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Inflation is falling, but these Biden voters in Michigan say ‘it does not feel like it’s gotten better’

ABC News(GRAND RAPIDS, MI.) -- On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden is touting a post-COVID-19 economy that has roared back to life and continued to shatter expectations in recent months.Worries of a recession are fading, unemployment remains very low and average wages are on the rise again after years of being overtaken by high inflation, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.But in the grocery aisles in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Teresa Johnson, a single mother, struggles to make ends meet for her and her 11-year-old daughter despite the cooling prices.She told ABC News that she is still recovering from the financial hardships of the pandemic and has yet to see the benefits of the recent economic   ... Read More

Biden addresses his age, Taylor Swift conspiracies and more on Seth Meyers’ late-night show

Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Joe Biden, while campaigning in New York Monday, stopped by 30 Rockefeller to appear on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers."The president's sit down with the comic late Monday included questions about his age and his 2024 agenda versus that of former President Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for the nomination."Some documents recently leaked, some classified documents -- and this isn't a gotcha show but I do want to ask about it -- that says you are currently 81 years old," Meyers began."Who the hell told you that?" Biden joked. "That's classified."Meyers then turned to a more serious note, highlighting the fact that polls show voters are concerned about Biden's age as   ... Read More

Biden calls in congressional leaders to talk Ukraine aid, government shutdown deadline

Bloomberg Creative/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden will host top congressional leaders at the White House Tuesday as he and fellow Democrats remain at odds with House Republicans over aid to Ukraine and government funding with a partial shutdown deadline just days away.The "Big 4" leaders sitting down with the president are House Speaker Mike Johnson, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.The last time the group met was in mid-January to discuss how to break a stalemate over border policy and foreign aid.Since then, Speaker Johnson, who rejected both a bipartisan border deal and stand-alone foreign aid bill out of the Senate, has been requesting a one-on-one session with President   ... Read More

Three things to watch in Michigan’s presidential primary

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday offers both the most visible test yet of electoral anger with President Joe Biden for his response to the Israel-Hamas war -- and another test of voter interest in former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's waning GOP campaign.Critics of the president who say he's been too lenient on Israel in its bombardment of Gaza as it fights against Hamas are urging voters to cast "uncommitted" primary ballots to express their displeasure and push for the White House to be less supportive of Israel's tactics.Biden's campaign has met with community leaders in Michigan, which has a notable Arab population, and the president has suggested that he wants Israel to change course while   ... Read More

Donald Trump Jr. receives unidentified white powder in envelope at Florida home

Donald Trump Jr. receives unidentified white powder in envelope at Florida homeDonald Trump Jr. speaks to supporters at a rally for his father, Republican Presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump on Feb. 23, 2024 in Charleston, S.C. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, received and opened a letter containing an unidentified white powder Monday evening, sources tell ABC News.A hazmat team visited Trump Jr.’s home in Jupiter, Florida, after he received the piece of mail, a source with knowledge of the incident told ABC News."The test results of the substance came up inconclusive on what it was exactly, but officials on the scene do not believe it is deadly," a spokesperson for Trump Jr. said in a statement to ABC   ... Read More

To lead on AI, US needs to lead on computer chips, commerce secretary says

Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images, FILE(WASHINGTON) -- Artificial Intelligence will be the "defining technology of our generation," when it comes to the future of technology, but specifically the advancement of semiconductors in the United States, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday."You can't lead on AI if you don't believe in making leading-edge chips," Raimondo said in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "And so our work in implementing chips have just got a whole lot more important."The Commerce Department is tasked with implementing the CHIPS and Science Act -- which spends nearly $53 billion to spur research in and development of America's semiconductor industry. It is intended to address a nearly two-year global chip shortage that stemmed from supply   ... Read More

Here we go again: Congress faces looming government shutdown deadline

Rudy Sulgan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Congress started to return to Washington on Monday facing a familiar predicament: its back against the wall as the clock ticks down to renew funding for several key government agencies before a Friday deadline.Absent action from both chambers, Congress is staring down a partial government shutdown at the end of the day Friday -- its fourth time in as many months.Funding for several key agencies will run out on Friday night, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Transportation Department and the Veterans Administration. One week later, on March 8, funding for the remaining eight government agencies will expire if Congress fails to act.Lawmakers still have time to intervene, and   ... Read More

Nikki Haley argues Trump not getting 40% of primary voters is clue he’d lose to Biden

Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley keeps losing to Donald Trump by double digits but the fact that the former president has only managed to reach 60% of the vote in the contested races so far should be taken as a warning sign, Haley said on Monday."Donald Trump as, technically, the Republican incumbent did not win 40% of the vote," she said in a gaggle with reporters while on the trail one day before Michigan's Republican primary. "So, what you are looking at is something is shifting and this has been happening for a while."Haley was reiterating an argument she has been making more and more, including the previous night in Troy, Michigan: that even   ... Read More

Pentagon finds no one to blame for keeping Secretary Austin’s hospital stays secret

Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- No one will be reprimanded for keeping Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's hospital stays a secret -- including the secretary himself or his chief of staff -- after an internal Pentagon review of the matter concluded there was no indication of "ill intent or an attempt to obfuscate" the situation.An unclassified… text to link... of the Pentagon's findings says concerns about medical privacy and a rapidly changing situation were mostly to blame. But the summary didn't answer key questions about when individual members of his staff became aware of his condition and whether the defense secretary himself was advised to alert the White House but chose not to.The Pentagon has provided additional classified details to Congress, officials   ... Read More

Supreme Court hears major cases on free speech, laws regulating social media

Matt Cardy/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Are Facebook, Instagram and YouTube more like newspaper publishers or telephone companies?The Supreme Court on Monday was wrestling with that question in a pair of cases being called the most important tests of the First Amendment in the internet era.The justices' answer could be critical to setting the terms of online speech for generations.Florida and Texas each passed laws in 2021 ordering social media platforms to limit content moderation (e.g. removing or devaluing certain posts, at their discretion) and requiring them to issue notice and explanation any time a user's content is removed or account suspended.Both laws were enacted following the platforms' decisions banning then-President Donald Trump after Jan. 6 and conservatives' longstanding concerns about the   ... Read More

Koch-backed group halts financial support for Haley

Republican presidential candidate, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at her primary-night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23, 2024 in Concord, New Hampshire. -- (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Americans For Prosperity Action, an advocacy organization backed by billionaire Charles Koch and his network of wealthy conservatives supporting Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary, will no longer spend money on behalf of her campaign.Following Haley’s defeat in the early primary states -- including her home state of South Carolina, on Saturday night -- AFP has decided to refocus its mission on United States Senate and House races, according to an internal staff email sent by Americans For Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel and reviewed by   ... Read More

Ronna McDaniel to resign as Republican National Committee chair days after Super Tuesday

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute's 'A Time for Choosing Speaker Series' at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on April 20, 2023 in Simi Valley, California. -- (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- After seven years at the helm of the GOP, Ronna McDaniel will step down from her post as chair of the Republican National Committee on March 8, she said in a statement obtained by ABC News.McDaniel's resignation is expected to take effect after Super Tuesday on March 5.McDaniel said that she would resign at the party’s spring training meeting in Houston, Texas, so as to "allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing."Hand-picked by Donald Trump to serve   ... Read More

As speculation mounts on Trump’s running mate, contenders pitch the base at CPAC

Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The annual Conservative Political Action Conference has long been a proving ground for would-be presidents, launching the political aspirations of heavyweights like Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.This year, all eyes were on who could be No. 2.Former President Trump has handily dispatched nearly all of his 2024 primary rivals, with only former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley hanging on while trailing by yawning polling margins and losing by double digits in every state that's voted so far.With the GOP nomination all but determined, speculation over Trump's potential running mate is skyrocketing in the party -- and many of the lead contenders gathered at CPAC at the same time in what was viewed by some   ... Read More

3 Black women aim for historic Senate wins in 2024: ‘My intention is to make a difference’

Julia Cherner/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- More than 2,000 people have served in the U.S. Senate since it was established in 1789. But just 12 have been Black -- and only three have been Black women, none of whom have ever served together.That could soon change. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Prince George County, Maryland, Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) are all running for open Senate seats and hope to serve there alongside one another."It's about what we bring, what we bring as Black women, that has never been part of the consistent policy debate in the United States Senate, and it's time," Lee told ABC News in a segment that aired Sunday on "This Week."In 2017, future Vice   ... Read More

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