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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted that President Biden was following proper Covid-19 protocols in forging ahead with his public appearances, despite having come down with a cold.  Biden sparked concerns for his health on Friday by speaking with a hoarse voice and coughing his way through a speech on the disappointing November jobs report that fell below expectations. 'A lot of people in the workforce are encouraged not to got to work if they are exhibiting those symptoms. So are the rules different for the president?' Fox News' Peter Doocy asked the press secretary.  'The president again was tested [for Covid], as we put out,' Psaki said. 'He received a response quickly for him to proceed ... he had a cold.'  Doocy noted it is possible to test negative several times before testing positive. 'Any concerns?'  'I can assure you that the president follows every protocol ... he wants to keep everyone safe in the White House.'  She said Biden was tested for COVID more often than usual this week - three times - because of his cold symptoms. ...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a snarky reply Friday morning when Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that Americans care more about economic issues than social ones. Brzezinski was referring to data collected from a Virginia-based focus group of voters who had chosen President Joe Biden for president in 2020 and then voted for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, the race's winner.  'Democrats are losing really badly on economic issues, and that a lot of Americans care more about economic issues versus social issues and, of course, their health,' the anchor said. 'How do you respond? How do you think the White House can do better?'  'No you-know-what Sherlock! Of course they do!' Psaki replied.   Democratic pollster Brian Stryker said in a recent interview with The New York Times about his findings that the 'Democrats have a problem.'  'People think we're more focused on social issues than the economy - and the economy is the No. 1 issue right now,' he said was the party's main branding problem.   White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a snarky reply Friday morning...
    CBS2 News This Morning’s Suzanne Marques is in Washington, D.C., to interview First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Follow along with her experiences here. By Suzanne Marques WASHINGTON (CBSLA) – What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? When I was a child, my mom would tie up toys in black trash bags, so we couldn’t see what she got us for Christmas. She’d hide them in her closet or in the garage. The holiday decor inside the White House in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “Gifts from the Heart.” Dec. 1, 2021. (Credit: Suzanne Marques, CBSLA) These days, so many Amazon boxes arrive at our house Austin doesn’t look twice at the boxes piled up in my closet. Before the pandemic, I’d bring home bags from Target and the 99 Cents Store, and if I didn’t hide them immediately, he’d spot the bright label on a box, and it was over. Before he could speak, he’d fuss and point until I gave him the gift. There was no distracting him. His young mind didn’t understand that...
    Laura Ingraham slammed the Biden administration's performance on COVID-19 amid the push for vaccine mandates during her opening monologue on Thursday's "Ingraham Angle." Biden had claimed previously that he would not shut down the economy, but he would "shut down the virus." "Now, how's that going? That whole shutting down the virus thing?," Ingraham asked. "Let's look at the facts now, despite three widely available and free vaccines, along with employer and government mandates to force them on people, nearly 352,000 Americans have died with COVID thus far during Biden's first year in office. And while he didn't shut down the economy, well, his reckless agenda has flattened the curve on wage and GDP growth, inflation soaring." BIDEN PROMISED TO 'SHUT DOWN' COVID, BUT OMICRON VARIANT POSES NEW CHALLENGE FOR ADMIN Ingraham argued that Biden is looking to serve the press corps and not everyday Americans, saying the press want mask and vaccine mandates. For example, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski wondered, "Am I the only one that's going to wear a mask now, even after the pandemic?" President Joe Biden...
    President Biden's change in tone and decision not to call for lockdowns or sweeping socioeconomic restrictions after the discovery of the omicron variant of coronavirus may be a result of his edicts being "defanged" both by the courts and the possibility that many Americans believe he has "maxed out his COVID credit card", the panel on "The Five" discussed Tuesday. In recent remarks, the president said the new variant discovered in South Africa, Botswana and surrounding nations is "a cause of concern, but not … panic" and appeared to shy away from demanding lockdowns as many leaders in his party had executed after previous outbreaks. "Americans are buying what Joe Biden and selling when it comes to the pandemic," host Jesse Watters said Tuesday. "Only 40% of voters think he’s done a good job compared to 64% just six months ago." Watters added that Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have offered only "spin" in response to rising inflation and supply chain woes. President Joe Biden, with first lady Jill Biden, speaks during a visit at Brookland...
    CNBC host Jim Cramer expressed outrage at Americans who have refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and suggested the White House consider creating a universal vaccine mandate for all people in the United States.  "So it's time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID," Cramer said on his long-running business program "Mad Money" on Monday. "Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it. If you don't want to get vaccinated, you better be ready to prove your conscientious objector status in court."  President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE has not suggested a nationwide vaccine mandate but on Monday assured Americans that the surest way to protect themselves and others from all variants of the coronavirus is to become fully vaccinated and boosted.  “If people are vaccinated and wear their mask, there is no need for the lockdown,” Biden said during a speech at the White House regarding the emergence of the latest variant of the virus,...
    Children of military families were forced to wear masks and stay socially distanced Tuesday at the White House as First Lady Jill Biden read them a children’s book. Biden welcomed a second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland for a Christmas event at the White House that included a Donkey Hodie puppet show sing-a-long, appearances from the Wild Kratts stars, and assorted characters from PBS shows. The children were brought into the White House room wearing masks, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and ordered to sit on paper stars set out on the carpet, separating them from each other. The first lady entered the room without a mask spoke to the children for a few minutes before sitting down next to the fireplace to read them a story. U.S. first lady Jill Biden smiles after she read her book Don’t Forget, God Bless our Troops to a second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, in the State Dining Room of the White House November 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) The book,...
    JILL Biden once dressed up as the Grinch to celebrate Christmas - and now her first White House holiday decorations are being compared to the movie. The first lady unveiled the official White House Christmas decorations on Monday, with this year's theme “Gifts from the Heart”. 4Jill Biden dressed as the Grinch in 2009 4The first lady unveiled the official White House Christmas decorations on Monday But her decorations have been already been slammed with one Twitter user commenting: "More like "Gifts from a small heart" because Biden is a Grinch!" Another added: "BAH-HUMBUG ! The theme should have been from the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas”." And now a picture taken of Jill dressed as the Grinch in 2009 - the Dr Seuss character who plots to ruin Christmas - has resurfaced. 'ICONIC' In the image Dr Biden appears in a Santa's hat and jacket complete with the character's famous green hair and a face mask. The picture was shared by CNN reporter Kate Bennett who wrote: "This pic of @FLOTUS playing the Grinch in 2009 as second lady is pretty iconic."...
    JILL Biden has been taunted over her "boring" White House Christmas decorations after fans spotted a picture of the Trumps on her tree. The first lady unveiled the official White House Christmas decorations on Monday showing one tree with its fir covered in white doves bearing the names of US states. 8Jill Biden unveiled the official White House Christmas decorations on Monday 8A photo of former US President Donald Trump hangs from a Christmas tree in the State Dining Room 8Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families, here the Obamas and Bidens 8Online, commentators noted the tree is 'covered with framed photos of the Biden’s and former first families at the White House during holidays' Some Twitter users have already blasted the display as "boring" and asked “where are the colors?", with some even calling the tree "ugly." Others said it was “refreshing” and "elegant" and praised Dr Biden for a "tree in that house that isn’t gaudy or macabre." PAST PRESIDENTS One notable decoration on the tree in the State Dining Room was the...
    Jill Biden got everyone’s attention when she unveiled the 2021 pandemic-themed White House Christmas decorations, called “Gifts from the Heart,” Monday. The first lady showed off this year’s theme which is inspired by “small acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year and throughout the pandemic,” the White House noted. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) The Christmas trees in the State Dining room are decorated with small framed photos of past first families, including the Carters, Obamas, Bushes, Reagans and the Trumps. Other photos consisted of Biden family photos, the White House pool report noted. Also in that room stockings with the Bidens’ grandkids’ names on them were hung by the fireplace. (RELATED: Jill Biden Defends Education Doctorate: ‘One Of The Things I’m Most Proud Of’) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) The Gold Star Tree is adorned with...
    Vice President Kamala Harris will join Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg on a visit Charlotte, North Carolina this week – in a joint effort to pitch the infrastructure law following reports of intrigue surrounding the 2024 presidential ticket. The event will put both former presidential candidates on the same stage in support of the $1.2 trillion program President Biden signed into law earlier this month. The event follows reports of frustration with Harris inside the White House – and Buttigieg's own denial that he is thinking about running in 2024, amid Biden's sagging approval ratings. 'I'd say the other thing that I'm really enjoying about this job, although it's very demanding and obviously requiring a lot, is that this is the least I have had to think about campaigns and elections in about a decade and that's a very good thing,' he told Politico in an interview published last week.  Vice President Kamala Harris 'will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will upgrade our nation’s infrastructure and create good-paying union jobs in North Carolina,' according...
    By Kate Bennett | CNN The White House unveiled its holiday decorations on Monday, going along with the theme selected this year by first lady Jill Biden, who titled her inspiration “Gifts from the Heart.” East Wing communications director Elizabeth Alexander told CNN the idea for Biden’s theme was to showcase “things that unite and heal, and bring us together.” Biden and the East Wing began planning for the holiday decorations in early summer, narrowing the ideas and beginning to visualize how it would come to fruition. In each of the public rooms of the White House — which remains closed to visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic — there is an individual representation of the theme. The Library Room, with decorations of butterflies, reflects the “gift of learning,” while the Vermeil Room notes the “gift of the visual arts” with Christmas wreaths made of paint-dipped paintbrushes and a tree of Pantone color sample ornaments. In the China Room, which displays the official china settings of previous presidential administrations year-round, a table was set “Nana style,” according to Alexander, a...
    First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Monday unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations. “Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity,” Dr. Biden said in a social media post, which included photos. The Hill’s Alex Gangitano posted some images from today’s tour: Gift of family (with photos of the Bidens and past presidents on the trees)pic.twitter.com/7P6USl2JLJ — AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638190455 Gift of friendship and sharingpic.twitter.com/OloUwHc3Rj — AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638188935 In a monumental gesture of inclusiveness and spirit of bipartisanship the Bidens even included a nod to Donald Trump and Melania Trump, the former President and First Lady. President Trump made the treepic.twitter.com/OWUuoMnupd — AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638190562 But some were quick to remember the disturbing Christmas decorating efforts of the former White House occupants: BEAUTIFUL. Omg. This is such an improvement over...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — “Gifts from the Heart” is the theme of President Joe Biden’s first White House Christmas. First lady Jill Biden was scheduled on Monday to unveil decorations matching the theme, said to be inspired by people the couple met as they traveled the country this year. READ MORE: Oceanographer Sylvia Earle to Speak at National Aquarium This Week“The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace,” the Bidens write in a commemorative 2021 White House holiday guidebook. “These are the gifts that tie together the heart strings of our lives. These are the gifts from the heart.” The decor features a gigantic gingerbread White House that recognizes front-line workers who persevered through the coronavirus pandemic, while the official Christmas tree — an 18-foot-tall (5.5-meter tall) Fraser fir — celebrates the gifts of peace and unity, the White House said. With the Bidens spending Thanksgiving week in Nantucket, Massachusetts, more than 100 volunteers set about decorating the executive...
    Cheer up! President Joe Biden wants you to forget about inflation, supply chain shortages, the migrant crisis on the southern border, vaccine mandates, and outbreaks of civil disorder. Instead he is ready to celebrate a first Christmas in the White House and wants everyone to feel the love when he reveals “Gifts from the Heart” as the theme for his Yuletide season. AP reports First lady Jill Biden will personally unveil decorations matching the theme on Monday, said to be inspired by people the couple met as they traveled the country this year. “The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace,” the Bidens write in a commemorative 2021 White House holiday guidebook. “These are the gifts that tie together the heart strings of our lives. These are the gifts from the heart.” The decor features a gigantic gingerbread White House that recognizes front-line workers who persevered through the coronavirus pandemic, while the official Christmas tree...
    Jill Biden on Monday unveiled a holiday theme close to the heart, tying together her love of learning with the challenges the country faced during the coronavirus pandemic and paying tribute to the former families that lived in the White House. 'Gifts from the Heart' will be the theme for the 2021 White House Holiday Season, the first lady revealed.  Inspiration for the theme came from the 'small acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year and throughout the pandemic,' the East Wing said in a statement. Over 100 volunteers decorated the state rooms of the White House over the past week with adornments tied to the theme, including stacks of books, floating candles, and Christmas Tree decorations featuring photographs of previous first families.  Decorating the 55,000 square foot White House involved 41 Christmas Trees, 6,000 feet of ribbon, more than 300 candles and over 10,000 ornaments.  Even the famous Gingerbread White House - which is on display in the State Dining Room - was inspired by the 'gratitude and admiration for our Nation's frontline workers who kept our country...
    Biden_51022 President Joe Biden talks to members of the media before entering Nantucket Bookworks in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Biden_21900 President Joe Biden walks by shops with members of his family in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Biden_45862 President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media as he walks to Nantucket Bookworks in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster (1/3) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. WASHINGTON (AP) — “Gifts from the Heart” is the theme of President Joe Biden’s first White House Christmas. First lady Jill Biden was scheduled on Monday to unveil decorations matching the theme, said to be inspired by people the couple met as they traveled the country this year. “The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace,” the Bidens write in a commemorative 2021...
    By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free fall. The White House sees a common culprit for it all: COVID-19. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the nation’s malaise and his own political woes. Finally controlling COVID-19, the White House believes, is the skeleton key to rejuvenating the country and reviving Biden’s own standing. But the coronavirus challenge has proved to be vexing for the White House, with last summer’s premature claims of victory swamped by the more transmissible delta variant, millions of Americans going unvaccinated and lingering economic effects from the pandemic’s darkest days. All of that as yet another variant of the virus, omicron, emerged overseas. It is worrying public health officials, leading to new travel bans and panicking markets as scientists race to understand how dangerous it may be. Although the economy has actually been coming back, there are multiple signs that COVID-19 will leave its scars even if the pandemic fades. For now,...
    (CNN)First lady Jill Biden will reveal the theme and decor for the White House holiday trimmings on Monday, her office announced.Biden will be joined by a National Guard family in honor of the National Guard's role in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, a statement from her office said Saturday. The presence of the National Guard family also honors all the Guard families spending their holidays away from loved ones.This year's National Guard family includes Capt. Maryanne V. Harrell, who serves as the unit commander for the District of Columbia Army National Guard Medical Detachment, her husband Levi, and their children Levi II, Marcus and Elliana. The Harrell family previously joined the first lady for the arrival of the official 2021 White House Christmas tree on Monday. First lady Jill Biden, right, and DC Army National Guard Capt. Maryanne V. Harrell and her family pose for a photo with the official 2021 White House Christmas Tree, grown in North Carolina, as it arrives at the White House on Nov. 22, 2021.Biden also invited Elliana's second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in...
    Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs slammed President Joe Biden Wednesday evening for being "out of touch" and the "common denominator" in mounting crises in America, including rising inflation, unchecked illegal immigration, supply-chain bottlenecks, "kill[ing] the energy sector," and so on.  "There's a common denominator to all this, and it's Joe Biden … He's the guy that's going to be living it up like he's some kind of king or monarch, while the rest of [us are] serfs and peasants," Biggs said on "The Ingraham Angle." President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Biden drew fierce criticism from Republicans for spending Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Massachusetts, at a billionaire's estate while Americans suffer under the costs of rising inflation.  The prices of turkey soared this year, up 24%.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki downplayed the costs saying, "a 20-pound turkey is a pretty big turkey." BIDEN CRITICIZED BY 'THE FIVE' FOR SPENDING THANKSGIVING AT BILLIONAIRE'S NANTUCKET HOME...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump is accusing the House select committee investigating January 6 of being so aggressive in its pursuit of his White House records that it could permanently damage the presidency, according to a court filing from his legal team on Wednesday.Trump is appealing a lower court's decision that his records should be turned over to the committee. The Biden administration and the US House are unified in opposing the former President's efforts to keep the records secret, arguing that more than 700 pages including White House call logs and notes from his top advisers should be available to the probe.A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on November 30 in the historic case."The Appellees' clear disdain for President Trump is leading them to a course of action that will result in permanent damage to the institution of the presidency," lawyers for Trump wrote in their reply brief to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. "A current president cannot destroy the confidentiality of Executive Branch communications and the important reliance interests attached to that confidentiality for...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the economy during an event at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 23, 2021 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images After lying dormant for years, inflation is once again chipping away at American wallets, and it has become a chief concern for the White House. In recent months, the Biden administration ramped up its efforts to remedy the supply-chain interruptions economists blame for hot inflation. And President Joe Biden has been pushing his economic agenda as a remedy for inflation worries. But ask investors, economists and the American people for their thoughts on inflation, and no one sees inflation cooling off anytime soon. That means everyone from the president to the everyday voter will likely need patience to get through this. "I don't think you want to promise people inflation is going away," said Jason Furman, an economist and former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration. "I think the hardest thing to communicate is that not every problem has a solution....
    The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden put in place for federal workers has not resulted in any apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel, the White House says.  The administration released an agency-by-agency breakdown of compliance with the order - employees had to show proof of vaccination by Nov. 22 or show their exemption. Of the 3.5 million federal employees, 96.5% have complied with the mandate, meaning they are vaccinated or had their exemption approved with 92% having received at least one COVID vaccination dose.  About 4.5% - more than 157,000 people - sought exemptions or were already exempt and about 3.5% haven't shown a record of vaccination nor sought an exemption.  The highest number of partial vaccinations was at the Agency for International Development, which had 97.8%, followed closely by the Department of Health and Human Services at 96.4% and State Department at 96.1%, according to data released by the Office of Management and Budget.  The agency with the least number of partially vaccinated employees was the Agriculture Department at 86.1%.  The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden does not support legislation supported by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that would empty federal prisons. “A couple days ago, President Biden was in Michigan and thanking congress woman Rashida Tlaib. She wants to release all federal prisoners within ten years. Would the president do that,” asked Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy during the White House press briefing. Biden was in Michigan on Nov. 17 to promote the bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed into law a couple days earlier. In response to Doocy’s question, Psaki said: The president did enjoy visiting Michigan and visiting Congresswoman Talib’s district. But let me be absolutely clear: The president does not support abolishing prisons. He does not support defunding the police. He thinks measures like that will make us less safe and he would not support legislation that includes it. What he does support is effective and accountable policing and a fair justice system and he supports investment in public health, education, the environment, housing, community-based programs. But he knows there are steps and he believes there are steps that we know are going to reduce crime and make our...
    Passage of Build Back Better coupled with lower gas prices would be a great holiday gift. Michelle Goldberg/NY Times: The Problem of Political Despair It’s predictable that, with Donald Trump out of the White House, Democrats would pull back from constant, frenetic political engagement. But there’s a withdrawal happening right now — from news consumption, activism and, in some places, voting — that seems less a product of relief than of avoidance. Part of this is simply burnout and lingering trauma from Covid. But I suspect that part of it is about growing hopelessness born of a sense that dislodging Trump has bought American democracy only a brief reprieve. One redeeming feature of Trump’s presidency, in retrospect, was that it was possible to look forward to the date when Americans could finish it. Covid, too, once seemed like something we’d be able to largely put behind us when we got vaccinated. Sure, Trumpism, like the virus, would linger, but it was easy to imagine a much better world after the election, the inauguration and the wide availability of shots. Now we’re past all that, and American life...
    President Joe Biden publicly announced today that the U.S. will release 50 million barrels of crude oil (a half a day’s worth of global crude oil consumption) from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The White House as has been signaling its intention to do this for the last several weeks, allowing enough time for the event to be priced into the market.  But yesterday, in reaction to the official announcement, WTI crude oil on the NYMEX settled 2.3% higher at a five-session high of $78.50 per barrel.  All told, the SPR release, coordinated among the U.S., India, China, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, is a short-term scheme for the White House to give the appearance that it is addressing rising prices. It is for optics only and it smells of political desperation. Let us keep in mind that the SPR was created in response to the Arab oil embargo in 1973. The SPR was NOT created to bolster sagging poll numbers. President Biden's scheme to address rising gas prices is for optics only and it smells of political...
    Successful registration!Go to the link attached to the body of the email Send back https White House: There is nothing new in the meeting between Biden and Putin White House: There is nothing new in the meeting between Biden and Putin The White House on Tuesday confirmed that there is currently no new information on the possibility of US President Joe Biden meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 23.11.2021, Sputnik Arabic 2021-11-23T04: 38 + 0000 2021-11-23T04: 38 + 0000 2021-11-23T09: 32 + 0000 Scientist News Russian President Vladimir Putin US President Joe Biden / html / head / meta[@name=”og:title”]/ @ Content / html / head / meta[@name=”og:description”]/ @ Content https://cdnnarabic1.img.sputniknews.com/img/07e5/06/10/1049271128_0:160:3077:1890_1920x0_80_0_0_6c53e8554352d4d6650.jf3650 Washington – Sputnik. White House spokeswoman Jen Zhaki told a news conference that “there is no word yet on whether a meeting or communication is planned.” Russian and American presidents, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, but he did not communicate before the end. On the 9th of this month, Peskov confirmed that Russia and the United States understood the need for a meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and...
    By Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir that was delivered by wagon to her Pennsylvania Avenue doorstep by Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston. “It is beautiful. It’s magnificent, really,” she said. The first lady later joined President Joe Biden for a visit to the Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina to celebrate “friendsgiving” with service members and military families. The two events set off a White House holiday season that is expected to be much more festive this year, as public health officials encourage those vaccinated against COVID-19 to get together in person, instead of begging Americans to stay home, as they’ve done for holidays past. The holiday tree was presented by the father-and-son team of Rusty and Beau Estes of...
    (CNN)It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the nation's capital.First lady Jill Biden will kick off the evergreen annual process of decking the White House halls on Monday afternoon when she receives the official 2021 White House Christmas tree. The 18-and-a-half-foot Fraser fir hails from Peak Farms of Jefferson, North Carolina, and will be presented by Rusty and Beau Estes, the National Christmas Tree Association's 2021 grand champion growers -- a title they also received during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Dale Haney, the White House's superintendent of grounds, and James Pinkerton, the White House garden supervisor, traveled to Peak Farms earlier this year to personally select the tree from the national Christmas tree contest winners. After the tree arrives at the North Portico via jingle bell-bedecked horse and carriage and is inspected by the first lady -- a merry tradition since 1966 -- it will be placed in the oval-shaped Blue Room of the White House and decorated with a theme that will be unveiled after the Thanksgiving holiday."Every year, the room's chandelier is...
    Pete Buttigieg on Sunday again tried to shut down rumors of a feud between himself and Kamala Harris, saying his relationship with the vice president isn't affected by reports. 'She and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn't focus on what's obsessing the commentators,' the Transportation secretary told NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. 'We're too busy with a job to do.' 'There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games and I'm proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team,' Buttigieg added. Rumors and gossip have swirled of tensions rising with President Joe Biden and the vice president amid reports this month of growing frustration between their teams. The reports have also suggested a sort of rivalry developing between Harris and Buttigieg as some claim her team feels the president defends the Transportation secretary more than he does the vice president. Since the reports emerged, Harris and Biden have exhibited their partnership. On Monday's signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill they put on a show of force when walking out onto the...
    President Joe Biden is promoting America's green energy future while visiting a Ford electric vehicle plant in Detroit, but Republicans argue he should be a lot more focused on the problems of the present. Biden aims to have half of all new vehicles in the United States running on electricity by 2030, and General Motors has said it will go all-electric by 2035. Meanwhile, the average gallon of gas costs nearly $3.40 this week, according to the Energy Information Administration, a year-over-year rise of 50%. DEMOCRATS TOUT GREEN ENERGY POLICIES AHEAD OF SPENDING BILL VOTE “American families are staring down the barrel of skyrocketing heating bills, and the Democrats’ response is to go to war against affordable American energy," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the chamber floor Tuesday. "The Biden administration doesn’t have any strategic plan to snap its fingers and turn our massive country into some green utopia overnight. They just want to throw boatloads of government money at things like solar panels and electric vehicles and hope it all works out." ...
    Singer Ciara and her children joined first lady Jill Biden at the White House on Wednesday to wave goodbye to Joe Biden as he left for a trip to Detroit. The president detoured from the Oval Office over to the South Portico, where he walked up a few steps to exchange words with them. He then left to board Marine One. 'Wave bye,' Ciara, who is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was heard telling her three children: daughter Sienna Princess, 4, and sons Future Zahir, 7, and Win Harrison, 1.  Win Harrison, being held by his mom, waved enthusiastically as the president walked away.  The '1, 2 step' singer was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with the first lady as part of Jill Biden's effort to get children 5 to 11 vaccinated.  'They are filming a digital product encouraging pediatric vaccines,' East Wing spokesman Michael LaRosa told DailyMail.com.  President Joe Biden says "bye" to first lady Jill Biden,  singer Ciara Princess Wilson, Sienna Princess Wilson, Future Zahir Wilburn,and Win Harrison Wilson Ciara's youngest son Win Harrison waved bye...
    (CNN)First lady Jill Biden welcomed music star Ciara to the White House Wednesday to discuss the 1, 2 Step process of getting kids vaccinated against Covid-19 as the nation works to Level Up its vaccination rates. The first lady and Ciara will hold a conversation aimed at encouraging children ages 5 to 11 years old to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, part of Biden's ongoing work toward promoting child vaccinations. The conversation, a White House official told CNN, will be shared across Ciara and the White House's social media platforms. Ciara, the first official noted, has an audience of 58 million followers on social media. "We are continuing to meet people where they are today. And today, we're also happy to welcome the singer and philanthropist Ciara to the White House, where she will participate in a roundtable about getting vaccinated with first lady Dr. Jill Biden," US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told reporters at the Covid-19 response team briefing. The Grammy-winning artist, who is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was spotted with her three children -- son...
    (CNN)Don't look now, but House Democrats may be inching closer to actually passing the Build Back Better plan this week. As they approach the end of the week and the much-anticipated Congressional Budget Committee analysis, Democratic members and aides remain confident that things are -- mostly -- on track to pass the Build Back Better plan before the House recesses for Thanksgiving. What to watch on WednesdayAny updates in the schedule. The House was supposed to begin debate on the Build Back Better bill Wednesday, but it appears that won't happen. Aides say that's largely because the resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, Republican of Arizona, and strip him of his committee assignments is going to take center stage, but be on the lookout for how that affects the calendar. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said a vote could come as early as Thursday, but if debate doesn't kick-start until Thursday, that could push a vote to Friday or yes, even the weekend. A reminder not to count chickens before they hatchRead MoreYes, things seem to be moving...
    President Joe Biden touted his infrastructure bill as a victory for 'ordinary people' on Tuesday and insisted the next item on his agenda - his $1.85 trillion budget of social programs - would be fully paid for even though the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says it won't be.  'Everything in this bill matters to individual lives of real people. This is not something abstract,' Biden said of the $1 trillion bipartisan bill he signed into law on Monday. It focuses on traditional infrastructure projects. Speaking on a cold New Hampshire day as flurries of snow rained down, Biden said: 'This isn't some gigantic bill. It is but it's about what happens to ordinary people, conversations around those kitchen tables that are both profound as they are ordinary. How do I cross a bridge in a snowstorm?' He called the legislation a prime example of how Democrats and Republicansw, when 'we can work together we can deliver real results.' Biden spoke on the NH 175 Bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire, a large American flag hanging behind him and snow flakes falling around...
    The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to investigate the Border Patrol agents at the center of the 'whipping' controversy, despite President Biden promising he would 'make them pay.'  Photos of agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants away from the US-Mexico border drew sharp condemnation from Democrats who claimed the images depicted them whipping migrants. Border Patrol agents and Republicans claimed agents were swinging their reins to control their horses.   DHS said in a statement that Customs and Border Protection would handle the incident since the Office of Inspector General had declined to take action, in a show that the inspector general likely didn't believe the incident to be serious.  CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) will now investigate the Sept. 19 incident in Del Rio, Texas and determine whether disciplinary action is necessary. The news came just before DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he's likely to face questions about what his agency is doing about the record number of migrants arriving at the southern border.  Mayorkas...
    Joe Biden and his new czar Mitch Landrieu will tout the administration's infrastructure plan in New Hampshire on Tuesday as the White House is warning the president's next big ticket item - his massive budget packet of social safety net programs - may not be fully paid for. The backdrop for Biden's remarks will be the NH 175 Bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire - an aging iron bridge over the Pemigewassett River that is on the 'red list' of state bridges needing repair. New Hampshire will receive $225 million for bridges from the infrastructure bill, the White House said.  It's Biden's first visit to New Hampshire since February 2020 when he left the state in the late afternoon before the primary polls closed. He finished fifth in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary but he did beat Donald Trump there in the general election.  He has an underwater approval rating in the state. A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll in October found Granite Staters viewed him unfavorably by 48 per cent and favorably by 38 per cent. Joe Biden and his new czar Mitch...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using an age-old pressure tactic as she tries to amass the votes to to pass President Biden's Build Back Better plan – saying lawmakers won't be flying home for the Thanksgiving holiday until they vote on it. Pelosi's efforts to bring the $1.75 trillion measure up for a vote have been repeatedly stalled – although she finally won House passage of Biden's $1.1 trillion infrastructure package before a different break, a week-long Veterans' Day recess. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told colleagues the Build Back Better plan is set to come up on Wednesday, with a vote possible Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  Pelosi told fellow Democrats the House won't go home until the bill is passed, CNN reported.  Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California), right, arrives with United States House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Democrat of Maryland), left, and United States House Majority Whip James Clyburn. She told members of her caucus she won't send the House home for Thanksgiving until it passes 'Build Back Better' Adding uncertainty to...
                                   Presented by ExxonMobil     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 763,092; Tuesday, 764,365. President BidenJoe BidenBiden restates commitment to 'one China' policy on Taiwan in call with Xi Biden raises human rights with China's Xi during four hour meeting Biden, Xi hold 'candid' discussion amid high tensions MORE and Democrats are attempting to execute something that has eluded them for months: a drama-free week.   Part one of that mission was completed Monday as Biden, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers (and some Republicans), signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package into law. His signature put a bow...
    America witnessed the awkward relationship between President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris firsthand on Monday when the White House mistakenly introduced ironworker union organizer Heather Kurtenbach as Kamala Harris stepped up to the podium. The comical moment occurred outside the White House during the infrastructure signing ceremony where Heather Kurtenbach was invited to introduce President Joe Biden after a string of various lawmakers touted the infrastructure bill. “Please welcome Heather Kurtenbach,” the announcer said as Harris stepped to the podium, prompting an awkward laugh. “In a moment,” Harris said. Kurtenbach (Harris) introduced President Biden, an atypical move that came one day after CNN issued a lengthy report about tensions emerging between the Harris and Biden teams. Now that all of America knows her name thanks to an unexpected gaffe, it is fair to ask: Who exactly is Heather Kurtenbach? U.S. President Joe Biden reacts as Heather Kurtenbach, Organiser and Political Director of Iron Worker local 86, speaks during a signing ceremony for H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn of the White House...
    In the latest poll to show the political headwinds President Biden is facing, he trails former President Donald Trump 40-51 in a new survey out of Iowa. That is a greater margin than Trumps eight-point 53-45 2020 win over Biden in the state, which helped launch Trump's political career in 2016 during the GOP primaries there. Trump cracks an outright majority in the new Des Moines Register poll, winning 51 per cent support, with 4 per cent saying they wouldn't vote for either man, and 5 per cent saying they weren't sure.  A critical part of Biden's dip comes from independent voters. Independents back Trump in the survey by 45 to 37 per cent.   Former President Trump leads President Biden 51-40 in Iowa Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in Iowa, a state Trump carried in 2016 and 2020 'Trump won Iowa convincingly in 2020, and that's reflected in these data,' said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the survey. Trump held a campaign rally in the state in October, appearing with longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley, who said...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday, finalizing a key part of his economic agenda.It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America's infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Experts say the money is sorely needed to ensure safe travel, as well as the efficient transport of goods and produce across the country. The nation's infrastructure system earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year. Democrats claim the legislation pays for itself through a multitude of measures and without raising taxes. But the Congressional Budget Office brushed aside several of those pay-for provisions, ultimately finding the package would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. It's significantly smaller than the $2.25 trillion proposal that Biden unveiled in March, known as the American Jobs Plan.RELATED: 4 projects that could be funded by Biden's infrastructure packageHere's what's in the infrastructure package:Read MoreFunding for roads and bridgesThe legislation calls for investing $110 billion for...
    A commission made up of mostly left-leaning figures recommended Monday that the White House to counter the spread of disinformation and “dangerous conspiracy theories online.” The Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorder released a number of recommendations Monday, which included calling upon the Biden administration to have an “apolitical team” develop a national strategy to tackle the issue. The group said that although the federal government has recognized the effects of false and misleading information “on public health, elections, businesses, technology, and continued campaigns on communities of color,” it has failed to create a strategy or put leadership on the problem. In June, the White House said that the federal government would “work to find ways to counter the polarization often fueled by disinformation, misinformation, and dangerous conspiracy theories online” in its effort to combat domestic terrorism. In July, the U.S. Surgeon General warned of the public health costs of “misinformation and disinformation” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the White House has continued to emphasize similar messages. “This lack of leadership, ownership, or strategy is hampering efforts, slowing response times,...
    (CNN)The headlines have been brutal."Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris' frustrating start as vice president," read one from CNN."Biden-successor chatter grows and Harris isn't scaring off anyone," read another from Politico.And this from the New York Post: "Kamala Harris sidelined amid growing tensions with Biden, insiders say."The general gist of all of these pieces is similar if not exactly the same: The Vice President is struggling in her role. She's frustrated. And some people in President Joe Biden's orbit are just as frustrated with her.Read MoreAs CNN wrote over the weekend:"Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff -- deciding there simply isn't time to deal with them right now, especially at a moment when President Joe Biden faces quickly multiplying legislative and political concerns."Bad headlines are part and parcel for any administration. And the role of vice president -- particularly for someone, like Harris, who is widely seen as eying the top job -- is notoriously...
    Vice President Kamala Harris' increasing frustration and tension with President Joe Biden's inner circle has been laid bare in a new report. Harris and her top aides are frustrated with Biden for defending 'white man' Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, more vigorously than her, and handing her 'no-win' issues like the border crisis, according to a CNN report citing interviews with dozens of current an former Harris aides and White House officials. At the same time, Biden's staff are said to be privately frustrated with Harris over controversies they view as self-inflicted, such as her 'awkward' laughter when asked about visiting the border. With her approval rating plunging even further than Biden's in recent months, rumors have even circulated among aides that he is considering appointing her to the Supreme Court as a stealthy means of selecting a new VP.  Publicly, the White House insists the relationship between Biden and Harris remains harmonious and productive. But privately, Harris aides gripe that she's been set up to fail, and handed a portfolio that is not commensurate with her historic status as...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has defended Joe Biden and his administration as the presidents approval ratings continues to fall amid rapidly rising inflation and a 'cost of living' crisis. Polling from Monmouth University suggests confidence in the president is in short supply and dwindling with 42 per cent saying they are unsure of the president's ability to rescue the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.  The figures are 12 per cent lower than when Biden took office in January when his approval rating sat at 54 percent.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain, pictured, has defended several crises afflicting the Biden administration including rising inflation, high unemployment and supply chain issues 'Things are a lot better in this country than they were a year ago with regard to covid, with regard to the economy but we have a lot of work left to do and I think voters are in a "show me, don't tell me" mode,' Klain told Jake Tapper, seen left, on CNN WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain: "Things are a lot better in...
    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre wrapped up her longest run behind the briefing podium this week, an unofficial audition for the top job. But Jean-Pierre substituting for press secretary Jen Psaki coincides with complaints that both women have been overlooking the briefing room's back rows of reporters. BIDEN SELLS AGENDA AS PRO-FAMILY AFTER DEMOCRATIC ELECTION LOSSES Jean-Pierre appeared to grow in confidence over the course of the four consecutive White House briefings during which she filled in for Psaki, bringing her total to eight. Psaki had been working from home after a family member contracted COVID-19. The development sidelined her from President Joe Biden's second foreign trip the morning of his departure, Jean-Pierre stepping in at the last minute. "The challenge of that role, as demonstrated in the last few weeks, is you can be asked to brief at a moment’s notice," former White House spokesman Eric Schultz told the Washington Examiner. Schultz, an alumnus of President Barack Obama's White House, believed Jean-Pierre, who became the second black woman and first openly gay woman to brief in May, was...
    Whatever happened to Kamala Harris? She shattered all kinds of ceiling glass when Joe Biden made California’s junior senator his running mate and Harris was elected vice president. Since then, she’s largely receded from Washington’s daily doings and the cliff-hanging drama that’s surrounded the fight over the president’s agenda. Part of the answer is simple: What happened to Harris is she became vice president. Even as she shoulders an array of policy portfolios, even as she visits Paris this week seeking to address the administration’s ruptured relations with France, it remains a fact that the No. 2 job in the White House is inherently a diminishing one. It’s neither racist nor misogynistic to point that out when the jobholder happens to be Harris. Virtually every vice president in modern history — save Dick Cheney, who played an unusually prominent role guiding defense and foreign policy under President George W. Bush — has looked smaller than when he or she accepted the position. That’s because a main job requirement is stepping away from the spotlight, except when cheerleading for the president...
     Presented by Facebook    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!   Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each day this week: Monday, 754,431; Tuesday, 755,643; Wednesday, 757,409; Thursday, 759,060; Friday, 759,677.   A federal appeals court temporarily blocked the National Archives from handing over Trump administration records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and agreed to fast-track former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel demands Meadows testify Friday or risk contempt charge Defense & National Security — Biden marks Veterans Day Trump endorses Texas rep who said he 'very well may have' committed impeachable offenses MORE’s request to deny them altogether.   A three-judge panel from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction to block the administration...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on his choice for Federal Reserve chair, with observers inside and outside the administration viewing incumbent Jerome Powell as the front-runner for another term.An announcement is expected as early as next week. Biden has waited longer in making his selection than his two immediate predecessors, leaving a relatively narrow window for the Senate to confirm his choice before Powell's term expires next February.Biden, during a November 2 news conference, said he planned to make an announcement about his selection "fairly quickly" and said there would be "plenty of time" to move his pick through the confirmation process. "I've given a lot of thought to it, and I've been meeting with my economic advisers on what the best choices are, and we've got a lot of good choices," Biden said when asked about the position. "But I'm not going to speculate now." The decision marks a critical moment for a White House in the midst of managing an economy emerging in fits and starts from a once-in-a-century pandemic. While job and wage growth have...