Latest Executive branch News

Harris will travel to Honduras for president's inauguration

Jan. 18, 2022 17:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Honduras next week to attend the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro, the Central American country’s first female president. Harris has been tasked by President Joe Biden with the hefty job of finding...

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

Jan. 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored...

Ducey quietly taps $95M in virus cash to boost trooper pay

Jan. 16, 2022 11:42 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey quietly tapped $95 million in federal coronavirus relief money in November to boost pay for state troopers, prison guards and workers in several other state departments deemed essential. The Republican governor's office did not announce that...

Power fully restored to Louisiana's barrier island after Ida

Jan. 15, 2022 17:01 PM EST

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A little over five months after Hurricane Ida devastated Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island, electricity is fully up and running, the mayor’s office said. Ida made landfall Aug. 29. Grand Isle was nearly inaccessible in the days immediately after the...

Biden to hold news conference next Wednesday

Jan. 14, 2022 12:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the eve of the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. The news conference comes as Biden is attempting to salvage his voting rights initiative and economic agenda, both of which lack the...

Officer pleads no contest in shooting that injured woman

Jan. 13, 2022 20:01 PM EST

A Connecticut police officer who fired his gun 13 times at an unarmed couple's car and wounded a woman and another officer in 2019 pleaded no contest Thursday to felony assault and faces up to 18 months in prison under an agreement with prosecutors. Hamden Officer Devin Eaton, 32,...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2022 17:13 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, his office announced. Justice said in a statement he woke up with a cough and congestion, then developed a headache and high fever. The 70-year-old governor said he initially took a...

Walz seeks $40M for hospital staffing amid COVID-19 surge

Jan. 12, 2022 17:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that he wants to use $40 million in federal funding to support emergency staffing at hospitals that are straining to cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases that is expected to get worse. Walz said he asked to use the money to...

NYC mayor seeking waiver to hire brother for security job

Jan. 12, 2022 16:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seeking approval from city ethics officers to hire his brother as the head of his security detail. The new mayor has brought on his brother Bernard Adams, a former New York Police Department sergeant who was most recently serving as...

Swiss cut self-isolation, quarantine times as omicron rises

Jan. 12, 2022 12:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's government is halving the self-isolation times required of people who test positive for the coronavirus and the quarantine times required of people they were in contact with, to five days. The Federal Council, the seven-member executive branch of Swiss...