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Biden's bad winter gets worse with inflation, virus and Russia

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden entered the New Year with his signature economic plan stalled, inflation at 40-year highs and Russia threatening war in Ukraine. Somehow, things have only gotten worse.

A series of setbacks this week further clouds the fate of Biden’s policy agenda and the trajectory of his presidency.

Fresh data on ...Read more

Former minister jumps into crowded French presidential race

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PARIS — Christiane Taubira, who served as justice minister in the last Socialist government, formally announced her intention to run for president in an already crowded race.

“I am a candidate,” Taubira said in a speech in Lyon, weeks after first touting a possible plan to run. “I have been meeting with the French, with you, in your ...Read more

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US Census shelves planned changes to population survey

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau postponed planned changes to its population survey, which economists said would have jeopardized their ability to dig below the main employment data to track more detailed wage and job figures.

The Census Bureau had planned to publish fewer details from its Current Population Survey — which polls ...Read more

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We are getting help.' First lady Jill Biden comforts Bowling Green tornado victims

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — First Lady Jill Biden toured a Bowling Green neighborhood on Friday that was ravaged by a tornado and promised that the town would recover in the months ahead.

“I know it probably felt more like an end than a beginning,” Biden said of a second, less powerful storm that unnerved residents when it Bowling Green on Jan. ...Read more

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Federal website to order free at-home COVID-19 tests is launching next week

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WASHINGTON — Starting Wednesday, Americans can go to a federal website to request delivery of free rapid-COVID-19 tests to their homes, according to the White House.

The launch of covidtests.gov is an attempt to remedy nationwide shortages, but tests will be limited to four per home, the White House said Friday.

Last month, amid growing ...Read more

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NY Rep. John Katko is third impeachment-backing Republican to head for exit

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WASHINGTON — John Katko, a former federal prosecutor who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, announced Friday he will retire later this year.

Katko said in a statement he made the decision in order to, “enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way,” but he added has was also �...Read more

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Biden's agenda collides with Supreme Court willing to flex power

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a fresh reminder of its power to thwart President Joe Biden’s agenda as it sided with Republicans by blocking a rule that would have required COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for more than 80 million workers.

The court’s conservative majority on Thursday dealt a dramatic blow to the centerpiece of ...Read more

No child tax credit deal in sight as monthly benefits lapse

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WASHINGTON — Monthly payments of up to $300 per child didn’t go out Friday for the first time in six months, and some families may never see benefits as generous again.

Democrats are working to restore an expansion of child tax credits they enacted on a temporary basis last year. But they don’t have the votes to do so without curtailing ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden rants, while inflation rages

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While President Joe Biden is off doing Civil War reenactments, American families are left trying to balance household budgets that are being smashed by soaring prices. Inflation topped 7% in 2021, the largest surge in consumer costs since 1982.

Break out basic necessities, and the inflation impact is even more devastating:

— Meat, poultry, ...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Momentum slows for voting rights bills as Sinema, Manchin reject filibuster change

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WASHINGTON — Democrats’ strategy to begin a Senate debate on voting rights began to crumble Thursday when two key moderates reiterated their support for keeping the filibuster, another Democrat quarantined with COVID-19 and President Joe Biden expressed doubt that landmark legislation would land on his desk anytime soon.

A day that began ...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for the workplace

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule...Read more

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Is the pandemic-set 'Station Eleven' great TV or not? We fight it out

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EDITORS: The following contains spoilers from the season finale of “Station Eleven.”

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Since its debut last month, “Station Eleven” has drawn both acclaim (from critics including our own Robert Lloyd) and criticism (from fans of the novel on which it’s based, which it changes in key ways). Now, as HBO Max’s tale of a pre-, post-...Read more

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COUNTERPOINT: Biden is doing more than you think

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At a time of pandemic-driven gloom and relentless Republican-driven doom, President Joe Biden is already a flop.

That’s the shrill, orchestrated and nonstop message from GOP lawmakers and conservative commentators, who — as we’ve learned (see Sean Hannity and Donald Trump) — work in coordinated concert.

Just one year into his ...Read more

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POINT: Biden's first year in Oval Office has been a disaster

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As we approach the one-year mark of Joe Biden’s tenure as the 46th president of the United States, it is safe to say that Biden has performed poorly on several of the most pressing issues a president is tasked with handling.

First, Biden declared on several occasions while campaigning for the presidency that he would “shut down the virus.�...Read more

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'We're all frustrated': Biden deploying military medical teams in omicron response

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that “we’re all frustrated” with the ongoing pandemic as he announced additional federal support to help Americans navigate the omicron wave.

The military is deploying medical personnel to several states to help reinforce strained hospitals, following through on a plan that Biden ...Read more

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House passes measure to allow Senate to begin voting rights debate

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a measure that will allow the Senate to begin debate on Democrats’ voting rights legislation, as President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill to push his party to do all it can to adopt the measure.

The House measure, approved 220 to 203, contains a pair of voting rights bills — the Freedom to Vote ...Read more

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Biden to send military doctors to NY, NJ and other states

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The U.S. military will deploy new help to hospitals in New York and New Jersey as they grapple with a wave of hospitalizations driven by the omicron variant.

President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday that his administration is deploying military doctors, nurses and others to six hospitals in six states, including Coney Island Hospital in ...Read more

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'Kingmaker' Trump heads to rural Arizona, where GOP candidates are eager for his backing

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Donald Trump is signaling he intends to fight this year for Republican candidates in Arizona — and beyond — even though some high-profile GOP nominees scored victories last year with the former president largely on the sidelines.

Republicans are riding high after a number of victories and close losses last year, including in two states ...Read more