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    London (CNN)Priti Patel, Britain's hardline home secretary, is under renewed scrutiny following the deaths of dozens of people in the English Channel -- one of the worst tragedies affecting migrants bound for Britain in recent memory.But Patel is accustomed to scrutiny. Even in Britain's fractured political landscape, few lawmakers are as intensely polarizing as Patel, who has held key jobs in successive Conservative governments and whose name has been floated as a potential successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. On the issue of immigration -- and on Brexit, social justice, law and order and far more besides -- her name serves as an Rorschach test for a divided society, reflecting acclaim and anger from each side of the nation's cultural schism. To her admirers on the right, she is a steadfast flagbearer for Brexit Britain; a principled patriot who, as a state school-educated daughter of Indian immigrants, is uniquely placed to move the Conservative Party away from its decades-old reputation as elitist and out of touch with the multicultural country it governs.But to others, Patel is an unsubstantive ideologue who...
    In MAGA World, Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida is not only where the former president now lives — it is also where he conducts his political operation. But many Trump allies still have a strong presence in Washington, D.C. According to reporting in Politico's Playbook column on November 15, the Trump ally who has purchased the home of former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Playbook reports, "In August, former Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross sold their 10,000-square-foot home in Woodland-Normanstone for $13 million, according to D.C. tax records. It is the most expensive D.C. home sale of the last 12 months." That deal, according to Politico Playbook, has been "shrouded in mystery." "The purchaser used an LLC called Salona Village Holdings that concealed their identity," Playbook explains. "The Rosses are barred by a confidentiality agreement from disclosing the real buyer's name, Geary Ross told Daniel Lippman. But the secret is out. According to multiple sources, the anonymous buyer behind the LLC is Peter Thiel, the German-born billionaire co-founder...
    Washington (CNN)Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's husband said Friday that the couple's newly adopted son has returned home after a hospital stay."After 3 weeks in and out of hospitals, 125 miles in an ambulance, and a terrifying week on a ventilator, Gus is home, smiling, and doing great!" Chasten Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. "We're so relieved, thankful, and excited for him and Penelope to take DC by storm! Thank you so much for all of the love and prayers." The secretary said in August that the couple was close to adopting, and in September they announced the birth of their twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.Sunday, Chasten Buttigieg posted photos to Instagram of the twins on Halloween, which featured both newborns dressed as traffic cones, an apparent nod to Pete Buttigieg's job and the administration's infrastructure proposal."As you can see, we're spending this Halloween in the hospital. Gus has been having a rough go of it but we're headed in the right direction," the post read, referring to a photo of the couple with their son in the hospital. Read...
    Press secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive for the coronavirus, the highest White House official confirmed to have contracted it. In a statement Sunday, Psaki said she contracted the virus after several members of her family, prompting her stay home during President Biden’s trip abroad. “On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel in the foreign trip with the president due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,” Psaki said. “Since then, I have quarantined and tested negatively (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” she added. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.” Psaki emphasized that she did not have any “close contact” with the president or senior members of the White House staff since her family contracted the virus. “I last saw the president on Tuesday, and we sat outside more than 6 feet apart, and wore masks,” she said. According to the fully-vaccinated Psaki, the vaccine has kept her symptoms mild, enabling her...
    President Biden and a third of his Cabinet will be at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Scotland that starts Sunday, a high-profile show of force amid pressing domestic issues. Attendees at the conference include Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander, and EPA Administrator Michael Regan.  Biden climate advisers John Kerry and Gina McCarthy will also be in Glasgow. CNN first reported the list of Biden administration attendees. The White House confirmed the list to Fox News. The long list of top administration officials in attendance reflects the high priority Biden has put on his climate policy.  President Biden speaks at a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the COVID-19 response in the library of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Biden will...
    London (CNN)Five days after UK Member of Parliament David Amess was stabbed to death, lawmakers in the UK are now believed to face a "substantial" threat, the Home Secretary said Wednesday evening in the House of Commons. "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has conducted an independent review on the risk facing Members of Parliament," Home Secretary Priti Patel said. "While we do not see any information or intelligence which points to any credible, specific, or imminent threat, I must update the House that the threat level facing members of this House is now deemed to be substantial," she added. Read MoreThe UK defines a "substantial" threat as meaning that "an attack is likely." This brings the threat to parliamentarians in line with the threat to the rest of the country, Patel said, which is also deemed to be "substantial."UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits scene where MP was fatally stabbed in terrorist incidentAmess, a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative Party, died after being stabbed several times at a constituency meeting east of London last week, in what...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. The agency said he will work from home under the protocols recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention. DHS said contract tracing is being done to check for possible exposure among others. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasJohns Hopkins to launch degree program in cybersecurity and policy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - New front in mandate wars; debt bill heads to Biden DHS to end workplace raids, shift focus to employers over undocumented workers MORE tested positive for a COVID-19 breakthrough case on Tuesday, a department spokesperson said in a statement reported by CNN. Mayorkas was tested for the virus as part of routine pre-travel protocols, according to the statement from spokesperson Marsha Espinosa. He was preparing to travel to Colombia with Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell Top US envoy to Afghanistan resigns Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE, according to CNN. Mayorkas is experiencing mild congestion and will continue to work from home. “Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home...
    (CNN)Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, according to department spokesperson Marsha Espinosa."Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway," Espinosa said in a statement. The secretary was scheduled to travel to Colombia along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but he is now working from home. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — In Texas, former President George W. Bush is remembering the first Black U.S. secretary of state, Colin Powell, who died from complications from COVID-19. In a Facebook post the Powell family said, “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.” READ MORE: Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies Of Complications From COVID-19Powell was a distinguished and trailblazing professional soldier whose career took him from combat duty in Vietnam to becoming the first Black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency and the youngest and first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. #NEW Fmr. President George W. Bush on the passing of Colin Powell: “..He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad.  And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend…” @CBSDFW — Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) October 18, 2021 On Monday former President George W. Bush released the following statement: “Laura and...
    Britain's most senior politicians united today to lay flowers and express their grief following the death of Sir David Amess in a knife attack.   Home Secretary Priti Patel today issued a defiant message, saying the UK and its democracy 'cannot be cowed' - as Members of Parliament vowed to carry on holding face-to-face public meetings.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leader of the Labour party Sir Keir Starmer and Speaker of the Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle were among those leaving flowers and written notes of support on a grass bank near Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, today.  On Friday afternoon, horrified constituents waiting to see Sir David stabbed at a surgery inside the church. Police say they are treating it as a terrorist incident.  Two vigils have been held. Constituents last night went to St Peters Church in Leigh-on-Sea to shed a tear at the shocking death of their beloved MP and on Saturday afternoon dozens of well-wishers lit candles and gathered to remember the life of Sir David outside the town's Civic Centre.  The terror suspect - thought to be a 25-year-old...
    Health Secretary Sajid Javid has told unvaccinated care home staff to “get vaccinated” or “go and get another job” as the deadline for care staff to be double vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus approaches. British MPs in the House of Commons voted in July to make vaccination a condition of employment for staff in Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes. Staff must have had their first shot by September 16th to have their second by November 11th, in order to fulfil the legal requirement. The government had estimated during the summer that as many as 40,000 carers could be unvaccinated by the time the law comes into force. Chairman of the National Care Association Nadra Ahmed said on Saturday that 86 per cent of care home staff are now vaccinated, but has called for the government to put a pause on the November 11th deadline, warning that some care homes will not be able to cope if staff are forced to leave because of the legal mandate. When the Today programme’s Justin Webb asked Sajid Javid whether he would consider that...
    The group also claimed to have shut down all access through the gates at the DHS offices by blocking them with their cars. We can't accept another day of Trump's immigration policies. The images from the border, the terror that immigran… https://t.co/Fz1VBxQgQd — ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@✡️ Never Again Action ✡️)1632754066.0On Friday, Mayorkas said that all the migrants who had been sheltering under a bridge in Del Rio had been removed, effectively ending the squalid encampment. Later on Sunday, he admitted under pressure from Chris Wallace of Fox News that many thousands of those migrants had not been deported to Haiti, but had been allowed into the United States. The Biden administration has also been criticized from many on the right for relaxing other immigration policies. Some reports say the rhetoric from the Biden administration has precipitated the immigration crisis at the border by appearing to encourage illegal aliens to seek legal status or refugee status. Here's more about the crisis at the border: Rep. Gonzales on migrant surge: Biden has 'abandoned' Hispanic Border Patrol...
    Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says nobody iss being “forced” to take a Covid-19 vaccination under mandates imposed by President Joe Biden. “I am puzzled by people that continue to say they’re forced to get vaccinated here,” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said in a morning interview with Raimondo. “There’s always been a choice. If you do not want to get vaccinated, you can work from home. You can home school your children. You can shop online.” Raimondo agreed with Ruhle. “Nobody is being forced,” Raimondo said. “In fact, if you don’t get vaccinated, you just have to get tested on a weekly basis.” However, she added, “It is unacceptable now that people aren’t getting vaccinated.” She added, “We need our kids in schools, we need schools open. We need people to get back to work, we need people flying on airplanes, we need people in restaurants. We have too many Americans still out of work, and this is a simple, effective shot in the arm, if you will that our economy needs. … That being said, you are not being forced. You...
    (CNN)International footballer Tyrone Mings has called out UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for accusing the England national team of engaging in "gesture politics," only to then say she'd been "disgusted" by the online racist abuse directed at three players.Mings' England teammates Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted on social media after they missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.Patel took to Twitter to say that she was "disgusted" by the abuse directed at the trio.Previously she accused the England team of participating in "gesture politics" by taking the knee -- an act the players did before each of their Euro 2020 games -- and said fans had a right to boo them, telling GB News in June: "That's a choice for them, quite frankly."In recent weeks, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- along with other lawmakers in his government including Patel -- have been specifically asked to condemn the England fans who booed players taking the knee before kick-off but failed to do so. Read MoreBy not...
    Radical left-wing activists demonstrated outside Parliament on Monday against Home Secretary Priti Patel’s proposed legislation to curb the right to protest in Britain. In a Breitbart London exclusive video, communists and transgender rights activists railed against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which they claimed is a “fascist” encroachment on the freedom of expression The protest occurred as the House of Commons debated the bill, ultimately passing the measure on to the House of Lords for consideration by a margin of 365 to 265. A speaker from the Revolutionary Communist Group said that the “imperialists and the pigs are together trying to clamp our movements down”. “We must stand together so the centuries of death at the hands of the racist state won’t be in vain. We will be on the streets, bill or no bill, if we are painted as criminals or not.” Left-wing activists joined together outside of the Houses of Parliament in London to demonstrate against Home Secretary Priti Patel’s proposed limits on the right to protest. Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart News A self-identified “queer trans woman”...
    Home Secretary Priti Patel should visit Britain’s border in Dover to witness the scale of the illegal boat migration crisis, Brexit leader Nigel Farage said after witnessing more migrants being ferried off to “four-star” hotels from the beaches of Dungeness. “I am challenging now Priti Patel, come and visit Dover, come and visit Dungeness, come and speak to these people who have to deal with this every single day,” Mr Farage said on Monday afternoon. “The lifeboats, the RNLI, been here for 160 years, is it their job to be a taxi service?” he questioned. “Priti Patel, I am asking you to come here and see what’s really going on,” Farage urged. The Brexiteer was speaking with a group of around 20 illegal migrants — all of whom appeared to be young men — were being processed by immigration officials before being loaded onto a coach. “Nice luxury coach all ready, whisked off, go through basic preliminaries, COVID tests and then it’s off to a four-star hotel, I mean what’s not to like?” Farage joked. “This is going to go...
    MATT Hancock is said to be "serious" about lover Gina Coladangelo with the couple "likely to set up home together" despite their romance only starting in May. The claims come as he left both his wife and job after pictures emerged of him kissing and cuddling the aide in a breach of coronavirus restrictions. ???? Follow our Matt Hancock live blog for all the latest updates on his affair 5Matt Hancock resigned after he was pictured in a clinch with Gina ColadangeloCredit: The Sun The Health Secretary quit his ministerial role and apologised to his family after the scandal was revealed by The Sun. He told wife Martha he was leaving her on the night his affair was first revealed, it was reported. According to The Sunday Times, she had no idea what was going on until he broke the news and announced their marriage was over. Now a friend of Mr Hancock has revealed: “Matt and Gina are in love" adding the relationship started in May "but it is serious.”  A friend told The Sunday Times: “It is a love match....
    MATT Hancock’s career at the top of the Con­servative Party was hanging by a thread last night as he was engulfed in a sleaze scandal. The shock development follows a torrid 18 months for the Health Secretary in which he has been battling the Covid pandemic — even catching it himself last year. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 10Health Secretary Matt Hancock kissing and embracing aide Gina Coladangelo 10Matt Hancock’s career at the top of the Conservative Party is hanging by a thread 10Matt Hancock on a day out with wife Martha earlier this month Mr Hancock has spent the past few weeks dodging claims he ­bungled his handling of the bug — and was left embarrassed over leaked texts in which the PM branded him “f***ing hopeless”. Just this week, the Queen was overheard describing the exhausted minister as a “poor man” but still “full of promise”. Despite the runaway success of the vaccine rollout, it was already shaping up to be a bruising summer for the usually energetic Tory amid rumours he was for the chop at a pending...
    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeOn The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike On The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race MORE said student debt is playing a role in limiting homeownership for Black people. “Who has student debt? Poor people, Black people, brown people. We’re the people who carry most debt. And so the system's already skewed toward us not being creditworthy,” Fudge told Axios’ Mike Allen during an interview with “Axios on HBO” that aired on Sunday. Homeownership rates among that group have seen dramatic decline in the past 15 years. The Biden administration plans to tackle the issue by relaxing student loan debt calculation policies when assessing homebuying assistance, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.   Fudge gave Axios the example of a person making $50,000 a year who wants to purchase a home priced at $200,000, but faces difficulties, including $75,000 in student debts. She said that after adjustments are made, “we’re going...
                        Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has a new Press Secretary, a freelance reporter who exposed one of the state’s loudest COVID-19 critics. Christina Pushaw is slated to handle the media on DeSantis’ behalf, according to a Monday report in The Capitolist.  She appears to be replacing Cody McCloud, who, according to his LinkedIn profile, is DeSantis’ most recent Press Secretary. It is unclear whether McCloud has departed DeSantis’ administration, or moved to a different role. “My main goal is to help people understand the facts about what Governor DeSantis has accomplished for Florida and how he’s working to build on those accomplishments every day,” Pushaw told The Florida Capital Star Tuesday. “Over the past year especially, there have been so many instances where corporate media outlets have treated Gov DeSantis very unfairly — for example, falsely insinuating (without evidence) that Florida’s Covid numbers aren’t accurate, or elevating ludicrous conspiracy theories about ‘pay to play’ deals during the vaccine rollout,” she continued. “I do not believe any other Governor has faced this...
    Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for New York City’s mayor, drastically underestimated the cost of a Brooklyn home. Donovan claimed in a New York Times editorial board interview that a home in Brooklyn costs “around $100,000.” Editorial Board member Mara Gay then corrected him, noting a real estate website’s calculation that Brooklyn’s median home price is around $900,000. Former HUD Secretary and mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan pic.twitter.com/RO5dW4VYhh — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 11, 2021 The average price of a single family home in Brooklyn is $768,000, according to Zillow. A spokesman for Donovan emailed the Times after the interview, saying that he misunderstood the question and believed it to be about the assessed prices of Brooklyn houses. Ray McGuire, who is also running in the Democratic primary, told the New York Times that he believed the cost of a Brooklyn home is between $80,000 and $90,000. Donovan is currently polling in fourth place in the Democratic primary, with eight percent support. (RELATED: 7 Democratic NYC Mayoral Candidates Said They...
    OSCAR winners, Nobel scientists and fashionistas will be handed fast-tracked work permits under the new “Einstein Visa” scheme. Prize winners from the worlds of the arts, science, and engineering will be handed a streamlined route to living and working in the UK. 2Oscar winners, such as Frances McDormand and Yuh-Jung Youn, will be handed fast-tracked work permits under the new 'Einstein Visa' schemeCredit: Reuters Under the new plans being announced by the Home Office today, top prize winners from a whole hosts of categories will be able to make a single, simpler single application. The Global Talent route, dubbed the “Einstein Visa” by officials is part of the UK’s new points-based immigration system, which will attracts the best and brightest to the country depending on the skills they can bring, rather than their nationality. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Winners of these awards have reached the pinnacle of their career and they have so much to offer the UK. 2Home Secretary Priti Patel said winners of these awards 'have so much to offer the UK'Credit: PA Most read in NewsLive...
    Vice President Kamala Harris said during an interview with CNN’s “State of The Union” Sunday that she can’t visit Central America “soon enough” to meet with respective leaders there. “I come at this issue from the perspective that most people don’t want to leave home,” Harris said about the immigration crisis to host Dana Bash. “They don’t want to leave their grandparents, they don’t want to leave the place where they grew up, where they, you know, they speak the language, where they know the culture. The place where they’re from, the place that is home.” WATCH: “Most people don’t want to leave home and when they do, it’s usually for one of two reasons: they’re fleeing some harm or they cannot stay and satisfy the basic necessities of life such as feeding their children and having a roof over their head,” the vice president said. “I look at the issue of what’s going on in the Northern Triangle from that perspective. And then my take on it is that we’ve got to understanding that. We have to give...
    The Home Secretary is set to champion a major new Borders Bill through Parliament after next month’s Queen’s Speech – PRU/AFP via Getty Images Priti Patel’s immigration reforms must not be weakened by campaigners, Tory MPs have told Boris Johnson. Ms Patel, the Home Secretary, is set to champion a major new Borders Bill through Parliament after next month’s Queen’s Speech. However, there are already fears that campaigners and legal firms will try to water down the reforms, seen as the biggest shake-up of immigration rules for decades. A consultation on the reforms, which still has two weeks to run, has been criticised privately by a major human rights charity for being overly complex, while a law firm is looking at a legal challenge to it on the grounds that it should be translated into another language. A Whitehall source said “This consultation is one of the largest and most forward-leaning consultations in memory. Not just consulting ‘vested interests’ but hearing directly from the public. “For ‘leftie activists’ and lawyers to try and scupper the new plan for immigration before...
    A CALL to ban the Rochdale grooming gang from the town went unheeded a year ago. Priti Patel wrote to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham seeking assurances that officials and police were making “the best use of all legislative powers available to them”. 3The revelation comes after abuser Qari Abdul Rauf, 51 was pictured in the town six years after he was due to be kicked out of the countryCredit: nb press ltd That should have ensured victims would not be able to run into members of the gang while they fight deportation. But Greater Manchester Police have not requested the order, claiming they need new evidence the men are dangerous. The revelation comes after abuser Qari Abdul Rauf, 51 was pictured in the town six years after he was due to be kicked out of the country. The letter to Mr Burnham was sent by the Home Secretary last July. Ms Patel suggested officials use Sexual Harm Prevention Orders to curb the freedoms of the nine members of the gang as licence conditions had expired. But sources close to her...
    Even with Donald Trump out of office, his fervent lies and hysterias about voting fraud (and especially, mail-in voting fraud) live on. As Daily Kos has covered, the latest voter suppression effort propped up by these lies about voter fraud comes to us out of Georgia. As has now gone viral, a Black legislator, state Rep. Park Cannon, was arrested while trying to expose white Republicans celebrating the sweeping and extreme recent voter suppression law. In addition, the optics of the voter suppression bill signing are actually worse than you might have imagined. Georgia has faced blowback in the form of calls for boycotts already, and big corporations based in the state, like Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola, have issued clarifying statements on where they stand on this legislation. The GOP has recently stepped up to battle Major League Baseball. And now? MLB has moved its 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado.  All of this background sets the stage for a question from Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy at Tuesday’s White House press conference. Doocy asks White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: “Is...
    PRITI Patel is to help the needy flee war zones with safe passage to the UK in a bid to slash the lure of people smugglers. But her plans to rip up parts of the Modern Slavery Act which is exploited by criminals sets government on warpath with ex-PM Theresa May. 4Priti Patel is to help the needy flee war zones with safe passage to the UKCredit: AFP 4The Home Secretary wants refugees to be able to come here via agencies working in trouble spotsCredit: WNS After the success of the “path to citizenship” for Hong Kongers fleeing the Chinese regime, the Home Secretary will set up the new legal pathways to try stem the tide of illegal crossings over the channel. Ms Patel will outline the “firm but fair” package next week which will make sure vulnerable asylum seekers aren’t jumped by economic migrants. The Modern Slavery Act can be used by terrorists and those being deported to stay in the UK will be tweaked to stop people taking advantage of it. 'FIRM BUT FAIR' The Home Sec will...
    Britain will take a step closer to police state tyranny this week when parliament passes a bill that will effectively end the cherished, longstanding tradition of ‘the right to protest.’ The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 has been described by one MP as ‘a major step on the road to authoritarianism and suppression of dissent’ and by a leading criminal barrister as ‘absolutely crazy’ and ‘really scary.’ I wake up this morning full of foreboding for our country.Todays Policing Bill isnt about the traditional idea of law based on consent.Its about a major step on the road to authoritarianism and suppression of dissent. — Jon Trickett MP (@jon_trickett) March 15, 2021 Soon you will not be allowed to protest about the removal of your right to protest. — Chris Daw QC (@crimlawuk) March 15, 2021 The new legislation is the brainchild of Home Secretary Priti Patel and is being sold to the Conservative base as a way of avoiding repeats of the various Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion demos which caused damage to property, massive disruption and...
    Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine faced tough questioning Thursday during a Senate confirmation hearing regarding reported discrepancies in state records on COVID-related nursing home deaths.   Levine was nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. "You assured me that Pennsylvania did not do what New York did, that it accurately reported," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said to LevineThursday. "However, I am told that in September of 2020, Spotlight PA reported issues with inadequate disclosure of cases and deaths in nursing homes," she continued, pointing to facilities that were found to have reported "no data" while the facilities claimed they had. BIDEN PICKS TRANSGENDER WOMAN AS ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY Levine said these discrepancies could be explained because of "lag time" between when a death was reported to when it hit Pennsylvania’s electronic death reporting system (EDRS). But the Keystone state publication -- Spotlight PA -- alleged the "lag time" explanation given by Levine Thursday, did not actually answer for the discrepancies they found. The problem originated after nursing homes were "self-reporting" their coronavirus cases and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some New York lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be stripped of the emergency powers he was granted to handle New York’s coronavirus pandemic. The fallout comes amid more revelations the Cuomo administration initially undercounted nursing home deaths, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reports. Secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa usually sits next to the governor at press conferences, but she now finds herself in the hot seat. She’s under fire for comments she made to a virtual meeting with state Democratic lawmakers about information they requested on nursing home deaths during the pandemic. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was on the call. His uncle also died in...
    London (CNN)Five men have been arrested in connection with a fire "believed to have been started deliberately" at a UK asylum facility on Friday.The fire broke out on Friday at the Napier Barracks, a decommissioned military complex that now houses asylum-seekers and has been at the center of a recent row between Home Secretary Priti Patel and refugee charities who have called on her to close the facility.Charities have claimed that the estimated 400 asylum-seekers at the facility have been living in poor conditions in overcrowded dormitories and that a recent Covid-19 outbreak has infected at least 120 people, PA Media reported.Kent police Saturday said enquiries into the incident were continuing and that "no serious injuries were reported as a result of the incident, however a significant amount of damage was caused to one part of the site following a fire -- which is believed to have been started deliberately."On Friday, the home secretary took to Twitter to condemn the "shocking scenes" from Napier Barracks where the Home Office said windows were smashed and a building set on fire.Read More"The...
    BOSTON (AP) — A rift has developed between trustees for the Massachusetts veterans care center where nearly 80 residents died after contracting the coronavirus and state officials over plans to replace the facility. Holyoke Soldiers’ Home trustees at a meeting Wednesday pushed for a larger new facility, while state officials warned that any delays in the plans for a smaller one could sink the project, Masslive.com reported. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration supports a plan for a $300 million facility to replace the current home. Trustees unanimously rejected the state’s current plan for a new building with a maximum of 204 beds in favor of a plan for a facility with 235 beds. State Secretary of Veterans Services Cheryl Poppe and Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance Alda Rego told trustees that pushback over the size of the home could imperil the entire project, which faces an April 15 deadline to apply for federal funding. The project also will hinge on Baker signing a $300 million bond bill by Aug. 1. Trustees Isaac Mass and Kevin Jourdain said they thought the state...
    Commerce Secretary-nominee Gina Raimondo is open to raising taxes on the middle class, saying we "need funds" for President Joe Bidens climate agenda. RNC Research tweeted the clip of Raimondos comments at her nomination hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday. "We do need to meet the climate change challenge, and we need funds for improved infrastructure, better roads, safer roads, safer bridges, which also creates jobs," Raimondo told Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., when asked about Transportation Secretary-nominee Peter Buttigiegs proposal of a gas tax to raise money for Biden administration spending initiatives. "I would look to balance those interests and work as a piece of the presidents team." Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, also said the U.S. will "need to invest in innovation and technology in our manufacturing sector." Her stated objective of "reshoring" factory jobs to the U.S. is an echo of former President Donald Trump. The number of U.S. manufacturing jobs stood at 12.3 million in December, little changed from four years earlier. Two decades ago, the figure topped 17 million. Tapped to...
    UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is threatening to get tough on the woke hate speech laws left over from the Tony Blair era. According to the Express: A source in the Home Office has confirmed that Home Secretary Priti Patel is looking at how to reform hate speech laws which were brought in by Tony Blair’s Labour government to initially tackle racism and homophobia. Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it. In the days before the Conservatives won their 80 seat majority, I used to be a big fan of Priti. If ever she got to be Home Secretary, I thought, she would finally introduce some of the robust, unapologetic conservatism which moribund Britain has been so sorely lacking since the Margaret Thatcher era. Instead, she has proved as ineffectual as such dismal predecessors at the Home Office as Theresa May. And in one key respect, she’s actually much worse. So far, Patel has ducked out of doing anything to deal with the migrants arriving by rubber boats from France (well, unless you count rounding them up and...
    Learn fast, Gav THE prospect of schools remaining shut until Easter or even beyond is a nightmare for parents, the economy and, above all, our kids’ education. As the Children’s Commissioner tells this newspaper, the first lockdown ruined some kids’ mental health and widened the gap between pupils from rich and poor backgrounds. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Education Secretary must learn fast and give parents a clear timetable this week if schools are going to be shut until April Credit: Reuters She is right to say schools should be first out of Lockdown 3. Right now, mums and dads have no idea if the trials and tribulations of home schooling will go on for weeks or months more. That is unacceptable. A coalition of headteachers and private schools say they have a plan to jab all teachers in a week at half-term. That won’t solve the problem of teenage kids getting Covid and taking it home with them. But some schools may be able to open earlier in areas with...
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — President Joe Biden says the country is at war with the coronavirus and he is pledging to speed up the slow rollout of vaccinations. Biden spent his first full day in office laster-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The president signed ten executive orders. “This is a wartime undertaking,” Biden said. “Today, I’m signing executive action to use the Defense Production Act and all other available authorities to direct all federal agencies and private entities to accelerate the making of everything that’s needed to protect, test, vaccinate, and take care of our people.” After his remarks, the president and Vice President Kamala Harris met with Dr. Anthony Fauci and his coronavirus team. On Capitol Hill, the newly Democratic-controlled Senate, with its 50-50 split, continued its work considering the president’s cabinet nominees. At his Senate confirmation hearing, Transportation Secretary Nominee Pete Buttigieg emphasized the importance of infrastructure in the fight against COVID-19. “We have to  ensure all of our transportation systems — from aviation to public transit, to our railways, roads, ports, our waterways, and pipelines — are managed...
    JUSTIN Duggar is now working for his future father-in-law’s construction company as a secretary while the teen plans his wedding to fiancee Claire Spivey.  The Sun can exclusively reveal Justin, 18, listed Texas-based business Spivey Construction, which Claire’s father Robert launched in 2006, as his employer for a campaign donation, according to the Federal Election Commission. 9Justin Duggar works for his father-in-law's construction company Credit: Instagram 9Justin is listed as a secretary for Spivey ConstructionCredit: Instagram His occupation is listed as “secretary” of the company.  His future wife Claire also has Secretary for Spivey Construction listed on her Instagram bio.  Eagle-eyed Reddit fans were the first to report on Justin’s occupation.  The construction business is the perfect line of employment for Jim Bob and Michelle’s son, as he remodels homes. 9Jim Bob sold Justin a home for $1Credit: Instagram 9Justin renovated the mobile trailer Credit: Instagram As The Sun previously reported, Jim Bob, 55, sold his son a mobile home for $1 on December 8, 2020. Jim Bob bought the Springdale, Arkansas home on May 18, 2020 for $35,500. ...
    PRITI Patel will address the nation tonight after Britain saw a record 1,820 Covid deaths announced yesterday.  The Home Secretary is likely to give the public a final warning to stick to lockdown rules - or face an even tougher crackdown.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The Home Secretary is expected to give Brits a final warning to follow lockdown rulesCredit: PA:Press Association What time is the press conference tonight? The press conference will be held at 5pm tonight, January 21.  The announcement comes after a concerning study last night showed the start of lockdown has failed to drive down cases in the way it has in the past.  The Imperial College London study carried out swab tests on 142,900 volunteers between January 6 and 15, finding one in 63 people now have the virus in England.  This is a 50 per cent jump on the last report in December.  4Priti Patel will address the nation tonight Credit: GETTY IMAGES Who is speaking? Home Secretary Priti Patel will host the press conference, starting with an...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are looking for a man who allegedly shot and killed his wife inside their Frankford home. Police responded to the 2000 block of Carver Street, around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The 33-year-old victim was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say the woman’s husband ran from the home after the shooting. Two children were also in the home at the time. For a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Police: Woman In Custody After 28-Year-Old Man Gunned Down In South Philadelphia Joe Biden Picks Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine To Be Assistant Health Secretary Authorities Arrest Riley Williams, Pennsylvania Woman Accused Of Stealing Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop During Capitol Attack
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Pentagon warns the country is facing a series of enemies, both at home and abroad, and that it will fall, in part, to the United States military to overcome the dangers.  Retired General Lloyd Austin appeared before lawmakers Tuesday and said his first priority if confirmed as the country’s next secretary of defense would be to make sure all military resources are brought to bear against the coronavirus pandemic.  "The greatest challenge to our country right now ... is the pandemic," Austin told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wearing a suit and tie instead of the Army dress uniform he wore when he testified in Congress as the commander of U.S. military forces across the Middle East and South Asia. "It's killed over 400,000 of our American citizens. That's just an incredible, incredible loss of life," he said. “We have to do everything we can to break the cycle of transmission and begin to turn this thing around."  Austin did not offer specifics about how he would...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 VACCINE: Find out where you are in line LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Jan. 19, 20211:30 p.m.California Health Secretary gives COVID-19 updateDr. Mark Ghaly is holding a press conference with an update on the stay-at-home orders, latest ICU capacity numbers and the state's vaccine rollout. Watch in...
    MATT Hancock is self-isolating again - days after being spotted in a London park with his family. The Health Secretary had coronavirus last year - around the same time as the PM fell ill. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Matt Hancock, pictured covered in mud while in a park at the weekend, is now in isolation again 6The Health Sec was snapped playing in a local park with his familyCredit: Greg Brennan 6The news comes less than 24 hours after he appeared at the No10 press conferenceCredit: Reuters But he's now back in isolation again after being pinged by track and trace. He has to stay inside until at least Sunday after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet Mr Hancock said he would be working from home, adding "we all have a part to play in getting this virus under control" and vowed that together Britain could beat the virus. He said: "So you must follow these rules like I'm going to. "I've got...
    A MARRIED fire chief who broke lockdown to visit his ex-secretary's home could face a police fine after bosses shopped him. Mark Andrews, 49, regularly drove 20 miles to see 34-year-old Anna Colwell despite her no longer working for him. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Mark Andrews could face a police fine after he was shopped for breaking lockdown to visit his ex-secretary 4He visited his former secretary Anna Colwell during lockdown The £105,000-a-year Deputy Chief Officer at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is now being probed by his bosses for breaking Covid rules. He was branded a "hypocrite" for flouting lockdown restrictions by his colleagues, Mail Online reports. His bosses have now passed the case to Sussex Police and he could face a £200 fine. A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “A disciplinary investigation into the allegations reported in the media is taking place and the information we have received has been passed to the police.  'CONSEQUENCES' “The person concerned remains in post and will continue to...
    California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly is holding a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to give an update on the state's coronavirus response and stay-at-home orders.We'll be streaming the press conference at 1:30 p.m. Check back to watch live and read updates. Ghaly is expected to give four-week projections for regional ICU capacities. That figure is what determines if a region must stay under modified lockdown.The Bay Area region's intensive care units are nearly full, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. The remaining capacity was hovering dangerously low at 0.7% Monday before rebounding slightly.The Bay Area would have been eligible to exit the stay-at-home order over the weekend if ICU capacity rose above 15%, but it's nowhere near that threshold."Unless those projections are radically different, then we can expect that stay-at-home (order) to continue," Newsom said.The latest ICU capacity numbers from around the state are: Northern California: 17.6% Bay Area: 4.7% Greater Sacramento: 9.7% San Joaquin Valley: 0% Southern California: 0% Northern California's remaining ICU capacity notably dropped from 35% to about 17% on Tuesday,...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoLawmakers push back on late Trump terror designation for Yemen's Houthis Pompeo feud with US global media agency intensifies Trump administration names Cuba a 'state sponsor of terrorism' MORE on Tuesday charged Iran with aiding and abetting al Qaeda, warning that the partnership poses a “grave threat” to international security and safety of Americans at home. The secretary made his remarks in a speech at the National Press Club less than a week after a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the Electoral College count for the presidential election. Pompeo has condemned the violence by the mob, though he has avoided criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE who has widely been accused of inciting it.  The secretary focused his remarks on laying out the connection between Iran, which the U.S. lists as a state sponsor of terrorism,...
    California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly is holding a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to give an update on the state's coronavirus response and stay-at-home orders.We'll be streaming the press conference at 1:30 p.m. Check back to watch live and read updates. Ghaly is expected to give four-week projections for regional ICU capacities. That figure is what determines if a region must stay under modified lockdown.The Bay Area region's intensive care units are nearly full, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. The Bay Area would have been eligible to exit the stay-at-home order over the weekend if ICU capacity rose above 15%, but it's nowhere near that threshold."Unless those projections are radically different, then we can expect that stay-at-home (order) to continue," Newsom said.The latest ICU capacity numbers from around the state are: Northern California: 35% Bay Area: 0.7% Greater Sacramento: 9.7% San Joaquin Valley: 0% Southern California: 0% MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesFor a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCalifornia recorded an...
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