Why do the Carters look so tiny alongside Joe Biden and his wife Jill in this picture?

You don’t need special gear to create this optical trickery. If you have an iPhone 11 or 12 you too can loom large over a former US president Hi Carly. As our resident photography expert, I have a question. Something about this photo featuring Joe and Jill Biden and former president Jimmy Carter and former […]

Biden says it’s time for richest Americans to pay ‘their fair share’ of taxes

President hit the road on Monday to promote infrastructure and welfare spending plans totaling about $4tn Joe Biden said it is time for corporations and the richest Americans to “start paying their fair share” of taxes as he hit the road on Monday in a concerted effort to promote his administration’s huge new infrastructure and […]

‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter

A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate change When I reach Jimmy Carter’s grandson by Zoom, he answers wearing a Raphael Warnock campaign T-shirt. Jason Carter is a lawyer and politician himself, mid-40s, animated and well-read, with blue eyes reminiscent of his […]

Biden adviser: president wears mask outdoors out of habit and Covid caution

CDC says vaccinated Americans can go mask-free outside Anita Dunn asked about Biden still covering his face A top White House adviser who made headlines for saying “Covid is the best thing that ever happened” to Joe Biden said on Sunday the president still wears a mask outdoors out of habit, even though federal guidance […]

Tim Scott ‘hopeful’ deal can be reached with Democrats on US policing reform

Only Black Republican senator touts talks progress Andrew Brown: protesters say police ‘push town to riot mode’ Tim Scott, the Republican senator leading negotiations with Democrats over police reform, who insisted during his rebuttal to Joe Biden’s address to Congress the US was not a racist country, said on Sunday he was “hopeful” a deal […]

Biden stakes claim to being America’s most pro-union president ever

The president’s decision to set up a taskforce to boost union membership is of a piece with other efforts in his first 100 days Just over 100 days into his presidency Joe Biden is showing that he is one of the most pro-union presidents in American history, declaring the “unions built the middle class” in […]

The Guardian view on Biden’s 100 days: going big, but not big enough | Editorial

The US president is right to spend, but shrinking the federal deficit is not the priority Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office signalled that the future does not have to be a rerun of the past. The US president’s speech to Congress this week made it clear that Trumpism was a warning from history, […]

In his first 100 days, how has Biden handled the four crises he outlined?

As he took office, the president noted four crises: the coronavirus pandemic, climate, economy and racial justice. Here’s his progress on each In his inaugural address on 20 January, Joe Biden declared: “We will be judged, you and I, for how we resolve the cascading crises of our era.” Related: Republicans still orbiting Trump dark […]

Amanda Gorman’s Biden moment puts headband in spotlight

Poet’s appearance at president’s inauguration in red Prada ‘power band’ has boosted sales Poet Amanda Gorman’s fashion influence has grown exponentially since she spoke at Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, wearing a yellow Prada coat and red Prada headband. This week, Lyst, the fashion search engine, revealed that searches for “red headbands” jumped 560% in […]

Biden’s speech to Congress is a once unthinkable call for transformation | David Smith’s sketch

Sketch: The president went big in an address that offered post-Trump healing and an image of a new era It has always been Washington’s version of the Oscars: a primetime TV audience, an overlong speech and fierce disagreement among critics. On Wednesday, Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, on the eve […]

‘Far better than I expected’: Guardian readers on Joe Biden’s first 100 days

The president’s handling of the Covid pandemic and the economic crisis have drawn praise but questions remain over issues such as immigration and the filibuster Related: Biden’s 100 days: bold action and broad vision amid grief and turmoil Continue reading…

US to share up to 60m vaccine doses amid pressure to lead global virus fight

White House to distribute AstraZeneca vaccine overseas Biden calls Modi to offer assistance as Indian surge continues The US will share up to 60m doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine with other countries, the White House has announced, amid intensifying pressure for it to lead the global fight against the pandemic. The pledge came as Joe […]

Biden’s 100 days: bold action and broad vision amid grief and turmoil

Biden’s solution to the myriad crises is an ambitious economic agenda that promises to ‘own the future’ by expanding the role of government in American life On the 50th day of his presidency, Joe Biden marched into the Oval Office and took a seat behind the Resolute desk, where the massive, 628-page American Rescue Plan […]

The Guardian view on Biden’s green revolution: it needs revolutionaries | Editorial

The climate emergency should not be used to make poorer countries dependent on private finance On the campaign trail, Joe Biden made it clear that the environment would be at the heart of his economic agenda. In office, he has been true to his word by proposing fiscal and regulatory action to limit the damage […]

McCarthy dodges questions about what Trump said as Capitol riot raged

House minority leader hedges over alleged refusal to act Republican who voted to impeach slams ‘state of denial’ in party One of the few House Republicans to vote for Donald Trump’s impeachment over the US Capitol attack said on Sunday his party was “in a perpetual state of denial” over the former president’s lie that […]

Biden becomes first US president to recognise Armenian genocide

President called Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday to inform him US would make designation on 106th anniversary of the genocide Joe Biden has become the first US president declare formal recognition of the Armenian genocide, more than a century after the mass killings by Ottoman troops and opening a rift between the new US administration […]

Biden’s pledge to slash US emissions turns spotlight on China

World leaders will be unable to halt climate breakdown without strong action from biggest emitter The US, the world’s second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is now committed to halving emissions this decade. Joe Biden’s announcement, at a White House virtual climate summit, has thrown the spotlight clearly on the world’s biggest emitter: China. Continue […]

US 2030 goals will take world closer to holding global heating below 2C

Joe Biden’s target is strongest contribution yet towards meeting 2015 Paris climate agreement, say scientists The US goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, will take the world closer to the reductions scientists say are necessary to hold global heating within scientifically advised limits, analysis has shown. The target, announced […]

‘Today we did it’: Joe Biden touts 200m vaccine shots administered – live

President promised 200m jabs in his first 100 days Biden to urge employers to give paid time off for vaccinations Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.26pm BST Gabrielle Canon here, signing on from San Francisco to take you through the afternoon’s news. Republican lawmakers in Texas are making […]

Seth Meyers: Republicans ‘genuinely befuddled by a president who’s likable’

Late-night hosts celebrate a vaccine milestone, discuss vaccine hesitancy and mock the GOP’s flailing attempts to find a line of attack on Joe Biden “As nightmarish as the pandemic has been – and it is by no means over, especially throughout the rest of the world – we’re now hitting some genuinely exciting milestones,” said […]

So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change?

Countries around the globe have made plans called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce carbon emissions. We take a look at some of the most significant Joe Biden to reveal US emissions pledge in key climate crisis moment Saudi Arabia, home of the world’s biggest industrial polluter, the state-owned oil company Aramco, has long been […]

‘Course record still intact’: Biden on first underwhelming golf outing as president

In contrast, the golf-loving Trump by this point of his presidency had already recorded 19 separate visits to golf courses During last year’s presidential election campaign, one of Joe Biden’s strongest arguments to voters was that he wasn’t Donald Trump. After engaging in the favorite pastime of the “former guy” with the first trip to […]

Biden faces pressure to end practice of rewarding donors with plum foreign posts

Former state department career staff urge president to dismantle pay-for-play operations and to prioritize gender parity Joe Biden is coming under pressure from former state department career staff to match the diversity of his cabinet and senior administration positions in foreign postings – and to reform the longstanding practice in the US of rewarding political […]

White House to raise Trump-era refugee cap next month after backlash over broken pledge – live

Biden’s move comes after anger at plan to maintain Trump-era cap Democrats condemn president’s earlier action on refugee admissions Biden: FedEx facility attack is ‘just the latest in a string of tragedies’ Indianapolis shooting: authorities investigate motive after eight killed Japanese PM will be Biden’s first visit from foreign leader as president Sign up to […]

The Guardian view on the Afghanistan withdrawal: an unwinnable war | Editorial

Joe Biden has called time on America’s longest war. The decision exposes the limits of US power and leaves an uncertain future Britain’s former prime minister Harold Macmillan is said to have told colleagues that the first law of politics should be “never invade Afghanistan”. It was a lesson that imperial Britain had learned the […]

Biden names Erika Moritsugu as Asian American liaison amid rise in hate crime

Moritsugu appointed as Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison as part of effort to combat rise in anti-Asian hate The White House announced on Wednesday that Erika Moritsugu will serve as the administration’s Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison and deputy assistant to the president. The appointment is a part of multiple initiatives […]

Biden announces all US and Nato troops to leave Afghanistan by September 11

Withdrawal of US and Nato military personnel to begin on 1 May ‘It’s time to end America’s longest war’ – Biden at White House US president Joe Biden has declared it was time “to end America’s longest war” as he announced that nearly 10,000 US and Nato troops would return home in the run-up to […]

Damned either way, Biden opts out of Afghanistan as US tires of ‘forever wars’

Analysis: Despite warnings not enough has been done to stablise the country, the president has decided to set aside the rule ‘if you break it, you fix it’ Joe Biden has decided that 20 years is enough for America’s longest war, and has ordered the remaining troops out no matter what happens between now and […]

Biden urges Russia to de-escalate Ukraine tensions in call with Putin

US president proposed a summit between the two leaders amid growing concern over Russian military buildup on Ukraine border Joe Biden has called on Vladimir Putin to demand he de-escalate tensions with Ukraine amid the largest buildup of Russian forces on its borders since the annexation of Crimea. In a phone call on Tuesday, Biden […]

Finance ministers hooked on Covid stimulus, Mervyn King says

Former Bank of England governor warns of risk of inflation as Covid lockdown measures are relaxed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The spectre of a post-pandemic burst of inflation has been raised by the former Bank of England governor Mervyn King, as he warned central banks and finance ministries were in […]