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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to the nation’s smallest businesses and taking steps to further equity in what is known as the Paycheck Protection Program. The administration is establishing a two-week window, starting on Wednesday, in which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees — the overwhelming majority of small businesses — can apply for the forgivable loans. Biden’s team is also carving out $1 billion to direct toward sole proprietors, such as home contractors and beauticians, the majority of which are owned by women and people of color. Other efforts will remove a prohibition on lending to a company with at least 20% ownership by a person arrested or convicted for a nonfraud felony in the prior year, as well as allowing those behind on their federal student loans to seek relief through the program. The administration is also clarifying that noncitizen legal...
    New York : Small businesses receive increased attention from the Biden-Harris Administration. Photo: Stephanie Keith / . There are immigrant business owners who have the Permanent residence, but they do not have a Social Security number, but only an Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN), which has prevented them from applying for some federal aid in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Among the supports that home repair contractors, cosmeticians, and small independent retailers – such as wineries – did not have access to is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP, for its acronym in English), which may be requested with the change of federal government rules. “It seeks to ensure access for owners of small businesses who are not citizens and who are legal residents of the United States. Clarifying that they can use Individual Taxpayer Identification (ITIN) numbers to request relief,” the administration said. of...
    (CNN)The Biden administration announced several changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week exclusive window to apply for the funding. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. Democrats turn to Bidens agenda after impeachment trialThe administration will also change some eligibility rules, effective the first week in March. The self-employed, sole proprietors and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. They previously were excluded altogether or received as little as $1 because the loan amounts were calculated based on the number of employees. The loan program will also open up to small business owners with non-fraud related felonies, those delinquent on their federal student loans and some non-citizen residents, such...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE on Monday will announce policy changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at targeting assistance to businesses that employ 20 or fewer workers and those that are minority-owned.  Biden plans to announce that his administration will institute a 14-day period beginning Feb. 24 and running through March 9 during which only businesses with 20 or fewer employees can apply for PPP loans, according to senior administration officials. Businesses with more than 20 employees will not be able to apply for assistance during this two-week period. Biden will also announce that his administration is changing its loan calculating formula for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to help them obtain more financial...
    President Biden is expected on Monday to announce new measures designed to help small businesses receive Paycheck Protection Program loans and expand the pool of eligible companies. Small businesses have struggled to gain access to the lending program, a marquee government effort to help companies retain employees during the COVID-19 crisis, as they are often overlooked by lenders in favor of larger businesses. With the Small Business Administration several weeks into its third round of coronavirus relief lending, which will expire at the end of March," Biden will mandate for two weeks starting Wednesday only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for PPP loans, with access for larger companies resuming after March 9. A senior administration official said the window will give lenders more time to work with smaller businesses, while still ensuring access for larger eligible companies before the program expires in late March....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As soon as today, Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration could introduce a bill aimed at helping renters who are facing eviction. The City of Pittsburgh is looking to create their own way of handling these issues. According to KDKA’s news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mayor Peduto is working with council on addressing the matter. The plan is for the Mayor’s Office to introduce a plan at some point this week. Advocates have been pushing for action because evictions are still happening despite emergency orders. Landlords have found loopholes in the court orders and the moratorium issued by the CDC. The Post-Gazette reports hearings have been going on in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas. The report cites data saying there are 26 evictions hearings scheduled in the city before the end of the month. When the court emergency order expires on March 1, the Post-Gazete says hearings...
    In early January, Chained duck revealed that the‘State had used the skills of four private consulting firms to support it in the deployment of its vaccine campaign. L‘information was used in the “scandal ”, provoking the outrage of some in the media and on social networks. However, as long as we s‘abstain from‘a political reading of the facts, we quickly understand that this controversy is unfounded and sterile. The four private service providers are recognized companies, each of which has provided expertisecise. Accenture, spspecialized in systemsèmy d‘information, intervened for the‘support for the implementation of the … système d‘information. Citwell, expert in the‘organization of the supply chain, and the JLL group, which generally intervenes on issues concerning new ways of working, s‘provide logistical support for Covid vaccines. As for McKinsey, one of the largest consulting firms in the world, it supports the French executive in the operational coordination of all...
            by Chuck Ross  A Democratic state assemblyman in New York says that lawmakers are “inching toward” opening an impeachment probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his handling of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. In an interview on the “Skullduggery” podcast, Ronald Kim, a Queens assemblyman, also said he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators in an ongoing probe of the Cuomo administration. “Of course, I’m prepared to comply and spend as much time handing over as much evidence as they want,” he said, adding that many lawmakers expect to be contacted by investigators “very soon.” Kim came forward this week with allegations that Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him in a phone call earlier this month over his criticism of the governor’s coronavirus-related nursing home policies. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn are reportedly investigating the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home data related to coronavirus....
            by Christen Smith  Environmental experts said Thursday momentum behind the new presidential administration brings the promise of a comprehensive methane rule in sight – a move that would have a significant impact on Pennsylvania, one of the top natural gas-producing states. Dan Grossman, senior director of advocacy for the Environmental Defense Fund, said controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas sector remains an important component of lowering greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which contribute to one quarter of the climate effects witnessed across the globe over the last decade, he said. “[Gov. Tom] Wolf needs to continue his track of leadership and send the signal to Washington that whatever the Biden administration decides to do, it needs to be bold,” he said. “We simply won’t be able to meet our climate goals unless we address methane in a holistic fashion.” A report from the International Energy...
    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...
    Fernando Damien Mexico City / 02.21.2021 09:52:26 Ricardo Monreal, Morena coordinator in the Senate, will present a bill to strengthen mechanisms for the prevention of violence against women given the exacerbation of this problem during the covid-19 pandemic. “It is especially necessary to adapt legislative measures as a response to the crisis that we are going through worldwide, since covid-19 exacerbated one of the most abominable evils that afflict our society and that unfortunately increases day by day: violence against women. women ”, he specified. Monreal pointed out that violence against women increased during the period of confinement due to the pandemic and the National Public Security System recorded in the first semester of 2020 a total of 489 femicides, as well as 1,443 intentional homicides of women, that is, 1,932 murdered. In the same period, the National Human Rights Commission received 82 complaints of gender violence...
    A state senator from Queens is demanding the Legislature hold special hearings on the coronavirus nursing home scandal that has engulfed Gov. Andrew Cuomo — separate from a federal probe that is underway. Aside from accusations that the administration covered up the reporting of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, Sen. Leroy Comrie wants answers about allegations that COVID-19 positive residents at a veterans home in his southeast Queens district were given experimental drug cocktails without consent. "We need to get to the truth. Clearly mistakes were made. We want full disclosure on what the hell happened from A to Z," Comrie said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y.  (Office of the Governor of New York via AP) "I’m personally pushing for the Legislature to hold hearings on the nursing home mess, It’s a mess. No doubt about it. We need to drill down...
    Legal experts are warning that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged undercounting of nursing-home deaths amid the COVID-19 pandemic may rise to the level of a criminal offense. Cuomo has found himself at the center of a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic. The New York Post reported earlier this month that Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s top aide, told lawmakers it had withheld the numbers for fear of them being "used against us." FILE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York.  (AP) In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, John B. Daukas, who served as acting U.S. attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, wrote that DeRosa’s reported...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - The actions of the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump to suppress and contain China were the root cause of the difficulties in their bilateral relations, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday. Wang, speaking at a forum in Beijing, urged U.S. policymakers to stop smearing China's ruling Communist Party and stop conniving with separatist forces. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Islam, Asia
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country’s detention of American citizens, calling the matter a “complete and utter outrage”. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the country of trying to use the detentions to win concessions from other countries, though Tehran dismisses the charge. Sullivan told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that it was a “significant priority” of President Joe Biden’s administration to get those Americans “safely back home.” “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” Sullivan said when asked if the administration had started hostage negotiations with Iran. “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” he said,...
    Loading the player... It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the...
    State Senate Democrats are poised to approve a package of nursing home accountability bills on Monday — taking matters into their own hands with Gov. Andrew Cuomo under fire for the coronavirus’ deadly toll in the facilities under his watch. Expected to clear the upper chamber Monday, the 10 bills were introduced earlier this month with the goal of reforming nursing home protocols on matters including fatality reporting, patient-to-staff ratio and visitation standards. “The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The Senate Majority is taking action to deliver meaningful results by increasing transparency and raising the standard of care provided at these facilities,” continued the Yonkers Democrat. “I commend the bill sponsors for their work and I am proud that we are passing...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized President Biden's stance toward China, calling the policy shift from the Trump administration "disheartening." During an interview on Newsmax TV Saturday afternoon, the nation's former top diplomat accused the current administration of failing to condemn the genocide of Uighur Muslims in China. "This is some of the most horrific human activity that we have seen since the last century, and the administration has a responsibility ... to convince the Chinese Communist Party not to behave in this way [and] to impose costs on them when they don't," Pompeo said. "So to pawn this off as just a different norm or a different set of behaviors, that's what the Chinese Communist Party says. That's how they talk about this." The former secretary of state said he was saddened by Biden downplaying China's actions. "To hear an American president talk about it in such a...
    More On: nursing homes Psaki dodges questions about Cuomo’s leadership Biden’s AG nominee says he plans to probe Capitol riot ‘SNL’ roasts Gov. Cuomo over nursing home scandal Upstate GOP rep says he’s ‘definitely looking’ into running against Gov. Cuomo State Senate Democrats are poised to approve a package of nursing home accountability bills on Monday — taking matters into their own hands with Gov. Andrew Cuomo under fire for the coronavirus’ deadly toll on the facilities under his watch. Expected to clear the upper chamber Monday, the 10 bills were introduced earlier this month with the goal of reforming nursing home protocols on matters including fatality reporting, patient-to-staff ratio and visitation standards. “The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The Senate...
    Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said “every state in the union,” should eliminate the private donor funding of election administration in an exclusive interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matt Boyle. “We had states that sacrificed security, accountability, transparency for accessibility and availability of the ballot. We should never sacrifice security, transparency, and accountability in the elections process for anything,” Merrill,  co-chair of the recently established election integrity commission of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) said. Boyle noted the 2020 general election was unique in that, for the first time, major private donors — such as Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who donated $350 million to the Center for Technology and Civic Live (CTCL) and $69 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) this election cycle — funded the administration of elections in many counties and localities...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has begun to communicate with Iran over American hostages in the region, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday, calling the issue a "significant priority" for the White House. "We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran," Sullivan told CBS News. "We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward," he said. "It will be a significant priority of this administration to get those Americans safely back home." According to the Foley Foundation, there are at least 43 publicly known hostage or detainee cases in 11 countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Venezuela, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with the loved...
    The White House has begun to communicate with Iran about its detention of US citizens, an official said Sunday. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” He called the country’s imprisonment of dozens of dual nationals in recent years, including several Americans, a “complete and utter outrage” and said it was a “significant priority” of the Biden administration to get them “safely back home.” “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” Sullivan said, calling it a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Sullivan added that President Biden was determined to use diplomacy to prevent the authoritarian government from acquiring nuclear weapons. United Nations watchdogs found uranium particles at two Iranian sites it inspected last week, which could endanger efforts by President Biden to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear...
    More On: iran UN chief visits Iran as it threatens to cut off watchdog’s cameras Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin Biden rewards Iran’s bad behavior by begging it to make a deal UN nuclear watchdog finds troubling uranium traces at Iranian sites The White House has begun to communicate with Iran about its detention of US citizens, an official said Sunday. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” He called the country’s imprisonment of dozens of dual nationals in recent years, including several Americans, a “complete and utter outrage” and said it was a “significant priority” of the Biden administration to get them “safely back home.” “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” Sullivan said, calling it...
    Loading the player... At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Now they’re leaders on the ropes. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of Californiaare embroiled in distinct political woes. For Cuomo, it’s a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic. For Newsom, it’s fending off a recall effort fueled by opposition to his lockdowns — and his own personal missteps. But for both men the bottom line is clear: If you’re not careful, the same crisis that can raise your stock can just as easily bring you down.  “We’ve had too many mission accomplished moments,” said Rebecca Katz, a New York City-based Democratic strategist who ran a primary challenge against Cuomo in 2018, in a reference to former President George W. Bush’s premature boast days after...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has partially caught up on its delayed vaccine shipments, having delivered about 2 million of the 6 million doses backlogged by the deadly winter storms in Texas and other states, administration officials said Sunday."We can't control Mother Nature, no one can, but we can certainly contingency plan," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on ABC's "This Week." "We've been able to get about 2 million of those 6 million doses out. We expect to rapidly catch up this week, fill that backlog, make sure they're out to communities and also meet our deadlines and our timelines of the doses that are due to go out this upcoming week," Psaki said.Texas suffered a devastating week of below freezing temperatures and winter storms, with conditions worsened by widespread power outages across the state impacting millions of homes and businesses. And other parts of the country faced similar frigid...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it's prompting the Biden administration to push...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the universe...
    Last week, the Biden administration made a major step toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran when it announced it was willing to begin talks with the Islamic republic without preconditions and accepted an invitation by European states to broker an initial meeting. A meeting may take place this week.   The administration also dropped several sanctions placed on Iran by the Trump administration, including travel restrictions on Iranian officials.    The timing of the Biden administration’s announcement was curious in light of a surge in threatening and belligerent actions by Iran, such as a Feb. 15 rocket attack against a U.S. base in Irbil, Iraq, by an Iranian-backed militia and stepped-up attacks against Yemeni civilian targets and Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels, an Iranian terrorist surrogate. NEWT GINGRICH: 'WOKE' AMERICAN MILITARY PUTS US IN DANGER. HERE'S HOW Iran also recently accelerated its nuclear weapons program by producing uranium metal and increasing uranium enrichment.    In addition,...
    President Biden’s "radical" foreign policy agenda is "turning upside down our Middle East policy" and giving Iran an "out" to become a nuclear state with a return to the Obama-era nuclear deal, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said Sunday. Turner told "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria Bartiromo that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was "terminally flawed," having an expiration to key provisions relating to Iran's nuclear program and allowing for the country to continue missile development. REPUBLICANS SLAM BIDEN'S MOVE TO DROP IRAN SANCTIONS PUSH "By this administration going back to this agreement, they’re really giving Iran the out to be able to pursue becoming a nuclear state," Turner said. Turner said that along with Iran, the Biden administration was "turning toward" China, which he described as another U.S. "adversary" that is "our greatest vulnerability for jobs, our greatest vulnerability for our economy." "This administration is turning its eye from our allies and to...
    Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan criticized China for blocking data on the origins of COVID-19, but declined to stand by declassified U.S. intelligence released at the end of the Trump administration, and said coronavirus origin investigations still must be led by the World Health Organization. China has done its utmost to thwart investigations into the origins of the virus. The Trump administration withdrew from the WHO in 2020, claiming the United Nations agency was incompetent and influenced by China, although the Biden administration rejoined. A WHO joint investigation with Chinese officials was conducted in January and February. “I believe that we need to take a variety of steps to look at this — to look at the previous administration's response to the pandemic and what lessons we need to learn to make sure that never happens again,” Sullivan said in an interview with Margaret Brennan on Face...
    Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan criticized the Trump administration, saying they "did not take pandemic surveillance as seriously as they should have," while casting doubt on the World Health Organization's forthcoming report about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSES 'DEEP CONCERNS' ABOUT WHO'S CHINA PROBE "I also believe that we need a credible, open, transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization," Sullivan told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "They're about to come out with a report about the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, China, that we have questions about because we do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread both in China and eventually around the world." "We believe that both the WHO and China should step up on this matter," he continued. FAUCI DOWNPLAYS CONCERNS OVER COVID-19 VARIANTS, BUT CLAIMS VARIANT VACCINES...
    After spending months campaigning vigorously for Joe Biden, Hollywood star Barbra Streisand still appears to be in cheerleading mode, touting the president’s first month in office as a restoration of “political sanity in our country.” Streisand praised President Biden on social media Friday, declaring that the new administration will tackle climate change and oversee coronavirus vaccinations. “President Biden has restored some political sanity in our country,” Streisand wrote. “The United States will once again become one of the leaders of the free world. We will address climate change now evident in these extreme weather conditions.” She added: “Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s [sic] arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning.” Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning....
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki distanced President Biden from embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the fellow Democrat faces investigations into the allegations that he covered up how many people died in his state's nursing homes due to the coronavirus. Psaki wouldn't stand by Biden's description from last spring of Cuomo as the “gold standard" of gubernatorial leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the president was focused on working with all governors across the country as part of his national strategy to deal with the virus. “I’m not here to give new labels or names,” she told ABC on Sunday, leaving the investigations into Cuomo's response to the "appropriate" authorities. GOP ANGST AS TRUMP AND MCCONNELL WAGE CIVIL WAR Cuomo has been criticized for directing New York nursing homes on March 25 to admit COVID-19-positive patients, a decision directly linked to more than 1,000 additional deaths. ...
    CNN’s Dana Bash asked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday for some clarity on what people can and cannot be doing after they get their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Over 60 million vaccine doses have been administered across the United States, per the CDC, and Fauci told Bash they’d ideally like to see the numbers increase soon. He talked up what the Biden administration is doing to ramp up vaccine distribution and administration in the next few weeks. Bash directly asked, “Would you like it to be over 2 million doses a day by the end of April? Is that what you meant?” “Of course. I would like it to be that and then some,” Fauci said. Bash then asked about Americans’ confusion over what they can do once they’re vaccinated, bringing up her own parents as an example: “My parents have already gotten their second dose. They’re fully...
    By reviving the so-called "catch and release" approach of the past, the Biden administration is "facilitating illegal immigration," a former head of Customs and Border Protection argued Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes -- one of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States, never to be heard from again," Mark Morgan said on Fox News' "Cavuto Live." "Under the Trump administration," Morgan added, "that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES He continued: "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program -- those are the people now that are being actively allowed in the United...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Over 75,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended for crossing the border into the U.S. last month, breaking record numbers for the highest number of January apprehensions in over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The majority of illegal immigrants who were apprehended in January 2021 were single adults, though Border Patrol agents detained 7,260 migrants traveling as family units, nearly 3,000 more than in December 2020, the WSJ reported. Some of the migrants said they are illegally crossing the border with the hope that the Biden administration will be more forgiving than the Trump administration. “We came now in part because of the law change,” said Dennis Chaveco Velazquez, who was staying in Mexico with his family while waiting for asylum policies to change, the WSJ reported. “It seemed like there is more tolerance,” he said of their decision to illegally cross...
            by Rupert Darwall  Warning lights should be flashing. Less than a month in, it’s becoming evident that President Joe Biden’s economic policies are likely to end in disaster. The wrong economic diagnosis and the politics of not letting any crisis go to waste is leading to the most damaging mix of economic policy in decades. The administration is in thrall to the Keynesian demand-management paradigm that treats every big economic downturn as a potential replay of the Great Depression, thus requiring massive fiscal and monetary stimulus to revive demand. But the Covid slump wasn’t driven by lack of demand, but by deliberate policy decisions taken by federal and state governments to close down economic activity for reasons of public health. For the time being, Covid policy is economic policy. The 11 states with the highest unemployment are all deep blue; they imposed some of the nation’s most draconian lockdown...
    The Biden administration reviving the "catch and release" policy indicates they are "facilitating illegal immigration," former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan argued on Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes. One of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States never to be heard from again," Morgan told "Cavuto Live." Morgan said that "facts support" that the catch and release loophole exist, claiming that it is not a "right or left" matter. "Under the Trump administration, that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program."  OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES Morgan continued, "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program--those...
    (CNN)When Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ran for President against George H. W. Bush in 1988, he made competence one of his major campaign themes. Instead of claiming to be a visionary politician or a champion of liberalism, Dukakis highlighted his technocratic managerial expertise. "This election isn't about ideology," Dukakis argued, "It's about competence. It's not about meaningless labels; it's about American values -- old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth." Julian ZelizerThe appeal didn't work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical "card-carrying member of the ACLU" who would allow Americans to burn flags and let dangerous criminals out of prison. After Donald Trump's chaotic presidency and the emergence...
    President Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks as he takes part in a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, February 19, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters It was by design that Joe Biden deployed the term "inflection point" three times in his most significant foreign policy speech as president on Friday. He wanted to ensure the historic weight of his words was not missed. Above all, he wanted his virtual audience at the Munich Security Conference to hear that global democracies faced a defining moment in their accelerating contest with authoritarianism, and that they dare not underestimate the stakes. It is an argument I have made frequently in this space, but one that had not yet been so clearly articulated by a U.S. president. "We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future and direction of our world," Biden...
    The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing the Biden administration’s new guidance for arrests and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, calling it a "disappointing step backward." "The memo is a disappointing step backward from the Biden administration’s earlier commitments to fully break from the harmful deportation policies of both the Trump and Obama presidencies," Naureen Shah, ACLU senior advocacy and policy counsel, said in a statement. ICE OFFICERS WILL NEED PREAPPROVAL BEFORE ARRESTING SOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNDER NEW RULES  The civil rights group is reacting to a new memo issued this week which tells ICE officers to focus on three categories of immigrants: those who pose a threat to national security; those who have crossed the border since Nov. 1; and those who committed "aggravated felonies." The directive is temporary, lasting three months, until the Department of Homeland Security can issue further guidance. Officials said the guidance does not explicitly prevent anyone from being...
    NEW YORK -- At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Now they're leaders on the ropes.Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct political woes. For Cuomo, it's a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic. For Newsom, it's fending off a recall effort fueled by opposition to his lockdowns - and his own personal missteps.But for both men the bottom line is clear: If you're not careful, the same crisis that can raise your stock can just as easily bring you down."We've had too many mission accomplished moments," said Rebecca Katz, a New York City-based Democratic strategist who ran a primary challenge against Cuomo in 2018, in a reference to former President George W. Bush's premature...
    Republicans are criticizing President Biden’s move to give up on a Trump-era push to reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran, as the administration takes a warmer tone toward Tehran. "This is outrageous and dangerous. Biden just legalized Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping selling arms to Iran," Rep Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said. "Why?" POMPEO, OTHER CRITICS PAN BIDEN WH OFFER TO RESTART IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS "I agree Joe," responded Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., who is on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees. "Why is Biden lifting U.N. sanctions banning Putin from selling arms to Iran? Seems to warrant an investigation…" The reaction comes to a move by the Biden administration to end the Trump administration’s position on the "snackback" of U.N. sanctions on Tehran. The Trump administration triggered the "snapback" mechanism in August, which would restore all U.N. sanctions that expired under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That move came after...
    President Joe Bidens dismissive remark at a CNN town hall this week – where he appeared to accept Chinas human rights abuses of Muslim Uighurs as different cultural "norms" – has "disheartened" former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "To pawn this off as a different norm or a different set of behaviors, thats what the Chinese Communist Party says," Pompeo told Newsmax TVs "Saturday Agenda." "Thats how they talk about this. They just say, look, we have a different culture, were a little bit different. "This isnt about different cultures or different norms. This is about a deep human rights violation." Pompeo noted Secretary of State Antony Blinken has agreed with the Trump administrations classification of Chinas treatment of the ethnic Uighurs as "genocide," so President Biden needs to get with the program, he told host Heather Childers. "To hear an American president talk about it in such a way that...
    A New York state senator who has repeatedly refused to subpoena the Cuomo administration over its decision to send COVID-19 patients to old age homes appeared star-struck after a recent closed-door meeting with the governor’s top aides. Democratic Sen. James Skoufis, who represents Orange County and heads up the chamber’s investigations committee, gushed in a Zoom call last week about meeting with legislative “stars,” including top aide Melissa DeRosa and health commissioner Howard Zucker. “Basically the stars you see on your TV set every day that tell us what’s happening,” bragged Skoufis in a Zoom conference with the Ferry Godmother, an upstate community group, in a clip obtained by the Hudson Power Broker. Skoufis told participants he spoke to the group minutes after his closed-door Feb. 10 Zoom conference with DeRosa, Zucker and other members of the Cuomo administration. Skoufis, 33, is Chair of the Committee on Investigations and...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY Government memo crushes Cuomo’s defense in nursing home cover-up When it comes to nursing homes, Andrew Cuomo is no Nelson Rockefeller ‘We have to make the changes’: Cuomo proposes his own nursing-home reform package Top NYS legislators push back against Gov. Cuomo over nursing home data A New York state senator who has repeatedly refused to subpoena the Cuomo administration over its decision to send COVID-19 patients to old age homes appeared star-struck after a recent closed-door meeting with the governor’s top aides. Democratic Sen. James Skoufis, who represents Orange County and heads up the chamber’s investigations committee, gushed in a Zoom call last week about meeting with legislative “stars,” including top aide Melissa DeRosa and health commissioner Howard Zucker. “Basically the stars you see on your TV set every day that tell us what’s happening,” bragged Skoufis in a Zoom conference with the...
    The Biden administration is working with Facebook, Google, and Twitter to target “COVID misinformation” and overcome “vaccine hesitancy,” according to senior officials in the administration who spoke to Reuters. Via Reuters: The White House’s direct engagement with the companies to mitigate the challenge has not been previously reported. Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain has previously said the administration will try to work with Silicon Valley on the issue. “Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” said the source, who has direct knowledge of the White House’s efforts. “We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly.” The Biden White House is especially trying to make sure such material “does not start trending...
    A Democratic state assemblyman in New York says that lawmakers are “inching toward” opening an impeachment probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his handling of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. In an interview on the “Skullduggery” podcast, Ronald Kim, a Queens assemblyman, also said he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators in an ongoing probe of the Cuomo administration. “Of course, I’m prepared to comply and spend as much time handing over as much evidence as they want,” he said, adding that many lawmakers expect to be contacted by investigators “very soon.” Kim came forward this week with allegations that Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him in a phone call earlier this month over his criticism of the governor’s coronavirus-related nursing home policies. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn are reportedly investigating the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home data related to coronavirus. The existence of an investigation...
    Abstract photo created by wirestock - www.freepik.com Governor Kemp announced on Friday his administration’s introduction of H.B 534, a bill to combat dangerous street racing in Georgia. Kemp was joined by law enforcement officers, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in support of the legislation. “In recent months, we have watched in horror as crime has skyrocketed in our capital city. Our brave law enforcement officers have worked tirelessly to contain the lawlessness, protect the communities they serve, and keep Georgians safe,” said Governor Kemp. “Today, I am proposing legislation to crack down on street racing by toughening penalties for offenders and holding those who promote these criminal activities responsible. In Georgia, we will not tolerate this reckless, illegal behavior.” The full legislation can be read HERE. 
    New York : Biden is pressing members of Congress to pass his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package as soon as possible. Photo: Alex Wong / . The president of United States Joe biden said Friday that his Administration remains committed to releasing stimulus checks of $ 1,400 as part of the $ 1.9 billion plan to tackle the economic crisis by coronavirus. “You will have your stimulus check as soon as the House of Representatives and the Senate pass my legislation,” said the president in a video shared on his official @Potus Twitter account. “We are committed to you, Democrats and Republicans, with the $ 2,000 stimulus check. $ 600 was advanced last time. Another $ 1,4000 will arrive, “added the president. In the recording consisting of questions and answers about the scope of the third round of stimulus checks, Biden added that payments should...
    New York governor Andrew Cuomo 'has got to go' over his administration's cover-up of nursing home deaths in New York, a congressman has said, as state lawmakers described the 'bullying and screaming phone calls' he used to enforce his will in Albany. Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Cuomo was a 'bully' who was 'filled with revenge and spit and backstabbing' as he called on him to be impeached by the state assembly. It came as more details emerged of the governor's cut-throat tactics, with New York representatives telling Politico of angry phone calls late into the evening which would leave them unable to get off the phone. In one call last week, Cuomo allegedly threatened to 'destroy' Democratic State Assemblyman Ron Kim as he accused him of lying to the media over his remarks on the state's nursing home scandal. Alec Baldwin used Twitter...
    In an interview given a few days ago, the founder and CEO of HuaweiRen Zhengfei has expressed his will for the restoration of relations between the United States and his company. Zhengfei has confirmed his willingness to negotiate with the new US president on common development and the benefit of “Allowing US companies to supply goods to Chinese customers favors their own financial performance.” Huawei But until this happens, Huawei’s sales in the smartphone business continue to decline and Apple could be the main beneficiary. Huawei is currently unable to do business with US companies because the Trump administration placed it on the Commerce Department’s commercial blacklist, citing national security fears. Consequently, Huawei’s orders for smartphone components could fall by 60% in 2021, which could be an additional boost for the iPhone in mainland China. Huawei continues to lose due to US sanctions According to data from Evercore Research Institute,...
    President BidenJoe BidenREAD: House Democrats' mammoth COVID-19 relief bill House panel unveils .9T relief package Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE’s decision to open the door to negotiations with Iran and other nations underscores a sharp turn away from his predecessor and back to the diplomacy-first foreign policy championed during the Obama years. The Biden administration said Thursday that it would accept an invitation from the European Union to talk with Iran and the five other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal that former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Lee after Romney's impeachment vote: There's enough room in GOP 'for both of us' Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE withdrew from in 2018. The decision by Biden was not surprising, given that he campaigned on rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). But it came on a quick timeline...
    As part of its efforts to wind down a Trump-era policy that kept tens of thousands of asylum-seekers outside U.S. territory, the Biden administration on Friday admitted the first group of migrants who had been previously required to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. U.S. border officials processed 25 Latin American asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and allowed them to stay in the country for the duration of their proceedings.  The Jewish Family Service of San Diego received the asylum applicants, who were required to test negative for the coronavirus, and transported them to a hotel in the area so they could quarantine, according to the non-profit's chief executive officer, Michael Hopkins. The group included six families and five individuals from Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba.  "It's the beginning of a new day for our country," Hopkins told CBS News....
    Albany, New York (CNN)As Ted Minissale watched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak for the first time Monday about the heightening controversy around nursing home Covid-19 deaths and claims of a cover-up, all he could think about was his mother. "Every day you think of her and you miss so much, it's just terrible," he told CNN at his home in Albany. Agnes Minissale died in April after contracting Covid-19 at her nursing home, Minissale said. She would have been 94 years old on Valentine's Day. Minissale's father-in-law, Edward Bridgeford, was in the same nursing home and died from the virus two weeks later, he said. Both became sick at the nursing home and later died in the hospital.Read MoreAgnes Minassale, left, and Edward Bridgeford Peter Arbeeny said his final goodbye to his 89-year-old father, Norman Arbeeny, at home more than a week after pulling him from a Brooklyn...
    New York’s top state legislators turned up the heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday for stonewalling lawmakers over the total tally of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19. In nearly identical statements from their spokespeople, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) pushed back against Cuomo’s suggestion that they were OK with his administration withholding the data. “We understood there was a delay, but there was no agreement, nor were we asked to agree. We wanted information and we continued to push for the information,” Stewart-Cousins’ spokesman Mike Murphy said. “And unfortunately, we believed they would get us the information we requested.” Mike Whyland, the spokesman for Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie  (D-The Bronx), also said, “We didn’t agree to anything.” “We never stopped asking for the information and we were under the belief that we would get it, but unfortunately that...
    Washington (CNN)When President Joe Biden announced the US will end support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna felt the decision was a vindication of a fight he's been engaged in for years.In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol Hill. Now, the policy appears to have been embraced by the White House. In an interview with CNN, Khanna called the move "a profound and historic shift" that marks a new chapter in the US relationship with Saudi Arabia. "We're being explicit and bold and open to the Saudis saying, 'no, this is not a war we support,'" the congressman...
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) seemingly dismissed concerns over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout in the Empire State following reports that his administration covered up coronavirus fatality data in nursing homes out of fears of a federal investigation. Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Gillibrand made it clear she was aware of the ongoing federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic and insisted she would monitor the situation, but said she is focused on her job in the United States Senate. Gillibrand said: I sit on the aging committee in the Senate and one of the things I hope we can do is actually have a thorough review. Older Americans in nursing homes all across the country suffer disproportionally because when COVID got into these nursing homes/assisted living facilities, it spread like wildfire. A lot of our older Americans...
    After foreign terrorists hijacked jetliners and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress created a commission to find out who and what was behind the unprecedented assault on American power, and why our government failed to protect us from this catastrophic failure of national security. Now there is a push to establish a commission to confront the threat of domestic terrorism that would have the same subpoena power and ability to get documents and interview key people in the government, including President Trump and his circle, as the 9/11 commission had in accessing the then Bush administration. The findings of the 9/11 commission were broadly accepted by the public. Its report became a best-seller and its chapter-by-chapter journey through the origins of the terrorist group behind the attack to what the Bush administration knew and when they knew it is now a college textbook. ...
    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....
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday added a layer of sanctions to a Russian vessel and the shipowner for their work on a new gas pipeline from Russia that is strongly opposed in the U.S. and eastern Europe. But the move was immediately criticized as inadequate by senior Republican lawmakers who noted the administration had not penalized any additional companies or individuals for work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They also said the new sanctions were redundant as they duplicate existing penalties that the Trump administration had imposed on the pipelaying ship Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS in January. The sanctions were announced in a report submitted to Congress by the State Department late Friday night, three days after a Feb. 16 deadline for its delivery had passed. Congressional aides expressed surprise that the word “Russia” did not appear in the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday added a layer of sanctions to a Russian vessel and the shipowner for their work on a new gas pipeline from Russia that is strongly opposed in the U.S. and eastern Europe. But the move was immediately criticized as inadequate by senior Republican lawmakers who noted the administration had not penalized any additional companies or individuals for work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They also said the new sanctions were redundant as they duplicate existing penalties that the Trump administration had imposed on the pipelaying ship Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS in January. The sanctions were announced in a report submitted to Congress by the State Department late Friday night, three days after a Feb. 16 deadline for its delivery had passed. Congressional aides expressed surprise that the word “Russia” did not appear in the report except in its title...
    By Timothy Gardner and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Friday identified a Russian ship and a company it believes are helping to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the entities had already been sanctioned by the Trump administration and the project's opponents in Congress said the move would do little to halt work on it. The State Department said in a report to Congress that the Russian ship, the Fortuna, and its owner, KVT-RUS, had been designated, a process that starts new sanctions, two lawmakers said. Both entities had been sanctioned by former President Donald Trump on his last full day in office last month for helping to build the natural gas pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe via Germany. "Simply put, today's sanctions designations are wholly inadequate," Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in...
    The Conversation One month in, how Biden has changed disaster management and the US COVID-19 response The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter one month in office, the Biden administration has fundamentally changed how the federal government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. In direct contrast to his predecessor, President Joe Biden is treating this as a national-scale crisis requiring a comprehensive national strategy and federal resources. If that sounds familiar, it should: It’s a return to a traditional – and in many ways proven – approach to disaster management. The Trump administration deviated dramatically from established emergency management practices. It politicized public health and related decision-making processes and overrode the disaster response roles of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency...
    TIJUANA  —  Two years and 21 days after the first asylum seeker was walked back from San Diego to Tijuana under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, a small group of asylum seekers was escorted in the other direction to wait out immigration court cases in the United States. Under President Biden’s direction, border officials Friday began processing the first of the estimated 26,000 people who have pending cases in U.S. immigration courts and have been waiting in Mexico under the Trump administration’s program, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The program radically altered the asylum system. It became one of Trump’s most successful attempts to restrict access to asylum and deter migrants from Latin America from seeking refuge in the United States. Biden last month ordered a pause on adding new asylum seekers to the program but has not ended it for those already waiting...
    Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster accused President Biden of "bigotry masquerading as cultural sensitivity," following a town hall event where the president addressed China’s human rights abuses. Biden was asked about human rights atrocities carried out against the Uyghur populations in Western China. BIDEN TAKES HEAT FOR ‘DIFFERENT NORMS’ REMARK WHILE DISCUSSING CHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS "If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world, is when they haven't been unified at home," Biden said, noting the simplicity in that generalization. "The central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united tightly-controlled China," he added. Biden told the town hall host, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that he understands that this is why Chinese President Xi Jinping acts in a manner that he later described as "xenophobic." Biden said he told Xi that as a U.S....
    A controversial United Nations agency that was defunded by the Trump administration will likely soon get a new injection of US taxpayer cash as the Biden administration is expected to return to funding the agency. The policy change comes at a time when the UN agency - UNRWA - faces fresh calls to put an end to incitement and antisemitism in its education system. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group has asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to condemn the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, (UNRWA) over its continued school curriculum of hate and indoctrination taught to some three hundred thousand students at its schools in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center raised the issue last week following a meeting with a representative of the UN Secretary General. Cooper told Fox News that he...
    Congressional Republicans are troubled by President Joe Biden’s offers to restart nuclear talks with Iran. The concern comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken relayed Thursday that the administration is ready to begin negotiating. The uproar from the Republican caucus was swift. Rep. Mike Turner (R-TN) issued the following statement Friday afternoon: I’m disappointed that the Biden Administration has already ceded critical ground by signaling their intention to reenter the Iran nuclear deal. The JCPOA is a significantly flawed agreement where major provisions are set to expire, and the Biden Administration should not reenter into negotiations with Iran without securing permanent prohibitions on Iran nuclear ambitions. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) wrote, “Yesterday’s U.S.-E3 statement on the Iran nuclear deal raises big questions. Let’s take a closer look. The Biden Team pledges that if Iran takes some modest steps to re-enter the deal, we’ll lift vast & powerful sanctions that took years to impose.” Yesterday’s...
    As states throughout the country continue to struggle with the fallout of a deadly polar vortex, senior Biden health officials are concerned that the days-long emergency will also lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to come. Over the past several days senior administration officials have scrambled to assemble a federal response to the winter emergency, primarily in Texas, but also in Oklahoma, Louisiana and other northwest and southern states. As part of that response, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have coordinated sending 60 generators, meals, blankets, water, diesel and other life saving supplies to Texas. President Joe Biden has approved emergency declarations in several states, and he’s personally spoken with dozens of local and state officials in Texas to see what more can be done to help those in need. Beyond assessing and...
    Savannah Rychcik February 19, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is calling for a “full investigation” into the way New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration handled COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes. “I support our state’s return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during COVID-19,” she said in a statement on Friday. She added, “Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.” New statement: ⁦@AOC⁩ calls for “full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes” pic.twitter.com/OMwqsKGOQA— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) February 19, 2021 Cuomo is receiving backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. On Wednesday, nine Republicans urged the Senate...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Joe Biden is standing by his nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera Tanden, as her nomination is facing opposition from a divided Senate, telling reporters that he is still hopeful he can find the votes to get her confirmed. A longtime political operative, Tanden has worked on multiple Democratic presidential campaigns, and has served as president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress since 2011. After Biden announced her nomination in late November, Tanden deleted more than 1,000 tweets, many of which contained partisan or political insults. She was intensely questioned about her tweets at her confirmation hearing, and repeatedly said that she regretted her tone and apologized. Earlier Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he would oppose Tanden’s nomination, citing his belief that “her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important...
    Republican lawmakers are signaling that Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandACLU pushes Garland on criminal justice reform policies ahead of hearing On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound Biden faces backlash from left on student loans MORE, President BidenJoe BidenDeath toll from winter weather rises to at least 40: AP On The Money: House panel spars over GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin meets with advocates for wage | Yellen says go big, GOP says hold off Top political donor sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal campaign contributions MORE’s attorney general nominee, will come under pressure next week over New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo92 percent of NYC restaurants could not make December rent: survey New York state legislators ask wrong group to rescind Gov. Cuomo's Emmy GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing...
    Iran has already shown it can pressure the Biden administration into granting concessions related to its nuclear weapons program, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told "Your World" Friday.  The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018, but Biden campaigned on reentering it and rescinded Trump's efforts to reimpose United Nations sanctions against Iran. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday that the Biden administration 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." The announcement came days after a rocket attack on a U.S. airbase in northern Iraq that was claimed by an Iranian-linked Iraqi Shiite militia. However, the Biden administration has yet to formally blame any group for the attack. POMPEO, OTHER CRITICS PAN BIDEN WH OFFER TO RESTART IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS Video"We've seen with...
    Washington (CNN)The US will be taking a series of steps to respond to the devastating SolarWinds cyber hack and hold accountable those responsible in "short order," national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday. "We are in the process now of working through, with the intelligence community and [President Joe Biden's] national security team, a series of steps to respond to Solar Winds, including steps that will hold who we believe is responsible for this and accountable, and you will be hearing about this in short order," Sullivan said. "We're not talking about months from now, but weeks from now, that the United States will be prepared to take the first steps in response to solar winds." Earlier this week Biden administration officials had estimated that the US government's probe into the attack would take "several months" at least. Sullivan made the comments in a wide-ranging interview...
    Politico was criticized Friday after publishing an article suggesting that President Biden is finding out how much containing the coronavirus pandemic is "out of his control", with critics suggesting the publication was conveniently resetting expectations for someone who vowed to "shut down" the virus during his campaign. "President Joe Biden’s presidency hinges in large part on his success in handling the pandemic. But nearly a month into power, he’s beginning to discover just how much of that task is out of his control," Politico's lede stated. The triple-bylined story delved into Biden's efforts to engage with states on stopping the virus, reopening schools, and jump-starting the economy, with some governors resistant to the idea of far greater federal oversight than existed under the Trump administration.  INGRAHAM: SHIFTING GOALPOSTS IN VIRUS BATTLE SHOWING 'DEMOCRATS HATE NORMAL' "Oh golly gee," Fox Radio host Guy Benson tweeted in response. "It's a good thing he didn't run on shutting down...
    President Biden on Friday hailed the importance of the alliance between the U.S. and Europe, while also taking a number of thinly-veiled shots at his predecessor. "I'm sending a clear message to the world, America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back and we’re not looking backward, we’re looking forward together," he said in a virtual address to the annual Munich Security Conference. VP KAMALA HARRIS HOLDS CALLS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS WITHOUT BIDEN "The partnership between Europe and the United States in my view is and must remain the cornerstone of all we hope to accomplish in the 21st century just as we did in the 20th century," he said. In the address, Biden reasserted that his administration is pausing Trump-era troop withdrawals from Germany and lifting the cap on the number of U.S. forces that can be based in Germany. Biden has sought to reach out to repair what...
    CLAIM: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country.” – President Joe Biden VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Trump had a plan that was complicated by the diverse policies of state governments. Biden, speaking at a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday claimed that President Donald Trump had left him no plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden claimed. President Biden is incorrect. As Former Senior Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services John “Wolf” Wagner confirmed to Breitbart News on Friday there was a vaccine distribution plan far before Biden took office. In fact, a key component of Operation Warp Speed...
    (CNN)Twenty-five migrants who had been forced to stay in Mexico crossed the US border in San Diego on Friday, the first group to arrive in the country as part of the Biden administration's roll back of a controversial Trump-era policy, according to a source with knowledge of the process.Under former President Donald Trump, the US forced migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who were seeking asylum at the southern border to stay in Mexico until their immigration court hearings in the US. More than 70,000 people were subject to the program. Many waited months, if not years, in squalid conditions and under the threat of extortion, sexual assault and kidnapping. The Biden administration estimates some 25,000 migrants still have active cases. That group will be eligible for the first phase of the rollback.The so-called "remain in Mexico" policy, which went into effect January 2019, was an...
    U.S. President Joe Biden said Friday that the United States was driven to “reengage in negotiations” to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran by the desire to avoid missteps that could further destabilize the Middle East. “We need transparency and communication to minimize the rise of strategic misunderstanding or mistakes,” Biden said at the virtual Munich Security Conference. Biden’s remarks came hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s said his country would reverse actions that violated the agreement with world powers if U.S. sanctions against the country were lifted. “U.S. unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump,” Zarif declared in a tweet. “We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple:#CommitActMeet.” US acknowledged Pompeo's claims re Res. 2231 had no legal validity.We agree.In compliance w/ 2231:US unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump.We will then immediately reverse all...
    [The stream is slated to start at 3:15 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is speaking Friday at Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan as his administration works to ramp up the supply of doses in the U.S. Earlier in the day, administration officials said the massive winter storms across the Midwest and Texas have delayed the delivery of 6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses this week, affecting every state in the U.S. The backlog represents three days' worth of delayed shipments, Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor for Covid response, said during a press briefing. Slavitt also announced that the administration is working with Florida and Pennsylvania to open five additional vaccination centers. Four of the five vaccination centers will be in the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, he said, adding...
    By Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — In his first big appearance on the global stage, President Joe Biden called on fellow world leaders to show together that “democracies can still deliver” as he underscored his administration’s determination to quickly turn the page on Donald Trump’s “America First” approach. Biden, in a virtual address Friday to the annual Munich Security Conference, said it was a critical time for the world’s democracies to “prove that our model isn’t a relic of our history.” “We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future direction of our world,” Biden said in the address just after taking part in his first meeting as president with fellow Group of Seven world leaders. That debate is “between those who argue that – given all of the challenges we face, from the fourth industrial revolution to a global pandemic – autocracy is...
    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is calling for a 'full investigation' into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.  The New York congresswoman issued a statement on Friday as Cuomo continues to face scrutiny over his administration's handling of nursing home data and an alleged cover up of deaths.   'I support our state's return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration's handling of nursing homes during COVID-19,' she said.  'Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor's remarks warrant a full investigation.'  Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is calling for a 'full investigation' into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes Cuomo has, in recent days, faced mounting challenges to...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told allies at the NATO defense ministerial on Thursday that the administration of President Joe Biden would not “undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan,” suggesting a reconsideration of the May 2021 withdrawal date set by predecessor Donald Trump. American armed forces will mark 20 years in Afghanistan in October 2021 in the event that Biden does not withdraw. The Trump administration negotiated a peace agreement with the Taliban last year in an attempt to end America’s presence in the country. The deal would see American forces leave Afghanistan in May 2021 if the Taliban committed to ceasing its attack on the U.S. military and cut its ties to international jihadists groups like al-Qaeda. The Taliban agreed to the deal and has largely appeared to keep the first promise, but international observers have found little indication that the jihadists have attempted to end their relationship...
    New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a “full investigation” on Friday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ocasio-Cortez’s statement follows moves by the Democratic leaders of the state Senate to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers after a top Cuomo aide told state lawmakers that the governor withheld nursing home resident death figures from the virus out of fear of federal prosecutors. “I support our state’s return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during COVID-19,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement Friday. “Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic,” she said. “Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.” New statement: ⁦@AOC⁩ calls for...
    By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in his first news conference as Pentagon chief, said Friday that progress toward peace in Afghanistan and an end to U.S. military involvement there depends on the Taliban reducing attacks. “The violence must decrease now,” he told reporters. Austin, a retired four-star Army general who oversaw U.S. forces in Afghanistan and across the Mideast for three years during the Obama administration, said the Biden administration is “methodically and deliberately” assessing its next steps in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been present for nearly 20 years. The U.S. has about 2,500 troops there, and Austin said there would be no “hasty” withdrawal. Under a deal with the Taliban struck by the Trump administration one year ago this month, the United States promised a phased withdrawal of troops, so that by May 1, 2021, all...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBoebert responds to criticism of her gun storage in Zoom background On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound Five things to know about Texas's strained electric grid MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling for a full investigation of New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo92 percent of NYC restaurants could not make December rent: survey New York state legislators ask wrong group to rescind Gov. Cuomo's Emmy GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths MORE’s (D) handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes. The New York Democrat in an emailed press release on Friday joined other officials in calling for an investigation into how Cuomo’s administration handled coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes. “I support our state's return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in his first news conference as Pentagon chief, said Friday that progress toward peace in Afghanistan and an end to U.S. military involvement there depends on the Taliban reducing attacks. “The violence must decrease now,” he told reporters. Austin, a retired four-star Army general who oversaw U.S. forces in Afghanistan and across the Mideast for three years during the Obama administration, said the Biden administration is “methodically and deliberately” assessing its next steps in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been present for nearly 20 years. The U.S. has about 2,500 troops there, and Austin said there would be no “hasty” withdrawal. Under a deal with the Taliban struck by the Trump administration one year ago this month, the United States promised a phased withdrawal of troops, so that by May 1, 2021, all foreign troops would be gone. For its part, the Taliban...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpThune: Trump allies partaking in 'cancel culture' by punishing senators who voted to convict Biden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE pumped up afternoon ratings for the Fox Business Network when his new show “Kudlow” debuted on Tuesday. Kudlow, who is the former director of the White House National Economic Council, interviewed former Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMnuchin's wife Louise Linton on return to Hollywood: 'I've been villainized' Senators press Treasury to prioritize Tubman redesign Congress mulls tightening eligibility for stimulus checks MORE and the combination of two former Trump officials garnered the show 225,000 total viewers, 34,000 of which were in the desired 25 to 54-year-old age group, according to Nielsen.  The numbers reflect an increase in total viewers of 116 percent and a 183 percent rise in the 25 to 54-year-old demo compared...
    More On: andrew cuomo Merrick Garland to be grilled on Cuomo nursing home scandal at AG hearing Son of Brink’s truck robbers lobbies Cuomo to commute dad’s sentence Sons of COVID victim rip Gov. Cuomo — and demand interview with Chris Cuomo ‘Great advice for your brother’: Twitter rips Chris Cuomo after he calls for Texas mayor to resign WASHINGTON — NY Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is calling for an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mounting nursing home crisis on Friday. “I support our state’s return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during COVID-19,” she wrote in a statement. The Cuomo administration is under fire over their alleged cover-up of New York nursing home deaths which a state attorney general probe found were 50 percent higher than state authorities said. The FBI and...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 guidance directing nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive residents was linked to over 1,000 additional deaths, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy, a government watchdog group. “Statewide, the findings imply that COVID-positive new admissions between late March and early May, which numbered 6,327, were associated with several hundred and possibly more than 1,000 additional resident deaths,” the report read. The March 25 advisory has embroiled Cuomo in a scandal over reports that his administration purposely withheld the true death toll due to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes. Cuomo amended the guidance on May 10, prohibiting hospitals from discharging patients to nursing homes unless they have tested negative for COVID-19. CUOMO ACCUSED OF COVERING UP NURSING HOME DEATHS TO GET BETTER TREATMENT UNDER BIDEN Nursing homes were also prohibited from requiring that prospective residents provide a negative...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his health department's top official defiantly defended the administration's nursing home policy on Friday, as the Democratic governor said he should have provided more public information "sooner" but he also "should have been more aggressive" in fighting "lies" by his "crazy" Republican opponents.  Cuomo made the comments during a press conference, saying he was "complacent" in not addressing the "falsities" and "attacks" against himself. This, after the Democratic governor remained silent about a watchdog report that said Cuomo's nursing home directive was likely responsible for more than 1,000 additional resident deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, despite numerous denials by the administration that their order was heavily to blame.  A top Cuomo aide admitted recently that the administration purposefully withheld accurate COVID-19 death information from the Justice Department who was probing nursing home cases in four states including New York.  Cuomo insisted on Friday that the information his administration provided was accurate at the time but...
    The White House is asking social media companies to clamp down on chatter that deviates from officially distributed COVID-19 information as part of President Biden’s “wartime effort” to vanquish the coronavirus. A senior administration official tells Reuters that the Biden administration is asking Facebook, Twitter and Google to help prevent anti-vaccine fears from going viral, as distrust of the inoculations emerges as a major barrier in the fight against the deadly virus. “Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” the White House source told the news agency. “We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly,” the source added. President Joe Biden receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Tabe Mase, Nurse Practitioner and Head...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpThune: Trump allies partaking in 'cancel culture' by punishing senators who voted to convict Biden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE pumped up afternoon ratings for the Fox Business Network when his new show “Kudlow” debuted on Tuesday. Kudlow, who is the former director of the White House National Economic Council, interviewed former Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMnuchin's wife Louise Linton on return to Hollywood: 'I've been villainized' Senators press Treasury to prioritize Tubman redesign Congress mulls tightening eligibility for stimulus checks MORE and the combination of two former Trump officials garnered the show 225,000 total viewers, 34,000 of which were in the desired 25 to 54-year-old age group, according to Nielsen.  The numbers reflect an increase in total viewers of 116 percent and a 183 percent rise in the 25 to 54-year-old demo compared...
    The U.S. on Friday began admitting migrants waiting in Mexico for their immigration cases to be processed -- as the Biden administration moves to wind down the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a move critics say could fuel a new border crisis. A limited number of asylum-seekers will start being allowed in at border crossings in San Diego on Friday, to be expanded next week. Officials say that approximately 25,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico as part of MPP. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME 'RECKLESS' BIDEN POLICIES The program, known as the "Remain-in-Mexico" policy and agreed to with Mexico, was a key component of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the 2019 border crisis and end "catch-and-release" -- by which migrants were released into the U.S. to await their hearings. MPP set up court tents at the border where migrants could have their hearings and cases...
    In an interview given a few days ago, the founder and CEO of HuaweiRen Zhengfei has expressed his will for the restoration of relations between the United States and his company. Zhengfei has confirmed his willingness to negotiate with the new US president on common development and the benefit of “Allowing US companies to supply goods to Chinese customers favors their own financial performance.” Huawei But until this happens, Huawei’s sales in the smartphone business continue to decline and Apple could be the main beneficiary. Huawei is currently unable to do business with US companies because the Trump administration placed it on the Commerce Department’s commercial blacklist, citing national security fears. Consequently, Huawei’s orders for smartphone components could fall by 60% in 2021, which could be an additional boost for the iPhone in mainland China. Huawei continues to lose due to US sanctions According to data from Evercore Research Institute,...