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    It was early March this year. The inauguration of Joe Biden had taken place a few weeks previously and on the streets of Georgetown, one of the power-hubs of Washington, I ran into a senior European diplomat I knew well.  Very quickly I steered the conversation to the new administration. 'What's it like dealing with them?' I ventured. 'It's fantastic,' he told me. 'There is order, discipline, process and a chain of command again.' 'And what's the downside compared to the Trump administration?' I asked. 'There is order, discipline, process and a chain of command…' The Trump years really were the Wild West. And as I step down, after seven years as the BBC's North America correspondent, I can't help but reflect on quite how drama-packed every day of his four years in office was. It was unlike anything I could have imagined. When Trump held his first presidential news conference, he famously called me 'another beauty' because I had had the temerity to ask about the mayhem that ensued when he had tried to introduce his travel ban from...
    President Joe Biden touted a mixed November jobs report on Friday, declaring America to be “back to work” and focusing his speech on the fact that the unemployment rate fell to 4.2%. While unemployment fell from October’s 4.6% number to 4.2%, there was an underwhelming addition of just 210,000 nonfarm payrolls for November. This was well below forecasters predictions of 573,000, and the president largely avoided discussing this portion of the report. “At this point in the year, we’re looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever,” Biden said, touting that the jobless rate “has now fallen by more than two percentage points since I took office.” “Simply put, America, America is back to work. Because of the extraordinary strides we’ve made, we can look forward to a brighter, happier New Year, in my view,” he said. Biden breezed past the less impressive portion of the jobs report, instead shifting the focus to the number of jobs created in the private sector over the course of the past three months. He said that these numbers indicate job growth is...
    On today’s Breitbart News Daily Podcast, host Alex Marlow notes that last week marked the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, but you might not have been aware of this if you don’t read Breitbart News. President Joe Biden spent his holiday partying in Nantucket at a billionaire’s mansion with four types of dessert on the menu. He also bucked the town’s mask mandate (does he know something we don’t?!) while the world panicked about the new “Omicron” Covid variant. How bad is it? We don’t know yet, but we do know that you’re a racist if you want to ban any travel. Dr. Anthony Fauci – with extreme hubris – declared that he speaks for all of science and attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over… wait for it… January 6th! Then, the Friendly Fascist (aka NIH Director Francis Collins) returned to cable news, and as usual, he lied to your face. Smash-and-grab looting is spreading in lawless Democrat-run cities, and there appears to be no end in sight. Finally, our guest today, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, joins Alex for...
    In her Opening Monologue on "Hannity" Friday, host Tammy Bruce pointed to President Biden's out-of-touch claims in a nationally-televised phone call with NBC meteorologist Al Roker in New York's Herald Square – in which the president claimed, "America is back." "My message is: After two years, we are back – America's back," Biden said. "There’s nothing we are unable to overcome, Al." Bruce said the opposite is true, as inflation intensifies, the border remains wide open and Democrats in Congress pivot to blame businesses rather than themselves for the pain Americans are feeling: "Tonight, the Biden-Harris agenda is failing, literally on every front: Inflation is surging, the border is still a mess. American adversaries are emboldened -- All while Democrats are still eager to have us walk off a reckless far-left spending cliff with their so-called Build Back Better agenda," she said. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waves to supporters as she leaves the stage after a primary election night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) [T]he Wall Street Fear Index...
    JOE Biden's "America is back" comment during one of the most expensive Thanksgiving holidays on record was slammed on social media. Biden made a surprise appearance via a phone call from his $30 million Nantucket compound to Al Roker during New York City's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday. 4President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden tell Al Roker, 'America is back,' during NYC's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving paradeCredit: White House Handout 4The president's comments were seen as tone deaf by some on social media as he lands in Nantucket while Americans spent on average 14 percent more on Thanksgiving meals over last yearCredit: AFP - Getty Roker asked the president what his message is to the American people. Biden responded: "My message is after two years, you’re back, America’s back, there's nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al. And you’re one of the reasons for that. You’re always up and moving." Meanwhile, a classic Thanksgiving meal feast for 10 jumped $46.90 to $53.31 since last year, a 14 percent increase, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's...
    Glasgow, Scotland (CNN)It was gender and science innovation day at COP26 on Tuesday, but most of the focus was on countries wrangling over language around global warming limits and who will pay for the impacts of the climate crisis.A picture of the countries whose emissions pledges fall short of their fair share -- or even their own net-zero goals -- is starting to emerge. Here's what to know from Day 9 of the summit.Pelosi says America is back, AOC says not so fast Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at COP26 on Tuesday in Glasgow, Scotland.US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- known as AOC -- showed up at COP on Tuesday with very different messages. Read MorePelosi reaffirmed House Democrats' plan to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic and climate bill next week. "We're very proud of that," she said. She also said the US House delegation came to the summit "equipped" and "ready to take on the challenge to meet the moment."But as Pelosi sought to say America is back to leading on the climate crisis, Ocasio-Cortez,...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRep. Gosar posts anime video showing him striking Biden, Ocasio-Cortez Ex-Clinton strategist: Va. results show Democrats 'have gone too far to the left on key issues for educated suburban voters' Pediatrician unveils challenge to GOP's Mace in South Carolina MORE (D-N.Y.), speaking at the COP26 international climate summit Tuesday, praised environmental activists and said their efforts had reframed climate discussions at the policy level. The New York congresswoman echoed other U.S. officials at the summit, saying that America “is back” when it comes to international climate policy. However, she clarified, “when we say the United States is back, it’s not just that we’re back in the way that the U.S. was pursuing climate policy before ... we’re not just back, we’re different, and we are more just.” Ocasio-Cortez discussed her experiences demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline with members of the Lakota Sioux nation, saying that at that time, “I think we see many institutions saying, alright, the folks making policy, we’re the serious ones in the room, and we’re going to do the best we can,...
    New York (CNN Business)America's job market recovery hit a roadblock in the late summer and early fall. In recent months, the tally of jobs added to the economy has been disappointingly low.But economists have high hopes that the streak of bad news will end with the October jobs report, which is due Friday morning. That could be some welcome news for President Joe Biden after voters sent a strong message this week about their disappointment in America's economy.Analysts polled by Refinitiv expect some 450,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, more than in both September and August. The employment numbers in those months came in well below forecasts, worrying economists about the state of the recovery. But infections from the Delta variant, which were largely to blame for the slow hiring, are fading, giving economists hope that the job market can quickly recover again."The easing of the Delta wave will reduce disruptions to schools and encourage businesses to resume hiring," said Glassdoor Senior Economist Daniel Zhao. "The latest wave has not completely receded, though, so gains are still...
    Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is fighting back against the "economic war" amid the supply chain crisis.  "I spent the first part of my life fighting those battles in the military," Willink told "Fox & Friends" Thursday. "Now…I'm trying to take our fight to our communist adversaries through the economic wars."The Origin USA co-owner added in order to win the "economic war," America must own supply chains and create products in the country.  Willink's comments come as All-American companies see a surge in sales due to the supply shortage. Willink said his company, marketed as selling goods ‘handcrafted in America,' is seeing a huge demand in American products since the nation has experienced supply chain issues abroad.  "We've literally bought machines from overseas and brought them back to America. It's one machine at a time and it's one job at a time," the former Navy SEAL told co-host Steve Doocy. Origin USA headquarters is located in Farmington, Maine, where Willink co-owns the company with his business partner, Pete Roberts.   VideoWillink continued to say his company consists of a...
    New York (CNN Business)America's job market recovery hit a roadblock in the late summer and early fall. In recent months, the tally of jobs added to the economy has been disappointingly low.But economists have high hopes that the streak of bad news will end with the October jobs report, which is due Friday morning. That could be some welcome news for President Joe Biden after voters sent a strong message this week about their disappointment in America's economy.Analysts polled by Refinitiv expect some 450,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, more than in both September and August. The employment numbers in those months came in well below forecasts, worrying economists about the state of the recovery. But infections from the Delta variant, which were largely to blame for the slow hiring, are fading, giving economists hope that the job market can quickly recover again."The easing of the Delta wave will reduce disruptions to schools and encourage businesses to resume hiring," said Glassdoor Senior Economist Daniel Zhao. "The latest wave has not completely receded, though, so gains are still...
                      by Thomas Catenacci  The Biden administration rolled out broad new regulations that it said will substantially reduce U.S. methane emissions within 15 years. The sweeping regulations would cut methane emissions, which account for roughly 10% of the greenhouse gasses emitted by the U.S., by 41 million tons between 2023 and 2035, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday. Such a reduction is equivalent to 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the amount emitted by all cars and commercial aircraft in 2019. “As global leaders convene at this pivotal moment in Glasgow for COP26, it is now abundantly clear that America is back and leading by example in confronting the climate crisis with bold ambition,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. “With this historic action, EPA is addressing existing sources from the oil and natural gas industry nationwide, in addition to updating rules for new sources, to ensure robust and lasting cuts in pollution across the country,” he continued. President Joe Biden and several top administration officials including Regan are attending...
    The Biden administration rolled out broad new regulations that it said will substantially reduce U.S. methane emissions within 15 years. “As global leaders convene at this pivotal moment in Glasgow for COP26, it is now abundantly clear that America is back and leading by example in confronting the climate crisis with bold ambition,” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. Monday’s announcement marks the first time EPA pollution standards would be applied to existing U.S. oil and gas wells. The Biden administration rolled out broad new regulations that it said will substantially reduce U.S. methane emissions within 15 years. The sweeping regulations would cut methane emissions, which account for roughly 10% of the greenhouse gasses emitted by the U.S., by 41 million tons between 2023 and 2035, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday. Such a reduction is equivalent to 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the amount emitted by all cars and commercial aircraft in 2019. “As global leaders convene at this pivotal moment in Glasgow for COP26, it is now...
    President Joe Biden dismissed concerns from about his sagging poll numbers while taking questions from the press after attending the G20 summit in Rome. After an opening statement centered on his engagement with world leaders and his expectations for the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference later this week, Biden opened the floor to questions, starting with Zeke Miller of the Associated Press. Miller noted that Biden has tried to drive the message that “America is back,” but “back at home your poll numbers have fallen. Your party’s nominee for governor in Virginia is facing a very tougher than expected race,” and Biden’s domestic agenda is struggling. “Your party spent months trying to negotiate the centerpiece of your domestic legislative agenda,” Miller said. “We’re one year now since your election, and you’ve done a lot in your year in office to turn the page on the last administration, but we’ve seen how presidents can turn the page very quickly from one to the other. So why should the world believe that when you say America is back, that it is really...
    Jim Bognet, a former candidate for Congress and President Donald Trump appointee, told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday this weekend that Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA) is a “Pelosi Lap Dog” who needs to be voted out of office in the midterms to ultimately retire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Bognet recently announced he is running against Cartwright in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District for a second time after coming in close to winning the district last year in the 2020 election. Bognet called the incumbent a “lap dog” to Pelosi since he is in lockstep with her, as well as President Joe Biden, and he votes 100 percent of the time with them. The Republican said he’ll continue to be a “lap dog” until he is voted out, which Bognet thinks he’ll be able to do. He mentioned Biden’s favorability in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District is only 40 percent, versus 57 percent unfavorable, and “that is not a margin that leads to a congressman of your same party being reelected. So we are going to send Matt Cartwright and Nancy Pelosi home for good.” Bognet explained that the low favorability...
    New York (CNN Business)Music superstars BTS and Harry Styles are hitting the road this fall, while The Weeknd and Billie Eilish have concerts planned for 2022. Live music is back — and that's great news for Live Nation (LYV).Shares of Live Nation, a concert promoter, venue operator and the owner of Ticketmaster, are up nearly 40% this year and trading near an all-time high.The company is still expected to post a loss for 2021. But investors are likely already looking ahead to next year, when the concert business should be mostly back to normal.Indeed, Live Nation said in its latest earnings release in August that the pipeline of shows for 2022 is up double digits from pre-pandemic levels in 2019 — and that many major acts have decided to extend current tours into 2023 and 2024 to meet pent-up demand. "The momentum for the return to live events has been building every month," Live Nation said in a press release, "with ticket sales and concert attendance pacing faster than expected, underscoring the strength and resiliency of the concert business and...
    Mark Dannels, sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, warned that the war on drugs is back and will continue to get worse until the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. Dannels told "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer that law enforcement and Border Patrol have been set up for failure.  SEN. BLACKBURN TOURS BORDER, SAYS CRISIS ‘CANNOT CONTINUE’ AS SHE CALLS ON BIDEN TO STEP UP SHERIFF MARK DANNELS: They've set us up for failure here on the southwest border completely. And let me give you some numbers that kind of highlight what's going on. This fiscal year we've had 10,000 pounds of fentanyl, 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin, and 311,000 pounds of marijuana come through the southwest border this fiscal year.  The war on drugs is back, and until America steps up on this and secures this border it's only going to get worse.  WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    Welcome to the Monday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about college football fans chanting “F**k Joe Biden” and “Let’s Go Brandon,” Alabama gets upset by Texas A&M, police officer guarding Nick Saban absolutely wrecks a female fan, Georgia is now number one in the AP Poll, Jalen Berger gets thrown off the Badgers, Dan Campbell fights back tears after the Lions lose to the Vikings, Trevor Lawrence publicly undercuts Urban Meyer and Tyson Fury defeats Deontay Wilder in epic boxing match. Let’s jump in! TOPICS: Massive ‘F**k Joe Biden’ Chant Breaks Out During Major College Football Game College Football Fans Start Massive ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Chant Alabama Gets Upset In Shocking Fashion Police Officer Guarding Nick Saban Destroys Female Texas A&M Fan With Brutal Hit The Latest College Football Rankings Are Out, And America Has A New Number One Team Major College Football Star Gets Thrown Off His Team. Here’s What We Know NFL Coach Fights Back Tears After Heartbreaking Loss. The Video Will Pull At Your Emotions Trevor Lawrence Publicly...
    Nevada Senate candidate and Purple Heart recipient, Sam Brown, issued a stark warning to social media users during an interview on "Fox & Friends First" on Wednesday saying American voices are "at risk" after Twitter admitted it censored his account by mistake.  "This is this isn't just a warning to me," Brown stated. "This is a warning to America that all of us, all of our voices are at risk here." GOP SENATE CANDIDATE SAM BROWN FIRES BACK AT TWITTER AS TECH GIANT ADMITS HIS ACCOUNT WAS BANNED BY ‘MISTAKE’ The Purple Heart recipient stressed the importance of civil discourse and the ability to speak freely in America through the First Amendment.  "The fact of the matter is this is not in alignment with the spirit of the First Amendment and what our country is about, which is being able to have a debate in the public domain," said Brown.  "These companies are definitely censoring some voices and others a lot more than than they should." WHISTLEBLOWER SAYS FACEBOOK IS A US ‘NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE’ Brown's account was permanently suspended...
    President Joe Biden once declared “America is back” in a February speech, but his foreign policy is crumbling amid a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, strained relations with U.S. allies and a contradictory posture toward China. Biden has had to contend with a series of foreign policy crises in the last month alone. The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan culminated in a Taliban takeover and left hundreds of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies stranded. A submarine deal with Australia that snubbed France led the country to recall its ambassadors and call out the U.S. for “unacceptable behavior” toward its allies.
    President Biden is set Tuesday morning to deliver his first address at the United Nations General Assembly since taking office, facing his international peers following the United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, amid tensions with France after a new trilateral agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia, all while the world continues to grapple with COVID-19. The president is set to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, with administration officials describing the event as a "huge opportunity" for Biden.  FRANCE RECALLS AMBASSADORS TO US AND AUSTRALIA IN RESPONSE TO AUKUS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE PACT Asked about the multiple crises facing the Biden administration, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this is "what you do as president." "You navigate crises, you weather storms and we’re certainly doing that right now," Psaki said on "CBS This Morning."  "But this is a huge opportunity today for the president. He has obviously been on the world stage for a long time, but he’s going to say to the world, to all of the leaders in the room, we’re not looking...
    On Friday’s “CNN Newsroom,” former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that immigration enforcement has to be enhanced, and “We have to get control of our borders. 200,000 a month is a lot of people.” Johnson argued that filming people being sent back to their countries of origin so that people in other countries see it can help the problem. Johnson said, “We have to get control of our borders. 200,000 a month is a lot of people. … We simply have to do something to enhance enforcement. Longer-term, we’ve got to deal with the situation in Central America, as you and I have discussed previously.” He added that the numbers on the border aren’t necessarily partisan numbers, and “at some point along the way, we do need to send a strong message to the places where they’re coming from that there’s a right way and a wrong way to come to the United States. This is the wrong way, and if you come here, you will be turned back. There are a number of people who are being sent back....
    (CNN)Let's be clear: For most people Joe Biden was not elected last November to get us out of Afghanistan. His election was not a blank check to oversee a dramatic expansion of the federal government. His victory wasn't even wholly about halting the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, although surely that was top of mind for many voters at the time. For many, Biden was elected for one thing and one thing only: to walk our nation -- our democracy -- back from the cliff edge where former President Donald Trump and his cronies had led it, and where below waited fascism, demagoguery and totalitarianism. Simply put, Biden's mandate was to ensure that Trump would never, ever, occupy the White House again -- and ideally leave the political stage for good. Arick WiersonBradley HonanYet we're not even a year into his first term and Biden's approval rating has dipped to 42%, thanks to political fumbles that are also creating an opening for a 2024 Trump run. Indeed, GOP insiders have noted that Trump has been signaling that he is more...
    “America is back” was President Joe Biden’s foreign policy mantra as he took office, but his disastrous handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan has shaken U.S. allies and given a green light to China on the global stage. When Biden introduced his foreign policy team, including Secretary of State Tony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, he stated that world leaders had called him and said they “look forward” to America resuming its traditional leadership role in global politics. They said their strategy centered around strengthening global alliances and building new ones to counter threats like China and Russia. (RELATED: Biden Expected To Be Tougher On China Than Previous Administrations) President-elect Joe Biden: “In calls from world leaders…I’ve been struck by how much they’re looking forward to the United States reasserting its historic role as a global leader.” https://t.co/RtneOGqkOG pic.twitter.com/KSGn8K9RBK — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 24, 2020 “The United States, we’ll do our part. We’ll stand with you. We’ll fight for our shared values. We’ll meet the challenges of this new moment in history,” Biden told European...
    IT'S all eyes on Ginger Zee from Good Morning America. On Tuesday, July 13, Zee shared some exciting news about her GMA career. 2ABC News' chief meteorologist Ginger ZeeCredit: Splash Who is Ginger Zee? Ginger Renee Colonomos, known professional as Ginger Zee, is the chief meteorologist for ABC News. Born January 13, 1981, Zee is 40-years-old and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. Zee became Chief Meteorologist for GMA back in December 2013 after Sam Champion took a job at the Weather Channel. Throughout her career she has also published multiple books, including Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I Am One, A Little Closer to Home: How I Found The Calm After The Storm, and the children's book Zee Grows A Tree. Zee is also an avid runner who suffered an Achilles injury back in December 2020. But after six months, she returned back to her normal routine. Most read in The US SunHOW MUCH? See if you qualify for stimulus payments if you live in these statesKILLER STORM Hurricane 'kills one' & dozens...
    College football is officially back, and that’s great news for America. Today, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will take the field against the Illinois Fighting Illini to get week zero started at 1:00 EST on Fox, and that means the USA is back to winning. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Nebraska Football (@huskerfbnation) As I’ve said too many times to count at this point, in this country, we play football. That’s the reality of the situation. In America, our Saturdays in the fall are meant for college football, beer, great food and time spent with friends and family. In this country, Saturdays in the fall are meant for college football, time with friends and family, great food and cold beer. Don’t ever let anyone ever take it away from you. Only 11 more days until games are back! pic.twitter.com/bjeNXMPptT — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 17, 2021 College football represents the greatest things about America. It’s a group of young men from different...
    Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw blasted President Joe Biden for opening his speech on Tuesday with remarks promoting his “Build Back Better” agenda amid the ongoing Afghanistan crisis. “He’s building the Taliban back much better,” he told Fox News host Jesse Watters. “He’s not building America back better.” After several hours of delays, Biden kicked off his speech at the White House by touting the House passing the $3.5 trillion budget bill.  (RELATED: In The Wake Of Taliban Threats, Biden Keeping With Aug. 31 Afghanistan Withdrawal Date) “Before I update you on the meeting that I had with the leaders of the G-7 earlier today, I want to say a word about the progress we’re making on the Build Back Better agenda here at home,” the president said at the opening of his remarks. BIDEN: “Before I update you on the meeting that I had with the leaders of the G-7 earlier today, I want to say a word about the progress we’re making on the Build Back Better agenda here at home.” pic.twitter.com/vWUtYkFZqg — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller)...
    Taliban patrol in Herat city after took control in Herat, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2021 as Taliban take control of Afghanistan after 20 years.Mir Ahmad Firooz | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images At the end of the worst week of President Joe Biden's young presidency, this is the question he must urgently answer: "Of all the problems that his Afghanistan troop withdrawal decision has generated, which is most significant?" Lay aside for the moment the ever-popular Washington blame game about who is responsible for not anticipating the rapid Taliban takeover and the collapse of the democratically elected Afghan government and its army. Or why the Biden administration didn't better facilitate the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens and their endangered Afghan allies.  It will be crucial over time to digest the lessons learned from our past 20 years in Afghanistan – so we don't repeat the many mistakes that have been made. However, even that discussion must take a backseat to the urgency of dealing with the immediate risks, their implications and decisions that could control the damage. The most compelling...
    Washington (CNN)Visiting Brussels earlier this summer, President Joe Biden was single-minded in his message to American allies."America is back," he declared in the lobby of the European Union's headquarters, repeating a mantra he had uttered at nearly every stop of his first trip abroad, during which leaders welcomed him as a salve to four years of Trump-era angst."It's overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States of America to have a great relationship with NATO and with the EU," Biden said. "I have a very different view than my predecessor did."Two months later, the same group of allies is now wondering what happened to that Joe Biden. The humiliating end to the war in Afghanistan has fanned lingering concerns over an "America First" foreign policy that some allies fear did not completely disappear with former President Donald Trump. And the chaotic fall of Kabul, which caught American officials off-guard and prompted a major scramble by the US and other countries to evacuate diplomats and Afghans who assisted the war efforts, badly undercut Biden's promise to restore competence to American foreign...
    President Joe Biden's handling of the Afghanistan crisis will have "obvious" implications for his foreign policy goals, members of both parties told the Washington Examiner, but questions remain about whether he can bounce back. Dating back to the 2020 campaign, Biden claimed that his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, damaged the United States's standing as the leader of the international community with his brash comments, erratic decision-making, and frequent criticism of global institutions. Biden set reestablishing America's diplomatic relationships with its allies as a top priority of his presidency. He reiterated that throughout his first foreign trip as president in June, emphatically declaring on multiple occasions that "America is back." "America is back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values," he proudly proclaimed during a press conference at the G-7 Summit. "I think we've made some progress in reestablishing American credibility among our closest friends." "America is back at the table."Pres. Biden reaffirms the United States' participation on global issues, adding: "The lack of participation in the past and full engagement...
    REMEMBER when Joe Biden was installed as President of the United States? Remember all the thrills and ”hosannas” from the liberal Left? At last America had done the right thing, they said. They had got rid of the evil Trump and returned to the path of righteousness. Now all would be well again. 7President Joe Biden is just half a year into his term in office and America has rarely looked weaker or more vulnerable on the world stageCredit: Getty 7The Afghan people will now be forced to live again under the TalibanCredit: Reuters “America is back,” was what Biden himself told the world, in typically boastful fashion. Well it’s not looking so good this week. Biden’s decision to speed up the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has led to the collapse of the Afghan government and army. The Taliban has now taken back the whole country, including capital Kabul. And Biden caused all this without even bothering to evacuate all the local citizens who had aided the Americans during their two decades in the country. The footage now...
    U.S. allies are fuming at President Joe Biden’s failure to defend Afghanistan from the Taliban, wondering if the country’s rapid collapse, and Biden’s refusal to consult other countries before withdrawal, means America’s decline as a world power. The Washington Post reported Sunday: “Whatever happened to ‘America is back’?” said Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Defense Committee in the British Parliament, citing Biden’s foreign policy promise to rebuild alliances and restore U.S. prestige damaged during the Trump administration. “People are bewildered that after two decades of this big, high-tech power intervening, they are withdrawing and effectively handing the country back to the people we went in to defeat,” Ellwood said. “This is the irony. How can you say America is back when we’re being defeated by an insurgency armed with no more than [rocket-propelled grenades], land mines and AK-47s?” … “What’s happening in Afghanistan is raising alarm bells everywhere,” said Riad Kahwaji, who heads the Inegma security consultancy in the United Arab Emirates, which hosts one of the biggest American military contingents in the Middle East. “The U.S.’s credibility as an ally has...
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about refugee programs for Afghans who aided the U.S. during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S. August 2, 2021.Brendan Smialowski | Reuters As Taliban fighters began entering the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from the country. He said the U.S. succeeded in its mission of bringing those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to justice and that remaining in the country was not sustainable. If the U.S. would have stayed, Blinken said, America would be back at war with the Taliban, which he said is at its strongest since 2001. "Remaining in Afghanistan for another one, five, 10 years was not in the national interest," Blinken said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." His comments come as the U.S. moves personnel from the U.S. embassy in Kabul to the city's airport. Blinken said the government's top objective is the safety of U.S. citizens in the country, which is why Biden authorized...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki was mocked on Twitter for saying during the White House press briefing on Wednesday that the “Taliban also has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community.” Psaki’s remarks came as the Taliban has taken over more than 60 percent of territory in Afghanistan as most U.S. forces have withdrawn from the country after almost 20 years of war there following 9/11. The Biden administration has moved its deadline for a full withdrawal up from Sept. 11 to Aug. 31. “We will continue to provide close air support, making sure that Air Force functions are operable, who will continue to resupply their forces with food and equipment and pay all their salaries,” said Psaki. “The train, advise, and assist approach that we have been implementing and the range of assistance we’ve provided was done in coordination with military leaders and the implementation and designing of that plan with military leaders and civilian leaders in Afghanistan over the last several years.” Psaki declined to answer whether...
    Democrats are "delivering results" to the American people in spite of GOP opposition. That's the message congressional Democrats plan to carry back to their home districts during the August recess, according to a memo from top Democratic officials obtained by McClatchy.  The memo—signed by officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic National Committee—signifies the party's strong desire to run an entirely issues-based campaign next year. “As members of Congress begin heading to their home states and districts, Democrats are unified around a single message: President Biden and Democrats are delivering results and building back better for the American people — no thanks to Republicans,” read the memo. Specifically, Democrats want to highlight increased health spending and the new child tax credit that started hitting parents' bank accounts in July, both of which Democrats included in the $2 trillion pandemic relief package passed in March on a party-line vote. Democrats plan to tout the monthly child tax credit of up to $300 as "a tax cut for middle-class families" that will touch tens of millions of...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris is set to travel to Singapore and Vietnam later this month, becoming the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Asia so far. "Her trip will build on the Biden-Harris Administration's message to the world: America is back," her office said in a statement. The statement continued, "Our Administration sees Asia as a critically important region in the world. The Vice President's visit will emphasize the importance of comprehensive engagement and strategic partnerships -- key components of our Administration's approach to foreign policy."During meetings with government officials, the private sector, and civil society leaders, Harris will share the Biden administration's vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, her office said, raise trade and security issues, including in the South China Sea, and promote economic cooperation. Harris will travel August 20 to August 26. Read MoreHarris' chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, said in a statement announcing the trip that the vice president will "engage the leaders of both governments on issues of mutual interest," noting that regional security, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change will be areas of discussion....
    Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, told "America’s Newsroom" on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., mask mandate and questions about vaccination status are a "line drawn in the sand" for him and many of his Republican colleagues. His comments come after a memo went out to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) ordering officers to arrest visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask in the House building. PELOSI CALLS MCCARTHY A 'MORON' AFTER HE SAYS HOUSE MASK MANDATE DOESN'T FOLLOW SCIENCE CHIP ROY: In order to have respect, you actually have to respect the disagreements that you can have among each other. I stand with Thomas Massie. I’m not going to tell anybody whether I've been vaccinated or not because it's none of their damn business.  I'm standing with my staff and telling my staff to do what is in their best interests and I'll back them up. If Nancy Pelosi wants to come after my staff she will have to come through me.  This is not the way we conduct business here. We can agree to disagree. This is...
    New York (CNN Business)The US economy is inching back to normal. But the recovery remains uneven and some states are lagging behind in the race to get back to pre-pandemic strength — especially New York.Although several states' economies have already fully recovered — and are even outpacing — their pre-Covid levels of economic activity, New York is by far the worst-performing state, according to the Back-to-Normal Index created by CNN Business and Moody's Analytics.The index shows that the US economy as a whole was 93% back to normal as of June 18. But New York was only at 83%, leaving it with the furthest to go to get back into pre-Covid shape. New York isn't the only state below the 90% mark, though it is at the bottom of the list. How bad is the Empire State compared to the other 49 states?Read MoreIn 2019, before Covid hit, New York had the third-strongest economy among US states, lagging only Texas and California. The state's gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic activity — was nearly $1.8 trillion, on...
    (CNN)It's not over. Nowhere near it.If Joe Biden's July Fourth fireworks marked a moment to declare the darkest days of the pandemic over, Monday was the day when reality dawned that the nation's fight against Covid-19 is quickly sliding back in the wrong direction. A hybrid version of American life that will pass for normality for the foreseeable future is coming into view, in which most of the vaccinated live and many of those who refuse their shots get sick or die.In a moment of stark symbolism, new schools guidance released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics on mask wearing dashed hopes that kids robbed of a chunk of their childhoods by Covid-19 could go back to carefree schooldays this fall. The prospect of millions of youngsters over 2-years-old in face coverings in class epitomized how the nation is still under siege from the virus. It's also likely to unleash yet another political culture war in some GOP states that abhor masking and have banned schools from seeking to protect the vulnerable that way.In another shock to the national...
    Amid the protests in Cuba, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is likening Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to “Hannibal Lecter” and saying that “he is just wearing around” President “Joe Biden’s not particularly sentient face at this point.” “Shocking development that this administration has gotten as radical as it did,” said Shapiro sarcastically on his weekday podcast on Wednesday. “I mean, someone’s warning about it, someone’s warning that this is Bernie Sanders with Joe Biden’s face on it. That basically, this administration was Bernie Sanders is Hannibal Lecter and he is just wearing around Joe Biden’s not particularly sentient face at this point.” The conservative commentator chided the administration for, in his view, not sufficiently backing the Cuban protesters. “What sort of solid support has come from this administration for the Cuban dissenters so far. So far as I can see, none by the way,” he said. “By the way, just your update on Cuba, the Cuban forces are now arresting and unpersoning pretty much all of the dissenters who have been out in the streets.” Shapiro went on to denounce the...
    The Virginia State flag and the American flag fly near the Virginia State Capitol.Drew Angerer | Getty Images A year of pandemic and social reckoning have changed the nation in countless ways. But one thing has stayed the same: America's Top State for Business is Virginia. The Old Dominion captures top honors in CNBC's 2021 competitiveness rankings, just as it did in the previous study published in 2019. It is Virginia's fifth win since the study began in 2007, more than any other state. And it is the first state to post back-to-back victories (CNBC did not publish rankings in 2020 due to the pandemic). Virginia pulls off the repeat performance despite a vastly altered competitive landscape, a testament to the resilience of the state's business climate.Mitsui Osk Lines ship MOL Magnificence docked at one of Norfolk's port terminals.Alexandre Tziripouloff | iStock Editorial | Getty Images"We've seen a remarkable V-shaped recovery from Covid," said Stephen Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Port of Virginia, a major economic engine in the state, which is in the middle of a ten-year,...
    (CNN)Four interconnected pieces of climate change-related news from the past two weeks reveal America's predicament. And they also show the way forward, which ultimately must include oil companies' paying restitution for damage that they have done to the climate and humanity for decades.The first of the four pieces of climate news is the deadly heat wave hitting the western US and Canada, killing hundreds to date. According to the United Nations, there has been a "staggering increase" in the frequency of such extreme climate events. The earth is now warmer than at any time in the past 12,000 years. Jeffrey D. SachsThe second is President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan. The Biden plan aims, in part, to join with other nations to build a new 21st-century infrastructure based on renewable energy, electric vehicles and other zero-carbon technologies in order to stop human-induced climate change. To achieve the global aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the world's energy system should be decarbonized by 2050, along the lines described in a recent report by the International Energy...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden left  O’Hare International Airport after a visit to Chicago’s northwest suburbs. CBS 2’s Tara Molina reports President Biden spent the day promoting his Build Back Better agenda. It was his first visit to the area. READ MORE: Keegan Casteel, Iowa Man Arrested After Bringing Rifle With Scope And Laser Sight To Lakefront Hotel, To Be Released After Posting Bail He also spoke about the American Families Plan at McHenry County College. Coming off a violent holiday weekend, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wanted to talk gun control, violence and safety. They spoke for less than three minutes at O’Hare before President Biden hopped on Marine One to McHenry County College. “America is back.” Greeted by a crowd of parents, teachers and students, the president talked about his “Build Back Better” agenda. “This is going to be an American century,” Biden said. Specifically, the American Families Plan. READ MORE: Police Questioning Person Of Interest After CPD Officer And 2 ATF Agents Shot In Morgan Park; Sources Say They Were Targeted And...
    I could spend some time today going through the latest Republican scandal, the last dumb thing said on Fox News, or the latest MyPillow Guy theory. Instead, I just wanted to point out something a bit different: Thanks to President Biden, we are now living in a very different America. An America where Americans can find themselves gathered around a BBQ for the Fourth of July, freely celebrating with family and friends. We now live in an America where the economy is coming back rather than cratering, an America where the vaccine is being dished out as fast as people will accept it.  The Fourth of July brings many of us together, with families using it for reunions or just a chance to catch up. President Trump’s inactions last year cost us hundreds of thousands of lives. Now, as the economy comes back, we’ve created some holes in our own economy, and we’ve created new chances for people who couldn’t otherwise survive under COVID-19. President Biden, though, has reached out to the American public and delivered something we deeply missed: competence. x YouTube Video...
    President Biden on Sunday celebrated the United States' near "independence from" the coronavirus, stressing unity against it and other challenges on his first Fourth of July as president. “Today, all across this nation, we can say with confidence: America is coming back together,” Biden said in his address. “Two hundred and forty-five years ago we declared independence from a distant king. Today, we're closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.”   "It no longer paralyzes our nation, and it is within our power to make sure it never does again," he added. Biden made his Independence Day remarks before a crowd of military families and frontline workers at the White House’s holiday barbecue.  Though his administration fell short of its goal of having 70 percent of Americans receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4, the president emphasized how far the country has come during the pandemic, saying now people can return back to work, kids are going back to school and the economy is on the rise. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults have received at least one does of the vaccine, according to government...
    “America is back” became President Joe Biden’s refrain on his European trip this month, and in a narrow sense it is. We no longer have a White House aide desperately searching for a fire alarm to interrupt a president as he humiliates our country at an international news conference, as happened in 2018. And a Pew Research Center survey found that 75% of those polled in a dozen countries expressed “confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing,” compared with 17% a year ago. Yet in a larger sense, America is not back. In terms of our well-being at home and competitiveness abroad, the blunt truth is that America is lagging. In some respects, we are sliding toward mediocrity. Greeks have higher high school graduation rates. Chileans live longer. Fifteen-year-olds in Russia, Poland, Latvia and many other countries are better at math than their American counterparts — perhaps a metric for where nations will stand in a generation or two. As for reading, one-fifth of American 15-year-olds can’t read at the level expected of a 10-year-old. How are...
    (CNN)Can anybody fly a plane? Everything is opening at the same time and people are desperate to travel. As concerts resume, theme parks open, families reunite, lovers tie the knot and stir-crazy Americans dream of vacation, airlines that had to hurriedly recommission fleets are struggling to keep up: American Airlines cancelled 188 of flights over the weekend and is trimming hundreds more in the coming summer travel season. United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby warned on Sunday of a longer-term problem filling cockpits because the US military is training fewer pilots as it scales back global wars. Security screeners processed 2.1 million people in US airports on Sunday — the most since March 7, 2020, before the Covid-19 curse struck. Flying itself, never a pleasant experience in the post-9/11 era, is now even less fun. Apart from mask wearing on board, there's been a spate of mid-air scuffles as travelers' tempers flare as they cram back into aluminum tubes again. The airline industry isn't alone in encountering turbulence as the US transitions from sheltering from the coronavirus to learning to live...
    In his meetings with G-7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies in Europe last week, President Joe Biden missed no opportunity to repeat his assertion that “America is back” on the world stage and ready to take the lead in addressing big problems like climate change, rising authoritarianism, cybersecurity and the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to low- and moderate-income nations. Among other things, Biden rallied the leaders of some of the world’s largest democracies behind a plan to create a global infrastructure fund, called the Build Back Better World Partnership, or B3W, in a specific bid to challenge China’s eight-year-old Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). FILE - Joe Biden, then a presidential candidate, speaks about his “Build Back Better” economic recovery plan for working families, July 21, 2020, in New Castle, Del.The name of the program is a very deliberate callback to Biden’s campaign motto that promised he would help the U.S. “build back better” from the devastation of the pandemic. In announcing the program, he described it as “more equitable” than China’s BRI, and said B3W “will not...
    In the aftermath of the generally calm, moderately successful Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin summit, some are anxious to announce that America is back, which, to some degree, is code for: “Trump is out, sanity has returned to the Oval Office.” There’s a degree of truth to the idea of a rebirth of sanity in the Oval. But, in his post-summit Washington Post column, Fareed Zakaria takes issue with excessive “America is back” celebrations, based mostly on the continued reality-denying, Trump-defending behavior of most of the Republican Party, including the large portion of Republicans, including top officials, who continue to cling to the myth that the 2020 election was stolen and even that Trump will soon be returned to power. Article continues after advertisement Yes, Zakaria concedes, much of the democratic world is relieved to see Trump replaced by a saner, steadier, less mendacious, more “normal” president. But, he adds: “the story is not entirely positive,” because of the ongoing takeover of one of America’s two major parties by liars at the top and reality-deniers below. He writes: One aspect of the...