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    Media baron Steve Forbes said Friday the best thing President Joe Biden can do for the economy is “take a six-month vacation” and forget about his “$2 trillion” COVID-19 spending bill. WATCH: “If this administration took a six-month vacation on the economy, just opened up schools, continue with the vaccines, they’d look like geniuses,” Forbes told Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.” “But instead this kind of binge spending, the regulatory regime they unleashing right now, putting in a whole bunch of new rules and regulations and the big tax increases they want to do later this year — all of that is going to be very serious obstacles for an economy that is really ready to roar.” (RELATED: ‘Like Calling Harvey Weinstein A Feminist’: Sen. Kennedy Says Biden’s Stimulus Bill Has Little To Do With COVID-19) Forbes called the Biden administration “the greatest obstacle to the economy.” “That nearly...
    The Supreme Court has dismissed three pending requests to hear challenges to the Trump administration’s order to withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement funds from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, states, and cities that refuse to cooperate with the Department of Justice’s efforts. Homeland Security to deport people residing in the United States illegally. « Following a request from the Biden administration yesterday, the Supreme Court just dismissed three pending certification petitions (requests to hear a case) on the Trump administration’s effort to withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities, » the Account SCOTUSblog Twitter feed noted. In 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order asking US agencies to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, many of which are governed by Democrats. As part of Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, the order awarded federal money to state and local governments on the condition that they give U.S. immigration officials access to their jails...
    Former President Donald Trump on Friday tore into President Biden for what he described as a "spiralling tsunami" at the border, just as the administration stares down a spike in migrant families and unaccompanied children. "Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden," Trump said in a lengthy statement. "Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration. A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute."  BIDEN DHS SECRETARY MAYORKAS CLAIMS THERE'S 'NO' CRISIS AT SOUTHERN BORDER The 45th president made reference to the recent release of migrants who had tested positive for COVID-19 in South Texas. He also alluded to the narrowing of enforcement priorities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he declared that "interior enforcement...
    President Joe Biden is sending a group of senior administration officials to the border, the White House revealed Thursday. “President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children,” White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said in a statement reported by The Hill. But important details of the trip remain secret, including who is going and where they will go, with the Biden administration citing security reasons for keeping details of the trip secret. The secret group of officials is also blocking any press access to their sojurn. A White House aide confirmed to Breitbart News the trip is closed to the press. President Biden and his administration face...
    More than two dozen House Republicans on Friday urged President Biden to reinstate a national emergency declaration for the southern border, as the U.S. faces a dramatically escalating border crisis. In a letter, led by Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, the lawmakers say the Biden administration's "refusal to enforce immigration laws has encouraged countless migrants to make the treacherous journey across our border." HOUSE DEMS TO PUSH BILLS GIVING CITIZENSHIP TO SOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, EVEN AMID BORDER SURGE Republican letter to Biden on national emergency by Fox News on Scribd "We urge you to recognize that an immigration crisis is underway and reinstate a national emergency concerning our southern border," the letter says. The Daily Caller first reported the letter. The lawmakers signed on include Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind.; Brian Babin, R-Texas; Majorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.; Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.; Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Michael Cloud, R-Texas. "There are no two ways around it; we...
    Tim Wu — the Columbia law professor who coined the term “net neutrality” — is joining the Biden administration, where he’ll be working on technology and competition policy at the National Economic Council. Happy to say I’m joining the Biden White House to work on Technology and Competition Policy at the National Economic Council. Putting this twitter feed on hold for now — so long! — Tim Wu (@superwuster) March 5, 2021 Wu is a prominent voice online, as one of the most well-known advocates for a free and open internet. He’s spent years arguing for the concept of net neutrality — the idea that the internet should be free of throttling or control from the government or companies that provide it. He’s also been a prominent voice in recent years on the subject of antitrust regulation against big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, arguing...
    Former US President Donald Trump / EP Share on Facebook Share on twitter Share in mail Share on whatsapp Trump says he did not imagine “how bad it was going to be” the Biden Administration Former US President Donald Trump has reappeared this Sunday in the first political act after leaving the White House and has assured that the news about his alleged intention to form a new political party is “false news.” «They keep saying that I am going to form a new party. This is fake news. Fake news, “said Trump during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC, for its acronym in English). “We have the Republican Party. It’s going to come together and it’s going to be stronger than ever. I am not going to start with a new party, “he insisted. Last January ‘The...
    President Biden has ordered senior members of his team to visit the southern border and report back to him on how to handle the recent influx of migrant children, a White House spokesman said Thursday. News of the trip came at a critical time for the administration. As another wave of migrants approached the border, Biden encountered scrutiny over how his administration was treating children in its custody.  "President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children," the spokesman said. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FACING DRAMATIC SURGE IN UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT THE BORDER "Out of safety, security, and privacy concerns the date and time of this visit will remain confidential but...
    (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said that the chief role of Fox News is to be the “loyal opposition” to the administration of President Joe Biden. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Tech, Media and Telecom conference Thursday, Murdoch said that rival network MSNBC was the “main beneficiary” of the presidency of Donald Trump. “They were the loyal opposition, and that’s what our job is now,” NBC and MSNBC media reporter Dylan Byers said in a tweet. + “The main benefciary of the Trump administration from a ratings points of view was MSNBC… and that’s because they’re the loyal opposition… that’s what our job is now with the Biden administration, and you’ll see our ratings really improve from here.” – Lachlan Murdoch — Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) March 4, 2021 Murdoch also addressed Fox News ratings. Fox CEO Murdoch: ‘We don’t get emotional’ about Fox News...
    President Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas "lied to the American people" about the growing border crisis, former Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Thursday on "The Faulkner Focus." The Border Patrol in Texas has reportedly released more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. since January who have tested positive for the coronavirus following their arrival, officials on the U.S.-Mexico border told Fox News.Republicans are demanding a briefing from Mayorkas after the alleged false claim. TEXAS BORDER RESIDENT BLASTS BIDEN'S 'TRULY SHAMEFUL' IMMIGRATION POLICIES ON 'FOX & FRIENDS' MARK MORGAN: "The DHS secretary this week lied to the American people, Harris, and look, that doesn't bring me pleasure to say this when he said there wasn't a crisis … Look, in the middle of a global pandemic when less than eight percent of our own citizens have received the vaccine, kids are still not in school. Businesses are...
    The Biden administration is facing a dramatic surge in unaccompanied children at the border, a sign of how resources have been overwhelmed within just a few months of the new administration. Axios reports that in the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred an average of 321 minors per day to Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s a dramatic increase from 47 at the beginning of January and an average of 203 in early February, the outlet reported. REPUBLICANS DEMAND HEARING ON SURGE OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT BORDER AS ADMINISTRATION DENIES CRISIS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and HHS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The administration has been facing down a surge in migrant numbers as it has also worked rapidly to end a series of Trump-era border protections and other measures that had been designed to end the "pull factors" drawing migrants north....
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to give the previous administration any credit for getting the ball rolling on vaccines during her Thursday press briefing. Psaki, asked by a reporter about a claim from former Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir that the Biden administration is following “99 percent” of the Trump administration’s vaccine playbook, said she doesn’t “think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic.” (RELATED: Kamala Harris Says Administration Started ‘From Scratch’ On Vaccine Distribution) I am so tired of the continuing lies that @potus inherited a #COVID19Vaccine mess, when in fact 99% of current vaccine manufacturing and distribution is EXACTLY as planned and explicitly described by Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed — Brett Giroir (@DrGiroir) February 25, 2021 WATCH: “Our focus is on and what the president’s focused on when he came into office just...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki objected to the claim that the Biden administration is following Donald Trump’s vaccination program — exclaiming that she does not think “anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died from this pandemic.” “The president has been pretty critical of the prior administration’s handling of the pandemic, saying you inherited a mess here, but when it comes to vaccinations, you are following some of the same playbook here, so does the prior administration deserve some credit for laying the groundwork?” ABC News’ Mary Bruce asked. Psaki quickly questioned which aspects of Trump’s vaccination plan were being followed by President Joe Biden and his administration. The reporter then referenced claims made by Brett Giroir, Trump’s former testing czar, who said that Biden was copying 99 percent of Trump’s plan. “He has said that the prior administration deserves more credit here for at least getting the ball...
    Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo gave former President Donald Trump credit for using tariffs in his trade war with China. Raimondo followed her swearing-in by giving an interview to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Thursday, during which she was asked how she plans to address China. Raimondo responded by calling out China’s conduct and outlining the Biden administration’s approach for engaging with them. After labeling Chinese telecommunications companies as “a threat to American economic and national security,” Raimondo listed “tariffs and countervailing duties” as some of America’s options for dealing with China. Ruhle noted that Trump tariffed steel and aluminum imports from China during his presidency, so she asked if the Biden administration intends to keep those in place. “The data shows that those tariffs have been effective,” Raimondo said. “And I think what President Biden has said is we’re going to have a whole-of-government review of all of these policies and...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott fired back at President Joe Biden for referring to the decision to lift mask mandates in the state as “Neanderthal thinking.” “It’s not the type of word a president should be using,” Abbott said on CNBC Thursday morning. The governor went on to claim that on the same day as Biden’s comment, his administration released “more than 100” Covid-positive immigrants who had crossed the border into south Texas. It’s unclear what Abbott is referring to here. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said Wednesday that in the last month, 108 migrants released in the town of Brownsville tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Border Report. “The Biden administration must stop importing Covid into our country. That is a neanderthal type approach to dealing with the Covid situation,” Abbott said. “I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said Wednesday when asked about the decision by Texas and Mississippi...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sparked a debate this week when he said that the situation on the southern border is not a crisis but a “challenge." The comment triggered raucous rebuttals from Republicans, and even one Democrat, who said the releases of untested migrants into Texas border communities during a pandemic is reason for major concern. But what is a border crisis? U.S. law does not define the term. The 1,000-a-day line Jeh Johnson, who led DHS during former President Barack Obama’s final term and was Mayorkas’s boss, said in 2019 that if the number of people apprehended at the border ”was under 1,000 apprehensions the day before, that was a relatively good number, and if it was above 1,000, it was a relatively bad number, and I was gonna be in a bad mood the whole day." The line has become a favorite for Republicans to cite...
    Through administrative actions and support provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, USDA will increase support for families struggling to put food on the table WASHINGTON, March 3, 2021 — The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis is bigger than any other we’ve seen in our lifetimes — while the pandemic has forced the U.S. economy into crisis, millions of Americans are struggling with food insecurity, unemployment, and falling behind on housing payments. Hunger has increased throughout the pandemic, with as many as 30 million adults and 12 million children living in a household where they may not always get enough to eat. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated longstanding disparities in food insecurity. Black and Latino adults are more than twice as likely as white adults to report that their households did not get enough to eat. The U.S. Department...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's coronavirus response team learned two things his first week in office: Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine was highly effective -- but the company was millions of doses behind its production schedule. Preliminary conversations that began under the Trump administration about a vaccine manufacturing partnership between the pharmaceutical giant and its competitor, Merck, whose own vaccine attempt had failed, were "incremental" and going nowhere fast, according to two senior administration officials. And Johnson & Johnson seemed reluctant to commit to a large-scale deal with Merck, the officials said."They just were not all in," one of the officials told CNN. That changed when Jeff Zients, the White House's coronavirus czar, called Johnson & Johnson's CEO Alex Gorsky on a Sunday in early February and urged the company to meet the moment, stressing that the US is in a "national emergency" and that it was time to go...
    United States President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the country will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the country by the end of May, two months ahead of schedule. He also highlighted the announcement of the agreement for drug maker Merck & Co. to help produce the vaccine just approved by rival Johnson & Johnson. Miamimundo / infobae With the beefed up supply, Biden also announced that he will use the powers of the federal government to direct all states to prioritize vaccinating teachers, and said the federal government will provide the doses directly through its pharmacy application program. . Along those lines, he urged states to administer at least one dose of the vaccine to all teachers by the end of March as part of his administration’s efforts to reopen more schools across the country. “We are now on track to have a sufficient vaccine supply for...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Members of the media will not be able to visit migrant detention centers holding minors near the southern border due to COVID-19, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Reporters will not be allowed inside the Carrizo Springs facility for unaccompanied minors that was recently opened under the Biden administration in Texas, a Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) spokesperson told the DCNF. “The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an ACF spokesperson told the DCNF. “If media tours resume, we will send a media advisory,” the spokesperson added. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would look into why an ABC News reporter was told they would not be allowed to tour migrant facilities in Texas due to the ongoing COVID-19...
    More On: migrants Biden DHS boss: ‘Loving parents’ send 9-year-old kids alone to US border Homeland Security head blames border crisis, migrant surge on Trump Surge of 13,000 Central American minors to US border expected in May ‘Kids in cages’ being taught in class, WH says, as schools remain closed Members of the Domestic Policy Council were set to tell President Biden Tuesday that the number of migrant children who cross the southern border this year is on pace to exceed an all-time record — by 45 percent — citing unreleased data from the Department of Homeland Security. In a presentation made up of nearly 40 slides obtained by Axios, the DPC cites data from DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services to warn that the Biden administration is 20,000 beds short of what it needs to properly house the 117,000 unaccompanied child migrants expected to cross the...
    Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal March 2, 2021 0 Comments Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied Monday that there was a crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border, describing it rather as a “challenge.” His pronouncement came as Customs and Border Protection reported nearly 79,000 encounters with people along the southwest border in January, the highest since July 2019. “Do you believe that right now there is a crisis at the border?” Fox News D.C. correspondent Kristin Fisher asked Mayorkas during a news briefing at the White House. “The answer is no,” the DHS chief responded. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Mayorkas also claimed the Trump administration “dismantled our immigration system in its entirety.” “When I started 27 days ago, I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is racing to find space for the growing number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border alone, which may include opening more temporary facilities and providing federal funding for Covid-19 testing."We're apprehending more kids than we can release," a senior Homeland Security official told CNN. "There's a lot of discussion about who to release to make room for these kids.""We're not keeping up," said a Department of Health and Human Services official, referring to the department's capacity to care for unaccompanied migrant children. The Border Patrol had more than 1,300 children in custody waiting for placement by HHS on Tuesday, roughly a 300 person increase from the day before, a source with knowledge told CNN,Refugees are being removed from flights to the US as they await Bidens signatureHHS is charged with the care of unaccompanied migrant children until they're placed with a sponsor, like a...
    President Joe Biden is set to announce on Tuesday that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson's one-dose coronavirus vaccine. Senior officials told The Washington Post that the administration sought to secure a deal with Merck - which ended trials of its own immunization - after realizing J&J had fallen behind in production. According to the terms of the partnership, two of Merck's facilities in the U.S. will be strictly used for J&J's inoculation.   One of the facilities will aide with the fill and finish portion, or filling vials with the vaccine itself and packaging them, while the other will produce the shot.  President Joe Biden will announce on Tuesday that Merck & Co will help Johnson & Johnson produce its one-dose coronavirus vaccine. Pictured: A lab worker holds a vial of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, undated One of Merck's facilities will aide with the fill...
    The families of 9/11 victims are asking President Joe Biden's administration to release classified documents about the Saudi role in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The request piggybacked on the government's decision to release an intelligence report Friday that said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.   'I don't understand how our government can release the documents on the murder of one man two years ago but not the documents on the murder of 3,000 people 20 years ago,' Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the 9/11 families who lost his father in the World Trade Center, told Yahoo News, which first reported the families' request.   President Joe Biden's administration is facing pressure from 9/11 families who want Biden and his attorney general pick, Merrick Garland, to release still-classified documents about Saudi involvment in 9/11, which were blocked during the Trump era ...
    President Biden is targeting several Russian officials for sanctions as punishment for the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny, but the blacklist stops short of the oligarchs whom the dissident leader identified as the key power brokers in need of rebuke. “This set of designations, though, is going to be focused on government officials, although government officials who have close ties to exactly the sorts of oligarchs and industrial tycoons ... that Mr. Navalny has referred to,” a senior administration official told reporters. U.S. intelligence officials have “high confidence” that a Russian security agency known as the FSB used a chemical weapon to poison Navalny, who survived the attack and received treatment in Germany only to be imprisoned upon return to his home country. “Seven senior members” of the Russian government will see their assets frozen in response to the poisoning in a joint U.S. and European effort to...
    In a mass effort to reunite immigrant children separated from their families by the Trump Administration, 112 parents have already been found. Of the 499 children in focus, 322 parents are thought by lawyers to have been deported. Some parents agreed to deportation in hopes that their children would be granted asylum and safety in U.S. custody; instead, countless children have sat in government holding facilities for years, and a number have gone missing through a flawed foster placement system. The Biden administration has appointed a task force to find the parents of as many of these children as possible, but with some having been detained for years, the task is proving to be a daunting one.  “My Administration condemns the human tragedy that occurred when our immigration laws were used to intentionally separate children from their parents or legal guardians (families), including through the use of the Zero-Tolerance Policy,”...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A caravan of Miami Cubans is demanding the Biden administration end the U.S. blockade against Cuba. Sunday marked the eighth time the caravan met in Miami. READ MORE: Missing Coral Gables High School Football Head Coach Roger Pollard Found Safe Cars and bikes flew Cuban flags while people gathered with signs in support of the Cuban people. READ MORE: Florida Officials Seek To Replace Antiquated & Glitchy Jobless Benefits System “The only one who is suffering is the Cuban families,” said organizer Robert Diaz. “We want to lift up the embargo for the Cuban family.” MORE NEWS: Miami PD Still Searching For Jackson Hospital Escapee Connected To Rough Arrest The group says they want the Biden administration to undo more than 240 restrictions placed on Cuba by the Trump administration,
    Members of the media will not be able to visit migrant detention centers holding minors near the southern border due to COVID-19, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Reporters will not be allowed inside the Carrizo Springs facility for unaccompanied minors that was recently opened under the Biden administration in Texas, a Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) spokesperson told the DCNF. “The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an ACF spokesperson told the DCNF. “If media tours resume, we will send a media advisory,” the spokesperson added. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would look into why an ABC News reporter was told they would not be allowed to tour migrant facilities in Texas due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during a White House...
    Jason Jernigan, a laid-off Keystone XL Pipeline worker, told "America’s Newsroom" on Monday that he doesn’t know how he is going to make a living now, saying, "This is all I know how to do." "I spent my whole life learning this craft and this skill and it’s not as easy as somebody might think or people might think to just start all over at 45 years old," Jernigan, with Local 798, said. "I guess I could possibly get a job as a greeter at Walmart, I don’t know."   President Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project on his first day in office in a series of orders aimed at combating climate change, ending a project that was expected to employ more than 11,000 Americans this year. Jernigan, a third-generation oil and gas worker, said the Biden administration took his livelihood away from him. "I’ve been pipelining for 21 years....
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump received the Covid-19 vaccine at the White House in January, a Trump adviser told CNN on Monday.It was not immediately clear which vaccine or how many doses each had received.The revelation comes after the former President urged his followers to get vaccinated for the virus during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, telling the audience, "How unpainful that vaccine shot is, so everybody go get your shot." That encouragement marked a notable shift as Trump, during his time in office, had long dismissed the gravity of the virus and eschewed practices like social distancing and mask wearing.CNN previously reported that a White House official had said in mid-December that Trump wouldn't be administered a coronavirus vaccine until it was recommended by the White House medical team. The official said at the time that...
    It’s a new day in the Middle East and in Washington. While the contours of President Joe Biden’s Mideast policies are still being formulated, his administration took two important actions in as many days that highlight not only his goals for the region but also his red lines. On Friday, the administration implemented a law passed by Congress which former President Trump had ignored requiring the declassification of an intelligence report on the brutal killing and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The four-page, highly redacted report whose key conclusions were leaked two years ago asserts that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. This was the first official U.S. statement blaming Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler for Khashoggi’s brutal killing. VideoOn Thursday night in Syria, airstrikes that Biden ordered struck a group of buildings and members of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia...
    The Biden administration will allow separated migrant families the option of being reunified either in the United States or their county of origin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Monday.  'We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in the country of origin. We hope to be in a position to give them the election,' Mayorkas said during the daily White House press briefing.  If the families choose to be reunited in the United States, the administration would look to help them remain in the country.  'If, in fact, they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States, and to address the family needs, so we are acting as restoratively as possible,' he added.  The Biden administration will allow separated migrant families the option of being reunified either in the United States or...
    (CNN)The Biden administration could reunite migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday. Mayorkas, who's leading the family reunification task force established by President Joe Biden, said the administration hopes to reunite separated families in the US or in their country of origin. "We hope to be in a position to give them the election. And if in fact they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States and address the family needs," he said. The Biden administration is relying on a Trump-era policy to turn away migrants at borderThe administration is working closely with counsel for separated families, along with other partners, to chart a path forward. "We are doing it along with the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras...
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says his mission in President Joe Biden’s administration is to dismantle the “cruelty” of former President Donald Trump’s administration. Mayorkas made the comments during his first appearance at a White House Press briefing Monday. The Biden administration has come under fire for re-opening facilities used by the Trump administration to house children attempting to cross the border. Mayorkas argues the ongoing situation at the border is the fault of Trump’s “cruel” policies and will take time to rebuild “from scratch.” (RELATED: Jen Psaki Blows Off Criticism Of New Border Detention Centers For Children: ‘This Is Not Kids Being Kept In Cages’) DHS Secretary Mayorkas says Trump administration “dismantled our nation’s immigration system in its entirety” and border policy & process must be rebuilt “virtually from scratch” “It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established”...
    Bloomberg Biden puts technology at the center of US-China policy (Bloomberg) – The Biden Administration will put semiconductors, artificial intelligence and next-generation networks at the center of America’s strategy toward Asia, attempting to unite what officials call “techno-democracies” to confront China and other “ technoautocracies. ”The new framework of the rivalry between the US and China gained greater urgency in the face of the sudden global shortage of the semiconductors needed for products such as cars, mobile phones and refrigerators. The strategy would seek to bring together an alliance of nations fighting for an advantage in semiconductor manufacturing and quantum computing, shifting traditional areas of competence, such as missile arsenals and number of troops. Current and former government officials, along with Outside experts say the Administration’s tech plans are a microcosm of its broader plans to adopt a more alliance-oriented, albeit still hostile, approach to China after the more chaotic...
    The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 surpassed the half-million mark last Tuesday. Questions arise about the errors that could have led the first world power to find itself in such a situation. The mass vaccination campaign is gradually being organized
    Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, (pictured) it was revealed on Sunday Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it was revealed on Sunday. The first link sent out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence went dead and has been replaced with a new 'v2' version removing the names of three men which the first version of the report said were involved, CNN reported. Last week, the declassified report made news after it found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, approved the order to 'capture or kill' Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post. 'We put a revised document on the website because the original one erroneously contained three names which should not have...
    New York : Migratory processes take a new turn. Photo: John Moore / . For: Hector Benítez Cañas February 28, 2021 Probably, the beginning of the most forceful immigration measures in the US has been generated from February 19, when two important changes occurred after the executive orders issued by President Biden. The first, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) published an interim guide for deportation priorities and civil immigration enforcement. This guide is based on three priorities: National security (mainly related to terrorism, espionage and other threats to national security). Border Security (those detained while attempting to enter the United States illegally on or after November 1, 2020, or who were not physically present by November 1, 2020). Public safety (those who pose a threat to public safety and have an “aggravated crime” conviction, a conviction for certain gang-related crimes, or at least...
    President Joe Biden’s welcome for migrants is immoral and heartless to both Americans and migrants, former President Donald Trump told the CPAC event in Florida on February 28. “What the Biden administration is doing to push young migrants into the hands of human traffickers and coyotes is dangerous, immoral, and indefensible,” he said.  “These radical immigration policies aren’t just illegal. They’re immoral. They’re heartless. And they are a betrayal of our nation’s core values,” he said. “Our party is based on love for America.” Trump’s comments reverse the progressives’ claim of moral superiority for their policy of aiding migrants. But those policies are extracting poor migrants from undeveloped Central America, through a Hunger Games-like deadly obstacle course, for use in the U.S. economy as cheap replacement workers, taxpayer-aided consumers, and high-occupancy renters. Trump continued: Perhaps worst of all, Joe Biden’s decision to cancel border security has single-handedly launched a youth...
    Getty President Biden’s Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip that will include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban, sources familiar confirmed to The Daily Beast. The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad is bringing to the Taliban, which belatedly resumed peace talks with the U.S. client Afghan government last week. Khalilzad will first travel to Kabul for meetings with an Afghanistan government whose viability in a post-American Afghanistan is an open question. He’ll also visit other crucial regional capitals. Khalilzad, who has been an Afghanistan envoy for three different presidents, arrives in the region at a pivotal time. Two months remain before the Doha Accord, the deal Khalilzad negotiated with the Taliban last year, requires a full U.S. troop withdrawal. There is enormous international speculation over whether Biden will abide by a deal that extricates the U.S. from a...
    President Biden’s Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip that will include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban, sources familiar confirmed to The Daily Beast. The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad is bringing to the Taliban, which belatedly resumed peace talks with the U.S. client Afghan government last week. Khalilzad will first travel to Kabul for meetings with an Afghanistan government whose viability in a post-American Afghanistan is an open question. He’ll also visit other crucial regional capitals. Khalilzad, who has been an Afghanistan envoy for three different presidents, arrives in the region at a pivotal time. Two months remain before the Doha Accord, the deal Khalilzad negotiated with the Taliban last year, requires a full U.S. troop withdrawal. There is enormous international speculation over whether Biden will abide by a deal that extricates the U.S. from a 20-year...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A caravan of Miami Cubans is demanding the Biden administration end the U.S. blockade against Cuba. Sunday marked the eighth time the caravan met in Miami. READ MORE: ‘I Had To Make A Difference’: Miami DJ Spends Birthday Helping Homeless Cars and bikes flew Cuban flags while people gathered with signs in support of the Cuban people. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,539 Additional Cases, 126 Deaths Reported Sunday “The only one who is suffering is the Cuban families,” said organizer Robert Diaz. “We want to lift up the embargo for the Cuban family.” MORE NEWS: NASA Releases Time-Lapse Of Record-Breaking 2020 Atlanic Hurricane Season The group says they want the Biden administration to undo more than 240 restrictions placed on Cuba by the Trump administration,
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday about whether President Joe Biden’s administration is “contributing” to the crisis at the United States-Mexico border. The onset of Biden’s presidency has reportedly sparked an influx of migrants from Central America. Meanwhile, the president’s administration has come under fire of late for opening a temporary facility for unaccompanied migrant children that was harshly criticized when it was open under former President Donald Trump. “Isn’t the Biden administration contributing to this crisis by reversing the Trump policy which called for immediately returning migrant children who crossed the country, unaccompanied children who cross the border by themselves,” Wallace asked Psaki during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “Border patrol officials are saying that you are creating a surge, and that by May we could see a bigger surge than we saw during the worst moments of the 2019...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the release of the intel report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was “reckless’ and a “political stunt.” The Biden administration released the intel report last week, and the report said rather directly, “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salam approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture of kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” But President Joe Biden has come under serious criticism for his decision not to sanction MBS directly as a result. Fox News’ Eric Shawn asked Pompeo — who was at CPAC — for his reaction to the intel report. Pompeo said the Trump administration “took the murder of Jamal Khashoggi very seriously” before criticizing the release of the report as “reckless” and “political.” “It was aimed at harming our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the use of intelligence in a way that, as a...
    The Biden administration is moving rapidly to dig this country out from the noxious pile of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry the Trump administration tried to normalize in our government over the last four years. The damage and harm that words can do should never be underestimated. And as reported by Michael D. Shear for The New York Times, the transformation underway in the nation’s newly staffed federal agencies is happening in tandem with a fundamental reboot of the words and language that actually define and guide their missions. WASHINGTON — Days after President Biden took office, the Bureau of Land Management put a scenic landscape of a winding river at the top of its website, which during the previous administration had featured a photograph of a huge wall of coal. At the Department of Homeland Security, the phrase “illegal alien” is being replaced with “noncitizen.” The Interior Department now makes sure that...
    CNN’s Dana Bash called out President Joe Biden’s administration on Sunday over its inaction against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) for his role in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared on “State of the Union” Sunday and was asked by Bash why Biden hasn’t imposed any sort of punishment on MBS for his reported involvement in the murder when, as a candidate, Biden said he would hold Saudi leaders accountable for the “pariah that they are.” (RELATED: ‘Save MBS’ Ass’: Jake Tapper Says Donald Trump And Joe Biden Share Same Position On Khashoggi Murder) “From the first day of the administration, we have been crystal clear at every level, from the president on down, we are going to recalibrate this relationship and turn the page from the last four years,” Psaki responded. “The release of this report, which...
    Martínez Arroyo believes that there is “good will” on the part of the Biden Administration and trusts that an agreement will soon be reached to eliminate the tariffs / Elena Rosa Share on Facebook Share on twitter Share in mail Share on whatsapp The Minister of Agriculture has explained how despite the fact that at the moment the tariffs are still in force in the United States, the situation is “different” from the one that existed when the previous president, Donald Trump, was in power. In this sense, he has indicated how from now on with the Biden Administration, “a negotiation process will be opened between reliable business partners who trust each other” The Minister of Agriculture in Castilla-La Mancha, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, considers that there is “good will” on the part of the North American administration with the issue of...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan said President Joe Biden should not 'turn a blind eye' to actions of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after report blamed him for murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Brennan, who served as the CIA chief from March 2013 to January 2017, called on Biden to prevent bin Salman from ever entering United States while still maintaining a ‘longstanding strategic partnership’ with Saudi Arabia. 'The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a longstanding strategic partnership that I think is very important to both countries,' Brennan said in an interview with MSNBC's Joshua Johnson. 'It runs the gamut from energy to security, counter-terrorism and economics. So therefore, I do think it’s important we maintain the strength of that relationship.' Scroll down for video  Former CIA Director John Brennan, pictured, said President Joe Biden should not 'turn a blind eye' to actions committed...
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told G20 officials that the Biden administration will drop Donald Trump's objections to new global digital tax rules, paving the way for an agreement by summer. Trump's demand for a 'safe harbor clause' would have allowed U.S. tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to opt out of the scheme to impose a global minimum corporate tax. Under current EU law, companies in the United States can declare profits from across the bloc in a single member state -- and most pick low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland or the Netherlands. France and Germany, which stand to benefit from the new scheme, applauded Yellen's move and said the new tax system could be implemented by July.    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told G20 officials that the Biden administration will drop Donald Trump's objections to new global digital tax rules RELATED...
            by Debra Heine  U.S. Attorney John Durham on Friday announced his resignation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but he will reportedly be staying on as special counsel in the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. John Durham has resigned as U.S. attorney for Connecticut. My understanding is that he will continue on as special counsel investigating the origins of the Russia probe, after AG Barr move last year. — Morgan Chalfant (@mchalfant16) February 26, 2021 Durham is resigning, effective at midnight on February 28, after serving as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut for more than three years. “My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975,” Durham said in a statement.  “Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to...
    CNN’s Erin Burnett questioned White House communications director Kate Bedingfield Friday over the Biden administration not sanctioning Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman directly over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Treasury Department announced sanctions in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, but no direct consequences for the crown prince in particular. Burnett asked, “Why is this? Does this send a message to the world that the U.S. will tolerate this?” Bedingfield said no and responded that Biden has made clear he wants to have a “very different relationship” with Saudi Arabia from the previous administration. “The fact of the release of this report today is one step forward in that way. It’s one step toward his commitment to transparency and accountability by making this information by making this information available,” she added. Burnett then brought up comments Biden made in 2019, in which the then-presidential candidate said, “Khashoggi was, in fact,...
    Joe Setyon, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott revealed his plan Friday to counter President Joe Biden’s agenda in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to cast the tie-breaking vote when the chamber is split 50-50. The key, he said, is making the public aware of what the Biden administration is seeking to do. “The most important thing is just [to] talk about what they’re doing,” Scott told The Western Journal in an interview Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. “We talk about what they believe in, and talk about what we believe in,” he added. The Florida Republican went on to highlight some of the Biden administration’s policies on illegal immigration, canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, raising the minimum wage and ending the Mexico City Policy, which prevented foreign...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is planning to open another facility in Del Rio, Texas, to expand processing capacity for children and families arriving at the US-Mexico border, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed to CNN. It's the latest move by the administration to address the growing number of migrant families and unaccompanied children at the US southern border. Earlier this month, US Customs and Border Protection also announced the opening of a "soft-sided" structure in Donna, Texas, to help with intake. In January, more than 5,800 unaccompanied children and nearly 7,500 families were taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection at the US-Mexico border, according to the agency's most recent monthly data. And numbers are expected to continue to rise.On Thursday, Brian Hastings, the Border Patrol sector chief in Rio Grande Valley, tweeted about the volume of migrants approaching the border. "In less than a 24 hour period, this...
    February 26, 2021 7:57 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, celebrated this Thursday that the country has already applied 50 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19. He also asserted that the inoculation is going “in the right direction, despite the disaster inherited by the previous Administration.” “The more people are vaccinated, the faster we will defeat this pandemic. That’s why one of my first goals in office, just before I was sworn in, was to get 100 million injections of the COVID-19 vaccine into people’s arms in my first 100 days as president. “Biden recalled this. in a speech from the White House, where an act of vaccination of several people was carried out. The American President he lamented that “critics said this goal was too ambitious”. They later stated that “it was too small”, but “the US...
    President Donald Trump accomplished something in his last year in office that no U.S. president before him was able to accomplish in nearly two decades. Through his deal with the Taliban and accelerated U.S. troop reductions, he drove down the number of U.S. combat deaths over the past year to zero. Trump had soured on the war in Afghanistan years before he ever became president, calling it “a total disaster” and complaining that billions of U.S. dollars and lives were being wasted by “very stupid leaders.” Trump spent four years in office battling with and often belittling his military commanders and civilian advisers, who insisted the now relatively small number of remaining U.S. troops were an insurance policy against another 9/11 attack. Trump was never convinced. Afghanistan was a no-win war, Trump firmly believed, and if you can’t win, then it’s time to leave. But in cutting U.S. losses,...
    President Joe Biden. President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked the previous president’s green card ban, saying in a proclamation that the previous administration’s ban on certain visas did “not advance the interests of the United States. To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here.” The previous administration had long sought to wall off legal immigration entirely, and cynically found its excuse to try to do just that in the novel coronavirus pandemic. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro nailed it at the time, calling the ban “an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda.” The green card ban was originally set to end on March 31—that is, until Biden terminated it this week. "This ban was a preventable tragedy that has kept fathers and mothers from children, spouse from spouse, and...
    Savannah Rychcik February 25, 2021 0 Comments  President Joe Biden is commemorating 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots despite the “mess” he inherited from the previous administration. While delivering remarks on Thursday, he noted one of the first goals of his presidency was to get 100 million shots administered within his first 100 days. “At first critics said that goal was too ambitious, no one could do that, then they said it was too small… America will be the first country, perhaps the only one, to get that done,” Biden said. He continued, “I’m here to report we’re halfway there, 50 million shots in just 37 days since I’ve become president, that’s weeks ahead of schedule… we’re moving in the right direction though despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration.” Watch his remarks below: ‘At first critics said that goal was too ambitious, no...
    "Drop the I-Word" launched in 2010 as a campaign to change "illegal alien" and "illegal immigrant" to "undocumented immigrant" and other terms, a call answered by the Biden administration.Manuel Navarro/Picture Alliance/Getty 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.In a major milestone for immigrants’ rights activists seeking shifts in language and law, the Biden administration has dropped “illegal alien” from government communications, taking federal agencies out of the business of branding people—instead of actions—illegal. The move marks the culmination of the yearslong “Drop the I-Word” campaign, spearheaded by author and Mother Jones board member Rinku Sen. Her movement is widely credited with creating much of the groundwork for retiring the phrase. The shift was made in an internal Homeland Security Department memo directing officials to replace “alien” with “noncitizen,” and “illegal” with “undocumented.”...
    February 25, 2021 4:11 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Government of Joe Biden defended this Thursday that the reopening of a controversial detention center for migrant minors in Carrizo Springs (Texas) is “the best option” to serve these children and adolescents. “The best option from our point of view is to take these guys, process (their cases) through HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) facilities, where there are protocols against covid, where they are safe where they can have access to medical and educational care, “White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at her daily press conference. “There are very few good options and we chose what we thought was the best”, he assured. On Monday, HHS announced that the first minors had arrived in Carrizo Springs, which has a capacity of 700 people. Two years ago the facility was transformed into a detention center...
    TITUSVILLE, Pennsylvania — In the valley that changed the world, all of the derricks are long gone. But the economic, environmental, and societal effect of Edwin Drake’s oil strike here in 1859 is still being felt today 162 years later. What set Drake apart from previous oil discoveries was his work here proved petroleum could be produced in large quantities by drilling wells rather than by boiling the oil off of shale rock. That moment marked the beginning of the modern petroleum industry. What happened here changed the world, taking us from a nation lit by tallow candles, preventing us from working after the sun set, and massively improving our transportation going from the limitations of the horse and cart to soaring in the skies above the earth. Back then, care of the environment in pursuit of oil was not a priority, and the land suffered. Trees were cut down...
    Meghan McCain pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki regarding the Biden administration’s decision to re-open a child migrant facility used while Donald Trump was president. “President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris repeatedly spoke out against kids in cages,” McCain said. “I feel like this he same thing, and that you’re still detaining kids at the border and it’s not meaningfully different than what President Trump was doing.” Psaki insisted that what President Joe Biden and his administration were doing was nothing like Trump’s practice of detaining migrant children, adding, “We are not ripping kids from the arms of their parents.” McCain is right to say that an emergency facility in Texas was reactivated this week to temporarily house roughly 700 teenaged children, as reported by the Washington Post, and which Psaki has repeatedly explained as a response to capacity restrictions amid the pandemic. “What we’re seeing is kids who are...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  A new facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children was opened in Texas this week because the Biden administration is encouraging illegal immigration, a former border official said Wednesday. The Carrizo Springs facility was not opened to comply with COVID-19 regulations as the Biden administration has said, according to former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan in an interview with Fox Business. The temporary facility will hold up to 700 migrant children in hard-sided structures, and around 200 unaccompanied teenagers were transported to the facility Monday, CBS News reported. “There’s so much hypocrisy, false narratives, and the president and his press secretary lied to the American people,” Morgan said. “Those facilities aren’t needed because of COVID, that’s absolutely not true, those facilities are needed because this administration is now encouraging, incentivizing, and facilitating illegal entry in the United States...
    Wednesday, during an appearance on FBN’s “Kudlow,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) expressed his disapproval of Deb Haaland as the Biden Interior Secretary nominee. Barrasso warned Biden policies led by Haaland were detrimental to the Wyoming and national economies. “[Y]ou take a look at what this is going to do to the economy of our nation,” he said. “You’re talking about the loss of possibly a million jobs across the country. You know, Larry, what this is going to do to energy prices. It’s going to increase the cost of energy, whether it’s to heat your home or to drive your vehicle. All of these things are going to hurt — be hurt in the United States for our — for taxpayers, for hardworking families. I’m really worried in Wyoming. And what the Biden administration is doing is, essentially, it seems to be driving a stake through the heart of Wyoming’s...
    The Biden administration suspended the ‘remain in Mexico’ program and started allowing asylum-seekers into the U.S. Human smugglers are telling potential clients that the Biden administration will be more lenient towards people seeking asylum, so now is the time to go to the U.S. border.  Mexico passed a law that families and unaccompanied children cannot be returned to the country if their government-operated facilities are at capacity. Changes in Mexican asylum laws and modifications to U.S immigration policy combined with exploitation by smugglers are causing an increase in migrants at the southern U.S. border seeking entry, according to reports. The Biden administration suspended the ‘remain in Mexico’ program allowing some asylum seekers to enter the U.S. and ended a policy preventing unaccompanied minors from coming into the U.S., The Washington Post reported. Mexico implemented laws banning migrant families from returning if facilities are full and smugglers in...
    401 years ago, the first enslaved Africans came to this nation as free labor, fattening the pockets of plantation owners. Meanwhile, the negative and generational effects of this inhumane and government-approved horror still lingers.  Engraving shows the arrival of a Dutch slave ship with a group of African slaves for sale, Jamestown, Virginia, 1619. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Today, in efforts to correct the wrong of slavery, support for H.R. 40 is mounting as a markup and House vote are expected in March or this spring. There is support for the House and Senate versions of the bill as House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are part of that backing.  At the White House, President Joe Biden also supports the study. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki from the briefing room podium revealed, “The President has supported a study of reparations and continues to demonstrate his commitment...
    THE BIDEN administration has been blasted over plans to reopen a controversial overflow facility to house unaccompanied migrant teenagers.  It comes as the government grapples with the possibility of a surge in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border during the coronavirus pandemic.  9Influx Care Facility for unaccompanied children in Carrizo Springs, TexasCredit: Getty Images - Getty 9Joe Biden has been criticised over plans to reopen the controversial facilityCredit: AP:Associated Press 9Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: 'This is not okay'Credit: AFP Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was critical of the new President who plans to reopen child migration detention facilities in Carrizo Springs, Texas and a shelter in Miami, Florida, where now-Vice President Kamala Harris protested outside of in June 2019.   AOC wrote on social media: “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party.” “Our immigration system is built on a carceral framework. It’s no accident...
    The White House is upping its campaign encouraging the public to wear masks to combat COVID-19 by announcing a plan to distribute face coverings across the country to low-income people. Starting in March, the Biden administration will send more than 25 million washable cloth masks to roughly 1,300 community health centers, as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens, in the hope that an extra 12 to 15 million people will wear face coverings if they are offered from for free, according to the White House on Wednesday. GOP ANSWERS BIDEN CALL FOR CUTS TO COVID-19 SPENDING BILL "Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly. Not all Americans have access. And not all masks are equal," said Jeff Zients, the administration's COVID-19 response coordinator, during Wednesday's White House pandemic briefing. The program of providing the made-in-America masks will last until May. "Recipients will be encouraged to take an...
    A new facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children was opened in Texas this week because the Biden administration is encouraging illegal immigration, a former border official said Wednesday. The Carrizo Springs facility was not opened to comply with COVID-19 regulations as the Biden administration has said, according to former Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan in an interview with Fox Business. The temporary facility will hold up to 700 migrant children in hard-sided structures, and around 200 unaccompanied teenagers were transported to the facility Monday, CBS News reported. “There’s so much hypocrisy, false narratives, and the president and his press secretary lied to the American people,” Morgan said. “Those facilities aren’t needed because of COVID, that’s absolutely not true, those facilities are needed because this administration is now encouraging, incentivizing, and facilitating illegal entry in the United States and the numbers have skyrocketed.” Over 78,000...
    (CNN)A tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico, where hundreds of migrants stayed in deplorable conditions after being subject to a Trump-era policy requiring they stay in Mexico until their immigration court date in the US, is being drawn down, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday. Over recent years, migrants have set up camp in Matamoros awaiting entry to the US. Immigrant advocates called the situation a humanitarian crisis just feet from the US southern border that formed as a result of harsh Trump-era policies. The Biden administration is relying on a Trump-era policy to turn away migrants at border"The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation's border management in a way that reflects America's values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority," the department said in a statement. "We will work in...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to dissolve the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security in a massive overhaul to the immigration system after it was revealed Joe Biden reopened facilities for housing unaccompanied minors arriving at the border. 'It's only 2 [months] into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time,' the New York progressive representative posted to Twitter Tuesday evening. 'That's why bold reimagination is so [important.]' She asserted: 'DHS shouldn't exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.' The far-left congresswoman is also pushing a proposal by fellow Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal demanding the U.S. let in refugees fleeing an area due to climate change – known as 'climate refugees'. AOC blasted the administration for reopening a temporary influx center for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo Springs, Texas and another shelter in Miami,...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has moved swiftly to distance itself from Trump-era immigration policies, but at the US-Mexico border, a pandemic-related order put in place by former President Donald Trump remains in effect, allowing officials to continue to turn away thousands of migrants. The reliance on the order that permits officials to swiftly expel migrants underscores the challenges facing the administration along the US southern border, where arrests of families and children continue to rise.Biden officials say that the order, decried by immigrant advocates, gives the administration time to make changes to the US immigration system, while still managing the influx of migrants at the border amid an ongoing pandemic. The Biden Justice Department also recently defended it in court. The blind spot in the immigration debateAs a result, recent arrivals to the border continue to be kicked back to Mexico or their origin country just as they were under Trump....
            by Kaylee Greenlee  The Biden administration aims to avoid a humanitarian crisis at the southern border as the number of migrant children seeking asylum increases. Over 5,700 unaccompanied minors reached the border in January and government shelters are quickly reaching capacity, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelters for migrant children are operating at 60% capacity to maintain COVID-19 guidelines and were 93% full as of Friday. “They’ve seen very large growth in a very short period of time,” a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, Mark Greenberg said, The WSJ reported. “The closer you get to 100% capacity, the harder the system is to manage.” An emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, is expected to reopen Monday, The WSJ reported. The Trump-era private detention facility will host up to 700 children in hard-sided structures with the ability to...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the Biden administration Tuesday for reopening a temporary influx center for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo Springs, Texas.  'This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party,' the New York Democrat tweeted.   The Washington Post reported Monday that the emergency facility was being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 through 17.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the Biden administration for reopening a temporary migrant facility in Texas that will house kids who crossed the border by themselves   AOC shared a Washington Post article reporting the opening, which government officials explained was a temporary fix for dealing with overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic The Carrizo Springs, Texas facility will hold up to 700 children ages 13 through 17 to allow proper social distancing among the Health and Human Services accomodations...
    More from: Jonah Goldberg Biden is using the Obama-Trump playbook, not seeking unity Progressives have made a mockery of the slogan listen to science Ted Cruz proved that GOP wont simply return to Reaganism after Trump Team Trump’s legal arguments veering into paranoid kook-land Cancel student-loan debt? Thats making the working class subsidize the elite! Joe Biden ran for president on a “return to normalcy.” His challenge is that there are three competing definitions of normalcy for him to contend with. Biden didn’t actually use the slogan “return to normalcy.” But as numerous political observers noted during the campaign, that was both Biden’s implicit appeal and his best shot at victory. As Jonathan Martin and Sydney Ember of The New York Times wrote in March 2019, “Biden, in speeches at home and abroad, has used much of the first part of this year pledging to restore the dignity he...
    (CNN)A large part of the conversation on recovering from the coronavirus pandemic in the US has focused on the success of the vaccine rollout and how quickly schools can reopen for in-person learning. The Biden administration, however, has struggled with its messaging over the goals and timelines for each, continually shifting and at times contradicting previously stated objectives. On the plan for both vaccines and reopening schools, President Joe Biden has said one thing and the voice of his administration, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, has sometimes said another, setting the bar so that the administration can easily exceed it. School re-openingAs part of their "100 days" branding, the Biden administration staked out the target of reopening most schools in his first 100 days. "It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school," Biden said on December 8, announcing the...
    More On: russia State Dept. spokesman clashes with reporter after touting Trump-era policy Rangers star is paying the price — fishy allegations be damned Alexei Navalny won’t be silenced Dogs are mysteriously turning blue and pink in Russian city ​The White House said Tuesday that it was working to “sharpen the attribution” into Russia’s alleged involvement in the massive SolarWinds hack that infiltrated scores of federal government agencies and private companies before making a determination on whether to slap sanctions on Moscow. “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. And we’re still in the process of working that through now,” press secretary Jen Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House briefing. “But it will be...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday now is "not the time" for Latin American parents to send their children north to the U.S. border.  "Parents should not be sending their kids north right now?" one reporter asked Psaki. "Absolutely not. This is not the time to come-- we've not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy," she replied.  "We don’t have the processing we need at the border, obviously we're continuing to struggle with facilities to ensure that we're abiding by Covid protocols," Psaki continued.  Psaki also faced questions on the newly reopened child migrant facility previously used under the Trump administration. The facility is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17, according to The Washington Post.  BIDEN TELLS MEXICAN PRESIDENT HE WILL END TRUMP'S 'DRACONIAN' IMMIGRATION POLICIES  The press secretary denied comparisons to the "kids in...
    (CNN)The Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the next US Ambassador to the United Nations Tuesday.The vote was 78-20 and her confirmation comes less than a week before the United States' presidency at the UN Security Council for the month of March. Following her swearing-in, she will travel to New York and is expected to present her credentials to UN Secretary General António Guterres Thursday.Thomas-Greenfield, a respected career ambassador who was jettisoned under the Trump administration, was one of President Joe Biden's first picks for his national security team. At the time of her nomination, then President-elect Biden announced that he was returning the UN post to a Cabinet-level position. Related Interactive: Where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand In its first month, the Biden administration has taken a number of steps to restore both US participation in the multilateral body, including rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, moving to rejoin...
    Government facilities that host unaccompanied migrant children are rapidly reaching capacity due to COVID-19 operational restrictions, causing the Biden administration to rely on a privately operated Trump-era facility in Texas. An emergency temporary facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, was reopened Monday and around 200 migrant children were transported to the facility that will hold up to 700 migrant teenagers due to permanent facilities reaching maximum capacity and increasing apprehensions of unaccompanied children, CBS News reported. U.S. Border Patrol encountered over 5,700 unaccompanied minors in January 2021, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). BCFS Health and Human Services, a government contractor, privately operates the facility for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. The facility received criticism for the high cost of daily operations and an alleged lack of transparency. “We can confirm that BCFS Health...
    Meghan McCain lambasted Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s appointee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, for her past hateful tweets and actions, saying that she does not belong in the president’s administration. “Anybody that knows anything about politics, or has been around for any period of time knows it’s not just her tweets,” McCain said before noting that Tanden has been accused of punching a reporter after they asked Hillary Clinton a question about the Iraq war. “People who used to work for her said she was a very bad organizational leader,” she added. “She lacked leadership and moral courage. As early as 2018 she was called impossible to trust because she named the victim of a sexual harassment victim in a company meeting and exposed them for being a victim of sexual harassment.” McCain went on note the dangers of exposing a victim of sexual harassment, adding that the...
    Earlier this month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that teachers did not need COVID-19 vaccine shots to return to the classroom safely. It seemed, at the time, like a relatively straightforward statement, one several studies conducted by the CDC had supported. But the comment sent Biden administration officials spinning, in part because the White House was not prepared to make an official announcement on schools. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Walensky was “speaking in her personal capacity” when she made the comment; Psaki’s statement then raised questions of its own since Walensky was speaking very much in her official capacity as the director of the CDC at the press conference. The CDC eventually published its recommendations, which clearly stated schools did not need to vaccinate staff in order to safely reopen. But Biden political figures continued to dodge questions about the guidance...
    Julie Verratti, one of the co-owners of Silver Spring, Maryland-based Denizens Brewing Company, is joining President Joe Biden’s administration. Verratti has been hired by the Small Business Administration to serve as the associate administrator of field operations. WTOP’s news partner Maryland Matters reported on Verratti’s new post Friday. Verratti, who has been in business with two other partners at Denizens for seven years, is familiar with running a business. She also knows the SBA, having worked there before launching breweries and taprooms in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Verratti said she knows small business owners see government as the cause of, not the solution to, many of their problems. She grew to have that feeling herself while operating Denizens. “But I also think that government, when run well, and run in the right way, can actually bring a lot of positive impact to people,” Verratti said. “And that’s...
    State Department spokesman, Ned Price, got into a heated exchange with an Associated Press reporter who asked if the Biden administration was taking credit for former president Donald Trump's accomplishments during a briefing on Monday.  Price started the briefing by telling reporters that the US has seen progress from European companies moving out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany. In a report required by Congress, the State Department named 18 mostly Western companies that would not be subject to sanctions. The companies made 'good-faith efforts to wind down activities related to Nord Stream 2,' Price told reporters. 'This demonstrates that the legislative goals and our actions are having a good effect,' he said of bipartisan US opposition to the project dating back to Trump's time. That's when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee challenged Price for suggesting that President Joe Biden was responsible for a policy that...
    Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland told senators Monday that that application of the death penalty in the U.S. has given him 'pause' and that he expects President Joe Biden to restore a moratorium on its use.  Garland raised deep concerns about how the death penalty is applied, saying the ultimate punishment may be being meted out in a racially biased manner, and noting that DNA evidence has exposed wrongful convictions. A spoke to the issue after the Trump administration carried out a string of 13 executions for federal crimes running from July through the end of Trump's term.  He said he was concerned about 'almost randomness or arbitrariness' of how the death penalty is applied.  In carefully couched remarks, he said he would defer to President Biden, but made clear that the administration was on course to make a break from the Trump administration following the series of executions of...
    The Biden administration aims to avoid a humanitarian crisis at the southern border as the number of migrant children seeking asylum increases. Over 5,700 unaccompanied minors reached the border in January and government shelters are quickly reaching capacity, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelters for migrant children are operating at 60% capacity to maintain COVID-19 guidelines and were 93% full as of Friday. A Mexican National Guard vehicle drives past children playing as families of asylum seekers wait outside the El Chaparral border crossing port as they wait to cross into the United States in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on February 19, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images) “They’ve seen very large growth in a very short period of time,” a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, Mark Greenberg said, The WSJ reported. “The closer you get...
    (CNN)The Biden administration announced several changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week exclusive window to apply for the funding. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. Democrats turn to Bidens agenda after impeachment trialThe administration will also change some eligibility rules, effective the first week in March. The self-employed, sole proprietors and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. They previously were excluded altogether or received as little as $1 because the loan amounts were calculated based on the number of employees. The loan program will also open up to small business owners with non-fraud related felonies, those delinquent on their federal student loans and some non-citizen residents, such...
    The Biden administration reviving the "catch and release" policy indicates they are "facilitating illegal immigration," former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan argued on Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes. One of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States never to be heard from again," Morgan told "Cavuto Live." Morgan said that "facts support" that the catch and release loophole exist, claiming that it is not a "right or left" matter. "Under the Trump administration, that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program."  OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES Morgan continued, "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program--those...
    The Conversation One month in, how Biden has changed disaster management and the US COVID-19 response The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter one month in office, the Biden administration has fundamentally changed how the federal government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. In direct contrast to his predecessor, President Joe Biden is treating this as a national-scale crisis requiring a comprehensive national strategy and federal resources. If that sounds familiar, it should: It’s a return to a traditional – and in many ways proven – approach to disaster management. The Trump administration deviated dramatically from established emergency management practices. It politicized public health and related decision-making processes and overrode the disaster response roles of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, stated during Friday’s White House coronavirus briefing that vaccine manufacturers are currently conducting trials to determine the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine in children. Fauci, outlining the “road map” for when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children, said manufacturers hoped to have conclusive data on high school-aged children “sometime in the fall.” (RELATED: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Vaccinating All Teachers As A Prerequisite For Reopening Schools Is A ‘Nonworkable Situation’) White House Chief Medical Adviser on Covid-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci listens to US President Joe Biden (out of frame) speak during a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Starting in April, they are going to be studying 12-year-olds down to...
    The Biden administration will release an intelligence report that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post reported Thursday that an unclassified report produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will be made public as early as next week.    Khashoggi was writing columns critical of the Saudi government for the paper before he was drugged and dismembered after being lured to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to pick up the paperwork required for his marriage to a Turkish citizen.   President Joe Biden's administration is expected to release an unclassified report as early as next week that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (right)  The Biden administration is acting more critically toward the Saudis, with the president expected to engage with King Salman bin Abdulaziz instead of 'MBS,'...
    Washington (CNN)The United States on Friday officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, a landmark global climate accord, fulfilling a campaign promise President Joe Biden initiated on his first day in office. What is the Paris Agreement?A international agreement among more than 200 nations to combat climate change.Participants are committed to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and, if possible, below 1.5 degrees. Each country is responsible for developing their own plans for achieving those goals.The US signed — then withdrew — from itRead MoreUnder the Obama administration, the US was one of the lead negotiators of the agreement. Nearly 200 countries adopted it on December 12, 2015, prompting them to individually ratify or approve the agreement in their respective countries. The agreement had to be signed and ratified by at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.Bidens First 100 Days Biden...
    The United States is officially back as a world ally and ready to engage with its allies — that's the message President Joe Biden is expected to send in his virtual address to the Munich Security Conference late Friday morning. His speech will reiterate his intent to move away from some of the global engagement policies of the last four years, according to a senior administration official. In the course of his remarks, he will discuss the Iran nuclear program, Afghanistan, challenges posed by Russia and U.S. competition with China. The president will also commit to standing with the Transatlantic Partnership and Alliance in trying to make progress "against significant challenges that we face collectively," the official told reporters before the speech. How to watch Biden's Munich Security Conference address What: President Joe Biden addresses the Munich Security Conference  Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 Time: 11:15 a.m. ET Location: The White...
    Daily Kos senior staff writer Gabe Ortiz joined The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM recently to share his expertise on issues involving immigration. Signorile asked Ortiz for thoughts on Joe Biden’s town hall, where the president talked about his plans to reform the immigration system and his vision for a path to citizenship for immigrants—but also mentioned leaving room for negotiation. With so much work to be done (and undone) under the Biden administration, what is the best way to accomplish these goals? Ortiz believes that the method matters less than the fact that action is taken at all, as pushing for progress at any pace is better than not doing the work at all: There’s been a lot of discussion about whether we should try to pass one big package or try to break it up into different pieces, addressing DACA recipients and farmworkers all separately. I think what’s important is that...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks after signing an executive order related to American manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran and the U.S. are in a standoff. President Joe Biden's administration wants to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, but is demanding to see changes from Tehran before it will lift the heavy sanctions imposed on the country by the Trump team. Meanwhile, Iran says it wants Washington to step up its game and make the first move, refusing to budge until those sanctions are lifted. Iran has set a deadline of Sunday, Feb. 21, vowing that if oil and banking sanctions are not lifted by then, it will block the U.N.'s inspectors from being able to access its nuclear facilities. The political brinkmanship raises questions over Biden's...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to wait a month for a call from President Biden, and while Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman got a call Thursday, it came not from Biden but from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The big picture: Biden, Austin, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have together called officials from at least 43 countries, with Blinken alone calling 39 (there’s considerable overlap between their call lists). Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free The administration’s first calls generally went to America’s neighbors, Canada and Mexico, followed by the U.K., France, Germany as well as leaders from the EU and NATO. Major U.S. partners in the Pacific (Australia, India, Japan and South Korea) have also taken priority, while Biden and Blinken have both...
    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to reaffirm the “strategic defense partnership” between the two nations and discuss recent changes to U.S. policy on Yemen, the Pentagon said. Why it matters: The call comes just days after the White House said it would “recalibrate” its relationship with Saudi Arabia, and return to “counterpart to counterpart” engagement, with President Biden’s counterpart being King Salman, not MBS. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free. The big picture: Since taking office, the Biden administration has announced the end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen, reversed the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terror group, and paused an arms deal with the kingdom. The Biden administration is also set to release a U.S. intelligence report that concluded that MBS...
    Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden and Democrats are proposing legislation to provide amnesty for all illegal immigrants in America. “The president and his supporters in Congress intend to introduce [legislation] to legalize all the illegal immigrants in the United States,” Krikorian stated as the featured guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “At least in the draft that I saw, everyone who arrived by January 1 of this year [would receive amnesty]. So it’s not even people who are firmly established here, it’s all illegal immigrants without any enforcement balance to try to prevent a new illegal population from building up.” The Associated Press, CBS News, CNBC, and similar news media reported that the Biden administration is coordinating with Democrats to introduce legislative amnesty this week for millions of foreigners illegibly residing in the U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Sen....
    Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), said during an RSC meeting Thursday the Joe Biden administration “seems to be doing exactly the opposite” of what is needed to confront China. Banks held his weekly RSC meeting with former Donald Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who explained to the House conservatives how to combat a rising China. Banks opened the question and answer portion of the meeting, asking what conservatives could do to combat the Chinese Communist Party. He also noted the Biden administration seems to be taking a softer approach towards China. The Hoosier conservative said: My first simple question: It seems like the Biden administration is doing exactly the opposite of everything that you just recommended to us. Why is that, and what do we have to do as conservative Republican members in the House to make this issue, to make our...
    Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, is confident about the U.S.-Israel relationship going forward despite the uncertainty surrounding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Danon, who served as Israel’s UN ambassador from 2015 to 2020, voiced confidence in Biden, his familiarity with the region and commitment to Israel’s security, and his decision to keep the American embassy in Jerusalem. He also offered his advice regarding the 2015 Iran deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from which former President Donald Trump withdrew but Biden has said that he would consider reentering if certain stipulations were met. “I think that the best thing for the new administration is to advise [its] allies … and include them in any process,” Danon told the Daily Caller News Foundation, adding that he was eager to see the Biden administration’s reaction to the upcoming Iranian announcements regarding the development and outside...