Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’

The former secretary of state warns of the danger to democracy of lies flourishing online – and says big tech’s wings must be clipped Her bid for the White House was engulfed by a tidal wave of fabricated news and false conspiracy theories. Now Hillary Clinton is calling for a “global reckoning” with disinformation that […]

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 […]

Restorationists urge Jill Biden to erase Melania Trump’s Rose Garden makeover

A petition, signed by more than 54,000 people, calls on Biden to return the garden to its ‘former glory’ as Jacqueline Kennedy designed Efforts to erase the Trump family legacy have reached the White House potting sheds and nurseries with Jill Biden being urged to restore the mansion’s garden to a state that predates ex-First […]

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, […]

Jill Biden lets cat out of the bag: White House dogs to have new feline friend

New pet will be adopted from a rescue shelter Biden’s dog Major has had training to to cope with cats As if enough fur didn’t fly in Washington politics, the Bidens are bringing a cat to the White House, the first lady announced on Friday. The forthcoming feline will join the family canines, old dog […]

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 […]

US and UK lead global efforts to help India’s Covid crisis

Washington reverses vaccine export ban while Downing Street dispatches ventilators and oxygen Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage International efforts to help India fight its devastating coronavirus crisis have stepped up as the White House said the US would immediately provide raw materials for vaccine manufacture and the UK announced it had […]

Republicans fret over AOC backing for Biden as 100-day mark draws near

McCarthy accuses president of ‘socialist bait and switch’ New York progressive voices approval for administration As Joe Biden welcomed a series of polls showing majority approval for his first 100 days in the White House, and prepared to address Congress for the first time on Wednesday, Republicans attacked his progressive record in office. Related: Joe […]

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 […]

Biden to visit UK in June for first overseas trip as president

Biden to attend G7 in Cornwall before going on to Brussels Announcement regarded as win by British diplomats Joe Biden will make his first foreign trip as president to the UK, attending the G7 summit in Cornwall in June before traveling to Brussels, the White House has confirmed. The announcement is regarded as a win […]

Boris Johnson urges leaders to ‘get serious’ at climate summit

Prime minister calls on countries to come to Cop26 ‘armed with ambitious targets and plans’ With just over six months to go until vital UN climate talks, Boris Johnson has urged world leaders at a virtual White House summit to step up with plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions this decade. “It’s vital for all […]

Biden briefed on ‘tragic’ police killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, White House says

Ma’Khia, 16, shot dead by police in Columbus on Tuesday Protesters take to the streets to decry another police killing Joe Biden was briefed on Wednesday on the “tragic” fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced. Related: Ohio county where girl, 16, was killed […]

Biden says he’s willing ‘to compromise’ with Republicans on infrastructure bill – live

President meets with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Biden says everyone in US now eligible for Covid vaccine Biden directs agencies to stop using phrases like ‘illegal alien’ Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.25pm BST Gabrielle Canon here, signing on from the west coast to take you through […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yes, lobbying dates back centuries. But the Greensill affair is still shocking

The government should be grateful for its vaccine success and its majority, which are helping to damp down a scandal There is nothing new about lobbying. The term is supposed to date back to the 19th century, when the US president Ulysses Grant was waylaid in the lobby of the Willard hotel, just down Pennsylvania […]

The Rock for president? I’ll run if the people want it, says Dwayne Johnson

Wrestler and actor does not rule out White House bid ‘If this is what the people want, then I will do that’ The professional wrestler turned star actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on Monday that he would run for US president if he felt he had enough support from Americans. Johnson, 48, one of […]

US increasingly concerned by Russian military threat to Ukraine

President Zelenskiy warns of ‘escalation’ in east of country Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to scale down troop buildup The US has said it is increasingly concerned over Russian militarisation along Ukraine’s border, as the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, travelled to the eastern frontline. The number of Russian troops at the border with the former […]

Half of all US adults on track to receive at least one Covid vaccination by the weekend

About 63 million Americans are fully vaccinated, but some states are seeing Covid cases rising at a rate not seen since late 2020 Half of all American adults are on track to receive at least one Covid-19 vaccination by this weekend, according to a government adviser, although Joe Biden offered a reality check on Tuesday […]

States lift mask mandates despite Biden’s warnings and rise in Covid cases – live

At least four states plan to lift restrictions President to launch next phase of Build Back Better program Biden announces plans to tackle rising anti-Asian violence Witness at Chauvin trial: ‘I believed I witnessed a murder’ ‘Trailblazing’ slate of judicial nominees announced by Biden 10.41pm BST That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, […]

White House moves toward approving huge windfarm off east coast

Biden administration’s effort to increase offshore wind energy is part of plan to generate power for more than 10m homes by 2030 The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the US east coast, saying on Monday it is taking steps toward approving a huge windfarm off New Jersey as part […]

Kamala Harris sidesteps question of her role to take Biden’s message on the road

Aides and allies say it is too early to define the vice-president’s portfolio but she is unlikely to be confined to just one subject area White House aides and allies stress it’s still too early to define the type of portfolio Kamala Harris will have as vice-president. They bristle at the suggestion that Harris would […]

What do progressives make of Joe Biden’s presidency so far – podcast

Lauren Gambino, political correspondent for Guardian US, discusses the $1.9tn Covid relief package, which was passed by Congress last week. It was seen as a major legislative victory for Joe Biden Lauren Gambino, political correspondent for Guardian US, talks to Anushka Asthana about the landmark $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill that was passed last week delivering […]

What do you get if you cross the White House and a Travelodge? Johnson’s new briefing room | Imogen West-Knights

This ugly setting represents the uglier reality of control freaks who want to seem open and approachable Most people in the UK could probably draw from memory the fusty ex-meeting room that was requisitioned for government coronavirus press conferences. The walls were panelled in a tan-coloured wood, the carpet was an old-fashioned, floral sort of […]

Trump’s Washington hotel echoes to silence of missing Maga crowd

Once the hub of Trump World in the US capital, with the former president gone it is in danger of becoming a white elephant Once it was like a second White House for the Maga crowd. Now it is in danger of becoming a white elephant. Clobbered first by the coronavirus pandemic, then by its […]

Can £9m Whitehall situation room help improve crisis decision-making?

Experts say tech upgrade is insufficient if ministers and officials do not engage in regular practice exercises It is intended to rival the White House situation room: a £9m control centre surrounded by large flatscreens in a bunker below the Cabinet Office. A technology hub adding cinematic presentation to moments of national crisis. But military […]

Donald Trump set to visit New York for first time since leaving White House

Ex-president expected as soon as Sunday night, reports say Trump tells Republicans: stop using name in fundraising Donald Trump could arrive in New York City for his first visit since leaving the White House as soon as Sunday night, according to multiple reports. Related: ‘Talk to me’: Molly Jong-Fast on podcasting in the new abnormal […]

Biden hails ‘giant step’ as Senate passes $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill

Republican opposition holds through marathon ‘vote-a-rama’ Speaker Pelosi has said measure should be law by 14 March Joe Biden hailed “one more giant step forward on delivering on that promise that help is on the way”, after Democrats took a critical step towards a first major legislative victory since assuming control of Congress and the […]

Covid fightback: the critical role of HIV experts

The speed and cooperation of the Covid response has been honed by decades of dealing with ‘the biggest pandemic the world has ever seen’ When Dr Anthony Fauci spoke at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne in 2014, his appearance garnered little media attention. Nearly seven years later, the HIV expert and director of […]