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    Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark. slammed the "Biden border crisis" on Monday, saying that "amoral" policies put immigrants at risk and continue to build pressure at the border.  On "Fox & Friends," Cotton said that the Biden administration is turning detention centers into "reception centers," and accused Democrats of not believing in borders. Cotton also said that Biden and the Democrats do not believe there is a crisis at the border, calling the surge in migrant activity a "feature," not a bug of left-wing policies. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CONVERTING TEXAS MIGRANT CENTERS TO RAPIDLY RELEASE DETAINED FAMILIES IN 72 HOURS OR LESS TOM COTTON: "This is a border crisis. This is the Biden border crisis. But you know if you're Joe Biden and the Democrats and they don't believe in borders, they don't, therefore, think it is a crisis. They think this is a feature not a bug of their policy. They've literally turned...
    Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihide Suga is set to be the first world leader to visit the White House under President Joe Biden's administration, according to a new report. Biden could host a visit from Suga as soon as April, though the details have yet to be finalized, people familiar with the matter told Axios. The White House declined to confirm the plans. Thus far, Biden and his cabinet heads have stuck largely to video conferences in order to meet with foreign officials, and a visit from Suga would mark a step toward returning to normalcy in the pandemic. Suga would not be eligible for a state dinner, as Japan's official head of state is Emperor Naruhito, and his trip would likely be classified as an official visit or working visit, rather than a state visit. Biden could host a visit from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as soon as...
    Former US President Donald Trump / EP Share on Facebook Share on twitter Share in mail Share on whatsapp Trump says he did not imagine “how bad it was going to be” the Biden Administration Former US President Donald Trump has reappeared this Sunday in the first political act after leaving the White House and has assured that the news about his alleged intention to form a new political party is “false news.” «They keep saying that I am going to form a new party. This is fake news. Fake news, “said Trump during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC, for its acronym in English). “We have the Republican Party. It’s going to come together and it’s going to be stronger than ever. I am not going to start with a new party, “he insisted. Last January ‘The...
    President Biden is targeting several Russian officials for sanctions as punishment for the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny, but the blacklist stops short of the oligarchs whom the dissident leader identified as the key power brokers in need of rebuke. “This set of designations, though, is going to be focused on government officials, although government officials who have close ties to exactly the sorts of oligarchs and industrial tycoons ... that Mr. Navalny has referred to,” a senior administration official told reporters. U.S. intelligence officials have “high confidence” that a Russian security agency known as the FSB used a chemical weapon to poison Navalny, who survived the attack and received treatment in Germany only to be imprisoned upon return to his home country. “Seven senior members” of the Russian government will see their assets frozen in response to the poisoning in a joint U.S. and European effort to...
    It’s a new day in the Middle East and in Washington. While the contours of President Joe Biden’s Mideast policies are still being formulated, his administration took two important actions in as many days that highlight not only his goals for the region but also his red lines. On Friday, the administration implemented a law passed by Congress which former President Trump had ignored requiring the declassification of an intelligence report on the brutal killing and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The four-page, highly redacted report whose key conclusions were leaked two years ago asserts that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. This was the first official U.S. statement blaming Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler for Khashoggi’s brutal killing. VideoOn Thursday night in Syria, airstrikes that Biden ordered struck a group of buildings and members of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia...
    New York : Migratory processes take a new turn. Photo: John Moore / . For: Hector Benítez Cañas February 28, 2021 Probably, the beginning of the most forceful immigration measures in the US has been generated from February 19, when two important changes occurred after the executive orders issued by President Biden. The first, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) published an interim guide for deportation priorities and civil immigration enforcement. This guide is based on three priorities: National security (mainly related to terrorism, espionage and other threats to national security). Border Security (those detained while attempting to enter the United States illegally on or after November 1, 2020, or who were not physically present by November 1, 2020). Public safety (those who pose a threat to public safety and have an “aggravated crime” conviction, a conviction for certain gang-related crimes, or at least...
    A senior Justice Department official opened the door to seeking new legislative authorities to pursue domestic terrorism, a step the Biden administration has yet to entertain since the January 6 insurrection and something civil libertarians have warned against. The prospect of expanded investigative and prosecutorial tools arose during a Friday briefing with reporters in which multiple Justice Department and FBI officials described an expansive array of authorities already available to them. While there is no domestic terrorism statute, and U.S. officials can not designate a domestic group for sanction like they can a foreign one, one senior official acknowledged that statutory definitions of domestic terrorism “expand a lot of authorities we can use,” such nationwide search warrants, expanded law-enforcement access to tax and educational records, and harsher sentencing. But on Friday, a senior Justice Department official suggested the administration would consider seeking a domestic-terrorism statute as well. “Obviously that’s...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  A new facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children was opened in Texas this week because the Biden administration is encouraging illegal immigration, a former border official said Wednesday. The Carrizo Springs facility was not opened to comply with COVID-19 regulations as the Biden administration has said, according to former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan in an interview with Fox Business. The temporary facility will hold up to 700 migrant children in hard-sided structures, and around 200 unaccompanied teenagers were transported to the facility Monday, CBS News reported. “There’s so much hypocrisy, false narratives, and the president and his press secretary lied to the American people,” Morgan said. “Those facilities aren’t needed because of COVID, that’s absolutely not true, those facilities are needed because this administration is now encouraging, incentivizing, and facilitating illegal entry in the United States...
    A new facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children was opened in Texas this week because the Biden administration is encouraging illegal immigration, a former border official said Wednesday. The Carrizo Springs facility was not opened to comply with COVID-19 regulations as the Biden administration has said, according to former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan in an interview with Fox Business. The temporary facility will hold up to 700 migrant children in hard-sided structures, and around 200 unaccompanied teenagers were transported to the facility Monday, CBS News reported. “There’s so much hypocrisy, false narratives, and the president and his press secretary lied to the American people,” Morgan said. “Those facilities aren’t needed because of COVID, that’s absolutely not true, those facilities are needed because this administration is now encouraging, incentivizing, and facilitating illegal entry in the United States and the numbers have skyrocketed.” Over 78,000...
    The Biden administration will release an intelligence report that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post reported Thursday that an unclassified report produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will be made public as early as next week.    Khashoggi was writing columns critical of the Saudi government for the paper before he was drugged and dismembered after being lured to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to pick up the paperwork required for his marriage to a Turkish citizen.   President Joe Biden's administration is expected to release an unclassified report as early as next week that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (right)  The Biden administration is acting more critically toward the Saudis, with the president expected to engage with King Salman bin Abdulaziz instead of 'MBS,'...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is relishing the chance to put its new-and-improved distribution program on display with the release of the forthcoming Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but problems are threatening a smooth rollout -- including a slower-than-expected production timeline and a lack of information about when and how the shots will made available. Several state officials and health providers tell CNN they're mostly in the dark about how the distribution will work. And due to a miscommunication over the production, CNN has learned the launch will be slower than federal health officials initially anticipated.More doses, fewer blind spots: What states say they want from the federal government on vaccinesThe administration is still expecting single-digit millions of doses if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. Government officials initially thought that number would ramp up to between 20 or 30 million doses by...
    President Biden has embarked on an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, facing the challenge of ramping up vaccine distribution during the pandemic and providing financial assistance to millions of struggling Americans. His $1.9 trillion Covid relief package has been advancing in congressional committees, which are fleshing out the details. The House Ways and Means Committee has passed part of the package that includes $1,400 checks for many Americans. The checks would go to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year and under $150,000 for couples. The legislation would also boost federal unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 a week and expand the child tax credit. The child tax credit would provide most families with $3,000 a year for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. The amount would be $3,600 for each child under 6. The legislation is moving forward under the process...
    New York : This February 14 marks the 3-year anniversary of the massacre in Parkland, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle / . In the United States, there is another pandemic that usually makes headlines or comes to the fore when a massacre occurs: it is the 100 deaths per day caused by gun violence. A few days after commemorating the third anniversary of a massacre in Florida, we believe it appropriate to insist on not letting the debate on a change in regulations regarding access to firearms die that penetrates the sadly called “American culture of possession of firearms. weapons”. Relying on the Second Amendment to the Constitution does not entitle anyone to grab an assault weapon and inflict as much pain as was caused at Parkland High School. The dreams of 17 people were cut short. That obsession with guns, fueled by the National Rifle...
    New York : Although the government of the president Joe biden seeks to modify the immigration system, for the moment it sends a clear message to new immigrants: “It is not the best time to come.” In the voice of the White House press secretary, Jen psaki, the current administration recognizes the difficulties of facing the migratory crisis that worsened with former President Donald Trump. “To the fact that we have not had the time … to put in place a comprehensive and humane policy to process people who are arriving at the border, now is not the time to come”, he indicated. “The vast majority of people will be rejected. Asylum processes at the border will not happen immediately; it will take time to implement ”. At the time that warning is released, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reported a six percent increase in arrests at the border...
    Public service workers help people to check in at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The Biden administration will partner with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team announced Wednesday. The centers, which will be operational the week of Feb. 22, will allow health-care providers to administer more than 10,000 shots per day, Jeff Zients, Biden's Covid czar, said told reporters during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. "We are deploying teams immediately to work hand in hand with the state and local jurisdiction," he said. Zients also said later Wednesday that he will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press briefing to formally announce the development of two new Covid vaccine centers in the state to help distribute shots to "underserved...
    (CNN)Iran is ready for a new relationship with the US -- but the clock is ticking, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday, Zarif said the Biden administration has a "limited window of opportunity" to re-enter the 2015 nuclear agreement."The time for the United States to come back to the nuclear agreement is not unlimited," he said. "The United States has a limited window of opportunity, because President Biden does not want to portray himself as trying to take advantage of the failed policies of the former Trump administration."Iran has increasingly breached its obligations under the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from it in 2018.Last month, the Iranian regime announced that it had resumed enriching uranium up to 20% purity at its Fordow nuclear facility --...
    Advocates for the Green New Deal have praised the Biden administration for its early moves to address climate change, taking a victory lap after the president signed a slew of sweeping executive orders targeting the environment. The array of directives that Biden signed include pausing new federal oil leases, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, eliminating lucrative subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, revoking permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline and converting the government's fleet of vehicles to electric power. Biden called the spate of orders part of an effort to "supercharge our administration's ambitious plan to confront the existential threat of climate change." BIDEN SIGNS CLIMATE CHANGE ORDERS AMID CONCERNS OVER JOBS: 'IT IS TIME TO ACT' Although Biden did not campaign on the Green New Deal — an ambitious proposal unveiled in 2019 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey that calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2030 — he described it as...
    People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, California, June 18, 2020. A massive coalition of local, statewide, and national groups have a message to send: this is the year to transform the nation’s inhumane and unjust immigration system. The “We Are Home” campaign, co-chaired by Community Change, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Service Employees International Union, United Farm Workers, and United We Dream, is urging the new Biden administration and Democratic Congress to act now and put 11 million undocumented people on a path to citizenship. “Biden introduced a bold and sweeping immigration bill on day one,” campaign steering committee member America’s Voice said. “The new administration has already rolled out eight major executive actions on immigration policy. More are expected this coming Friday. Public support has never been stronger. Democrats recognize...
    Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice doesn't occupy a seat in the Oval Office, but the White House Domestic Policy Council director is calling all the shots in the new administration, former acting DNI Ric Grenell said Monday. Grenell made headlines earlier this month when he predicted that the former Obama official would act as the "shadow president" under 78-year-old Joe Biden.  "Look, I’ve said it before but I think it’s worth repeating...she’s been given a portfolio as to domestic policy. We all know that that’s a joke," Grenell told "Fox News Primetime" host Maria Bartiromo on Monday.  VideoRice has no experience in domestic policy, Grenell said, "but she’s run the National security portfolio and certainly has run the U.N. portfolio." "She knows the State Department and certainly wants to be the secretary of state," he explained, "so there’s no question that she’s running domestic and foreign policy." With vice president Kamala Harris focussed on settling a 50-50 Senate, Rice will...
    What It Really Costs To Attend America’s Top 50 Colleges Renault Brings Dacia and Lada Closer Together Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life New CDC Director Just Called This 'One of the Biggest Problems' With COVID It's been less than a week since a new administration took office, including a newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD. There are many challenges facing Walensky, President Joe Biden, and the rest of his administration, chiefly among them is COVID vaccine distribution. On Jan. 24, during an interview with Fox News Sunday, the new CDC head revealed to host Chris Wallace that "one of the biggest problems right now" regarding the pandemic centers on a certain...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from January 25, 2021: 455,783 cases; 6,098 deaths State announces new 72 hour deadline for providers to use vaccine Registration changed for vaccine pilot sites for those 65+ Minnesota to hold clinic to vaccinate school and child care workers Article continues after advertisement 455,783 cases; 6,098 deaths Three more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,098. While deaths have trended downward and that represents the...
    Saturday for the “Opening Statement” segment of her Fox News Channel “Justice” program, host Jeanine Pirro criticized several of the early term executive orders signed by President Joe Biden over the past week, which she deemed worthy of the moniker, “America Last.” Transcript as follows: PIRRO: Welcome to the Biden administration, home to the new slogan, America last, where a closed Inauguration meets open borders, where America first ideas are censored, but those who suppress them are rewarded, where 10 million Americans are out of work and 11 million are offered a pathway to citizenship, where a pandemic rages and untested migrants welcomed. Joe Biden, within hours of his presidency, is doing as much as they can to cancel the Trump legacy, to take away our near energy independence to satisfy the left as they move towards socialism and to provide jobs and security to those who have come here...
    (CNN)Last week, a Covid-19 patient of mine told me he is finally going home after four months in the hospital. His tracheostomy tube has been taken out and he's breathing on his own. He's finally able to walk again, with some help. It's a new beginning for him and as he wished me a happy New Year, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. Dr. Susannah HillsThe Covid-19 statistics in our country have been truly devastating. We surpassed 24 million cases and we are closing in on nearly 500,000 American lives lost to the pandemic. Even here in New York City, after the overwhelming sickness and death we experienced in the spring, hospitals are again nearing capacity, staff are being redeployed to care for Covid patients, and military volunteers are being sent to provide support. It feels like we started 2021 by taking a huge step...
    US President Joe Biden speaks about the Covid-19 response as US Vice President Kamala Harris (L) looks on before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2021.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Like many in the tech industry, Amazon has cozied up to the Democratic Party. Its political action committee and company executives are among those who threw their money behind President Joe Biden on the campaign trail, while Amazon's top spokesperson, Jay Carney, has longstanding ties to Biden. But that doesn't guarantee the next four years of the Biden administration will be smooth sailing for the online retail giant. Antitrust reform, stronger privacy standards and a renewed push for workers' rights are just a few of the issues that could be on the new administration's agenda. Here's what's at stake for Amazon in the Biden administration: New union...
    Listen to the latest episode of The Interview podcast here. Few reporters captured the unique weirdness of the Trump era better than Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York Magazine. Her dispatches on the ever-evolving cast of bizarros that populated MAGA-land — highlights included a revealing profile of Hope Hicks and a boozy lunch with Rudy Giuliani — were vital for understanding the era. Thanks to a deep well of sources in and around the Oval Office, Nuzzi pumped out colorful and newsworthy reports on a particularly the chaotic White House. Her August cover story chronicling the tragi-comic collapse of the president’s re-election bid was a rich — and in hindsight, prescient — account of a very Trumpian campaign. The Trump presidency, in many ways, ended as it began: with an enormous crash. After losing the 2020 election, and waging an absurd fight to undo its results, Trump found...
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media prior to talks at the Chancellery on August 27, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.Omer Messinger | Getty Images News | Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden is a "strong supporter" of NATO, and the alliance can be further strengthened with him in office, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this week. "President Biden and the inauguration of him as the new president represents a new chapter for our alliance because Joe Biden is such a strong supporter of NATO. He knows NATO very well," the NATO chief told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Thursday. This will be an opportunity to further strengthen NATO, he added, noting that Biden wants to rebuild alliances. Stoltenberg said he looks forward to working with the new administration to address issues around the world. "We are faced with so many challenges at the same time: the rise of China, the...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is so far as good as his word to "manage the hell" out of the pandemic, driven by urgency to revive a sickened, struggling nation and the certainty that his entire presidency rests on eradicating Covid-19.Until now, it's been easy for the new President to criticize the Trump administration's obviously negligent and incompetent response to the worst public health crisis in 100 years. But words are no longer enough now that he's behind the Oval Office desk with Americans dreaming of a vaccine and a return to work, family life and travel.Reflecting this pressure, Biden appeared on camera on Thursday, signing a slew of executive orders that showed him in the act of wielding his new power to combat the virus. Seizing the power of the presidency to galvanize action, he issued a detailed new anti-pandemic strategy, pledged a genuine "wartime" effort to expand vaccine distribution, supplies...
    New York : Joe Biden announced that he will take steps to curb the supply of oil. Photo: PAUL RATJE / . / . The prices of the Petroleum have risen due to the expectations that the new administration of the president is generating Joe biden who intends to spend $ 1.9 trillion to stimulate the economy and aim to adjust the supply of crude. Janet Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve and nominated by Biden to be Secretary of the Treasury Department The US government told the Senate Finance Committee that the government should “go big” on fiscal spending aimed at boosting the economy as it tries to recover from the US pandemic. COVID-19. Analysts mention that the fall in dollar price, after Yellen’s comments, helped the oil price rally. Biden is also expected to take steps to curb the crude industry...
    Bloomberg Biden reveals virus plan, warns crisis will worsen (Bloomberg) – US President Joe Biden has unveiled a national strategy to combat the coronavirus, saying the pandemic is likely to kill another 100,000 people over the next month. “We will move heaven and earth to vaccinate more people for free, “Biden noted Thursday at the White House. But he cautioned that” the stark reality is that it will take months before we can vaccinate most Americans. “Biden announced a series of executive orders aimed at reviewing the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed more than 400,000 lives in the United States. He reiterated his warning that the crisis will get worse before it improves and that the US will experience a “dark winter.” But he encouraged Americans to start wearing face masks more often, saying this simple precaution could save up to 50,000 lives. April. “The...
    Joe Biden's new CDC Director on Thursday said COVID-19 vaccines will not be as widely available as the flu shot by mid-February, a promise that was made by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, and that the roll out will take much longer. Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster.  The Biden administration says fighting COVID-19 is its top priority and the President has vowed to vaccinate 100million Americans in his first 100 days in office.  They have made sweeping promises to ramp up vaccine distribution.  So far, they have made mentions of using medical students, medical military, retired doctors and nurses and sites like gymnasiums and community centers to bolster the vaccination...
    VIDEO4:1304:13Traders' top picks for the Biden presidencyTrading Nation New president, new strategies. The last four years have seen leadership from various sectors, with technology, consumer discretionary and health-care stocks seeing the largest gains during the Trump administration. Several new groups could take the lead under President Joe Biden's administration, two market analysts told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Wednesday. "As far as the prior winners — technology — I think they continue to outperform and move higher. I think their steadiness is very underappreciated," said Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer. "As far as a new idea, we would flag the emerging markets as a potential theme for the next four years." Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks the group, is up an impressive 82% from its March 2020 lows. "Our time horizon is really only three-six months, but I think...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line who weighed in on a new incoming Biden administration. Leahy: I’m in the studio with the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. And on our newsmaker line our national correspondent of Washington D.C. covering national stories Neil McCabe. Good morning Neil. McCabe: Michael, Crom, great to be with you. Leahy: Well, well, well. Four more hours of the Trump administration. I know that Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are not joining him in his good black ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base. They are however all running to the inauguration with open arms. Mitch McConnell yesterday fed the flames...
    President Biden warned new members of his administration Wednesday that he’ll fire them "on the spot" if they fail to treat others nicely. "If you’re ever working with me, and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot," Biden told new aides during a swearing-in ceremony following his inauguration. "On the spot." He told the appointees that part of it is that he wants to root out systemic racism and that failing to maintain his standards of decorum would cost them their jobs. EX-OBAMA ADVISER CALLS TRUMP SUPPORTERS AN 'ISSUE OF HOMELAND SECURITY' President Joe Biden leaves after attending a virtual swearing in ceremony of political appointees from the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) "My dad used to have an expression: He...
    New York has been the ‘epicenter of epicenter’ of the coronavirus pandemic, suffering the loss of tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in financial income. And that is why New York leaders have placed all their hopes that with the new Biden Administration, the state will finally receive the urgently needed help from the federal government to overcome what has been considered one of the worst crises in history. Miami World/The newspaper From Governor Andrew Cuomo to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York’s top elected officials celebrated the swearing-in of Joe Biden as President 46 on Wednesday. “Today is a new day and the beginning of a bold new chapter. Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. I look forward to your leadership, my friend. Let’s get to work. Together, ”Cuomo wrote on his Twitter account. De Blasio also used that social network to...
    Gun store owners across the country have reported a big increase in sales in the two weeks preceding Joe Biden's inauguration as Second Amendment lovers stock up amid fears the new administration will enact tougher gun-control legislation. Firearm sellers in states such as California, Virginia, Tennessee, Montana and Florida have seen lines stretching out the doors of some stores with some buyers camping out from 2am to beat out the crowds before supplies run out. Many sellers are reporting shortages of firearms and ammunition as manufacturers bump up prices to profit from the demand, and restrictions are placed on sales to prevent stocks from completely drying up. While the rush for more guns first hit in March as the pandemic began, gun retailers say that the incoming Biden administration has caused even more people to begin panic buying. Biden has promised to introduce a stiffer gun-control policy while Vice President...
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020.Drew Angerer | Reuters There likely will be no nasty tweets in the middle of the night excoriating the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. Nor will its officials be called "boneheads" should their actions not be in keeping with President Joe Biden's wishes. But that doesn't mean the U.S. central bank won't face pressure as it looks to navigate its way through a new administration. Challenges ahead include the pandemic, as well as demands for a more inclusive economy and a stronger approach toward social issues, such as racial equality and climate change. There also will be an interesting new dynamic, where Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen will, if confirmed, have the added benefit of being a former Fed chair. Broad monetary policy changes are...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 9:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says he thinks the new administration will have “great success” and claims to have laid the foundation for it. Trump says the new administration has the “foundation to do something really spectacular.” He made brief farewell remarks at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews before he boarded Air Force One for a flight to his Florida home. Trump did not mention President-elect Joe Biden by name during his Wednesday remarks. Trump told cheering, chanting supporters he’ll be watching and listening from a distance. He promised he will be back “in some form” and wished the crowd a “good life” before he and his wife boarded the plane. Trump wanted to be in Florida before Biden becomes president at noon. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION AS THE 46TH U.S....
    As of noon, the extraordinary challenges we face will finally have a leader to face them. Biden's powerful memorial last night was the first from a national leader, as he-who-won't be-named couldn't be bothered. Peter Beinert/NY Times: Why Are There So Few Courageous Senators? Here’s what we need to do if we want more Mitt Romneys and fewer Josh Hawleys. Now that Donald Trump has been defanged, leading Republicans are rushing to denounce him. It’s a little late. The circumstances were different then, but a year ago, only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney, backed impeachment. In a party that has been largely servile, Mr. Romney’s courage stands out. Why, in the face of immense pressure, did Mr. Romney defend the rule of law? And what would it take to produce more senators like him? These questions are crucial if America’s constitutional system, which has been exposed as shockingly fragile, is...
    The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, stressed on Tuesday that he is leaving the White House as “the first president in decades to no new wars have started“in a farewell message before being replaced by Democrat Joe Biden, who takes office on Wednesday. “I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has not started new wars,” he stressed in a video-recorded speech. Trump will break tradition and will not attend his successor’s inauguration ceremony, and will leave Washington this Wednesday bound for his private mansion in Palm Beach (Florida) hours before Biden arrives at the White House. In his speech, in which he did not mention Biden directly by name, he merely pointed out that “will pray” by the new Administration and asked Americans to do so as well. “This week, we inaugurate a new administration; let us pray for its success...
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    New York : The US government reactivated executions at the federal level in July after a 17-year hiatus. Photo: Mike Simons / . Dustin Higgs, a prisoner on death row in Indiana, died this Saturday in the last federal execution carried out under the government of the outgoing president Donald trump. Higgs was sentenced to capital punishment for ordering the murder of three women in the Washington DC area in 1996. Until the very last moment before his death, the African American insisted on his innocence. “I would like to say that I am an innocent man,” he said, mentioning the three victims by name. “I did not order the killings,” he added. Higgs passed away at 01:23 local time (06:23 GMT) after receiving the lethal injection. Federal execution number 13 since July This is the 13th execution since July, when the US government reactivated...
    (CNN)His days as president of the United States may be numbered, but Donald Trump is going out of his way to light a string of wildfires for his successor to put out.While President-elect Joe Biden's immediate focus will likely be on the troubled domestic situation, with the Covid-19 pandemic and the political divide in the US, the Trump administration has also opted, as part of its final act, to hand him a series of new international diplomatic dilemmas. In some instances, these are life-or-death situations. In recent days, the Trump administration has named Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, said it will designate Yemen's Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, and upended decades of US-China diplomacy by lifting restrictions on contacts between American officials and representatives from the self-governing island of Taiwan.These moves, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, mean Biden will start his presidential term with several...
    New York : Cuba’s interference in Venezuela was punished by the United States. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / . The government of Donald Trump put more obstacles to a possible thaw of relations with Cuba in the next administration. This Monday, the State Department reintegrated Cuba into the list of States sponsors of terrorism, from which it had been withdrawn in 2015 by the previous Barack Obama administration, during the “thaw” of the bilateral relationship. “The Department of State has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly supporting acts of international terrorism by granting safe haven to terrorists,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The State Department justified the action with the presence of members of the National Liberation Army, an insurgent group in Colombia, in Cuba. He also recalled that the Caribbean nation is a refuge for people who...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday the construction of some 800 housing units in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank — just days before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to a statement issued by the prime minister's office, among the units approved would be 100 new homes for the Tal Menashe settlement, where Ester Horgan, a 53-year-old mother of six, was murdered by a Palestinian assailant last month while jogging in a nearby forest. The new plan includes the legalization of an outpost. EX-ISRAELI AMBASSADOR DANON'S BIG IDEA: BIDEN SHOULD MAINTAIN STRONG STANCE ON IRAN, PARTNER WITH ALLIES Israeli media outlet Kann reported that alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz has instructed the Defense Ministry panel to convene next week to green-light construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a briefing on coronavirus development in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 13 2020. (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth via...
    DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C. For the first time in more than three years, the Trump administration has approved brand-new applicants into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Associated Press reports that of the more than 2,700 first-time applications submitted since mid-November, over 170 have been approved since the administration was forced to reopen the program under court order last year. That judge’s ruling, which found that unlawfully appointed acting Department of Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf lacked legal authority to further slash the program, also said that officials had to extend work permits that had been shortened by the coiffed mini-fascist. Karen Tumlin, an attorney in the case against the administration, said that more than 68,000 beneficiaries who had received the shortened one-year permits now had two-year permits. The numbers come from data submitted by the federal government to...
    Reporter Joe Concha said Wednesday that if CNN’s Jim Acosta was not prepared to challenge President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration, he should work for them. Concha, media reporter for The Hill, joined “Hannity” guest host Tammy Bruce to discuss the way media might handle the transition to a Biden administration. Concha said that Acosta had a habit of taking policy positions and acting as an advocate or an activist rather than a journalist. (RELATED: Columnist Joe Concha Rebukes The Media For Dishonest Reporting On Catholic School Kids) WATCH: “They’re obvious there is no effort to even hide the bias,” Bruce began, saying that journalists seemed almost pleased to announce that they would cover a Biden administration differently than they had covered President Donald Trump over the last four years. “They seem to be thrilled to be able to admit that they’re going to give Joe Biden pass and handle the...
    Kellyanne Conway on Friday acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election and said she would work with his administration if they needed her. She is one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters to acquiesce his rival's victory and her tactic admission comes as the president continues his legal fight to overturn the results.   'The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that, and that is his right,' Conway told The 19th. 'If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do,' she added. Kellyanne Conway acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election, one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted Friday that the contested race for New York's 22nd Congressional District may end up being reviewed by the House — like another disputed race in Iowa. New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi was 28,422 votes behind former New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney on election night based on in-person ballots received during early voting on Election Day. But her massive lead disappeared to just 100 votes after almost 60,000 mail-in ballots were counted. Both campaigns went to court to have a judge rule on disputes about more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots. Although Brindisi commanded the recount by 12 votes several days ago, after more ballots were reviewed, the advantage swung back to Tenney, who now leads the contest by 12 votes. Iowa Democrat Rita Hart announced on Wednesday about her plan to file with the House Committee on Administration under...
    Hundreds of protesters from across the country attending Netroots Nation 2019 joined with local immigration rights activists to demand an end to the Trump Administration's policy of family separation, the detention of refugees along the southern border and for the Trump administration to adhere to U.S. and International Human Rights law in Center City Philadelphia, PA on July 12, 2019. Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images The US government still can't find the parents of 628 migrant children separated from their families, federal agencies said in a new court filing. They've reached the parents of only 38 kids in the past month. It also asked the judge overseeing the case if it can provide less frequent updates on the progress "given the relatively low number of separations." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The federal government has still not reached the parents of 628 children separated by...
    REUTERS/Alan FreedPresident-elect Joe BidenThere is little doubt that President-elect Joe Biden intends to rejoin the Paris climate agreement after taking office in January. Beyond that, however, it’s less clear exactly what approach Democrats will take on climate concerns: Make it an absolute priority? Or put other issues first? Much of the discussion revolves around the proposed Green New Deal.  Polls consistently show that Americans are concerned about climate change – three out of four believe humans cause it, and half see it as a crisis. But few of us are drastically changing our carbon-intensive habits.  On the campaign trail, Biden offered his own climate plan that he said was distinct from the Green New Deal. As his administration starts shaping its plans, there are three things everyone should know about the Green New Deal: It is actually a global phenomenon. Much of it is market-driven. And as proposed in Congress,...
    PRESIDENT Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, has reportedly resigned from his position on Monday. According to Fox News, Atlas formally resigned from the administration, which he joined in August as a Special Government Employee (SGE), serving a 130-day detail. 1 President Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, has reportedly resigned from his positionCredit: EPA Atlas' resignation letter, dated December 1, was obtained by Fox, and reportedly touted the administration's efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The letter reportedly said: "I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States." He added, "I worked hard with a singular focus—to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic,” and that he "always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.”
    President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, insisting his presidency will not be 'a third Obama term' and suggesting he will not pursue criminal investigations into President Donald Trump once he takes office. Speaking to NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Biden also revealed that he has not spoken to President Donald Trump directly since the election. One day after a federal agency released a letter authorizing the transition to move forward, Biden described the Trump administration's transition efforts as 'sincere'. 'Immediately, we've gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board,' Biden said. 'And they're already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs... so I think we're gonna not be so far behind the curve as we thought might be in the past.'  President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News,...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which benefit oil and gas and other industries, deepen the challenges for President-elect Joe Biden, who made restoring and advancing protections for the environment, climate and public health a core piece of his campaign. “We’re going to see a real scorched-earth effort here at the tail end of the administration,” said Brian Rutledge, a vice president at the National Audubon Society. The proposed changes cap four years of unprecedented environmental deregulation by President Donald Trump, whose administration has worked to fundamentally change how federal agencies apply and enforce the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other protections. Most of the changes are expected to sail through...
    By MATTHEW BROWN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which benefit oil and gas and other industries, deepen the challenges for President-elect Joe Biden, who made restoring and advancing protections for the environment, climate and public health a core piece of his campaign. “We’re going to see a real scorched-earth effort here at the tail end of the administration,” said Brian Rutledge, a vice president at the National Audubon Society. The proposed changes cap four years of unprecedented environmental deregulation by President Donald Trump, whose administration has worked to fundamentally change how federal agencies apply and enforce the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other protections. Most...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President-elect Joe Biden still hasn’t been recognized as the election winner by the General Services Administration because the administrator, Emily Murphy, has not “ascertained” that he won the election. Biden did win. The race was called over a week ago. But until Murphy, and the GSA, certify the win—as Walter M. Shaub Jr. writes in the New York Review of Books—Biden is held back from receiving “$6.3 million dollars to the team, which is funded by public and private money; a loan of expanded federal office space and equipment; access to government agencies that will begin sharing information and records about ongoing activities, plans and vulnerabilities; national security briefings for the president; and other support.” That could, you’d think, be helpful for a president walking into office...
    Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threatened to sue the Trump administration if they withhold a vaccine for his state, telling a Manhattan congregation that 'enough people and have died and enough injustice has been done during COVID.' The New York governor and Donald Trump are engaged in an escalating war of words over the coronavirus vaccine. Cuomo has said that, given Trump's mishandling of the pandemic, he appointed an independent panel of experts to certify the vaccine once it becomes available and reassure New Yorkers that it was safe. Several others states, including California, Nevada and Oregon, are doing the same. Trump, angered by the slight, said that New York won't get any vaccine. From the pulpit of the Riverside Church on Sunday, where Martin Luther King spoke out against the Vietnam War and Nelson Mandela preached racial tolerance, Cuomo said that it was wrong to play games with a vaccine....
    House Financial Services chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said on Thursday at a hearing that the 2020 presidential election gave Joe Biden a “mandate,” which will usher in “the dawn of a new progressive America.” Waters said, “On November 3, American decisively rejected President Trump his harmful policies and his dangerous rhetoric. The American people have given President-elect Joe Biden a mandate to reverse the harmful policies of the Trump administration.” She continued, “It is clear that America wants an economic system that works for them and not against them. I was inspired by the words of President-Elect Biden on how he wants to unify the country. As ever, I stand ready to work with members on both sides of the aisle and to incoming Biden administration on reforming our financial system so that consumers and investors have the protections they need. President-elect Biden has already begun the work of building a future for...
    President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the Affordable Care Act in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris looks on. (Amr Alfiky/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing the prospect of leaving the White House in defeat in just 70 days, is harnessing the power of the federal government to resist the results of an election that he lost, something that no sitting president has done in American history. In the latest sign of defiance, the president’s senior Cabinet secretary fueled concerns Tuesday that Trump would resist handing over power to President-elect Joe Biden after legal challenges to the vote. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Trump’s attorney general has at the same time authorized investigations into supposed vote fraud; his general services administrator has refused to give Biden’s team access...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has created a new leadership PAC as he continues to refuse to concede the election to to President-elect Joe Biden. Paperwork for the Save America political action committee was filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday evening. Campaign emails soliciting money for the president’s “OFFICIAL ELECTION DEFENSE FUND!” now direct to a website that shows contributions will now be split among Save America, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. And 60% of each contribution will go to Save America, up to $5,000. The committee will allow Trump to maintain his political influence even after he leaves office by raising and distributing money for candidates, along with funding travel, polling and other campaign costs. Trump has not ruled out running again in 2024 after losing his reelection bid. ___ HERE’S WHAT...
    Alex Thomas November 9, 2020 0 Comments After days of counting votes, President Donald Trump will be the first one-term president since George H. W. Bush lost his election in 1992. Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, says that her uncle will not go quietly and is instead predicting that he will do everything he can to wreak chaos on his way out and work to “delegitimize the new administration.” In an op-ed in The Guardian, Mary Trump said that her uncle would not concede, adding that “all he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to do that with a vengeance.” She said that her uncle will “lash out” and that “he will go as far as he can to delegitimize the new administration, then he’ll pass pardons that will demoralze us, and sign a flurry of executive orders.” “Remember, he will also still be in charge of...
    Roger Sollenberger October 29, 2020 3:54AM (UTC) President Donald Trump's White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appears to have supplemented her government work with a new role as a senior adviser to the president's re-election campaign. McEnany, who left her job as Trump campaign spokesperson to join the administration, was introduced in a Tuesday segment on Fox Business as "Trump 2020 senior adviser and White House press secretary." During a second appearance on the same day, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney said the press secretary was "serving now as adviser for the Trump campaign" as he introduced her with an image of both the White House and the Trump campaign logo behind her. : A Trump campaign spokesperson told Salon that the campaign had instructed the cable news shows not to refer to McEnany with her White House title in advance. The new shadow role, which the Daily Beast first reported on Tuesday, triggered criticism among government ethics...
    President Donald Trump ridiculed The New York Times after the “Anonymous” administration “insider” Miles Tayor revealed his identity on Wednesday. “Turned out to be a low-level staffer, a sleaze bag, who’s never worked in the White House,” Trump said, describing him as a “nobody” and a “disgruntled employee.” Miles Taylor, chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen, revealed Wednesday afternoon that he was the anonymous “senior” white house official who authored the critical New York Times op-ed on President Donald Trump in 2018. “You know where he works now? He works at CNN, can you believe it?” Trump chuckled. The president joked that after the New York Times published the op-ed, he was concerned that the “anonymous” official could have been a high-level source like his top advisers Hope Hicks or even his son-in-law Jared Kushner or even a Senator like Mike Lee (R-UT) or...
    (CNN)As a dark winter approaches with "twindemics" of Covid-19 and the flu, an effort by the Trump administration to increase the number of children receiving flu shots is not working, according to a CNN investigation. In August, the administration issued a declaration authorizing pharmacists nationwide to give flu shots to children ages 3 and older, which most states have not allowed. "Today's action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a press release. Time was of the essence -- the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get their flu shot by the end of October. Yes, you can have Covid-19 and the flu at the same time. Heres what that could do to your body"We want everyone to get their flu...
    Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Vice President Mike Pence went toe-to-toe on the vice presidential debate stage on Wednesday. Steven Crowder and the "Louder with Crowder" crew livestreamed the event and offered an evening of live fact-checking and commentary throughout the debate. In this clip, moderator Susan Page of USA Today asked Harris about the stance a Biden-Harris administration would take regarding the Green New Deal. "Vice President Biden said he did not support the Green New Deal, but if you look at the Biden-Harris campaign website, it describes the Green New Deal as a 'crucial framework.' What exactly would be the stance of a Biden-Harris administration toward the Green New Deal?" the moderator asked. "I will repeat, and as the American people already know, Joe Biden will not ban fracking," Harris replied. Crowder jumped in, reminding...
    The New England Journal of Medicine made a rare political move Wednesday, publishing an editorial by dozens of U.S. editors who denounced the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said this election "gives us the power to render judgment."  The editorial, titled "Dying in a Leadership Vacuum," does not explicitly endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, but the editors' message is clear — the current leadership must change. "Our current leaders have undercut trust in science and in government, causing damage that will certainly outlast them. Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed 'opinion leaders' and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies," the editorial says.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "Anyone else who recklessly squandered lives and money in this way would be suffering legal consequences," the editorial added. "Our leaders have largely claimed immunity...
    A comprehensive report released Wednesday shines a spotlight on the “pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda” that has defined President Donald Trump’s first term by detailing 50 ways his administration has made life harder for working people with repeated attacks on labor rights and protections. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report features his “most egregious attacks on working people” since the president took office in 2017 after campaigning as their champion. The review comes as the country endures the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis—and as Trump prepares to face off against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in November. While the country’s Covid-19 death toll and case load—now more than 196,000 and 6.6 million, respectively—have mounted in recent months, Biden has taken aim at the president’s mismanagement of the pandemic, tweeting Tuesday that “Donald Trump is not responsible Covid-19, but he is responsible for his failed response and for lying to the American people.” EPI director of government affairs and...
    Bill Gates said the Trump administration appointed Dr Scott Atlas as the new coronavirus adviser because he 'agrees' with the White House's 'crackpot theories.' In an interview with STAT News, the co-founder of Microsoft, whose foundation has committed $350 million for COVID-19 initiatives, criticized the federal government's response to the pandemic. This includes the hire of Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution. Atlas has advocated for herd immunity, believes Americans should be exposed to the coronavirus as children and has questioned the effectiveness of masks.  'The administration's now hired this Stanford guy who has no background at all just because he agrees with their crackpot theories,' Gates said. Bill Gates criticized the hiring of Dr Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who does not have any background in epidemiology or infectious diseases, as the Trump administration's new coronavirus adviser. Pictured: Gates during the funding conference of Global Fund...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the Trump administration received a proposal from Oracle Corp over the weekend to make TikTok a US-headquartered company and will review the plan this week. Bytedance, which owns the short video app, currently runs its US operations out of Culver City in LA County, California and the Chinese-owned company was given a September 20 deadline to sell to an American company due to data concerns. It emerged Sunday that Oracle won the bid over Microsoft but that the deal was a restructuring to having a 'trusted technology partner' rather than an outright sale. In a TV interview Mnuchin said tens of thousands of jobs would come from the new deal, which is yet to be signed off by the Trump administration. Scroll down for video  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that the Trump admin will review a deal for Oracle...
    On 9/11, many political officials—people like Donald Trump and Mike Pence—make appearances around the country. They make speeches and take solemn photographs near memorials. They make it a point to remind people how brave our country’s police and fire departments and other first responders are. Now The New York Daily News has a depressingly explosive story about the Trump administration’s way of remembering. According to the report, millions of dollars have been withheld from the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) World Trade Center Health Program, a program that was set up exclusively for them and which “tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses.” How much money? Where has it gone? Why have they done it? All of these questions have been pursued since the beginning of the Trump administration when the program’s director, Dr. David Prezant, first started seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars being “docked” by the U.S. Treasury. Prezant says there has...
    There's a new doctor on the White House pandemic team, one who is telling Donald Trump what he wants to hear. The neuroradiologist, Scott Atlas, comes from Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution and caught Trump's eye during his appearances on Fox News, where he promoted "herd immunity" as a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Five sources close to the administration and Trump's thinking tell The Washington Post that Atlas has influenced administration policy on testing and on reopening schools. Why is a doctor who does not have a background in infectious diseases or epidemiology on the team? He's telling Trump what he wants to hear, reportedly calling himself the "anti-Dr. Fauci," contrasting himself with the nation's leading infectious disease specialist, the one Trump doesn't want to hear from. Atlas—who, again, is not an epidemiologist or infectious disease specialist—subscribes to the theory that young, healthy people don't die from coronavirus and that...
    SACRAMENTO —  California reached a milestone Friday in its long-standing feud with President Trump when Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced he has filed his 100th lawsuit against the administration, this time challenging changes in environmental rules. Becerra said the lawsuit filed Friday, like the 99 others, challenges the Republican president’s authority to change federal policies in ways that harm California and its residents. The attorney general, who was first appointed to the post in 2017 and was elected in 2018, said he did not expect to have to file so many lawsuits. “I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law,” Becerra said in an interview with The Times. “I am not surprised we have had to sue, because we have to protect our people, our resources and our values, and we use the rule of law to do...
    Michael Cohen has claimed that Donald Trump wants to be 'leader for life' in order to avoid prison time and says recent scandals faced by the president's administration are only the 'tip of the iceberg' in bombshell new book.  The foreword of Cohen's book Disloyal, which he titled THE REAL REAL DONALD TRUMP, was published to DisloyalTheBook.com on Thursday afternoon. Cohen, who wrote the foreword while behind bars in Otisville, New York, said: 'As the months passed by and I thought about the man I knew so well, I became even more convinced that Trump will never leave office peacefully.  'The types of scandals that have surfaced in recent months will only continue to emerge with greater and greater levels of treachery and deceit. If Trump wins another four years, these scandals will prove to only be the tip of the iceberg.' Cohen said he's convinced that Trump knows he will...
    President Donald Trump has a history of complaining about water pressure that he considers inadequate, from toilets to showers. And the Trump Administration, Reuters reports, is proposing new rules that would allow shower heads to increase water pressure. In December 2019, Trump complained about water pressure in toilets, saying, “People are flushing toilets ten times, 15 times as opposed to once.” And recently, during a White House event, Trump complained that water does not come out fast enough when he is taking a shower. Trump told those in attendance, “So, what do you do? You just stand there longer, or you take a shower longer? Because my hair — I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.”  Consumer groups, however, have warned that increasing water pressure to Trump’s liking would result in higher water bills in the U.S. Reuters explains that the Trump Administration’s proposal,...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — Speaking at a fundraiser in California over the weekend, President Donald Trump predicted that he would have a new nuclear deal within four weeks if re-elected in November. In one sense, this is typical bluster from a president who has recently mused that his face should be carved on Mount Rushmore. At the same time, it highlights both a risk about a second Trump term and a truth about the Iranian regime his administration has pressured since taking office. First, consider the risk. Trump has always explained his maximum pressure campaign as an effort to coerce Tehran to submit to better terms. By itself, there is nothing wrong with that. The 2015 nuclear deal forged by Trump’s predecessor was weak. Key limitations on the technology and scale of Iran’s enrichment program expired over time. And Trump’s campaign has steadily increased pressure on the regime. The remaining loopholes...
    The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it will reject new applications for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite a federal judge’s order earlier this month that new applicants should be given consideration. The judge's order came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Department of Homeland Security didn’t follow proper procedure when it ended the program in 2017 and allowed DACA to stand. But on Tuesday, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said he was instructing staff “to take all appropriate actions to reject all pending and future initial requests for DACA” and exercise its authority to “to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.” As of December 2019, there were about 107,000 Texans with DACA permits, according to federal statistics. The program applies to undocumented immigrants who came to the country...
    Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country “weak.” Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump’s administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have “no confidence” in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump’s approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as “weak”—and rightly so. The Washington Post’s latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is well with a complete inability to manage preparedness, testing, contact tracing, or any unified policies at all. Other nations are returning to normal as rigorous case tracking keeps local outbreaks...
    They're laughing at you, Donald. Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country "weak." Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump's administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have "no confidence" in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump's approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as "weak"—and rightly so. Campaign Action The Washington Post's latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is well with a complete inability to manage preparedness, testing, contact tracing, or any unified policies at all. Other nations...
    Administration keeps new DACA registrations stagnant despite the Supreme Court ruling last month that it was incorrectly terminated Dreamers can reapply for the immigration benefit. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / . / . The Trump Administration announced Friday night that all new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be marked as “pending” as government officials reflect on another attempt to drop the immigration program. The announcement came during a telephone hearing in federal court in Maryland, according to The Associated Press, who was on the call. The Administration tried to repeal the Obama-era program, although the Supreme Court reversed the measure last month, saying it was wrongly ended. The ruling opened the door to future repeal, saying that the administration only had to dispose of the program properly. Immigration activists have said the government should continue to accept new DACA applications in...
    A coalition of 21 prosecutors sues the Administration to prevent immigrants from being excluded and the Constitution violated NY Chinatown is home to the largest concentration of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere. Photo: ANGELA WEISS / . / . The United States Population and Housing Census is conducted every ten years to count people in the country. The mandate of the Census Bureau does not exclude some people and counts others. Any decision that alters the way the population and housing census is carried out, it has social, economic and political repercussions. President Donald Trump’s intention to leave undocumented immigrants out of the census count could exclude up to 20 million citizens from that process, It is carried out by constitutional mandate every 10 years to also decide the political representation of each state, according to the Institute for Migration Policy. The effects of...
    (CNN)Arlette Morales sent in her DACA application weeks ago. Every day the 17-year-old races to check the mail to see if she's gotten a response."I have a lot of hope that they'll accept it ... but I also have to be careful, because they might not," she says. "It's really hard. It's really unpredictable."Before the Trump administration put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on the chopping block in 2017, hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants were eligible for deportation protection and work permits but hadn't yet applied -- or, like Morales, weren't yet old enough to qualify. Now, thanks to recent court rulings, they may have the chance.But even though judges keep ruling in their favor, they're facing a major unanswered question: Will the Trump administration accept the applications they're starting to send? Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say officials have no other choice.Read MoreJudge orders Trump...
    As part of an effort to determine the citizenship status of every adult living in the United States, the Trump administration has entered into agreements with at least four states to obtain driver's license and state identification information, NPR reported Wednesday. Over the past year, the four states — Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina, and South Dakota — have voluntarily agreed to share varying amounts of information with the U.S. Census Bureau that will help the administration determine the number of illegal aliens residing in the country, as well as aid in redrawing district voting maps. The information provided to the government, according to documents obtained by NPR, includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and other such information regularly founded on driver's licenses and identification cards. The move by the Trump administration falls under an executive order issued by the president in July of last year after the administration's attempt...
    Alex Henderson July 7, 2020 8:31PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump conservative group, has produced a variety of scathing attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. And in an ad that the Lincoln Project's George Conway has tweeted, the group emphasizes that Trump's reelection campaign is falling apart and ridicules the president for being surrounded by disloyal people who know he is losing. In the video, a female voice poses the question: "Why do you think you're losing, Donald? It's because you've got a loyalty problem." And the video goes on to assert that those who are frustrated with Trump and disloyal to him include people in Congress and his own re-election campaign — and "even your own family." : The announcer declares, "They whisper about you. They leak, spin, lie. They tell the media they're smart, and you're out of control —...
    The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump conservative group, has produced a variety of scathing attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. And in an ad that the Lincoln Project’s George Conway has tweeted, the group emphasizes that Trump’s reelection campaign is falling apart and ridicules the president for being surrounded by disloyal people who know he is losing. In the video, a female voice poses the question: “why do you think you’re losing, Donald? It’s because you’ve got a loyalty problem.” And the video goes on to assert that those who are frustrated with Trump and disloyal to him include people in Congress and his own reelection campaign — and “even your own family.” The announcer declares, “They whisper about you. They leak, spin, lie. They tell the media they’re smart, and you’re out of control — how you can’t focus, that you’re mentally and physically weak, that you hide in your...
    Trump administration officials say the White House plans to adopt a new message on the novel coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks, with the overall tone summing up as "we need to live with it," according to a report by NBC News. Unnamed officials from within the administration told the outlet that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE wants to acknowledge that the virus is not going away in the near future and will likely be a lingering problem through the November election. The plan, NBC reports, is for top officials to emphasize the need for the economy and life to move forward regardless of the virus. Promoting pharmaceuticals and current treatments for the virus will reportedly be emphasized as...
    Savannah Rychcik June 28, 2020 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is adamant that President Donald Trump’s administration has failed to acknowledge the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Cuomo to weigh in on Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar’s belief contact tracing issues are the responsibility of the states and whether or not this second surge in coronavirus cases was preventable. “If you listen to what the secretary said, if you listen to what the president says, what they said at the White House briefing, they’re saying what they said three months ago,” Cuomo said. He added, “They’re basically in denial about the problem. They don’t want to tell the American people the truth.”Watch his comments below: WATCH: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there was a "failed effort to stop the first wave in the country." #MTP #[email protected]: The Trump administration "is in denial about...
    President Donald Trump has cancelled his planned golf weekend at his New Jersey club as coronavirus cases spike in the United States and several states walk back the reopening process as infections grow.  The president won't go to his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the White House announced. He was scheduled to leave the White House for his New Jersey retreat on Friday afternoon. The White House gave no reason for the cancellation but deputy press secretary Judd Deere said it had nothing to do with New Jersey imposing a 14-day quarantine on those who spent time in some hot spot states, including Arizona, the state President Trump was in on Tuesday. The cancellation comes as infections rose across the United States by at least 39,818 on Thursday, marking the worst day since the virus first hit the U.S. Red states in the South - like Texas, Florida and Arizona - have been...
    Igor Derysh June 26, 2020 3:29PM (UTC) The Trump administration filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare, which would cost tens of millions their health coverage and end protections for pre-existing conditions. The Department of Justice's late-night filing, which came the same day the U.S. hit a new daily high in coronavirus infections, sided with Texas and other Republican attorneys general in arguing that the law is no longer valid. Because the 2017 tax cuts ended the individual mandate, which carried a penalty for the uninsured, the administration argued that the rest of the law should also be struck down. : "The individual mandate is not severable from the rest of the act," the filing said. "The remainder of the ACA should not be allowed to remain in effect." A federal judge in Texas previously ruled in favor of the Republican lawsuit, but the Supreme Court temporarily blocked...
    He's adrift. The coronavirus crisis is far from over and along with the horrifying new case counts comes the confirmation of what we all knew from watching it: The Trump administration has failed at just about every level, from providing enough tests to ensuring supplies and equipment to the states and hospitals to distributing the trillions in funding that Congress has provided so far. A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) gives the government an "A-ish" on effort, and an "F" on the rest. "Both the Congress and the administration have acted to mobilize resources quickly to help the nation respond to and recover from the pandemic. However, the negative effects of the pandemic on families, communities, and health care systems and on the long-term economic condition of millions of Americans and U.S. businesses are likely to persist into the future," the report says. It described how the Strategic National...
    By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday released its plan to open environmentally sensitive areas in Arctic Alaska to oil development, overturning some protections that go back decades. The plan released by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management revokes an Obama-era management system for a huge swathe of federal land on the western North Slope, the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The Trump plan, contained in a final environmental impact statement, opens 18.7 million acres of the 23 million-acre reserve to development. The Obama-ere plan in effect since 2013 allowed oil development on about half of the reserve. Administration officials said the action is needed to boost oil production. "President Trump has committed to expand access to our Nation's great energy potential," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said. The process to upend the Obama-era protections began at the start of the Trump administration with an order...
    By Zeke Miller and Marilynn Marchione | Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. officials believe as many as 20 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus, suggesting millions had the virus and never knew it. That’s nearly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed and comes as the Trump administration works to tamp down nationwide concern about the COVID-19 pandemic as about a dozen states are seeing worrisome increases in cases. The administration also looks to get its scientific experts back before the public more as it tries to allay anxieties about the pandemic while states begin reopening. Since mid-May, when the government began stressing the need to get the economy moving again, the panel’s public health experts have been far less visible than in the pandemic’s early weeks. Twenty million infections would mean about 6% of the nation’s 331 million people have been...
    The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in a single day just skyrocketed to an all-time high. The Trump administration has said nothing about this disturbing new record. According to The Washington Post, there were more than 36,000 new COVID-19 infections reported Wednesday by state health departments, “surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25.” The top three states with the most infections – more than 5000 each – are Texas, Florida and California. Washington Post’s covid tracker is reporting the highest daily total to date. pic.twitter.com/BrlWrWXSG1 — Caitlin Rivers, PhD (@cmyeaton) June 24, 2020 There have now been more than 2.3 million cases recorded in the U.S., and at least 119,000 coronavirus deaths, The Post adds. Other trackers have higher death rates. Worldometer reports 124,200 deaths so far. Johns Hopkins reports 121,870 deaths.
    (CNN)Joe Biden and his presidential campaign plan to make a new push on health care and protecting the Affordable Care Act this week -- including at an in-person campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Thursday -- on the heels of President Donald Trump's recent comments about slowing coronavirus testing that undermine unanimous guidance from public health experts that more testing is key to containing the virus. The former vice president's fresh pivot to health care comes days after Trump publicly said he had asked his administration to "slow the testing down" on Covid-19, since fewer tests mean fewer confirmed cases of coronavirus.The campaign hopes to drive home its message on the Affordable Care Act both nationally and in key battleground states in the coming days, a Biden aide said. An important part of the messaging will also be about pointing out benefits of Obamacare for Black and Brown Americans, the aide...
    The AAAS statement followed comments from business and technology leaders also criticizing Trump’s decision. "Putting up a 'not welcome' sign" will "push investment and economic activity abroad, slow growth, and reduce job creation," Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement released on Monday. "Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech," Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, tweeted on Monday. "Disappointed by today’s proclamation - we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all." Earlier that day, Trump issued a proclamation severely restricting several categories of immigration visas for the rest of the year, claiming the move was designed to help American workers. The ban applies to many H1-B visas — for highly skilled workers — spouses of H1-B visa recipients, H2-B visas — for temporary workers — and visas used by companies...
    The Trump administration on Monday announced it will suspend certain visas that allow foreigners to move to the U.S. temporarily to work, saying the broad restrictions will ease the economic impact of the coronavirus and improve the prospects of Americans looking for employment during the pandemic. Several guest-worker programs will be halted starting Wednesday under a proclamation signed by President Trump that will add another layer of sweeping restrictions to an immigration system the administration has worked to overhaul both during and before the pandemic. The order, which is slated to last until the end of the year, will suspend H-1B visas for those in specialized fields like the technology sector and most H-2B visas for non-agricultural seasonal workers. The other programs that will be restricted are: cultural exchange J-1 visas for au pairs and other short-term workers; visas for spouses of H-1B and H-2B holders; and L visas for companies to...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump’s new immigration executive order Tuesday morning. The presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee called the order, which suspends the issuance of most new visas through the end of the year, “yet another attempt to distract from this Administration’s failure to lead an effective response to COVID-19.” (RELATED: Trump To Suspend Visas Through End Of The Year — DHS Guidance Outlines Specific Exceptions To The Order) Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holds a roundtable meeting on reopening the economy with community leaders at the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 11, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) “Immigrants help grow our economy and create jobs,” Biden tweeted. “The President can’t scapegoat his way out of this crisis.” This is yet another attempt to distract from this Administration’s failure to lead an effective response to COVID-19. Immigrants help grow our economy...
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