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    In January 2017, flanked by his top aides, President Trump made a big show out of signing an executive order that would, among other things, institute a five year ban on former aides lobbying. Part of his “drain the swamp” pledge. Tonight, Trump rescinded the executive order. pic.twitter.com/Bvv4U3bhAN — Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) January 20, 2021 As President Donald Trump left office by giving last-minute pardons to scores of people, he also rescinded one of his earliest executive orders that were meant to ban his former political appointees from becoming lobbyists after leaving the government. Back when Trump took office in 2017, one of the first executive orders he signed was the “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” order. The order was an ethics rule that required Executive Branch employees to pledge that they wouldn’t engage in lobbying with any federal agencies they worked for until 5 years after...
    New York : Trump’s last dawn in the White House Photo: / EPA / GAMAL DIAB / EFE Donald Trump leaves the White House this morning, ending four years of his controversial presidency, and without waiting to complete the protocol for handing over command to his successor, Joe Biden. Thus a government marked by the power conflicts and racial and verbal tensions that evolved into deadly violence when his followers took to the Capitol on January 6, in an attempt to stop Biden’s electoral confirmation, leaving five people dead. The coronavirus pandemic, which yesterday totaled more than 400,000 deaths in the US, marked Trump’s last year in power and the election campaign, leading him to question the legitimacy of the results due to the massive early vote for avoid contagions. At 74, Trump will not return to New York, your home state and habitual residence....
    Barack Obama delivering a barn-burning closing address in the pouring rain. A friendly sparrow alighting on Bernie Sanders’ lectern. A fly combing through Mike Pence’s hair as he defends his boss against charges of cozying up with white supremacists. Political history loves a metaphor, and there may be no powerful symbol of the challenge facing President-elect Joe Biden than his taking the oath of office on Wednesday amidst the literal American carnage wrought by his predecessor, standing atop a stage just recently overrun by a mob willing to burn down the Capitol so long as President Donald Trump remained king of the ashes. Biden’s most pressing task: start sweeping up the ashes. His first address to the nation as its president will focus on bringing the nation back together during a moment marked by unprecedented crisis, according to Biden advisers. The theme—“unity”—is simple, but the country he seeks to unify...
    DONALD Trump issued a flurry of pardons in his final full day as President of the United States as he prepares to make way for his successor Joe Biden. The 45th President has handed out dozens of pardons to politicians, celebrities and law enforcement officials since he was voted into office in 2016. Here are just some of the people he has pardoned so far. 25President Trump has pardoned dozens of felonsCredit: Alamy Live News What is a pardon in government? The pardon power comes from the US Constitution and is one of the broadest available to a president. The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good. A presidential pardon allows a person to be relieved of some or all of the legal consequences of their criminal sentencing. Pardons are typically given to people who have been prosecuted, and can...
    VIDEO3:4403:44Former DHS Sec. Napolitano on the rise of right-wing extremism in the U.S.The News with Shepard Smith Former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was "incited" by President Donald Trump, and criticized him for fueling the "Big Lie" that the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him. "He hasn't said what would be the most helpful, which is, that he lost the election fair and square, and that  it is time for the peaceful transition of power as is the great tradition of our country," said Yellen, who was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.  "...He hasn't recognized that some of this violence is fueled by what is known as the 'Big Lie' and he is the chief proponent of that." An internal Homeland Security report leaked in 2009 warned that right-wing extremism...
    New York : By: Eridania Bidó Fernández January 19, 2021 When we speak of events, we refer to issues that do not occur frequently or very often, which due to their impact, be it social, individual, local or global, modify reality at a certain moment with consequences in the medium or long term. The history of humanity has been marked by great events at all levels that changed its course, events such as; the French Revolution, the arrival of man on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the September 11 attack, among others. Other events in which the man himself has not had a direct intervention, but that could be a consequence of many of his actions, include the earthquake / tsunami in Japan in 2011, most recently the appearance of the Coronavirus, generating in the world...
    The migrant caravan on the US-Mexico border “will not be open to everyone.” This is a new migratory crisis that the North American administration must face with the group that advances from Central America. Until the end of 2020, the approximate number of Latin Americans living in the United States is around 59 million people, that is, 18 percent of the more than 325 million inhabitants. President Joe Biden and his team, when referring to immigration issues, closely follow the advance of the migrant caravan from Honduras with some 9,000 people, although they suggest that participants avoid “the dangerous journey” and not believe “the lie” that anyone will be able to cross the border. During the campaigns of the dying regime, encouraging a coup, his associates spread the idea that the Democrat “wanted open borders”, since it is Biden’s team and the vice president-elect Kamala Harris indicate that a system...
    Rudy Giuliani denied that he was asking individuals for $2 million in order to get President Donald Trump to pardon them.   'The claims that I asked for, or received, any compensation for a pardon for myself or anyone else is false, defamatory, and malicious,' Giuliani tweeted Monday.  Giuliani was responding to a story from Sunday's New York Times that detailed how more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers have cashed in considerably by charging fees to sway the president to issue pardons.  Rudy Giuliani, photographed on January 6 at the infamous 'Save America' rally, denied Monday that he was asking individuals for $2 million in order to get them pardoned by President Donald Trump  In a tweet Monday afternoon, Rudy Giuliani denied reporting by The New York Times. He said the claims he had been selling presidential pardons were 'false, defamatory, and malicious'  Trump is expected to use his...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Kate Bedingfield, incoming White House communications director; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Peter Meijer, R-Mich. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — To be announced. __ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Dr. Rochelle Walensky, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va.; Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minnesota; Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Ron Klain, chief of staff for President-elect Joe Biden; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; H.R. McMaster, a former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. ___ “Fox News Sunday” — To be announced. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. The Democrats, all of whom are lawyers and many of whom have deep experience investigating the president, face the arduous task of convincing skeptical Senate Republicans to convict Trump. A single article of impeachment — for “incitement of insurrection” — was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. At the time, lawmakers were counting the votes that cemented Trump’s election defeat. As members of the House who were in the Capitol when it was attacked — several hiding under seats as rioters beat on the doors of the chamber — the Democrats are also witnesses to what they charge is a crime. So are the Senate jurors. “This...
    Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, Donald Trump’s personal physician who once famously declared him to be ‘the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency’ only to later claim he was coerced into making the claim, died on Friday, it has been revealed. Bornstein, the Manhattan-based doctor, was 73 years of age at the time of his death, which was revealed in a paid notice published in The New York Times on Thursday. No cause of death was given. There is also no word as to where he died. DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House for comment on Bornstein's passing.  The public learned of Bornstein's death through an obituary that appeared in the Times' Legacy section.  'Dr. Bornstein devoted his life to the practice of medicine, which he regarded as a sacred privilege,' the obituary read.  Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, Donald Trump’s personal physician who once famously declared him to...
    A handful of Republicans objected to the electoral certification for President-elect Joe Biden even after a riot broke out in the Capitol that left five dead and changed the votes of several Republican Senators. Even before the riot, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley set off a flurry of bipartisan criticism when he announced he would object to the certification. Hawley cited big-tech platforms’ alleged interference and election laws in Pennsylvania as his reasoning. Former Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called Hawley’s announcement a “coup attempt.” This is how you run for President on the Republican side in 2024. You join a coup attempt. Democracy will prevail. As lead Dem on Rules Com. I will guarantee it. There’s a bipartisan group of electeds who will put our country first. See you on the 6th! https://t.co/jDkGVi4vDw — Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 30, 2020 Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said...
    Bradley Cortright January 13, 2021 0 Comments Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for a mob deciding to storm the U.S. Capitol.  In an interview with CNN days after stepping down from his post, Wolf said, “He’s the President. What he says matters.” “People listen to him — particularly supporters of his, I would say, really listen to him — so there is responsibility there,” he continued.  However, he told the network that it is up to Congress to decide whether Trump’s actions leading up to the moment rioters breached the Capitol constitutes an impeachable offense. The House made history on Wednesday when it voted to impeach Trump a second time in a 232-197 vote — the first time a U.S. president has been impeached twice. Shortly after the incident, Wolf urged Trump and “all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday.” While Trump released a video message as rioters rampaged...
    Savannah Rychcik January 12, 2021 0 Comments Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum is commending Vice President Mike Pence for the way he handled the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.  Santorum reflected on his earlier concerns about President Donald Trump and how Pence proved to be a positive force. “So when he was about to secure the 2016 nomination, conservatives like me needed reassurance that he would follow through on the campaign promises he was making. Much of that reassurance came in the form of Mike Pence,” Santorum wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. He called Pence a “trusted conservative” and a “good man.” Santorum cited Pence’s involvement in Trump’s accomplishments including becoming the first president to address the March for Life, nominating Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and implementing climate change reform. “As a solid conservative, Mr. Pence believes in...
    Bradley Cortright January 11, 2021 0 Comments President Donald Trump is facing growing calls for his removal from office following violence at the U.S. Capitol. And some former Trump administration officials are calling out his behavior in the wake of his election defeat. In an op-ed published by Politico on Monday afternoon, Fiona Hill, who served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019, accused Trump of carrying out a “slow-motion” coup attempt by trying to overturn the results of the election.  Hill also charged that the president’s actions have brought the country to “the brink of civil war.” She noted that a coup is usually a “sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.” However, she argued that while Trump’s efforts to overturn the election played out over several weeks, “that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a...
    Former Trump National Security Council member Fiona Hill on Monday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE’s “actions have put us on the brink of civil war” after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week.  Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a “sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.” “Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,” she said “He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been...
    5 Things to Know About Bridgerton Star Phoebe Dynevor Craziest Things That Kill Your Home’s Value Former Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas is the new president and general manger of the AA Frisco RoughRiders © Provided by Awful Announcing Over the weekend, Angels play by play broadcaster Victor Rojas somewhat surprisingly resigned from his role, and one of the reasons he mentioned was “to prepare for my next venture.” Well, that next venture was announced on Monday. Rojas (seen on the left above with long-time broadcast partner Mark Gubicza) will be the new GM and president of the Frisco RoughRiders, the AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Texas League. Please join us in welcoming @VictorRojas as the next President/GM of the Frisco RoughRiders. We are excited to have Victor join the team and look forward to having an even greater impact on the DFW Metroplex!https://t.co/flv3ijcgQI pic.twitter.com/GFZgybzxqM — Frisco...
    (CNN)It doesn't happen very often, the firing of a president. In the last 100 years, the only elected presidents to be voted out were Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and, now, Donald Trump. Trump has announced he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Not a surprise. The outgoing president isn't exactly known for his class, grace or humility in accepting loss. Given Trump's role in inciting a crowd to attack the Capitol in a bid to stop Biden's victory from being certified, if he chose to attend, it would certainly make for an awkward occasion. But even for a president who is not a sore loser, surrendering power to the man who defeated you is tough. Hoover refused to speak to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the chilly ride from the White House to the inaugural stand at the Capitol in 1933. And though...
    Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell says he no longer considers himself to be Republican.  Powell shared his thoughts on CNN on Sunday about Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol.  The violence led to the deaths of five people and succeeded in temporarily interrupting congressional hearings to verify the election of President-elect Joe Biden.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that he no longer considers himself a Republican following the riot that broke out at the Capitol last week Colin Powell: “I can no longer call myself a fellow Republican." pic.twitter.com/6xGnzeUg4Y— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 10, 2021 Anchor Fareed Zakaria asked Powell if he thought Republicans who refused to condemn President Donald Trump realized that they 'encouraged this wildness to grow and grow.' 'They did,' Powell agreed. 'And that's why I can no longer call myself a fellow Republican,' he stated. 'I'm just a citizen who has voted Republican,...
    Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan speaks in an interview for LatinasRepresent about the underrepresentation of Latina lawyers. For years, prominent human rights attorney Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan has positioned herself as an advocate for Latinx communities, most recently identifying as a Puerto Rican woman from New York determined to aid the island and bring attention to the economic and humanitarian crises produced by colonization. Unbeknownst to many in the Latinx communities she worked alongside and claimed as her own, Bannan is a white woman who grew up in Georgia. Since at least 2006, she has accepted opportunities expressly intended for Latinas and other people of color. The 43-year-old, who is currently senior counsel at LatinoJustice Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund, has publicly identified as a Latina for years, though the specifics of her identity and origin story have shifted over time. News of Bannan’s misrepresentation comes on the...
    President Trump reportedly pressured a Georgia elections investigator to "find the fraud" during a December phone call. The investigator, whom the Washington Post did not name in its report over concerns that he or she might be targeted, was called by the president on Dec. 23, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger, however, said he was unfamiliar with the specifics of the call. Those were filled in by the outlet's sources. The investigator was looking into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County when they got the call from the president, who said they had an opportunity to be a "national hero." "That was an ongoing investigation," Raffensperger said. "I don’t believe that an elected official should be involved in that process." On Jan. 2, the president called Raffensperger, saying, "I just want to find 11,780 votes," adding that the secretary was taking "a big...
    During an appearance on The New Abnormal podcast by The Daily Beast editors Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, sounded the alarm on the president’s mental state in the wake of the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday. “I am certain that Donald Trump is psychotic right now,” he said. According to Cohen, Trump was planning a coup from day one and always wanted to stay in power indefinitely like Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he has long expressed admiration for. “Donald Trump would rather burn down the White House, then turn over the keys.” Cohen believes that the storming of Capitol hill was fueled by Trump and his supporters, who gathered at a rally nearby before the president ordered a march on the structure that quickly turned to riots. Although the disbarred lawyer admitted that he, too, enabled the president in the past,...
    Madison Summers January 8, 2021 0 Comments Former White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah is speaking out about the 2020 presidential election, bluntly saying President Donald Trump lied to the American people about it. Farah was asked directly if she will say that “Donald J. Trump lied to the American people,” to which she responded during Friday’s CNN “New Day” interview, “He did, on the election.” Following Election Day, Trump continued to push unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. “People around him, we know better,” she continued, adding, “We knew that it was a stunt to carry this on for days longer.” Farah, who resigned in December of 2020, commended Vice President Mike Pence for his actions this week as President-elect Joe Biden’s win was cemented. After expressing praise for the Trump administration’s accomplishments, Farah said she could not “influence outcomes when this runaway train of ‘the election...
    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump — who has been blamed for inciting a mob that invaded Capitol Hill — is a "danger" to the U.S. as long as he remains in office, two former American diplomats told CNBC on Friday. Trump's term officially ends in less than two weeks on Jan. 20 when Joe Biden will be sworn in as the next U.S. president. But questions have emerged over whether Trump should be removed before that day. "I think what we learned yesterday — which many of us have felt for a number of months, if not years — is that every day that Donald Trump is in office is a danger to our country," Kirk Wagar, U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 2013...
    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly blasted Donald Trump for fomenting unrest and inciting violence through the constant spreading of election fraud conspiracy theories, saying that if he were still in the president’s cabinet, he would vote to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. In a Thursday afternoon phone interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the former marine general blasted Trump’s behavior over the past few weeks and months as “outrageous” and said he agreed with the growing calls — from both sides of the aisle as well as reportedly inside Trump’s own White House — to convene the cabinet for an up or down vote of confidence in the president’s ability to live up to his constitutional oath. “There’s now talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to try to get the cabinet to remove the president from office,” Tapper pointed out. “Do you support such an action? Should he be...
    Retired D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey said the leadership of Capitol Police “not only failed themselves, they failed the Capitol, and they failed the country,” by failing to prevent Wednesday’s takeover of “The People’s House,” by supporters of President Donald Trump. The lack of police preparedness was in stark contrast to racial justice protests over the summer, in the District of Columbia, in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. “When you look at what happened over the summer, during the protests with Black Lives Matter and others, you saw cops everywhere, and they were geared up,” said Ramsey, who was chief of the Metropolitan Police Department from 1998 through early 2007, and Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department from 2008 until his retirement, in 2016. The Metropolitan Police Department is the formal name for the D.C. police. Hundreds of protesters...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Florida Governor and US Representative Charlie Crist called for the removal of President Trump on Thursday afternoon following protests at the US Capitol. Crist, who served the 44th governor of the Sunshine State from 2007 to 2011, tweeted that the 25th Amendment should be invoked, allowing for the removal of the president. He said, “It’s time to remove the president.” The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a President. It’s time to remove the President. — Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) January 6, 2021 More from CBSMiami.com Woman Claims She’s Out $50,000 After Being Duped By Accused Ponzi Schemer It’s Getting More Expensive To Live In South Florida Pongo The Giraffe Euthanized At Zoo Miami
    Q: We will soon have a new president and, clearly, he will seek to undo at least some of what President Donald Trump has done. Can President-elect Joe Biden simply end Trump’s executive orders? -M.O., Tustin Ron Sokol  A: Executive orders are directives issued by the president with regard to operations of the federal government. They do not carry the same weight as an act of Congress enacted into law. For example, The Dreamers program (formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and abbreviated DACA) was instituted by former President Barack Obama as an executive order, which Trump subsequently reversed. In turn, once Biden officially is president, he can end, modify or reverse executive orders issued by Trump. This does not mean the changes necessarily are immediate; regulations already in place based on the prior executive order(s) may have to be modified and the impact of Biden’s actions will,...
    All 10 living former Defense Secretaries have delivered an extraordinary warning to President Trump in a joint op-ed in which they denounced the possibility of military involvement in the current election dispute.  The piece was published in The Washington Post on Monday, following calls from the Trump's allies to bring in the military in a bid to block Joe Biden from becoming the next Commander-in-chief.  The 10 Defense Secretaries, who are both Republican and Democrat, did not mention Trump's name in the piece, but clearly intended for the President to heed their message.  'Our elections have occurred. Recounts and audits have been conducted. Appropriate challenges have been addressed by the courts. Governors have certified the results. And the electoral college has voted. The time for questioning the results has passed,' the group wrote.  Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful...
    Over a decade of "Face the Nation" transcripts are available online: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  Looking for extended transcripts of our 2020 campaign interviews? Click here.   For earlier broadcasts, contact CBS Footage Requests. And for the latest from "Face the Nation," bookmark our homepage and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  December 27, 2020 Mayor John Cooper, D-Nashville Frank Figliuzzi, Former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, FBI Governor Mike DeWine, R-Ohio Governor Gretchen Whitmer, D-Michigan Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA Commissioner Authors Panel: Susan Glasser, Peter Baker, Jon Meacham, Isabel Wilkerson December 20, 2020 Dr. Jerome Adams U.S. Surgeon General Ron Klain, Incoming White House Chief of Staff to President-elect Biden Kevin Mandia, FireEye CEO David Ricks, Chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company Mary Daly, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA Commissioner December 13, 2020 ...
    In the days leading up to Christmas, President Trump granted a spurt of 49 pardons and commutations – adding to the dozens he has issued throughout his one-term presidency. While many critics expressed outrage at his pardoning decisions, the custom – as outlined in the Constitution and unique to the commander in chief – has long drawn staunch condemnation. "Presidents have often made controversial clemency decisions for what they believed were the right reasons," Spencer Critchley, Democratic communications consultant and author of "Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable & What Happens Next," told Fox News. "Clemency is supposed to be granted only when the scales of justice are out of balance." TRUMP SLAMS 'WEAK AND TIRED' SENATE GOP LEADERS AMID DEFENSE VETO OVERRIDE FIGHT In addition to signing off on pardons for convicted felons such as George Papadopoulos – a 2016 Trump campaign aide who became embroiled in the Russia investigation – and former California Congressman...
    President Donald Trump issued 26 pardons Dec. 23, including one for former border patrol agent Gary Brugman. Brugman was convicted in 2002 of basic deprivation of rights after he was accused of knocking an illegal immigrant to the ground before “striking” another illegal immigrant with his hand, according to the Texas Tribune. Brugman was driving with his mother when he received a call from a White House representative that he was getting pardoned. “My mom thought somebody died,” he told the Daily Caller’s Brianna Lyman, noting that he broke down when he heard the news that he was receiving a pardon. (RELATED: President Trump Pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner’s Dad In Second Pardon Spree) WATCH:
    In a Friday op-ed for CNN, Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary for former President Bill Clinton’s administration, claimed that Donald Trump is “destroying” the Republican Party as his presidency comes to an end. The columnist’s comment comes in the wake of the president’s attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his pushback against the 78-year-old politician’s $900 billion coronavirus aid package. As The Inquisitr reported, progressive commentator Sam Seder claimed that some people are speculating that Trump’s opposition to McConnell’s legislation is a signal to Georgia voters to turn on the Republican leader — which would harm the state’s runoff elections involving Grand Old Party Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. “McConnell, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler all stood on the Senate floor in February and acquitted Trump on charges he abused his power in office and obstructed Congress,” Lockhart wrote. “But now that it’s...
    President Donald Trump's decision to pardon close associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone are good news for the recipients – but provide potential exposure for the president himself. Trump representatives dangled the possibility of a pardon to Manafort amidst the Mueller probe – in a saga that Mueller investigated as potential obstruction. Trump even hinted publicly at the possibility of a Manafort pardon back in 2018 when he said his former campaign chair was being treated worse than Al Capone. Now that those pardons have come to fruition, they constitute potential new evidence.  Former top Robert Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told MSNBC Thursday that the pardons were 'proof of obstruction' by the president Former top prosecutor for Robert Mueller Andrew Weissmann told MSNBC Thursday that the pardons were 'proof of obstruction' – an alleged crime that Mueller did not charge Trump with in his report after concluding that the...
    Highlights: Russian President Vladimir Putin goes above the law by signing a bill Putin has signed a bill that would not impose a life sentence on former presidents With the signing of President Vladimir Putin, the bill has now become law in Russia Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin is above the law. Putin has signed a bill that will not be prosecuted for life after former Russian presidents step down. The bill has now become law with Putin’s signature. The bill, released on Tuesday, exempts former Russian presidents and their families from prosecution for crimes committed in their lifetimes. This Russian law exempts former presidents from interrogation, search and arrest of police or investigators. The law is part of a series of constitutional amendments passed this summer, under which 68-year-old Putin will continue as president until 2036. Former Russian law says former presidents will not...
    A Republican lawmaker has blasted Donald Trump for attempting a 'grift' after the White House announced a wave of new presidential pardons on Tuesday night that included several of the president's allies and people linked to his administration. Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia told CNN there is a 'grift that's going on', and that the president is surrounding himself with people who are 'making a lot of money' with his pardon list. He referenced the full pardon granted to former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While stating at his sentencing hearing that he had made a 'terrible mistake', since his release from prison, Papadopoulos has claimed that he was targeted as part of an anti-Trump agenda. He continued those claims on Tuesday night as he thanked...
    President Trump has begun granting pardons in his final days in office, including pardons for former congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, as well as former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan, convicted as a part of the Russia investigation. They were four of the 15 pardons the White House announced Tuesday night, as the president weighs pardons for allies and strangers alike in the final days of his term as commander in chief. Collins was the first member of the House to endorse Mr. Trump, and was convicted in August 2018 for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, seven counts of conspiracy fraud and lying to the FBI over an illegal stock tip he gave his son. Hunter pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, including for thins like vacations, and claimed the whole thing was a "witch hunt." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making...
    MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace engaged in a rare, confrontational exchange with one of her guests on Tuesday, pressing former Republican New Jersey governor and Trump confidante Chris Christie about the motives behind his recent, public break with the president. During an otherwise friendly conversation between Wallace, Christie, and co-panelist, former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), Wallace gently but firmly rounded on the former GOP governor, who had just insisted he had no fear of a Trump backlash for criticizing the election conspiracies emanating out of the White House. “Governor, let me press back a little bit on you not being scared,” Wallace said, noting that Christie has already floated the idea of running for president again in 2024 before listing a number of past Trump scandals where the former governor was less than a profile in courage. “I don’t remember you coming out and forcefully pushing back against Donald Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood tape,” Wallace...
    Former Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was announced as President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be transportation secretary this week, making him the only Democratic primary rival of Biden to join his administration so far — aside from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 
    MALIA Obama's boyfriend Rory Farquharson quarantined with the former first family, Barack revealed on Wednesday. The boyfriend of the former president's eldest daughter Malia, 22, spent the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic with the Obamas. 6Malia, 22, is the former president's eldest daughterCredit: Getty - Contributor 6Barack Obama said that his daughter Malia's boyfriend stayed with the former first family during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Rory Farquharson is pictured with Malia Obama on January 20, 2018Credit: 2018 Alo Ceballos Barack - speaking on a Wednesday episode of "The Bill Simmons Podcast" - revealed his family allowed Malia's British boyfriend Farquharson to stay with them. He said: "There was this whole visa thing, he had a job set up, and so we took him in. “And I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid.” Farquharson is the son of chief executive of...
    Steph Curry is one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen. His meteoric rise as a leader is synonymous with the Warriors’ success, who have been one of the best dynasties of NBA. Rarely has the NBA seen shooters like Curry. He is right at the top with the likes of Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. Many believe that he might be the best, and former US President Barack Obama is amongst those who hold this belief. In a recent appearance on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Obama was asked whether Steph was the best shooter of all time. To this, he said, “That’s not even a question — absolutely. I have not seen anybody who can shoot that way, in as many ways, in as unlikely ways, as consistently as Steph Curry. I know Steph well. Everything he does — it’s precise and neat and tight.” ...
    President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20 will mark a dramatic shift in domestic and international policy. Nathan Sheets, PGIM Fixed Income chief economist and former under secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs under the Obama administration, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" that Biden's Cabinet picks already mark a departure from the Trump era. "They are committed to having a clean process, deliberative and transparent kinds of policies," Sheets said of Biden's Cabinet selections. "So I think what that means for markets is that the era of government by tweet is very much in the rearview mirror, and it's going to be less uncertain and a more transparent kind of communication." Those picks include former chief of staff to Vice President Biden Ron Klain as White House chief of staff; former deputy national security advisor Antony Blinken as secretary of State; and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Treasury...
    By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunkered down in what one former White House official called the "presidential man cave" of the Oval Office, President Donald Trump does not want to talk about what lies ahead once he leaves office next month. Several people familiar with the situation say he knows his time is up even as he presses the fight against the election outcome, despite having failed in a series of court challenges to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election that made Democrat Joe Biden president-elect. With Monday's Electoral College vote certifying Biden's win, White House staff members are looking for jobs and planning their post-administration futures. First lady Melania Trump has looked for a school in Florida, where the couple is expected to reside, for their son Barron, People magazine reported. A source close to Trump says he does not want to talk...
    President-elect Joe Biden's choice of a diverse Cabinet that appeals to every constituency of the Democratic Party comes as no surprise, but exactly who he is putting in what role has left some political observers scratching their heads. In an op-ed this summer, Biden stressed that "from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president's Cabinet, we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America." And while he appears on target to reach this objective, it has resulted in some unorthodox picks. He made choices such as a Veterans Affairs secretary with no military experience, a state attorney general tapped to lead the Health and Human Services Department amid a pandemic, and a former national security adviser serving in a domestic policy role. Also, he chose a small-town mayor to oversee the massive Department of Transportation. Trying to make sense of Biden's picks, political...
    Former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole sympathized with Donald Trump, calling his defeat in the 2020 election a “pretty bitter pill” for the 45th president to accept, but he was unequivocal that his former Senate colleague, Joe Biden, will take office next month. In an interview with the Kansas City Star, the Republican Party’s 1996 presidential standard bearer, who lost his bid to unseat then-President Bill Clinton, weighed in on both the current and next president. “The election is over and Biden will be president on January 20. I know the president has not conceded and he may never concede, but he will not be in the White House on January 21,” Dole told the Star, making a very public break with Trump and numerous House and Senate Republicans, who continue to push baseless conspiracy theories that Trump was cheated out of the presidency. In fact, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia certified...
    (CNN)Atlantic City is offering critics of President Donald Trump the chance to celebrate his departure with a literal bang.Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced Thursday that the Jersey Shore town is auctioning the chance to push the button that will set off the implosion of the now-closed Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. How Trump raised massive amounts of money after the election and other takeaways from campaign filingsThe city plans to donate the money raised to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. "Personally, I'm a pretty ambitious guy. I want to raise at least a million dollars," Small said in a news conference Thursday. The funds will go toward expanding and sustaining the club's operations for its three sites across the city, Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City CEO Stephanie Koch told CNN. Read MoreThe club serves as many as 1,200 children per year and has expanded its...
    Madison Summers December 17, 2020 0 Comments Singer Cher is weighing in on politics and her thoughts on President-elect Joe Biden. Speaking with CNN in an interview, Cher touched on the recent presidential election. Cher, who has known Biden for 15 years, compared the former vice president to former President Jimmy Carter during her interview. She said both Biden and Carter desire to “help the American People.” She also said of Biden, offering him praise, “I adore him, I love him.” “And I am sorry that they are trying to hogtie him so that he can’t do anything, because he’s such a great man [with a] great heart. He wants to do so many things, and they’re all good,” she added. Cher also declared, “When Joe says it, I think by hook or by crook, he’s going to get it done.” The singer made her endorsement of Biden early...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 12:15 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says his Cabinet will be more representative of the American people than any other in U.S. history. Biden championed the diversity of his Cabinet nominees on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, as he announced that he has chosen Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary. If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person to lead a Cabinet department and one of the youngest members ever. Buttigieg is a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a former presidential candidate. Biden says there will be more people of color and more women in his Cabinet than any other before, including the first Black defense secretary and the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN'S TRANSITION TO THE WHITE HOUSE: President-elect...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 12:15 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says his Cabinet will be more representative of the American people than any other in U.S. history. Biden championed the diversity of his Cabinet nominees on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, as he announced that he has chosen Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary. If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person to lead a Cabinet department and one of the youngest members ever. Buttigieg is a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a former presidential candidate. Biden says there will be more people of color and more women in his Cabinet than any other before, including the first Black defense secretary and the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN’S TRANSITION TO THE WHITE...
    Reuters December 16, 2020 0 Comments Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States’ diversity. Biden continued filling out his Cabinet Tuesday, selecting his onetime Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to run the Energy Department. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank’s focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as...
    (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Biden continued filling out his Cabinet Tuesday, selecting his onetime Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to run the Energy Department. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama's administration. TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as head of the central bank...
    During a teaser for his Tuesday night interview with Barack Obama, Trevor Noah pressed the former president about the one thing everyone he’s roasted has in common: They’ve all eventually run for president. Noah could not help but notice that both President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 campaign and Kanye West’s less effective run for office became realities after Obama poked fun at them. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but you have an ability to inspire people to run for the highest office in the land with some of the jokes that you tell about them, ” The Daily Show host pointed out after asking Obama if he’ll be more careful in the future. The former president agreed that he should start roasting people he actually respects, joking that he should start making fun of Noah more. “Although you weren’t born here,” Obama pointed out, later joking, “But look, I was able to get...
    The head of the Haiti soccer federation banned from the sport for life last month after being accused of sexually abusing and even impregnating some of the country's elite female players, said the accusations against him are pulled out of thin air and weren't properly investigated by world-wide soccer authority FIFA. Yves Jean-Bart, one of the region's longest-serving top soccer official, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that FIFA is 'corrupt' and bent on keeping Haiti soccer 'in its place' because the men's national team is suddenly competitive against world powerhouses. He pointed to the night of July 2019 when the red-and-blue suffered a one-goal loss to Mexico at the last minute of the Gold Cup semi-finals. FIFA banned the 73-year-old, who is nicknamed Dadou, after giving him 10 minutes on Skype to respond to accusations he used his status to abuse and harass players whose future he was entrusted...
    A former medical adviser to the Bush administration says Joe Biden and Kamala Harris should take to COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible – and in public – to help assuage any concern over the shot’s safety. Dr. Jonathan Reiner made the urge in an interview with CNN on Saturday evening, adding that considering there’s just five weeks left until Inauguration Day, he believes the President-elect and Vice President-elect should be vaccinated on Monday. ‘[The vaccination] should absolutely be public and I would vaccinate the incoming president on Monday and the incoming Vice President too – that’s what I’d do. ‘Let’s think about this: It takes about a month for the full extent of this vaccine to take hold until you’re truly immune,’ he said. ‘So we are now 39 days away from the inauguration – I want the incoming president to be immune of this virus when he takes...
    Bradley Cortright December 9, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden was the number one trending person in 2020, according to a new report released by Google. Google released its “Year in Search 2020” that showed the top trending searches of the year for a variety of subjects.  In the “People” subject, Biden received the number spot, followed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Kanye West, rapper and long-shot presidential hopeful, was ninth on the list. Biden also received the top spot among politicians searched for this year, followed by Harris. The other trending politicians included former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Vice President Mike Pence (R), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and former Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang. Google said it compiled its list of...
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen could on Wednesday find a way forward towards a Brexit trade deal, senior British minister Michael Gove said. "It is often around the table, when you have two political principals one-on-one, that you can often find a way through," Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Gove told the BBC. Gove cautioned that it could not be a deal at any price and that the EU needed to both make concessions and understand that the United Kingdom was sovereign for there to be a deal. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ireland, France, European Union, international trade, United Kingdom, Europe, GermanyGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Nov. 30-Dec. 4RecommendedAmerica 2020Texas Case a Hail Mary for TrumpAmerica 2020High Court...
    The ex-Bill Clinton adviser at the center of the tell-all Vanity Fair article where he claimed the former President sabotaged Hillary's White House run has announced he is standing down from PR company Teneo to 'focus on his family office'. Doug Band, who used to be one of Clinton's closest advisers, said he is resigning from his position as president of Teneo, the communications and advisory firm he co-founded with Declan Kelly and Paul Keary back in 2011.   Band, 48, broke the news to his 800-strong workforce in an email Monday, according to the Financial Times.   In it, he said he was bidding farewell with a 'heavy heart' but that he didn't want to regret staying too long at the company at the detriment of pursuing 'other dreams and ideas' - something he cited as a regret from his time working with Clinton.  The shock announcement comes just one week...
    (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Biden said he would nominate retired General Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary. [nL1N2IO06Q] Biden already has named leading members of his foreign policy and economic teams. Biden is expected to nominate Marcia Fudge, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, as secretary of housing and urban development and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take...
    Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a former Bush White House medical advisor, urged both the outgoing and incoming president to get any Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it is granted emergency-use approval by the FDA. Speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday evening, Reiner strongly recommended President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris be among the first in the nation to get inoculated from the coronavirus, as part of the White House protection protocol. “Erin, if the emergency use authorization for the vaccine is issued, let’s say this Thursday, on December 10th, I would vaccinate the president-elect Thursday evening, December 10th,” Reiner said. “I would vaccinate him right away.” Reiner then divulged that, after the anthrax mail attacks in late 2001, then-President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were both vaccinated against that deadly agent. “So think about it this way. We are under attack by this virus,” Reiner noted. “Don’t forget, with the...
    Jenna Bush Hager has recalled the heartbreaking conversation she had with her late grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, after his wife Barbara's death, saying that he ultimately couldn't live without her.  The Today co-host opened up about her grandparents' undying love for each other on Thursday's show after she and Hoda Kotb shared a story about a 92-year-old man and 82-year-old woman who got married after their spouses passed away.   'One of the most profound moments of my life was when I was in Maine the summer after my grandma died with my grandpa,' Jenna, 39, said. 'And we were just sitting at the dinner table, and he said, "Will I always miss her this much?" Asked me!' Scroll down for video   Looking back: Jenna Bush Hager recalled on the Today show the heartbreaking conversation she had with her late grandfather George H.W. Bush after his wife Barbara's...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday called Lou Holtz "one of the greatest coaches in American history" as he honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation's highest civilian honor.Holtz, whose 34-year coaching career included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer."He's really a life teacher," said Trump, noting the respect and loyalty Holtz earned from the many players he mentored.Holtz had a 249-132-7 record over a career that, in addition to Notre Dame, included stops at William & Mary, North Carolina State, the University of Arkansas, the University of Minnesota, and the University of South Carolina. He also coached the NFL's New York Jets in 1976 to a 3-10 record.Holtz, 83, said said that being...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to former football coach Lou Holtz on Thursday in an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz, 83, has coached several college football teams, but most recently, he served as the head football coach of the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. The Oval Office ceremony included a tightly packed audience of dozens of people, many of whom were not wearing masks, according to reporters in the room. It marks the latest instance in which the Trump White House has eschewed public health recommendations meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which advise against participating in large gatherings, not wearing a mask around others, and not social distancing. "It's my privilege to present our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to one of America's greatest coaches in history, the legendary Lou Holtz, a friend of mine,"...
    Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos says he would be 'honored' to receive a pardon from the President, as speculation grows that more iwill be granted over the next few weeks. Republican Papadopoulos, from Chicago, was arrested in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  The former foreign policy adviser, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents and served 12 days in federal prison in 2018, is believed to be on the President's list of potential pardons.  The offence will stay on his record for life unless Trump pardons him for his actions. ABC 7 News Privacy Policy As more presidential pardons are expected during Trump's last few weeks in office, his former adviser George Papadopoulos (pictured) says he would be 'honored' to receive one Papadopoulos, was arrested in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is hiring veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the choice Thursday. Flournoy’s appointment adds to a team of Harris advisers led by Black women. Harris is of Jamaican and Indian heritage and is the nation’s first female vice president. Flournoy joins Ashley Etienne as Harris’ communications director and Symone Sanders as her chief spokeswoman. Flournoy has served as chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton since 2013. That follows a career that took her to top posts at the Democratic National Committee, in the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and with the American Federation of Teachers. Harris also announced Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser and Nancy McEldowney as her...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is hiring veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the choice Thursday. Flournoy’s appointment adds to a team of Harris advisers led by Black women. Harris is of Jamaican and Indian heritage and is the nation’s first female vice president. Flournoy joins Ashley Etienne as Harris’ communications director and Symone Sanders as her chief spokeswoman. Flournoy has served as chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton since 2013. That follows a career that took her to top posts at the Democratic National Committee, in the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and with the American Federation of Teachers. Harris also announced Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser and Nancy McEldowney as her national...
    PARIS (AP) — Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing has died at the age of 94, his office and the French presidency say. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin ripped former President Barack Obama on Wednesday for his critical words about the "defund the police" movement, saying the former community organizer should know better. "You know, I’m always loathe to criticize President Obama because I’m such a fan, but I do think he’s wrong here," said Hostin, a former federal prosecutor . "When you think about 'defund the police,' that’s not a term that was crowdsourced or tested in focus groups. You know, that's a term that was born, a rallying cry, out of this over-policing of Black and Brown communities." Obama drew fire from progressives after warning the party can alienate voters with "snappy slogans" like "defund the police." Some House Democrats have cited the movement as a key reason for their disappointing showing during the 2020 election, in which the party lost congressional seats in spite of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. PROGRESSIVE DEMS FIRE BACK AT OBAMA AFTER HE CRITICIZES 'DEFUND THE POLICE' MOVEMENT...
    WASHINGTON - Federal judge Stephanos Bibas pulled no punches when he issued a scathing opinion last Saturday rejecting the Trump campaign’s latest attempt to overturn the outcome of the November 3 presidential election. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” Bibas wrote in a 21-page ruling dismissing a lawsuit that sought to stop the certification of Pennsylvania's voting results. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”  This was among the latest repudiations of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that the election he lost to former Vice President Joe Biden was rigged and that millions of votes were illegally cast or discounted.    In the month since the election, Trump and his allies have filed more than three dozen lawsuits, mostly in state courts, with judges ruling against them in all but one minor case.   FILE...
    President Donald Trump is set to award former NCAA football coach Lou Holtz the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House made the announcement in an official press release sent out Wednesday. The ceremony is set to take place Thursday. President Trump is giving the Medal of Freedom to Lou Holtz tomorrow. — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 2, 2020 “America recognizes Lou Holtz as one of the greatest football coaches of all time for his unmatched accomplishments on the gridiron, but he is also a philanthropist, author, and true American patriot,” a press release from the office of the White House said. (RELATED: Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz Says Trump’s Naysayers ‘Don’t Have Pride In Our Country’) Holtz spent 34 years coaching NCAA and professional football after serving as an Officer in the United States Army Reserves for seven years. Holtz successfully coached teams including North Carolina...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity has suggested President Donald Trump should pardon himself and his family before leaving the White House in January.  The suggestion was made on Hannity's Fox News radio show on Monday while discussing how Trump last week announced a full pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Speaking to former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, Hannity suggested that the president needed to protect himself from future legal investigations in order to protect himself from the incoming Biden administration. Fox News host Sean Hannity is urging President Donald Trump to issue blanket pardons for both himself and all of his family members before he leaves office Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, pictured center, said although she believed the pardon was 'absolute' she did not know about the president's ability to pardon himself Hannity said that President-elect Joe Biden was being publicly encouraged to investigate...
    The GOAT debate is one of the most heated subjects among basketball fans. The debate has raged on for the longest time, but it still has no conclusive winner. Fans of basketball argue with great fervor about who is better – Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Michael Jordan, during his time in the NBA, won six NBA Championships (in two three-peats), six Finals MVPs, four MVPs and a Defensive Player of the Year Trophy. The biggest cap in the feather of Michael Jordan is that he is undefeated in the NBA Finals. Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage) LeBron James, on the other hand, is a four-time NBA Champion, four-time Finals MVP, and a four-time MVP. He is the only player in history to have three Finals MVP trophies with three different teams – Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers....
    Democratic Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff predicted “obstructionism as far as the eye can see” if the Republican Party maintains control of the U.S. Senate. Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are facing off in a January 5 runoff against Republican Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. The GOP needs to win at least one seat in order to hold a narrow majority. During a Sunday morning interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ossoff responded to a question from guest anchor Dana Bash about Republicans who voted for former Vice President Joe Biden in Georgia using the runoffs as an “opportunity to have a check” on the president-elect. WATCH: “Well, what we need is the capacity for this incoming administration to govern in the midst of a crisis,” Ossoff said. “So many families here in Georgia and across the country can’t feed themselves right now. Businesses are...
    Melania Trump is reportedly considering writing a memoir about her time in the White House and the president is said to be encouraging her, after her ex-best friend released a tell-all book painting her in a negative light.   A source told Page Six the notoriously private First Lady is holding meetings on a potential book deal to spill all about her four years inside the walls of the White House.   They said Melania was 'not done, or going as quietly as you might expect' and was interested in the chance to earn money 'on her own'.   Former White House inhabitants typically make for lucrative publishing opportunities and earlier this month sources said Donald Trump was being offered deals worth around $100 million. Melania Trump is reportedly considering writing a memoir about her time in the White House and the president is said to be encouraging her, after her ex-best friend released a...
    Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain who crossed party lines to endorse President-elect Joe Biden, is reported to be in line to be named the next US ambassador to the United Kingdom. Cindy McCain, 66, is said to be the frontrunner for the job as a reward for helping deliver the traditionally Republican state of Arizona and its 11 electoral college votes to Biden. The UK ambassadorship is ‘hers if she wants it,’ a source close to Biden told The Times of London. ‘She delivered Arizona. They know that.’ Cindy McCain (left), 66, the widow of the late Senator John McCain, is reported to be the frontrunner for the post of US ambassador to the United Kingdom under incoming President-elect Joe Biden. Biden is seen right with Cindy McCain in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 8 A source close to Biden tells The Times...
    In a statement posted on Facebook, Sanator Rawlings said the perpetrators must be himself or a representative and urge individuals to make donations for the final arrangements. “The process of these criminals is to attract the attention of unsuspecting individuals who really want to pay their last respects to the MP, and then they solicit donations for the final arrangements,” Rawlings Parliament, which represents Ghana’s Clotti Corley constituency, said Friday. His office has asked the public to search and report to the police anyone who engages with them on social media claiming to be him. An example he posted shows an impersonator sending bank account information to a victim and “please try and ask for a donation”, saying the funds were “for funeral arrangements”. He warned the perpetrators that “impersonation is a crime” and that “anyone caught will be prosecuted.” According to Ghana’s 1960 Criminal Code, a person who uses...
    Brian Stauffer Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, James Comey, Christopher Steele, John Bolton, a Time journalist, flag burners—this is just a partial list of the people Donald Trump has wanted to see imprisoned during his ignominious presidency. Yet the moment he steps out of the White House, shedding the sheath of immunity that enshrines all presidents, it is Trump who should be most concerned about a legal reckoning. His list of alleged offenses, committed both during and before his presidency, includes tax and bank fraud, obstruction of justice, bribery, defamation, and more. Legal experts have even debated whether Trump could face criminal charges connected to his woeful response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its 244-year history, the United States has never prosecuted a president (that...
    Vladimir Putin has a secret love child with a former cleaner, it was claimed yesterday. The Russian leader is said to have had an affair with Svetlana Krivonogikh and fathered Elizaveta, 17, during his first term as president. His former mistress, 45, is now a multi-millionaire who owns a nightclub famed for erotic shows, news site Project reported. Vladimir Putin reportedly has a secret teenager daughter with cleaner-turned-millionaire Svetlana Krivonogikh, who he reportedly had an affair with starting in the late Nineties It is alleged Putin had the affair during his first term as Russian president in the 1990s The Russian leader is said to have had an affair with Svetlana Krivonogikh and fathered Elizaveta, 17, during his first term as president It said Elizaveta’s middle name is Vladimirovna – indicating her father’s name is Vladimir. But there is apparently no name for him on the birth...
    There's a growing list of people seeking pardons from Donald Trump and expecting to be looked after by the president in his final weeks in office. The names include the famous, infamous and anonymous: Tiger King Joe Exotic, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a host of other figures tied to the president's 2016 campaign, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and a series of people convicted of nonviolent crimes as part of Jared Kushner's criminal justice reform. President Trump's pardon of his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sparked speculation that others could be next.  Particularly of interest are Manafort and two other former Trump campaign advisers, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, who like Flynn were convicted in cases stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  There's a growing list of people seeking pardons from President Donald Trump Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (left) and...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that he had "granted a Full Pardon" to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!" Trump tweeted.Flynn pleaded guilty -- twice -- to lying to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump presidential transition, which surfaced as part of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump White House White House has signed off on Joe Biden getting the President's Daily Brief Analysis: Trump is leaving minority votes on the table Pennsylvania and Nevada certify election results for Biden, North Carolina for Trump MAP: Full election results His tenure at the White House lasted only a few weeks before he...
    President Donald Trump indicated on Twitter that he granted a full pardon to General Michael Flynn, who was one of his advisers involved in the investigation of the so-called Russian plot carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. In August an Appeals Court had rejected the request of the president’s government to dismiss the case against the president’s former National Security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the talks he had with the Russian ambassador in the US capital during the Presidential transition period. It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted to Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020 This decision had left the case against Flynn open and it was expected...
    President Donald Trump indicated on Twitter that he granted a full pardon to General Michael Flynn, who was one of his advisers involved in the investigation of the so-called Russian plot carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. In August an Appeals Court had rejected the request of the president’s government to dismiss the case against the president’s former National Security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the talks he had with the Russian ambassador in the US capital during the Presidential transition period. It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted to Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020 This decision had left the case against Flynn open and it was expected...
    President Donald Trump indicated on Twitter that he granted a full pardon to General Michael Flynn, who was one of his advisers involved in the investigation of the so-called Russian plot carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. In August an Appeals Court had rejected the request of the president’s government to dismiss the case against the president’s former National Security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the talks he had with the Russian ambassador in the US capital during the Presidential transition period. It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted to Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020 This decision had left the case against Flynn open and it was expected...
    Jenna Bush Hager celebrated her 39th birthday on the Today show on Wednesday and was surprised with video messages from her friends and family, including her parents, twin sister, and three children.  The Today host was moved to tears and needed a few tissues as she listened to her loved ones pay tribute to her on the show. The moment was particularly special for the former first daughter, who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with her parents because of the pandemic.  'I think 39 is the perfect year to celebrate in 2020,' Jenna said of embarking on her last year in her 30s. 'You know, it feels right, it feels good. I feel happy. I mean, I don't know. I kind of feel like I should be older than 39.'  Scroll down for video   Big day: Jenna Bush Hager (right) celebrated her 39th birthday on the Today show...
    Joe Biden will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office, he said Tuesday in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election. The president-elect’s agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away with what he called Trump’s “damaging” executive orders on the environment, which Biden said “eviscerated the [Environmental Protection Agency].” “Some of it is gonna depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.” Asked about his cabinet picks — all of whom so far have been former senior members of the Obama administration — Biden insisted that “this is not a third Obama term.” The former vice president also indicated that it’s unlikely progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will join his administration, saying pulling someone from Congress “is...
    WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden declared Tuesday that the United States is “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” signaling a sharp pivot from outgoing President Donald Trump’s “America First” credo over the last four years. As he prepares to assume office on January 20, Biden said the country is “ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies. And ready to stand up for our values.” From his transition center in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the president-elect introduced his top foreign policy and national security officials. “They embody my core belief that America is strongest when it works with its allies,” he said. “That’s how we truly keep America safe without engaging in needless military conflicts, and our adversaries in check and terrorists at bay.” Nominated Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov....
    President Donald Trump wished Americans a 'Happy Thanksgiving' while making a veiled swipe at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis at the annual turkey pardoning ceremony on Tuesday.  'We send our love to every member of the armed forces and the law enforcement heroes risking their lives to keep America safe, to keep America great - and as I say America First, we shouldn't go away from that, America First,' Trump told a crowd of about 100 in the White House Rose Garden.  This time around, most of attendees were wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First lady Melania Trump stood next to her husband, while Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their three children - Arabella, Joseph and Theodore - were in attendance.   Earlier in the morning, Trump had lashed out at Mattis for saying that the incoming Biden-Harris administration should do away with Trump's 'America First' policies. ...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden began naming members of his Cabinet on Monday, appointing experienced foreign policy and national security experts to key posts in line with his pledge to restore the United States' global ties and standing as a world leader. The new appointees also reflect Biden's promise to build an administration that reflects the nation's diversity. Biden is expected to fill more Cabinet positions and White House posts in coming days. Here are some recent important picks and topcontenders for prominent positions, according to Reutersreporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTHONY BLINKEN A longtime Biden confidant who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration, Blinken was named Biden's choice for secretary of state by the president-elect's campaign on Monday. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN Biden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to President...
    President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former presidential candidate John Kerry as “Climate Czar” as well as add Kerry to the National Security Council, the Biden transition team announced Monday. Kerry will serve as both Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and sit on the National Security Council, NBC News reported, “reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.” BREAKING: Biden transition team: Former Sec. of State John Kerry to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and will sit on the National Security Council, “reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.” — NBC News (@NBCNews) November 23, 2020 Seventy-six-year-old Kerry also served as a secretary of state for former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: Obama Jokes That Navy Seals Could Extract Trump From The White House) “We...
    Rep. Devin Nunes has claimed former President Barack Obama is President-elect Joe Biden's 'overlord' and called for a special counsel to take over the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures in an interview with host Maria Bartiromo.  'President Obama is the only president that I know that only moved about a mile from the White House – set up shop, has all his people there,' Nunes said, referring to the Obama family's rented mansion in Washington DC. 'Most of his people were promoting Kamala Harris to run before she bombed out, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, and then they propped up Joe Biden,' Nunes claimed. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures He claimed former President...
    BUENOS AIRES – A federal appeals court in Argentina ordered on Thursday to investigate former President Mauricio Macri and his former Defense Minister, Oscar Aguad, to determine if they were responsible for the sinking of the ARA San Juan submarine with 44 crew members on board in November 2017 while he was conducting an exercise in the South Atlantic. The Federal Court of Appeals of Comodoro Rivadavia, a town about 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires, ruled in its ruling —to which AP had access— that “the knowledge of the Ministry of Defense and of the holder must be investigated and proven in the file. of the Executive Power, on the conduct of the naval exercise … as well as the records that give an account of the budget cuts that affected the armed forces and in particular the ships that participated in it ”. The...
    BUENOS AIRES – A federal appeals court in Argentina ordered on Thursday to investigate former President Mauricio Macri and his former Defense Minister, Oscar Aguad, to determine if they were responsible for the sinking of the ARA San Juan submarine with 44 crew members on board in November 2017 while he was conducting an exercise in the South Atlantic. The Federal Court of Appeals of Comodoro Rivadavia, a town about 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires, ruled in its ruling —to which AP had access— that “the knowledge of the Ministry of Defense and of the holder must be investigated and proven in the file. of the Executive Power, on the conduct of the naval exercise … as well as the records that give an account of the budget cuts that affected the armed forces and in particular the ships that participated in it ”. The...
    Former President Barack Obama joked Thursday night that Navy Seals could extract President Donald Trump from the White House if he refused to leave at the end of his presidency. The former president discussed the upcoming Trump, Biden transition in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday evening where Kimmel asked if there were any hiding spots in the White House for people to hide if they were supposed to leave, according to the Hill. Obama replied, “Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in there to dig them out.” (RELATED: Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump Wont Concede Until Legal Challenges Are Over) Obama’s comments come as Trump refuses to concede the election to former vice president Joe Biden. The president has mounted a number of legal challenges alleging that voter fraud occurred during the presidential election — and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that the...
    A prominent critic of Valdimir Putin has claimed that the Russian president was suffering from cancer and underwent surgery earlier this year.  Valery Solovei, who claims to have sources 'at the epicentre of decision making', suggested 68-year-old Putin had the operation in February. Another unnmaed source suggested the operation was on Putin's abdomen. It comes two weeks after Solovei first spoke out over the strongman leader's health, suggesting that he has Parkinson's.  Vladimir Putin had cancer surgery on his abdomen back in February, a prominent critic has claimed in the latest rumour about the Russian president's health Solovei, former head of PR at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, believes that Putin is planning on stepping down in January due to his health problems and is planning to name daughter Katerina Tikhonova as his successor.  Speaking about Putin's alleged ill-health, he said: ''One is of psycho-neurological nature, the other is...
    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted late Thursday that President Trump has resorted to "overt" pressure on state and local officials to "subvert" the will of the people, and "overturn the election." "It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President," wrote Romney, a former GOP presidential nominee who was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in February after the U.S. House impeached him in December 2019. Romney earlier had supported Trump's legal efforts to have every vote counted and even acknowledged he had considered contesting the 2012 election he lost to former President Obama but said Trump hasn't even proven a "plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy" in the election with President-elect Joe Biden.  Meanwhile, in a Thursday news conference, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleged there was a "centralized" plan to carry out voter fraud around the country. Follow below for updates on Trump's election legal fight....
    FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission could issue a warrant for the arrest of former President Ernest Bai Koroma after he failed to comply with a summons for questioning, the head of the agency said on Thursday. Koroma failed to appear before the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in the capital Freetown on Thursday because of concerns over his safety, his lawyers said. "We are considering issuing a warrant for his arrest," the country's anti-corruption commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala told Reuters. The summons was the latest move in a campaign by Koroma's successor, President Julius Maada Bio, to investigate the previous administration that Maada Bio says took the country to the brink of economic collapse. Koroma denies any wrongdoing and has said corruption allegations are part of a long-running smear campaign. Joseph Kamara, Koroma's lawyer, said his client would agree to be interviewed in Freetown if the state provided...
    Madison Summers November 19, 2020 0 Comments The former head of the General Services Administration (GSA), David Barram, is declaring that it is time to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect. While President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and several major outlets have projected Biden as the winner, Biden has indicated that he does not have the access to information necessary during the transition. Barram — who was previously appointed by former President Bill Clinton as the GSA administrator — told CNN’s John Berman on Thursday morning, “To me, it’s clear that we should be recognizing Joe Biden as the president-elect.” Emily Murphy, the current administrator of the GSA, has yet to “ascertain” the winner of the election — and she has been faced with growing pressure to do so. Once she does, funds and resources are released to the winner of the presidential election. Barram...
    (CNN)The former head of the General Services Administration during the 2000 election said Thursday that he would ascertain the 2020 results and begin the formal transition to a Joe Biden presidency, which the current administrator has yet to do."To me, it's clear that we should be recognizing Joe Biden as the President-elect," David Barram, the former GSA administrator appointed by Bill Clinton, told CNN's John Berman on "New Day."The current GSA administrator, Emily Murphy, still has yet to acknowledge Biden's victory -- as President Donald Trump refuses to concede -- and sign a letter to release funds to the Biden transition team through a process called ascertainment. Without the GSA's signoff, Biden and his team are stuck in limbo, barred from access to federal agencies during the Covid-19 pandemic and classified intelligence briefings.Barram confirmed to CNN that he and Murphy spoke over the phone before the November 3 election, saying...