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    Savannah Rychcik February 21, 2021 0 Comments Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) says a future with former President Donald Trump at the helm would “hurt our Republican party.” During his appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Hutchinson if Trump has been successful at taking down the Republican party as he knows it. “He will only define our party if we let him define our party,” Hutchinson said. He explained it is “fine” for CPAC to invite Trump to speak but suggested it is important they consider other voices. “We have to have many different voices and, in my view, we can’t let him define us for the future because that would just further divide our country and it would hurt our Republican Party,” Hutchinson said. Watch his comments below: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wouldnt support former President Trump...
    Nearly half of Republicans say they would abandon the party as it is currently structured and join a new party if former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGovernors in hot water over their coronavirus response DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Did Biden just endorse 'human rights with Chinese characteristics'? MORE was its leader, according to a new poll released Sunday.  A Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll found 46 percent of Republicans said they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one. Only 29 percent said they would stay with the GOP, with the remainder indicating they would be undecided in that event.  "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day," a Republican and small-business owner from Milwaukee, told the newspaper. "But...
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) says former President Donald Trump should not have a large role in the party going forward and that the former president could harm the party’s electoral prospects if he maintains his influence.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Hurd was asked what role Trump should play in the party going forward.  “I think very little, if not none at all,” Hurd said as he went on to note that Republicans lost the White House and the majority in the House and Senate, which he blamed in part on the former president. He continued, “This is a president that lost the House, the Senate, the White House in four years. I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover, and that was in the Great Depression.” Hurd expressed his belief that there are swaths...
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise refused to directly blame former President Donald Trump for the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. During a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” guest anchor Jon Karl pressed the Louisiana congressman, who had just visited the former president at Mar-a-Lago, on whether he had asked Trump to “take responsibility” for inciting the riot. WATCH: Scalise told Karl that the conversation centered around how Trump is “doing now and what he’s planning on doing and how his family is doing.” “But, wait a minute, he hasn’t taken responsibility,” Karl pressed, asking Scalise if he agreed with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Trump “must take responsibility.” “There’s a lot of blame to go around,” Scalise responded after referring to an op-ed he wrote for The Wall Street Journal in which he contended that Trump “should have denounced the...
    Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the former President Donald Trump’s role in the future of the Republican Party should be “very little, if none at all.” Anchor Chuck Todd said, “What role should former President Trump have in the future of the Republican Party?” Hurd said, “I think very little, if none at all. This is a president that lost the House and Senate and White House in the last four years. I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover. The number of Republicans that were successful significantly outperformed President Trump. We should be talking to disaffected Democrats. The fact that Speaker Pelosi didn’t pick up any seats shows the Democratic Party has some is problems. You know history tells us we’ll take back the House. How we do that — and we should do it based on our principals and...
    Former President Trump is scheduled to make his first public appearance since leaving office at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next weekend, and Lara Trump shared her expectations for the message he’ll share. "I think one of the things we’re going to hear from him is ‘thank you,’" Trump's daughter in law told "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday night. The former Trump campaign senior adviser said the "outpouring" of support for the former president, including spontaneous parades in Florida, has been "so incredible." She explained that these supporters simply love America and want to thank "their president" Donald Trump -- so they deserve a "thanks" in return. TRUMP TO SPEAK AT CPAC CONFERENCE IN FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE POST-WHITE HOUSE "He'll probably have a big thank you to those folks," Lara Trump said. President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC...
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the number two Republican in the House, still refuses to concede that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen, insisting on Sunday morning that “there were a few states that didn't follow their state laws.” Scalise, fresh off his Mar-a-Lago trip to visit with former President Donald Trump, appeared on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday and was eventually pressed about whether he felt the twice-impeached ex-president bore any responsibility for the Jan. 6 insurrectionist Capitol riot. Airing comments from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month denouncing Trump for his role in inciting a mob of MAGA supporters to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election, host Jonathan Karl wondered aloud if Scalise asked Trump if he’d take any responsibility. “I was in Florida doing some fund-raising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, the president reached out, we visited,”...
    Larry Kudlow, former Trump White House economic adviser and current Fox Business host, told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz he was “disappointed” Donald Trump went down a 2020 election rabbit hole instead of ending his term talking about his accomplishments. Trump spent the last two months of his presidency pushing numerous false, baseless, and even conspiratorial claims about the 2020 election, and in his video the day of the Capitol riots he repeated the false claim that the election was stolen. Kudlow expressed his disappointment in Trump in the final week of his presidency, and he elaborated to Kurtz: “I was disappointed. I was critical. It doesn’t mean I don’t admire President Trump, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have the job of a lifetime… After the electoral college certified the election, I would have greatly preferred that President Trump then pivot and talk about his achievements on the economy, on foreign...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence declined the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) invitation to speak at the event, a source familiar with the development confirmed to Breitbart News. It is unknown why Pence refused the invitation. In the meantime, former President Donald Trump will be making his first post-presidential appearance at the conservative gathering in Florida next weekend, according to reports. Trump has been keeping a relatively low profile since he retired from the White House to Palm Beach, Florida, in January, but reemerged last week to conduct a series of phone-in interviews to commemorate the death of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Trump has a long history with CPAC, which played a key role in his emergence as a political force.
    After spending months campaigning vigorously for Joe Biden, Hollywood star Barbra Streisand still appears to be in cheerleading mode, touting the president’s first month in office as a restoration of “political sanity in our country.” Streisand praised President Biden on social media Friday, declaring that the new administration will tackle climate change and oversee coronavirus vaccinations. “President Biden has restored some political sanity in our country,” Streisand wrote. “The United States will once again become one of the leaders of the free world. We will address climate change now evident in these extreme weather conditions.” She added: “Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s [sic] arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning.” Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning....
    (CNN)The Republican governor of Arkansas, who had previously supported Donald Trump's reelection bid, said Sunday that he would not back the former President if he decided to run in 2024. "No, I wouldn't. It's time," Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" when asked if he would support Trump in another presidential election cycle. "And he's got a good family. I worked with Ivanka (Trump) and others and they love America. But I would not support him for reelection in 2024."The GOP is facing deep divisions on how to move forward as a party in a post-Trump era. Hutchinson told Bash on Sunday that while Trump will continue to have a voice in the Republican Party, the former President "should not define our future.""We've got to define it for ourselves and that has to be based upon the principles that gave really us the...
    Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal said Sunday that it doesn’t make sense for Americans to get less relief under President Joe Biden than they had under former President Donald Trump. Jayapal joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the ongoing debate over the next coronavirus stimulus package and what she expected to be included in the final bill. (RELATED: Leading House Democrat: ‘Enormous Suffering’ Gives ‘Leverage’ To Push Socialist Agenda) WATCH: Bash noted that Biden had signaled some flexibility on the income threshold for the next round of direct payments for COVID relief, saying, “President Biden suggested that he’s willing to negotiate on who receives a $1,400 direct payment that is in the legislation.” Adding that most Democrats were insisting on $75,000 as the income limit — the same limit used in the last round of direct payments — Bash asked Jayapal whether...
    ABC’s Jon Karl pressed House Minority Whip Steve Scalise with an intense series of questions about Donald Trump’s responsibility for the storming of the Capitol after his repeated delegitimization of the 2020 election. During an interview Scalise gave Karl on Sunday for This Week, the ABC anchor brought up the fundraising meeting Scalise had with the former president last week at Mar-a-Lago. This trip comes after Kevin McCarthy also visited Trump, and Karl framed the conversation by noting that the House Minority Leader once said that the former president “bears responsibility” for the storming of the Capitol by his supporters. This led to Karl asking Scalise, “Did you ask [Trump] to take responsibility? Did he take responsibility?” Scalise sidestepped the question in order to defend the meeting, so Karl pressed him again on the question of Trump’s responsibility for the storming of the Capitol. Scalies responded by referring to a...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former U.S. President Donald Trump will seek to return to the political spotlight in an address to a major meeting of conservatives, a source familiar with his plans said on Saturday, as the Republican plots his post-White House moves. Trump plans to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 28, the last day of their meeting, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “He’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also look for the 45th President to take on President (Joe) Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source said. Trump’s tumultuous four years in the White House ended shortly after he was impeached on a charge of inciting his supporters’ deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were gathering to certify Biden’s victory in the...
    (CNN)This week, Judge Merrick Garland will finally get a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than four years after his nomination to the US Supreme Court was torpedoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell's obstructionism. Of course, this time Garland has been nominated as President Joe Biden's attorney general, and, with Senate Democrats in the majority, his swift confirmation is all but assured. Elie Honig If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics.Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial prosecutor for the Justice Department. Among many other cases, Garland supervised the investigation of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, which killed more than...
    Donald Trump will preview his vision for the future of the GOP during his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend. 'I think what you're going to hear President Trump talk about next Sunday on the 28th is the future of the Republican Party and the number of lessons that we learned in 2020, where we saw President Trump bring in a record amount of African American voters, Latino American voters on the GOP side, bigger numbers than we've seen in modern Republican presidential history,' Trump's senior adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax on Saturday. He continued: 'We have to keep these voters engaged in the party.' Miller confirmed to Newsman that Trump, during his speech, would share his views on the 'America First' agenda and what he feels the GOP can do to garner more wins in 2022 and 2024 – including winning majorities in the House...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence has declined an invitation to attend this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Fox News has learned. Pence was invited to speak at the annual event but turned it down, according to a source familiar with the event planning. 2021 CPAC TO BE HELD IN PERSON IN FLORIDA Former President Donald Trump will be in attendance, however, as he is scheduled to make his first major public appearance since leaving office. Two sources told Fox News that Trump is planning to address the conference on Sunday, Feb. 28. The event will kick off in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. Members of Pence's team had said that Pence harbored some "bitterness" toward Trump after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace reported earlier this month that according to Pence's aides, Trump's failure to call off the mob and ensure the safety of his loyal second-in-command represented the...
    Fox News’ Jedediah Bila suggested former President Donald Trump not use his upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to further enflame political tensions around the country. As Fox & Friends spoke on Sunday about the Trump administration policies that have been undone by President Joe Biden, the conversation shifted to how Trump will “certainly maintain a strong guiding voice on what the Republican Party will be.” Since Trump’s CPAC speech will be his first public speaking appearance since leaving office, Bila said she expects the ex-president will comment on his successor, but added, “I would urge some caution.” It’s very hard for an ex-president who has just left the presidency to not be critical of a president that comes in and is now undoing all of his stuff. I’m sure that President Trump felt really strongly about those issues and was really passionate about those decisions...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland will tell the Senate on Monday he plans to prioritize civil rights and combat domestic terror if confirmed as the top U.S. justice official, according to remarks released on Saturday. The Justice Department’s mission to enforce the 1957 Civil Rights Act “remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice,” said Garland, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Monday. “Communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing, education, employment, and the criminal justice system; and bear the brunt of the harm caused by pandemic, pollution, and climate change,” he said. Garland, 68, serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of 13 federal appeals courts. Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2016, but the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn’t even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, which begins Monday before the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, with bipartisan support. “Judge Garland’s extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unless I hear something new, I expect to support his nomination before the full Senate.” Biden’s choice of Garland reflects the president’s goal of restoring the department’s reputation as an independent body. During his four years as president, Donald Trump had insisted that the...
    DONALD Trump got “bad advice” that Mike Pence had powers to overturn the election result, the Vice-President’s former chief of staff has said. During the Capitol Hill siege, rioters appeared to scream "hang Mike Pence" after Donald Trump blamed the "furious" Pence for not blocking Joe Biden's win. 6Donald Trump speaking at the 'Save America' rallyCredit: Reuters 6Mike Pence announcing Joe Biden's certification as President-electCredit: Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved The MAGA fans stormed Congress as lawmakers were voting on certifying Joe Biden as the then President-elect on January 6. Mark Short has now told CNN that Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be that day  “I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the Vice President would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country,” he said. He went on to...
    The swift rise and disastrous fall of Andrew Cuomo, Americas wannabe Covid hero 7 Republicans vote guilty, but Senate acquits Trump in attack on Capitol Democrats have long been conflicted over financial technology companies like online lenders, praising the flashy upstarts for their ability to help lower-income Americans build wealth yet wary of the risks they pose to unsuspecting consumers. © Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In this photo illustration, the Robinhood logo is displayed on an iPhone on December 17, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. But the episode with Robinhood Financial — where armies of small investors used the internet brokerage’s app to pump up GameStop's stock until Robinhood halted their purchases — has unearthed a growing sentiment on the left: “Fintech” is just a fancy word for everything they already hate about finance. As the Biden administration begins to take control of the government’s regulatory machine,...
    United States officials are investigating whether Roger Stone and Alex Jones played a role in the January 6 Capitol breach, it has been reported. Investigators with the Justice Department and FBI are investigating the high-profile conservatives, as well as others, in a quest to understand what rioters were thinking and who influenced their beliefs, the Washington Post reported. People familiar with the investigation told the outlet that the investigation between their ties to the rioters does not mean people who may have influenced rioters will be prosecuted. Investigators hope to determine if anyone who influenced those who breached the Capitol could face criminal charges for conspiracy or aiding the effort, officials told the outlet emphasizing 'that prospect is still distant and uncertain.' Investigators hope to determine if anyone who influenced those we breached the Capitol could face criminal charges for conspiracy or aiding the effort Members of the Oath Keepers provide...
            
    It started at full speed and ran into Congress. In his first month in office, the president, Joe Biden, has signed a record of decrees and restored calm to Washington, but he has also had to assume that it will not be easy to pass his most ambitious plans. Biden served a month in the White House with a record under his arm: he is the president who has issued the most executive orders in the modern history of the United States, with at least 31, one more than those signed by the president who he considers his great political reference: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945). Most of these decrees, to which are added another twenty unilateral measures, were concentrated in the first ten days of Biden’s mandate, who wanted to act brilliantly to stop in his tracks many priorities of his predecessor, Donald Trump, and turn the helm of the...
    Former President Donald Trump will speak in his first major public appearance since leaving the White House at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) taking place in Orlando, Florida, next week. Trump, who has not appeared at any major event since giving his final speech on January 20 prior to President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will speak on the last day of the event, on Sunday, February 28, Fox News first reported. Trump in his speech will discuss the future of the Republican Party, a source told the outlet, and will also criticize Biden’s “disastrous amnesty and border policies.” The former president has been mostly quiet since leaving office and relocating with his family to Florida and has, moreover, been unable to use social media as a means to communicate with his supporters after Twitter permanently banned him from its app and Facebook, likewise, indefinitely suspended him following the January 6 riot at the U.S....
    CNN’s Pamela Brown deftly shut down attempts by Mark Short, who served as Chief of Staff for former Vice President Mike Pence, to re-litigate the 2020 election, repeatedly pointing out how dozens of courts across the country had rejected former President Donald Trump’s legal challenges. Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be on January 6, said Short, for his constitutionally-designated role during the certification of the Electoral College votes. “And I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the vice president would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country…poor legal advice that the president was receiving, that I think led him to believe that there was a different role the vice president could play on that day,” Short said. In response to a later question from Brown, Short made sure to clarify that he was not blaming...
    Donald Trump will run for the first time as a former president at a conservative meeting in Florida next weekend. Ian Walters, a spokesman for the Conservative Union of America, confirmed that Trump will deliver a speech on February 28 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the group holds each year. Trump plans to use his speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative momentum, as well as to criticize President Joe Biden’s actions to overturn his immigration policies, according to a person who made statements on the matter on condition of anonymity. The CPAC takes place this year in Orlando, Florida and will be attended by numerous former Trump officials and others representing his wing of the Republican Party, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem. Trump has kept...
    President Biden visited Bob Dole days after the former Republican presidential candidate and longtime U.S. senator announced a late-stage cancer diagnosis. "The President is visiting his close friend, Sen. Bob Dole," the White House said in a statement after Biden made an unannounced stop at the Watergate Hotel on Saturday, where Dole lives. A Republican from Kansas and World War II veteran, Dole said on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. “My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole said in a statement. Biden's late son, Beau, died from cancer in 2015, and defeating the disease became a focus for the then-vice president during the Obama administration. He announced Friday that the United States would "end cancer as we know...
    Former President Donald Trump intends to attack President Biden's “disastrous amnesty and border policies” in a keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, his first public speaking engagement since leaving office, a source told the Washington Examiner. Trump is scheduled to speak on the afternoon of Feb. 28, the final day of the conference, to be held in Orlando. "Look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies," a source familiar with Trump's plans told the Washington Examiner. The former president will also be "talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement," the source said. Biden detailed a sweeping immigration reform bill this week that includes an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of people living illegally in the United States. TRUMP KEEPS TIGHT-LIPPED ON FUTURE PLANS AS HE RETURNS TO MEDIA SPOTLIGHT WITH INTERVIEW BLITZ The...
    President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for his last time as President on January 20, 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.Pete Marovich | Pool | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a keynote speech to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, next weekend, sources familiar with the plans told NBC News. Trump is expected to speak about the future of the Republican Party and conservative movement, sources familiar with the plan say. The full lineup has not yet been announced and is subject to change. The event would be Trump's first extended, public, on-camera appearance since leaving office last month. In recent weeks, Trump has continued to rage at top Republicans who push back against him, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate; and...
    The ex-president’s speech is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 as part of the CPAC, the high mass of American conservatives, we learned Saturday from his relatives. Donald Trump will talk about “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” his entourage told .. The former president should also speak of immigration and “disastrous policies” of his successor Joe Biden on this matter, according to the same source.
    Former President Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next week, his first major appearance since leaving office last month, a source familiar confirms for ABC News.Trump's speech next Sunday afternoon will address the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement as well as President Joe Biden's immigration policies, the source added.This week, Trump blistered Mitch McConnell as a "political hack," days after the Senate's top Republican denounced him as the inciter of U.S. Capitol attack."The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump said in a statement released by his political action committee.Meanwhile, Trump's acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial may not be the end of the line for efforts to keep him from seeking the presidency again.If Trump chooses to run for the White House in 2024, opponents are...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Former President Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, next Sunday, according to a source familiar with the matter. The source, who is familiar with the former President’s speech, told CNN on Saturday that “he’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” READ MORE: Former Florida Mayor Arrested On Child Pornography Charges “Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source added. READ MORE: Broward Teachers Hold Car Caravan In Opposition To Superintendent Robert Runcies Handling Of COVID-19 Protocols The speaking engagement would mark Trump’s first public appearance following his departure from the White House last month. MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 7,280 Additional Cases, 125 New Deaths Reported Saturday (©2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company, contributed to...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, next Sunday, according to a source familiar with the matter.The source, who is familiar with the former President's speech, told CNN on Saturday that "he'll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement." "Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden's disastrous amnesty and border policies," the source added.The speaking engagement would mark Trump's first public appearance following his departure from the White House last month.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog Saturday arrived in Tehran ahead of Iran’s plan for partly suspending inspections by the agency to the country’s nuclear facilities, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rafael Grossi will meet Iranian nuclear officials including Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the country’s nuclear department and a vice-president to President Hassan Rouhani. Iran’s parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities under a 2015 nuclear deal, if European signatories to the deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by Feb 23. It will also stop implementation of the additional protocol that allows the IAEA inspectors to carry out more intrusive inspections to Iran’s nuclear facilities. Following the 2015 deal, Iran voluntarily agreed to implement the additional protocol. Earlier on Saturday Salehi said he and Grossi will meet on...
    STEVE Bannon secretly plotted to remove Donald Trump from office claiming he had dementia - and believed HE could personally succeed him as president, a bombshell new book claims. In a memoir released this week, TV Producer Isa Rosen wrote that Bannon mistakenly believed Trump "was suffering from early-stage dementia and that there was a real possibility he would be removed from office by the 25th Amendment". Trump was reportedly keen to pardon his former aide Bannon Rosen said that Trump "turned on Bannon" after he appeared on a Time magazine cover in February 2017, weeks after the president was sworn in. In an interview about his book 'Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes' based on his work on iconic news show 60 Minutes, Rosen said there was a conspiracy. "Bannon realized that Trump was repeating the same stories over and over again and Bannon kept saying this and he wanted to do...
    February 20, 2021 12:14 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. It started at full speed and ran into Congress. In his first month in power, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has signed a record of decrees and has restored calm to Washington, but he has also had to assume that it will not be easy to pass his most ambitious plans. Biden celebrates a month in the White House this Saturday with a record under his arm: he is the president who has issued the most executive orders in the modern history of the United States, with at least 31, one more than those signed by the president he considers his great political reference: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945). Most of these decrees, to which are added another twenty unilateral measures, were concentrated in the first ten days of Biden’s mandate, who wanted to act brilliantly...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that “America is unreservedly back” with the election of Joe Biden as President, while seemingly deriding the leadership of former President Trump at a virtual summit of the Munich Security Conference. Speaking with the leaders of the G7 nations, Prime Minister Johnson said of the Biden administration: “America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing.” In an apparent jab at Donald Trump, Johnson added: “The gloom has been overdone. And we’re turning a corner and the countries we call the West are drawing together and combining their formidable strength and expertise once again.” Prime Minister Johnson, who like his predecessor Theresa May threw away the chance to strike the British-American trade deal offered by Trump by leaving the EU in control of British trade policy until 2021, used the virtual summit to push for the adoption...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is a month into his presidency and at least one pattern is clear. He doesn’t want to talk about the “the former guy.” That guy is Donald Trump. But if Biden is reluctant to say Trump’s name too much, a lot of what he has been doing has been in direct contrast to his predecessor’s legacy. On policy, symbolism and style, from the Earth’s climate to what’s not on his desk (Trump’s button to summon a Diet Coke), Biden has been purging Trumpism however he can in an opening stretch that is wholly unlike the turmoil and trouble of his predecessor’s first month. The test for Biden is whether his stylistic changes will be matched by policies that deliver a marked improvement from Trump, and a month is not long enough to measure that. Further, the length of Biden’s honeymoon is likely to be brief...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office for the first time as president a month ago, his pens were ready. Already. Lining a fine wooden box, they bore the presidential seal and an imprint of his signature, a micro-mission accomplished in advance of his swearing-in. Four years ago, pens were just one more little drama in Donald Trump's White House. The gold-plated signature pens he favored had to be placed on rush order in his opening days. Over time, he came to favor Sharpies over the government-issued pens. On matters far more profound than a pen, Biden is out to demonstrate that the days of a seat-of-the-pants presidency are over. He wants to show that the inflationary cycle of outrage can be contained. That things can get done by the book. That the new guy can erase the...
    Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Friday that more regulation isn’t the answer to Texas’ power crisis that left millions of residents without electricity or heat this week due to a brutal winter storm. "I’d love to have President Biden come to Texas," the ex-member of former President Trump’s Cabinet who also served as the governor of Texas until 2015, told guest host Jason Chaffetz on "Hannity." "We could show him some things that he certainly needs to see." Biden said Friday he plans to travel to the Lone Star State but the date was unclear. Perry -- who succeeded George W. Bush as a Republican governor of Texas prior to serving in the Cabinet of former President Donald Trump -- said the federal government needs to be a "partner in innovating our way to better energy solutions rather than regulating it." And although he’s willing to talk about Texas, which has...
    Skaters arriving at Central Park’s two ice rinks are in for a cold awakening next week — the rinks, which are both managed by the Trump Organization, are being shuttered by City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, The Post has learned. The Trump Organization says its last day of operating the iconic Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink at the park’s northern end will be Sunday. The rink contracts had been set to expire in April, but Mayor de Blasio has moved to ice Trump out a month early, effective Feb. 26. The Trump Organization is closing its doors after close of business on Sunday, so it will have time to pack up its belongings — including some 1,700 pairs of ice skates — and move out. The city is terminating all four of its Trump Organization concession contracts. DE BLASIO CALLS FOR 'FULL ACCOUNTING'...
            by Conrad Black  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) committed a mortal political error on Saturday when, after voting to acquit President Trump on constitutional grounds, he accused the former president of the crime of being “practically and morally” responsible for the invasion and vandalization of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and the deaths of five people. McConnell not only signed on to the ultimate NeverTrump loyalty oath of submission to the totalitarian big lie there was no possible doubt about the legitimacy of the election verdict; he also declared Trump had no choice but to accept the result and quietly leave Washington with his tail between his legs. McConnell took it upon himself to declare the end of the Trump era in the Republican Party, nailing his flag to the mast of return to the McCRomBush swamp of alternating Democrats with Dem look-alikes...
    1. The Biden administration on Thursday sent generators, blankets, and other supplies to Texas to help people struggling without power or running water after a brutal blast of extreme winter weather. President Biden also approved declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana, two other states hit hard by the storm, which has been blamed for several dozen deaths. “Jill and I are keeping Texas, Oklahoma, and other impacted states in our prayers,” Biden tweeted. “Please heed the instructions of local officials and stay safe.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency has delivered 60 generators to provide power at hospitals, water facilities, and other critical sites. Hundreds of thousands remained without power in Texas for a third straight day, and nearly half of the state’s residents remained under boil-water notices or without running water as another storm affected the Plains and the East Coast on Thursday. [The Hill, CNN] 2. NASA on Thursday...
    Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert has said former president Donald Trump was 'lucky' to survive the coronavirus given his age and weight.  'He could have gotten into serious trouble. I think he was quite fortunate,' Fauci said in an interview with The Telegraph. When Trump Tweeted that both he and wife Melania Trump had contracted coronavirus, more questions began swirling around his health and his weight. Former President Trump was 'lucky' to survive the coronavirus given his age and weight according to Dr Anthony Fauci  Dr. Fauci said Trump was 'quite fortunate' and could have 'gotten into serious trouble'. Pictured, Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 last October Former President Donald Trump's supporters gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center while he was hospitalized at the facility in early October A physical claimed he weighed...
    It should surprise no one that on Joe Biden’s short list for attorney general was former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover “who shot to national prominence after President Donald Trump fired her, making her one of the first heroes of the #Resistance.” President Trump fired her after she refused in early 2017 to enforce his travel ban executive order. We filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in order to gain the release of Department of Justice  records about Yates’ gross insubordination.  We argue that the documents are not shielded from disclosure, as they are evidence of government misconduct by Yates. At issue are four records described as “working drafts” of a January 30, 2017 statement by Yates instructing DOJ officials not to defend the executive order issued by then-President Trump. Trump fired Yates after she issued the one-page statement. The appeal concerns a May 2017...
    Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster accused President Biden of "bigotry masquerading as cultural sensitivity," following a town hall event where the president addressed China’s human rights abuses. Biden was asked about human rights atrocities carried out against the Uyghur populations in Western China. BIDEN TAKES HEAT FOR ‘DIFFERENT NORMS’ REMARK WHILE DISCUSSING CHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS "If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world, is when they haven't been unified at home," Biden said, noting the simplicity in that generalization. "The central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united tightly-controlled China," he added. Biden told the town hall host, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that he understands that this is why Chinese President Xi Jinping acts in a manner that he later described as "xenophobic." Biden said he told Xi that as a U.S....
    More On: joe biden US begins admitting migrants as Biden phases out Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy Biden rewards Iran’s bad behavior by begging it to make a deal Manchin opposes Biden OMB pick Neera Tanden’s confirmation over nasty tweets Biden: Life may not return to normal in 2021 due to COVID mutations, slow vax production Appearing at a friendly CNN town hall event this week, President Joe Biden dropped a string of untruths on issues both large and small. One of the president’s most egregious falsehoods was the claim “we didn’t have [the vaccine] when we came into office.” The first shot was administered back on Dec. 14, 2020. Glenn Kessler, lead fact-checker for The Washington Post, quickly jumped into action on Twitter, explaining that this was merely a “verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe, as he had already mentioned 50 million doses being available when he took...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Feb. 19Biden tours Pfizer facilityPresident Biden toured a Pfizer facility on Friday as the drug maker announced positive developments on its vaccine. The company says the shots can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks and not just in special ultra-cold freezers. That means smaller pharmacies may be able to obtain, store and administer the shots.White House announces new timeline for vaccinating studentsThe White House is now saying that high school students may receive vaccines in the fall, but elementary school...
    FBI/YouTube A "stack" formed by the anti-government militia group "Oath Keepers" in the storm of the U.S. Capitol January 6, 2021./Jessica Watkins Jessica Watkins is a veteran and bar owner from Woodstock, Ohio who the FBI alleges helped plot a storm on the U.S. Capitol and said she was waiting for former President Donald Trump’s instructions. Watkins was one of nine people who were members of the right-wing paramilitary group, Oath Keepers, named in a superseding indictment January 19, 2021. The “team leader” was Kelly Meggs, FBI agents said. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrests Friday, February 19, 2021, saying Watkins, Meggs and seven other people were arrested, naming them as members of the group. Watkins was arrested in January. Meggs, 52, was arrested in Ocala, Florida following the filing of a superseding indictment. Also charged were Graydon Young, 54, of Englewood, Florida, Kelly Meggs wife,...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced on Friday he would oppose President Joe Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which could end her chances of confirmation despite continued support from the president. Biden told reporters he did not intend to pull the nomination. “I think we’re gonna find the votes to get her confirmed,” Biden said. Tanden has been criticized by Republicans – and some Democrats – over past harsh comments on social media, such as calling Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch” and saying “vampires have more heart than (Senator) Ted Cruz.” Many Democrats scoffed at such concerns, noting near-unanimous Republican support for former President Donald Trump, who was accused of inciting a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol partly via inflammatory comments on Twitter and was known for blasting opponents – particularly...
    (CNN)With the impeachment trial officially over and Congress' attention up for grabs again, President Joe Biden got to the business of governing -- and dove headfirst into selling his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, currently on track for a House vote next week.On Tuesday, Biden traveled to Wisconsin, his first time leaving Washington in a month, for a CNN town hall where he laid out an ambitious vaccination timeline ("enough vaccines for every single American" by the end of July) and tried to clear up confusion about students returning to school.While the US made progress in vaccinating more people and dipping infection rates, a historic winter storm crippled the middle of the nation, throwing vaccine supply chains into chaos and pushing the entire state of Texas into crisis. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a...
    DONALD Trump has been spotted with his wife Melania for the first time since leaving the White House amid speculation about the status of their relationship. The former President, 74, and First Lady, 50, posed for pictures with supporters in the Mar-a-Lago resort dining room in Florida on Valentine's Day on Sunday. 10Keith Otto who posted photos to Instagram and his wife Danielle Otto, with Donald Trump on Valentine's DayCredit: Instagram/Keith Otto 10Melania Trump also attended the eventCredit: Instagram/Keith Otto 10Don Jr, the Ottos, and Kimberley GuilfoyleCredit: Instagram/Keith Otto 10Melania Trump and Danielle OttoCredit: Instagram/Keith Otto The pair had been lying low since they were last seen together arriving in Florida after snubbing Joe Biden's inauguration last month. Rumors swirled around the status of the couple's relationship when Melania shared two Instagram posts on Valentine's Day - but didn't mention her husband. Many of her followers also noted that she had removed all...
    An attorney who represented President Trump during his second impeachment trial claims he has been 'cancelled' by a law school after they rescinded their offer to have him teach a class there.  David Schoen, 63, made the revelation during an interview on Newsmax Thursday night, but stopped short of naming the school.  'I had hoped to teach a law school class in the fall,' Schoen told network anchor Greg Kelly.  'I had been in talks with a law school about teaching a civil rights course. I've got 36 years of experience as a civil rights lawyer, working major cases. I love being around the students.' However, Schoen says he contacted the school prior to accepting President Trump's offer to work on his trial team and administrators told him they would no longer be interested in having him join the faculty.  'I was told it would be [an impediment]. Some faculty and...
    (CNN)Have you heard about what's happening to The Former Guy? Some of the other big kids don't want to play with him anymore. Almost makes you feel sorry for him. Almost."The former guy" is the nickname President Joe Biden pasted on his predecessor at a recent CNN town hall. "I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump," he said at one point. At another, Biden said this: "For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people."Depriving Trump of attention hits him where it hurts. As President, and before that as a private businessman, Trump was an eager attention-seeker, steadily barraging the world with outrageous statements, conspiracy theories and other nonsense -- all positioning him at the center of an alternate universe, his most rabid loyalists hanging on his every pronouncement. On January 6...
    “I don’t think we are extending any new invitations to Russia, or reiterating any new invitations to Russia,” US executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with the president in Air Force One. “Of course, an invitation would be made in partnership with our G7 partners,” she added. Russia was expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014, after its annexation of Crimea, which was never recognized by the international community. Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly expressed the desire to improve relations with Vladimir Putin, had offered to invite the Russian president to the next G7 summit. Earlier on Friday, during his first major foreign policy speech for the Munich Security Conference, Joe Biden accused Moscow of “attacking our democracies” and Vladimir Putin of seeking “to weaken the European project and our alliance with it. ‘NATO’. But “it is not a question of turning East against West (…)....
    Former President Donald TrumpTom Brenner | Reuters Former President Donald Trump continues to rage at top Republicans who have criticized him, despite some advisors insisting he should take aim at President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders instead, according to people familiar with the matter. Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and longtime GOP political operative Karl Rove are among the targets of Trump's anger, these people said. These people declined to be named in order to speak freely. Trump spokesman Jason Miller responded to CNBC's request for comment for this story by emailing: "Fake news. We're focused on winning back the House and Senate in 2022." CNBC had asked which Republicans Trump intended to target during midterm primaries after the former president said he plans to back several primary contenders who support his Make America Great Again agenda. There are 20 Senate seats currently held by...
    Nearly three-quarters of Republican voters believe the GOP should be “more like former President Trump” moving forward, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday indicated. Debate has continued to rage among Republicans about the direction the party should go in following Trump’s presidency. This week, Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is among politicians attempting to walk the line between appeasing the pro-Trump GOP base and resuming business as usual in establishment circles. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump said in a statement. While McConnell did not vote to convict Trump, he placed blame on the president in a speech Saturday. His favorability stands at 18 percent, a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll showed. Rasmussen’s recent survey, taken February 16-17, 2020, among 1,000 likely U.S. voters, indicated establishment Republicans still have an issue, as a...
    CLAIM: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country.” – President Joe Biden VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Trump had a plan that was complicated by the diverse policies of state governments. Biden, speaking at a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday claimed that President Donald Trump had left him no plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden claimed. President Biden is incorrect. As Former Senior Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services John “Wolf” Wagner confirmed to Breitbart News on Friday there was a vaccine distribution plan far before Biden took office. In fact, a key component of Operation Warp Speed...
    President Donald Trump needed his diet coke opened up before his eyes when dining at his D.C. hotel while first lady Melania Trump would send back her dinner if it had garnishes on it. President Donald Trump needed his diet coke opened up before his eyes when dining at his D.C. hotel - above he drinks a soda during a toast at a state banquet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2017f The details about the needs of the former first couple and their A-list Republican friends appears in a new article in Washingtonian magazine, which spoke to former staff at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. about what happened when the president came to dinner.  Trump rarely went out anywhere in the nation's Capitol except his namesake hotel, which sat about five blocks from the White House.  And he always sat at Table 72 - a round booth in...
    President Donald Trump was back on the golf links Friday sporting his trademark MAGA hat, as the split within the Republican Party since the Jan. 6th Capitol riot continues to reveal itself. Trump could be seen Friday on his golf course near his new home at Mar-a-Lago, as fellow members of his party are being forced to choose sides on whether to embrace or reject him following his acquittal on a charge of 'incitement of insurrection.' His successor, Joe Biden, repudiated his 'America first' policy in a virtual speech to the annual Munich global security conference Friday morning. 'I speak today as President of the United States, at the very start of my administration, and I'm sending a clear message ... America is back,' said Biden. Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a Thursday night television appearance called out Trump for his role role in the Jan. 6th MAGA riot,...
    By Karin Strohecker and Matthias Williams LONDON (Reuters) - Ukraine's top prosecutor said on Friday investigations into Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd, a matter closely tied to a scandal that led to former U.S. President Donald Trump's first impeachment, have been closed with no plans to reopen them. Ukrainian prosecutors in recent years had looked into the actions of Burisma, a company on whose board U.S. President Joe Biden's son Hunter had served from 2014 to 2019, and its founder Mykola Zlochevsky. "Everything that prosecutors could do, they have done," Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said in an interview with Reuters by video link from Kyiv. "This is why I don't see any possibilities (or) necessity to come back to these cases." Venediktova also said U.S. authorities had made no requests of her office since Biden took office last month. The U.S. House of Representatives impeached Trump in December 2019...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday lauded the work of President BidenJoe BidenDeath toll from winter weather rises to at least 40: AP On The Money: House panel spars over GameStop, Robinhood | Manchin meets with advocates for wage | Yellen says go big, GOP says hold off Top political donor sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal campaign contributions MORE in his first few weeks in the White House, remarking that America is back "as leader of the free world," in helping to unite the West. "As you've seen and heard earlier, America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing," Johnson told the Munich Security Conference, referring to a speech Biden gave earlier in the day. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: "America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing."...
    Imaad Zuberi, a California venture capitalist and campaign fundraiser who worked to gain influence with prominent Republicans and Democrats, including former President Donald Trump and President Biden, was sentenced to a dozen years in prison for illegal donations and foreign agent lobbying schemes. A judge also ordered him to pay $15.7 million in restitution, along with a criminal fine of $1.75 million. Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty in November 2019 to charges of tax evasion, making nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions using straw donations and foreign funds, and falsifying records of his extensive work as a foreign agent on behalf of Sri Lanka, as well as lobbying for individuals and governments from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Bahrain, and Libya. This was after federal prosecutors detailed the foreign lobbying schemes carried out by Zuberi, alleging that the campaign fundraiser who donated to Democrats and Republicans concealed work...
    Former President Donald Trump voiced his concerns on Wednesday about President Joe Biden’s willingness to renegotiate with Iran. “Iran was willing to do anything, and now they’re going to drive a tough bargain,” Trump said in an interview with Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly, expressing his views about Biden’s negotiations with Iran and China. “We have them in such great position. Such a shame if we don’t get it done properly.” During his presidency, Trump made canceling the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama a priority, despite many in the Washington establishment advising against it. “The fact is this was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said in May 2018 when he announced he would cancel the deal. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.” In his interview Wednesday, Trump expressed regret that he was unable to conclude...
    If you need further proof that former President Trump remains extremely popular and influential in the GOP, check out Ohio. In the battle for the 2022 Republican nomination for the Buckeye State’s open Senate seat, there’s been a rush by the two declared major GOP candidates to embrace Trump in a state he comfortably won in 2016 and 2020. FORMER OHIO GOP CHAIR JUMPS INTO RACE FOR STATE'S OPEN SENATE SEAT "I’m running for the United States Senate to stand up for you just like when I stood next to President Trump and supported is American First agenda," former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken said Thursday in a video announcing her bid to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman. "As your senator I would advance the Trump agenda without fear or hesitation." "I’m a mom and I’m a fighter and I’m stepping up to fight for the America First agenda...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government in Moscow, Russia, on February 5, 2020.Aleksey Nikolskyi | Sputnik | Kremlin | Reuters WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday that there are no plans to invite Russia to rejoin the G-7 group of nations, a call that was frequently made by former President Donald Trump. Any invitation for Russia to join the G-7 would be made in partnership with all of the group's members, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. The group is currently meeting virtually, with President Joe Biden making the first international appearance of his presidency. The group once known as the G-8 included the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Russia — but it was cut down to the G-7 in 2014 following Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine sparked international...
    President Joe Biden speaks virtually to the Munich Security Conference in Germany, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 19, 2021.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden promised on Friday to repair what he called "strained" relationships with European allies and NATO partners in the wake of his predecessor's "America first" foreign policy. In an address to the annual Munich Security Conference, Biden said that the United States will "earn back our position of trusted leadership," telling the virtual audience "America is back." "I know, I know the past few years of strain have tested our transatlantic relationship, but the United States is determined to re-engage with Europe," Biden said without naming former President Donald Trump. "Our partnerships have endured and grown through the years because they are rooted in the richness of our shared democratic values. They're not...
    Photograph: Getty Images Joe Biden has pledged “unshakeable” US support for the transatlantic alliance in what he portrayed as an epoch-defining struggle to safeguard democracy. Biden used his virtual debut on the world stage on Friday, in videoconference remarks first to the G7 and then the Munich Security Conference, to assure America’s allies of his determination to bury the legacy left by his predecessor. Donald Trump was not mentioned but almost every sentence of Biden’s speech to the Munich conference was framed by how the new US president would reverse the policies and approach of the past four years. In the wake of an insurrection in Washington in which Trump’s supporters had attempted to overturn the result of the US election by force, Biden said neither he nor Europe’s leaders could take democracy for granted. “In so many places, including Europe and the United States, democratic progress is under...
    More On: joe biden US officially rejoins Paris Climate Accord Pompeo slams White House over desire to restart Iran nuclear talks US ready to talk about rejoining Iran nuclear deal President Biden takes another snow day — get your milk cartons ready WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made his international debut on Friday with a speech at the G-7 Summit declaring the end of former President Donald Trump’s “America first” era. Administration officials previewed Biden’s virtual speech, which was closed to the press, saying he would touch on the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis, and unveil his plans to dramatically reshape the US foreign policy agenda. “Now he will get the opportunity as president of the United States early in his term to declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back,” one official said Thursday evening. “He will look forward to driving home the core proposition...
    President Joe Biden made a forceful denunciation of China and Russia on Friday  when he slammed the Kremlin for its attempts to undermine democracy and criticized Beijing for its 'economic abuses.' In his debut on the world stage as president, Biden made it clear that Donald Trump's 'America First' policy is over and that the United States will be a forceful global presence in the years ahead.  Speaking to the annual Munich Security Conference, Biden looked back to remarks he made to the group two years ago, as a private citizen. 'I said at that time: We will be back. And I'm a man of my word. America's back. I speak today as President of the United States, at the very start of my administration, and I'm sending a clear message to the world: America is back,' the president said. President Joe Biden made a forceful denunciation of China and Russia...
    President Joe Biden made his pitch to European allies to welcome back American leadership and to join his administration in competing against China’s growing ambitions Friday. Biden made the call in his address to the virtual Munich Security Conference in Germany, saying former President Donald Trump had abdicated America’s role of leading Western democracies and the world. He said “America is back,” and called on leaders to join the U.S. in competition against China and in thwarting Russia’s repeated cyber attacks against the U.S. and elsewhere. “The United States, we’ll do our part. We’ll stand with you. We’ll fight for our shared values. We’ll meet the challenges of this new moment in history,” he said. “Competition with China is going to be stiff. That’s what I expect. And that’s what I welcome,” Biden says, adding the U.S. and European partners can “own the race of the future.” — Kathryn Watson...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Before he became the object of fury of Republicans for voting to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was once the insurgent from the right. It is now Toomey facing angry rank-and-file state Republican Party committee members and the potential of a censure vote, a symbolic gesture that may have no real effect on the senator since he isn’t seeking reelection next year. READ MORE: Several County GOP Committees Vote To Censure Sen. Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote Toomey, who once endorsed challenges to Republican officeholders who weren’t seen as conservative enough, is now urging Republicans to be tolerant of a difference of opinion over whether Trump and his long campaign of falsehoods to discredit the election result is to blame for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I understand that most Republicans probably...
    Many of the people arrested after the Jan. 6 insurrection now blame Donald Trump for having convinced them to attack the U.S. Capitol. It’s become self-evident that the members of the mob that raged up the National Mall and into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 believed they were doing so with the blessing of their president, Donald Trump, after he directed them there in his speech that morning at the Ellipse. They really believed Trump’s lie that they were saving America from a stolen election—leaving many of them angry and baffled when their fellow MAGA fanatics claim that the insurrection was actually the work of “antifa” leftists. And now that they are facing real legal consequences for their actions, many of them know who to blame for their misfortune: Trump. Their ex-leader threw them under the bus, and they are happy to return the favor. Take William “Billy” Chrestman...
    One of the first things President Biden did after his inauguration was to sign an executive order saying the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Today, that move is official. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken posted a tweet saying the US “is once again a Party to the Paris Agreement.” Blinken went on to say that “the work to reduce our emissions has already begun” and that “we will waste no time in engaging our partners around the world to build our global resilience.” The Paris Agreement is an international accord with 143 countries to work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and was made in 2015. Barack Obama signed the US on in 2016, but Donald Trump withdrew the next year, saying he wanted to “give America a level playing field.” Trump’s move attracted plenty of criticism, including from Elon Musk, who threatened to (and later did)...
    The US officially rejoined the Paris Climate Accord on Friday — almost a month after President Biden declared that the US again accepted the agreement’s terms. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the accord. He said it was ineffective because it allows countries to voluntarily restrain their own pollution and seeks to hold the US and other industrialized countries to a higher standard. Although Trump said in 2017 the US was pulling out, the move was largely symbolic and it didn’t actually happen until last year following a one-year notification period to the United Nations. UN officials cheered the return of the US — even though Biden’s climate team, led by John Kerry, is angling to help craft a more ambitious pact at a meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it “is itself very important,” and former UN global warming chief...
    Nearly a week after the Senate acquitted former President Trump of inciting insurrection, Mr. Trump's grip on the Republican Party remains firm. Eight out of 10 Republicans still view him favorably, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, even after seven Republican senators voted "guilty" and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chastised the ex-president for his behavior leading to the January 6 riot. Republicans who cross the former president do so at their own political risk. State and local GOP committees have taken measures to censure some of the seven Republicans who voted to convict the former president. And McConnell was on the receiving end of a string of insults from Mr. Trump, who called him a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack." On Wednesday, the ex-president did a round of cable news interviews to mark the death of conservative talk radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh. As he reminisced about Limbaugh on Fox...
    Former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is reportedly exploring a bid to challenge Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in 2022. Priebus has been calling GOP officials throughout his home state, Politico first reported, signaling that he is mulling a challenge to Evers, who was elected in 2018. Priebus chaired the Republican National Committee when Trump ran for president in 2016, and became his first chief of staff after he took office. Trump fired Priebus in July 2017. (RELATED: Priebus Says President Biden Is Uniting Republicans With His Executive Orders) Former President Donald Trump, with Reince Priebus standing behind, signs the first of three Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House (Ron Sachs – Pool/Getty Images) Though the former RNC chairman is a top ally of former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former two-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker, he is likely to face a crowded Republican primary if...
    More than 100 candidates have expressed interest in running for governor during the Gavin Newsom recall, according to the California GOP. Although it is early days, some high-profile names have been linked to the job, although there is always the chance of a big-name late star entrant throwing their hat in the ring. California, has, after all, sent two Hollywood actors to the governor's mansion in Sacramento. Here are just some of potential candidates so far. John Cox Cox was the GOP candidate in the 2020 election, which Newsom won by 32% of the vote. Although he received high-profile endorsements such as former President Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican Party did not endorse Cox in the race. The end result was a low-profile campaign with limited funds. His platform was similar to Trump’s: low taxes, less regulation, and better infrastructure. Cox is...
    Former President Donald Trump reportedly turned down a meeting request by his former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the wake of her controversial negative comments about him. Haley, who served in the Trump administration for roughly two years, reached out to the former president on Wednesday asking for a sit-down meeting at his Mar-a-Lago home and was turned down, according to Politico. The snub comes the same week Haley offered harsh criticism of the president in a scathing interview over his perceived connection to the Capitol Hill siege on Jan. 6, and the two reportedly haven’t spoken since that event. NIKKI HALEY BREAKS WITH TRUMP IN SCATHING INTERVIEW AND PREDICTS HE WON’T RUN AGAIN: ‘HE LET US DOWN’ “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley said in the interview. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have. And we shouldn’t have followed him. And we...
    Welcome to the post-second Trump impeachment trial D.C. Memo. This week: The former president gets sued, impeachment vote divides a family and the GOP braces for the Tea Party, Round 2. Here we go: So, what now? Former president Donald Trump might have been acquitted at his second impeachment trial last week, but that’s probably not be the final word on whether he’ll have to answer for the Capitol riot, writes Colleen Long of The Associated Press. As a private citizen, Long notes, Trump no longer has the protection from legal liability that the presidency afforded him — something even his fellow Republicans who voted for acquittal have pointed out. Article continues after advertisement Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, though he voted to acquit, provided the blockbuster quote after the Senate vote. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless...
    1. The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate accord on Friday, 107 days after former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark treaty took effect. Trump ordered the U.S. pullout from the 2015 international agreement in 2019, but his decision didn’t take effect until Nov. 4, 2020, the day after he lost his bid for re-election. President Biden told the United Nations that the U.S. wanted to return to the accord as soon as he took office. “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural address. “A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear now.” The Friday return was largely symbolic, but still important, said former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres. “It’s the political message that’s being sent,” said Figueres, one of the leaders who crafted the accord’s agreement on reducing greenhouse gases. [The Associated Press] 2....
    President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches where he will claim the 'America First' era is over, warn of attacks on democracy by Russia and address a range of concerns about China. Biden will speak at a virtual G7 summit, addressing the leaders of the world's richest countries, and then make remarks to the annual Munich Security Conference. Both events are virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.   In his dual speeches, the president will make clear the United States will re-engage on the world stage after four years of Donald Trump's 'America First' isolationist strategy but he will not spend his time repudiating his predecessor. Biden intends to 'declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back,'  a senior administration official told reporters on a call previewing Biden's remarks on Thursday night. 'The focus of his speech tomorrow...
    The fact that the Senate has acquitted former President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean that attempts to prevent him from ascending to the White House have failed. Miami World / Telemundo 51 If Trump ran again as a candidate in 2024, his rivals most likely wield a constitutional clause passed after the Civil War to try to stop him and the matter could ultimately be left to the Supreme Court. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any candidacy of political or military leaders “who have participated in an insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. The clause, ratified in 1868, specifically contains in its Section Number 3 a prohibition that prevents the rise to power of leaders of the Confederacy. It could well apply to people who incited or participated in the January 6 assault on the Capitol, experts say, noting that the imminent Congressional investigation and the...
    (CNN)The United States officially rejoined the landmark international accord to limit global warming known as the Paris Agreement on Friday. Hours after he was sworn-in on January 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order beginning the 30-day process for the US to reenter the global pact.The US had officially exited the agreement late last year on former President Donald Trump's orders, becoming the first and only country to formally pull out of the deal since it was adopted in 2015. Trump spent much of his time in office weakening many of the country's bedrock climate and environmental guardrails.On Friday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken called the Paris Agreement an "unprecedented framework for global action.""Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 -- and as momentous as our rejoining is today -- what we do in the coming weeks, months, and years is even more important," Blinken...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments  In 1995, Merrick Garland was tasked with supervising a sprawling U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation into the bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Former colleagues recall that he maintained his composure as he surveyed the crime scene, coordinated the investigation among numerous law enforcement agencies and put together a trial team to bring bomber Timothy McVeigh and his co-conspirator Terry Nichols to justice. “It really was one of those things that took a lot of organization, coordination, smarts. Merrick Garland had it all,” said Donna Bucella, a former Justice Department colleague who worked alongside him in the aftermath of the bombing. Now, 26 years later, the threat of domestic terrorism is once again at the forefront of Justice Department’s agenda as Garland, 68, prepares for a new role as President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general....
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump sparked concerns about his weight and overall health following last month's positive coronavirus test results. Trump announced on Twitter that he and his wife Melania Trump tested positive for the virus that's killed more than 200,000 Americans. 7President Donald Trump has sparked concerns about his health and weight following his positive Covid-19 testCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Trump revealed on Friday morning that he and his wife were both infected by coronavirus How much does Trump weigh? Donald Trump weighs 244 pounds, according to the results of a physical performed in June 2020. The president is 6-foot-3 inches tall. This means the president is considered clinically obese and has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.3. Trump's results came days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeatedly mocked his weight and insisted that he's morbidly obese. Dr Sean Conley, the president's physician, deemed Trump to be...
    Sen. John Thune, a top ally to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that those aiming to punish senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial are engaging in "cancel culture." "There was a strong case made," Thune told the Associated Press about the House impeachment managers' arguments. "People could come to different conclusions. If we’re going to criticize the media and the left for cancel culture, we can’t be doing that ourselves." The statement from Thune, R-S.D., the Senate minority whip, is one of the most high-profile comments on the internal rift in the Senate GOP since Trump released a scathing and extremely personal statement lambasting McConnell, R-Ky., earlier this week. The former president called McConnell "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" and said "if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again." McConnell hasn't responded.  Thune's interview...
    (CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory dissected the state of the GOP on his radio show Thursday for over an hour without mentioning the name of its standard-bearer, former President Donald Trump.Ever since the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, Republicans have struggled with whether to embrace or denounce the former President. Perhaps nowhere is that intra-party debate more acute than in North Carolina, where next year's open Senate race could decide the balance of power in an evenly divided chamber.Despite Republicans losing the White House and Congress, Trump narrowly carried the Tar Heel State last fall. And in the days since Trump's impeachment trial, Republican Sen. Richard Burr -- who is not running for reelection next year -- has become a pariah among some state party leaders for his vote to convict the former President for inciting the riot. Burr has been censured by the state party, and...
    WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Senator Marco Rubio won’t have to worry about a challenge from a member of the Trump family in his 2022 re-election bid. Ivanka Trump, former president’s eldest daughter and ex-senior White House adviser, spoke with Rubio several weeks ago and told him she would not be running for his seat, according to a Rubio campaign spokesperson. The two have also discussed appearing at a joint event. READ MORE: Challenge To Mask Mandate Goes To Supreme Court The conversation, first reported by The New York Times, comes a day after Donald Trump re-emerged after nearly a month of self-imposed silence, conducting a series of interviews to commemorate the death of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Trump would not comment on his political future in the interviews, saying it was too soon to talk about whether he will run again in 2024. But there is plenty of speculation that...
    Once partners together in a bid to reshape the federal judiciary and build a conservative Supreme Court majority, former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are now in a battle for control of the Republican Party. Republican insiders are unsure which side will prevail. Some think Trump’s presidency was a sign rank-and-file voters have turned against GOP establishment politics for the foreseeable future. Others doubt the ex-president has the attention span or organization to compete with the wily Senate tactician from Kentucky. But many fear the fallout of a protracted public spat between two of the most important Republican leaders in the country. “We’re all lucky DJT doesn’t have Twitter,” said a GOP strategist and former Trump 2016 campaign official. The early signs are that the grassroots are sticking with Trump. In a Quinnipiac University poll released this week, only 11% of Republicans hold Trump responsible for...
    (CNN)When Joe Biden last addressed the Munich Security Conference two years ago, he made a promise to a packed-in crowd at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof."This too shall pass," Biden said in 2019, lamenting the isolationist turn the US took under then-President Donald Trump. "We will be back."On Friday, Biden will declare that "America is back" as he returns -- virtually -- to the annual security conference to reaffirm the US' position of global leadership, the power of its alliances and the resilience of democracy -- in the United States and abroad.Paired with his first virtual session of the Group of 7 a few hours earlier, Biden's back-to-back diplomatic engagements will center on his attempt to restore the transatlantic alliance after it became strained under Trump, who viewed Europe as a trade rival and often said he believed traditional US friends were harder to deal with than adversaries.And while officials, in...
    Donald Trump has been photographed with former First Lady Melania for the first time since leaving the White House - appearing in a selfie with fans on Valentine's Day at the former president's luxurious Florida resort.  Former President Donald Trump was captured in a selfie with fans on Valentine's Day at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida Also snapped in a selfie was former First Lady Melaina Trump - marking the Valentine's Day occasion as the first time Melania and the former president have been photographed together since leaving Washington Fans of the Trumps who also were dining at Mar-a-Lago got selfies with the former president and first lady - not together in the same picture, but at the same celebratory dinner.  The couple were last pictured together as they arrived in Florida from Washington on January 20.