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White House considered requiring vaccines for international air travelers

The idea was shelved after some aides worried it would be impractical to require proof of vaccination every time a passenger boards a plane. The debate reflects the pressure on Biden to weigh practical, political and economic factors in setting covid strategy.
  • Sep 14, 2021

Biden thought he could persuade vaccine skeptics. He couldn’t. So he embraced mandates.

President Biden also shed his hesitancy to wade directly into the rough currents of “pandemic politics” — as he calls the deep divide over how to approach the virus — triggering the kind of red-hot reaction on the right that he’s sought to avoid in the opening months of his presidency.
  • Sep 10, 2021

What to know about Biden’s pandemic plan and vaccine mandates

The measures will affect tens of millions of Americans and include coronavirus vaccine mandates for workers at businesses with 100 or more employees.
  • Sep 9, 2021

Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for businesses, federal workers

The president, expressing frustration with the “distinct minority” refusing the shots, will require all companies with 100 or more employees to ensure workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.
  • Sep 9, 2021

Texas abortion law abruptly reshapes the political landscape

Both parties are thrust into new positions as Democrats fear a long-standing principle is at risk and Republicans see their aspirations closer to reality. Will Democrats be mobilized by the threat, or Republicans by their gains?
  • Sep 2, 2021

The storms of August: Biden’s devastating month stokes midterm fears among Democrats

Biden’s strategy in Afghanistan, where 13 Americans were killed this past week, as well as heightening concern about covid-19 have set off a fresh round of intraparty finger-pointing.
  • Aug 28, 2021

Afghan evacuees left on planes for hours at Dulles International Airport before being cleared for entry

Evacuees from Afghanistan are facing long delays as they wait to be processed at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.
  • Aug 27, 2021

U.S. leaders move to shut down further freelance trips to Kabul

Officials warned against unauthorized trips to Afghanistan and the Pentagon made clear its disapproval of such visits. The moves came in response to an unapproved trip this week by a pair of U.S. lawmakers.
  • Aug 25, 2021

Two Congress members make unauthorized trip to Kabul amid evacuation efforts

Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), who both served in Iraq before being elected to Congress, returned home via a U.S. military flight used for evacuating U.S. citizens, allies and vulnerable Afghans.
  • Aug 24, 2021

Four weeks in July: Inside the Biden administration’s struggle to contain the delta surge

After declaring ‘independence from a deadly virus’ on July Fourth, Biden and his team were caught flat-footed as the delta crisis spiraled out of control.
  • Aug 21, 2021