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    THE stepdaughter of world-renowned children's author Dr Seuss has come to his defense, insisting the late writer was not a racist. Lark Grey Dimond-Cates made the claims after six of the author's books were pulled from publication on Tuesday because of alleged racism. 6 Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, stepdaughter to author Dr. Seuss and pictured here in 2004, said on Tuesday that the world-renowned children's writer was not a racistCredit: Alamy 6 The late author's works have come under fire over recent years for alleged racism – and on Tuesday, a publisher announced it would be dropping six of Seuss' books from productionCredit: Corbis - Getty Dr. Seuss Enterprises – a company that oversee the legacy of the author, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel – said the titles "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong." Speaking to the New York Post, Dimond-Cates said: "There wasn’t a racist bone...
    Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice to lead the powerful Office of Budget and Management, has removed herself from consideration as the nominee, the White House said Tuesday. Tanden sent a letter to Mr. Biden explaining her decision. Tanden’s confirmation appeared doomed when moderate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he wouldn’t support her nomination, as did several moderate Republicans. GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said earlier Tuesday she hadn’t yet decided if she would support Tanden, but Tanden’s letter suggested there was no path forward. “Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities,” Tanden said in the letter. This is a breaking story. It will be updated.
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Tuesday withdrew his nomination of Neera Tanden for the Office of Management and Budget director following her controversial tweets.  In a statement, Biden announced that Tanden requested to no longer be considered but that he would find another position for her.  1Neera Tanden requested that she no longer be considered for the Office of Management and Budget director roleCredit: AP:Associated Press "I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden stated. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration.” Biden added that Tanden “will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.” During her confirmation hearing, Tanden was grilled about her past comments about members of both the Democratic and Republican parties....
    Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), attends a hearing with the Senate Committee on the Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 10, 2021.Anna Moneymaker | Pool | Reuters President Joe Biden said Tuesday he is withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tanden as his budget chief at her request. Tanden, in a letter to Biden, said, "Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities." She also wrote that it was "an honor of a lifetime to be considered" for the post of director of the Office of Management and Budget. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.
    Staving off another housing crisis is a top priority for the nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rohit Chopra, President Joe Biden's pick for the job, told the Senate Banking Committee during confirmation hearings Tuesday the agency charged with making sure financial institutions treat customers fairly needs to be ready for housing fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic. "My intuition is we have to be ready for potentially looming problems when it comes to forbearances that might flip to foreclosures," said Chopra. "I don't want to see another foreclosure crisis in this country. And we need to do everything we can to make sure the laws are being followed and homeowners can navigate their options."  The agency on Monday released a report warning that more than 11 million families are at risk of losing their housing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The report says 8.8 million families are behind...
    President Biden on Tuesday announced a new effort to vaccinate educators and childcare workers as a means to accelerate the safe reopening of schools. The president is directing all U.S. states to prioritize educators in their vaccination efforts, a decision that some have already made on their own. "My challenge to all states, territories and the District of Columbia is this, we want every educator, school staff member, childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March," Biden said. To assist that effort, starting next week the federal pharmacy program will prioritize the vaccination of pre-K through grade 12 educators and staff. During the month of March, these individuals will be able to sign up to receive a shot at a nearby pharmacy. BIDEN SAYS COVID-19 VACCINES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL US ADULTS BY END OF MAY Biden has set a goal of...
    Citing the severe impact of the pandemic on children and on the workforce, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would use federal powers to prioritize educators and child care workers for vaccine shots this month. Speaking at the White House, Biden described a general of students as being 'on the brink.' He brought up school openings – an issue that has brought partisan attacks and that has provoked a split among Democratic-leaning teachers and some parents eager to get their children back in school. 'I'm using the full authority of the federal government. I'm directing every state to do the same,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden announced a program Tuesday to get educators at least one coronavirus vaccine shot by the end of March Many states are already prioritizing teachers near the top of the line for vaccinations, but Biden said he would use federal authority to move...
    Washington — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as President Biden's commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15. Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School who went on to become a venture capitalist before turning to politics. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation's economic growth domestically and overseas. Republican opposition to her confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government's efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage. Governor Gina Raimondo speaks at a press conference in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 13, 2021. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Senator Ted Cruz, a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy’s recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Could Another Economic Relief Payment Arrive? Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School who went on to become a venture capitalist before turning to politics. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation’s economic growth domestically and overseas. Republican opposition to her confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government’s efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in particular said he was concerned that she declined during her...
    (CNN)The Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden's secretary of commerce. The vote was 84-15.Raimondo is the first female governor of Rhode Island, and has served as the state's Democratic governor since 2015. Prior to serving as governor, Raimondo was elected general treasurer of Rhode Island in 2010. She also co-founded Point Judith Capital, an early stage venture capital firm. She was among the women considered to serve as Biden's vice president.As commerce secretary, Raimondo will be in charge of a sprawling department that works to promote job creation and economic growth across the country. Biden is expected to lean on his commerce secretary to rebuild relationships with a business community that had an at times fractured relationship with the Trump White House. While the former Republican President often touted support from different businesses, pro-business groups like the Chamber of Commerce were often...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15. Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School who went on to become a venture capitalist before turning to politics. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation's economic growth domestically and overseas. Republican opposition to her confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government's efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in particular said he was concerned that she declined during her confirmation hearing to commit to keeping Chinese...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back when Fox News reporter Kristen Fisher asked about direct comments from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Fisher asked during Tuesday’s White House press briefing whether Harris or Biden would be commenting directly on sexual misconduct accusations made by three different women — one of whom worked on the Biden/Harris campaign team — against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (RELATED: ‘The View’ Uses Cuomo Accusations To Bash Donald Trump And Jim Jordan: ‘Enough Is Enough’) WATCH: Fisher began by noting that Cuomo’s third accuser, Anna Ruch — who said Cuomo had placed his hand on her bare back, calling her “aggressive” when she moved it away — had worked for Biden’s presidential campaign. Going on to mention Harris’ outspoken calls for women to be heard and believed when the accusations had been leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy’s recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15. Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School who went on to become a venture capitalist before turning to politics. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation’s economic growth domestically and overseas. Republican opposition to her confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government’s efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in particular said he was concerned that she declined during her confirmation hearing to commit to keeping Chinese telecom giant Huawei on the...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who holds the key to President Joe Biden's nominee for budget director, is pushing the White House about some of the new administration's policies that have a direct impact on Alaska's economy, namely on energy matters, according to the second-ranking Senate Republican leader.Murkowski has been sharply critical of some of Biden's energy policies, including a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public lands like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Among many other issues, the senator also has been working to get a road project built -- called King Cove Road -- that the Obama administration opposed because it would hurt wildlife.Murkowski has been having discussions with the White House for days as she's held out support for Biden's pick of Neera Tanden to serve as his head of the Office of Management and Budget. If Murkowski comes out opposed to Tanden, it almost...
    Jill Biden will visit Connecticut and Pennsylvania on Wednesday to tout the president's plan to reopen schools as the first lady is making her influence felt in her husband's administration. She will visit Meriden, Connecticut, the hometown of newly-confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who will travel with her. The two will visit Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Cardona served as a fourth-grade teacher, principal and an assistant superintendent for Meriden Public Schools before joining the Biden administration. The duo also will visit Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pennsylvania.  President Joe Biden has pushed to reopen schools for in-person education. Cardona will play a central role in making that happen. And Biden's COVID relief plan includes $130 billion for the nation’s schools to help them with costs associated with reopening, such as extra cleaning, more classrooms needed for social distancing and mental health services.  Jill Biden will visit Connecticut and Pennsylvania...
    President Joe Biden is struggling to hold Senate Democrats together as they prepare to vote on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan this week. And, to make sure his legislation passes, the president is working the phones. He'll call into the Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon on Tuesday afternoon and he spoke to a group of wavering moderate senators on Monday.    'The president's focus this week and in coming weeks, until it's passed, is on the American Rescue Plan,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.  'We've reserved time in his schedule to ensure that he can be engaged, roll up his sleeves and be personally involved in making phone calls, having more zoom meetings, potentially having people in the Oval Office, to make sure we can get this across the finish line. He will be very involved personally,' she noted.  The clock is ticking at the long-term unemployment benefit for...
    New York Times: Third woman accuses Cuomo of unwanted advances in 2019 as crisis deepens What allegations does Andrew Cuomo face and could they bring him down? As prominent economists, Republican lawmakers and some market analysts raise alarm bells about the risks of overspending and overstimulating the economy, the Biden administration has found a surprising ally: the Federal Reserve. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington on Dec. 1. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Reuters) The House passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill early Saturday morning, and the Senate is expected to follow suit shortly. The legislation would pump money into an economy that could blast off as the pandemic settles down. Load Error Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell is waving off concerns about an over-torqued economy producing long-feared inflation, saying the job market has a long way to heal...
    Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Joe Biden would touch on four main topics during their conversation, including immigration issues. MiamiMundo / Telemundo51 The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Monday offered the United States a good relationship “with constant dialogue” so that in the future bilateral relations “will be even better.” In the first formal meeting between the two leaders, López Obrador thanked Biden for highlighting the importance of the relationship with Mexico. “We are united by a 3,180-kilometer border, but we are not only united by geography. We are united by our economies, our trade, culture, history and friendship, ”said the Mexican president. López Obrador recalled the words attributed to President Porfirio Díaz when he said “poor Mexico so far from God and so close to the United States” and pointed out that now it can be said: “It is wonderful for Mexico to be close to...
    The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as U.S. education secretary on Monday. The vote was 64 to 33, with more than a dozen Republicans joining Democrats to confirm him.  Cardona is currently Connecticut's education commissioner.  Cardona takes his post as some schools across the country remain closed to in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While millions of students are learning in person, millions also haven't set foot inside a classroom in nearly a year. "We're here today in the midst of one of the most challenging school years in American history," Cardona said during his confirmation hearing. "For far too many of our students, this year has piled on crisis after crisis." During his confirmation hearing, Cardona didn't offer many specific ideas about how to return children to school but did say that educators should be prioritized for vaccine distribution. The National Education Association gave a nod of approval to...
    Conservative activist Candace Owens warned on Monday night that the Equality Act threatened to end competitive sport for women, describing the bill which passed the House last week as 'unbelievably offensive' and 'quite frankly, insulting'. The bill outlaws discrimination on the basis of gender identification and sexuality - something supporters, including President Joe Biden, say provides an essential framework for protecting the LGBTQ community. Detractors such as Owens and Donald Trump complain that it would allow transgender women to compete in women's sports.  Tucker Carlson, on whose show Owens appeared on Monday, said it was 'a terrifying agenda that eliminates women'. Candace Owens on Monday night spoke out against the passage of the Equality Act last week Fox News Privacy Policy A protester is seen at a transgender rights march in New York in October 2020 Owens said that she was labelled 'a bigot, a hateful individual, a...
    President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani speaks during the National Combat Board Meeting with Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tehran, Iran on Nov. 21, 2020.Iranian Presidency Handout | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images A series of back-and-forth retaliatory moves and antagonizing statements between Washington and Tehran are putting the Biden administration's plans for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal into greater peril by the day.  "You can't act with impunity. Be careful," President Joe Biden told reporters Friday, describing his message to Iran after he ordered airstrikes against buildings in eastern Syria that the Pentagon says were being used by Iranian-backed militia.   The strikes were in retaliation for a Feb. 15 attack that saw rockets hit Erbil International Airport in Iraq, which houses coalition military forces. The attack, which Western and Iraqi officials attribute to Iranian-backed militia forces, killed one contractor with the U.S.-led coalition and injured several others, including an...
    On Monday the U.S. Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Education Department, by a vote of 64-33. Republicans who voted with Democrats are: Sens. Richard Burr (NC), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), John Cornyn (TX), Deb Fischer (NE), Chuck Grassley (IA), Ron Johnson (WI), Mitch McConnell (KY), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Marco Rubio (FL), and Thom Tillis (NC). Three Republicans did not vote: Sens. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), and Jerry Moran (KS). Cardona, 45, a former elementary school teacher and public school principal, rose to become the Connecticut commissioner of education. The new education secretary will undoubtedly face negotiating the reopening of public schools with teachers’ unions as the nation continues to manage the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed in mid-February that Biden’s campaign promise to...
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden's effort to reopen the nation's schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut's education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote. He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great. Although his position carries limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will be asked to play a central role in achieving Biden's goal of having a majority of elementary schools open five days a week within his first 100 days. He will be tasked with guiding schools through the reopening process and sharing best practices on how to teach during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control...
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education, clearing the way for him to spearhead President Joe Biden’s initiative to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. By Miamimundo / ENH Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who rose to directing Connecticut education, was approved with 64 votes in favor and 33 against. The son of Puerto Rican parents will assume the leadership of the Department of Education amid growing tension between Americans who believe that students can return to classrooms safely at this time, and those who say the risk remains too high. Although her position has limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will be asked to play a critical role in meeting Biden’s goal of resuming activity in most elementary schools five days into the week. week within the first 100 days of your presidency. Cardona will be responsible for...
    President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, was confirmed on Monday, amid mounting pressure on the administration to stand up to the teachers unions and get kids back in class. The Senate voted 64-33 to confirm Cardona, a former public school teacher and principal who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief. Cardona, 45, has previously vowed to make getting kids back into classrooms a top priority. At his Senate confirmation hearing last month, he said that there are “great examples throughout our country of schools that have been able to reopen safely” amid the coronavirus pandemic. While his position carries limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will play a key role in achieving Biden’s stated goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools five days a week within his first 100 days in office. He will be tasked with setting up reopening...
    Washington (CNN)Hundreds of refugees who had been approved -- and booked -- to come to the United States are being taken off flights, according to resettlement agencies who work directly with refugees. President Joe Biden pledged to increase the number of refugees who could be admitted to the US after years of historic lows under his predecessor. But three weeks after announcing that this year's refugee cap would be modified, Biden has yet to sign the determination making it official, leaving refugees abroad in limbo. Last week, 60 refugees were unbooked from their flights and this week, more than 200 refugees have had their trips postponed, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Families separated at the border could be reunited in US, Homeland Security secretary saysIn one case, a Congolese family of five set to depart Uganda, where they've been staying since fleeing war and violence...
    President Biden assured Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he considers the country "an equal" during a virtual meeting on Monday, as his administration works to unravel some of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Biden noted that while the U.S. and Mexico haven’t always been "perfect neighbors," both countries are safer when there’s a collaborative relationship, particularly where the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. "In the Obama-Biden administration, we made a commitment that we look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of our border. You are equal," Biden said. "And what you do in Mexico and how you succeed impacts dramatically on what the rest of the hemisphere will look like." López Obrador thanked Biden for communicating his desire to base their relationship on respect and equality. BIDEN MEETING WITH MEXICO PRESIDENT AMID EFFORTS TO ROLL BACK TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIES The Biden administration has already...
    More On: schools Rethinking Trump’s performance and other commentary Teachers union head slammed as hypocrite for taking kid to school 12-year-old Florida girl arrested for allegedly selling stun guns to students New NYC schools chancellor ‘marginalized’ older white women: suit President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, was confirmed on Monday, amid mounting pressure on the administration to stand up to the teachers unions and get kids back in class. The Senate voted 64-33 to confirm Cardona, a former public school teacher and principal who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief. Cardona, 45, has previously vowed to make getting kids back into classrooms a top priority. At his Senate confirmation hearing last month, he said that there are “great examples throughout our country of schools that have been able to reopen safely” amid the coronavirus pandemic. While his position carries limited authority to force...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team is “disappointed” in Iran’s refusal to discuss the rehabilitation of the 2015 nuclear deal, as Tehran is deriding President Biden’s diplomatic concessions while demanding economic relief in advance of any talks. “We are disappointed at Iran's response, but we remain ready to re-engage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance” with the nuclear accord, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday. Iranian officials issued their rebuff of Biden’s overture to coincide with a brewing dispute between Tehran and the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency. The regime has been hiding nuclear activity at multiple secret sites, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency chief. Yet Iranian officials believe they can compel Biden to ease the economic pressure on the regime, despite a lack of concessions by Tehran. “I am certain that the world and the United States will have...
    By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote. He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great. Although his position carries limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will be asked to play a central role in achieving Biden’s goal to have a majority of elementary schools open five days a week within his first 100 days. He will be tasked with guiding schools through the reopening process, and sharing best practices on how to teach during a...
    President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as education secretary, Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, was confirmed to the post by the Senate on Monday. The vote came to 64 yays to 33 nays in the chamber on Monday evening. Cardona, 45, has experience as both a public school educator and an administrator, and has supported Biden’s goal of reopening schools safely as many parents remain concerned about students and the challenges dealt by the pandemic. MIGUEL CARDONA: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S EDUCATION SECRETARY PICK Biden’s plan to reopen schools has been a source of debate, as the president pledged to return most children to schools for in-person learning by the end of first 100 days in office. His administration later clarified that he was referring to grades K through 8, since younger children appear to be at a lower risk of catching the virus. Initially, White House Press Secretary Jen...
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote. He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great. Although his position carries limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will be asked to play a central role in achieving Biden’s goal to have a majority of elementary schools open five days a week within his first 100 days. He will be tasked with guiding schools through the reopening process, and sharing best practices on how to teach during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control...
    President Biden appears to have erased Dr. Seuss from "Read Across America Day", the annual celebration of reading in honor of the legendary children's author, whose birthday falls on March 2. While Biden followed presidential tradition in proclaiming Tuesday "Read Across America Day," he bucked his predecessors by leaving out any mention of Dr. Seuss from the proclamation. The White House didn't immediately return a request for comment on why Dr. Seuss was left out of the proclamation, but the snub comes as progressives have sought to cancel the beloved children's author.  One of Virginia's biggest school districts, Loudoun County Public Schools, reportedly nixed Dr. Seuss from the school's "Read Across America Day" celebration, citing alleged racial "undertones" in his children's books.  VIRGINIA SCHOOL SYSTEM CANCELS DR. SEUSS, CITING RACIAL 'UNDERTONES' IN HIS WRITINGS   Former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump both highlighted Dr. Seuss' contributions in their annual proclamations,...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Senate voted 64-33 on Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona, a former public school teacher, as secretary of education.He faces the monumental task of helping guide school districts to safely provide in-person instruction as teachers' unions in some places across the country are fighting reopening plans.President Joe Biden has pledged to reopen most schools by May, within his first 100 days in office, and is pushing Congress to approve another $170 billion in education funding.Cardona, whose family is from Puerto Rico, enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of Connecticut's public education system. He began his career as fourth-grade teacher in Meriden, in the same district where he attended school. Cardona soon became a principal and then assistant superintendent of the district before being named state commissioner in 2019.His predecessor, Betsy DeVos, was a controversial nominee from the start when former Vice President Mike Pence had to...
    Washington (CNN)The Senate voted 64-33 on Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona, a former public school teacher, as secretary of education.He faces the monumental task of helping guide school districts to safely provide in-person instruction as teachers' unions in some places across the country are fighting reopening plans.President Joe Biden has pledged to reopen most schools by May, within his first 100 days in office, and is pushing Congress to approve another $170 billion in education funding.Cardona, whose family is from Puerto Rico, enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of Connecticut's public education system. He began his career as fourth-grade teacher in Meriden, in the same district where he attended school. Cardona soon became a principal and then assistant superintendent of the district before being named state commissioner in 2019.His predecessor, Betsy DeVos, was a controversial nominee from the start when former Vice President Mike Pence had to make a...
    ORLANDO, Florida — Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Breitbart News exclusively that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spreading cash to Hollywood studios precludes a lot of them from casting CCP-aligned Chinese Communists as the bad guys in movies. Cotton made the comments in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) here, a sold-out event hosted this weekend by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Cotton argued that back during the Cold War, Hollywood studios regularly cast Soviet Union-aligned Communists as the villain in movies. But in modern times, Hollywood studios are not doing similar casting with regard to CCP-aligned villain characters. That, Cotton said, is at least partly because the CCP is providing cash to Hollywood studios. “When was the last time you saw a Chinese bad guy in a movie?” Cotton said. “Back in the Cold War, Russian communists were always the bad guys....
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended his support of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan on Monday, dismissing Republican complaints over Democratic pet projects and unrelated items included in the legislation. Buttigieg told "The Story" host Martha MacCallum that while the price tag attached to Biden's proposal appears astronomical, "the risk of not doing enough is so much worse than the possibility of acting too quickly or doing too much." MacCallum observed that only 10% of the relief legislation addresses coronavirus vaccine distribution nationwide.  "A lot of it deals with packages for education that don’t even kick in until 2022. What is that doing in a COVID relief bill?" she asked. COVID RELIEF BILL CREATES RIFT BETWEEN MAINSTREAM DEMOCRATS AND PARTY'S LEFT FLANK VideoButtigieg argued that reopening schools remains a critical part of COVID relief, to which MacCallum responded: "We have $100 billion kicking around in most of our cities that hasn’t been spent yet. As a responsible person that I know cares about fiscal matters, wouldn’t you say 'Let’s spend the money that’s...
    Savannah Rychcik March 1, 2021 0 Comments Two senators are urging the White House to “explore” deploying second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as first doses to provide protection to more Americans. “We encourage you to explore deploying existing second doses as first doses and rely on growing real-time inventory to cover future follow-on booster shots,” Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) wrote in a letter to Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, obtained by The Washington Post. They continued, “We are not advocating for solely a single-dose regimen. Rather, we believe deploying existing second doses to cover more first doses—coupled with using real-time inventory in the coming weeks to serve as boost doses—would be the most societally beneficial choice and mitigate severe illness, hospitalization, and death.” The senators pointed out data suggesting a single dose of the vaccine “offers effective protection...
    The Pentagon in carefully crafted statements on Monday said its military relationship with Saudi Arabia "remains robust" while also acknowledging the U.S. plans to exact new punishments on the kingdom – a demonstration of the awkward position President Joe Biden finds himself in after declassifying an intelligence report last week concluding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.[ READ: U.S.: Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Murder ]"Certainly the relationship from a bilateral perspective with Saudi Arabia is going to be different, from this administration than it was under the last. And certainly that difference is going to be informed by what we know now the intelligence report says," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday afternoon. "Militarily speaking, we have obligations there in Saudi Arabia and we're going to continue to meet those." Kirby said that relationship will continue "for all the right reasons."...
    President Joe Biden returned to the White House around noon Monday after spending a weekend in his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.  Biden's only public appearance was a visit to his church, St. Joseph on the Brandywine, attending Sunday morning mass with grandchildren Hunter and Natalie, the children of his late son Beau.  The president returns to Washington, D.C. as the Senate picks up his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package sans the $15-an-hour minimum wage bump that the Senate parliamentarian ruled couldn't be passed through the body's reconciliation rules. President Joe Biden returned to Washington, D.C. around lunchtime Monday after spending a quiet weekend in Wilmington, Delaware where he took two of his grandkids to church  The president made a solo return to Washington Monday as the Senate takes up his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after the House passed the package in the early hours of Saturday...
    The Biden administration has not set off a crisis at the southern border, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is defending the White House after a sharp critique on Sunday about its immigration policies by former President Donald Trump. "The answer is no," Mayorkas said at the White House on Monday when asked if he believes there is a crisis at the border now. Growing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, with the Department of Health and Human Services reporting last week that its facilities for children were nearing capacity. Mayorkas called the situation "a challenge" the administration is devoting resources to and "managing." He also called on migrants to stay home — for the time being. "A message to those individuals who are thinking of coming to our border: They need to wait," he said,...
    The Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE presidential campaign was confident the politics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic would help the Democratic candidate in the presidential race, according to "Lucky," a new book released Tuesday. “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him,” senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn told another campaign associate in late March 2020 after then-President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE had announced initial stay-at-home guidelines for the nation.  The quotation comes at the end of a chapter titled "It's all turning" that focused on how the pandemic, and the Trump administration's response...
    President Biden offered his support for workers seeking to form unions as Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama, begin voting processes to decide on creating the company's first union this month. The president did not mention the company by name but offered support for Alabama workers and other workers across the country to "have a 'free' and 'fair' choice" whether to join a union, in a Twitter video Sunday evening. "Workers in Alabama — and all across America — are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice — one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers," Biden tweeted. "Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union." Workers in Alabama – and all across America – are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice – one that should...
    Reuters March 1, 2021 0 Comments Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s selection for attorney general, moved a step closer to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official on Monday as the Judiciary Committee threw its weight behind his nomination. The federal appellate judge won bipartisan support in a 15-7 tally in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote that Democrats hope will be held sometime this week. Among the four Republicans voting in favor of Garland were two former chairmen of the committee, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham. He drew the support of the committee’s Democrats while seven Republicans voted no. Garland was nominated to lead a Justice Department now in the midst of intensive investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Republican former President Donald Trump’s supporters – an incident...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out her plan Monday to slap a 2 per cent annual wealth tax on people whose net worth is over 50 million and up to $1 billion – setting the stage for debates over how to pay for Joe Biden's infrastructure and environmental proposals. Warren's plan is similar to what she advocated in her 2020 presidential campaign, where she lost to Biden, who did not come out for a wealth tax. The Massachusetts Democrat is joined by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Reps. Pramila Jaypal and Brendan Boyle. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is rolling out her plan to slap a 2 per cent tax on the wealth of people whose net worth is between $50 million and $1 billion In addition to the 2 per cent tax on individuals and trusts worth up to $1 billion, it would impose an additional 1 per cent...
    The Biden administration will not release White House virtual visitor logs, Fox News has confirmed, as watchdog organizations call on President Biden to do so in the name of transparency. A White House official told Fox News that the administration does not plan to share the names of attendees of virtual White House meetings — which have become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic. FLASHBACK: PSAKI PROMISES 'TRANSPARENCY'  A White House official also told Politico on Monday it would not release virtual logs. "Virtual meetings will not be subject to release — in the same way that previous administrations didn’t release phone logs — but we’re planning on regularly releasing the attendee lists for in-person meetings at the White House," the official told Politico. VideoThe White House has come under scrutiny for a lack of transparency -- and has been criticized for not posting the schedules of President Biden and Vice President Harris...
    President Joe Biden will pursue free college tuition for students who attend historically black colleges, universities and community colleges as a form of slavery reparations. President Joe Biden’s administration will move forward with policies beneficial to African-Americans as Congress considers creating a commission to study the merits of direct reparation payments, White House adviser Cedric Richmond told Axios in an interview. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Feb. 17 regarding legislation that would create the commission. “If you start talking about free college tuition to [historically black colleges and universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way,” Richmond said when asked about reparations, according to Axios. “We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African-Americans,” he continued. “We have...
    Bloomberg Biden puts technology at the center of US-China policy (Bloomberg) – The Biden Administration will put semiconductors, artificial intelligence and next-generation networks at the center of America’s strategy toward Asia, attempting to unite what officials call “techno-democracies” to confront China and other “ technoautocracies. ”The new framework of the rivalry between the US and China gained greater urgency in the face of the sudden global shortage of the semiconductors needed for products such as cars, mobile phones and refrigerators. The strategy would seek to bring together an alliance of nations fighting for an advantage in semiconductor manufacturing and quantum computing, shifting traditional areas of competence, such as missile arsenals and number of troops. Current and former government officials, along with Outside experts say the Administration’s tech plans are a microcosm of its broader plans to adopt a more alliance-oriented, albeit still hostile, approach to China after the more chaotic...
    Former President Donald Trump went after President Joe Biden’s administration on Sunday over its policy to support the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports. While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, Trump blasted the policy claiming that allowing “biological males” to compete against women would effectively “end” women’s sports. (RELATED: Study Says Transgender Women Maintain Athletic Advantage Over Biological Women) “Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy women’s sports. A lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports. Hate to say that, ladies, but got a lot of new records. They’re being shattered,” Trump began. “You know, for years, the weight lifting, every ounce is like a big deal for many years. All of a sudden somebody comes along and beats it by 100 pounds.” He explained that women worked hard to get to where...
    Reuters March 1, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is due to vote to advance Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to vote to confirm him to the post. Garland has garnered support among both Democrats and Republicans, who cite his prior experience as a prosecutor and a judge. The timing of a full Senate vote on Garland’s nomination was not immediately clear. Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory. He has also pledged to reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division, which critics say was decimated under Trump’s tenure, failing to police voting rights...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is due to vote to advance Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to vote to confirm him to the post. Garland has garnered support among both Democrats and Republicans, who cite his prior experience as a prosecutor and a judge. The timing of a full Senate vote on Garland's nomination was not immediately clear. Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden's election victory. He has also pledged to reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division, which critics say was decimated under Trump's tenure, failing to police voting rights...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden defended workers' rights to form unions and warned against intimidation of workers in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday night, as Amazon.com Inc employees in Alabama vote on whether to unionize.  Biden didn't mention Amazon, but specifically referenced "workers in Alabama" in the video and a tweet introducing it. He said every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union, and no employer could take that away. "It's your right...So make your voice heard," he said.  "Unions lift up workers, both union and non-union, but especially Black and Brown workers," Biden said in the video.  "There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda. No supervisor should confront employees about their union preferences."  Amazon, America’s second-biggest private employer, has no unionized labor in the United States, and workers at its fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, would be the first if they vote in favor. Such a decision could encourage workers attempting...
    Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, (pictured) it was revealed on Sunday Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it was revealed on Sunday. The first link sent out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence went dead and has been replaced with a new 'v2' version removing the names of three men which the first version of the report said were involved, CNN reported. Last week, the declassified report made news after it found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, approved the order to 'capture or kill' Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post. 'We put a revised document on the website because the original one erroneously contained three names which should not have...
    Donald Trump on Sunday attacked Joe Biden as being an 'America last' president, attacking his successor for being in thrall to China in his first speech since leaving the White House. Addressing the conservative faithful at CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - Trump said that Biden had had 'the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.' He strongly criticized the president's decision to rejoin the World Health Organization, describing the WHO as 'puppets for China', and insisting Biden was unable to rein the Chinese in. Trump complained about companies relocating to China, describing China as a country that has 'ripped us off for years' and 'should not be rewarded.' Donald Trump on Sunday accused Joe Biden of being in thrall to China thanks to family ties He complained about Biden being too lenient on China, saying: 'That's what the Biden administration is doing. But,...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden is opening ANOTHER camp in Texas to house migrants who have crossed into the United States to request asylum, according to reports. It comes as the government is expecting up to 500 migrants to cross the border this week alone. 6Biden is opening ANOTHER camp in Texas to house migrants who have crossed into the United States to request asylumCredit: Reuters The planning of the new facility, which is tipped to be built near Del Rio, Texas, was revealed by The Washington Post, who spoke to three Department of Homeland Security officials. Customs and Border Protection told DailyMail.com: “CBP is currently constructing a soft sided facility in Eagle Pass, TX to help accommodate migrants in our custody. “There have always been fluctuations in the number of individuals we encounter at the border, and we continue to adapt accordingly. “Since April 2020, CBP has seen an increase in...
    Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. But the defeated, former commander in chief seemed not to have gotten the memo as he spoke to a cheering crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. "We won the election twice – think about it," Trump told the packed room of mostly maskless attendees. He railed about "election integrity" and claimed, despite scores of legal decisions to the contrary, that "this election was rigged." He said he had no intention of starting a third political party, an idea floated by some of his advisers last month. "Wouldn't that be brilliant? Let's start a new party so we can divide our vote and never win," Trump said. Instead, he said, "we will be united and strong like never before." Trump limited his "unity" to those Republicans who have not crossed him, ticking off a political enemies list of...
    Cuomo changes course and asks for selection of independent lawyer to review sexual harassment claims RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel says despite GOP divisions over Trump impeachment, the party overwhelmingly agrees on most issues The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill cleared a significant hurdle late Friday. But the relief proposal will need to overcome more obstacles over the next two weeks if lawmakers want meet a March 14 deadline for approval, before benefits dry up. © Provided by CNET Congress is working to complete the new stimulus bill by the middle of March. Sarah Tew/CNET The economic stimulus plan that passed in the House would send $1,400 checks to struggling families and individuals, expand child tax credits to lower-income families and extend federal unemployment benefits through August. But the fate of a $15 federal minimum wage is uncertain as the stimulus package moves to the Senate. © Sarah Tew/CNET The...
    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. "I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. "We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future --the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country," he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed was...
    President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is a Trojan horse that the Democrat will use as a slush fund to buy votes over the next four years, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes said Sunday. Nunes, R-Calif., told "Sunday Morning Futures" anchor Maria Bartiromo that the proposal, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed with a vote early Saturday, has "very little to do with COVID relief." DEMOCRATS RELEASE PLAN TO BRING BACK EARMARKS "This is a slush fund in order to buy votes that Biden can use over the next four years," Nunes said. "It's a Trojan horse with $2 trillion in it so they can build things like a goofy high-speed rail that they haven't even completed." Nunes was referring to a high-speed rail project in California that was granted billions of dollars over a decade ago under an Obama-era stimulus program during the 2009 recession. He likened that project to...
    Reuters February 28, 2021 0 Comments ormer President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future –the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country,” he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed...
    Joe Biden wants an investigation into sexual assault and harassment allegations levied against Andrew Cuomo, the president's spokesperson revealed Sunday, as a second woman came forward against the New York governor. 'There should be an independent review looking into these allegations,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday. 'And that's certainly something the president supports.' Psaki said the allegations 'are serious.' 'It was hard to read that story as a woman,' Psaki said of the New York Times piece revealing the new allegations against Cuomo. 'That process should move forward as quickly as possible,' she said of a probe into the governor's conduct toward female aides. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (right) told CNN on Sunday that President Joe Biden wants an investigation into sexual assault and harassment claims against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo 'It was hard to read...
    President Joe Biden said on Saturday that his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday.  It follows a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The Biden administration has faced some criticism that the president should have been tougher on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for approving Khashoggi's murder. Asked about punishing the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who is also known as MBS, Biden said: 'There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally.' Biden did not provide details.  President Joe Biden said on Saturday that his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday. He is pictured stepping off Air Force One on Saturday Pictured, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman...
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2018.Bandar Algaloud | Reuters President Joe Biden said his administration would announce Monday how it intends to handle relations with Saudi Arabia, days after an intelligence report publicly linked the Saudi crown prince to the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden made the comments to press on Saturday when asked whether he would be punishing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in the killing of journalist Khashoggi. "There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally," Biden told reporters. The White House didn't immediately return a request to provide more detail about the announcement. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was a critic of the Saudi royal family. He entered the...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra, faced a good deal of criticism from Senate Republicans during his confirmation hearing last week over his qualifications, his stance on abortion and several lawsuits he took part in recently. During the hearing, South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune said that as California's attorney general, Becerra "spent an inordinate amount of time and effort suing pro-life organizations, like the Little Sisters of the Poor," a group of nuns whose ministry focuses on care for elders in poverty. In his response Becerra said he "never sued the nun -- any nuns.""I have taken on the federal government, but I've never sued any affiliation of nuns," Becerra said. "And my actions have always been directed at the federal agencies."Facts First: This needs context. Becerra along with several other state attorneys general did not...
    ROGER Stone was pictured dancing to a rap about Donald Trump winning the election in front of a pick up truck with the former president mocked up as Rambo. The 68-year-old veteran lobbyist was seen grooving alongside rapper Forgiato Blow as the Trump world descends on Orlando, Florida, for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 8Roger Stone shows off his moves alongside Forgiato Blow in OrlandoCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8Stone danced as Blow rapped about Trump winning the electionCredit: Getty Images - Getty CPAC is being seen a major event to set the course for the Republican party going into the mid-term elections in 2022 and presidential election in 2024. And it is especially significant this year as Trump will make his first speech since losing the White House to Joe Biden. Stone - who was pardoned by Trump after he was convicted of lying to Congress, obstruction and...
    New York : March 22 is the new date that circulates in the press and that is related to the beginning of the process of distribution of the stimulus check of $ 1,400 that was approved this Saturday in the House of Representatives as part of Biden Administration’s “American Rescue Plan”. According to reports, it would be from that day on that agencies like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) they would begin releasing the first payments corresponding to the third check by direct deposit. However, the mention of that date is only a hypothetical approximation based on the March 14 deadline that Democrats have proposed to have the final package approved in both houses of Congress. The intention of the majority politicians is that the legislation is approved before March 14 and that, by that date, the President Joe Biden Please keep it on your desk for signature and...
    A THIRD stimulus check for $1,400 could be coming soon as President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief bill has passed the House. The Senate is likely to begin consideration on the package the week of March 1, with the hope of getting it passed before March 14. 3A third stimulus check may be on its way to many Americans by the end of MarchCredit: Getty Images - Getty There may be some debate in the Senate about specific measures included in the package, particularly one that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the measure could not be included in the bill, despite the House's approval of it. However, the parliamentarian ruling may actually make the road to approval quicker for the relief package - and for the next round of stimulus checks. Experts predict that the...
    JOE Biden's attack on Iranian-back fighters has been slammed as "organised terrorism" by Tehran's top security official. The President said the airstrike he ordered that reportedly killed 22 Iran-backed fighters was a warning to Iran to “be careful" and not support militia groups that threaten American personnel. 7President Joe Biden said the airstrike was a warning to Iran to 'be careful'Credit: AFP or licensors 7President Joe Biden ordered his first airstrike at Syria on ThursdayCredit: Twitter 7Ali Shamkhani slammed the airstrikes as 'organized terrorism'Credit: AFP or licensors The airstrike reportedly killed 22 people and was apparently done in retaliation for a February 15 rocket attack on the American military base at Erbil International Airport.  But Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, condemned the action against the Kataib Hezbollah (KH) paramilitary group along the Iraq – Syria border. “The attack on anti-terrorist resistance forces is the beginning of a new round...
    John Durham will remain as special counsel overseeing an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, a Justice Department spokesman told the Daily Caller News Foundation after Durham announced his planned resignation on Friday as U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Durham announced that he will leave the post at midnight Sunday. The Justice Department also created a page on the agency’s website dedicated to Durham’s investigation, much as it did during the special counsel probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. (RELATED: Barr Taps John Durham To Serve As Special Counsel) Durham is one of dozens of federal prosecutors resigning from office at the request of President Joe Biden. Like many of his predecessors, Biden sought resignations to appoint his own nominees to the Senate-confirmed positions. It was reported earlier this month that Biden planned to allow Durham to remain with...
    THE house has passed Joe Biden’s $1.9trillion Covid relief package relief package including $1400 stimulus checks. The bill made through the lower chamber by 219-212 with every Republican and two Democrats voting against the measures, which will now go to the Senate. 4Nancy Pelosi speaking ahead of the voteCredit: EPA 4The House passed the third Covid relief package, which features $1,400 stimulus checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty The package would also allocate billions to Covid-19 vaccination efforts and testing, schools, state and local governments and emergency jobless benefits. If it passes the Senate, Biden can sign it into law before March 14, when emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire. "We're going to make a giant step forward tonight," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Republicans said the bill was too expensive and said too few education dollars would be spent quickly to immediately reopen schools. They said it was laden...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will praise the House of Representatives for passing his $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as an important first step when he delivers remarks Saturday morning, according to a White House official. Slated to speak in the Roosevelt Room before he takes off to Delaware, the President will address the country for the first time after House Democrats approved his first legislative priority. The House approved the Covid relief package early Saturday morning along party lines by a vote of 219-212, sending the bill to the Senate. It passed with no Republican support.The official said Biden will speak broadly about the importance of passing the pandemic aid package and the pivotal role it will play in scaling up vaccination efforts and school re-openings. Heres what you can expect to get from the $1.9 trillion House stimulusWhile they don't expect the remarks to take long, the official cautioned, Biden...
    Washington (CNN)Unusually visible, involved in practically everything, and free in sharing his opinions on what has become the new administration's must-follow Twitter feed, White House chief of staff Ron Klain has emerged as the building's most central figure aside from the President himself.His combination of deep Washington experience and long professional ties to President Joe Biden have rendered Klain one of the most powerful chiefs of staff in history, officials and those close to the White House said, one uniquely positioned to confront the parallel crises facing the nation while also channeling a President he understands implicitly.A month into the job, he is facing the most significant blowback of his tenure after pushing for a controversial friend to lead Biden's budget office without consulting first with key senators, leading to questions about overconfidence in dealing with an evenly divided Senate. Several officials and those close to the White House said...
    Reuters February 27, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of 219 to 212 and sent it on to the Senate, where Democrats planned a legislative maneuver to allow them to pass it without the support of Republicans. The American Rescue Plan would pay for vaccines and medical supplies and send a new round of emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and state and local governments. Democrats said the package was needed to fight a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work. “The American people need to know that their government is there...
    More On: Coronavirus New York Assembly releases package of nursing home reform bills Nevada gov wants to build crypto-run private cities in the desert New York doles out record number of COVID-19 vaccines Hotel workers added to New York’s vaccine eligibility list House Democrats on Friday night narrowly approved President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, overcoming Republican opposition and accusations of waste in the “emergency” package. The American Rescue Plan Act passed 219 to 212, garnering not one Republican vote. Two Democrats, Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, voted against the measure, which gives $1,400 stimulus checks to adults earning $75,000 or less a year. Republicans have complained that the act was packed with pork unrelated to the pandemic, adding to the national debt and potentially spurring inflation. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had proclaimed at an evening press conference that “this is...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday signaled that the Syria airstrike he ordered that killed 22 Iran-backed fighters was a warning to Iran to “be careful.” Biden’s first military airstrike on Thursday was intended to send a clear message to Tehran to not support militia groups that threaten American personnel. 6President Joe Biden said the airstrike was a warning to Iran to 'be careful'Credit: AFP or licensors 6President Joe Biden ordered his first airstrike at Syria on ThursdayCredit: Twitter Responding to a reporter’s question on what he wanted to get across with the airstrikes, Biden said: “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful.” The airstrike reportedly killed 22 people a revenge attack and was apparently done in retaliation for a February 15 rocket attack on the American military base at Erbil International Airport.  On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the targets “were chosen to correspond to the...
    President Biden warned Friday that the rise of COVID-19 variants could lead to a surge in cases in the coming weeks, even as his administration makes progress on its goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in its first 100 days in office. The president traveled to Texas to survey the state’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 as well as ongoing recovery efforts following a severe winter storm that left millions without power or drinking water. Biden said the vaccination drive is "weeks ahead of schedule"  despite "setbacks from the winter storm," during his remarks at a mass vaccination center at NRG Stadium in Houston. "It’s also true that while COVID-19 vaccinations are up, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down," Biden said. "But I need to be honest with you…Cases and hospitalizations could go back up as new variants emerge, and it’s not the time to relax. We...
    ORLANDO, Florida — Within the sunny confines of the Conservative Political Action Conference, it's as if former President Donald Trump did not fail to win reelection in November. He is simply not the president right now. It has been nearly four weeks since President Biden evicted Trump from the White House. Prominent Republicans who addressed conservative activists Friday at CPAC acknowledged as much, delivering a series of stirring calls to action to oppose the Democratic agenda in Washington, D.C. But missing from the program was any reassessment of Trump’s defeat and any role he played in the loss the GOP’s majority in the Senate in two subsequent runoff elections in Georgia. The gathering is unfolding as a celebration of Trump’s stewardship of the GOP. The Republicans who actually won reelection last fall, and still wield power on Capitol Hill, are being cast as the problem impeding the party’s progress....
    Democrats are calling the Biden administration’s airstrikes in Syria unconstitutional. President Biden on Thursday ordered airstrikes against facilities in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed militant groups, his first military action since taking office. The strikes were in response to several rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq. While Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the limited scope of the airstrikes “aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” many Democrats expressed concerns on Friday that the move has done just the opposite, and argued it wasn’t legally justified. “Some Democrats said that Congress has not passed an authorization for the use of military force specifically in Syria,” reports CNN. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said “there is absolutely no justification for a president to authorize a military strike that is not in self-defense against an imminent threat without congressional authorization … we need to extricate from the Middle...
    The Pentagon on Friday detailed the US firepower used to destroy a complex inside Syria that was allegedly used by an Iran-supported militia, as the White House defended the strike’s legality against a bipartisan backlash. “Two F-15E Strike Eagles dropped seven precision guided munitions, totally destroying nine facilities and partially destroying two facilities, making them functionally destroyed,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference. “The structures were located at the Abu Kemal terrorist entry control point, located near the Syria-Iraq border on the Syrian side. This location is known to facilitate Iranian-allied militia group activity.” A second facility was intended to be hit in President Biden’s first military attack, but that mission was aborted when drones revealed potential civilian casualties, Fox News reports. Kirby said the US government has not yet determined the number of casualties caused by the seven 500-pound bombs, but he acknowledged local reports of...
    The Biden administration announced sanctions connected to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but none directly against Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — despite the fact the intel report released today said he approved the operation. So CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Senator Tim Kaine Friday on how the Biden administration isn’t making MBS face any direct consequences. As the New York Times reported earlier, President Joe Biden decided the cost of “directly penalizing” would be too high and would be a risk to the U.S.’ relationship with Saudi Arabia. Tapper asked Kaine, “Nothing — nothing — for MBS. MBS is getting away scot-free. What do you make of that?” Kaine said the crown prince should face consequences, adding words of praise for other steps the Biden administration has taken. But Tapper continued pushing on the core issue, even comparing Biden’s approach to his predecessor’s: “When it comes to accountability for...
    John Durham announced his resignation as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut but remains a special counsel reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation. “My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975. Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies,” Durham said Friday. “My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as U.S. Attorney, and as a career prosecutor before that, and I will sorely miss it.” Durham’s resignation is effective midnight Sunday. The website for DOJ’s special counsel’s office notes Durham is leading it, and now lists him as running the investigation out of the Main Justice building...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s decision to issue an airstrike against Iranian-backed forces in Syria in retaliation for recent attacks on American service members, saying it was a "proportional military response." On Thursday night, U.S. Armed Forces carried out an airstrike against Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada and Kait’ib Hezbollah — two Iraqi border-based militant Shia groups who are suspected of taking money from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. "The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today," Psaki said in an official statement. "There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest."  US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA During a gaggle aboard Air Force One on Friday, Psaki told reporters that the strike was intended to send an "unambiguous message" about how Biden will act to protect...
    The Daily Beast Saudi Crown Prince Is Directly to Blame for Khashoggi Killing: U.S. Intel Sarah Silbiger via ReutersAn unclassified intel report detailing the heinous assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has just been released by the Biden administration—and it points the finger directly at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the four-page report, released on Friday, said. “We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control of decision making in the Kingdom since 2017, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman’s protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi.” While the long-anticipated assessment places the blame for Khashoggi’s death squarely on the shoulders of the Saudi...
    DONALD Trump Jr and Democrats have hit out at President Joe Biden over airstrikes in Syria. Biden's first airstrike has reportedly left 22 people dead as Iran-backed militia targets in Syria were wiped out by bombs. 4The U.S. dropped seven 500-pound Joint Direct Attack MunitionsCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Donald Trump Jr said he was surprised it took as long as it did beforeCredit: Alamy Live News 4Illhan Omar has spoken out about the strikesCredit: Getty - Contributor The former president's son took aim at Biden and wrote: "I'm surprised it only took about 33 days to get back into Middle East conflicts. "Didn't think Biden would make the Military Industrial Complex wait that long to start dropping bombs." Representative Illhan Omar, retweeted Jen Psaki's tweet which read: "Also what is the legal authority for strikes? "Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country." Omar wrote: "Great question."...
    Jack Davis, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden, who criticized former President Donald Trump for ordering attacks in Syria, on Thursday ordered airstrikes in that country against targets that were said to be used by Iran-backed militia groups. That led some to criticize Biden as well as White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who also had attacked Trump’s strikes on Syria. The strikes killed at least 22 people, according to NBC News, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Biden said upon taking office that he wanted to restore the relationship between Iran and the U.S. that had developed when he was vice president under former President Barack Obama. But Iran-backed militias recently attacked a coalition base in Irbil, in northern Iraq. One U.S. military contractor was killed in the attacks, which The New York Times labeled “a test of the new administration.” Pentagon...
    RAND Paul likened gender reassignment surgery to "genital mutilation" while grilling a transgender nominee for the Health and Human Services department. Sen Paul launched into the attack during confirmation hearings for Rachel Levine, who Joe Biden nominated to serve as assistant HHS secretary. 4Sen Paul slammed Rachel Levine for refusing to answer a question about minors transitioningCredit: Splash News 4Levine is Biden's pick to held head up the Health & Human Services departmentCredit: Splash News The Kentucky senator went on a long-winded tirade, suggesting that the rise in gender confirmation surgeries and young people identifying as trans has to due with social pressure. "American culture is now normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones to prevent their biological development of their secondary sexual characteristics," Paul said. "Most genital mutilation is not typically performed by force but, as WHO [the World Health Organization] notes, by social convention, social...
    Florida teen Graham Ivan Clark, 18, is weighing a plea deal in the Twitter hack case A Florida teen accused of masterminding the hijacking of dozens of celebrity Twitter accounts has been offered a plea deal that offers 'youthful offender' sentencing consideration, his attorney said. Graham Ivan Clark has been held in a Tampa jail in lieu of a $750,000 bail since his arrest in July, and turned 18 behind bars. He faces 30 felony charges that are being prosecuted in state court. At a hearing on Wednesday, Clark's attorney David Weisbrod said he would need time to determine whether to accept a plea deal offered by prosecutors, but did not reveal the terms of the proposed deal, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In Florida, defendants under the age of 21 may qualify for youthful offender status. Clark was charged in state court because the state law also allows...
    Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will reportedly meet Monday with Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Murkowski seems to be the deciding factor for whether Tanden is ultimately confirmed by the Senate. Tanden needs one Republican to vote in favor of her confirmation, with the Senate split at 50-50, as Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Murkowski is the one Republican senator who has not yet decided how she will vote on Tanden’s confirmation. CNN first reported the two would be meeting. Nearly all Senate Republicans immediately came out in opposition to Tanden’s nomination when it was announced. Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney confirmed Tuesday that he will vote against Tanden’s confirmation, just one day after Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced that she will oppose Tanden’s confirmation. Neera Tanden, President Joe Bidens nominee for Director of the...
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden took their first joint trip on the large 747 aircraft as they headed to Texas to tour areas impacted by a deadly winter storm. The first couple also plan to use the trip to once again urge Americans to get coronavirus vaccines, now that 50 million shots have already been delivered, with plans to visit a community vaccination site in Houston/ The president opted for a casual Friday outfit, sporting an open collar and loafers, while ditching the pinstripes that he has sported for power meetings in the Oval Office.  The first lady, who has traveled with the president aboard a smaller aircraft that also serves as Air Force One, wore a green Veronica Beard blazer that retails for $650. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on February 26, 2021...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team plans to hold a press briefing Friday where officials will announce a new partnership with top business groups to help with the national pandemic response, a senior administration official told CNBC. The purpose of the partnership is to call on businesses of all sizes "to promote public health measures to help reduce barriers to vaccinations for employees, and to help amplify public health messaging around masking and vaccinations to their customers and communities," the official told CNBC. The New York Times reported on the partnership earlier The news conference comes as the U.S. reports a slight plateau in nationwide Covid-19 cases. The nation is now reporting a weekly average of roughly 73,376 new cases a day, a slight uptick compared with a...
    President Biden remained notably silent on Friday after authorizing airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Syria on Thursday night as some of his Democratic allies call for an explanation of a move that raises the stakes for his nuclear negotiation efforts with Iran. During former President Barack Obama's term, congressional Democrats were often frustrated by his targeted drone and other military strikes on extremist organization operatives and targets. They attempted to negotiate a new force-authorization measure to cover targeted strikes but could not even agree on the definitions of key terms with Republicans, the Obama White House, and even themselves. Administrations from both parties since 9/11 have pointed to the authorization of the use of military force measure passed after the 2001 attacks and the Constitution's provisions on presidential national defense powers as giving presidents ample powers to order such strikes. “The American people deserve to hear the administration’s rationale for...
    February 26, 2021 11:58 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, launched a series of aerial bombardments in Syria against Iranian-backed militias. It was a first and clear warning to Tehran and its allied groups that it will not tolerate attacks against its personnel. The bombing of buildings allegedly used by pro-Iranian militias, according to the Pentagon, they were “proportionate” and had a “defensive” character. Specifically, after the rocket attacks in recent days against US bases and targets in Iraq. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 22 pro-Iranian militia fighters were killed in the US attack in eastern Syria’s Deir al Zur province. “These bombings were authorized (by Biden) in response to recent attacks on US and coalition personnel in Iraq and the continuous threats to these personnel “in Syria, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s first airstrike has reportedly left 22 people dead as Iran-backed militia targets in Syria are wiped out by bombs in what appeared to be a revenge attack.  The U.S. dropped seven 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions ( JDAMs) reportedly killing 17 at a crossing used by Iranian-backed militia groups to move weapons across the border. 10President Joe Biden ordered his first military attack on ThursdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 10The U.S. airstrike was in retaliation for an earlier attack by Iran-backed militia on a U.S. military base in Erbil on February 15 The U.S. appeared to be retaliating for a February 15 rocket attack on the American military base at Erbil International Airport - which was later claimed by the Guardians of Blood Brigade. That attack, in a region run by Kurds, killed one contractor who was not American and injured numerous American contractors and an American service member....