Biden Sets May 1 Target To Have All Adults Vaccine-Eligible

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is outlining his plan to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1 and get the nation back “closer to normal” by the Fourth of July. Biden is addressing the nation Thursday evening, one year into the coronavirus pandemic. He said of the virus, which has killed more […]

Biden’s First 50 Days: Where He Stands On Key Promises

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, promising swift action on everything from climate change to immigration reform to the coronavirus pandemic. On his 50th day in office, on Wednesday, his administration celebrated congressional passage of his massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package. The bill […]

Senate Confirms Ohio Rep. Fudge As Housing Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Marcia Fudge to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This places the longtime Ohio lawmaker in charge of the agency just as Congress is poised to pass new benefits for renters and homeowners who have suffered economic losses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fudge, who has represented parts […]

Senate Confirms Merrick Garland To Be US Attorney General

WASHINGTON  — The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland to be the next U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote, placing the widely-respected, veteran judge in the post as President Joe Biden has vowed to restore the Justice Department’s reputation for independence. Democrats have praised Garland, a federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by […]

No Hike In Slimmer Illinois Budget, Reliance On Fed Aid

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday presented a slimmer state budget with no income tax increases but a reliance on federal relief from the COVD-19 pandemic, transfers from other funds and elimination of hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate tax breaks needing legislative approval. Pritzker, a man devoted to, and sometimes guided by, […]

Biden Holds 1st Call As President With China’s Xi As Trade, Security Issues Loom

WASHINGTON – President Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday night, the White House said — an opening conversation that provided clues about how the new administration plans to deal with a country that poses vast economic, climate, and security challenges to the United States. Biden raised some of the thorniest bilateral issues, but […]

Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg As Transportation Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, which makes him the first openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet post. Buttigieg is tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s wide-ranging agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change. He easily passed a vote on Tuesday. The 39-year-old former mayor […]

Senate Makes Alejandro Mayorkas First Latino Head Of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He becomes the first Latino and first immigrant to lead DHS. The vote was narrower than for some of President Biden’s other Cabinet nominees. Mayorkas was confirmed by a 56-43 vote on Tuesday. The approval came on the […]

Biden White House Aims To Advance Racial Equity With Executive Actions

Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET WASHINGTON – Saying it’s time to act “because that’s what faith and morality require us to do,” President Biden on Tuesday signed four executive actions aimed at advancing racial equity for Americans the White House says have been underserved and left behind. Biden said Tuesday that the measures follow one […]

Senate Confirms Antony Blinken As 71st Secretary of State

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as secretary of state. Antony Blinken becomes the third Cabinet member to win approval as the Biden administration forges ahead with a foreign policy intended to reverse former President Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine and restore U.S. global standing. The 58-year-old Blinken has […]

Biden Administration Announces Plans To Assess Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON – President Biden has asked the director of national intelligence to draw up a comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism in the country as the new administration seeks to tackle what it calls a “serious and growing national security threat.” The move is one of several the White House press secretary announced Friday to address […]