have a ritual rhythm. Grand entrance.
China says it was smeared in Biden State of the Union speechFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China says it was smeared in U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address that repeatedly mentioned competition between the two countries.
Analysis: Biden confronts doubters with State of the UnionFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stepped to the rostrum for his State of the Union address at what should be a high point of his presidency.
Biden in State of Union exhorts Congress: ‘Finish the job’February 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden exhorted Congress Tuesday night to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation as he delivered a State of the Union address aimed at reassuring a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions.
Arkansas Gov. Sanders slams Biden for ‘woke fantasies’February 8, 2023 GMT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders painted a dystopian portrait of the country in her rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, leaning heavily into Republican culture war issues and accusing Biden of pursuing “woke fantasies.”
GOP on GOP: Romney scolds Santos, ‘You don’t belong here’February 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. George Santos positioned himself in a prime location for President Joe Biden's State of the Union address — an uncomfortably prominent place for the embattled new lawmaker who faces multiple investigations and has acknowledged embellishing and even lying about his life story.
State of the Union live updates: Latest on Biden’s speechFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Follow along for real-time updates on President Joe Biden's 2023 State of the Union address from The Associated Press.
U2′s Bono, family of Tyre Nichols’ among Jill Biden’s guestsFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
Rock star Bono, the family of Tyre Nichols and the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman in last month’s Monterey Park, California, shooting were among the featured guests sitting alongside first lady Jill Biden at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Toll of police brutality on display at State of the UnionFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The toll of police brutality in America was on painful display Tuesday night as family members of Black men and women killed in custody joined lawmakers in the Capitol to hear President Joe Biden's State of the Union address.
Transcript: Biden’s second State of the Union addressFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
Transcript of President Joe Biden's second State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and as provided by the White House:
Mr. Speaker. Madam Vice President. Our First Lady and Second Gentleman.
What to Watch: New political vibes this State of the UnionFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Look for new faces and fresh political dynamics as President Joe Biden delivers this year's State of the Union address, coupled with attention to some old problems brought back into painful focus by recent events.
Biden to focus on vets, cancer patients, others in speechFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will outline some new steps Tuesday to go after illegal drugs, help veterans and cancer patients, and provide more access to mental health care.
State of the Union? Congress doesn’t fully reflect diversityFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — When lawmakers gather for President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, the Republican side of the aisle will look slightly different than it did a few years ago.
Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC pollFebruary 6, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Democrats now think one term is plenty for President Joe Biden, despite his insistence that he plans to seek reelection in 2024.
AP to ChatGPT: Do the State of the Union, as ShakespeareFebruary 6, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’ve heard it once in a president's State of the Union speech, you’ve heard it 100 times: There is nothing the American people can’t do when they pull together.
But you haven’t heard that thought in a State of Union address from William Shakespeare: “Lo,” said the bard.
Biden’s State of the Union to tout policy wins on economyFebruary 5, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his second State of the Union address on Tuesday to remind Americans of how their lives have been improved over his first two years in office, as he tries to confront pessimism in the country and navigate the tricky politics of a newly divided Washington.
State of the Union: Biden sees economic glow, GOP sees gloomFebruary 4, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Joe Biden sees a nation with its future aglow.
Biden, Cabinet visiting 20 states after State of the UnionFebruary 4, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and his Cabinet will embark on a post-State of the Union “blitz” to at least 20 states next week to discuss his economic agenda after his Tuesday night address to Congress, the White House announced Friday.
Arkansas Gov. Sanders to give GOP response to Biden addressFebruary 2, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republican address to the nation in response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union speech next week as the GOP seeks to show it's creating a new generation of leaders.
Tyre Nichols’ parents to attend Biden State of Union speechJanuary 31, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Tyre Nichols, the Black man who was severely beaten by a group of Memphis, Tennessee, police officers and died days later, will attend President Joe Biden's State of the Union address next week at the U.S.
McCarthy invites Biden for Feb. 7 State of the Union speechJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address on Feb. 7, the White House said, after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy extended the invitation for him to address a joint session of Congress that day.
Ukrainian defenders dig in as Russia boosts firepowerApril 11, 2022 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukrainian forces dug in on Sunday, Russia lined up more firepower and tapped a decorated general to take centralized control of the war ahead of a potentially decisive showdown in eastern Ukraine that could start within days.
Live Updates | Zelenskyy: Next few days of war are crucialApril 10, 2022 GMT
LVIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s president warned his nation Sunday night that the coming week would be as crucial as any in the war.
“Russian troops will move to even larger operations in the east of our state,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address.
Biden finds no respite at home after returning from EuropeMarch 28, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the last nine, unscripted words of an impassioned speech about Russia's aggression in Ukraine, President Joe Biden created a troubling distraction, undermining his effectiveness as he returned home to face restive Americans who strongly disapprove of his performance on issues that matter most to them.
Justice Dept. names prosecutor to go after pandemic fraudMarch 10, 2022 GMT
The Justice Department named a chief prosecutor for pandemic fraud Thursday, following through on President Joe Biden's State of the Union promise to go after criminals who stole billions in relief money.
Republican Iowa Gov. Reynolds announces run for 2nd termMarch 10, 2022 GMT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds launched her campaign for a second full term Wednesday night at a rally in Des Moines, touting her conservative agenda of cutting taxes, personal freedom from mandates and school choice.
‘The best of us’: Biden promises improved care for veteransMarch 9, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said U.S. veterans were the “backbone, the spine, the sinew” of the nation, as he pushed for better help for members of the military who face health problems, including after exposure to burn pits.
Biden drew more viewers in otherwise quiet TV weekMarch 8, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — In an otherwise quiet week for television, President Joe Biden was the biggest star.
An estimated 38.2 million people watched him deliver his first State of the Union speech last week, spread across several networks that carried it.
First lady touts Intel training program in Chandler stopMarch 8, 2022 GMT
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden promoted her husband's economic agenda Monday during a stop in Arizona, a state President Joe Biden won by the narrowest of margins and which is crucial for Democratic hopes of retaining control of Congress.
First Lady Jill Biden will be in Arizona, Nevada this weekMarch 6, 2022 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — First Lady Jill Biden will be in Arizona this week to highlight job training and cancer treatment programs, two policy priorities mentioned by President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address last week, the White House announced Sunday.
Pelosi: GOP Reps. Boebert, Greene ‘should just shut up’March 3, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had stern words Thursday for two of the most right-wing members of her chamber after their outbursts during President Joe Biden's State of the Union.
Biden risks progressives, Blacks with pivot to the centerMarch 3, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is signaling an election year shift to the center, embracing a strategy he hopes will protect fragile Democratic majorities in Congress. But he's risking a revolt from key voices across his party's sprawling coalition.
Live updates: Vaccine manufacturer braces for complicationsMarch 3, 2022 GMT
The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war:
SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean pharmaceutical company manufacturing Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine says it's bracing for business complications as the U.S.-led West escalates sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
Biden plan would tackle chronic gaps in mental health careMarch 3, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s new plan to expand mental health and drug abuse treatment would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into suicide prevention, mental health services for youth, and community clinics providing 24/7 access to people in crisis.
Biden’s State of the Union speech draws 38 million viewersMarch 3, 2022 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 38.2 million TV viewers watched President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, according to Nielsen ratings.
Biden, Cabinet fan out around nation to sell domestic agendaMarch 2, 2022 GMT
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden, struggling to regain his political footing as the midterm elections approach, visited the crucial state of Wisconsin on Wednesday to promote one of his top accomplishments, a bipartisan infrastructure measure that will distribute billions of dollars to fix roads, bridges and other public works.
Yellen: US to ‘freeze, seize’ wealth of Russian oligarchsMarch 2, 2022 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a visit to Chicago on Wednesday to spotlight the Biden administration's determination to strip Russian oligarchs of their wealth in response to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
GOP wants to end Russian oil imports to US, boost productionMarch 2, 2022 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican elected officials across the U.S. are criticizing President Joe Biden over his energy policies and urging his administration to do more to ramp up domestic production as a way to help wean the nation and its allies off oil from Russia.
State of the Union: Biden vows to halt Russia, hit inflationMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, President Joe Biden vowed in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S.
Iowa governor swipes at Biden leadership in GOP rebuttalMarch 2, 2022 GMT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, delivering the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday, painted the picture of a country in the grip of several crises as she hammered the president's leadership, notably on the world stage.
Analysis: Biden seeks ‘reset’ on pandemic and his presidencyMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Midway through his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Joe Biden pleaded with the country to finally, after nearly 1 million deaths, stop viewing the coronavirus as a political fault line.
Biden speech takeaways: War in Ukraine transforms focusMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a little more than a week ago, President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address was focused largely inward, looking at the economic and public health woes besetting the U.S.
Blue and yellow: Ukraine unity colors State of the UnionMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The blue and yellow brought the room together.
Some lawmakers wore blue and yellow outfits. Other pinned blue and yellow ribbons to their lapels. When the flags of Ukraine were handed out to lawmakers, some tucked them into their suit coats like pocket squares.
AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s State of Union is off on guns, EVsMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden related a faulty Democratic talking point about guns in his first State of the Union speech, made his plan on electric vehicles sound more advanced than it is and inflated the sweep of his infrastructure package.
Boebert outburst on Afghanistan jolts State of the UnionMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden was coming to the end of his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a somber moment about his son’s death turned into a stunning outburst by one of the Republicans' most outspoken members.
Biden joins allies, bans Russian planes from US airspaceMarch 2, 2022 GMT
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address that the U.S. is banning Russian flights from its airspace in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.
The move follows similar action by Canada and the European Union this week.
Biden outlines COVID plans, says it’s time to return to workMarch 2, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that “it's time for Americans to get back to work” as he announced new efforts to allow people to return to normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions.
Live updates: Ukraine gets $34M in cryptocurrency donationsMarch 2, 2022 GMT
The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war:
BOSTON — A firm that tracks cryptocurrency transactions says $33.8 million in the digital currency has been donated to Ukraine’s government and non-governmental organizations there since the start of Russia’s invasion, nearly a third of it on Tuesday.
Text of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union addressMarch 2, 2022 GMT
The text of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, as provided by the White House:
Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President, our First Lady and Second Gentleman. Members of Congress and the Cabinet.
Iowa governor signs flat tax bill into lawMarch 2, 2022 GMT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law a bill that phases in a 3.9% flat tax over four years, eliminates taxes on retirement income and lowers taxes for corporations at an estimated overall cost of about $2 billion in lower annual total state income when fully implemented.
Washington Congresswoman DelBene tests positive for COVID-19March 1, 2022 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene said Tuesday she has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address.
“Ahead of President Biden’s first State of the Union address, I took a COVID-19 PCR test.
What to watch in Biden’s 1st State of the Union addressMarch 1, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden sat through many State of the Union speeches as a senator and vice president. On Tuesday night, he’ll deliver the address himself.
But it comes at a challenging time for Biden, who is weighed down by public disapproval of his handling of the economy and the pandemic.
Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin tests positive for COVID-19March 1, 2022 GMT
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Raskin said he tested positive on Monday, after taking a test for members of Congress who planned to attend the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
State of the Union: Amid disputes, common cause for UkraineMarch 1, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — They have argued viciously in Congress over just about everything: Whether the Capitol insurrection should be investigated or brushed aside. If the president’s choice for the Supreme Court should be the first Black woman.
Biden to launch ambitious overhaul of nursing home qualityMarch 1, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use his State of the Union speech to launch a major overhaul of nursing home quality, including minimum staffing levels and steps to beef up inspections while continuing to keep COVID-19 at bay.
New normal: Fence is up, Guard on standby for State of UnionFebruary 28, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fencing around the U.S. Capitol is back up for the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Police cars with flashing lights are stationed at major intersections and highways.
On cusp of Biden speech, a state of disunity, funk and perilFebruary 28, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — In good times or bad, American presidents come to Congress with a diagnosis that hardly differs over the decades. In their State of the Union speeches, they declare “the state of our union is strong" or words very much like it.
Capitol ditches mask requirement ahead of State of the UnionFebruary 27, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Face coverings are now optional for President Joe Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday, as Congress is lifting its mask requirement on the House floor after federal regulators eased guidelines last week in a rethinking of the nation's strategy to adapt to living with a more manageable COVID-19.
Fence being reinstalled around US Capitol for Biden speechFebruary 27, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fencing installed around the U.S. Capitol for months after the January 2021 insurrection will be put back up before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as concern grows about potential demonstrations or truck convoys snarling traffic in the nation’s capital.
State of the Union: Biden speech comes amid crises, setbacksFebruary 26, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress, he said the country was “ready for takeoff” after a period of plague and strife.
Biden to follow State of Union address with Wisconsin tripFebruary 25, 2022 GMT
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden travels to Wisconsin next week, the day after delivering his State of the Union speech in Washington.
According to the White House, Biden and first lady Jill Biden will stop in Superior on Wednesday to discuss how the $1 trillion infrastructure law will improve the state's roads and bridges, among other things, and create jobs.
GOP leaders pick Iowa governor for State of Union responseFebruary 22, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on March 1, GOP congressional leaders announced Tuesday as they look outside Washington to appeal to voters in a midterm election year.
Pelosi opens Biden State of the Union speech to full HouseFebruary 17, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — All members of Congress are being invited to attend President Joe Biden's upcoming State of the Union address, crowding the House chamber for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic as the White House tries to nudge COVID-19 toward the nation’s rear-view mirror.
COVID a wildcard as Biden prepares for State of the UnionFebruary 17, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hoping to use his upcoming State of the Union address to nudge the pandemic into the nation’s rear-view mirror. But it could turn into yet another disruptive display of national tensions and frustration over trying to move past COVID-19.
Hogan talks up presidential interest on Sunday morning showFebruary 13, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has shut the door on a U.S. Senate run, he's leaving the door open to a presidential bid in 2024.
Hogan, a Republican, talked about his political future on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday morning show.
Olympics Live: US diplomat says human rights should be focusFebruary 6, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says China’s selection of a Uyghur athlete to help deliver the Olympic flame in Beijing was an attempt by Chinese officials to “distract” from global attention on its human rights violations.
Rachel Maddow taking hiatus from MSNBC show until AprilFebruary 1, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's most popular personality, said Monday she will be taking a hiatus from her prime time show until April to work on a new podcast and that a movie is being made of her first book and podcast about former Vice President Spiro Agnew.
Biden to deliver first State of the Union address on March 1January 7, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on March 1, the White House confirmed Friday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the president a formal invitation to speak to Congress and the American public one year into his term.
Today in HistoryJanuary 4, 2022 GMT
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2022. There are 361 days left in the year.
Hogan: Coming weeks may be “worst part” of pandemic for MDJanuary 2, 2022 GMT
Maryland's governor predicts that the next four to six weeks may be the “worst part” of the pandemic for his state.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Gov.
Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variantDecember 5, 2021 GMT
U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.
Sanders holds essay contest for Vermont high school studentsNovember 6, 2021 GMT
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding his 12th annual State of the Union Essay Contest to get Vermont high school students more engaged in the political process.
The contest coincides with the president's State of the Union address to Congress outlining priorities for the upcoming year.
Facebook unveils new controls for kids using its platformsOctober 10, 2021 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and “nudging" teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content that's not conducive to their well-being.
The Latest: Fauci says fine to trick-or-treat this yearOctober 10, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON -- The government’s top infectious diseases expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decline, especially for those who are vaccinated.
EU chief turns to Paralympian Vio to inspire Europe’s youthSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU's top official at the end of her State of the Union address.
Stung by Afghan debacle, EU forges ahead with security plansSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises.