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Biden is spending his 81st birthday honoring White House tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is spending part of his 81st birthday observing the White House tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys. The gobblers receiving executive clemency at a ceremony Monday are named Liberty and Bell. The 20-week-old, 42-pound birds were hatched and bred in Willmar, Minnesota, by the Jennie-O turkey company for the occasion. The turkey pardon ceremony marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington and […]

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Biden opens holidays, pardons turkeys Chocolate and Chip

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's holiday time at the White House, and President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are plunging into the season. Biden participated in the annual pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey on Monday. The first lady accepted delivery of the official White House Christmas tree. And both Bidens visited North Carolina later in the day to share an early Thanksgiving meal with members of the military and their […]

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Sir Elton John to perform at White House on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Music legend Sir Elton John will perform at the White House on Friday evening. The concert, which is being organized with A+E Networks and the History Channel, is called "A Night When Hope and History Rhyme." The title is a reference to a Seamus Heaney poem that President Joe Biden often quotes. Biden and first lady Jill Biden are expected to speak at the event. Although stars […]

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Student loan forgiveness could help more than 40 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 40 million Americans could see their student loan debt reduced — and in many cases eliminated — under President Joe Biden's long-awaited forgiveness plan. Biden's announcement Wednesday was a historic but politically divisive move in the run-up to the midterm elections. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Biden is moving to erase $10,000 in federal student loan debt for those with incomes below $125,000 a year, or […]

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Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘very mild symptoms’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, underscoring the extent to which the virus has infiltrated American society. The White House said Thursday the 79-year-old Biden is experiencing "very mild symptoms," including a stuffy nose fatigue and cough. He has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease. Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. When a fully […]

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Offshore wind boosted as Biden, East Coast governors team up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is launching a partnership with 11 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry, a key element of President Joe Biden's climate change plan. Biden administration officials will meet with governors and labor leaders Thursday to announce commitments to expand important parts of the offshore industry. Those parts include manufacturing facilities, ports and workforce training and development. The Democratic president has a […]

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Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. He is facing mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest formula manufacturing plant. The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill orders from those companies before other customers. Biden is […]

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President Biden to speak at Naval Academy graduation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduation and commissioning ceremony next month. The academy announced Thursday that the ceremony for the Class of 2022 is scheduled for May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. More than 1,000 students will graduate. Most will be commissioned as officers to serve at least five years, either as Navy ensigns […]

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Biden: Infrastructure bill will ease economy woes, just wait

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden is touting his $1 trillion infrastructure plan as an eventual fix for the nation's inflation and supply chain woes — if Americans just have the patience to wait for the construction to begin. The president toured the Port of Baltimore Wednesday at the start of what is likely to be a national tour to showcase his signature legislation. The bill cleared Congress last week […]

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