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Biden heads to the beach for Jill's 70th birthday
President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware solo Wednesday afternoon for his first trip as president to his Rehoboth Beach house to celebrate first lady Jill Biden's 70th birthday.'No birthday plans. Just a quiet birthday at home,' Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesman, told DailyMail.com about the first couple's itinerary for the mid-week break.
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A trip designed toof President on the world stage has become crowded with questions about his sway -- both at home and abroad.
The president's G-7 meetings willwith world leaders who are signaling a more than British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when it comes to Biden's ability to deliver on his promises and foster global growth.
And now,-- reached by five Democratic senators and five Republicans -- will test Biden's sway on his top domestic priority. Five Republicans, of course, is not 10 Republicans -- and getting to that number could cost votes in Biden's own party.
Biden is heading to Europe for his first time as president. What’s on his agenda, and what to expect
Joe Biden's eight-day trip offers chance to shore up alliances with allies, confront Vladimir Putin and visit with Queen Elizabeth.He’ll also get to enjoy one of the perks of the presidency: a visit with Queen Elizabeth II.
Progressives who have been surprisingly quiet through much of Biden's first four-plus months in office are making new noises about what works for them. They're targeting climate change and tax reform as areas that need to be addressed, with not-so-subtle suggestions about where their votes might land if they aren't.
Meanwhile, inflation concerns underscoreabout the state of the economic rebound. And internal Democratic politics are again roiling House Democrats, with Rep. Ilhan Omar's drawing rare rebukes from inside her own party.
Biden's "America is back" message is a counter to former President Donald Trump's "America first" doctrine, and one intended to resonate at home and with U.S. allies overseas.
Jill Biden to meet the Queen
Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."Biden has insisted at just about every turn that people address her by her first name. She means it -- people actually call her that or, sometimes, "Dr. B." The familiar approachability is part of the Biden narrative, and an aspect of her personality into which she leans hard.
Yet, the president now confronts inflection points in dealing with his own party and with both friends and adversaries he is set to meet. Biden's broad visions are coming up against some harsh realities.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland is slated to give remarks on voting rights Friday and how the Department of Justice is working to ensure all Americans have.
The speech comes just two days afterin congressional testimony for increased funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ to hire more attorneys, citing allegations of voter suppression.
"We are reviewing, as you would expect, allegations that come in with respect to voting," said Garland. "Voting is a fundamental element of our democracy. In fact, without it, without the right to vote, none of the other rights follow."
Unearthing Joe Biden's unsung English roots
An English link has been added to the president's famed Irish ancestry. But is it meaningful to him? © BBC An ancestral connection to US President Joe Biden has been found in southern England © BBC The year was 1820 when an English immigrant named William Biden first appeared in US records. A census listed him as a resident of Maryland, one of about 10 million people then living in the US. He was part of a growing community of immigrants who, in many cases, were lured to the country by the promise of a better life.
During that testimony, Garland reminded senators that protecting the rights of newly freed Blacks during Reconstruction was one of the department's initial mandates and protecting voting access in the 1960s became the crux of that mission.
Garland's speech Friday comes as Republican-led efforts to restrict voting access continue in states around the country and while federal legislation aimed at tamping down on the effects of those efforts remain stalled in the Senate.
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The nation's latest Republican-backed proposal toemerged in Pennsylvania on Thursday, as state Rep. Seth Grove introduced House Bill 1300. The legislation seeks to tighten voter ID requirements, eliminate the state's permanent mail voting list and move up the deadline for requesting mail ballots by a week, among several other provisions.
The move comes a week after Grove, who serves as the chair of the House State Government Committee, pushed back on calls from some of his state's strongest Trump supporters for a statewide review of the 2020 election, like that of the "audit" in Arizona. "The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election. We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat," Grove tweeted at the time.
Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon
WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.
Unlike Georgia and Texas -- where Republicans recently advanced bills to-- the political maneuvering surrounding HB 1300 is further complicated in Pennsylvania by the state's Democrat governor, Tom Wolf, who would ultimately have to support the bill to sign it into law.
That outcome doesn't seem likely -- at a press conference Wednesday, Wolf said he would "veto any legislative efforts to roll back" access to the ballot box. "I will stand up for your freedom to vote, and I will not allow bad actors to put up barriers to voting in Pennsylvania," Wolf said.
ABC News' "Start Here" Podcast. Friday morning's episode features ABC News Senior Foreign correspondent Ian Pannell, who tells us what European leaders expect out of President Biden as the G7 summit gets underway. ABC News' Elizabeth Schulze explains why rising inflation could be a good sign for the economy. And former OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab has more on new Department of Labor rules for COVID safety in the workplace.
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Biden abroad: Pitching America to welcoming if wary allies .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with a steady hand at the wheel. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even a longtime foe acknowledged it. But while Biden returned Wednesday night to Washington after a week across the Atlantic that was a mix of messaging and deliverables, questions remained as to whether those allies would trust that Biden truly represents a long-lasting reset or whether Russia’s Vladimir Putin would curb his nation’s misbehaviors.