What’s the Secret of Biden’s Success?

The president’s party is finally comfortable in its own skin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #obama-barack, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-economy

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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The Republican Retreat on World Affairs

What will G.O.P. foreign policy be post-Trump? Who knows!

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #lugar-richard-g, #obama-barack, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Contradiction That Doomed America’s Mission in Afghanistan

How a series of fateful choices and lofty ambitions put Taliban defeat at odds with American victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bush-george-w, #obama-barack, #taliban

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With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

The president’s choice to set a firm date for a full withdrawal reflected a belief that the priorities of 2021 require moving on from policies set in 2001.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #defense-department, #graham-lindsey, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #reed-jack, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Once a Backer of Military Force, Biden Nominee Now Embraces Soft Power

If confirmed to oversee the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power will confront adversaries by bolstering democracy and human rights. China is an early focus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #power-samantha, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #garland-merrick-b, #goldsmith-jack-l, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #obama-barack, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #tribe-laurence-h, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #deese-brian-c-1978, #democratic-party, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Keeps Trump’s Policy Retaining Land Mines in U.S. Arsenal, for Now

On the campaign trail, Joseph R. Biden Jr. had pledged to reverse his predecessor’s land mine policy. A Pentagon spokesman said the matter was under review.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #leahy-patrick-j, #mines-explosive, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained

Talks in Vienna starting Tuesday will try to bring both the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. It won’t be easy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-energy, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Biden’s Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Sarah Onyango Obama, Ex-President’s Stepgrandmother, Dies at 99

Known widely among Kenyans as Mama Sarah, Ms. Obama was seen as the matriarch of Barack Obama’s extended family in Africa.

#deaths-obituaries, #kenya, #luo-tribe, #obama-barack, #obama-hussein-onyango, #sarah-onyango-obama, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Here’s Where The First Guantánamo Detainees Are Now

The Pentagon called the first 20 prisoners sent to Guantánamo in 2002 “the worst of the worst.” Just two remain there. Others are spread around the world — including four senior Taliban figures.

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Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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Timing Is Everything, Biden Says, and ‘Politics Is the Art of the Possible’

In his first formal news conference since taking office, President Biden offered an early glimpse of the man who inhabits the Oval Office and his approach to the presidency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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11 Years On, the Affordable Care Act Defies Opponents and Keeps Expanding

More than 200,000 have used a special enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the act, while Alabama and Wyoming eye the law’s Medicaid expansion.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden: Old Pol, New Tricks

Biden’s got the buzz. Who’s smirking now?

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #obama-barack, #stimulus-economic

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Confronting Violence Against Asians, Biden Says That ‘We Cannot Be Complicit’

Vice President Kamala Harris joined the president in forcefully condemning the killings in Atlanta. “Racism is real in America, and it has always been,” she said.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

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Five Who Used Marijuana in Past Will Exit White House, Calling New Guidelines Into Question

The episode highlighted how murky new guidelines toward past use are, particularly for a White House that has pledged to embrace progressive positions.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #obama-barack, #office-of-personnel-management, #psaki-jennifer-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

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Insiders Jockey for Whittled-Down Ambassadorship Slots

Hundreds of donors and former lawmakers, who have not been Foreign Service officers but are close to the president, are said to be clamoring for about 35 ambassadorship slots available.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #obama-barack, #state-department, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #white-house-office-of-presidential-personnel

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With Biden Endorsement, Push to Weaken Filibuster Gains Traction

Activists and lawmakers say momentum is on their side but warn of a prolonged fight as Republicans dig in and some Democrats remain unconvinced.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #jentleson-adam, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Democrats, Pushing Stimulus, Admit to Regrets on Obama’s 2009 Response

In pitching President Biden’s relief package, Democrats have said their 2009 stimulus efforts under Barack Obama were insufficient. Those close to Mr. Obama have noticed.

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #emanuel-rahm, #federal-budget-us, #jarrett-valerie, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden, Pitching Stimulus, Promises Milestones for Vaccines and Checks

The president kicked off a week of events to promote his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan by appointing Gene Sperling, a longtime Democratic aide, to oversee spending under the bill.

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Stimulus Bill as a Political Weapon? Democrats Are Counting on It.

The $1.9 trillion package is a big bet by the party that it will restore a sense of normalcy by the 2022 elections and that voters will defy history and reward Democrats with more seats in Congress.

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #obama-barack, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Plans Messaging Blitz to Sell Economic Aid Plan

Drawing on a lesson from early in the Obama administration, the White House wants to tell voters how the legislation will help them and keep Republicans from defining it on their terms.

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Biden Will Revisit Trump Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due-process rights to students accused of sexual assault.

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President Biden Will Revisit Trump Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due-process rights to students accused of sexual assault.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #colleges-and-universities, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #obama-barack, #sex-crimes, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Biden Plans to Undo Trump’s Changes to Title IX

President Biden is expected to detail his directives in a speech on Monday afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #obama-barack, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

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How Emergent BioSolutions Put an ‘Extraordinary Burden’ on the U.S.’s Troubled Stockpile

The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve.

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Biden Seeks Update for a Much-Stretched Law That Authorizes the War on Terrorism

The legal basis for the war against Al Qaeda and its successors is aging and frayed, but how to replace it has long bedeviled lawmakers.

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Taking on a New Role, Susan Rice is Asserting Herself

After serving as United Nations ambassador and national security adviser in the Obama administration, she has unexpectedly ended up helping oversee domestic policy in the Biden White House.

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Joe Biden’s Approach: Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Agenda

If you dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy.

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Congressman Harassed Staff and Got Drunk as White House Doctor, Watchdog Says

Ronny Jackson, a Republican who enthused that President Donald J. Trump had “incredible genes,” sexually harassed a woman on a White House trip and had “meltdowns” with his staff, a report found.

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

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After Stimulus, Biden to Tackle Another Politically Tricky Issue: Infrastructure

Strengthening the country’s highways, bridges and broadband networks has broad popular support, but Washington remains bitterly divided on the details.

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Bruce Springsteen to Appear in Federal Court on Drunken-Driving Charges

The singer-songwriter was expected to appear Wednesday morning by videoconference to face the charges in New Jersey.

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Biden Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be?

Unless he challenges the fundamental premises of U.S. foreign policy, he will repeat the mistakes of his predecessors, but in a more competitive world.

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

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Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen: The Latest Podcast Duo

Their new show, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” features the 44th president and the musician speaking intimately and expansively on topics like race, fatherhood and the country’s painful divisions.

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Biden Signals He’s Flexible on Immigration Overhaul

After two decades of failure, advocates for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are considering a new strategy: pressing for piecemeal legislation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Faces Deadline on Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The question is whether the small contingent of American troops can accomplish anything after 20 years — and whether full withdrawal would clear the way for Taliban advances.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

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Nobody Wins in an Economy of White Resentment

But there is a way out of America’s zero-sum socioeconomic thinking.

#black-people, #income-inequality, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #tea-party-movement, #united-states-economy, #whites

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How Stable Is the Democratic Coalition?

The party may control the elected branches in Washington. But it may be facing some slippage in support from minority communities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Nuclear Deal Debate

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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