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    (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...
    Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Eric Adams reacts after being declared victor at his election night party in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. November 2, 2021.Andrew Kelly | Reuters New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is considering a Goldman Sachs executive for a role in his administration, according to people familiar with the matter. Adams and his allies have been discussing the idea of giving Stephen Scherr, Goldman's chief financial officer, a leadership position in the new administration, these people said. These people declined to be named in order to discuss ongoing private conversations. Scherr, who is set to retire from New York-based Goldman at the end of the year, is a co-chair of Adams' transition team. He could be in line to be deputy mayor for housing and economic development, or could end up leading the New York City Economic Development Corp., or NYCEDC, the people said. Adams has not publicly said who he will end up choosing for those roles. It's likely he will make the decisions closer to his swearing-in date, Jan. 1. He has been...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the clock ticking down on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, he is once again trying to get rid of carriage horses in Central Park. This time, de Blasio is developing eleventh hour legislation to replace the popular tourist attraction with electric show cars, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday. READ MORE: Celebrities Flock To Harlem For Soul Train Awards At Apollo TheaterWhen de Blasio ran for mayor in 2013, he vowed to get rid of the carriage horses “on day one.” He’s been in office for 2,877 days now (with 43 to go). As he contemplates running for governor, he’s trying to make good on that old campaign promise. Call it the sound of failure. The distinctive clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park – a loud and vibrant reminder that after nearly eight years in office, de Blasio has failed to make good on one of the central promises that helped him win the job of mayor. He told the animal rights activists, who donated heavily to his campaign, he would retire the horses and...
    Fox News’ Bill Hemmer took aim at President Joe Biden on Thursday for his handling of inflation, saying his administration needed to prove it could “manage their way out of this one.” “It’s not transitory,” Hemmer said in a conversation with Fox’s Martha MacCallum. “It’s getting worse. What I think about now is what can this administration manage effectively. Think about the list right now. You had Covid. The vaccines were in the pipeline and that process is underway. The distribution, they did well at that. He said July Fourth was ‘freedom from Covid.’ Didn’t happen. You think about Afghanistan. Think about inflation. What has Joe Biden managed in his life?” “I talked to some guys on the Hill and some people who are out of office, now retired,” Hemmer said, noting that Biden headed the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I wanted to know, you as a lawmaker, what do you manage? These positions were described as figureheads. You take the job and you fly around the world. … This administration right now has to prove they can manage their...
    President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Baltimore on Wednesday to sell his $1.2 trillion infrastructure package as the United States continues to deal with crushing supply chain problems. Ahead of Biden's visit, the Labor Department announced inflation picked up to 0.9 per cent last month from September, faster than the prior month’s increase of 0.4 per cent and above expectations.  Additionally, overall prices of goods and services have climbed by 6.2 per cent over the past 12 months, the fastest pace since 1990 - all of which is troubling news for the Biden administration. And the energy index rose 4.8 per cent in October compared to the month before, as the gasoline index increased 6.1 per cent.  The combo of rising gas prices and food prices - along with the lower buying power of wages - is tough news for the administration as the country heads into the holidays.   President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Baltimore to sell his $1.2 trillion infrastructure package The Port of Baltimore, the 14th busiest port in the U.S. in 2019 in...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 66-year-old Baltimore man will serve a year in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after he was sentenced for stealing Social Security benefits intended for his mother, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. Wardell Lester, Jr. stole nearly $224,000 in monthly benefits payments intended for his mother from September 1997 until January 2018 after he did not notify the Social Security Administration she had died September 1997, according to the statement. He falsely reported he spent the money on her behalf but was required to file annual reports documenting the transactions that used those funds, which were supposed to be spent on housing, food, and personal items, according to the statement. Lester admitted to investigators in January 2019 that he spent the money on drugs and living expenses, as well as falsifying accounting forms. He apologized for the theft but continued to do so until the Social Security Administration terminated the benefits in May 2019.  
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused Joe Biden of being out of the loop after the president denied his administration is thinking about paying out $450,000 per person to illegal immigrants separated from their families. On Wednesday, Biden had a combative exchange with Peter Doocy after the Fox News reporter asked him about a Wall Street Journal article that says the government is thinking about offering millions of dollars to immigrant families as compensation for being separated by the Donald Trump administration. When asked if the compensations might incentivize more illegal immigration, Biden clapped back at the “garbage” report and insisted “That’s not gonna happen.” Following Biden’s exchange with Doocy, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero put out a statement insisting the plan is in the works, and Biden is either out of the loop, or he’s “abandoning a core campaign promise” to undo what the Trump administration did. President Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his very own Justice Department as it carefully deliberated and considered the crimes committed against thousands of...
                        An Afghan refugee in Montana who faces a felony rape charge will not have his work permit revoked, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Robert Law, who is CIS’ director of regulatory affairs and policy, said his Department of Homeland Security sources told him that the Biden administration will not remove Zabihullah Mohmand’s employment authorization document (EAD) at this time. An EAD is a work permit given to refugees in America so they can seek out work. Mohmand became eligible for an EAD after Homeland Security granted parole authority to Afghan refugees in August, The Hill reported. Parole authority allows individuals “outside the U.S. to enter the country based on “‘humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons,’” according to The Hill. Mohmand allegedly had sexual intercourse without consent with an 18-year-old girl earlier in October. Mohmand is in Montana as part of the federal government’s Afghan Placement and Assistance Program. When examined by the Missoula Police Department (MPD), the girl “had significant bruising and red marks on...
    Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama slammed the Biden administration’s messaging to cushion the current supply chain crisis as the U.S. faces nationwide shortages. Rogers alerted the Biden administration and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter, saying school lunches have affected students in his district as a result of the ongoing supply chain shortages, Fox News reported. Rogers said in a statement to Fox News that Biden and his administration have “shamefully tried to spin the supply chain crisis as a ‘high class problem.'” (RELATED: POLL: Democratic Confidence In Biden’s Ability To Ensure Economic Recovery Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Plummets) “While President Biden and his administration have shamefully tried to spin the supply chain crisis as a ‘high class problem,’ there are children in my district who now face uncertainty when it comes to the school meals that they rely on because the Biden administration has turned a blind eye to the scale of the supply chain crisis,” Rogers told Fox News Tuesday afternoon. “This is unacceptable.” Earlier in October, schools in Alexander City, Alabama, asked parents to...
    The Afghan interpreter who helped rescue Joe Biden from a remote valley in 2008 was finally able to get out of the country following the US troop withdrawal after being aided by US military vets from Arizona. After high-profile pleas for assistance and a vow by the White House to get him out of the country, the interpreter, now identified as Aman Khalili, was able to escape the country via a land route to Pakistan. After aborted efforts to leave the country by air out of Mazar-i-Sharif, Khalili and his family members made it out with assistance from a former Afghan interpreter to US troops, aided by US military veterans from Arizona.  The vets were the 'main drivers' of the group that got him out, the Wall Street Journal reported.  'After 144 hours of driving day and night and getting through so many checkpoints my family was so scared, but right now this is a kind of heaven. Hell was in Afghanistan,' he told the paper.   'We will get you out, we will honor your service, and we're committed to doing...
    The White House refused to say whether Hunter Biden divested his 10% stake in a Chinese equity firm. The president's son goes out in Los Angeles on August 8, 2021 The White House wouldn't say Monday whether Hunter Biden has sold his 10 per cent stake in a Chinese private equity firm despite President Joe Biden's campaign promise that his family would steer clear of foreign business dealings. In a tense briefing room exchange, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a reporter for Newsmax to not yell when asking about the president's son's involvement with Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co. 'I'd point you to his representatives on that. He doesn't work in the administration,' Psaki said. When pressed on the matter, she dismissed the question by saying: 'Again, I conveyed to you, and then I think I'm going to have to move on, that you should talk to his representatives – there's no reason to yell, I'm certainly not yelling.' 'He's been working to wind that down, beyond that, I would talk to his representatives,' Psaki...
    Washington (CNN)A House Republican on Friday publicly pushed back against the Biden administration's plan to resettle Afghan nationals in his home state of Montana and suggested that the refugees are not properly vetted, despite repeated assurances from the Biden administration that they are.The comments by Rep. Matt Rosendale -- in which he at times uses incendiary language to suggest that settling 75 people in his state amounts to "flooding" -- underscores the political challenges facing the administration as it begins to resettle more than 60,000 Afghan refugees inside the US over the next several weeks."I strongly oppose the resettlement of these Afghan nationals in Montana," Rosendale said in a Twitter thread, arguing that the Biden administration's scramble to evacuate thousands of Afghans "has made proper vetting of these individuals near impossible."The Biden administration's "incompetence" in its "disastrously mismanaged withdrawal" from Afghanistan, Rosendale argued, should not be used "to justify flooding our communities with unvetted refugees." He also advocated that the US "should try and settle these individuals in other countries around Afghanistan that share their values and culture, especially if...
    University of Georgia mathematics professor Joseph Fu is requiring students to wear masks in his classroom in defiance of university policy, telling CNN’s Pamela Brown that he was willing to be fired over the issue. Brown reported that UGA policy was to allow professors to request masks, but did not allow them to require students to wear them. “You’ve been warned could you face disciplinary action,” she asked Fu. “Are you willing to be fired over this?” “Certainly,” he replied, calling it a “responsibility” that he felt that he had as a tenured professor. “I’m a person who’s quite privileged in this setting. I feel that, as a tenured professor, I have a responsibility to my institution, not simply to my bosses, to act in its interest.” Fu had written his mask mandate into his class syllabus, and told Brown that he had done so because many of his colleagues felt similarly to him, had seen a “very low rate of masking in their classes,” despite the university administration’s claims that they had a “strong encouragement of masking.” His untenured colleagues,...
    Biden administration officials are reportedly relieved that the conservative-leaning Supreme Court reinstated former President Trump's Remain in Mexico policy amid an unprecedented two-decade high of migrants coming to the southern US border since President Biden took office.  On his first day in office Biden repealed the controversial Trump immigration rule, which he frequently decried as 'inhumane.' The policy forced migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait for their case to be processed in Mexico, which quickly led to overcrowded and squalid conditions on the southern side of the border.   Biden's administration has taken a more lenient approach to border enforcement than under Trump.  Besides halting construction of the border wall, Biden also oriented the Homeland Security Department to focus less on deterrence and punishment and more on orderly processing of immigrants.  Migrants walk in a caravan bound for the United States, in Tapachula, state of Chiapas, southern Mexico, on September 4. After Biden repealed Trump's Remain in Mexico policy migrants were allowed to wait inside the US for their cases to be processed, straining state, local and...
    Senate Republicans on Thursday demanded the Biden administration reveal the number of special immigrant visa (SIV) applicants left behind after a State Department official admitted it was a 'majority' of them.  The senators, led by Tom Cotton, R-Ark., demanded to know the exact number of Americans, green card holders and SIVs left behind. More than 123,000 have been evacuated from Afghanistan with US support since Aug. 14, but Americans only make up 5,500. A State Department official told reporters on Wednesday that a 'majority' of SIV applicants did not make it out before the last US evacuation plane lifted its wheels. 'Our immediate priority is the safety and well-being of American citizens, permanent residents, and allies who were left behind in Afghanistan,' the lawmakers wrote. 'We are also concerned by reports that ineligible individuals, including Afghans with ties to terrorist organizations or serious, violent criminals, were evacuated alongside innocent refugee families.' They requested a response by Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. President Joe Biden's administration conceded that the majority of America's Afghan allies were left in country as...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden tried twice last month to get to his beach house on the Delaware coast. He never made it.Far from relaxing, the 31 days of August were the longest and most wrenching of Biden's presidency. A month his aides once viewed as a launching pad for an ambitious autumn was instead consumed by mayhem in Afghanistan, a worsening pandemic and, as it concluded, a massive hurricane plowing into the Gulf Coast.A domestic agenda the President once hoped to spend August discussing still inched forward. But Biden's handling of chaotic and unplanned-for events dominated his time and the nation's attention.After a frantic two-and-a-half week airlift, the last US troops left Afghanistan on Monday, fulfilling the President's promise to end America's longest war. Yet the process of getting there, including the administration's admission it had been caught off-guard by the speed with which the Taliban overtook the country, undercut Biden's vow to restore competence to government.A simultaneous surge in Covid-19 cases, fueled by continued vaccine hesitancy and the highly contagious Delta variant, has nudged the country back toward mask...
    An ex-advisor for the Obama administration called on President Joe Biden to fire his national security advisor in an opinion piece for USA Today on Monday. “The disaster that unfolded in Afghanistan is illustrative of other major issues at the White House,” Brett Bruen, the former director of Global Engagement for the Obama administration, wrote in USA Today. “The people, plans and processes the president has put in place to keep America safe are not working.” Bruen argued that the Taliban’s accelerated takeover of Kabul and the U.S. failure to successfully evacuate Americans and Afghan allies beforehand created the “most unnecessarily embarrassing day in the history of the National Security Council.” “Our people were unprepared,” Bruen wrote. “We failed to get them out of harm’s way. The Afghan government and military clearly were not ready, either.” For that reason, Bruen said Biden should terminate National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and “several other senior leaders who oversaw the botched execution of our withdrawal from Afghanistan.” While Bruen worked with Sullivan when they were both in the White House and considers him...
    oe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan in the East Room of The White House in Washington, DC on August 16, 2021.Oliver Contreras/(Sipa via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.President Joe Biden said Monday that it would have been pointless and a betrayal of his promises to Americans to have left US troops in Afghanistan any longer, in a speech that came a day after the Taliban takeover of Kabul. “I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country’s civil war,” Biden said in White House speech Monday, August 16, 2021. “This is not in our national security interest.” Even as he acknowledged the distress of US veterans who served in Afghanistan, Biden said relatively little about the plight Afghans now face under a brutally repressive regime. Instead, Biden repeatedly faulted Afghanistan’s former government and its troops for failing to fight the Taliban. He blamed the Afghans, questioning their “will” to fight. “How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is facing multiple August crises with Afghanistan on the verge of collapse, Covid-19 patients overwhelming hospitals in some states, persistent inflation concerns, an uncertain path forward for his sweeping infrastructure agenda and surging attempted border crossings.It's a far cry from the celebrations of July, where the White House sought to declare independence from the virus and Biden formally announced that US troops would fully withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31. How the President responds to this moment could be critical to his legacy, and -- in the shorter term -- his party's hopes for the midterm elections.August is a historically challenging month for the first year of any administration, a time when presidents often experience a decline in poll numbers. Biden is no exception, experiencing a slight dip in his approval rating, as questions bubble up over how Americans will perceive his handling of these issues in the coming months. US Embassy in Afghanistan tells staff to destroy sensitive materials The numerous challenges facing the White House underscore the pressure on the President to respond and...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a denial Tuesday that his state asked the White House for a shipment of 300 ventilators, as Florida today sets a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations for the 11th day in a row. A reporter at a COVID-19 press conference in Jacksonville confronted DeSantis about the state's hospital system being strained by the onslaught of Covid cases.  He began to push back on the question before the reporter added, 'Why are you asking for 300 respirators?' 'I didn't ask - I did not know about that so I have to check to see whether that's true or not,' the Republican governor stammered. 'I would honestly doubt that that's true, but I'll look.' The state of Florida sent a request for the 300 ventilators to Joe Biden's government on, according to a Health and Human Services (HHS) document obtained by ABC News revealed on Monday. The request noted that the state's supply was 'expended.'  In the same press conference DeSantis seemed to downplay the severity of Covid in his state, which by some measures is worse now than at the...
    Joe Biden has been hit by a damaging poll claiming 33 per cent of Americans think the economy is in 'poor condition' - with 79 per cent blaming his administration's policies for the inflation spike The Fox News survey found that a further 38 per cent of people questioned said the economy was in 'only fair' shape, with just 29 per cent of respondents categorizing it as 'good' or 'excellent.' Inflation - a rise in the cost of living - is an increasing worry among Americans. A massive 86 per cent of people polled said they were fearful of it growing. The direct impact of inflation was also highlighted by the poll. Seventy per cent said rising grocery prices had caused them financial hardship, with 67 per cent saying the same of gas prices.  Any hopes of the Biden Administration being given a pass because of COVID were also dashed by the survey. COVID was blamed as a key driver of inflation - with 86 per cent of those polled said it had caused price rises, amid huge increases in...
    (CNN)New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday distanced herself from outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in disgrace a day earlier with impeachment looming following the release of a report that found he sexually harassed 11 women.In her first public comments since Cuomo's stunning announcement, Hochul, a Buffalo native who is poised to become the state's first female governor, insisted that she had not been previously aware of the allegations in state Attorney General Letitia James's damning investigation and vowed to clean house in the executive chamber."I'm going to stand right here at the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment," Hochul said, while also pledging to purge anyone "who is named as doing anything unethical in the report" from her administration.Hochul is in her seventh year as Cuomo's deputy, but the two were not reputed to have a close relationship -- a point she stressed repeatedly when taking questions from reporters in Albany. She also appeared to express frustration with Cuomo's decision to delay his departure...
    The Albany County sheriff’s office held a press conference on Saturday regarding their investigation into a criminal complaint against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that is of “a sexual nature,” and noted that it is possible for the complaint to lead to an arrest. Sheriff Craig D. Apple repeatedly stated that he could not get into the specific allegations from the victim, but stated that a formal report regarding criminal conduct of a sexual nature was filed against the governor this week. A reporter asked about the use of the word victim, which he said implies a presumption that the individual has been “victimized” and whether using it might “telegraph that you believe that they’ve been victimized.” Sheriff Apple first noted that everyone saw the Attorney General’s report, and answered “I’m very comfortable and safe saying that she is a victim, and I commend all of them for coming forward.” New York Now reporter Darrell Camp asked how the sheriff would reassure people that the investigation isn’t politically motivated. “A recurring theme from the administration as a whole is that...
    Fox Business host Dagen McDowell said Tuesday that it was time for White House senior medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci to retire. McDowell joined “The Five” to discuss Fauci’s latest hearing on Capitol Hill, and she argued that he was likely to be President Joe Biden’s scapegoat after the administration failed to meet vaccination goals. (RELATED: ‘You Do Not Know What You’re Talking About’: Rand Paul Clashes With Dr. Fauci In Tense Capitol Hill Hearing) WATCH: “I have a prediction. He’s going to get fired. The Biden administration is going to fire him,” McDowell began. “The octogenarian spokes-hack — the Biden administration did not meet the vaccination goal. He is going to be the scapegoat. It’s not going to be Facebook, it’s going to be him. McDowell went on to lay out several instances where she believed Fauci had missed the mark, noting that he had changed positions several times on face masks alone. She also pointed out that Fauci had appeared to dismiss the lab leak out of hand — and it was later revealed that there...
    Tucker Carlson has claimed that the NSA is spying on his show, in a bid to take them off air. The Fox News host said on Monday night that a whistleblower had approached the show the day before, and informed them of the espionage.  'It is not just political protest the government is spying on,' Carlson told his viewers. 'Yesterday we heard from a whistle-blower within the U.S. government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the national security agency, is monitoring our electronic communication and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.' Tucker Carlson on Monday night claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on his show, in a bid to force him off the air Carlson said he knew the whistleblower's information was correct because they had insider knowledge, that could only have come from accessing his communications. 'The whistle-blower who is in a position to know repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on that could have only come...
    A former top U.S. government ethics watchdog — who served in that post under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump — is sounding off in a big way about what he deems to be a “fuck you” to government ethics being committed by President Joe Biden’s administration. In a massive tweetstorm on Friday, Walter Shaub — who was director of the Office of Government Ethics from 2013-2017 — destroyed the Biden administration for hiring children of his top aides. The revelation came to light in a Washington Post article — which detailed how at least five children of top presidential aides have secured what the Post described as “coveted” positions in the administration. Three of those jobs went to the children of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti. His sons Daniel and J.J., along with daughter Shannon, all have posts in the administration. Further, Monica Medina — the wife of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain — was nominated for assistant secretary of state focused on oceans and the environment. And Stephanie Psaki — sister of White...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced $250 million in initial funding for a state-constructed border wall, as his Florida counterpart Ron DeSantis dispatches law enforcement personnel to assist border patrols in Texas and Arizona. The moves announced on Wednesday signal that Republican governors are increasingly taking the surge in illegal border crossings into their own hands, as they accuse the Biden administration of dereliction.  It follows new federal data showing that illegal crossings hit a 20-year high in May, when 180,034 migrants were detained at the southern border, the vast majority of them adults traveling alone. 'The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result,' Abbott said in a statement. 'The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden's inaction.' Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced $250 million in initial funding for a state-constructed border wall, tapping the Department of Criminal Justice for the funds It signals that Republican governors are increasingly taking the surge in illegal border crossings into their own hands. Above, Brazilian migrants...
    Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly will embark on a limited engagement ‘history tour’ this fall in which the former president will be asked questions by the ex-Fox News star about his four years in the White House. The four-date tour, which Trump has vowed would be ‘fun, fun, fun’ for those who attend, is scheduled for December. The events will take place in 18,000-seat arenas in Florida and Texas that are normally reserved for professional sporting events and rock concerts. 'From January 2017 to January 2021, the 45th President of the United States presided over an especially intense period for the United States of America,' O'Reilly said in a statement he posted on his web site. 'From the pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands, to the speedy development of the vaccine, to the rise of the economy, to the global challenge from China, Donald Trump was the dominant decision-maker and the most powerful person in the world. Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly will embark on a limited engagement ‘history tour’ in which the former president will be asked...
    The White House defended Joe Biden's coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci following the release of 3,200 pages of emails – including exchanges where he cast doubt on the lab leak theory and offered guidance on masking he would later reverse.  'Well, I think we've spoken to this pretty extensively from here. Let me just say on Dr. Fauci and his emails – he's also spoken to this many many times over the last, over the course of the last few days and we'll let him speak for himself,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said when asked about the email release. 'And he's been an undeniable asset in our country's pandemic response,' she said. 'But it's obviously not that contagious for me to re litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.' 'UNDENIABLE ASSET': White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) had been an undeniable asset to the administration Pressed again on Fauci, Psaki gushed: 'The president and the administration feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the...
    President Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration's seizure of records from reporters and pledged to "not let that happen" with his Justice Department. He was asked about the burgeoning controversy on Friday, one day after the Justice Department announced that agency leadership will meet with journalists, who have expressed outrage over a possible infringement of their First Amendment rights. "It's wrong. It's simply, simply wrong," he told CNN's Kaitlan Collins, adding he "will not let that happen" when asked about letting his own Justice Department do the same thing. BIDEN DOJ TO MEET WITH REPORTERS ABOUT TRUMP-ERA SECRET RECORDS SEIZURES “It’s simply, simply wrong. I will not let that happen,” President Biden tells me about the Justice Department seizing the records of reporters. pic.twitter.com/bRL88NssMr— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 21, 2021 In recent weeks, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr and three reporters from the Washington Post were notified of court-approved seizures of their phone and email records during a monthslong period in 2017. The Justice Department said the seizures took place in 2020, and the letters sent to each of the...
    The Treasury Department said Thursday it plans to invest in new Internal Revenue Service tax compliance efforts will shrink by about 10% the 'tax gap' now estimated at $584 billion in 2019.  The tax gap - the difference between taxes legally owed and those collected by the IRS - is expected to grow to $7 trillion over the next decade, or about 3% of U.S. GDP, the Treasury said in a new policy paper. The Treasury said the Biden administration's proposal to invest $80 billion in IRS enforcement over that same period would raise $700 billion in new revenues over a decade, an estimate that it called 'conservative.'   President Joe Biden's administration will step up an effort to go after tax cheats, with the Treasury Department believing $700 billion could be retrieved in 10 years  The IRS will hire more employees to go after high earners who are underreporting their income from from partnerships and rental properties By the second decade, it estimated that the investments would yield $1.6 trillion in additional revenue, as revenue agents hired in...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a statement through his Save America PAC denying he knew CNN and MSNBC contributor Miles Taylor. “A guy named Miles Taylor, who I have no idea who he is, don’t remember ever meeting him or having a conversation with, gets more publicity pretending he was in the inner circle of our Administration when he was definitely not,” Trump began his statement. “He is the guy who fraudulently wrote a make-believe book and statement to the failing New York Times calling himself ‘Anonymous.'” Taylor is the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff and the former Trump administration official known as “Anonymous” who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times and book criticizing the then-president. (RELATED: Miles Taylor Bragged About Donating Most Of His ‘Anonymous’ Book Royalties — But We Have No Idea How Much Money He Actually Kept) “Some people refer to him as ‘absolutely nothing,'” Trump stated. “I hear he is on CNN and MSDNC all the time, but he had nothing to do with any of my decisions, and I wouldn’t even...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden faces a crucial moment on Wednesday in what is shaping up as an important week for his infrastructure priorities when he holds his first bipartisan meeting with the top four members of congressional leadership at the White House.According to the White House, the meeting will include Vice President Kamala Harris; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican; and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican.Wednesday's meeting will mark McConnell and McCarthy's first time in the West Wing since Biden took office, according to an administration official. While Biden has kept up public promises to find bipartisan areas to compromise, both McConnell and McCarthy have -- at least publicly -- have largely promised they'd do everything to stop Biden's agenda. That opposition has taken different forms -- McCarthy voted against certifying Biden's win in the Electoral College in the hours after the January 6 riot at the White House and McConnell has said publicly that "100% of my focus is...
    Immigration experts say there's still much more work to be done. President Joe Biden employed a two-pronged approach to immigration during his first 100 days in office that included his own proactive solutions as well as reversing his predecessor's inhumane policies. In a Monday report, the Migration Policy Institute found that the Biden administration took 94 executive actions immigration as of April 26, just four days ahead of his 100-day mark on April 30. "This compares with the fewer than 30 taken during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, which was arguably more active on immigration than any prior U.S. administration," the institute wrote. "Of the Biden presidency’s 94 executive actions on immigration so far, 52 have set the stage for undoing Trump administration measures, MPI found." Here are some of Biden's key actions on immigration — so far — and where they stand. Stopped border wall construction On his first day in office, Biden halted construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. His executive order implemented...
    Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo primed former President Donald Trump to go on the attack against Joe Biden’s administration for not doing more to recognize the “accomplishments” of his predecessor. Trump gave an interview to Bartiromo on Thursday morning, and he started by ripping Biden’s first presidential address to Congress for not speaking more about the migrant situation at the U.S. southern border. Bartiromo, who has been very accommodating to Trump in the past, leaped on his comments as she remarked that “unfortunately, Mr. President, this administration is blaming you and your administration and they refuse to give you any credit for many of the accomplishments you’ve had.” Bartiromo continued by groaning that Vice President Kamala Harris recently said that the border situation is a problem the Biden administration inherited from Trump. “You see how they’re blaming you on everything and they do not attribute the successes that you had to your administration,” she said. “How do you feel about that?” “It’s ridiculous,” Trump said. “Obviously they’re very ungracious people. I did the vaccine. They like to take the vaccine. But...
    Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Related: Biden’s 100 days: bold action and broad vision amid grief and turmoil Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office consisted largely of his administration’s rush to reverse Donald Trump’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the national spotlight has fallen on how the new US president has addressed the crisis or which aides have been closely involved in coordinating the federal government’s responses. But the Biden administration has also had to grapple with immigration policy, a huge infrastructure bill and staging a global climate summit, as well as the fallout from the murder trial of former policeman Derek Chauvin – amid all the other up and downs of daily news cycles. All of that has pushed Vice-President Kamala Harris and other key aides into the center of the public sphere. Below are seven key members of the administration who have had an impact on the 46th American president’s first 100 days in office: undefined Kamala Harris, vice-president For much of Biden’s tenure, Vice-President Kamala Harris has been closely at the president’s side. Harris, the first...
    President Joe Biden enters his 100th day in office Thursday having checked off a number of commitments to try to rein in the coronavirus and institute his 'build back better' economic plan – even while struggling to set forth his immigration agenda amid a surge at the border.  Biden organized his campaign around a pledge to focus on the coronavirus with a campaign to heal the 'soul of the nation' with a focus on racial justice and economic inequality. And while he was occasionally thrown off course by foreign policy and immigration in particular, Biden returned to the virus whenever possible – as he planned to do Tuesday with yet another speech on the nation's response. Biden exceeded his goal of getting 100 million shots into Americans' arms – but has fallen short of some of his immigration pledges   Introduces immigration plan with path to citizenship but faces record migrant surge the border It is on immigration where Biden has visibly struggled to implement his policies while facing political problems seeking to contend with the crisis at the...
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting the Biden administration from sending unaccompanied migrant children into his state's foster homes and care facilities. The influx of unaccompanied minors hailing from the southern border would create a backlog in the state system, the governor said in the order, noting that the move could lead to the coronavirus spreading due to "questionable" vetting procedures. "The heartbreaking humanitarian crisis on our border was created by the Biden Administration," McMaster wrote in a tweet. "Sending unaccompanied migrant children from the border to states like South Carolina only makes the problem worse. My Executive Order ensures that South Carolina’s most vulnerable children come first and the valuable services and care they receive are not disrupted." The state's Department of Social Services indicated that South Carolina may provide "potential support resources" for migrant children through at least six facilities that "indicated interest and have capacity for placements" in a letter on April 8. The unaccompanied minors, if admitted, would be in the state's care for 35 days. MIGRANT FAMILY...
    U.S. President Joe Biden departs the room after speaking about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, April 7, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters It is hard to overstate the audaciousness of President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, which will be marked April 30. Behind it lies a presidential ambition to recharge America while at the same time improving U.S. odds in its escalating contest with China. Biden's boldness can be measured most graphically by the numbers: the $4 trillion and counting that he hopes to generate to finance an American pandemic rebound, a surge in U.S. jobs and growth, and a mountain of national infrastructure investments (defining "infrastructure" liberally). Never in my memory has any U.S. president so closely associated domestic investments with U.S. global standing—and now he is acting on that conviction. Biden made sure no one missed the connection to China when he rolled out his infrastructure spending proposal this week, which he called "the single largest investment in American jobs since World War II." Asked Biden, "Do you think China is waiting...
    The Biden administration released its budget blueprint for discretionary spending on Friday, what's known as the "skinny budget" for 2022. It doesn't provide detailed spending, but is intended to establish the priorities of the administration with overall spending levels for the various government agencies, and will allow Congress to begin the appropriations process. It could include some details on proposed overall spending for issues like combating climate change and shoring up the social safety net. In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, used a lot in regards to the former guy: "Show me your budget, show me your values." Which the Biden administration has just done: The top-spending includes big increases for education, health care (including combatting coronavirus), housing, and environmental protection. It's a $1.5 trillion spending plan that calls for a nearly 16% increase across the board in non-defense programs. It will keep military spending basically flat. "This moment of crisis is also a moment of possibility," acting budget director Shalanda Young said Friday. "Together, America has a chance not simply to go back to the way things...
    Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is now trailing her GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka after voting to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection. Polling from the GOP polling firm Cygnal found that Tshibaka was leading in an all-party primary, taking 33.6 per cent of the vote, compared to Murkowski's 18.8 per cent.  Al Gross, an independent who was the Democratic nominee for Alaska's 2020 Senate race, came in third with 17.6 per cent.  Tshibaka, Alaska's Commissioner of Administration, is viewed favorably by 61 per cent of both Trump voters and Republicans.  Murkowski, on the other hand, is only viewed favorably by 10 per cent of Republicans, the poll found. Another 87 per cent of Republicans have a negative view of the incumbent.  With voters from all parties, Murkowski is viewed favorably by 33 per cent and unfavorably by 63 per cent.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (left) is already losing to a GOP primary challenger after she voted to convict former President Donald Trump (right) of inciting an insurrection  On Monday, Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka announced she would...
    With few empty shelter beds, thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have been stranded in overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol holding facilities for days. Some of the children have reported showering just once in as many as seven days and taking turns to sleep on the floor.  A camp for oil workers in Texas has been converted into an emergency housing facility for the soaring number of migrant minors crossing the southern border without their parents. A Dallas convention center is set to start sheltering teenage boys on Wednesday. Federal installations overseen by the military and NASA could also be turned into facilities to house migrant youth. On Tuesday, the U.S. government had more than 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children in its custody. More than 4,200 were stuck in Border Patrol facilities unfit to house them, including 3,000 who had been held beyond a 72-hour legal limit. Another 9,200 minors were being housed in shelters that are scrambling to reactivate beds taken offline during the pandemic. Less than two months into his tenure, President Biden is facing a daunting test at the...
    HOLLYWOOD legend Jon Voight has lashed out at President Joe Biden’s administration for what he described as the “disaster” taking place at the US southern border. Approached as he ran errands in Beverly Hills on Tuesday afternoon, the 82-year-old Oscar-winner added that he hopes former President Donald Trump will return to power in 2024. 5John Voight lashed out at President Joe Biden’s administration for what he described as the “disaster” taking place at the US southern borderCredit: Coleman-Rayner 5Voight told The Sun he believes Biden wasn't doing doing very well and question whether he was even 'in charge'Credit: Reuters Asked how he thinks the Biden administration is doing after its first few months in power, the outspoken Republican and longtime Trump supporter exclusively told The Sun: "Not very well." “First of all, he [Biden] is not in charge, is he?," Voight added. The grandfather-of-six said that in his view not even Vice President Kamala Harris is running the show. “I think you’re getting the Green New Deal people taking up the front row and it doesn’t bode very well for...
    President Joe Biden’s nominees for top administration posts, with a few notable exceptions, have largely sailed through their Senate confirmations. But no Biden nominee received as much bipartisan support as U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis.   Mayorkas announced the shock move to 'reconstitute' the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) in a letter to the ousted members Friday telling them that their place on the council had ended effective immediately, with only three members kept on in their roles.    'I am considering how the HSAC can bring the greatest value to the Department and how the expertise, judgment, and counsel of its members can be harnessed most effectively to advance the Department's mission,' he wrote.  'I expect to work closely with the HSAC and to rely on its Members to help guide the Department through a period of change.'  The purge includes a number of members appointed under Trump including Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general who is a staunch supporter of the ex-president's hardline immigration policies.   It marks an unprecedented move with former DHS officials saying never before have they known such a...
    President Joe Biden speaks Thursday during a news conference in the East Room of the White House.Evan Vucci/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Amid an increase in migration to the southern border, President Joe Biden refused to apologize Thursday for undoing some of his predecessor’s immigration policies, arguing that they “had an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law, as well as on human dignity.” In his first press conference as president, Biden, whose administration has sent messages and put up ads across Latin America discouraging migrants from coming to the border, also denied any responsibility for the increase in arrivals. “I guess I should be flattered that people are coming because I’m a nice guy,” he joked, before asking if anyone had blamed Donald Trump when there was a 31 percent jump in border apprehensions from January to February 2019—a bigger increase than the 28 percent rise in the same period this year. “It happens every single solitary year,”...
    Loading the player... President Joe Biden says it’s his “expectation” that he’ll run for reelection in 2024. Biden is 78 and already the oldest president to hold office. He would be 82 at the start of a second term. The president was asked at the first news conference of his presidency whether he thought he could face a rematch against Donald Trump. Biden scoffed at the question. “Oh, I don’t even think about it,” he said. “I have no idea.” The president went on to address Trump’s immigration policies. Biden said he makes “no apology” for undoing some of the hard-line Trump-era immigration policies. The Biden administration announced on Feb. 2 that it would no longer uphold the Trump administration policy of automatically deporting unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. Two weeks later, the White House announced plans to admit 25,000 asylum-seekers to the United States who’d been forced to remain in Mexico. Read More: Biden taps VP Harris to lead response to border challenges President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House,...
    Donald Trump said he left a 'couple page' letter for President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day that he wrote from 'the heart' as he bashed his successor's policies on the border. 'Basically I wish him luck,' he said in an interview with Lisa Boothe for her podcast.  It's a tradition for an outgoing president to leave a letter for his successor but there were questions as to whether Trump would do so given the contentious election between him and Biden. But there was a letter waiting for Biden on the Resolute Desk when he entered the Oval Office on January 20th.  'The president wrote a very generous letter,' Biden said at the time. 'Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.'     Trump said it was a 'couple of pages long and it was from the heart because I want to see him do well.' Donald Trump said he left a 'couple page' letter for President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day that he...
    Joe Biden has been accused of betraying the residents of a small Texan border town, who feel let down by his administration's border policies. Bruno Lozano, the Democrat mayor of Del Rio, 150 miles west of San Antonio, said that he was 'pleading' with Washington DC to help his town. He said his town of 35,000 people currently sees 150 migrants arriving a day, but they do not have the resources to cope. 'You have a breach of national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history and you're not even batting an eye about it, you're not even calling it a 'crisis', you're calling it a quote unquote challenge,' he told The New York Post. 'It's a slap in the face.' Bruno Lozano, 38, was elected as the Democrat mayor of the town of 35,000 in 2018 Migrants are pictured being taken into custody on the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday President Joe Biden (pictured) on Sunday said he planned to visit the US-Mexico border 'at some point' as his administration works to ensure...
    When progressive activist Melissa Byrne wanted to push President-elect Joe Biden on cancelling student debt, she bought full-page ads in the print edition of Delaware’s The News Journal, which was delivered daily to Biden's home during the transition.    "Good Morning President-elect Biden," the ad began in giant bold type. "Hope you'll take a few minutes this morning to meet a few of the 44 million Americans struggling with student loan debt. We need you to help us build back better by cancelling all federal student loan debt." Byrne told The New York Times that she expected some blowback from the incoming administration but instead found herself welcomed into the fold. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain encouraged her to keep pushing and even invited Byrne to Zoom meetings with the transition team. “We just kept being able to have people at the table,” she told The Times. “That showed me that we could do cool things like sit-ins and banner drops, but we could also be warm and fuzzy.” Byrne's activism didn’t yield immediate results, as evidenced by...
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