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Biden attacks Trump at Virginia rally, tying McAuliffe’s opponent to ex-president

After mostly avoiding direct attacks on Trump, Biden says Friday he “whipped Donald Trump in Virginia” and so will McAuliffe, highlighting a key strategy for Democratic candidates: linking opponents to Trump.
  • Jul 23, 2021

Biden will launch into campaigning with visit to Virginia in support of McAuliffe

The president on Friday will travel to a state seen as a testing ground for his midterm message.
  • Jul 22, 2021

As immigration heats up, Biden struggles for a clear plan

The influx at the border continues, political dangers loom and a key decision approaches. But in the aftermath of Trump’s scorched-earth tactics, Biden has few appealing options.
  • Jul 17, 2021

Biden seizes on protests with tougher tone toward Cuba

The Cuba demonstrations could give Biden an opening to retool the Democrats’ message toward the island nation, after many in the party felt they paid a price for Obama’s outreach. Republicans say it won’t be so easy for Democrats to rebrand their approach.
  • Jul 12, 2021

As a high-ranking Biden aide pushes Congress to raise inheritance taxes, his brother lobbies against it

White House officials say the Ricchetti brothers’ division proves they are operating independently over a central plank of the president’s agenda.
  • Jul 9, 2021

Biden heralds U.S. emergence from the pandemic, but he risks celebrating too soon

Beneath the joyful mood lurked some uncomfortable truths and potentially competing challenges for the president. There is a risk that he is celebrating too much and too early, with vaccination rates still lagging and coronavirus variants posing a growing threat.
  • Jul 4, 2021

Biden talks of his own anguish as he meets family members in Florida

Biden has made empathy and bipartisanship part of his political identity. On Thursday, he sought to summon both as he visited a neighborhood engulfed in tragedy.
  • Jul 1, 2021

Rescue teams face setback at site of Florida condo collapse while Biden spends hours with victims’ families

Search-and-rescue efforts were suspended for most of the day because of concerns about the stability of the remaining structure.
  • Jul 1, 2021

Biden hits the road for his infrastructure plan, but potholes loom

As the president visited Wisconsin to push the deal as a boon for blue-collar workers, his aides back in Washington scrambled to keep liberal lawmakers on board.
  • Jun 29, 2021

Biden tries to move beyond flubbed rollout of infrastructure deal

The White House last week had to reassure Republicans that Biden would not veto the compromise deal. Now he’s facing anger from liberals who want Biden to go beyond the compromise.
  • Jun 28, 2021