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    (CNN)What should happen if the public words and actions of members of Congress helped contribute to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6? Frida GhitisRep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif), has compiled pieces of the publicly available social media postings made by those representatives who voted to deny Americans their choice of president; they did this even after a riotous mob overran the Capitol just hours earlier. Her nearly 2,000-page report, which has been online for a week, is both a trove of documentation and a steaming electronic landfill of fetid lies and incitement. Federal prosecutors have already charged more than 300 people in connection with the violent assault that sought to keep Congress from certifying Joe Biden's electoral victory. But it was Republican politicians who also helped fuel the fire promoting the Big Lie, the false claim that former President Donald Trump was the real winner; a lie so...
    The Senate worked through the night from Friday to Saturday at dawn, until a deal on the $ 1.9 trillion rescue package between the leaders and moderate Senator Joe Manchin around emergency benefits for the unemployed allowed to overcome an impasse. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia legislator and a Democratic aide, appeared to pave the way for the Senate to launch a marathon of key voting and eventually pass the sweeping legislation. The bill, which is President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority, seeks to combat the deadly pandemic and help the ailing economy recover. It will offer direct payments of up to $ 1,400 to most Americans and money for coronavirus screenings and vaccines, as well as aid to state and local governments, schools and the airline industry, and subsidies for health insurance. Shortly before midnight, the Senate quickly began to tackle a series of amendments....
    Miami : The compromise, announced by the West Virginia legislator and a Democratic aide Friday night, appeared to pave the way for the Senate to kick off a marathon of key voting and eventually pass the sweeping legislation. The bill, which is President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority, seeks to combat the deadly pandemic and help the ailing economy recover. It will offer direct payments of up to $ 1,400 to most Americans and money for coronavirus screenings and vaccines, as well as aid to state and local governments, schools and the airline industry, and subsidies for health insurance. Senate plans to vote on coronavirus relief package over the weekend The United States Senate is scheduled to vote this weekend on a new massive round of coronavirus relief to address the economic and health crisis caused by the pandemic. Biden believes this is fulfilling his campaign promises, while Republicans...
    The White House has fired Sharon Gustafson, general counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after the controversial Donald Trump appointee refused to resign in a defiant letter to President Joe Biden. Bloomberg Law was first to report Gustafson’s firing Friday, and shared the letter she wrote to Biden. She refuses Biden’s request that she resign, noting that she was appointed to a four-year term. “Unless prevented from doing so, I intend to honor that commitment,” Gustafson wrote. “I have confidently given this advice to countless embattled clients over the last 25 years: hold your head high, do your best work, and do not resign under pressure,” she added. “In solidarity with them, I will follow that advice.” In her letter, Gustafson also accused the EEOC, under Biden, of undermining her work, saying that her reports on “religious freedom” have been removed from the EEOC website. “I can only...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded at a press briefing Friday to a request from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to meet about the crisis on the Southern border. Psaki said Biden is currently focused on rolling back former President Trump’s policies on border security and immigration. “Well, first, the president and this administration’s focus is on digging out of the dismantled and inhumane immigration approach of the last administration,” she said during the afternoon briefing. Biden’s new approach has triggered a flood of migrants at the southern border. Border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants in February, up from 78,000 in January with more expected in the upcoming months. McCarthy wrote a letter to Biden Friday requesting a meeting to discuss the border crisis. “I feel compelled to express great concern with the manner in which your administration is approaching this crisis, but with hope that we can work...
    (CNN)Amanda Gorman, the nation's first youth poet laureate, said she was "tailed" and told "you look suspicious" by a security guard as she walked home Friday night. "A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight. He demanded if I lived there because 'you look suspicious.' I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building. He left, no apology," Gorman wrote in a post on her verified Instagram account."This is the reality of black girls: One day you're called an icon, the next day, a threat," she added.Amanda Gorman recites a poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.In a later tweet, the 22-year-old said, "In a sense he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the influential appeals court in the nation’s capital that regularly feeds judges to the Supreme Court. They are among the roughly 10% of federal judgeships that are or will soon be open, giving Biden his first chance to make his mark on the American judiciary. Barring an improbable expansion of the Supreme Court, Biden won’t be able to do anything about the high court’s entrenched conservative majority any time soon. Justice Clarence Thomas, at 72, is the oldest of the court’s conservatives and the three appointees of former President Donald Trump, ranging in age from 49 to 56, are expected to be on the bench for decades. Democrats traditionally have not made the judiciary a focus, but that is changing after four years of Trump and the vast changes he made. Biden’s appointments are also the only concrete...
    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz put a hold late on Friday on President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency to pressure the administration to put tough sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project. The Senate Intelligence Committee this week backed William Burns, a former ambassador to Russia, by a unanimous vote. Burns has been confirmed by the Senate for five previous jobs over 33 years and is expected to eventually be approved by the full Senate. The hold is a delaying tactic as the Texas senator pressures the administration to sanction ships and companies helping Russia's state energy company Gazprom build the $11 billion pipeline to take gas under the Baltic Sea to Europe via Germany. "I’ll release my hold when the Biden admin meets its legal obligation to report and sanction the ships and companies building (Russia President...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked twice if securing even one Republican vote for Covid relief is a priority for President Joe Biden, and her responses were very clear, almost comically so. During her most recent press briefing, Psaki fielded several questions on the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that’s currently fighting its way through the Senate, including a final volley from CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond. Diamond: (I)n terms of bipartisanship, obviously there are a few Republican senators who are still considering how to vote on this package — Senator Lisa Murkowski chief among them, in terms of somebody who might support this bill. MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. Diamond: So how much of a priority is it for the President to try and win over at least one of these Republican senators? And how much time and energy is he planning to put into that effort? MS....
    Reuters March 6, 2021 0 Comments Democrats in the U.S. Senate said Friday they had resolved their differences over unemployment aid in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, enabling them to move forward with the sweeping package after hours of delay. The deal would scale back the level of jobless benefits provided in the version of the bill that passed the House of Representatives last week and set up new tax breaks for people receiving them, according to Democratic aides. “We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being hit with (an) unexpected tax bill next year,” said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a key centrist who had pushed to scale back the aid. The compromise among Democrats, who control the chamber by the narrowest possible margin, allowed them to move to a series of votes...
    By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the influential appeals court in the nation's capital that regularly feeds judges to the Supreme Court. They are among the roughly 10% of federal judgeships that are or will soon be open, giving Biden his first chance to make his mark on the American judiciary. Barring an improbable expansion of the Supreme Court, Biden won’t be able to do anything about the high court’s entrenched conservative majority any time soon. Justice Clarence Thomas, at 72, is the oldest of the court’s conservatives and the three appointees of former President Donald Trump, ranging in age from 49 to 56, are expected to be on the bench for decades. Democrats traditionally have not made the judiciary a focus, but that is changing after four years of Trump and the vast changes he made. Biden’s appointments...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: to erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemic that’s almost over. Senate Republicans prepared Friday to vote lockstep against the relief bill, taking the calculated political risk that Americans will sour on the big-dollar spending for vaccination distribution, unemployment benefits, money for the states and other outlays as unnecessary, once they learn all the details. Reviving a page from their 2009 takedown of Barack Obama’s costly recovery from the financial crisis, they expect their opposition will pay political rewards, much like the earlier effort contributed to the House Republicans’ rise to power. It’s a tested strategy but comes at an uncertain, volatile time for the nation. Americans are experiencing flickers of optimism at the one-year anniversary...
    Shelters overseen by the U.S. government received more than 7,000 migrant children in February due to a marked increase in the number of unaccompanied minors entering U.S. border custody, according to preliminary government data reviewed by CBS News.  The numbers in March indicate the steady rise has continued. During the first four days of the month, more than 1,500 unaccompanied migrant minors were taken into custody, according to the data. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the federal agency charged with housing these minors, has been receiving an average of 337 children per day, according to figures shared with Congress.  In January, the refugee office's network of shelters and foster homes received more than 4,000 unaccompanied children — a 19% increase from December.  The figure for the first full month of the Biden administration is the most migrant children the refugee office has ever received in a February. The previous...
    Erin Coates, The Western Journal March 5, 2021 0 Comments House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has requested a meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the rapid influx of child migrants crossing the border. In the last week of February, 321 children per day were referred to HHS custody, a sharp jump from the weekly average of 203 in late January and early February, according to documents reviewed by Axios. The number of migrant kids crossing the border is on pace to exceed the record by 45 percent and the administration does not have enough beds to shelter them all, according to the New York Post. “In the face of all of this, I feel compelled to express great concern with the manner in which your administration is approaching this crisis, but with hope that we can work together to solve it,” McCarthy wrote in his letter. The California Republican pointed...
    Reuters March 6, 2021 0 Comments The White House said on Friday a new White House economic adviser, big-tech critic Tim Wu, will help advance President Biden’s agenda with regard to the technology sector, including addressing “monopoly and market power issues.” The White House announced the addition of Wu to its National Economic Council earlier on Tuesday. “The president has been clear … that he stands up to the abuse of power and that includes the abuse of power from big technology companies and their executives,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. “Tim will help advance the president’s agenda, which includes addressing the economic and social challenges posed by the growing power of tech platforms, promoting competition and addressing monopoly and market power issues,” she said. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnitcutt and Jeff Mason; Editing by Chris Reese)
    Reuters March 6, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden believes that authorizations for the use of military force that have been used to justify U.S. attacks on overseas targets should be re-examined, the White House said on Friday. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Senator Todd Young introduced legislation this week to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, citing the “strong partnership” between Washington and the government in Baghdad. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden wanted to work with Kaine on the issue. “He wants to discuss a narrow and specific framework moving forward. Obviously, it’s outdated,” she told reporters. “That’s the discussion he hopes to have in partnership and with the leadership of Senator Kaine and determine what the approach and framework should be as we look ahead.” Psaki said that the recent airstrikes in Syria that...
    Reuters March 6, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Senate worked through the night into Saturday to advance President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan in a marathon session involving more than a dozen votes and hours of closed-door negotiations. Democrats who narrowly control the chamber agreed to scale back aid to the millions who have lost their jobs in the crisis. As Friday night turned to Saturday morning, they stuck together to turn back Republican attempts to modify the bill, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would be the largest stimulus package ever. With Republicans united in opposition, Democrats must keep all 50 of their members on board in order to pass the package, as they hope to do this weekend. They were tested several times on Friday, as Democrats split over an effort to raise the minimum wage. The Senate set a record for its longest...
    A work in progress USA Today: The Backstory: A reporter arrested while covering a protest faces trial Monday. Here's why you should care. "I'm just doing my job as a journalist," she said under the glow of a red light, still sniffling from the pepper spray. "I'm just out here reporting as I see." Sahouri faces charges of interference with official acts and failure to disperse. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 30 days in jail and $625 – for each offense. This is a reporter. In America. Facing jail time for reporting from a news event. Yes, protests are chaotic. Still, the arrest was wrong. And the fact that the prosecutor is still pursuing charges is beyond wrong – it's chilling. xNew poll done for Dems, which is getting sent to the Hill, finds:* 64% say passing popular plans will unify country* 68% prioritize passing something big to...
    Democrats' favorite sales pitch for President Biden's $1.9 trillion spending package is its popularity, but experts warn good poll numbers rarely equate to automatically good policy — especially when the federal government is cutting checks willy-nilly. "The American Rescue Plan, I believe and, according to the polling data, the vast majority of Americans believe, is essential to giving them some help," Biden said Friday during a White House roundtable discussion on his proposed massive package. The White House, congressional Democrats, and their network of allies have repeatedly brought up those very polls in emails, interviews, and press conferences when stumping for the spending plan. Amid the White House sales job, Republicans are missing an opportunity to remind the public that strong polling doesn't necessarily equate to strong policy, according to party strategists. BIDEN FOLLOWS HIS PARTY; TRUMP RULES REPUBLICANS WITH IRON FIST The coordinated Democratic message has depended on...
    Senators worked throughout the night Friday into Saturday as the chamber considered various amendments to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with a vote expected later in the day. The chamber is holding a marathon voting session known as a vote-a-rama, where any senator can force a vote on potential changes to the mammoth relief package. Democrats have rejected a series of proposed GOP changes to the bill. Debate was held up on Friday for nearly 12 hours as Democratic leaders scrambled to save the relief proposal, the first major piece of legislation pushed by President BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE since he took office. Presiding over the Senate as we work to pass President Biden's Rescue Plan. No matter how long...
    The White House is bracing for a worsening situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as President Biden faces criticism from both political parties over the influx of migrant children. Biden's No. 1 priority remains the coronavirus pandemic. But the flow of asylum-seekers threatens to overwhelm the country's immigration system after it was overhauled by former President Donald Trump in ways that irritated Democrats. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was dispatched this week to brief reporters at the White House, repeatedly blaming Trump's administration for the country's immigration predicament and warning it would "take time" to undo its "cruelty." The White House also picked first lady Jill Biden to be the public face of its family reunification task force. Using the first lady allows the White House to provide political cover to other officials who likely have future political aspirations that could be harmed by delving into such a tricky...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation.The overall bill, President Joe Biden's foremost legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance.Shortly before midnight, the Senate began to take up a variety of amendments in rapid-fire fashion. The votes were mostly on Republican proposals virtually...
    The Senate voted 58-42 Friday night to reject Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to add a $15 minimum wage provision to President Biden’s $1.9 million COVID-19 relief bill, and is now poised to work well into Saturday in an all-night marathon of haggling over the massive measure. The so-called “vote-a-rama” — during which senators can offer and debate limitless amendments — came over the objections of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who late Friday decried Democrat foot-dragging in moving to adjourn voting until 10 a.m. Saturday. “They want to begin the vote-a-rama that could have been done in daylight because of their own confusion and the challenges of getting together 50 people to agree on something,” McConnell had griped in asking for the adjournment. He was referring to a 12-hour logjam from earlier Friday, during which Democrats struggled to unify the 50 members of their caucus, an impasse that finally...
    Fearful for their safety, Latino essential workers in Nebraska reluctant to get vaccinated Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe © Provided by The Motley Fool AOC Blasts New Limits on Stimulus Checks, Says They're Less Generous Than Trump's © Getty Images The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building in front of a stormy sky. President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats campaigned on the promise of providing $2,000 stimulus checks for most Americans. When President Biden actually released his proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, however, it included $1,400 checks. The Biden administration indicated they felt this fulfilled the promise because the payments would combine with $600 checks authorized in a coronavirus relief bill in late December. When the House of Representatives passed legislation based on Biden's stimulus plan, the bill made these $1,400 checks available in full to individuals with incomes under $75,000 and to married joint filers...
    Bill Maher clashed with radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God as the pair discussed sexual misconduct allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Biden. During Maher's Real Time show on HBO Friday night, the panel discussed whether Cuomo needs to resign after he was accused by three women, including two who worked for the administration, of sexual harassment. Maher stated the he did not believe Cuomo needed to be the subject of an investigation into the allegations, which includes claims of inappropriate conversations and unwanted touching and kissing. 'It's always on a case-by-case basis and believe these women completely,' Maher said. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was the subject of a series of barbs from comedian Bill Maher during his HBO show on Friday night Maher had a heated debate with radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God who likened Cuomo's allegations to those against Joe Biden...
    More On: mexico Trump slams Biden for migrant ‘tsunami’ at Mexican border Guatemalan woman died in mom’s arms in California SUV crash The new border chaos: a crisis of Biden’s own making More than 300 minor migrants reportedly arrive each day under Biden MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in a country bedeviled for years by violence between feuding drug cartels. Fox, a director at Colombian-Canadian Khiron Life Sciences which focuses on cannabis for medical use, has been a long-standing advocate for the decriminalization of marijuana in Mexico. “We’re receiving direct information from the lawmakers,” he told Reuters. “It’s information that...
    (CNN)The honeymoon is over for President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats, whose unified front has been thrown into doubt during the final stages of negotiations on the White House's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill.The party's fragile internal peace, which Biden and his team have tended to with great care since he won the Democratic nomination last year, suffered a double blow over the past 24 hours, as moderates clashed with progressives on the Senate floor, placing the White House's big-ticket "American Rescue Plan" in legislative purgatory on the eve of its expected passage.Though still likely to succeed on a party-line vote, the shape and scope of the bill remained an open question overnight, as West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, voted for a Republican amendment that would pare back jobless benefits further than what Democrats believed, earlier in the day, had been a compromise with support throughout their ranks....
    By Makini Brice and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate forged ahead with President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan early on Saturday, turning back Republican attempts to modify the package in a marathon session that had begun the prior day. With Republicans united in opposition, Democrats who narrowly control the chamber must keep all 50 of their members on board in order to pass the package, as they hope to do this weekend. Progress ground to a halt for more than 11 hours as Democrats negotiated a compromise on unemployment benefits to satisfy centrists, chiefly Senator Joe Manchin, who worried the massive package might overheat the economy. With that issue resolved, the chamber then moved to a series of Republican attempts to modify the bill. The first attempt -- to adjourn for the evening -- fell short by a vote of 48 to 50....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s foremost legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance. Shortly before midnight, the Senate began to take up a variety of amendments in rapid-fire fashion. The votes were mostly...
    The administration of President Joe Biden has directed facilities for the long-term detention of immigrant children to lift the quota restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic to make more beds available in a system facing increasing needs. In a memorandum, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked service providers to “temporarily increase their capacity to the maximum authorized… while continuing to implement and observe strict COVID-mitigation measures. 19 “. It is not currently known how many beds will be available in addition to the 7,000 existing last month. The maximum capacity authorized by HHS surpassed 13,000 beds at the end of last year. Some facilities halved their capacity during the pandemic. Meanwhile, hundreds of minors waiting to be placed in the HHS system continue to be detained by the Border Patrol in tents or large, cold cells lacking what is necessary to house them. Images...
    Amanda Gorman, whose recitation of a poem about this country’s halting progress in matters of race and equality at President Biden’s inauguration vaulted her onto a national stage, said Friday she had been followed by a security guard who questioned whether she lived in her own building. Gorman, 22, who grew up near Westchester, wrote on Twitter late Friday that the guard had “tailed” her as she walked home, then asked if she in fact lived in her building. “You look suspicious,” the guard said, according to Gorman. Gorman said she showed the guard her keys and let herself into the building. “He left, no apology,” she wrote. “This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.” Gorman didn’t immediately return a message sent through her website seeking comment. Gorman, who attended the New Roads School in Santa Monica, became the...
    New York : The application for unemployment funds must be renewed every week. Photo: Joe Raedle / . Democrats in the Senate reached an agreement on Friday to reduce the number of extra weekly unemployment assistance at $ 300 as part of $ 1.9 billion aid package from the Biden Administration against the crisis of coronavirus which is expected to be approved this weekend in the legislative body. In an attempt to avoid further delays in the approval of the “American Rescue Plan”, the majority in the Senate agreed to cut from $ 400 to $ 300. However, the additional federal aid would be extended for one more month, until the end of September. Another change related to unemployment benefits, consistent with an amendment introduced by Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper, is that the first $ 10,200 of unemployment benefits will not be taxed. The...
    More On: senate Senate continues voting on $1.9T stimulus after Dem Manchin stall Senate crushes Bernie Sanders push for $15 minimum wage Senate completes reading 628-page COVID-19 bill Kamala Harris breaks 50-50 tie to begin Senate debate on $1.9T stimulus The Senate voted 58-42 Friday night to reject Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to add a $15 minimum wage provision to President Biden’s $1.9 million COVID-19 relief bill, and is now poised to work well into Saturday in an all-night marathon of haggling over the massive measure. The so-called “vote-a-rama” — during which senators can offer and debate limitless amendments — came over the objections of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who late Friday decried Democrat foot-dragging in moving to adjourn voting until 10 a.m. Saturday. “They want to begin the vote-a-rama that could have been done in daylight because of their own confusion and the challenges of getting together...
                      by Mary Rose Corkery  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Joe Biden’s comment that governors who stopped their state’s mask mandates were thinking like Neanderthals. Biden was talking about “the behavior of a Neanderthal, just to be very clear,” Psaki said during the White House press briefing. Psaki said Biden’s comments were “a reflection of his frustration and exasperation, which I think many American people have that for almost a year now.” “People across the country have sacrificed and many times they haven’t had information they need from the federal government,” Psaki said. “They haven’t had access to a greater understanding of what the public health guidelines should look like and those include many many people in Mississippi and Texas in Ohio, Florida in every state across the country.”  Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: to erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemic that’s almost over. Senate Republicans prepared Friday to vote lockstep against the relief bill, taking the calculated political risk that Americans will sour on the big-dollar spending for vaccination distribution, unemployment benefits, money for the states and other outlays as unnecessary, once they learn all the details. Reviving a page from their 2009 takedown of Barack Obama’s costly recovery from the financial crisis, they expect their opposition will pay political rewards, much like the earlier effort contributed to the House Republicans' rise to power. It’s a tested strategy but comes at an uncertain, volatile time for the nation. Americans are experiencing flickers of...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both...
    By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s foremost legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance. The Senate next faced votes on a pile of amendments that were likely to last...
    Former US President Donald Trump affirmed that the border with Mexico “is totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership” of the current president, Joe Biden, and urged him to put an end to what he defined as a “border nightmare.” “There has never been a moment on our southern border like the one that is happening now, but what is more important is what is about to happen: (…) illegal immigrants from all corners of the Earth will descend on us. border and will never be returned, ”Trump stressed in a statement from his office, based in Palm Beach (Florida), where he has resided since last January. The former president drew up an apocalyptic panorama in what is his most aggressive message against the administration of the Democrat Biden since he replaced him in the White House, and he poured praise towards the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama...
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    PRESIDENT Joe Biden signaled a commitment to limiting his own war powers on Friday after ordering his first military airstrike last week that left 22 dead in Syria. The White House stated it is “committed” to working with Congress on legislation to repeal current presidential war powers. 3The Biden administration committed to working with Congress to repeal presidential war powers two days after a bipartisan group of senators raised legislation on the matterCredit: AFP or licensors "We are committed to working with Congress to ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Friday. The Biden administration’s commitment comes after a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pushed for presidential war powers granted by...
    Moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late on Friday with Senate leaders over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The Senate vote-a-rama had become vote-a-drama earlier on Friday when Democrats put voting on hold as they worked to persuade Manchin to join them on unemployment benefits. The West Virginia lawmaker announced the compromise Friday night, which seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes on a pile of amendments that are likely to go overnight. The compromise would provide $300 weekly, with the final check paid on Sept. 6, and includes the tax break on benefits. Eventually, with Manchin's support, the bill is expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation. Democratic Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin, left, and Republican Senator from Texas John Cornyn,...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday made a failed bid to adjourn the Senate and punt the debate on the Democratic coronavirus bill until Saturday. McConnell’s move came after the Senate sat in limbo for nearly 12 hours on Friday as Democrats tried to work out a deal that could win over all 50 members of their caucus. “They want to begin the vote-a-rama that could have been done in daylight because of their own confusion and the challenges of getting together 50 people to agree on something when they could have doing it quicker on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said. “So rather than start the voting at five minutes to 11, I move to...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-N.Y.) held open a vote on a minimum wage amendment for a record 11 hours and 50 minutes Friday to buy time to save the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.) raised an unexpected objection. The vote was finally closed at 10:53 p.m. It took Schumer, with the help of President Biden, nearly nine hours to negotiate a deal with Manchin. But even then, they had to wait for the legislative...
    By Jonathan Lemire and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both...
    President Joe Biden has been criticized by members of his own advisory board for the push to vaccinate teachers and reopen schools five days a week within his first 100 days in office. In February, Biden said his 100-day goal was to have most elementary schools open five days a week, seeming to conflict with his own press secretary, who had said last week that schools would be considered “open” if they held in-person classes even one day a week. A report from the Hill said the plan “uses the administration’s partnership with pharmacies to prioritize giving educators at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine this month.” Biden added, “educators should be treated like essential employees.” On Tuesday, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden coronavirus advisory board, said, “It doesn’t make any sense,” referring to the Biden administration wanting to prioritize educators, as part of an effort to reopen schools. Gounder added...
    President Joe Biden is expanding his breakdown of interior immigration enforcement, dubbed “sanctuary country” orders, by giving illegal aliens another avenue to avoid arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. On Friday, ICE officials told Congress that the agency would open an “ICE Case Review” process in which illegal aliens can challenge their arrest and detainment. Already, Biden has implemented sanctuary country orders whereby about nine-in-ten illegal aliens, who would typically be arrested by ICE and deported, now face no threat of arrest and deportation until they are convicted of an aggravated felony or found to be a national security threat. The review process will mean that illegal aliens can challenge their arrest and detainment if they believe they do not meet the convicted aggravated felon, terrorist, gang member, or national security threat standards. As a result, the limited number of illegal aliens arrested and detained by ICE will...
    Americans sharply underestimate other Americans’ opposition to legal migration, according to a January survey by a pro-establishment thinktank. The “American Aspirations Index” survey asked 2,010 people to rank their political priorities and to estimate other people’s priorities. Individual Americans in the survey said they believe other Americans rank “[Being] open to immigration” as their 18th priority in a list of 55 civic priorities. But all Americans actually ranked “[Being] open to immigration” as only their 42nd priority in the list of 55 suggested priorities, the Americans told the survey organizers at the Populace thinktank. That is bad news for the Democrat Party and the business groups who are trying to push President Joe Biden’s giant amnesty through Congress. That bill would add roughly one new immigrant to the population for every American born in the next 10 years. But the bad news was already recognized by many GOP and Democrat...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance. While the Senate next faced votes on a pile of amendments that were likely to go overnight,...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation.In a statement made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, she says "The President supports the compromise agreement, and is grateful to all the Senators who worked so hard to reach this outcome. It extends supplemental unemployment benefit into September, and helps the vast majority of unemployment insurance recipients avoid unanticipated tax bills. Most importantly, this agreement allows us to move forward on the urgently needed American Rescue Plan, with $1400 relief checks, funding we need to finish the vaccine...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation.In a statement made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, she says "The President supports the compromise agreement, and is grateful to all the Senators who worked so hard to reach this outcome. It extends supplemental unemployment benefit into September, and helps the vast majority of unemployment insurance recipients avoid unanticipated tax bills. Most importantly, this agreement allows us to move forward on the urgently needed American Rescue Plan, with $1400 relief checks, funding we need to finish the vaccine...
    More On: joe manchin Senate vote on $1.9T stimulus stalled by swing Democrat Manchin on unemployment White House pressed on Tanden’s teetering nomination Manchin opposes Biden OMB pick Neera Tanden’s confirmation over nasty tweets Biden partisan ‘relief’ push puts Democrats’ desires ahead of the nation’s needs WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up...
    One of President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’s biggest selling points on the 2020 campaign trail was that he knows how Washington, and more specifically the Senate, works and could get things done. On Friday evening he delivered when he helped break an eight-hour stalemate between centrist Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.) and other Democrats on extending unemployment benefits beyond March 14, when they are currently due to expire. Under the deal, laid-off workers will receive $300-a-week federal unemployment...
    By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will no longer use a small Pennsylvania detention center to hold parents and children seeking asylum, part of a broader shift by President Joe Biden's administration to reduce the use of family detention. In a court filing Friday, the U.S. government said it had released all families detained at the 96-bed Berks County family detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. The detention center will instead be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold adults, the government said. Families will still be detained at larger detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley in Texas, but the government intends to hold people at those sites for three days or less, the court filing said. Lawyers who work with detained immigrant families welcomed the news and credited the Biden administration for announcing the shift. But they noted that even shorter detention...
    The Biden administration is taking partial credit for the World Health Organization’s decision to backtrack on releasing an early summary of findings from the joint China-WHO team, which conducted an early 2021 investigation into the coronavirus origins. The United Nations agency will release the executive summary and full report simultaneously in mid-March, it announced Thursday. Two dozen scientists wrote an open letter Thursday calling for an independent investigation into how the pandemic began in China, saying the WHO-China joint inquiry in Wuhan was flawed due to Chinese influence and a lack of transparency by China's government. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Friday about China's transparency problems related to the WHO’s inquiry and about whether the president might move toward former President Donald Trump’s position that the WHO was not worth it for the United States. “Well, I would actually say that we’re gratified that...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, according to two people familiar with preliminary figures, the highest monthly total since a major border surge in mid-2019. The figures, which have not been previously reported, show the scope of a growing migrant influx at the southwest border as U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, seeks to roll back some of the restrictive policies of former President Donald Trump, a Republican. February was Biden's first full month in office. Last month's total would represent the highest tally for the month of February since 2006. The sources who provided the figures to Reuters spoke on the condition of anonymity. An increasing number of children arriving at the border without a parent or legal guardian has forced U.S. officials in recent weeks to scramble for housing options and take steps to speed up their release...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation.The overall bill, President Joe Biden's top legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance.While the Senate next faced votes on a pile of amendments that were likely to go overnight, Democratic leaders' agreement with...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Delaware Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined six other Democrats to vote against a $15 per hour minimum wage on Friday. The amendment was introduced by Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Eight Democrats and all 50 Republicans voted no on the amendment. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who has caucused with Democrats since 2013, joined Carper and Coons in voting no. READ MORE: Jackson Kostolsky, Of Allentown, Charged For Alleged Role In US Capitol Riot Meanwhile, Senate leaders and Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide,...
    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) discussed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which GOP members of Congress have criticized for including items not related to COVID-19. Capito, noting the package is “bloated with “extraneous items,” advised that President Joe Biden “seems willing” to negotiate the massive spending bill with. Republicans, other forces are pushing him not to “This was the perfect bill to demonstrate to the country that we can and will work together and we have, you know, the best intentions to try to solve this pandemic issue. So, this was where we should have joined together. We are going to have infrastructure,” Capito stated. “Hope springs eternal here. I’m an optimist. I think this is an area we’ve worked together before. Hopefully, it’s something we can do together again.” Co-host Bill Hemmer pointed out, “He preached unity Inauguration Day. Where is...
    HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will no longer use a small Pennsylvania detention center to hold parents and children seeking asylum, part of a broader shift by President Joe Biden’s administration to reduce the use of family detention. In a court filing Friday, the U.S. government said it had released all families detained at the 96-bed Berks County family detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. The detention center will instead be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold adults, the government said. Families will still be detained at larger detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley in Texas, but the government intends to hold people at those sites for three days or less, the court filing said. Lawyers who work with detained immigrant families welcomed the news and credited the Biden administration for announcing the shift. But they noted that even shorter detention stays could be...
    By Alan Fram | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance. With 10 million fewer jobs since the pandemic struck a...
    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that despite the strong job gains last month, Congress still needs to “go big” by passing President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package to get millions of people back to work sooner. In an interview with the PBS NewsHour on Friday, Yellen said Biden's package should not be trimmed just because the February jobs report showed 379,000 new jobs had been created, the best showing since October. At that pace it would still take the country more than two years to get back to full employment, she said. But with the administration's package, she said the country could see a return to full employment by next year. “It is a big package but I think we need to go big now, and we can afford to go big,” Yellen said. “The most important thing is...
    Alexi McCammond, a political reporter at Axios whose relationship with a White House aide was recently discovered, will be the next editor in chief of Teen Vogue, Condé Nast announced Friday. McCammond’s relationship with T.J. Ducklo, who resigned in February from his job as deputy White House press secretary due to his “abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable” behavior towards Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, was revealed amid President Joe Biden’s no-tolerance stance on harassment. Biden first suspended Ducklo before pressure mounted for his resignation the next day. President Biden 3 weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.” Press Sec today: “[TJ Ducklo] has been placed on a one-week suspension.” pic.twitter.com/VL1W9swiC4 — Caleb Hull (I’m With the CCP Don’t Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) February 12, 2021 The string of events began when,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told a story about her grandchildren wanting to meet then-Senator Joe Biden in New York. “So, here they are, the place is packed and jammed. Kids are making all this noise over there on the side,” she said. “And all of a sudden, I hear them [grandchildren] pronounce, ‘In order to open these doors, we do not say open sesame, we say Open Biden.'” “That’s our magic word,” the grandchildren said. wtf is this pic.twitter.com/UGSPCrR5d5 — Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) March 5, 2021 Pelosi expounded, “Open Biden? I love it.” She then continued to praise Biden, “Now more than ever, we need a battle-tested, forward-looking leader who will fight For The People, a President with the values, experience, and the strategic thinking to bring our nation together and to build a better, fairer world for our children. “
    President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released at least more than 800 border crossers into the United States in the last four days, data reviewed by Breitbart News reveals. In the first four days of March, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency released about 814 border crossers into the U.S. interior — an average of about 204 releases every day this month — according to the data. The bulk of those released are going to Brownsville, Texas; Yuma, Arizona; and Kingsville, Texas. The releases are only a portion of the total border crossers being released, as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency also releases border crossers on a daily basis into the U.S. interior. ICE officials have not provided Breitbart News with an updated total of releases for the month of February and the first week of March. In February, the data showed that CBP...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday requested a meeting with President Biden to talk about the surge in migrants at the southern border. The request comes as Biden sis ecretly sending members of his team “to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children,” White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said. The Department of Homeland Security projects that 117,000 children and teenagers will arrive at the border unaccompanied this year. McCarthy pointed out that such a number would be a marked increase from the next-highest total of unaccompanied children arriving per year — 76,020 in 2019, according to Customs and Border Patrol. McCarthy also pointed to a 113 percent increase in unaccompanied children and teenagers arriving and a 157 percent increase in...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday challenging President Joe Biden for opening up the Southern border to a wave of migrants. “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote in a statement sent to reporters. The former president sounded the alarm over the renewed surge of migrants headed for the border after the Biden administration sent a signal that unaccompanied migrants would be welcomed into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security predicts there will be 117,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border in 2021, according to an Axios report. “A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute,” he said. The number of migrant youth daily referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for release into the United States has...
    GOP Senate leader Sen. Mitch McConnell criticized the “big business” that is pushing President Joe Biden’s amnesty agenda. The rare criticism of the GOP’s traditional donors suggests that McConnell will lead a fight against the Democrats’ draft amnesty, which would push more than three million illegal migrants on a fast track to the voting booths in 2024. The Democrats, McConnell said March 3, “want to fast-track 11 million illegal immigrants into temporary legal status, then green cards, and then full citizenship.” He continued: The far-left loves this approach. But so does a certain cross-section of Big Business. There’s a whole lot of cultural power and economic power pushing the liberal vision. As for the best interests of American workers — well, that’s not as trendy a cause in certain circles. The truth is that it’s not helpful or compassionate to just open up our borders. It’s not fair to American citizens and...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday conceded President Joe Biden would have a press conference in “coming weeks” and “before the end of the month.” A recent CNN analysis of the past 100 years shows the 15 most recent presidents have all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office. This is President Biden’s 44th day in office. Psaki blamed Biden’s focus on the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, arguing that the president’s time, energy, and focus was on solving the crisis. “I think the American people would certainly understand if his focus and his energy and his attention has been on ensuring we secure enough vaccines to vaccinate all Americas,” she said. Since taking office, however, President Biden has spent three weekends away from the White House, including two at his home in Deleware and one at the presidential retreat at Camp David....
    Disneyland, Dodger Stadium, other outdoor venues may reopen April 1 New York state legislature passes bill to limit Cuomos pandemic emergency powers Senate Democrats have been pushing for a vote this weekend on a $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan amid rabid Republican opposition and as a March 14 deadline when current federal supplemental unemployment payments run out. © TheStreet Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan Faces Uncertain Path Anticipation that the measure will pass has helped fuel U.S. stock market gains for weeks. Load Error The centerpiece of President Joe Biden's economic recovery package would extend unemployment benefits through the summer as well as distribute $1,400 checks to individuals making less than $75,000, and couples making less than $150,000. It also would provide substantial assistance to local and state governments who were largely left to their own devices by the Trump administration to organize, administer...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday pledged to tackle a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. The DOJ held a listening session with more than a dozen Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community groups as part of its ongoing effort to combat hate crimes, an event that came after Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin held a meeting with U.S. attorneys in districts around the country with large AAPI populations and senior leaders of the DOJ’s civil rights division.  “No one in America should fear violence because of who they are, what they look like or what part of the world they or their families came from,” Carlin, the host of the listening session, said in a statement.  “The Department of Justice and our component agencies are committed to bringing all of our tools to bear in supporting AAPI communities as we address the horrific rise in...
    The Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from the Biden administration to dismiss several cases around the previous administration’s withholding of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities.” Punishing localities for pro-immigrant policies was a favorite pastime of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under former Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III since the beginning of the previous administration. But on Thursday, the Biden administration sought to put the issue to rest, finally.  “Local law enforcements’ ability to protect their jurisdictions should never be compromised to push an anti-immigrant agenda,” New York state Attorney General Letitia James said according to The Wall Street Journal. Her state had been among those targeted by the previous administration for limiting cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “We look forward to continuing to work with the administration to ensure state and localities never have to choose between protecting their autonomy and protecting the public’s safety.” The previous...
    March 5, 2021 8:37 PM | With information from dpa 15 minutes. The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, responded this Friday to criticism, including those of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to his decision to end the mandatory use of masks to avoid more infections by coronavirus, replying that no They need the orders of the Government. “We no longer need the government to run our lives“, remarked Abbott, that yes appealed to the” individual responsibility “to avoid contagion of the disease. This week, Abbott announced that mandatory mask use would no longer apply by March 10. Likewise, companies and businesses that until now had been subject to capacity and schedule restrictions could operate at their maximum capacity. Abbott’s announcement was accompanied by similar measures in neighboring southern states like Mississippi and Alabama. However, these decisions were criticized by the United States health authorities. In...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, March 5Third stimulus check updates: Minimum wage hike falls short as Senate debates COVID relief billThe Senate seemingly killed progressives' last-ditch effort to include a minimum wage hike in the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Friday, as the chamber began climactic votes on the huge package embodying President Joe Biden's top legislative priority.Senators voted 58-42 against the increase, though the vote wasn't yet formally gaveled to a close. Eight Democrats voted against the proposal, suggesting that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other progressives vowing...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that despite the strong job gains last month, Congress still needs to “go big” by passing President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package to get millions of people back to work sooner. In an interview with the PBS NewsHour on Friday, Yellen said Biden’s package should not be trimmed just because the February jobs report showed 379,000 new jobs had been created, the best showing since October. At that pace it would still take the country more than two years to get back to full employment, she said. But with the administration’s package, she said the country could see a return to full employment by next year. “It is a big package but I think we need to go big now, and we can afford to go big,” Yellen said. “The most important thing is to get our economy back on...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is considering opening additional temporary border facilities in Arizona to manage the influx of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest move to address capacity issues that have been exacerbated because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The administration is considering a facility in Yuma, according to two officials and the mayor of Yuma. One official said Yuma and Tuscon are under consideration for "soft-sided" facilities. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told CNN that there is a soft-sided shelter scheduled to be constructed in Yuma, which would help with capacity concerns. A Customs and Border Protection official confirmed Yuma is under consideration for a new facility.Tent facilities are already being used and constructed in south Texas, as the administration grapples with a rising number of migrant families and unaccompanied children arriving at the southern border. CNN previously reported that additional facilities were being discussed, but locations have not...
    Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (R) departed Washington, D.C., on Friday to return home to Alaska for a family funeral, leaving Republicans short a vote amid the Senate's free-wheeling debate over the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. “Due to the recent passing of his father-in-law, Senator Sullivan had to depart on a Friday afternoon flight to make it back to Fairbanks, Alaska in time for the funeral,” Sullivan spokesperson Nate Adams told The Hill. “Senator Sullivan intended to vote against final passage of the bill and made his opposition clear in a statement on Thursday, after his vote against the motion to proceed with consideration of the bill,” Adams added.  Sullivan’s departure will mean Republicans have one less vote...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. More conservation shouldn’t raise rates Re. “Snow levels indicate Californians should conserve water now,” Page A6, March 4 : During the last drought, from 2012-16, I converted my front lawn to drought-resistant and even received a rebate for over $700 from the water district. After the drought ended, I didn’t start taking long showers or watering my driveway cement. Many of us are still in water conservation mode. Cut back more? Yes, I can, and will, do that. But the water districts should not be allowed to raise the rates like they did last time. And I’m not talking about penalties either. Their excuse was that since people weren’t using as much, they weren’t getting as much money — punishing us for doing the right thing. It’s bad enough PG&E is allowed to charge us...
    President Joe Biden indicated his support for a change in authorizations for the use of force in the Middle East dating back decades, a week after using them to order a retaliatory airstrike on an Iranian-backed militia in the east. from Syria. The Biden administration announced its position after the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the wars in Iraq. Presidents of both parties have used them as a legal justification for carrying out attacks in the region. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden is committed to working with Congress to “ensure that existing authorizations for the use of military force are replaced by a narrow and specific framework that ensures that we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending endless wars. “ Biden provoked a backlash from both parties last week when he ordered the attacks on facilities...
    LOS ANGELES - On the day U.S. President Joe Biden took office, he began dismantling former President Donald Trump’s policies at the southern U.S.-Mexico border.   Biden rescinded Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, suspended construction of Trump’s controversial border wall, and vowed to end governmental practices of migrant family separation and rapid-fire deportations.   The abrupt shift in policy almost overnight changed conditions and migrant expectations along the border – renewing hope for hundreds of thousands of migrants from Mexico and Central America of a return to more porous borders and pathways to legal status. But it also raised the concern of law enforcement officials and residents about a return of caravans, chaos and potential for violence. FILE - Tents used by migrants seeking asylum in the United States line an entrance to the border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico, March 1, 2021.Border policy changes accelerated dramatically this...
    President Joe Biden appointed Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who has previously called for breaking up Big Tech, to a position on the National Economic Council, the White House announced Friday. Wu is a leading progressive critic of tech giants and proponent of stronger antitrust enforcement, according to The Wall Street Journal. He will join the National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy, the White House said in a statement Friday. Happy to say I’m joining the Biden White House to work on Technology and Competition Policy at the National Economic Council. Putting this twitter feed on hold for now — so long! — Tim Wu (@superwuster) March 5, 2021 Wu advocated for breaking up Big Tech companies in his 2018 book “The Curse of Bigness.” He proposed breaking up Facebook in particular during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival...
    A US Capitol rioter who allegedly assaulted police with a fire extinguisher says President Biden wants to “vilify the patriots” who breached the building, according to a report that revealed his identity Friday. Robert Scott Palmer, 53, was allegedly captured on camera spraying officers at close range then throwing the emptied canister at them while wearing an easy-to-spot American flag jacket on Jan. 6, the Huffington Post reported. Reached by phone, the Florida father — who runs a cleaning business and has a criminal record — griped that cops at the Capitol launched crowd-control munition at him for no good reason, according to the outlet. He then claimed that the Biden administration is unfairly targeting patriots in its effort to find and arrest rioters. “I’m just going about it and letting them make the mistakes that they want and ruin the country as they want, and I’m just trying to live...
    March 5, 2021 7:56 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Former US President Donald Trump said on Friday that the border with Mexico “is totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership” of the current president, Joe Biden, and urged him to put an end to what he defined as a “border nightmare.” “There has never been a moment on our southern border like the one that is happening now, but what is more important is what is about to happen: (…) illegal immigrants from all corners of the Earth will descend on us. border and will never be returned, “said Trump in a statement from his office, based in Palm Beach (Florida), where he has resided since last January. The former president drew an apocalyptic panorama in what is his most aggressive message against the administration of the Democrat Biden since he replaced him in the...
    More On: capitol riot Capitol security task force reportedly recommends police reforms Parler sues Amazon again over decision to cut off servers Rep. Eric Swalwell sues Trump, Giuliani and others for Capitol riot All quiet at the US Capitol despite ‘possible plot’ to breach building A US Capitol rioter who allegedly assaulted police with a fire extinguisher says President Biden wants to “vilify the patriots” who breached the building, according to a report that revealed his identity Friday. Robert Scott Palmer, 53, was allegedly captured on camera spraying officers at close range then throwing the emptied canister at them while wearing an easy-to-spot American flag jacket on Jan. 6, the Huffington Post reported. Reached by phone, the Florida father — who runs a cleaning business and has a criminal record — griped that cops at the Capitol launched crowd-control munition at him for no good reason, according to the outlet. ...