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# Joe Biden

Last year
Larry Donnelly: Race baiting and a GOP reinvention - Trump is now a real threat in the midterms
Our columnist says it’s not looking good for the Democrats in the 2022 midterms this November.
# Ukraine
Russia would 'pay a heavy price' if it invades Ukraine, Joe Biden says
“Let there be no doubt at all, if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price,” the US president said.
# colleyville
UK police arrest two teenagers in relation to 'act of terror' at Texas synagogue
It comes after the man who held four hostages at the synagogue was identified by US authorities as a British citizen.
# Senate
Biden's push to save voting rights agenda appears doomed as key US senator opposes changes
Biden argues that the national voting rights bills are vital to preserving US democracy.
# US Senate
Under pressure Biden set to gamble on voting rights reform in US Senate
Biden flew to Atlanta for a major speech urging reforms that will decide whether the country chooses ‘democracy over autocracy’.
# Ukraine
US warns Russia of risk of 'confrontation,' ahead of Ukraine talks
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has insisted that talks will yield no progress so long as Russia has a “gun to Ukraine’s head”.
# biden
Joe Biden to deliver his first State of the Union address on 1 March
It will mark the latest any president has delivered a State of the Union address.
# Joe Biden
US Supreme Court to hear challenges to vaccine mandates for health staff and workers
Covid vaccines are compulsory at businesses that employ more than 100 people, and for health workers at centres getting federal funding.
# Capitol Riots
'We are in a battle for the soul of America': Joe Biden marks one year since US Capitol riots
A series of remembrance events are due to take place to mark the event.
Larry Donnelly: One year after Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, the US is still divided
Our columnist looks at US politics a year on from the infamous storming of the US Capitol Building.
# Capitol Riots
Biden to call out Trump for 'singular responsibility' in provoking 6 January attack
Joe Biden will make a speech from inside the Capitol’s Statuary Hall on the anniversary of the 6 January riots.
# Capitol Riots
Biden, Trump to give rival addresses to mark anniversary of US Capitol attack
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will reportedly speak from inside the Capitol, while Trump live streams from Mar-a-Lago.
# Ukraine
Ukrainian soldier killed as tensions with Russia soar
The army said Russian separatists had launched three attacks within 24 hours using grenade launchers and small arms.
All time
# Ukraine
Biden and Putin to hold call amid growing tension over Russian troops at Ukraine border
The White House indicated that Biden would make clear to Putin that a diplomatic path remains open.
# ukraine tensions
Biden set to offer Putin 'diplomatic path' to ease Ukraine tensions
A phone call between Biden and Putin is set to take place tomorrow, at the request of the Kremlin.
# rising tensions
US-Russia talks on security, Ukraine to be held on 10 January in Geneva
It comes after Moscow demanded that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries.
# Ukraine
Vladimir Putin says he will consider options if West fails to give security vow
The Russian president has said NATO should not expand to include Ukraine.
# Russia
Putin warns West of military measures over Ukraine threats
He said Russia “will react toughly to unfriendly steps”, adding that he wanted to underscore that “we have every right to do so”.
# China v US
China vows to respond after US imposes sanctions on Xinjiang
The law is the latest in a series intensifying US penalties over China’s alleged abuse of ethnic and religious minorities in the western region.
# Person of the Year
Elon Musk is Time's Person of the Year
US gymnast Simone Biles was Time’s sportsperson of the year, and Covid-19 vaccine scientists the Heroes of the Year.
# Kentucky
Tornadoes leave 80 dead in six US states; one town reduced to 'matchsticks'
More than 70 people are believed to have been killed in Kentucky alone, many of them workers at a candle factory, while at least six died in an Amazon warehouse in Illinois.
# Border Tension
Biden promises support for Ukraine and sanctions for Moscow if Russia invades neighbour
Nearly 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian border.
# Ukraine
Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine
The US President spoke to his Russian counterpart for two hours by video link yesterday.
# rising tensions
Biden and Putin square off for two-hour call as Ukraine tensions mount
Putin came into the meeting seeking guarantees from Biden that the Nato military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine.
# crunch talks
Joe Biden begins video summit with Vladimir Putin amid fears over potential Ukraine invasion
Satellite pictures showing massive troop concentrations on Ukraine’s border.
# rising tensions
US vows to boost military presence if Russia attacks Ukraine
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due to hold talks via video call tomorrow.
# Peng Shuai
Body representing Olympic athletes calls for 'quiet diplomacy' around missing Chinese tennis star
The statement underlines the softly-softly approach adopted by the IOC ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
# US
Kamala Harris held presidency for 1 hour 25 mins while Joe Biden was under anaesthesia
The US President had a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check, the White House said.
# virtual summit
Biden and Xi at loggerheads on Taiwan following lengthy US-China virtual summit
The video-link summit took place last night in Washington and early this morning in Beijing.
# Capitol Riots
Release of 6 January records temporarily blocked by US court
The appeals court set arguments in the case for 30 November.
# article 16
Ireland in discussions with Biden administration over UK Article 16 plans
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he had spoken with senior advisors to US President Biden this week.
# covid19
Aer Lingus says 'almost every seat' is booked this week as US ends 19-month ban on travel
The restrictions were first imposed by Donald Trump in March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted.
# infrastructure deal
Biden facing fresh challenges as he promotes $1 trillion infrastructure deal
The US president is trying to spend the money quickly to deliver maximum impact to the American people.
# Roscommon
Biden sends best wishes to Roscommon palliative care facility
Biden had supported the work of a fundraising group in Roscommon.
# Terry McAuliffe
Biden predicts Democratic win in Virginia but election remains too close to call
The election is seen as the first major test of Joe Biden’s political brand.
# Jen Psaki
White House press secretary tests positive for Covid-19
The official said she had last met US President Joe Biden on Tuesday and they had remained six feet apart.
# Vatican
Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis runs into overtime
Biden’s support of abortion rights and same-sex marriage has put him at odds with many US bishops.
Biden delays release of long-classified JFK assassination files
He said the remaining files “shall be withheld from full public disclosure” until 15 December next year.
# Biden nominee
US Senate committee backs Claire Cronin as new US Ambassador to Ireland
Cronin was nominated for the role of ambassador by Biden in June.
# US Covid-19
Biden pushes vaccine mandates to boost US economy
Biden had ruled out mandates in the past but feels the action is now required as almost 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated.