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    The White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks, despite receiving the vaccine for coronavirus. White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to reporters on Wednesday, confirming that President Biden will be regularly tested for the novel coronavirus, even after receiving both required doses of the Pfizer vaccine in January. The vaccine provides approximately 95% protection from the disease, effective within a few weeks of the second dosage. “There is 95% protection from the vaccine, but it’s not 100 percent protection,” Psaki explained, “so the president’s doctor believes it is reasonable and prudent to randomly test the president every two weeks as surveillance.” Psaki further confirmed that Biden tested negative on February 4. While President Trump was tested daily during the earlier stages of 2020’s global pandemic, frequency was reduced in the months following. Trump did contract the virus in late...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — State and paramilitary armed groups in Nicaragua continue to terrorize the population and attempt to close spaces for opposition in the run-up to elections scheduled for November, the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights said in a report Thursday. “They are the same structures that killed in 2018 that today in 2021 terrorize civil society, journalists, church representatives, watching them, arbitrarily detaining them and harassing them,” the federation’s Americas director, Jimena Reyes, said in a virtual news conference. Announced changes to Nicaragua’s social security pensions in 2018 led to street protests by senior citizens that were harshly put down. University students quickly joined the cause and the protests grew, leading to months of sometimes violent street clashes that became a referendum on President Daniel Ortega’s government. Ortega characterized it as a coup attempt backed by foreign interests. Thursday’s report listed 328 people killed during the...
    An exclusive pair of Nike Hyperdunks created in honor of former President Barack Obama will be available for purchase Friday, just in time for President's Day weekend. The single pair of the unique shoes will be on sale from Sotheby's auction house's webpage on Friday at 4:44 p.m. EST and feature presidential frills and iconography in tribute to Obama. Featured on the mostly white shoes is a red and blue embroidery of the numbers "44" and a larger, dark-blue Nike "swoosh" on each shoe. Additional graphics include a presidential seal on the tongue of the sneakers and the year "1776" ingrained on the insoles. Coming to Sotheby's this President’s Day Weekend! President Barack #Obama Player Exclusive Nike Hyperdunk—one of two pairs in existence —for immediate purchase this Friday at 4:44 PM EST, in celebration of America’s 44th President. #Sneakers #PresidentsDay https://t.co/s92RVU9L1m— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) February 8, 2021 In a listing for...
        Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is proud to announce the students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2020 fall semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. GNTC students are listed by their designated home campus and dual enrolled students are listed by their high school.   The GNTC President’s List for:   The Catoosa County Campus: Brandon Avans, Avery Cavin, Joseph Chase, Richard Eaker, Graham Focht, Hannah Godfrey, Sammy Hamby, Stephan Herbel, Larry Holbrooks, Sylvia Kamp, Joshua Lee, Megan Leigh, Lorien Lemus...
    The Impeachment Managers, led by United States Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md) walk through the Capitol Rotunda to begin the impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Rod Lamkey - Cnp/CNP via ZUMA 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.Former President Donald Trump refused to testify during his Senate impeachment trial. So in closing the prosecution’s case on Thursday afternoon, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md), the lead House manager, listed the questions he would have asked Trump. He urged Trump’s lawyers to respond to them when they present their defense of Trump, which will begin on Friday. Why did President Trump not tell his supporters to stop the attack on the Capitol as soon as he learned of it? Why did President Trump do nothing to stop the attack for...
    For the first time in three decades, California voters are down on Dianne Feinstein. According to a new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, 45% of the state’s registered voters disapprove of the longtime senator’s job performance while just 35% approve. Twenty percent have no opinion. The latest figures mark a dramatic decline from three years ago, when 48% approved and 37% disapproved of Feinstein’s work. And much of the drop in support is among Democrats. Just half approve of the job she is doing, down from 67% several years ago. Feinstein, the senate’s oldest member at 87, hasn’t seen such low approval ratings since she was first elected to the Senate in 1992 as a trailblazing politician who was San Francisco’s first female mayor and, along with Barbara Boxer, one of California’s first female senators. “I work as hard today as I ever have, and the proof is...
    Donald Trump defense attorney David Schoen on Thursday attacked Democrats for showing never-before-seen footage from the January 6th MAGA riot, calling it 'the antithesis of the healing process.' 'They're making a movie, you know, they haven't in any way tied it to Donald Trump,' he told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. 'And it I think it's offensive, quite frankly, it's antithesis the healing process to continue to show the tragedy that happened here that Donald Trump has condemned, and I think it tears at the American people.' House impeachment managers showed never-before-seen security camera footage from the riot as they made their case Wednesday, dramatic scenes that left senators watching in silence at images of lawmakers fleeing from rioters, who were heard threatening death and violence.   Trump's defense team will make its case on Saturday after House impeachment managers spent two days arguing Trump has a history of inciting violence...
    A new poll finds that one-in-three Americans believe violence is justified if U.S. leaders fail to protect the country, a finding the pollster described as "scary" and that comes weeks after five people died in connection to a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Twenty-nine percent of those polled indicated they completely or somewhat agree with the statement: “If elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves even if it requires taking violent actions.” The survey from the American Enterprise Institute also found that more than one in three Americans agree with the following statement: "The traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.”  A majority, or 55 percent, of Republicans support use of force as a means to stop the decline of "the traditional American way of life," while 43 percent of Republicans express opposition to this idea. ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 12:20 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'll sponsor legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who protected the Capitol as it was overrun by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after the Jan. 6 attack, one of five people to be killed. More than 70 officers with the U.S. Capitol Police were injured. Many are struggling with the emotional trauma they experienced that day. Pelosi's office was ransacked by rioters during the attack. Pelosi said Thursday, “We will never forget." Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The first recipient was George Washington. Over the years, the medal has been presented to military leaders, authors, athletes and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 12:20 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’ll sponsor legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who protected the Capitol as it was overrun by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after the Jan. 6 attack, one of five people to be killed. More than 70 officers with the U.S. Capitol Police were injured. Many are struggling with the emotional trauma they experienced that day. Pelosi’s office was ransacked by rioters during the attack. Pelosi said Thursday, “We will never forget.” Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The first recipient was George Washington. Over the years, the medal has been presented to military leaders, authors, athletes and...
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., ripped a "disgusting" ABC correspondent Thursday for likening former President Donald Trump's power over the Republican Party to that of a "Führer," accusing the media of being unable to resist Nazi comparisons. Reacting to this week's impeachment proceedings against Trump on a charge he incited an insurrection at the Capitol, ABC's Terry Moran declared Trump has a "personalized power like we haven't seen." "It’s a caudillo, it’s a Caesar, it’s a Führer. We don’t see that in this country. We do now," he said. The word "Führer" is a German word for leader and was used to address Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Hawley, who has come under fire for his support of Trump's efforts to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, told "The Faulkner Focus" the Republican Party belonged to the voters alone. THE FIVE BIGGEST MOMENTS FROM WEDNESDAY'S SESSION OF TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL "I've taken an oath to uphold the...
    CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein on Wednesday’s “Cuomo Prime Time” ripped the GOP for supporting “evil” former President Donald Trump. Bernstein accused the Republican Party of being “hostage to an undemocratic, seditious President of the United States.” He added that the party is going along with Trump’s “evil agenda.” “This is unprecedented,” Bernstein said of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. “This is a seditious president of the United States who has undermined the very basis of our democracy, who does not care about loss of life. It’s the same president who was negligent in homicidal terms because of his handling of the COVID situation and not handling that in a way that would save American lives. But let’s talk about one other thing. Did this event we witnessed today in these horrible videos is about the presence of evil. And the evil here is an evil president of the United States.”...
    (CNN)The allegation of "incitement" is central to the impeachment case House Democrats are making against former President Donald Trump because it ties his words and actions to the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.What We Expect Today This is the third day of Trump's second impeachment trial Impeachment managers have up to 8 hours to wrap up their case House managers have focused on playing chilling new footage from January 6 to make their case against Trump The article of impeachment passed by the House in January reads, in part: "Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States." Read the whole thing here.House impeachment managers have devoted most of their presentation this week to the results, airing graphic video footage and audio from the attack on the Capitol -- which put members of the Senate, who will vote...
    It’s not spring quite yet, but we’re getting there. If there’s one thing I’m not looking forward to, it’s hotter temps at night. This is why now is the best time to invest in a temperature regulating comforter. And our favorite, made by Buffy, is 15% off for Presidents' Day when you use the code LOVEBUFFY15 at checkout. Buffy Cloud Comforter Down From $159Buy at Buffy$135Scouted Contributor Wendy Rose Gould put the Buffy Cloud Comforter to the test and deemed it “the world’s most comfortable comforter.” It’s made out of 100% eucalyptus, and is extremely breathable. This means you’re less likely to get overheated or sweaty at night. She writes: “If your bed were a key lime pie, Buffy would be the creamy meringue topping.” Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and deals....
    House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump's impeachment case intend to use the third day of the Senate trial to highlight what they cast as the former president's unabashed reaction to last month's deadly rampage at the Capitol. The Democratic impeachment managers spent much of Wednesday making the case that Trump had laid the groundwork for the attack with weeks of false claims that November's election was "stolen" from him, then incited his supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6 to block the vote formalizing President BidenJoe BidenFormer Republican officials in talks to form center-right anti-Trump party: report Biden raises concerns with Xi in first call with Chinese leader as president Castro: Trump further incited the mob 'against his own vice president' MORE's victory. On Thursday, the Democrats' final day of arguments, they'll build on that narrative, providing "additional evidence of President TrumpDonald TrumpHillary Clinton: Trump acquittal 'will be because...
    Twitter’s blacklisting of Donald Trump is permanent, even if he returns to political office, according to a statement from a top Twitter executive. “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” said Twitter’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, in a recent interview on CNBC. The CFO claimed that the former President was “inciting violence” on the platform, but provided no evidence to support his claim. “Whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.” Twitter’s decision to ban Trump from the platform while he was still President, an act that precipitated similar actions from other tech giants, drew outrage...
    (CNN)The juxtaposition was striking.In Washington, the House impeachment managers showed harrowing footage of the January 6 Capitol riot, a melee triggered by months of former President Donald Trump insisting, without evidence, that the 2020 election was stolen from him.In Ohio, Republican Josh Mandel announced his campaign for the state's open US Senate seat -- and insisted that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.Here's what Mandel told a local TV station on the subject of 2020:"I think over time, we're going to see studies come out that evidence widespread fraud. You know, what you see with any type of fraud, it usually takes time to investigate it and to dig it out, and it might be months, it might be years, it might be decades. But I think when we look back on this election, we'll see in large part that it was stolen from President Trump."Read MoreSo, yeah. That...
    The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, condemned GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote affirming that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional. The party, in a move it said is historic, unanimously voted to censure Cassidy on Wednesday, arguing that his vote was “a betrayal of the people of Louisiana and a rebuke to those who supported President Trump and him.” The “extraordinary” vote “is a tribute to the wisdom and many great accomplishments” of the former commander in chief, the resolution stated. The censure resolution rebuked the impeachment efforts at-large, arguing that the charges against the former president are “completely false, malicious, and without merit,” before calling it a “sham and a cruel hoax on the American people and attempt to perpetuate and legitimate a lie.” The text of the censure accused Democrats of pushing impeachment to bar Trump from running for...
    Mother Jones illustration; Michael Brochstein/Sipa/AP; 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.Welcome back to Mother Jones‘ live coverage of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. On Thursday, Democrats will continue making their case for conviction after spending Wednesday presenting previously unknown details and video footage that revealed just how close pro-Trump insurrectionists had come to potentially endangering the lives of lawmakers during the January 6 riot. In another piece of damning evidence, House impeachment managers showed that Trump knew that Mike Pence was in danger when he lashed out at the then-vice president on Twitter—an attack that was instantly picked up by insurrectionists, who were seen in a new video reading Trump’s tweet to fellow rioters. As House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) put it, “They were paying attention. They also...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden has been invited to address a virtual edition of the annual Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19 and plans are being made for him to do so, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Thursday. Should Biden's address go ahead, it would be the first time he has spoken to an audience in Germany since he assumed office last month. "There are plans for the U.S. president to attend," the diplomatic source said. Biden attended the Munich Security Conference in 2009 and 2015 as U.S. vice president and met Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual gathering. The Munich conference, the so-called 'Davos for Defence', is a major venue for transatlantic, foreign and security policy dialogue. Merkel has promised the new U.S. president greater German foreign policy engagement. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Mark Heinrich) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags:...
    The US presidential election is yet to be decided. But the campaign is over, and as a US-based nonprofit we can make a few comments. A Biden-Harris administration would be an absolute disaster for unborn children, religious freedom, and the family. They would be far worse than the Clintons, who were horrible, and the Obamas, who were worse. This is what a President Biden would do right away. It would remove the United States from the Geneva Consensus Declaration that the United States spearheaded and that correctly says that abortion is not a human right, and that the laws that regulate it must be determined by sovereign states. Biden will pressure other governments to remove their names from the declaration and will pressure other governments not to join the consensus. Biden will immediately begin funding groups abroad that practice and promote abortion. As is well known, Mexico City policy prohibits...
    DONALD Trump has made history after becoming the first US president to be impeached twice. Mr Trump's impeachment trial began in Washington on February 9. Trump has been accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6. * Read our Donald Trump impeachment live blog for the very latest news and updates on the former president... 8Donald Trump is the first president in America's history to be impeached twiceCredit: Reuters What is impeachment? Put simply, impeachment is when a sitting president is charged with crimes. In the case of Donald Trump, he has been accused of inciting insurrection by encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol, Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021. The United States' founders feared presidents abusing their powers, so they included in the Constitution a process for removing one from office. The president, under the Constitution, can be removed from office for “Treason, Bribery,...
    New York : Former President Trump is under fire for his influence on the Capitol takeover. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / . The Fulton prosecutor, Fani T. Willis, an area of ​​Atlanta, Georgia, opened a criminal investigation against the former president Donald trump on his intention to annul the November 3 election. Willis builds on the former president’s calls to state officials, including the governor Brian Kemp and the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. Although the District Attorney did not mention former President Trump by name, she affirmed that her office is examining a series of possible criminal charges related to “attempts to influence” the electoral results in the entity. In january The Washington Post revealed that former President Trump called Raffensperger to pressure him to “Find” more than 11,000 votes that will help reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the state. The call was made in...
    Since U.S new images arrive from the assault on Capitol from U.S. Unpublished images that show the extreme violence that Donald Trump’s followers used in Washington. The policemen scream in pain trying to resist. In addition, the video shows the moment in which they managed to overcome the police cordon and how they then enter breaking doors and windows. The images have been displayed in the middle of the impeachment of Trump, accused of having responsibility for the violent acts against the capitol. The Democratic prosecutors of the second impeachment of Donald Trump accused the former president of the United States of being “chief inciter” of the mob that stormed the Capitol, and accused him of “deliberately encouraging” violence to try to stay in power. On the second day of the impeachment against Trump, the Democrats exhibited unpublished images of the attack on the Capitol of the past January...
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for West Tennessee has announced his resignation. D. Michael Dunavant said in a statement Wednesday that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28. An appointee of former President Donald Trump, the move opens the door for President Joe Biden to appoint a replacement. Such resignations by U.S. attorneys after the president who appointed them leaves office is not unusual. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Murphy will serve as acting U.S. attorney until a permanent appointment is made. A former state district attorney, Dunavant began his term as U.S. attorney in September 2017. He prosecuted federal crimes in 22 counties in the Western District of Tennessee, which includes the cities of Memphis and Jackson. Dunavant was aggressive in prosecuting offenses such as drug trafficking, illegal prescription pill sales, public corruption and gang-related crime. He called his stint at U.S. attorney “the professional honor of...
    WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for West Virginia’s northern district is stepping down. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced his resignation effective Feb 28. The move will allow President Joe Biden to appoint a successor. Nominated by former President Donald Trump, Powell began his term as U.S. attorney in October 2017. His office helped coordinate drug enforcement efforts, including prosecutions of health care fraud involving physicians and pharmacists. He also worked with the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the investigation of eight deaths at a Clarksburg veterans hospital. The investigation resulted in the second-degree murder conviction of a former employee. The northern district serves 32 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Powell previously was as a chief deputy prosecutor in Jefferson County. He has served as an attorney in private practice as well as an assistant U.S. attorney in the state’s southern district. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press....
            by Andrew Trunsky  Melissa Carone, the Michigan woman whose testimony during an election fraud hearing went viral, plans to run for a seat in Michigan’s House of Representatives. Carone claims about widespread voter fraud were spoofed by Saturday Night Live, and after her testimony, she clarified that she was not drunk while speaking. She filed to run in Michigan’s 46th House district in the outskirts of metro Detroit. Carone is a self-described conservative with a “strong focus on election reform,” according to her Facebook profile. Though the seat she is running for is held by Republican state Rep. John Reilly, he is term-limited and unable to run for reelection under Michigan state law. During the hearing, where she testified alongside Rudy Giuliani, Carone mentioned that she previously worked as a contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, and went on to make multiple baseless claims alleging that the company had switched...
    EFE videos The FARC planned an attack against Santos at the beginning of the peace talks Bogotá, Feb 10 (EFE) .- The demobilized guerrilla group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned to attempt on the life of the former president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos by initiating the dialogues that led to the signing of the 2016 peace agreement. This was revealed this Wednesday by Rodrigo Londoño, the last commander of the guerrilla and who appeared before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) to render a version of the assassination of the conservative leader Álvaro Gómez Hurtado. “The only time that I remember that we discussed acting in front of a person, is when in the leadership of ‘Alfonso Cano’ he informs us that a command has informed that he is ready to attempt against the life of President Juan Manuel at that moment Santos, “said Londoño,...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden spoke with China's Xi Jinping for the first time since taking office and pressed concerns about human rights and security. The two also spoke about maintaining a functioning relationship between the US and China moving forward during the Wednesday conversation. 4Joe Biden had a conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping on WednesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Xi reportedly stressed the need to maintain a solid relationship between the US and ChinaCredit: Reuters The White House released a statement Wednesday evening on the topics the two leaders touched on during their call. "President Biden affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people's security, prosperity, health and way of life and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific," the statement says. "President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing's coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President  Xi Jinping spoke by phone late Wednesday, the first call between the two since Biden’s November victory in the U.S. presidential election. Biden “affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a readout provided by the White House. The two leaders also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and the possibility of Washington and Beijing pursuing what the White House described as the possibility of pursuing “practical, results-oriented engagements” on arms control. But officials said Biden also held firm on several key areas of contention. “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” the readout said. The call came just...
    President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since taking office. The two world leaders spoke by phone, with Biden raising several concerns over the economy and human rights. “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, the crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” the White House said in a statement. Biden and Xi also “exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation,” the statement said. The call on Wednesday was also the first time since March a US president spoke to the Chinese leader. The shifting US-China alliance poses one of the greatest foreign policy challenges to Biden’s presidency. Under predecessor Donald Trump, the US slapped Chinese goods with steep tariffs,...
    Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein lashed out at the Republican Party as complicit in aiding and abetting former President Donald Trump in sedition and undermining “the very basis of our democracy.” Appearing on Cuomo Prime Time after second day of Trump’s Senate trial for inciting insurrection, which featured chilling new video evidence, the former Washington Post journalist and author made clear he thought the 45th president’s misconduct far exceeded  that of Richard Nixon’s. “People always draw the comparison, Carl. Nixon, this is like Nixon,” host Chris Cuomo noted. “You were there. You are here. What’s the feel in contrast?” “This is unprecedented. This is a seditious president of the United States who has undermined the very basis of our democracy, who does not care about loss of life,” Bernstein said, before invoking the word “evil” three times in describing Trump. “It’s the same president who is negligent in homicidal terms because of his handling of the Covid situation and not handling...
    More On: china WHO’s COVID ‘investigation’ was dishonest Chinese propaganda: Devine Biden announces Pentagon task force to eye ‘growing challenges’ with China strategy WHO team member attacks US over COVID-19 investigation claims Jack Ma reportedly spotted golfing after hiding out for weeks President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since taking office. The two world leaders spoke by phone, with Biden raising several concerns over the economy and human rights. “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, the crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” the White House said in a statement. Biden and Xi also “exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation,” the statement said. The call on Wednesday...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will be "practical, hard-headed and clear-eyed" in dealings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but wants the opportunity to have an open line of communication despite U.S. concerns about Chinese behavior, a senior Biden administration official said on Wednesday. The official made the comments in a call with reporters ahead of the first leader-to-leader call between Biden and Xi on Wednesday evening, U.S. time. (Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Hong Kong
    Nike created a pair of sneakers for Obama and kept another pair, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s. How much would you pay for them? Sotheby’s house will auction a pair of Nike sneakers made for Barack Obama, former president of the United States. Although this pair was not used by the former president, a basketball fan, it is an exclusive design. Nike created two pairs: they gave one to Obama and kept the other, which will be auctioned. The size is 12.5 for men. How much is the base price? 25 thousand dollars. « These Nike Hyperdunk were designed exclusively to commemorate the 44th president of the United States, » explains the auction house. « This particular pair, although not worn by Mr. Obama, was Nike’s only confirmation token and has been in incredible condition for the last 12 years. » The characteristics of Barack Obama’s Nike shoes The Hyperdunk...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden spoke with China's President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, according to a senior administration official, their first call since Biden took office.The introductory call between the leaders of the world's two largest economies touched upon a range of issues against the backdrop of escalating tensions between the two countries.Biden prioritized economic and military issues, and mentioned potential areas of cooperation, including climate change and nuclear proliferation, while calling China out on a range of issues related to its nefarious use of technology, unfair trade and human rights abuses, the senior official said.The official said prior to the call that Biden would also call Xi out on human rights abuses of China's Muslim minority Uyghurs and hostile actions toward Hong Kong.Biden planned to "indicate that this isn't just about American values, it's about universal values," the senior official said before the phone call.Read MoreThe administration is planning a sweeping...
    By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors unveiled chilling new security video in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, showing the mob of rioters breaking into the Capitol, smashing windows and doors and searching menacingly for Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as overwhelmed police begged on their radios for help. In the previously unreleased recordings, the House prosecutors displayed gripping scenes of how close the rioters were to the country’s leaders, roaming the halls chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” some equipped with combat gear. Outside, the mob had set up a makeshift gallows. Videos of the siege have been circulating since the day of the riot, but the graphic compilation amounted to a more complete narrative, a moment-by-moment retelling of one of the nation’s most alarming days. In addition to the evident chaos and danger, it offered fresh details on...
    WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors unveiled chilling new security video in Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday, showing the mob of rioters breaking into the Capitol, smashing windows and doors and searching menacingly for Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as overwhelmed police begged on their radios for help.In the previously unreleased recordings, the House prosecutors displayed gripping scenes of how close the rioters were to the country's leaders, roaming the halls chanting "Hang Mike Pence," some equipped with combat gear and members of extremist groups among the first inside. Outside, the mob had set up a makeshift gallows.At one dramatic moment, the video shows police shooting into the crowd through a broken window, killing a San Diego woman, Ashli Babbitt.The vice president, who had been presiding over a session to certify Joe Biden's victory over Trump - thus earning Trump's censure - is shown being rushed to safety, where...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered an alleged member of the far-right Proud Boys be detained pending trial over his role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, even as the man's attorney tried to pin the blame for the riots on former President Donald Trump. Dominic Pezzola, also known as "Spaz," is one of at least six alleged Proud Boys facing criminal charges stemming from the insurrection by Trump's supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which left 5 people dead and interrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election victory. Pezzola's lawyer Jonathan Zucker, in a court filing earlier on Wednesday, echoed arguments that U.S. House Democrats have made repeatedly this week during Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, telling the judge his client was duped by Trump's lies that the election had been stolen and acted on "delusional belief."...
    Prosecutors identified these people in the Senate chamber during the Capitol riot as Eric Munchel and his mom, Lisa Eisenhart. Win McNamee/Getty Images A lawyer for Eric Munchel, who stormed the Capitol, said he did it because Trump told him to. Munchel became known after photos showed him carrying plastic handcuffs while in the building. He is among the more than 240 people charged with crimes surrounding the January 6 riot. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A lawyer for the "zip-tie guy" who stormed the Capitol said her client participated in the January 6 insurrection only because then-President Donald Trump said the election was rigged. In a court filing Wednesday, the attorney, Sandra Roland, argued that Eric Munchel — who attended the riot with his mom, Lisa Eisenhart — should be released from jail ahead of his trial. Roland cited the House of Representatives impeachment memo, pointing...
    President Biden, during his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, called for a “responsible end” to America’s lingering wars and took a jab at his predecessor by vowing “never to politicize” the military. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin provided a major clue about the new administration's planned defense policy, suggesting it will propose Pentagon spending reductions. “I will work with Secretary Austin and leaders around the world to bring a responsible end to wars that have dragged on for far too long while continuing to ensure that terrorist threats cannot endanger the security of the American people,” Biden said from the Defense Department press room, standing behind a lectern with the seal of the Office of the President and before the logo of the Pentagon. The president’s message had direct implications for U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, which currently stands at 2,500 after a rapid drawdown in former...
    US president Joe Biden is yet to call his Israeli counterpart – Getty/Getty Israel’s former envoy to the UN sent an ill-tempered tweet to Joe Biden on Thursday which implored him to telephone their prime minister, as the US president appeared to give his closest security partner in the Middle East the cold shoulder. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is yet to receive a personal phone call from Mr Biden, who has already spoken to leaders in Britain, France and Germany, among others. Danny Danon, Israel’s former permanent representative to the United Nations, sent a tweet to the US president with a phone number for Mr Netanyahu’s office as he pleaded that the White House pick up the phone. “Might it now be time to call the leader of #Israel, the closest ally of the US?” Danny Danon asked President Biden in the tweet, after listing countries...
    The crowd of pro-Trump demonstrators “was sent here by the president, it was invited by the president of the United States”, launched this elected member of the House of Representatives
    US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Myanmar in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a new Defense Department task force aimed at assessing the U.S. military's China strategy. "That's how we'll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition in the future," Biden said in his first visit as commander in chief to the Pentagon. The new Pentagon group, made up of approximately 15 experts, will be responsible for providing recommendations on China-related matters to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Findings and recommendations are due within four months. "No final public report is anticipated, although the department will discuss recommendations with Congress and other stakeholders as appropriate," the Pentagon wrote in a statement announcing the new task force. China's influence...
    Andrew Yang has a double-digit lead over his two closest competitors in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for New York City mayor, according to a new poll. With 28 per cent support, the tech entrepreneur and former presidential candidate leads the pack in a crowded field of hopefuls vying to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer placed in second and third place, respectively, and appear to be the only candidates with a realistic chance of closing the gap, according to Politico. Adams received 17 per cent of the vote while Stringer garnered 13 per cent support, according to the online survey conducted by Core Decision Analytics. The poll surveyed 842 Democratic Party voters online from January 20 through January 25. Andrew Yang is the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of New...
    Buffalo, Minnesota shooting: After the deadly shooting, health care center says our hearts were broken Bill Cassidy: Heres why only 1 senator changed his impeachment vote Proud Boy Tells Court Trump Is to Blame for Inciting Capitol Riot (Bloomberg) -- A member of the far-right Proud Boys charged for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol blamed former President Donald Trump for his conduct, claiming he was “misled by the president’s deception.” © Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg Demonstrators swarm the U.S. Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The U.S. Capitol was placed under lockdown and Vice President Mike Pence left the floor of Congress as hundreds of Demonstrators swarmed past barricades surrounding the building where lawmakers were debating Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College. As Trump faces trial in the Senate on charges that he incited the Jan. 6...
    MILPITAS (KGO) -- A student-ran organization is proving that just because you are young, it doesn't mean you can't make a difference, even in a pandemic.COVID-19 has created many issues for people looking to volunteer due to health and safety protocols, but these high schoolers from the South Bay are working their way around them.The group, named SAMP after the Indian word "samp" meaning unity in Gujarati, looks to unite the community through acts of kindness and projects.RELATED: Fremont teens create network to send thank you cards to healthcare heroes amid COVID-19 pandemic"During a time when things are so uncertain and we don't know what the outcome is going to be, I thought that it was important that instead of pointing out each other's differences, we come together as one," SAMP President and Founder Rajvee Patel said. "Our goal is to spread and encourage unity through a variety of community...
    New York : The ex-president Donald trump he is furious with the first interventions of his lawyers in the impeachment against him. The president is especially resentful of the lawyer’s speech Bruce castor, who acknowledged that the managers of the House of Representatives, who are the prosecuting party, they made a “well done” presentation, on the charge of “initiation of the insurrection” against the Republican. “Trump had been preparing for a much less successful defense than his first impeachment trial, but was surprised at times to hear some of the arguments, specifically how Bruce castor praised the presentation of the House impeachment managers, “reported ABC News reporter Katherine Faulders. Trump had been bracing for a defense much less successful than the one during his first impeachment trial, but at times he was stunned to hear some of the arguments, specifically how Bruce Castor complimented the House impeachment managers presentation,...
    President BidenJoe BidenPostal Service posts profits after surge in holiday deliveries Overnight Defense: Pentagon pushes to root out extremism in ranks | Top admiral condemns extremism after noose, hate speech discovered GOP senators send clear signal: Trump's getting acquitted MORE will undergo coronavirus testing every two weeks as a precaution despite receiving his second dose of the vaccine earlier this year, the White House said Wednesday. "There is 95 percent protection from the vaccine, but it’s not 100 percent protection," White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden opposes effort to recall California's Newsom: White House Huawei wants appeals court to overturn FCC's national security ban White House says Biden won't opine on trial MORE told reporters. So the president’s doctor believes it is reasonable and prudent to randomly test the president every two weeks as surveillance." Biden was last tested for the virus last Thursday and was negative, Psaki said. The president...
    House impeachment managers on Wednesday will show never-before-seen Capitol security footage of the January 6th riot as they start their case for impeaching Donald Trump. The footage will demonstrate the extent of the violence that occurred and the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol, senior aides on the House impeachment team told CNN.  They did not say what the new footage was, or whether it came from Capitol Police or Washington DC's Metropolitan Police.  The video will show 'extreme violence' and make clear what additional safety risks were posed by the insurrection, a House aide told The Washington Post, including 'just how close Trump's mob came to senators, members of Congress and staff.' 'It will show the extent of what Donald Trump unleashed on our Capitol,' said the aide. The Democratic impeachment managers will begin their prosecution on Wednesday.   They will argue the riot, which left five dead...
    President Biden is making his first trip to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief on Wednesday. He is expected to meet with senior leaders including the nation's first Black Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and make remarks to Department of Defense personnel with Austin and Vice President Kamala Harris. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing Tuesday his visit comes with "special resonance" since he will be visiting during Black History Month. How to watch Biden's visit to the Pentagon today  What: President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin deliver remarks to Department of Defense personnel and tour the African Americans in Service Corridor Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021  Time: 2:50 p.m. ET: Remarks at the Pentagon; 3:30 p.m. ET: Tour of the African Americans in Service Corridor Location: The Pentagon Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above...
    (CBS Local)– David Pogue has been covering the world of science for decades as a writer, author and reporter for CBS Sunday Morning. The conversation about climate change becomes more mainstream each day with the changes happening to our globe and Pogue hopes his new book from Simon & Schuster called “How To Prepare For Climate Change” can enlighten people on what is happening. MORE FROM CBS: RELATED: Bretman Rock On MTVs Following: Bretman Rock: When I First Started, The Word Influencer Wasnt Even A Thing Kale Culley On The CW’s ‘Walker’: ‘They Told Us Not To Watch The Original Walker, Texas Ranger’ Lorraine Toussaint On CBS’ ‘The Equalizer: ‘I’ve Always Admired Queen Latifah’ In his book, Pogue writes about how you can talk to kids about climate change, how to approach a person who is a climate changer denier and the ways you can prepare your family for...
    BOSTON (CBS) — U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling is stepping down at the end of the month, he announced Wednesday. He said in a statement that he gave his resignation to President Joe Biden this week. It’s common for U.S. attorneys to offer their resignations at the beginning of a new presidential administration. Former President Donald Trump nominated Lelling to his position in 2017. RELATED: Last Kmart Store In Massachusetts To Close “It has been an honor to lead this office,” Lelling said. “Over the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of working not only with the best federal prosecutors in the country, but with the federal, state and local law enforcement officers who put themselves at risk to keep Massachusetts safe.” RELATED: Boston Man Had COVID Variant For 5 Months Before Death Some of the high-profile cases prosecuted by Lelling’s office during his tenure included the...
    Former President Donald Trump will not be allowed back on Twitter even if he runs for office in the future, a Twitter official said. The former president was barred from a litany of social media platforms following the deadly riot at the Capitol, which occurred on Jan. 6 as Congress was certifying President Biden's electoral victory. The former commander in chief has no avenue to regain his account on the platform even if he runs for president in 2024, Twitter CFO Ned Segal said. "So, the way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. And so, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service, and our policies don’t allow...
    The Democratic impeachment managers faced scrutiny from some conservatives for failing to include former President Donald Trump's insistence that his supporters travel to the Capitol "peacefully" during the opening arguments of his impeachment trial. The House Democrats' 13-minute montage about the Capitol riot, which aired on Tuesday, the first day of the impeachment trial, did not include a clip from the president's Jan. 6 rally in which he said, "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today." The video played during Democratic Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin's opening remarks. It included clips from the president's speech, interlaced with violent scenes unfolding at and inside the Capitol Building. Their failure to include the president's insistence that his supporters demonstrate "peacefully and patriotically" led to criticism from the Right. Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, a supporter...
    Ohio Republican Josh Mandel announced his candidacy for the state's open Senate seat on Wednesday as a rebuke to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The 43-year-old Marine Corps veteran and former Ohio treasurer cited the trial as the impetus for his decision to run for what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested Senate seats in the country. “Watching this sham and unconstitutional impeachment has made my blood boil and motivated me to run for U.S. Senate. It’s sickening to see radical liberals and fake Republicans in Washington engage in this second assault on President Donald Trump and the millions of us who supported him," he said. “I’m going to Washington to fight for President Trump’s America First Agenda and to pulverize the Uniparty – that cabal of Democrats and Republicans who sound the same, stand for nothing and are more interested in...
    Reuters February 10, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 22-23 on confirmation of President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, and will vote on advancing his nomination on March 1, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday. “Judge Garland will serve the Justice Department and our country with honor and integrity. He is a consensus pick who should be confirmed swiftly on his merits,” it quoted the committee’s chairman, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, as saying. Garland, 68, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of 13 federal appeals courts. Since Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, the Senate has confirmed many members of his Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Democratic former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016 while...
    California’s high-speed rail project is not dead — yet. Although Gov. Gavin Newsom canceled the L.A.-to-San Francisco route in 2019, the project is hoping President Joe Biden will restore nearly $1 billion yanked by the Trump administration. Voters approved the initial bond funding for the high-speed rail project in 2008, under Proposition 1A. The newly-elected Obama administration spent billions of dollars on high-speed rail under then-Vice President Joe Biden’s leadership in the 2009 stimulus bill, though none of the projects amounted to much. Only California, under then-Gov. Jerry Brown, took high-speed rail seriously — though cost overruns, environmental concerns, and right-of-way concerns delayed the project. FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, fourth from right, sign a portion of a rail at the California High-Speed Rail Authority groundbreaking event as Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection...
    DONALD Trump is "beyond angry" with his impeachment defense team’s "shoddy performance" as Republicans have called for the lawyer's removal. The former president's reported feelings comes as the Senate voted 56-44 on Tuesday to move forward with Trump's second impeachment trial, and his eldest son slammed his father's hearing as "faux outrage." 6The former president's reported feelings comes as the Senate voted 56-44 on Tuesday to move forward with Trump's second impeachment trialCredit: AFP or licensors 6Trump's defense lawyer Bruce Castor has been criticized for speaking in opposition of the former president's voter fraud claimsCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Protesters took to the Capitol building on January 6, 2020Credit: Alamy Live News 6Demonstrators are seen pushing down barricades outside the US Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6Credit: AP:Associated Press Trump, who pushed unfounded election fraud claims before leaving office, was "furious" as he viewed the live-streamed proceedings from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida,...
    Republicans are not pleased with Donald Trump's impeachment defense, decrying the former president's attorney Bruce Castor for spending an hour 'rambling' on the Senate floor in a speech void of any coherent argument against the constitutionality of the trial. 'I thought the President's lawyer – the first lawyer just rambled on and on and on and didn't really address the constitutional argument,' Texas Senator John Cornyn told reporters outside the chamber following the vote Tuesday evening. 'Finally, the second lawyer got around to it and, I thought, did an effective job,' he continued, referencing David Schoen. 'But I've seen a lot of lawyers and a lot of arguments and that was not one of the finest I've seen.' Castor is known for his decision while serving as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania's district attorney in choosing not to prosecute Bill Cosby on rape charges. Trump tapped the private practice attorney last month...
    President Joe Biden will travel to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday for the first time as Commander-in-Chief. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, senior military personnel and other members of civilian leadership, according to the White House. Additionally, the president and vice president will deliver remarks on the administration’s plans for the military and tour the Pentagon’s African Americans in Service Corridor in celebration of Black History Month. White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted in a statement that “as the first president in 40 years with a child who served in the military, [Biden] has a personal connection to the important role of the work of the military, the men and women who serve.” (RELATED: DOD Ordering Troops To Help Vaccinate Public) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (R),...
    Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) on Tuesday issued an apology after he was captured on video suggesting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was a hoax. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Michigan senate GOP leader apologized for comments made last week in a meeting with the Hillsdale County Republican Party. “I said some things in a videoed conversation that are not fitting for the role I am privileged to serve. I own that," Shirkey said in the statement. "I have many flaws. Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them. I regret the words I chose, and I apologize for my insensitive comments.” During the informal meeting last week, Shirkey said he didn't believe that the rioters at the Capitol were supporters of then-President TrumpDonald TrumpSchoen says Trump team will be 'very well prepared' after criticism Iowa...
    February 10, 2021 7:51 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The former president of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, does not seem to be very happy with the arguments used by his lawyer Bruce Castor, one of his defenders in the impeachment o impeachment against him held in the Senate. Castor, who represents Trump along with attorney David Schoen, delivered a speech on the first day of impeachment that included praise for those responsible for the impeachment. He argued, surprisingly, that the presentation of the case was “well done”. Aware that Democrats do not have the votes to convict Trump at the end of the trial that began on Tuesday, his lawyer starred in a rambling and sometimes incoherent allegation. That is, as if he knew that what he could say would not influence the outcome of the process. “US senators are extraordinary people, in a technical...
    The outcome of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is all but certain. He will be, barring a startling development, acquitted on a charge of inciting insurrection. But the proceeding itself will raise a slew of questions about the Republican Party he has led for the last four years. But the evidence laid out by prosecution and defense, details of the actions of Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, questions raised by senators, and the final vote tally will each offer insight into the direction of a party grappling with its post-Trump direction. For some conservatives, it represents the last chance at redemption. “The prosecution has the law, the evidence, and emotion on their side,” said Matt K. Lewis, author of Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). “What does it...
    Fox News senior political correspondent Brit Hume said Tuesday that the Democrats are intent upon impeaching former President Donald Trump because of their “loathing” for him. WATCH: “You cannot overstate the loathing in which the constituency of the Democratic Party holds Donald Trump,” Hume told Fox News host Mark Steyn, “and from the first day of his presidency, the attitude of the Democrats has been to resist, and they followed through on that by going after him in any possible way — including now impeaching him twice.” Hume said he doesn’t believe the Democrats really think they have “any better chance” of convicting Trump in a Senate trial than the Republicans thought they had of beating former President Bill Clinton. (RELATED: ‘I Have No Idea What He’s Doing’: Dershowitz Rips Trump Attorney During Defense Opener) “Impeachment, as you seem to have noticed, is an utterly political undertaking … The...
    Actress Alyssa Milano was among celebrities celebrating Trump's impeachment trial Celebrity detractors of Donald Trump are taking to Twitter to cheer the start of the former president's Senate impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection, with many calling for a swift conviction. Actress Alyssa Milano was among those who ridiculed Trump's lead defense attorney Bruce Castor, who argued on Tuesday that it was unconstitutional to hold a trial after Trump left office. 'What the f*** is this Bruce guy talking about? He's making zero sense and is really bad at this,' tweeted Milano. 'Seems like Trumps defense team is just making words to waste time,' wrote actress Patricia Arquette. 'I can't believe they assigned Trump such a s****y Public Defender,' joked comedian Jon Stewart. The Senate voted voted 56-44 to proceed with its trial, rejecting the argument of Trump's attorneys against its constitutionality, but the vote total suggested that the...
    By Paul LeBlanc | CNN President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 22 and 23 for his confirmation hearing. The dates were announced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, who said in a joint news release that the committee will vote to advance Garland’s nomination on March 1. Biden had tapped Garland for the post last month. Though a confluence of factors drove the decision, people familiar with the matter say it largely rested on Biden’s belief that Garland can rise above politics in the post-Trump era. “The Attorney General oversees a host of Department of Justice components and agencies that are vital to protecting our homeland from foreign and domestic threats. Judge Garland’s confirmation is particularly urgent in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection,” Durbin said in a statement...
    West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)Attorneys for former President Donald Trump were defending him not only on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday in his second impeachment trial, but also in Palm Beach, Florida, at a town council meeting. On Capitol Hill they were fighting for his legacy; in Florida the fight was for his right to live full time at Mar-a-Lago, the club he owns and manages in Palm Beach. In doing so, his lawyer described Trump as the "mayor of Mar-a-Lago." The issue for the small affluent town of Palm Beach was Trump's promise, long ago, not to call Mar-a-Lago home. Trump bought the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1985 and turned it into a members-only club in 1993. To transform the private residence into a revenue-generating business, he had to agree to certain limitations, based on guidelines presented as deal-breakers from Palm Beach. That deal...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 22 and 23 for his confirmation hearing. The dates were announced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, who said in a joint news release that the committee will vote to advance Garland's nomination on March 1. Biden had tapped Garland for the post last month. Though a confluence of factors drove the decision, people familiar with the matter say it largely rested on Biden's belief that Garland can rise above politics in the post-Trump era."The Attorney General oversees a host of Department of Justice components and agencies that are vital to protecting our homeland from foreign and domestic threats. Judge Garland's confirmation is particularly urgent in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection," Durbin said in a statement announcing the confirmation hearing.Garland, he said,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 22-23 on confirmation of President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, and will vote on advancing his nomination on March 1, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday. "Judge Garland will serve the Justice Department and our country with honor and integrity. He is a consensus pick who should be confirmed swiftly on his merits," it quoted the committee's chairman, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, as saying. Garland, 68, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of 13 federal appeals courts. Since Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, the Senate has confirmed many members of his Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Democratic former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016 while Biden was vice president....
    Loading the player... President Joe Biden is in the hot seat after a slew of Haitian immigrants were expelled from the country. Even though the President is implementing an executive order to stop it, over 100 Haitian asylum seekers that had been in U.S. immigration were sent to Mexico instead of Haiti with little to nothing. It is reported that Title 42 got in the way of Biden’s executive order. The policy allows federal officials to send immigrants back to help slow down a virus’s spread during a public health crisis. Read More: Reporter gives up covering Biden for relationship with his aide: ‘Didn’t think twice’ “Expulsions should have also been included in the moratorium from the start,” said the director of the San Diego-based Haitian Bridge Alliance, Guerline Jozef, per The Miami Herald. “The moratorium did not provide protection or relief for some of the most vulnerable people...
    Tuesday during Fox News Channels’ impeachment trial coverage, anchor Chris Wallace praised Democratic House impeachment managers’ opening argument for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment. “I thought it was a very powerful opening,” Wallace said. “It had a lot of substance to it. It had a lot of technological slickness to it. The video of the events of January 6. The use of graphics to make the point about what’s in the Constitution. The historical precedent. I thought what was particularly in a legal, as opposed to the emotional side, in a very strict legal argument. I thought Joe Neguse, the congressman from Colorado, made a particularly strong argument. What he did, he took a conservative legal philosophy, originalism, textualism, read the Constitution exactly as it was written, and used that against the president.” He continued, “I thought his close was very strong. ‘What happened on January 6,’ he said, ‘is the framers’ worst...
    Former President Donald Trump's impeachment lawyer David Schoen argued that it would be unconstitutional for the Senate to try Trump for incitement of insurrection – claiming the process was fueled by 'base hatred' and a 'lust for impeachment.'   'This is a process fueled irresponsibly by base hatred by these house managers and those who gave them their charge, and they are willing to sacrifice our national character to advance their hatred and their fear that one day, they might not be the party in power,' Schoen told senators seated in the chamber at the start of Trump's trial Tuesday. At one point Schoen held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution, calling its emphasis on due process as its 'life breath.'  David Schoen, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, brandished Mao's little red book as he argued for due process in the Trump Senate impeachment trial Then, he...
    Loading the player... Conservative commentator and author Candace Owens said via social media that she’s “thinking” of running for president. As reported by Fox News, Owens tweeted over the weekend that she was considering a presidential run although she wouldn’t be eligible until 2024 when she would be 35. I love America. Thinking about running for President. ????????— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 6, 2021 The Stamford, Connecticut native was a Democrat prior to 2017 when she changed parties to support President Donald Trump. That support dovetailed with her rise to prominence as a conservative activist, author, and commentator whose most frequent platform is Fox News. Read More: Trump falsely claimed election was ‘rigged’ or ‘stolen’ over 100 times: report It could be a high bar for Owens, who is viewed in the Black community as a pariah, given that the causes and people that she supports seem...
    This Tuesday, the second ‘impeachment’ or impeachment of the former president Donald trump, a historic process because it is the first time that a second impeachment has been applied to a US president, and also because it is the first time that it is a president out of office. The assault on the Capitol on January 6 in which supporters of the former president took Congress on the day that the electoral victory for Democrat Joe Biden was confirmed, has marked a before and after in Trump’s departure from the White House. That day, the tycoon incited his followers to fight “with all their might” or else they would be left without their country. What is charged The resolution imputes to the president a crime of “incitement to insurrection” that cost the lives of five people and plunged the country into an unprecedented crisis just 10 days after the...
    Senate Republicans who might run for president in 2024 face a career-altering vote with the decision to convict or acquit former President Donald Trump on impeachment charges he incited the siege of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. At trial in the Senate, the second in 12 months to adjudicate articles of impeachment against Trump, a vote to convict risks the wrath of grassroots conservatives. The Republican base is with the 45th president and could retaliate for a conviction vote by dealing a mortal blow to any campaign for the 2024 GOP nomination if their opinion that he is not culpable for the Capitol insurrection goes unchanged during the next few years. Asked if that scenario awaits any Republican contender who, as a senator, votes to convict Trump, a Virginia talk radio host supportive of the former president’s campaigns, John Fredericks, said flatly: “Hell yes.” It does not appear to be...
    The charge against Trump is derived from his actions on January 6, when he urged his followers to march towards the headquarters of Congress | 02/09/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 52 | . | Washington.- The second impeachment the former US president Donald trump started this Tuesday in a Senate totally divided, so he will hardly be condemned for his responsibility in the assault on Capitol. The 100 senators will serve as jury of the one known in the United States as « impeachment« , and they will be in charge of assessing the accusation of » incitement to insurrection« against Trump for the irruption of a peat his followers in the Capitol, which left 5 dead. « The Senate meets as court of impeachment« said the Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the process, at the beginning of the session at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. GMT). The session began with a vote on...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace praised the case for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Tuesday, saying Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) made a “particularly strong” opening argument using “a conservative legal philosophy.” “I thought it was a very powerful opening,” Wallace said. “It had a lot of substance to it. It had a lot of technological slickness to it. The video of the events of January 6. The use of graphics to make the point about what’s in the Constitution. The historical precedent. I thought what was particularly — in a legal, as opposed to the emotional side — the very strict legal argument, I thought … the congressman from Colorado made a particularly strong argument. What he did, he took a conservative legal philosophy — originalism, textualism, read the Constitution exactly as it was written, and use that against the president.” Raskin and Neguse kicked off impeachment proceedings in the Senate...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that she didn't think President Joe Biden would break tradition like former President Donald Trump - and snub his predecessor out of a portrait ceremony.    'I have no portrait revealings or portrait plans or portrait events to preview for you, but I have not been given any indication that we would break with tradition in that regard,' Psaki said, answering a reporter's question about the ceremony that - before Trump - had been a fixture of a president's first term for decades.   In May, NBC News reported that Trump decided against inviting former President Barack Obama to the White House for a portrait unveiling ceremony, citing people familiar with the matter.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki (left) said Tuesday that she had 'not been given any indication that we would break with tradition' as far as President Joe Biden...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's choice to the lead the Office of Management and Budget apologized Tuesday for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media as she tried to convince senators she'll leave partisan politics behind if confirmed.   Neera Tanden also admitted to spending "many months" removing past Twitter posts, saying, "I deleted tweets because I regretted them." But she refused to say she did so to help her nomination.   "I know there have been some concerns about some of my past language on social media, and I regret that language and take responsibility for it," Tanden, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and the president of the center-left Center for American Progress, told a Senate committee.   She later added, "I deeply regret and apologize for my language."   Tanden would be the first woman of color to lead the OMB. Her nomination requires approval...
    EXCLUSIVE: President Biden’s government has been outmaneuvered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on critical security fronts, Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence for the Trump administration, told Fox News."You have to give it to Chancellor Merkel: She outmaneuvered Joe Biden in just three weeks. Merkel made it clear she would not take sides between communist China and capitalist America, reversed the 10,000 U.S. troop withdrawal that Trump previously announced and got the Biden administration to stop enforcing Nord Stream 2 sanctions," Grenell said. Last week, Biden froze the plan to withdraw American troops from the Federal Republic. In December, Congress passed legislation — the National Defense Authorization Act — that contains sanctions targeting companies and individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 project. PUTIN CRITIC NAVALNY FACES COURT HEARING  The Nord Stream 2 deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime will transfer Russian gas to the Federal Republic via a...
    Loading the player... Axios reporter Alexi McCammond fell in love while on the campaign trail with one of President Joe Biden’s aides and has now given up the beat. McCammond, 27, is a political reporter at Axios who covers progressive politicians in Congress, the progressive movement, and Vice President Kamala Harris. She was assigned to cover Biden’s campaign in 2019 and 2020. During that time, she fell in love with TJ Ducklo who was then Biden’s press secretary. Read More: Natalia Bryant ‘beyond thrilled’ after signing with IMG Models Alexi McCammond and TJ Ducklo (Credit: CAA Agency and Twitter) McCammond and Ducklo, 32, started dating in November. They both informed their bosses so that there would be no appearance of conflict. She “asked to be taken off of the Biden beat,” and was reassigned to Vice President Harris. “When my personal life had the potential to interfere with my...
    The White House supports a push by House Democrats to cap who would receive $1,400 coronavirus stimulus checks at individuals making $75,000 a year and couples with a combined annual income of $150,000. Draft legislation released Monday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal reflected President Biden's proposal. But it conflicts with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's pitch of targeting the direct payments to individuals making $50,000 and couples earning $100,000. "He supports where the status of the negotiations are at this point, so, yes, the $75,000," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. Manchin is a key vote in the Senate as Democrats try to muscle Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package through Congress using the fast-track budgetary process known as reconciliation. Even though reconciliation only requires a simple majority of 51 votes, Democratic control of the Senate hinges on all 48 Democrats, two independents,...
    Before the Donald Trump impeachment trial officially kicked off on Tuesday, Neil Cavuto confronted Congressman Jim Jordan and repeatedly went over the former president’s incendiary rhetoric leading up to the January 6th riots to ask the Ohio Republican if he thinks Trump has any responsibility for what happened. Jordan continued to insist that the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer out of office. He also tried to argue that “the facts are on the president’s side” because people planned to riot before he even spoke on January 6th, and even noted how Trump talked about being peaceful in that speech. Cavuto then went through more of what Trump actually said: “He also said we’re going to walk right now down to the Capitol and cheer on our brave senators and congressman and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because...