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    The Biden administration is facing growing backlash from Republicans after it withdrew a rule aimed at imposing reporting requirements on educational institutions that harbor Confucius Institutes — Chinese government-connected organizations that are ostensibly cultural centers but have drawn widespread concern that they are spreading pro-China propaganda.  Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed to Fox News that the rule ‒ first reported by Axios as a last-minute effort by the Trump administration ‒ was withdrawn on Jan. 26. The rule would have required schools to report whether they have relationships with Confucius Institutes.  "Confucius Institutes are front groups for the Chinese Communist Party on American campuses," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said of the rule's withdrawal. "The federal government ought to shut down these regime-run institutes or, at a minimum, require colleges to disclose their secret agreements with them. Instead, the Biden administration is allowing a foreign influence operation to continue in the shadows." DEMS BLOCK STEFANIK AMENDMENT BARRING...
    The Biden administration has “indefinitely” shelved a proposed U.S. takeover of the popular video app TikTok, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Last year, the Trump administration brokered a deal that would have had U.S. corporations Oracle and Walmart take a large stake in the Chinese-owned app on national-security grounds. The unusual arrangement stemmed from an order by then-President Donald Trump that aimed to ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it accepted a greater degree of American control. White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not deny the Journal report, but said Wednesday the Biden administration hasn’t taken a “new proactive step” in the process. Psaki added that the Biden administration is comprehensively evaluating risks to U.S. data, including those involving TikTok. A review of TikTok by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which considers national security implications of such investments and has been...
    The Justice Department under President BidenJoe BidenPostal Service posts profits after surge in holiday deliveries Overnight Defense: Pentagon pushes to root out extremism in ranks | Top admiral condemns extremism after noose, hate speech discovered GOP senators send clear signal: Trump's getting acquitted MORE intends to continue to seek extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAssange, Snowden among those not included on Trump pardon list Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office MORE so he can face charges in the United States, an official said. Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi confirmed that the new administration would continue to seek Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom. The news was first reported by Reuters. A group of organizations that advocate for civil liberties and human rights had urged Biden to drop the prosecution of Assange, arguing in a...
    WASHINGTON -- Dozens of civil rights and advocacy organizations are calling on the Biden administration to immediately halt federal executions after an unprecedented run of capital punishment under President Donald Trump and to commute the sentences of inmates on federal death row.The organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 others, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday morning, urging that he act immediately "on your promise of ensuring equality, equity, and justice in our criminal legal system."Biden has been systematically undoing many Trump administration policies on climate, immigration and ethics rules. Although he is against the death penalty and has said he will work to end its use, Biden has not commented on what he will do with Trump's unprecedented push for the federal death penalty. The Bureau of Prisons carried out more executions under Trump, 13, than...
    Two Republican senators on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for withdrawing a proposed rule that would require U.S. schools to disclose their partnerships with Confucius Institutes, which some U.S. officials and lawmakers have alleged serve as front groups for the Chinese Communist Party. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, both known as China hawks, criticized Biden on Tuesday following reports that the administration had withdrawn the rule, which the Trump administration proposed to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Dec. 31. A spokesperson for ICE confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that the rule had been withdrawn from consideration. The spokesperson did not elaborate on the decision, but Biden has pledged to roll back many of President Trump’s immigration policies. (RELATED: Biden Administration Quietly Drops Trump Proposal To Track Chinese Influence In US Schools) “Confucius Institutes are front groups for...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has never publicly admitted that he was rejected by American voters. But now his lawyer has. On the floor of the US Senate. Bruce Castor Jr.'s performance at the outset of Trump's second impeachment trial will likely be remembered more for his aimless rambling than anything else. But Castor's Tuesday monologue was also noteworthy for something he said while attempting to get to a rare point. Castor argued that the real reason Trump was impeached again is that his opponents in the House Democratic majority do not want to see him run in the 2024 election. (If two-thirds of senators present vote to convict Trump, a simple majority of senators could then decide to ban Trump from holding future office.) Castor said the decision on who serves as the next president should be left up to the American people.And Castor said: "The people are smart...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The first weeks of President Joe Biden’s administration has seen larger numbers of immigrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Warning signs are emerging of the border crises that marked former President Donald Trump’s term: Hundreds of newly released immigrants are getting dropped off with nonprofit groups, sometimes unexpectedly, and accounts of prolonged detention in short-term facilities are growing. RELATED: Texas Authorities Continue Search For Semi After 911 Calls From People Claiming To Be Held Inside The day after she gave birth in a Texas border hospital, Nailet and her newborn son were taken by federal agents to a holding facility that immigrants often refer to as the “icebox.” Inside, large cells were packed with women and their young children. Nailet and her son were housed with 15 other women and given a mat to sleep on, with little space to distance despite the coronavirus pandemic, she said....
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top federal prosecutor is among those being asked to resign by month's end by the Biden administration. U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank confirmed to the Portland Press Herald that he has been asked to step down, effective Feb. 28. He was appointed four years ago by then-President Donald Trump. It’s fairly customary for the U.S. attorneys to leave their positions after a new president is in office, but the departures are not automatic. In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration. That included then-U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II in Maine. One exception in the call for Trump's appointees to resign is the U.S. attorney in Delaware who's overseeing the federal tax probe involving Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The prosecutor will stay. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    EXCLUSIVE: Mark Morgan, a former head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and one of the most vocal defenders of the Trump administration’s border policies, is joining the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).FAIR, a hawkish immigration group that advocates for border security and lower levels of immigration overall, said Morgan will serve as a senior fellow and additional spokesman for the group. "I’m honored to serve as a senior fellow with FAIR, which is dedicated to engaging in meaningful dialogue to influence, formulate and promote responsible immigration policies for the 21st Century and beyond," Morgan said in a statement. "I am delighted to be part of the effort to seek out solutions to mitigate the tremendous burden and negative impact of uncontrolled immigration on our country’s national security and economic prosperity." HOUSE REPUBLICANS WARN BIDEN OF ESCALATING MIGRATION CRISIS AMID SURGE IN BORDER NUMBERS  Morgan served as both acting director of Immigration...
    Armin Deroee measures his family’s separation in moments missed: graduations, Nowruz celebrations and the birth of his niece, Niki. For the last six years, he and his sister have been fighting for their parents to secure green cards — the final step before the elderly couple could leave Iran and move to California to be with their children. Their mother, Mina, received her immigrant visa in 2016. But their father, Ebrahim, was waiting on the results of a background check by U.S. officials when in 2017 the Trump administration passed its first version of a travel ban on Muslim-majority nations that included Iran. Like thousands of others, the 82-year-old physician was barred from entering the United States. “It’s not easy at all, and it has been a whole stress and pressure over the whole family,” said Deroee, an anesthesiologist in Visalia. “In March, my father got COVID while...
    The report of an agency of the United States Congress on the sanctions against the Venezuelan government reflects that the institutions of power in Washington seek to agree on their position to most likely adopt a new policy on the matter, analysts point out. Miamimundo / VOA The non-partisan agency known as the United States Government Accountability Office, GAO for its acronym in English, determined that the sanctions imposed in the last four years on Madurismo “probably” aggravated the already accentuated economic crisis in Venezuela and hinder the operation of humanitarian associations in the country. His main recommendation to the Department of the Treasury was to systematically follow up on the requests made by telephone and email to its specific sanctions program and identify problems related to them. Luis Angarita, an expert in international economics at the Central University of Venezuela, valued the GAO report as unusual in terms of...
    By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, taking stock of a military as it pivots from the turmoil of the Trump years and focuses to an unusual degree on domestic and internal issues. Biden planned to meet Wednesday afternoon with senior civilian and military leaders and address the Pentagon workforce. As defense leaders await direction from Biden on possible new approaches to overseas security threats, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is treating the coronavirus pandemic as a top priority and ordering fresh assessments of how to root out sexual assault and extremism in the military's ranks. Austin himself is in the spotlight after winning Senate confirmation as only the third recently retired military officer to lead the Pentagon. Critics have questioned whether his appointment, which required a congressional waiver, weakens the...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The CEO of Chinese tech company Huawei said he would welcome a phone call with president Joe Biden after years of being targeted as a national security threat. Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei, said he hoped President Joe Biden’s administration would take a softer approach toward his company than President Donald Trump did, NBC News reported. The Trump administration labeled Huawei a national security threat in June, cutting off the company’s ability to receive federal funds. “I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success,” Ren said Tuesday in his first comments since Biden was sworn in, according to NBC News. “The U.S. wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.” Labeling Huawei a national security threat was the culmination of a series of moves made by the Trump administration to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, taking stock of a military as it pivots from the turmoil of the Trump years and focuses to an unusual degree on domestic and internal issues. Biden planned to meet Wednesday afternoon with senior civilian and military leaders and address the Pentagon workforce. As defense leaders await direction from Biden on possible new approaches to overseas security threats, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is treating the coronavirus pandemic as a top priority and ordering fresh assessments of how to root out sexual assault and extremism in the military’s ranks. Austin himself is in the spotlight after winning Senate confirmation as only the third recently retired military officer to lead the Pentagon. Critics have questioned whether his appointment, which required a congressional waiver, weakens the principle of civilian control of the military. Austin moved...
    President Joe Biden has reversed a life-saving drug reform made by the Trump administration, two doctors wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on February 8. A bipartisan group of legislators is now urging Biden to revive Trump’s life-saving reform. Drs. Brian Barnett, a psychiatrist, and Jeremy Weleff, a resident in psychiatry in Ohio, wrote that “to the astonishment of the medical community,” Biden on January 27 reversed a January 14 change by the Trump administration to allow nearly all physicians to prescribe buprenorphine. The doctors described the drug buprenorphine as “one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction,” adding: Previously, only doctors who had completed an eight-hour training course and obtained a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration could [prescribed buprenorphine]. Only 7% of physicians are certified to prescribe the drug, and more than half of rural counties lacked a single prescriber as of 2018. President Biden had...
    The Biden administration quietly tossed a proposed rule that would have required U.S. universities and K-12 schools with foreign exchange programs to disclose any financial ties or other connections to Chinese state-run Confucius Institutes. The decision was met with swift backlash from Republicans, who, along with the FBI, State Department, and Education Department during the Trump administration, expressed concern about the potential for Chinese influence operations inside the United States with Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms. Democrats, so far, have yet to react to the change. Former President Donald Trump's administration made the proposal, “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms," on New Year's Eve. But before the rule made its way to the Federal Register or went into effect, the Biden administration withdrew it on Jan. 26, less than a week after Inauguration Day. “ICE can...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Biden administration has asked US Attorney John Lasuch, as well as 55 other Trump-appointed US attorneys, to step down.Lausch is overseeing the corruption investigation into former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and took over as the top federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois four years ago. He, along with the other Trump appointees, have been asked to submit their resignations.RELATED: Former ComEd lobbyist pleads guilty in corruption investigation implicating House Speaker Mike Madigan"Every four years or every new administration in US Attorney's is the new administration wants to put its stamp on this very important position," said Gil Soffer, ABC7 Legal Analyst.President Biden is getting pushback from Republican U.S. Representatives Darrin LaHood, Rodney Davis and Mary Miller, who called the decision "reckless and irresponsible...without successors nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate."Democrat Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth issued a statement saying "...there is...
    The Biden administration quietly withdrew a rule proposed by the Trump administration that would have required American schools and universities to disclose their partnerships with Confucius Institutes, which some U.S. officials allege are front groups for Chinese Communist Party propaganda. The Trump administration submitted a proposed rule to the Department of Homeland Security on Dec. 31, 2020, entitled “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms.” Around 500 K-12 schools and 65 colleges in the U.S. have partnerships with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, a U.S.-based affiliate of the Beijing-based Confucius Institute Headquarters. The institute, also known as Hanban, is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Many of Hanban’s directors are members of the Chinese Communist Party or have close ties to the organization, The Daily Caller has previously reported. The Trump-era proposal was withdrawn from consideration on Jan....
    House GOP members are calling on the Pentagon’s watchdog to investigate the Biden administration’s decision to place the Trump administration’s pick for the top NSA lawyer job, Michael Ellis, on administrative leave, calling it political “retribution.” Ellis, a former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes, when the California Republican led the House Intelligence Committee, was named NSA general counsel, a career position, a few weeks after President Biden defeated former President Donald Trump, but the NSA’s leadership resisted letting him fill the role, and the Biden team blocked him on Inauguration Day. Nunes, now the committee's ranking member, was joined by fellow Republicans in sending a letter to NSA director Gen. Paul Nakasone, asking for answers about why he attempted to block Ellis and calling on the Defense Department to expand an inquiry into Ellis. "The sad reality is that NSA — at the behest of elected Democrats...
    More On: donald trump A liberal’s shocking inhumanity toward a kind Trump supporter Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in Senate Rand Paul and Jim Jordan blast Dems for impeachment trial in op-eds Trump impeachment trial: Schedule, time, and how to watch House Democrats’ penchant for investigating former President Trump is not slowing down — despite there being a new administration. Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Health and Human Services acting chief Norris Cochran Monday, accusing members of the Trump administration of political interference and refusing to cooperate with their coronavirus response probe. In the letter, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), who chairs the House select subcommittee, warned that he was continuing “critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine...
    Huawei has asked a court to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of it as a national security threat. The Chinese telecom argues that the FCC overstepped its authority in December 2020, finalizing a ban supported by former President Donald Trump. “The order on review potentially impacts the financial interests of the telecommunications industry as a whole,” Huawei’s request says, including network operators the FCC locked out of buying Huawei components. The Biden administration’s FCC reiterated its support for the decision, however. “Last year the FCC issued a final designation identifying Huawei as a national security threat based on a substantial body of evidence developed by the FCC and numerous US national security agencies. We will continue to defend that decision,” a spokesperson tells The News Brig. Biden’s Commerce nominee has tentatively supported keeping Huawei banned Huawei was deemed a threat under Trump, whose administration used a variety of methods...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dumping a batch of major Trump administration policies. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement. He ended a ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Biden and his team are tiptoeing, though, around one of Donald Trump’s signature legacies: His go-it-alone moves to start a trade war with China and bludgeon some of America’s closest allies with tariffs on their steel, aluminum and other goods. The moves upended seven decades of U.S. policy in favor of ever-freer trade but did little to achieve Trump’s goal of narrowing America’s vast trade deficit. For now, the Biden administration seems intent on approaching trade cautiously. Most striking, perhaps, is what Biden hasn’t done: He hasn’t called off Trump’s trade war with China. He hasn’t...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "significant evidence" remained that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, casting doubt Tuesday on the World Health Organization's assessment that it likely spread from animals to humans. Pompeo told "America's Newsroom" that the Trump administration had left the WHO because it was "corrupt" and said he hoped that China's influence over the organization hadn't affected its conclusions on the origins of the deadly virus. "I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt," Pompeo said. "It had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China. I hope that's not the case here with what they've announced today." The WHO announced its initial findings during a news conference Tuesday but stipulated additional research and investigations were required. Pompeo said he hoped the WHO team was allowed to interview Wuhan doctors and technicians away from potential interference...
    By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first weeks in office, President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dumping a batch of major Trump administration policies. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement. He ended a ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military. And so on. Biden and his team are tiptoeing, though, around one of Donald Trump’s most divisive signature legacies: His go-it-alone moves to start a trade war with China and bludgeon some of America's closest allies with a gale of tariffs on their steel, aluminum and other goods. In upending seven decades of presidential support for free trade, Trump vowed to shrink the U.S. trade deficit and restore millions of lost American factory jobs. In the end, by most accounts, the Trump tariffs achieved very...
    The media’s hysteria has disappeared as President Joe Biden requests mass resignations from Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys, marking a shift from when former President Donald Trump did the same. Biden will reportedly ask almost all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign as soon as Tuesday, CNN reported. The move is expected to affect 56 Senate-confirmed attorneys, the network added. This turnover is common as new presidents transition into office, but the media’s reaction has differed, with some seeming to take more issue when Trump made resignation requests in 2017. With Biden’s mass resignation request, CNN opted for a straightforward headline, writing, “DOJ [Department of Justice] to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign.” In 2017, the network opted to highlight the “anger” over the Trump administration’s “handling of US attorney firings.” CNN also did not use the word “firing” once in its article about Biden’s incoming resignations requests. The network noted that with...
    The CEO of Chinese tech company Huawei said he would welcome a phone call with president Joe Biden after years of being targeted as a national security threat. Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei, said he hoped President Joe Biden’s administration would take a softer approach toward his company than President Donald Trump did, NBC News reported. The Trump administration labeled Huawei a national security threat in June, cutting off the company’s ability to receive federal funds. “I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success,” Ren said Tuesday in his first comments since Biden was sworn in, according to NBC News. “The U.S. wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.” Labeling Huawei a national security threat was the culmination of a series of moves made by the Trump administration to curb the company’s...
    The Biden administration’s move to ask for the resignations of nearly all of the remaining Trump-era U.S. attorneys was met with yawns by many liberal media outlets despite those same outlets describing the normally routine move as controversial and “abrupt” four years ago. “Trump sparks new controversy with U.S. Attorneys dismissals,” an MSNBC headline read after former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department asked for the remaining Obama-era prosecutors to step down in 2017. MSNBC went as far as to speculate that the routine move could be a new “scandal” for the Trump administration. “Ten years after the last Republican White House had a U.S. attorney scandal, Donald Trump has one of his own,” the outlet reported. While MSNBC may have painted the move with alarm, the outlet was hardly alone in the tone of its reporting. “Anger mounts over handling of US attorney firings,” a CNN headline reported at the...
    An outsourcing-industry group has welcomed a Biden administration move to delay switching the controversial H-1B visa program from a lottery-based allocation to one based on wages. The administration of President Joe Biden last week announced it would allow the H-1B allocation lottery to go ahead this year while it considers a rule imposed in former President Donald Trump’s last days that would see the visas — intended for jobs requiring specialized skills and heavily used in Silicon Valley — handed to companies paying the most. “Prioritizing purely on wage levels has the potential to significantly damage some of the most innovative companies in the world along with many hospitals and health care providers, research facilities, universities and other petitioners,” India-based outsourcers association NASSCOM said in a statement. The group added that it would lobby the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the matter. The Trump administration’s wide-ranging crackdown on the H-1B targeted...
    The Biden administration’s Department of Justice on Monday dropped a lawsuit that the Trump-era DOJ filed on behalf of former First Lady Melania Trump against her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The Oct. 2019 lawsuit claimed that Wolkoff violated “contractual obligations and fiduciary duties,” but Wolkoff and her lawyers said all along that the lawsuit was merely a taxpayer-funded effort to punish Wolkoff for penning the tell-all book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady. Wolkoff ruffled White House feathers by playing a recording of Melania Trump on CNN in early Oct. 2019. In that audio, a frustrated first lady can be heard saying: “who gives a fuck about Christmas stuff and decorations?” Additional audio revealed Melania Trump discussing the “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that the first lady wore before visiting detention centers in Texas, where children who had been separated from their...
    More than 80 advocacy groups on Tuesday called for the Biden administration to halt federal executions, ending a process that was restarted by the Trump administration in 2019. The Associated Press reported that a letter signed by 82 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union asks President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats say Trump impeachment defense 'wholly without merit' A US-Israel defense treaty has benefits — and perils White House: Biden won't spend much time watching Trump impeachment trial MORE to make good “on your promise of ensuring equality, equity, and justice in our criminal legal system.” “Any criminal legal system truly dedicated to the pursuit of justice should recognize the humanity of all those who come into contact with it, not sanction the use of a discriminatory practice that denies individuals their rights, fails to respect their dignity, and stands in stark contrast to the fundamental values of our democratic system of governance,” reads...
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is calling on the Biden administration to repeal a Trump-era executive order that cuts state funding from a key federal conservation program. In a letter to U.S. Interior Department Deputy Secretary Shannon Estenoz, Sununu said changes to the Land and Water Conservation Fund by former President Donald Trump before he left office last month will have "significant adverse impacts" on the state's outdoor recreational needs by "eliminating the ability to fund critical state and local infrastructure projects." "It is irresponsible to provide access to public lands and not provide adequate infrastructure to support that access, including investment in parking lots and restroom facilities, especially with unprecedented demand for outdoor experiences," Sununu wrote. Sununu, a Trump supporter who backed many of his policies, said the order put in place by the previous administration would "nullify" all the state's pending funding requests to the...
    Washington (CNN)Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new president, two sources tell CNN, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the US Postal Service and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump.President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from fellow Democrats to remove DeJoy, however, amid months of complaints over mail delivery delays -- including prescription drugs.Bidens First 100 Days Biden hopes Trump's impeachment won't derail agenda DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief package DeJoy is still actively pushing ahead, and even plans to release a new 10-year plan for the agency in the next few days, several sources familiar with his plans tell CNN, and will meet with the Postal Board of Governors on Tuesday, when it...
            by Benjamin Zeisloft  The Trump administration attempted to enact a policy that would force American universities to reveal cooperation with chapters of the Confucius Institute. President Joe Biden quietly revoked the policy a few days after his inauguration. Axios reported that in the final days of his presidency, Trump enacted a policy that would compel primary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions to disclose all contracts and transactions with the Confucius Institute. Under the policy, schools that do not report information would lose certification for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. Records from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs revealed that Biden nixed the policy on January 26.  A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to Campus Reform that the policy was rescinded. Seth Cropsey — director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute — told Campus Reform that the policy could be part of the Biden administration recalibrating...
    The Justice Department is reportedly expected to ask dozens of U.S. attorneys to resign on Tuesday, but the move will not disrupt the work of two top prosecutors conducting significant investigations overshadowing the Biden administration. A senior DOJ official told CNN that the request will be sent to 56 Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Unclear is when the resignations would be expected to take effect. Such a request is commonplace with the entry of a new administration. President Biden has been in office for roughly two and a half weeks. The report said U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a criminal investigation into the Russia inquiry, is expected to resign. However, he was appointed special counsel in the final months of the Trump administration, and will continue his work even after leaving his post as the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut. In addition,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced plans Monday to reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, as the Biden administration reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements. Announcing the new approach from Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the pullout in June 2018 “did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of U.S. leadership, which countries with authoritarian agendas have used to their advantage.” “The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality,” he said in a statement. “Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision.” The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community, who have derided the council and echoed Trump administration complaints that it was too...
    Hunter Biden caused headaches for President Biden's campaign, and now, he's doing it for his father's administration. Hunter Biden's publisher, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, last week announced the April 6 launch date of his Beautiful Things memoir. That followed former President Donald Trump using the son's ties to Ukrainian and Chinese businesses during last year's campaign and presidential brother Frank Biden earlier this year using his sibling's position as leader of the free world to promote a law firm he was advising. “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” writes Hunter Biden, 51, in a one-line excerpt from what Gallery Books describes as a "deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival." In response to a question, White House press secretary Jen Psaki last Friday read a statement on behalf of President Biden and first lady Jill Biden...
    The good news is that he knows how it's supposed to work. You know how bad you thought things were under Trump? It was even worse than you thought for the career civil service people that keep everything running regardless of administration. Because Trump didn't give a damn about most government, unless it was the people working to implement anything President Obama had done or it was interfering in the ability of him and his friends to make as much money as possible. He was dead set on destroying it, and he nearly got there. In the four whole years of the previous administration, there was no Senate-confirmed director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One third of the permanent staff of the Economic Research Service is gone, same as the staff of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture workforce. This is the direct result of the arbitrary...
    A growing number of federal judges have announced their departures in the weeks since President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats say Trump impeachment defense 'wholly without merit' A US-Israel defense treaty has benefits — and perils White House: Biden won't spend much time watching Trump impeachment trial MORE was sworn in, giving the new administration an early opportunity to start making inroads into former President TrumpDonald TrumpDominion spokesman: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell 'is begging to be sued' DC officers who defended Capitol, family of Sicknick honored at Super Bowl US will rejoin UN Human Rights Council: report MORE’s success at filling the judiciary with conservative judges. There are currently 57 vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts and another 20 seats that will become vacant in the coming months. At least 25 of those vacancies were announced after Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The group of departures includes Emmet Sullivan, who was...
    President Biden’s administration will return the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council, reversing his predecessor’s abandonment of an organization known for coddling authoritarians in a bid to improve U.S. global relations. “We recognize the U.N. Human Rights Council has its flaws, but we also believe it can help promote fundamental freedoms around the world,” said Olivia Alair Dalton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, on Monday. “The only way we can ensure the Human Rights Council fulfills this important mandate is by being at the table as an observer and working with our partners and allies in a principled fashion to make it better.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s support for “reengagement” with the council reflects the administration’s desire to anchor U.S. diplomatic initiatives in multilateral organizations such as the U.N. The move appeals to European officials who regarded former President Donald...
    (CNN)Distrust of Trump-era appointees led the Biden administration to appoint a career Justice Department official as acting attorney general while it waits for the US Senate to confirm Merrick Garland, the President's nominee to lead the department. But dozens of top Trump-appointed prosecutors remain on the job while the new administration works to nominate its own appointees. For now, the department has told the Trump-appointed prosecutors they can stay, and it will be months before some of those jobs are filled with Biden nominees. US drops discrimination lawsuit against Yale This leaves Biden administration officials grappling to determine which of the Trump appointees will remain and for how long, Department of Justice and Biden transition team officials said.Biden administration officials are mindful of political blowback that could come from appearing to interfere with a politically sensitive investigation by removing a Trump appointee overseeing such probes, which include matters related...
    UN The United States announced on Monday its intention to “get involved” in the Human Rights Council again, marking a break with a Trump administration that knocked on the door in 2018, especially accusing Israel of hypocrisy. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen said in a statement that the president had instructed the State Department to “immediately and forcefully intervene” in the UN Human Rights Council. “We know that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body and needs to reform its program, its membership and its priorities, including the unequal focus on Israel,” he said. Mr. Blingen. “The United States must be at the table to address the shortcomings of the Council and ensure that it executes its mandate. We must use the full weight of our leading role in this matter. Diplomacy,” Blingen said. The Trump administration did not choose the empty chair policy. “We do it because...
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    House Democrats are renewing an investigation into political interference in the nation's pandemic response by the Trump administration, requesting documents they allege have long been blocked by the previous administration. In letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden makes inroads with progressives GOP blames White House staff for lack of COVID-19 relief deal Biden to announce task force on migrant family reunification next week MORE and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran sent Monday, Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said the panel is continuing "critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine what corrective steps are necessary to control the virus and save American lives." House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said the previous administration "refused to cooperate" with the subcommittee's inquiries.  He alleged the White...
    House Democrats are renewing an investigation into political interference in the nation's pandemic response from the Trump administration, requesting documents they allege have long been blocked by the previous administration. In letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden makes inroads with progressives GOP blames White House staff for lack of COVID-19 relief deal Biden to announce task force on migrant family reunification next week MORE and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran sent Monday, Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said the panel is continuing "critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine what corrective steps are necessary to control the virus and save American lives." House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said the previous administration "refused to cooperate" with the subcommittee's inquiries.  He alleged the White...
    Reuters February 8, 2021 0 Comments Political appointees in former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration interfered with public health guidance on the coronavirus to justify reopening schools and businesses, congressional Democrats said on Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in August that people who were exposed to COVID-19 but were not symptomatic did not need to be tested for the virus. That was a reversal of previously issued guidance that all close contacts of people diagnosed with the highly contagious illness be tested. A majority of states rejected that guidance, continuing to recommend testing for individuals without symptoms who had been exposed to COVID-19. The CDC has since changed the August advice, saying on its website that people can spread the virus without showing symptoms, something health experts had been saying long before the agency’s controversial about-face. The Trump administration weakened testing guidance in...
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    Startling documents released Monday point to heavy-handed interference by top Trump administration officials last summer to downplay the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, through suppressed testing results and altered guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening businesses and schools. The documents are the result of a House Oversight investigation launched in September into reports of efforts by Trump political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services to interfere with guidance issued by CDC in order to keep businesses open, even though evidence proved it could cost American lives. The select subcommittee in charge of the investigation said Monday that it found that HHS officials sought to suppress accurate scientific information they felt could be “use[d] against the president,” according to the documents. They also found that Trump appointees with limited scientific experience “attempted to alter or block at least 13 CDC reports related...
    Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks while U.S. President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images The Trump administration sought to suppress Covid-19 testing in the United States last year by softening guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on who needed to be tested, a House panel said Monday. In August, the CDC revised its Covid-19 testing guidance to say that people who don't have symptoms "do not necessarily need a test" even if they were exposed to an infected person. The move was widely criticized by public health specialists and politicians, who said testing asymptomatic people is an important part of identifying and cutting off chains of spread. Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who led the Trump...
    The city of Chicago and its teachers union have reached a tentative deal for students to return to in-person classes, but an influx of federal and state money is needed to help them catch up after being out of school for so long, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday, while blaming the Trump administration for not having the funds available.  "The president of the union and I sat down over a series of conversations, and I think we both wanted to get to the same place, but I think we had different pathways to get there," the Democrat mayor told MSNBCs "Morning Joe." "This was a very tough series of negotiations, very unlike anything else that I have been in. It was about health safety issues in the middle of a pandemic and really dealing with a very real fear thats out there." The agreement that was reached addresses several...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Monday asked the Biden administration to hand over long-sought documents from the Trump administration regarding its response to the coronavirus pandemic, renewing an investigation into what role alleged political interference by former officials may have played in the virus' threat. In letters obtained by CNN to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran, House Majority Whip James Clyburn alleges the Trump administration "refused to cooperate" with inquiries from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis; that HHS blocked documents and witnesses related to the response to the virus; and that Trump officials "failed to fully comply with two subpoenas and at least 20 document requests" by the committee. Arguing that the committee needs the documents to continue its investigation, the South Carolina Democratic congressman also alleged that new documents obtained by the committee show the Trump administration...
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    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday -- its latest bid to reverse the policies of the Trump administration and return to a foreign policy with roots in multilateral institutions. In a statement, the top US diplomat said that President Joe Biden "has instructed the Department of State to reengage immediately and robustly with the UN Human Rights Council."The United States will begin that engagement in an observer role, Blinken said, "and in that capacity will have the opportunity to speak in the Council, participate in negotiations, and partner with others to introduce resolutions." Former Secretary of State George Shultz dead at age 100The Trump administration quit the UN Human Rights Council in 2018. Then-US Ambassador the the UN Nikki Haley accused the Geneva-based body of bias against Israel and failing to hold human rights abusers accountable."For...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Trump administration spent a year and a half trying to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador as they sat in Texas, about 85 miles from the Mexican border. Now, the Biden administration may finish the job. They are being held at a family detention center in remote Dilley, Texas, but have repeatedly been on the verge of deportation. The Friday before Christmas, both were driven to the San Antonio airport and put on a plane, only to be pulled off when lawyers working for immigrant advocacy groups filed new appeals. “I have faith first in God and in the new president who has taken office, that he’ll give us a chance,” said the mother, who goes by the nickname “Barbi.” Her daughter was 8 when they crossed the U.S. border in August 2019 and will turn 10 in a few weeks. “It’s not been...
    The White House sign-language interpreter who was outed as a supporter of former President Donald Trump said Sunday that she hasn’t been offered a return engagement since — and blasted critics who attacked her credibility and professionalism. Heather Mewshaw, who began working as an independent contractor for the White House last year, said she hasn’t been contacted by the Biden administration in the wake of a Time magazine report that revealed she translated speeches for conservative social media groups. "The goal of my activity — at the White House or with Hands of Liberty — is that it’s all about access," Mewshaw told The Post. "The thing is, I was canceled and humiliated publicly and it was unjust and unfair." TOP US UNION BOSS RICHARD TRUMKA DISAPPOINTED IN BIDEN'S KEYSTONE XL CANCELATION IN NEW INTERVIEW Mewshaw, a 41-year-old married mother of four from Glen Burnie, Md., also said she’s been "harassed" and "intimidated" online...
    The United States announced plans Monday to reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, as the Biden administration reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements. The U.S. charge d'affaires in Geneva, Mark Cassayre, told an organizational meeting of the U.N.'s main human rights body that the United States will return as an observer. U.S. diplomats say that step comes with an eye toward seeking election as a full member. UN CHIEF REAPPOINTS MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AS CLIMATE ENVOY "The Biden administration believes in a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights and equality," Cassayre told an organizational meeting of the council. "Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision." The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community, who have derided the council and echoed...
    By WILL WEISSERT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may finish the job. They are being held at a family detention center in remote Dilley, Texas, but have repeatedly been on the verge of deportation. The Friday before Christmas, both were driven to the San Antonio airport and put on a plane, only to be pulled off when lawyers working for immigrant advocacy groups filed new appeals. “I have faith first in God and in the new president who has taken office, that he'll give us a chance,” said the mother, who goes by the nickname “Barbi.” Her daughter was 8 when they crossed the U.S. border in August 2019 and will turn 10 in a few weeks. “It's not been easy.” It's unlikely to get easier anytime...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said. The decision reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements. U..S. officials said Sunday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a senior U.S. diplomat in Geneva will announce on Monday that Washington will return to the Geneva-based body as an observer with an eye toward seeking election as a full member. The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community. Trump pulled out of the world body's main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel, which has received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country, as well...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Arrangements made between the U.S. and three Central American countries to curb the number of asylum claims at the U.S. border were suspended Saturday, the Biden administration announced. The Asylum Cooperative Agreements that limited some asylum seekers from making claims in the U.S. and required them to instead seek asylum in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were suspended and scheduled to be terminated with an executive order signed Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced. “To be clear, these actions do not mean that the U.S. border is open,” Blinken said in a statement.  “While we are committed to expanding legal pathways for protection and opportunity here and in the region, the United States is a country with borders and laws that must be enforced.” Blinken says State Department will suspend agreements that allowed US to deport asylum seekers to Central America to seek...
    HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may finish the job. They are being held at a family detention center in remote Dilley, Texas, but have repeatedly been on the verge of deportation. The Friday before Christmas, both were driven to the San Antonio airport and put on a plane, only to be pulled off when lawyers working for immigrant advocacy groups filed new appeals. “I have faith first in God and in the new president who has taken office, that he’ll give us a chance,” said the mother, who goes by the nickname “Barbi.” Her daughter was 8 when they crossed the U.S. border in August 2019 and will turn 10 in a few weeks. “It’s not been easy.” It’s unlikely to get easier anytime soon. President Joe Biden rushed...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said. The decision reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements. U..S. officials said Sunday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a senior U.S. diplomat in Geneva will announce on Monday that Washington will return to the Geneva-based body as an observer with an eye toward seeking election as a full member. The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community. Trump pulled out of the world body’s main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel, which has received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country, as well as the number of authoritarian...
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    The White House sign-language interpreter who was outed as a supporter of former President Donald Trump said Sunday that she hasn’t been offered a return engagement since — and blasted critics who attacked her credibility and professionalism. Heather Mewshaw, who began working as an independent contractor for the White House last year, said she hasn’t been contacted by the Biden administration in the wake of a Time magazine report that revealed she translated speeches for conservative social media groups. “The goal of my activity — at the White House or with Hands of Liberty — is that it’s all about access,” Mewshaw told The Post. “The thing is, I was canceled and humiliated publicly and it was unjust and unfair.” Mewshaw, a 41-year-old married mother of four from Glen Burnie, Md., also said she’s been “harassed” and “intimidated” online for providing American Sign Language translation for the Hands of Liberty...
    More On: white house Biden doesn’t have final word on refusing Trump intelligence briefings: WH Trump ‘happier’ now that he’s off Twitter: former aide NYC may lose its ‘anarchist jurisdiction’ label White House refuses to prod teachers union to reopen schools amid pandemic The White House sign-language interpreter who was outed as a supporter of former President Donald Trump said Sunday that she hasn’t been offered a return engagement since — and blasted critics who attacked her credibility and professionalism. Heather Mewshaw, who began working as an independent contractor for the White House last year, said she hasn’t been contacted by the Biden administration in the wake of a Time magazine report that revealed she translated speeches for conservative social media groups. “The goal of my activity — at the White House or with Hands of Liberty — is that it’s all about access,” Mewshaw told The Post. “The...
    The true cost of the Trump administration’s deliberate and intentional delay of the customary presidential transition process can probably best be measured by the unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations inflicted on thousands of people who might otherwise have benefited from the ability of the incoming Biden administration to hit the ground running, so to speak, on the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of lives that may have been saved had the administration had the decency to do the appropriate thing after losing an election is, unfortunately, incalculable. Because, as we all know, the Trump administration had other ideas. Now it appears that Donald Trump’s malevolent efforts to deny the Biden administration a proper transition—efforts that were dutifully echoed and reinforced in the federal agencies under his control—also had some unexpected, real-world consequences for certain Trump-appointed officials. Those officials counted on receiving parental leave payments after the Jan. 20 inauguration. As reported by Daniel Lippman,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for “extreme competition” from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden acknowledged that he has yet to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping since his inauguration Jan. 20, but noted that the two leaders had met many times when both men served their countries as vice president. “I know him pretty well,” Biden said in an excerpt of the interview aired Sunday by CBS' “Face the Nation.” When they do speak, they will have “a whole lot to talk about,” Biden said. Biden appears to be concentrating his initial telephone diplomacy on U.S. allies. He so far has spoken with the leaders of Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the NATO secretary-general. He also worked...
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    “He does not have, and I am not saying this as a criticism, but he is a reality, a single democratic bone in his body,” added Biden. His predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, maintained a strong trade policy against China throughout his administration. In recent years, China and the United States have exchanged a series of new tariffs on their respective imports as part of a trade war that lasted until the last days of the Trump administration. The United States also blocked some Chinese-born tech companies, such as Tik Tok and Huawei. In late January, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Joe Biden administration will review all national security measures put in place by former President Donald Trump, including the phase 1 trade agreement between states. States and China signed in January 2020. Asked if said agreement was still in force, Psaki declared that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for “extreme competition” from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden acknowledged that he has yet to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping since his inauguration Jan. 20, but noted that the two leaders had met many times when both men served their countries as vice president. “I know him pretty well,” Biden said in an excerpt of the interview aired Sunday by CBS’ “Face the Nation.” When they do speak, they will have “a whole lot to talk about,” Biden said. Biden appears to be concentrating his initial telephone diplomacy on U.S. allies. He so far has spoken with the leaders of Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the NATO secretary-general. He...
    Arrangements made between the U.S. and three Central American countries to curb the number of asylum claims at the U.S. border were suspended Saturday, the Biden administration announced. The Asylum Cooperative Agreements that limited some asylum seekers from making claims in the U.S. and required them to instead seek asylum in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were suspended and scheduled to be terminated with an executive order signed Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced. “To be clear, these actions do not mean that the U.S. border is open,” Blinken said in a statement.  “While we are committed to expanding legal pathways for protection and opportunity here and in the region, the United States is a country with borders and laws that must be enforced.” Blinken says State Department will suspend agreements that allowed US to deport asylum seekers to Central America to seek protection. Intention is to terminate them...
    The U.S. and China will experience "extreme competition" on the global economic stage, but will not be drawn into direct conflict with one another, President Biden said on Sunday. In an interview that aired on CBS's "Face the Nation," the president told anchor Norah O'Donnell that there was no reason for the U.S. and China to be drawn into war, but that the two superpowers would likely collide economically for years to come. "The question is, I've said to [China's President Xi Jinping] all along, that we need not have a conflict," Biden told CBS. "But there's gonna be extreme competition. And I'm not going to do it the way that he knows," the president continued, seemingly referring to the approach taken towards China by the Trump administration, which tried for years to reach a major trade agreement with China in efforts that ultimately sputtered out. "We're gonna focus on international rules of...
    President Joe Biden has a fleeting chance to help save two of America’s most iconic species. But to protect gray wolves and monarch butterflies, he needs to move fast—and perhaps get a little lucky. Wildlife populations are in decline all over the world, victims of pollution, deforestation, poaching, and the habitat-altering ravages of runaway climate change. But in North America, wolves and monarchs stand out for their beauty and popularity and the role they play as “keystone” species—that is, symbols of entire landscapes and ecosystems that harbor other vulnerable flora and fauna. The two species—one a delicate and short-lived insect and the other an intelligent close relative of our pet dogs—couldn’t be more different. But they share a common plight. Both are in danger of extinction. And both are victims of some truly egregious policy decisions by the administration of disgraced former president Donald Trump. In late October, the Trump...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration said on Saturday it was immediately suspending Trump-era asylum agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, part of a bid to undo his Republican predecessor's hard-line immigration policies. In a statement, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken said the United States had "suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden." The so-called "safe third country" agreements, inked in 2019 by the Trump administration and the Central American nations, force asylum seekers from the region to first seek refuge in those countries before applying in the United States. Part of a controversial bid by Trump to crack down on illegal immigrants from Central America who make up a large part of migrants apprehended...
    In its early days, US President Joe Biden has signed dozens of executive orders to address migration, the pandemic, the climate crisis, equality, and the economy. This is what he did: Migration One of the orders halts construction of Trump’s border wall, which was designed to keep migrants out of the country, while the Biden administration examines the legality of funding the wall and its construction contracts. Biden also signed an executive order reversing the Trump Administration’s plan to exclude noncitizens from the census count and a second order aimed at strengthening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects “Dreamers” from the deportation. He also repealed two Trump-era proclamations establishing a travel ban to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African countries, ending one of his predecessor’s first moves to limit immigration. Aides said Biden would direct the State Department to develop ways to...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration said on Saturday it was immediately suspending Trump-era asylum agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, part of a bid to undo his Republican predecessor's hardline immigration policies. In a statement, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken said the United States had "suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden." The so-called "safe third country" agreements, inked in 2019 by the Trump administration and the Central American nations, force asylum seekers from the region to first seek refuge in those countries before applying in the United States. Part of a controversial bid by Trump to crack down on illegal immigrants from Central America who make up a large part of migrants apprehended...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is withdrawing the U.S. from agreements with three Central American countries that restricted the ability of people to seek asylum at the southwest border, part of a broad effort to undo the the immigration policies of President Donald Trump Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday the administration had notified El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that it had started the formal process of terminating agreements that had been part of Trump's effort to restrict asylum. The agreements, which had been on hold since early in the coronavirus pandemic, required many people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to go instead to one of the three Central American countries and pursue their claims there. “The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region,” Blinken said in a statement announcing the immediate suspension of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is withdrawing the U.S. from agreements with three Central American countries that restricted the ability of people to seek asylum at the southwest border, part of a broad effort to undo the the immigration policies of President Donald Trump Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday the administration had notified El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that it had started the formal process of terminating agreements that had been part of Trump’s effort to restrict asylum. The agreements, which had been on hold since early in the coronavirus pandemic, required many people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to go instead to one of the three Central American countries and pursue their claims there. “The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region,” Blinken said in a statement announcing the immediate suspension...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Saturday that the Biden administration has suspended and begun the process to terminate Trump-era migration agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.The United States signed agreements with Guatemala in July 2019 and with El Salvador and Honduras in September 2019 that would have limited the ability of some asylum seekers from those countries to claim asylum in the US and would instead have had them seek protection in their countries of origin.Blinken noted in his statement that "transfers under the U.S.-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement had been paused since mid-March 2020 due to COVID-19, and the Agreements with El Salvador and Honduras were never implemented."The top US diplomat called the move to suspend the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the three Northern Triangle nations "the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President (Joe) Biden.""In line...
    Washington (CNN)Battle lines are forming across Washington as the Biden administration grapples with how to handle dozens of Trump loyalists the former President installed after the election. Over the past two weeks, the new administration has made an effort to remove a number of Trump appointees across various government agencies and boards. While some have gone quietly, others have not, raising questions about the legal authority President Joe Biden holds in removing his predecessor's appointees, and how successful he will be in rooting out people he doesn't want.On Monday, newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin opted to wipe the slate completely clean, dismissing hundreds of members across 42 advisory boards, including a number of last-minute Trump appointees such as former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager. On Tuesday, eight members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) resigned at the request of the Biden administration, according...
    The hosts of The View were widely criticized on social media after a few of them grilled former Obama adviser Van Jones for complimenting Donald Trump and posing for a photo with conservative commentator Candace Owens. Jones appeared on the ABC daytime talk show on Friday to promote a documentary film he produced alongside View co-host Meghan McCain about bridging the political divide that has roiled America in recent years. But the conversation turned tense when hosts Sunny Hostin told Jones that he was distrusted by African Americans, Ana Navarro criticized him for taking a selfie with Owens, and Joy Behar ended the segment by telling him to ‘take a nap.’ Jones defended himself against accusations that he was giving ‘racial cover’ to Trump, saying that his outreach to the then-president as well as other Republicans was to advance prison reform. Van Jones (right), the CNN commentator and former...
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden to the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2021.Tom Brenner | Reuters U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for China to condemn the military coup in Myanmar and warned Beijing that Washington will work with its allies to hold the People's Republic accountable for what he described as its efforts to threaten international stability particularly in the Taiwan Strait. Blinken spoke with his counterpart Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in the first high-level conversation between the U.S. and Chinese officials since President Joe Biden took office. The top U.S. diplomat stressed human rights in the call, while Yang called for Washington to respect's China's sovereignty. "Secretary Blinken stressed the United States will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and pressed China...
            by Catherine Smith  The Biden administration plans to announce on Thursday that it will increase the cap on the number of refugees to more than eight times the level at which the Trump administration left it. President Joe Biden is expected to announce the move during a visit to the State Department. The Trump administration had drastically reduced the refugee admissions cap to only 15,000 for this fiscal year, the lowest since 1980, CNN reports. The refugee cap must be approved by the president. Biden’s plan would raise that number to 125,000, an increase of 10,000 set by former President Barack Obama before he left office. On Tuesday, CNN reported, the President signed three executive orders, including the establishment of a task force designed to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border, a distinct reversal to Trump’s hardline immigration policies, “I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad...
              Live from Music Row Friday 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 former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Content in the Trump administration and director of the new documentary film The Plot Against the President Amanda Milius to the newsmakers line to discuss her role, background, and motivation behind the movie. Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by Amanda Milius who is the director of a documentary released just recently called The Plot Against the President. Good morning Amanda. Milius: Hi! Leahy: So Amanda, tell us a little bit about how this documentary came about. It was a book written by Lee Smith who’s currently with the Hudson Institute. How many documentary films have you made and how did you...
    President Joe Biden delivered a message to African leaders meeting virtually this weekend at the African Union Summit 2021, hosted from Addis Ababa. “The United States stands ready now to be your partner in solidarity, support and mutual respect,” Biden said in a video address, his first speech to an international forum as U.S. president. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to working with the African Union to advance our shared vision of a better future.Watch President Biden’s Message to African Union Summit Participants: pic.twitter.com/tXFX4Tp9PD— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2021 In his remarks, Biden outlined what he called a shared vision of a better future with growing trade and investment that advances peace and security. “A future committed to investing in our democratic institutions and promoting the human rights of all people, women and girls, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people of every ethnic background, religion and heritage,”...
    China pushed back Friday on calls from the Biden administration to address growing concerns about Beijing's nuclear stockpile, calling Washington's worries "groundless" and a "vilification." Following a five-year extension of the New START Treaty between the U.S. and Russia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he wanted to expand nuclear nonproliferation talks to include China. The treaty with Russia was jeopardized last year after the Trump administration initially said they would not renew the agreement if China did not also sign on. China flatly refused to hold nuclear treaty talks with the Trump administration and appears to be continuing to object under the new administration, citing the vast number of nuclear warheads held by both the U.S. and Russia. HUNTER BIDEN STILL ‘WORKING TO UNWIND’ INVESTMENT IN CHINESE FIRM "President Biden has made clear that the New START Treaty extension is only the beginning of our efforts to address 21st century security challenges," Blinken said...
    Miami : The U.S. government is evaluating the Trump administration’s decision to reinsert the Cuban government on the list of countries sponsors of terrorism, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday. The United States is “committed to carefully reviewing the political decisions made in the previous administration, including the outgoing administration’s decision to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Price said in response to a journalist. In the early hours of Friday, the high representative of Foreign Affairs for the European Union, Josep Borrell, suggested in a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he maintains the hope that the Biden Administration will reverse the measure implemented by former President Donald Trump. . “We very much regret Trump’s decision in his last hours in office to designate Cuba as a country that supports terrorism. We deeply regret it and hope that the new administration will...
    (CNN)The State Department has informed Congress of its intent to reverse the Trump administration's eleventh-hour decision to designate Yemen's Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department official said Friday."After a comprehensive review, we can confirm that the secretary intends to revoke the foreign terrorist organization and specially designated global terrorist designations of Ansarallah," the official said, using another name for the Houthis. "We have formally notified Congress of the secretary's intent to revoke these designations and will share more details in the coming days.""Secretary (Antony) Blinken has been clear about undertaking an expeditious review of the designations of Ansarallah given the profound implications for the people of Yemen, home to the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe," the official said, adding that the "decision has nothing to do with our view of the Houthis and their reprehensible conduct, including attacks against civilians and the kidnapping of American citizens.""We are...
    The Justice Department has withdrawn nine Trump administration rules on environmental law enforcement. The move restores a directive that allows companies charged with regulatory violations to negotiate a reduction in fines by paying for environmental projects. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jean Williams stated in a memo Thursday that the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the Justice Department conducted an internal review after President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to review their environmental policies. Williams — a career official appointed in 2010 — concluded that the Trump administration rules were “inconsistent with longstanding Division policy and practice” and could “impede the full exercise of enforcement discretion in the Division’s cases.” DOJ to let companies pay for environmental projects again to reduce fines https://t.co/2boJ8WBy1T pic.twitter.com/0THwC2hLNp — The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2021 The Justice Department notably restored the use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) in...
    Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, will reportedly be leaving his role. The chamber is expected to name Suzanne Clark as his successor, according to Axios, which cited people familiar with the matter. Donohue, a longtime confidant of Republican presidents who has been at the Chamber of Commerce since 1976, faced criticism from some in the GOP with his more recent political moves. The New York native endorsed a slate of House Democrats during the 2020 election cycle and was among the earliest CEOs to acknowledge President Biden's triumph in the presidential contest, which reportedly led to a tense phone call with former President Donald Trump. "President-elect Biden and the team around him have a wealth of executive branch experience that should allow them to hit the ground running," Donohue said at the time, adding that he would aid in the smooth transition to...