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Past articles by Franco:

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For Biden, the chaotic withdrawal from Kabul was a turning point in his presidency

President Biden was elected on a promise of competency. The bungled exit from Afghanistan undercut that image. His approval ratings took a big hit, and have never recovered. → Read More

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Ahead of the G-7, Biden confronts Putin's latest geopolitical weapon — food

President Biden will attend the G-7 summit in Germany this weekend, where leaders are expected to address food insecurity stemming from Russia's blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea. → Read More

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Biden wants a gas tax holiday. Some economists say that's a bad idea

Biden wants Congress to give people a break on the federal gas tax for the summer. But economists say that won't translate into big savings at the pump — and could hurt efforts to curb inflation. → Read More

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Biden is under pressure on gas prices. So he's putting pressure on oil companies

President Biden says he wants the biggest refiners to do more to increase gasoline supply and lower prices. He says he's ready to use emergency powers to boost capacity — but he didn't give details. → Read More

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Biden is hosting the Summit of the Americas, but Mexico's president won't be there

The Summit of the Americas was supposed to be a chance for the United States to make progress with its neighbors on migration and other big issues. But several key players won't be at the table. → Read More

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U.S. adviser tries to talk Mexican president out of skipping Summit of the Americas

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador threatened to skip this year's summit in the United States if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are excluded. → Read More

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Biden eases restrictions on Cuban travel and remittances

The White House plans to make it easier for families to visit relatives in Cuba and increase visa processing on the island, reversing some of former President Trump's policies. → Read More

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Russians wreak havoc on Ukrainian farms, mining fields and stealing equipment

Ukraine is one of the world's biggest producers of wheat, corn and sunflower oil. Officials say 30% of farmland is now occupied or unsafe. "My fields were destroyed by the shelling," one farmer says. → Read More

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The complex effort to hold Vladimir Putin accountable for war crimes

Ukrainian and international experts believe it will take years, if not decades, to build cases and prosecute people. Ukraine's prosecutor general's office has opened more than 9,000 investigations. → Read More

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2 U.S. Cabinet officials will meet with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Sunday. The State Department declined to comment to NPR. → Read More

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War crystalizes young Ukrainian leaders' calls for a future aligned with Europe

These young politicians have few memories of life under Soviet rule — and they say the war has accelerated their efforts to push for a more Europe-focused future. → Read More

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Even with ties, Ukrainian families struggle to reach the United States

Olena Kopchak, her husband and their 8-year-old daughter, Yana, are among the growing number of Ukrainians who are trying to make it to the United States — and confronting obstacles. → Read More

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Biden is shoring up South American ties to help counter Russia

President Biden met with Colombian President Iván Duque days after senior administration officials made a secret trip to meet with Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, who has strong ties with Russia. → Read More

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Venezuela releases 2 Americans after visit from U.S. officials

A high-level delegation traveled to the South American country last weekend to in part discuss the health of detained U.S. citizens. → Read More

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Past U.S. policy toward Russia looms over how Biden confronts Putin on Ukraine

Critics say the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldened the Russian leader, but former U.S. officials say past U.S. responses to Russian incursions were a bigger problem. → Read More

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Biden announces new sanctions as Russia attacks Ukraine

The next round of sanctions from the White House targets banks and export controls, which would cut Russia off from critical technology such as semiconductors. → Read More

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Vice President Harris is meeting leaders in Munich to talk about Russia and Ukraine

This is Harris' highest-stakes foreign trip yet. She will meet some 13 heads of state to discuss the threat posed by Russia, and will speak at the Munich Security Conference. → Read More

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Democratic Activists Say Biden Has Failed To Deliver On Immigration Promises

Activists say the president has made little substantive progress on overhauling the U.S. immigration system despite pledging as a candidate to work toward a more humane and open immigration system. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter. Find and support your local public radio station. → Read More

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Vice President Harris looks for a fresh start on migration issues in Honduras

The fact that Vice President Harris is even attending the inauguration is a sign of the importance the White House is placing on finding a partner in the fight against root causes of migration. → Read More

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A year after mobilizing for Biden, young supporters feel let down on immigration

Young people helped mobilize voters for President Biden. Many now feel Biden hasn't pushed hard enough to deliver on the immigration goals he set. → Read More