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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said asked during Monday’s briefing about the Biden administration’s priorities regarding both the push for a $15 minimum wage and the ongoing effort to confirm Neera Tanden. The former is a step supported by President Joe Biden, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled it could not be included in the overall covid relief bill. In the past few days there have been calls by some progressives and House Democrats for the White House to overrule the parliamentarian, but the Biden administration ruled it out. As for Tanden, the president is sticking by his nominee to be the director of Office of Management and Budget, even though Joe Manchin’s opposition imperils it in a 50-50 Senate with no Republicans on board to support her right now. At the briefing Monday, NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett asked Psaki about both issues: “The White House doesn’t...
    The Biden administration announced a $260 million investment Monday geared toward helping coal country create new jobs and restore land previously mined for fossil fuels. The Department of the Interior is disbursing funds to 28 coal producing states and tribal territories through two programs. The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program already allocated $152.22 million for fiscal year 2021 to the aforementioned states and territories, while the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grant will provide an additional $115 million. Pennsylvania and West Virginia are by far the biggest beneficiaries of the two programs, respectively receiving $52.4 million and $43.0 million in total. (RELATED: Biden Again Vows Not To End Fracking While Still Creating Millions Of Clean Energy Jobs) US President Joe Biden departs for Wilmington, Delaware, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) “The Abandoned...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday urged migrants thinking of coming to the United States to "wait" as the Biden administration rebuilds a "gutted" immigration system -- and claimed there is no crisis at the U.S. southern border. Mayorkas, from the White House press briefing room on Monday, said the Department of Homeland Security is working to "replace the cruelty" of the Trump administration with "an orderly humane and safe immigration process." BIDEN MEETING WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT AMID EFFORTS TO ROLLBACK TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIES "It is hard and it will take time, but rest assured, we are going to get it done," Mayorkas said, while adding that it is "important to understand what we have inherited, because it defines the situation of how it currently stands." "The prior administration dismantled our immigration system in its entirety," Mayorkas said. "Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted." Mayorkas said that under the previous administration,...
    The Biden administration will allow families separated at the southern border by the Trump administration to reunite and remain in the U.S., the White House announced Monday. “We are hoping to reunite the families, either here 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,” Department of Homeland Security Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Politics, not racism or sexism, explain opposition to Biden Cabinet nominees Florida Republicans push Biden to implement Trump order on Venezuela MORE said Monday. Under President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something...
    Reuters March 1, 2021 0 Comments The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services for migrants separated under former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” border strategy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Monday. The announcement is part of a list of principles released by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to guide its family reunification task force as the administration seeks to reunite more than 500 migrant children and parents separated by his predecessor’s border policy. The Biden administration will also consider bringing deported parents back to the United States, an option outlined in Biden’s Feb. 2 executive order creating the family reunification task force. “We are dedicating our resources throughout the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government, and bringing our full weight to bear, to reunite children who were cruelly separated from their parents,” DHS...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slamming the Biden administration over it’s “reckless” and “political” release of an intelligence report tying Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the 2018 murder of Virginia-based Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to Fox News on Sunday afternoon, the nation’s former top diplomat made the remarks after being asked about the Khashoggi report being declassified for the public to see. “Our administration took the murder of Jamal Khashoggi very seriously. We held accountable lots of folks in Saudi Arabia who did this,” Pompeo began before knocking the Biden administration’s handling of the report. “The release of this report was reckless. It was political. It was aimed at harming a relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the use of intelligence in a way that, as a former CIA director, I would have never stood for,” he continued, “So I regret that they chose...
    Former President Donald Trump used his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to take a swipe at President Joe Biden for failing to reopen schools. Trump said that there was no reason for students not to be back in their classrooms, saying that the only reason many schools were still closed was that Biden had “sold out” to the teachers unions. (RELATD: EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS: Trump Supporters Line Up Outside CPAC, Cheer As Former President Takes Stage) WATCH: “Their callous indifference to working families is equally clear when it comes to the critical matter of getting America’s children back to school,” Trump said to cheers and applause. “And they must get back and get back right now. Right now.” Trump went on to accuse the Biden administration of working harder to educate the unaccompanied children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally than they had to educate the American...
    Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Golden statue of Trump at CPAC ridiculed online Five things to watch at CPAC MORE decried the Biden administration's release of a declassified report regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on Sunday, calling the report's release a "reckless" move. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, the former secretary of State under the Trump administration argued that the Biden administration had "political" motives in releasing the report and was bent on souring the U.S.-Saudi relationship over the issue. "[T]he release of this report was reckless. It was political. It was aimed at harming a relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the use of intelligence in a way that as a former CIA director, I would have never stood for," Pompeo said, adding: "So I regret that they chose to do. This was a...
    Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt slammed the Biden administration for not doing more to punish Saudi Arabia over the murder of his colleague Jamal Khashoggi. Hiatt joined ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to address the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s murder back in 2018. The Washington Post editorial board slammed President Joe Biden for declining to take major action against the crown prince, and Hiatt expanded on that with concerns about what this says to “another would-be butcher” who would have reporters killed in the future. “The calculation for him is he’s paid a price and the release of the report last week was a good step forward, but it’s not a sufficient price,” Hiatt said. “Biden’s own treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, last week said that those responsible for the reprehensible murder of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable. We know that...
    The Biden administration remains staunchly supportive of Budget Director pick Neera Tanden as well as working towards raising the federal minimum wage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday. "We remain committed to fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden," Psaki told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "We believe she is the right person — she is qualified, she is experienced — to lead the budget department. She brings a unique experience as somebody who’s lived through benefiting from a number of these programs, and she’s worked on these issues for decades across the aisle, so we're going to keep fighting for it." SANDERS PROPOSES WAY TO ADDRESS MINIMUM WAGE IN COVID-19 BILL Psaki made similar comments during an appearance on "The View" on Thursday. Tanden's hopes of becoming the next head of the powerful Office of Management and Budget are in jeopardy after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a key swing vote, announced his opposition due to her...
    Scoop: Biden admin call on Putin pipeline provokes GOP anger
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The White House announced Friday morning that it will include North Carolina in its federal pilot program of community vaccination centers. Starting March 10, a Greensboro site will receive about 3,000 vaccines per day. The timing aligns with Gov. Roy Cooper's expansion of vaccine eligibility to frontline essential workers. Teachers, child care workers and school staff were made eligible earlier this week, while a far more sweeping group of workers ranging from grocery store clerks to elected officials can start getting their COVID-19 shots the day the clinic in Greensboro launches. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will support the site at the Four Seasons Town Centre. The three-story shopping mall in Greensboro will have options for the vaccines to be administered through a drive-thru in the parking lot or in person inside a space formerly occupied by Dillard’s department...
    The Biden administration is exploring options to advance a pandemic eviction moratorium following a Thursday ruling from a federal United States district court judge that declared it unconstitutional. White House officials told the Daily Caller that the president is disappointed with the decision from Judge John Barker and that the Department of Justice is evaluating options to proceed with the moratorium. (RELATED: Eviction Moratorium Unconstitutional, Judge Rules) The Justice Department officials declined the Daily Caller’s requests for comment on the subject. US President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on February 26, 2021. – President Biden travels to Texas to visit a food bank and emergency operations center after a winter storm left millions without electricity and clean water for days. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) The White House stressed rulings from two other district courts that upheld the moratorium and said...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration wants to place 40% of the benefits in clean energy into communities that have “been hurt by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy” and have suffered from pollution. Granholm said, “[T]he Biden administration wants to put 40% of the benefits of the investments in this clean energy economy, which you’re going to see in the jobs package next go-around, into communities that have suffered from environmental pollution and also been hurt by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy — away from fossil fuels, benefit from the investments in hopefully clean energy. So, that commitment by this administration to invest in these communities is also going to be a big part of our portfolio that I’m very excited about.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki left open the possibility of a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing Thursday as pressure grows in Congress to punish China over its oppression of Uyghur Muslims in the country's Xinjiang region.  "There hasn't been a final decision made on that," Psaki said Thursday when asked about the potential boycott during a press conference. "And, of course, we would look for guidance from the U.S. Olympic Committee." A spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee said they believe boycotts are an ineffective way to address global issues.  "We believe the more effective course of action is for the governments of the world and China to engage directly on human rights and geopolitical issues," the spokesperson told Fox News.  AMB. NIKKI HALEY: BIDEN SHOULD BOYCOTT CHINA'S WINTER OLYMPICS NEXT YEAR Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., wrote a letter to President Joe Biden this week that urged him to "work...
    The Biden administration is showing "hypocrisy" by reopening a migrant facility that the Trump administration was criticized for using, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Thursday. "Do you think that the Democrats, who are crying those tears over the poor people they said Trump put in cages, do you think those might be tears of hypocrisy?" Paul told "America Reports." Paul noted that the cages and detention facilities were built under the Obama administration. "They were used in the Trump administration. Now, they’re being reopened under the Biden administration," he said. "Count me [as] one who thinks that there's a load of hypocrisy going on here." PSAKI DEFENDS REOPENING OF MIGRANT FACILITY FOR CHILDREN UNDER BIDEN: ‘THIS IS NOT KIDS BEING KEPT IN CAGES’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday described the use of the facility as a "temporary reopening" due to the COVID-19 pandemic and added that the administration’s "intention is very much to close it, but...
    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...
    Bradley Cortright February 25, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration is not continuing a Trump-era policy that separated migrant children from their parents at the border.  The White House is facing criticism after it was reported that the officials had reopened a facility used by the Trump administration in 2019 to house migrant children. On Thursday, co-host of “The View” Meghan McCain noted that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “repeatedly spoke out against kids in cages.” “I feel like this is the same thing and that you’re still detaining kids at the border, and it’s not meaningfully different than what President Trump was doing,” she charged. Psaki pushed back, “Well it’s absolutely not the same thing, Meghan. We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents. That is horrible and immoral and something we saw in the last administration.” Instead, she noted that “kids are fleeing prosecution” and “really...
    HOUSTON -- New data shows that U.S. facilities are on the verge of maxing out their capacities to hold unaccompanied migrant children needing to be connected to relatives or sponsors after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border, ABC News has learned.Shelters run by the Office for Refugee Resettlement, the division of Health and Human Services tasked with placing these children, are at 92% capacity, according to an HHS official. While the agency has more beds than ever before in its history, the coronavirus pandemic has cut the amount of usable space nearly in half.President Joe Biden's administration this week has reopened a tent facility to house up to 700 immigrant teenagers, providing them the beds necessary to transfer children out of Border Patrol stations and eventually place them with sponsors.HHS said Monday that the first teens arrived at Carrizo Springs, Texas, which was converted two years ago into a holding facility...
    EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn is warning the Biden administration that China is "our adversary," saying Beijing threatens our supply chain and urging the White House to "step up their game."During an exclusive interview with Fox News, Blackburn, R-Tenn., said the Biden administration needs to "show that they get it." BIDEN, HARRIS MEET BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LAWMAKERS TO DISCUSS SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES "The White House needs to step up their game, and show that China is our adversary, they are not our friend," she said. Blackburn attended a White House meeting Wednesday, when President Biden and Vice President Harris hosted a group of bipartisan House and Senate lawmakers to discuss supply chain issues. The meeting came as the president signed an executive order to direct a 100-day review of supply chains in four areas – pharmaceuticals, computer chips, large capacity batteries, and critical minerals and rare earth materials. The order also directed six sector reviews...
    President Joe Biden’s administration will “soon” release a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department announced Wednesday. Khashoggi was murdered and allegedly dismembered in 2018 by individuals linked to the Saudi government. Khashoggi was a longtime Saudi dissident and also a columnist for the Washington Post, killed on a trip to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The DNI report will likely detail the extent to which the U.S. believes the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman were responsible for the murder. In the State Dept briefing Spox Ned Price declines to comment on the private jets used by the Saudi Arabian Khashoggi assassination squad being owned by a company seized by the MBS. Says he does not want to get ahead of the DNI report. @MarquardtA report: https://t.co/i2FqArbMta — Kylie Atwood...
    The Biden administration anticipates shipping out 3 to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine next week — if the Food and Drug Administration green-lights it for emergency use, officials said Wednesday. “If authorized we are ready to roll out this vaccine without delay,” White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a virtual press briefing. Zients explained that on Tuesday he updated the nation’s governors on the administration’s plans to distribute Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine if the FDA grants emergency use authorization. “The governors are carefully planning their efforts and getting ready for the possible new vaccine,” said Zients, noting that the distribution approach for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine “will mirror the current allocations process across jurisdictions, pharmacies and community health centers.” The FDA backed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine as safe and effective earlier Wednesday, ahead of a Friday meeting in...
    More On: COVID vaccine Markets pop as Fed chair commits to keep cheap money flowing Florida women caught dressing like ‘grannies’ at COVID-19 vaccine site COVID-19 vaccine codes for hard-hit communities misused in rich areas FDA backs Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as safe and effective The Biden administration anticipates shipping out 3 to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine next week — if the Food and Drug Administration green-lights it for emergency use, officials said Wednesday. “If authorized we are ready to roll out this vaccine without delay,” White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a virtual press briefing. Zients explained that on Tuesday he updated the nation’s governors on the administration’s plans to distribute Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine if the FDA grants emergency use authorization. “The governors are carefully planning their efforts and getting ready for the possible new vaccine,”...
    Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal February 24, 2021 0 Comments GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida argued Tuesday the Biden administration has been characterized so far by lax border security and a tendency to align with teachers unions’ wishes to keep many schools closed. “In four weeks, the Biden administration has been known for two things: open borders and closed schools,” Scott told reporters during a Capitol Hill news conference with some of his Republican colleagues. First, Biden officials claimed they would follow the science, but then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report earlier this month saying schools can and should be open, he recounted. “Then they said they need money,” Scott continued. “Well, last year Congress allocated $68 billion for K-12 education and approximately $4 billion of it has been spent, so it clearly is not waiting for money. “It’s just basically Democrats and the...
    The Biden administration said Wednesday that it plans to deliver more than 25 million masks to more than 1,300 community health centers and thousands of food pantries and soup kitchens, in an effort to reach the most vulnerable Americans. White House Coronavirus Task Force Director Jeffrey Zients said the new effort would cost $86 million. JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE READY FOR ROLLOUT ‘WITHOUT DELAY’ PENDING EUA, WHITE HOUSE SAYS The administration, beginning next month, will deliver the masks to community health centers and more than 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the nation. The masks will be "high-quality", "washable" and in line with CDC guidance. "We believe this policy makes a lot of sense in that it allows people who are not able to, in some situations, find or afford a mask to get a mask," Zients said. "It is part of our equity strategy and central to that."...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments The Biden administration will deliver more than 25 million masks to community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens from March through May as part of its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. The White House estimates between 12 and 15 million Americans will have access to the masks. (Reporting by Makini Brice)
    Savannah Rychcik February 24, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is letting the Biden administration know reopening a migrant facility for children will “never will be okay.” She posted a tweet on Tuesday citing an article by The Washington Post revealing the news of the Biden administration’s move to reopen a child migrant facility once used by the Trump administration. “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. She added, “Our immigration system is built on a carceral framework. It’s no accident that challenging how we approach both these issues are considered ‘controversial’ stances. They require reimagining our relationship to each other and challenging common assumptions we take for granted.” Our immigration system is built on a carceral framework. It’s no accident that challenging how we approach both these issues are considered...
    Iranian refugee and former Trump official Ellie Cohanim slammed John Kerry on Wednesday, calling the former secretary of state's backdoor meetings with Iran during Trump’s presidency "anti-American" and an attempt to undermine the administration’s foreign policy stances. During an appearance on "Fox and Friends," the former State Department special envoy called the Biden administration’s talks with Iran to reenter the nuclear deal "diplomatic malpractice" and urged them to stop making unilateral concessions and instead increase demands on the Iranian regime. "What exactly was it that John Kerry was telling them - just ignore America until we’re back in power?" Cohanim said. "It’s kind of unbelievable." NORTH KOREA AND IRAN TEAMING UP AGAIN AS US WEIGHS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL Cohanim said that the maximum pressure campaign under the Trump administration to hold the Iranians accountable was one of the strongest on the regime in American history and has brought the country...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had some strong words for President Biden's administration after news surfaced that it was reopening a child migrant detention facility in Texas. "This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party," the progressive icon tweeted on Tuesday. She added: "It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. That’s why bold reimagination is so impt. DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more." BIDEN DOJ RESCINDS ZERO TOLERANCE IMMIGRATION POLICY Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., piled on, tweeting: "Multiple administrations have made the callous choice to lock up thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States of America." "As long as we see people seeking a better life as 'aliens' instead of fellow human beings, our...
    DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas For several election cycles now, voters across the country have ousted sheriffs who’ve collaborated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the flawed and racist 287(g) program, which allows local law enforcement to act as mass deportation agents. In just one example last month, South Carolina Sheriff Kristin Graziano terminated the agreement on her first day in office, calling it “legal racial profiling.” Dozens of House Democrats are now calling on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas to go even further, and scrap the policy entirely. They explain in the letter that 287(g) and other anti-immigrant policies “turn local law enforcement agencies into a gateway to deportation, co-opt local resources into questionable, racially discriminatory purposes, strip communities of safety and public trust, and subject localities and the federal government to liability.” It needs to go. The policy existed prior to the previous administration but grew in size under it, turning local sheriffs into the anti-immigrant...
    The South Korean Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that $7 billion in Iranian assets, frozen in two South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions since September 2019, would be released to Iran following “consultations” with the Biden administration. “Our government has been in talks with Iran about ways to use the frozen assets, and the Iran side has expressed its consent to the proposals we have made. The actual unfreezing of the assets will be carried out through consultations with related countries, including the United States,” the South Korean Foreign Ministry said. The exact details of the financial transfer were not disclosed. The Korea Times reported the Foreign Ministry was in talks with Washington last month about unfreezing some of the money to pay Iran’s dues to the United Nations, and possibly to use some of the funds to purchase “humanitarian items such as medicine and medical equipment” from a...
    Children at the Homestead prison camp for children in Florida in 2019. The Biden administration is reportedly planning on reopening this facility. The Biden administration has reopened an unlicensed, Trump-era prison camp that’s expected to jail up to 700 children who arrived to the U.S. without parents, The Washington Post reports. The Carrizo Springs, Texas, camp was originally opened in the summer of 2019 and was in operation for only a month, facing angry protests over the previous administration’s inhumane treatment of kids and their families. “But immigration lawyers and advocates question why the Biden administration would choose to reopen a Trump-era facility that was the source of protests and controversy,” the report said. “It’s unnecessary, it’s costly, and it goes absolutely against everything [President] Biden promised he was going to do,” immigration attorney Linda Brandmiller told the Post. “It’s a step backward, is what it is. It’s a huge step backward.” The Post reports that...
    Savannah Rychcik February 23, 2021 0 Comments National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is praising the Trump administration for the “breathtaking” speed at which a COVID-19 vaccine was developed. During an interview with Axios, Collins was asked what the Trump administration got right amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to Secretary Azar, was a effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary and it was thought about as a Manhattan Project,” Collins said on Sunday. He continued, “Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials… so that if any of those trials happen to work, you would already have doses ready to go into...
    An Associated Press reported took State Department spokesman Ned Price to task Monday for suggesting that President Joe Biden was responsible for a policy that had started under the Trump administration. Price, highlighting a report sent to Congress, said some 18 entities have engaged in "good faith efforts" to scale back their involvement in Nord Stream 2, a controversial $11 billion pipeline project designed to transmit Russian natural gas to Germany. State Department Spokesman Ned Price speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington.  (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP) Kremlin critics have said the project would double the amount of natural gas imported from Russia. If completed, it would leave Europe more dependent on Russian energy than ever before. The poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has revitalized calls for the project to be abandoned. At Monday’s press...
    "Asylum seekers from El Salvador wait at a bus station after they were released from U.S. immigration authorities on February 08, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas." The Biden administration has admitted into the U.S. the first group of asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico under an anti-asylum policy implemented by the previous administration. While the 25 men, women, and children are a tiny fraction of the roughly 25,000 asylum-seekers currently waiting in Mexico, their entry on Friday marks the beginning of the end of this dangerous and inhumane policy that stranded families for months and even years. “Who thought this day would come? I never thought it would happen,” asylum-seeker Edwin Gomez told the Associated Press. He’d fled El Salvador when gang members killed his wife and teen son after he’d been unable to pay extortion fees. Under the previous administration’s policy, he continued to remain vulnerable, but this time to the thugs who prey on asylum-seekers...
    Meghan McCain lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci during Monday’s broadcast of “The View,” questioning comments he made over the weekend. McCain shared a clip of Fauci telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that despite the vaccine, people should hold off on getting together with family and that Americans could still be wearing masks in 2022. WATCH: “So I was very frustrated when I saw this clip,” McCain began, pausing to acknowledge the massive loss felt by hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost family members and friends to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s horrific and very sad, and the grief that our country is going through should not be downplayed.” McCain then pivoted back to Fauci, saying that his messaging didn’t appear to match up with what was happening in other countries where the vaccine was also rolling out. (RELATED: ‘It’s Possible’: Fauci Says Masks...
    The Biden administration has continued to forcibly push back on the World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus assessments and China’s refusal to cooperate with international investigations into the pandemic’s origins. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CBS on Sunday that the administration “has questions” surrounding the WHO’s reports because officials flat out “do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread both in China and then eventually around the world.” WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: U.S. President Joe Biden returns to the White House after a trip to Michigan on February 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan to visit Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “The only way to have a scientifically based investigation is to have access to all of the data,” he stated. “This is why the WHO investigation has to...
    BEIJING - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi called on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to work with Beijing to reopen dialog between the two countries to restore a bilateral relationship damaged under the presidency of Donald Trump.  Wang, a Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, said the Trump administration's actions to suppress and contain China inflicted immeasurable harm, and called on Washington to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector.  Wang also urged Washington to respect China's core interests, stop interfering in Beijing's internal affairs and stop "conniving" with separatist forces for Taiwan's independence.  "Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialog at all levels," Wang said in prepared remarks translated into English.  "We stand ready to have candid communication with the U.S. side, and engage in dialogs aimed at...
    Republicans blasted a Friday night State Department report on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, pointing out the two sanction designations by the Biden administration had already been announced by the Trump administration and arguing the U.S. actions did not push back forcefully enough on the Kremlin project. The State Department submitted a report to Congress announcing that a Russian ship, the Fortuna, and the Russian company which owns it, KVT-RUS, had been designated by the U.S. in a move toward the imposition of sanctions. In Trump’s last full day in office, though, the U.S. had announced sanctions on the same Russian ship and Russian company through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Under both former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump, the U.S. opposed the the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, designed to carry Russian natural gas to Europe but bypassing Ukraine and denying that U.S....
    President Joe Biden’s administration is ready and willing to sit down with Iran to discuss furthering the Iran Nuclear Deal or negotiating a new one, the administration announced Thursday. Former President Donald Trump’s administration withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal in 2018, arguing the deal was weak and Iran wasn’t holding up its end of the bargain. The U.S. departure led Iran to continue its drift from the deal’s requirements, and the Biden administration has said it is willing to end sanctions if Iran returns to its agreement. “The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in a Thursday statement. Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty...
    A protestor holds an "Abolish ICE" sign during a protest in 2019 Newsweek’s Adrian Carrasquillo reports that when voting in favor of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which encompasses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden said in a floor speech in 2002 that bill would likely “need to be revisited several times and its implementation will need to be closely monitored by Congress if we hope to get it right." Flash forward to 2021, and legislators say that oversight is long overdue. Carrasquillo reports that a number of Democratic leaders in both the U.S. House and Senate, including one elected official who represents the southern border region, are calling for the Biden administration to clamp down on the agency, including giving leadership and staff who’ve felt unaccountable the boot. “Asked if reforming the agency included a change in leadership and firings, [Arizona Rep. Raúl] Grijalva said ‘absolutely,’”...
    Protesters stand at an intersection on June 21, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Protesters rallied in front of the St. Paul Capitol to demand reform at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The Biden administration today unveils its immigration overhaul creating a path to citizenship for millions of the nation’s undocumented immigrants. The “ambitious” bill would put 11 million people on a path to legal status, including an immediate pathway for the nation’s farmworkers and undocumented immigrants with temporary protections. President Joe Biden on Day One of his new administration released details on the overhaul, but had not yet released the text of the bill itself. The legislation, titled the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, will be introduced in the House by California Rep. Linda Sánchez, and in the Senate by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. “We have an economic and moral imperative to pass big, bold and inclusive immigration reform,” he said on Wednesday according to The...
    A CNN report from White House correspondent Phil Mattingly called out what Jake Tapper described as “shifting message” from the Biden administration on school reopenings. Tapper opened the program noting how President Joe Biden took questions at Tuesday night’s town hall that “reset some expectations amidst conflicting and confusing messages from the White House, shifting messages” on when schools can be reopened. As Mattingly reported, “President Biden may have pledged to reopen a majority of schools in his first 100 days… but his administration can’t seem to settle on what that means.” After comments from White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden said reports that schools may only open for at least one day a week was a “mistake in communication.” Mattingly referenced Vice President Kamala Harris’ Today Show interview with Savannah Guthrie earlier in the day and said, “The administration, torn between parents, science, and teachers’ unions also briefly...
    Unlawfully appointed former DHS Deputy Ken Cuccinelli. It was a bad day for unlawfully appointed former acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday, and that’s always a good thing for immigrants. The Biden DHS that day rejected the highly questionable agreement the anti-immigrant loudmouth signed with the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and that a whistleblower recently exposed as part of a complaint into Ken’s corrupt behavior. That document, signed into place on the last full day of the previous president’s administration (nope, nothing sketchy going on there at all!), would have given the ICE union veto power over whatever changes and policies the new administration sought to implement. Or, all of them basically. Under law, the new administration had 30 days to “approve or disapprove” the agreement, BuzzFeed News reported. On Tuesday, with just hours left to spare until that deadline, it did the latter. "As part...
    Amid growing questions about the Biden administration’s approach to school reopenings, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked during Wednesday’s briefing to clarify what President Joe Biden’s position is on whether teaches need to be vaccinated first. Hours earlier, Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pressed Vice President Kamala Harris on whether she can say it’s safe for teachers to return to the classroom before getting vaccinated. Harris said a number of times teachers should be prioritized as Guthrie questioned her very specifically on the matter. At the briefing later, Psaki was asked very directly whether Biden believes “teachers need to be vaccinated before they go back to school.” “Neither the president nor the vice president believe that it is a requirement,” Psaki responded. “The CDC guidelines included a range of mitigation steps including vaccinations as recommendations, but the mitigation steps also included steps like social distancing, the need for smaller class...
    The Biden administration is urging officials to use the word “noncitizen” instead of “alien” as well as other, more inclusive language choices in a new memorandum, The Post has learned, as the White House maintains that President Biden himself “believes in the rights” of illegal immigrants to be in the country. In a missive sent to administration staffers Tuesday, US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Tracy Renaud informed her federal government colleagues of the administration’s preferred terminology for key immigration topics. Other terms being replaced include “illegal alien,” which will be replaced with “undocumented noncitizen” or “undocumented individual,” and “assimilation,” which will be replaced with “integration” or “civic integration.” In the memo, first reported by Axios Tuesday, Renaud encouraged “more inclusive language in the agency’s outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public.” She signed the memo on Friday, USCIS told The...
    Western Journal February 17, 2021 0 Comments The Biden administration is adopting what it calls “inclusive” language to describe illegal immigrants, eschewing the legal term “alien” to describe those who are not citizens. President Joe Biden has said that his immigration bill, which is expected to be formally introduced in Congress this week, will seek to replace the words “illegal alien” in U.S. laws, according to Fox News. The word “alien” has peppered laws concerning those who are not American citizens since the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts, but Biden wants to change all that and call illegal immigrants “noncitizens.” Although siccing the word police on every U.S. law on the books to officially change the texts would take the consent of Congress, the Biden administration is now making the change in how it communicates. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting Director Tracy Renaud recently issued a memo calling...
    The Biden administration reportedly has encouraged its officials to use more welcoming terms when referring to immigrants. According to an email sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials Tuesday, acting Director Tracy Renaud recently signed a memo encouraging "more inclusive language in the agencys outreach efforts, internal documents, and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners, and the general public," per Axios. One suggested example was using the term "noncitizen" instead of "alien." Other changes urged included using "undocumented noncitizen" or "undocumented individual" instead of "illegal alien," and "integration or civic integration" instead of "assimilation." Former President Donald Trump and members of his administration often referred to unauthorized immigrants as "illegal aliens" and described border crossings as an "invasion." A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson had not responded to Axios calls and an email seeking comment. One former Trump administration official defended the terminology used under the former president. "By...
    Former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow was caught on a hot-mic during Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “America Reports” saying “bullshit” to Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments on the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. In a video from HBO Axios’ interview, Harris said, “In many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that has been raging for almost an entire year.” Kudlow, who had just been interviewed, could be heard saying, “Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.” Anchor Sandra Smith said, “That was Vice President Kamala Harris making some false claims.” She added, “And that was Larry Kudlow weighing in.” Hot mic: Larry Kudlow calls @VPs claims in @axios interview "bullshit" right before the commercial on Fox pic.twitter.com/Wbewo52lzy — Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) February 16, 2021 Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    Madison Summers February 16, 2021 0 Comments Vice President Kamala Harris is suggesting President Joe Biden’s administration is “starting from scratch” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Harris told Axios the Trump administration had “no stockpile” and “no national strategy or plan” for COVID-19 vaccines as the Biden administration took over. “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations, we were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris said. She then claimed, “In many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.” Watch Harris’s comments below: Fauci, the chief medical advisor to Biden, was asked for a response to Harris’s comment that the Biden administration is practically “starting from scratch” during Tuesday’s interview on “CNN Newsroom.” The nation’s top infectious disease expert suggested, “I believe what the vice president is referring to is...
    Laundered shoes hang to dry inside a camp for asylum seekers on February 7, 2021, in Matamoros, Mexico. Many of the some 600 people in the camp, most from Central America, have been living there for up to a year, waiting for an immigration court hearing across the bridge in Brownsville, Texas. The Biden administration announced that it will this week begin allowing into the U.S. a number of the thousands of asylum-seekers who have been forced by the previous administration to wait for their U.S. immigration court dates in Mexico, NBC News reports. “Starting Feb. 19, asylum-seekers who have been waiting the longest or are considered vulnerable will be eligible to enter the United States as they await their day in court.” Since its Jan. 2019 implementation, a total of 70,000 asylum-seekers have been subject to the dangerous and illegal Remain in Mexico policy. There were still 25,000 active cases when the new administration announced it would no longer...
    Axios drew criticism Monday after it deleted a tweet fact-checking Vice President Kamala Harris, who repeated the debunked claim that the Biden administration is "starting from scratch" with its coronavirus vaccine rollout.  During an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen that aired on HBO Sunday,  Harris was asked about the struggles of the administration's response to the pandemic after nearly one month in office.  "There was no stockpile ... of vaccines," Harris responded. "There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways, we're starting from scratch on something that's been raging for almost an entire year!" AXIOS POLITICAL REPORTER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH TOP BIDEN STAFFER RAISES ETHICS CONCERNS Axios shared that exchange on Sunday evening, but included a comment by White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, who refuted CNN's reporting last month that quoted...
    Colombian immigrant Paola Parra (L) takes her oral citizenship test at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The politicized version of the U.S. citizenship test put into place by the previous administration in its final weeks of power is also on its way out the door. BuzzFeed News says that the Biden administration is reportedly set on tossing the previous administration’s version of the test into the trash, just over two months after the exam’s changes were officially announced to widespread condemnation. “Immigrant groups and attorneys claimed the changes were part of the Trump administration’s overall effort to restrict immigration and curtail the number of people able to gain citizenship,” BuzzFeed News reported. “Agency officials, however, said it was part of a process to update the questions to prepare immigrants to...
    Former DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Monday warned that President Joe Biden’s administration has thrown open the door for immigrants, a stark contrast from the previous President Donald Trump administration. This comes as the Biden administration announced plans to slowly allow 25,000 asylum seekers to enter the United States. Cuccinelli warned on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company” that Biden’s immigration policy will result in dangerous people such as child molesters, domestic abusers and drunk drivers being released back into the country instead of deported. “Professional career officers were finding just a couple of percent of those people qualified for asylum,” Cuccinelli stated. “I mean, it was a clear sham, and Mexico cooperated to give us an extraordinary level of detention ability. And so now, when they just throw open the door, I mean, that is the answer. It isn’t whether you could hold back. They have given up...
    Vice President Kamala Harris claimed in a new interview that the Biden administration is "starting from scratch" on a national vaccination strategy amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite Dr. Anthony Fauci saying otherwise last month. During an interview with Axios’ Mike Allen, Harris said that the "challenge" the new administration has faced since coming into office is that there was "no stockpile" of vaccines against the novel coronavirus. BIDEN ANNOUNCES 200 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOSES OF COVID19 VACCINE "There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations, we were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try to figure it out," Harris explained. "So, in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year." Harris said that the Biden administration will "challenge" that "everything is possible." "Our standard has to be that everything is possible, but we’re going to have to work like heck...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis accused the Biden administration of “hypocrisy” for welcoming migrants into the country without requiring coronavirus testing but mulled a ban on domestic travel to Florida. “Of course they're not being screened for COVID at the southern border. Because this is all political. So he’s opening the border, he's letting illegals pour in, they are not doing any COVID tests. ... We have no idea what type of COVID or other things they may be carrying,” the Republican governor said Sunday morning on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. “Yet, he wants to potentially make you take a test if you just get on an airplane and fly from one American city to the next. Or he wants to prevent travel to the state of Florida,” he said. "It is a huge contradiction and you can’t square...opening borders for illegal aliens but then...
    Meghan McCain said White House Press Secretary TJ Ducklo’s actions were “beneath” President Joe Biden’s administration, calling it “blatant sexism.” “I cannot tell you how angry misogynists who speak this way towards women makes me,” the cohost of “The View” tweeted to her hundreds of thousands of followers on Friday. (RELATED: ‘I Will Fire You On The Spot’: Biden Says He Will Have Zero Tolerance For Staffers Disrespecting Others) “This is disgusting, blatant sexism and it’s beneath the Biden administration,” she added. “@tarapalmeri is one of the best journalists out there and deserves better than this.”(RELATED: Meghan McCain Says She Believes Biden Administration ‘Could Possibly’ Find ‘Cure’ For Cancer) I cannot tell you how angry misogynists who speak this way towards women makes me – this is disgusting, blatant sexism and it’s beneath the Biden administration. @tarapalmeri is one of the best journalists out there and deserves better than this....
    The Biden administration will soon begin allowing migrants waiting in Mexico while their asylum cases are processed to enter the country, in the latest reversal of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. Starting next Friday, the Department of Homeland Security will begin to phase in a program to admit migrants with active cases, undermining the previous administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, officials said. Under the previous policy, asylum seekers were forced to stay in Mexico while awaiting US proceedings. “This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. The newly confirmed secretary said the change does not mean the border is open to all migrants, adding that COVID-19 restrictions are in place. “This announcement should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States,” the...
    More On: migrants Biden WH can’t say how it is refuting perception that the US border is open Illegals rushing to the border with Biden in office as admin opens new tent city Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children Honduran migrant traveling to US says Biden is ‘going to help all of us’ The Biden administration will soon begin allowing migrants waiting in Mexico while their asylum cases are processed to enter the country, in the latest reversal of Trump’s immigration policy. Starting next Friday, the Department of Homeland Security will begin to phase in a program to admit migrants with active cases, undermining the previous administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, officials said. Under the previous policy, asylum seekers were forced to stay in Mexico while awaiting US proceedings. “This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not...
    As the Senate considers for the second time in barely over a year whether to convict former President Donald Trump of an impeachment charge, he continues to dominate the political world even as he's remained mum through the process.  Meanwhile, President Biden's administration is off to a rapid start with dozens of executive orders in its first few weeks, as controversies rage among both Republicans and Democrats and efforts to recover from the coronavirus pandemic are at times floundering.  Here are some of the issues that continue to brew in the background as the political world is focused on impeachment.  Keystone XL The fallout from the Biden administration's decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project has continued in recent days, even if it's been under the radar.  In this image from video, Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the...
    The Department of Homeland Security unveiled its plan Friday to begin processing the roughly 25,000 migrants forced to “remain in Mexico” under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protections Protocols. “Individuals should not take any action at this time and should remain where they are to await further instructions,” DHS said in a press release. “We will soon announce a virtual registration process that will be accessible from any location. Once registered, eligible individuals will be provided additional information about where and when to present themselves. Individuals should not approach the border until instructed to do so.” (RELATED: Biden Rescinds Trump’s ‘Unwarranted’ National Emergency Declaration At Southern Border) WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 11: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties on the critical need to invest in modern and sustainable American infrastructure in the Oval Office of the White House on February 11, 2021 in Washington,...
    President Joe Biden’s administration has secured the purchase of an additional 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the White House announced Thursday. The administration announced in January that it was “working to purchase” an additional 100 million doses each from Pfizer and Moderna. That effort is now successful, raising the total number of doses at the nation’s disposal to 600 million doses through the summer of 2021. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses per person, however, meaning the vault of doses is enough to cover 300 million Americans. Biden said those all 600 million doses should be distributed by “the end of July.” (RELATED: Joe Biden Holds First Call With Vladimir Putin, Presses On Hacking Attacks, Navalny Arrest) “Just this afternoon we signed final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines,” Biden said during a Thursday speech at the National Institutes...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday that President Joe Biden’s potential travel ban on Florida would be “a political attack” against the people in his state. “There was some type of report about potential travel restrictions on Americans and on Floridians, and I think it’s an absurd report that they would be doing that,” DeSantis said. “I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust.” The governor also decried “restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested.” WATCH:  The recent report that the Biden administration is considering restricting the travel of Floridians is completely absurd, especially when Biden allows illegal aliens to pour across our southern border. We won’t allow Floridians to be unfairly targeted for political purposes. pic.twitter.com/h47AVuof50 — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 11, 2021 It would not...
    The Biden administration is telling the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- or ObamaCare -- is constitutional, a reversal of the Trump Justice Department position. The justices heard the arguments last fall in a case first brought by some red states challenging the ACA’s constitutionality -- and a decision is pending. But with the change of position, the high court could delay a ruling and order reargument in the case. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS MORE CALIFORNIA CHURCHES TO CONDUCT INDOOR SERVICES, WITH SOME LIMITS The Justice Department filed a letter Wednesday "to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the conclusions in the previously filed brief." The health care case was argued a week after the election in November. The Trump administration called on the justices to strike down the entire Obama-era health law under which some 23 million people get health insurance...
    President Biden nominated Julie Su Wednesday, as the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor. Su, who currently oversees the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, will likely face tough questioning over her handling of the state’s unemployment claims during the pandemic -- which has been inundated with allegations of widespread fraud. LIKELY BIDEN DEPUTY LABOR SECRETARY PICK COULD FACE SENATE SCRUTINY OVER CALIFORNIA UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD A recent state audit found that under Su’s leadership, California has mistakenly paid out $11.4 billion in fraudulent unemployment benefits since the pandemic started last March, with some estimates ranging as high as $31 billion. "There is no sugarcoating the reality," Su said in a January press conference following the report. "California has not had sufficient security measures in place to prevent this level of fraud, and criminals took advantage of the situation." Su said the state’s Employment Development Department was "overwhelmed" with unemployment...
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Joe Biden is going to the mat for former secretary of education Betsy DeVos. In a Monday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton and other DOJ attorneys argued that students who were ripped off by for-profit scam colleges cannot depose the former Trump-era official. “The [students’] demand for a former cabinet official’s deposition is extraordinary, unnecessary, and unsupported,” the filing alleges. “It is a transparent attempt at harassment—part of a PR campaign that has been central to [the students’] litigation strategy from the outset. It should be rejected and the court should quash the subpoena.” Making common cause with the DOJ in the motion to quash is another Trump-era official: former acting associate attorney general Jesse Panuccio. Now an attorney with elite law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Panuccio...
    The Biden administration announced this week that it opened a soft-sided facility for immigrants in Donna, Texas, as Republican lawmakers warn of a "rising crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said the agency’s Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, is undergoing renovation, necessitating the additional facilities. The primary purpose of the Donna location will be to process individuals in U.S. Border Patrol custody. "The Donna location was chosen because it is central to Border Patrol stations throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector," a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REOPENING TEXAS HOLDING FACILITY FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN  As previously reported by Fox News, the Department of Health and Human Services also plans to reactivate a temporary Influx Care Facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, for the potential care of unaccompanied alien children detained at the...
    President Joe Biden’s administration responded to a question about Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s national anthem ban and said the country hasn’t “lived up to our highest ideals.” “Well, I haven’t spoken with the president about the decision by Mark Cuban on the Dallas Mavericks or … the national anthem,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shared Wednesday. “But I know he’s incredibly proud to be an American, and has great respect for the anthem, and all that represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform around the world.” .@PressSec is asked about the decision by the Dallas Mavs to stop playing the national anthem: President Biden “has great respect for the anthem… He’d also say that pride in our country means recognizing moments when we as a country havn’t lived up to our highest ideals.” pic.twitter.com/aTl2dKFScZ — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 10, 2021 “He’d also say...
    President Biden reversing the previous administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives under Democratic leadership passed landmark LGBTQ rights legislation that would go on to become one of the hundreds (yes, hundreds, here’s a full list courtesy of Daily Kos’ Meteor Blades) of bills blocked by Senate Republicans. Because the Equality Act was DOA solely due to the do-nothing majority (polling finds Americans favor new LGBTQ rights laws), a new Democratic administration and Democratic-controlled Congress give advocates a new hope for advancing LGBTQ equality, Eugene Scott writes for The Washington Post. Scott lists the passage of the Equality Act as one of the biggest pushes by advocates in the new administration. Passed by the House in 2019, the legislation “would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding through contracts or assistance, financial credit, and the jury...
    Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, a Trump-appointee who prosecuted more Antifa suspects than any other, is among many federal prosecutors who will resign from their positions at the behest of the Biden administration. Williams, 64, was officially appointed to the job by former President Donald Trump in 2017 after holding it in an acting and interim capacity since 2015, when he replaced former U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, who resigned during a sexual harassment investigation. Last week, he reported that Portland’s summer of rioting had caused at least $2.3 million to a handful of federal buildings in the city alone. Billy Williams the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon speaks during a press conference January 27, 2016 at the Harney County Chamber of Commercein Burns, Oregon. (ROB KERR/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images) PORTLAND RIOTS CAUSED AT LEAST $2.3M IN DAMAGE TO FEDERAL BUILDINGS, US ATTORNEY SAYS Williams’...
    The Biden administration will begin sending doses of COVID-19 vaccines to federally qualified community health centers next week in an effort to ramp up distribution and expand outreach to traditionally underserved communities. Roughly 250 sites will receive 1 million vaccines in the initial phase of the program. The announcement comes following the CDC release of data showing stark racial and ethnic disparities in the nation’s vaccination effort. In the first month of immunizations, over 60 percent vaccinated were white, compared to the 5.4 percent who were Black and 11.5 percent who were Hispanic. “Equity is our North Star here,” said White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force leader Marcella Nunez-Smith. “This effort that focuses on direct allocation to the community health centers really is about connecting with those hard-to-reach populations across the country.” Community health centers reach nearly 30 million patients per year, according to Politico. Related Stories: ...
    The media’s hysteria has disappeared as President Joe Biden requests mass resignations from Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys, marking a shift from when former President Donald Trump did the same. Biden will reportedly ask almost all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign as soon as Tuesday, CNN reported. The move is expected to affect 56 Senate-confirmed attorneys, the network added. This turnover is common as new presidents transition into office, but the media’s reaction has differed, with some seeming to take more issue when Trump made resignation requests in 2017. With Biden’s mass resignation request, CNN opted for a straightforward headline, writing, “DOJ [Department of Justice] to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign.” In 2017, the network opted to highlight the “anger” over the Trump administration’s “handling of US attorney firings.” CNN also did not use the word “firing” once in its article about Biden’s incoming resignations requests. The network noted that with...
    The Biden administration’s Department of Justice on Monday dropped a lawsuit that the Trump-era DOJ filed on behalf of former First Lady Melania Trump against her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The Oct. 2019 lawsuit claimed that Wolkoff violated “contractual obligations and fiduciary duties,” but Wolkoff and her lawyers said all along that the lawsuit was merely a taxpayer-funded effort to punish Wolkoff for penning the tell-all book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady. Wolkoff ruffled White House feathers by playing a recording of Melania Trump on CNN in early Oct. 2019. In that audio, a frustrated first lady can be heard saying: “who gives a fuck about Christmas stuff and decorations?” Additional audio revealed Melania Trump discussing the “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that the first lady wore before visiting detention centers in Texas, where children who had been separated from their...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Jackson County, TX Sheriff A.J. Louderback stated that a recent memo by acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske is “essentially a defund ICE by memo,” and that people who have been detained because they are in the country illegally are being released without coronavirus tests. Host Tucker Carlson asked, “Is it true, in the state of Texas, that people who have been detained because they’re not here legally, they’re foreign nationals are being released without coronavirus tests?” Louderback responded, “It’s absolutely true, absolutely true. It’s even — if I could continue, Tucker, the memo that I received this last week, it’s essentially a defund ICE by memo, by memorandum that was sent out by David Pekoske on January 20 of ’21. So, this is a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans here in the United States. The message really has been sent,...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was confronted by reporters on Monday about reported pending guidance that would spare some illegal immigrants convicted of less serious offenses from deportation, as the Biden administration lays the framework for its immigration strategy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to issue new guidance stipulating that undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of driving under the influence, solicitation, simple assault, and drug-based crimes may no longer face deportation, as reported by The Washington Post. Psaki noted that prioritization of who is subject to deportation is ultimately up to the Department of Homeland Security, which will determine who presents the greatest national security threat. "The priority for the enforcement of immigration laws will be on those who are posing a national security threat ... and on recent arrivals," Psaki said during a press briefing. "Nobody is saying that DUIs or assault are acceptable behavior,...
    Western Journal February 8, 2021 0 Comments Comments from President Joe Biden praising the forthcoming book from his son, Hunter, were ruled out of line by a former White House ethics czar. Walter Shaub, who was director of the Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama, tweeted and then deleted his criticism of Biden, according to the Washington Examiner. “It is not acceptable for the President of the United States to be part of the book promotion tour. No,” he wrote. Shaub said it was “wonderful” that Hunter Biden was sharing his story but added that his father’s comments were inappropriate. The Examiner said Shaub issued other tweets about the book that have since been deleted. .@waltshaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics who gave up his career in government to speak out against Trump’s corruption, agrees with me. https://t.co/tDLeJlpaSV — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum)...
    PRESIDENT Biden’s administration are planning to limit ICE immigration arrests and deportations after signing executive orders to cancel several Trump policies. It means ICE agents will no longer seek to deport immigrants for crimes such as driving under the influence and assault.  5Biden plans to limit ICE immigration arrests and deportationCredit: AFP or licensors 5ICE officers will soon be given new guidanceCredit: AP:Associated Press Under the Biden Presidency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will soon be given new guidance that will lead to fewer arrests and deportations while using more resources for national security issues, suspects in sex crimes, gang members, felons and recent arrivals, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The policy change would mean officers no longer seek deportations for immigrants convicted of drunken driving and assault, and will focus instead on national security threats, recent border crossers and people completing prison and jail terms for aggravated...
    BERNIE Sanders denounced President Joe Biden on Saturday for giving fewer Americans Covid relief money than the Trump administration did. The 79-year-old Vermont senator's commentary comes after Joe Biden's new $1.9trillion Covid budget plan was passed in the Senate on Friday morning. 8Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Saturday evening to denounce President BidenCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8Joe Biden's new $1.9trillion Covid budget plan was passed on FridayCredit: AFP or licensors 8Credit: Twitter 8Credit: Twitter Shortly after, the House - on a near party line vote - approved the Senate-passed budget resolution. Sanders' criticism comes as President Biden vowed "to act fast" to get $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans. However, the relief money will reportedly be restricted to people on certain incomes. Sanders tweeted on Saturday evening: "Unbelievable. There are some Dems who want to lower the income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals, and...
    On Friday’s “Fox News Primetime,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) blasted the hypocrisy of those on the left like the Biden administration that say they want to follow science on the coronavirus, but then ignore the science on reopening schools. Scott said, “I mean, the hypocrisy of the left, they say they want to follow the science. The CDC says, open the schools. The Biden administration says, no, we’ll wait and follow something else.” He added, “Fact is, in December, we approved $82 billion, billion dollars, to reopen schools. They still won’t do it. I’m stunned, Trey, truly stunned.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar called out a “confusing” contradiction from the Biden administration on reopening schools. This week, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about that this week and said Walensky was speaking “in her personal capacity,” adding, “Obviously, she’s the head of the CDC, but we’re going to wait for the final guidance to come out.” On Friday, Keilar highlighted this and said, “It is the mantra of president Biden’s covid response team that science, not politics, will drive its policy in the pandemic. But is that what is leading the way when it comes to reopening schools?” She played Walensky’s comments, followed by Psaki’s, before calling out the latter for downplaying the CDC director’s comments: “Here’s the thing. Dr. Walensky wasn’t speaking in her personal capacity. She is the CDC...
    U.S. Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to a Department of Justice (DOJ) request to cancel upcoming oral arguments around two of the previous administration’s most outrageous anti-immigrant and anti-asylum policies. “Both cases are still pending but will probably be dismissed as moot, since Biden's Justice Department will not defend either facet of the Trump immigration policy,” NBC News reports. The two cases are the previous administration’s racist and stupid border wall that Mexico never did pay for, and its anti-asylum Remain in Mexico policy. The former would have been heard on Feb. 22, the latter on March 1. But following a series of executive actions by President Joe Biden on Inauguration Day and this past Tuesday, the DOJ asked the justices to cancel oral arguments, SCOTUSblog reported earlier this week. Like previously noted, Biden on Day One of his presidency ended the previous administration’s so-called “national emergency” used as an excuse to...
    President Joe Biden’s administration reportedly asked MLB to delay the start of the season one month due to the pandemic. Senior members of the Biden administration spoke to Major League Baseball owners about postponing the season to allow for players to be vaccinated in time for the start of the season, according to The Athletic. The comments were noted by the New York Post in a piece published Thursday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Biden administration wants MLB to push back season a month https://t.co/SXKeypIfCg pic.twitter.com/nfBDy1eRpu — New York Post (@nypost) February 4, 2021 However, the Players Association reportedly opted to not be part of the meeting because it believed it would be pressured into delaying the upcoming baseball season. (RELATED: Tim Tebow Hits Home Run In First Professional At-Bat) Unless there is some kind of coronavirus outbreak, the MLB season will...
    One of former President Trump's more controversial appointees, Roger Severino, is suing the Biden administration, alleging that it illegally threatened to terminate his position on a regulatory council. "President Biden's attempt to remove me contrary to law exposes his lofty promises of healing and uniting all Americans as nothing more than cynical manipulation," Severino said in a statement provided to Fox News on Wednesday. "Because I am not one to be bullied, not even by the President himself, I will not resign my duly commissioned post and look forward to seeing how President Biden tries to justify his vindictive actions in court." Severino previously served as head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, where he carried out much of Trump's socially conservative agenda. Before leaving office, Trump appointed Severino to the the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). Severino received...
    Bradley Cortright February 3, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is clarifying that President Joe Biden‘s administration supports Space Force. Amid accusations that Psaki was making fun of the newest branch of the military, Psaki was asked during a press conference on Wednesday if she would apologize. “I did send a tweet last night… that said, ‘We invite the members of Space Force here to provide an update to all of you on all of the important work they’re doing.’ And we certainly look forward to seeing continued updates from there,” Psaki responded. We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 3, 2021 When pressed on whether the Space Force has the support of...
    Under President Joe Biden’s new tenure, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped its lawsuit on Wednesday against Yale University that alleged admission-related racial discrimination against Asian-Americans and white prospective students. The lawsuit came during former President Donald Trump’s time in office and is just the latest reversal by Biden’s administration. The DOJ’s “notice of voluntary dismissal” regarding the lawsuit didn’t cite a specific reason for the decision, according to The New York Times. “Yale is gratified that the U.S. Justice Department has dropped its lawsuit challenging Yale College’s admissions practices,” Yale University spokeswoman Karen N. Peart said in a statement according to the NYT. “Our admissions process has allowed Yale College to assemble an unparalleled student body, which is distinguished by its academic excellence and diversity.” The lawsuit cited a lengthy investigation that found Asian-Americans and white students were one-tenth to one-fourth as likely to be admitted as African-American students,...
    The White House Coronavirus Task Force said Wednesday the federal government is working to establish coronavirus community vaccination sites across the country with the help of the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency while maintaining that vaccinating all Americans against COVID-19 is "one of the greatest operational challenges" the country has ever faced.  White House Coronavirus Task Force Director Jeffrey Zients, during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, said the administration is "on track" to meet President Biden’s goal of administering 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in office. BIDEN UNVEILS CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL STRATEGY, CALLS IT A 'WAR-TIME UNDERTAKING' Zients said the administration is "encouraged" by the progress to increase vaccine supply and is continuing "to push for every opportunity to do more." "We are at war with this virus. It is clearly a national emergency," Zients said. "And we are doing all we can." "This will not be easy," Zients...
    Longtime oil and gas industry workers David and Kristina Dickerson are criticizing President Joe Biden’s executive order canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. They say the order, which displaced them from the project, is threatening their economic stability. "I feel pretty betrayed," David, who has worked in the oil and gas industry for 31 years, said Wednesday morning on "Fox & Friends." SOUTH DAKOTA HOTEL OWNER SAYS BUSINESS IN JEOPARDY AFTER BIDEN'S MOVE TO HALT KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE The president signed an executive order in January revoking the March 2019 permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The project was expected to create approximately 13,000 high-paying union jobs in the U.S. and Canada, according to an October 2020 report. David told Steve Doocy the cancellation of the project has compounded the financial struggles his family had already been facing. "We’ve had to actually dip into our retirement and our 401k, just trying to survive...
    The Biden administration on Tuesday called the military seizure of power in Myanmar and detainment of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi a coup d’etat as pro-democracy groups protested across Asia. Driving the news: The official designation will open a broader review of U.S. assistance programs to the Southeast Asian country, which was under military rule before becoming a civilian-led democracy in 2011. Get smarter, faster with the news CEOs, entrepreneurs and top politicians read. Sign up for Axios Newsletters here. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he talked with President Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Tuesday about the coup and stressed his support for sanctions, per the Washington Post. The big picture: The Myanmar military declared a one-year state of emergency after the detaining de facto civilian leader on Monday in an attempt to thwart November’s election results, which Suu Kyi’s National...
    The New York Times is turning to the Biden administration to "help solve our reality crisis" and calling on the new president to appoint a "reality czar" to combat "disinformation." Times technology columnist Kevin Roose sounded the alarm Tuesday about the popularity of right-wing QAnon conspiracy theorists, the unsubstantiated election fraud claims President Trump pushed ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot, and what he called "the baseless theory that Covid-19 was manufactured in a Chinese lab." "The muddled, chaotic information ecosystem that produces these misguided beliefs doesn’t just jeopardize some lofty ideal of national unity. It actively exacerbates our biggest national problems, and creates more work for those trying to solve them," Roose wrote. "And it raises an important question for the Biden administration: How do you unite a country in which millions of people have chosen to create their own version of reality?" ZUCKERBERG, TOP FACEBOOK EXECS ADMIT THEY...
    The Biden administration is “deeply concerned” by a Russian court’s decision Tuesday to sentence opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a 32-month prison term, officials said, reiterating its demand that Moscow immediately release Navalny and others detained for protesting his arrest. “Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the law and the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense: Biden warns of sanctions after Myanmar coup | Biden asks Supreme Court to cancel border wall arguments | Dem urges screening of troops' social media Russian prosecutors seeking jail term for Navalny US joins international condemnation of military coup in Myanmar MORE said in a statement. “Even as we work with Russia to advance U.S. interests, we will coordinate closely with our allies and partners to...
    Beijing — The military takeover in Myanmar and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi was "a major cabinet reshuffle" according to Chinese state media, which rolled out the euphemisms to avoid calling it a coup. As democratic leaders around the world slammed the Burmese military and President Joe Biden said the U.S. was "taking note" of who was standing up for Myanmar's people, China's communist leadership took a softly-softly approach. Beijing called for all parties in Myanmar to "resolve their differences," and the official Xinhua news agency on Monday described the military replacing elected ministers after the coup as a "major cabinet reshuffle." The nationalist Global Times meanwhile quoted unnamed experts as saying the generals' power-grab could be seen as "an adjustment to the country's dysfunctional power structure." Supporters of the military takeover of Myanmar's government wave national and military flags, February 2, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar. Thein...
    WASHINGTON - Washington’s immigration policy will focus on regional migration and its root causes, as well as the annulment of policies inherited from the Trump administration, according to White House officials.   President Joe Biden will make the announcement next week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a daily briefing this week.   Representatives of the governments of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala envision more U.S. attention toward the region during the Biden administration and plan to support a common development agenda based on "mutual respect."  President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that Washington will address the containment of the irregular flow of migrants to Mexico and the United States, in part, through promoting economic development in Central America. FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City.Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández told VOA that approach represents an “opportunity to retake” what the Obama administration was working on.   Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo told VOA that both countries...
    Frank Macchiarola, the senior vice president of Policy, Economics, and Regulatory Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck about President Joe Biden’s recent energy executive order, the impact it could have on the American people and more. “It was a broad and sweeping executive order,” Macchiarola said. “On the question of the leasing ban, though, we think that the administration is heading in the wrong direction here.” (RELATED: Biden’s Energy Executive Orders Will Have ‘Huge Costs’ On American Families, Economist Says) “The federal oil and gas leasing provides 22 percent of the oil that we produce here in the United States and 12 percent of the natural gas we produce in the United States,” he said. “That’s really the difference between energy independence and security, which we’ve been headed toward over the last several years.” Macchiarola also discussed Biden ending the Keystone...
    A new over-the-counter home Covid test that features 95% accuracy and a less invasive nasal swab will be available for consumers this month. Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt announced this very encouraging news during a Monday press conference featuring members of the Biden Amdministration’s iteration of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Slavitt noted that the Department of Defense and HHS jointly announced today the country’s first over the counter at home Covid test. The test is made by a company called Ellum and is an over-the-counter self-performed test kit that can detect covid with roughly 95% accuracy, within 15 minutes. “They could be used if you feel symptoms of covid, and also for screening for people without symptoms so they could safely go to work, to school, and to events,” Slavitt noted “the test is performed in what is called a mid-turbinate...
    President Joe Biden’s administration placed a temporary hold on the sale of F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Thursday, some of the most significant military sales made under the previous administration. The sale of the high-tech jets to the pair of nations came as an addendum to their joining the Abraham Accords, a landmark peace agreement former President Donald Trump’s administration brokered between Israel and several of it’s Arab-Muslim neighbors. It is unclear if Saudi Arabia and the UAE would remain in the accords if the sale is ultimately cancelled. The accords are one of the few aspects of the Trump administration that Biden has praised. (RELATED: ‘New Dawn Of Peace’: President Trump, Arab, Israeli Leaders To Sign Historic Abraham Accords) BN breaks: U.S. Temporarily Pausing Some Foreign Arms Sales, Official Says: Sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 jets to U.A.E. as well as munitions to...
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