The Guardian view on Arab democracies: the least worst option | Editorial

Benevolent dictatorship is not the answer to the region’s real problems This week has shown that Arab regimes are tough on dissent, but much less interested in its causes. This will create problems for years to come as these states struggle to recover from the pandemic. Tunisia’s presidential power grab is a test for Joe […]

Coronavirus live: UK reports 23,511 cases in seventh daily drop in a row; Ireland to vaccinate children over 12

Latest updates: reported UK deaths reach 131; Ireland’s national immunisation advisory committee recommended vaccinating children against Covid Don’t run away with premature Covid conclusions says Johnson CDC expected to U-turn on some US mask rules for vaccinated people Sarah Sanders promotes ‘Trump vaccine’ but says people should pray Greater Sydney lockdown to be extended by […]

Chanel suit finds new fans in Gen Z channelling 90s nostalgia

Young fans drawn to preppy suit worn by Olivia Rodrigo at White House and cast of Gossip Girl reboot The Chanel suit, an outfit typically associated with ladies who lunch, has an unlikely new set of fans – Generation Z. This month Olivia Rodrigo, the 18-year-old singer of hits including Driver’s Licence and Good 4 […]

Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter, set to be nominated as US envoy to Australia

Kennedy, US ambassador to Japan under Obama, was high-profile supporter of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign Joe Biden reportedly plans to nominate Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy, as the US ambassador to Australia. Related: Win for Angelina Jolie as court disqualifies judge in Brad Pitt divorce case Continue reading…

US sanctions Cuban security chief and special forces over crackdown on protests

Biden moves to pressure government over alleged human rights abuses amid biggest demonstrations in decades The US has imposed sanctions on a Cuban security minister and an interior ministry special forces unit for alleged human rights abuses in a crackdown on anti-government protests this month. The move marked the first concrete steps by Joe Biden’s […]

Cancel culture claimed Chrissy Teigen. Is this a pandemic backlash against celebrity? | Arwa Mahdawi

The scandal that has engulfed the presenter and influencer tells us something about changing attitudes to both cyberbullying and inequality If you live by the sword you tend to die by the sword. The same is true of social media – just ask Chrissy Teigen. Over the past decade, the model and cookbook author has […]

John Kerry: world leaders must step up to avoid worst impacts of climate crisis

US envoy uses landmark speech in London to make impassioned plea for unified global effort The world still has a chance of staving off the worst impacts of climate breakdown but only if governments step up in the next few months with stronger commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the US envoy for climate change […]

Biden calls on Facebook to tackle misinformation after saying it’s ‘killing people’

President says he hopes platform won’t take his earlier remark ‘personally’ and instead act to save lives Joe Biden has tempered his assessment that social media platforms are “killing people” by hosting misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines, saying Monday that he hoped they would not take it “personally” and instead would act to save lives. […]

‘It’s chilling what is happening’: a rightwing backlash to Biden takes root in Republican states

Biden may be president but Republican-controlled states are busy introducing reams of legislation that is anything but progressive In his inaugural address in January, Joe Biden promised to use his presidency to “restore the soul of America”. He would unite the nation, defuse “anger, resentment and hatred”, and lead Americans back to a world where […]

Joe Biden: six months on, cold, hard reality eclipses early euphoria

The president reset the tone from the Trump era and passed a huge Covid relief bill but other priorities have hit formidable political obstacles Angela Merkel thrice called him “dear Joe”. He pledged unity in taking on “democratic backsliding, corruption, phony populism”. But he also warned: “If we don’t leave right now, we’re going to […]

US justice department to appeal Daca court decision, says Biden

Texas federal judge’s ruling prevents government from approving new applications but doesn’t affect current recipients Joe Biden has said the US Department of Justice intends on appealing a new court decision that effectively halts an Obama-era program aimed at protecting young immigrants from deportation. Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen on Friday deemed illegal the Deferred […]

US democracy faces a momentous threat, says Joe Biden – but is he up for the fight?

The president’s speech in Philadelphia decried Republicans’ assault on voting rights but critics say it offered few answers, especially on Senate rules that let the minority to block reform Few in the audience applauding Joe Biden could have questioned the sincerity of his warning about a momentous threat to American democracy. But they may have […]

‘Have you no shame?’: Biden decries Republican attacks on voting rights

President condemns Trump’s ‘big lie’ about a stolen election but fails to mention filibuster in 20-minute Philadelphia speech Joe Biden has made an impassioned attack on racist voting laws sweeping America, warning that “the 21st-century Jim Crow assault is real” and demanding of Republicans: “Have you no shame?” Related: Biden defends voting rights – but […]

Cuban president claims protests part of US plot to ‘fracture’ Communist party

Cuban officials blame the US for Sunday’s demonstrations as Biden calls on island’s leaders to hear citizens’ ‘clarion call for freedom’ The Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has attacked the “shameful delinquents” he claimed were trying to “fracture” his country’s communist revolution after the Caribbean island witnessed its largest anti-government protests in nearly three decades. As […]

Can Biden keep the left happy as he pushes key legislation?

Democratic progressives urge Biden to go big on infrastructure Regular meetings with left but moderates remain powerful It is one of the most delicate balancing acts in American politics: how to keep together a Democratic party whose lawmakers range from the democratic socialism of the New York congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to the staunch conservatism of […]

Rupert Murdoch approved Fox News Arizona call that signaled Trump defeat, book says

Loss of Arizona signalled Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat Murdoch reportedly said: ‘Fuck him’ US politics – live coverage On election night last year Rupert Murdoch reportedly gave his son Lachlan permission for Fox News to call Arizona for Joe Biden, a decision that signalled Donald Trump’s defeat, with “a signature grunt” and a pithy […]

Biden targets big tech in executive order aimed at anti-competitive practices

‘Capitalism without competition is exploitation’, president said while denouncing era of business monopolies Joe Biden has signed an executive order targeting anti-competitive practices across the economy that could have major ramifications for America’s largest tech companies. Friday’s order is the latest of Biden’s actions on anti-trust issues, which have pleased progressives pushing for more action […]

Republicans’ effort to deny the Capitol attack is working – and it’s dangerous

Six months on, as politicians and the rightwing media downplay the attack or shift the blame, fears of a replay grow It has been described as America’s darkest day since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But whereas 9/11 is solemnly memorialised in stone, a concerted effort is under way to airbrush the US […]

‘The rules are the rules’: Biden addresses Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension

American tested positive for marijuana at US trials Texan has been hailed as most exciting sprinter since Bolt Richardson may still run in 4x100m relay in Tokyo US president Joe Biden weighed in on the suspension of sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson over marijuana use, saying Saturday “the rules are the rules”. The US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) […]

Biden warns of danger of Delta variant as US set to miss vaccination target

President says America has Covid-19 ‘on the run’ but new cases jumped 10% amid patchy take-up of vaccines across country Joe Biden has warned that although America has Covid-19 “on the run” the latest variant is of particular concern among those who remain unvaccinated – as the president’s goal of 70% of US adults receiving […]

Joe Biden cherry-picks audience to promote bipartisan infrastructure deal

President visits National Cherry Festival in Michigan Trump stages Florida rally, decrying New York charges Joe Biden used a visit to a cherry farm in Michigan on Saturday to talk up his bipartisan infrastructure package and additional plans for investing in families and education. He also pitched his immigration plans when chatting with two couples […]

Heatwave: Biden and Harris meet western governors as region in emergency

Oregon’s governor expresses dismay at ‘unprecedented’ temperatures while fierce wildfire rages in northern California Joe Biden and Kamala Harris met with governors from western states today, as a fierce wildfire raged in northern California and the region is battling a historic heatwave that has set record-high temperatures in many cities. “This is a personal issue […]

ExxonMobil lobbyists filmed saying oil giant’s support for carbon tax a PR ploy

Undercover reporter hears company worked to undermine Biden efforts and funded shadow groups to deny global heating Lobbyists for ExxonMobil have described the oil giant’s backing for a carbon tax as a public relations ploy intended to stall more serious measures to combat the climate crisis. Two senior lobbyists based in Washington told an undercover […]

How have you been affected by the heatwaves in the US and Canada?

We would like to hear from those who live or work in areas that have been affected, as well as those working in the emergency services Dozens of deaths have been linked to a record-breaking heatwave in the western US and Canada. The US president, Joe Biden, has blamed the climate crisis for also causing […]

Jill Biden makes cover of Vogue after Melania Trump was snubbed

First lady says Joe Biden proving ‘a calmer president’ than Donald Trump in interview In an interview accompanying her appearance on the cover of Vogue as first lady, Dr Jill Biden said her husband was proving “a calmer president” than Donald Trump. Related: Kamala Harris and why politicians can’t resist Vogue (though it always ends […]

Republicans will ‘move forward’ on infrastructure after Biden veto threat

Portman says GOP will back bill after Biden climbdown ‘We have a deal’: but will the Biden infrastructure bill pass? A lead Republican negotiator has welcomed Joe Biden’s withdrawal of his threat to veto a $1.2tn bipartisan infrastructure bill unless a separate Democratic spending plan also passes Congress. Related: White House seeks to put infrastructure […]

US and France warn Iran time is running out to return to nuclear deal

On a visit to Paris, US secretary of state Antony Blinken says deal is at risk if Tehran fails to make concessions The United States and France have warned Iran that time is running out to return to a nuclear deal, voicing fear that Tehran’s sensitive development program could advance if talks drag on. On […]

White House seeks to put infrastructure deal back on track after Biden blunder

The president said he wouldn’t sign bill unless it was accompanied by an even bigger package covering Democratic priorities The White House scrambled to put Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal back on track on Saturday, after Republican senators balked at his surprise demand to pair the nearly $1tn plan with an even bigger investment package […]

Biden vows to evacuate thousands of interpreters before Afghanistan pullout

• Biden: those who helped US ‘are not going to be left behind’ • Operation expected to include up to 50,000 people Joe Biden has vowed that Afghans who helped the US military “are not going to be left behind” as his administration stepped up planning to evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters while their applications […]

Progressives criticize Biden and Harris for not doing more to help voting rights

Risk of a first major public rift with Democrats’ progressive wing if a breakthrough is not found soon When the New York Democratic congressman Mondaire Jones, a freshman, was at the White House last week for the signing of the proclamation making Juneteenth a national holiday, he told Joe Biden their party needed him more […]