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    President Joe Biden’s administration is backtracking on its school reopening goals, but the scientific consensus on the subject continues to mount on the side of getting kids back in the classroom. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published a report affirming that the risk of COVID-19 spread in reopened schools is minimal, but several of the nation’s top teachers’ unions are still resisting a return to in-person instruction. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission,” the CDC experts wrote. Despite that fact, the Biden administration clarified this week that its goal of reopening most schools within 100 days simply meant having at least 50% of schools open “at least one day per week.” American schools are currently already exceeding both of these thresholds. New: Even before White House debuts school reopening guidance, ~64% of K-8 students nationwide are already back...
    Asylum seeking families stuck south of the border amid the pandemic. Ross D. Franklin/AP 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.On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden Administration will continue to expel asylum seekers under a Trump-era policy that effectively had shut down the southern border. “Due to the pandemic and the fact that we have not had time as an administration to put in place a humane, comprehensive process for processing individuals who are coming to the border,” Psaki said, “now is not the time to come.” She added that processing asylum seekers will not occur immediately and the “vast majority of people will be turned away.”  For months immigration lawyers and advocates have condemned and fought the summary expulsions that were taking place under an order...
    A federal government plan to ban tens of thousands of foreign workers from U.S. employment has been killed by the administration of President Joe Biden, according to the White House regulatory agenda. The plan, initially proposed as a federal regulation during former President Donald Trump’s first year in office, would have stripped the right to work from the spouses of H-1B visa holders on track for a green card. “This is a huge sigh of relief for tens of thousands of H-1B workers and their family members,” said Sarah Pierce, an immigration policy analyst at the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute. “These families have lived for four years with constant threat of having their ability to make a living revoked.” An estimated 100,000 foreign citizens, mostly Indian women and many living in the Bay Area, would have been affected by the rule. A number of H-4 visa holders described their predicaments...
    President Biden revealed Wednesday that the Department of Defense has established a wide-ranging task force that will conduct a strategic review of his administration’s strategy toward China amid mounting tensions in the Pacific. Newly appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other senior military officials briefed Biden on the task force’s structure and goals during his first visit to the Pentagon. Biden said the task force will provide recommendations to Austin "within the next few months" on how best to "chart a strong path forward on China-related matters." "It will require a whole government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress and strong alliances and partnerships," Biden said at a press conference. "That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future." NUCLEAR WAR WITH CHINA OR RUSSIA A 'REAL POSSIBILITY,' STRATCOM COMMANDER SAYS VideoThe task force will consist of 15 civilian and military officials...
    President Biden was widely panned by conservatives in response to news that his administration is weighing possible domestic travel restrictions on Florida in fear of the coronavirus. “This is nothing short of political payback and tyranny towards a state with exceptional leadership and a common-sense, scientific approach to COVID-19,” Republican Rep. Andy Biggs tweeted Wednesday in response to news the Biden administration is considering restricting travel from Florida to stop the spread of new coronavirus mutations. “The Biden administration must stop these considerations,” Biggs added. This is nothing short of political payback and tyranny towards a state with exceptional leadership and a common-sense, scientific approach to COVID-19.The Biden administration must stop these considerations. https://t.co/GKrXs0vlX2— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 10, 2021 “Trump got massive blowback for having travel restrictions against countries the Obama Administration considered a terrorist threat,” political commentator Ryan Girdusky tweeted. “Biden wants to open our borders...
    EXCLUSIVE: More than two dozen House Republicans on Wednesday urged the Biden administration to oppose efforts to weaken screening for immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. over national security concerns."We are extremely concerned with the Biden Administration’s plans to weaken screening and vetting for foreign nationals coming to the United States, including refugee applicants in the [U.S. Refugee Admissions Program] and other humanitarian-based U.S. immigration programs," the letter, signed by 26 House Republicans says. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION'S CBP REVIVES 'CATCH AND RELEASE' POLICY AT BORDER AMID COVID CONCERNS  GOP to State, DHS on Vetting by Fox News on Scribd "These plans, as seen in a number of recent Executive Orders, will lead to the permanent resettlement in American communities of more refugees and other humanitarian-based immigrants -- as promised by the Biden-Harris campaign -- at the expense of our national security and public safety." The letter includes Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Yvette Herrell, R-N.M.; Chip...
    Washington (CNN)Washington and Seoul are narrowing in on a new cost-sharing agreement for US forces in South Korea and could be just weeks away from striking a deal, according to five sources familiar with the discussions. The deal taking shape is likely to be a multi-year agreement that increases Seoul's contribution to cover the presence of US troops at around the 13% increase South Korea had suggested in 2020 as their best possible offer, according to two sources familiar with the talks. The final agreement could include mandated increases in South Korea's defense budget, as well as an understanding that Seoul will make certain military equipment purchases, one of the sources said.Negotiations over the Special Measures Agreement, or SMA, badly strained the US alliance with South Korea during the Trump administration after the former President demanded Seoul pay up to 400% more for the presence of the 28,500 troops on...
    Another airline CEO has urged the federal government to not make coronavirus testing mandatory for domestic flights. Southwest Airlines Co.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Gary C. Kelly sent a letter addressed to President Joe Biden on Tuesday to ask his administration to "refrain from imposing any federal mandate to require a pre-departure COVID-19 test for air travel within the United States." DELTA CEO AGAINST MANDATING COVID-19 TESTING FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL AFTER BUTTIGIEG SAYS CDC IS FLOATING IDEA The letter was sent in response to a statement made by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who recently said that there is an "active conversation" going on with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about potentially mandating coronavirus tests before domestic flights as a way to combat the pandemic. However, Kelly’s reasoning for being against COVID-19 testing before domestic flights stems from the additional costs it would require to do so, which...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has told the Supreme Court that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be upheld, reversing a Trump administration position in a key case pending before the justices. The Justice Department filed a letter Wednesday “to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the conclusions in the previously filed brief.” The health care case was argued a week after the election in November. It’s at least the third case in which the new administration has switched positions at the Supreme Court. The other two are cases over President Donald Trump’s push to build portions of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and a Trump policy forcing people seeking asylum to wait in Mexico for their hearings. The Trump administration called on the justices to strike down the entire Obama-era health law under which some 23 million people get health insurance...
    President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) reversed former President Donald Trump’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Wednesday, telling the Supreme Court that the government no longer believes the law is unconstitutional. The Trump-era challenge argued that the 2017 removal of the tax penalty rendered the ACA’s coverage mandate unconstitutional, by extension making the entire ACA unconstitutional. Biden and Democrats have long opposed Trump’s argument, and the new administration was expected to make the reversal. The DOJ argued in a letter both that the ACA’s coverage mandate is constitutional and that it is severable, meaning if SCOTUS were to deem it unconstitutional it would not doom the rest of the ACA. “Following the change in Administration, the Department of Justice has reconsidered the government’s position in these cases. The purpose of this letter is to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the...
    For Saudi Arabia, last week's announcement that the United States will cease support for the Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen against Iranian-tied Houthi rebels didn't come as a surprise.  Saudi leaders were prepared for it.   During the campaign for the White House, President Joe Biden's team had criticized the Trump administration for handing Saudi Arabia "a blank check" in Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, where more than 100,000 people are estimated to have been killed in six years of conflict.   Riyadh was careful in its response to the Biden administration's announcement, welcoming instead Washington's emphasis on working with allies generally in the region. And the Saudis also didn't protest when the Biden administration revoked the designation of the Houthis as terrorists, a move urged by relief organizations to help with aid distribution to civilians.  US to Revoke Terrorist Designation of Yemen's Houthis Due to Famine Move...
    (CNN)The Biden administration told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should uphold the Affordable Care Act, reversing the position of the Trump administration that had urged the justices to strike down the entire law amid the coronavirus pandemic."Following the change in Administration, the Department of Justice has reconsidered the government's position," Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler told the court in a letter Wednesday. The United States "no longer adheres to the conclusions" in a brief filed by the Trump administration.Kneedler said the federal government now maintains that the individual mandate is constitutional but even if the court disagrees it should sever the mandate and allow the rest of the sprawling law to stand.The case was argued on November 10 and is currently before the justices. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan said Wednesday that President Joe Biden "has declared the entire country a sanctuary jurisdiction," and that "more tragedies are going to come." A spokesperson for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Sunday, according to Fox News, the agency "recently rescinded two 2018 policy memos related to the issuance of Notices to Appear when processing requests for immigration benefits," and "was directed to rescind the relevant policy in a [Department of Homeland Security] memo issued Jan. 20." Homan told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that "People will die, people will be raped, people will be victimized by criminals that shouldnt even be here. Its coming," adding "the border is surging," and this is what the current administration desires. "95% of the criminals I.C.E. have arrested are now off the table," he continued. "Theyre free in the community." Homan said: "They...
    Border agents will continue to turn away migrants at the southern border, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, appearing to confirm that the Biden administration plans to keep in place for now a Trump-era health order giving authorities the power to immediately expel people found illegally crossing the border. [ READ Biden Immigration Orders Review – Not Undo – Controversial Trump Policies ]Advocates have pushed the administration to rescind the border order, but Psaki's comments Wednesday are perhaps the clearest indication so far that the administration has no intention of doing so in the near future. Biden ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week to review the policy but left it in place. Biden administration officials have repeatedly called on migrants not to travel to the border. "Due to the pandemic and the fact that we have not had the time as an administration to put...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Obamacare healthcare law should be upheld, reversing the position taken by the government under his Republican predecessor Donald Trump. The court in November held oral arguments in a bid by Republican-governed states to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, as the 2010 law is formally known. Trump's administration had sided with the states challenging Obamacare. A ruling is due by the end of June. Biden's administration notified the court of the government's new position in a letter filed by Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, New York, Texas, California
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards disagrees with President Joe Biden's targeting of fossil fuel industries and wants the White House to reconsider its decision to pause new oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, the Louisiana governor's administration said Wednesday. Biden's approach to oil and gas strikes at one of Louisiana's economic engines and an industry that is a chief financial backer of the state's coastal restoration work, putting the Democratic governor at odds with a president within his own party. The governor's top lawyer, coastal adviser and natural resources secretary told state lawmakers that Edwards thinks Biden's moratorium on new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land and waters is the wrong approach to combat climate change. Environmental groups have lauded Biden's approach, arguing that it is the kind of bold, urgent action needed to slow...
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday asked President Biden not to "fire all of President Trump’s U.S. Attorneys" amid ongoing investigations, after the Justice Department said this week that Trump-era federal prosecutors would be forced to resign from their posts by the end of the month, urging him to "take the time and do it right."  Grassley, R-Iowa, penned a letter to the president Wednesday, saying that Biden is "obviously within your rights to do this, but four years ago a similar action by then-Attorney General Sessions caused my Democratic colleagues to sound the alarm." BIDEN DOJ WANTS DC'S ACTING US ATTORNEY TO STAY ON IN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROLE TO CONTINUE CAPITOL RIOT PROBE Grassley pointed to Senate Democrats urging Trump not to interrupt ongoing cases and investigations, claiming he was "hindering the administration of justice." "I echo many of these concerns," Grassley wrote. "It is unfortunate that you are taking these actions...
    President Joe Biden ordered the Pentagon to review the U.S. military’s entire policy toward China, saying the nation’s burgeoning efforts on the global stage require new strategy. Biden made the announcement during his first visit to the Pentagon as president Wednesday. The order launches a Department of Defense China task force led by Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Ely Ratner, who is also a longtime Biden aide. The task force, which was first reported in the Wall Street Journal, will coordinate America’s military, economic, political and other capabilities to create an expansive plan to counter China, Biden said. (RELATED: Biden Needs To Make A Decision On China — Fast) The task force will make recommendations within “the next few months” on how the U.S. should alter its policies toward China. One such area is China’s aggression in the South China Sea, where it makes claims of sovereignty outside...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards disagrees with President Joe Biden’s targeting of fossil fuel industries and wants the White House to reconsider its decision to pause new oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, the Louisiana governor’s administration said Wednesday. Biden’s approach to oil and gas strikes at one of Louisiana’s economic engines and an industry that is a chief financial backer of the state’s coastal restoration work, putting the Democratic governor at odds with a president within his own party. The governor’s top lawyer, coastal adviser and natural resources secretary told state lawmakers that Edwards thinks Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land and waters is the wrong approach to combat climate change. Environmental groups have lauded Biden’s approach, arguing that it is the kind of bold, urgent action needed to slow climate change, which has been...
    President Joe Biden accompanied by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (not pictured) attends a meeting with business leaders at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 9, 2021.Carlos Barria | Reuters The White House has been reaching out to executives in several industries to rally support for the Biden administration $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, according to people familiar with the matter. In the past week, administration officials have held at least two calls with leaders from multiple business sectors, including Wall Street and tech, said these people, who declined to be named in order to speak freely. Brian Deese, President Joe Biden's top economic advisor, participated in some of the calls, one of the people said. Most of the calls have been anchored by the Office of Public Engagement, which is run by former Rep. Cedric Richmond, another person said. According...
    Laid-off Keystone Pipeline workers say President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the pipeline will negatively impacted their futures, according to multiple outlets. Labor groups have said that the cancellation eliminated 1,000 union jobs and could erase ten times more construction jobs that the Keystone Pipeline would have offered, according to Fox News. In 2014, the State Department estimated that Keystone would have offered jobs for 10,400 construction workers over several seasons, reported CNBC. “It’s hard to make plans when you’ve got an administration that’s trying to crush your future,” an unnamed Keystone worker told Fox News. “The best stimulus they could do for this country right now is keep people working.” Tyler Noel, a Keystone worker in South Dakota, told CNBC that he needs the pipeline job. (Related: Fourteen Republican Attorneys General Reviewing Legal Options Over Biden Keystone Pipeline Action) “Anything that was coming in the next few months was supposed...
    (CNN)In recent weeks, migrants waiting in various northern Mexican cities have been told to travel to other locations along the border under the false pretense that they'll be let into the US through a port of entry there, immigration attorneys tell CNN.Other messages, shared via the popular messaging app WhatsApp, have falsely told migrants who fall under the Trump administration's so-called "remain in Mexico" policy that they'll be allowed to enter the US on a certain date and directed them to present themselves to border officials on that date. Misinformation is spreading along the US-Mexico border, through smugglers or word of mouth, among migrants desperate for answers from the Biden administration, undermining the administration's plans for the US-Mexico border and fueling confusion in border communities. White House reaches out to immigrant advocacy groups that seek urgent action from BidenWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki warned Wednesday that changes will...
    A federal judge extended the temporary suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. "The Court may ultimately be persuaded by the Defendants’ arguments, but any harm they might incur between now and then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,'' U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas wrote Tuesday. The administration "argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow" them to look into "important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations," the order stated. Tipton extended the suspension of the Biden administration's deportation moratorium for 14 days, until Feb. 23. He also cited that there would be “irreparable harm” to Texas if he did not grant the extension. The move comes after he temporarily halted Biden's deportation freeze on Jan. 26. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought a lawsuit against the Biden administration last month after...
    Reuters February 10, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he had approved an executive order paving the way for new sanctions on Myanmar military officers and their businesses after the military detained elected leaders and seized power on Feb. 1. Biden said the executive order would enable his administration “to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members.” Myanmar’s military arrested civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and announced a year-long state of emergency, citing allegations a November election was beset by fraud. The electoral commission dismissed the army’s complaints. Biden also announced a freeze on $1 billion of “Burmese government funds held in the United States” that would prevent the generals from accessing those funds. He did not say specifically who would be hit with the new sanctions. “We will identify a...
    Reuters February 10, 2021 0 Comments The release of U.S. President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal in office will be delayed, due to “intransigence” on the part of the former Trump administration, the White House said on Wednesday, declining to offer a timeline for issuing the document. “There were some challenges that came about during the transition, in terms of a bit of intransigence from the outgoing administration and lack ofcooperation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing. “So we expect there to be a delay in the…release of his first budget,” she added. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Alexandra Alper, Editing by Franklin Paul)
    By TALI ARBEL and MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writers The Biden administration has “indefinitely” shelved a proposed U.S. takeover of the popular video app TikTok, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Last year, the Trump administration brokered a deal that would have had U.S. corporations Oracle and Walmart take a large stake in the Chinese-owned app on national-security grounds. The unusual arrangement stemmed from an order by then-President Donald Trump that aimed to ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it accepted a greater degree of American control. White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not deny the Journal report, but said Wednesday the Biden administration hasn't taken a “new proactive step” in the process. Psaki added that the Biden administration is comprehensively evaluating risks to U.S. data, including those involving TikTok. A review of TikTok by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which considers national security...
    The Biden administration is facing growing backlash from Republicans after it withdrew a rule aimed at imposing reporting requirements on educational institutions that harbor Confucius Institutes — Chinese government-connected organizations that are ostensibly cultural centers but have drawn widespread concern that they are spreading pro-China propaganda.  Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed to Fox News that the rule ‒ first reported by Axios as a last-minute effort by the Trump administration ‒ was withdrawn on Jan. 26. The rule would have required schools to report whether they have relationships with Confucius Institutes.  "Confucius Institutes are front groups for the Chinese Communist Party on American campuses," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said of the rule's withdrawal. "The federal government ought to shut down these regime-run institutes or, at a minimum, require colleges to disclose their secret agreements with them. Instead, the Biden administration is allowing a foreign influence operation to continue in the shadows." DEMS BLOCK STEFANIK AMENDMENT BARRING...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the administration's school reopening goals on Wednesday in the wake of criticism from parents, teachers, students and local officials who say the goals are insufficient.Psaki said the bar set by the administration was "not the ceiling" as she fielded multiple questions on the matter during Wednesday's news briefing. On Tuesday, when asked for President Joe Biden's definition of open schools, Psaki said the administration's goal is to have in-person "teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100."The issue of in-person learning has become a flashpoint and an early test for the administration's pandemic response, balancing the concerns of some parents eager to get their children back to school with some teachers worried about the possibility of Covid-19 exposure. Many schools across the country are already hitting that benchmark. Pressed on concerns that just one day of...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is partnering with Texas and New York to open additional vaccination centers as it continues its push to vaccinate every American amid the coronavirus pandemic.Three new major community vaccination centers will open in the cities of Dallas, Arlington and Houston in Texas, Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced Wednesday. Together, these sites will be capable of administering more than 10,000 Covid-19 vaccine shots each day, Zients said, and will start vaccinations beginning the week of February 22. The community vaccination sites will be located at NRG Stadium in Houston, AT&T Stadium in Arlington and Fair Park in Dallas, according to Zients. The White House is immediately deploying federal teams to work with state and local officials, he said. Later on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced a federal partnership to open two new mass vaccination sites in Queens and Brooklyn. Read MoreBoth vaccination sites...
    President Biden slapped fresh sanctions on Burma's military leaders on Wednesday, as he unveiled Washington's toughest response yet to last week's coup. "The military must relinquish power is seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma, as expressed in their November 8th election," said Biden in an address at the White House. Myanmar's armed forces arrested civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, on Feb. 1 as they announced a year-long state of emergency. The army said it was forced to act because of allegations of fraud surrounding that election, allegations dismissed by the country’s electoral commission. "Today I've approved a new executive order ... enabling us to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members," said Biden. He also announced export controls that would freeze government assets in the United States while...
    The Biden administration has “indefinitely” shelved a proposed U.S. takeover of the popular video app TikTok, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Last year, the Trump administration brokered a deal that would have had U.S. corporations Oracle and Walmart take a large stake in the Chinese-owned app on national-security grounds. The unusual arrangement stemmed from an order by then-President Donald Trump that aimed to ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it accepted a greater degree of American control. White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not deny the Journal report, but said Wednesday the Biden administration hasn’t taken a “new proactive step” in the process. Psaki added that the Biden administration is comprehensively evaluating risks to U.S. data, including those involving TikTok. A review of TikTok by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which considers national security implications of such investments and has been...
    A healthcare worker administers the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site inside a church in the Bronx borough of New York, on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Biden administration will partner with New York to build and staff two mass Covid-19 vaccination sites in the New York City area aimed at getting shots to minority communities hit hardest by the pandemic. The sites, which will open the week of Feb. 24, will be located at York College in the New York City borough of Queens and at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing on Wednesday. Both sites will be able to administer 3,000 shots a day, making them the state's largest vaccination sites to date. The federal government will be charged with directly supplying the centers with doses, and the sites will be staffed with...
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has canceled an operation that targets illegal immigrants with convictions for sex crimes, former head of the agency Thomas Homan told Fox News. "On Wednesday, February 3rd, another email went out to the field shutting down the national Operation Talon, that sought to arrest at-large illegal aliens with sex crime convictions to include child molestation," he said. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WARN BIDEN OF ESCALATING MIGRATION CRISIS AMID SURGE IN BORDER NUMBERS The Washington Post first reported on the development, reporting that Talon targeted sex offenders and that it had been planned in the final weeks of the Trump administration. An ICE official told the outlet that the Biden administration has nothing to do with the decision, but that it was possible staffers set it aside while awaiting new instructions from the administration. "Thousands of investigative hours go into planning for these operations from identifying targets, to...
    President Joe Biden is delivering remarks Wednesday on the administration's response to the coup in Myanmar.  Earlier this month, the administration labeled the military takeover and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi a coup, triggering a freeze in certain U.S. assistance to the country and a review of some aid programs. How to watch Biden's remarks on the Myanmar coup  What: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration's response to the Myanmar coup Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021  Time: 1 p.m. ET Location: The White House Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  However, CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini said officials have made it clear the administration would continue to help to the people of Myanmar and bolster efforts to foster democracy in the country.      "We have expressed grave concern regarding the Burmese...
    Public service workers help people to check in at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The Biden administration will partner with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team announced Wednesday. The centers, which will be operational the week of Feb. 22, will allow health-care providers to administer more than 10,000 shots per day, Jeff Zients, Biden's Covid czar, said told reporters during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. "We are deploying teams immediately to work hand in hand with the state and local jurisdiction," he said. Zients also said later Wednesday that he will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press briefing to formally announce the development of two new Covid vaccine centers in the state to help distribute shots to "underserved...
    The Justice Department under President BidenJoe BidenPostal Service posts profits after surge in holiday deliveries Overnight Defense: Pentagon pushes to root out extremism in ranks | Top admiral condemns extremism after noose, hate speech discovered GOP senators send clear signal: Trump's getting acquitted MORE intends to continue to seek extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAssange, Snowden among those not included on Trump pardon list Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office MORE so he can face charges in the United States, an official said. Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi confirmed that the new administration would continue to seek Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom. The news was first reported by Reuters. A group of organizations that advocate for civil liberties and human rights had urged Biden to drop the prosecution of Assange, arguing in a...
    WASHINGTON -- Dozens of civil rights and advocacy organizations are calling on the Biden administration to immediately halt federal executions after an unprecedented run of capital punishment under President Donald Trump and to commute the sentences of inmates on federal death row.The organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 others, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday morning, urging that he act immediately "on your promise of ensuring equality, equity, and justice in our criminal legal system."Biden has been systematically undoing many Trump administration policies on climate, immigration and ethics rules. Although he is against the death penalty and has said he will work to end its use, Biden has not commented on what he will do with Trump's unprecedented push for the federal death penalty. The Bureau of Prisons carried out more executions under Trump, 13, than...
    Dozens of celebrities signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on their administration to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline for good. The letter comes just three weeks after the Democratic president signed an executive order on his first day in office to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move effectively revoked the permit for the project, which demonstrated the new administration’s commitment to "a sustainable climate pathway to protect Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts," according to the order.  Now, more than 200 celebrities, climate activists, indigenous leaders and more have signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to continue its commitment by ending the long-disputed Dakota Access Pipeline.  KATY PERRY, MORE STARS ATTEND GOOGLE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIVATE JETS, MEGA YACHTS "Thank you for your administration’s early focus on climate change, tribal sovereignty, and racial...
    Two Republican senators on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for withdrawing a proposed rule that would require U.S. schools to disclose their partnerships with Confucius Institutes, which some U.S. officials and lawmakers have alleged serve as front groups for the Chinese Communist Party. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, both known as China hawks, criticized Biden on Tuesday following reports that the administration had withdrawn the rule, which the Trump administration proposed to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Dec. 31. A spokesperson for ICE confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that the rule had been withdrawn from consideration. The spokesperson did not elaborate on the decision, but Biden has pledged to roll back many of President Trump’s immigration policies. (RELATED: Biden Administration Quietly Drops Trump Proposal To Track Chinese Influence In US Schools) “Confucius Institutes are front groups for...
    Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan said Wednesday that President Joe Biden is turning America into a “sanctuary jurisdiction” that will lead to crimes like murder and rape. WATCH: “Be clear what’s happening here. President Biden has declared the entire country a sanctuary jurisdiction, which means more tragedy is going to come,” Homan told “Fox & Friends.” “Mark my words. People will die. People will be raped. People will be victimized by criminals that shouldn’t even be here. This is — it’s coming,” he continued. (RELATED: Tom Cotton Claims ‘Joe Biden Is Keeping America Closed But Is Keeping Our Borders Open’) Under President Joe Biden’s non-deportation rules, immigrants can’t be deported if they get a DUI, commit fraud, tax crimes or assault, Fox News reported, noting that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be stood down. In January, a federal judge in Texas ruled against...
    Two-thirds of Americans say they are not satisfied with the national rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine after President Joe Bidens inauguration, according to a new Gallup Poll.   The survey, conducted between Jan. 25-31, of 4,098 adults revealed 66% were not satisfied with the administration and distribution process for the vaccine as the responsibility for it shifted to the Biden administration, and 21% said they are very dissatisfied.  Meanwhile, 34% said they are satisfied, and 4% said they are very satisfied.  Democrats, though, were more dissatisfied than Republicans: 51% of Republicans said they are dissatisfied and 49% said they are satisfied.  79% of Democrats said they are dissatisfied.   63% of independents said they are not satisfied.  The poll also showed the highest percentage of people saying they are willing to take the vaccine since Gallup started asking about it in July: 71% say theyre now open to...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The first weeks of President Joe Biden’s administration has seen larger numbers of immigrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Warning signs are emerging of the border crises that marked former President Donald Trump’s term: Hundreds of newly released immigrants are getting dropped off with nonprofit groups, sometimes unexpectedly, and accounts of prolonged detention in short-term facilities are growing. RELATED: Texas Authorities Continue Search For Semi After 911 Calls From People Claiming To Be Held Inside The day after she gave birth in a Texas border hospital, Nailet and her newborn son were taken by federal agents to a holding facility that immigrants often refer to as the “icebox.” Inside, large cells were packed with women and their young children. Nailet and her son were housed with 15 other women and given a mat to sleep on, with little space to distance despite the coronavirus pandemic, she said....
    President Joe Biden will travel to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday for the first time as Commander-in-Chief. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, senior military personnel and other members of civilian leadership, according to the White House. Additionally, the president and vice president will deliver remarks on the administration’s plans for the military and tour the Pentagon’s African Americans in Service Corridor in celebration of Black History Month. White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted in a statement that “as the first president in 40 years with a child who served in the military, [Biden] has a personal connection to the important role of the work of the military, the men and women who serve.” (RELATED: DOD Ordering Troops To Help Vaccinate Public) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (R),...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top federal prosecutor is among those being asked to resign by month's end by the Biden administration. U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank confirmed to the Portland Press Herald that he has been asked to step down, effective Feb. 28. He was appointed four years ago by then-President Donald Trump. It’s fairly customary for the U.S. attorneys to leave their positions after a new president is in office, but the departures are not automatic. In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration. That included then-U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II in Maine. One exception in the call for Trump's appointees to resign is the U.S. attorney in Delaware who's overseeing the federal tax probe involving Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The prosecutor will stay. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    EXCLUSIVE: Mark Morgan, a former head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and one of the most vocal defenders of the Trump administration’s border policies, is joining the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).FAIR, a hawkish immigration group that advocates for border security and lower levels of immigration overall, said Morgan will serve as a senior fellow and additional spokesman for the group. "I’m honored to serve as a senior fellow with FAIR, which is dedicated to engaging in meaningful dialogue to influence, formulate and promote responsible immigration policies for the 21st Century and beyond," Morgan said in a statement. "I am delighted to be part of the effort to seek out solutions to mitigate the tremendous burden and negative impact of uncontrolled immigration on our country’s national security and economic prosperity." HOUSE REPUBLICANS WARN BIDEN OF ESCALATING MIGRATION CRISIS AMID SURGE IN BORDER NUMBERS  Morgan served as both acting director of Immigration...
    Armin Deroee measures his family’s separation in moments missed: graduations, Nowruz celebrations and the birth of his niece, Niki. For the last six years, he and his sister have been fighting for their parents to secure green cards — the final step before the elderly couple could leave Iran and move to California to be with their children. Their mother, Mina, received her immigrant visa in 2016. But their father, Ebrahim, was waiting on the results of a background check by U.S. officials when in 2017 the Trump administration passed its first version of a travel ban on Muslim-majority nations that included Iran. Like thousands of others, the 82-year-old physician was barred from entering the United States. “It’s not easy at all, and it has been a whole stress and pressure over the whole family,” said Deroee, an anesthesiologist in Visalia. “In March, my father got COVID while...
    President Biden faces a major obstacle to his immigration agenda in the form of the Flores settlement agreement, a set of court orders setting rules for detaining and releasing migrant children at the border. The agreement effectively prevents federal law enforcement from detaining migrant families for more than a brief period, forcing the government to choose between aggressively turning away families at the border or releasing them into the country. The agreement has bedeviled the past five administrations as migration to the southern border ebbs and flows. Now, it threatens to present Biden with a crisis. While border agents are expelling nearly all illegal immigrants back to Mexico, one high-traffic section of the border in Texas is being forced to detain and release into the country all families as the result of Mexico refusing to take back families. And with detention facilities unable to hold the rising...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Auto Workers (UAW) President Rory Gamble held a virtual meeting last week with a top White House environmental official as the Biden administration moves to reverse the rollback in vehicle emissions rules adopted under then President Donald Trump. A spokesman for the Detroit-based union confirmed Gamble met with White House domestic climate change adviser Gina McCarthy and other members of the Biden Administration. "It was a very open and positive dialogue," Gamble said in a statement, praising the Biden administration's "commitment to regular dialogue with the UAW." The Biden administration has started discussions with the automobile sector about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, McCarthy told Reuters last week. McCarthy also spoke recently to General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra about the Detroit automaker's aspiration to halt sales of all gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035, the automaker confirmed. The White House is preparing to...
    By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, taking stock of a military as it pivots from the turmoil of the Trump years and focuses to an unusual degree on domestic and internal issues. Biden planned to meet Wednesday afternoon with senior civilian and military leaders and address the Pentagon workforce. As defense leaders await direction from Biden on possible new approaches to overseas security threats, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is treating the coronavirus pandemic as a top priority and ordering fresh assessments of how to root out sexual assault and extremism in the military's ranks. Austin himself is in the spotlight after winning Senate confirmation as only the third recently retired military officer to lead the Pentagon. Critics have questioned whether his appointment, which required a congressional waiver, weakens the...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The CEO of Chinese tech company Huawei said he would welcome a phone call with president Joe Biden after years of being targeted as a national security threat. Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei, said he hoped President Joe Biden’s administration would take a softer approach toward his company than President Donald Trump did, NBC News reported. The Trump administration labeled Huawei a national security threat in June, cutting off the company’s ability to receive federal funds. “I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success,” Ren said Tuesday in his first comments since Biden was sworn in, according to NBC News. “The U.S. wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.” Labeling Huawei a national security threat was the culmination of a series of moves made by the Trump administration to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, taking stock of a military as it pivots from the turmoil of the Trump years and focuses to an unusual degree on domestic and internal issues. Biden planned to meet Wednesday afternoon with senior civilian and military leaders and address the Pentagon workforce. As defense leaders await direction from Biden on possible new approaches to overseas security threats, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is treating the coronavirus pandemic as a top priority and ordering fresh assessments of how to root out sexual assault and extremism in the military’s ranks. Austin himself is in the spotlight after winning Senate confirmation as only the third recently retired military officer to lead the Pentagon. Critics have questioned whether his appointment, which required a congressional waiver, weakens the principle of civilian control of the military. Austin moved...
    Don't worry, Republicans—we're going to talk about it President Biden knows exactly what happened to President Obama, and he’s not going to let it happen again. President Barack Obama is now universally credited, even by Republicans, for pulling this country back from the precipice of an economic catastrophe that would have been nothing short of a second Great Depression. Passed in February 2009, just a month into Obama’s first term, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, or the “Recovery Act”) came in at a cost of $787 billion, readjusted to approximately $831 billion over the next few years. Its purpose was to stimulate an economy in free fall due, in part, to criminally lax safeguards “regulating” the U.S. and global financial industry. Containing billions toward infrastructure improvement, education, worker assistance, health care, and renewable energy initiatives among other provisions, the Recovery Act effectively ended the 2008-2009 recession bequeathed to Barack Obama...
    President Joe Biden has reversed a life-saving drug reform made by the Trump administration, two doctors wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on February 8. A bipartisan group of legislators is now urging Biden to revive Trump’s life-saving reform. Drs. Brian Barnett, a psychiatrist, and Jeremy Weleff, a resident in psychiatry in Ohio, wrote that “to the astonishment of the medical community,” Biden on January 27 reversed a January 14 change by the Trump administration to allow nearly all physicians to prescribe buprenorphine. The doctors described the drug buprenorphine as “one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction,” adding: Previously, only doctors who had completed an eight-hour training course and obtained a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration could [prescribed buprenorphine]. Only 7% of physicians are certified to prescribe the drug, and more than half of rural counties lacked a single prescriber as of 2018. President Biden had...
    As of Monday, the United States has gone a year without a combat-related casualty in Afghanistan, even as the Taliban warns of renewed attacks should the U.S. renege on its May withdrawal deadline. Since the beginning of the war with Afghanistan in 2001, over 2,300 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives to the conflict. In nearly two decades, the seemingly endless bloodshed has been reduced to a relative trickle. Army Sgts. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez and Antonio Rodriguez were the last American soldiers to die in combat, both of whom died February 8, 2020. Within weeks, the Trump administration brokered a deal with the Taliban to see international forces led by the U.S. fully withdraw by May 1, 2021. The agreement required the Taliban to cease attacks on foreign military personnel, and prevent al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a staging ground for its activities. While the deaths have stopped, a...
    President Biden reversing the previous administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives under Democratic leadership passed landmark LGBTQ rights legislation that would go on to become one of the hundreds (yes, hundreds, here’s a full list courtesy of Daily Kos’ Meteor Blades) of bills blocked by Senate Republicans. Because the Equality Act was DOA solely due to the do-nothing majority (polling finds Americans favor new LGBTQ rights laws), a new Democratic administration and Democratic-controlled Congress give advocates a new hope for advancing LGBTQ equality, Eugene Scott writes for The Washington Post. Scott lists the passage of the Equality Act as one of the biggest pushes by advocates in the new administration. Passed by the House in 2019, the legislation “would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding through contracts or assistance, financial credit, and the jury...
    The Biden administration quietly tossed a proposed rule that would have required U.S. universities and K-12 schools with foreign exchange programs to disclose any financial ties or other connections to Chinese state-run Confucius Institutes. The decision was met with swift backlash from Republicans, who, along with the FBI, State Department, and Education Department during the Trump administration, expressed concern about the potential for Chinese influence operations inside the United States with Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms. Democrats, so far, have yet to react to the change. Former President Donald Trump's administration made the proposal, “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms," on New Year's Eve. But before the rule made its way to the Federal Register or went into effect, the Biden administration withdrew it on Jan. 26, less than a week after Inauguration Day. “ICE can...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Biden administration has asked US Attorney John Lasuch, as well as 55 other Trump-appointed US attorneys, to step down.Lausch is overseeing the corruption investigation into former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and took over as the top federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois four years ago. He, along with the other Trump appointees, have been asked to submit their resignations.RELATED: Former ComEd lobbyist pleads guilty in corruption investigation implicating House Speaker Mike Madigan"Every four years or every new administration in US Attorney's is the new administration wants to put its stamp on this very important position," said Gil Soffer, ABC7 Legal Analyst.President Biden is getting pushback from Republican U.S. Representatives Darrin LaHood, Rodney Davis and Mary Miller, who called the decision "reckless and irresponsible...without successors nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate."Democrat Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth issued a statement saying "...there is...
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in El Salvador on Tuesday proposed starting a process that could lead to the removal of President Nayib Bukele from office just two weeks before his party is widely expected to win a majority in legislative elections. El Salvador’s historical parties from the left and right appeared poised to unite against Bukele who ran an outsider’s campaign that carried him to the presidency less than two years ago. He maintains broad popular support, but has battled against the opposition-controlled legislature at every turn. “We’re either facing a criminal or a nut; we’re facing a deranged person who is lacking the faculties to do the job,” said Deputy Ricardo Velásquez Parker, a lawmaker from the conservative Nation Republican Alliance party, or ARENA. Velásquez proposed invoking a provision in the constitution that would allow for Bukele’s removal if he’s found to be physically or...
    (CNN)The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee urged the Biden administration on Tuesday to designate a leader to address the US government response to the massive hacking campaign that targeted government agencies and private-sector companies."The federal government's response so far has lacked the leadership and coordination warranted by a significant cyber event," wrote Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Vice Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a letter to administration intelligence and law enforcement leadership. Since taking office, President Joe Biden's administration has faced mounting pressure to respond to the data breach, which has raised concerns about the security of corporate secrets, government emails and other sensitive data. The Trump administration formally pointed the finger at Russia last month after revelations surfaced in December that hackers had put malicious code into a tool published by SolarWinds, a software vendor used by countless...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Biden administration is taking note of the effort by opponents of California Governor Gavin Newsom to recall him from office, and is unsurprisingly siding with the incumbent. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Tuesday that President Joe Biden “clearly opposes any effort” to recall Newsom. The governor’s popularity in the liberal state has tumbled amid the state’s COVID ongoing restrictions along with vaccine rollout missteps, coupled with a public backlash over his dining out with friends while urging the public to stay home. In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with @GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom — Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 9, 2021 For four years, California has led the charge against former President Trump’s policies, including filing more than 100...
    A veteran’s advocacy group wants the Biden Administration to completely withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan and to continue to allow veterans to have access to private health care. The Concerned Veterans for America expressed concern in a statement Tuesday that newly confirmed Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough has yet to commit to preserving standards allowing veterans to use their health benefits for private care. “It is critical we preserve the law and continue pursuing methods that empower veterans with options instead of robbing them of the choice,” Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Nate Anderson said in a statement. “We call on the Secretary to provide assurances community care access standards will not be walked back, and veterans will retain the freedom to choose the care that meets their unique needs.” We’re going all in with a seven-figure campaign to push @POTUS to #EndEndlessWars, and bring our men...
    The Biden administration plans to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem after it was relocated from Tel Aviv by the Trump administration, a White House spokesperson confirmed to CQ Roll Call in a statement Tuesday. “The U.S. position is that our embassy will remain in Jerusalem, which we recognize as Israel’s capital,” the spokesperson told CQ Roll Call. “The ultimate status of Jerusalem is a final status issue which will need to be resolved by the parties in the context of direct negotiations.” Former President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017 and initiated a multi-year process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel. The move was controversial as the status of Jerusalem is contested by Israeli and Palestinian authorities. The Senate voted 97-3 last week during a budget “vote-a-rama” to adopt an amendment proposed by Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and Republican...
    President Biden hopes to have the majority of students learning in school at least one day a week by April 30, press secretary Jen Psaki said in a press briefing. “His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools, so more than 50%, open by day 100 of his presidency,” Psaki said. “And that means some teaching in classrooms. So, at least one day a week. Hopefully, it’s more, and obviously, it is as much as is safe in each school and local district.” Asked what that meant for teachers and in-person instruction, Psaki clarified that teachers should be in the classroom at least one day a week. “Teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100,” Psaki responded, confirming that she was referring to “in-person teaching.” "That means some teaching in classrooms. So at least one day a week."The White...
    The Biden administration quietly withdrew a rule proposed by the Trump administration that would have required American schools and universities to disclose their partnerships with Confucius Institutes, which some U.S. officials allege are front groups for Chinese Communist Party propaganda. The Trump administration submitted a proposed rule to the Department of Homeland Security on Dec. 31, 2020, entitled “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms.” Around 500 K-12 schools and 65 colleges in the U.S. have partnerships with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, a U.S.-based affiliate of the Beijing-based Confucius Institute Headquarters. The institute, also known as Hanban, is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Many of Hanban’s directors are members of the Chinese Communist Party or have close ties to the organization, The Daily Caller has previously reported. The Trump-era proposal was withdrawn from consideration on Jan....
    Displaced Keystone XL Pipeline workers Kristina and David Dickerson and laid off oil field worker Joe Clingan blasted President Biden’s executive order canceling the project and other climate change actions Tuesday, warning the new administration is "going to ruin us." Clingan told "Fox & Friends" that the White House has "got a plan that they're going to ruin us ... and then we're going to start importing stuff from China or wherever else. We're not going to buy American. "We could be selling elsewhere, but no, we're going to go somewhere else and we're going to buy and then we're going to be more in debt," he added. In addition to halting the Keystone XL oil pipeline project in a series of orders aimed at combating climate change, Biden temporarily suspended the issuance of oil and gas permits on federal lands and waters. PSAKI SPARS WITH FOX NEWS' PETER DOOCY OVER KEYSTONE PIPELINE JOB LOSSES VideoOn Monday,...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration plans to continue to seek to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States to face hacking conspiracy charges, the U.S. Justice Department said. Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi on Tuesday said the U.S. government will continue to challenge a British judge's ruling last month that Assange should not be extradited to the United States because of the risk he would commit suicide. In a Jan. 4 ruling, the judge, Vanessa Baraitser, said, "I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America." The British judge set Friday as a deadline for the United States to appeal her ruling forbidding Assange's extradition. Raimondi said the United States will challenge Baraitser's ruling. "We continue to seek his extradition." WikiLeaks drew fury...
    House GOP members are calling on the Pentagon’s watchdog to investigate the Biden administration’s decision to place the Trump administration’s pick for the top NSA lawyer job, Michael Ellis, on administrative leave, calling it political “retribution.” Ellis, a former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes, when the California Republican led the House Intelligence Committee, was named NSA general counsel, a career position, a few weeks after President Biden defeated former President Donald Trump, but the NSA’s leadership resisted letting him fill the role, and the Biden team blocked him on Inauguration Day. Nunes, now the committee's ranking member, was joined by fellow Republicans in sending a letter to NSA director Gen. Paul Nakasone, asking for answers about why he attempted to block Ellis and calling on the Defense Department to expand an inquiry into Ellis. "The sad reality is that NSA — at the behest of elected Democrats...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criticized President Biden on Tuesday, questioning why the U.S. is requiring international travelers to undergo a coronavirus test and wield negative results but allowing illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the country without testing. “Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing,” the 87-year-old lawmaker said. “Is that protecting our citizens?”: Can’t fly into USA w/o showing negative test for virus but Pres Biden will let ppl who illegally walked across the border do so w/o testing. Is that protecting our citizens? — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2021 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would require international travelers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens, to present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to boarding flights en route...
    EXCLUSIVE: President Biden’s government has been outmaneuvered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on critical security fronts, Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence for the Trump administration, told Fox News."You have to give it to Chancellor Merkel: She outmaneuvered Joe Biden in just three weeks. Merkel made it clear she would not take sides between communist China and capitalist America, reversed the 10,000 U.S. troop withdrawal that Trump previously announced and got the Biden administration to stop enforcing Nord Stream 2 sanctions," Grenell said. Last week, Biden froze the plan to withdraw American troops from the Federal Republic. In December, Congress passed legislation — the National Defense Authorization Act — that contains sanctions targeting companies and individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 project. PUTIN CRITIC NAVALNY FACES COURT HEARING  The Nord Stream 2 deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime will transfer Russian gas to the Federal Republic via a...
    The 49-year-old Australian is detained in the United Kingdom pending a review of the appeal against the refusal of his extradition to the United States. American justice wants to try him in particular for espionage, after the dissemination from 2010 of more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. The signatories, 24 organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, believe that these prosecutions “threaten press freedom” and would set a precedent likely to “criminalize” journalistic practices. Julian Assange is under the blow of lawsuits launched under the presidency of Donald Trump, to whom the supporters of Julian Assange had asked to pardon him, in vain. Under Barack Obama, who had Joe Biden for vice-president, American justice had given up on prosecuting the founder of WikiLeaks. 10 years ago, Joe Biden considered that...
    Huawei has asked a court to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of it as a national security threat. The Chinese telecom argues that the FCC overstepped its authority in December 2020, finalizing a ban supported by former President Donald Trump. “The order on review potentially impacts the financial interests of the telecommunications industry as a whole,” Huawei’s request says, including network operators the FCC locked out of buying Huawei components. The Biden administration’s FCC reiterated its support for the decision, however. “Last year the FCC issued a final designation identifying Huawei as a national security threat based on a substantial body of evidence developed by the FCC and numerous US national security agencies. We will continue to defend that decision,” a spokesperson tells The News Brig. Biden’s Commerce nominee has tentatively supported keeping Huawei banned Huawei was deemed a threat under Trump, whose administration used a variety of methods...
    EXCLUSIVE: More than 50 House Republicans on Tuesday warned President Biden of a brewing "crisis" of illegal migration at the southern border amid indications of a surge in numbers -- just as Biden has forged forward with a number of policies limiting border security and interior enforcement."This is not a political game -- we implore you not to let ideology blind you administration to the need to secure the border, to defend Americans, and to prevent another cartel-empowering humanitarian crisis," the letter, obtained by Fox News, says. BIDEN MOVES TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE REUFGEE ADMISSIONS House Republicans Letter on Border to Biden by Fox News on Scribd The letter, from 51 Republicans and led by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, warns of a "rising illegal migration crisis" and says sources on the ground have told them that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have seen the average daily flow of migrants at the...
    Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy will introduce legislation Thursday which would defund President Joe Biden’s plan to contribute to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Roy was joined by Republican Reps. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Duncan of South Carolina and Brian Babin of Texas as the original cosponsors on the bill which would prohibit contributions to the UNHRC, and for other purposes. Roy told the Daily Caller that the organization helps cruel regimes around the world and has continued to attack Israel, a close ally of the U.S. The Trump administration withdrew from the UNHRC and defunded the group in June of 2018. “The United Nations Human Rights Council is a morally bankrupt organization that bolsters some of the world’s most oppressive regimes while systematically attacking our great friend and ally, the State of Israel. By rejoining the UNHRC, President Biden is granting legitimacy to an organization that shields...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dumping a batch of major Trump administration policies. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement. He ended a ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Biden and his team are tiptoeing, though, around one of Donald Trump’s signature legacies: His go-it-alone moves to start a trade war with China and bludgeon some of America’s closest allies with tariffs on their steel, aluminum and other goods. The moves upended seven decades of U.S. policy in favor of ever-freer trade but did little to achieve Trump’s goal of narrowing America’s vast trade deficit. For now, the Biden administration seems intent on approaching trade cautiously. Most striking, perhaps, is what Biden hasn’t done: He hasn’t called off Trump’s trade war with China. He hasn’t...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top human resources employee for New Mexico's governor has stepped down after more than two years in the position to take a new role with President Joe Biden's administration. Pam Coleman, who was appointed to serve as director of the state personnel office in January 2019 under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, will now transition into a top-ranking job with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Coleman will serve as head of the federal budget office’s office of performance and personnel management, according to The Washington Post. Coleman, 55, said in her Jan. 27 resignation letter that she would take a “mutual passion for public service” to the Biden administration, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Coleman previously worked in Washington D.C. for former President Barack Obama’s administration before being called to New Mexico. In New Mexico, Coleman worked to undo a state government human resources...
    By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first weeks in office, President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dumping a batch of major Trump administration policies. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement. He ended a ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military. And so on. Biden and his team are tiptoeing, though, around one of Donald Trump’s most divisive signature legacies: His go-it-alone moves to start a trade war with China and bludgeon some of America's closest allies with a gale of tariffs on their steel, aluminum and other goods. In upending seven decades of presidential support for free trade, Trump vowed to shrink the U.S. trade deficit and restore millions of lost American factory jobs. In the end, by most accounts, the Trump tariffs achieved very...
    People wait outside a COVID-19 vaccine distribution center at the Kedren Community Health Center on January 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images The White House will begin next week shipping doses of Covid-19 vaccine doses directly to federally qualified community health centers to expand outreach to traditionally underserved communities, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced Tuesday. "Equity is core to our strategy to put this pandemic behind us and equity means that we are reaching everyone, particularly those in underserved and rural communities," Zients said. "But we cannot do this effectively at the federal level without our partners on the state and local level sharing the same commitment to equity." Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the White House's Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force, noted that there are more 1,300 community health centers across the country that serve almost 30 million people. "Two-thirds of their...
    The media’s hysteria has disappeared as President Joe Biden requests mass resignations from Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys, marking a shift from when former President Donald Trump did the same. Biden will reportedly ask almost all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign as soon as Tuesday, CNN reported. The move is expected to affect 56 Senate-confirmed attorneys, the network added. This turnover is common as new presidents transition into office, but the media’s reaction has differed, with some seeming to take more issue when Trump made resignation requests in 2017. With Biden’s mass resignation request, CNN opted for a straightforward headline, writing, “DOJ [Department of Justice] to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign.” In 2017, the network opted to highlight the “anger” over the Trump administration’s “handling of US attorney firings.” CNN also did not use the word “firing” once in its article about Biden’s incoming resignations requests. The network noted that with...
    The U.S. military has gone a full year without a single combat death in Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years. Army Sgts. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez and Antonio Rodriguez were the last two Americans to die while fighting in the country one year ago on Monday. Two others, Army Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin and Army Pfc. Miguel Villalon, were killed in January of last year, as The Military Times first reported. The Taliban has said it may still target U.S. military members, however, if President Biden decides to keep forces in the area beyond a May deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to the Military Times. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, center, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, makes an unannounced visit in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photos/Lolita Baldor, File) White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Afghan national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Jan. 22 and said the...
    The CEO of Chinese tech company Huawei said he would welcome a phone call with president Joe Biden after years of being targeted as a national security threat. Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei, said he hoped President Joe Biden’s administration would take a softer approach toward his company than President Donald Trump did, NBC News reported. The Trump administration labeled Huawei a national security threat in June, cutting off the company’s ability to receive federal funds. “I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success,” Ren said Tuesday in his first comments since Biden was sworn in, according to NBC News. “The U.S. wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.” Labeling Huawei a national security threat was the culmination of a series of moves made by the Trump administration to curb the company’s...
    (CNN)Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants the United States to lead the world on high-speed rail, a goal that's easier said than done.American transportation investments been car-dominated since hundreds of billions were spent to build the Interstate Highway System in the 20th century. But Buttigieg, echoing his boss, President Joe Biden (who is sometimes called "Amtrak Joe," thanks to his habit of riding the train between his home state of Delaware and Washington) has spoken recently of upgrading American rail. "We gotta take things to the next level," Buttigieg said on MSNBC last week. "I think we have a real opportunity to do that especially with the bipartisan appetite for real investments that we have before us this year." Buttigieg has a history of thinking differently on transportation. As mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he led an effort to re-orient its downtown around pedestrians and cyclists, rather than motorists. Now he's...
    A federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportation through Feb. 23. U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas extended his suspension of the White House’s deportation moratorium for 14 days, which the judge says will give parties more time to "provide for a more fulsome record" to assist the court in "adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction." BIDEN PREPARES RULES TO LIMIT ICE ARRESTS, DEPORTATIONS The judge also cites "the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension" was not granted. The order did state, though, that the Biden administration "argued that the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow" them to take account "important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations." "The Court may ultimately be persuaded by the Defendants’ arguments, but any harm they might incur between now and then does not outweigh...
    The Biden administration’s move to ask for the resignations of nearly all of the remaining Trump-era U.S. attorneys was met with yawns by many liberal media outlets despite those same outlets describing the normally routine move as controversial and “abrupt” four years ago. “Trump sparks new controversy with U.S. Attorneys dismissals,” an MSNBC headline read after former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department asked for the remaining Obama-era prosecutors to step down in 2017. MSNBC went as far as to speculate that the routine move could be a new “scandal” for the Trump administration. “Ten years after the last Republican White House had a U.S. attorney scandal, Donald Trump has one of his own,” the outlet reported. While MSNBC may have painted the move with alarm, the outlet was hardly alone in the tone of its reporting. “Anger mounts over handling of US attorney firings,” a CNN headline reported at the...
    An outsourcing-industry group has welcomed a Biden administration move to delay switching the controversial H-1B visa program from a lottery-based allocation to one based on wages. The administration of President Joe Biden last week announced it would allow the H-1B allocation lottery to go ahead this year while it considers a rule imposed in former President Donald Trump’s last days that would see the visas — intended for jobs requiring specialized skills and heavily used in Silicon Valley — handed to companies paying the most. “Prioritizing purely on wage levels has the potential to significantly damage some of the most innovative companies in the world along with many hospitals and health care providers, research facilities, universities and other petitioners,” India-based outsourcers association NASSCOM said in a statement. The group added that it would lobby the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the matter. The Trump administration’s wide-ranging crackdown on the H-1B targeted...
    The Biden administration’s Department of Justice on Monday dropped a lawsuit that the Trump-era DOJ filed on behalf of former First Lady Melania Trump against her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The Oct. 2019 lawsuit claimed that Wolkoff violated “contractual obligations and fiduciary duties,” but Wolkoff and her lawyers said all along that the lawsuit was merely a taxpayer-funded effort to punish Wolkoff for penning the tell-all book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady. Wolkoff ruffled White House feathers by playing a recording of Melania Trump on CNN in early Oct. 2019. In that audio, a frustrated first lady can be heard saying: “who gives a fuck about Christmas stuff and decorations?” Additional audio revealed Melania Trump discussing the “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that the first lady wore before visiting detention centers in Texas, where children who had been separated from their...
    More than 80 advocacy groups on Tuesday called for the Biden administration to halt federal executions, ending a process that was restarted by the Trump administration in 2019. The Associated Press reported that a letter signed by 82 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union asks President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats say Trump impeachment defense 'wholly without merit' A US-Israel defense treaty has benefits — and perils White House: Biden won't spend much time watching Trump impeachment trial MORE to make good “on your promise of ensuring equality, equity, and justice in our criminal legal system.” “Any criminal legal system truly dedicated to the pursuit of justice should recognize the humanity of all those who come into contact with it, not sanction the use of a discriminatory practice that denies individuals their rights, fails to respect their dignity, and stands in stark contrast to the fundamental values of our democratic system of governance,” reads...
    Washington (CNN)Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new president, two sources tell CNN, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the US Postal Service and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump.President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from fellow Democrats to remove DeJoy, however, amid months of complaints over mail delivery delays -- including prescription drugs.Bidens First 100 Days Biden hopes Trump's impeachment won't derail agenda DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief package DeJoy is still actively pushing ahead, and even plans to release a new 10-year plan for the agency in the next few days, several sources familiar with his plans tell CNN, and will meet with the Postal Board of Governors on Tuesday, when it...
    Two U.S aircraft carrier strike groups conducted joint exercises in the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Tuesday, amid increasing attention on how the Biden administration will handle threats from China.  The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrer Strike Group conducted the joint operation, marking the first time two carriers have operated in the South China sea since last July.  The South China Sea is a highly trafficked waterway that is being increasingly militarized by China, as it aims to secure the valuable shipping routes and resources in the disputed area. The Trump administration had stepped up U.S. pressure on China in the region, especially on China's highly disputed claim of control of much of the sea via its "nine-dash line."  "Through operations like this, we ensure that we are tactically proficient to meet the challenge of maintaining peace and we are able to continue to show...
    (CNN)Two US Navy aircraft carrier strike groups began operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Tuesday, the latest show of naval capabilities by the Biden administration as it pledges to stand firm against Chinese territorial claims.The carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz and their accompanying guided-missile cruisers and destroyers are showing the US Navy's ability to operate in highly trafficked, challenging environments, the US Navy said in statement.The two strike groups have about 120 combat aircraft between them. US Navy aircraft fly over the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea on February 9, 2021. China claims almost all of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea. Since 2014 it has transformed obscure reefs and sandbars into man-made artificial islands, fortified with missiles, runways and weapons systems -- antagonizing governments with overlapping claims,...
    Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has called for a reset in relations between the US and the Chinese tech giant. Speaking to international media in China for the first time in more than a year, Ren expressed willingness to speak with President Biden and said he hoped for an “open policy” from the new administration. “I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success,” Ren said in officially interpreted comments reported by CNBC, AFP, and the South China Morning Post. “The US wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.” “If Huawei’s production capacity can be expanded, that would mean more opportunities for US companies to supply too,” Ren continued. “I believe that’s going to be mutually beneficial. I believe that (the) new administration would bear in mind such business interests as they are about to...
    Milwaukee truck plunge: Driver survives 70-foot drop off an icy roadway as freezing weather snarls traffic across Midwest Judge declines to send Capitol riot suspect back to jail after violating orders Huawei CEO says hed welcome phone call from Biden in first remarks on new U.S. president Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said he'd welcome a phone call from U.S. President Joe Biden in his first remarks since the change of administration in Washington. "I would welcome such phone calls and the message is around joint development and shared success," Ren said. The Trump administration took actions to hamper Huawei's access to key software and components. © Provided by CNBC Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei speaking with CNBC at Huawei headquaters in Shenzhen, China. TAIYUAN, China — Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said he'd welcome a phone call from U.S. President Joe Biden, in his first public remarks since...
            by Benjamin Zeisloft  The Trump administration attempted to enact a policy that would force American universities to reveal cooperation with chapters of the Confucius Institute. President Joe Biden quietly revoked the policy a few days after his inauguration. Axios reported that in the final days of his presidency, Trump enacted a policy that would compel primary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions to disclose all contracts and transactions with the Confucius Institute. Under the policy, schools that do not report information would lose certification for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. Records from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs revealed that Biden nixed the policy on January 26.  A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to Campus Reform that the policy was rescinded. Seth Cropsey — director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute — told Campus Reform that the policy could be part of the Biden administration recalibrating...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy and guest host Ben Cunningham welcomed Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson to the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Johnson discussed the Medicaid block grant and what the Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Lee would do should the Biden administration try to reverse the legislation. He later weighed in on the recent executive order to up the refugee resettlement and expressed his concern for the threshold, ceiling, and vetting of the number of people that would enter the United States.. Johnson stated that a reintroduction of the previous refugee resolution lawsuit could be in the future. Leahy: On the newsmaker line our good friend State Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson....