The Republican backlash in Joe Biden’s America

It might seem like a post-Trump world, but in red states across the US his most hardline supporters are setting the political agenda. How much power do they have to shape the country’s future, even with a Democrat in the White House? To a casual observer, Joe Biden’s victory in the last US presidential election, […]

Fauci says health officials considering mask guidance revision for vaccinated

LA county and St Louis, Missouri, reinstated indoor mask Florida urged to ramp up vaccinations amid ‘alarming’ case rise Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, said on Sunday top US health officials were discussing whether to revise mask guidance for Americans vaccinated against Covid-19. Related: ‘Heart-wrenching’: inside a hospital grappling with Delta and […]

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 […]

Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund arrested on foreign agent charges – live

Tom Barrack charged with acting as unregistered agent for UAE Fauci clashes with Rand Paul over ‘gain of function research’ Pelosi staffer and White House official test positive for Covid 10.20pm BST Oliver Milman in New York and Gabrielle Canon in San Francisco report: Oregon’s explosive summer of wildfire is threatening to escalate further, with […]

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. […]

Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds

CCDH finds ‘disinformation dozen’ have combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platforms The vast majority of Covid-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories originated from just 12 people, a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) cited by the White House this week found. Related: ‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams […]

‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams Facebook for Covid disinformation

False claims about vaccines has proliferated on the social network, and on other sites including Twitter and YouTube, says president See all our coronavirus coverage Joe Biden says social media platforms such as Facebook “are killing people” for allowing disinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform, as the administration continued criticising the […]

China and Russia spreading anti-US vaccine misinformation, White House says – live

‘Messages undermine western-origin programs,’ spokeswoman says Vaccination slowdown and Delta variant fueling case rise – experts US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections 10.40pm BST Gabrielle Canon here, signing on from the west coast to take you through the rest of the afternoon. First up— Just in: A federal judge in Texas […]

The person to ‘weaken’ America: what the Kremlin papers said about Trump

Documents appear to show how Russian intelligence worked to install their preferred candidate as president Papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House In January 2016, America was coming to terms with what had previously seemed incredible. Barring an unforeseen event, Donald J Trump was on course to become the Republican […]

‘We’re going to get this done’: Biden on Capitol Hill to push infrastructure package – live

President to discuss massive $3.5tn plan over lunch with Democrats Senate minority leader McConnell hits back at Biden on voting rights 10.42pm BST Wildfires burning across the US west have engulfed nearly a million acres and drawn in about 16,000 firefighters and workers to battle the blazes. The onslaught comes as the region reels from […]

Biden’s clean energy plan would cut emissions and save 317,000 lives

A new report has found that a policy standard would be most effective to reach the goal of 80% renewable energy use by 2030 A Biden administration plan to force the rapid uptake of renewable energy would swiftly cut planet-heating emissions and save hundreds of thousands of lives from deadly air pollution, a new report […]

Biden delivers remarks on condo collapse in Miami: ‘The whole nation is mourning’ – live

President meets with first responders and families after condo collapse Trump Organization tax-crime charges: what it all means Biden ‘deeply disappointed’ in supreme court’s Arizona voting decision ‘The court undermines section 2 and the right it provides,’ Kagan writes Pelosi names Liz Cheney to 6 January select committee Condo collapse death toll at 18 while […]

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 […]

Activists fear Biden’s climate pledges are falling apart: ‘We aren’t seeing grit’

The president took swift action upon entering the White House, but recent developments raise concern his agenda has stalled On his first day at the White House, Joe Biden earned praise for following through on several campaign promises, committing the US to strict climate goals and a greener future. Now, nearly six months into his […]

Covid ‘remains a serious and deadly threat’ for unvaccinated people, Biden says – live

President hails 300m vaccine doses administered since January Mike Pence heckled at conservative Christian summit in Florida McConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’ The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 10.32pm BST Laura Spinney reports: The coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued […]

Conservative Christians jeer ‘traitor’ Pence for refusing to overturn election

Former vice-president heckled at conference in Florida Pence makes only passing reference to deadly Capitol attack Mike Pence, the former US vice-president, has been heckled as a “traitor” for his refusal to overturn last year’s election result during a speech to a gathering of religious conservatives. Pence, who is widely seen as laying the groundwork […]

What went wrong with the Covid-19 response in the US? – podcast

Author and journalist Lawrence Wright has been writing about pandemics for decades. So when Covid-19 struck the US, he was ideally placed to report on the political response At the beginning of 2020 the author Lawrence Wright published a novel in which he imagined a deadly virus outbreak that swept the globe. He couldn’t have […]

AOC suggests Justice Breyer should retire with Democrats in power

Congresswoman says she ‘leans toward’ backing the departure of the supreme court judge this summer The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added her voice on Sunday to those of liberals who think the US supreme court justice Stephen Breyer should retire this summer. Some liberals are keen to give Joe Biden the opportunity soon to pick […]

Obstacles mount in Central America as Biden seeks cooperation over corruption

The post-Trump landscape, geopolitical concerns and an economic paradox pose threat to White House hopes Standing behind a podium next to the president of Guatemala during her first trip abroad this week, Vice-President Kamala Harris emphasized the renewed commitment of the United States to fighting corruption as part of efforts to confront the root causes […]

All the Queen’s presidents: Biden joins long line of US leaders to meet royal

Biden previously met the Queen in 1982 while she has met every US president since Eisenhower except Lyndon Johnson When the Queen encounters Joe Biden at a reception on Friday she will have met the 13th US president of her long reign, having come face to face with every US commander-in-chief since Dwight Eisenhower – […]

20 years after the human genome was first sequenced, dangerous gene myths abound | Philip Ball

Misleading rhetoric has fuelled the belief that our genetic code is an ‘instruction book’ – but it’s far more interesting than that Twenty years ago, the science journal Nature published the first draft of the human genome: the sequence of chemical “letters” on the gene-bearing DNA of our chromosomes. The Human Genome Project (HGP) had […]

Ratko Mladić, ‘butcher of Bosnia’, loses appeal against genocide conviction

Judgment means 78-year-old former Bosnian Serb military chief will spend the rest of his life in prison Analysis: Ratko Mladić – life in prison is as close to justice as his victims will get Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb commander nicknamed the “butcher of Bosnia”, will spend the rest of his life in prison […]

White House says Republicans increased offer on Biden infrastructure deal by $50bn – live

The president spoke with Senator Capito, the lead negotiator Russian president says he expects Geneva meeting to be positive Donald Trump suspended from Facebook until 2023 Christopher Wray compares hacking to post-9/11 challenge 10.17pm BST Hello everyone, this is Julia Carrie Wong in Oakland, California, picking up the live blog for the rest of the […]

Donald Trump responds to Facebook ban by hinting at return to White House

Taunt directed at Mark Zuckerberg suggests either a presidential run or the unfounded belief that ex-president might be reinstated US politics – live coverage Donald Trump has appeared to drop his strongest hint yet at another presidential run in 2024, responding to news of his two-year ban from Facebook on Friday by saying he would […]

Philly DA: inside the fight to end mass incarceration in America

In captivating new docuseries Philly DA, ‘progressive prosecutor’ Larry Krasner works with activists to tackle the highest incarceration rate in the world America may be the land of the free but it also has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Its prisons contain more people than big cities such as Philadelphia or Dallas and […]

‘Our society is totally nuts’: Fauci emails lift lid on life in eye of the Covid storm

Communications from America’s top infectious diseases expert shed light on panic and confusion in early stages of pandemic As Anthony Fauci, the US’s leading infectious diseases official, grappled with the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, he was pulled in many directions. Donald Trump’s White House, which was downplaying the dangers, was demanding […]

Coronavirus live: Belgium limits J&J jab to over 41s; UK arrivals to France must quarantine due to India variant

Restriction on J&J jab ‘provisionally’ applied pending further guidance from EMA in Belgium; France to impose a quarantine on travellers arriving from UK Thousands died who didn’t need to, former top aide to UK PM says France to impose Covid quarantine on visitors from UK EU cites ‘anti-vaccine campaign’ as reason to toughen social media […]

‘It’s a real honor’: Karine Jean-Pierre makes history at White House briefing

Jean-Pierre becomes first openly gay person to brief White House press corps and first black woman to do so in 30 years “Hi, everybody! Welcome!” So, with a rustle of papers, began a new chapter in the White House briefing room on Wednesday when Karine Jean-Pierre became the first openly gay person to address reporters […]

US failing to offer ‘Havana syndrome’ sufferers adequate care, diplomats say – live

Officials ‘invalidating our injuries and experiences’, letter states Biden says US must redouble efforts to investigate virus origins Senate Republicans want to lower cost of $1.7tn infrastructure plan 10.00pm BST That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Lois Beckett, will take over the blog for the next few hours. Here’s where the day […]

George Floyd’s family urges Biden to pass a policing reform bill – live

President has private meeting with members of Floyd’s family One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world Biden confirms he’ll meet Vladimir Putin in Switzerland next month 10.29pm BST Capitol riot defendants argue that jail conditions are ‘psychologically damaging’ Defense lawyers representing alleged capitol rioters who have been jailed before trial are […]