‘Tired of broken promises’: climate activists launch hunger strike outside White House

The protest comes a day after Joe Biden appeared ready to settle for a smaller environmental proposal ahead of the COP26 summit With little more than sun hats, placards and folding chairs, five young activists have begun a hunger strike in front of the White House urging Joe Biden not to abandon his bold climate […]

White House concedes $3.5tn bill will shrink: ‘Fewer dollars will be spent’ – live

Vice-president: ‘We must not shy away from this painful past’ Concerns growing over slow pace of Congress in passing bills Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email Vice president Kamala Harris said today that Europeans who colonized the US “ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations, perpetrating violence, […]

Women’s March targets US supreme court, with abortion on line

Thousands gather in Washington DC and other cities protesting against Texas’s new law which has banned most abortions The first Women’s March of the Biden administration was heading straight for the steps of the supreme court on Saturday, part of nationwide protests that drew thousands to Washington DC and other cities to demand continued access […]

‘They changed my ending, I felt aghast’: how we made Wicked

‘I once performed Defying Gravity at the White House within spitting distance of the Obamas,’ says Idina Menzel. ‘In fact, I might actually have spat on them’ I’d played with the story of The Wizard of Oz since my childhood in the US when I would arrange theatrical events in our back yard. I was […]

Old man in a hurry: Biden must act quickly to save his presidency

Slumping approval ratings, political deadlock at home and blunders on foreign policy leave the White House facing its moment of truth Is Joe Biden failing? Less than nine months into his presidency, rising numbers of Americans and not a few foreign allies appear to think so. Polls last week by Gallup and Rasmussen put his […]

Boris Johnson talks up ‘solid steps’ on US trade as lamb deal agreed

PM says in Washington he has ‘every confidence a great deal is there to be done’ on transatlantic trade The US will start to allow imports of UK lamb for the first time in decades, Boris Johnson has said, as he used his trip to Washington to talk up what he termed “solid incremental steps” […]

Britain’s hopes of early post-Brexit trade deal with US appear dashed

Little likelihood of progress on free-trade agreement as Biden focuses attention elsewhere, say insiders Britain’s hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US have all but evaporated barring a dramatic change of heart from Joe Biden, it emerged on Tuesday as Boris Johnson held face-to-face talks in the White House. Johnson once regarded a […]

From climate to Covid rules: how Johnson and Biden match up

Analysis: the two leaders have found common ground in some areas, though dividing lines remain On Boris Johnson’s first trip to meet Joe Biden in Washington, the prime minister was on a charm offensive as he attempts to nurture the special relationship despite their political differences. Biden has been sceptical about Johnson, partly because of […]

Boris Johnson to address Amazon’s tax record with Jeff Bezos on US visit

PM is making three-day trip during which he will give speech to UN general assembly and hold talks with Joe Biden at White House Boris Johnson plans to press Amazon boss Jeff Bezos on the tech giant’s tax record when the pair meet face to face in New York on Monday, Downing Street has said. […]

‘The immensity of our loss’: 650,000 white flags show American lives lost to Covid

In America: Remember, an outdoor art installation, will stand for 17 days near the Washington monument in the nation’s capitol A sea of more than 650,000 white flags is lining the National Mall near the Washington monument in the nation’s capitol to represent the American lives lost so far to Covid-19. The outdoor art installation […]

Mic drop: Republican senator’s claim of button to silence Biden draws chuckles

James Risch questioned the secretary of state about an official supposedly able to mute the president – ‘Who is that person?’ The secretary of state, Antony Blinken, fought back laughter on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the Republican senator James Risch relentlessly questioned him about a rumor that someone on the White House staff “pushes […]

‘Fascist and tyrannical’: US vaccine mandates induce rightwing hysteria

Joe Biden has been criticized for his Covid prevention measures by the right but the public appears to be on his side When Joe Biden announced sweeping federal coronavirus vaccine requirements for 100 million Americans, the White House was braced for objections from Republican opponents. But this being 2021, the rightwing backlash has gone way […]

Republican backlash against Biden’s Covid vaccine mandate grows

Asa Hutchinson calls directive ‘unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority’ as other governors threaten to sue The political sparring match over Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandate continued on Sunday with one Republican governor blasting the measure as “counterproductive” and the White House insisting it was necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic. Related: Northern Idaho’s anti-government […]

Joe Manchin insists he ‘can’t vote for’ $3.5tn spending bill

Moderate Democrat who is the Senate swing vote says cost is too high and efforts to speed bill’s passage too hasty Joe Manchin, the moderate Democrat standing in the way of Joe Biden’s signature $3.5tn spending bill, insisted again on Sunday he would not support the package, declaring the price tag too high and White […]

Trump reportedly nears DC hotel rights sale as ally says ‘I think he’s gonna run’

Hotel, which opened in 2016, was hub for government business Jim Jordan tells supporters in Ohio that Trump is likely to run Donald Trump is reportedly close to selling rights to his hotel near the White House in Washington, a move the website Axios said “would carry a symbolism savoured by opponents”, given it would […]

‘This is about power’: the truth behind Impeachment: American Crime Story

A new series relives the affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and here, those involved remember and reflect on a national scandal Bob Shrum had known Bill Clinton since their student days at Georgetown University in Washington. Working as a political consultant, he was at the White House to advise on the US president’s […]

US Capitol rioter photographed wearing horns pleads guilty

Jacob Chansley, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding when he took part in insurrection The man who was photographed inside the US Capitol during the 6 January insurrection shirtless, wearing a horned headdress and furs, and heavily tattooed, pleaded guilty on Friday to obstructing an official proceeding when he took part […]

‘Climate crisis is here’ says Biden in week of storms, floods and wildfires

The president warned that ‘we need to act now’ as trail of destruction blighted west, south and north-east The widespread destruction caused by extreme weather coast to coast, with Hurricane Ida spreading devastation from Louisiana to New York while record wildfires scorch California, prompted Joe Biden to level with America this week, saying it was […]

Liz Cheney named vice-chair of House panel investigating Capitol attack

Announcement is likely to increase criticism of three-term House member from lawmakers closely aligned with Trump Republican US Representative Liz Cheney will serve as vice-chairwoman of the congressional select committee investigating the deadly 6 January assault on the US Capitol, the panel announced on Thursday. Related: Capitol riot inquiry to investigate whether Trump’s White House […]

‘Another terror attack in Kabul is likely,’ White House says – live

Biden and Harris receive briefing following yesterday’s attack Pentagon warns of further attacks as Biden faces mounting criticism US takes 34 unaccompanied Afghan children into custody after airlift Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.16pm BST Hello everyone, this is Julia Carrie Wong in Oakland, California, picking up the […]

Meat wars: why Biden wants to break up the powerful US beef industry

As the pandemic drives calls for a radical overhaul of the food system, can the president take on the meat giants? Both the planet and US politics have heated up in tandem over recent decades, but few sectors have stewed in controversy quite like America’s beef industry. Four super-powered meatpackers control more than 80% of […]

US population now less than 60% white, 2020 census finds – live

Population growth over last decade was driven by minorities and cities Decennial count determines each number of state’s House seats Republicans control majority of statehouses that redraw lines Texas senate passes voting restrictions bill after filibuster by Democrat 10.35pm BST The UK just announced it is joining the US in sending additional troops to Afghanistan […]

White House says CDC cannot renew ban on evictions despite Biden support – live

Psaki says Biden backs new 30-day ban on evictions ‘CDC has been unable to find legal authority for a new moratorium’ Donald Trump’s money hustling tricks prompt fresh scrutiny 10.22pm BST Hello everyone, this is Julia Carrie Wong in Oakland, California, picking up the live blog for the rest of the afternoon. Public health officials […]

Fauci backs new masks guidance as Florida reports highest one-day Covid case total

State is national epicenter as 21,683 cases reported Hospitalisations record also falls amid mask mandate ban America mulls vaccine mandates – will they work? Florida’s ban on mask mandates came under increasing scrutiny from public health officials on Sunday as the surging Delta variant pushed new daily cases of Covid-19 in the state to a […]

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 […]