Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn has to divest investment portfolio to avoid conflict

White House senior advisor Anita Dunn is being forced to divest an investment portfolio worth an estimated $16.8 million to $48.2 million that ethics attorneys say poses significant conflicts of interest in her new role. The political and communications strategist will also have to recuse herself from myriad domestic and international issues that affect her … Read more

Biden signs ‘burn pits’ help for vets; a personal win, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits. “ “We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the … Read more

Roger Waters fan vows to sell tickets to rocker’s show after he branded Biden a war criminal

Former Roger Waters fans have taken to Twitter to tell how they intend to sell their concert tickets after the Pink Floyd rocker branded Biden a ‘war criminal’ for supporting war efforts the war in Ukraine. ‘Selling my @rogerwaters tickets for Vancouver & Los Angeles. Dude, read #Ukraine history,’ wrote one Twitter user on Sunday, … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, August 8

A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), New York, August 3, 2022. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stocks look for momentum US equity markets were on track to open higher Monday morning after three … Read more

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that killed … Read more

Senate vote on tax and climate bill: Live updates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warmingmoderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing huge corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers … Read more

Biden steps out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. A summer lawmaking blitz has sent bipartisan … Read more

US climate bill is welcomed internationally but still criticized for not going far enough

CNN — The Democrats’ $369 billion climate package, the largest such investment in US history, could have significant implications for global greenhouse gas emissions and the US’ standing in the world, after months of uncertainty in Congress undermined the Biden administration’s claims that “America is back .” US officials are hoping it puts them in … Read more

Senate rules referee weakens Dem drug plan in economic bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats’ plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden’s top domestic goals. Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan rules arbiter, … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more