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    There were both supply chain and labor shortages under former President Donald Trump. On Monday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) claimed there were no supply chain or labor shortages in 2020 when former President Donald Trump was in office. But this is not true. Cotton made his comments during an appearance on Fox News' "Ingraham Angle" hosted by Laura Ingraham. "We've had this pandemic for two years, Laura, I don't remember inflation or supply chain shortages or labor shortages that we've seen this year in the first year of the pandemic," Cotton said. "What changed? Joe Biden and the Democrats took power in January." But in a report his own office released in February, Cotton acknowledged supply chain problems that disrupted the distribution of personal protective equipment to doctors and hospitals. Cotton's report, "Beat China: Targeted Decoupling and the Economic Long War," discusses actions taken by China to manufacture equipment for its virus response, which led to shortages elsewhere in the world. "This move imperiled America's ability to procure personal protective equipment...
    President Joe Biden moved swiftly to combat the omicron variant as the nagging coronavirus pandemic presented fresh political challenges to his embattled administration. Biden detailed travel restrictions from southern Africa, the origin region of the variant, while urging the public to get vaccinated and wear protective face masks. “We’re throwing everything we can at this virus,” Biden said Monday in remarks to reporters from the White House. But the emergence of a new coronavirus strain at the outset of the holiday season is yet another obstacle for the president to navigate amid a minefield of lingering political problems. “People want to go back to normal and let go of the anxiety” from the pandemic, said Sarah Longwell, a Never Trump Republican political operative who has been conducting focus groups with swing voters, Biden voters, and voters who supported former President Donald Trump in 2020. “The longer it hangs around, it creates a sense among voters that things are not going well.” Some Democratic operatives are predicting at least equal political peril for Republicans should omicron dominate the winter months of...
    Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon over claims bosses 'unfairly' redacted parts of his upcoming memoir about his tenure under Trump after he was fired following the former President's loss. Esper, 57, had filed the suit on Sunday with the Federal District Court in Washington DC which claimed 'significant text is being properly withheld from publication' in his book A Sacred Oath. The book, which was supposed to be published in May, had been brought back to Esper with multiple edits and redactions without an explanation. He claims he has even been pressured to change 'nouns and verbs' within the text. Esper's lawsuit insists that the memoir did not contain any classified information nor did it pose any kind of national security risk. He says that anecdotes in the memoir appear to have been leaked to the press, and that other contentious parts center on information that is already in the public domain.  'Significant text is being improperly withheld from publication in Secretary Esper’s manuscript under the guise of classification,' the lawsuit read,...
    The U.S. death toll from the Chinese coronavirus under President Joe Biden’s administration will soon surpass the death toll recorded during former President Donald Trump’s administration, and in less time — despite vaccines being available under Biden and not under Trump. Approximately 378,955 people in the United States have died from the Wuhan virus in Joe Biden’s first ten months in office, according to statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University. The nationwide coronavirus death toll — which was at 396,442 when Biden first took office — is now at 775,397. On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first coronavirus case in the United States, in the state of Washington, after an individual had returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China. President Biden — who campaigned heavily on combating the coronavirus — took office nearly one year to the date of the first recorded coronavirus case, but now the U.S. death toll from the Wuhan virus is expected to more than double within Biden’s first ten months in office. During the final presidential debate between Trump and...
    Students in Washington, DC were shocked to hear about this year’s Thanksgiving inflation, and said that Americans were better off under former President Donald Trump. Campus Reform‘s Addison Smith talked to students in Washington, DC about reports that 2021 could be the most costly Thanksgiving dinner in American history, amid skyrocketing inflation. When asked if the students have heard or thought about rising inflation ahead of this year’s Thanksgiving, many of them said they have not. U.S. President Joe Biden listens during the first North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) since 2016 in the East Room at the White House November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) “No, I probably should know more about that,” one student said. “That’s my first time hearing about that being a problem.” Watch Below: “Personally, no, I’ve not heard of that, or thought of it at all,” another answered. “I haven’t honestly heard about that a lot, because all my friends are just, like, planning trips — but now that you mention it, I think I should read about it,” a third student said. Smith...
    When former President Donald Trump moved out of the White House on January 20, 2021 — the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration — he didn't move back to his home town, New York City, but rather, is now living on his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida. But prosecutors in NYC and Albany are still paying close attention to the Trump Organization's business interests, including an office building on Wall Street. That office building, according to the Washington Post, is being carefully examined by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.'s office as well as the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James. In an article published by the Washington Post on November 22, reporters David A. Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell, Josh Dawsey and Shayna Jacobs explain, "The Trump Organization owns an office building at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan. In 2012, when the company was listing its assets for potential lenders, it said the building was worth $527 million — which would make it among the most valuable in New York. But just a few months later, the...
    (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis accused the Biden administration last week of secretly flying migrants from the US-Mexico border to his state in the dead of night without notice, but sources tell CNN the Biden administration did brief the Florida governor's office about the flights -- and that similar transports occurred during the Trump era. "Here's what happens with these flights. There's no notification to the state of Florida. These are done mostly in the middle of the night. And it's clandestine," DeSantis, a Republican, said at a news conference. The state has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the release of migrants, and for the potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, the flights represent a grievance close to home, on an issue that resonates with his base of support.Documents obtained by CNN show that many of the flights arriving in Jacksonville over the past six months came during the daytime, while at least 15 arrived overnight, as Republicans have charged. Sources told CNN the late-night arrivals were due to travel logistics, including the length of the flights from Texas...
    When federal election officials announced this month that they closed an investigation into the Trump campaign allegedly coordinating with foreign nationals, they may have unintentionally opened the door to another case. On Nov. 4, the FEC’s office of general counsel published its final report on its three-year investigation into whether a number of political committees, including the Trump campaign, had illegally coordinated with Cambridge Analytica’s foreign employees in the 2014 and 2016 elections. Cambridge, a British data firm which worked for Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, employed Steve Bannon as the director of U.S. operations before he became a top adviser to Trump. The firm was widely accused by watchdogs, employee whistleblowers, and governments around the world of illegally harvesting Facebook data for “psychological profiling” services it provided to help campaigns target digital ads—allegations the company denies.
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Trump Organization is selling the lease rights to the Trump International Hotel in Washington to the Miami-based CGI Merchant Group for $375 million, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Sunday. According to the Journal, CGI plans to remove the Trump name and has partnered with Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. to rebrand the hotel as a Waldorf Astoria. Former President Donald Trump‘s company unsuccessfully tried to sell the hotel in 2019 to no avail, and Sunday’s report shows a marked drop from the $500 million asking price two years ago. The hotel took a big hit amid the Covid pandemic, with revenue dropping more than 60%, according to the Washington Post. Additional reporting found that between the hotel’s opening in 2016 through last year, it netted a loss of $70 million — despite the Trump Organization claiming it had earned $156 million. The historic U.S. Post Office building in which the hotel is located is owned by the federal government, which is why the deal concerns the leasing rights. Trump beat out several prominent hotel chains in 2012 —...
    CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) -- Wollman Rink in Central Park was set to hold its grand reopening ceremony Sunday.Skating was open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and anyone hoping to skate needed a reservation.This year the rink is opening under new management, a partnership between several companies called Wollman Park Partners.The rink had been operated by the Trump Organization, until Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year that New York City would terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    Seth Meyers tore into Fox News for “brazenly and shamelessly” lying about the economy under President Joe Biden versus Donald Trump.  Meyers first pointed to what he called the “fundamental asymmetry between the left and the right,” adding that despite its flaws, the Democratic Party is “at least interested in attempting to govern competently.” “The other side, meanwhile, has been captured by a cult-like movement filled with authoritarian weirdos and cartoon gangsters who always look like they’ve either been chugging white wine spritzers after everyone turns on them in a Real Housewives reunion, or they just got hit in the balls with a swinging paint can by Kevin McAllister,” he added, throwing up pictures of Rudy Giuliani and Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. The host went on to hit at Fox News a second time, calling them out for being “willing to lie so brazenly and shamelessly about anything,” before airing a clip of Laura Ingraham comparing the economy under Biden and Trump. The Fox News host threw up what Meyers called a “deceptive” and “misleading” graphic regarding the economy under Biden versus Trump. The...
    When Donald Trump was president, thousands of doctors and nurses could not get equipment to protect them from COVID-19. Kellyanne Conway claimed in a Fox News interview that she "never heard" about issues with supply chains when former President Donald Trump was in office. But Americans saw widespread shortages — from medical equipment to toilet paper — during Trump's presidency. Conway, who served as Trump's senior counselor, was a frequent source of misinformation during her time in the White House. She made her claim about the supply chain in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday night. "I worked in that White House for four years, we never even heard of such a thing, there wasn't a supply chain crisis," Conway said. Olivia Troye, who advised former Vice President Mike Pence on the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, disputed Conway's version of events. "My recollection is quite different than Kellyanne Conway’s, especially when it comes to the 2020 crisis," Troye tweeted on Tuesday. "I seem to recall being in...
    The House select committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack issued 10 new subpoenas on Tuesday that included former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller.  'The Select Committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6th and in the days beforehand. We need to know precisely what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election,' Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote announcing the fresh subpoenas.  He said the 10 witnesses in the announcement had 'relevant information' to aid the Congressional investigation.  McEnany is a person of interest because she pushed false election fraud claims from the White House podium and was with the former president for parts of January 6, the select committee said.  The committee said it's interested in hearing from Miller because he 'by his own account participated in efforts to spread false information about alleged voter...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump privately criticized on Monday night the 13 Republicans who voted to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, questioning why they would give President Joe Biden a win when he's struggling in the polls, according to a GOP source.His comments came a day after he publicly lambasted the House and Senate Republicans who voted for the legislation, including Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell."Very sad that the RINOs in the House and Senate gave Biden and Democrats a victory on the "Non-Infrastructure" Bill," said Trump in a statement on Sunday. "All Republicans who voted for Democrat longevity should be ashamed of themselves, in particular Mitch McConnell, for granting a two month stay which allowed the Democrats time to work things out at our Country's, and the Republican Party's, expense!"Some conservative House Republicans have also discussed retaliating against their colleagues by booting them from their committee spots, although that effort faces little chance of succeeding. The 13 House Republicans who voted for the legislation last week are: Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon; Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick; New York Reps. Andrew...
    Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York kicked off her first morning at the United Nations climate summit on Tuesday urging environmentalists to 'stay in the streets and keep pushing.' The Democrat lawmaker also said the United States needed to get back the 'moral authority' it lost under Donald Trump at a panel on the summit's tenth day, which is focused on how women and girls are engaging in the climate change fight.  She revealed that her proposed Civilian Climate Corps is still part of President Joe Biden's massive social and climate spending plan - though like other agenda items it was slashed in size after moderate Democrat opposition shrunk the package from its original $3.5 trillion price tag.  She also attracted throngs of onlookers - despite not everyone in her audience not quite knowing who she is. 'Even in Glasgow, @AOC draws crowds, including some folks unsure exactly why they are trying to snap pics of her,' Bloomberg reported from the event. '“It is AOC,” explains one person to another puzzled onlooker. “She is a member of the House in America...
    Kellyanne Conway is being criticized and mocked after lying that the U.S. saw no supply chain crisis under Donald Trump. "I worked in that White House for four years," the former Senior Counselor to the President said on Fox News' "Hannity" Monday night. "We never even heard of a such of a thing. There was no supply chain crisis." \u201cI worked in that White House for four years. We never even heard of a such of a thing. There was no supply chain crisis\u201dpic.twitter.com/UPmLRFoivJ — Acyn (@Acyn) 1636424525 People on social media went ballistic, remembering all the products they could not get, including essentials. "Nurses were wearing goddamn trash bags," said one Twitter user. A former senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton, Jesse Ferguson, went off on Conway: "Doctors and nurses couldn't get masks and gloves," he tweeted. "Americans couldn't even get toilet paper. This is another set of Alternative Facts cooked up at the Bowling Green Massacre." Calling bullshit on people refusing to be honest about what last year was like. It wasn\u2019t subtle. Trump crashed america. Bread lines. Millions...
    Washington (CNN)A new national television ad from House Republicans' campaign arm deceptively uses images of events that occurred during former President Donald Trump's time in office to attack President Joe Biden's tenure.The 30-second ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee, titled "Chaos," begins with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicting "bold progress for the people when we have President Joe Biden in the White House." It then contrasts Pelosi's words with a rapid-fire series of photos and videos depicting scenes of violence and tumult in the US and abroad.Parts of that speedy montage, though, are highly misleading. Facts First: At least three of the images in the Republican ad were actually taken in 2020, during the Trump administration, not during the Biden administration in 2021. Axios reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee would spend less than $100,000 on the ad and that it would run for only one day on right-wing Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network. (The committee has also posted it on social media.) Still, Axios noted that the ad "sets the tone for the...
    Former President Barack Obama took credit for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions that occurred under the Trump administration during a speech Monday. Obama explained that U.S. emissions declined since he left office despite the presence of former President Donald Trump during his remarks delivered at the United Nations climate conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Investment from the federal government made before Trump took office and efforts from state and local governments pushed clean energy development forward in the U.S., he added. “The determination of our state and local governments, along with the regulations and investment that my administration had already put in place, allowed our country to keep moving forward despite hostility from the (Trump) White House,” Obama remarked. (RELATED: Here’s How America Reduced Emissions More Than Any Other Major Country Despite Leaving The Paris Accords) “Despite four years of active hostility toward climate science coming from the very top of our federal government, the American people managed to still meet our original commitment under the Paris Agreement,” he continued. WATCH: The former president said that the $90 billion...
    Democrat President Joe Biden’s approval rating keeps sinking, now down to 37.8 percent in the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll. The sharp turn against the sitting president comes as Republicans take a commanding lead in the generic congressional ballot, and the public sours on Biden’s agenda. A strong majority of 59 percent disapproves of Biden, with just 37.8 percent approving of his job performance and 3.2 percent undecided. Biden’s support crash, according to USA Today’s article accompanying the release of the polling, comes in large part because he “cratered among the independent voters who delivered his margin of victory over President Donald Trump one year ago.” Independents by a 7 to 1 margin believe Biden has done a worse job than they expected as president. “Nearly half of those surveyed, 46%, say Biden has done a worse job as president than they expected, including 16% of those who voted for him,” USA Today’s Susan Page and Rick Rouan wrote. “Independents, by 7-1 (44%-6%), say he’s done worse, not better, than they expected.” Republicans now have a dominant 8-point lead in the looming midterm elections...
    President Joe Biden on Saturday strongly endorsed the idea of the US government compensating immigrant families separated at the border under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy," saying the previous administration's "outrageous behavior" warrants cash payments -- but he didn't go into detail about specific amounts."If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child, you lost your child! ... you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstance. What that will be, I have no idea. I have no idea," Biden said, raising his voice and gesturing emphatically as he tore into his predecessor's onetime policy.In 2018, the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department initiated criminal prosecutions of every adult illegally crossing the border, and was ended after widespread opposition. The policy resulted in the separation of thousands of families, including those with infants, some only a few months old, because children can't be kept in federal jail with their parents.A source familiar with...
    NBC’s Chuck Todd interrogated Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) over Donald Trump’s continued attempts to sow doubt over the legitimacy of America’s elections. Scott spoke to Todd on Sunday for Meet The Press, and mockingly expressed hope that “Democrats continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump” in light of Terry McAuliffe’s (D) failed attempt to make the Virginia gubernatorial election a referendum on the former president. As Scott critiqued the infrastructure bill that just passed through the House of Representatives, Todd brought up a recent NBC poll which found that only 22 percent of Republicans believe President Joe Biden was elected legitimately. “Why is that?” Todd asked. Scott answered that “Joe Biden is the president” and “we went through the constitutional process that, you know, he was elected.” He diverted from the core question though, so Todd quickly circled back by asking “Why do four in five Republicans not believe” Biden’s election was legitimate. “Well, I think you’d have to ask them,” Scott said. “But I think Joe Biden was elected president. But you know, what we’ve got to do right...
    According to a report from CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza, Attorney General Merrick Garland is coming under increasing fire for not handing down a criminal indictment against former Donald Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon over two weeks after the House voted on a criminal referral. It has been sixteen days since the House cited Bannon for criminal contempt after he refused to provide testimony or documents to the select committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection. and patience with the methodical and circumspect Garland is wearing thin. As Cillizza points out, former GOP spokesperson and now MSNBC contributor Kurt Baredlla spoke for more than a few Americans when he openly blurted on Twitter: "How the f*ck is Steve Bannon still a free man?" According to the CNN analyst, "One liberal group — Free Speech for People — went so far as to call on Garland to resign — suggesting that since he 'Is unwilling to step up, it is time for him to step down" before adding, ' Amid this rising chorus of criticism, Garland — and his Justice...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Saturday strongly endorsed the idea of the US government compensating immigrant families separated at the border under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy," saying the previous administration's "outrageous behavior" warrants cash payments -- but he didn't go into detail about specific amounts. "If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child, you lost your child! ... you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstance. What that will be, I have no idea. I have no idea," Biden said, raising his voice and gesturing emphatically as he tore into his predecessor's onetime policy.In 2018, the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department initiated criminal prosecutions of every adult illegally crossing the border, and was ended after widespread opposition. The policy resulted in the separation of thousands of families, including those with infants, some only a few months old, because children can't be kept in federal jail with their parents. Fact-checking...
    President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes trillion infrastructure bill, advances social spending plan Virginia Democrats concede loss of state House Liberals, moderates strike deal on Biden agenda, clearing way for votes MORE on Saturday forcefully offered his support for compensating migrant families separated under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, clarifying his issue days earlier was with the dollar amount that had been reported. "Now here’s the thing. If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child," Biden said, wagging a finger and raising his voice. "You lost your child. It’s gone. You deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance. What that will be, I have no idea." Biden's impassioned comments came during a press conference on the passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. He was asked about his remarks earlier in the week when he was asked about reports that his administration was preparing to pay separated families up to $450,000 per individual, which Biden said was "not gonna happen." The...
    "It is so political," he added. Other issues Rodgers added to the show's hosts that "everyone on the squad knew I was not vaccinated, everyone in the organization knew I wasn't vaccinated. I wasn't hiding it from anybody." He added that he wanted the issue "to go away" and avoid ongoing chatter about it. He also said some media members knew he wasn't vaccinated and were "sitting on it for a couple of months." In addition Rodgers — who had previously described himself as "immunized" — said he has an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines and consulted with doctors on a personal protocol, which is what he meant by "immunized." As for his present health state, Rodgers added that the left is "really gonna hate the fact that I'm 48 hours in [testing positive], and I consulted with a now-good friend of mine Joe Rogan" — who went through a media firestorm after catching COVID and recovering in days after taking therapeutics. Rodgers added that "I've been doing a lot...
    Washington (CNN)Allies of former President Donald Trump testified under oath that they had done little to verify debunked claims of fraud in the 2020 election before spreading them on the national stage, according to tapes of their depositions obtained exclusively by CNN. The new footage of sworn testimony from Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell animates the behind-the-scenes movements of the two in their effort to sow doubt about the integrity of the presidential election results. The video details responses from the Trump allies as a lawyer representing former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer in his defamation case against them peppers them with questions about their allegations.Dominion has denied repeatedly that its vote-counting services allowed for fraud, and since the election, state and US authorities have repeatedly found no widespread fraud in the 2020 vote."We had a report that the heads of Dominion and Smartmatic, somewhere in the mid-tweens, you know 2013, 2014, whatever, went down to Venezuela for a get-to-know meeting with (President Nicolás) Maduro so they could demonstrate to Maduro the kind of vote fixing they...
    Washington (CNN)Attorneys are still trying to reach the parents of 270 migrant children who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration, down from 303 in September, according to a federal court filing Wednesday.The filing from the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union is part of an effort to identify and reunite families three years after the so-called zero-tolerance policy was created.Since September, the parents of 33 of those children whose whereabouts had been previously unknown have been found, according to Wednesday's filing.The Biden administration has committed to helping reunite families as part of a family reunification task force. Since the creation of the task force, 58 children have been reunified with their parents in the United States, according to the filing. Biden says families separated at the border under Trump wont receive $450,000As part of the effort, the Department of Homeland Security has established a process for accepting parole requests, the Department of Health and Human Services is working on facilitating services to support families and the State Department is developing a streamlined system for...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday denied a report that his administration is giving $450,000 payments to migrants separated under Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy and accused the media of putting out 'garbage.' Speaking at a press conference on the authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11, the 78-year-old Democrat was asked by Fox News whether the reported payments 'might incentivize more people to come over illegally.' 'If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah,' Biden retorted. 'But it's not true.' Fox reporter Peter Doocy asks, 'So this is a garbage report?' Biden stood by his aggressive reaction.  'Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying?' Biden asked. 'That's not going to happen.'  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went after Biden on Tuesday, over reported plans on to consider paying $450,000 per person - and up to $1million per family - to those were separated at the southern border after having crossed into the United States illegally. Biden was asked about the reported payments to migrants by a Fox News reporter during a White House press conference on Wednesday...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said Wednesday that families separated at the border under the Trump administration's so-called zero-tolerance policy will not receive payments of $450,000, but he did not go into detail about any possible monetary settlements for them.Biden, following remarks about Covid-19 vaccine authorization for children ages 5 to 11, was asked if payments of that size might incentivize people to try and enter the country illegally. The President responded by calling the report "garbage.""It's not true," he said.In 2018, the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department initiated criminal prosecutions of every adult illegally crossing the border, and was ended after widespread opposition. The policy resulted in the separation of thousands of families, including those with infants, some only a few months old, because children can't be kept in federal jail with their parents.A source familiar with the matter told CNN last week that migrant families who were forcibly separated at the US-Mexico border under the policy could receive hundreds of thousands dollars in compensation as part of settlement negotiations between the Justice Department...
    President Joe Biden denied reports that his administration was in talks to offer immigrant families separated under the Trump administration $450,000 per person as compensation. “That’s not going to happen,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday following remarks at the White House. Biden conceded that reports of such payments could spur further immigration, but called the allegation "garbage." BIDEN DEALT MAJOR BLOW IN TUESDAY'S ELECTIONS Asked about whether the move might prove an incentive to migrants coming to the U.S. illegally, the president said, “If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah, but it's not true.” Groups have filed lawsuits on behalf of parents and children who charge that the United States government has burdened them with lasting psychological trauma. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The sums being considered by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services could total nearly $1 million for a family, though the amounts have not been finalized people, familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal last week. Embed: News...
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2020.Eduardo Munoz | Reuters Rudy Giuliani, who served as personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump, so far is seeking to prevent prosecutors from seeing just three items out of the more than 2,000 contained on some of the electronic devices seized from him as part of a criminal probe, a court filing revealed Tuesday. Giuliani is claiming that those three items are protected by attorney-client privilege, which would prevent them from being given to federal prosecutors, according to Barbara Jones, the so-called special master who is adjudicating such claims. "I am reserving decision on those three items," Jones wrote in her filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. "The remaining 2,223 items have been released to the Government." The items were contained on seven of the 16 devices seized under search warrants executed at Giuliani's Manhattan apartment and office in April. Jones is reviewing the remaining nine devices, so Giuliani could end up making more claims of privilege. All...
    President BidenJoe BidenWhite House unveils strategy for 2050 net-zero goal Southwest investigating report pilot said 'Let's go Brandon' on flight House Rules Committee won't meet Monday on reconciliation package MORE on Monday apologized for the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying doing so set the world back in the fight against climate change. “I guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I do apologize for the fact the United States in the last administration pulled out of the Paris accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit,” Biden said during a session on “action and solidarity” at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.  Biden, who rejoined the Paris climate deal upon taking office in January, said that the U.S. was committed to meeting its goals to lower greenhouse gas emissions as he pleaded with other major economies to do their part.  “The United States, if I have anything to do with it, will do our part,” Biden said. “Our success in my view hinges on our collective commitment to...
    Eastman made it clear to Pence aides that the violence came because he wouldn't go along with the plan. Earlier this week, news leaked that the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 is planning to subpoena conservative lawyer and former Trump adviser John Eastman. But the real question isn’t when, or even if, Eastman will appear before the committee. It’s why hasn’t the Department of Justice dusted off charges of sedition and put Eastman in handcuffs. Not only did Eastman draft a plan by which Mike Pence could refuse to count the votes of states where Donald Trump lost, the Federalist Society chairman did so knowing that he was proposing a course of action that would completely overturn the outcome of a national election, throwing the U.S. into chaos. Following the Jan. 6 insurrection, Eastman seemed to walk back his support for overthrowing the government. In interviews, he called his own plan just a scenario that he put together for “somebody in the legal team. I just don’t recall.”  And he claimed anyone trying to implement that plan would be “plain crazy.” That...
    Top Republicans are furious at President Biden's proposal to consider paying a massive $450,000 per person to families who were separated at the southern border having crossed into the United States illegally. The lump sums have been put forward as a way for the U.S. Justice Department to settle lawsuits with migrants who say the policy caused them lasting psychological damage.  But the very idea has got members of the GOP up in arms over such generous payouts with Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy declaring the policy to be 'Pure insanity.' 'The Biden administration is reportedly looking to pay $450,000 to illegal immigrants who knowingly broke the law. It's a slap in the face to our law-abiding citizens who wake up, go to work, and pay their taxes,' he tweeted on Thursday night.  The U.S. Justice Department is in talks to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to each child and parent who was separated under a Trump-era practice of splitting families at the border The Biden Administration say the  money would be for those families separated at the US-Mexico border...
    The Biden administration is considering paying out a whopping $450,000 per person to families separated at the southern border as it tries to settle lawsuits with  migrants who say the policy caused them lasting psychological damage.  Officials from the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering the payments that could total close to $1 million for two people within the same family, people familiar told the Wall Street Journal.  The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the separated families, has identified about 5,500 children separated from parents at the border during the course of the Trump-era policy.  Former President Trump's administration enacted the policy in April 2018 and withdrew it two months later after much controversy in June.   The total potential payout could cost $1 billion or more.  The 'zero-tolerance policy' applied to families who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border to claim asylum. Since children could not be detained alongside their parents, the families were separated, sometimes with no way to track and reunited them later on, government investigations found.  The Biden administration is considering paying...
    The Biden administration is weighing the possibility of paying migrant families separated at the border under the Trump administration roughly $450,000 per person, reported The Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter. The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are considering settlements in lawsuits filed on behalf of those families, which could result in payments of nearly $1 million a family, the people briefed on the matter told the newspaper. The agencies are coordinating the price tag of possible payments. Sources told Journal that payments depend on the circumstances of the families, however, and that many would likely receive smaller amounts. Migrant families have filed close to 950 claims, according to the Journal's sources. It is unclear how many claims are expected to be filed, though the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) cited government figures indicating that 5,500 children had been separated from their families under the Trump administration, according to the newspaper. The ACLU is representing families in one of the lawsuits. It is not immediately clear when a decision was anticipated to be reached, nor when payments...
    Screenshot via Lauren Windsor on Twitter. Attorney John Eastman made a series of startling admissions in a video captured by an undercover reporter at a conservative gala this past weekend, including contradicting his prior claims denouncing his Jan. 6 memo, blaming former Vice President Mike Pence for not overturning the 2020 election because he was an “establishment guy,” and accusing the FBI of using antifa “plants” to instigate the Jan. 6 riot. Eastman had penned a memo that urged Pence to block the certification of the Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner over former President Donald Trump, by refusing to accept the electors from several states that had voted for Biden, claiming they were in dispute. The plan was for Pence to then declare Trump the winner of the majority of the remaining Electoral College votes, or toss the decision to the then-Republican dominated House of Representatives. Legal scholars widely panned the memo as a wildly incorrect interpretation of the Constitution, in no small part because the Vice President’s role in certifying the Electoral College votes is merely...
    Almost a year after being voted out of office, former President Donald Trump continues to be the target of investigations — from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to the Fulton County's DA's office in Georgia to the U.S. House of Representatives. Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Doyle McManus, in a recent column, argues that Trump has a major incentive for running for president in 2024: trying to "stay out of jail." "Trump remains under the gun," McManus explains. "He's still in search of escape routes. A House committee is examining his attempts to overturn last year's presidential election, including his actions when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. A prosecutor in Georgia is investigating whether he violated state law against soliciting election fraud when he demanded that officials 'find 11,780 votes' — the number he needed to undo Joe Biden's victory in that state. And prosecutors in New York are looking into allegations that Trump, or at least the closely held family business he runs, committed tax and bank fraud." But despite all...
                      by Newt Gingrich  On Feb. 29, 2020, the U.S. and the Taliban signed the Doha Agreement, which set conditions for an American military withdrawal from Afghanistan. A few days later, then-President Donald Trump picked up the phone to call Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar. On that call, Trump explained to Baradar in no uncertain terms that, if he and his men didn’t fulfill the agreement, which included a pledge not to attack U.S. forces, the Taliban would suffer dearly. Not a single U.S. soldier was killed in combat in Afghanistan for the rest of Trump’s presidency. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg was in the Oval Office when Trump called Baradar. Serving as a top national security official in the Trump White House, Kellogg wondered how the president’s words were being translated because his language was so strong and forceful. But that was precisely the point: To make clear to the Taliban’s leadership that they had to respect the U.S. and know the consequences should they lash out. Trump’s call...
                      by Brian Lonergan  When Joe Biden conducted his campaign for president largely in absentia last year, his value proposition to voters went something like this: I’m Lunch Bucket Joe from Scranton and I’m for the little guy. I’m gonna fix all the mistakes of the last four years and bring transparency, competence, and compassion back to government. Almost a year into the Biden presidency, that proposition has been exposed as snake oil. If “the little guy” refers to working-class American citizens, Biden has treated them with utter disdain, if not contempt. He clearly prioritizes foreign nationals from impoverished countries, as he is bringing them here in record numbers. Not only does Biden prefer foreigners over his fellow Americans, he lacks the integrity to be transparent about it. How else could one explain the fact that his administration is dispersing illegal aliens throughout the country via secret flights under cover of darkness? If Americans supported allowing unchecked numbers of foreigners into the country, this kind of subterfuge would not be necessary. To land these planes in...
    The beta site for former President Donald Trump's new social media network, called TRUTH Social, was hacked just hours after it was announced.  Several tech reporters found the site, entered it and created fake profiles for Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.   The hack occurred within two hours of Trump's Wednesday night announcement that TRUTH Social would be launched in early 2022.  The Daily Dot's Mikael Thalen was able to find TRUTH Social's public URL and make a fake Donald Trump account - just hours after the former president announced his new social media venture  The Washington Post's tech reporter Drew Harwell was able to make a dummy account for former Vice President Mike Pence  The site's public URL was soon taken offline, according to the Daily Dot's Mikael Thalen, who created a fake Trump profile.    The Washington Post's tech reporter Drew Harwell's fake Pence account was banned within an hour.  Additionally, pranksters made a fake Trump account and used it to post the meme image of 'pig poop balls,' according to Harwell.    The new Trump Media &...
    In August, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason voided the project's approval, citing a failure by the bureau to adequately review the project's greenhouse gas emissions, which she concluded would ultimately harm wildlife. Interestingly, the Biden administration initially voiced support for the project and appeared ready to move forward with it despite the environmental concerns. But ultimately, the deadline for appealing Judge Gleason's ruling came and went on Monday without an appeal, effectively killing the project. Jeremy Lieb, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said in a statement that he is pleased with the Biden administration's change of course. "We are glad to see that President Biden is taking positive steps in his commitment toward a cleaner energy future. However we are facing a dire climate emergency, and we hope that he continues to align Western Arctic management with climate imperatives and protect it from all new oil and gas activity," Lieb said. "I think the administration is realizing that defending Willow is utterly at odds with the president's promises of climate...
    While roughly two-thirds of GOP voters still think Donald Trump is god's gift to the planet, the rest of the world has other ideas. In fact, Gallup found that global approval ratings of U.S. leadership slipped to record lows under Trump, hitting just 30% toward the end of his tenure, with 44% disapproval. Under the leadership of President Joe Biden, however, views of U.S. leadership have rebounded internationally. After the U.S. spent four years underwater under Trump, Biden has flipped the equation entirely to 49% approval, 36% disapproval so far. The ratings could still change as Gallup completes its fieldwork, but the outlet writes that "the substantial gains across so many countries halfway through 2021 make it unlikely that the final rating for Biden's first year in office could retreat to his predecessor's levels." Though any fallout over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan remains unknown at this point, Biden earned a substantial amount of goodwill by immediately rejoining the Paris Agreement, while reversing Trump's planned exit from the World Health Organization. In February, Biden also publicly promised U.S. allies that "America is...
    A staff assistant for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi feared she would be 'tortured, raped and shot' as she hid underneath a table during the attack on the US Capitol last January.  Leah Han, from Washington DC, who is a senior staff assistant at U.S. House of Representatives, was trapped in the building as a mob of Trump supporters rioted, seeking to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.  After evacuating Pelosi's office, Leah hid in a locked, dark room opposite her office as hoards of marauding protesters roamed the corridors terrified that she and her colleagues would be 'taken hostage' if they were discovered.  Appearing on BBC2 documentary Four Hours at the Capitol which aired tonight, she broke down in tears as she recalled how she 'thought she was going to die' and said she 'couldn't text her parents' because she wouldn't be able to control her emotions.   Leah Han (pictured), from Washington DC, who is a senior staff assistant at U.S. House of Representatives, appeared on tonight's BBC Two documentary and revealed how she feared she would be 'tortured, raped...
    Associated Press NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s company is under criminal investigation by a district attorney in a New York City suburb into whether it misled officials to cut taxes for a golf course there, according to The New York Times. The district attorney’s office subpoenaed records from both the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester and the town of Ossining that handles the club’s taxes, said the Times, citing “people with knowledge of the matter.” The newspaper didn’t say why those people had requested anonymity. The probe led by District Attorney Mimi E. Rocah, a Democrat, appears to focus in part on whether the former president’s company submitted misleading valuations on the golf course. In a statement, the Trump Organization suggested the probe was politically motivated, noting that it had hammered out a compromise with the town over its long-running efforts to cut taxes in June, a deal signed off by a county judge. “The suggestion that anything was inappropriate is completely false and incredibly irresponsible,” the Trump statement said. “The witch hunt continues.” The district attorney’s office...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s company is under criminal investigation by a district attorney in a New York City suburb into whether it misled officials to cut taxes for a golf course there, according to The New York Times. The district attorney’s office subpoenaed records from both the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester and the town that handles its taxes, Ossining, said the Times, citing “people with knowledge of the matter.” The newspaper didn’t say why those people had requested anonymity. The probe appears to focus in part on whether the former president’s company submitted misleading valuations on the golf course. The district attorney, Mimi E. Rocah, a Democrat, has not accused anyone at the company of wrongdoing and it is unclear if the probe will ultimately lead to any charges. The Westchester County District Attorney’s office told The Associated Press that it had no comment. The Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. The probe adds to several legal challenges facing the former president and his company. In July, the Manhattan district attorney...
    A Gallup poll released Tuesday found that global approval of the United States has skyrocketed under President Joe Biden. Approval of U.S. leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% in the poll, up from 30% in 2020. This newest figure matched global approval in 2009, when former President Barack Obama was in his first year in office, and it is 16 points above the 33% approval of U.S. leadership in 2019, the highest it reached while former President Donald Trump was in office. Gallup noted, however, that the statistics may change as the company continues to poll for approval in 2021. The figures do not yet take into account the Afghanistan withdrawal, and the pollster said that that series of events and others could result in a drop, though they said that it was unlikely to reach Trump-era lows. Approval increased by at least 10 points in 36 of the 46 countries and territories surveyed, with the largest improvements in Portugal (52 points), the Netherlands (45 points), Norway (42 points) and Sweden (41 points). Approval also jumped among fellow...
    Global approval of U.S. leadership shot of nearly 20 points since President Joe Biden took over from former President Donald Trump.  Gallup polling of approval of U.S. leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49 per cent, up from the 30 per cent it sat at the end of Trump's presidency, according to Gallup report out Tuesday.   The last time it stood at 49 per cent was in early 2009, when President Barack Obama was first in office.  Approval of U.S. leadership is measured in 46 countries and territories by Gallup, which found it ticked up by nearly 20 points since President Joe Biden took over from former President Donald Trump  Obama was the U.S.'s first black president.  During Obama's eight years in office, global approval stayed in the 40s. Then in 2016, when Trump was elected, it sunk down to 30 per cent.  The highest international approval Trump received was 33 per cent in 2019.  Trump came into office on an 'America First' agenda pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and disparaged NATO,...
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    Former Defense Sec. Robert Gates said Sunday that President Joe Biden has “been wrong” on most foreign policy and national security issues over the past four decades. Gates, who served under former President Barack Obama, recounted a portion of his 2014 memoir, “Duty: Memories of a Secretary at War,” during an interview shown Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He said that Biden has integrity, but has been wrong on every foreign policy and national security issue. “I think he’s gotten a lot wrong,” Gates said, noting Biden opposed “every one of Ronald Reagan’s military programs to contest the Soviet Union” and the Gulf War. When asked if Biden made a mistake on how he handled the Afghanistan withdrawal, Gates said “yes.” Gates said former President Donald Trump didn’t plan the withdrawal properly but that Biden didn’t finish it correctly, arguing that as soon as Biden set a “firm deadline date, that’s the point at which I think they should have begun bringing those people out.” “You have to be pretty naive not to assume things were going to go downhill...