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    The family of an American-Iranian father and son detained for years in Iran appealed Monday to President Joe Biden to make freeing of Iranian-American detainees a condition of any deals or concessions with that country, “It is beyond outrageous for Iran to continue playing with my father’s life,” said Babak Namazi, whose 84-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, is marking his fifth year under Iranian control. The Biden administration and Iranian officials have signaled to each other in recent months that they want to re-enter a 2015 nuclear pact, in which Iran accepts limits on its nuclear program in exchange for easing of international sanctions. The Obama administration entered the deal, only to have the Trump administration pull out in favor of what the U.S. called a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran instead. Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF representative, was detained in 2016 when he traveled to Tehran to try to win...
    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 on Monday announced policy changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) meant to target coronavirus relief to the smallest businesses and minority-owned firms. Among the changes, the Small Business Administration is instituting a 14-week period beginning Wednesday and running through March 9 allowing only companies with fewer than 20 employees to apply for assistance through the PPP. “Small businesses are the engines of our economic progress, they’re the glue and the heart and soul of our communities. But they’re getting crushed,” Biden said in remarks at the White House, noting that roughly 400,000 small businesses have closed amid restrictions put in place to lessen the spread of the coronavirus. “It’s hurting Black, Latino,...
    By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will take up challenges to controversial Trump administration policies affecting family-planning clinics and immigrants, even though the Biden administration has announced it is reviewing them. The justices agreed to hear appeals over the Trump policy that keeps taxpayer-funded clinics from referring women for abortions and the “public charge” rule that could deny permanent residency status to immigrants because of their use of food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers or other public benefits. The cases won't be argued before the fall, and they could be affected by President Joe Biden's orders to potentially reconsider both policies. Biden called for a “top-to-bottom” review of the public charge rule earlier this month. Federal appeals courts in Chicago, New York and San Francisco have invalidated the rule, but it remains in effect pending the final outcome of the cases, according to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...
    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...
    "Asylum seekers from El Salvador wait at a bus station after they were released from U.S. immigration authorities on February 08, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas." The Biden administration has admitted into the U.S. the first group of asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico under an anti-asylum policy implemented by the previous administration. While the 25 men, women, and children are a tiny fraction of the roughly 25,000 asylum-seekers currently waiting in Mexico, their entry on Friday marks the beginning of the end of this dangerous and inhumane policy that stranded families for months and even years. “Who thought this day would come? I never thought it would happen,” asylum-seeker Edwin Gomez told the Associated Press. He’d fled El Salvador when gang members killed his wife and teen son after he’d been unable to pay extortion fees. Under the previous administration’s policy, he continued to remain vulnerable, but this time to the thugs who prey on asylum-seekers...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will take up challenges to controversial Trump administration policies affecting family-planning clinics and immigrants, even though the Biden administration has announced it is reviewing them. The justices agreed to hear appeals over the Trump policy that keeps taxpayer-funded clinics from referring women for abortions and the “public charge” rule that could deny permanent residency status to immigrants because of their use of food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers or other public benefits. The cases won’t be argued before the fall, and they could be affected by President Joe Biden’s orders to potentially reconsider both policies. Biden called for a “top-to-bottom” review of the public charge rule earlier this month. Federal appeals courts in Chicago, New York and San Francisco have invalidated the rule, but it remains in effect pending the final outcome of the cases, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center....
    The Biden administration confirmed Monday that it will scrap the Trump administration's changes to the U.S. citizenship test, which made the exam longer and more difficult. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will revert back to using an exam created in 2008, the agency said in a policy alert. [ READ: SCOTUS to Review 'Public Charge' Rule ]Immigrants must pass an English proficiency test and a civics exam in order to become citizens. The Trump administration last year doubled the length of the civics test, updating it to require applicants to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly to pass. Immigrants were previously required to correctly answer six out of 10 total questions. The Trump administration also increased the number of potential questions from 100 to 128, expanding the amount of information immigrants must study in preparation for the exam. And the administration altered the answers to a few questions in...
    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,...
    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...
    The Biden administration is reportedly considering overhauling Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a way that would terminate the jobs of thousands of officers tasked with arresting and deporting immigrants illegally residing in the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently introduced a plan to do away with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations arm and convert those officers into agents who investigate transnational crime instead of going after illegal immigrants, the Washington Times reported. The consideration comes after Mayorkas testified before senators in his confirmation hearing last month and said that he did not think ICE should be abolished. The Biden administration's proposal, outlined to top officials at the agency, would keep ICE's name and its investigations side but effectively do away with its ability to enforce immigration laws. ICE would have little, if any, ability to do anything about people who choose to overstay a visa or illegally enter...
    President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to the nation's smallest businesses and taking steps to further equity in the Paycheck Protection Program, a pandemic-relief program created last year. Many of these businesses are owned by women and people of color, who experienced delays in receiving the loans in the program's initial rollout.  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...
    BEIJING - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi called on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to work with Beijing to reopen dialog between the two countries to restore a bilateral relationship damaged under the presidency of Donald Trump.  Wang, a Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, said the Trump administration's actions to suppress and contain China inflicted immeasurable harm, and called on Washington to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector.  Wang also urged Washington to respect China's core interests, stop interfering in Beijing's internal affairs and stop "conniving" with separatist forces for Taiwan's independence.  "Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialog at all levels," Wang said in prepared remarks translated into English.  "We stand ready to have candid communication with the U.S. side, and engage in dialogs aimed at...
    The first full month of the Biden-Harris administration could not have gone worse. With no accomplishments to boast of, deepening national divisions, and an embarrassing array of hypocrisy and scandal, this administration's incompetence has been on full display. Let's take a look: The administration has nothing to show legislatively. Impeachment leaves the Democrats 0-2. After dedicating a week of the Senate’s time to the effort, they departed for a week-long recess. Having wasted so much time on impeachment, the Senate is behind on confirming the administration's nominees. And to top it off, the Senate of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., departed without finishing the promised COVID relief bill.   They're more interested in killing jobs than creating them. Among the most far-reaching mistakes was the cancellation of the job-rich Keystone pipeline. That one move will put nearly 11,000 people out of work, including 8,000 union workers whose unions enthusiastically endorsed Biden.  NEWT GINGRICH: 'WOKE' AMERICAN MILITARY PUTS US IN DANGER. HERE'S...
    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...
    New York : Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool / . Starting Wednesday, February 24, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for federal aid funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government of the president Joe biden and the vice president Kamala harris reported the loan application modifications, in order to balance access to aid under the premise that these types of companies represent 44 percent of the United States GDP, create two-thirds of new jobs and employ nearly half of American workers, a high percentage of them are latinos or African Americans. “The last round of funding for the Program … was opened just a month ago and represents a notable improvement over the previous round of the...
    (CNN)The Biden administration announced several changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week exclusive window to apply for the funding. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. Democrats turn to Bidens agenda after impeachment trialThe administration will also change some eligibility rules, effective the first week in March. The self-employed, sole proprietors and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. They previously were excluded altogether or received as little as $1 because the loan amounts were calculated based on the number of employees. The loan program will also open up to small business owners with non-fraud related felonies, those delinquent on their federal student loans and some non-citizen residents, such...
    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 on Monday will announce policy changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at targeting assistance to businesses that employ 20 or fewer workers and those that are minority-owned.  Biden plans to announce that his administration will institute a 14-day period beginning Feb. 24 and running through March 9 during which only businesses with 20 or fewer employees can apply for PPP loans, according to senior administration officials. Businesses with more than 20 employees will not be able to apply for assistance during this two-week period. Biden will also announce that his administration is changing its loan calculating formula for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to help them obtain more financial...
    President Biden is expected on Monday to announce new measures designed to help small businesses receive Paycheck Protection Program loans and expand the pool of eligible companies. Small businesses have struggled to gain access to the lending program, a marquee government effort to help companies retain employees during the COVID-19 crisis, as they are often overlooked by lenders in favor of larger businesses. With the Small Business Administration several weeks into its third round of coronavirus relief lending, which will expire at the end of March," Biden will mandate for two weeks starting Wednesday only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for PPP loans, with access for larger companies resuming after March 9. A senior administration official said the window will give lenders more time to work with smaller businesses, while still ensuring access for larger eligible companies before the program expires in late March....
            by Christen Smith  Environmental experts said Thursday momentum behind the new presidential administration brings the promise of a comprehensive methane rule in sight – a move that would have a significant impact on Pennsylvania, one of the top natural gas-producing states. Dan Grossman, senior director of advocacy for the Environmental Defense Fund, said controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas sector remains an important component of lowering greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which contribute to one quarter of the climate effects witnessed across the globe over the last decade, he said. “[Gov. Tom] Wolf needs to continue his track of leadership and send the signal to Washington that whatever the Biden administration decides to do, it needs to be bold,” he said. “We simply won’t be able to meet our climate goals unless we address methane in a holistic fashion.” A report from the International Energy...
    BEIJING - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi called on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to work with Beijing to reopen dialog between the two countries to restore a bilateral relationship damaged under the presidency of Donald Trump.  Wang, a Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, said the Trump administration's actions to suppress and contain China inflicted immeasurable harm, and called on Washington to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector.  Wang also urged Washington to respect China's core interests, stop interfering in Beijing's internal affairs and stop "conniving" with separatist forces for Taiwan's independence.  "Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialog at all levels," Wang said in prepared remarks translated into English.  "We stand ready to have candid communication with the U.S. side, and engage in dialogs aimed at...
    Loading the player... It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the...
    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...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has begun to communicate with Iran over American hostages in the region, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday, calling the issue a "significant priority" for the White House. "We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran," Sullivan told CBS News. "We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward," he said. "It will be a significant priority of this administration to get those Americans safely back home." According to the Foley Foundation, there are at least 43 publicly known hostage or detainee cases in 11 countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Venezuela, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with the loved...
    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: iran UN chief visits Iran as it threatens to cut off watchdog’s cameras Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin Biden rewards Iran’s bad behavior by begging it to make a deal UN nuclear watchdog finds troubling uranium traces at Iranian sites 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...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has partially caught up on its delayed vaccine shipments, having delivered about 2 million of the 6 million doses backlogged by the deadly winter storms in Texas and other states, administration officials said Sunday."We can't control Mother Nature, no one can, but we can certainly contingency plan," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on ABC's "This Week." "We've been able to get about 2 million of those 6 million doses out. We expect to rapidly catch up this week, fill that backlog, make sure they're out to communities and also meet our deadlines and our timelines of the doses that are due to go out this upcoming week," Psaki said.Texas suffered a devastating week of below freezing temperatures and winter storms, with conditions worsened by widespread power outages across the state impacting millions of homes and businesses. And other parts of the country faced similar frigid...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it's prompting the Biden administration to push...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the universe...
    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,...
    President Biden’s "radical" foreign policy agenda is "turning upside down our Middle East policy" and giving Iran an "out" to become a nuclear state with a return to the Obama-era nuclear deal, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said Sunday. Turner told "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria Bartiromo that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was "terminally flawed," having an expiration to key provisions relating to Iran's nuclear program and allowing for the country to continue missile development. REPUBLICANS SLAM BIDEN'S MOVE TO DROP IRAN SANCTIONS PUSH "By this administration going back to this agreement, they’re really giving Iran the out to be able to pursue becoming a nuclear state," Turner said. Turner said that along with Iran, the Biden administration was "turning toward" China, which he described as another U.S. "adversary" that is "our greatest vulnerability for jobs, our greatest vulnerability for our economy." "This administration is turning its eye from our allies and to...
    Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan criticized China for blocking data on the origins of COVID-19, but declined to stand by declassified U.S. intelligence released at the end of the Trump administration, and said coronavirus origin investigations still must be led by the World Health Organization. China has done its utmost to thwart investigations into the origins of the virus. The Trump administration withdrew from the WHO in 2020, claiming the United Nations agency was incompetent and influenced by China, although the Biden administration rejoined. A WHO joint investigation with Chinese officials was conducted in January and February. “I believe that we need to take a variety of steps to look at this — to look at the previous administration's response to the pandemic and what lessons we need to learn to make sure that never happens again,” Sullivan said in an interview with Margaret Brennan on Face...
    Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan criticized the Trump administration, saying they "did not take pandemic surveillance as seriously as they should have," while casting doubt on the World Health Organization's forthcoming report about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSES 'DEEP CONCERNS' ABOUT WHO'S CHINA PROBE "I also believe that we need a credible, open, transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization," Sullivan told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "They're about to come out with a report about the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, China, that we have questions about because we do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread both in China and eventually around the world." "We believe that both the WHO and China should step up on this matter," he continued. FAUCI DOWNPLAYS CONCERNS OVER COVID-19 VARIANTS, BUT CLAIMS VARIANT VACCINES...
    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....
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki distanced President Biden from embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the fellow Democrat faces investigations into the allegations that he covered up how many people died in his state's nursing homes due to the coronavirus. Psaki wouldn't stand by Biden's description from last spring of Cuomo as the “gold standard" of gubernatorial leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the president was focused on working with all governors across the country as part of his national strategy to deal with the virus. “I’m not here to give new labels or names,” she told ABC on Sunday, leaving the investigations into Cuomo's response to the "appropriate" authorities. GOP ANGST AS TRUMP AND MCCONNELL WAGE CIVIL WAR Cuomo has been criticized for directing New York nursing homes on March 25 to admit COVID-19-positive patients, a decision directly linked to more than 1,000 additional deaths. ...
    By reviving the so-called "catch and release" approach of the past, the Biden administration is "facilitating illegal immigration," a former head of Customs and Border Protection argued Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes -- one of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States, never to be heard from again," Mark Morgan said on Fox News' "Cavuto Live." "Under the Trump administration," Morgan added, "that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES He continued: "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program -- those are the people now that are being actively allowed in the United...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Over 75,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended for crossing the border into the U.S. last month, breaking record numbers for the highest number of January apprehensions in over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The majority of illegal immigrants who were apprehended in January 2021 were single adults, though Border Patrol agents detained 7,260 migrants traveling as family units, nearly 3,000 more than in December 2020, the WSJ reported. Some of the migrants said they are illegally crossing the border with the hope that the Biden administration will be more forgiving than the Trump administration. “We came now in part because of the law change,” said Dennis Chaveco Velazquez, who was staying in Mexico with his family while waiting for asylum policies to change, the WSJ reported. “It seemed like there is more tolerance,” he said of their decision to illegally cross...
            by Rupert Darwall  Warning lights should be flashing. Less than a month in, it’s becoming evident that President Joe Biden’s economic policies are likely to end in disaster. The wrong economic diagnosis and the politics of not letting any crisis go to waste is leading to the most damaging mix of economic policy in decades. The administration is in thrall to the Keynesian demand-management paradigm that treats every big economic downturn as a potential replay of the Great Depression, thus requiring massive fiscal and monetary stimulus to revive demand. But the Covid slump wasn’t driven by lack of demand, but by deliberate policy decisions taken by federal and state governments to close down economic activity for reasons of public health. For the time being, Covid policy is economic policy. The 11 states with the highest unemployment are all deep blue; they imposed some of the nation’s most draconian lockdown...
    The Biden administration reviving the "catch and release" policy indicates they are "facilitating illegal immigration," former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan argued on Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes. One of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States never to be heard from again," Morgan told "Cavuto Live." Morgan said that "facts support" that the catch and release loophole exist, claiming that it is not a "right or left" matter. "Under the Trump administration, that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program."  OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES Morgan continued, "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program--those...
    (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...
    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...
    The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing the Biden administration’s new guidance for arrests and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, calling it a "disappointing step backward." "The memo is a disappointing step backward from the Biden administration’s earlier commitments to fully break from the harmful deportation policies of both the Trump and Obama presidencies," Naureen Shah, ACLU senior advocacy and policy counsel, said in a statement. ICE OFFICERS WILL NEED PREAPPROVAL BEFORE ARRESTING SOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNDER NEW RULES  The civil rights group is reacting to a new memo issued this week which tells ICE officers to focus on three categories of immigrants: those who pose a threat to national security; those who have crossed the border since Nov. 1; and those who committed "aggravated felonies." The directive is temporary, lasting three months, until the Department of Homeland Security can issue further guidance. Officials said the guidance does not explicitly prevent anyone from being...
    Republicans are criticizing President Biden’s move to give up on a Trump-era push to reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran, as the administration takes a warmer tone toward Tehran. "This is outrageous and dangerous. Biden just legalized Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping selling arms to Iran," Rep Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said. "Why?" POMPEO, OTHER CRITICS PAN BIDEN WH OFFER TO RESTART IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS "I agree Joe," responded Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., who is on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees. "Why is Biden lifting U.N. sanctions banning Putin from selling arms to Iran? Seems to warrant an investigation…" The reaction comes to a move by the Biden administration to end the Trump administration’s position on the "snackback" of U.N. sanctions on Tehran. The Trump administration triggered the "snapback" mechanism in August, which would restore all U.N. sanctions that expired under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That move came after...
    President Joe Bidens dismissive remark at a CNN town hall this week – where he appeared to accept Chinas human rights abuses of Muslim Uighurs as different cultural "norms" – has "disheartened" former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "To pawn this off as a different norm or a different set of behaviors, thats what the Chinese Communist Party says," Pompeo told Newsmax TVs "Saturday Agenda." "Thats how they talk about this. They just say, look, we have a different culture, were a little bit different. "This isnt about different cultures or different norms. This is about a deep human rights violation." Pompeo noted Secretary of State Antony Blinken has agreed with the Trump administrations classification of Chinas treatment of the ethnic Uighurs as "genocide," so President Biden needs to get with the program, he told host Heather Childers. "To hear an American president talk about it in such a way that...
    The Biden administration is working with Facebook, Google, and Twitter to target “COVID misinformation” and overcome “vaccine hesitancy,” according to senior officials in the administration who spoke to Reuters. Via Reuters: The White House’s direct engagement with the companies to mitigate the challenge has not been previously reported. Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain has previously said the administration will try to work with Silicon Valley on the issue. “Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” said the source, who has direct knowledge of the White House’s efforts. “We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly.” The Biden White House is especially trying to make sure such material “does not start trending...
    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...
    President BidenJoe BidenREAD: House Democrats' mammoth COVID-19 relief bill House panel unveils .9T relief package Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE’s decision to open the door to negotiations with Iran and other nations underscores a sharp turn away from his predecessor and back to the diplomacy-first foreign policy championed during the Obama years. The Biden administration said Thursday that it would accept an invitation from the European Union to talk with Iran and the five other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal that former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Lee after Romney's impeachment vote: There's enough room in GOP 'for both of us' Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE withdrew from in 2018. The decision by Biden was not surprising, given that he campaigned on rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). But it came on a quick timeline...
    As part of its efforts to wind down a Trump-era policy that kept tens of thousands of asylum-seekers outside U.S. territory, the Biden administration on Friday admitted the first group of migrants who had been previously required to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. U.S. border officials processed 25 Latin American asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and allowed them to stay in the country for the duration of their proceedings.  The Jewish Family Service of San Diego received the asylum applicants, who were required to test negative for the coronavirus, and transported them to a hotel in the area so they could quarantine, according to the non-profit's chief executive officer, Michael Hopkins. The group included six families and five individuals from Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba.  "It's the beginning of a new day for our country," Hopkins told CBS News....
    Washington (CNN)When President Joe Biden announced the US will end support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna felt the decision was a vindication of a fight he's been engaged in for years.In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol Hill. Now, the policy appears to have been embraced by the White House. In an interview with CNN, Khanna called the move "a profound and historic shift" that marks a new chapter in the US relationship with Saudi Arabia. "We're being explicit and bold and open to the Saudis saying, 'no, this is not a war we support,'" the congressman...
    Republicans blasted a Friday night State Department report on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, pointing out the two sanction designations by the Biden administration had already been announced by the Trump administration and arguing the U.S. actions did not push back forcefully enough on the Kremlin project. The State Department submitted a report to Congress announcing that a Russian ship, the Fortuna, and the Russian company which owns it, KVT-RUS, had been designated by the U.S. in a move toward the imposition of sanctions. In Trump’s last full day in office, though, the U.S. had announced sanctions on the same Russian ship and Russian company through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Under both former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump, the U.S. opposed the the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, designed to carry Russian natural gas to Europe but bypassing Ukraine and denying that U.S....
    By Timothy Gardner and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Friday identified a Russian ship and a company it believes are helping to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the entities had already been sanctioned by the Trump administration and the project's opponents in Congress said the move would do little to halt work on it. The State Department said in a report to Congress that the Russian ship, the Fortuna, and its owner, KVT-RUS, had been designated, a process that starts new sanctions, two lawmakers said. Both entities had been sanctioned by former President Donald Trump on his last full day in office last month for helping to build the natural gas pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe via Germany. "Simply put, today's sanctions designations are wholly inadequate," Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in...
    The Conversation One month in, how Biden has changed disaster management and the US COVID-19 response The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter one month in office, the Biden administration has fundamentally changed how the federal government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. In direct contrast to his predecessor, President Joe Biden is treating this as a national-scale crisis requiring a comprehensive national strategy and federal resources. If that sounds familiar, it should: It’s a return to a traditional – and in many ways proven – approach to disaster management. The Trump administration deviated dramatically from established emergency management practices. It politicized public health and related decision-making processes and overrode the disaster response roles of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency...
    TIJUANA  —  Two years and 21 days after the first asylum seeker was walked back from San Diego to Tijuana under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, a small group of asylum seekers was escorted in the other direction to wait out immigration court cases in the United States. Under President Biden’s direction, border officials Friday began processing the first of the estimated 26,000 people who have pending cases in U.S. immigration courts and have been waiting in Mexico under the Trump administration’s program, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The program radically altered the asylum system. It became one of Trump’s most successful attempts to restrict access to asylum and deter migrants from Latin America from seeking refuge in the United States. Biden last month ordered a pause on adding new asylum seekers to the program but has not ended it for those already waiting...
    Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster accused President Biden of "bigotry masquerading as cultural sensitivity," following a town hall event where the president addressed China’s human rights abuses. Biden was asked about human rights atrocities carried out against the Uyghur populations in Western China. BIDEN TAKES HEAT FOR ‘DIFFERENT NORMS’ REMARK WHILE DISCUSSING CHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS "If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world, is when they haven't been unified at home," Biden said, noting the simplicity in that generalization. "The central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united tightly-controlled China," he added. Biden told the town hall host, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that he understands that this is why Chinese President Xi Jinping acts in a manner that he later described as "xenophobic." Biden said he told Xi that as a U.S....
    A controversial United Nations agency that was defunded by the Trump administration will likely soon get a new injection of US taxpayer cash as the Biden administration is expected to return to funding the agency. The policy change comes at a time when the UN agency - UNRWA - faces fresh calls to put an end to incitement and antisemitism in its education system. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group has asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to condemn the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, (UNRWA) over its continued school curriculum of hate and indoctrination taught to some three hundred thousand students at its schools in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center raised the issue last week following a meeting with a representative of the UN Secretary General. Cooper told Fox News that he...
    Congressional Republicans are troubled by President Joe Biden’s offers to restart nuclear talks with Iran. The concern comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken relayed Thursday that the administration is ready to begin negotiating. The uproar from the Republican caucus was swift. Rep. Mike Turner (R-TN) issued the following statement Friday afternoon: I’m disappointed that the Biden Administration has already ceded critical ground by signaling their intention to reenter the Iran nuclear deal. The JCPOA is a significantly flawed agreement where major provisions are set to expire, and the Biden Administration should not reenter into negotiations with Iran without securing permanent prohibitions on Iran nuclear ambitions. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) wrote, “Yesterday’s U.S.-E3 statement on the Iran nuclear deal raises big questions. Let’s take a closer look. The Biden Team pledges that if Iran takes some modest steps to re-enter the deal, we’ll lift vast & powerful sanctions that took years to impose.” Yesterday’s...
    As states throughout the country continue to struggle with the fallout of a deadly polar vortex, senior Biden health officials are concerned that the days-long emergency will also lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to come. Over the past several days senior administration officials have scrambled to assemble a federal response to the winter emergency, primarily in Texas, but also in Oklahoma, Louisiana and other northwest and southern states. As part of that response, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have coordinated sending 60 generators, meals, blankets, water, diesel and other life saving supplies to Texas. President Joe Biden has approved emergency declarations in several states, and he’s personally spoken with dozens of local and state officials in Texas to see what more can be done to help those in need. Beyond assessing and...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Joe Biden is standing by his nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden, as her nomination is facing opposition from a divided Senate, telling reporters that he is still hopeful he can find the votes to get her confirmed. A longtime political operative, Tanden has worked on multiple Democratic presidential campaigns, and has served as president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress since 2011. After Biden announced her nomination in late November, Tanden deleted more than 1,000 tweets, many of which contained partisan or political insults. She was intensely questioned about her tweets at her confirmation hearing, and repeatedly said that she regretted her tone and apologized. Earlier Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he would oppose Tanden’s nomination, citing his belief that “her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important...
    Republican lawmakers are signaling that Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandACLU pushes Garland on criminal justice reform policies ahead of hearing On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound Biden faces backlash from left on student loans MORE, President BidenJoe BidenDeath toll from winter weather rises to at least 40: AP On The Money: House panel spars over GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin meets with advocates for wage | Yellen says go big, GOP says hold off Top political donor sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal campaign contributions MORE’s attorney general nominee, will come under pressure next week over New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo92 percent of NYC restaurants could not make December rent: survey New York state legislators ask wrong group to rescind Gov. Cuomo's Emmy GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing...
    Iran has already shown it can pressure the Biden administration into granting concessions related to its nuclear weapons program, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told "Your World" Friday.  The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018, but Biden campaigned on reentering it and rescinded Trump's efforts to reimpose United Nations sanctions against Iran. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday that the Biden administration would "accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program." The announcement came days after a rocket attack on a U.S. airbase in northern Iraq that was claimed by an Iranian-linked Iraqi Shiite militia. However, the Biden administration has yet to formally blame any group for the attack. POMPEO, OTHER CRITICS PAN BIDEN WH OFFER TO RESTART IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS Video"We've seen with...
    Washington (CNN)The US will be taking a series of steps to respond to the devastating SolarWinds cyber hack and hold accountable those responsible in "short order," national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday. "We are in the process now of working through, with the intelligence community and [President Joe Biden's] national security team, a series of steps to respond to Solar Winds, including steps that will hold who we believe is responsible for this and accountable, and you will be hearing about this in short order," Sullivan said. "We're not talking about months from now, but weeks from now, that the United States will be prepared to take the first steps in response to solar winds." Earlier this week Biden administration officials had estimated that the US government's probe into the attack would take "several months" at least. Sullivan made the comments in a wide-ranging interview...
    Politico was criticized Friday after publishing an article suggesting that President Biden is finding out how much containing the coronavirus pandemic is "out of his control", with critics suggesting the publication was conveniently resetting expectations for someone who vowed to "shut down" the virus during his campaign. "President Joe Biden’s presidency hinges in large part on his success in handling the pandemic. But nearly a month into power, he’s beginning to discover just how much of that task is out of his control," Politico's lede stated. The triple-bylined story delved into Biden's efforts to engage with states on stopping the virus, reopening schools, and jump-starting the economy, with some governors resistant to the idea of far greater federal oversight than existed under the Trump administration.  INGRAHAM: SHIFTING GOALPOSTS IN VIRUS BATTLE SHOWING 'DEMOCRATS HATE NORMAL' "Oh golly gee," Fox Radio host Guy Benson tweeted in response. "It's a good thing he didn't run on shutting down...
    President Biden on Friday hailed the importance of the alliance between the U.S. and Europe, while also taking a number of thinly-veiled shots at his predecessor. "I'm sending a clear message to the world, America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back and we’re not looking backward, we’re looking forward together," he said in a virtual address to the annual Munich Security Conference. VP KAMALA HARRIS HOLDS CALLS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS WITHOUT BIDEN "The partnership between Europe and the United States in my view is and must remain the cornerstone of all we hope to accomplish in the 21st century just as we did in the 20th century," he said. In the address, Biden reasserted that his administration is pausing Trump-era troop withdrawals from Germany and lifting the cap on the number of U.S. forces that can be based in Germany. Biden has sought to reach out to repair what...
    CLAIM: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country.” – President Joe Biden VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Trump had a plan that was complicated by the diverse policies of state governments. Biden, speaking at a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday claimed that President Donald Trump had left him no plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden claimed. President Biden is incorrect. As Former Senior Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services John “Wolf” Wagner confirmed to Breitbart News on Friday there was a vaccine distribution plan far before Biden took office. In fact, a key component of Operation Warp Speed...
    (CNN)Twenty-five migrants who had been forced to stay in Mexico crossed the US border in San Diego on Friday, the first group to arrive in the country as part of the Biden administration's roll back of a controversial Trump-era policy, according to a source with knowledge of the process.Under former President Donald Trump, the US forced migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who were seeking asylum at the southern border to stay in Mexico until their immigration court hearings in the US. More than 70,000 people were subject to the program. Many waited months, if not years, in squalid conditions and under the threat of extortion, sexual assault and kidnapping. The Biden administration estimates some 25,000 migrants still have active cases. That group will be eligible for the first phase of the rollback.The so-called "remain in Mexico" policy, which went into effect January 2019, was an...
    U.S. President Joe Biden said Friday that the United States was driven to “reengage in negotiations” to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran by the desire to avoid missteps that could further destabilize the Middle East. “We need transparency and communication to minimize the rise of strategic misunderstanding or mistakes,” Biden said at the virtual Munich Security Conference. Biden’s remarks came hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s said his country would reverse actions that violated the agreement with world powers if U.S. sanctions against the country were lifted. “U.S. unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump,” Zarif declared in a tweet. “We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple:#CommitActMeet.” US acknowledged Pompeo's claims re Res. 2231 had no legal validity.We agree.In compliance w/ 2231:US unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump.We will then immediately reverse all...
    [The stream is slated to start at 3:15 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is speaking Friday at Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan as his administration works to ramp up the supply of doses in the U.S. Earlier in the day, administration officials said the massive winter storms across the Midwest and Texas have delayed the delivery of 6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses this week, affecting every state in the U.S. The backlog represents three days' worth of delayed shipments, Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor for Covid response, said during a press briefing. Slavitt also announced that the administration is working with Florida and Pennsylvania to open five additional vaccination centers. Four of the five vaccination centers will be in the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, he said, adding...
    By Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — In his first big appearance on the global stage, President Joe Biden called on fellow world leaders to show together that “democracies can still deliver” as he underscored his administration’s determination to quickly turn the page on Donald Trump’s “America First” approach. Biden, in a virtual address Friday to the annual Munich Security Conference, said it was a critical time for the world’s democracies to “prove that our model isn’t a relic of our history.” “We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future direction of our world,” Biden said in the address just after taking part in his first meeting as president with fellow Group of Seven world leaders. That debate is “between those who argue that – given all of the challenges we face, from the fourth industrial revolution to a global pandemic – autocracy is...
    The U.S. on Friday began admitting migrants waiting in Mexico for their immigration cases to be processed -- as the Biden administration moves to wind down the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a move critics say could fuel a new border crisis. A limited number of asylum-seekers will start being allowed in at border crossings in San Diego on Friday, to be expanded next week. Officials say that approximately 25,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico as part of MPP. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME 'RECKLESS' BIDEN POLICIES The program, known as the "Remain-in-Mexico" policy and agreed to with Mexico, was a key component of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the 2019 border crisis and end "catch-and-release" -- by which migrants were released into the U.S. to await their hearings. MPP set up court tents at the border where migrants could have their hearings and cases...
    Loading the player... The United States officially returned to the Paris global climate accord on Friday, and President Joe Biden and other U.S. leaders declared the nation could not afford to sideline the growing climate crisis again. “We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change. This is a global existential crisis, and all of us will suffer if we fail,” Biden told European leaders at a Munich security conference by video Friday. “We’re back,” Biden said, renewing assurances the U.S. was back in global initiatives at large. Read More: Biden and congressional Democrats to unveil immigration bill Officially, former President Donald Trump’s removal of the nation from the worldwide global climate pact stood for only 107 days. It was part of Trump’s withdrawal from global allegiances in general and his often-stated but false view that ongoing global warming was a laughably mistaken take by the world’s scientists....
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden on Friday said the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance was “unshakeable” and promised to observe the principle that an attack on one member was an attack on all. His statement was at odds with his predecessor, Donald Trump, who called the 30-member alliance outdated and at one point suggested Washington could withdraw. “The United States is fully committed to our NATO alliance, and I welcome your growing investment in the military capabilities that enable our shared defenses,” Biden told an online session of the Munich Security Conference. “An attack on one is an attack on all. That is our unshakeable vow.” Trump administration officials had publicly hammered, and sought to shame, Germany and other NATO members for not meeting a target of spending 2% of their gross domestic output on defense. Biden’s comments signaled a different approach – and...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, stated during Friday’s White House coronavirus briefing that vaccine manufacturers are currently conducting trials to determine the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine in children. Fauci, outlining the “road map” for when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children, said manufacturers hoped to have conclusive data on high school-aged children “sometime in the fall.” (RELATED: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Vaccinating All Teachers As A Prerequisite For Reopening Schools Is A ‘Nonworkable Situation’) White House Chief Medical Adviser on Covid-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci listens to US President Joe Biden (out of frame) speak during a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Starting in April, they are going to be studying 12-year-olds down to...
    Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Friday that the United States formally rejoined the Paris climate agreement, arguing it will "help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming" and "build resilience" around the world. The largely symbolic act comes as the Biden administration has quickly moved to reverse the energy policies of former President Donald Trump -- including revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit. President Biden has also signed executive actions to eliminate federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and moved to halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. Blinken, in a statement Friday, described the agreement as an "unprecedented framework for global action." "We know because we helped design it and make it a reality," he said. "Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate...
    The Biden administration will release an intelligence report that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post reported Thursday that an unclassified report produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will be made public as early as next week.    Khashoggi was writing columns critical of the Saudi government for the paper before he was drugged and dismembered after being lured to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to pick up the paperwork required for his marriage to a Turkish citizen.   President Joe Biden's administration is expected to release an unclassified report as early as next week that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (right)  The Biden administration is acting more critically toward the Saudis, with the president expected to engage with King Salman bin Abdulaziz instead of 'MBS,'...
    President Biden says he hopes to visit Texas next week as hundreds of thousands of homes remain without power, and the state deals with water shortages and the fallout from a winter storm that has claimed more than 50 lives. The White House said federal agencies have delivered 60 generators, more than 60,000 blankets, and 729,000 liters of water. But pressure is mounting on Biden to see for himself how the Lone Star State is struggling to cope. On Friday, Biden said he hoped to visit once his presence would be less of a burden to emergency services, but the timing had yet to be worked out. "I plan to go," he told reporters at the White House. Veteran Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said: “It will be a test of his capacity to do what he said he was going to do, which is to be the president for...
    The notice from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about paying a $ 59,126 fine did not bolster Hilda Ramírez’s confidence that she would soon be able to leave the church where she and her son had been sheltered for nearly five years. “I don’t have a penny to pay for it,” Ramírez said. “Why are they doing this?”. Ramírez, 32, a native of Guatemala, is among dozens of immigrants facing deportation who have found refuge in recent years in places of worship across the United States. She is also one of a handful of high-profile sanctuary recipients, all destitute while legally prohibited from working in the country, and fined tens of thousands of dollars by the Trump administration for ignoring deportation orders. Hilda and Iván Ramírez are shown in San Andrés four years ago, when the boy was 10 years old. They take refuge in the church...
    Washington (CNN)The United States on Friday officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, a landmark global climate accord, fulfilling a campaign promise President Joe Biden initiated on his first day in office. What is the Paris Agreement?A international agreement among more than 200 nations to combat climate change.Participants are committed to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and, if possible, below 1.5 degrees. Each country is responsible for developing their own plans for achieving those goals.The US signed — then withdrew — from itRead MoreUnder the Obama administration, the US was one of the lead negotiators of the agreement. Nearly 200 countries adopted it on December 12, 2015, prompting them to individually ratify or approve the agreement in their respective countries. The agreement had to be signed and ratified by at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.Bidens First 100 Days Biden...
    Iran said Friday it would reverse actions that violated a nuclear deal with world powers if U.S. sanctions against the country are lifted.   The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran after then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018, causing relations to deteriorate between the two countries.   “U.S. unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump,” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s declared in a tweet. “We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple:#CommitActMeet.” US acknowledged Pompeo's claims re Res. 2231 had no legal validity.We agree.In compliance w/ 2231:US unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump.We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures.Simple: #CommitActMeet— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 19, 2021 Zarif’s comments came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said it was prepared to join talks to revive the 2015 deal, a repudiation of Trump’s “maximum pressure...
    Iran said Friday it would reverse actions that violated a nuclear deal with world powers if U.S. sanctions against the country are lifted.   The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran after then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018, causing relations to deteriorate between the two countries.   “U.S. unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump,” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s declared in a tweet. “We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple:#CommitActMeet.” US acknowledged Pompeo's claims re Res. 2231 had no legal validity.We agree.In compliance w/ 2231:US unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump.We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures.Simple: #CommitActMeet— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 19, 2021 Zarif’s comments came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said it was prepared to join talks to revive the 2015 deal, a repudiation of Trump’s “maximum pressure...
    The United States is officially back as a world ally and ready to engage with its allies — that's the message President Joe Biden is expected to send in his virtual address to the Munich Security Conference late Friday morning. His speech will reiterate his intent to move away from some of the global engagement policies of the last four years, according to a senior administration official. In the course of his remarks, he will discuss the Iran nuclear program, Afghanistan, challenges posed by Russia and U.S. competition with China. The president will also commit to standing with the Transatlantic Partnership and Alliance in trying to make progress "against significant challenges that we face collectively," the official told reporters before the speech. How to watch Biden's Munich Security Conference address What: President Joe Biden addresses the Munich Security Conference  Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 Time: 11:15 a.m. ET Location: The White...
    EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are sounding the alarm to the Biden administration about an impending health crisis at the southern border -- warning that "reckless" policies and rhetoric from President Biden are fueling it."The Biden administration’s policies limiting immigration enforcement and weakening border security, coupled with its proposal to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, are signaling to the world that our immigration laws can be be violated with little, if any, consequence," Ranking Member James Comer and 18 Oversight Committee members wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. ICE OFFICERS WILL NEED PREAPPROVAL BEFORE ARRESTING SOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNDER NEW RULES "We are particularly concerned that the Biden administration’s actions could soon lead to a health crisis at the border, and surrounding communities, causing widespread COVID-19 infections and fatalities," they say. Oversight Republicans to Mayorkas on Border Health Crisis by Fox News on Scribd Since taking...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the Biden administration’s willingness to restart nuclear talks with Iran, fearing they could lead to sanctions relief and concessions — but little substantive change in the country’s nuclear policy. “The ayatollah understands only strength. I led a response to the Iranian threat that protected the American people from its terror and supported the Jewish state of Israel,” Pompeo told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. “Adopting the European Union model of accommodation will guarantee Iran a path to a nuclear arsenal.” Pompeo’s remarks came the same day the State Department said it would welcome an invitation to restore diplomacy with Iran. In 2018, the Trump administration pulled out of the deal three years after it was brokered by the Obama administration with Britain, France, Germany Russia, China and the European Union. The accord reduced sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country reducing...
    The Biden administration is created a "border crisis" in Texas with their immigration policies, former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told "Fox & Friends" on Friday. Wolf reacted to a Texas border mayor begging President Biden to help his town struggling under extreme weather conditions, the coronavirus pandemic, and an influx of undocumented migrants crossing the border. "I am pleading and requesting with you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates, into the city of Del Rio and surrounding areas," Bruno Lozano, Mayor of Del Rio, Texas said in a video message to Biden Wednesday. BORDER MAYOR BEGS BIDEN TO STOP RELEASING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO HIS CITY AMID WINTER STORM Del Rio is home to 50,000 residents, but with the recent influx in undocumented migrants being released by Border Patrol -- largely due to coronavirus restrictions that limit holding times for illegal immigrants -- the small town has been...
    Daily Kos senior staff writer Gabe Ortiz joined The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM recently to share his expertise on issues involving immigration. Signorile asked Ortiz for thoughts on Joe Biden’s town hall, where the president talked about his plans to reform the immigration system and his vision for a path to citizenship for immigrants—but also mentioned leaving room for negotiation. With so much work to be done (and undone) under the Biden administration, what is the best way to accomplish these goals? Ortiz believes that the method matters less than the fact that action is taken at all, as pushing for progress at any pace is better than not doing the work at all: There’s been a lot of discussion about whether we should try to pass one big package or try to break it up into different pieces, addressing DACA recipients and farmworkers all separately. I think what’s important is that...
    (CNN)Speaking on television last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted April would be "open season" for receiving the coronavirus vaccine, welcome news for a nation entering its second year under pandemic-forced lockdowns and ever-lingering fear of disease."Virtually everybody and anybody in any category could start to get vaccinated," Fauci said optimistically.A week later, the timeline had moved back at least one month -- possibly two -- laying bare the risks for President Joe Biden and his administration in making precise promises amid a crisis that defies easy solutions or clean answers. On key questions -- such as when every American who wants a vaccine can get one, when all students can return to classrooms and when life can gain a semblance of normalcy -- Biden has either demurred or offered only a partial projection, admitting he does not want to over-commit and later be held to blame. That comes in stark...
    The scandal that's embroiled Albany is going to Washington. Senate Republicans plan to ask President Biden's pick for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, at his confirmation hearing about whether he'll investigate the alleged cover-up of nursing home coronavirus deaths by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The hearing is scheduled to begin Monday and run into Tuesday.  Cuomo, a Democrat, has denied he covered up nursing home deaths.  "When Judge Garland testifies before this Committee, we expect him to commit the Department of Justice to fully investigating this cover-up to determine whether any criminal laws were violated and to prosecute any violations," a group of nine Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a letter this week.  HUNTER BIDEN PROBE: AG NOMINEE GARLAND PRESSED BY GOP LAWMAKER TO KEEP US ATTORNEY HANDLING CASE "We will also ask him whether he has the resources he needs to fully pursue an investigation, not...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" that sought to isolate the Islamic Republic.The administration also took two steps at the United Nations aimed at restoring policy to what it was before Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018. The combined actions were immediately criticized by Iran hawks and drew concern from Israel, which said it was committed to keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.Besides signaling Thursday a willingness to talk with Iran, the administration also reversed Trump's determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran had been restored. And, it eased stringent restrictions on the domestic travel of Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations.The State Department announced the moves following discussions between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his...
    WASHINGTON -- The United States is back in the Paris climate accord, just 107 days after it left.While Friday's return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect America to prove its seriousness after four years of being pretty much absent. They are especially anticipating an announcement from the U.S. in coming months on its goal for cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases by 2030.The U.S. return to the Paris agreement became official Friday, almost a month after President Joe Biden told the United Nations that America wants back in. "A cry for survival comes from the planet itself," Biden said in his inaugural address. "A cry that can't be any more desperate or any more clear now."Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing the pullout ordered by his predecessor, President Donald Trump. The Trump administration had announced its withdrawal from the Paris accord in 2019...