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    Former President Trump is scheduled to attend the Republican National Committee's spring donor retreat in Florida this April, according to a Republican familiar with the situation and an invitation obtained by CBS News. Mr. Trump's planned appearance at the gathering with top GOP donors was first reported by Politico. CBS News reported in January that the RNC was planning to invite the former president to the event.  The retreat offers potential 2024 candidates to make their case to deep-pocketed party donors. According to the invitation, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Florida Senator Rick Scott, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among those also scheduled to attend.  The former president's appearance comes as GOP leaders debate what his role in the future of the party should be.  RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump this week,...
    Senator Mitt Romney said that he believes former President Donald Trump would win the Republican presidential nomination if he ran for office in 2024.  "He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party," Romney said at a New York Times DealBook virtual event on Tuesday. "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." Romney, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, said that "a lot can happen between now and 2024," adding that he is not "great at predicting."  However, he said he expects the former president to continue to play a big role in the Republican Party, which faces an internal identity crisis following Mr. Trump's second impeachment trial.  "I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if...
    Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to confirm Merrick Garland as the next attorney general, five years after refusing to act on Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court. A McConnell spokesperson confirmed to CBS News that the Kentucky Republican supports President Biden's pick to lead the Justice Department. Politico first reported his decision on Tuesday. Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell refused to consider Garland's nomination, arguing that the Senate should not fill a Supreme Court seat during an election year, and instead let the American people decide. After the GOP won the White House, the Republican-controlled Senate filled the vacant seat with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, the first of three justices nominated to the bench by former President Donald Trump. McConnell has described his decision to block Garland's...
    There was an odd moment at Tuesday’s White House daily briefing when a reporter noted Monday night’s memorial to the 500,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus, but then asked what else the administration was thinking of doing to honor the dead. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff participated in a moving ceremony Monday night to mark the grim milestone, during which President Biden spoke poignantly about the loss of life so far. That apparently wasn’t enough for one reporter, the AP’s Josh Boak, who asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “You’ve been asked repeatedly about how we should properly memorialize the deaths from the coronavirus, after last night’s service, has this administration given any more thought in terms of how to honor the dead?” “Well first, I don’t know, I watched last night and I’m pretty, you know, I’ve seen a...
    HILLARY Clinton has taken a swipe at Donald Trump in her debut novel about a US government facing terrorist attacks. In State of Terror she draws her background to write a thriller about a novice secretary of state, working in the "dangerously out of control administration" of a rival politician. 4Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 election debatesCredit: Reuters 4The former Secretary of State draws on her own experienceCredit: AP:Associated Press In a barely concealed dig at the Trump, character of the President was “inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage". Mrs Clinton, 73, served as US secretary of state under the Obama administration for four years from 2009 to 2013. The former secretary of state ran against Donald Trump in 2016 and during the campaign he led crowds in chants of “lock her up” while referring to her as “crooked Hillary”....
    President Biden’s slow start in filling his Cabinet may not bode well for his ability to get legislation passed, with small congressional majorities and even less margin for error than he has for nominations. The vast majority of Biden’s nominations will be confirmed eventually, though his pick for director of Office of Management and Budget looks imperiled. The week began with only about one-third of his Cabinet-level appointments in place, thanks to a closely divided Senate in which Democrats can afford few defections. “It’s hard to govern from the Left in a 50-50 Senate,” said Republican strategist John Feehery. Democrats have a majority in the upper chamber, thanks only to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. LEFT-WINGERS TARGET $15 MINIMUM WAGE FOES KYRSTEN SINEMA AND JOE MANCHIN Harris comes to the vice presidency from the Senate, where she represented California. Biden spent 36 years in the Senate before serving...
    By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.'s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration. The top U.S. diplomat said his country will seek a three-year term starting next year at the Human Rights Council, and acknowledged it needs reform, particularly to end its “disproportionate” focus on Israel — the only country whose rights record comes up for scrutiny at every one of its thrice-yearly meetings. In a video message, Blinken raised concerns about countries including Myanmar, which has faced international criticism over a military coup last month, China over its Xinjiang region, and Russia after the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and demonstrators during protests against President Vladimir Putin’s government. “The United States is placing democracy...
    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.’s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration. The top U.S. diplomat said his country will seek a three-year term starting next year at the Human Rights Council, and acknowledged it needs reform, particularly to end its “disproportionate” focus on Israel — the only country whose rights record comes up for scrutiny at every one of its thrice-yearly meetings. In a video message, Blinken raised concerns about countries including Myanmar, which has faced international criticism over a military coup last month, China over its Xinjiang region, and Russia after the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and demonstrators during protests against President Vladimir Putin’s government. “The United States is placing democracy and human rights at the...
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s commerce minister appealed to Washington for “joint efforts” to revive trade but gave no indication Wednesday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions. “Cooperation is the only correct choice,” Wang Wentao said at a news conference. President Joe Biden has yet to announce a strategy for dealing with Beijing but is widely expected to renew pressure on trade and technology complaints that prompted his predecessor, Donald Trump, to raise taxes on Chinese imports. Wang said he looked forward to “joint efforts” to “push bilateral economic and trade relations back to the track of cooperation.” He noted President Xi Jinping talked with Biden by phone on Feb. 11 but gave no indication when negotiations might resume. Washington and Beijing have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods, disrupting global trade. They agreed last January to postpone further penalties but...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee, Deb Haaland, will face a fresh round of questions from lawmakers on Wednesday during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, who would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate, pledged to work in service of the Biden administration during the first day of the hearing on Tuesday as Republicans on the panel expressed concern over her nomination and described her views as radical.Republicans have repeatedly argued that the Biden administration is going to kill jobs through its clean energy agenda, which Haaland supports. If confirmed, Haaland would be part of Biden's plan to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions. In her opening statement, Haaland attempted to strike a delicate balance on energy and environmental policy, saying, "There's no question that fossil energy does...
    Europe Ania Nowak Correspondent in Minsk Subscribers Published on 02-24-21 at 10:04 am – Updated 02-24-21 at 10:04 am © . Large cages. This is the place in Belarusian courts where the accused attend their trial. In the press and on social networks, photos of opponents waiting behind bars have multiplied in recent weeks, as the country is going through a new phase of repression – this time judicial. Monday, in Homiel (South-East), Mikita Zalatarou, 16, was sentenced to five years in prison under article 364 of the Criminal Code, for “using violence against the police”. Epileptic, the teenager, who claims he has been repeatedly beaten by the police, says he...
    BEIJING (AP) — Developments surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are at a “critical point” and lifting sanctions on the country is key to breaking the deadlock, China’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments came a day after Iran officially began restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities in a bid to pressure European countries and the U.S. into lifting crippling economic sanctions and restoring the 2015 nuclear deal. As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China is a party to the agreement known as the JCPOA, while also maintaining friendly relations and close economic ties with Tehran. That has long set China against sanctions, and Beijing worked with Germany, France, Britain and Russia to maintain the deal after former President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. unilaterally out in 2018. The new administration of President Joe Biden has sought to reverse that...
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s commerce minister appealed to Washington for “joint efforts” to revive trade but gave no indication Wednesday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions. “Cooperation is the only correct choice,” Wang Wentao said at a news conference. President Joe Biden has yet to announce a strategy for dealing with Beijing but is widely expected to renew pressure on trade and technology complaints that prompted his predecessor, Donald Trump, to raise taxes on Chinese imports. Wang said he looked forward to “joint efforts” to “push bilateral economic and trade relations back to the track of cooperation.” He noted President Xi Jinping talked with Biden by phone on Feb. 11 but gave no indication when negotiations might resume. Washington and Beijing have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, disrupting global trade. They agreed last January to postpone further penalties but...
    New York : The President’s New Deportation Guidelines Joe biden they are not strictly enforced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (ICE), accuse activists. In Philadelphia, immigrant advocates raised the alert that a West African immigrant faces detention and deportation despite the new guidelines, which instruct officers to detain only those who pose serious threats to public safety. Those President Biden Guidelines, released a week ago, were a way to rethink the 100-day suspension that faces problems in a Texas court. The activist report indicates that Christian M’Bagoyi, 42, of Bucks County, has no criminal record; He is married to a US citizen with whom he has two daughters, ages 1 and 3, both US citizens, despite this ICE seeks to arrest him. The story was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that M’Bagoy, who is a union carpenter, has an appointment with ICE on Friday, where he could...
    More On: donald trump Democrats’ cynical ‘Jan. 6’ politics: Goodwin Trump makes Tiger Woods prediction after golfer’s scary crash Trump sends well-wishes for ‘true champion’ Tiger Woods after car crash WH seeking to define Russia’s role in cyberattack Senator Mitt Romney said that President Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination “in a landslide” if he decided to make a run for The White House again in 2024. Romney (R – Utah) was speaking to the New York Times’ DealBook when he addressed Trump’s position in the future of the Republican Party. “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.” Romney made clear that “a lot can happen between now and 2024” but cited polls that...
    When there are less than three months until the current one expires state of alarm decreed in November, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, appears before the plenary session of Congress to report on the current situation of the covid-19 pandemic and the application of this constitutional instrument. The President of the Government has announced a package of aid € 11 billion for “companies, SMEs and the self-employed”. The spokeswoman for the Executive, María Jesús Montero, yesterday ruled out that there may be any modification before the scheduled date of May 9. “There is no pretense of modifying the validity of the state of alarm,” he assured. Spain yesterday it was outside the extreme risk zone by coronavirus by lowering the cumulative incidence of 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. Placeholder mam module Sánchez’s appearance in Congress live: state of covid alarm and evolution of the...
    Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)An investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has called for the country's former President as well as senior police and intelligence officials to be prosecuted. The commission of inquiry said Wednesday that "criminal proceedings" should be brought against former President Maithripala Sirisena, who left office in November 2019, for "criminal liability on his part" over the attacks. On April 21, 2019, suicide bombers launched a coordinated series of attacks on three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels across Sri Lanka, killing at least 253 people and injuring 500 more. Shortly after the attacks, the Sri Lankan government admitted that it failed to act on multiple warnings from intelligence agencies, including from India and the United States. Set up by Sirisena five months after the attacks, the commission found that the former President knew of a possible terrorist threat but "proceeded to India and...
    Senator Mitt Romney (UT-R) said that he could see former President Donald Trump securing the nomination in 2024 if he decided to run, a clear indication of his grip on the GOP. Romney was speaking with the New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project on Tuesday when he made the assertion.  'I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination,' the senator stated.  The longtime Trump critic added that 'a lot can happen between now and 2024.'  Mitt Romney was speaking with the New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project on Tuesday when he made the assertion about Trump's chances of securing the GOP nomination He continued: 'I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins...
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the U.S. in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. "The most powerful nation on earth, our neighbor, did worse than us." López Obrador said -- after noting that comparing the two countries was in "bad taste." López Obrador has both defended and praised former President Trump in recent weeks. He called Mark Zuckerberg "arrogant" last month after the Facebook blocked him from the platform. ACCUSED CAPITOL RIOTER ASKS TO TRAVEL FOR MEXICO 'RETREAT' Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City on Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) "I felt he was very self-important and very arrogant," López Obrador said, according to Reuters. "A court of censorship like the Inquisition to manage public opinion ... This is really serious." López Obrador also told President Biden that he had a good...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden nominated the most diverse Cabinet in history, but the Senate, which gets to offer "advice and consent," is suddenly full of members -- mostly Republicans -- who are critical of partisan tweets and are carefully scrutinizing nominees' job qualifications. The attention has chiefly fallen on three domestic policy roles: Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden has written a lot of mean tweets about conservatives and progressives and clashed with Bernie Sanders' future presidential campaign manager. She'd be the first woman of color in charge of the executive budget. Department of Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra played important roles defending the Affordable Care Act from the Trump administration's efforts to get it declared unconstitutional and in California's pandemic response. He'd be the first Latino to run HHS. Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland has supported the Green New Deal and wants to end fracking...
    The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo. (Photo: Lavandeira Jr / AGENCIA EFE) The vaccine against Covid-19 in Galicia will be mandatory, according to the president of the Xunta, the popular Alberto Núñez Feijóo. This obligation is included in the bill that the Galician government has been preparing since last November where, among other things, it proposes to fine people who do not get vaccinated against the coronavirus. A text that they hope to approve today. As stated in the document published by the Xunta, the measure is classified within the section of “minor offenses”. That is, not giving the injection, in most cases, will imply a penalty that ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 euros. And it is defined as follows: “Unjustified refusal to submit to preventive measures, consisting of vaccination or immunization prescribed by health authorities, in accordance with established in this law,” indicates information advanced...
    Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland faced questions from lawmakers on topics including federal drilling permits and pipelines during her confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. If confirmed, Haaland would play a central role in managing more than 500 million acres of federal land and much of the nation’s vast array of natural resources. She would also play a major part in implementing President Joe Biden’s aggressive climate agenda, which calls for $2 trillion in federal spending over four years and an emissions-free power sector by 2035. WATCH: Opening Statement from Interior Secretary Nominee Rep. Deb Haaland. Continue watching confirmation hearing LIVE online here: https://t.co/Hrx46qzRGw pic.twitter.com/6sxBdRpB8m — CSPAN (@cspan) February 23, 2021 “I almost feel like your nomination is this proxy fight for the future of fossil fuels,” Democratic Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell told Haaland during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing. Republican lawmakers were notably unenthusiastic...
    Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Neera Tanden's nomination in peril after three GOP noes | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on financial records Tanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview on Tuesday that he is “pretty sure” former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE would win the Republican Party’s presidential primary in 2024 if he decides to run. Romney made the remarks in a discussion with The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook DC Policy Project, in which he said he is “sure” the former president will continue to “play a role” in...
    President Biden has yet to declare reported atrocities by China against Uighurs in Xinjiang province to be genocide even after Canada’s parliament voted Monday to pass a nonbinding motion applying the classification and Europe increases pressure on the Chinese Communist government. Biden, who vowed to be tough on China while on the campaign trail, has been careful not to classify the human rights abuses against the Uighurs since entering office -- despite the Trump administration declaring the actions by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as genocide one day before vacating the White House. The international community is taking an increasingly strong stand on human rights abuses committed against the Uighur Muslim population in northwest China. The European Union Tuesday urged China to allow access by independent observers to investigate reports of secret detention camps, forced sterilization and political indoctrination Tuesday. "Once again, we urge China to allow meaningful access to Xinjiang for independent observers, including High Commissioner Bachelet," EU foreign policy...
    FORMER President Donald Trump said Tiger Woods would "be back" in no time following his horrific roll-over car crash. Trump on Tuesday said the golf legend will quickly recover from the injuries he sustained while speeding down a Los Angeles road and wrecking his car as it hit a median and flipped several times as it landed over 100 feet away. 6Former president Donald Trump wishes Tiger Woods a speedy recoveryCredit: Splash News 6Woods' car's trajectory led LA sheriffs to believe he was speeding 6Woods crashed his car into the center median on an LA road Tuesday just after 7AMCredit: EPA "He’s gonna be back, I have no doubt about it. He’s gonna be back," the former president said in a Fox News interview. "It's just tragic," Trump continued, saying "he’s overcome a lot. He’s had an incredible life and he’s going to continue to have an incredible life." Trump...
    Former President Donald Trump shared a get-well message for golfer Tiger Woods following a serious car crash, returning to the air Tuesday night to predict a comeback for the star athlete. Trump, a keen golfer who owns several courses and a television celebrity before becoming president, also praised Woods's talent on the green and his ability to draw record ratings, calling it a "kind of phenomenon." “He’s gonna be back, I have no doubt about it. He’s gonna be back,” Trump said in a Tuesday night interview on Fox News, alluding little to his own planned return to the stage. “He’s overcome a lot. He’s had an incredible life, and he’s going to continue to have an incredible life,” Trump said. "It’s pretty bad on the legs, I understand. He’ll figure out a way.” Trump, who was banned from social media after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, stepped into a...
    Former President Donald Trump predicted on Tuesday night that Tiger Woods will make a comeback following his devastating car wreck. Trump spoke to Fox News about the golf legend after Woods severely injured his legs during a high-speed roll-over crash in his SUV outside Los Angeles earlier on Tuesday. “He’s gonna be back, I have no doubt about it. He’s gonna be back,” Trump said in the interview. Trump has had a close relationship with Woods, golfing with the Masters champ several times during his presidency. The president also awarded Woods a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019. “Because it was Tiger, everyone wanted to be there. Everyone went crazy,” he told host Katie Pavlich about the ceremony. “It was a big event. He considered this one of the great honors of his life,” Trump said. The former president spoke of the resiliency of Woods, who has undergone five...
    For months, some of Donald Trump’s top advisers have assured him that he has virtually nothing to fear from the Manhattan district attorney’s tax investigation, which they view as merely “fishing” for information. But investigators with the D.A.'s office have been expanding their criminal probe into Trump’s business empire, asking questions and grilling witnesses—as recently as in the past few days—not only about Trump but particularly about his eldest son, Don Jr., and Allen Weisselberg, one of the former president’s most trusted officers, The Daily Beast has learned. This latest round of interest in Trump Jr. and Weisselberg’s activities, as well as other new developments, underscore the resources and the gravity that New York prosecutors are devoting to the investigation, just as Trump continues to publicly decry the probe as another example of Democrats picking on him. For years, Weisselberg has loyally served as the chief financial officer at the...
    Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's blow to Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - COVID-19 rescue bill a unity test for Dems Pence declined invitation to attend CPAC: reports MORE huddled with senior members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) for roughly two hours on Tuesday to discuss conservatives’ agenda and the GOP’s path forward.  Pence — who previously served as the chairman of the RSC — told GOP lawmakers that he maintains a strong relationship with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE and will play a role in defending the administration’s record moving forward,...
    The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, will appear this Wednesday in Congress to return to account of the evolution of the pandemic and the alarm state operation, whose lifting already totally rule out advancing to the month of March, just as in October he promised before the Chamber to study if the autonomous governments requested it. However, the spokeswoman for the Executive, Maria Jesus Montero, has ruled out this Tuesday that there may be any modification before the scheduled date of May 9. “There is no claim to modify the validity of the state of alarm “, has assured. Montero has advanced the position that Sánchez will defend this Wednesday in Congress, despite the fact that has not made this reflection with the communities autonomous, as he promised to do in October to have the support of the PP or ERC for the second alarm decree, which is...
    (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence told a group of conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that he maintains a close personal friendship with former President Donald Trump, while noting that he plans to launch a political organization that will defend their administration's record over the past four years.Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, told CNN that a group of members met at Pence's transition office in the Washington area on Tuesday afternoon, talking about the way forward for their party while also touting the accomplishments of the past.Pence harbored no ill will towards Trump over the January 6 riot, where pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol with many looking for Pence who was presiding over the congressional certification of Joe Biden's victory. In fact, Trump's actions ahead of the riot "never came up," Banks said."He spoke very favorably about his relationship with President Trump," Banks...
    EFE Latam Videos Morales returns to the city of El Alto to tip the balance towards the MAS La Paz, Feb 23 (EFE) .- The former president of Bolivia Evo Morales toured this Tuesday in a large caravan the city of El Alto, political bastion of the MAS, to reinforce the campaign of the candidates for the Mayor’s Office and the Governor of the Movement to Socialismo (MAS) for the subnational elections of March 7. Morales, who is on a tour of the country as the MAS campaign manager, toured several districts of El Alto, the second most populated city in Bolivia, together with the candidates for the regional government, Franklin Flores, and for the mayor of El Alto, Zacarías Maquera. . Former Senate President Eva Copa leads the polls for the Mayor’s Office of El Alto with more than 70%, so Morales and his candidates seek to reinforce the...
    President Donald Trump urged legendary golfer Tiger Woods to “get well soon” after he was injured in a rollover accident and transported to the hospital on Tuesday. “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!” Trump wrote in a short statement distributed by his adviser Jason Miller on Twitter. Statement from Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America: “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!” — Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 23, 2021 The extent of Wood’s injuries is currently unknown, although there were conflicting reports of first responders having to use the “jaws of life” to cut him out of his vehicle. So the LA Sherrifs Department is now telling Fox News that the jaws of life were not used to extricate Tiger Woods from his vehicle. Capt. James Powers: "That was not an accurate statement." pic.twitter.com/kT9NLchCh4 — Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 23,...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will back Merrick Garland’s nomination to run President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice. “I do,” McConnell replied when asked by Politico whether he supports Garland for attorney general. McConnell opted against considering Garland’s 2016 nomination by then-President Barack Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 
    EFE videos Latin America tripled its severe food insecurity in 2020 Lima, Feb 23 (EFE) .- Latin America tripled its severe food insecurity in 2020 compared to the previous year and affected 10 million people, a situation that raises alerts about the lack of social safety nets in the region to mitigate the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. This was warned on Tuesday by the NGO Action Against Hunger, for whom “without solid protection networks in the form of subsidies, the disease is a condemnation of hunger for those who lived daily in the informal economy, have lost their jobs or find food every day. more and more expensive in the markets. ” According to the NGO report that was presented at a virtual conference, Latin America last year registered the largest relative increase in food insecurity in the world, a scenario that shows that the lack of protection nets...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb .23Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breachOfficials who were in charge of Capitol security at the time of last month's riot have testified that missed intelligence was to blame for the failure to anticipate the violent mob. The invaders stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, interrupting certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory over Republican Donald Trump.Then-president Trump had urged them to protest the certification at a rally minutes earlier. The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police told lawmakers on Tuesday that...
    José María García (Photo: GTRES) José María García has starred in one of the most famous moments of the afternoon in Writing, Telemadrid evening program that presents Adela González. The mythical radio host has already started the interview a little upset and criticizing the television space for broadcasting some of the expletives that they have dedicated to King Felipe VI upon his arrival at the events for the 40th anniversary of the failed coup d’état on February 23 1981. Garcia has analyzed for Writing the event presided over by the monarch and that has left several of the most commented moments: the gesture of Pablo Iglesias when the king has finished his speech and the alleged rudeness of Pablo Echenique to Felipe VI in the kissing hand. The journalist has spoken very vehemently about this: “To those of us who are hurt by Spain, those of...
    They weren't together in person, but President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reinvigorate the "bromance" Trudeau had with former President Barack Obama after escalated tensions during the Trump administration. Trudeau joined Biden in the White House via video link on Tuesday to announce the new U.S.-Canadian "partnership road map" after their first series of bilateral meetings, this time conducted virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The framework includes greater cooperation on climate change, cross-border crime, and national security. Biden also pledged to help Canada secure the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, Canadian citizens detained in China since December 2018, in retaliation for the Canadian detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. "Human beings are not bartering chips. We're going to work together until we get their safe return," Biden said. GOP WAGES UPHILL BATTLE TO TURN VOTERS AGAINST BIDEN'S VIRUS SPENDING PLAN Trudeau used the platform...
    The arrest of El Chapo’s wife is fueling a feud between Mexico’s current president and one of his predecessors. Former President Vicente Fox tweeted out a jab at the country’s current jefe, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, over Monday’s US drug bust of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the spouse of narcotics kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo’’ Guzman. “Don’t worry Emma, the president will come to the rescue !! The US detains Emma Coronel, wife of ‘El Chapo,’ for drug trafficking,” Fox wrote. Fox was apparently referring to the fact that the lefty Lopez previously pressured the Trump administration to release former Mexico Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, who was busted in the US in October on drug charges, back south of the border before trial. Mexican prosecutors in Lopez’s administration then officially cleared Cienfuegos of the raps last month, sparking widespread criticism. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the National Palace in Mexico...
    Why Star Is Disney’s Next Big Salvo in Its Streaming War With Netflix A Third of Americans Plan to Raid Their Retirement Savings Despite their high-spending ways and immense on-field success, the Dodgers managed to stay under the luxury-tax threshold in each of the previous three seasons. However, they’re going to surpass the limit in 2021. The mark stands at $210 million for this year, and Jason Martinez of Roster Resource/FanGraphs projects the Dodgers’ current tax payroll at almost $258 million. The Dodgers are on track to pay $13 million in taxes and go back 10 spots in next year’s draft, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes, although president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman revealed that ownership has not pressured him to cut payroll for the upcoming campaign. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said he expects trade talks to happen during the...
    More On: mexico El Chapo’s beauty queen wife to remain behind bars on federal charges La Cruz-aracha! Mariachi band shows up at Ted’s home amid Cancun trip uproar Gripping video shows attempted rescue after military jet crash Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin The arrest of El Chapo’s wife is fueling a feud between Mexico’s current president and one of his predecessors. Former President Vicente Fox tweeted out a jab at the country’s current jefe, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, over Monday’s US drug bust of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the spouse of narcotics kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo’’ Guzman. “Don’t worry Emma, the president will come to the rescue !! The US detains Emma Coronel, wife of ‘El Chapo,’ for drug trafficking,” Fox wrote. Fox was apparently referring to the fact that the lefty Lopez previously pressured the Trump administration to release former Mexico Defense Secretary Salvador...
    “The United States has no closer friend than Canada,” said the Democrat at the start of this meeting by videoconference. “This is why you were the recipient of my first call as president as well as my first bilateral meeting.” Justin Trudeau hailed him “the extraordinary friendship” between the two neighboring countries. A senior US official said Monday that “the main objective” of the meeting was “to establish a roadmap to revitalize the partnership between the United States and Canada.” Covid-19 pandemic obliges, President Biden has decided for the moment to refrain from traveling abroad or from receiving counterparts in person at the White House. He therefore inaugurated a series of virtual “meetings”. For now, this will prevent anyone who relies on his ability to forge good personal relationships, as well as on the friendships forged when he was Barack Obama’s vice-president between 2009 and 2017, from playing on...
    A column published by USA Today Monday suggested that the 500,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus should be buried at Mar-a-Lago, calling it a "just monument" for the Trump presidency.  "Robert E. Lee's home, now Arlington National Cemetery, became a final resting place for Union soldiers in 1864. We should follow the Union example," USA Today columnist Jason Sattler explained. "Lee’s treachery was obvious. Trump’s crimes against his country, however, are far more devious, and continue as he remains dedicated to undermining our democracy.  "The ex-president tried to refuse to give up his power, even after he was defeated in a fair election," Sattler continued. "And you cannot dissect the ex-president’s incitement against Congress, his vice president and our constitutional order from his monstrous approach to the pandemic." President Biden addressed the nation from the White House Monday to mark the passing of more than half a million souls from the pandemic before...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and president Art Rooney II reportedly had a meeting Tuesday. According to Gerry Dulac with our news partner at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the meeting “went well.” READ MORE: Frustrated With Handling Of Pandemic, 7 Counties Explore Forming Regional Health Department “Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources,” Dulac tweeted Tuesday. Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources — Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 23, 2021 READ MORE: Wilkinsburg Historical Society Unveils New Statue Of Abraham Lincoln Roethlisberger currently holds a $41.25 million salary-cap hit in 2021, the highest of any player in the league. Both the quarterback and the team have taken turns in recent weeks talking about the need to lower that number considerably, particularly with the Steelers facing...
    American leadership has been “sorely missed” on the world stage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President Joe Biden during their first bilateral meeting Tuesday. Trudeau made the backhanded slight at former President Donald Trump during his virtual meeting with Biden at the White House. Trudeau thanked Biden for returning the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) and said he looks forward to working with the new administration on a range of issues. Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have centered the administration’s foreign policy on a message that “America is back,” after four years of what they call Trump’s isolationism. (RELATED: Biden Hosts First Bilateral Meeting As President With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Here’s What To Expect) “Thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change,” Trudeau said in reference to the U.S. return to the PCA. “U.S. leadership...
    Building Partnerships for Peace based on Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values Washington, DC, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MEDIA ALERT From Pandemic to Peace: Join World Leaders and 1 Million+ Global Participants for the 5th Rally of Hope Online THEME: Building Partnerships for Peace based on Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values With global challenges such as COVID-19, poverty and inequality, race relations, international security, and global economic downturn, what can we do to facilitate meaningful change in our lives, families, communities and the world? When: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST, USA (Live broadcast from South Korea) What: The Rally of Hope is a live-streamed online production using state-of-the-art augmented reality technology to connect millions of global viewers featuring world-class speakers and captivating entertainment. The Rally of Hope is uplifting, actionable and faith-based. Why: This new and unique program empowers everyday citizens seeking to make a...
    Miami : President Joe Biden will visit the state of Texas, one of the most affected by the winter storm that has hit the south of the country for days and, as a result of the cold wave, is currently mired in a serious energy crisis . The president, accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, will travel next Friday, February 26, to the city of Houston, the largest city in Texas, details an official statement released on Tuesday. The president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm “Jen Psaki, White House spokeswoman. “We remain in close contact with state and local authorities to monitor the situation,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at a press conference. “On Friday the president and the first lady will travel to Houston. The president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, the steps needed for...
    The political activist group March For Our Lives has issued a list of gun control demands directed at President Biden that totals roughly $1 billion. The organization demands that Biden address gun control within his first 100 days in office with $1 billion in funding to go along with universal background checks, closing perceived loopholes, using the IRS to investigate the gun industry, and revoking licenses from gun manufacturers that break the law. GROUP: BIDEN GUN CONTROL WOULD ‘CRIMINALIZE’ 105N LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE “For years, Congress has failed to pass substantial changes to our nation’s gun laws, and thousands of Americans have died because of it,” March For Our Lives Executive Director Alexis Confer said in a statement. “It has been three years since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that sparked our movement, yet countless Americans have suffered in communities due to daily gun violence since then.” “It’s...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the decision by President Joe Biden’s administration to reopen a detention center for migrant children on Monday. More than 200 migrant teenagers on Monday were sent to a reopened facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, according to CBS News, with plans to expand the number of detained children to 700 in facilities across the country. Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris strongly condemned such facilities during the 2020 presidential campaign, accusing former President Donald Trump of putting children and “babies in cages.” “Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages, tear-gassing asylum seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms,” Biden wrote in an op-ed in the Miami Herald in 2019, accusing Trump of “actions that subvert American values and erode our ability to lead on the global stage.” Biden promised during the campaign that he would close...
    Model Chrissy Teigen requested President Joe Biden unfollow her on Twitter. Teigen made the request Tuesday. Although Teigen didn’t specify her reasoning, it seems like she might have wanted to freely use foul language in her tweets. I have tweeted a handful of times since my treasured @POTUS following. In order for me to flourish as me, I must ask you to please lord unfollow me. I love you!!! It’s not you it’s me!!!! — chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 23, 2021 “I have tweeted a handful of times since my treasured @POTUS following,” Teigen said. “In order for me to flourish as me, I must ask you to please lord unfollow me. I love you!!! It’s not you it’s me!!!!” (RELATED: Chrissy Teigen Trends On Twitter After She Tweets About Accidentally Ordering Terrible Tasting $13,000 Bottle Of Wine) Teigen’s next tweet insinuated that Biden’s account had unfollowed her and...
    One of the best known fans of mystery novels, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is writing one. Miami World / Local 10 Clinton teams up with her friend, novelist Louise Penny, in “State of Terror,” whose plot could happen to someone in Clinton’s career: A “rookie” secretary of state, working in the administration of a rival politician, tries solve a wave of terrorist attacks. The novel goes on sale October 12, and will be published jointly by Clinton’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, and Penny’s, St. Martin’s Press. “Writing a thriller with Louise is a dream come true,” Clinton, who has expressed her admiration for Penny and other mystery writers in the past, said in a statement Tuesday. “I have savored each of his books and his characters, as well as his friendship. Now we put our experiences together to explore the complex world of high-stakes diplomacy and treason. Not everything is what...
    More On: merrick garland Ken Starr says Merrick Garland had ‘universal respect’ in DC Circuit Second day of Senate hearings begins for Merrick Garland Merrick Garland faces second day of questioning in confirmation hearing Federal probe of Cuomo coverup raised at DOJ nominee’s Senate hearing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he supports President Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland — ensuring an easy confirmation vote. McConnell (R-Ky.) engineered a 2016 election-year strategy by Republicans that blocked Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court and allowed former President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy instead with Neil Gorsuch a year later. “I do” support Garland, McConnell told Politico. The terse answer followed relatively sedate confirmation hearings for the federal appeals court judge, who offered carefully worded replies that made few headlines. On Monday, Garland fielded senator questions on hot-button issues like gun control and the federal investigation of...
    CANADA'S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire have been married since May 2005. Growing up in Montreal, Grégoire was a classmate and childhood friend of Trudeau's youngest brother Michel. 4 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie GrégoireCredit: Reuters Who is Sophie Grégoire and what does she do? Grégoire was born on April 24, 1975, in Montreal, the daughter of a stockbroker and a nurse. Although she had a happy childhood, in her late teens she suffered from bulimia, a condition she battled until her early 20s. In 2017, she told an event at Canada's Eating Disorder Awareness Week: "The moment I started sharing my story, obviously I had begun on my road to recovery. "The response and the people who were opening up towards their own struggles to me and to other people around them was the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received." 4 Justin...
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sounded the alarm about President Biden's oil restrictions, pressing his Interior secretary nominee, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., on an executive order she said targeted her state. "When we see these executive orders coming out of the White House that not only impact a resource-based state like Alaska, but actually call us out by name," she told Haaland during her confirmation hearing Tuesday. "We're one of only two states in the nation that were specifically targeted by President Biden's Day One executive order," Murkowski said. She seemed to be referring to Biden's executive order directing the Interior Department to place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Murkowski went on to say she didn't think Biden was "out to get" Alaskans but that she does think "there is a definite threat to the resource industry that our state is blessed to be able to...
    February 23, 2021 4:56 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The United States (USA) Senate officially confirmed this Tuesday Linda Thomas-Greenfield, nominated by President Joe Biden, as the country’s new ambassador to the United Nations (UN). Thomas-Greenfield, a veteran African-American diplomat, had broad support from senators, as the vote ended with 78 supports and 20 rejections. During her confirmation hearings, Washington’s new ambassador to the UN vindicated the fundamental role that the US has to play in the global arena. Also the need to recover the commitment to multilateralism. “When the United States appears, when we are consistent and persistent, when we use our influence in accordance with our values, the United Nations can be an indispensable institution to advance peace, security and our collective well-being,” he said. Is China looking to undermine the UN? She was also critical of China’s “authoritarian agenda”, which she accused of wanting...
    President Biden speaking – SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images US President Joe Biden is planning a package of sanctions to target Russia after the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and a cyber attack which targeted Government agencies. In a move expected to be coordinated with European leaders, President Biden will be taking Russia to task over its human rights record just weeks into his presidency. A senior administration official told Politico: “We are considering available policy options. “Suffice it to say, we won’t stand by idly in the face of these human rights abuses.” Alexei Navalny, a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok and flown to Germany for treatment. He recovered and returned to his homeland, supported by thousands of people, but was promptly arrested and thrown in jail. Last month, Mr Biden challenged Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of...
    The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture Tuesday afternoon. Vilsack, who led the department for eight years under President Barack Obama, was confirmed 92-7 Tuesday, and is the ninth member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet to receive Senate confirmation. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against him, becoming the first non-GOP senator to vote against one of Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were the additional “no” votes. Vilsack, who leads the lobbying group U.S. Dairy Export Council, received bipartisan praise during his confirmation hearing but received some pushback from progressives following his nomination. Biden selected Vilsack over Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, for whom progressive organizations had lobbied. Fudge was later nominated to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development....
    WWE star The Undertaker endorsed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for president. The Undertaker revealed he thinks Johnson could be the “uniter” that the United States needs in a political leader during an interview with TMZ Sports. “That man works his tail off and he dives in wholeheartedly in everything that he does,” The Undertaker said. “And if he gets his mindset that he wants to make a run at politics, ya know what? I think he’ll do it.” It’s unclear if Johnson will run for president in 2024, but he previously hinted at it in an interview with USA Today. (RELATED: Dwayne Johnson ‘Would Consider’ Running For President If People Wanted Him In Office) Johnson told the outlet that he would “consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted.” The People’s President?@TheRock would consider a presidential run in the future “if that’s what the people...
    Washington — President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston on Friday, in the wake of a winter storm that left millions of Texans without power, heat and running water. The White House made the announcement on Tuesday.  Mr. Biden already said he planned to travel to Texas once a visit would no longer be a "burden" to the recovery efforts. The storm comes only a few years after Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and the surrounding area. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, relief efforts and progress towards recovery. Psaki said the president will also visit a vaccine administration site.  The president signed off on a major disaster declaration for the state, as people died in their cars trying to stay warm and waited in long lines for water and supplies. The winter...
    Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense: Rockets land in Iraq's Green Zone in third attack in week | US 'outraged' at attacks but won't 'lash out' Republican Arkansas governor says he would not support Trump 2024 bid Is the 'civil war' in the Republican Party really over? MORE (R-Wyo.) said she believes it’s critical that the GOP not “trivialize” or “minimize” the gravity of the Capitol insurrection to prevent similar instances of violence in the future during an interview Tuesday with the Reagan Institute.  Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said the insurrection was a reminder of the fragility of the system and the need for elected officials to be responsible with their rhetoric. She also slammed former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Newly proposed U.S. legislation targets Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández as allegations of ties to drug trafficking grow. As the administration of President Joe Biden seeks to return the issues of corruption and human rights to relations with Honduras and other Central American countries, a group of Democratic senators says the U.S. government’s relationship with Honduras must change. On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduced a bill that would seek to isolate Hernández, who in recent years has leaned heavily on his support within the U.S. government when facing domestic opposition and multiplying allegations of connections to drug traffickers by U.S. prosecutors. “The United States cannot remain silent in the face of deeply alarming corruption and human rights abuses being committed at the highest levels of the Honduran government,” Merkley said in a statement. “A failure to hold Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing the prospect U.S. Attorney John Lausch could be forced to resign by the end of the month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to keep her longtime friend in place until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor, saying “it makes zero sense” for Lausch to be removed from office before then. Earlier this month, the Justice Department called on all U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Donald Trump to submit their resignations by Feb. 28. READ MORE: We Do Not Stick Strictly To Those Phases: Arwady On Why Some Chicago Neighborhoods Are Allowing Anyone 18 And Over To Get A COVID Vaccine At an unrelated news conference on Tuesday, Lightfoot — a former federal prosecutor — said she understands all U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, but nonetheless said she hopes President Biden allows Lausch to stay on the job until...
    President Biden and White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci appear "confused" about what guidance to give on reopening America, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. told "America Reports" Tuesday. Kennedy added that remote learning is "destroying our kids" and questioned why health officials, including Fauci, are not being more strident in demanding schools reopen. SEN. JOHN KENNEDY, R-La.: "If you are confused, you understand it perfectly, because the advice has been all over the map. Here's what I do know that we shouldn’t be confused about, though apparently, the Biden administration is. We need to open our schools. Everybody has said it’s OK... I don't want to speak specifically to Dr. Fauci, let me talk about the experts in general -- and look, we need them, we should listen to them, but most of them are very risk-averse.  VideoNATIONAL TEACHER POLL: 61% OF THOSE BACK FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING ARE COMFORTABLE WITH IT You can say, 'Well, that is a good thing' or bad thing. Let me put it another way: They are scared they are...
    Rep. Lynn Cheney has not been cowed by threats of a Republican primary challenge in 2022, insisting that former President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen November election undermine democracy in the United States. Trump and company are vowing to oust Cheney in next year’s Republican primary in Wyoming in retaliation for her Jan. 13 vote to impeach the former president because she holds him responsible for the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his grassroots supporters. But the congresswoman is undaunted. She said Tuesday that Trump’s actions during the post-election period threatened America's freedom at home and jeopardized U.S. influence abroad while severely diminishing the Republican Party. “The president and many around him pushed this idea that the election had been stolen. And that is a dangerous claim; it wasn’t true,” Cheney said during a virtual town hall hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute,...
    President Joe Biden will travel to storm-traumatized Houston on Friday, contrasting himself with Sen. Ted Cruz, who fled the area for Cancun last week and reinforcing his own image as the nation's comforter-in-chief.[ READ: Cruz Outta Control ]Biden, who will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, will meet with local leaders "to discuss the winter storm relief efforts, progress toward recovery and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. While in the Lone Star State, the president will also visit a health center where COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, Psaki said.Historic Snows In TexasView All 24 ImagesThe White House has refused to discuss Cruz's public relations disaster of last week, when the junior senator from Texas flew to Cancun with his family, then promptly scurried back to Houston after being excoriated for his decision on social media and...
    Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders on Tuesday announced plans to send a letter to the Attorneys General of all 50 states calling for an investigation into whether Big Tech companies are in violation of the Consumer Protection Statute in their respective states.   "The CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly alleged their platforms are neutral forums for political speech and that they support an equal exchange of ideas. The actions by these tech companies, however, prove those claims are patently false. Conservative speech is under attack. Countless conservatives, former President Trump included, have been censored or outright banned on these platforms for simply expressing their beliefs," Bozell said in a statement. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CEO Sundar Pichai. (Getty Images) BRENT BOZELL: BIG TECH AND THE SCARY TRUTH -- IF WE DON'T HAVE ONLINE FREEDOM, THEN WE...
    Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that the Senate is on track to send a coronavirus relief bill to the president’s desk before enhanced unemployment benefits expire March 14.  "We’re going to meet that deadline," he told reporters in a weekly press conference.  The House is poised to pass President Biden’s relief bill this week.  More than 18 million Americans are currently receiving jobless benefits, including $300 in weekly enhanced federal unemployment benefits. But the "American Rescue Plan of 2021" includes $400 in enhanced unemployment. It would also extend pandemic unemployment programs through August 29. The House Budget Committee authored its special budget reconciliation measure this week to handle the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill. The measure then goes to the House Rules Committee, and a full House vote on the 600-page bill is expected Friday or Saturday.  CONGRESS BEGINS SLOG TO FINALIZE DEMS' $1.9 TRILLION CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL: WHAT...
    (CNN)The Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as President Joe Biden's agriculture secretary, sending the former Iowa governor to the same Cabinet position he served for the entirety of the Obama administration. The vote was 92-7.Vilsack, 70, will now be tasked with helping farmers hard hit by former President Donald Trump's trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands of workers at meatpacking plants. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Vilsack made clear the challenges facing the Department of Agriculture are different than 12 years ago."The world and our nation are different today than when I served as agriculture secretary in a previous administration," Vilsack said. "Today, the pandemic, racial justice and equity and climate change must be our priorities."Read MoreBiden announced the pick in December, praising Vilsack for his effort implementing the Recovery Act after the Great Recession, expanding markets for farmers, improving food safety standards and helping...
    National and state teachers unions strongly condemned the Biden administration’s decision to prohibit states from canceling standardized tests. State officials can delay and conduct standardized testing remotely, but cannot cancel the testing altogether, the Department of Education wrote in a letter Monday. In response, teachers unions lashed out, arguing that such testing would be unreliable and inequitable. “High stakes standardized tests administered during the global health crisis should not determine a student’s future, evaluate educators, or punish schools; nor should they come at the expense of precious learning time that students could be spending with their educators,” National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle said in a statement. Pringle added that standardized tests have always been unreliable and are “especially unreliable” now. (RELATED: Online Learning Tanked Grades, Learning In VA’s Largest School System, Study Finds) The NEA and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have consistently opposed efforts during the pandemic...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to questions on Tuesday concerning the reopening of a migrant detention center for children on the southern U.S.border, claiming that “this is not kids being kept in cages.” During the White House press briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki why President Joe Biden’s administration is opening the temporary facility, and noted that when former President Donald Trump’s administration did the same, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris criticized him for it. (RELATED: President Joe Biden’s Immigration Reforms Could Prompt A Surge Of Migrants At The Southern Border, Expert Says) “First, the policy of this administration … is not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border … Customs and Border Control continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement. That can take a couple of days,” Psaki responded. “But because of Covid 19 protocols, like...
    Microsoft president Brad Smith takes part in a roundtable discussion with US President Donald Trump and industry executives on reopening the country, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 29, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images The massive hack into government systems through a software contractor would have remained unknown by the public if not for one company's decision to be transparent about a breach of its systems, Microsoft President Brad Smith plans to tell lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday. "The fact that we are here today, discussing this attack, dissecting what went wrong, and identifying ways to mitigate future risk, is occurring only because my fellow witness, Kevin Mandia, and his colleagues at FireEye, chose to be open and transparent about what they found in their own systems, and to invite us at Microsoft to work with them to investigate...
    Chrissy Teigen has begged President Biden to unfollow her on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming she loves the commander in chief — but she needs to “flourish.” “I have tweeted a handful of times since my treasured @POTUS following,’’ wrote the supermodel — who was famously blocked by former President Donald Trump on Twitter in 2017 and gained a following from Biden last month. “In order for me to flourish as me, I must ask you to please lord unfollow me. I love you!!! It’s not you it’s me!!!!’’ Teigen added in her tweet. About an hour and a half later, the mother of two made a foul-mouthed announcement of her success. “b—h f–k s–t s–k the d I am FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote. It was unclear why exactly Teigen wanted to be unfollowed by the president, who currently follows just a dozen handles. When Biden began following her on Twitter...
    Mohamed Bazoum, winner of Niger’s presidential election (21 Feb) A former interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, has won Niger’s presidential election, which has been hailed as a first democratic transition for the coup-prone West African state. He took 55.75% of the vote, said the electoral commission, with opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane on 44.25%. Supporters of Mr Ousmane, a former president, have protested in the streets, alleging fraud. Niger struggles with frequent droughts, insurgency and widespread poverty. The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, it outlawed slavery as late as 2003. It has been affected by a spillover of violence from two jihadist insurgencies in neighbouring Mali and Nigeria. Mr Bazoum, 61, was the candidate for the governing party in Sunday’s second-round run-off vote. He is set to succeed President Mahamdou Issoufou, who is stepping down after two five-year terms. However, supporters of the...
    Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has fired another shot in his ongoing feud with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador when he suggested that the leftist leader would help save Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's wife from trouble after she was arrested on drug trafficking charges Monday. Fox's comments came moments after United States federal agents detained Emma Coronel at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.  'Don't worry Emma, The president will come to the rescue!!' Fox tweeted. 'US detains Emma Coronel, El Chapo's wife, for drug trafficking.'  During a Tuesday morning press briefing, López Obrador said he expected the United States government to share additional details of Coronel's arrest and the US investigation.  Coronel, a former 31-year-old beauty queen and mother to the couple's twin daughters who were born in California in 2011, was charged with helping El Chapo run his Sinaloa Cartel empire, one of the most powerful transnational criminal organizations in...
    By Maegan Vasquez | CNN President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston on Friday as Texas works to recover from major winter storms and power outages. “The President will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, relief efforts, progress toward recovery and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas,” Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, outlining some of the details. “While in Texas, the President will also visit a Covid health center where vaccines are being distributed,” she added. Psaki said additional details of the trip are still coming together and will be released once they are finalized. Severe winter storms earlier this month left millions of Texans without electricity for days. At least 29 deaths have been reported as a result of the storms. Currently, over 11,000 electric customers in Texas remain without power, according to...
    The White House is insisting that President Biden is not concerned about former President Donald Trump's political return this weekend as his predecessor prepares to headline the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I wouldn’t say he’s thought a lot about the former president’s visit to — I was going to say ‘performance,’ maybe that’s appropriate — at CPAC," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, taking a jab at the 45th chief executive. GOP WAGES UPHILL BATTLE TO TURN VOTERS AGAINST BIDEN'S VIRUS SPENDING PLAN Trump is set to speak at the conservative calendar staple this Sunday in Orlando, Florida, as he slowly reemerges since Biden's inauguration and following the death of radio host ally Rush Limbaugh last week. Aides have said Trump will use Sunday's speech to cast himself as the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee while criticizing Biden, particularly over the new administration's immigration policies. Psaki...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) investigation on coronavirus does not get “to the bottom of what happened” and called for another “robust, international” probe into the pandemic’s origins in China. “One of the concerns that we have expressed from here is a lack of data sharing,” Psaki responded when asked when there will be “traction” on the new assessment. “We have not seen the initial data or the base of data that the report has been based on, and we have concerns and questions about the process used to reach the final conclusions.” (RELATED: Biden Admin Pushes Back On World Health Organization’s China Investigation — But What Happens Next?) WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the more than 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall of the White House February 22, 2021 in...
    Hillary Clinton hopes to strike terror into the hearts of readers with the release of her new book. The former secretary of state is teaming up with bestselling author Louise Penny to write a fictional thriller about a secretary of state who joins the administration of her rival and is subsequently faced with a series of terrorist attacks. Simon & Schuster, which will jointly publish the book along with St. Martin's Press on Oct. 12, called the book a "high-stakes thriller of international intrigue" in its press release. “When we read Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton’s outline for State of Terror, it was immediately clear that when an ingenious novelist goes to work with one of the world’s most knowledgeable leaders, the results are kinetic," said Simon & Schuster President and CEO Jonathan Karp and CEO of Macmillan Trade Publishers Don Weisberg in a joint statement. "We are delighted to...
    Residents line up in their vehicles to enter a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures, as local media reports most residents are without electricity, in Galveston, Texas, U.S., February 17, 2021.Adrees Latif | Reuters President Biden said he will travel to Houston, Texas on Friday. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden. The presidential trip comes after a deadly winter storm that hit a large swath of the country and battered Texas with snow and subfreezing temperatures. The state issued its first ever winter storm warning. Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas on Saturday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced, after the state's vulnerable electric grid had failed, leaving millions without power, heat or water. Power has since been restored in much of the state, but many remain without clean water. The action unlocked federal funding for individuals in Texas, grants for...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned world leaders Tuesday that climate change is a threat to security of all nations and sharply criticized people across the globe who say this is “green stuff from a bunch of tree-hugging, tofu-munchers and not suited to international diplomacy and international politics.” He pointed to the 16 million people displaced by weather-related disasters each year, some becoming easy prey to violent extremists, farmers losing another wheat harvest because of drought and switching to growing opium poppies, and girls forced to drop out of school to search for water becoming prey to human traffickers. He also cited the impacts of changing sea levels and wildfires. “Whether you like it or not, it is a matter of when, not if, your country and your people will have to deal with these security impacts of climate change,” he warned leaders at a high-level...
    NBC News’ Michael Beschloss compared Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) for a “menacing” gesture at a Senate hearing. “What U.S. Senator in history pointed menacingly at witnesses like this?” Beschloss wrote on Twitter, over a photo of Hawley in which he appeared to be holding his thumb and index finger together while speaking to a Senate witness. Beschloss, who appears on NBC as a presidential historian, posted a picture of McCarthy below the photo of Hawley. McCarthy, who served in the Senate from 1947 until his death in 1957, became infamous for crusading against communists in the United States government. Users replied with a panoply of photos, including Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck, who shared a photograph of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) waving both of his hands at a witness, and National Review’s Dan McLaughlin, who shared photos of elected officials including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris,...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population. López Obrador said Tuesday that comparing countries is in “bad taste,” but went on to say “the most powerful nation on earth, our neighbor, did worse than us.” The Mexican government's “estimated” death toll from COVID-19 is now about 201,000. The United States death toll is around 500,000, but its population is 2.6 times larger. Moreover, estimates of excess deaths in Mexico since the start of the pandemic suggest the COVID-19 toll is now well above 220,000. Mexico has administered about 1.7 million vaccine doses, while the U.S. has given 64 million shots. López Obrador blamed rich countries for “hoarding”...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Federal Audit Office (ASF) retracted a report that found President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's decision to cancel a partly built airport in Mexico City had cost 332 billion pesos ($16 billion), hours after the president denounced its findings. In a statement published late on Monday the ASF said it had ordered a review into its report after finding "inconsistencies". Its figure for the cost of cancelling the airport had been too high, due to a flaw in methodology, it said. Lopez Obrador has defended his 2018 decision to cancel the airport, his predecessor's flagship project. In 2019, the transport ministry estimated the cost of the cancellation at 100 million pesos. At a news conference on Monday, Lopez Obrador criticized the ASF, calling its figures an exaggeration and demanding the auditor explain how it arrived at them. The ASF said it would publish a final revised...
    HIALEAH (CBSMiami/AP) — As the percentage of older Florida residents getting the coronavirus vaccine is reaching a point where the program can be expanded, Gov. Ron DeSantis has identified the next groups in line for shots. Teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older. READ MORE: Broward Sheriffs Office Working To Put The Brakes On Pricey Car Thefts DeSantis did not say specifically when the new groups will be able to get the vaccine, but he expects it to be soon through the recently added sites run by the federal government. Currently, Florida limits vaccines to residents 65 and older and frontline medical providers such as doctors and nurses. Many firefighters also fell into that group because they are paramedics, but DeSantis said any who have not been eligible and are 50 and above will also be added to the next wave. DeSantis said at least...
    President Joe Biden’s response to the Russia-led hack of U.S. government agencies and hundreds of companies will be coming in “weeks, not months,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday. The U.S. has accused Russia of accessing government agencies through compromised software from SolarWinds. The hack reportedly went undetected for months in the final year of former President Donald Trump’s time in office. The Biden administration is conducting a review on the extent of the hack and has floated sanctions against Russia as a potential response. “We have asked the intelligence community to do further work to sharpen the attribution that the previous administration made about precisely how the hack occurred, what the extent of the damage is and what the scope and scale of the intrusion is,” Psaki said. “But it will be weeks not months before we respond.” WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki says it will be...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shot down multiple questions about former President Donald Trump’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, taking several shots at the ex-POTUS along the way. Psaki fielded a few questions about Trump’s upcoming visit to the conference, first from Associated Foreign Press correspondent Sebastian Smith. He began by noting that “three-quarters of Republicans still believe that the election was stolen,” and added that “This is what the president calls the big lie. Obviously, that’s been connected to the events of January 6th, which some liken to terrorist actions.” “How does the president feel about former President Trump going to CPAC this weekend, he’ll have this huge audience, it’s an enormous platform, does the president think that’s actually a problem, a threat?” “The president’s view is that we’ve spent a whole lot of time, not we but in this briefing room, talking about President Trump...
    More On: joe biden Second day of Senate hearings begins for Merrick Garland Senate panels to hold hearings on deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot Fauci’s boss says Trump admin deserves credit for COVID vaccine development State Dept. spokesman clashes with reporter after touting Trump-era policy President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to storm-ravaged Texas on Friday to review the damage from last week’s winter blast that brought bitter-cold temperatures and caused widespread power and water outages in the Lone Star State, the White House announced on Tuesday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily news briefing that the president will meet with local leaders “to discuss the winter storm relief efforts” and the “incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas.” While there, Biden will visit a coronavirus health center where the vaccine is being distributed. In an interview on Sunday,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston on Friday as the state works to recover from major winter storms and power outages."The President will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, relief efforts, progress toward recovery and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas," Psaki said at Tuesday's White House press briefing, outlining some of the details. "While in Texas, the President will also visit a Covid health center where vaccines are being distributed," she added.Psaki said additional details of the trip are still coming together and will be released once they are finalized.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population. López Obrador said Tuesday that comparing countries is in “bad taste,” but went on to say “the most powerful nation on earth, our neighbor, did worse than us.” The Mexican government’s “estimated” death toll from COVID-19 is now about 201,000. The United States death toll is around 500,000, but its population is 2.6 times larger. Moreover, estimates of excess deaths in Mexico since the start of the pandemic suggest the COVID-19 toll is now well above 220,000. Mexico has administered about 1.7 million vaccine doses, while the U.S. has given 64 million shots. López Obrador blamed rich countries...
    Chrissy Teigen respectfully asked President Biden to unfollow her on Twitter, a little over a month after she became one of only 13 people he follows on the app. "I have tweeted a handful of times since my treasured @POTUS following. In order for me to flourish as me, I must ask you to please lord unfollow me. I love you!!! It’s not you it’s me!!!!" Teigen tweeted on Tuesday. The former swimsuit model did not provide any specific reason for the request, leaving many of her fans to weigh in online. Some assumed she didn't want Biden to come across her flippant comments, while others argued it's an honor she got a follow in the first place. "Same when Jenna Marbles followed me. I would tweet every stupid idiot thought I had and then be like 'oh god, I'm so sorry for clogging your timeline with my stupidity,'" one person responded. CHRISSY TEIGEN RIPPED...
    MIKE Pence is 'not feuding with Donald Trump' - despite 'snubbing' the former president's first major public appearance since he left office. Rumours of a rift between the pair have been denied after the former vice president chose not to attend a conservative conference this week. 6Rumours of a rift between Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been rejectedCredit: AP:Associated Press 6The pair reportedly are not feuding, despite Pence 'snubbing' Trump's first major public appearance since leaving officeCredit: EPA Trump is due to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the weekend. His speech on February 28 will be his first time addressing his supporters or speaking in public since leaving the White House on January 20. Several of his close allies are on the list of scheduled speakers, but Pence will not be in attendance. A report suggested this was because Trump...
    The Senate voted to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield for the position of ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday. The veteran diplomat was confirmed 78-20. Thomas-Greenfield was former President Barack Obama's assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2013 to 2017 and former President George W. Bush's ambassador to Liberia in 2008. She stayed in the latter role under Obama until 2012, when she became his director general of the foreign service, rising quickly through the State Department's ranks. BIDEN TO TAP LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD AS HIS UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR While her nomination was not considered particularly controversial, she did have to contend with questions from Republicans over a paid speech she gave in 2019 before the Savannah State University branch of the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute during her confirmation hearings, which she called "a huge mistake." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER “Truthfully, I wish I had...
    SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images The White House announced that President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Texas on Friday, the first such visit since the winter disaster that struck the state last week. On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that President Biden “is eager to go to Texas,” but that “He also is fully aware of the footprint of a President of the United States and everything that comes with that — traveling to a disaster area.” “But we are hopeful that that trip can happen as early as this week,” Psaki added. And on Tuesday afternoon, the White House announced the trip, in a press release obtained by Mediaite, that the trip will in fact occur Friday: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to Travel to Texas On Friday, February 26, the President and the First Lady...
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    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel ripped the media on Tuesday for running a "misinformation campaign" and holding President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to different standards for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. On "Fox & Friends," Siegel argued that the media has taken an approach of looking the other way and congratulating Biden, while Trump was consistently knocked for a COVID response that the Biden administration appears to be building off of, rather than reinventing. "I've seen a huge change. ... With President Trump, it was suddenly like he was the ‘physician in chief’ and everything he said was held to a medical standard," Siegel said. "Now the reverse is true, the president [Biden] is not held to a medical standard whatsoever, which he shouldn’t be, but again there’s a misinformation campaign going out." POLITICO PANNED FOR REPORT BIDEN FINDING CORONAVIRUS CONTAINMENT 'OUT OF...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden plan to visit Houston on Friday, Feb. 26.The president said earlier he doesn't want to be a burden, as communities struggle to recover from last week's winter storm."They're working like the devil to take care of their folks," Biden said last week of Texas officials.The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering.Part of the job of being president is responding to the destruction left behind by earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters, or events like deadly mass shootings, or even acts of terrorism.EMBED More News Videos Abbott also said he planned to request a federal emergency declaration from the White House ahead of severe winter weather. The death toll from the storm and resulting power outages has...