Today, President Biden plans to return to Washington after attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. It’s a big week on the world stage for the American president: He is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly, hold a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and host a reception for world leaders in New York.
On Sunday night, Biden made multiple headlines in an interview that aired on “60 Minutes,” declaring that the coronavirus pandemic is over and saying U.S. troops would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack from China. Biden also hedged about whether he plans to seek reelection in 2024, saying that is his intention but that “it’s just an intention.”
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5 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. in London): Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
5:05 p.m. Eastern: The Bidens return to the White House.
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Analysis: What an election denier could do if elected secretary of state
In many states, the secretary of state is the chief elections official. It’s a crucial job, but not one that many Americans have heard of, much less paid attention to.
But secretary of state races are starting to get a lot more national attention and money, The Post’s Amber Phillips writes. Per our colleague:
Former president Donald Trump and his allies have succeeded in boosting 2020 election deniers as candidates this primary season, and in many states, they’ve won the Republican nomination. That means, by next year, election deniers could be in charge of their states’ elections, including in key swing states for the 2024 presidential race.
Among the things rogue secretary of states could do: make it harder to vote, allow for endless audits, refuse to sign off on election results and sow distrust.
Ambitious politicians don’t often seek a demotion. But that’s basically what Rep. Elise Stefanik(R-N.Y.) did last week when she announced she would run again for the position of House Republican conference chair.
Writing in The Early 202, The Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell and Theodoric Meyer says that if Republicans retake the House, as they expect to, that position would move down a peg from the No. 3 spot in House GOP leadership to No. 4 in the hierarchy because the party would pick up the speakership.
On our radar: Biden says running again is ‘just an intention’
President Biden said in an interview that aired Sunday that it’s “much too early” to make a firm decision about running for president again in 2024, leaving open the possibility that another Democrat could appear atop the ticket in two years.
“Look, my intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again,” Biden told CBS’s Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes.” “But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
“I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden added. “And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m going to do that job, and within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do.”
The latest: Biden, in London, honors the queen and avoids diplomatic disputes
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived Monday morning at Westminster Abbey in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Post’s Toluse Olorunnipa reports that Biden on Sunday visited Westminster Hall in London to view the queen’s coffin, his first official act of condolence during a brief visit to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Per our colleague:
As he stood before the coffin, Biden took a deep breath before making the sign of the cross and then placing his hand over his heart. With the visit, the president and first lady Jill Biden, became the latest — and highest-profile — visitors to the royal lying in state that has drawn thousands of people in queues stretching for miles.
“She was the same in person as her image,” Biden said Sunday after signing a condolence book for her. “Decent, honorable and all about service.”
Biden’s itinerary is being closely watched by the British public, from his arrival on Air Force One on Saturday night, to which British officials he chooses to engage, to his use of the presidential limousine known as “The Beast” while other world leaders are relegated to buses.
President Biden declared the coronavirus pandemic “over,” in apparently off-the-cuff remarks that reflect the growing sentiment that the threat of the virus has receded, even as hundreds of Americans continue to die of covid each day.
“We still have a problem with covid,” Biden said in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night. “We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over.”
The Post’s Dan Diamond reports that Biden made the remarks Wednesday during the interview at the auto show in Detroit, referencing the crowds at the event. The annual auto show had not been held since 2019. Per Dan:
Noted: Biden says U.S. troops would defend Taiwan in event of attack by China
President Biden has again confirmed that U.S. troops would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack from China, the clearest recent statement that Bidenhas made about how far the United States would go to support Taiwan militarily.
The Post’s Amy B Wang reports that in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday evening, Biden told host Scott Pelley that the United States would defend Taiwan “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
China claims Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that is home to 23 million people, as its own territory, and has asserted it could one day use force to take control of the island.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine more than six months ago, Biden had emphasized several times that U.S. military forces would not fight Russian troops on Ukrainian soil. Pelley pressed Biden on whether the situation would be different in the event of an attack on Taiwan.
“So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. forces — U.S. men and women — would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” Pelley asked.
The decisions by Republican governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida to transport migrants north to largely Democratic areas were an intense topic of conversation on the Sunday talk shows. Democrats accused the governors of engaging in cruel political stunts, while Republicans argued that the Biden administration needs to overhaul the nation’s border policies.
The Post’s Mahlia Posey pulled together the highlights, which include appearances by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and New York Mayor Eric Adams (D).
By coincidence, the new feature appeared a few weeks after the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) unveiled PolitiFact. The original idea was that the Fact Checker would run through the 2008 election, so Dobbs closed up shop on Nov. 4, 2008, just 14 months later.
But Washington Post editors noticed that thousands of readers, searching the internet for information, every day kept coming back for the original campaign fact checks, even months after they were first posted. There was clearly a hunger for nonpartisan, fact-based research on public policy topics. So the Fact Checker was relaunched almost 12 years ago under my direction.