White House Press Secretary Gets a New ‘Flak Jacket’: A Women’s Blazer

A decades-long West Wing tradition lives on, with a bright yellow twist.

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Karine Jean-Pierre’s Unlikely Rise to the White House Lectern

The first Black and first openly gay press secretary was raised in an immigrant family with “so many secrets.” Now she occupies one of the most scrutinized jobs in American politics.

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Karine Jean-Pierre Is Named White House Press Secretary

Ms. Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and the first openly gay person to serve in the role.

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Jen Psaki Is Said to Be in Talks to Join MSNBC

Ms. Psaki joined President Biden’s administration as his first press secretary.

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Why ‘Trust Us’ Is Often Reason Enough Not to Trust the Government

In the most sensitive government operations, the public can be beholden to the official narrative — which sometimes turns out to be wrong. Yet officials can be defensive about skepticism from the news media.

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Putin Signals Openness to Diplomacy While Blaming US for Crisis

The Russian president seemed to be trying to ratchet down tensions in the standoff over Ukraine, while claiming the United States was seeking to goad Moscow into an invasion.

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W.H. Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The White House press secretary was vaccinated against Covid when she became infected with the coronavirus.

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Why Humans, Not Machines, Make the Tough Calls on Comments

Technology helps The Times field thousands of comments a day. But only human judgment can apply Times standards to reject a submission. One editor gave a tour of the decisions that make up her job.

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Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern

President Biden’s press secretary has tamped down the vitriol that colored news briefings during the Trump administration. She still may not answer your question, though.

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White House Forces Out Trump Appointees From Boards of Military Academies

The Biden administration was seeking to ensure that board members were “qualified to serve” and aligned with the president’s values, said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

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Biden, in Thursday Speech, to Push Stricter Vaccine and Testing Mandates

White House officials said that, in a speech scheduled for 5 p.m., Mr. Biden would detail initiatives mean to pressure private businesses, federal agencies and schools.

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Biden White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order in Leak Case

The Justice Department also said it was changing its policy to bar seizing reporters’ phone and email records in hunts for their sources.

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Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details

As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.

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An Early Promise Broken: Inside Biden’s Reversal on Refugees

What had been an easy promise on the campaign trail — to reverse what Democrats called President Donald J. Trump’s “racist” limits on accepting refugees — has become a test of what is truly important to President Biden.

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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.

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Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

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In Milwaukee, Biden Offers Reassurance, and Tries to Avoid Mention of ‘the Former Guy’

It was President Biden’s first extended encounter with voters since Inauguration Day and was a rare opportunity for him to practice his signature brand of personal politics.

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In Biden’s White House, Masks, Closed Doors and Empty Halls

The West Wing has become a different place in an administration serious about Covid restrictions.

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Psaki Tries to Strike a New Tone in the White House Briefing Room

After the Trump White House’s undisguised hostility toward reporters, President Biden’s press secretary promised to “share the truth, even when it’s hard to hear.”

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Jen Psaki’s Debut: No Attacks, No Lectures, No Crowd Size Fixation

Ms. Psaki, the new White House press secretary, offered an olive branch to reporters after four years of combativeness from the Trump administration, in a briefing designed as a return to normalcy.

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On Day 1, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Legacy

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s assertive use of executive authority is intended to overturn what aides have described as “the gravest damages” President Trump inflicted on the country.

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Four Women Who Will Handle the Media in the Biden White House

President-elect Joe Biden is entering office with the stated intent of restoring credibility to government — and to the White House briefing room.

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Jennifer Psaki to Be Press Secretary as Biden Names All-Female Communications Team

Ms. Psaki, who served in prominent communications roles in the Obama administration, said she saw her job as trying to “rebuild trust.”

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Aides’ Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test

Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.

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Biden’s Team Steps Up Transition Plans, Mapping Out a White House

With Joe Biden leading in several important battleground states, his advisers and allies have moved rapidly to discuss hiring in critical roles, especially those overseeing the coronavirus response.

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