Biden confirms his top economic aide is leaving the White House

CNN — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his National Economic Council Director Brian Deese plans to step down from his role, a long-awaited confirmation of an expected departure. Biden’s statement did not provide any details on a successor or timing of Deese’s departure, but praised his top economist’s work during a difficult time for … Read more

Ron Klain sobs uncontrollably, praises Biden parenting, Harris at goodbye party

WASHINGTON — Outgoing White House chief of staff Ron Klain broke down in tears over and over again Wednesday while handing over power to his successor Jeff Zients — going so far as to praise President Biden as a role model for parenting and Vice President Kamala Harris as a great officemate. “This is the … Read more

McCarthy hopeful after first meeting with Biden on debt limit: ‘I think that at the end of the day, we can find common ground’

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy did not walk away from his highly anticipated White House meeting on Wednesday with an agreement in hand to address the debt limit, but signaled optimism that both he and President Joe Biden can reach consensus “long before” the United States reaches default . McCarthy and the president exchanged … Read more

Biden proposes ‘junk fee’ bill to cut hidden fees for credit cards and concert tickets

CNN — President Joe Biden announced new progress Wednesday on his administration’s “competition agenda,” specifically taking aim at junk fees while calling on Congress to pass legislation targeting hidden fees across multiple industries. These costs can “drain hundreds of dollars a year from the pockets of hardworking American families, especially folks who are already struggling … Read more

The FBI finds no classified documents at Biden’s Delaware vacation home

CNN — The FBI completed a search of President Joe Biden’s Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home and no documents with classified markings were found, Biden’s personal attorney said Wednesday. Bob Bauer, Biden’s attorney, did say the FBI took with them handwritten notes and some materials for further review. The search took three and a half hours. … Read more

Why every American has a stake in Biden’s big meeting with McCarthy

CNN — President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s talks on Wednesday are about more than a Washington power game. If the two most important leaders in Washington can’t agree to lift the debt ceiling by the time the Treasury runs out of money to pay its debts, the United States – the world’s … Read more

Richard Marles rubbishes concerns over delivery timeline of nuclear submarines as he flags AUKUS progress only ‘weeks’ away

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles has hinted at an imminent announcement on Australia’s procurement of nuclear submarines amid growing concerns over the AUKUS agreement in the United States. The US Navy announced last week it would temporarily suspend operations at four west coast dry docks over concerns of a lack of preparedness for potential seismic … Read more

Biden’s message to McCarthy ahead of critical White House meeting: Show me your plan

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s position that cuts to Medicare and Social Security are not on the table in exchange for a debt ceiling increase has drawn skepticism from his primary negotiating partner: The White House. McCarthy is set to meet with President Joe Biden on Wednesday in a face-to-face that has already been … Read more

Macron Not Ruling Out Fighter Jets To Ukraine, Biden Says No To F-16 | Russia Ukraine War | News18 – CNN-News18

Macron Not Ruling Out Fighter Jets To Ukraine, Biden Says No To F-16 | Russia Ukraine War | News18CNN-News18 Talk of fighter jets for Kyiv puts strains on Western unityThe Associated Press – en Español Major new Russian assault in Ukraine unlikely to achieve breakthough, UK saysReuters France doesn’t rule out sending warplanes to UkraineABC … Read more

Kevin McCarthy and House GOP weigh debt ceiling demands ahead of Biden meeting

CNN — Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his House GOP allies are hashing out their initial demands to raise the national debt limit, discussing steep cuts to domestic programs and a trim to defense spending – all the while steering clear of two programs to avoid voter blowback: Medicare and Social Security. McCarthy has been hearing … Read more