Five key economic points in Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address to Congress

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., applaud. Pool | Via Reuters President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address to … Read more

Sarah Huckabee Sanders draws sharp contrast with Democrats in GOP rebuttal | CNN Politics

CNN — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a combative speech Tuesday evening in response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, drawing a sharp contrast with Biden as she delivered a series of blistering criticisms of the president. Sanders called Biden “unfit to serve as commander in chief,” said his “weakness puts … Read more

Biden to revisit ‘billionaire minimum tax’ in State of the Union address

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address on March 1, 2022. Win Mcnamee | Getty Images President Joe Biden will again call for a “billionaire minimum tax” during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. While details haven’t been released, Biden previously proposed a billionaire minimum tax in his 2023 federal … Read more

Inflation Reduction Act has spurred 100,000 new green jobs so far: Here’s where they are

A quality control worker checks a solar panel at the Hanwha Q Cells solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg | Getty Images Since President Joe Biden signed the historic Inflation Reduction Act into law last August, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean … Read more

New photos show the Navy recovering downed China spy balloon off U.S. coast

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Feb. 5, 2023. Photo: U.S. Navy The U.S. Navy on Tuesday released photos showing the recovery of the remnants of a Chinese spy balloon that was shot down over the weekend on the orders … Read more

Biden Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to become head of NHL players union

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh listens as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House September 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will leave his post in the Biden administration to become head of the NHL players’ union, sources confirmed … Read more

Biden plans to go after social media and kids’ mental health in SOTU speech

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he attends the DNC 2023 Winter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 3, 2023. Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden will take aim at tech companies and discuss data privacy and online safety when he delivers the annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, the White … Read more

Jill Biden’s State of the Union guests include Tyre Nichols’ parents, Bono, Ukraine ambassador, Paul Pelosi | CNN Politics

CNN  —  Paul Pelosi, Tyre Nichols’ parents, U2 star Bono, Monterey Park shooting hero Brandon Tsay, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova and a Holocaust survivor are among those headed to the US Capitol Tuesday evening where President Joe Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address. Biden’s remarks will both … Read more

Exclusive: US intel assessment documents Chinese spy balloon incident under Trump | CNN Politics

CNN — A US military intelligence report from last year that focused on China’s use of high-altitude balloons mentioned sightings in Hawaii and Florida during the Trump presidency, according to an excerpt of the report reviewed by CNN. The April 2022 report, titled “People’s Republic of China High-Altitude Balloon,” found a Chinese spy balloon “circumnavigated … Read more

Failure to raise U.S. debt ceiling would lead to ‘economic and financial catastrophe,’ Yellen says

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Jan. 10, 2023 in Washington. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images News | Getty Images The U.S. government risks “economic and financial catastrophe” if the House fails to pass a bill to raise the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday. The nation hit the statutory limit … Read more

Pentagon says it had ‘an awareness gap’ that led to failure to detect 3 Chinese balloons under Trump | CNN Politics

CNN — The American military had a “domain awareness gap” that allowed three other suspected Chinese spy balloons to transit the continental United States undetected under the Trump administration, the Pentagon general responsible for providing air and missile defense over North America said on Monday. “Every day as a NORAD commander, it’s my responsibility to … Read more

Watch live: U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks on the debt ceiling

(The stream is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a video above at that time.) House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will deliver an address Monday on the debt ceiling. His speech comes a day before President Joe Biden is scheduled to give the annual State of … Read more

Biden to deliver State of the Union address amid high inflation and divided Congress that threaten to derail economy

WASHINGTON — If his recent speeches are any indication, U.S. President Joe Biden will likely celebrate his handling of the economy in his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, citing decades-low unemployment, slowing inflation rates and robust GDP growth. But the full picture is far more complicated. The U.S. economy is in … Read more

China urges calm after U.S. shoots down suspected spy balloon

“What I want to emphasize regarding this unexpected accident is that both sides, especially the U.S., should remain calm,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning. Aly Song | Reuters BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning urged both sides to remain calm after the U.S. said it shot down … Read more

Democratic party leaders like Biden even if they don’t love him — and that may just be enough | CNN Politics

Philadelphia CNN — The merchandise stand at the Democratic National Committee meeting where Joe Biden delivered his reelection soft launch this weekend had three tote bag options, two T-shirts, two sweatshirts and a donkey baseball cap, but nothing with any reference to the president himself. There were no vendors selling unofficial Biden gear on fold-up … Read more

Start your week smart: Spy balloon, Ukraine, Chile, Pervez Musharraf, LeBron James | CNN

CNN  —  It’s been nearly three years since much of the US shut down due to Covid-19 and people started working from home in their pajamas or wearing the same pair of jeans for days on end. But now that the job market is booming and workers are returning to the office, is it time … Read more

U.S. military shoots down suspected Chinese surveillance balloon

A balloon flies in the sky over Billings, Montana, U.S. February 1, 2023, in this picture obtained from social media. Chase Doak via Reuters The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that had been transiting across the country for several days. In a statement Saturday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin … Read more

Inside Biden’s decision to ‘take care of’ the Chinese spy balloon that triggered a diplomatic crisis | CNN Politics

Washington CNN  —  When President Joe Biden learned a likely Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep … Read more

Opinion: Biden’s very tough decision | CNN

Editor’s Note: John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor. He is the author of “Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.” The views expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion at CNN. CNN — Halfway through his first term and on the eve of his second State of the Union, … Read more

Biden: ‘We’re gonna take care’ of spy balloon | CNN Politics

CNN — President Joe Biden said Saturday his administration would handle a suspected Chinese spy balloon traversing the eastern United States. “We’re gonna take care of it,” Biden said when asked by CNN whether the US would shoot down the balloon. Biden has been discussing options with military brass since first being briefed on the … Read more

Decades-low unemployment rate is welcome news for Biden ahead of State of the Union

U.S. President Joe Biden cheered jobs numbers released Friday morning showing the lowest unemployment rate in almost 54 years, pointing to the report as another example of that his policies are working. “The last time the unemployment rate was that low was May 1969,” Biden said, speaking from the White House. “More people are coming … Read more

China’s suspected spy balloon prompts Blinken to postpone Beijing trip as Congress seeks answers

WASHINGTON –U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will postpone his trip to China next week following a suspected Beijing-operated spy balloon looming over parts of Montana. “After consultations with our interagency partners, as well as with Congress, we have concluded that the conditions are not right at this moment for Secretary Blinken to travel to China,” … Read more

Fact check: Trump and viral meme remove key words from Biden’s quote about Ukraine and ‘World War III’ | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — Former President Donald Trump, who is now running for president again, made an inaccurate claim on Wednesday about his successor’s response to the Russian war in Ukraine. Trump said in an online video that President Joe Biden is “now doing what he said 10 months ago would lead to World War III: … Read more

Biden confirms his top economic aide is leaving the White House | CNN Politics

CNN — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his National Economic Council Director Brian Deese plans to step down from his rolea 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 the … Read more

Senate Democrats grapple with pressure to remove GOP’s ‘blue slip’ authority on judges | CNN Politics

CNN — When the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Thursday to vote on another slate of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees, Democrats will be benefiting from more than their two additional years of Senate control. Democrats – with the expansion of their majority in the midterms to a 51-49 margin – have gained new advantages in … Read more