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    (CNN)President Joe Biden raised $22.1 million from private donors for his transition to the White House, more than three times the $6.5 million than Donald Trump collected for the same purposes four years ago, according to newly filed report.Biden's transition report, made public Monday by the General Service Administration, shows Biden spent even more -- $24 million -- as he readied to assume the presidency.Payroll expenses topped the list at $13.6 million, followed by travel and event expenses at a little more than $5 million.Bidens First 100 Days Democrats turn to Biden's agenda after impeachment trial Analysis: Biden's polling is steadier than Trump's Biden administration says 2 million Covid vaccine doses have been delivered after winter storms delay shipments The 1,021-page filing shows thousands of people contributed to the Biden effort. They include well-known figures who made the $5,000 maximum contribution, such as Chicago financier Mellody Hobson, producer...
    Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, signaled Monday that the Justice Department under his leadership would "advance" the policies of the Biden administration on gun control. During Monday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee asked Garland, "Do you support banning of certain types of firearms?" Garland responded, "Well, as I'm sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all his professional life on this question." PSAKI: GUN CONTROL A 'PRIORITY,' BIDEN 'NOT AFRAID OF STANDING UP' TO THE NRA He continued, "The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law." "Where there is room under the law for the president's policies to be pursued, I think the president is entitled to pursue them," Garland continued. Biden has long been a gun control proponent....
    More On: gun control Biden calls for tougher gun laws on Parkland massacre anniversary Pelosi docks $5K from pay of GOP congressmen over metal detector spat Michigan AG warns state Capitol ‘not safe’ amid protest threat Michigan bans open carry of guns in the state Capitol President Biden’s nominee for attorney general Merrick Garland on Monday said there’s legal room for new federal gun control and he wouldn’t rule out policies that ban certain types of guns. Garland, a federal appeals court judge, told senators at his confirmation hearing that Biden supports new limits and that his job would be to pursue them. “As I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all of his life, professional life, on this question. The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as...
    On Sunday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution,” host Steve Hilton urged Republicans to embrace what he called “positive populism,” which he argued would carry the day when contrasted to Biden administration’s policies. Hilton argued the left and the Democratic Party were more focused on the message and not the anticipated outcome. Transcript as follows: HILTON: Put yourselves in the shoes for a moment of Joe Biden, well, perhaps not shoes, slippers, maybe. When you were 22 years old, you told the woman who would become your first wife that you would be President when you might have family in response to that obvious question, President of what? You clarified, President of the United States. So you’ve been thinking about this for a long time, like a really long time, more than 55 years. In your mind’s eye back in the mid-1960s, you pictured those early moves in...
    Following a year filled with the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest, Americans are in no rush to enact further gun controls. According to data from a January Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans are satisfied with the current gun control laws. The poll also found that 9 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with current firearms laws, but want them to be made less strict. Therefore, according to the survey, a majority of Americans (51 percent) either want gun control laws to remain the same or to be made less restrictive. Sensing a dearth of popular support for their gun control schemes, anti-gun politicians are urging President Joe Biden to act unilaterally to restrict firearms. This week, a group of 12 Senate Democrats led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Biden that urged the president to nominate a permanent director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and...
    After just over a week we can safely say that Joe Biden is the greatest president in American history. I say that only because the last president, who shall remain nameless, repeatedly told us that he was the greatest president in American history. And Joe Biden is clearly better than he was. In fact, looking at the 30 executive orders produced by Biden, his vaccine plan, his restoration of normalcy to foreign policy, the efficiency and effectiveness of his administration to date, the diversity of his team, the transparency he has restored to the White House, the importance of some programs to which he has committed—from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour to protecting our natural resources from commercial exploitation and systematically working to root out racially-driven inequity from our system—an objective observer would have to say that the Biden-Harris administration has done more good for the country...
     Presented by Facebook   To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court’s blow to Trump | Declines to shield Trump from handing over financial records | Taxes, other records to be given to prosecutors | Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland expected to become Biden's AG after high court hold up Merrick Garland vows to fight discrimination, domestic extremism as attorney general Read: Merrick Garland outlines priorities if confirmed as attorney general MORE testifies | Biden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID deaths | Romney, Collins oppose Neera TandenNeera TandenSchumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick Everybody wants Joe Manchin Biden won't pull...
    CNN reporter Lauren Fox described the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate as “incredibly fragile” Monday and highlighted the “tension” between moderate and progressive Democrats in addressing legislation and executive nominations. In an appearance on “New Day,” Fox listened as host John Berman began the discussion by noting some of the moderate senators from both parties announcing their opposition to the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Berman pointed out that the fact Tanden may not be confirmed “shows us that there’s no margin for error for President Biden in the U.S. Senate.” He then asked Fox what that meant for the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. (RELATED: ‘The Democratic Party Has Some Real Problems’: Former Congressman Lays Out GOP’s Opportunity To ‘Take Back The House’) “Well, this is an incredibly fragile majority that Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, has on...
    Judge Merrick Garland said he hasn't discussed the federal investigation into Hunter Biden's finances with President Joe Biden as the nominee for attorney general faces questions about his independence and oversight of existing, politically fraught investigations.[ READ: Stars Align Over Garland Nomination  ]At Monday's confirmation hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked if Garland ever talked with the president about the Justice Department's probe into Hunter Biden's finances and taxes, a question that was expected to be a key topic for Republicans. Late last year, Biden's son released a statement that he learned about the investigation that was opened by the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware back in 2018. "I have not. The president made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination that decisions about investigations and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department," said Garland, who currently sits on the U.S....
    Merrick Garland testified that he had not discussed the federal investigation into Hunter Biden with Joe Biden, emphasizing that the president has repeatedly said the Justice Department’s prosecutorial decisions would not be made by the White House. Hunter Biden has reportedly been under criminal investigation for years as federal authorities scrutinize his taxes and potentially his foreign business dealings, and the 51-year-old's financial transactions with China might be at the forefront. GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed the appeals court judge on the investigation into the president’s son. “Have you discussed the case with the president or anyone else?” the Iowa Republican asked. “And I don’t expect you to discuss your private conversations with the president, but members of this committee always ask judges or other people, 'What did you discuss with the president?' … So, have you discussed this Hunter...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that a wealth tax was not likely to be a part of the mix as the Biden administration explores options for revamping the tax code. "A wealth tax has been discussed, but it's not something that President Biden has come out in favor of," Yellen said at a New York Times conference. "I think it's something that has very difficult implementation problems." Liberal lawmakers such as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren backed wealth taxes on the 2020 presidential campaign trail to pay for ambitious healthcare proposals. Earlier this month, Warren's office said that the Massachusetts senator intends to introduce legislation for a wealth tax. While a wealth tax might not be on the table for the Biden administration, Yellen said that the administration was considering revising parts of the tax code that allow capital gains to go untaxed, like the step-up in basis,...
    Judge Merrick Garland on Monday said he has not discussed the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs with President Biden. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Garland was asked about his conversations with the president. GARLAND SEES ‘NO REASON’ WHY DURHAM SHOULDN’T BE LEFT IN PLACE FOR RUSSIA ORIGINS PROBE "I have not," Garland said, adding that Biden "has made abundantly clear" in his public statements "before and after my nomination" that decisions about prosecutions would be left to the Justice Department. "That was the reason that I was willing to take on this job," Garland said. "So the answer is no." In December, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden would not discuss any investigation related to Hunter with anyone he was considering for attorney general. VideoHunter Biden confirmed that he was under federal investigation for his "tax affairs" in December....
    Attorney general nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland expected to become Biden's AG after high court hold up Merrick Garland vows to fight discrimination, domestic extremism as attorney general Read: Merrick Garland outlines priorities if confirmed as attorney general MORE said on Monday that he has not discussed a Justice Department investigation involving Hunter Biden with President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE or other members of the administration. "I have not. The president made abundantly clear in every public statement ... that decisions about investigation and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department," Garland said during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in response to a question from Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDemocrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs GOP...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence has turned down an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Pence is reportedly trying to avoid being in the media's spotlight for at least six months, according to an unidentified source. Since President Biden took office, Pence has held a relatively low-key public presence, announcing he will join the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow. He also opened the "Office of the Former Vice President” earlier this month, which will handle scheduling requests and other orders of business for both Pence and his wife, Karen. Pence skipping the annual conference comes after he split with former President Donald Trump on certifying Biden's Electoral College victory. PENCE DEFIES TRUMP, SAYING HE HAS NO 'UNILATERAL AUTHORITY' TO REJECT ELECTORAL VOTES "It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to...
    Washington — Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for attorney general, is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first day of his confirmation hearing Monday. A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Garland will make his debut before senators as the Justice Department emerges from a period during which it was thrust into the center of politically charged investigations involving former President Donald Trump's allies and dogged by accusations of politicization. How to watch Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing What: Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee When: Monday, February 22 Time: 9:30 a.m. ET Location: Capitol Hill Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above or on your mobile or streaming device If confirmed by the Senate, Garland will take the helm of the Justice Department as it...
    Loading the player... The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined. President Joe Biden, right, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Read More: Africa reaches 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as danger grows “It’s nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The U.S. virus death toll reached...
    Washington — Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, will vote against confirming Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, she announced Monday, further putting Tanden's nomination in peril in the evenly divided Senate. "Congress has to be able to trust the OMB director to make countless decisions in an impartial manner, carrying out the letter of the law and congressional intent. Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency," Collins said in a statement. "Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend." The Maine Republican also criticized Tanden's decision to delete tweets before President Biden announced her nomination last year, saying the move "raises concerns about her commitment to transparency." "Should Congress need to review documents or actions taken by OMB, we must have confidence that the director will be...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Monday said she would vote against Democratic President Joe Biden’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee Neera Tanden, further imperiling her confirmation. “Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend,” Collins said in a statement. “The OMB needs steady, experienced, responsive leadership. I will vote against confirming Ms Tanden.” The moderate Republican’s rejection comes after Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Friday announced he would not vote for Tanden, putting her nomination in doubt in the 50-50 divided chamber. Biden on Friday said he still had confidence there would be enough votes in the Senate to confirm Tanden, who has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats over past harsh comments on social...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Monday said she would vote against Democratic President Joe Biden's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee Neera Tanden, further imperiling her confirmation. "Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend," Collins said in a statement. "The OMB needs steady, experienced, responsive leadership. I will vote against confirming Ms Tanden." The moderate Republican's rejection comes after Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Friday announced he would not vote for Tanden, putting her nomination in doubt in the 50-50 divided chamber. Biden on Friday said he still had confidence there would be enough votes in the Senate to confirm Tanden, who has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats over past harsh comments on social media. Both Collins and...
    More than two-thirds of President Biden's Cabinet nominees are stuck in a procedural bottleneck as they wait to be considered by the Democratic-run chamber. Biden was sworn into office with more nominees ready to go than any of his recent predecessors. But only seven of his 23 Cabinet-level officials have been Senate-confirmed one month into his administration. Another handful of picks have cleared their respective Senate committees; they're simply waiting to receive a full-floor vote in the chamber. And more have hearings scheduled for next week. But as the new White House takes over the country's coronavirus pandemic without a Health and Human Services secretary or a confirmed head of the Education Department, the Senate last week was not in legislative session. Instead, senators took a weeklong break from floor activity and committee work after acting as jurors during former President Donald Trump's second unsuccessful impeachment trial. The chamber annually...
    WILMINGTON, Delaware -- President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to the nation's smallest businesses and taking steps to further equity in what is known as the Paycheck Protection Program.The administration is establishing a two-week window, starting on Wednesday, in which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees - the overwhelming majority of small businesses - can apply for the forgivable loans. Biden's team is also carving out $1 billion to direct toward sole proprietors, such as home contractors and beauticians, the majority of which are owned by women and people of color.Other efforts will remove a prohibition on lending to a company with at least 20% ownership by a person arrested or convicted for a nonfraud felony in the prior year, as well as allowing those behind on their federal student loans to seek relief through the program. The administration is also clarifying that noncitizen legal residents can...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. attorney general, Merrick Garland, is expected to face questions on Monday during his Senate confirmation hearing on a range of issues including the threat posed by right-wing extremists, police and sentencing reforms and an investigation involving Biden's son. Garland, a federal appellate judge and former prosecutor widely expected to win Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official, goes before the Judiciary Committee at a hearing due to start at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT). Garland has said he plans to prioritize civil rights and combating domestic terrorism if confirmed. He was nominated to lead a Justice Department now in the midst of intensive investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Republican former President Donald Trump's supporters - an incident Garland called "heinous" in his prepared testimony released on...
    The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined. "It’s nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic," the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CNN's "State of the Union." MICHIGAN WOMAN DIES FROM COVID-19 AFTER LUNG TRANSPLANT: STUDY President Joe Biden, right, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Mich on Feb. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) The U.S. virus death toll reached...
    Joe Biden is conning the American people. He is lying about COVID and he is lying about the economy. We are not in the midst of a dark long winter. We are on the cusp of a bounteous blooming spring.  President Biden doesn’t want you to know the good news. Why? Because then you will refuse to write him and his Democrat colleagues a bit fat $1.9 trillion blank check.   And, because if the virus disappears in the next few months, even the most gullible CNN-watching Biden groupie will know that Donald J. Trump conquered COVID, not Joe Biden.   JUSTIN HASKINIS: TEXAS ENERGY CRISIS – AOC, GREEN NEW DEAL TO THE RESCUE? HERE'S THE TRUTH Some radicals might even conclude that President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed has delivered a miracle.  Consider the facts. COVID cases have dropped by more than 70% in recent weeks, more than the "experts" predicted. Fatalities, which lag cases, are...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said the Trump administration left a “vague” plan for coronavirus vaccine distribution — as he defended Vice President Kamala Harris’ claims that President Biden’s team had to “start from scratch” when it entered office. Harris made the claim on “Axios on HBO” last Sunday evening, and the infectious diseases expert was asked about the remark this week during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Anchor Chris Wallace asked: “Is that true?” “The one thing that we can say is that the infrastructure and the capability in the planning of getting the vaccines distributed into the arms of people was really quite vague, as I’ve said before. I mean, obviously it wasn’t that nothing was done because we developed the vaccine, we got them manufactured and they were shipped,” Fauci said. He said critics should give Harris “a break” because she didn’t “mean from scratch.” “I...
    U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, is no stranger to Washington politics.   He rose to national prominence in late 2016 when Republicans in Congress blocked his nomination by then-President Barack Obama to a seat on the Supreme Court.     Garland, a federal appellate judge, is once again in the limelight and on the verge of taking on a high-profile position, this time as attorney general – essentially the nation’s top law enforcement officer.  Garland said he agreed to take the job of attorney general after being assured by both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris that the Justice Department would retain its independence from political interference.     Biden said of his nominee in January, “Your loyalty is not to me,” and apparent dig at former President Donald Trump who demanded loyalty of his Cabinet members.     “It’s to the law, to the Constitution, to the people of this nation,” Biden said.   ...
    The president of the United States, Joe Biden, could visit Texas “as soon as this week”, after the storm that has left at least 59 deaths in the country and has hit the inhabitants of that state hard, said this Sunday the spokeswoman for the White House, Jen Psaki. “We are going to do that at the appropriate time and in coordination with the people on the ground. It could be as early as this week, “Psaki said in an interview with ABC News’s” This Week. “ The spokeswoman said that Biden, who declared a “major disaster” in Texas to expedite the mobilization of federal resources to address the emergency, is “very anxious” to go to that state “and show his support.” “But he is also very aware of the fact that it is not a moderate intervention for a president to travel to a disaster area, he does not...
    Former US President Donald Trump will speak on Sunday February 28 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held in Orlando (Florida) to discuss the “future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN what will be Trump’s first intervention before a large audience since he ceased to be president of the United States on January 20. Other unidentified sources also confirmed it to other US media. The CNN source said Trump will also speak to the CPAC about “amnesty and disastrous border policy” of President Joseph Biden. This week Trump, who after leaving the White House settled in his private club Mar-a-Lago, in southeastern Florida, gave his first interview as a former president to the Fox News channel and reiterated that he does not recognize Biden’s victory. The interview took place after he was acquitted of...
    (CNN)The United States will within hours record its unfathomable 500,000th death from Covid-19 paradoxically at a moment of rare hope in the pandemic. Yet the tragic landmark will occur with the White House loath to predict when the crisis may ease as it balances critical political and epidemiological risks.A warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Sunday that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 came as leading medical associations pleaded for extended vigilance from people exhausted by months of self-isolating and the punishing economic impact of the worst public health calamity in 100 years. But the national dichotomy between fear and hope was exemplified by an announcement that more vaccines than ever are being sent to states and a fast ebbing of new cases of the novel coronavirus across most of the country.The symbolic power of the half a million figure emphasizes the horror of the nightmare that seized...
    White House officials on Sunday said that President Biden is "eager" to visit Texas and could head there as soon as this week after declaring a major disaster for 77 of the 254 counties in the state.  His possible visit comes as millions of Texans continue to deal with water restrictions, and other havoc left behind by the deadly winter storm. A rural hospital in Anahuac, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Houston, lost both water and power.FAST FACTS Temperatures in the South will rise to "typical levels or a few degrees above average by early week," Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth forecast Saturday President Biden declared a major disaster Saturday for 77 of the 254 counties in Texas. The move will make federal funding available to assist in the cleanup.  President Biden declared a major disaster Saturday for 77 of the 254 counties in Texas. The move will make federal funding...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The results reaffirm that Donald Trump's big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example:"Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that has been debunked by independent fact checkers and law enforcement agencies," USA Today's Susan Page wrote Sunday. "Asked to describe what happened during the assault on the Capitol, 58% of Trump voters call it 'mostly an antifa-inspired attack that only involved a few Trump supporters.' That's more than double the 28% who call it 'a rally of Trump supporters, some of whom attacked the Capitol.' Four percent call it 'an attempted coup inspired by President Trump.'"Trump sometimes...
    President BidenJoe BidenClose to 70 dead in states with severe winter weather: report Two more deaths confirmed in Louisiana related to severe winter weather Lawyer who filed suit to reverse 2020 election results referred by judge for discipline MORE will hold a moment of silence Monday evening for the Americans who have died of coronavirus, the White House said. The nation is expected to surpass 500,000 coronavirus deaths Monday. “In the evening, the President will deliver remarks on the lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall. The First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will be in attendance,” the White House said in a press release. “Then, the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico.” According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has confirmed 498,879...
    WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 03: Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on October 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) President Joe Biden plans to honor the half a million American lives lost to Covid-19 with a candle lighting ceremony at the White House, according to a report by CNN. The exact date and time has not yet been announced, but could come as soon as Monday, depending on when the country passes that somber threshold. White House officials told CNN that the ceremony will be held around sundown on the appropriate day, and First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will join the president, who will also deliver remarks. Biden, Harris, the First Lady, and the Second Gentleman held a similarly somber ceremony marking 400,000 Covid-19 deaths at...
    (CNN)With the US approaching 500,000 Covid-19 deaths, plans are underway for President Joe Biden to mark the moment this week.The President is planning to deliver remarks and hold a candle lighting ceremony at the White House around sundown as soon as Monday, if the threshold is crossed, a White House official said. First lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will also participate.On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was working on plans so the President could use his "own voice and platform to take a moment to remember the people whose lives have been lost, the families who are still suffering." One day before taking office, Biden, Harris and their spouses held a somber ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 400,000 lives lost to Covid-19 in the US. "To heal we must remember," Biden said at the time.Read...
    Miami : February 21, 2021February 21, 2021 0 President Joe Biden arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday for what would be his first trip outside of Washington since taking office, and where he sought to advance his pandemic relief plan. At an open council meeting organized by CNN, Biden answered questions from the audience and promised that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the middle of the year. “By the end of July this year,” the president promised, adding that when he took office on January 20, “there were only 50 million and now we will have 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate all Americans, throughout the world. country”. Biden made the statement during his exchange with the audience selected for the meeting, which was held under the rules of social distancing. The first questions to the Democratic president focused...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence reportedly declined an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Despite slated appearances by former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, Pence will not be in attendance, according to Politico’s Gabby Orr. Trump to speak at @CPAC next week on the future of the GOP & Biden’s immigration agenda. Several former aides & WH officials will also deliver remarks. The speaker roster does not include Pence, however, who declined an invitation. — Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) February 20, 2021 Pence wanted to “give the new White House some breathing room before talking,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted. An adviser to Pence says he’s doing what used to be tradition and giving the new White House some breathing room before talking....
    President Biden could travel to Texas "as soon as this week" to review the damage from the devastating power outages and freezing temperatures there, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday. Psaki said the president has been getting constant updates from his Federal Emergency Management Agency chief and is "eager" to show his support for the Lone Star State. WARMER TEMPERATURES BRING WELCOME RELIEF TO TEXAS AND SOUTHERN STATES AS RECOVERY BEGINS "But he’s also very mindful of the fact that it’s not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area. He does not want to take away resources or attention," Psaki said on ABC News’ "This Week." Video"And we’re going to do that at an appropriate time in coordination with people on the ground. Could be as soon as this week," she said. Biden signed a major disaster declaration on Saturday that unlocked federal funds for residents of weather-ravaged Texas. But...
    Savannah Rychcik February 21, 2021 0 Comments Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) is certain a visit from President Joe Biden would not be a “distraction” after water shortages and power outages crippled Texas due to winter storms. “We certainly would welcome him and he would not be a distraction, neither a burden,” Turner said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He continued, “With so many homes across the city having pipes that burst because of the frigid weather, and major leaks, major water damage, we need a lot of plumbing materials and supplies right now. We have a number of licensed plumbers but could use even more… We are needing water as well for people across the board.” Watch his remarks below: "He would not be a distraction," Houstons @SylvesterTurner says of a potential @potus visit to Texas. Says his area needs plumbing supplies...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized President Biden's stance toward China, calling the policy shift from the Trump administration "disheartening." During an interview on Newsmax TV Saturday afternoon, the nation's former top diplomat accused the current administration of failing to condemn the genocide of Uighur Muslims in China. "This is some of the most horrific human activity that we have seen since the last century, and the administration has a responsibility ... to convince the Chinese Communist Party not to behave in this way [and] to impose costs on them when they don't," Pompeo said. "So to pawn this off as just a different norm or a different set of behaviors, that's what the Chinese Communist Party says. That's how they talk about this." The former secretary of state said he was saddened by Biden downplaying China's actions. "To hear an American president talk about it in such a...
    The White House has begun to communicate with Iran about its detention of US citizens, an official said Sunday. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” He called the country’s imprisonment of dozens of dual nationals in recent years, including several Americans, a “complete and utter outrage” and said it was a “significant priority” of the Biden administration to get them “safely back home.” “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” Sullivan said, calling it a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Sullivan added that President Biden was determined to use diplomacy to prevent the authoritarian government from acquiring nuclear weapons. United Nations watchdogs found uranium particles at two Iranian sites it inspected last week, which could endanger efforts by President Biden to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear...
    More On: Anthony Fauci Face it: Here’s how long Fauci says masks might be necessary in US People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Fauci says COVID-19 vaccines to be back on track mid-week after Texas storm, Fauci says Psaki defends Harris ‘starting from scratch’ COVID vaccine remarks Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said the Trump administration left a “vague” plan for coronavirus vaccine distribution — as he defended Vice President Kamala Harris’ claims that President Biden’s team had to “start from scratch” when it entered office. Harris made the claim on “Axios on HBO” last Sunday evening, and the infectious diseases expert was asked about the remark this week during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Anchor Chris Wallace asked: “Is that true?” “The one thing that we can say is that the infrastructure and the capability in the planning of getting the vaccines distributed...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he is working with President Joe Biden to gather the support needed to confirm Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget. "I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed," he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said last week he would not vote for Tanden. "I think she would be a very good OMB leader," Schumer added.Tanden's confirmation to lead the office is in jeopardy after Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said Friday that he would vote against her, making her confirmation unlikely since Republicans resist her nomination.Biden has said he does not intend to pull Tanden's nomination and that he believes they will find the votes to get her confirmed. She has met with 35 senators on both sides...
    Savannah Rychcik February 21, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki sidestepped a question about whether President Joe Biden still considers New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) leadership amid the COVID-19 pandemic the “gold standard.” ABC’s Jonathan Karl showed Psaki footage from last year of Biden’s comments about Cuomo’s leadership. The president said Cuomo has “done one hell of a job” and called his leadership “the gold standard.” Karl asked Psaki if Biden still believes that after news broke of Cuomo allegedly undercounting nursing home deaths. “We work with Gov. Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country,” Psaki said. She continued, “He plays an important role in ensuring that we’re coordinating closely in getting assistance out to people in his state and to state’s across the country and we’ll continue to do that.” Watch her remarks below: Biden’s press secretary repeatedly refuses...
    New York (CNN)Fact-checkers are entering a new era under President Joe Biden's administration. While Biden isn't perfect, his claims are "more like a smattering" of false statements compared to "the daily avalanche" that came from former President Donald Trump, CNN's fact-checker Daniel Dale said on "Reliable Sources."Like most politicians, Biden exaggerates and embellishes at times. Dale said Biden made at least four false statistical claims during a CNN town hall last week on issues including the minimum wage, undocumented immigrants, China's workforce and the Covid-19 vaccine.Politifact editor Angie Holan said the absence of Trump's voice in daily media "has freed us up to fact-check other things," including the power outages in Texas. Dale has been able to focus on other fact-checking endeavors, too. "There's still so much nonsense" and misinformation, Dale said. "I'm not going on vacation," Dale said. "There's a lot to do."
    Last week, the Biden administration made a major step toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran when it announced it was willing to begin talks with the Islamic republic without preconditions and accepted an invitation by European states to broker an initial meeting. A meeting may take place this week.   The administration also dropped several sanctions placed on Iran by the Trump administration, including travel restrictions on Iranian officials.    The timing of the Biden administration’s announcement was curious in light of a surge in threatening and belligerent actions by Iran, such as a Feb. 15 rocket attack against a U.S. base in Irbil, Iraq, by an Iranian-backed militia and stepped-up attacks against Yemeni civilian targets and Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels, an Iranian terrorist surrogate. NEWT GINGRICH: 'WOKE' AMERICAN MILITARY PUTS US IN DANGER. HERE'S HOW Iran also recently accelerated its nuclear weapons program by producing uranium metal and increasing uranium enrichment.    In addition,...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Weekends” that America has “one functional party and a cult of personality around Donald Trump,” referring to the Democratic and Republican Parties, respectively. Reacting to a video of  House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) being asked if he acknowledged President Joe Biden as the “legitimate president of the United States,” Schiff said, “This is the number two Republican in the House, and he has difficulty saying that Joe Biden was elected in a free and fair election because he doesn’t want to antagonize Donald Trump and his base, notwithstanding the fact that Donald Trump incited a violent attack on our Capitol, these republican leaders are still in his thrall.” He continued, “Steve Scalise made the same pilgrimage Kevin McCarthy did to Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring, to once again pledge fealty to Donald Trump. They have tied their...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci during a “Fox News Sunday” interview about “garbled messages” coming out of President Joe Biden’s administration on schools reopening. “President Biden came in saying that they were going to run things more smoothly, that they were going to follow the science, but in the last couple of weeks, there have been some garbled messages coming out of this administration,” Wallace said. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that schools can reopen without all teachers necessarily being vaccinated against COVID-19, Wallace played Fauci a “somewhat different message” from Vice President Kamala Harris. “That sounds like Vice President Harris was following the teachers unions, not the science,” Wallace said. WATCH: “No, Chris, you want to parse words, I was listening very carefully,” Fauci responded. “What Vice President Harris said, it should be a priority. She did not say...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki avoided responding to questions about whether President Biden still believed Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is the “gold standard” in leadership during the coronavirus pandemic during an appearance on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week.” Anchor Jonathan Karl said, “OKy, I want to turn to another controversy that raged this week. Andrew Cuomo under fire for allegedly not being transparent and misleading on the number of nursing home deaths in New York. Last spring, President Biden cited Andrew Cuomo as the gold standard for leadership during the pandemic. Take a listen.” In a video clip Biden said, “Your governor of New York has done one hell of a job. I think he’s sort of the gold standard.” Karl said, “So, now, we’ve seen that Governor Cuomo has allegedly undercounted nursing home deaths, misled legislators in New York  and he called the New York Assemblyman Ron Kim,...
    New York : President Biden visited former Senator Bob Dole. Photo: Joshua Roberts / . President Joe biden visited the former Republican senator Bob Dole, who a few days ago reported his diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. According to a White House report, the president visited his “close friend”, who was a presidential candidate in 1996, but was one of the first Republicans to acknowledge that Biden had won on November 3 against Donald trump. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on January 20. I know the President has not relented and may never have, but he will not be in the White House on January 21Dole said to Kansas City Star. Dole announced his condition on February 18 via Twitter. His first treatment will start on Monday, he announced then. “While I certainly face obstacles, I know I join...
    President Joe Biden visited former Republican Kansas Sen. Bob Dole on Saturday in Washington D.C., the White House said, according to ABC News. The White House said the president “is visiting his close friend,” ABC News reported. Dole announced he has stage IV lung cancer and said treatment is starting on Monday in a statement the Senator tweeted Thursday. (RELATED: 95-Year-Old Bob Dole Stands From Wheelchair And Salutes Fellow WWII Vet George H.W. Bush) “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole said in his statement, according to the tweet. STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30 — Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021 Biden’s visit to Dole wasn’t announced and wasn’t part of the president’s public itinerary, according to The Hill. Biden was already with the former...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions Sunday about whether President Biden still believes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo represents the “gold standard” for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic amid his scandal over nursing home deaths in New York. The president described Cuomo as “sort of the gold standard” last spring when the governor was being lauded for his daily televised briefings on how the state was dealing with COVID-19. ABC News’ “This Week” host Jon Karl asked Psaki if Biden still held that view. “We work with Gov. Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country,” said Psaki, not answering the question, but noting that Cuomo is the chair of the National Governors Association. “He plays an important role in ensuring that we’re coordinating closely in getting assistance out to people in his state and to states across the country and we’ll continue to do...
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    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the number two Republican in the House, still refuses to concede that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen, insisting on Sunday morning that “there were a few states that didn't follow their state laws.” Scalise, fresh off his Mar-a-Lago trip to visit with former President Donald Trump, appeared on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday and was eventually pressed about whether he felt the twice-impeached ex-president bore any responsibility for the Jan. 6 insurrectionist Capitol riot. Airing comments from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month denouncing Trump for his role in inciting a mob of MAGA supporters to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election, host Jonathan Karl wondered aloud if Scalise asked Trump if he’d take any responsibility. “I was in Florida doing some fund-raising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, the president reached out, we visited,”...
    President Biden could travel to Texas “as soon as this week” to review the damage from the devastating power outages and freezing temperatures there, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday. Psaki said the president has been getting constant updates from his Federal Emergency Management Agency chief and is “eager” to show his support for the Lone Star State. “But he’s also very mindful of the fact that it’s not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area. He does not want to take away resources or attention​,” Psaki said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “​And we’re going to do that at an appropriate time in coordination with people on the ground​. C​ould be as soon as this week​,” she said.​ Biden signed a major disaster declaration on Saturday that unlocked federal funds for residents of weather-ravaged Texas. But ABC’s Jon Karl noted that Texas Gov. Greg...
    After spending months campaigning vigorously for Joe Biden, Hollywood star Barbra Streisand still appears to be in cheerleading mode, touting the president’s first month in office as a restoration of “political sanity in our country.” Streisand praised President Biden on social media Friday, declaring that the new administration will tackle climate change and oversee coronavirus vaccinations. “President Biden has restored some political sanity in our country,” Streisand wrote. “The United States will once again become one of the leaders of the free world. We will address climate change now evident in these extreme weather conditions.” She added: “Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s [sic] arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning.” Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Ridership on the New York City subway is still way down from a year ago, but the number of passengers is slowly increasing as crime continues to rise.The recent spree of violence includes stabbings this month that left two people dead and two wounded.In response to the attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea have deployed 600 NYPD officers to patrol the subways. Still, Interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg says she wants more.Plus, Jonathan Holloway is an American historian and the 21st President of Rutgers University -- the first African American to hold the job.Halloway will discuss his new book, "The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans."Last week, ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton explained that current inoculations are running behind schedule.President Biden has only been in office for one month. Responsibility for the pandemic falls on his...
    Chris Wallace pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Fox News Sunday over “garbled messages” from the Joe Biden administration on school reopenings. In the past few weeks, public health officials, including the head of the CDC, have said that it would be safe to reopen schools with mitigation in place and without requiring teacher vaccinations. Wallace played a clip of Vice President Kamala Harris dodging on that issue last week and says, “That sounds like Vice President Harris was following the teachers’ unions, not the science.” Fauci said in response, “What Vice President Harris said is it should be a priority. She did not say it’s a sine qua non that unless you get vaccinated you cannot come into the school and teach. ” He added that he agrees with what other Biden administration officials that vaccination of teachers should be a high priority. “I think the only point I was...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question Sunday morning from ABC’s Jon Karl about whether Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo still represents “the gold standard for leadership during the pandemic.” Cuomo has come under increasing scrutiny of late for implementing a policy early on in the pandemic that forced nursing homes to accept patients who were positive for COVID-19 and for his administration’s handling of data regarding nursing home deaths. During a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Karl played a clip of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden last spring calling Cuomo’s leadership “sort of the gold standard.” “Now we’ve seen that Governor Cuomo has allegedly undercounted nursing home deaths, misled legislators in New York,” Karl said. “So does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?” WATCH: “Well, Jon, we work with Governor Cuomo just like...
    Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal said Sunday that it doesn’t make sense for Americans to get less relief under President Joe Biden than they had under former President Donald Trump. Jayapal joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the ongoing debate over the next coronavirus stimulus package and what she expected to be included in the final bill. (RELATED: Leading House Democrat: ‘Enormous Suffering’ Gives ‘Leverage’ To Push Socialist Agenda) WATCH: Bash noted that Biden had signaled some flexibility on the income threshold for the next round of direct payments for COVID relief, saying, “President Biden suggested that he’s willing to negotiate on who receives a $1,400 direct payment that is in the legislation.” Adding that most Democrats were insisting on $75,000 as the income limit — the same limit used in the last round of direct payments — Bash asked Jayapal whether...
    President Joe Biden has “won praise” for his “low-key approach” to the natural disaster that knocked out power to much of Texas in the midst of a bitter winter storm, according to the Washington Post. The Post hounded President Donald Trump for years about Hurricane Maria — even after he visited the island personally, and despite the fact that his concerns about local mismanagement in the distribution of aid were proven right. Yet in an article published on Saturday, with the headline “Biden’s low-key approach to storm wins praise but courts risks,” the Post took a dramatically different approach: As the Biden administration faces its first natural disaster, the president himself is taking a notably low-key approach. He has not visited the stricken region or delivered prime-time remarks; he did not mention the disaster at a recent town hall; and he is studiously avoiding the controversy over whether wind energy or fossil fuels are to blame...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former U.S. President Donald Trump will seek to return to the political spotlight in an address to a major meeting of conservatives, a source familiar with his plans said on Saturday, as the Republican plots his post-White House moves. Trump plans to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 28, the last day of their meeting, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “He’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also look for the 45th President to take on President (Joe) Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source said. Trump’s tumultuous four years in the White House ended shortly after he was impeached on a charge of inciting his supporters’ deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were gathering to certify Biden’s victory in the...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin drops gubernatorial campaign, to run for attorney general MORE (R) called on President BidenJoe BidenClose to 70 dead in states with severe winter weather: report Two more deaths confirmed in Louisiana related to severe winter weather Lawyer who filed suit to reverse 2020 election results referred by judge for discipline MORE to give greater control of vaccine distribution efforts to states on Sunday, echoing suggestions he made with other governors in a letter to the White House urging greater communication between state and federal officials. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Hutchinson said that the Biden administration's handling of the federal vaccination efforts had been "seamless" so far. He added, however, that administration officials on could do more to coordinate with state counterparts who...
    (CNN)This week, Judge Merrick Garland will finally get a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than four years after his nomination to the US Supreme Court was torpedoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell's obstructionism. Of course, this time Garland has been nominated as President Joe Biden's attorney general, and, with Senate Democrats in the majority, his swift confirmation is all but assured. Elie Honig If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics.Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial prosecutor for the Justice Department. Among many other cases, Garland supervised the investigation of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, which killed more than...
    Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland promised Saturday to vigorously prosecute those who joined the attack on the U.S. Capitol last month. AFP reports testimony has been prepared for Garland’s confirmation hearing on Monday and Tuesday, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick saying he wants to lay out his agenda. Garland, 68, reportedly said if confirmed, he would reaffirm “policies that protect the independence of the department from partisan influence in law enforcement investigations (and) that strictly regulate communications with the White House.” He also promised to create clear guidelines for FBI investigations while addressing civil rights. “The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the Department’s Civil Rights Division, with the mission ‘to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society,'” Garland said. “That mission remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice.” President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected Judge...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn’t even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, which begins Monday before the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, with bipartisan support. “Judge Garland’s extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unless I hear something new, I expect to support his nomination before the full Senate.” Biden’s choice of Garland reflects the president’s goal of restoring the department’s reputation as an independent body. During his four years as president, Donald Trump had insisted that the...
    London (CNN)Without setting foot outside the White House, US President Joe Biden arrived on the world stage Friday, not once but twice.Biden joined virtual meetings in London and Munich, almost inconceivable before the pandemic, with the leaders of his biggest European allies, who also remained closeted in their capitals.The President was bold. "America is back," he announced at the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC). And he was generous at a G7 leaders' meeting chaired by the UK, promising as much as $4 billion for the COVAX initiative, which aims to provide vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.Yet even by the emerging standards of virtual summits there was a reassuring normality to it all. Last November, Biden's predecessor President Donald Trump unceremoniously left the virtual G20 world leaders global summit in Riyadh, then next came into sight a short time later playing golf at one of his resorts. Boris Johnsons government...
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    DONALD Trump got “bad advice” that Mike Pence had powers to overturn the election result, the Vice-President’s former chief of staff has said. During the Capitol Hill siege, rioters appeared to scream "hang Mike Pence" after Donald Trump blamed the "furious" Pence for not blocking Joe Biden's win. 6Donald Trump speaking at the 'Save America' rallyCredit: Reuters 6Mike Pence announcing Joe Biden's certification as President-electCredit: Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved The MAGA fans stormed Congress as lawmakers were voting on certifying Joe Biden as the then President-elect on January 6. Mark Short has now told CNN that Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be that day  “I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the Vice President would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country,” he said. He went on to...
    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. “He’s doing well,” Biden said of Dole, after departing Holy Trinity Catholic Church later Saturday evening. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis. President Biden arrives at the Watergate complex where former Sen. Bob...
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    Saturday Night Live mocked Senator Ted Cruz for jetting off to Cancun while his home state was in the throes of a humanitarian crisis and also sent up Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in New York’s nursing home deaths scandal.  Cruz and Cuomo were invited onto a talk show hosted by pop star Britney Spears, who gave the two beleaguered politicians a chance to apologize for their recent actions. SNL's cold open once again declined to skewer President Joe Biden - a far cry from the frequent barbs that were dished out at his predecessor, Donald Trump, during his four years in the Oval Office.  Joining Cruz and Cuomo was Gina Carano, the actress who was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm from her role in the Disney+-streamed Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian. Carano was offered a chance to apologize for an Instagram post in which she compares conservatives...
    President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, cites the Justice Department’s century-and-a-half-old battle against the Ku Klux Klan as he set his focus on prosecutions against rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last month in planned remarks for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday. The testimony will offer the public a chance to hear from Garland, a Harvard Law School graduate and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, more than four years after his ill-fated nomination as former President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. Should he be confirmed as attorney general, Garland will inherit a sweeping investigation into Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the day the Congress had assembled to certify Biden’s win over former President Donald Trump. His opening remarks, released late Saturday night, span issues from civil rights to national security. “If confirmed, I will...
    Lina Hidalgo, the elected official for Harris County, which is part of the Houston area, said Friday that local authorities have reported 10 deaths from hypothermia. The wave of polar cold freezes pipes in the US with temperatures of -18 ° C The Biden administration’s measure opens up federal funding for affected individuals and includes assistance for temporary shelters, home repairs and low-cost loans. Biden is also considering visiting Texas to oversee the federal response to this first crisis in its wake since he took office a month ago. The White House is working closely with the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, a Republican who initially did not acknowledge the Republican president’s election victory in November. Abbott thanked the president for declaring a state of disaster in the area, saying in a statement this is “an important first step.” But he added that individual...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden issued a federal emergency declaration on Saturday to aid Texas residents following freezing weather that left millions without electricity or water. The order from Biden will send funds to the local government level in Texas. “The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 254 Texas counties,” a White House press release stated. The Texas Tribune noted in a Friday report, the state is now facing a water crisis that has impacted...
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    President Biden visited Bob Dole days after the former Republican presidential candidate and longtime U.S. senator announced a late-stage cancer diagnosis. "The President is visiting his close friend, Sen. Bob Dole," the White House said in a statement after Biden made an unannounced stop at the Watergate Hotel on Saturday, where Dole lives. A Republican from Kansas and World War II veteran, Dole said on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. “My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole said in a statement. Biden's late son, Beau, died from cancer in 2015, and defeating the disease became a focus for the then-vice president during the Obama administration. He announced Friday that the United States would "end cancer as we know...
    The president of the United States, Joe Biden, indicated that, once his government manages to defeat the covid-19 pandemic, start a research process to end cancer « As we know it. » After a tour of Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the US president assured that his administration would be guided by science, in order to save and improve the lives of his population. “I want you to know that once we defeat covid-19, we will do everything possible to end cancer as we know it. I have asked Dr. Eric Landes, a renowned scientist from Harvard and MIT, to co-chair the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, ”he said. After the announcement, Biden pointed out that these offices of the White House that brings together the most prominent scientists in the United States to meet the most urgent scientific...
    (CNN)When Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ran for President against George H. W. Bush in 1988, he made competence one of his major campaign themes. Instead of claiming to be a visionary politician or a champion of liberalism, Dukakis highlighted his technocratic managerial expertise. "This election isn't about ideology," Dukakis argued, "It's about competence. It's not about meaningless labels; it's about American values -- old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth." Julian ZelizerThe appeal didn't work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical "card-carrying member of the ACLU" who would allow Americans to burn flags and let dangerous criminals out of prison. After Donald Trump's chaotic presidency and the emergence...
    Former President Donald Trump intends to attack President Biden's “disastrous amnesty and border policies” in a keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, his first public speaking engagement since leaving office, a source told the Washington Examiner. Trump is scheduled to speak on the afternoon of Feb. 28, the final day of the conference, to be held in Orlando. "Look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies," a source familiar with Trump's plans told the Washington Examiner. The former president will also be "talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement," the source said. Biden detailed a sweeping immigration reform bill this week that includes an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of people living illegally in the United States. TRUMP KEEPS TIGHT-LIPPED ON FUTURE PLANS AS HE RETURNS TO MEDIA SPOTLIGHT WITH INTERVIEW BLITZ The...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is visiting former Sen. Bob Dole Saturday afternoon after Dole announced earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, according to the White House.The two served in the Senate together and Dole is a "close friend" of the President, the White House said.The visit with Dole was not on Biden's public schedule for Saturday.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis. Dole, a native of Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for almost 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Democratic President...
    President Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks as he takes part in a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, February 19, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters It was by design that Joe Biden deployed the term "inflection point" three times in his most significant foreign policy speech as president on Friday. He wanted to ensure the historic weight of his words was not missed. Above all, he wanted his virtual audience at the Munich Security Conference to hear that global democracies faced a defining moment in their accelerating contest with authoritarianism, and that they dare not underestimate the stakes. It is an argument I have made frequently in this space, but one that had not yet been so clearly articulated by a U.S. president. "We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future and direction of our world," Biden...
    President Biden will hold a virtual meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday. Biden is expected to discuss climate change, strengthening the partnership between the United States and Canada, the two nations' economic ties, and combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The president and his Cabinet are expected to meet virtually with Canada's ministers on a number of global issues, according to the White House. TRUDEAU CALLS FOR BIDEN TO BRING A 'REENGAGED' US BACK TO WORLD STAGE Trudeau was the first foreign leader Biden contacted when he took office. The prime minister has expressed enthusiasm over working with Biden, but the U.S.-Canada relationship gained some tension after Biden made the choice to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, citing environmental concerns. Trudeau has long been an advocate for the project, and the president acknowledged the prime minister's "disappointment." Biden has had phone calls with several world leaders, but White...
    President Joe Biden on Friday rejected the “America First” policies that started no wars and brought about Middle East peace agreements, objectives that had not been achieved for decades under either political party. Biden’s G7 speech drew praise from foreign nations. “Biden gave exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear – an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand,” Germany’s influential Der Spiegel magazine wrote. Biden assured the participants, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the United States is “determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with [them], to earn back our position of trusted leadership.” Merkel told reporters Friday after Biden’s speech that it is up to Europe to take an example from his first days in office and follow words with actions. She cited the United States’ return to the Paris climate agreement and its...
    Include Mother Nature in the pile of crises that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has to deal with. Within a month of taking office and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management capabilities put to the test by the winter storms that battered Texas, Oklahoma and other neighboring states in unusual polar cold that left millions of people. frozen in houses without heating or electricity and, in many cases, also without water. These climatic conditions would have left at least 59 dead throughout the country. Biden arrived at the White House on January 20 promising to address a series of ongoing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its domino effect on the economy. He singled out systemic racism and climate change as his top priorities. And now it is dealing with storms that have not only endangered the population but delayed the shipment...
    A lawyer who filed a lawsuit contesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election could be facing the consequences after a federal judge referred him for possible disciplinary action. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg referred Erick Kaardal, a Minnesota-based lawyer, for discipline on Friday, arguing that the suit he filed, which the judge denied in January, was “staggering,” according to the court order. The lawsuit, Wisconsin Voters Alliance v. Pence, sought to invalidate the results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona, all of which President Biden won. The lawsuit had targeted former Vice President Mike Pence, Congress, and the Electoral College itself, in addition to the battleground states. In rejecting the suit, Boasberg said the lawsuit would be “risible” if it didn't seek to undermine “a democratic election for President of the United States,” and he threatened to refer counsel for disciplinary action at the time. “The relief...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden’s plate. A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. READ MORE: Man Charged With Capital Murder After 3 Found Dead In Burning Celina Home At least 69 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering. Those who wish to apply for federal aid can do so on a website set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Biden came...
    Loading the player... Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden’s plate.  A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. At least 69 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering. Biden came into office Jan. 20 promising to tackle a series of brewing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its ripple effects on the economy. He tacked on systemic racism and climate change as top priorities. And now he’s contending...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will hold his first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the two neighbors, the White House said on Saturday. "The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response, climate change, and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. While Biden has had at-times lengthy calls with several foreign leaders, the meeting with Trudeau will also extend to lower-level meetings between Cabinet ministers. The event will be virtual. Biden and his Cabinet will also meet virtually with Canada's ministers on a range of bilateral and global issues, Psaki added. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani in Washington; Editing by...
    President Joe Biden approved Friday evening a declaration of a major disaster in the state of Texas after a series of winter storms damaged critical infrastructure. The new disaster declaration for Texas allows federal funding to assist affected areas, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to help cover uninsured property losses, according to the White House. Dozens of Texans have died after several days of winter weather crippled the power grid, burst water pipes, and left residents freezing in their homes. The president ramped up his response to the disaster in Texas in recent days after remaining publicly silent about the crisis for several days. On Thursday, Biden shared three social media posts addressing the crisis, six days after it began. On Friday, Biden told reporters that he was “a president of all Americans” and would visit Texas in the upcoming days if he could do...
    New York : Biden is pressing members of Congress to pass his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package as soon as possible. Photo: Alex Wong / . The president of United States Joe biden said Friday that his Administration remains committed to releasing stimulus checks of $ 1,400 as part of the $ 1.9 billion plan to tackle the economic crisis by coronavirus. “You will have your stimulus check as soon as the House of Representatives and the Senate pass my legislation,” said the president in a video shared on his official @Potus Twitter account. “We are committed to you, Democrats and Republicans, with the $ 2,000 stimulus check. $ 600 was advanced last time. Another $ 1,4000 will arrive, “added the president. In the recording consisting of questions and answers about the scope of the third round of stimulus checks, Biden added that payments should...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas, unlocking more federal resources to assist the state struggling to recover from deadly winter storms."Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021, and continuing," the White House said in a statement Saturday.The President's approval allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide more resources and assistance, including grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help communities recover. The White House has been proactive in responding to the crisis, with the President having already approved an emergency declaration for the state last weekend. On Friday, Biden told reporters that he plans to travel to the state of...