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Morning News Brief: Infrastructure Debate, Coronavirus Origins, Pandemic Optimism

15 days ago   |   By NPR

Democrats are rejecting the GOP's infrastructure counter-proposal. Biden ordered an investigation into the coronavirus origins. And, travel is up for Memorial Day as pandemic restrictions ease.
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Biden Urges G-7 Leaders To Call Out, Compete With China

Biden Urges G-7 Leaders To Call Out, Compete With China

White House official said Biden wants G-7 leaders to speak in a single voice against forced labor practices targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Read more ...

Saudi Arabia limits annual pilgrimage due to Covid

Saudi Arabia limits annual pilgrimage due to Covid

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom... Read more ...

Putin Offers Views on 'Colorful' Trump, 'Career Man' Biden

Putin Offers Views on 'Colorful' Trump, 'Career Man' Biden

President Biden is set to meet with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, and the Russian leader prepped for that sit-down with an NBC News interview on Friday, offering his... Read more ...

Putin says Trump is an 'extraordinary' and 'talented individual' who is an...

Putin says Trump is an 'extraordinary' and 'talented individual' who is an outsider to the US political establishment, unlike 'career man' Biden

Summary List Placement Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday. "Well even now, I believe... Read more ...

Seized House Records Show Just How Far Trump Admin Would Go

Seized House Records Show Just How Far Trump Admin Would Go

Using the Justice Department to gather private information about members of Congress carried echoes of Nixon during Watergate. Read more ...

The 'family photo' of world leaders from Biden's first G7 summit is...

The 'family photo' of world leaders from Biden's first G7 summit is noticeably different from the one from Trump's first G7

Summary List Placement At the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall, England, leaders of the exclusive political club posed for a "family photo," on the British shore with British Prime... Read more ...

Vladimir Putin Dismisses Joe Biden's Assertion That He Is A 'Killer'

Vladimir Putin Dismisses Joe Biden's Assertion That He Is A 'Killer'

NBC News asked the Russian president about the U.S. president calling him a "killer" just days before the two leaders are set to meet in Geneva. Read more ...

Putin: Relationship with U.S. has ‘deteriorated to its lowest point' in years

Putin: Relationship with U.S. has ‘deteriorated to its lowest point' in years

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a new interview, said Russia's relationship with the United States has “deteriorated to its lowest point” in recent years, while noting... Read more ...

Apple says it didn't share pictures or emails from lawmakers' phones with...

Apple says it didn't share pictures or emails from lawmakers' phones with Trump DOJ under subpoenas seeking to unmask leakers

Summary List Placement Apple on Friday revealed additional detail about subpoenas it received from the Trump administration's Department of Justice seeking data about members... Read more ...

Biden To Return Diverted Border Wall Money, Spend Down Rest

Biden To Return Diverted Border Wall Money, Spend Down Rest

The president plans to return more than $2 billion that the Trump administration diverted from the Pentagon to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more ...