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Black lawmakers press Biden to deliver on his promises

In Oval Office meeting, the Congressional Black Caucus leadership raised police shootings, voting rights and diversity in the president’s appointments.
  • Apr 13, 2021

How Biden’s support for the All-Star Game boycott divided Democrats in Georgia

The president injected himself into a highly charged debate with major political, economic and social consequences — in a state that is increasingly up for grabs politically and is crucial to Democratic and Republican success.
  • Apr 8, 2021

With new immigration role, Harris gets a politically perilous assignment

Some Democrats worry that the vice president’s new task will collide with her long-term ambitions and that, for better or for worse, she could own much of what happens on the border in coming months.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Biden wades into contentious Georgia boycott battle by voicing support for moving All-Star Game

The remarks put the president on a tightrope between defending Americans’ right to vote and calling for a controversial boycott that could kneecap people and businesses emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Apr 1, 2021

Major, one of Biden’s German shepherds, bites another person, White House says

This incident marked the second time in less than a month for the dog, who is about 3 years old.
  • Mar 30, 2021

Biden says he plans to seek reelection in 2024, faces questions on filibuster, immigration, Afghanistan

The president answers questions from the media as his fledging administration grapples with mass shootings, an influx of migrants at the border and an ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mar 25, 2021

Biden reaches out to Asian Americans after killings — but many remain frustrated by lack of representation

Biden has reoriented Friday’s visit to Georgia to focus on Asian American violence. Activists welcome the outreach, but remain disappointed that there are few Asian Americans in high-level administration posts.
  • Mar 18, 2021

Democrats link Atlanta massacre to anti-Asian rhetoric during pandemic

Many advocates said it was hard to separate the spa killings from the recent increase in anti-Asian animus, including rhetoric from former president Donald Trump.
  • Mar 17, 2021

Harris caught between a restless base and a traditionalist Biden

As Harris seeks to build a political identity, she faces dueling pressures from impatient Democratic activists and a more methodical Biden administration. A recent spat over the minimum wage highlights her conundrum.
  • Mar 6, 2021

In storm-struck Texas, Biden’s personal touch is muted by the pandemic

The president sought to show his trademark empathy — at a time when even a hand on a shoulder presents a health risk.
  • Feb 26, 2021