April 16, 2021

Biden

Standing among U.S. graves, Biden explains Afghanistan decision in personal terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As President Joe Biden stood in the rain on Wednesday among the tombstones of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, thoughts of his late son Beau were not far from his mind as he explained his decision to begin America’s exit from its longest war.

The president’s elder son earned the Bronze Star while serving in Iraq from 2008-09. His death in 2015 from a brain tumor still haunts his father.

“I have trouble these days ever showing up at a cemetery not thinking of my son Beau, who proudly insisted on putting on that uniform and going

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Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

The target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and require dramatic changes in the power, transportation and other sectors. President Joe Biden is considering options for expected carbon reductions by 2030 ahead of a virtual climate summit the United States is hosting later this month.

The so-called Nationally Determined Contribution is a

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Business to Biden: Join us

THE THROW DOWN — Business to Biden: If you raise the bar on climate, we will, too.

Big investors and a list of blue-chip corporations asked President Joe Biden to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade by at least 50 percent from 2005 levels.

Audacious? Maybe. But the fact is that plenty of companies already are well on their way there, with or without Washington. And in a letter to Biden on Tuesday, they made him an offer.

“If you raise the bar on our national ambition, we will raise

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U.S. needs to invest in semiconductor ‘infrastructure,’ Biden tells business leaders facing crippling shortages

The U.S. needs to address an ongoing shortage of semiconductors by investing in its chip “infrastructure,” President Joe Biden said during a virtual summit meeting with auto executives and other business leaders Monday afternoon.

“These chips, these wafers … batteries, broadband — it’s all infrastructure. We need to build the infrastructure of today and not repair the one of yesterday,” Biden said. “The plan I propose will protect our supply chain and revitalize American manufacturing.”

The event was called to address an immediate crisis that has impacted key industries, including consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals and auto manufacturing. Few sectors have been

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Biden tells Georgia to ‘smarten up’ to avoid losing business over new election law

President Biden said that Georgia needs to “smarten up” to avoid businesses leaving the state over its new voting legislation. 

“It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws that are just antithetical to who we are,” the president told reporters Tuesday. 

“There’s another side to it too. When they in fact move out of Georgia, people who need help most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most,” Biden said. 

He said he supports however businesses decide to protest the law. “I think it’s a

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Hunter Biden recounts personal troubles, drug addiction in wide-ranging CBS interview

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, said he expects to be exonerated after the U.S. Justice Department concludes an inquiry into his finances, in a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday morning and also touched on his drug addiction and long-running personal troubles.

The son of President Joe Biden appeared on the “CBS Sunday Morning” news program to promote a new memoir, “Beautiful Things,” in which he talks about his addiction to crack cocaine, his recovery, and his relationship with his father.

He said in the interview that he is “cooperating completely” with a federal probe centered on his tax dealings. The

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