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    They got their photo op in the Oval Office. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with 10 Republican senators, led by Mitch McConnell's most reliable water carrier Susan Collins, on Monday evening. The 10 were bringing their Trojan horse COVID-19 plan, a laughably underfunded counter to Biden's own plan. The senators undoubtedly thought they could play on Biden's nostalgia for his time in the Senate and mutual appeals for "unity" and "bipartisanship." But it turns out the Republicans were the ones getting played. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement following the long meeting, that while "there were areas of agreement, the President also reiterated his view that Congress must respond boldly and urgently, and noted many areas with the Republican senators' proposal does not address." He also "reiterated that while he is hopeful that the Rescue Plan can pass with bipartisan support, a...
    House Democrats filed a lengthy impeachment brief on Tuesday arguing that former President Donald Trump had “singular responsibility” for the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the Senate should convict him for “incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.” The Democratic-led House voted last month to impeach Trump a historic second time on a single article of impeachment, with 10 Republicans voting in favor of impeachment. Trump has called the impeachment a "hoax," and his new legal team argues that an impeachment against a president who is out of office is unconstitutional. The Senate trial is expected to begin next Tuesday. “On January 6, 2021, with Vice President Michael Pence presiding, Congress assembled to perform one of its most solemn constitutional responsibilities: the counting of electoral votes for President of the United States. This ritual has marked the peaceful transfer of power in the United...
    Democrats’ case to convict former President Trump in next week’s Senate impeachment trial is poised to center on one question: If his conduct on and before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection doesn’t warrant a lifetime ban from office, then what does? In a pretrial brief released Tuesday morning, the House Democratic impeachment managers—the nine lawmakers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), tasked with prosecuting the case against Trump—offered the first official sketch of their plans to affirm what they call a “betrayal of historic proportions.” “If provoking an insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress after losing an election is not an impeachable offense,” they write, “it is hard to imagine what would be.” Much of the brief is animated by Republican arguments that the impeachment process is too rushed, that trying a former president might be unconstitutional, or that the country’s leaders should instead focus on the future...
    The House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday afternoon to start work on the coronavirus budget reconciliation package after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer each filed budget resolutions in their respective chambers on Monday -- setting up a process for Democrats to go it alone on coronavirus relief.  The action follows a meeting between a group of 10 Republican senators and President Biden on Monday night to discuss a possible bipartisan way forward on coronavirus relief. If a compromise can be reached between that group and the 50 Senate Democrats, they will have enough votes to overcome a filibuster by other Republicans.  "I think we had a very good dialogue," Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends First" of the meeting with Biden. "I came away thinking there's hope to try to find something in the future, but it's not going to be easy." REPUBLICANS...
    Fox News' Tucker Carlson rushed to the defense of QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday night as he claimed that she is only being targeted because CNN says she has 'bad opinions'. In the opening of his show, Carlson blasted the push to have the freshman congresswoman from Georgia expelled from Congress, and branded CNN as 'children'.  He branded it the 'new democracy' where 'CNN gets the veto'.  Carlson also claimed that 'free inquiry is dead and unauthorized questions are hate speech', as he criticized attempts to cast the conspiracy-theory-loving lawmaker as 'America's greatest enemy'. His commentary came just after Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell condemned Green as a 'cancer for the Republican Party' due to her 'loony lies'. House Democrats are currently mounting an effort to formally rebuke the newly elected congresswoman, who has a history of making racist remarks, embracing conspiracy theories, and endorsing violence directed at...
    Reuters February 1, 2021 0 Comments Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives filed a joint $1.9 trillion budget measure on Monday, in a step toward bypassing Republicans on COVID-19 relief before President Joe Biden met with Republican senators. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the plan to file a fiscal-year 2021 budget measure in the Senate and House, saying it would allow Congress to fast-track a coronavirus package for passage by both chambers. With Republicans pushing back on Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, the budget measure would allow Democrats to bypass a 60-vote threshold in the closely divided Senate and enact coronavirus legislation with a simple majority through a procedure called reconciliation. It would mark the first time congressional Democrats used the maneuver to flex their legislative muscle since winning razor-thin control of the Senate. The 100-seat Senate is divided 50-50, with Vice President...
    Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev is likely to be dragged in front of a Congressional committee to explain his company's actions amid a social media-fueled surge in GameStop shares. The brokerage put limits on peoples' trading and sold some customers' shares without notification, leading to accusations of it being in the tank for hedge funds that had bet against GameStop. The retailer's shares rose more than 1,600 percent over the past month as investors traded tips on the Reddit message board. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who is the powerful head of the House Financial Services Committee, is likely to call Tenev on February 18, Politico reported, citing sources close to the matter. Waters had said on MSNBC this weekend: 'I am concerned about whether or not Robinhood restricted the trading because there was collusion between Robinhood and some of the hedge funds that were involved with this.' Robinhood had said in...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, on Monday argued that fiscal concerns should be set aside as the nation struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, putting pressure on centrist Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin 'couldn't believe' seeing Harris's West Virginia TV interview Congressional Democrats are on the wrong side of impeachment politics Progressives push controversial proposal on budget reconciliation MORE (D-W.Va.) to support a large COVID-19 relief bill. “We need to understand that trying to be, per se, fiscally responsible at this point in time, with what we’ve got going on in this country — if we actually throw away some money right now, so what?” Justice told CNN in an interview. “We have really got to move and get people taken care of,” he said. Justice doubled down on his statement in a follow-up interview with MSNBC in which he urged Congress to “go big.” “I absolutely...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago-based United Airlines is asking Congress for more financial aid to get through the pandemic. United received $15 billion from the government as part of the last stimulus payout. That money helped bring 13,000 workers back on the job, but it’s only set to last until April. United warned Congress and President Biden that without another $15 billion to help them get through the end of September, 14,000 employees may have to be furloughed. Also From CBS Chicago: 14-Year-Old Charged In Series Of Chicago Carjackings Illinois State Employee Says He Had To Quit After IDHS Refused To Allow Him To Keep Working From Home, Despite High COVID Risk Vernon Hills Police Chief Threatens To Yank Body Cameras From Officers If Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes the Librarian of Congress (Part 1) This is Part 1 of our Black History Month series saluting D.C. difference makers. She made double history as the first woman to head the Library of Congress and the first Black person to lead the institution since its founding 221 years ago in 1800. And yet, Dr. Carla Hayden isn’t content with making history — she also wants to shape it. “To be at the nation’s largest library, a person of color from a background where people who looked like me were forbidden by law to read, to be the first woman to be Librarian of Congress, I just get chills,” Hayden told WTOP. “To open up the treasure chest of the Library of Congress and get people excited about the future and history, it’s an honor.” Hayden was...
    Left-wing columnist Harold Meyerson has published a column at the American Prospect, a prominent liberal publication, in which he suggests that the entire Republican Party belongs on the domestic terrorism watch list because of the presence of members like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). He writes: Go to Greene’s Twitter account and you’ll find her liking tweets that called for shooting Nancy Pelosi and executing FBI agents for their “deep state” persecutions of Donald Trump. I suppose the equivalent of that would have been Democratic members of Congress applauding the shooting of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise—except, no Democratic members of Congress did that; rather, they all expressed horror and condemnation. But the Republicans’ indulgence of the Greenes in their ranks—and there are many such—is of a piece with their overwhelming refusal to hold Trump responsible for the insurrection at the Capitol, much less their own current colleagues, such as Arizona’s...
    #BidenLied is trending on Twitter as Americans demand the $2,000 stimulus checks they claim President Joe Biden promised to deliver during his campaign.    The hashtag exploded over the weekend after the Democratic Party posted a tweet outlining Biden's plan to distribute $1,400 stimulus checks to American families, on top of the $600 checks that were approved earlier this month.  Critics expressed outrage at the size of the forthcoming checks - which are expected to get the green light from Congress this week - as they accused Biden of going back on his word.   But in reality the new president never made that promise, instead saying that he would add on to the original $600 checks for a total of $2,000.   #BidenLied is trending on Twitter as Americans demand the $2,000 stimulus checks they claim President Joe Biden promised to deliver during his campaign The hashtag exploded over the weekend...
    A Texas congressman is demanding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologize for her claim that Sen. Ted Cruz "almost had me murdered" during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday asking her to make the New York Democrat retract her "scurrilous charge" against Cruz, R-Texas. "[S]he accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder," Roy wrote in the letter to Pelosi, D-Calif. WHITE HOUSE SILENT ON AOC’S CLAIM CRUZ ‘ALMOST HAD ME MURDERED’ AMID PUSH FOR COUNTRY TO UNIFY "...[I]t is completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution," Roy wrote.  UNITED STATES - APRIL 2: Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, left, listens during the House Oversight and Reform Committee markup of a...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for additional security Thursday to defend against members of Congress seeking “to bring guns onto the floor.” Pelosi said during a press conference that she was in talks to increase security measures because the threat to safety was coming from within the House of Representatives. “I do believe and I have said this all along that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said. Pelosi clarified later in the press conference what she meant by the enemy within. “It means that we have members of Congress that want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress,” Pelosi said. https://www.air.tv/watch?v=ya7Qunx6Rz-i3oTOza4p7A Pelosi said...
    When maniacal insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, Rep. Cori Bush, was, like many elected officials, “sitting in our office in lockdown,” fearful of what could come next. More than three weeks later, she says she is still not safe. Confronting the actualized threat of white supremacy from her new position in the House, Bush, a Black progressive Democrat from Missouri, immediately introduced a resolution to expel members who were potentially involved in planning or escalating the calamitous scene. Since then, she contends that the targeting has not subsided—even in the halls of Congress. On Friday, Bush said that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—a controversial Republican newcomer from Georgia who has expressed fondness for the baseless QAnon conspiracy—“berated” her in the hallway on Jan. 13, exactly one week after the deadly riot. Taylor Greene, in a tweet with an accompanying video, responded by calling Bush the leader of...
    Savannah Rychcik January 29, 2021 0 Comments White House press secretary Jen Psaki is not willing to spend time in the briefing room talking about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). During her press briefing on Friday, a reporter asked Psaki if the White House is concerned a QAnon conspiracy theory supporter is serving on House committees. “We don’t want to elevate conspiracy theories further in the briefing room. So, I’m going to leave it at that. We’ll leave decisions about committees to members of Congress and we’ve certainly seen Speaker Pelosi speak to that,” Psaki said. Watch her comments below: Psaki on why she wont talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene: "We dont want to elevate conspiracy theories further in the briefing room." pic.twitter.com/9U2AlENaOy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 29, 2021 Pelosi suggested during a press briefing on Thursday lawmakers need additional security because of threats from their colleagues,...
    The Conversation Congress could use an arcane section of the 14th Amendment to hold Trump accountable for Capitol attack If the Senate acquits former President Donald Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial, there’s an obscure other way to punish him. iStock /Getty Images PlusUntil recently, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was an obscure part of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment is better known for its first section, which guaranteed individual rights and equality following the abolition of slavery. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was created to tackle a different problem related to the Civil War: insurrection. It prohibits current or former military officers, along with many current and former federal and state public officials, from serving in a variety of government offices if they “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States Constitution. This section was created after the Civil War as part of the...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials are holding a briefing Friday morning on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing comes the day after Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, warned that President Joe Biden's push to reopen most schools within 100 days "may not happen." Fauci will be joined at the briefing by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Chair; Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team; and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.How to watch the COVID-19 briefing today What: Federal health officials hold a briefing on the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 Time: 11 a.m. ET Location: The White House, Washington, D.C. Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile streaming device...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress and the White House have rejected a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks, with lawmakers appearing primed to muscle the sweeping economic and virus aid forward without GOP help. Despite Biden’s calls for unity, Democrats said the stubbornly high unemployment numbers and battered U.S. economy leave them unwilling to waste time courting Republican support that might not materialize. They also don’t want to curb the size and scope of a package that they say will provide desperately needed money to distribute the vaccine, reopen schools and send cash to American households and businesses. Biden has been appealing directly to Republican and Democratic lawmakers while signaling his priority to press ahead. “We’ve got a lot to do, and the first thing we’ve got to do is get this COVID package passed,” Biden said Thursday in the...
    Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D Pittman (pictured) on Thursday recommended that the fencing erected around the Capitol after the January 6 MAGA riots should be left up permanently The acting Capitol Police Chief has recommended that the fencing erected around the Capitol after the January 6 MAGA riots should be left up permanently.  Acting Chief Yogananda D Pittman made the recommendation in a statement on Thursday regarding her department's efforts to 'harden' security around the Capitol to prevent another insurrection in the future.  Pittman, who was promoted to lead the force after former chief Steven Sund stepped down in the wake of the riots, also voiced support for permanently keeping 'ready, back up forces in close proximity to the Capitol'. Following the insurrection, more than 25,000 National Guard troops were drafted in from all 50 states and a Baghdad-style 'Green Zone' perimeter was set up in the heart of...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for additional security Thursday to defend against members of Congress seeking “to bring guns onto the floor.” Pelosi said during a press conference Thursday that she was in talks to increase security measures because the threat to safety was coming from within the House of Representatives. “I do believe and I have said this all along that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said. Pelosi clarified later in the press conference what she meant by the enemy within. “It means that we have members of Congress that want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress,” Pelosi said. WATCH:   Pelosi said was meeting with Lt. Gen. Russel...
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the incoming chair of the Senate Banking Committee, announced Thursday that he plans to hold a hearing on the “current state of the stock market” in the wake of unprecedented volatility around GameStop, AMC, and other stocks. The volatility has been most pronounced around the retailer GameStop, which has more than quadrupled in value over the past week in the face of a Reddit-organized campaign to boost the company’s value. But with several markets blocking further purchases of the stock to stem hedge fund losses, the incident has sparked a broader conversation about institutional bias in US financial markets. “People on Wall Street only care about the rules when they’re the ones getting hurt. American workers have known for years the Wall Street system is broken — they’ve been paying the price,” Brown said in a statement Thursday. “It’s time for the SEC and Congress to...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi Responsibility for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is on Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear at a Thursday press conference. Greene’s string of outrages continues to grow, but “What I'm concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said. Every minute that House Republicans don’t do something to make clear that Greene’s history of liking social media comments about assassinating political figures (including Pelosi), harassing teenage survivors of mass shootings, and inciting insurrection is a minute the House Republicans are responsible for all of it. But instead of stripping Greene of committee assignments, they gave her a plum one—and a specifically outrageous one. ”Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Reddit traders cause Wall Street havoc | Powell: Inflation fears should not impede more coronavirus aid | NJ lawmakers press for SALT cap repeal in next relief package Pelosi asks Democrats to 'write their stories' of Capitol riot Bringing America back from the brink MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday hammered House GOP leaders for putting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the Education Committee, just as revelations have emerged that the Georgia Republican has questioned the veracity of deadly school shootings around the country. "It is absolutely appalling, and I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard that they have for the death of those children," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. Pelosi said it's "beyond the pale" that GOP leaders would place Greene on the Education panel. "What could they be thinking? Or...
    U.S. retail trade groups are calling on Congress to introduce legislation to end forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as the issue gains more international visibility. Groups including the National Retail Federation, U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and the American Apparel and Footwear Association sent a letter to House and Senate congressional leaders Wednesday. “We must use all available tools to ensure goods made with forced labor inputs do not make their way to the United States,” the groups said. They are also asking for a federal requirement that companies disclose how they are preventing forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains. © Copyright 2021 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.
    Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15 MORE said Wednesday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) should “be on a watch list” after the emergence of Greene's controversial Facebook activity, which includes Greene seemingly indicating support for violence against prominent Democrats including Clinton. “This woman should be on a watch list. Not in Congress,” Clinton tweeted, linking to Washington Post coverage of Greene’s social media activity. The congresswoman liked comments in 2018 and 2019 suggesting that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) should get “a bullet to the head” and calling for...
    Bradley Cortright January 27, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) says former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s suggestion that Congress “move on” from the impeachment of former President Donald Trump is “outrageous.” During an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” Jeffries was asked what he thought about Haley’s comments, “It’s such an outrageous statement, and shows how people who I previously had respect for have just been corrupted with this sycophantic behavior in connection with Donald Trump.” “Nikki, we are not moving on from insurrection. We’re not moving on from sedition. We’re not moving on from a violent assault on the Capitol, no matter what you might think of our effort to hold this president accountable,” he added. Watch the video below: .@RepJeffries on Nikki Haleys calls to “move on”:“Nikki, we are not moving on from insurrection. We’re not moving on from sedition. We’re not moving on...
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took aim at freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday for her controversial social media posts. “This woman should be on a watch list. Not in Congress,” she tweeted. The remark was a response to The Washington Post piece that covered CNN’s reporting on Greene’s old Facebook posts, which included her endorsement of executing Democrats. According to CNN, a KFile review of hundreds of comments and messages on Greene’s Facebook before she ran for Congress revealed her as a frequent supporter of debunked conspiracy theories and right-wing extremist claims on the social platform. The congresswoman is notably a former supporter of the QAnon theory that suggested Donald Trump was working with a covert government official against Satanic pedophiles. Greene also allegedly repeatedly supported the execution of Democrats. In particular, a post from April 2018 saw Greene respond to a comment suggesting the hanging of...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough discussed on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe” what he sees as the “movement” that inspired people to try to kill former Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. The discussion began with co-host Willie Geist talking about the social media activity of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an ardent supporter of Trump, which involved threatening material against other members of Congress. (RELATED: Marjorie Greene Files Articles Of Impeachment Against Biden) “Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has made headlines for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories, is facing new scrutiny over a series of Facebook posts where she repeatedly, as Joe said, endorsed violence against Democratic leaders. CNN reviewed hundreds of her Facebook posts and comments from 2018 and 2019, before she was elected to Congress,” Geist said. “In one post from January...
    People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, California, June 18, 2020. A massive coalition of local, statewide, and national groups have a message to send: this is the year to transform the nation’s inhumane and unjust immigration system. The “We Are Home” campaign, co-chaired by Community Change, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Service Employees International Union, United Farm Workers, and United We Dream, is urging the new Biden administration and Democratic Congress to act now and put 11 million undocumented people on a path to citizenship. “Biden introduced a bold and sweeping immigration bill on day one,” campaign steering committee member America’s Voice said. “The new administration has already rolled out eight major executive actions on immigration policy. More are expected this coming Friday. Public support has never been stronger. Democrats recognize...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) expressed support for violence against Democrats before running for Congress, according to a CNN KFile investigation of posts and comments from the congresswoman’s Facebook page.  Greene frequently endorsed far-right conspiracy theories on the page between 2018 and 2019 via likes, posts and livestreams, CNN found. In her run for Congress, Greene became publicly known for her support of the QAnon theory, which alleges that former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE is working to take down a cabal of Democrats and celebrities who abuse children. She backed off her support of the theory at some point in her election bid. In a post from January 2019, Greene liked a comment which said “a bullet to the head...
    President Biden is not yet considering executive action on voting rights, an issue that he declared as a candidate would be “one of the first things” on his agenda, White House Domestic Policy Council chief Susan Rice said Tuesday. Rice, appearing in her first White House press briefing since assuming the new role, introduced four new executive orders focused on racial redress but said that the White House would defer to Congress, for the time being, at least, on new voting rights legislation. Democrats are pressing to restore a vital provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s landmark ballot access legislation, that was struck down by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without federal oversight. The new bill would require a clearance from the Justice Department for changes to voting rules. In a campaign...
    Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Tuesday urged Joe Biden to oppose the purported push for a “police state” in America, The Daily Caller reported. “The mob who stormed the capitol to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,” she tweeted along with a video in which she reiterated her comments. “But let us be clear, the John Brennan’s, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally-protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style ‘surveillance’ are also domestic enemies—and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob which stormed the capitol.” Gabbard concluded by calling on Biden — as well as members of Congress from both parties — to denounce the alleged push to take away American civil liberties. According to the former lawmaker, failing to do...
    Republicans are determined to continue fighting transgender equality. House Republicans have shown that they have no intention of stopping the attacks on transgender people's rights that were ramped up under the Trump administration, carrying on Donald Trump's legacy with Florida Rep. Greg Steube's introduction on Jan. 21 of H.R. 426, called "The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act." Right through its final days, the Trump administration assailed LGBTQ equality and nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in particular. Trump's Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule on June 12 reversing Obama-era regulations prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in health care and health insurance. Right before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, it finalized another rule that allowed social services organizations that receive federal funding to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
    (CNN)In prepared remarks obtained by CNN, acting US Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman told congressional members the department was aware of a "strong potential for violence" and did not take the appropriate steps to prevent the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Read the statement as prepared:
    Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard warned President Joe Biden to take action against “domestic enemies” before it was too late. Gabbard shared a video message Tuesday saying that while she agreed that those who had stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 were domestic enemies, Biden should take care not to let Congress’ response to that event enable others who might also be acting as domestic enemies. (RELATED: ‘We Don’t Have To Guess About Where This Goes’: Tulsi Gabbard Issues Warning About Domestic Terrorism Bill) WATCH: The mob who stormed the capitol to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country. But let us be clear, the John Brennan’s, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are… pic.twitter.com/Q3VssCiz5l — Tulsi Gabbard ???? (@TulsiGabbard) January 26, 2021 “The mob who stormed the capitol to try to stop Congress...
    WASHINGTON - Less than one week into the administration of President Joe Biden, much of the talk in Washington is focused on the dysfunction on Capitol Hill, a spate of executive orders from the new president, and the looming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. None of the three bodes well for bipartisan cooperation, and with the Senate unable to even agree on basic operating rules, pessimism might seem justified.    However, when experts look at the major policy areas that Biden identified in last week’s inaugural address, there are at least some areas where agreement across the aisle is a real possibility.     Coronavirus rescue package  The Biden administration came out of the gate with a request for $1.9 trillion in spending on various programs related to the coronavirus pandemic, including major economic stimulus spending and a large investment in federal infrastructure to get the vaccine to as...
    The 116th Congress was one of the least productive in history in terms of passing legislation, but the lawmakers set new records for social media use. Members of Congress made more than 2.2 million posts on social media in 2019 and 2020, including 1.57 million Twitter posts and 680,000 Facebook posts, according to data from Pew Research Center. From 2015 to 2016, lawmakers in the 114th Congress made over 1.5 million posts on social media – over one million on Twitter and 484,000 on Facebook. The 116th Congress set a new record, making around 738,000 more social media posts than the 114th Congress, which is when Pew began tracking the data. (RELATED: Current Congress Least Productive Since 1970s, Mired In Social Media Fights And Pointless Bills) NEW: The 116th Congress wasn’t especially productive in terms of the number of substantive bills it passed during its two years in office. But...
    Facebook and Amazon spent more money lobbying Washington than any other American company last year as the feds sought to rein in their expansive power, a new report says. With the Federal Trade Commission looking to break up its business and Congress eager to grill CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook increased its lobbying budget by almost 18 percent to nearly $20 million in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal . Amazon, meanwhile, shelled out about $18 million — a roughly 11 percent increase from 2019’s levels — as chief executive Jeff Bezos made his first appearance before Congress while the company unsuccessfully fought for a $10 billion Pentagon contract, the paper reported Sunday. Last year was the second straight in which the two tech titans outspent the rest of corporate America — including Silicon Valley rivals such as Apple and Google, which shrank their lobbying spending to $6.7 million...
    (CNN)Even before he took office, President Joe Biden made clear he will not hesitate to spend big to fight the coronavirus pandemic and get the economy back on track.Biden can't afford to repeat the mistakes made 12 years ago, when he headed the recovery effort amid the financial crisis. The Obama administration checked its proposals to combat the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression only to face criticism that the response was too small, leading to a painfully slow recovery. Heres whats in Bidens $1.9 trillion economic rescue packageThe political and economic realities have changed a lot since 2009, which is allowing Biden to trade restraint for ambition."It's not just that smart fiscal investments, including deficit spending, are more urgent than ever," he said as he unveiled a $1.9 trillion relief package a week before his inauguration. "It's that the return on these investments — in jobs, in racial...
    President Biden signed two executive orders on Friday, one of which would increase federal food assistance and streamline the delivery of stimulus checks, as the president attempts to stabilize the economy without congressional assistance amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. "We have to act now," Mr. Biden said in remarks before he signed the orders. "We cannot, will not, let people go hungry." Mr. Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion relief plan to Congress, but it is unclear whether it will garner enough Republican support to pass on a bipartisan basis. Until Congress is able to pass another relief bill, Mr. Biden's actions are intended as stopgap measures to stabilize the economy. Some Republicans have questioned whether there is still a need for a second, larger relief bill after Congress passed a $900 billion bill in December. But in his remarks on Friday, Mr. Biden said that the most recent...
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to work fast to pass a new financial rescue plan as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. Biden took action on Friday to bring economic relief to millions of Americans by signing two executive orders. One of the orders supports workers and lays the groundwork for a higher minimum wage for federal workers. The other increases benefits for those with food insecurity. “We remain in a once-in-a-century health crisis that has led to the most uneven job and health crisis in modern history,” the president said. “And the crisis is only deepening.” Biden’s inner circle is taking shape as Lloyd Austin was confirmed as the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. “Thanks for being here,” Austin said. “Look forward to working with you.” Also, Janet Yellen received unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee to become the first woman to head...
    President Biden will not weigh in on the impeachment trial drama, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday.  Psaki was pressed by reporters for Biden’s input on whether the Senate should convict Trump after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will deliver the impeachment articles to the Senate on Monday. Convicting Trump could lead to a vote that would bar him from ever holding U. S. office.  "He’s no longer in the Senate, and he believes that it's up to the Senate and Congress to determine how they will hold the former president accountable and what the mechanics and timeline of that process will be," Psaki said.  She insisted that Congress "can walk and chew gum at the same time," meaning they could pursue impeachment trial while simultaneously pushing forward Biden’s appointments and legislative agenda.  WHITE HOUSE PRESSED ON BIDEN'S UNITY MESSAGE AMID TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PUSH  As Congress takes sides in...
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Thursday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that she did not attend Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden out of fear of her colleagues in Congress. When anchor Chris Cuomo asked why she did not attend, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I think we also had very real security concerns as we mentioned earlier. We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress.” Cuomo asked, “How many are we?” Ocasio-Cortez said, “I think a very considerable amount.” Cuomo asked, “You really think colleagues of yours in Congress may do you dirty?” Ocasio-Cortez said, “Yeah, well, one just tried to bring a gun on the floor of the House today. I believe it was Representative Andy Harris from Maryland. He tried to bring in a gun on to the House floor. For individuals who don’t know, guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia and certainly the...
    Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoKen Burns says US is experiencing its fourth 'great crisis' CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election Pennsylvania AG calls Ted Cruz a 'sad sack' after Trump asks for his help in Texas lawsuit MORE that she and other colleagues “still don’t feel safe” after Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Here are the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (R-Md.) was found with a handgun at the metal detectors just outside the House floor.  “We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “One just tried to bring a gun on the floor of the House today.”  The concealed weapon was found...
    U.S. Capitol police are investigating after Rep. Andy Harris, Republican of Maryland, attempted to bring a concealed gun onto the House floor. Harris was caught by the new metal detector installed at the entrance to the House because of fears that Republican lawmakers are armed and wish their Democratic colleagues ill. Members of Congress are allowed to carry guns in some parts of the Capitol, but absolutely not onto the House floor. After a Capitol police officer discovered Harris’ gun, Harris walked away and tried to hand it off to fellow Republican Rep. John Katko. That’s what responsible gun owners do, right? When they can’t bring their gun somewhere they just hand it to the first person they see from their own political party? Katko reportedly responded that he didn’t have a license. So at least one of the people in this interaction behaved responsibly. Harris later returned and didn’t set off...
    President Biden is signing two executive orders on Friday, one of which would increase federal food assistance and streamline the delivery of stimulus checks, as the president attempts to stabilize the economy without congressional assistance amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Biden will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow states to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits — commonly known as food stamps — by 15%. Congress recently passed a $1 trillion relief bill that boosted the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%, but that did not help the 40% of SNAP recipients who were already at the maximum benefit. Mr. Biden's order would tell the USDA to "consider issuing new guidance that would allow states to increase SNAP emergency allotments for those who need it most," according to a fact sheet provided by the White House, which would mean that an additional 12 million people...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Congress has easily passed legislation required to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden’s secretary of defense, brushing aside concerns that his retirement occurred inside the seven-year window that safeguards civilian leadership of the military. It would be the first measure to be signed into law by brand-new President Joe Biden. The Senate sent the measure exempting Austin from the seven-year rule to Biden on Thursday after a 69-27 Senate tally that came moments after a comparably lopsided 326-78 House vote. The back-to-back votes put Austin in position to be confirmed as secretary by Friday. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed that the confirmation vote on Austin would be conducted Friday. Austin, a 41-year veteran of the Army, has promised to surround himself with qualified civilians and include them in policy decisions. He said he has spent nearly his entire life committed to the...
    (CNN)US Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was stopped from bringing a concealed gun onto the House floor on Thursday, sources told CNN, the first time a member of Congress has been discovered with a firearm by the metal detectors now set up outside the legislative chamber. Rep. Andy Harris, of Maryland, set off a metal detector outside the House floor on Thursday and an officer soon discovered it was because he was carrying a concealed gun on his side, a Capitol official told CNN. The officer sent Harris away, prompting him to ask fellow Republican Rep. John Katko, of New York, to hold his weapon. According to a press pool report, Katko refused to hold the gun for Harris, saying that he did not have a license. Harris then left the area and returned moments later, walking onto the House floor without setting off...
    VIDEO3:0603:06Weekly jobless claims total 900,000, vs 925,000 estimateSquawk Box Americans continued to hit the unemployment line last week in large numbers as the ongoing surge of Covid cases added to America's unemployment problem. Jobless claims totaled 900,000 for the week ended Jan. 16, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That was slightly less than the Dow Jones estimate of 925,000 and below the previous week's downwardly revised total of 926,000. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards Markets reacted little to the news amid continued anticipation that President Joseph Biden and Congress soon will deliver another large fiscal infusion to help the economy through the pandemic. Stock futures pointed to a modest gain on Wall Street. Continuing claims showed a slight decrease for the week, falling by 127,000 to 5.05 million. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards Weekly claims had been trending lower since exploding in March and April in the early days of...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Mayors are calling for help. More than 280 are asking Congress to take action on pandemic and local government relief. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw both signed the letter sent to Congress. It calls on Congress to support President Joe Biden’s relief plan. The new relief plan from President Biden provides $350 billion to state and local governments. WATCH: Amy Wadas Provides Morning Update On Shorraw-Peduto Letter In their letter, the mayors say cities and their essential workers have been on the frontlines for almost a year. Cities had to create emergency responses while maintaining their everyday services and it has hit them financially. The group of mayors say one million government jobs have been lost. Mayor Shorraw says his city is doing ok but he wants Congress to act. He said unlike the federal government, states and cities have to have...
    The Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union requested the Secretary of the Treasury, Arturo Herrera, and the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, a detailed report on the country’s situation in the face of the covid-19 pandemic and its economic effects, although the PAN bench accused the majority of Morena of « hiding » the officials and preventing their appearance before legislators. « I don’t know why they want to hide López-GatellWhy do they want to hide federal government officials and do not allow a meeting with the Legislative Power, ”questioned Senator Alejandra Reynoso. When basing the vote of the PAN against the point of agreement, the legislator remarked that the original proposal was to summon officials to a working meeting to explain the increase in infections and deaths from covid-19 in recent weeks. “That is, so many things that should be discussed with the officials of the...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to say Wednesday whether President Joe Biden wanted the Senate to hold a trial to determine if President Donald Trump should be barred from federal office, following his impeachment last week. She also gave no indication that President Biden would urge Congress not to hold a trial, for the sake of national unity. Psaki answered reporters’ questions during her first White House briefing. Peter Doocy of Fox News asked her: “So, if President Biden wants a theme of his presidency to be unifying the country, does he think that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should drop a potentially divisive Senate impeachment trial?” Psaki said that the Senate could “multitask” and “do their constitutional duty,” adding that Biden would “leave the mechanics, the timing, and the specifics of how Congress moves forward on impeachment to them.” Later, she was asked by Zeke Miller of...
    In her first briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday would not say whether President Joe Biden would press Congress to set aside its push to impeach predecessor Donald Trump, despite a call for unity in his inaugural address. “He is going to leave it to members of Congress to carry out their constitutional duty and determine what the path forward is and what the mechanisms are going to be what the process will be and what the timeline will be,” Psaki said in a bob-and-weave answer in the White House briefing room. Psaki, a veteran of the Obama White House and a former CNN contributor, dodged the question of timing twice at the briefing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not transmitted a single article of impeachment to the Senate, as is required to trigger the Senate trial. Some Democrats argue that there should be a delay...
    More On: Inauguration 2021 Leopard coats worn by Kamala Harris’ great-nieces named after VP Did Garth Brooks get hair plugs for Joe Biden’s inauguration? Biden to staff: ‘I will fire you on the spot’ for ‘disrespect’ to others A first peek inside President Biden’s Oval Office In her first briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday would not say whether President Joe Biden would press Congress to set aside its push to impeach predecessor Donald Trump, despite a call for unity in his inaugural address. “He is going to leave it to members of Congress to carry out their constitutional duty and determine what the path forward is and what the mechanisms are going to be what the process will be and what the timeline will be,” Psaki said in a bob-and-weave answer in the White House briefing room. Psaki, a veteran of the Obama White House, dodged...
    By Aidan Johnston Since Capitol Security failed on January 6th, Speaker Nancy Pelosi began her latest attempt to ban Members of Congress from carrying firearms on Capitol Hill. Her proposals arguably violate Article I Section 6 of the Constitution as well as the Second and Twenty-Seventh Amendments. If Nancy Pelosi will ransack any Article or Amendment to the Constitution to ban Members of Congress from exercising their constitutional rights, imagine how much worse she will treat the American people’s right to keep and bear arms! When Representative Thomas Massie and his staff’s lives were in jeopardy on January 6th, he was equipped with the tools to protect himself and those he cares about. Rep. Massie remarked that, “Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff.” One newly elected Representative, Lauren Boebert, had only just moved to D.C. and was still...
    More On: Inauguration 2021 How to watch Joe Biden’s inauguration Trump grants clemency to 143 people—including Lil Wayne, Kodak Black US cities take part in COVID-19 memorial on eve of Biden’s inauguration Joe Biden, Kamala Harris visit DC COVID-19 memorial on inauguration eve Democrats will take control of the Senate Wednesday afternoon after Vice President Kamala Harris swears in three incoming members — including her own replacement. Sens.-elect Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will be sworn in after the inauguration, which begins at 12 p.m. ET, a source familiar with the matter tells The Post. Ossoff and Warnock defeated incumbent Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) in run-offs that decided control of the upper chamber of Congress. The two Georgians were not sworn in with their fellow members because their run-off races took place on Jan. 5, while the 117th Congress was sworn in...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE plans to reverse a number of immigration actions taken by the Trump administration on his first say in office, including immediately pausing construction of the border wall and putting a stop to the so-called Muslim travel ban. After being sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, Biden will revoke the emergency proclamation that sped construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. He will also reinstate normal visa processing practices with 13 countries, many with Muslim-majority populations. “This ban, which restricted issuance of visas to individuals from many Muslim and African countries, was nothing less than a stain on our nation. It was rooted in xenophobia and religious animus and President-elect Biden has been clear that we will not turn our...
    On his way out the door, in one of his final tweets as Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo blasted liberals' 'wokeness' saying that it was tantamount to authoritarianism.     'Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction - authoritiarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness,' Pompeo wrote.     'Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker,' he added. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted 'wokeness' in a final tweet. Pompeo said those wanting to block free speech including on social media had a 'dangerous' instinct toward censorship The tweet was an excerpt from a speech he made last week at the Voice of America broadcaster where he lambasted recent actions by tech titans to curb free speech including on platforms like Twitter...
    Conor McGregor facing multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by woman during UFC 257 fight week If You Have This Common Condition, Youre More Likely to Get Severe COVID Stocks Trade Higher as Yellen Tells Congress to Act Big on Stimulus Stocks rose Tuesday as Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury secretary, told Congress that lawmakers must do more to lift the U.S. economy out of the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. © TheStreet Stocks Trade Higher as Yellen Tells Congress to 'Act Big' on Stimulus Bank earnings also rolled in, with Goldman Sachs and Bank of America both falling after issuing fourth-quarter reports. Load Error The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 142 points, or 0.46%, to 30,957 - at its high Tuesday, the Dow was up 272 points. The Dow is coming off a losing streak of three sessions, its longest since October....
    The first US case. The first death. The first outbreak at a nursing home. UK registers record 1,610 Covid daily deaths Dow Rises as Yellen Tells Congress to Act Big on Stimulus Stocks rose Tuesday as Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury secretary, told Congress that lawmakers must do more to lift the U.S. economy out of the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. © TheStreet Dow Rises as Yellen Tells Congress to 'Act Big' on Stimulus Bank earnings also rolled in, with Goldman Sachs and Bank of America both falling after issuing their fourth-quarter reports. Load Error The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 121 points, or 0.4%, to 30,936, the S&P 500 gained 0.62% and the Nasdaq rose 0.98%. The Dow is coming off a losing streak of three sessions, its longest since October. Yellen, who served as chair of the...
    More On: janet yellen Biden cabinet nominees to get first Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday Biden admin looks like one more try at liberal technocratic government Biden has project idea for Lin-Manuel Miranda Biden unveils economic team including Yellen, embattled OMB pick Tanden WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen urged Congress to “go big” and pass Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package in opening her Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “When economists look back on the pandemic, I expect they’ll conclude that Congress’ actions averted a lot of suffering,” Yellen told the Senate Finance Committee. “Over the next few months we’re going to need more aid to distribute the vaccine, to reopen schools, to help states keep firefighters and teachers on the job,” she continued. “We’ll need more funding to make unemployment insurance checks still go out and help families who are at risk of...
    Tough as nails: Lawmakers to grill Avril Haines, Bidens nominee for director of national intelligence Bidens pick for assistant health secretary would be the first transgender person confirmed by the Senate Dow Rises on Stimulus Bets as Yellen Testifies Before Congress Stocks rose Tuesday as Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury secretary, told Congress that lawmakers must do more to lift the U.S. economy out of the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. © TheStreet Dow Rises on Stimulus Bets as Yellen Testifies Before Congress Bank earnings also rolled in, with Goldman Sachs and Bank of America both falling after issuing their fourth-quarter reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 132 points, or 0.43%, to 30,947, the S&P 500 gained 0.54% and the Nasdaq rose 0.75%. The Dow is coming off a losing streak of three sessions, its longest since October. Yellen, who served...
    (CNN) — A Tennessee congressman said that he and a fellow lawmaker saw their Repubican colleague Lauren Boebert of Colorado guiding a group of people through the Cannon House Office Building tunnel a few days before the Capitol insurrection on January 6. Lauren Boebert of Colorado.Credit: CNN  Steve Cohen’s statement is significant because it is the first time a member of Congress has specifically accused another member of giving a tour of the Capitol complex prior to the riot. Several Democratic members have suggested that their Republican colleagues may have been providing tours as an opportunity for the would-be rioters to get the lay of the land ahead of a planned insurrection. “We saw (Rep.) Boebert taking a group of people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th — I don’t remember the day,” Cohen told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “CNN Newsroom.” “We were walking in...
    For almost two years, Joe Biden has been telling Americans what he plans to do on his first day in office — and the next 99 — if elected to be the nation's 46th president. In speeches, interviews, and in at least 49 published plans throughout his presidential campaign, Mr. Biden talked about the actions he'd take in the earliest days of his administration — what he would do if he triumphed in what he saw as a "battle for the soul of the nation" against President Trump. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain distributed a memo Saturday that reiterated Mr. Biden's intention to fulfill several of his promises — some geared toward immediate action to arrest the surging coronavirus pandemic, some to roll back the actions taken by President Trump in the last four years, and others to address problems that have persisted over several administrations.  The initiatives...
              Six Georgia state representatives put forward a resolution last week asking that members of the U.S. Congress create a formal commission to study whether the government should provide reparations for slavery. “The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times. But however long the journey, our destiny is set: liberty and justice for all,” according to the language of the resolution. “To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865, a federal commission needs to be established to study and consider proposals for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African Americans, and the impact of these...
    House Democrats are in lockstep on attempting to pass expansions of legal immigration, crippling enforcement measures, and amnesty for illegal aliens, a new analysis finds. The analysis conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reviewed ten pieces of legislation last year, including the amnesties known as the American Dream and Promise Act, the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, and the HEROES Act and how each member of Congress voted. The average Democrat in Congress, the analysis found, voted 98 percent of the time for the legislation with just two percent of Democrats on average voting in opposition. Meanwhile, the average Republican voted against the legislation about 90 percent of the time. While 119 Democrats voted to pass all ten pieces of legislation, 51 House Republicans, FAIR notes, voted 100 percent of the time against the legislation, including: Mike Rogers (AL-03), Robert Aderholt (AL-04),...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This year’s presidential inauguration will be like no other and for all the wrong reasons. This year’s event will be held with a lot fewer people and not because of the coronavirus, but because of the storming of the nation’s Capitol on January 6th Newly-elected Congressman and former Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez said, “I feel safe, I feel safe. I condemn the action that happened on January 6th. Each and every one of those thugs and rioters should be identified and if found guilty, they should go to jail.” For Gimenez showing up at what is hoped to be a peaceful transition sends a signal. “I think it is important that we have a sign, a symbol for us that we respect the office and I will always respect the office,” said Gimenez. “I want to go up and demonstrate that it is safe. I have...
    LOOK at Civil Rights leaders in living color for the first time ever after a visual historian colorized famous historical figures and events from the Civil Rights Movement. In collaboration with the Library of Congress, visual historian Jordan J. Lloyd took famous public domain historical images from the Civil Rights Movement and brought them to life. 12An original Martin Luther King Jr black-and-white photoCredit: Jordan Lloyd / Unsplash / Library of Congress 12Martin Luther King Jr. colorizedCredit: Jordan Lloyd / Unsplash / Library of Congress 12Rosa Parks in black-and-white 12Rosa Parks in colorCredit: Jordan Lloyd / Unsplash / Library of Congress Lloyd colorized the famous black-and-white photos showing the tremendous efforts leaders such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. took in advancing the civil liberties of all Americans. The set of 20 colorized photos, shared in an Unsplash collection, shows the unique marches, protests and the civil rights...
    Joe Scarborough mocked Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for continuing to defend Donald Trump in the fallout of the insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol with the president’s incitement. Morning Joe kicked off the new week by airing footage of Graham from 2016, back when he used to say that Trump would be an “absolute disaster for the Republican Party” if they got behind him. Graham has been a staunch ally of Trump’s since those days, so the show juxtaposed that clip with his latest remarks that impeaching Trump for inciting insurrection “will be disastrous for this country and our party” if the GOP goes along with it. “So in 2016, Senator Graham said electing Donald Trump would destroy the Republican Party,” scoffed Mika Brzezinski. “Now he says convicting him would do the same.” Scarborough picked things up from there by noting that Graham rebuked the attempt to block Congress’...
    The legislator who will lead the second trial against President Donald Trump called Trump’s incitement to storm the Capitol as “the worst crime ever committed” by a US president. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin did not specify when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the accusation charge to the Senate, but said “it will most likely be soon.” The House of Representatives last Wednesday approved the trial against Trump after the violent assault on the headquarters of the legislature by fanatic supporters of the president. Minutes before the assault, Trump had given a speech to the militants exhorting them to “fight everything” against the legislators who were gathered inside to certify the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections. “We are going to be able to tell the story of this attack against the United States and all the events that led to that,” said the legislator. ...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to immediately put forward legislation offering a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Four people who have been briefed on the plan say Biden plans to announce the legislation on his first day in office, according to the Associated Press. “This really does represent a historic shift from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda that recognizes that all of the undocumented immigrants that are currently in the United States should be placed on a path to citizenship,” Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said about the plan, which she was briefed on. Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, confirmed Saturday that Biden would send an immigration bill to Congress “on his first day in office” but did not elaborate on what was in the plan. Biden is also expected to sign a variety of executive orders on his first day in office,...
    The lawmaker who will lead the second trial against President Donald Trump on Sunday called Trump’s incitement to storm the Capitol “the worst crime ever committed” by a US president. Miami World / AP Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin did not specify when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the accusation charge to the Senate, but said “it will most likely be soon.” The House of Representatives last Wednesday approved the trial against Trump after the violent assault on the headquarters of the legislature by fanatic supporters of the president. Minutes before the assault, Trump had given a speech to the militants exhorting them to “fight everything” against the legislators who were gathered inside to certify the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections. “We are going to be able to tell the story of this attack against the United States and all the events that led to it,” said...
    Ron Klain, President-elect Joe Biden's incoming White House chief of staff, downplayed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attending Wednesday's inauguration after he challenged the Electoral College count. Traditionally, all members of Congress are invited to witness a new president take their oath of office on the Capitol's West Front, according to Klain. "I don't know who is planning or specifically planning on attending or not. But look, I think what's more important than which members of Congress attend is what message Joe Biden will have for the country," Klain told CNN on Sunday. Klain was pressed on whether Biden was naive to assume he'll be able to work with Cruz and other congressional Republicans who led the push against automatically accepting each state's electors, effectively certifying the 2020 election. Klain reminded host Jake Tapper that 93 senators voted to acknowledge the results. "The American people voted in November, and they...
    Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders in his first days in office, attempting to roll back damage done at home and abroad by Donald Trump, whom the Democrat will replace as president on Wednesday. Related: America is broken – can Biden and Harris put it back together? Biden, 78, has already outlined plans to send an immigration bill and a Covid stimulus and relief package to a newly Democratic-controlled Congress. On Friday he said he would shake up the delivery of vaccines against Covid-19, mired in chaos under Trump. Biden plans to return the US to the Paris climate accords and the Iran nuclear deal, overturn Trump’s travel ban against some Muslim-majority countries, restrict evictions and foreclosures under the pandemic and institute a mask mandate on federal property. In a memo released on Saturday, incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said:...
    President-elect Biden is planning to sign several executive orders on day one of his presidency, his incoming chief of staff announced in a statement.  The president-elect will sign roughly a dozen executive orders that day, including reversing President Trump’s travel ban on 13 majority-Muslim countries, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and extending the pause on student loan payments, according to Ron Klain. Biden also will initiate his "100-Day Masking Challenge" with a mask mandate  on federal property and during interstate travel. Klain promised the president-elect would sign additional executive orders on climate change and health care access in the first week of the new administration.  "Much more will need to be done to fight COVID-19, build our economy back better, combat systemic racism and inequality, and address the existential threat of the climate crisis," Klain said in the statement. "But by February 1st, America will be moving in the right direction...
    President-elect Joe Biden will “hit the ground running” on his first day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, signing a series of executive orders to address the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and roll back several initiatives from President Donald Trump’s administration. CNN’s Arlette Saenz reported on Biden’s plans in a segment with Wolf Blitzer, describing the roughly dozen orders he wants to sign on day one. Among the reversals of Trump policies: rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and revoking the ban on travel from certain predominately Muslim countries. “The President-Elect also administering what they’re calling a ‘100 day masking challenge’ and while the president-elect wants to promote mask wearing, he can’t exactly require it across the country, but where he can require it is in federal buildings and interstate travel,” said Saenz. Other executive orders focused on alleviating the economic troubles from the pandemic will include extending the pause on student loan payments and interest and the restrictions on evictions...
    On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, just hours after terrorists attacked the United States, scores of lawmakers from both parties gathered on the Capitol’s East Steps for an outward show of national solidarity and an impromptu rendering of "God Bless America."  There was no such unifying moment after last week’s deadly mob attack on the same building. Just hours after a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol, a pair of lawmakers — a Democrat and a Republican — nearly came to blows on the same House floor that armed officers had just bravely defended. The parties immediately sniped over the true identity of the rioters — and which party bore the blame for inciting them.  Hours after the Capitol had been secured, 122 Republicans — a majority of the House conference — voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election in two battleground states, aligning themselves squarely behind the...
    Loading the player... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking the investigation into last week’s Capitol siege to the next level. She recently announced Congress may look into a 9/11 style commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol. She also tapped Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré for assistance, per CNN. Pelosi requested the retired general “to lead an immediate review of security infrastructure, interagency processes, and command and control.” She added, “We must subject this whole complex to scrutiny in light of what happened and the fact that the inauguration is coming.” Read More: Pelosi imposes fines for GOP House members refusing metal detectors Honoré was responsible for leading the Department of Defense for Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images There has been heightened security at the Capitol since it was overrun by rioters last week who protested the certification of the Electoral College votes. Due to the unprecedented act, Pelosi is...
    More On: reparations Black Lives Matter calls for monthly stimulus checks amid pandemic Economist lays out case for reparations that would cost US gov’t $12T Black pastor claims white anti-mask protesters assaulted him North Carolina city approves reparations for black citizens The city of Portland is joining a growing chorus of voices demanding reparations for people of color and indigenous communities. Portland’s City Council unveiled plans last week to lobby the federal government to provide financial payments and other aid to the descendants of enslaved Black Americans and Native Americans harmed by US governmental policy. The federal legislative agenda calls on Washington to “Establish federal reparations for Black and Indigenous communities,” and to “Strike the ‘Punishment Clause’ of the 13th Amendment to fully abolish slavery in the United States.” Critics claim the constitutional clause effectively continues slavery by allowing members of prison populations to be used as cheap and...
    (CNN)Days before the violent insurrection at the US Capitol, the then-US House Sergeant at Arms sent a memo to members of Congress banning tours of buildings on January 6, the day lawmakers gathered inside to certify Joe Biden's victory, according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN. The lockdown was in response to alarm from some congressional members who were growing concerned about seeing large groups of pro-Trump supporters walking around the Capitol the week around the swearing in of the new Congress leading up to the January 6. It was a level of traffic that had not taken place since officials tightened access to the building in March of last year to limit spread from the coronavirus pandemic, multiple Democratic lawmakers and aides told CNN. RELATED: Members of Congress fear for their lives and security after deadly riot, sources say275 cases open in Capitol riot investigation, US...
    Rep. Mikie Sherrill said in a new interview that a suspicious group in the Capitol complex on Jan. 5 -- the day before a pro-Trump mob overran the building and forced Vice President Pence and hundreds of lawmakers into hiding -- was wearing "MAGA hats and Trump things." Sherrill, D-N.J., has been among several Democrats in Congress who claimed that some of their colleagues may have assisted rioters with "reconnaissance" before they stormed the Capitol. Sherrill revealed the detail about the alleged garb of those she says she saw in the Capitol in an extended interview with CBS New York.  Sherrill also said that if the folks in "MAGA hats and Trump things" were, in fact, conducting reconnaissance, there is a possibility that the yet-to-be-named members of Congress who may or may not have been assisting them did not know what they were doing.  PROSECUTORS SAY 'STRONG EVIDENCE' SHOWS CAPITOL RIOTERS WANTED TO 'CAPTURE...
    January 15, 2021 12:59 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The vast majority of Americans repudiate the assault on the Capitol perpetrated by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, while 57% believe that the president is responsible. This is reflected in a survey by the newspaper The Washington Post and the television network ABC posted this friday. In general terms, 9 out of 10 respondents fail the assault, which resulted in the death of a Capitol Police officer and 4 assailants, as well as dozens of people injured. The protesters responded to Trump’s incitement to prevent Congress from giving final certification to the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November elections. The survey found that the degree of repudiation varies according to the political affiliation of the respondents. Namely: 98% among Democrats, 80% among Republicans, and 89% among independent voters. The repudiation reaches 98% among...
    An uneasy peace has settled in Washington, D.C., with a week to go before Inauguration Day and a week after deadly violence tore through Capitol Hill. Congress is out of session until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated next week, buildings are boarded up across the city, the National Guard has descended upon the district, and President Trump no longer has an outlet (Twitter) to feed into the insatiable news cycle. One of the White House press pool reports from Thursday bore the simple subject line: “No news.” The constant talk of elections, fraud, protests, and the Electoral College has given way to an eerie calm after the events of Jan. 6, events which have left a poignant mark on the capital and will undoubtedly shape changes (some that are already being felt) in the weeks and months to come. Exactly one week after the Capitol Hill...
    As Joe Biden’s investiture ceremonies approach, on January 20, and after the recent violence on Capitol Hill, Washington is under siege. National Rank reservists sleep on the floor inside the US Congress. “It’s surreal. Never has this place looked so much like a fortress.” A week after the invasion of Capitol in Washington by pro-Trump who killed four, up to 20,000 National Guard reservists were mobilized to ensure the security of the premises. The soldiers camp in the Capitol and sleep on the ground next to their gun. The United States Congress is transformed into an entrenched camp. The channel’s Congress correspondent CNN, Manu Raju, commented on the scene, throwing: “It’s surreal. Never has this place looked so much like a fortress.”. He also added: “When you walk into these places, it feels like a battlefield.” “It’s really striking to see this but it’s necessary” ...
    The House Democratic Whip is charging that sitting lawmakers gave inside help to MAGA mob rioters – as a group of Democratic lawmakers is demanding to know how rioters appeared to gain 'unusually detailed knowledge' of the Capitol they ransacked.     Rep. James C. Clyburn of South Carolina is pointing to rioters who located his own unmarked office, as well as 'tours' that several Democrats say GOP lawmakers provided in advance of the January 6 riot.  'Well, it seems to me that something was going on – some coordination was going on between sitting members of Congress and some of these called visitors to the Capitol,' Clyburn said.  A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), have written Capitol Police demanding the identities of people who toured Capitol facilities the day before the riot – along with any information on the members who brought them there. Sherrill is...
    Trump has called on Americans to be united and does not discuss his impeachment while Joe Biden has asked Congress to work on priorities despite the trial. LUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening called for unity, saying violence “has no place” in America. “None of my real supporters could be in favor of political violence,” he said in a video message in which he never mentions his indictment by Congress for encouraging the assault on his sympathizers against the Capitol. “If you do this, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it, you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it, ”he added. Biden: working on priorities For his part, President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday asked Congress to work on the priorities of his program, despite the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which will open after the Democrat comes...
    North Korea’s twice-a-decade party congress has revealed the extent of the pressures on its struggling economy in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, sanctions, and deadlocked nuclear talks with the US, analysts say. Leader Kim Jong Un repeatedly apologised for mistakes in economic management, promising greater prosperity in future and — in a move seen as reinforcing his personal authority — was appointed the party’s general secretary, a title previously reserved for his father and predecessor. But the prospects diminished for market reforms that could improve the situation on the ground, or any change in the stand-off with Washington, with Kim sending the incoming Biden administration a message that Pyongyang would keep advancing its arsenal unless the US offered concessions. The eight-day congress of the Workers’ Party was held in the depths of the bitter Korean winter and ended Tuesday, little more than a week before Biden’s inauguration. Pyongyang realises...
    A DEMOCRAT congressman leading the charge to impeach Donald Trump was caught on camera pulling off his mask to SNEEZE. Viewers were horrified to see David Cicilline lowering his face mask and sneezing into his hand during yesterday's debate in the House of Representatives. Read our Donald Trump live blog for the very latest news on the President... 9David Cicilline, left, lowers his mask while fellow Democrat Yvette Clark speaks in the impeachment debate 9He was caught on camera sneezing into his hand 9The congressman did not use a tissue or hand sanitiser The Rhode Island congressman felt the sneeze coming on as he sat behind fellow Democrat Yvette Clark, who was speaking at the time. He did not use a tissue to catch the germs, and viewers noted he did not use sanitizer. After replacing his mask he was seen turning to speak to a colleague to his rigvht....
    Trump has called on Americans to be united and does not discuss his impeachment while Joe Biden has asked Congress to work on priorities despite the trial. LUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening called for unity, saying violence “has no place” in America. “None of my real supporters could be in favor of political violence,” he said in a video message in which he never mentions his indictment by Congress for encouraging the assault on his sympathizers against the Capitol. “If you do this, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it, you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it, ”he added. Biden: working on priorities For his part, President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday asked Congress to work on the priorities of his program, despite the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which will open after the Democrat comes...
    “I hope the Senate will find a way to manage their constitutional responsibilities regarding the impeachment trial, while conducting the urgent affairs of the nation,” he said in a statement after the indictment of Donald Trump . Among the priorities cited by Joe Biden: the confirmation of the members of his cabinet, the revival of the American economy, and the continuation of the vaccine distribution plan against Covid-19. “This nation remains under the threat of a deadly virus and a faltering economy,” warned the future president. Janet Yellen auditioned on January 19 in the Senate, for her confirmation to the Treasury Janet Yellen, chosen by Joe Biden to become future Secretary of the Treasury, will be heard next Tuesday by the Senate, which will then decide on her appointment. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m., according to the online schedule of the upper house of Congress. President-elect...
    Leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly apologized for economic mismanagement by promising prosperity to come while being named the party’s general secretary, a change of title intended according to analysts to consolidate his authority. But this congress theoretically organized every five years has given no sign that the regime intends to open its economy to improve the situation of its citizens, or change the status quo with Washington. On the contrary, Mr. Kim sent the next US President Joe Biden the message that Pyongyang intends to continue developing its banned military programs, if Washington does not make any concessions. The eight-day convention ended on Tuesday, one week before Mr. Biden took office. Analysts believe that Pyongyang is well aware that the development of its economy is contingent on easing sanctions. But the regime shows no willingness to reverse its nuclear and ballistic programs which are the reason for these...
    Newly-elected Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Wednesday that she plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden on January 21. “I would like to announce on behalf of the American people, we have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable,” Greene told Newsmax TV anchor Greg Kelly. “We cannot have a president of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies. So on January 21, I will be filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden.” WATCH: Kelly pointed to Greene’s minority-party status to ask whether the move was “symbolic” or something Republicans could really pull off. “Well, like I said I’m a big believer in having people in office who are actually willing to do the job, and I can’t imagine...
    President Trump's public condemnation of last week's violence on Capitol Hill presents a rare opportunity for political unity, but few lawmakers are thinking "calmly or rationally" enough to recognize it, Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway said Wednesday.  In a video released Wednesday night, Trump said he "unequivocally condemns" the violence that took place at last week's Capitol riot. He said, "mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for." LIVE UPDATES: HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH TRUMP OVER CAPITOL RIOT Trump's condemnation of political violence perpetrated by his supporters presents "a rare moment for potential unity here of people on all sides condemning political violence regardless of who commits it," Hemingway told "Special Report" host Bret Baier, adding that "very few people have been able to meet that" threshold. Trump's video was released just moments after the House voted to impeach him for a second time, a move Hemingway believes was fueled by Congress' personal feelings of "terror." ...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Wednesday expressed opposition to the Democrats’ second impeachment effort against President Trump but, while condemning the “undemocratic, un-American, and criminal” protest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol, assessed that Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.” During Wednesday’s House debate on impeachment, McCarthy condemned the unruly protest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week as Congress convened to certify the electoral votes, noting that “violence is never a legitimate form of protest.” The freedom of speech and assembly under the Constitution, he noted, is “rooted in nonviolence.” Democrats have overwhelmingly argued that Trump effectively organized and incited the chaos that descended upon the Capitol last week, and McCarthy — while calling impeachment a “mistake” — said that Trump “bears responsibility” for Wednesday’s happenings. “Here is what a vote to impeach would do. A vote to impeach would further...