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How to watch Biden’s first White House press conference

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President Joe Biden will deliver the first solo press conference of his presidency Thursday afternoon — marking a new record for the longest a commander in chief has gone in the last century without speaking to the media formally.

Biden went longer than his 15 most recent predecessors — stretching back at least 100 years — without taking questions from journalists at an extended official forum.

All 15 prior presidents held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office, according to a CNN analysis of data from the American Presidency Project.

Former President Donald Trump held his first solo press conference 27 days after taking office. Former President Barack Obama held one 20 days into the job.

In his first 64 days in office, Biden had answered reporter questions in passing during brief encounters, generally before boarding presidential aircraft or after concluding official events.

He had not, however, faced reporters alone in an extended presser since becoming leader of the free world.​

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Thursday’s presser:

Where to watch

The presser will be carried on all major TV news networks, and will also be available for streaming through C-SPAN, PBS and YouTube, beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Biden's press conference will be livestreamed across various platforms.
Biden’s press conference will be livestreamed across various platforms.
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What to expect

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden faced criticism for his decision to campaign from his Wilmington, Del., home.

The move, defended by Biden as something done as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, extremely diminished what access the press had to the Democratic presidential candidate.

Now in the White House, Biden appears to be continuing that trend.

Joe Biden seen with Kamala Harris during summer of 2020.
Joe Biden seen with Kamala Harris during summer of 2020.
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His administration regularly uses COVID-19 as an explanation when reporters complain about the lack of press access.

The White House has only said that the presser will be “open to pre-credentialed media,” meaning the reporters of their choosing will be allowed in.

It is not clear whether Biden will call from a prepared list of journalists, either.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden is "thinking about what to say" to prepare for his presser.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden is “thinking about what to wants to say” to prepare for his presser.
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Asked on Tuesday how the 46th president was preparing,  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden was “thinking about what he wants to say, what he wants to convey, where he can provide updates and [is] looking forward to the opportunity to engage with a free press.”

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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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