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    More On: michael bloomberg The NYC billionaires who got richer during the COVID-19 pandemic How Mark Robinson beat Bloomberg’s billions to win NC’s second-highest office Shaun Donovan snubs ex-boss Mike Bloomberg in NYC mayoral bid rollout Dems should dump ‘defund the police’ slogan, new poll finds Former Big Apple mayor Mike Bloomberg urged President Biden to “stand up” to unions and tell teachers to “suck it up” and return to in-person learning, calling virtual learning “a disgrace.” The former candidate for president sounded off on teachers’ resistance to the push to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on the president to push the prioritization of children’s wellbeing. “It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and to say, the kids are the most important things, important players here,” Bloomberg said Wednesday on MSNBC. “And the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up...
    Ice Cube is reportedly going to meet with Joe Biden’s administration to further his Contract with Black Americans. The rapper and actor has been pushing a contract he developed with several experts asking for politicians to back changes to things like banking, policing and more that he believes will have a direct, immediate and positive impact on the Black community in America. Cube was previously criticized for working with the Trump administration but noted at the time that he plans to work with both sides of the aisle to push his agenda.  Cube sat down for an interview with Ryan Cameron for his radio show "Majic ATL" Wednesday where he revealed that the Biden administration made good on its promise to work with Cube after the election. Unfortunately, he didn’t have many details about the meeting as he and the White House are still in the planning stages. However, he...
    Washington — President Joe Biden is visiting the State Department on Thursday where he will deliver his inaugural foreign policy speech as president and address staff at the agency. The president and Vice President Kamala Harris are poised to make the short trip to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom just after 1 p.m. and will speak with department staff and meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who took the reins of the State Department last week, before delivering remarks.How to watch President Joe Biden speak at the State Department today What: President Joe Biden delivers foreign policy remarks at the Department of State Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 Time: 2:45 p.m. ET Location: The State Department Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device Mr. Biden was set to visit the State Department earlier...
    During a call with House Democrats on Wednesday, President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment to boosting the second round of stimulus checks to $2,000 by sending out $1,400 in direct payments to the majority of Americans, as reported by The Hill. Still, the president did express a willingness to potentially tighten restrictions on income eligibility for those receiving the checks. During the last round of coronavirus relief, which saw $600 checks sent out, individuals earning below $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000 were eligible for the full amount. “We can’t walk away from an additional $1,400 in direct checks that we proposed because the people need them,” Biden told the House Democrats, according to the report. “We can better target them, but I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people.” During his five-minute call with Democrats, Biden did not take questions but...
    Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) told Breitbart News exclusively that the Chinese Communist Party is “singing all the way to the bank” thanks to President Joe Biden’s various policies in his first two weeks in office. Hagerty, in an exclusive interview on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, said that Biden’s orders closing down the Keystone XL pipeline and shutting down leases for drilling on federal lands embolden China and undermine the United States. “Broadly look at what the Biden Administration is doing on energy,” Hagerty said. “By canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, Biden is giving a huge gift to China. Look at what it did to Canada. If Canada can’t move their oil through the XL pipeline, they’re going to sell it to China. Well, guess what? China now has a huge store of oil headed its way courtesy of the Biden administration. And this Paris Climate...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden saying that the 'vast majority' of FBI agents are 'decent, honorable people' after two were murdered during a child porn raid.  During Wednesday's press briefing, Psaki was asked twice about why Biden delineated in such a way during remarks he made Tuesday from the Oval Office.  'Because I think he believes that the men and women who have been serving our country in a variety of capacities have, you know, been criticized, been - some have been threatened, the roles they're playing have been questioned over the last several years,' Psaki responded on second asking. 'And he wanted to reiterate his support for the important work they do.'   White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden saying that the 'vast majority' of FBI agents are 'decent, honorable people,' with reporters asking why the president didn't say 'all' agents...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said at the start of his administration that family conflicts of interest would not be tolerated in his White House, but not two weeks into his presidency, his brother's actions as a part of his employment at a law firm in Florida are raising questions about how he'll implement that pledge. Francis "Frank" Biden, the President's brother, was hired as a non-attorney, senior adviser for Berman Law Group, a Boca Raton law firm in 2018. The firm frequently touts Frank Biden's ties to the President, featuring Frank and his family connections prominently on their website, in ads and on social media. As Frank Biden was with his brother in Washington for the inauguration last month, the firm placed a two-page "advertorial" in a local Florida newspaper emphasizing the shared values between "the two Biden brothers." With Frank Biden's image placed prominently in the center of the ad,...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday strongly condemned the idea that White House staff were preventing President Joe Biden from making concessions to Republicans on his coronavirus package. “There is no one who’s going to tell him what to do or hold him back,” she said. Senate Republicans expressed concerns about successfully reaching an agreement with the Biden White House, after meeting with the president Monday claiming his staff would prevent him from compromising. “The new president talks a lot about unity, but his White House staff and congressional leadership are working with a different playbook,” McConnell said Wednesday during his opening remarks in the Senate. But Psaki said any questions about whether there was any daylight between the president and his staff on the package price tag were “ludicrous.” During the 2020 presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump repeatedly questioned whether Biden had the ability to lead...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s respect for Space Force on Wednesday, after snubbing the military branch in a press briefing Tuesday. “They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration and we are not revisiting the decision to establish a Space Force,” Psaki said during the White House press briefing. Reading from her press briefing binder, Psaki cited bipartisan support and the military’s emphasis on space security and defense. She said President Biden would not attempt to end the Space Force, noting it would take an act of Congress to do so. “Thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force; As you know, it was established by Congress,” she said. Psaki’s comments marked a stark reversal after she mocked a question about the future of the military branch under President Biden. “Wow, Space Force. It’s the plane of today,” she replied...
    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.Wednesday, Feb. 3.Biden's COVID plan: President urges Democrats to take bold action, says GOP proposal too smallPresident Joe Biden told House Democrats on Wednesday he's "not married" to an absolute number on his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan but Congress needs to "act fast" on relief for the pandemic and the economic crisis. Biden also said he doesn't want to budge from his proposed $1,400 in direct payments that he said were promised to Americans.Democrats plan vote on ousting Marjorie Taylor Greene from panels as she...
    President Joe Biden will not dismantle Space Force, press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, one day after conservatives criticized her for laughing about it during a briefing.  'They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration,' Psaki said. 'And we are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force,' she told reporters Wednesday afternoon.  On Tuesday, Bloomberg's Josh Wingrove asked Psaki if the president had made a decision on whether he would keep Space Force, one of President Donald Trump's favorite legacy projects, which was formally established in December 2019.  Press secretary Jen Psaki walked back comments she made at Tuesday's briefing mocking the Space Force saying Wednesday that the military branch has the 'full support' of the Biden administration  After two powerful Republicans complained, press secretary Jen Psaki sent out a tweet Tuesday night inviting members of the Space Force to provide an update on...
    President Joe Biden promised in an interview released Wednesday that members of his family would not be involved with government or foreign policy decisions. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy,” Biden said in an interview with People magazine. The president pointedly noted that family members did not have an office at the White House either, presumably referring to former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner occupying offices in the West Wing during his presidency. “Nobody has an office in this place,” he said. Biden’s assertion was a repeat of his campaign promise to keep members of his family out of foreign business deals while he was in office. “No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a Cabinet member,...
    Republican Rep. Bryan Steil of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck about President Joe Biden ending the Keystone XL pipeline, unions regretting their decision to endorse Biden and more. “So frustrating that on day one of Joe Biden’s administration he came in and by the stroke of a pen, killed thousands of jobs across the United States. Hundreds of those jobs are from the state of Wisconsin,” Steil, who recently met with workers impacted by the president’s decision to cancel the pipeline permit, said. “Men and women were working on building private sector infrastructure for oil and gas here in the United States,” he said, “and they were laid off because Joe Biden, on day one, killed their job.” (RELATED: American Petroleum Institute: Biden Admin ‘Heading In The Wrong Direction’ With Recent Energy Order) Steil, who recently co-introduced the bill, “Keystone XL Pipeline...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks after signing an executive order related to American manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images President Joe Biden's coronavirus rescue plan, and two of its key economic provisions, have broad support as Democrats try to push it through Congress, a poll released Wednesday found. More than two-thirds, or 68%, of Americans support the $1.9 trillion package, the Quinnipiac University survey showed. Only 24% of respondents oppose the measure. The $1,400 direct payments in the plan, a key sticking point as lawmakers negotiate legislation, are more popular than the overall proposal. The poll found 78% of Americans support the stimulus checks, and 18% oppose them. Respondents also favor Biden's call for a $15 per hour federal minimum wage by a 61% to 36% margin, according to the survey....
    Seventy-one years ago, my grandmother was beaten, enslaved and nearly killed by the Chinese Communist Party. China continues to do the same thing today and America should offer its new victims refuge. Tension is already brewing between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. During last month’s Davos Agenda conference, Xi condemned the “arrogant isolationism” of the Trump era and cautioned that a “cold war, hot war, trade war, or tech war” would lead to “division and even confrontation.” This is the oldest play in China’s Communist handbook, which values economic and social power above all else. Biden’s next move should be a decisive one — a warm welcome for Hong Kongers, Uighurs, and Chinese political dissidents. A hateful revolution At its core, communism involves socio-economic restructuring. But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has always wanted more than command of resources and capital and, to that end, continues to pay a...
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden appeared on the cover of People magazine for their first interview since moving into the White House on January 20.  Excerpts and details from the interview began being released Wednesday, including that the Bidens brought a crib to the White House with them to accomodate baby Beau, Hunter Biden's infant son.   Additionally, CBS News announced that Biden would participate in his first television interview, with 'CBS Evening News' anchor Norah O'Donnell, which will be aired before Sunday night's Super Bowl.  First lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) got the People magazine cover treatment for their first print interview since moving into the White House on January 20  President Biden will participate in the pre-Super Bowl interview tradition, sitting down with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell (pictured) later this week. It will be his first TV interview since being sworn-in  With...
    Rep. Adam Schiff, who infuriated President Donald Trump during his first impeachment, is making a play to be named the next attorney general in California. Schiff built a national profile during committee hearings before Trump's impeachment, drawing regular Twitter attacks from Trump online, then serving as a House impeachment manager during the Senate trial. Now, the Democratic lawyer who represents a Los Angeles-based district is making a pitch to be appointed to become the state's top law enforcement officer, after the nomination of Xavier Becerra run the Department of Health and Human Services.   Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is lobbying to be appointed attorney general in California, a post that could also position him for a future statewide run for Senate Schiff has been taking his lobbying campaign to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Axios reported, in a move that would provide Schiff with statewide office and potentially position him to run...
    Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley warned President Joe Biden Wednesday that his pro-abortion policies are “an affront” to the “deeply held beliefs” of Americans. The Missouri Republican called on Biden to reconsider his decision to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prevents federal funds from going to abortions abroad. (RELATED: 77% Of Americans Oppose Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions Abroad, Poll Shows) “For millions of pro-life Missourians, and millions more pro-life and religious conservatives across the country, your administration’s effort to compel American taxpayers to fund foreign organizations working to snuff out the lives of unborn children around the world is an affront to their most deeply-held beliefs,” Hawley wrote in a letter to the new president. “Sadly, it provides further evidence that your appeals to unity were primarily words for a campaign – words that you appear to have little intention of putting into action,” he continued. WASHINGTON, DC –...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic."These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on," Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. "And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis."Cardona, 45, became Connecticut's state education chief in 2019 after spending years as a teacher and administrator in the public school district in Meriden, Connecticut, which he also attended as a child. If confirmed, he is expected to play a pivotal role in supporting schools as they recover from a crisis that has laid bare many of their shortcomings.In his testimony,...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden has insisted none of his family members will be involved in government decisions or have an office after Hunter's scandal. Joe Biden revealed his strict rules in his first interview as president, alongside his wife, First Lady Jill Biden. 8President opened up about his family in his first interview as presidentCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Joe Biden's comments followed questions on the Hunter Biden scandal - regarding the president's 50-year-old lawyer son, left, who struggled with a drug addictionCredit: Getty Images - Getty In the interview, which was published on Wednesday, Biden told the People magazine: "We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration. "No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. "And nobody has an office in this place. They always have access to Pop and Nana but nobody [will have an office]." President Biden...
    Joe Biden doubled down on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, reassuring Democrats he has their back as they lay the groundwork to muscle through the president's proposal without Republican support.  Biden called into the House Democratic Caucus weekly meeting on Wednesday morning, where he reassured his party a Republican proposal for $600 billion in relief is 'not even in the cards.'  'I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people,'  he said.  The president, in his five minute pep talk, told House Democrats to stick together. 'I have your back and you will have mine,' he said according to Politico.  He also vowed to boost stimulus checks to $2,000, by adding another $1,400 in direct payments as part of his relief measure.  Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Democratic senators on the COVID relief proposal later Wednesday in the Oval Office.   The...
    In an exclusive interview with Mediaite, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Joe Biden is the man for this moment, Jen Psaki is “killing it” as chief spokesperson, and making nice with Fox News is a fool’s errand. Carney — who is currently senior vice president of Global Corporate Affairs for Amazon — served as director of communications for then-Vice President Joe Biden before inheriting the podium in the Brady Briefing Room from Robert Gibbs in 2011. His tenure as President Barack Obama’s press secretary would be the longest of any chief spokesperson since the 90s, and overlapped with my own 9-year stint covering the White House. I reached out to Carney for his take on a Daily Beast report that falsely suggested that Psaki screens out tough questions, but we covered some other ground as well. For his part, Carney joined other current and...
    Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021. Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images Barack Obama says he didn't understand the hype surrounding Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day hair. Still, he said he feels his wife is "a fashion icon." Michelle attended the inauguration wearing a curled hairstyle and monochromatic outfit. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. People couldn't get enough of Michelle Obama's hair and outfit at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in January — but her husband Barack Obama didn't originally understand the hype. Last week, the former President joined Washington, DC-based MahoganyBooks and the Very Smart Brothas Book Club for a virtual chat. He shared a video of their call on Tuesday, which includes a clip of him discussing Michelle's recent ensemble after an attendee asked how he felt seeing his wife in her "inauguration drip" that "blew up Twitter." "I don't know...
    President Biden on Wednesday will talk with congressional Democrats to discuss his economic relief proposal as the party weighs how to push forward with the White House's $1.9 trillion package. Biden will call into the weekly House Democratic Caucus meeting at 9:45 a.m. The president will then host some Democratic senators in the Oval Office for a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Vice President Harris will join the meeting with Democratic senators, according to guidance sent out by the White House. Biden's outreach to Democrats comes two days after he met with 10 Republican senators in the Oval Office to discuss their $600 billion economic relief proposal. Biden has repeatedly expressed a desire to have bipartisan support, but he and other White House officials have signaled they are prepared to move on their original proposal with or without Republican votes. Senate Democrats took a first step on Tuesday toward passing a relief bill, even if no GOP...
    On Tuesday, President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined Democratic senators for a private virtual meeting, following their meeting on Monday with Republican lawmakers to discuss the GOP alternative to his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, as reported by the Associated Press. Biden and Yellen determined that the Republican bill and its price tag of $618 billion was too small to address the health and economic crises and called on the senators to continue their efforts to pass his legislation. With extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expiring in March, the Biden administration is under pressure to secure relief as soon as possible. Democrats took advantage of their Senate majority, voting 50-49 to begin the process of approving the $1.9 trillion bill without support from Republicans. Following the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed that the president called on him and his Senate colleagues to act...
    JOE Biden has paid tribute to fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed while responding to the riots in Washington DC less than four weeks ago. The President arrived late Tuesday night at the US Capitol, where the officer's remains are lying in honor in the building's famous Rotunda. 16The President and First Lady pay their respects to Brian Sicknick.Credit: AFP or licensors 16Lawmakers and police officers were invited to the memorial to pay their respects.Credit: Reuters 16Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attends a ceremony to pay respects to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick as he lies in honor at the U.S. Capitol on February 2, 2021 in Washington, DC.Credit: Getty - Pool 16An honor guard carries an urn with the cremated remains of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick into the U.S Capitol to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.Credit: AP:Associated...
    President Joe Biden and fist lady jill Biden traveled to Capitol Hill Tuesday evening to pay their respects to slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick died after sustaining injuries during the riots after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill on January 6 to protest the election. Sicknick is currently lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, an honor granted to him for helping defend the building during the riots. Sicknick, age 42 was a 12-year veteran of the Capitol Hill police force and died after he was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. Currently, no suspect has been publicly identified or accused of his death. The results of the medical examiner’s review have also not yet been publicly released Earlier in the evening, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other members of congressional leadership held a ceremonial arrival for Sicknick’s casket from...
    President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House late Tuesday evening to pay their respects to fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. President Biden arrived at the US Capitol to pay his respects to fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose remains are lying in honor in the Rotunda, less than four weeks after he died after responding to the riot that erupted in the building https://t.co/rpL6F4fPpn — CNN (@CNN) February 3, 2021 The president and first lady approached the table, where a folded flag was placed in Sicknick’s  honor. Sicknick was granted the honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda after he lost his life defending the Capitol from rioters Jan. 6. (RELATED: Psaki Says White House Is ‘Watching The Potential For Violence’ During Impeachment Defense) President Biden just arrived at the Capitol to pay respects to Brian Sicknick, the Capitol...
    JOE Biden has paid tribute to slain US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed while responding to the riots in Washington less than four weeks ago. The President arrived late Tuesday night at the US Capitol, where the fallen officer's remains are lying in honor in the building's famous Rotunda. 2The President and First Lady pay their respectsCredit: AFP or licensors 2Brian Sicknick was killed during the riotsCredit: Facebook House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that Sicknick - who died during the insurrection - would lie in honor under the historic dome. The ceremonial arrival began at 9.30 pm ET on Tuesday at the East Front of the Capitol, and was followed by a viewing period for members of the US Capitol Police, which is expected to continue overnight, CNN reports. Most read in NewsULTIMATE SACRIFICEMom 'murdered by hitmen after pretending...
    President Joe Biden is looking to surge the number of legal immigrants who become naturalized American citizens, and thus are eligible to vote, ahead of the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election. In an executive order on Tuesday, Biden ordered multiple federal agencies to work to boost the rates of legal immigrants becoming naturalized citizens. The order seeks to “eliminate barriers in and otherwise improve the existing naturalization process … [and] substantially reduce current naturalization processing times … [and] make the naturalization process more accessible to all eligible individuals, including through a potential reduction of the naturalization fee and restoration of the fee waiver process.” The order creates the “Interagency Working Group on Promoting Naturalization” that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Labor Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of House and Urban Development, the Department of Education, the Social Security Administration, and other federal agencies...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order that seeks to revamp welfare-dependent legal immigration to the United States by eliminating certain regulations and demanding a review of current enforcement practices. On Tuesday, Biden signed an order that revokes a crackdown on welfare-dependent legal immigration that sought to protect American taxpayers from being forced to foot the bill for federal benefits provided to foreign nationals seeking green cards. In May 2019, President Trump signed an order to enforce Clinton-era laws from 1996 that delegated all financial responsibility to a family member or business sponsor of a foreign national seeking a green card when they had previously used welfare programs. The order cut loose taxpayers from having to pay the cost. In addition, the order ensured that the income of a sponsor was taken into consideration when a foreign national seeking a green card was applying for various welfare benefits. Now, Biden...
    President Joe Biden expressed his sympathies for two FBI agents who were shot and killed in Florida on Monday. “Our hearts go out to the families of the FBI special agents, two of whom were killed, three of whom were injured today in Florida,” he said. Biden said that the FBI would continue to investigate the incident after two FBI agents were shot and killed in Sunrise, Florida, and three others were hurt while executing a search warrant on Tuesday morning. The president reminded Americans that the “vast majority” of FBI agents were good people. “Every single day, every single one of these folks get up, and by and large, the vast, vast majority of these men and women are decent honorable people that put their lives on the line and we owe them,” he said. Biden said he was briefed on the tragedy but said he would not try...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help prepare the U.S. territory for future hurricanes and other disasters, officials said Tuesday.The money assigned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would be used for infrastructure projects and economic development, among other things, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said.In addition, Puerto Rico now has access to $3.2 billion to continue rebuilding from hurricanes Irma and Maria, said Pierluisi, who praised the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden for acting quickly.Congress had assigned $67 billion to help with reconstruction efforts after the hurricanes devastated the island in September 2017, but of the $43 billion obligated, Puerto Rico has only received $18 billion amid concerns over how the money would be spent.Pres. Biden has signed 42 executive actions since his inaugurationEMBED More News Videos President Joe Biden is pledging to reopen most...
    President Joe Biden said Tuesday that there has been “a lot of talk, with good reason” about the high number of executive orders he has signed and added that he wasn’t “making new law,” but “eliminating bad policy.” Biden addressed the press in the Oval Office prior to signing three new executive orders geared towards rolling back immigration policies from former President Donald Trump’s administration. (RELATED: White House Press Secretary Accuses Washington Examiner Reporter Of Twisting Biden’s Words ‘Out Of Context’) “Today I’m going to sign a few executive orders to strengthen our immigration system, building on the executive actions I took on day one to protect dreamers and to end the Muslim ban and better manage our borders. And that’s what these three different executive orders are about,” Biden began. Biden has signed a record number of executive orders since taking office on Jan. 20, after he pledged...
    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.Tuesday, Feb. 2Biden administration moves to provide COVID-19 vaccine to pharmaciesPresident Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the...
    This New York Times headline, “Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid,” is a cause for celebration for Puerto Ricans on the island and here on the mainland, as well as their supporters. Since his inauguration just a few short weeks ago, President Joe Biden has been very busy cleaning up the massive messes left by the previous occupant of the Oval Office. One of the biggest piles of orange mierda left behind—and often overlooked in daily mainland media coverage—has been the ongoing and worsening situation for residents of Puerto Rico, who still have not recovered from the impact of Hurricane Maria over three years ago. The hurricane was followed by disastrous earthquakes and governmental upheavals. This was all worsened by the callous disregard and contempt for the island exhibited by a punitive POTUS whose paper towel-throwing episode became a meme as well as a stark exhibition of...
    During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that President Joe Biden “is totally on board with using reconciliation” to pass coronavirus relief and that using reconciliation “is what President Biden wants us to do, and that is what we’re doing.” Schumer said, “Joe Biden is totally on board with using reconciliation. I’ve been talking to him every day. Our staffs have been talking multiple times a day.” He later added, “Look, we’re moving forward under the reconciliation. That is what President Biden wants us to do, and that is what we’re doing.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    A woman with her child crosses the Rio Bravo, Mexico, to reach the United States surrender to border patrol agents and request asylum, on May 19, 2019.David Peinado/NurPhoto via Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President Joe Biden just signed an executive order forming a task force that will work to reunify the migrant families who were separated under the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy at the border—a first step to try to correct the irreparable damage done to those seeking refuge in the United States.  “With the first action today we’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families,” Biden said as he signed the executive order in the Oval Office....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Joe Biden expressed his condolences Tuesday evening for the loved ones of the two special FBI agents killed Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant. Here’s what the president had to say from the Oval Office: “Our hearts go out to the families of the special agents.” “I was briefed on this tragedy earlier today and I know the FBI is gathering info on what happened. I can only imagine how these families are feeling today.” The fallen federal agents were identified as Special Agent Daniel Alfin, 36, and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, 43. Special Agent Schwartzenberger had been with the FBI since 2005. She is survived by her husband and two children. Trending On CBSMiami.com Super Bowl LV Coverage To Leverage Innovative Technology In Broadcast ‘She’s Demeaning My Son’s Memory’: Linda Beigel Schulman, Mother Of Parkland Victim After Private Conversation With Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene...
    (CNN)For some politicians, being the fulcrum of nearly every hot-button issue would be hell. But for the Gentleman from West Virginia, I suspect it is almost heaven. Sen. Joe Manchin, widely viewed as the most conservative Democrat in the now 50-50 US Senate, has announced he will support the budget resolution on Covid-19 relief being introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. In so doing, Manchin has laid down a marker: he is with his party at the beginning of this process, but if the Democrats cannot bring some Republicans along by the end, they may not be able to count on him in the final vote.Manchin's insistence on moderation and bipartisanship is deeply felt, and Washington DC had better get used to it. They are going to see a lot of it in the next two years. 10 GOPers are throwing Biden a lifeline. He should take...
    Joe Biden told Republicans their $600 billion COVID relief plan was 'too small' as the Senate voted to proceed with a way to muscle through the president's trillion dollar proposal without GOP support. The motion passed 50-49 on a party line vote. Republican Senator Pat Toomey was absent, meaning Vice President Kamala Harris wasn't need to break a tie. Ahead of the vote, President Biden made a virtual appearance at Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon on Tuesday, where he revealed the details of his meeting with GOP senators the previous night. The ten lawmakers had proposed a compromise relief package that was one-third of the amount the president wanted. 'He said that he told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion dollars that they proposed was way too small,' Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch.  Schumer conceded there may have to be some compromise from Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal that...
    Pete Buttigieg was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to be President Joe Biden's Transportation secretary.  Buttigieg received overwhelming bipartisan support - with a vote of 86 to 13 - to become the nation's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet secretary.  He previously competed against Biden in last year's Democratic primaries, winning the Iowa caucuses, but dropping out and throwing his support behind the former vice president before the Super Tuesday contests in early March.   Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ran for the White House against now President Joe Biden in 2020, became the country's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member after a Senate confirmation vote Tuesday  A key ally to Biden's campaign, who helped with now Vice President Kamala Harris' debate prep, Buttigieg was reportedly being considered for a number of roles before Biden settled on Transportation head.    In mid-December, when Biden announced Buttigieg as his DOT pick, the...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to take a Cabinet post, tasked with advancing President Joe Biden's ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and fighting climate change.Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Biden's one-time rival during the Democratic presidential primaries, was approved on a 86-13 vote.Praised by Biden as bringing a "new voice" to the administration, Buttigieg takes over a Transportation Department with 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions of dollars. He has pledged to quickly get to work promoting safety and restoring consumer trust in America's transportation networks as airlines, buses, city subway systems and Amtrak reel from plummeting ridership in the coronavirus pandemic.SEE ALSO: President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, top-level appointeesEMBED More News Videos President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, top-level appointees (1 of 11) President-elect Joe Biden on...
    The Monday report from New York University that found no evidence of Big Tech bias against conservatives was funded by Craig Newmark, a donor to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, The Daily Caller reported. The study found that conservatives are promoting “political disinformation” by accusing technology companies of bias against their political ideology and called for Biden to establish a Digital Regulatory Agency. As noted by Axios, the study underlined the financial support it received from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, a private charitable foundation that provides financial support for anti-disinformation projects and journalism. While The Daily Caller admitted that the researchers noted Newmark’s financial support for the study, the publication underlined that they did not highlight his politics. Notably, Newmark donated $100,000 to the Biden Victory Fund — a political action committee linked to the Democrat’s successful presidential campaign. Elsewhere, he donated $35,500 to the Democratic National Committee in June. Before...
    President Joe Biden will sign three migration-related Executive Orders on Tuesday, including one directing deputies to consider offering legal entry to illegal immigrants who used their children to cross the border during President Donald Trump’s tenure, say press reports. The Washington Post reported statements made by officials to selected reporters Monday evening: Government officials said they had not settled on a single legal status that would be given to returning parents, adding that families could receive different visas or legal protections depending on their cases. The briefing was used to frame media coverage of the three orders that Biden will sign Tuesday. The New York Times outlined: Officials said that could include providing visas or other legal means of entry to parents who have been deported back to their home countries. Or it could involve sending children who are living in the United States back to those countries to be with...
    A Biden administration press secretary once wrote on Facebook that police officers are the 'largest threat to US national security', it has emerged.  Jalina Porter, the deputy spokesperson for secretary of state Antony Blinken, said in 2016 that cops posed a greater security threat than ISIS or Russian hackers.   Porter, who at the time worked for the left-leaning Truman National Security Project think-tank, wrote her Facebook post days after an unarmed black man was shot dead in Oklahoma after walking towards his SUV with his hands in the air.   'If y'all don't wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct,' she wrote in a post condemned by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on his show.  Jalina Porter (pictured), the deputy State Department spokesperson in the administration of President Biden, wrote in a 2016 Facebook post about...
    Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to examine his expected nomination to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington.Ken Cedeno | Reuters The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, handing the former presidential candidate a wide array of challenges — from President Joe Biden's environmental priorities to the Covid-19 pandemic. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, last week easily won approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, following a largely friendly hearing. He was quizzed on issues related to Covid-19, much-needed infrastructure improvement and strengthening the powers of the Federal Aviation Administration if he took the reins of the 55,000-person DOT. In its first two weeks, the Biden administration has already taken a hard line on transportation measures that aim to curb the spread of Covid-19. Biden extended an entry ban on most non-U.S. citizens who have...
    Musician Dolly Parton said she’s not sure she would accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. Parton revealed former President Donald Trump’s administration had extended the award to her twice, but personal circumstances kept her from accepting the award during an interview Tuesday on the “Today” show. Co-host Jenna Bush Hager brought up that former President Barack Obama said his “biggest mistake” in office was not awarding Parton the medal. Dolly Parton says she turned down Presidential Medal of Freedom offer from Trump WH twice; “I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID” https://t.co/mWVibfixAK — Catherine Rampell (@crampell) February 2, 2021 “He said, he’s going to call his friend Joe,” Hager said. “Have you heard from Joe, otherwise known as President Biden?” (RELATED: Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Won’t Accept...
    More On: tariffs US to raise tariffs on French and German wines Trump says he will keep tariffs against China if elected to second term Maine lobsterman trawls support for Trump at RNC after EU tariffs lift China confirms talks to review trade deal with US will happen President Joe Biden will keep in place the Trump administration’s aluminum tariffs on the United Arab Emirates, after initially reversing the policy. In a proclamation issued Monday, the 46th commander in chief explained that he would maintain the 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports, which were first imposed by the Trump administration in March 2018. As he traveled on Air Force One from Washington to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Inauguration Day, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation exempting the UAE from the duty he had imposed three years earlier. The decision, Trump said at the time, came as a...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden has sign more than a dozen executive orders since taking office on January 20. To date, President Biden has signed a record 25 executive orders within his two weeks in office, the most by a new president in modern US history. 5Joe BidenCredit: AFP or licensors What executive orders are Biden signing today? On February 2, 2021, President Biden will sign executive orders to launch a task force to reunite families separated at the border under Donald Trump administration. Biden's latest executive orders will also begin a review of a Trump-era program that has forced tens of thousands of people to remain in Mexico while their asylum cases are processed. Biden's actions are part of his latest effort to undo former President Trump's immigration legacy and offer a sharp change on the issue. 5Joe Biden has signed a record 25 executive orders during his first two weeks...
    President Joe Biden is expected to OK the entry of tens of thousands of foreign graduates to fill the Fortune 500 jobs needed by his college voters when he ends President Donald Trump’s June 2020 migration curbs. On Tuesday, Biden is expected to sign executive orders that will “rescind the Trump proclamations that precluded the admission of immigrants and non-immigrants either deemed to be a financial burden on our health care system or deemed to present a risk to U.S. labor markets,” a Biden deputy said, according to a January 29 report by CBS. Government data shows that CEOs already employ at least one million non-immigrant contract workers in white-collar jobs. Trump blocked the arrival of temporary contract workers in June and September, saying the curbs would help American graduates get jobs: the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security reviewed nonimmigrant programs and found that the present admission...
    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia If there's one lesson most Democrats took away from the economic crisis at the outset of Barack Obama's presidency, it's that letting Republicans dictate your stimulus response is a good way to hamstring an economic recovery and delay the relief people urgently need. That was the sentiment White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed Monday in describing President Biden's concerns about the rescue package.  "The risk is not that it is too big, this package," Psaki explained, "the risk is that it is too small." And it was a sentiment echoed by West Virginia's Republican governor Monday on CNN. "If we throw away some money right now, so what!?” said Gov. Jim Justice, a former Democrat who flipped allegiances in 2017. "We have really got to move and get people taken care of, and get people back on balance," Justice added, noting the magnitude...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A new order mandating all passengers traveling in the U.S. by plane, train, bus or other public transportation to wear a mask took effect Tuesday morning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on Friday that requires all travelers to wear a mask when on a plane, train, bus, ferry, subway, taxi or rideshare within the U.S. Masks will also be required when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub. Travelers wearing face masks push luggage carts on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. – President Joe Biden will re-impose a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said, as the new administration...
    On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will sign three executive orders focused on the issue of immigration. These include reuniting families that were separated after crossing the U.S. border, address shortcomings in the current asylum system and conduct a review on changes made to the legal immigration system during the Trump administration, as reported by CNN. The orders seek to rectify the previous president’s hardline stance on immigration, but will not provide an overnight solution. Biden is expected to continue issuing executive orders on the issue as reviews are completed and his immigration agenda develops. The most notable of the executive actions is the creation of a task force to begin the process of reunification for children in the United States and their parents who have been deported without them. Details of how this will be done have not yet been revealed, and a lack of records is likely to prevent...
    President Joe Biden met with ten Republican senators at the White House on Monday to discuss a bipartisan coronavirus relief package. “Thanks for coming down. I’m anxious for us to talk. See what we can do,” Biden told the group of senators at the top of the meeting on Monday evening. The group of ten senators included Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Todd Young, Jerry Moran, and Thom Tillis. Sen. Mike Rounds participated in the meeting via phone. The president and senators met in the Oval Office for about two hours. “We have just had a very productive, cordial two-hour meeting,” Sen. Collins said to reporters after the meeting. Collins said they discussed their proposed $618 billion coronavirus relief package and that Biden detailed his own $1.9 trillion plan, but they did not reach a deal. “I wouldn’t say that we...
    Comedians and network television shows are afraid to attack high-ranking Democrats such as President Joe Biden or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for fear of being "canceled," according to Adam Carolla. Host of "The Adam Carolla Show" podcast, the nationally known comedian said Monday, shows such as "Saturday Night Live" were "scared" to make fun of Democrats. "SNL" aired Saturday for the first time since Biden took office and mostly avoided the new administration. Instead, the sketch-comedy show did bits celebrating Georgia becoming a blue state, and criticizing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. It also took aim at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and his efforts to fight the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. "Honestly, I get what there is to hate about Donald Trump," Carolla told Fox News. "What is there to love about Joe Biden? Thats the bigger question if youre SNL. OK, you hated Trump, fine....
    CNN’s John King criticized the White House on Monday over its undercutting of West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin after Vice President Kamala Harris gave an interview to a local TV station in his home state without notifying him. King appeared alongside host Anderson Cooper and White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins on “Anderson Cooper 360” to discuss the bipartisan negotiations over President Joe Biden’s proposed coronavirus relief package. Cooper brought up that Manchin was “frustrated” over the interview that Harris gave to push “for the larger stimulus plan” and asked King if he knew where Manchin stands on the $1.9 trillion proposal. (RELATED: ‘Stupid Politics’: Meghan McCain And Joy Behar Agree That Moving On West Virginia Without Manchin Was A Fumble For Kamala Harris) “He has said he would like a smaller package. He has said he thinks $1.9 trillion is too much,” King responded. “He thinks so far...
    CHRONICLE – The presence of a Taiwanese delegate at Joe Biden’s inauguration has angered China, which has made it a priority to return to the island. Among President Biden’s official guests at the inauguration on January 20 was the representative of Formosa Island in Washington. He is not an ambassador because, since 1979, the United States has only recognized China diplomatically. For the first time in 40 years, Taiwan’s delegate to this important event – a remarkably well – functioning democracy of 23 million people. This symbolic gesture greatly annoyed Beijing’s communist leaders, for whom the return of the motherland to the fold signifies one of the five “main interests” of China, control of Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong, and the South China Sea. This is in addition to the recent gesture of the Secretary of State in the Trump administration, a circular signed on January 11 repealing all restrictions...
    Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Kamala Harris’ 21-year-old stepdaughter were just handed the keys to the celebrity kingdom of wealth, fame, and privilege.  I’m sure all this success is based on personable merit and has nothing to do with bribery or kickbacks or favor-seeking. As I mentioned last week, there are all kinds of ways to legalize bribes and payoffs aimed at America’s establishment elite. Exorbitant speaking fees and exorbitant books deals are just two of them. Another way to legally funnel your bribes and payoffs and favor-seeking is through the children of establishment elites. Take for instance His Fraudulency, Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who is now an artist. The 51-year-old is already dealing with a federal probe into his business dealings, but when your daddy is the new president and the establishment media are so thoroughly corrupted they’re eager to look the other way, look at what you can...
    Two GOP Senators from opposite ends of the GOP political spectrum are urging President Joe Biden and his staff to preserve the job-protecting, life-protecting “Remain in Mexico” program. Biden is expected to sign an executive order, likely on Tuesday, that ends the negotiated program with Mexico. The program was designed to deter economic migrants and their families by denying them entry to U.S. jobs until they win their U.S .court claims for asylum. If the program is ended and the border is reopened to job-seeking migrants, more poor migrants will enter the federal de-facto “Hunger Games” international obstacle course. That obstacle course lets winners get jobs in the United States — if they survive the trek. The program, which is also titled the Migrant Protection Protocols, slashed the cross-border flow from 140,000 in May 2019 to 17,000 in April 2020. That huge success has enraged migration advocates, who are now...
    After four years of mocking President Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live apparently could not find anything funny to say about Joe Biden, and ignored the president when the NBC sketch comedy show returned this weekend. This isn’t to say that the long-running comedy series skipped politics altogether. With guest star John Krasinski, the show did feature an attack on newly elected Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene with its cold open. And political topics including Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Tom Brady, and the Capitol chaos were also seen during the show’s “Weekend Update” faux news segment. “Honestly, I get what there is to hate about Donald Trump,” actor-comedian Adam Carolla said on Fox News on Monday “What is there to love about Joe Biden? That’s the bigger question if you’re SNL. OK, you hated Trump, fine. Why do you love Joe Biden? There’s nothing to love about Joe Biden, unless you’re scared...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Joe Biden supported Twitter’s effort to “reduce hate speech” after they banned President Donald Trump on their platform. Psaki said that decisions on censorship and banning individuals from Twitter was “a decision made by Twitter.” “We’ve certainly spoken to, and he’s spoken to for the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech, but we don’t have more for you on it than that,” she said. Psaki said that Biden and the White House did not miss the former president’s frequent criticisms on social media. “This may be hard to believe. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here — former President Trump — to be very clear,” Psaki said. Psaki responded to a question from a reporter who asked her if Trump’s absence on social media made...
    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer introduced their budget proposal on Monday that also will pave the way for Joe Biden to pass his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan without any Republican support.  The Democratic congressional leaders dropped their plan an hour before Biden was to meet with Republican senators at the White House to discuss a compromise proposal from the GOP - one that is considerably less than the president's, clocking in at $600 billion for coronavirus relief.   Pelosi and Schumer's resolution contains a provision for a process called 'reconciliation' - a legislative procedure that allows them to prevent the use of the filibuster in the Senate and lets the legislation pass with a simply majority of 51 votes.  With an even 50-50 split in the upper chamber and Vice President Kamala Harris the tie breaker, Biden would be able to get his $1.9 trillion plan without any Republicans on board.  Republicans...
    President Joe Biden would like the extra fencing erected around the White House for inauguration festivities to come down as soon as possible, the administration said Monday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris would like to see the seven-foot tall, anti-climbing fence come down when 'it makes sense from an overall security standpoint.'  'Our goal, the President and the Vice President's goal is for the Secret Service to adjust the perimeter as soon as it makes sense from an overall security standpoint, so we're working closely with them on that,' she said.  A white security barrier - installed ahead of Inauguration Day - is visible at the White House The extra anti-climbing fencing was put in place around the White House perimeter ahead of Inauguration Day and remains standing National Guards member walk along...
    The Biden administration is reviewing whether to take away the ability of former President Donald Trump to receive classified security briefings as the former president in the wake of the Capitol riot. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki punted on the question when asked about a topic that also came up during the transition – but also confirmed Monday the administration was reviewing the matter. 'This is a good question,' said Psaki. 'It's something that's obviously under review.'  HE'S BEEN BRIEFED: The Biden administration is reviewing the policy where former President Trump has access to classified information and briefings  The review comes as Trump critics demand he be forced to relinquish some of the perks of power that follow a president even after he leaves office. Former presidents get classified briefings by tradition – although not at the very highest levels reserved for the current officeholder.  In Trump's case, the...
    President Biden's younger brother, Frank Biden, reportedly has ties to a consulting company that tried to lobby the Obama administration on behalf of an oil corporation in 2016. Frank Biden worked for Delmarva, which contacted the lobbying business Cassidy & Associates to represent Chesapeake Petroleum and Supply in an attempt to influence the Congress and the Defense Department, while Joe Biden served as vice president, CNBC reported on Monday. The president's brother indicated that he worked for Delmarva, which has since gone under, in 2015 but denied having an extensive role in the company. Joseph Abruzzo, the owner of the business, claims Frank Biden didn't have a formal position until Joe Biden left office. “I provided advice and counsel based on my business experience. I had very limited engagement with Delmarva,” Frank Biden told CNBC. Abruzzo said, “Frank Biden and I began planning the business in 2015 and...
    CNN analyst Gloria Borger on Monday compared President Joe Biden to the late President Ronald Reagan for his approach to stimulus negotiations. “I think they’re making a really big bet here,” Borger said in reference to Biden’s team. “The big bet is that this covid relief package is going to be more popular with the country, including Republicans … than it probably will be with Republicans in the Congress.” Biden and congressional Democrats are seeking to pass a $1.9 trillion plan aimed at economic stimulus related to Covid-19. Republicans in Congress on Sunday proposed a plan worth just $600 billion, with direct payments of $1,000. White House press secretary Jen Psaki “was very careful” at a Monday press conference in “talking about, sort of, unity and bipartisanship,” Borger said, noting that polling showed around 70 percent of Americans support a stimulus proposal that would offer $1,400 stimulus payments to individual...
    Comedian Adam Carolla said Monday that shows like "Saturday Night Live" were "scared" to attack Democrats like President Joe Biden or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for fear of being "cancelled." In the first episode since Biden took office, the sketch comedy show largely skipped his administration, instead doing segments or bits celebrating Georgia turning blue, skewering controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and even rehashing the 2017 assault of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. "Honestly, I get what there is to hate about Donald Trump," Carolla said on "America's Newsroom." "What is there to love about Joe Biden? That's the bigger question if you're SNL. OK, you hated Trump, fine. Why do you love Joe Biden? There's nothing to love about Joe Biden, unless you're scared of being cancelled, and the fact that this cancel culture has drifted over to comedy is absolutely insane." 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' CRITICS SAY SHOW AVOIDED...
    (CNN)Joe Biden is trying to make the presidency great again.The new commander-in-chief is adopting many of the customs of the job that were trashed by Donald Trump. He is more remote than his predecessor, usually appearing in scripted political events designed to sell his agenda and portray him as turning a crisis-plagued nation around. You rarely hear from him out of work hours -- he's been largely invisible on his two weekends in the White House so far, venturing out only to go to Mass. There is certainly none of the Twitter haranguing that Trump used to barge his way into the spotlight when he wasn't on TV. And to be honest the new President's tweets are rather dull -- underscoring his belief that the presidency is a crucial job and not a game show.Biden has also made an effort to stay within the guard rails of the presidency; though...
    They can’t quit the grift. No sooner had Joe Biden won the White House than his family went back to trying to make a buck off his name.  The latest sordid example involves one of Joe’s younger brothers, Frank Biden, appearing in a Florida law firm’s ad – on Inauguration Day no less. The ad used the president’s name to draw attention to the Berman Law Group’s class-action suit against sugar cane growers. "The two Biden brothers have long held a commitment to pushing environmental issues to the forefront," says the ad. "The president-elect has vowed to rejoin the Paris Agreement and wants to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets." SALLY PIPES: BIDEN'S HEALTH CARE PLANS – THIS IS WHAT AMERICANS CAN EXPECT FROM DEMOCRATS The ad, first reported by CNBC, appeared in the Daily Business Review and carried a picture of Frank Biden and quotes him saying, "My brother is a model for how...
    President Joe Biden canceled his planned speech to the State Department on Monday after the Washington, DC, area received two inches of snow. Biden was scheduled to address State Department staff with his Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A White House official informed reporters Monday morning the speech was “rescheduled due to inclement weather.” The State Department is less than a mile from the White House, but the officials indicated Biden’s speech was postponed until the commute for government employees was safer. “He looks forward to visiting later this week when the agency’s staff and diplomats can more safely commute to attend,” the official said about Biden’s plans. The Washington, DC, region experienced between two and four inches of snow with additional cover or a wintery mix forecast to fall in the afternoon. The Senate also canceled a vote to confirm Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, postponing it for...
    Anita Dunn, an adviser to President Joe Biden, believes Democrats can reach bipartisan goals without working with GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate. CNN ran an analysis on Biden’s “rare opportunity for early success” in the first days of his administration on Sunday, citing the “emerging alignment of forces holds the promise of two giant early legislative breakthroughs” in the form of economic and coronavirus relief legislation. Dunn appears to agree that the administration is in a position to score political victories but, per her own words, does not believe it will be entirely necessary for the administration to work with Republican lawmakers to achieve bipartisan goals. “He’s facing the deepest problems but the biggest opportunities of any president probably since FDR,” Dunn said of the 78-year-old president. “Even with narrow majorities in Congress, he has the opportunity to build broad bipartisan support for his program — not necessarily...
    Francis W. "Frank" Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden, talks about a white powder scare that took place at his Ocean Ridge, Florida home.Joe Cavaretta | Sun Sentinel | Tribune News Service | Getty Images President Joe Biden's younger brother Frank Biden worked with a small consulting firm that was involved with federal lobbying on behalf of an oil distribution company, during the last year of the Obama administration. The consulting company, little-known Delmarva Group, turned to the lobbying shop Cassidy & Associates to represent Maryland-based Chesapeake Petroleum and Supply in targeting congressional lawmakers and the Defense Department in 2016, as Joe Biden was in the final months of his second term as vice president. The development marks the latest instance of how Frank Biden's business ties sometimes have coincided with his older brother's time in office. Last week, CNBC reported that Frank Biden touted his...
    In a rare moment of agreement, Meghan McCain and Joy Behar both argued Monday that Vice President Kamala Harris should have reached out to Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin before doing local interviews in his state. McCain and Behar, noting just how powerful a moderate Democrat like Manchin was in a 50/50 Senate, said that Harris would have been wise to at least discuss the topic with Manchin before going ahead with the interview. Cohosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin disagreed. (RELATED: ‘You Are Joe Biden And You’re Losing The New York Times’: Meghan McCain Says It’s Time For Biden To Work ‘With The Other Side’) WATCH: Manchin responded to the interview, during which Harris touted the Biden administration’s proposed American Rescue Plan for coronavirus relief, by saying that it was not the way to promote bipartisan solutions. Manchin has voiced concerns about the size of the Democrats’...
    (CNN)There's a golden rule in politics: Don't mess with a member in his or her home state unless you want trouble.Which is why it's more than a little perplexing that Vice President Kamala Harris gave an interview to a local West Virginia TV station late last week expressly designed to put pressure on West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) to support the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan."To your point in West Virginia, one in seven families is describing their household as being hungry, one in six can't pay their rent, and one in four small businesses are closing permanently or have already closed, so it's a big issue in West Virginia and across the country," Harris told WSAZ. "And that's why the president and I are offering the American Rescue Plan."Which -- BREAKING NEWS! -- Manchin didn't like. "I saw [the interview], I couldn't believe it. No one...
    In a Monday interview with FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer revealed there are five members of President Joe Biden’s family that “have cashed in” on the president’s career. This comes in response to reports that Frank Biden, Joe’s brother, was warned for touting his relationship with the president in an ad on Inauguration Day. Schweizer advised that the “Biden Five” have been cashing in on the Biden name “for 45 years.” He went on to warn it will continue to take place because “they have never been held to account.” “It smells kind of bad because it is kind of bad,” Schweizer stated. “A lot of people are familiar with the Hunter Biden story. The problem goes much deeper than that. This is a pattern within the Biden family. I call them the ‘Biden Five’ because there are five family members who have cashed in on Joe...
    President Joe Biden will meet with ten Senate Republicans on Monday to discuss a bipartisan coronavirus rescue package. The group of ten senators includes Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Todd Young, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, and Thom Tillis. The White House confirmed Sunday that Biden spoke with Collins and invited the group to a meeting at the White House “for a full exchange of views.” The proposed Republican relief bill is only $618 billion with $1,000 personal direct payment relief checks and includes stricter income caps for individual recipients. It also lacks direct bailouts for cities and states. “We appreciate the President’s quick response to our letter, and we are pleased to accept his invitation to the White House tomorrow afternoon to discuss the path forward for the sixth bipartisan COVID-19 relief package,” the group of ten senators wrote in a...
    Queen Elizabeth II will welcome President Biden to Buckingham Palace when Britain hosts the G7 summit in June, according to a report. Her royal highness will be joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, when she welcomes the US commander-in-chief for a “soft power” reception, the Sunday Times reported . Biden and her majesty will also meet one-on-one during the gathering, which other G7 leaders have also been invited to, according to the report. “There is a desire from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to have a very strong royal presence before G7 events, and all senior members of the royal family will be part of what happens,” a senior royal source told The Times. Buckingham Palace declined to comment for the report. The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s...
    "Saturday Night Live" returned from its winter break with a slightly different approach to covering politics that many viewers immediately noticed. After spending four years relentlessly mocking Donald Trump each week, the popular NBC sketch show did not open with an impersonation of President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris. That’s not to say that the episode shied away from politics. Its cold open skewered Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Brady while the show’s "Weekend Update" segment commented on the riot at the U.S. Capitol. The show had a lot of ground to cover after being off during an eventful time in U.S. politics. January alone included the riots, a historic second impeachment of Trump and the GameStop surge that's thrown Wall Street through a loop. Still, despite the inauguration and Biden’s first week in office also happening during the show’s break, many critics of the show...
    President Joe Biden will meet with 10 Republican senators on Monday after they unveiled an alternative coronavirus relief bill and expressed a willingness to negotiate a bipartisan deal, as reported by the Associated Press. Speaking on Sunday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that Biden had extended an invitation to the group “a full exchange of views,” while speaking to Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Before the Republican intervention, Democratic lawmakers planned to begin efforts to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill without GOP support. The effort by the 10 Republicans would allow it to reach the supermajority requirement of the Senate with 60 votes, but would mean the scaling down of the relief to about one-third of its spending. Psaki said Biden had also spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who are facing pressure from more liberal lawmakers to not compromise when...
    (CNN) — El presidente de EE.UU., Joe Biden, planea pronunciar este lunes su discurso de política exterior más sustantivo desde que asumió la presidencia, según un alto funcionario de la administración. Esto representa su primer intento de alejarse del enfoque de «Estados Unidos primero» de su predecesor hacia el mundo. El discurso de Biden se centrará en el tema de «restaurar el lugar de Estados Unidos en el mundo», una de sus promesas centrales de campaña, y coincidirá con su primer viaje a una agencia del gabinete. El presidente planea visitar el Departamento de Estado para reunirse con el secretario recién instalado Antony Blinken, dijo el viernes la secretaria de prensa Jen Psaki. Lo que Biden calló durante la llamada con López Obrador y por qué Realizar su primera parada allí, en lugar del Pentágono o la CIA, tiene el objetivo de subrayar el enfoque renovado de Biden en reparar...
    Joe Biden’s administration should file a lawsuit against Donald Trump and force him to cover the costs of cleaning up the U.S. Capitol after his supporters attacked it earlier in the month, a law professor says. Alan B. Morrison, the associate dean at George Washington University Law School, wrote in a column for USA Today that the new administration should hold the former president personally responsible for the attack that led to the deaths of five people and caused extensive in and around the historic building. He noted that while investigations into the attackers are still ongoing, Biden’s administration should move quickly to recover the millions of dollars that will be needed in cleanup and restoration costs. Morrison noted that Trump spoke to a large crowd at a rally just before the attack, telling them that he would march with them to the Capitol and imploring them to show strength....
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin appeared to be unpleased with an interview Vice President Kamala Harris gave to a local TV network in West Virginia, claiming the White House never notified him. Manchin, a key swing vote for Democrats’ fragile majority in the Senate, told NBC affiliate WSAZ Friday that the vice president’s interview was “not a way of working together,” adding President Joe Biden’s administration needs to look for a more “bipartisan pathway forward.” “I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me,” Manchin told WSAZ. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.” (RELATED: Joe Manchin Pans Impeachment, Says The Votes Just Aren’t There) In the interview, Harris advocated for the president’s latest coronavirus relief proposal, called the American Rescue Plan. WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 09: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)...
    More On: keystone xl pipeline Biden’s climate executive orders devastated these US workers in a day Joe Biden declares war on American jobs with far-left climate plan Biden to announce wide-ranging moratorium on new oil, gas leases Biden signals unilateralism and other commentary The Issue: President Joe Biden’s executive order withdrawing approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. There is absolutely no justification for shutting down the Keystone pipeline from Canada to the United States (“Green & ‘mean,’ ” Jan. 29). Doing so kills thousands of jobs directly related to the construction of the pipeline itself, as well as along its path. And the pipeline reduces dependence on unfriendly countries. Despicably, the justification for the signing of this executive order, like most of the others, is the vindictive undoing of the previous administration’s accomplishments. Gary Fleming, Wayne, NJ After President Donald Trump’s job-creating administration created the lowest unemployment numbers for...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock Biden wants Democrats to keep Trump trial short Joe Manchin could show the Senate a better way forward MORE (D), a key swing vote in the Senate, expressed frustration on Friday about an interview Vice President Harris gave to a TV station in the state and said that the White House had not notified him beforehand. Speaking with NBC affiliate WSAZ, the centrist Democrat said that the vice president's interview was "not a way of working together," and called on the White House to help find a "bipartisan pathway forward." “I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me [about it],” Manchin said, according to WSAZ. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.”...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden's relatives began cashing in on his name on Inauguration Day with ads and questionable business dealings. The president's brother, Frank Biden, reportedly appeared in a Florida lawsuit's ad that used the presidency to bring attention to their class action lawsuit. 4The president's brother appeared in an ad on Inauguration DayCredit: AFP 4Frank Biden works as an advisor to a Florida law firmCredit: Getty Images - Getty "The two Biden brothers have long held a commitment to pushing environmental issues to the forefront," the ad for Berman Law Group says. "The president-elect has vowed to rejoin the Paris Agreement and wants to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets." The ad appeared in the Daily Business Review on the day of Biden's inauguration, and featured a picture of Frank, along with quotes regarding his relationship with his brother. The ad focuses on a lawsuit the firm, which Frank...
    Saturday Night Live completely avoided parodying Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in its first episode since the pair were sworn into office.  Hosted by John Krasinki, the first SNL of 2021 managed to not feature either the president or vice president in its skits.  Instead it featured special 'appearances' from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Brady.  The move was blasted online by some viewers who described the show as a 'snoozefest' which is 'too scared of getting canceled'.  Others noted how Donald Trump had been the butt of their jokes for the past four years.   Saturday Night Live completely avoided parodying Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in its first episode since the pair were sworn into office. Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris and Jim Carrey as Joe Biden on SNL last October  Hosted by John Krasinki, the first SNL of 2021 managed to not feature either the president...
    FOX News host Steve Hilton has blasted Joe Biden for pushing “hugely divisive wokery” from his first day in the White House. Hilton has also accused the new President of failing to reach out to the 74 million American’s who voted for Donald Trump. 2Joe Biden signing an executive order in the White House Credit: AFP or licensors 2Steve Hilton is a Fox News host and former aide to David CameronCredit: Getty Images - Getty Biden called for unity in his inaugural address but has been accused of erasing women with an executive order critics say forces schools to include transgender athletes in women’s sports.  Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Hilton, a former aide to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, said the President was pursuing a divisive agenda “Instead of taking steps to unify the country, Biden pushed forward with hugely divisive wokery from the very first day, forcing schools...
    Texas is preparing to launch several legal battles against Joe Biden for his current and future climate initiatives, which Governor Greg Abbott claims are 'hostile' and 'job killers.' The Republican governor signed an executive order Thursday directing Texas' state agencies to 'use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatened the continued strength and vitality of the emergency industry.' 'Each state agency should work to identify potential litigation, notice-and-comment opportunities, and any other means of preventing federal overreach within the law,' Abbott included in the announcement of his executive order. The order from the Lone Star State's Republican leader came after Biden's climate czar John Kerry said blue collar energy workers were fed lies that environmental protections would come at a cost to their jobs and livelihoods. 'They've been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense,' Kerry said during a...
    U.S. President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London before a summit of the G7 big economies in June. The Sunday Times newspaper reports the president, in what will be his first international visit, will be amongst other world leaders to meet the monarch in the capital before a summit of the G7 big economies. Describing it as a “soft power” reception, the Times said the Queen would be joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The palace declined to confirm or deny the report, according to the Reuters news agency. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has also written to Biden inviting him to Westminister to visit parliament Earlier this month Britain announced plans to hold the first in-person summit of the G7 for nearly two years in June...
    If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday. Joe Biden’s royal appointment Joe Biden will meet the queen and other royals this summer, and we’re betting they’re looking forward to it way, way more than when the bombastic House of Trump descended on Buckingham Palace in June 2019. READ THIS LIST Capitol Riots Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel Beast Inside Crossword Newsletters About Contact Tips Jobs Advertise Help Privacy Code of Ethics & Standards Diversity Terms & Conditions Copyright & Trademark Sitemap Coupons © 2021 The Daily Beast Company LLC
    More from: Michael Goodwin Impeaching Trump gets more divisive by the minute: Goodwin Joe Biden’s far-left ‘unity’ will divide us: Goodwin Mitch McConnells betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin Welcome to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumers new abnormal: Goodwin Dems want to bring down anyone who ever backed Trump: Goodwin They can’t quit the grift. No sooner had Joe Biden won the White House than his family went back to trying to make a buck off his name.  The latest sordid example involves one of Joe’s younger brothers, Frank Biden, appearing in a Florida law firm’s ad — on Inauguration Day no less. The ad used the president’s name to draw attention to the Berman Law Group’s class-action suit against sugar cane growers. “The two Biden brothers have long held a commitment to pushing environmental issues to the forefront,” says the ad. “The president-elect has vowed to rejoin the Paris...