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Past articles by Ken:

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield to Step Down

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, a longtime aide to President Biden who played an instrumental role in his 2020 campaign, will be departing the administration later this summer, White House officials said. → Read More

Biden Says U.S. Can Choose Unity as Nation Faces Divisions

The president refers to the shooting in Highland Park, Ill., and seems to allude to the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion in remarks at a barbecue for military families on the South Lawn of the White House. → Read More

Biden Says He Supports Exception to Filibuster to Codify Roe v. Wade Into Law

Changing the filibuster rules of the Senate would allow legislation protecting abortion access to pass the chamber with 51 votes rather than the 60 votes usually required for bills to advance. → Read More

Critics Inside and Outside White House Push Biden for More Forceful Abortion Response

The administration has struggled to come up with a detailed plan and messaging strategy, with progressives pushing for more action and Vice President Harris asking for more specifics. → Read More

Intel Delays Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ohio Plant Amid Uncertainty Over Chips Legislation

The chip maker still plans to build the manufacturing facility, but expressed frustration with the lack of congressional action on support for the U.S. semiconductor industry → Read More

Biden Pushes Back Against Waning U.S. Influence in Latin America at Summit

The president outlined his vision of shared goals on climate and migration at a summit boycotted by some nations. → Read More

Biden Hunts for Small Wins as Democratic Frustration Builds

Beset by low poll numbers and rising inflation, the president is willing to take a narrow deal on gun legislation and a scaled-back agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin. → Read More

Mexico’s Leader to Skip Regional Summit After U.S. Snubs Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The Biden administration will exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from Summit of the Americas despite pressure from Mexico and other countries. → Read More

Biden Says He Has ‘No Direct Plans’ to Travel to Saudi Arabia

President says he may meet with Israeli and Arab leaders later this month, as he travels to Europe for Nato and G-7 meetings. → Read More

President Biden, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Meet With Inflation at Its Highest in 40 Years

The president affirmed a “laser focus on addressing inflation” as he met with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. → Read More

Biden’s Asia Trip Shows Challenges in Uniting Region

The U.S. president pleases some with tough talk on Taiwan, but nations differ on trade, Russia. → Read More

Biden Kicks Off Economic Group Linking U.S., Asia

President Biden and leaders from a dozen countries endorsed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a platform aimed at countering China’s influence. → Read More

Biden Keeps Eye on Domestic Politics as He Travels Through Asia

President Biden is roughly 7,000 miles from the White House, but domestic affairs have taken a prominent role as he travels through South Korea and Japan in his first trip to Asia as commander in chief. → Read More

Biden Says U.S. Is Prepared if North Korea Conducts Missile Test

White House officials have said North Korea could conduct a missile test or a seventh nuclear test during Mr. Biden’s first trip to Asia as president. → Read More

Garcetti Ambassador Nomination Stalled in Senate Over Questions About Former Aide’s Conduct

President Biden’s pick to be the U.S. ambassador to India—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti—hasn’t secured enough Senate confirmation votes. → Read More

Biden Open to Meeting North Korea’s Kim, Pledges Deterrence With Seoul

President Biden expresses openness to meeting Kim Jong Un as the U.S. leader and his South Korean counterpart signal plans to deter North Korea. → Read More

Russia-Ukraine War: Latest News and Live Updates

To keep up with major developments on Ukraine, sign up for WSJ email alerts. For news from across the globe, subscribe to WSJ’s free daily newsletter. Ukraine: Russia said it had completed its capture of the southeastern port city of Mariupol after the last Ukrainian fighters holed up at the Azovstal steel plant laid down their arms. Ukraine’s military intelligence chief said in an interview… → Read More

Biden, on a First Trip to Asia, Tries to Refocus on China Amid Ukraine War

President Biden heads to Asia this week for the first time since taking office, as he tries to refocus attention on a top foreign-policy priority of countering China—a task that has been overshadowed by the war in Ukraine. → Read More

U.S. Allows Chevron to Maintain Venezuela Operations but Won’t Permit Drilling

A license extension, which allows the oil company to negotiate future business, seeks to encourage talks between the Maduro government and the opposition. → Read More

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