Biden’s State of the Union Prep: No Acronyms and Tricks to Conquer a Stutter
Katie Rogers, The New York Times
Aides describe a process in which the president spends weeks reading drafts aloud, rejecting anything that smacks of Washington-speak.
Biden will call for fresh bipartisan action at State of the Union but faces big challenges in a divided Congress
Sahil Kapur, NBC News
At his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Joe Biden will tout his achievements and issue a fresh call for bipartisan legislating in the divided Congress.
White House struggles to explain the fate of Title 42
Myah Ward, Politico
President Joe Biden has called for a bipartisan immigration policy since he stepped into office. He’s likely to make another appeal at Tuesday’s State of the Union.
The Biden economy: Waning inflation, record jobs, lingering uncertainty
Howard Schneider and Andrea Shalal, Reuters
Joe Biden speaks to the nation tonight at a time of record low unemployment, rising wages, and diminishing fears of recession – facts the U.S. president is likely to trumpet as a sign his economic plans are working in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bono, a shooting hero, Nichols’ family members to join Biden
The Associated Press
Rock star Bono, the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman in last month’s Monterey Park, California, shooting, and the family of Tyre Nichols will be among the featured guests sitting alongside first lady Jill Biden at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
White House Calls Proposed GOP Commission a ‘Death Panel’ for Medicare, Social Security
Jack Fitzpatrick, Bloomberg
The White House slammed a proposal by House Republican committee and caucus chairs to set up a panel examining Social Security and Medicare solvency as part of debt-limit negotiations, likely shutting the door on the approach.
Caught in G.O.P.’s Cross Hairs, Mayorkas Faces Political Showdown Over Border Crisis
Eileen Sullivan and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times
The homeland security secretary has become the face of the intractable problem at the border, particularly for Republicans who see immigration attacks as a winning political strategy.
U.S. Air Defenses Failed to Spot Earlier Chinese Balloon Intrusions, General Says
Vivian Salama et al., The Wall Street Journal
The military command in charge of U.S. air defenses failed to detect suspected Chinese surveillance balloons before the recent intrusion and learned about them later from intelligence agencies, the general overseeing the command said Monday, acknowledging a gap in defenses.
Scoop: U.S asked Israel and PA to “pause” certain actions in West Bank and at UN
Barak Ravid, Axios
Secretary of State Tony Blinken while in the Middle East last week asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a temporary “pause” in certain actions each side opposes, including Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and Palestinian moves at the UN, U.S. and Israeli officials told Axios.