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    Sixty percent of Americans in a new poll back an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a sign of support as Democrats try to push President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE’s immigration plan through Congress. According to the Politico/Morning Consult survey released Wednesday, 32 percent of registered voters “strongly support” an eight-year path to citizenship, while another 28 percent “somewhat support” one. Twenty-four percent oppose such a pathway, of which 14 percent oppose one “strongly.” Sixteen percent had no opinion. The poll comes as Democrats face an uphill battle in moving Biden’s plan across the finish line. Immigration has long been a third rail of politics, with lawmakers in Congress declaring for years they want to pass comprehensive immigration reform only to fail due to partisan bickering. The Democratic bill...
    The Biden administration has announced a plan which would shine a beacon of hope for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would allow an eight-year path to citizenship, expanding worker visas and eliminating family-based immigration restrictions. This would mean an eventual reunion of spouses, parents and children, and other immediate family members. Various regions in the U.S. could apply for additional immigrant visas if there are jobs available and no workers to fill them.  Source: CBS 8 San Diego/YouTube “We’re here today because last November 80 million Americans voted against Donald Trump and against everything he stood for,” New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez said at a virtual news conference. “They voted to restore common sense, compassion, and competence in our government. And part of that mandate is fixing our immigration system, which is a cornerstone of Trump’s hateful horror...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Senate confirmation for Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is becoming increasingly unlikely after one Democrat and key Republicans announced that they would vote against her. Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey all said that they would vote against Tanden’s confirmation, joining West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin who announced his opposition Sunday. Without Manchin, Tanden would fall one vote short of confirmation, assuming that every Republican votes against her. The recent announcements all cited Tanden’s Twitter feed, where she insulted Republican and Democratic lawmakers while leading the left-leaning Center for American Progress. “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others,” Manchin said in a press release. “I believe her overtly partisan statements...
    Senate confirmation for Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is becoming increasingly unlikely after one Democrat and key Republicans announced that they would vote against her. Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey all said that they would vote against Tanden’s confirmation, joining West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin who announced his opposition Sunday. Without Manchin, Tanden would fall one vote short of confirmation, assuming that every Republican votes against her. The recent announcements all cited Tanden’s Twitter feed, where she insulted Republican and Democratic lawmakers while leading the left-leaning Center for American Progress. “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others,” Manchin said in a press release. “I believe her overtly partisan statements...
    SNL faces backlash for joke about Israeli vaccination effort; political division helped fuel death toll, Fauci says. Live COVID-19 updates State lawmaker on leaving GOP: Overturning free elections ... goes down hard with me Jared Butler, 6-3, 195, G, Jr., (Reserve, La.) © Provided by Stadium Transferred: Aug. 19, 2018 When Scott Drew came to Riverside Academy back when Jared Butler was in the sixth grade, Butler’s father told him to go get a photo with the Bears head coach. Butler did it … reluctantly. “My son is a point guard,” said Richard, Butler’s dad, as he took the picture. Two years later, it was Baylor assistant Jerome Tang who made the trip back to Louisiana. He actually wasn’t there to see Butler, but instead stopped by to check in with Riverside Academy coach Timmy Byrd, who he had become close with from when Byrd coached former Baylor...
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday night that the path to victory in 2022 for the GOP is to “get behind President Trump.” After reportedly spending the weekend with the former president, Graham predicted that Trump’s upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be “very policy-centric.” Trump is set to deliver the headline speech at CPAC. “Every Republican should rally around it and I think it will help us with Independents,” the South Carolina senator told host Sean Hannity. “I’ve never felt better about President Trump’s leading the party than I do right now.” WATCH: Graham predicted that Trump’s speech “will position himself as the alternative to Joe Biden” and “unify Republicans on policy.” “I think he’s been working the phones,” he said. “I was with him all weekend. He wants us to win in 2022. Stay tuned. I think...
    GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSchumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick On The Money: What's next for Neera Tanden's nomination Manchin to oppose Biden's pick of Neera Tanden MORE (Maine), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIs Nikki Haley morphing into a presidency-losing Mitt Romney? Lee after Romney's impeachment vote: There's enough room in GOP 'for both of us' Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (Utah) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanIs the 'civil war' in the Republican Party really over? Former Ohio GOP chairwoman Jane Timken launches Senate bid Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee MORE (Ohio) joined Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSchumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick Democrats face unity test on Biden's .9T bill Progressive caucus chair: I think minimum wage will be included in COVID-19 aid package MORE (D-W.V.) in opposing Tanden’s nomination, seemingly leaving her at...
    Plan to lower Floridas flags for Rush Limbaugh causing controversy, consternation Supreme Court refuses to step in to stop turnover of Trump financial records In spring 2018, the man in charge of growing MLB’s pool of minority job candidates became concerned about one of his star pupils. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports He didn't understand why the interviews he arranged for her weren’t resulting in job offers. To Tyrone Brooks, Bianca Smith epitomized the type of person his program existed to help. In college, Smith set the ambitious goal of one day running a Major League front office. Ever since she had worked tirelessly to break into a sector of the sport long dominated by white men. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2012, Smith earned a J.D. in sports law and an MBA in sports management from Case Western Reserve University. Smith also persuaded Case Western’s baseball coach to...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it still sees a path to confirming budget director nominee Neera Tanden and will continue to support her after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin expressed opposition to her nomination. "The president nominated her because he believes she'd be a stellar OMB (Office of Management and Budget) director...we'll continue to work in supporting her nomination," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Monday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alexandra Alper, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    New York : After the premiere of the movie ‘I Care a Lot’ (Careless, I take care of you) and to position itself in the number one spot on Netflix in the most watched of the weekend, Eiza Gonzalez unleashed pride in her mother, who admits that it has not been easy for her daughter to get to where she is in Hollywood. The Mexican plays Fran in director J. Blakeson’s thriller, where she stars with the British Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage and Dianne Wiest. “I am extremely proud of her. My heart overflows throughout its journey, perseverance, strength and everything that has put you in the way. There is not much to say, you know better than anyone the trajectory of my girl, “he said. Glenda reyna, Eiza’s mother, via telephone for Agencia Reforma. The former model, businesswoman and manager is happy for her daughter’s success after...
    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will plot a path out of COVID-19 lockdown on Monday in an effort to gradually reopen the battered $3 trillion economy, aided by one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world. With more than 120,000 fatalities, Britain has suffered the world's fifth-highest official death toll from the pandemic and its biggest economic crash in more than 300 years. But a fast start to the vaccine rollout plus a near-two month tough national lockdown means Johnson can now set out a phased easing of the restrictions, prioritising a return to schools and social mixing outdoors. "Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far," he will say, according to his office. Under pressure both from...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new plan to vaccinate school staff more quickly does little to move campuses toward reopening in Los Angeles, where the teachers union remains opposed until community infection rates drop further and vaccines take full effect for returning workers — calling into question whether a robust return to in-person instruction is possible before the end of the school year. The union’s posture — similar to that of school employee unions in San Francisco and of the California Teachers Assn. — comes as union leaders in the nation’s second-largest school district continue protracted negotiations with officials over what a return to school will look like and as parents in diverse areas of the city express passionate and opposing views over reopening. United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz said the union is holding firm to protect the health of students and their families as well as its members, who...
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has put a 19th century English Catholic priest who was a distant relative of Britain's Prince William on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said on Saturday that the pope had approved a decree recognizing the "heroic virtues" of George Spencer, a priest of the Passionist religious order who lived from 1799 to 1864. Spencer, who left the Anglican Church, took the name "Ignatius of St. Paul" after he became a Catholic priest. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry are related to Spencer through their mother Diana Spencer, the late Princess of Wales, who died in 1997. Spencer was Diana's great-great-great-uncle, and also a great-uncle of Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill, according to the website of the Roman Catholic diocese of Shrewsbury. He grew up on the Spencer ancestral estate in Althorp where Diana is buried. After his ordination in...
    Ann Coulter, author of Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, reflected on Rush Limbaugh’s legacy and her relationship with him in an interview on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “It was significant that he was so, so hilarious,” Coulter said of Rush Limbaugh. “He created this new forum. It’s 1920s technology, but to have funny right-wingers having talk radio and taking calls — that sort of thing — it’s all from Rush, and that, besides Breitbart.com [is] pretty much the only way right-wingers can get news so professionally.” Coulter added, “Rush was groundbreaking, as was [Matt] Drudge, and I, think, [Andrew] Breitbart. Many imitators, none his equal. … Rush and Drudge were about 70 percent of my social life for five or six years in the 2000s after Slander came out, and he was a really wonderful person.” “Rush was...
    (CNN)It's not supposed to look this easy.A little more than one month since President Joe Biden entered office, his cornerstone legislative priority -- a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package -- is on the path to passage by the deadline his administration set, largely mirroring the key elements he originally proposed.While Biden's hope for GOP support on Capitol Hill has all but disappeared in the last several weeks, his enthusiasm for the proposal -- and his view that despite its high price tag it will only serve to bolster Democrats as they remain unified -- has hardly waned.Asked what he learned from his efforts to sell the proposal at a CNN town hall in Wisconsin earlier this week, Biden didn't hesitate.Heres whats in the House Democrats stimulus relief plan"I learned based on the polling data that they want everything that's in the plan," Biden said. "Not a joke. Everything that's in...
    UFC: Curtis Blaydes only cares about what the win, not what fight fans want to see By: Daniel Cunningham February 19, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditTomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 19, Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (14-2, 1 NC) will be going for his fifth straight victory. Standing in front of him is “The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis (24-7, 1 NC). The fight is shaping up as a classic hero vs villain type of fight. For Curtis Blaydes, the path to victory tomorrow is pretty clear. While he’s certainly shown improved standup over the years, the path to a victory at UFC Vegas 19 lies within his wrestling. Blaydes might be the best wrestler in the UFC‘s heavyweight division at the moment. When he’s on, he’s incredibly difficult to get off of you. Blaydes has tremendous strength and shows great control once the...
    Across Minnesota today, students are returning to school after months of distance learning. As they do, a growing number of educational leaders and commentators across the country are arguing that schools should focus first on addressing the “learning loss” that students likely suffered since schools closed last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policies being proposed include: extended summer school, year-round learning, grade retention, intensive online and in-person tutoring, and boot camps during which students concentrate on making up for lost ground in mastering basic skills. While learning loss is an issue that we must understand and address, young people’s path out of the pandemic should not begin with boot camps. Starting with that strategy would only exacerbate the inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has already laid bare. But if focusing on learning loss is not the right way to help students return to school, what is? A wide...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Democrats unveiled a new bill Thursday that would create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants if it passes. Democrats said the bill provides a logical path to citizenship for those who face uncertainty every day. Republicans claim the bill incentivizes illegal immigration. READ MORE: LASD Investigating Domestic Violence Allegations Against Marilyn Manson Mirna Perez, a mother of three who lives in High Desert with her undocumented husband, said there is fear he will be picked up and sent away. “He goes to work and you never know if he’s coming back or not,” Perez said. “Even when I drop my kids off at school I would see people pulled over and officers take undocumented immigrants away.” Immigration reform activists said the bill makes families able to stay together. READ MORE: Venice And South Bay Health Clinics Merging “Most of the people this bill...
    President Biden’s administration has opened the door to a direct meeting with Iranian officials in a bid to halt the intensifying standoff over the regime’s nuclear program and eventually restore the 2015 nuclear deal scrapped by former President Donald Trump’s team. “The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a Thursday announcement. That statement raises the likelihood of a meeting between the U.S. and the other signatories to the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Trump exited the pact and renewed U.S. economic sanctions that Iran hawks on his team hoped would force Tehran to accept tighter constraints on the regime’s nuclear program and roll back its other aggressive operations in the Middle...
    DENVER (CBS4)– A bill unveiled by White House officials and Democrats would provide a way for some 11 million migrants living in the U.S. to achieve citizenship. It offers an eight-year plan for most, a shorter process for agriculture workers and those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. (credit: CBS) Renato Fierro was born in Mexico but has been in the United States since he was 1 year old. He is is what is termed a “dreamer.” READ MORE: ‘Serious Problem’: Colorado Congressman Ken Buck Reacts To Biden Immigration Plan That’s the name given those who crossed the border as children without documents but lived most of their lives in the United States. Fierro told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger, “All of my life since I was one year of age, because of that piece of paper, it says I am not.” He has lived...
    American sprinter Gabby Thomas is adamant she hasn’t peaked yet and plans to do so this June in the hopes of making the 2021 U.S. Olympic team. Gabby Thomas loved to play soccer as a kid. She was also interested in playing softball since her friends were on the team. Track and field was not remotely on her radar or even something Thomas liked. Thomas recently won the 300m at the 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix with a personal-best time (35.73). Even more impressive, it was her second straight personal best in the event after she ran 35.92 in January. It seems like the pieces are all coming together at the right time. “We are in a good place right now, but have I peaked yet? Absolutely not. We are trying to peak later, June, the Olympic trials,” Thomas said. Gabby Thomas is working with Zenni, who is outfitting...
    By Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a major immigration overhaul Thursday that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation reflects the broad priorities for immigration changes that Biden laid out on his first day in office, including an increase in visas, more money to process asylum applications and new technology at the southern border. It would be a sharp reversal of Trump administration policies, and parts are likely to face opposition from a number of Republicans. Biden has acknowledged he might accept a more-piecemeal approach if separate major elements could be approved. “We have an economic and moral imperative to pass big, bold and inclusive immigration reform,” said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, one of the lead sponsors of the bill, in unveiling it Thursday. Menendez...
    President Joe Biden will unveil his immigration plan on Thursday, a proposal that offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any measure in recent years.  However, the plan doesn't contain any details on enhanced border security, which past measures have included as a way to win Republican votes. Congressional Democrats will release the legislation Thursday on Capitol Hill. And, although their party controls Congress, with a 50-50 tie in the Senate it will be a tough slog for Biden's plan, which will provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. President Joe Biden will unveil his immigration plan on Thursday, a proposal that offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any measure in recent years At his town hall meeting with CNN on Tuesday, Biden made a gaffe when he said most of those on his fast-track to citizenship are...
    An American diplomat’s wife who killed a UK teen motorcyclist in a 2019 wrong-way crash is open to “mediation” with his parents – after a Virginia court ruled against her attempt to have the civil case for wrongful death tossed, according to reports. Anne Sacoolas, 43, has admitted that she was driving on the wrong side of the road as she left a US airbase in central England in August 2019 when her car was involved in a crash with 19-year-old Harry Dunn’s motorbike. She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but the US State Department rejected a request to extradite her to Britain to face trial because of diplomatic immunity. Dunn’s family filed a civil lawsuit in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, last year. The Sacoolases asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing it should be heard in the UK instead. In an order rejecting their request Tuesday,...
    More On: diplomats Diplomat’s wife accused of killing UK teen was working with US intelligence North Korea’s ambassador to Kuwait defects to South Korea as diplomats flee UN diplomat found dead in NYC apartment in apparent suicide Iranian diplomat accused of terror plot on Paris meeting An American diplomat’s wife who killed a UK teen motorcyclist in a 2019 wrong-way crash is open to “mediation” with his parents – after a Virginia court ruled against her attempt to have the civil case for wrongful death tossed, according to reports. Anne Sacoolas, 43, has admitted that she was driving on the wrong side of the road as she left a US airbase in central England in August 2019 when her car was involved in a crash with 19-year-old Harry Dunn’s motorbike. She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but the US State Department rejected a request to extradite her to Britain...
    Congressional Democrats on Thursday will unveil a sweeping immigration bill, backed by President Biden, that includes a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants -- although the plan faces tough odds in the Senate. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is close to a proposal announced by the White House on Biden’s first day in office. The biggest ticket item is an eight-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants -- which the White House has estimated to be 11 million.  WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN BACKS CITIZENSHIP FOR 11 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, AHEAD OF BILL UNVEILING But it’s just one of a number of items in a broad bill that would also see illegal immigrants farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients immediately eligible for green cards. There would also be funding for counsel for children and vulnerable adults. It would also open up...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, JILL COLVIN and BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is escalating a political war within his own party that could undermine the Republican push to fight President Joe Biden's agenda and ultimately return the party to power. A day after blistering Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, as a “dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack,” Trump repeated his baseless claim on Wednesday that he was the rightful winner of the November election in a series of interviews with conservative outlets after nearly a month of self-imposed silence. Trump continued to attack McConnell, accusing the Senate GOP leader of failing to stand up for Republicans after McConnell blasted Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot despite voting to acquit the former president at his second impeachment trial. “The Republicans are soft. They only hit their own, like Mitch,” Trump complained on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is escalating a political war within his own party that could undermine the Republican push to fight President Joe Biden’s agenda and ultimately return the party to power. A day after blistering Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, as a “dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack,” Trump repeated his baseless claim on Wednesday that he was the rightful winner of the November election in a series of interviews with conservative outlets after nearly a month of self-imposed silence. Trump continued to attack McConnell, accusing the Senate GOP leader of failing to stand up for Republicans after McConnell blasted Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot despite voting to acquit the former president at his second impeachment trial. “The Republicans are soft. They only hit their own, like Mitch,” Trump complained on Newsmax. “If they spent the same time hitting (Senate Democratic...
    MISSOURI -- Shovels and snow-blowers are coming in handy for millions of people digging out across the country this week.But, a man in St. Louis found a much more efficient way to clear the snow. He's used a blowtorch.Bobbie Bennett says he used the torch to melt away the snow and ice to create a path for his dogs.He said a 30 minute shoveling job takes only five minutes with the blowtorch.Until now, Bennett had never used this particular method to remove snow. But, he has used a torch to thaw frozen pipes outside before.
    The Biden administration is urging officials to use the word “noncitizen” instead of “alien” as well as other, more inclusive language choices in a new memorandum, The Post has learned, as the White House maintains that President Biden himself “believes in the rights” of illegal immigrants to be in the country. In a missive sent to administration staffers Tuesday, US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Tracy Renaud informed her federal government colleagues of the administration’s preferred terminology for key immigration topics. Other terms being replaced include “illegal alien,” which will be replaced with “undocumented noncitizen” or “undocumented individual,” and “assimilation,” which will be replaced with “integration” or “civic integration.” In the memo, first reported by Axios Tuesday, Renaud encouraged “more inclusive language in the agency’s outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public.” She signed the memo on Friday, USCIS told The...
    More On: immigration Please don’t rush the border, White House asks, as ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy ends Biden administration bringing immigration reform bill to Congress this week ICE nearly released sex abuse convicts despite Biden memo Biden admin to begin admitting migrants, reversing ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy The Biden administration is urging officials to use the word “noncitizen” instead of “alien” as well as other, more inclusive language choices in a new memorandum, The Post has learned, as the White House maintains that President Biden himself “believes in the rights” of illegal immigrants to be in the country. In a missive sent to administration staffers Tuesday, US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Tracy Renaud informed her federal government colleagues of the administration’s preferred terminology for key immigration topics. Other terms being replaced include “illegal alien,” which will be replaced with “undocumented noncitizen” or “undocumented individual,” and “assimilation,” which...
    President Biden will sign immigration bills that don't create a pathway to citizenship for the country's roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, but it's still a priority for his administration. Biden was pressed Tuesday on whether he would give his presidential approval to an immigration measure that came across his desk even if it didn't provide citizenship opportunities as he and congressional Democrats prepare to release a proposal this week. “Yeah, there’s a whole range of things that relate to immigration," Biden told CNN during a televised town hall. Biden specifically referenced reforms he has enacted regarding refugees and asylum seekers, as well as more changes he'd like to make. Biden, for instance, is planning to increase refugee admissions from former President Donald Trump's record-low cap of 15,000 to 62,500 from October 2020. This week, his administration will permit 25,000 asylum seekers with active cases under Trump's “Remain in Mexico”...
    Reuters February 16, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday “the path to diplomacy is open right now” with Iran over its 2015 nuclear deal but would not address whether the Biden administration has had any direct engagement with Iranian officials. “The path to diplomacy is open right now. Iran is still a ways away from being in compliance (with the deal). So we’ll have to see what it does,” Blinken told National Public Radio according to a transcript provided by the broadcaster. Asked if there was any move under way to resume direct diplomacy, Blinken pointed to U.S. President Joe Biden’s public stance that if Iran resumes compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal the United States would do so too. “The president’s been very clear publicly, repeatedly, about where we stand. And we’ll see what, if any, reaction Iran has to that,” he...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are sprinting amid the pandemic to come up with a framework for regulating and taxing recreational marijuana after voters ousted key opponents of pot legalization in 2020 elections. Four Democrat-backed proposals with a social-justice bent are competing for traction at the Legislature, along with a Republican proposal aimed at stamping out the illicit pot market. The Legislature has until March 20 to send a cannabis bill to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, an enthusiastic backer of marijuana as a tool of economic development and fiscal security for the state. The primary election in 2020 unseated several staunch legalization opponents, including the former top-ranked Senate Democrat. Elections last year beyond New Mexico also are changing the political calculus, as four states including Arizona passed referendums allowing recreational marijuana. New Mexico’s Constitution doesn’t allow for ballot initiatives, leaving cannabis legalization...
    WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of StateAntony Blinken said on Tuesday “the path to diplomacy is openright now” with Iran over its 2015 nuclear deal but would notaddress whether the Biden administration has had any directengagement with Iranian officials. “The path to diplomacy is open right now. Iran is still aways away from being in compliance (with the deal). So we’llhave to see what it does,” Blinken told National Public Radioaccording to a transcript provided by the broadcaster. Asked if there was any move under way to resume directdiplomacy, Blinken pointed to U.S. President Joe Biden’s publicstance that if Iran resumes compliance with the 2015 nucleardeal the United States would do so too. “The president’s been very clear publicly, repeatedly, aboutwhere we stand. And we’ll see what, if any, reaction Iran has tothat,” he said. The interviewer noted Blinken had not directly answered thequestion and asked: “but you’re...
    Jose Cabrera tapes the message "Citizenship Relief Recovery" onto the door of his car among a caravan of cars at an immigration campaign rally in Los Angeles, California, on Dec. 15, 2020. Dozens of economists from some of the foremost institutions and universities in the nation have added their names to a letter calling on the Biden administration to protect undocumented immigrants, including the millions serving as essential workers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, as part of its recovery and jobs plan.  “Creating a path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans pays dividends not only for them and their families, but for our broader communities,” 60 economists and leaders tell the administration. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made plain how our public health and economic fates are inextricably tied together, and how harmful shortcomings in one part of our economy affect us all.” “There are today an estimated 10.4 million undocumented immigrants...
    Los Angeles County elementary schools cleared to reopen as Covid-19 case rates fall At least 37 dead as Indian bus veers off road into canal Plummeting Cases in U.S. Show a Path to Crushing Covid-19 (Bloomberg) -- Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are dropping dramatically across the U.S., suggesting that measures to interrupt transmission are working, at least for now. More than 27.6 million Americans have tested positive, likely giving them some degree of immunity. A rising number -- 11.8% of the population -- has now received at least one dose of a vaccine. And data gathered from mobile phones suggest people are being more cautious day-to-day. If cases keep falling, it could buy time for the vaccination effort to take hold in the warm summer months ahead, potentially underpinning a long-sought economic recovery. © Bloomberg Residents Visit A Sutter Health Covid-19 Vaccination Site A syringe is filled with a...
    Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), told Breitbart News exclusively that he believes the Republicans will retake the House majority in November 2022 and retire Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi once and for all. The NRCC last week released a list of 47 Democrat-held target districts that Republicans are focused on. Currently, the House Democrats have 222 seats, while the GOP minority is comprised of 213 seats. That means to retake the House, Republicans need to only flip a net five seats back into GOP hands. Emmer, in an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, further explained those 47 targets that make the Republicans’ path back to a majority clear and easy to accomplish. “Out of the 47, the top 29 we list as ‘Battleground Democrats,’” Emmer said. “These folks make up the majority of our offensive targets because...
    Joe Biden plans to release an immigration reform bill that would grant path to citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants, according to a report Monday.  The president is expected to unveil the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in the coming days, sources have told NBC.  It will reportedly include a pathway to citizenship for millions, an expansion of the refugee resettlement program and more technology at the southern border.  The Trump administration slashed refugee admissions by more than 85%, setting the limit at 15,000 for fiscal year 2021, which started in October.  President Biden during his campaign vowed to raise that to 125,000 for this year and possibly boost it even higher in subsequent years.  Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez said the plan 'is about fixing our broken immigration system' but also 'building a better one that reunites families, brings the undocumented community out of the shadows and on a path to citizenship'.  He said the...
    Long after the pandemic subsides, doctors predict we will see the impact on COVID-19 survivors for years to come.It's a complex disease that can affect people long after they recover from the acute phase. One local "long-hauler" found a faster path to healing.Last summer, 55-year-old running enthusiast Jeff Stone of Long Beach was at the top of his game when COVID-19 took him down."You feel like you have an elephant sitting on your chest," he said, "It's like every breath hurt it burned."A lung x-ray revealed the classic ground glass scarring.Stone said, "I remember saying to the nurse there. At this point, just please knock me out and put me on a ventilator because I couldn't deal with the pain."That nurse gave him one piece of advice."Keep yourself moving. Keep your lungs working," Stone said.He did. After a month, he turned the corner. But the breathing issues persisted."It wasn't in...
    President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had briefed him on the creation of a Pentagon task force on China to assess the U.S. military’s policies, programs, and processes on China-related matters. “Today I was briefed on a new DOD China task force that Secretary Austin is standing up to look at our strategy and operational concepts, technology, and force posture, and so much more,” Biden said at the Pentagon briefing room podium. He said the task force will work quickly “so that we can charge a strong path forward on China-related matters, and require a whole of government effort of bipartisan cooperation in Congress and strong alliances and partnerships,” he said. “That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future,” he added. According to a Pentagon fact sheet, the task force will be led by the...
    President Biden revealed Wednesday that the Department of Defense has established a wide-ranging task force that will conduct a strategic review of his administration’s strategy toward China amid mounting tensions in the Pacific. Newly appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other senior military officials briefed Biden on the task force’s structure and goals during his first visit to the Pentagon. Biden said the task force will provide recommendations to Austin "within the next few months" on how best to "chart a strong path forward on China-related matters." "It will require a whole government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress and strong alliances and partnerships," Biden said at a press conference. "That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future." NUCLEAR WAR WITH CHINA OR RUSSIA A 'REAL POSSIBILITY,' STRATCOM COMMANDER SAYS VideoThe task force will consist of 15 civilian and military officials...
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    As Loudoun County families who chose the hybrid learning model plan to have all grades back in school two-days-per week by March 3, public schools interim Superintendent Scott Ziegler is looking future into the future to the possibility of expanding in-person learning in the Virginia school system. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Ziegler said once more students are back in school, he will watch metrics to determine how well mitigation strategies and protocols are — or aren’t — preventing the spread of COVID-19 within schools. Ziegler said he expected to present board members with his findings and recommendations about expanding in-person learning by April 13. “I think we need at least three, four or five weeks of data in order to make those recommendations,” Ziegler said.” Assuming things go well in the first several weeks, Ziegler said expanding in-person learning would require a change in a safety practice the school...
    A Virginia state senator and gubernatorial candidate who has described herself as “Trump in heels” is emerging as a problem for the state’s Republican party as they seek to take the governor’s mansion. Amanda Chase boasts enthusiastic grassroots support in pockets of the state. But she has also drawn bipartisan rebuke for incendiary statements calling for martial law to overturn the 2020 presidential election and seemingly expressing support for the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. That's left Democrats eager to paint her as the face of the state’s Republican Party.  Chase on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the Republican Party was attempting to tank her candidacy, accusing the state GOP of trying to force a situation where the party’s executive committee selects a gubernatorial nominee rather than a traditional convention or primary. "Currently, the Republican Party of Virginia has chosen a method that is illegal under the Governor's current...
    By Josh Horwitz and David Stanway | Reuters WUHAN, China – The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of COVID-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation, but he ruled out a lab leak. Peter Ben Embarek, who led the team of independent experts in its nearly month-long visit to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first emerged at a seafood market in late 2019, said the team’s work had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed their picture of the outbreak. “The possible path from whatever original animal species all the way through to the Huanan market could have taken a very long and convoluted path involving also movements across borders,” Embarek told a nearly three-hour media briefing. Embarek said work to identify the coronavirus’s origins points...
    TPS holders and advocates rally for the program in Washington, D.C. last year. Two dozen Senate Democrats have reintroduced legislation that would put Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders onto a path to legalization and citizenship. The SECURE Act was first introduced in 2019, following the previous administration’s politically motivated termination of protections for immigrants who can’t return to their home countries due to extraordinary circumstances, such as natural disasters. While the House under Democratic leadership separately passed permanent protections for TPS holders that year, they stalled under Senate Republicans. The SECURE Act’s reintroduction in 2021, however, comes under a new Democratic president and Congress. If passed, the legislation could stand to protect over 400,000 immigrants from nearly a dozen designated nations, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Yemen. The SECURE Act would solidify the status of TPS recipients, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for years and have deep ties here, including a quarter...
    Reuters February 9, 2021 0 Comments The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of COVID-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation, but he ruled out a lab leak. Peter Ben Embarek, who led the team of independent experts in its nearly month-long visit to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first emerged at a seafood market in late 2019, said the team’s work had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed their picture of the outbreak. “The possible path from whatever original animal species all the way through to the Huanan market could have taken a very long and convoluted path involving also movements across borders,” Embarek told a nearly three-hour media briefing. Embarek said work to identify the coronavirus’s origins points to a natural reservoir...
    When it comes to solving our climate crisis, talk is plentiful and cheap, but real gains are harder to come by. The good news is that Minnesota Power, which provides electric service to Duluth, the Iron Range and much of Northern Minnesota, is moving the ball forward by committing to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 as part of an ambitious Energy Forward plan. Minnesota Power is not alone in proposing 100 percent by 2050. Minnesota’s own Xcel Energy was the first major U.S. utility to make such a commitment in 2018. But Energy Forward is nonetheless historic due to the unique challenge of decarbonizing a system that powers Minnesota’s energy-intensive mining and paper industries. Article continues after advertisement Over the past year, I had the opportunity to contribute in a small way to the development of the Energy Forward plan on behalf of several hundred members of the...
    It was nine years ago last week that Jeremy Lin burst onto the scene with the Knicks, scoring 25 points in a win over the Nets — a performance that triggered “Linsanity.” Now, the 32-year-old Lin is trying to get back to the NBA by playing in the G League. He’s on the Santa Cruz Warriors roster after spending last season playing — and thriving — in China. He was close to returning to the CBA in China, where he played for the Beijing Ducks last season, before ultimately choosing the G League in his pursuit to rejoin the NBA. “I think it became really clear after free agency passed and I wasn’t able to get a contract, there was no way I was gonna get a contract basically unless I go and show it,’’ Lin told Stadium. “I played last year in the CBA [in China] and had a good...
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Monday urged Myanmar's military leaders to free political prisoners and resume the country's "brusquely interrupted" path to democracy. The pope made his appeal in his annual address to the diplomatic corps as tens of thousands of people joined a third day of nationwide demonstrations in Myanmar against the military's removal of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi a week ago. [L1N2KE021] In a speech to diplomats from more than 180 countries, Francis spoke of his "affection and closeness" to the people of Myanmar, which he visited in 2017. "The path to democracy undertaken in recent years was brusquely interrupted by last week’s coup d’état," Francis said. "This has led to the imprisonment of different political leaders, who I hope will be promptly released as a sign of encouragement for a sincere dialogue aimed at the good of the country," he said. The speech...
            by Vivian Jones  Tennessee Senate Democrats are calling for a $1 billion investment in public health clinics, school renovation, clean energy jobs and broadband internet expansion ahead of Gov. Bill Lee’s State of the State address Monday. In a statewide address Friday aired virtually from her home in Memphis, Senate Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Raumesh Akbari (pictured above) proposed a plan dubbed the “Tennessee Path to Recovery” and called on Republican colleagues to work together to address issues facing Tennessee’s working-class families. “Democrats are focused on building a future in Tennessee where everyone is safe and free, with a care system, a criminal justice system, and an economy that works for all of us, regardless of skin color,” Akbari said. “There is plenty of space for both parties to work together on these goals.” Akbari criticized the actions of the Republican majority during the first weeks...
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    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for elections has thrown his political future into peril, forcing him to negotiate competing demands to engage with a friendlier U.S. administration, mend the rift with his militant Hamas rivals and keep his unruly Fatah movement from breaking apart. The presidential decree issued last month, calling for what would be the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, stemmed from negotiations launched with Hamas last year aimed at shoring up ranks in the face of unprecedented crises. The Trump administration had cut off all aid and proposed a Mideast plan that overwhelmingly favored Israel and would have allowed it to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. A U.S.-brokered normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates last summer put annexation on hold but left the Palestinians increasingly isolated in the region. So Abbas embarked on talks with Hamas,...
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    Getty Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys. Will Jimmy Garoppolo be the 49ers starting quarterback next season? If you ask head coach Kyle Shanahan, he would say that’s what he wants. At least, that’s what he said countless times during the regular season. But now we’re in the offseason and coaches have time to sit and reflect on their needs, especially at QB. ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter joined “The Murph and Mac Show” where he discussed the current QB saga and didn’t dismiss the idea of the Niners shopping around, even for Cowboys’ beloved star Dak Prescott. Sound crazy? Yes. But it’s not   Adam Schefter Isn’t So Sure About The Cowboys Keeping Dak Around Dak will likely want an extension but the Cowboys might not be able to offer up enough to make him happy before he hits the open market. ESPN’s Dan Graziano said...
    LONDON – Governments and developers around the world are exploring the potential use of “vaccine passports” as a way of reopening the economy by identifying those protected against the coronavirus. Those developing the technologies however, say such tools come with consequences such as potentially excluding whole groups from social participation, and are urging lawmakers to think seriously about how they are used. The travel and entertainment industries, which have struggled to operate at a profit while imposing social distancing regulations, are particularly interested in a way of swiftly checking who has protection. Among those developing passports are biometrics company iProov and cyber security firm Mvine which have built a vaccine pass now being tested within Britain’s National Health Service after receiving UK government funding. iProov founder and chief executive Andrew Bud believes such vaccine passports only really need to hold two pieces of information. “One is, has this person been...
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    The US Senate pulled an all-nighter Thursday evening into Friday morning, which culminated in a historic moment. After 15 hours of debate, the Senate vote fell neatly along party lines. The 50-50 tie was broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, representing the first time the US Senator turned Vice President voted to tip the Senate’s balance to the Democratic aisle. This was not by any means a surprise, but the passed budget has significant implications for the Covid relief plans put forth by President Joe Biden, who has placed as a top priority the passing of a massive, $1.9 trillion bill that now only needs a simple majority to get passed. The Democratic-controlled House will take the budget up today. Like many issues in today’s partisan political world, the Covid relief bill is a mixed bag of positives and negatives for both sides of the Congressional aisle. By all indications,...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy theorist with a history of violent rhetoric and a mainstream party leader who backed Donald Trump's impeachment. The seemingly conflicting moves signal that Republican leaders, particularly in the House, are betting they can return to political power by cobbling together a coalition featuring both pro-Trump extremists and those who abhor them. The votes also suggest that Washington Republicans are unable, or unwilling, to purge far-right radicals from their party, despite some GOP leaders' best wishes. “I do think as a party, we have to figure out what we stand for,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., warning Republicans to “get away from members dabbling in conspiracy theories." House Democrats voted Thursday to do what their Republican counterparts would not the night before, stripping first-term...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy theorist with a history of violent rhetoric and a mainstream party leader who backed Donald Trump’s impeachment. The seemingly conflicting moves signal that Republican leaders, particularly in the House, are betting they can return to political power by cobbling together a coalition featuring both pro-Trump extremists and those who abhor them. The votes also suggest that Washington Republicans are unable, or unwilling, to purge far-right radicals from their party, despite some GOP leaders’ best wishes. “I do think as a party, we have to figure out what we stand for,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., warning Republicans to “get away from members dabbling in conspiracy theories.” House Democrats voted Thursday to do what their Republican counterparts would not the night before, stripping first-term Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of...
    By Natalie Thomas LONDON (Reuters) - Governments and developers around the world are exploring the potential use of "vaccine passports" as a way of reopening the economy by identifying those protected against the coronavirus. Those developing the technologies however, say such tools come with consequences such as potentially excluding whole groups from social participation, and are urging lawmakers to think seriously about how they are used. The travel and entertainment industries, which have struggled to operate at a profit while imposing social distancing regulations, are particularly interested in a way of swiftly checking who has protection. Among those developing passports are biometrics company iProov and cyber security firm Mvine which have built a vaccine pass now being tested within Britain's National Health Service after receiving UK government funding. iProov founder and chief executive Andrew Bud believes such vaccine passports only really need to hold two pieces of information. "One is,...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Broad access to different coronavirus vaccines remains crucial for an economic recovery in the Mideast, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, warning the path ahead remains “long and winding” for countries already struggling with corruption and debt. The IMF revised its 2020 economic outlook upward for the Mideast and North Africa, now predicting only a 3.8% contraction as higher oil prices boosted budgets for producers and some countries suffered less than anticipated during the pandemic’s first months. However, war-torn and debt-mired nations could be further hurt by a delayed rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, further slowing any regional economic recovery from what the United Nations has called the worst crisis to strike global employment since the 1930s Great Depression. “This is a year of reset where we are in a race between the virus and the vaccine,” Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and...
    Things to Know: State vaccination talks being held privately Florida GOP pushes conservative bills fresh off election victories Conor McGregor on correct path of evolution, says Manny Pacquiao prep contributed to loss Conor McGregor suffered a number of firsts when Dustin Poirier knocked him. However, according to the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, the “firsts” weren’t all bad. © Provided by MMAJunkie In a lengthy statement issued Wednesday on Instagram, McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) broke down his loss to Poirier (27-6 MMA, 20-6 UFC). A 416-word analysis was accompanied by a highlight video of his successes in the UFC 257 main event. “I am most certainly on the right path,” McGregor wrote. “Despite the loss, I am on the correct path of evolution.” McGregor explained how a third fight against Poirier would go differently and voiced confidence in his chances at winning. He acknowledged Poirier’s leg kicks,...
                               Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday, and Groundhog Day told us that we have six more weeks of winter! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 441,324; Tuesday, 443,355; Wednesday, 446,885. Senate Democrats put their impatience on display Tuesday, voting to go it alone to provide up to $1.9 trillion in assistance to millions of hurting Americans rather than trim President Biden’s plan and delay momentum in search of a...
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    Dirk Kuyt has walked out of his role in Feyenoord’s academy as the Liverpool cult hero looks to build on his coaching career. Ex-Feyenoord captain Kuyt had been working for the Dutch side since his retirement as a player in 2018 but insists he now needs to continue his development elsewhere. 2Dirk Kuyt has quit his coaching role in Feyenoord's academy The club’s Technical Director, former Chelsea chief Frank Arnesen, would have preferred to keep the former striker at the club, but Kuyt is set on pastures new. “Everyone knows what Feyenoord means to me and I have been able to gain a lot of experience at the club in recent years,” Kuyt told Feyenoord’s official website. “I know our paths will cross again one day, but for now I think it is important to continue my path elsewhere. In that I follow my feelings.” Having been foiled in his...
    IRAN has ruled out the possibility of talks with President Joe Biden over the nuclear deal unless the US "corrects its path" and lifts sanctions. Iranian leaders have refused to negotiate with Biden unless the United States honours its commitments under the 2015 pact, according to reports. 8Iran's President Hassan Rouhani welcomed the end of 'tyrant' Trump’s eraCredit: AP:Associated Press 8President Joe Biden has confirmed the US will rejoin the deal if Tehran resumes strict complianceCredit: Reuters The Iran nuclear deal, which includes restrictions on the country's nuclear work, was meant to restrict Iran to developing a peaceful nuclear capability in return for sanctions being lifted. But it was torn up by former President Donald Trump in 2018, who reinstated US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime.  Trump argued the deal was one-sided and didn’t cover Iran’s ballistic missile development or its destabilising behaviour in the Middle East. Biden has...
    Loading the player... Signaling his intention to remain relevant in the world of politics after serving in the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly making plans to form a political committee. According to Business Insider, Pence will announce the move in the coming weeks. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a rally at the Boulder City Airport on October 8, 2020 in Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) The political committee would be a 501(c)4 organization that is allowed to participate in politics through ad purchasing, for example. These types of organizations are classified as social welfare nonprofits, according to the IRS, and must not spend more than 50% of their funds on political ventures. An unnamed source told NBC News that the goal of the 501(c)4 would be to outline and push Pence’s “consistent conservative philosophy.” Read More: Mike Pence believes Black Lives...
    Former UFC veteran Kenny Florian and Commentator Jon Anik discussed the main event for UFC 257 on their podcast. The marquee fight arrested the attention of fans all over the world as Conor McGregor made his return. However, the Irishman’s comeback wasn’t the smoothest as he suffered the first TKO loss of his pro MMA career. Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier came out and executed a neat perfect gameplan that offset McGregor’s offense. ‘The Notorious’ couldn’t land his signature strikes early as his lead leg came in chopped through relentlessly by Poirier. McGregor’s base became severely compromised and this opened the door for Dustin to land shots and briskly put him away. Also Read: WOW! UFC Middleweight Paulo Costa Shares His Secret to Being ‘Jacked’ Kenny Florian explains the effectiveness of calf kicks in MMA Following the loss, there’s been plenty of conversation surrounding the strategy used by ‘The...
    Presidents like to say that their predecessors left them a mess. Yet in Middle East policy, President Donald Trump left his successor an extraordinary gift of peace and stability. Peace agreements were emerging almost weekly between Israel and her Arab neighbors. Iran, struggling under the burden of U.S. sanctions, was isolated, broke, and wracked by internal turmoil. In Afghanistan, a tentative deal with the Taliban meant that U.S. troops could look forward to coming home. Trump left the U.S. in a position of historic strategic advantage. But like President Barack Obama, who squandered the gains of the Iraq “surge” and withdrew before the country was stable enough to prevent the rise of the terrorist “Islamic State,” Biden is throwing away many of the gains Trump achieved in the region. If he simply stays on the course Trump charted, Biden can maximize his leverage on Iran and entice Saudi Arabia to...
    Beijing — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong residents a route to residency and eventual citizenship.   The announcement by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Friday throws up new uncertainty around the plan just hours after the U.K. said it would begin taking applications for what are called BNO visas beginning late Sunday. Hong Kong leader likens U.S. Capitol attack to pro-democracy protests Under the plan, as many as 5.4 million Hong Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the U.K. for five years then apply for citizenship. Demand soared after Beijing last year imposed a sweeping new national security law on the former British colony following months of pro-democracy protests. "The British side's attempt to...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace car lanes with bike lanes on the Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges. Both bridges currently boast narrow paths that must be shared by both cyclists and pedestrians. The lack of space makes for harrowing and chaotic crowds, particularly on the Brooklyn Bridge promenade, which is popular among tourists. Hizzoner’s plan — which he is set to announce in his State of the City address later Thursday — would replace the inner-most Manhattan-bound car lane with a two-way bike path. The eight-foot-wide path would be separated from adjacent car traffic by a concrete barrier, according to renderings provided by the city. On the Queensboro Bridge, Hizzoner wants to open up the span’s south outer roadway to pedestrians and make the existing bicycle-pedestrian path on the north outer roadway bicycle-only. Construction on the Queensboro Bridge project is expected to wrap up in 2022. The Brooklyn...
    The executive orders that President Joe Biden signed today demonstrate his seriousness on the climate crisis. Adding to the fact that he has already appointed more people to positions with “climate” in their title than any president before him and has rejoined the Paris climate agreement, Biden today moved to prohibit more drilling for gas and oil on public lands, make climate change a top national security matter, conserve 30% of federal lands and oceans by 2030, cut greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector to net-zero by 2035, reach net-zero carbon emissions for the whole economy by 2050, form a civilian climate corps, and host a climate leaders summit on April 22, Earth Day. These moves, among many others including a focus on environmental justice, will mark the most significant change in U.S. environment and energy policies since the first Earth Day in 1970.  In a speech prefacing the signing of the orders today, Biden delivered a climate message from...
    People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, California, June 18, 2020. A massive coalition of local, statewide, and national groups have a message to send: this is the year to transform the nation’s inhumane and unjust immigration system. The “We Are Home” campaign, co-chaired by Community Change, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Service Employees International Union, United Farm Workers, and United We Dream, is urging the new Biden administration and Democratic Congress to act now and put 11 million undocumented people on a path to citizenship. “Biden introduced a bold and sweeping immigration bill on day one,” campaign steering committee member America’s Voice said. “The new administration has already rolled out eight major executive actions on immigration policy. More are expected this coming Friday. Public support has never been stronger. Democrats recognize...
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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Monday that a power-sharing agreement in the Senate no longer needs to stipulate that the filibuster rule remain intact after two Senate Democrats confirmed they would not support abolishing it. “I’m glad that two Senate Democrats confirmed they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster,” McConnell stated. “They agree with President Biden and me on protecting the Senate. With this win, we can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement built on the 2001 precedent”: I’m glad that two Senate Democrats confirmed today they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden and me on protecting the Senate. With this win, we can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement built on the 2001 precedent. pic.twitter.com/fHUCFxxXh8 — Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 26, 2021 The filibuster, a rule that requires three-fifths of the Senate, or 60 votes, to close...
    It took five coaching changes over a decade-plus of futility before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got it right, luring Bruce Arians out of retirement. Two seasons later, the 68-year-old quarterback expert has them in the Super Bowl. Signing Tom Brady was a big part of solving the team’s woes. So, was the offense-minded Arians’ commitment to building a defense capable of giving him a realistic shot at transforming the Bucs from perennial losers into championship contenders. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The two-time NFL Coach of the Year with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals won two Super Bowl rings as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He didn’t get his first full-time pro head coaching opportunity until he was 61. Arians ended a five-year stint with the Cardinals citing health concerns in 2017, only to return to the sideline to take over the Bucs after...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  With the sudden boom of online learning, remote work and telehealth visits, the need for reliable internet access is stronger than ever. But the 2019 American Community survey found that only 60% of Baltimore households had wired internet service. “To fully participate in society today, you need to be online,” said co-author Mac McComas. Mac McComas is the co-author of a new report released by Johns Hopkins that lays out a plan that would start the city on the path to “digital equity.” “This recognizes that not everybody has equal access to the Internet and devices that let them connect to the Internet. And because of that, they’re not able to fully participate in society,” McComas said. He said there are several things that could be done to chip away at the digital divide, including creating a government Office of Broadband Authority, providing free internet to schools and...
    The Week Colleagues shocked that ‘nerdy’ Justice Department official joined Trump’s election overthrow effort Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other top Justice Department officials spent New Year’s Eve berating Jeffrey Clark, the acting head of the DOJ’s civil division, for repeatedly pushing them to help former President Donald Trump overturn his clear electoral loss and secretly meeting with Trump, The New York Times reports, citing six people with knowledge of the meeting. Rosen thought the matter was settled that night, the Times reports, but Clark continued secretly planning with Trump to intervene in Georgia, including a plot where Trump would fire Rosen and put Clark in his place.Clark has said the reporting by the Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post about his role in an effort to replace Rosen and meddle in Georgia to undo Trump’s loss is inaccurate, and he claims his discussions with...
    'I'm so happy and relieved, but we are still afraid of getting our hearts broken again.' Immigrants cheered President Joe Biden's plan to provide a path to U.S. citizenship for about 11 million people without legal status, mixing hope with guarded optimism Wednesday amid a seismic shift in how the American government views and treats them. The newly inaugurated president moved to reverse four years of harsh restrictions and mass deportation with a plan for sweeping legislation on citizenship. Biden also issued executive orders reversing some of Donald Trump's immigration policies, such as halting work on a U.S.-Mexico border wall and lifting a travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries. He also ordered his Cabinet to work to keep deportation protections for hundreds of thousands of people brought to the U.S. as children. "This sets a new narrative,...
    Elche and Barcelona face this Sunday, January 24, in the match corresponding to the Matchday 20 of the Santander League, the first meeting of the second round of the domestic competition although neither Elche nor Catalans have yet completed the first, including the match between them on the first day that was postponed to give both teams rest and preseason margin. An encounter that will be led with the whistle by Pizarro Gomez and that will be televised live by Movistar LaLiga. In addition, the party Elche-Barça will have minute-by-minute online comments on the website of OKDIARY, from an hour before the game with alignments and curiosities of the duel. Match Elche – Barcelona important in the context of the season both for culés and for the franjiverdes. The locals arrive in an important drought of victories that keeps them at the moment in relegation places. They have not won...
    "Agricultural laborers pick lemons inside the orchards of Samag Services Inc., where they grow avocados, lemons, and oranges." President Joe Biden’s immigration overhaul putting the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants at its center would immediately prioritize eligible farmworkers, alongside Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, for green cards. Farmworkers and their advocates heaped praise on the bold plan, which was unveiled on Biden’s first day in office and includes provisions championed by Vice President Kamala Harris when she served as the senator from California. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 “is fundamentally different than what any other president has ever done in emancipating farm workers so they can escape pervasive fear and behave like free women and men,” United Farm Workers (UFW) Teresa Romero said in a statement. “Not only is its content remarkable, but never before has a U.S. president presented his own comprehensive immigration reform measure...
    The man dubbed the 'QAnon Shaman' has claimed through his attorney that he was 'duped' by Donald Trump into participating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is being held without bail on federal charges, and on Thursday his St. Louis-based attorney spoke out to say that he blames Trump for leading him down the 'primrose path'. 'He regrets very very much having not just been duped by the President, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made,' attorney Al Watkins told KSDK-TV.  Chansley, who also goes by Jake Angeli, gained infamy during the riot for his striking appearance in a horned helmet and furs in the Senate Chamber, and later drew mockery for a hunger strike behind bars to insist he be fed all-organic food. Watkins,...