Latest Jen Psaki News

US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level....

Infrastructure talks leave Biden's entire agenda at risk

Jul. 28, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects. The outcome of...

Basketball diplomacy: US, Iran meet on court at Tokyo Games

Jul. 28, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Americans applauded the Iranian national anthem. The Iranians applauded the U.S. anthem. There were a few handshakes before, plenty more handshakes after, and words of sportsmanship between the sides throughout the game. For two hours, it was...

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

Jul. 28, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired...

The Latest: S Korea sets another new high for daily cases

Jul. 27, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting a new daily high for coronavirus cases a day after authorities enforced stringent restrictions in areas outside the Seoul capital region seeking to slow a nationwide spread of infections. The 1,896 cases announced Wednesday...

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jul. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the...

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

Jul. 27, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on...

Senators, White House in crunch time on infrastructure deal

Jul. 27, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, senators and the White House worked furiously Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door...

White House lauds end to Aon-Willis deal in antitrust push

Jul. 27, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

The White house on Tuesday lauded the termination of a proposed $30 billion tie-up between Aon and Willis Towers Watson that would have created the largest insurance broker in the world. Last month, the Justice Department sued to block the all-stock deal, saying that it...

With virus surge, US to keep travel restrictions for now

Jul. 27, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House...