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    Washington (CNN)NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg opened the door Monday to the alliance keeping forces in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline when the US had promised to remove its remaining 2,500 troops from the country."While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right," Stoltenberg told a press conference in advance of an alliance defense ministers meeting later this week. Ministers are expected to discuss the fate of US and NATO troops at the meeting but reaching a quick decision on Afghanistan may be difficult given that Biden administration is reviewing how it will move ahead. NATO, Stoltenberg said, needs to "find the right balance between making sure that we not stay longer than necessary but at the same time that we don't leave too early." Biden has no good options on Afghanistan with deadline for troop withdrawal loomingThe Biden...
    Although our Founders correctly recognized that the overriding responsibility of the president is to secure our liberties by “protect[ing] and defend[ing] the Constitution,” in this modern era most Americans likely would consider that the most important job of the president is to serve as “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces, and thereby protect the nation’s security. If so, the new Biden administration is establishing a rather odd vision for how the Department of Defense will meet its responsibilities in this regard. The national defense priorities of this administration, as revealed in public documents issued already by the president and his chosen Secretary of Defense, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, reflect a sharp departure from his recent predecessors and from historic norms. In one of his first executive orders, Biden chose to exercise his power as commander-in-chief not to affirm or reaffirm the need for a strong military defense against our nation’s...
    Asian Americans like me are fighting hate with tradition (Opinion) Iran renews pledge against nukes after controversy Elon Musk said the Biden administration rejected his idea of a carbon tax as too politically difficult © Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he suggested a carbon tax to the Biden administration. The idea was rejected as being "too politically difficult," he said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Musk has advocated a carbon tax since 2015. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Elon Musk says he suggested a carbon tax to the Biden administration, but the idea was dismissed as too divisive. Load Error Appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Thursday, the Tesla CEO said: "I talked to the Biden Administration - incoming administration - and they...
    President Biden's aggressive goal to completely decarbonize the power sector in the next 15 years brings him directly in conflict with natural gas, the resource that has largely driven U.S. emissions reductions to date. Biden faces a remarkably different landscape than the Obama administration when it unveiled the first-ever carbon controls for power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, in 2015. Coal power has been on a steady decline, replaced largely by natural gas, which is cheaper. Renewable energy costs have dropped dramatically. The result has seen the power sector reducing emissions on par with the trajectory the Clean Power Plan, which was paused by the Supreme Court and ultimately scrapped by the Trump administration, would have required. In addition, many states have put in place their own policies to drive toward 100% clean energy or higher percentages of renewable power. Utilities that once vigorously fought the Obama administration...
    New political leadership traditionally signals hope—not just hope for the advancement of the American people, but also hope for our institutions, our environment, and certainly, animals in need. Those animals will have new opportunities for lifesaving protections with the Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress, who will have the power and authority to build, strengthen and reform critical programs that support animals in need as well as the people who love them. Meaningful change happens by creating it, not by waiting for it, and that change starts with identifying specific measures that can have the greatest impact. When it comes to helping vulnerable animals, the federal government should address these actionable priorities immediately and with full commitment. 1. Protect dogs from cruel breeding practices The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has consistently failed to meet its obligations to thousands of animals raised in federally licensed facilities—including dogs living in...
    The draw for the Bonoloto held this Saturday has distributed the accumulated jackpot between two successful of the first category (6 hits), which have each won a prize of 139,093.61 euros. As reported by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, the winning tickets have been validated in an administration of the Alicante town of Onil and through official channel on the internet of Lotteries. Also, another winner in the second category (5 hits + complementary) will also charge the same amount, 139,093.61 euros. In this case, the ticket has been validated in a Lottery administration of Huelva, specifically, number 14, located at Avenida Federico Molina, 55. Finally, the collection This Saturday’s draw has amounted to a total of 2,064,513 euros.
    New York needs the truth about the Cuomo administration coverup of nursing-home deaths — and that means an independent federal investigation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide confessed privately this week that the administration suppressed the true COVID toll in the homes. She also offered an apology — not to the thousands of New York families who needlessly lost loved ones thanks to her boss’s mismanagement but to Democratic lawmakers put in a difficult "political position with the Republicans" by the coverup. A federal investigation may be the only way to get the full truth of Team Cuomo’s order to nursing homes, populated by those most vulnerable to the virus, to take in COVID-positive patients. Not just the "what" of how many lives it cost, but the "why" behind this madness, and the months and months of coverup. Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, made the stunning statement on a video call with Democratic state lawmakers...
            by Debra Heine  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden Administration Thursday after White House officials floated to the media that it was considering a travel ban to and from the Sunshine State because of coronavirus concerns. The Miami Herald reported on Wednesday that the White House was looking at “domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida.” “The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic,” the Herald reported. During a press conference at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at a southwest Florida retirement community, DeSantis called the report “absurd,” and said that such a policy would be “a political attack” on the state’s residents, not to mention “unconstitutional,” “unwise, and  “unjust.” “If you think about it, restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our...
    More On: andrew cuomo Madison Square Garden exec says arena reopening ‘earlier than expected’ ‘Tanking’ the impeachment trial and other commentary Cuomo’s ‘blame Trump’ story for the nursing-home coverup doesn’t remotely add up Who is Melissa DeRosa, top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo? New York needs the truth about the Cuomo administration coverup of nursing home deaths — and that means an independent federal investigation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide confessed privately this week that the administration suppressed the true COVID toll in the homes. She also she offered an apology — not to the thousands of New York families who needlessly lost loved ones thanks to her boss’s mismanagement but to Democratic lawmakers put in a difficult “political position with the Republicans” by the coverup. A federal investigation may be the only way to get the full truth of Team Cuomo’s order to nursing homes, populated by those...
    (Adds quotes, details) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – North Korea’s nuclear weaponand ballistic missile programs are an urgent priority for theUnited States and Washington remains committed todenuclearization of the country, the U.S. State Department saidon Friday. The Biden administration’s lack of direct engagement withNorth Korea should not be seen as an indication that thechallenge posed by its weapons programs was not a priority,department spokesman Ned Price said. “It in fact very much is,” he told a regular briefing. North Korea continued to make progress in its nuclear andmissile programs in recent years “which makes this an urgentpriority for the United States and one that we are committed toaddressing together with our allies and partners,” Price said. “And … the central premise is that we remain committed todenuclearization of North Korea,” he said. Price said the lack of direct engagement to date was “afunction of us making sure...
    TGIF, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal Finance CDC recommends schools in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates not fully open for in-person learning 'Schools can be reopened safely prior to all teachers being vaccinated,' said CDC director Rochelle Walensky.A majority in the U.S. personally know somebody who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 The steadily rising number could have positive implications for combating vaccine hesitancy. Want a better relationship? Talking about money will help Building a life together means fostering honesty and transparency on many levels.I’m thinking of buying a home directly from the seller. He says I have to pay him a commission. Is that true? Real-estate experts warn that buyers could encounter costly pitfalls if they purchase a home directly from the seller.IRS to teachers: Go ahead and write off your mask and hand sanitizer costs Teachers often have to pay for their own PPE, but now they...
    President Joe Biden said wearing masks “through the next year” will save “a significant number of lives” from COVID-19 during a Thursday speech. During his speech at the National Institute Institutes of Health (NIH) Thursday evening, Biden doubled down on previous statements urging masks to be worn nationwide. Biden wore a mask during the speech and urged millions of Americans to wear masks for the considerable future, calling it a “patriotic duty.” As part of Biden’s wider mask initiative, the White House’s coronavirus pandemic team is considering sending masks to everyone in America, NBC News reported last week, which the Trump administration reportedly considered and abandoned last April. In a Jan. 17 tweet, Biden attacked the idea of masks becoming a “partisan issue” and urged Americans to mask up as a “patriotic act.” I know masks have become a partisan issue — but it’s a patriotic act. Experts say wearing...
    Elon Musk says he pitched the Biden administration on instituting a carbon tax as a way to encourage a faster shift to renewable energy, but he was told the idea was essentially “too politically difficult.” Musk described the conversation with the Biden administration during a new podcast with Joe Rogan that was released Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Rogan had asked Musk whether a new technological breakthrough is needed to increase the adoption of battery-powered vehicles. Musk argued the bigger issue is that “a hell of a lot of batteries [are] needed” in order to shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. The best way to encourage that shift, in Musk’s view, is to “put a price on carbon.” “Why don’t you just fight for that?” “My top recommendation honestly would be just to have a carbon...
    (CNN)Amid the swirling controversy over whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration knowingly undercounted deaths among nursing home residents during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, a top aide for the governor apologized to Democratic lawmakers, saying the administration "froze" when initially asked by state legislators back in August about the issue.Which is a stunning admission. And seems to jibe with a report released last month by New York Attorney General Letitia James that suggested that Cuomo's administration undercounted deaths among nursing home residents by as much as 50%."Preliminary data obtained by [the Office of the Attorney general] suggests that many nursing home residents died from Covid-19 in hospitals after being transferred from their nursing homes, which is not reflected in [the Department of Heath's] published total nursing home death data," read the summary of the report.The aide, Melissa DeRosa, sought to clarify her remarks. "I was...
    President Joe Biden’s administration threw the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the bus after she suggested that teachers could return to classrooms before being vaccinated. “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Feb. 3 press briefing. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Walensky’s statements later that same day, telling reporters that the CDC Director’s comments were not official guidance and that she was speaking in her “personal capacity.” Press secretary Jen Psaki contradicts this. She says at press briefing she saw @CDCDirector Walensky’s comment, but CDC “has not released their official guidance yet” on vaccinations of teachers and safe reopening...
    Less than a week after he got the job, U.S. special envoy for Yemen, veteran diplomat Timothy Lenderking was rushed to Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh this week. His objective: Find a way to end the brutal six-year war in Yemen that has claimed well over 100,000 lives. The war has divided Yemen between the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who control the populous north and the capital Sanaa, and the country's Saudi-backed, United Nations-recognized government. The fighting has destroyed Yemen's infrastructure, leaving an already poor nation mired in disease and even deeper poverty, with civilians often caught in the crossfire.  Then-U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, is greeted by Tim Lenderking, who was then the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, left, and Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammad Al-Ayesh, center, upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, July 22, 2015. Carolyn Kaster/AP International relief agencies...
    REUTERS/Jason ReedEdinan Andy Slavitt is now the senior COVID adviser to Biden, one of several Minnesotans in the administration.Welcome to the D.C. Memo. This week: Trump’s second impeachment trial gets underway; the parties do battle over pandemic proposals; and some Minnesotans gain influential posts. Here we go. Trump Impeachment II: This time, it’s personal The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, who is accused of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, got underway this week with some previously unaired video taking center stage. Presented by House managers (the prosecutors), the video, the Associated Press reported, includes rioters “searching menacingly” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence and engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Capitol police. The AP’s takeaway: The images “underscored how dangerously close the rioters came to the nation’s leaders, shifting the focus of the trial from an academic debate about the Constitution...
    SAN DIEGO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, some near the Texas border, for their next immigration court hearings may soon be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed. The Biden administration detailed the plans in a February 12 announcement. The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. RELATED: 2 Of 6 Victims In Deadly Fort Worth Pileup Involving 130+ Vehicles Identified The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump’s most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the...
    (CNN)The US-Mexico border is a pressing challenge for the Biden administration as it tries to reverse former President Donald Trump's hardline policies and address the growing number of arrests along the southern border. But while there's been an increase in the number of people crossing, the situation hasn't yet amounted to crisis levels. US Customs and Border Protection has attributed the uptick in arrests in part to instability in home countries, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and perceptions of instant shifts in US immigration policies.The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on Latin America, where Covid-19 cases and deaths have soared and economies once projected to grow have been decimated. The region was also hit with two devastating hurricanes. The decline in economic growth in 2020, according to the Congressional Research Service, is expected to worsen income inequality and poverty in the region."The biggest reason people leave and come to...
    MATAMOROS, MEXICO - 2020/07/13: A woman talks on phone with children playing next to her in an isolation area. There are around 1,500 people living in tents inside a fenced off area of the park as they wait for their asylum hearings in the United States.Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images 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.The Biden administration just released details of its plan to bring back as early as February 19 approximately 25,000 asylum seekers who were sent to wait in Mexico under one of Donald Trump’s most callous and impactful border policies, known as “Remain in Mexico.” In a phone call with reporters Thursday evening, top administration officials said they’re working closely with the Mexican government and with “international organizations,” which will be doing most of the work...
    HAVANA (AP) – After documents from the administration of former President Donald Trump were declassified the day before – which point to deficiencies in the handling of health incidents reported by US diplomats in Cuba – island officials and scientists hope that his successor Joe Biden reverses the hostile measures against the Caribbean nation since they would have been imposed based on what they described as falsehoods. « Every day it is confirmed more that there was no attack against diplomatic personnel in Havana, » Johana Tablada, deputy director for the United States of the Foreign Ministry, said Thursday in an exclusive statement to The Associated Press. Reports of employees of the United States Embassy affected by headaches, nausea, deafness and vomiting, among other symptoms between 2016 and 2017 were attributed by Trump officials to alleged sonic attacks or from unknown sources, and meant as of 2018 the application of a dramatic...
    New York : This February 14 marks the 3-year anniversary of the massacre in Parkland, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle / . In the United States, there is another pandemic that usually makes headlines or comes to the fore when a massacre occurs: it is the 100 deaths per day caused by gun violence. A few days after commemorating the third anniversary of a massacre in Florida, we believe it appropriate to insist on not letting the debate on a change in regulations regarding access to firearms die that penetrates the sadly called “American culture of possession of firearms. weapons”. Relying on the Second Amendment to the Constitution does not entitle anyone to grab an assault weapon and inflict as much pain as was caused at Parkland High School. The dreams of 17 people were cut short. That obsession with guns, fueled by the National Rifle...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  A Trump-era temporary private facility for holding unaccompanied migrant teenagers will reopen at the southern border as the Biden administration anticipates it will be needed within the next two weeks. The spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human (HHS) Administration for Children and Families declined to answer when asked how the Biden administration’s treatment of detained children would differ from conditions during the Trump administration and instead pointed to President Joe Biden’s executive order on reuniting separated families. “As you are keenly aware, last week, President Biden signed the Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families, which outlines actions the new administration will take on this key issue,” the spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday. “HHS is looking forward to working with the Biden Administration on matters related to this and other...
    Top elected officials in Florida are slamming President Joe Biden's administration, following reports that the White House is considering imposing domestic travel restrictions on the state, which has the most reported case of the 'UK variant' coronavirus. 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes,' said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, at a press conference on Thursday. 'I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that, I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust,' he said.   Asked about the possible domestic travel ban, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said only: 'No decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would change domestic travel.' 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done...
    If it was meant as a signal, it was a powerful one. On her first full day as first lady, Jill Biden welcomed two teachers unions' presidents to the White House. "Joe is going to be a champion for you because he knows that's the best way to serve our students," she told them. The words illuminate one of the early controversies roiling President Biden's administration: how to make good on a promise to follow the science in tackling the coronavirus pandemic while also reopening schools. At the same time, preserving the support of the powerful labor groups that helped propel him to power. The result has been conflicting signals from within the administration about when and how schools will reopen. An embarrassing spat with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was followed by questions about whether the Biden administration was playing fast and loose with a target...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration withheld the true number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 out of fear that federal prosecutors would use the numbers against the state, according to a report Thursday from the New York Post. A top Cuomo aid, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, made the admission during a video conference call with New York state Democratic leaders, according to the Post, saying “we froze” when former President Donald Trump began criticizing the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in his state’s nursing homes. “He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said, according to The Post. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.” Trump then “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us,” DeRosa reportedly said. “Because then we were in a...
    The Biden administration struck deals to purchase another 100 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus shots on Thursday, increasing the U.S. vaccine supply by 50%. “That means lives will be saved,” President Biden said at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. “That means we're now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.” Biden had previously announced at the end of January that his administration would buy additional doses. “These purchases will allow us to accelerate our vaccination efforts to get shots into the arms of the American people,” said Norris Cochran, acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Biden did not offer a timeline for deliveries to hospitals and vaccination centers where people who are eligible, depending on each state’s rollout plan, to get the shots. Most states have already...
    More On: migrants Illegals rushing to the border with Biden in office as admin opens new tent city Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children Honduran migrant traveling to US says Biden is ‘going to help all of us’ Joe Biden’s risky rush to undo every Trump action The White House struggled to answer on Thursday how it was working to dispel the belief among migrants that the US border is open, instead shifting focus to the administration’s “moral and humane” immigration policy, amid a nearly 200 percent surge of illegal crossings. Speaking to reporters at a briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki engaged in a back-and-forth with two reporters about her claim earlier this week that the US is turning away the “vast majority” of migrants at the southern border. After being pressed on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador saying this week...
    The Chinese government is banning BBC News from landing in its country after the British outlet published an explosive story on alleged torture and rape occurring in Uighur concentration camps. The decision comes one week after Ofcom, the media regulator of the United Kingdom had nixed a license for the state run China Global Television Network (CGTN) to air in the U.K. A Thursday statement from China's National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) accused the BBC of not meeting the government's standards for reporting -- including that it allegedly undermined China's national unity. "After investigation, the relevant content of BBC World News’s China-related reports seriously violated the relevant provisions of the 'Regulations on the Administration of Radio and Television' and the 'Administrative Measures for the Landing of Overseas Satellite TV Channels,' violated the requirements that news should be truthful and fair, harmed China’s national interests and undermined China’s national unity," the NRTA...
    The White House has pledged to help address the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, with President Joe Biden said to be signing an executive order to conduct a supply chain review along with developing a long-term strategy to avoid future shortages, via Bloomberg. The cause of the current shortage is due to a mixture of factors: spikes in demand for consumer electronic products like laptops due to changes in lifestyle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; slowdowns in chip production also caused by the pandemic; a business model in the semiconductor industry that sees most companies outsource chip production to firms like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) instead of building the parts themselves; and lingering effects from former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China that made it harder for US companies to work with Chinese chip producers. The shortage impacts everything from PS5s to Ford F-150s The result is...
    New York : Although the government of the president Joe biden seeks to modify the immigration system, for the moment it sends a clear message to new immigrants: “It is not the best time to come.” In the voice of the White House press secretary, Jen psaki, the current administration recognizes the difficulties of facing the migratory crisis that worsened with former President Donald Trump. “To the fact that we have not had the time … to put in place a comprehensive and humane policy to process people who are arriving at the border, now is not the time to come”, he indicated. “The vast majority of people will be rejected. Asylum processes at the border will not happen immediately; it will take time to implement ”. At the time that warning is released, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reported a six percent increase in arrests at the border...
    As part of its overhaul of U.S. refugee policy, the Biden administration is planning to offer humanitarian refuge to more children fleeing violence around the world, according to a government report obtained by CBS News. The report, prepared by the State Department to notify the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of President Biden's proposal to increase admissions of refugees, committed the U.S. to resettling more unaccompanied refugee minors going forward. Arrivals of these refugee children, who don't have parents or legal guardians who can care for them, decreased sharply during the Trump administration — and were effectively halted this fiscal year. "Given European countries' limited resettlement slots, the United States will be a key-partner to increase resettlement for URMs," the report said, using the acronym for unaccompanied refugee minors. A State Department spokesperson confirmed the administration had transmitted the report to Congress, and said the department "will now engage...
    The administration of President Joe Biden told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it believes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be fully ratified, reversing the position of its predecessor in a key case whose decision remains pending. Miami World / telemundo51 The Justice Department presented a letter “to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the findings of the previously submitted report.” The case about the health law was debated a week after the presidential elections last November. This is at least the third case in which the new government has changed its position before the Supreme Court. The other two are cases about President Donald Trump’s plan to build sections of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and about a measure that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearing date in US courts. The Trump administration asked the judges...
    With the flourish of a pen on an executive order the afternoon of his first day in office, President Biden radically changed the relationship between Mexico and the United States — especially at the border. Largely returning to the status quo ante of the Obama administration, Biden halted construction on the controversial border wall, established a temporary moratorium on deportations, and is, if the words of the migrants caravans marching up from Central America are correct, opening the border again. But are we really returning to the regime of a few years ago? Or has the reality of the border so radically changed over the intervening years that these new rules may instead produce a whole new set of unanticipated — and even destructive — results? Late last year, I published a new book, “El Tercer Pais,” “The Third Country.” In writing it, I set out to look past the...
    ▶ Watch Video: Doctor discusses testing for COVID-19 variants and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine U.S. drug maker Emergent BioSolutions began speeding up its acquisition of drug supplies beginning early last year, as the coronavirus outbreak was erupting in China. In addition to producing drugs like the opioid overdose-reversing Narcan nasal spray, the firm develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics and had scored lucrative contracts for key biodefense medicines over the decades.  During the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Maryland-based company with a contract worth up to nearly $1 billion in anthrax vaccine doses in 2016. In late January last year, the company’s executives presented  a white paper for federal health officials, that showed the Trump administration how it could enlist the pandemic vaccine factory funded by President Obama nearly a decade ago. In the wake of the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, the Obama administration poured...
    U.S. drug maker Emergent BioSolutions began speeding up its acquisition of drug supplies beginning early last year, as the coronavirus outbreak was erupting in China. In addition to producing drugs like the opioid overdose-reversing Narcan nasal spray, the firm develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics and had scored lucrative contracts for key biodefense medicines over the decades.  During the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Maryland-based company with a contract worth up to nearly $1 billion in anthrax vaccine doses in 2016. In late January last year, the company's executives presented  a white paper for federal health officials, that showed the Trump administration how it could enlist the pandemic vaccine factory funded by President Obama nearly a decade ago. In the wake of the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic, the Obama administration poured millions into building and staffing a handful of Centers for Innovation in Advanced...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics to focus the work: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings on the response. “We’re taking every resource and tool the federal government has to...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio the decreasing numbers of employment and the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths under a Biden administration compared to Trump’s. (Joe Biden clip plays) Leahy: Well, that’s the guy who is sitting in the Oval Office. Carmichael: Yeah. Leahy: The president of the United States legally but not legitimate in my view. What’s really happening in the country right now? Carmichael: Well, here’s what’s interesting. Yesterday the election for the 22nd congressional district in New York was finally settled. It was contested since the election day. It was finally settled yesterday. They investigated. And after they investigated it ended up going...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings...
    The Department of Health and Human Services refused to say whether the conditions at the private facility will be different than they were under the Trump administration.  The private facility will host up to 700 migrants in hard-sided structures with the option to expand into soft structures if necessary.  The Biden administration expects to need the private facility to house unaccompanied migrant teens in the next two weeks. A Trump-era temporary private facility for holding unaccompanied migrant teenagers will reopen at the southern border as the Biden administration anticipates it will be needed within the next two weeks. The spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human (HHS) Administration for Children and Families declined to answer when asked how the Biden administration’s treatment of detained children would differ from conditions during the Trump administration and instead pointed to President Joe Biden’s executive order on reuniting separated families....
    Daily Kos senior staff writer Gabe Ortiz, a national expert on immigration and Latino issues, recently joined Michelangelo Signorile on his eponymous SiriusXM show to talk about undoing the damage Donald Trump inflicted on immigrant communities, how the Department of Homeland Security has been transformed, and what’s at stake with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many had hoped that the Biden administration would be able to usher in immediate changes with regards to immigration, and it has, but as Ortiz explained, rooting out the “deep and toxic culture at these agencies … that [were] accountable to no one” is extremely difficult. In particular, he called out ICE’s continued attacks on Black immigrant communities, attacks that have continued even under the Biden administration because ICE is not being held accountable by anyone. President Biden has signed several executive orders to roll back Trump’s policies on immigration. However, as Signorile noted, “A Trump-appointed judge has issued his injunction putting...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is backtracking on its school reopening goals, but the scientific consensus on the subject continues to mount on the side of getting kids back in the classroom. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published a report affirming that the risk of COVID-19 spread in reopened schools is minimal, but several of the nation’s top teachers’ unions are still resisting a return to in-person instruction. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission,” the CDC experts wrote. Despite that fact, the Biden administration clarified this week that its goal of reopening most schools within 100 days simply meant having at least 50% of schools open “at least one day per week.” American schools are currently already exceeding both of these thresholds. New: Even before White House debuts school reopening guidance, ~64% of K-8 students nationwide are already back...
    Asylum seeking families stuck south of the border amid the pandemic. Ross D. Franklin/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.On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden Administration will continue to expel asylum seekers under a Trump-era policy that effectively had shut down the southern border. “Due to the pandemic and the fact that we have not had time as an administration to put in place a humane, comprehensive process for processing individuals who are coming to the border,” Psaki said, “now is not the time to come.” She added that processing asylum seekers will not occur immediately and the “vast majority of people will be turned away.”  For months immigration lawyers and advocates have condemned and fought the summary expulsions that were taking place under an order...
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday asked President Biden not to "fire all of President Trump’s U.S. Attorneys" amid ongoing investigations, after the Justice Department said this week that Trump-era federal prosecutors would be forced to resign from their posts by the end of the month, urging him to "take the time and do it right."  Grassley, R-Iowa, penned a letter to the president Wednesday, saying that Biden is "obviously within your rights to do this, but four years ago a similar action by then-Attorney General Sessions caused my Democratic colleagues to sound the alarm." BIDEN DOJ WANTS DC'S ACTING US ATTORNEY TO STAY ON IN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROLE TO CONTINUE CAPITOL RIOT PROBE Grassley pointed to Senate Democrats urging Trump not to interrupt ongoing cases and investigations, claiming he was "hindering the administration of justice." "I echo many of these concerns," Grassley wrote. "It is unfortunate that you are taking these actions...
    (CNN)In recent weeks, migrants waiting in various northern Mexican cities have been told to travel to other locations along the border under the false pretense that they'll be let into the US through a port of entry there, immigration attorneys tell CNN.Other messages, shared via the popular messaging app WhatsApp, have falsely told migrants who fall under the Trump administration's so-called "remain in Mexico" policy that they'll be allowed to enter the US on a certain date and directed them to present themselves to border officials on that date. Misinformation is spreading along the US-Mexico border, through smugglers or word of mouth, among migrants desperate for answers from the Biden administration, undermining the administration's plans for the US-Mexico border and fueling confusion in border communities. White House reaches out to immigrant advocacy groups that seek urgent action from BidenWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki warned Wednesday that changes will...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the administration's school reopening goals on Wednesday in the wake of criticism from parents, teachers, students and local officials who say the goals are insufficient.Psaki said the bar set by the administration was "not the ceiling" as she fielded multiple questions on the matter during Wednesday's news briefing. On Tuesday, when asked for President Joe Biden's definition of open schools, Psaki said the administration's goal is to have in-person "teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100."The issue of in-person learning has become a flashpoint and an early test for the administration's pandemic response, balancing the concerns of some parents eager to get their children back to school with some teachers worried about the possibility of Covid-19 exposure. Many schools across the country are already hitting that benchmark. Pressed on concerns that just one day of...
    Public service workers help people to check in at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The Biden administration will partner with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team announced Wednesday. The centers, which will be operational the week of Feb. 22, will allow health-care providers to administer more than 10,000 shots per day, Jeff Zients, Biden's Covid czar, said told reporters during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. "We are deploying teams immediately to work hand in hand with the state and local jurisdiction," he said. Zients also said later Wednesday that he will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press briefing to formally announce the development of two new Covid vaccine centers in the state to help distribute shots to "underserved...
    Dozens of celebrities signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on their administration to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline for good. The letter comes just three weeks after the Democratic president signed an executive order on his first day in office to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move effectively revoked the permit for the project, which demonstrated the new administration’s commitment to "a sustainable climate pathway to protect Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts," according to the order.  Now, more than 200 celebrities, climate activists, indigenous leaders and more have signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to continue its commitment by ending the long-disputed Dakota Access Pipeline.  KATY PERRY, MORE STARS ATTEND GOOGLE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIVATE JETS, MEGA YACHTS "Thank you for your administration’s early focus on climate change, tribal sovereignty, and racial...
    It is not surprising that the purpose of the authorized amount, which amounts to 114.86 million dollars, is to meet the financial commitments that were acquired in past administrations. What is problematic about this decision is that it is postponed for better times to address the reasons why ammonia production, a central part of the nitrogen fertilizer chain, continues at historically low levels. The Cosoleacaque petrochemical complex, owned by Pemex and the only ammonia producer in the country, has a series of technical and operational obstacles that have forced it to shut down its plants on a frequent basis. In February 2020, or 15 months after the administration began, Pemex reported that Cosoleacaque was finally producing again after having ceased operations in August-September 2018. It is discouraging to note that of the 25 months of AMLO’s government, as of December 2020, Cosoleacaque has only recorded ammonia...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criticized President Biden on Tuesday, questioning why the U.S. is requiring international travelers to undergo a coronavirus test and wield negative results but allowing illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the country without testing. “Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing,” the 87-year-old lawmaker said. “Is that protecting our citizens?”: Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing. Is that protecting our citizens? — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2021 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would require international travelers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens, to present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to boarding flights en route...
    Washington (CNN)Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new president, two sources tell CNN, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the US Postal Service and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump.President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from fellow Democrats to remove DeJoy, however, amid months of complaints over mail delivery delays -- including prescription drugs.Bidens First 100 Days Biden hopes Trump's impeachment won't derail agenda DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief package DeJoy is still actively pushing ahead, and even plans to release a new 10-year plan for the agency in the next few days, several sources familiar with his plans tell CNN, and will meet with the Postal Board of Governors on Tuesday, when it...
    Jackson County, Texas sheriff A.J. Louderback says the Biden administration is enforcing its no deportation policy and creating “lawlessness” at the southern border. “Every peace officer in the United States should be extremely concerned about the attitude, the lawlessness, the complete abject removal of law,” Louderback told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Under President Joe Biden’s non-deportation rules, immigrants can’t be deported if they get a DUI, commit fraud, tax crimes, or assault, Fox News reported, noting that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be stood down. “The memo that I received this last week it’s essentially a defund ICE by memo, by memorandum. It was sent out by [Transportation Security Administration Administrator] David Pekoske on Jan. 20, 2021,” Louderback continued. (RELATED: ‘Why Should Non-Citizens Be Treated Better?’ Texas AG Blasts Biden Decision to Vaccinate Illegals) The sheriff called the memo “a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans...
    More On: immigration Tricky Joe Biden’s family influence: Devine Biden reinstates ‘catch and release’ policy at the southern border President Biden will raise cap on refugee admissions to 125,000 Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children The Issue: The Biden administration’s loosening of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. President Biden seems intent on changing his legacy from “winner of the most questionable presidential election” to “worst president ever,” all in only a few weeks (“Undoing Trump immig policy,” Feb. 3). A lot of kooky ideas have come from the left, but how could any rational leader think it a good idea to admit thousands of unvetted illegal immigrants about whom we know nothing into the country during the COVID pandemic? It appears that Biden has more concern for his party’s leftist playbook than the health and safety of American citizens. John Jaffe Orefield, Penn. How...
    The good news is that he knows how it's supposed to work. You know how bad you thought things were under Trump? It was even worse than you thought for the career civil service people that keep everything running regardless of administration. Because Trump didn't give a damn about most government, unless it was the people working to implement anything President Obama had done or it was interfering in the ability of him and his friends to make as much money as possible. He was dead set on destroying it, and he nearly got there. In the four whole years of the previous administration, there was no Senate-confirmed director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One third of the permanent staff of the Economic Research Service is gone, same as the staff of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture workforce. This is the direct result of the arbitrary...
    Miami : The tax preparer and CEO of Regal Tax Miami, Luis Dávila, raised in the EVTV program La Mañana, the different scenarios that will be developed from this February 12 around the Stimulus Package promoted by the Federal Government to help citizens and those small and medium-sized companies that have been affected economically by the Coronavirus pandemic. This week, US residents are waiting for the approval of financial aid. According to Dávila, the Biden Administration intends to promote a measure that both Democrats and Republicans support, despite not needing the authorization of the latter political wing. With this “relief”, it is contemplated that citizens receive a check for 1,400 dollars, additional to the 600 received during the Trump Administration. $ 2,800 for married couples and another 1,400 for children under 17 years of age. Asked if the contribution received is taxable and / or declarable, he answers that...
    Miami : Washington’s focus on its his return to the UN Human Rights Council will be “working with the allies” to continue supporting the people of Venezuela and Cuba in their “democratic aspirations,” said the spokeswoman in Spanish for the United States Department of State, Namita Biggins, in an interview with the Voice of America. The official dismissed the possibility of any direct contact with the Venezuelan government, even within the council, of which Venezuela is a part. “We are not going to deal directly with the Maduro regime, but rather we are going to focus on working with our partners and allies,” said the spokeswoman.. The State Department announced Monday that the US intends to rejoin the Human Rights Council, from which he retired in June 2018 during the administration of former President Donald Trump. The new Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said that the US recognizes that...
    UN The United States announced on Monday its intention to “get involved” in the Human Rights Council again, marking a break with a Trump administration that knocked on the door in 2018, especially accusing Israel of hypocrisy. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen said in a statement that the president had instructed the State Department to “immediately and forcefully intervene” in the UN Human Rights Council. “We know that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body and needs to reform its program, its membership and its priorities, including the unequal focus on Israel,” he said. Mr. Blingen. “The United States must be at the table to address the shortcomings of the Council and ensure that it executes its mandate. We must use the full weight of our leading role in this matter. Diplomacy,” Blingen said. The Trump administration did not choose the empty chair policy. “We do it because...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order during his first week in office meant to gesture at sexual identity and orientation inclusivity — but will it have the intended effect?
    President Biden’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan believe that China poses the "greatest long-term national security threat to the United States," Republican Rep. Michael McCaul told Fox News after speaking with the officials, but McCaul said they will have a "different approach" to China than the Trump administration. McCaul, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during an exclusive interview with Fox News, described his conversations with Blinken and Sullivan. BIDEN 'PRIORITY IS DEALING WITH CHINA'S TRADE ABUSES' THAT HARM AMERICAN WORKERS, SULLIVAN SAYS "When I spoke to Secretary of State Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, they both told me that they believe China poses the greatest long-term national security threat to the United States," McCaul said. "So it was good to get their assurances on that." VideoNational Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Fox News that Sullivan "has made...
    More than a month after U.S. regulators cleared the Boeing 737MAX as safe to fly again China’s regulators are not ready to do the same – and don’t seem in any hurry to change their minds. The Chinese regulators, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), were the first to ground the jets in March 2019, after a crash in Ethiopia killed 157 people, five months after a crash in Indonesia killed 181 people. The Chinese have said they have “no set timetable” to complete their process of certifying that the 737MAX meets their own safety standards after a series of changes made by Boeing and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Capitol Riots Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel Beast Inside Crossword Newsletters About Contact Tips Jobs Advertise Help Privacy Code of Ethics & Standards Diversity Terms...
    Arrested in Molenbeek, the jihadist, the last survivor of the commandos of the Paris attacks in 2015, is currently detained in Fleury-Mérogis prison, near Paris. Placed in isolation, Salah Abdeslam is subject to a drastic security system. Some 397,000 euros are devoted to the remuneration of the eight agents who take turns to supervise it. The prison administration also spends 35,500 euros per year, or 97 euros per day, on food, linen and heating in Salah Abdeslam’s cell. The installation of a video surveillance system cost the administration 16,000 euros. A device for jamming telephone waves was also deployed near its main cell, for an amount of 189,500 euros. In total, the terrorist’s detention mobilizes five cells. This information was communicated by the French Ministry of Justice in response to a written question from a deputy, and originally published by the French magazine Capital.
    February 5, 2021 | 7:24 pm Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is on her way to being the first African woman to lead the battered World Trade Organization (WTO), after her South Korean rival withdrew from the race on Friday and the United States reversed its position. The government of President Joe Biden expressed strong support for Okonjo-Iweala in a statement Friday, praising her experience at the World Bank and Nigeria’s finance ministry, and promising to work with her on necessary reforms. The Trump administration had supported South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee. Both events ended months of uncertainty about the leadership of the trade body, and paved the way for WTO members to finalize the process and confirm Okonjo-Iweala as the next WTO Director-General. The administration of former President Donald Trump had blocked Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy after the WTO selection panel recommended her as head last October. The decision requires full consensus....
    In its early days, US President Joe Biden has signed dozens of executive orders to address migration, the pandemic, the climate crisis, equality, and the economy. This is what he did: Migration One of the orders halts construction of Trump’s border wall, which was designed to keep migrants out of the country, while the Biden administration examines the legality of funding the wall and its construction contracts. Biden also signed an executive order reversing the Trump Administration’s plan to exclude noncitizens from the census count and a second order aimed at strengthening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects “Dreamers” from the deportation. He also repealed two Trump-era proclamations establishing a travel ban to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African countries, ending one of his predecessor’s first moves to limit immigration. Aides said Biden would direct the State Department to develop ways to...
    The topic “Rapé” briefly became a trend on Twitter Mexico as a result of this fight between the cartoonist and the federal government The official account of the AMLO administration, by midday of CDMX, had not yet responded or apologized for the post Many have suggested that Monero sue the authorities directly for the non-consensual use of his intellectual property A few hours ago, the Government of Mexico was singled out by the cartoonist Rapé for having stolen, and modified without permission, a drawing he made in 2018. The official Twitter account of the federal administration published an image of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) , where he is dressed as a baseball player, batting a coronavirus. This, as a way of representing the authorities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in recent months. The Mexican Government account even hacked Rapé’s Twitter account as part of the...
    Susan Bayh, lawyer and former first lady of Indiana, dies at 61 Mike Pence to launch video podcast with conservative group Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life This Is Why You May No Longer Qualify for the Next Stimulus Check Stimulus checks have been a recent development in the U.S. as a way to offset some of the financial hardships brought on by the COVID pandemic. Over the past year, Americans received two stimulus checks under former President Donald Trump's administration—one for $1,200 in April and the other for $600 in late December. President Joe Biden has promised the American people a third, but there may be some limitations that come with it. In fact, new stipulations might mean you no longer qualify...
    The hosts of The View were widely criticized on social media after a few of them grilled former Obama adviser Van Jones for complimenting Donald Trump and posing for a photo with conservative commentator Candace Owens. Jones appeared on the ABC daytime talk show on Friday to promote a documentary film he produced alongside View co-host Meghan McCain about bridging the political divide that has roiled America in recent years. But the conversation turned tense when hosts Sunny Hostin told Jones that he was distrusted by African Americans, Ana Navarro criticized him for taking a selfie with Owens, and Joy Behar ended the segment by telling him to ‘take a nap.’ Jones defended himself against accusations that he was giving ‘racial cover’ to Trump, saying that his outreach to the then-president as well as other Republicans was to advance prison reform. Van Jones (right), the CNN commentator and former...
    (CNN)It's the frustration of presidents from the beginning of the republic: how to get anything done when Congress gets stuck. Increasingly, it means trying to work unilaterally. Actually, increasingly is an understatement. President Joe Biden is blowing all predecessors out of the water when it comes to executive actions, orders, proclamations and memorandums.CNN's Janie Boschma compared the executive actions of the last four presidents, and Biden has already issued an entire term's worth of executive actions in a few weeks. Here's Biden's entire slate of executive actions so far and a synopsis of what they're trying to achieve. And why not? While conservatives will grouse that the President is undercutting his own call for unity by finding ways to act without Congress, it's also true the Senate in particular moves slowly, if at all.Read MoreThe looming impeachment trial has caused a delay in the confirmation of Biden's attorney general...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Content in the Trump administration and director of the new documentary film The Plot Against the President Amanda Milius to the newsmakers line to discuss her role, background, and motivation behind the movie. Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by Amanda Milius who is the director of a documentary released just recently called The Plot Against the President. Good morning Amanda. Milius: Hi! Leahy: So Amanda, tell us a little bit about how this documentary came about. It was a book written by Lee Smith who’s currently with the Hudson Institute. How many documentary films have you made and how did you...
    Miami : The U.S. government is evaluating the Trump administration’s decision to reinsert the Cuban government on the list of countries sponsors of terrorism, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday. The United States is “committed to carefully reviewing the political decisions made in the previous administration, including the outgoing administration’s decision to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Price said in response to a journalist. In the early hours of Friday, the high representative of Foreign Affairs for the European Union, Josep Borrell, suggested in a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he maintains the hope that the Biden Administration will reverse the measure implemented by former President Donald Trump. . “We very much regret Trump’s decision in his last hours in office to designate Cuba as a country that supports terrorism. We deeply regret it and hope that the new administration will...
    Odessa, Texas (CNN)Deep in the heart of Texas, above an oil patch about the size of Kansas, a little team in a small plane is trying to reveal a big problem. They are methane hunters. With an infrared camera and a Picarro Cavity Ring-Down Laser Spectroscope, they fly spirals over pumps and compressor stations that stretch to both horizons. With each tight corkscrew, the little airplane sniffs out and measures planet-cooking, climate-changing pollution as the region below braces for an energy revolution amid a cold civil war. The Picarro spectrometer is so sensitive, it caught the number of carbon dioxide molecules in my breath as we walked around the hangar. In the sky, it counts the density of carbon dioxide molecules on their way to heating up the sea, land and sky for the next 300 to 1,000 years. More importantly, it also measures methane, which is 80 times more...
    Larry Summers at the White House in 2009.Charles Dharapak/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.Economist Larry Summers has been the kingpin of every economic calamity Democrats have weathered over the last three decades. But Barack Obama’s National Economic Council chair during the Great Recession finds himself as persona non grata this week after penning an op-ed undermining the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package President Joe Biden is trying to push through Congress. Summers’ treatise spread from wonk to wonk in the White House like a venereal disease—and was about as well-received. It was met with “widespread disagreement,” in the words of one aide. White House economists had already been booked for media hits to discuss the January jobs report, airtime that permitted many administration voices to rebuke Summers in unison. “The...
    The Biden administration is hypocritical for appearing to dismiss the Center for Disease Control's guidance for reopening schools, former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah said on Friday. "She is the CDC director, regardless of where she's speaking and at what time. But I would just say imagine for a moment if the Trump White House had dared to question something that came out from the doctors or the scientists," Farah told "Outnumbered."  "We were regularly accused of being anti-science for even weighing other policy options and factoring in other things to the Covid response, like the economy, for example," Farah said. PSAKI SAYS BIDEN WANTS SCHOOLS OPEN, BUT WON'T COMMIT TO STANDING UP TO UNION OBSTRUCTION White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday reiterated that President Biden wants to see children back in classrooms, but would not commit to standing up to unions if forced to choose between the...
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that Biden is governing as a unifier. You can find a counterpoint here, where Parissa Sedghi, executive vice president at FreedomWorks, argues that Biden has abandoned his earlier calls for unity. President Joe Biden campaigned on unifying a nation badly fractured by divisive demagogues who preached hatred for fellow citizens on the basis of their religion, country of origin and political affiliation. He promised to reach across the aisle and bring bipartisan compromise back to the federal government to supplant the hostage-style negotiating tactics that the previous administration employed with programs like DACA, using people’s lives and futures as bargaining chips. Thus far, President Biden is doing just that. As a career centrist, Biden has the daunting task of reaching out in both directions and finding compromise....
    WASHINGTON —  President Biden will harness the Defense Production Act to speed production of COVID-19 vaccines, his administration announced Friday, and the Pentagon is expected to deploy more than 1,000 active-duty troops to staff community inoculation sites, starting in California. Invoking the Defense Production Act is intended to ensure Pfizer can obtain the filling pumps and filtration units needed to manufacture its vaccine and meet its production target. Pfizer and Moderna, which have won approval to produce vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration, are each slated to deliver 100 million doses by the end of March. The Biden administration said they expect 600 million total doses will have been produced by summer’s end. Johnson & Johnson is soon expected to win approval to begin distributing its vaccine. “I would love to tell you we were sitting on stockpiles of vaccines that we found when we got here,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's urgent goal of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic depends heavily on persuading Americans to get the vaccine as quickly as possible and educating the public about the virus -- and his top aides have been eyeing this weekend's Super Bowl as an opportunity to score some points. The President and first lady Jill Biden have taped a video message thanking healthcare workers that will be shown before the game, according to a source familiar with the plans. An administration official told CNN that the White House also hoped to use this Sunday's event to combat vaccine hesitancy and speak to the African American, Latino and white, rural "non-mask wearing" communities in particular. The Super Bowl presents "an interesting opportunity to reach all three of those audiences," the official said. The White House has been in touch with the NFL and other brands involved in the Super Bowl on...
    Judge Merrick Garland, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, speaks as Biden announces his Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, January 7, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Should CEOs be quaking in their Guccis about a crackdown on white collar crime in the Biden administration? Attorneys are bracing themselves and their clients. "Generally speaking, there is a feeling that when Democrats are in power, there's more activity in the white collar world," said attorney Reid H. Weingarten, whose clients have included former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and former Enron Chief Accounting Officer Rick Causey. Weingarten, a former federal prosecutor and a partner at Washington law firm Steptoe & Johnson, told CNBC's "American Greed" there may be some justification for a crackdown given the massive amount of government aid approved in the past year to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. "Certainly there's a belief...
    (CNN)Back in March, a doctor at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found himself swearing at his television set. He was watching a news segment about a couple in Arizona who'd heard then-President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19. The couple noticed their home aquarium cleaner contained an ingredient with a similar name, and so they ingested it. The husband died and the wife was hospitalized, critically ill. Alongside the couple's story, the TV program ran clips of Trump cheerleading for hydroxychloroquine. "I was screaming at the television, 'Shut up, you f**cking idiot. Jesus Christ, stop it! You don't know what you're talking about!" said the longtime CDC physician. "I was just beside myself. I was livid."The physician took off on a 10-mile bike ride, circling Peachtree-DeKalb Airport near his Atlanta home, trying to pedal away his rage. Read MoreHydroxychloroquine didnt prevent Covid-19 among...
    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 has beefed up his foreign policy team with several experts on Asia — a move analysts said signals renewed efforts to raise U.S. standing in a region where China's influence is growing. The Biden administration has identified a rising and more assertive China as one of its biggest foreign policy challenges, and stressed the importance of allies in responding to the strategic competition posed by Beijing.China policy in 2021 I think is actually gonna be about ally policy.Scott KennedyCenter for Strategic and International StudiesSome analysts singled out the appointment of Kurt Campbell as the National Security Council's Indo-Pacific affairs coordinator as affirming Biden's intent to focus more on the region and strengthen relations with allies there. Indo-Pacific broadly refers to the region that lies between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, bordered by Japan, India and Australia. Campbell is familiar to many governments in Asia, having served as...
    Last week, President Biden signed an executive order suspending the national emergency at our southern border. This emergency declaration helped provide funding and resources to help build more than 450 miles of border wall. With immigration officials reporting record surges of migration as well successes of the new wall system, the suspension is a significant misstep for the Biden administration and has also drawn legal concerns. The southern border continues to experience large waves of migration and a fortified border barrier is necessary more than ever. Recent migration trends at our southern border should cause immediate concern. Border apprehensions have climbed every month since April even with COVID-19 travel and border restrictions. Last month’s apprehension totals were the largest for December in roughly two decades. These numbers are only likely to surge now that the Biden administration is in the Oval Office. A 9,000-person caravan has already formed  to take advantage of the administration’s radical immigration proposals—including a mass amnesty and deportation freezes. It was blocked — but several hundred thousand other migrants could...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to evade a question Thursday on whether President Joe Biden’s administration would stand up to teachers unions. Psaki objected to the framing of the question, posed by Fox News’ Kristen Fisher, which suggested there could be a binary choice between what was best for the students and the union demands. (RELATED: Psaki Refers To Space Force As ‘Plane Of Today,’ Can’t Say Whether Biden Will Keep It) WATCH: REPORTER: “If it comes down to a binary choice, who would the president choose: the kids or the teachers [unions]?”@PressSec: “I think it’s a little bit unfair how you posed that question, but the president wants schools to be open.” pic.twitter.com/ABvPoZjh8L — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 4, 2021 “Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that it’s time for President Biden to stand up and say that the kids are the most important thing and stand up...
    In an interview with “Mornings with Maria” host Maria Bartiromo, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Joe Biden and his administration to focus on getting policy with China correctly. This comes in the wake of silence from Biden in response to China announcing sanctions on 28 Americans, including some who were part of President Donald Trump’s administration. Pompeo argued that if Biden gets it wrong, the world will be “deeply different.” He said the United States would see an “absence of prosperity” if that is the case. “This policy with China matters … to every one of the people who is out there seeking employment,” Pompeo advised. “If we get this wrong, Maria, we will live in a world that is so deeply different. We will see these sanctions on our leaders pale in comparison to the pain and the absence of prosperity that will be here in...
    The Biden administration is reportedly considering relaunching a shuttered Trump administration initiative on masks. The new coronavirus response team at the White House is considering mailing masks to everyone in the country, three people familiar with the discussions told NBC News. United States Postal Service emails obtained in September show that the Trump administration originally considered a similar plan in the early weeks of the pandemic. The task force eventually scrapped the plan in favor of delivering masks to frontline medical workers, states and nongovernment organizations. (RELATED: Emails Show Trump Admin Planned To Send Masks To Every Household In April Before Shifting Gears To Focus On Frontline Workers) The new proposal has not been formalized and sent to Biden’s desk, according to NBC’s report, although White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted in Wednesday’s briefing that the president invoked the Defense Production Act to potentially surge the production of personal...
    Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) told Breitbart News exclusively that the Chinese Communist Party is “singing all the way to the bank” thanks to President Joe Biden’s various policies in his first two weeks in office. Hagerty, in an exclusive interview on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, said that Biden’s orders closing down the Keystone XL pipeline and shutting down leases for drilling on federal lands embolden China and undermine the United States. “Broadly look at what the Biden Administration is doing on energy,” Hagerty said. “By canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, Biden is giving a huge gift to China. Look at what it did to Canada. If Canada can’t move their oil through the XL pipeline, they’re going to sell it to China. Well, guess what? China now has a huge store of oil headed its way courtesy of the Biden administration. And this Paris Climate...
    An Albany judge has ruled that the Cuomo administration's Health Department broke New York State law by failing to provide totals of all nursing home deaths caused by COVID-19 to a watchdog group that had requested the records. Albany Supreme Court Justice Kimberly O'Connor ruled on Wednesday, in a 16-page decision, that the Department of Health must provide the records to the Empire Center for Public Policy within five business days and pay their legal costs. The watchdog had filed a Freedom of Information Law request in August seeking to obtain the documents from the Health Department - which delayed releasing them for months. The ruling comes after a report from the office of Attorney General Letitia James in January found that the Cuomo administration had misled the public about the total number of nursing home residents killed by the pandemic.  The order comes after Cuomo said 'who cares'...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s administration completely supports the U.S. Space Force (USSF). “They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration. And we are not revisiting the decision to establish a Space Force,” Psaki said. (RELATED: Space Force General Tests Positive For Coronavirus) WATCH: Psaki appeared to make fun of a question on Tuesday regarding what would happen to the military branch. “Wow, Space Force,” Psaki said. “It’s the plane of today.” “It is an interesting question. I’m happy to check with our Space Force point of contact. I’m not sure who that is, I will find out and see if we have any update on that,” Psaki said. Republican Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, the highest-ranking Republican in the House Armed Services Committee, demanded Psaki “immediately apologize” over her Tuesday comments, according to Politico. “It’s concerning to see the Biden...
    Bradley Cortright February 3, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is clarifying that President Joe Biden‘s administration supports Space Force. Amid accusations that Psaki was making fun of the newest branch of the military, Psaki was asked during a press conference on Wednesday if she would apologize. “I did send a tweet last night… that said, ‘We invite the members of Space Force here to provide an update to all of you on all of the important work they’re doing.’ And we certainly look forward to seeing continued updates from there,” Psaki responded. We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 3, 2021 When pressed on whether the Space Force has the support of...
    An ICE deportation flight prepares to take off last year A deportation flight carrying Black immigrants, many of them asylum-seekers, back to danger is scheduled to leave Louisiana on Wednesday, The Guardian reports. While President Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on most deportations was halted for now due to a window-shopped judge in Texas, ICE has discretion to not deport someone. Additionally, Biden’s separate order rescinding the previous administration’s deportation priorities wasn’t affected by the ruling. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a rogue agency that’s intent on continuing to carry out its racist and abusive agenda, presidential orders be damned, with advocates saying that agents are rushing the deportation of Black immigrants in particular. They note that ICE carried out a deportation flight from San Antonio to Haiti on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. “On this first day of Black History Month, as the nation pays tribute to the generations of...
    The White House Coronavirus Task Force said Wednesday the federal government is working to establish coronavirus community vaccination sites across the country with the help of the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency while maintaining that vaccinating all Americans against COVID-19 is "one of the greatest operational challenges" the country has ever faced.  White House Coronavirus Task Force Director Jeffrey Zients, during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, said the administration is "on track" to meet President Biden’s goal of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in office. BIDEN UNVEILS CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL STRATEGY, CALLS IT A 'WAR-TIME UNDERTAKING' Zients said the administration is "encouraged" by the progress to increase vaccine supply and is continuing "to push for every opportunity to do more." "We are at war with this virus. It is clearly a national emergency," Zients said. "And we are doing all we can." "This will not be easy," Zients...
    New York’s state legislature is putting up roadblocks for Republican lawmakers trying to investigate the Cuomo administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in nursing homes. New York's Democrat supermajority on Monday blocked a motion to subpoena records of the Cuomo administration. The New York Post reported that the "motion was made by Sen. Thomas O’Mara, the ranking Republican on the Investigations Committee panel during a virtual meeting." JANICE DEAN: THE TRAGIC RISE OF ANDREW CUOMO AMID COVID-19 -- A REAL AMERICAN CRISIS "I brought that motion, the chairman of this committee has talked about issuing subpoenas on this matter for months. You know, the bombshell report from the attorney general last week on the nursing home deaths, so we felt it was the appropriate time to finally push the issue," O’Mara told "Fox & Friends First" on Wednesday. O’Mara said that he and his colleagues were calling for subpoenas and a full investigation of the...
    President Biden in his first interview since being sworn in pledged that none of his family members will work in the White House. Biden told People magazine that his administration will more closely resemble former President Obama's, without as much family involvement as in former President TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia secretary of state opens investigation into Lin Wood over illegal voting allegations Schiff lobbying Newsom to be appointed California AG: reports Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in Rotunda MORE’s White House. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy,” he told the magazine. “And nobody has an office in this place.” Trump’s family members had a significant role in his administration, with his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpRubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents...
    Newly confirmed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is giving climate change a prominent role in her talks with her counterparts around the world, signaling a significant shift by the Biden administration to prioritize addressing climate change not just from the White House but also at the agency.  Yellen has spoken to the finance ministers of Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom since being sworn in less than a week ago, according to statements provided by the Treasury Department regarding those talks. In all of those calls, "forcefully addressing the threat of climate change" has been discussed as one of Yellen's top priorities and tackling climate change has been a topic of conversation, according to those statements. Yellen's early focus on climate change with other finance leaders comes after she told senators during her confirmation hearing last month she would appoint someone at a senior level within the Treasury...
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  Planned Parenthood plans to push “bold agenda items” under the Biden administration, Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said in an interview. “We should be pushing bold agenda items in the name of building back better,” McGill Johnson told Business Insider, borrowing President Joe Biden’s campaign slogan. “We are engaging in the policy side, on the education side, on messaging, and personnel — all of the ways that we think can be good policy making but also support the use of the bully pulpit that the White House carries,” she told the publication. Last week, President Joe Biden enacted policy allowing taxpayer dollars to fund abortions abroad by revoking the Mexico City Policy. Days earlier, Biden marked the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by promising to both appoint judges who respect the ruling as precedent Friday and to codify Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood wishes...
    With President Biden relaxing Tuesday some immigration policies bolstered under the Trump administration, U.S. health and immigration officials have been vague about coronavirus testing for people caught crossing the southern border illegally. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has reported an uptick in migrant apprehensions in the wake of some of Biden’s new policies, especially near the Rio Grande Valley and Tucson, Arizona.FAST FACTS It’s unclear just how many migrants caught crossing the border have COVID-19, but the illness has killed a number of detainees during the pandemic. The president announced this week a new task force designed to reunite children who had been separated from their families CBP said it began taking COVID-19 precautions back in March 2020, around the beginning of the pandemic. Follow below for more updates on the Biden White House. Mobile users click here. 
    The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security secretary, despite opposition from a number of Republicans.  The final vote was 56-43, with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., not voting. Mayorkas, a former head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and deputy Homeland Security secretary, will be the first immigrant to hold the top DHS spot.  Mayorkas’ confirmation was less bipartisan than another member of Biden’s cabinet confirmed Tuesday: Pete Buttigieg became transportation secretary in an 83-13 vote.  Here are the six GOP senators who broke with a majority in their caucus to confirm Mayorkas:  Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va.  Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah Other Republicans issued objections to Mayorkas, some citing a 2015 inspector general report that found Mayorkas intervened to help foreign investors in the EB-5 visa program who were connected to top Democrats. SENATE...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb. 2Biden administration moves to provide COVID-19 vaccine to pharmaciesPresident Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the...