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    By Susan Heavey, Nandita Bose | Reuters WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday rounded out his White House staff with a host of new appointments focused on COVID-19, criminal justice, the economy and other major issues, including a new top adviser on technology and competition issues. The White House announced six additional staffers to its National Economic Council, including Columbia University professor Tim Wu, who coined the term “net neutrality” and has warned against an economy dominated by a few giant firms. Wu authored “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age” in 2018, in which he warned about the inequalities created by extreme economic concentraion. He has previously served as senior enforcement counsel to the New York Attorney General and as adviser at the Federal Trade Commission and the National Economic Council. “Putting this twitter feed on hold for now — so long!” Wu, said...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday rounded out his White House staff with a host of new appointments focused on COVID-19, criminal justice, the economy and other major issues, including a new top adviser on technology and competition issues. The White House announced six additional staffers to its National Economic Council, including Columbia University professor Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality" and has warned against an economy dominated by a few giant firms. "Putting this twitter feed on hold for now -- so long!" Wu, a former senior enforcement counsel to New York's attorney general and a former Federal Trade Commission adviser, said in a post on his appointment. Big Tech encompasses the world's biggest technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google , and some of Biden's fellow Democrats have raised questions about their increasing dominance. Congressional Democrats have already begun talks...
    Wednesday, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson examined how teachers’ unions were using “equity” to keep children out of school. According to Carlson, those efforts have resulted in the allegations of “white supremacy” being used to justify closing schools. CARLSON: We’re in reporter mode tonight here with some key stats on your government. Here they are: 42 days into the administration and still no solo press conference from Joe Biden. That is the longest stretch of silence from any new President in at least a century. So by refusing to speak directly to the media, Joe Biden is attacking our most cherished democratic norms. Even CNN is complaining about it. And we would echo those complaints if we really cared. But honestly, we’re just as happy that Joe Biden remains in seclusion. Imagine a full press conference from Joe Biden, an endless hour of blank spots and mumbling and his...
    Loading the player... President Joe Biden’s nominee for America’s next attorney general has hit another roadblock on his way to confirmation.  Senator Tom Cotton tweeted on Wednesday that he is blocking the effort to expedite the confirmation of Judge Merrick Garland for several reasons.  Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland listens during his confirmation hearing last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images) “Democrats are trying to expedite Judge Garland’s confirmation vote,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m blocking them because Judge Garland has refused to answer basic questions, including whether illegally entering the country should remain a crime.” “During his hearing, Judge Garland said he thinks the death penalty is unfairly applied,” Cotton continued. “I asked him for examples, and he said he is not familiar with the specific circumstances of the murderers on federal death row (including Dylann Roof and the Boston Bomber).” Read...
    A group of migrants on the California border with Mexico were photographed wearing T-shirts supporting President Biden and imploring him to let them into the country. "Biden, please let us in!" some of the shirts said, along with the president’s campaign logo, which migrants wore at the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana requesting asylum in the United States, according to Fox News. BIDEN’S HANDS TIED ON BORDER CRISIS BY 1997 COURT DECISION At one point, migrants stood next to each other and took a knee as part of a demonstration urging the president to keep his campaign promise and increase the amount of immigration into the United States and ease former President Donald Trump’s law enforcement mechanisms. Vistiendo playeras blancas con la leyenda “Biden please let us in”, un grupo de migrantes enviaron un mensaje desesperado.https://t.co/DysXI9Xr64— Chapines USA (@USAchapines) March 3, 2021 The demonstration comes as Biden...
    President Joe Biden’s decisions not to impose direct sanctions on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin are drawing scrutiny in the White House briefing room. NBC’s Peter Alexander pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on the matter during a Tuesday briefing, questioning Biden’s decision not to punish the leaders directly. “The Biden administration didn’t punish Mohammed bin Salman directly for [Jamal] Khashoggi’s death,” Alexander said. “You’re not punishing Vladimir Putin directly for [Alexei] Navalny’s imprisonment — only those around them. So, how is that going to deter these leaders from this behavior in the future?” Psaki answered the question in two parts, first addressing the Biden administration’s response to Khashoggi’s killing, noting that they pledged to do things differently than Donald Trump.  “Our objective is to recalibrate the relationship,” she said. “We took a number of steps including releasing this report, including seizing our support for offensive...
    Reuters March 2, 2021 0 Comments The Senate Finance Committee said its members will vote on Wednesday on three Biden administration nominees, including Katherine Tai as trade czar and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as U.S. health secretary. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden will convene the business meeting at 10 a.m. to vote on the nominations of Tai, Becerra and Wally Adeyemo, who was nominated as to be deputy Treasury secretary, the committee said. All three candidates are expected to win approval by the committee, a congressional aide said, which would clear the way for their consideration by the full Senate. The Senate votes on Monday on Biden’s pick to be education secretary, Miguel Cardona, who would be the 11th of 23 Cabinet posts to be confirmed in his job. Seven additional nominees are waiting for votes in the full Senate. Besides Tai and Becerra, three other nominees...
    The White House unveiled a plan to "replace the cruelty" of former President Donald Trump's administration with what it is calling a new approach to dealing with migrants at the southern border. A senior Biden administration official on Monday sought to deflect blame for some recent criticism about a continuation of some Trump-era policies, including reopening some migrant detention centers that Democrats once called "cages" used to house children. The Department of Homeland Security is "working around the clock" to "build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established," including by sending foreign aid overseas, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters at the White House. BERNIE SANDERS TURNS UP HEAT ON BIDEN AFTER MINIMUM WAGE SETBACK "What we are seeing now at the border is the immediate result of the dismantlement of the system and the time that it takes to rebuild it, virtually from scratch,"...
    In his first public appearance since leaving the presidency, former president Donald Trump called for unity in the Republican Party during a conservative political forum this Sunday in Orlando, even while reaffirming that he was not defeated at the polls in 2020 and ensuring that he was not defeated. he proposed to create a new party. Miami World / Telemundo 51 Trump used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – where he was greeted as a hero – to lash out at his successor Joe Biden and try to consolidate his status as the undisputed leader of the party despite his defeat. in the November elections. “Do you miss me already?” asked the ex-president when he went on stage. “Today (Sunday) I am here before you to declare that the incredible journey we started together … is far from over.” Despite the fact that Trump has...
    President Joe Biden's senior adviser Cedric Richmond said the White House is 'going to start acting now' on reparations for African-Americans.  Richmond made the comments to journalist Mike Allen on Axios on HBO in an interview that aired Sunday night.  The former Louisiana lawmaker told Allen that Biden continues to support H.R. 40, the bill in the House of Representatives that received a Congressional hearing last month, that would study the issue of reparations.  Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond (left) told Axios on HBO in an interview that aired Sunday night that the White House will 'start acting now' on the issue of reparations  President Joe Biden was supportive of H.R. 40 on the campaign trail last year, a bill that would create a commission to study the issue of reparations for Americans who are the descendants of slaves 'And that is...
    In his first public appearance since leaving the presidency, former president Donald Trump called for unity in the Republican Party during a conservative political forum this Sunday in Orlando, even as he reaffirmed that he was not defeated at the polls in 2020 and assured that he was not defeated. he proposed to create a new party. Miami World / Telemundo 51 Trump used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – where he was greeted as a hero – to lash out at his successor Joe Biden and try to consolidate his status as the undisputed leader of the party despite his defeat. in the November elections. “Do you miss me already?” asked the ex-president when going on stage. “Today (Sunday) I am here before you to declare that the incredible journey that we started together … is far from over.” Despite the fact that Trump...
    Donald Trump has used his CPAC speech to demand a purge of his political rivals, singling out Mitt Romney and 'warmonger' Liz Cheney, who both voted to impeach him. The former president addressed the conservative gathering in Orlando on Sunday afternoon, in his first speech since stepping down on January 20. Trump took to the stage to rapturous applause, using his podium to attack Joe Biden and tease his supporters with numerous hints of a 2024 run. He also sought revenge on the 17 Republicans - seven senators and 10 members of the House - who voted to impeach him. Trump on Sunday used his speech to attack by name the 17 Republicans who voted to impeach Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney both voted to impeach Trump, leaving him set on vengeance All 17 were mentioned by Trump, with the 74-year-old reserving particular venom for Liz Cheney,...
    By Jill Colvin | Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions and trumpeted lies about the election in a speech that made clear he intends to remain a dominant political force. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he has been hailed as a returning hero, Trump blasted his successor, President Joe Biden, and tried to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader despite his loss in November. “Do you miss me yet?” Trump said after taking the stage, where his old rally soundtrack had been playing. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we begun together … is far from being over.” Though Trump has flirted with the the idea of creating a third party, he pledged Sunday...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Former President Donald Trump, taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, called for GOP unity in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. Trump used his speech at the CPAC, where he has been hailed as a returning hero, to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader despite his loss in November. READ MORE: Caravan Of Miami Cubans Demands Biden Administration ‘Lift Up The Embargo For The Cuban Family’ “Do you miss me yet?” Trump said after taking the stage, where his old rally soundtrack had been playing. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we begun together … is far from being over.” Though Trump has flirted with the the idea of creating a third party, he pledged to remain part of what he called “our...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The...
    ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The event so far at a...
    THE house has passed Joe Biden’s $1.9trillion Covid relief package relief package including $1400 stimulus checks. The bill made through the lower chamber by 219-212 with every Republican and two Democrats voting against the measures, which will now go to the Senate. 4Nancy Pelosi speaking ahead of the voteCredit: EPA 4The House passed the third Covid relief package, which features $1,400 stimulus checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty The package would also allocate billions to Covid-19 vaccination efforts and testing, schools, state and local governments and emergency jobless benefits. If it passes the Senate, Biden can sign it into law before March 14, when emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire. "We're going to make a giant step forward tonight," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Republicans said the bill was too expensive and said too few education dollars would be spent quickly to immediately reopen schools. They said it was laden...
    House Democrats on Friday urged President Biden to appoint a "national gun violence" director as the administration hinted at possible firearms regulations earlier in February. Democratic Reps. Joe Neguse of Colorado and Lucy McBath of Georgia sent a letter, which was signed by 34 other lawmakers, to request the placement of a "National Director of Gun Violence Prevention," adding that the official would "create and chair an Interagency Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention." The coalition of legislators cited a "persistent and growing gun violence" problem in the United States as the reason for the move. "Every year, nearly 40,000 people are killed with guns in our nation and another 76,000 are injured, with disproportionate shares of this violence falling on communities of color," the letter read. "In 2020 alone, as the COVID-19 pandemic raged, at least 43,561 people needlessly lost their lives due to gun violence, a...
    Donald Trump supporters, who launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last month, have indicated they want to "blow up" the building and kill members of Congress, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said Thursday.  Threats suggest extremists could target the building during an address by President Joe Biden, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers as she advocated for continued high security around the building.  "Members of militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union," Pittman told members of the House Appropriations Committee.  FILE - National Guard personnel and police secure a street near the Capitol, Jan. 17, 2021."We think that it's prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities...
    Reuters February 25, 2021 0 Comments Donald Trump supporters who launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last month have indicated they want to “blow up” the building and kill members of Congress, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said on Thursday. Threats suggest extremists could target the building during an address by President Joe Biden, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers as she advocated for continued high security around the building.”Members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman told members of the House Appropriations Committee. “We think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward,” she said. A date has not been...
    President Joe Biden’s deputies will bypass the media’s clickbait focus on border-backlogged “kids in cages” by simply flying and bussing more Central American migrants to homes through the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told Breitbart News that its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has: …authorized programs to pay transport fees for unaccompanied children (including airline tickets), including escort transport (where necessary by airline or ORR policy) in order to facilitate release of children to approved sponsors. ORR care providers are authorized to use program funds to purchase airline tickets in the event that a sponsor is not able to pay fees associated with commercial airfare, and a child’s physical release would be otherwise delayed. “This isn’t about a backlog,” said Rosemary Jenks, policy director at NumbersUSA. She continued: This is about Biden’s policies creating a border surge … They’re getting exactly what we all knew...
    There's currently a mental health crisis among children and teenagers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.The two organizations are calling on the federal government, including President Joe Biden, to prioritize the topic in proposals addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.They report suicide attempts are up 20%, and disruptive behavior disorders skyrocketed this summer.Amy Knight, president of the Children's Hospital Association, joined ABC 7 Chicago Thursday to talk about the issue.The health organizations point out that Congress should provide new funding to support a range of additional activities at the state and local level to support children, including telehealth, training for crisis response, primary and emergency mental and behavioral health care, school-based services, outpatient programs and partial hospitalizations.Beyond the awareness campaign, CHA and the AAP are working together and with other child health-focused organizations on longer term solutions to better integrate pediatric mental and...
    The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off Thursday, featuring a slew of Republicans who are eyed as potential 2024 presidential contenders and who will seek to make their appeals to the base -- but none will command as much attention as former President Donald Trump. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, along with Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will all be in attendance in Orlando, Fla. Their speeches will be closely watched for any early signs they might run in 2024. But any potential 2024 run for those possible contenders may have to compete with Trump, who has flirted with the possibility of running again to retake the White House in 2024 after losing in November to now-President Biden. CPAC READIES FOR FLORIDA GATHERING AMID COVID-19, AS CONSERVATIVES READY FOR TRUMP BONANZA Early polling at this stage...
    Lawmakers have an obligation to ensure that Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is not "tainted" by his association with suspected Chinese spy Fang Fang, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee told Fox News Wednesday. "It's incumbent upon all of us who deal with sensitive and classified information on a regular basis to make sure that people who have access to that information are not tainted," Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., told "America Reports". "Now, that's all we're asking to do, is get a [FBI] briefing so that we can make a determination whether there is a problem." House Republicans are requesting that FBI Director Christopher Wray hold a briefing to inform them of the "full extent" of Chinese intelligence operations targeting members of Congress. HOUSE REPUBLICANS REQUEST FBI BRIEFING ON SWALWELL The concern about Swalwell began in December, when Axios reported that Fang had targeted up-and-coming local politicians, including those who had the potential...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden offers comforting advice to Kelly Clarkson, telling the singer and talk-show host as she goes through a divorce that things happen for the best and that life will eventually “look better.” The first lady — a divorcee herself — also reveals one thing she looks forward to when COVID-19 clears up and explains why women should take some time for themselves every day as she does. She spoke during an interview with Clarkson that is set to air nationally on Thursday. Clarkson recently brought her show to the White House for a socially distant conversation with Jill Biden in the East Room. NBC released interview excerpts Wednesday, including a clip of Jill Biden offering comforting words about carrying on after a relationship breakup. Citing her late mother's advice, she tells Clarkson things happen for a reason. She also says her...
    Really, Joe Manchin? You really want to associate yourself with Republicans against President Biden? Senate Democrats and Republicans are spending Wednesday meeting with Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, making their pitches for what should—and should not—be included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan Democrats are crafting. Because the bill is going through the special budget reconciliation process, a procedure that allows the bill to pass with a simple majority vote, it has to meet budgetary thresholds that MacDonough is officially in charge of enforcing. Mostly. As soon as Wednesday, she could determine how hard Democrats are going to have to fight to keep a $15/hour minimum wage increase in the bill, along with a few other provisions. That decision is important, but more important is whether Democrats will be imaginative or brave enough to move forward with that provision should she rule against them. Because they can and they should. A...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden offers comforting advice to Kelly Clarkson, telling the singer and talk-show host as she goes through a divorce that things happen for the best and that life will eventually “look better.” The first lady — a divorcee herself — also reveals one thing she looks forward to when COVID-19 clears up and explains why women should take some time for themselves every day as she does. She spoke during an interview with Clarkson that is set to air nationally on Thursday. Clarkson recently brought her show to the White House for a socially distant conversation with Jill Biden in the East Room. NBC released interview excerpts Wednesday, including a clip of Jill Biden offering comforting words about carrying on after a relationship breakup. Citing her late mother’s advice, she tells Clarkson things happen for a reason. She also says her divorce freed her to...
    President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is getting a boost from big business.  CNN reported Wednesday that more than 160 senior executives across seven major industries have written a letter to Congressional leaders backing the package.  'Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more msut be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery,' the letter said. 'Congress should act swiftly and on a bipartisan basis to authorize a stimulus and relief package along the lines of the Biden-Harris administration's proposed American Rescue Plan.'  President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package got the backing of more than 150 business leaders in the form of a letter sent Wednesday to Congressional leaders  At Wednesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said the letter proves that there's 'growing concensus' that this package needs to pass.  Biden rolled out $1.9 trillion package...
    Washington — President Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday directing federal agencies to conduct a review of supply chains for critical goods, including pharmaceuticals and large capacity batteries. Mr. Biden has signed a raft of executive orders since taking office last month in an effort to stabilize an economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. This latest action comes as Congress presses forward with the president's $1.9 trillion stimulus package, with the goal of passing it by the expiration deadline for several critical relief programs in mid-March.How to watch Biden sign the executive order What: President Biden signs an executive order on critical supply chains. Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Time: 4:15 p.m. ET Location: The White House Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above or on your mobile streaming device According to a White House fact sheet on the executive...
    Heres the biggest news you missed this weekend We called it Voyage of the Damned: Days of despair on the Grand Princess House Democrats unveiled the most recent version of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill on Friday. And while the bill isn't law yet -- top lawmakers are still soliciting suggested changes -- the move is the latest confirmation that the stimulus package is on track to pass before the current unemployment benefits expire March 14. "We will meet this deadline," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday.  © Provided by CNET Congress is on track to complete the latest stimulus package much faster than it did the last one. Sarah Tew/CNET The Democrats, who now control the House and Senate, are speeding up the passage of a bill using a technique called budget reconciliation. That will allow them to move forward without Republican support. While Democrats cite surveys that Republican voters support...
    New York (CNN)Fact-checkers are entering a new era under President Joe Biden's administration. While Biden isn't perfect, his claims are "more like a smattering" of false statements compared to "the daily avalanche" that came from former President Donald Trump, CNN's fact-checker Daniel Dale said on "Reliable Sources."Like most politicians, Biden exaggerates and embellishes at times. Dale said Biden made at least four false statistical claims during a CNN town hall last week on issues including the minimum wage, undocumented immigrants, China's workforce and the Covid-19 vaccine.Politifact editor Angie Holan said the absence of Trump's voice in daily media "has freed us up to fact-check other things," including the power outages in Texas. Dale has been able to focus on other fact-checking endeavors, too. "There's still so much nonsense" and misinformation, Dale said. "I'm not going on vacation," Dale said. "There's a lot to do."
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments One month into the job, President Joe Biden is on the cusp of securing a bigger economic rescue package than during the 2009 financial crisis. He has wiped out his predecessor Donald Trump’s policies from climate change to travel bans, while the U.S. daily COVID-19 vaccine distribution rate grew 55%. That may have been the easy part. The White House’s broad strategy – avoid unwinnable political fights, focus on policies with mass voter appeal, and mostly ignore Republican attacks – will be increasingly difficult in the months ahead, Democrats and Republicans say, even as millions more are vaccinated and the economy rebounds. “They’ve got some problems right around the corner,” said Jim Manley, once a top aide to former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Biden has made many of the changes he has clear authority to do by executive action. Landmines going...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One month into the job, President Joe Biden is on the cusp of securing a bigger economic rescue package than during the 2009 financial crisis. He has wiped out his predecessor Donald Trump's policies from climate change to travel bans, while the U.S. daily COVID-19 vaccine distribution rate grew 55%. That may have been the easy part. The White House's broad strategy - avoid unwinnable political fights, focus on policies with mass voter appeal, and mostly ignore Republican attacks - will be increasingly difficult in the months ahead, Democrats and Republicans say, even as millions more are vaccinated and the economy rebounds. "They've got some problems right around the corner," said Jim Manley, once a top aide to former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Biden has made many of the changes he has clear authority to do by executive action. Landmines going forward...
    It was a severe Friday afternoon for President Joe Biden’s Office of Management and Budget nominee, Neera Tanden, whose nomination looks to be sinking in the quagmire of Democrat-controlled Senate politics. Her unraveling nomination may not only be due to a moderate democrat like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has said he will be a “no” vote, but also because Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), representing the party’s most ideological members as chairman of the nominating committee, was publicly attacked by the nominee. It’s unknown if Biden believed Sanders would overlook the personal insult. Sanders likely made Tanden feel uncomfortable in her Senate confirmation hearing, confronting her on her “vicious attacks” against both Republicans and progressives on Twitter, including “me, personally.” Sen. Sanders asks OMB director nominee Neera Tanden to “reflect” on the “vicious attacks” against both Republicans and progressives on Twitter, including “me, personally.” pic.twitter.com/Sgejxt7EMf — The Recount (@therecount) February 10, 2021...
    President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he takes part in a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 19, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters President Joe Biden said Friday that the U.S. and its international partners must hold China to account for its economic practices. "We have to push back against the Chinese government's abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system," Biden said in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, delivered virtually from the White House. "Everyone must play by the same rules," he said. Biden's appearance, his debut before an international audience since becoming president, came as his administration seeks to maintain a tough stance on China while pivoting away from former President Donald Trump's pugilistic relationship with Beijing. The Trump administration sought to reshape the U.S.-China trade relationship, placing a key focus on...
    A protestor holds an "Abolish ICE" sign during a protest in 2019 Newsweek’s Adrian Carrasquillo reports that when voting in favor of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which encompasses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden said in a floor speech in 2002 that bill would likely “need to be revisited several times and its implementation will need to be closely monitored by Congress if we hope to get it right." Flash forward to 2021, and legislators say that oversight is long overdue. Carrasquillo reports that a number of Democratic leaders in both the U.S. House and Senate, including one elected official who represents the southern border region, are calling for the Biden administration to clamp down on the agency, including giving leadership and staff who’ve felt unaccountable the boot. “Asked if reforming the agency included a change in leadership and firings, [Arizona Rep. Raúl] Grijalva said ‘absolutely,’”...
    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on Thursday unveiled the text of a sweeping immigration bill backed by President Biden that would grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants -- while pushing back against those who call it "amnesty." "To those who want to call this bill amnesty, I know there are some," Menendez said. "Ten angels could come swearing from above that this is the best tailored legislation, that it will secure our border, regularize our system and they would say, ‘No, it's amnesty’ -- they will never be satisfied." DEMS TO INTRODUCE BIDEN-BACKED IMMIGRATION BILL, INCLUDES CITIZENSHIP FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS  The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 includes an eight-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, who the White House has estimated to be at 11 million people, but other estimates have put much higher. In addition to the rapid pathway to citizenship, much shorter than previous proposals,...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press The state of Alabama has no standing in trying to stop the U.S. Census Bureau from including people in the country illegally from the numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, the federal government said in court papers reflecting a reversal that has accompanied the change in presidential administrations. A federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit from Alabama and Republican U.S. Rep. Morris “Mo” Brooks seeking the exclusion of people in the country illegally from the apportionment numbers, attorneys for President Joe Biden's administration said in court papers Wednesday. At the very least, the judge should put the court case on hold until the Census Bureau releases apportionment figures by the end of April that will show whether Alabama keeps seven congressional seats or drops to six, they said. “The possibility that Alabama might receive only six House seats is, by definition, contingent and speculative,"...
    The state of Alabama has no standing in trying to stop the U.S. Census Bureau from including people in the country illegally from the numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, the federal government said in court papers reflecting a reversal that has accompanied the change in presidential administrations. A federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit from Alabama and Republican U.S. Rep. Morris “Mo” Brooks seeking the exclusion of people in the country illegally from the apportionment numbers, attorneys for President Joe Biden’s administration said in court papers Wednesday. At the very least, the judge should put the court case on hold until the Census Bureau releases apportionment figures by the end of April that will show whether Alabama keeps seven congressional seats or drops to six, they said. “The possibility that Alabama might receive only six House seats is, by definition, contingent and speculative,” Biden administration attorneys said. “After...
    New York City could run out of vaccine today; Pfizer/BioNTech weaker against South African variant, study says: Latest COVID-19 updates Boebert draws Democratic challenger who labels her threat to democracy It took Congress nine months to hash out the details of the stimulus bill that included the second check for $600. This time, Democrats plan to fast-track President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal in less two months, a move that would send the third stimulus check for up to $1,400 out in a matter of weeks, not months (in the middle of tax season, in fact). © Provided by CNET Congress is on track to complete the latest stimulus package much faster than it did the last one. Sarah Tew/CNET According to the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the House of Representatives intends to work through the month on Biden's American Rescue Plan, with the goal of voting on the...
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally spoke on the phone with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, after nearly a month since the American president took office. Netanyahu was the first leader in the Middle East to receive a call from Biden, but the 12th world leader overall, leading many to speculate the delayed call was a sign of things to come for Israel-U.S. ties. Donald Trump, by contrast, called Netanyahu within two days of becoming president. The conversation was “very friendly and warm and lasted about an hour,” the Prime Minister’s Office said. “The two leaders noted their personal ties of many years and said they will work together to continue bolstering the strong alliance between Israel and the U.S.,” the readout outlined. Biden later confirmed to reporters it was a “good conversation.” A White House statement said Biden “affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent...
    Reuters February 18, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden told 10 top union leaders on Wednesday that his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan and a separate measure to modernize U.S. infrastructure would boost the U.S. economy and create millions of good-paying jobs. Biden met with the labor officials, including Richard Trumka, a long-time political ally and head of the AFL-CIO federation of labor unions, Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Union, and Lonnie Stephenson, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in the Oval Office. “We have an incredible opportunity to make some enormous progress in creating jobs,” Biden told reporters at the beginning of the meeting. He called himself “a labor guy”, but said that was not inconsistent with growing businesses. “As they say in parts of my state, ‘These are the folks that brung me to the dance.’ And I appreciate their friendship,”...
    President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Wednesday afternoon for the first time since the president took office in January, discussing the long-standing U.S.-Israel relationship and the two nations’ shared interests throughout the Middle East. Biden said the call was a “good conversation,” according to a pool report. Netanyahu described the call as “friendly and warm” on Twitter, adding that it lasted about an hour. “The two leaders noted their long-standing personal connection and said they would work together to further strengthen the strong alliance between Israel and the United States,” he added. “The President affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation,” a White House readout of the call said. “Together, the leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran. The...
    Americans are commemorating Presidents Day Monday, a federal holiday honoring all U.S. presidents.   The holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, the birth month of two of the country’s most prominent presidents - George Washington, the nation’s first president, and Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War.  While some U.S. workers have the day off, including federal employees and bankers, many do not.     Taking place in the middle of winter, the holiday is not associated with the barbeques and picnics of summer holidays and is often used as an opportunity for companies to offer discounted car and retail sales.    This year, a Boston-based auction house, RR Auction, is timing an auction of presidential memorabilia around the holiday.   Nearly 300 presidential artifacts are available to be bid on in the online auction, including John F. Kennedy's crimson Harvard sweater, locks of Washington's hair, and a signed photograph of Lincoln.  The auction also...
    Americans commemorate Presidents Day Monday, a federal holiday honoring all U.S. presidents.   The holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, the birth month of two of the country’s most prominent presidents - George Washington, the nation’s first president, and Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War.  While some U.S. workers have the day off, including federal employees and bankers, many do not.     Taking place in the middle of winter, the holiday is not associated with the barbeques and picnics of summer holidays and is often used as an opportunity for companies to offer discounted car and retail sales.    This year, a Boston-based auction house, RR Auction, is timing an auction of presidential memorabilia around the holiday.   Nearly 300 presidential artifacts are available to be bid on in the online auction, including John F. Kennedy's crimson Harvard sweater, locks of Washington's hair, and a signed photograph of Lincoln.  The auction also includes...
    In one US city, coronavirus vaccines for everyone 18 and over Graham: McConnells speech attacking Trump could haunt GOP in 2022 Stimulus bill now taking shape: Every important thing happening, including $1,400 check House Democrats weren't waiting for their Senate colleagues to conclude the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump to hammer out the details of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief and stimulus package. "I am so proud of our members who are busy at work organizing their committees to get ready for our bill that we anticipate will become law as soon as possible," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week, saying the goal is to have the legislation "on the president's desk" for Joe Biden to sign into law by March 14. (Here's how soon new stimulus checks could arrive.) © Provided by CNET The latest stimulus package is on track to arrive much...
            by Eric Lendrum  Joe Biden has announced that his administration will be ending the declaration of a national emergency on the southern border that was first declared by the Trump Administration, as reported by Fox News. President Trump first declared the national emergency in February of 2019, which allowed him to allocate billions of federal dollars to the construction of the wall after Congress repeatedly blocked his efforts to do so. The move allowed for nearly 500 miles of new border wall to be constructed by the end of his first term. Biden announced the decision in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in which he described the policy as “unwarranted.” Despite the move, the Biden Administration will leave approximately 3,600 troops stationed along the border for the remainder of the fiscal year. This comes after Biden had already reversed other immigration...
    Donald Trump is the only US president to have twice suffered the infamy of “impeachment”. Donald Trump could be acquitted on Saturday after a vigorous trial in Congress, where his supporters sowed violence and chaos on January 6. The senators, at the same time witnesses, judges and jurors, must resume at 10:00 am (4:00 pm HB) the trial of the former president, one month to the day after his indictment for “incitement to insurrection”. Donald Trump, the only US president to have twice suffered the infamy of “impeachment”, has every chance of being acquitted, as in his first impeachment trial a year ago. Given his strong popularity on the right, it seems unlikely that 17 Republican senators will vote with the 50 elected Democrats and form the qualified majority necessary to convict him, a verdict that would pave the way for a term of ineligibility. Biden “impatient”...
    New York (CNN Business)The Biden administration and the semiconductor industry appear to be moving closer to creating a plan aimed at bolstering domestic chipmaking.The effort could help resolve the critical microchip shortage currently hobbling industries from automobiles to video games. It could also address longstanding concerns about shrinking US capacity to produce these crucial electronics components.Industry leaders including Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD) and Qualcomm (QCOM) sent a letter to President Joe Biden Thursday urging him to include funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research in his administration's plans for economic recovery from the pandemic."(Semiconductors) enable the technologies needed to realize your Build Back Better goals, including smarter and safer transportation, greater broadband access, cleaner energy, and a more efficient energy grid, while also providing high-paying jobs for Americans and strengthening our advanced manufacturing base," the group said in the letter, adding that robust US chip manufacturing is important for "enhancing our...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was among the members of a bipartisan group of lawmakers to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House Friday to talk about the Biden administration’s plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawmakers met to go over the American Rescue Plan, which the White House billed last month as “an aggressive, two-step plan for rescue, from the depths of this crisis, and recovery, by investing in America, creating millions of additional good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis, advancing racial equity, and building back better than before.” RELATED: Ed Smith Stadium To Allow Fans For Orioles Spring Training Games; Attendance Capped At 25% Capacity Larry Hogan, governor of Maryland, from right, Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico, U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris wear protective masks during a meeting with governors and mayors in the Oval...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Americans give President Joe Biden higher marks for his handling of the economy than they gave any his four predecessors at the same point in their presidencies, according to a CNBC survey published Thursday. Biden holds a 62 percent approval rating on that issue, according to the survey. President Barack Obama placed second, with approval from 60 percent of Americans in February 2009. President George W. Bush placed third, with 57 percent approval in March 2001, followed by President Bill Clinton (51 percent) and President Donald Trump (44 percent). Trump, Biden’s immediate predecessor, presided over a surge of 6.7 million new jobs between the time he took office in January 2017 and December 2019. The unemployment rate dipped during that period from 4.7 percent to 3.5 percent, its lowest level since December 1969. It rose to 14.7 percent in April 2020, after the onset of lockdowns related...
    Miami : US President Joe Biden first spoke by phone on Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House announced in a statement. In the call, Biden expressed his “deep concerns” about the “unfair and coercive” economic practices in the Asian nation, the repression in Hong Kong and the “human rights violations in Xinjiang”, a region where the minority resides. Muslim of the Uyghurs. The White House statement further indicated that both leaders addressed the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic and the “common challenges” posed by global health security and climate change. On Thursday, Biden said the conversation with Jinping lasted two hours. The conversation between the two leaders took place the same day that Biden visited the Pentagon for the first time since taking office on January 20. During his stay, he announced the creation of a special Defense Department working group on China and ordered an...
    Reuters February 10, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he had approved an executive order paving the way for new sanctions on Myanmar military officers and their businesses after the military detained elected leaders and seized power on Feb. 1. Biden said the executive order would enable his administration “to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members.” Myanmar’s military arrested civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and announced a year-long state of emergency, citing allegations a November election was beset by fraud. The electoral commission dismissed the army’s complaints. Biden also announced a freeze on $1 billion of “Burmese government funds held in the United States” that would prevent the generals from accessing those funds. He did not say specifically who would be hit with the new sanctions. “We will identify a...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that the United States will sanction Myanmar's military leaders after last week's coup in the country.In brief remarks, the President said he had approved a new executive order allowing the United States to "immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members." He said they would identify targets of those sanctions this week "and we're also going to impose strong export controls.""We're freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly," he said, using another name for Myanmar.Earlier on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the effort would go beyond unilateral actions to include "working with our partners and allies, including in the region, to determine the right ways to put pressure...
    Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images A stunning 83 percent of Americans say they support a new Covid relief package, with nearly as many saying that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion package is either the right size — or needs to be even larger. The latest CBS News/YouGov poll shows that very few Americans are balking at the price tag on President Biden’s relief proposal. Respondents were asked “From what you have heard or read, do you think the economic relief package being discussed in Congress right now” is “too much, not enough,” or “about the right amount,” and only 20 percent say it’s too much. Among the rest, 39 percent say the package is about the right size, and a slightly greater 40 percent say it should be more. That includes 61 percent of Republicans who say the relief package is the right amount or should be larger, and 78 percent of...
    By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats begin formally making their case on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should be convicted for inciting the U.S. Capitol siege, a day after a divided Senate concluded his impeachment trial could proceed even though Trump has already left office. The House of Representatives has charged Trump with inciting an insurrection after he delivered a fiery speech on Jan. 6 exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol, where members of Congress were gathered to certify President Joe Biden's electoral victory. In an assault that stunned the world, rioters stormed the building in a futile effort to stop Biden's win, sending lawmakers into hiding and leaving five people dead, including a police officer. On Tuesday, the Senate voted largely along party lines that the impeachment trial could move ahead even though Trump's term ended on Jan. 20. Six...
    Following Joe Biden’s executive decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline, Hollywood celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and Cher are now pressuring the president to shut down another energy project — the Dakota Access Pipeline. Former president Donald Trump championed both projects as job creators and important components to achieving energy independence. A letter to the White House signed by a slew of celebrities and environmental activists said that the closure of  the Dakota Access Pipeline is necessary in order “to address the climate crisis and strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities.” Other stars who signed the letter include Amy Schumer, Joaquin Phoenix, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Handler, Don Cheadle, Jason Momoa, Robert Downey, Jr., Ed Helms, Kerry Washington, Cyndi Lauper, and Sarah Silverman. Joaquin Phoenix attends the “Joker” Premiere at cinema UGC Normandie son September 23, 2019 in Paris, France. ( Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Jason...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several of President Joe Biden's nominees to head key U.S. agencies are selling stock holdings and pledging to seek ethics waivers if they have to oversee matters in which they have had personal interests, according to new filings with the Office of Government Ethics. Biden has asked federal employees to sign stepped-up ethics pledges, and said no family members will work in the White House. Multiple conflicts of interest emerged in the previous administration of Donald Trump. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last week obtained a waiver from Treasury ethics lawyers before gathering top financial regulators to study price volatility in GameStop Corp and other stocks. Yellen had received $700,000 in speaking fees from Citadel LLC, a hedge fund at the center of the retail stock frenzy and had pledged https://extapps2.oge.gov/201/Presiden.nsf/PAS+Index/18A4D129DD5675888525864F0081071C/$FILE/Yellen,%20Janet%20L.%20final%20EA.pdf to seek permission to deal with matters directly involving the company. GARY GENSLER'S, SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE...
    President Biden will travel to Wisconsin next week, marking his first administration-related trip outside of the Washington area and his home state of Delaware. Biden will be visiting Milwaukee on Feb. 16, the White House said in a brief statement. Details of the trip were not provided. Biden will participate in a televised town hall and take questions from voters, CNN announced shortly after the statement. Evening host Anderson Cooper will moderate the event, which will air at 8 p.m. EST on the cable network. A network spokesperson described the town hall as an "invitation-only, socially distanced audience" that will "follow Wisconsin's guidance and regulations to ensure a safe event." The new president has received both injections of a COVID-19 vaccine. Biden won the state in the presidential election last year by about 20,000 votes, flipping the state with 49.6% of the vote to Trump's 48.9%. A recount...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a call on Monday to work closely to fight COVID-19, renew their partnership on climate change and defend democratic institution and norms around the world, including in Myanmar. "The leaders agreed to continuing close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity, and a stronger regional architecture through the Quad," the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Mohammad Zargham) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, environment, United States, India, Asia, international trade
    Loading the player... A recent report shows that Black workers in the restaurant industry received less tips than other racial groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CNBC, nearly 90 percent of Black workers said that their tips declined by 50 percent or more. Overall, 78 percent of workers said their tips declined similarly. Prior to the pandemic, Black service workers were more likely than other racial groups to report that their average hourly wage was less than $15. Black workers also reported that their hourly income was also as low as $10 including tips, according to One Fair Wage. Read More: New York Times journalists leave after accusations of racism, harassment The survey consisted of 4,100 workers from five states and Washington D.C. who participated between October 2020 and January 2021 via the phone and via email. The report, Ending A Legacy of Slavery:...
    The Biden administration said Friday that it is removing the terrorist designation for the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen -- reversing a move made in the final days of the Trump administration and the latest sign of a different approach to the war-torn Middle East.  "After a comprehensive review, we can confirm that [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] intends to revoke the Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist designations of Ansarallah," a State Department spokesperson said. "We have formally notified Congress of the Secretary’s intent to revoke these designations and will share more details in the coming days." BIDEN ANNOUNCES END TO SUPPORT OF SAUDI-LED OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS IN YEMEN  The U.S. has given support to the Saudis in the conflict and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on the Houthis and designated them a "foreign terrorist organization" (FTO). That move was part of the administration’s efforts...
    (CNN)In his first phone call with new United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, China's top diplomat has again pinned the blame on Washington for plunging bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades, and rejected international criticism of Beijing's policies in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Yang Jiechi, the top foreign policy aide to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, told Blinken during their Friday call that the US should "correct recent mistakes, and work with China to promote the healthy and stable development of China-US relations by upholding the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation," according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Yang emphasized that both sides should respect the other's core interests, as well as political systems and developmental paths of their own choosing, the statement said."Each side should focus on taking care of its own domestic affairs. China will firmly continue down the...
    Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenLebanese activist who spoke out against Hezbollah found dead in car Biden to freeze Germany drawdown 180 human rights groups urge boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics MORE spoke with his Chinese counterpart Friday, the first conversation between the two diplomats amid an adjustment in the relationship between Washington and Beijing.  Blinken had a phone call with Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi to extend his best wishes for a happy lunar new year, according to a readout of the call from the State Department. The secretary of State pushed Yang on reports of human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and the crackdown of civil rights in Tibet and Hong Kong, among other security-related issues. “Secretary Blinken stressed the United States will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and...
    By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer The Biden administration will soon begin collecting data from thousands of U.S. schools to find out how they have been affected by the pandemic, including how many have returned to in-person instruction, officials said Friday. Led by the Education Department, the effort will collect monthly data from 7,000 schools on a range of topics related to COVID-19. It’s the first federal effort to gather data on the pandemic’s impact on education. President Joe Biden called for the data in a Jan. 21 executive order on school reopening. The Trump administration declined to collect data on the subject, saying it wasn’t the role of the federal government to do so. Chief among its purposes, the data will provide a national look at schools’ operating status, including how many are offering remote learning. It will help answer a simple but previously elusive question: How many schools...
    President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19, American Rescue plan is now on a path to completion, following the passage of the budget resolution underlying the process in the early hours of Friday morning. The House will pass the resolution in an expedited rules bill Friday. Now the framework of that resolution, with its instructions to the various committees, will drive the drafting of the whole process, and now is when the deficit peacock trolls will start trying to play the refs. Enter Politico Playbook, which absolutely loves to be the conduit for said trolls. Friday morning—as Vice President Kamala Harris was providing the final vote for that $1.9 trillion package—the Villagers at Politico were penning a story about how Larry Summers' op-ed in The Washington Post "puts down on paper what many liberal wonks have been whispering about for weeks," the idea that Biden's "stimulus bill may be too big."...
    The National Security Council will host a principals meeting Friday to discuss the Biden administration’s range of options for potential action on Iran. Axios first reported the meeting Thursday night, which was subsequently confirmed by White House press secretary Jen Psaki the following morning. (RELATED: Iran Shows Off New Rocket With Advanced Missile Technology) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to staff at the US State Department during the first visit of US President Joe Biden(L) in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced concern over jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny and imprisoned Americans in a telephone call Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) “It should come as no surprise that the National Security Council is hosting interagency policy meetings, including on a broad range of issues in the Middle East, including at the Principals...
    In his first foreign policy address, US President Joe Biden on Thursday described China as the “most serious competitor” to the United States and vowed to confront Beijing on various fronts, including human rights, intellectual property and economic policy. Appearing at the State Department, Biden declared his administration would “take on directly the challenges posed [to] our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious competitor: China”. “We’ll confront China’s economic abuses [and] push back on China’s attack on human rights, intellectual property and global governance,” Biden said. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The address comes as his administration faces early diplomatic tests, including Russia’s imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a coup in Myanmar that has resulted in a return to military rule. Relations with Beijing remain fraught, too, with Washington making critical statements...
    President Joe Biden's administration has deported hundreds of immigrants in its early days despite his campaign pledge to stop removing most people in the U.S. illegally at the beginning of his term.A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations, but the ruling did not require the government to schedule them. In recent days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported immigrants to at least three countries: 15 people to Jamaica on Thursday and 269 people to Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. More deportation flights were scheduled for Monday.SEE ALSO: Biden signs immigration executive order creating task force to reunite families separated at borderIt's unclear how many of those people are considered national security or public safety threats or had recently crossed the border illegally, the priority under new guidance that the Department of Homeland Security issued to enforcement agencies and that...
    Reuters February 2, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. State Department will conduct a review of its foreign assistance to Myanmar after determining that the military takeover in the Asian country this week constituted a coup, officials said on Tuesday. President Joe Biden has threatened new sanctions against the generals who seized power in Myanmar and detained elected leaders including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi early on Monday. Washington has not been in direct contact with the coup leaders in Myanmar or the deposed civilian government leaders.  At the request of the White House, the top U.S. military officer, Army General Mark Milley, attempted to call Myanmar’s military following the coup, but he was unable to connect, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. Under U.S. law, the assessment that a coup has taken place automatically puts restrictions on U.S. assistance. The coup is a significant blow for the Biden...
    President Joe Biden will on Tuesday announce his latest round of actions on immigration, including the federal task force dedicated to reuniting families separated at the southern border throughout the entirety of the previous administration. That task force will be led by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, who is also expected to be confirmed by the Senate, finally, that same day. “This task force will work across the U.S. government, with key stakeholders and representatives of impacted families, and with partners across the hemisphere to find parents and children separated by the Trump administration,” the White House said in a fact sheet. “The task force will make recommendations to the president and federal agencies regarding steps that they can take to reunify families. Further, the task force will report regularly to the President and recommend steps to prevent such tragedies from occurring again.” However, other immigration actions expected on Tuesday will not immediately reverse...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has formally determined that the military takeover in Myanmar constitutes a coup d'état, a designation that requires the US to cut its foreign assistance to the country."After careful review of the facts and circumstances, we have assessed that Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's ruling party, and Win Myint, the duly elected head of government, were deposed in a military coup on February 1," a State Department official said Tuesday. "We continue to call on the Burmese military leadership to release them and all other detained civil society and political leaders immediately and unconditionally.""In addition, we will undertake a broader review of our assistance programs to ensure they align with recent events," the official said. "At the same time, we will continue programs that benefit the people of Burma directly, including humanitarian assistance and democracy support programs that benefit civil society. A democratic civilian...
    On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will sign three executive orders focused on the issue of immigration. These include reuniting families that were separated after crossing the U.S. border, address shortcomings in the current asylum system and conduct a review on changes made to the legal immigration system during the Trump administration, as reported by CNN. The orders seek to rectify the previous president’s hardline stance on immigration, but will not provide an overnight solution. Biden is expected to continue issuing executive orders on the issue as reviews are completed and his immigration agenda develops. The most notable of the executive actions is the creation of a task force to begin the process of reunification for children in the United States and their parents who have been deported without them. Details of how this will be done have not yet been revealed, and a lack of records is likely to prevent...
    By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has deported hundreds of immigrants in its early days despite his campaign pledge to stop removing most people in the U.S. illegally at the beginning of his term. A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations, but the ruling did not require the government to schedule them. In recent days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported immigrants to at least three countries: 15 people to Jamaica on Thursday and 269 people to Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. More deportation flights were scheduled Monday. It’s unclear how many of those people are considered national security or public safety threats or had recently crossed the border illegally, the priority under new guidance that the Department of Homeland Security issued to enforcement agencies. That guidance went into effect Monday. In the...
    Thirty-seven House Republicans have co-sponsored a resolution to oppose any plan or procedures that would vaccinate prisoners at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba for COVID-19 before all Americans are offered the inoculations. Reps. Alison Hinson, R-Iowa, and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced the resolution Monday, two days after the Biden administration said it was "pausing" plans to vaccinate the 40 remaining detainees at the camp. The detention center houses those captured in the War on Terror following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. The order to vaccinate the prisoners was signed Wednesday by President Joe Biden appointee Terry Adirim, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, a week after Inauguration Day. "It is inexcusable and un-American that President Biden is prioritizing vaccines for terrorist detainees over American citizens, including veterans, first responders, 9/11 first responders, and seniors,"...
    HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration has deported hundreds of immigrants in its early days despite his campaign pledge to stop removing most people in the U.S. illegally at the beginning of his term. A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations, but the ruling did not require the government to schedule them. In recent days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported immigrants to at least three countries: 15 people to Jamaica on Thursday and 269 people to Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. More deportation flights were scheduled Monday. It’s unclear how many of those people are considered national security or public safety threats or had recently crossed the border illegally, the priority under new guidance that the Department of Homeland Security issued to enforcement agencies. That guidance went into effect Monday. In the border city of...
    "Volunteers from pro-immigration group Families Belong Together build and fill a chainlink cage with about 600 teddy bears representing the children still separated as a result of U.S. immigration policies, on the National Mall November 16, 2020 in Washington, DC." The Biden administration is expected to announce on Tuesday its federal task force dedicated to reuniting families that were separated at the southern border by the previous administration, including hundreds of children who continue to remain apart nearly four years after the initial “piloting” of the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy.  NBC News initially reported that Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), would be heading the interdepartmental task force. This was later confirmed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “When the task force is announced,” the report continued, “it is expected to be an inter-agency effort across the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the...
    The Democratic Party's official Twitter account has sparked backlash Saturday after tweeting that President Biden will "build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person." Critics of the tweet claim it contradicts the promise made by Biden that a separate, $2,000 stimulus check would "go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble" if Georgia voters cast their ballots for the newly-elected Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock during the state runoff elections earlier this month.  SANDERS DISMISSES BIDEN 'UNITY' PLEDGE TO PUSH COVID RELIEF BILL Some replied directly to the tweet, including one user who accused the party and Biden of "gaslighting the very people who trusted & voted for you" while another chimed in, writing "Good luck in the midterms with this incredible strategy." Others expressed their anger for the alleged...
    Savannah Rychcik January 31, 2021 0 Comments A group of Senate Republicans is urging President Joe Biden to meet with them to discuss their own proposal for a COVID-19 relief bill. “We request the opportunity to meet with you to discuss our proposal in greater detail and how we can work together to meet the needs of the American people during this persistent pandemic,” a letter signed by Senators including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reads. Their proposal includes $160 billion to enhance the nation’s capabilities in areas including vaccine development and distribution, testing and tracing, and treatment and supplies. The senators noted their proposal includes another round of relief payments “for those families who need assistance the most, including their dependent children and adults.” “Our plan also includes extending enhanced federal unemployment benefits at the current level and fully funding your request for...
    A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support​,” the letter continued.  “​We request the opportunity to meet with you to discuss our proposal in greater detail and how we can work together to meet the needs of the American people during this persistent pandemic​,” they said. ​​ The letter did not state an estimated price tag...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images The $1.9 trillion covid relief plan pushed by the Joe Biden administration has received some Republican opposition, and now ten Republican senators are putting out their counterproposal. The senators signed onto this proposal are: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Todd Young, Shelley Moore Capito, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, and Thom Tillis. They request a meeting with Biden to discuss their proposal, which includes $160 billion to “enhance our capabilities” with respect to vaccines and PPE production, and economic relief they say is “more targeted assistance than in the Administration’s plan.” New: 10 Republican senators write a letter asking to meet w/ Biden and discuss a Covid relief counter-proposal they’re working on. They say it’ll have $160b for vaccines, $4b for abuse services, existing UI, nutrition + unspecified policies on “targeted” economic aid and schools. pic.twitter.com/LS34418QCN — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 31, 2021...
    More On: Coronavirus First US airport selling coronavirus tests in vending machines South African strain found in Maryland, becoming third case in U.S. Pilots out of practice due to pandemic? Some say yes Couple married for 63 years has ‘dinner date’ while hospitalized with COVID-19 A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support​,” the...
    A new report from the World Economic Forum says that countries cannot use the lowered carbon emissions from the pandemic to help alleviate climate change. The 2021 Global Risks report outlines threats to humanity including, political and social unrest, as well as economic disenfranchisement. Citing similar downturns during the Great Recession, report authors stress that the slowdown of emissions during the pandemic is just a small respite, rather than stand for prolonged reductions. “Although lockdowns worldwide caused global emissions to fall in the first half of 2020, evidence from the 2008–2009 Financial Crisis warns that emissions could bounce back,” the report reads. “A shift towards greener economies cannot be delayed until the shocks of the pandemic subside.” Instead, authors should use aggressive targets and carbon trading to help move towards a reduced emissions economy. “A shift towards greener production and consumption cannot be delayed until economies are revived,” the report...
    The new goal comes alongside recent and upcoming EV introductions, including the Hummer EV poster child, new Chevy Bolts and the Cadillac Celestiq. GM so far intends to offer 30 new EVs by 2025, and hopes that most or all Cadillacs will be electric by 2030. GM has backed electric transportation for a while, but critics have accused it of shifting its focus depending on who runs the US. It supported the Trump administration’s lawsuit attempting to strip California of its power to set independent fuel emissions rules, but backed out shortly after Joe Biden’s election win. President Biden signed a series of pro-environment policies just a day before GM’s announcement, including a review of fossil fuel developments — while GM might not have made a snap decision, it clearly knows that combustion engines won’t have many fans at the White House. The question is whether or not other American...
    President Joe Biden will issue a series of executive actions Thursday that target abortion restrictions and provide additional opportunities for Americans to enroll in health insurance programs. The abortion presidential memorandum will “immediately” rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits non-profit organizations from receiving funding from the federal government if they provide abortion services. The memo also directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to perform a review of Title X family planning regulations. (RELATED: Biden Refocusing National Security Around Climate Change — Here’s What His Latest Executive Orders Do) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 27: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about climate change issues in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed several executive orders related to the climate change crisis on Wednesday, including one directing a pause on new oil and natural gas leases on public...
    The World Health Organization is refusing to confirm whether the coronavirus originated in China as President Biden strengthens his administration's ties with the entity.  President Biden has promised to overturn President Donald Trump’s decision in June to cut off funds to WHO and withdraw the U.S. from the agency. BIDEN TO RE-ENGAGE WITH WHO AFTER TRUMP CUT TIES OVER COVID, CHINA  Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies program, said Jan. 22 virtual press conference in response to a question from an NBC reporter Keir Simmons about the origins of the virus that "it is too early to make any conclusion," but the WHO is "making some progress." "I'm always very afraid in any process where the conclusions start looking for the evidence to support them, and we're dealing with a lot of that in the last few days around her," Ryan said. "The difficulty, I think -- and I think we have to...
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is “monitoring” GameStop stock trading after Redditors surged the company’s pricing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday. Reddit communities jumped on GameStop stocks and caused a subsequent surge in value Tuesday after trading company Melvin Capital attempted to short the video game company’s stock pricing. The incident has caused some to call for an SEC investigation into the Reddit pile-on, with NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman calling for regulators to “manage the situation.” “Our economic team including Secretary Yellen and others are monitoring the situation,” Psaki told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a good reminder, though, that the stock market isn’t the only measure of the health of our economy.” (RELATED: New York Stock Exchange To Delist Major Chinese Telecom Companies, Citing Trump’s Executive Order) . @jrpsaki on Gamestop: “Our economic team including Secretary Yellen and others are monitoring the situation. It’s a good reminder, though,...
    President Biden warned against a “resurgent tide of anti-Semitism” in remarks on Holocaust Remembrance Day amid a surge in activity from far-right groups.  “We must pass the history of the Holocaust on to our grandchildren and their grandchildren in order to keep real the promise of ‘never again.’ That is how we prevent future genocides,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday. “Remembering the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust is particularly important today as Holocaust deniers and minimizers are growing louder in our public discourse. But the facts are not up for question, and each of us must remain vigilant and speak out against the resurgent tide of anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance, here at home and around the world.” Biden pointed to the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which he has repeatedly condemned. The country has grappled with the emergence of far-right groups...
    CHARLIZE THERON and Amy Schumer are among 50 prominent women asking Joe Biden to give moms $2,400 stimulus checks during the Covid pandemic. Female celebrities, business leaders, and activists signed an open letter to President Biden in today’s New York Times, calling for working mothers to receive increased financial support as part of his $1.9trillion recovery plan. 6Stimulus Check: USA government check, paymentCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6NINTCHDBPICT000503531612Credit: PA:Press Association 6NINTCHDBPICT000555792730Credit: Getty - Contributor The full-page ad was conceived and organized by Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani, who first proposed the idea in an opinion piece for The Hill on December 7. It’s dubbed a “Marshall Plan for Moms,” a reference to the 1948 federal government initiative that ultimately spent more than $12 billion to help rebuild Europe after World War II. Saujani also asks Biden to create a pandemic plan to give mothers financial support, as...
    Biden plans to purchase 200M more doses of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines House Moderate Objects to Democrat-Only Bill: Stimulus Update HBO Max Reaches 37.7M, Including 17.2M “Activated,” Subscribers AT&T CEO John Stankey talking about HBO Max The final few weeks of 2020 proved invaluable for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. The streaming service, buoyed by an eight-months-in-the-making distribution deal with Roku and the Christmas Day release of Wonder Woman 1984, ended the year with 17.17 million activated users, twice as many as at the start of the fourth quarter, AT&T disclosed on Wednesday. HBO Max now reaches 37.665 million total subscribers. That compares with 28.7 million subscribers, including 8.6 million activated users, as of the end of September. Combined, HBO and HBO Max had 41.5 million U.S. subscribers as of the end of 2020, compared with 38.0 million as of the end of September. “The release of Wonder Woman 1984 helped drive...
    President Joe Biden will sign a host of climate initiatives on Wednesday, which include ending drilling on federal land and doubling wind energy after he canceled the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The orders will kick off his drive to combat climate change, an issue area young Democratic voters pressed him on during the presidential campaign.    Among the provisions in the executive order is a directive to the secretary of the Interior to pause new oil and natural gas leases on federal lands or offshore waters. It also directs the secretary to double renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030. The orders also direct the government to conserve 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030, to create a National Climate Task Force to assemble a government-wide action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, establishes a White House interagency council on environmental justice, and makes climate change a national...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said 'all violence' will be reviewed as part of the Biden administration's efforts to tackle domestic violent extremism in the wake of the January 6 riot on the US Capitol as well as recent unrest in Portland, Seattle and Denver.  Speaking in the White House press briefing Tuesday, Psaki confirmed that the national security team will look at all violence going on nationwide through the same lens - whether from right-wing extremists or left-wing agitators.  'All violence happening around the country will be reviewed by the tasking by the national security team,' Psaki said.   Her comments came after Fox News Journalist Peter Doocy asked if the office of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines is branding the people who participated in riots in Portland, Oregon, as 'domestic violent extremists' alongside the Capitol rioters.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (above) has said...
    Two of the farthest left black members of Congress are calling for a reprieve for Dylan Roof, the white supremacist who shocked America by shooting nine people after praying with them in Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel Church. Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush — both members of the so-called ‘squad’ of progressive Democratic representatives — have called on new president Joe Biden to save the lives of Roof and 48 others currently on federal death row. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could also be spared if Biden agrees to the move. His death sentence was overturned on appeal and the Supreme Court is currently weighing whether to take up his case for a final decision. The plea from Pressley and Bush — supported by 35 Democrats in the House, including three of the other four members of the squad — comes after former president Donald Trump ordered the execution of 13 killers...
    Dr Anthony Fauci says he feared people would start doing 'dangerous and foolish things' after Donald Trump suggested that injecting disinfectant could treat COVID-19.  In a wide-ranging interview on CNN's Out Front, the 80-year-old also said he was never worried about Trump firing him because he wasn't a presidential employee and admitted it was a 'good thing' that the Biden administration had let go high-profile members of the COVID-19 task force, including Dr Deborah Birx. When asked what his reaction was to Trump's disinfectant comments early on in the pandemic, Fauci said: 'I just said, 'Oh my goodness gracious.' I could just see what's going to happen'. 'You're going to have people who hear that from the president and they're going to start doing dangerous and foolish things, which is the reason why, immediately, those of us who were not there said 'this is something you should not do'.  Dr...