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Biden to meet pope amid pressure from anti-abortion US bishops

Devout Roman Catholic Joe Biden meets Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday at a time when the US president is under intense pressure for his conflicted position in the dispute over abortion rights. Biden goes to weekly Mass regularly and keeps a picture of the pope behind his desk in the Oval Office. He has said he is personally opposed to abortion but as an elected leader cannot impose his views.

Joe Biden to announce $100 million spending at ASEAN summit

Billionaire tax criticized as Biden pushes for budget deal

The Democrats’ idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden’s social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.

Florida manatees dying in record numbers amid food scarcity

Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It’s not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that starved to death.

Democratic US Senator Joe Manchin said on Tuesday that “it makes no sense to me” to abandon the Senate filibuster, the week after Democratic President Joe Biden said he was open to changing the custom to pass a voting-rights bill

Idaho mall shooting leaves 2 dead

Idaho police exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a shooting at a shopping mall in Boise, that killed two people and injured four, including an officer, authorities said. Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee told reporters that the shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. on Monday and included a report that one person was “shot and down.” Panicked people who were inside the mall fled to the parking lot.

In fatal shooting, some political foes take aim at Baldwin

Details are still emerging about how Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but some political onlookers swiftly assigned guilt to one of Hollywood’s most prominent liberals.

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife.

Record rainfall as storm douses drought-stricken California

The system weakened as it moved south but still dropped enough rain Monday evening to cause mudslides that closed roads in the San Bernardino Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.