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Biden's fentanyl position sparks criticism from 2 sides

Feb. 08, 2023 20:30 PM EST

President Joe Biden’s calls in his State of the Union speech for strong criminal penalties in response to soaring deaths linked to the potent opioid fentanyl are being rebuked by harm reduction advocates who say that approach could make the problem worse, even as some in Congress jeered the...

Biden warns of GOP plans for Medicare, Social Security cuts

Feb. 08, 2023 20:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security, the GOP howls of protest during his State of the Union address showcased a striking apparent turnaround for the party that built a brand for years trying to do just that. ...

Biden's State of the Union draws audience of 27.3 million

Feb. 08, 2023 20:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 27.3 million people watched President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on television, the second smallest audience for the annual event in at least 30 years, the Nielsen company said on Wednesday. It was also down nearly 28% from the 38.2 million...

Pope seeks release of Cubans arrests during 2021 protests

Feb. 08, 2023 19:03 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hopes Cuban authorities will release and grant amnesty to people arrested and sentenced after the historic protests that took place in 2021, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, who traveled to the island as the pontiff’s special envoy, said Wednesday. During an...

Opal Lee, 'grandmother of Juneteenth,' gets Texas portrait

Feb. 08, 2023 18:17 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Opal Lee, the 96-year-old Texan whose efforts helped make Juneteenth a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S., became on Wednesday only the second Black person whose portrait will hang in the senate chamber of the state Capitol. ...

Arkansas Gov. Sanders proposes raises, vouchers in bill

Feb. 08, 2023 17:48 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of the state's schools that will pair a 39% raise in starting teacher pay with a new voucher program that will direct public money to pay for private and home schooling. Sanders also...

Ex-Twitter execs deny pressure to block Hunter Biden story

Feb. 08, 2023 15:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Twitter executives conceded Wednesday they made a mistake by blocking a story about Hunter Biden, the president’s son, from the social media platform in the run-up to the 2020 election, but adamantly denied Republican assertions they were pressured by Democrats and law...

Biden rallies workers in Wisconsin after big speech

Feb. 08, 2023 15:29 PM EST

DeFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Fresh from his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden rallied supporters in Wisconsin on Wednesday, preparing for an expected reelection announcement this spring and trying to shore up the backing of working-class voters who have edged away from Democrats in recent...

Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflict

Feb. 08, 2023 09:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State of the Union address tends to have a ritual rhythm. Grand entrance. Applause. Platitudes. Policies. Appeals for Unity, real or imagined. President Joe Biden checked those boxes, and a few more, during his speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday...

China says it was smeared in Biden State of the Union speech

Feb. 08, 2023 05:49 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says it was smeared in U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address that repeatedly mentioned competition between the two countries. China does not fear competing with the U.S. but is “opposed to defining the entire China-U.S. relationship in terms...