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Biden: Every Generation Has to 'Earn' Freedom

He invokes anniversary of son Beau's death in Memorial Day remarks

(Newser) - President Biden marked Memorial Day with a pledge that the country would continue the work of the nation's fallen toward creating a more perfect union, "for which they lived, and for which they died for." Delivering remarks at a solemn remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden...

Biden Alludes to Trump at West Point Graduation

President tells cadets their oath binds them to protect the Constitution

(Newser) - President Biden praised the new graduates of the US Military Academy as "guardians of American democracy" on Saturday in a commencement address that clearly referred to Donald Trump without naming him. The president reminded the cadets that their oath is to "not a political party, not to a...

Judge Sets Conditions for Gun Trial of Hunter Biden

Events from defendant's personal life can be excluded as long as he doesn't testify

(Newser) - The judge overseeing Hunter Biden's federal firearms charges trial agreed Friday to block prosecutors from telling jurors about certain unflattering episodes from his personal life, but left the door open to allowing them in if the president's son testifies. It's unclear whether the defendant would take the stand...

White House Fetes Kenya With State Dinner

Lavish event was biggest of Biden's presidency

(Newser) - Thursday's White House state dinner honoring Kenyan President William Ruto offered around 500 guests stunning DC views, a knockout menu, and a dose of celebrity star power. The gathering was the first White House state dinner for an African nation since 2008, and it was the sixth and largest...

160K Student Borrowers Just Got Good News

Biden administration is moving to cancel a new round of student debt

(Newser) - The Biden administration is canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers through a combination of existing programs. The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellation on Wednesday, reports the AP , saying it will erase $7.7 billion in federal student loans. With the latest action, the administration said...

Biden: Move Against Netanyahu 'Outrageous'

President slams request by International Criminal Court's top prosecutor for arrest warrant

(Newser) - President Biden has been walking the line between supporting Israel and criticizing its Gaza attack , but on Monday he came down firmly on Benjamin Netanyahu's side. Biden called the decision by the top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court to seek an arrest warrant for the Israeli leader "...

Biden Commencement Speech Could Be Dicey for Him

He will speak at Morehouse, a decision opposed by many of its Black students

(Newser) - When he gives the commencement address at Morehouse College on Sunday, President Biden will have his most direct engagement with college students since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, and it will happen at a center of Black politics and culture. Morehouse is located in Atlanta, the largest city in...

Biden Claims Executive Privilege Over Hur Interview Audio

Republicans threaten to hold AG in contempt of Congress

(Newser) - President Biden has asserted executive privilege over audio of his interview with special counsel Robert Hur that's at the center of a Republican effort to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, the Justice Department told lawmakers Thursday. House Republicans have set two committee votes to recommend...

Mitt Romney: It Was a Mistake for Biden Not to Pardon Trump

Though perhaps not for the reason you might think

(Newser) - Mitt Romney thinks President Biden should have pardoned Donald Trump—but not because the Republican senator from Utah has any particular love for Trump. "[Biden] should have fought like crazy to keep this prosecution from going forward. It was a win-win for Donald Trump," Romney said in an...

Biden, Trump Dump Debate Commission
Biden, Trump Dump
Debate Commission

Biden, Trump Dump Debate Commission

Candidates agree to their own debates in June and September, accept an offer from CNN

(Newser) - President Biden and former President Trump are apparently ready to verbally rumble—without the assistance of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has been overseeing presidential debates since the late 1980s. As Politico reports, team Biden proposed two debates, one in June and another in September, with both to be...

US: Israel May Have Broken International Law

Nothing found calls for stopping arms shipments, State Department says

(Newser) - The State Department told Congress on Friday that although it hasn't found violations that would merit withholding military aid from Israel, it is "reasonable to assess" that the US ally's offensive in Gaza has used US weapons in breaking international law. At the same time, the Biden...

Biden Cheers WNBA Champs, Celebrates Women's Sports
Biden Cheers WNBA Champs

Biden Cheers WNBA Champs

Harris praises Las Vegas Aces as role models

(Newser) - President Biden welcomed the reigning WNBA champions, the Las Vegas Aces, to the White House on Thursday, celebrating what he called a "banner year" for women's basketball. "It matters to girls and women, finally seeing themselves represented," Biden said during the celebration, held in the East...

Netanyahu Responds Defiantly to Biden's Warning

Israel 'will stand alone' if necessary, he says

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu is responding with defiance to a warning from President Biden about an expected invasion of Rafah. After Biden said the US would halt the shipment of offensive weapons to Israel should it go ahead with the ground invasion, Netanyahu issued a video message :
  • "If we have to stand

Biden Issues 'Most Direct' Warning Yet to Israel

If Israel goes into Rafah, 'I'm not supplying the weapons,' president says

(Newser) - Following Monday's news of a "shot across the bow" by the US when it—for the first known time since the start of the Israel-Hamas war—paused an arms transfer to Israel, comes a big line from President Biden. "I made it clear that if they go...

Big Lines From Biden's Antisemitism Speech

President denounces 'ferocious surge' in America and the world

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday condemned what he called "a ferocious surge of antisemitism in America and around the world." His speech at a DC ceremony remembered victims of the Holocaust and referenced the ongoing pro-Palestinian protests at college campuses:
  • Ancient hatred: "We're at risk of people

A Small Fraction of Voters to Decide the 2024 Winner

In one view, '6% of voters in just 6 states'

(Newser) - The election is six months away, and a new national poll has some unsurprising news: President Biden and former President Trump are deadlocked at 37% each, reports USA Today . Its poll with Suffolk University also found that 8% back Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and another 5% back a third-party candidate...

Noem Changes Subject to Biden's Dog

Governor who killed her family's pet suggests Commander should be next

(Newser) - Whataboutism may have reached a new level Sunday when Kristi Noem, who's under fire after writing about once killing a family dog she found troublesome, tried to change the subject to President Biden's bite-happy German shepherd. "Joe Biden's dog has attacked 24 Secret Service people,"...

Biden Refers to Japan, an Ally, as 'Xenophobic'
Japan, India Take Issue
With Biden Comments

Japan, India Take Issue With Biden Comments

Aide says president was trying to endorse US history of accepting immigrants

(Newser) - Japan and India on Saturday rebutted President Biden's assessment of them as "xenophobic" countries unwelcoming to immigrants. A Japanese official who declined to be named said Biden misunderstands the US ally's policies, the AP reports, while adding that the government understands the president was trying to stress...

Biden's Young Dems Problem: 'They're Leaving in Droves'

President is getting pushback from junior members of his own party over Gaza deaths, Israel support

(Newser) - With the 2024 election just over six months away, President Biden is working with two big thorns in his side that threaten to damage his reelection bid: Israel's continued war against Hamas in Gaza, and the subsequent campus protests that are roiling colleges and universities across the US. Axios...

19 Get the Presidential Medal of Freedom Today

Biden will honor politicians, activists, athletes, and more

(Newser) - Clarence B. Jones says he thought a prankster was on the line when he answered the phone and heard the caller say they were from the White House. "I said, 'Is this a joke or is this serious?'" Jones recalled. The caller swore that President Biden wanted...

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