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Ken Thomas

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Recent articles by Ken:

Biden Stresses Contrast With GOP Economic Agenda as Midterm Challenges Grow

President Biden said Republicans would worsen inflation and raise taxes on American families, part of an effort to cast the GOP as obstructing his agenda and fixated on culture wars instead of governing. → Read More

Biden, Internet Providers Seek to Boost Adoption of Subsidized Broadband

Providers will help offer high-speed internet to millions of households under the infrastructure law. → Read More

U.S. Targets Russian Media, Bank Executives With New Sanctions

The Biden administration announced new sanctions targeting Russian state-controlled media and banking executives, a ban on Americans providing accounting and management-consulting services and new export controls targeting the country’s industrial sector. → Read More

Biden at Center of Fight Over Abortion After Career of Reservations

The Democratic president, who previously called his position “middle of the road,” is pressed by abortion rights supporters to be more outspoken in defense of procedure against Republicans. → Read More

Biden Names White House Aide Karine Jean-Pierre as New Press Secretary, Succeeding Jen Psaki

President Biden named Karine Jean-Pierre to be his new press secretary, elevating Jen Psaki’s top deputy to one of the White House’s most prominent roles ahead of November’s midterm elections. → Read More

Biden Requests Additional $33 Billion in Ukraine Aid

Package includes $20 billion in military and security assistance to maintain flow of weapons and ammunition to Kyiv. → Read More

Is Covid-19 Emergency Over? For Both Political Parties, It Depends on Issue

Democrats and Republicans make sometimes inconsistent arguments on whether pandemic rules on immigration, masks and student loans should live on. → Read More

Biden Administration Weighs Next Steps After Judge Throws Out Transportation Mask Mandate

The Justice Department hasn’t said whether it will appeal the ruling, which the administration criticized. An appeal would carry legal and political risks. → Read More

Former Treasury Official Michael Barr Is Frontrunner for Top Fed Banking Regulator

Michael Barr, a Treasury Department official in the Obama administration, is the White House’s leading candidate to serve as the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator. → Read More

Biden Could Face Tougher Court Fights After Jackson

White House marks confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, but potential loss of Senate in the midterms could sink future judicial picks. → Read More

White House Press Secretary Psaki in Talks to Join MSNBC

Jen Psaki plans to leave the Biden administration this spring and is expected to host a show for the streaming service operated by NBCUniversal. → Read More

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tests Positive for Covid-19 a Second Time

The press secretary no longer plans to travel this week to Europe with President Biden, who tested negative for the coronavirus Tuesday. → Read More

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Hearings to Focus on Legal Experience, Record on Crime

Republicans say confirmation hearings will probe Supreme Court nominee’s work as a public defender → Read More

Sarah Bloom Raskin Withdraws as Biden’s Pick for Top Fed Banking Regulator

Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Biden’s nominee to become the government’s most powerful banking regulator, withdrew from consideration amid opposition from Republicans and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. → Read More

Half of Americans Doubt Biden Will Run in 2024, WSJ Poll Shows

Interviews with dozens of voters, activists and local officials in the nation’s top battleground states found a degree of ambivalence and uncertainty over whether the president, who is 79 years old, should seek another term. → Read More

Biden to Finalize ‘Buy American’ Rule for Government Procurements

The new requirements will mean that products obtained under the program will need to have at least 60% of the value of components made in the U.S., up from the current threshold of 55%. → Read More

White House Says Process Under Way to Determine if Russia Committed War Crimes

The White House said it has established a process to determine if any of Russia's activities in its invasion of Ukraine should be considered war crimes. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the administration has “stood up a process internally” and was evaluating evidence and “r → Read More

Biden’s State of the Union Address to Highlight Economic Plans, Russia Sanctions

Democrats also hope the president outlines a message that his party can use in the November midterm elections. → Read More

Ukraine Crisis Raises Stakes for Biden’s State of the Union Address

Foreign policy will be front and center for a White House that had sought to spotlight the pandemic recovery and the administration’s accomplishments. → Read More

Biden to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Friday Afternoon

The president has promised to nominate the first Black woman to the high court and interviewed three contenders. → Read More