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Past articles by Michael:

US to release 50M barrels from strategic oil reserve amid soaring gas prices

President Joe Biden has been under mounting political pressure to provide relief from higher gas prices and soaring inflation → Read More

Debate over abortion, communion in the spotlight for Biden's meeting with Pope Francis

President Joe Biden's meeting with Pope Francis comes amid push by conservative bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion rights. → Read More

Australia to get nuclear submarines in new deal with US, UK, sending potential message to China

The move could be seen as a message to China. As part of the new AUKUS partnership, Australia will get its first fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. → Read More

'Eyes of the nation are on you': Biden urges California voters to reject recall and keep Newsom as governor

Joe Biden warned at a campaign rally that a Tuesday vote to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom would reverberate around nation and the world. → Read More

Biden said US would 'hunt' down Kabul airport attackers. A day later, a drone strike killed two ISIS-K targets.

The Thursday attack at the airport in Afghanistan killed 11 Marines, 1 Navy corpsman and 1 Army soldier, and at least 169 Afghan people. → Read More

Afghanistan live updates: After US drone strike against ISIS-K, only three days before withdrawal deadline

The US Friday killed an ISIS-K planner in a drone attack; details emerged on the 13 service members killed at Kabul's airport. 6,800 more evacuated. → Read More

Explosions in Kabul leave casualties, chaos at airport amid evacuations by U.S., allied forces

The explosion come after the State Department on Wednesday night alerted Americans at gates of the chaotic Kabul airport to "leave immediately." → Read More

Latest on Afghanistan: At least 500 Americans are trying to get out; 4,500 evacuated so far

World Bank cuts off funding. The US accelerates its evacuations. Pelosi criticizes lawmakers who made secret trip to Kabul. → Read More

US lacks leverage over Taliban amid chaotic Afghanistan exit: 'They have us in a corner'

The U.S. has taken steps to quickly evacuate Americans from Afghanistan and pressure the Taliban, but analysts say its options are limited. → Read More

How did the Taliban retake Afghanistan so fast? What's happening now? What we know

Taliban fighters entered Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, signaling a collapse of the Afghan government two decades after U.S. invaded the country. → Read More

Amid mounting frustration, Biden suggests decision on EU travel coming within days

President Joe Biden said his COVID response team is reviewing U.S. travel restrictions that bar visitors from the European Union. → Read More

A 'moral' fight: Biden to urge Americans to challenge efforts to restrict voting rights

Joe Biden to deliver warning in Philadelphia that constitutional right to vote is under assault as GOP-led states move to restrict ballot access. → Read More

Trump draws out-of-state supporters to Ohio rally, bashes Northeast Ohio GOP congressman on impeachment vote

Calling Saturday night's rally in Northeast Ohio “the very first rally of the 2022 election,” Trump predicted next year's elections would result in "giant Republican majorities" in both chambers of Congress. → Read More

'Grievance tour' or 2024 preview? Donald Trump to hold campaign-style rally in Ohio on Saturday

Former President Donald Trump's rally in Ohio will mark his return to the type of large-scale events that fueled both of his White House campaigns. → Read More

How Joe Biden became the most LGBTQ-friendly president in U.S. history

Biden's evolution on LGBTQ rights has been filled with twists, but activists now see him as an ally for their cause - and not just during Pride month. → Read More

Joe Biden to hold solo news conference after meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva

White House says solo press event is 'appropriate format" to communicate with media about topics raised during Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin meeting. → Read More

An 'ugly poison': Biden signs bill to combat hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders

Legislation to combat attacks and racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is first new federal hate crimes law in a dozen years. → Read More

Child tax credit: Families will start receiving monthly advance payments July 15

Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit and allowed families to receive half of the payments in advance monthly installments. → Read More

Judge rules COVID eviction moratorium is government overreach, strikes it down

Justice Department will appeal the ruling, which says federal government went too far when in its moratorium on evictions from rentals amid pandemic. → Read More

In visit to Mexican restaurant, Biden calls attention to new COVID-relief grants for eateries

Joe Biden's visit to restaurant shines spotlight on emergency grant program for eateries hurt financially by the COVID pande mic. → Read More