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President Joe Biden accompanied by Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden hosts NATO hopefuls Sweden, Finland at White House

- The Washington Times

President Biden on Thursday doubled down on offering U.S. security assurances to Finland and Sweden in his meeting with the two countries’ leaders at the White House, just one day after both nations submitted their formal bids to join NATO.

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First lady Jill Biden gets a hug from Ukrainian refugee Yulie Kutocha, 7, as her mother Victorie Kutocha, watches at right, during a visit to a city-run refugee center in Kosice, Slovakia, Sunday, May 8, 2022. The center is a place for Ukrainian refugees to rest and prepare for onward travel. Biden will then travel to the Slovak border with Ukraine to meet with refugees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Jill Biden to Ukrainian mom: Russia war 'hard to understand'

- Associated Press

U.S. first lady Jill Biden spent Mother's Day in Slovakia, meeting with Ukrainian mothers who have been displaced by Russia's war and assuring them that the "hearts of the American people" are behind them.

President Joe Biden speaks during a Cinco de Mayo event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Washington. First lady Jill Biden stands at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden meets with Amazon labor union head

- The Washington Times

President Biden on Thursday met with a group of labor organizers at the White House, including a former Amazon worker who led the drive to unionize the online retailer's Staten Island facility.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during the Chiefs of Police Executive Forum, at the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

Biden to crack down on polluters in poor, minority areas

- Associated Press

Following through on a campaign promise, the Biden administration on Thursday announced a wide-ranging enforcement strategy aimed at holding industrial polluters accountable for damage done to poor and minority communities.