White House seeks $65 billion for ‘Apollo’ plan to prepare for future pandemics

The White House, stepping into delicate negotiations on Capitol Hill over funding to prevent future pandemics, unveiled on Friday a $65.3 billion preparedness plan that it likened to the Apollo missions to the moon, and called on Congress to immediately invest at least $15 billion for the effort. But the $15 billion figure is only … Read more

Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged robust federal help for the Northeastern and Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida and for Western states beset by wildfires, with the catastrophes serving as deadly reminders that the “climate crisis” has arrived. “These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here,” Biden said in a White House speech. … Read more

Joe Biden, needing a win, enters a Sprint for his Economic Agenda

President Joe Biden, his aides and his allies in Congress face a September sprint to secure a legislative victory that could define his early presidency. Democrats are racing the clock after party leaders in the House struck a deal this week to advance the two-track approach that Biden hopes will deliver a $4 trillion overhaul … Read more

Biden rules out changes in US troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden has ruled out any change in the US plan to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan despite the Taliban increasingly gaining control over large swaths of the war-torn country, saying Afghan leaders need to come together and fight for themselves and their nation. President Biden in April ordered the withdrawal of all the … Read more

Biden offers ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in US after China crackdown

President Joe Biden on Thursday offered temporary “safe haven” to Hong Kong residents in the United States, allowing what could be thousands of people to extend their stay in the country in response to Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in the Chinese territory. In a signed memo, Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security to implement … Read more