Eyeing re-election, Biden breaks with progressives on some hot-button issues

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is breaking with progressives on some hot-button issues ahead of the expected launch of his re-election campaign, laying the groundwork to try to neutralize politically thorny issues that Republicans hope to use against him.

The president has said he'll sign legislation to overturn a new D.C. crime law that eased mandatory sentences and penalties, drawing a backlash from progressives who said the law was sensible — and meddling with it would undermine D.C.'s sovereignty.

Last week, NBC News reported that the Biden administration was considering a revival of family detention for migrants entering the U.S. unlawfully, which drew heavy criticism from immigration advocates who are already upset with Biden for adopting tough asylum policies that they say mirror Trump-era rules.