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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions Sunday about whether President Biden still believes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo represents the “gold standard” for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic amid his scandal over nursing home deaths in New York. The president described Cuomo as “sort of the gold standard” last spring when the governor was being lauded for his daily televised briefings on how the state was dealing with COVID-19. ABC News’ “This Week” host Jon Karl asked Psaki if Biden still held that view. “We work with Gov. Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country,” said Psaki, not answering the question, but noting that Cuomo is the chair of the National Governors Association. “He plays an important role in ensuring that we’re coordinating closely in getting assistance out to people in his state and to states across the country and we’ll continue to do...
    More On: andrew cuomo Biden’s AG nominee says he plans to probe Capitol riot ‘SNL’ roasts Gov. Cuomo over nursing home scandal Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin Upstate GOP rep says he’s ‘definitely looking’ into running against Gov. Cuomo White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions Sunday about whether President Biden still believes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo represents the “gold standard” for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic amid his scandal over nursing home deaths in New York. The president described Cuomo as “sort of the gold standard” last spring when the governor was being lauded for his daily televised briefings on how the state was dealing with COVID-19. ABC News’ “This Week” host Jon Karl asked Psaki if Biden still held that view. “We work with Gov. Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country,” said Psaki, not answering the question,...
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the number two Republican in the House, still refuses to concede that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen, insisting on Sunday morning that “there were a few states that didn't follow their state laws.” Scalise, fresh off his Mar-a-Lago trip to visit with former President Donald Trump, appeared on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday and was eventually pressed about whether he felt the twice-impeached ex-president bore any responsibility for the Jan. 6 insurrectionist Capitol riot. Airing comments from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month denouncing Trump for his role in inciting a mob of MAGA supporters to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election, host Jonathan Karl wondered aloud if Scalise asked Trump if he’d take any responsibility. “I was in Florida doing some fund-raising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, the president reached out, we visited,”...
    President Biden could travel to Texas “as soon as this week” to review the damage from the devastating power outages and freezing temperatures there, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday. Psaki said the president has been getting constant updates from his Federal Emergency Management Agency chief and is “eager” to show his support for the Lone Star State. “But he’s also very mindful of the fact that it’s not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area. He does not want to take away resources or attention​,” Psaki said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “​And we’re going to do that at an appropriate time in coordination with people on the ground​. C​ould be as soon as this week​,” she said.​ Biden signed a major disaster declaration on Saturday that unlocked federal funds for residents of weather-ravaged Texas. But ABC’s Jon Karl noted that Texas Gov. Greg...
    After spending months campaigning vigorously for Joe Biden, Hollywood star Barbra Streisand still appears to be in cheerleading mode, touting the president’s first month in office as a restoration of “political sanity in our country.” Streisand praised President Biden on social media Friday, declaring that the new administration will tackle climate change and oversee coronavirus vaccinations. “President Biden has restored some political sanity in our country,” Streisand wrote. “The United States will once again become one of the leaders of the free world. We will address climate change now evident in these extreme weather conditions.” She added: “Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s [sic] arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning.” Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Ridership on the New York City subway is still way down from a year ago, but the number of passengers is slowly increasing as crime continues to rise.The recent spree of violence includes stabbings this month that left two people dead and two wounded.In response to the attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea have deployed 600 NYPD officers to patrol the subways. Still, Interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg says she wants more.Plus, Jonathan Holloway is an American historian and the 21st President of Rutgers University -- the first African American to hold the job.Halloway will discuss his new book, "The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans."Last week, ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton explained that current inoculations are running behind schedule.President Biden has only been in office for one month. Responsibility for the pandemic falls on his...
    Chris Wallace pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Fox News Sunday over “garbled messages” from the Joe Biden administration on school reopenings. In the past few weeks, public health officials, including the head of the CDC, have said that it would be safe to reopen schools with mitigation in place and without requiring teacher vaccinations. Wallace played a clip of Vice President Kamala Harris dodging on that issue last week and says, “That sounds like Vice President Harris was following the teachers’ unions, not the science.” Fauci said in response, “What Vice President Harris said is it should be a priority. She did not say it’s a sine qua non that unless you get vaccinated you cannot come into the school and teach. ” He added that he agrees with what other Biden administration officials that vaccination of teachers should be a high priority. “I think the only point I was...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question Sunday morning from ABC’s Jon Karl about whether Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo still represents “the gold standard for leadership during the pandemic.” Cuomo has come under increasing scrutiny of late for implementing a policy early on in the pandemic that forced nursing homes to accept patients who were positive for COVID-19 and for his administration’s handling of data regarding nursing home deaths. During a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Karl played a clip of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden last spring calling Cuomo’s leadership “sort of the gold standard.” “Now we’ve seen that Governor Cuomo has allegedly undercounted nursing home deaths, misled legislators in New York,” Karl said. “So does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?” WATCH: “Well, Jon, we work with Governor Cuomo just like...
    Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal said Sunday that it doesn’t make sense for Americans to get less relief under President Joe Biden than they had under former President Donald Trump. Jayapal joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the ongoing debate over the next coronavirus stimulus package and what she expected to be included in the final bill. (RELATED: Leading House Democrat: ‘Enormous Suffering’ Gives ‘Leverage’ To Push Socialist Agenda) WATCH: Bash noted that Biden had signaled some flexibility on the income threshold for the next round of direct payments for COVID relief, saying, “President Biden suggested that he’s willing to negotiate on who receives a $1,400 direct payment that is in the legislation.” Adding that most Democrats were insisting on $75,000 as the income limit — the same limit used in the last round of direct payments — Bash asked Jayapal whether...
    More On: joe biden Biden’s AG nominee says he plans to probe Capitol riot Biden visits Bob Dole days after GOP senator’s lung cancer diagnosis Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin Letters to the Editor — Feb. 21, 2021 President Biden could travel to Texas to review the damage as “soon as this week,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Sunday. She said the president has been getting constant updates from his Federal Emergency Management Agency chief and is “eager” to show his support for the Lone Star State. “But he’s also very mindful of the fact that it’s not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area. He does not want to take away resources or attention​,” Psaki said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “​And we’re going to do that at an appropriate time in coordination with people on...
    President Joe Biden has “won praise” for his “low-key approach” to the natural disaster that knocked out power to much of Texas in the midst of a bitter winter storm, according to the Washington Post. The Post hounded President Donald Trump for years about Hurricane Maria — even after he visited the island personally, and despite the fact that his concerns about local mismanagement in the distribution of aid were proven right. Yet in an article published on Saturday, with the headline “Biden’s low-key approach to storm wins praise but courts risks,” the Post took a dramatically different approach: As the Biden administration faces its first natural disaster, the president himself is taking a notably low-key approach. He has not visited the stricken region or delivered prime-time remarks; he did not mention the disaster at a recent town hall; and he is studiously avoiding the controversy over whether wind energy or fossil fuels are to blame...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former U.S. President Donald Trump will seek to return to the political spotlight in an address to a major meeting of conservatives, a source familiar with his plans said on Saturday, as the Republican plots his post-White House moves. Trump plans to speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 28, the last day of their meeting, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “He’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also look for the 45th President to take on President (Joe) Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source said. Trump’s tumultuous four years in the White House ended shortly after he was impeached on a charge of inciting his supporters’ deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were gathering to certify Biden’s victory in the...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin drops gubernatorial campaign, to run for attorney general MORE (R) called on President BidenJoe BidenClose to 70 dead in states with severe winter weather: report Two more deaths confirmed in Louisiana related to severe winter weather Lawyer who filed suit to reverse 2020 election results referred by judge for discipline MORE to give greater control of vaccine distribution efforts to states on Sunday, echoing suggestions he made with other governors in a letter to the White House urging greater communication between state and federal officials. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Hutchinson said that the Biden administration's handling of the federal vaccination efforts had been "seamless" so far. He added, however, that administration officials on could do more to coordinate with state counterparts who...
    (CNN)This week, Judge Merrick Garland will finally get a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than four years after his nomination to the US Supreme Court was torpedoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell's obstructionism. Of course, this time Garland has been nominated as President Joe Biden's attorney general, and, with Senate Democrats in the majority, his swift confirmation is all but assured. Elie Honig If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics.Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial prosecutor for the Justice Department. Among many other cases, Garland supervised the investigation of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, which killed more than...
    Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland promised Saturday to vigorously prosecute those who joined the attack on the U.S. Capitol last month. AFP reports testimony has been prepared for Garland’s confirmation hearing on Monday and Tuesday, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick saying he wants to lay out his agenda. Garland, 68, reportedly said if confirmed, he would reaffirm “policies that protect the independence of the department from partisan influence in law enforcement investigations (and) that strictly regulate communications with the White House.” He also promised to create clear guidelines for FBI investigations while addressing civil rights. “The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the Department’s Civil Rights Division, with the mission ‘to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society,'” Garland said. “That mission remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice.” President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected Judge...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn’t even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, which begins Monday before the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, with bipartisan support. “Judge Garland’s extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unless I hear something new, I expect to support his nomination before the full Senate.” Biden’s choice of Garland reflects the president’s goal of restoring the department’s reputation as an independent body. During his four years as president, Donald Trump had insisted that the...
    London (CNN)Without setting foot outside the White House, US President Joe Biden arrived on the world stage Friday, not once but twice.Biden joined virtual meetings in London and Munich, almost inconceivable before the pandemic, with the leaders of his biggest European allies, who also remained closeted in their capitals.The President was bold. "America is back," he announced at the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC). And he was generous at a G7 leaders' meeting chaired by the UK, promising as much as $4 billion for the COVAX initiative, which aims to provide vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.Yet even by the emerging standards of virtual summits there was a reassuring normality to it all. Last November, Biden's predecessor President Donald Trump unceremoniously left the virtual G20 world leaders global summit in Riyadh, then next came into sight a short time later playing golf at one of his resorts. Boris Johnsons government...
    Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGOP signals Biden AG pick will come under pressure over Cuomo Pelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans ACLU pushes Garland on criminal justice reform policies ahead of hearing MORE, President BidenJoe BidenClose to 70 dead in states with severe winter weather: report Two more deaths confirmed in Louisiana related to severe winter weather Lawyer who filed suit to reverse 2020 election results referred by judge for discipline MORE's pick for attorney general, is vowing to see that the Justice Department root out domestic political extremism and fight discrimination in the criminal justice system if confirmed by the Senate.  "It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the Attorney General is to serve the Rule of Law and to ensure equal justice under the law," Garland will say as part of his prepared remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. "And it is a fitting...
    DONALD Trump got “bad advice” that Mike Pence had powers to overturn the election result, the Vice-President’s former chief of staff has said. During the Capitol Hill siege, rioters appeared to scream "hang Mike Pence" after Donald Trump blamed the "furious" Pence for not blocking Joe Biden's win. 6Donald Trump speaking at the 'Save America' rallyCredit: Reuters 6Mike Pence announcing Joe Biden's certification as President-electCredit: Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved The MAGA fans stormed Congress as lawmakers were voting on certifying Joe Biden as the then President-elect on January 6. Mark Short has now told CNN that Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be that day  “I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the Vice President would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country,” he said. He went on to...
    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. “He’s doing well,” Biden said of Dole, after departing Holy Trinity Catholic Church later Saturday evening. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis. President Biden arrives at the Watergate complex where former Sen. Bob...
    It started at full speed and ran into Congress. In his first month in office, the president, Joe Biden, has signed a record of decrees and restored calm to Washington, but he has also had to assume that it will not be easy to pass his most ambitious plans. Biden served a month in the White House with a record under his arm: he is the president who has issued the most executive orders in the modern history of the United States, with at least 31, one more than those signed by the president who he considers his great political reference: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945). Most of these decrees, to which are added another twenty unilateral measures, were concentrated in the first ten days of Biden’s mandate, who wanted to act brilliantly to stop in his tracks many priorities of his predecessor, Donald Trump, and turn the helm of the...
    More On: joe biden Joe Biden brings America back to bad Obama days: Goodwin Letters to the Editor — Feb. 21, 2021 Biden’s horrific excuses for Beijing’s Uighur genocide Biden to have virtual meeting with Justin Trudeau WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. “He’s doing well,” Biden said of Dole, after departing Holy Trinity Catholic Church later Saturday evening. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some...
    Saturday Night Live mocked Senator Ted Cruz for jetting off to Cancun while his home state was in the throes of a humanitarian crisis and also sent up Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in New York’s nursing home deaths scandal.  Cruz and Cuomo were invited onto a talk show hosted by pop star Britney Spears, who gave the two beleaguered politicians a chance to apologize for their recent actions. SNL's cold open once again declined to skewer President Joe Biden - a far cry from the frequent barbs that were dished out at his predecessor, Donald Trump, during his four years in the Oval Office.  Joining Cruz and Cuomo was Gina Carano, the actress who was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm from her role in the Disney+-streamed Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian. Carano was offered a chance to apologize for an Instagram post in which she compares conservatives...
    President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, cites the Justice Department’s century-and-a-half-old battle against the Ku Klux Klan as he set his focus on prosecutions against rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last month in planned remarks for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday. The testimony will offer the public a chance to hear from Garland, a Harvard Law School graduate and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, more than four years after his ill-fated nomination as former President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. Should he be confirmed as attorney general, Garland will inherit a sweeping investigation into Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the day the Congress had assembled to certify Biden’s win over former President Donald Trump. His opening remarks, released late Saturday night, span issues from civil rights to national security. “If confirmed, I will...
    Lina Hidalgo, the elected official for Harris County, which is part of the Houston area, said Friday that local authorities have reported 10 deaths from hypothermia. The wave of polar cold freezes pipes in the US with temperatures of -18 ° C The Biden administration’s measure opens up federal funding for affected individuals and includes assistance for temporary shelters, home repairs and low-cost loans. Biden is also considering visiting Texas to oversee the federal response to this first crisis in its wake since he took office a month ago. The White House is working closely with the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, a Republican who initially did not acknowledge the Republican president’s election victory in November. Abbott thanked the president for declaring a state of disaster in the area, saying in a statement this is “an important first step.” But he added that individual...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden issued a federal emergency declaration on Saturday to aid Texas residents following freezing weather that left millions without electricity or water. The order from Biden will send funds to the local government level in Texas. “The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 254 Texas counties,” a White House press release stated. The Texas Tribune noted in a Friday report, the state is now facing a water crisis that has impacted...
    President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced hed been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis. Dole, a native of Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for almost 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Democratic President Bill Clinton. Dole...
    More On: genocide Biden dismisses Uighur genocide as part of China’s ‘different norms’ Biden’s team faces the ugly facts on China China nixes Antony Blinken climate appeal over Uighur genocide claims US commission says China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims The State Department described China’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims as “atrocities” that “shock the conscience.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and current Secretary of State Antony Blinken both agreed that the horrendous treatment qualifies as “genocide.” President Biden, however, chalked up the systematic rape and abuse of the Muslim minority to cultural differences. Tuesday on CNN, Biden summarized his recent phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, explaining the Communist leader’s rationale for rounding up the Uighurs like he was defending a misunderstood old friend. The president even reminisced about the time he traveled 17,000 miles with Xi and “got to know him so well.” His...
    President Biden visited Bob Dole days after the former Republican presidential candidate and longtime U.S. senator announced a late-stage cancer diagnosis. "The President is visiting his close friend, Sen. Bob Dole," the White House said in a statement after Biden made an unannounced stop at the Watergate Hotel on Saturday, where Dole lives. A Republican from Kansas and World War II veteran, Dole said on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. “My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole said in a statement. Biden's late son, Beau, died from cancer in 2015, and defeating the disease became a focus for the then-vice president during the Obama administration. He announced Friday that the United States would "end cancer as we know...
    The president of the United States, Joe Biden, indicated that, once his government manages to defeat the covid-19 pandemic, start a research process to end cancer « As we know it. » After a tour of Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the US president assured that his administration would be guided by science, in order to save and improve the lives of his population. “I want you to know that once we defeat covid-19, we will do everything possible to end cancer as we know it. I have asked Dr. Eric Landes, a renowned scientist from Harvard and MIT, to co-chair the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, ”he said. After the announcement, Biden pointed out that these offices of the White House that brings together the most prominent scientists in the United States to meet the most urgent scientific...
    (CNN)When Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ran for President against George H. W. Bush in 1988, he made competence one of his major campaign themes. Instead of claiming to be a visionary politician or a champion of liberalism, Dukakis highlighted his technocratic managerial expertise. "This election isn't about ideology," Dukakis argued, "It's about competence. It's not about meaningless labels; it's about American values -- old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth." Julian ZelizerThe appeal didn't work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical "card-carrying member of the ACLU" who would allow Americans to burn flags and let dangerous criminals out of prison. After Donald Trump's chaotic presidency and the emergence...
    Former President Donald Trump intends to attack President Biden's “disastrous amnesty and border policies” in a keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, his first public speaking engagement since leaving office, a source told the Washington Examiner. Trump is scheduled to speak on the afternoon of Feb. 28, the final day of the conference, to be held in Orlando. "Look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies," a source familiar with Trump's plans told the Washington Examiner. The former president will also be "talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement," the source said. Biden detailed a sweeping immigration reform bill this week that includes an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of people living illegally in the United States. TRUMP KEEPS TIGHT-LIPPED ON FUTURE PLANS AS HE RETURNS TO MEDIA SPOTLIGHT WITH INTERVIEW BLITZ The...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is visiting former Sen. Bob Dole Saturday afternoon after Dole announced earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, according to the White House.The two served in the Senate together and Dole is a "close friend" of the President, the White House said.The visit with Dole was not on Biden's public schedule for Saturday.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Biden, who served in the Senate with Dole for more than two decades, arrived Saturday afternoon at the Watergate complex where Dole, 97, and his wife, Elizabeth, have maintained a longtime residence. The White House described Dole as a “close friend” of the president. Dole said this week he plans to begin undergoing treatment on Monday. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” he said in a statement announcing his diagnosis. Dole, a native of Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for almost 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Democratic President...
    President Joe Biden arrives to deliver remarks as he takes part in a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, February 19, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters It was by design that Joe Biden deployed the term "inflection point" three times in his most significant foreign policy speech as president on Friday. He wanted to ensure the historic weight of his words was not missed. Above all, he wanted his virtual audience at the Munich Security Conference to hear that global democracies faced a defining moment in their accelerating contest with authoritarianism, and that they dare not underestimate the stakes. It is an argument I have made frequently in this space, but one that had not yet been so clearly articulated by a U.S. president. "We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future and direction of our world," Biden...
    President Biden will hold a virtual meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday. Biden is expected to discuss climate change, strengthening the partnership between the United States and Canada, the two nations' economic ties, and combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The president and his Cabinet are expected to meet virtually with Canada's ministers on a number of global issues, according to the White House. TRUDEAU CALLS FOR BIDEN TO BRING A 'REENGAGED' US BACK TO WORLD STAGE Trudeau was the first foreign leader Biden contacted when he took office. The prime minister has expressed enthusiasm over working with Biden, but the U.S.-Canada relationship gained some tension after Biden made the choice to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, citing environmental concerns. Trudeau has long been an advocate for the project, and the president acknowledged the prime minister's "disappointment." Biden has had phone calls with several world leaders, but White...
    President Joe Biden on Friday rejected the “America First” policies that started no wars and brought about Middle East peace agreements, objectives that had not been achieved for decades under either political party. Biden’s G7 speech drew praise from foreign nations. “Biden gave exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear – an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand,” Germany’s influential Der Spiegel magazine wrote. Biden assured the participants, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the United States is “determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with [them], to earn back our position of trusted leadership.” Merkel told reporters Friday after Biden’s speech that it is up to Europe to take an example from his first days in office and follow words with actions. She cited the United States’ return to the Paris climate agreement and its...
    Include Mother Nature in the pile of crises that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has to deal with. Within a month of taking office and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management capabilities put to the test by the winter storms that battered Texas, Oklahoma and other neighboring states in unusual polar cold that left millions of people. frozen in houses without heating or electricity and, in many cases, also without water. These climatic conditions would have left at least 59 dead throughout the country. Biden arrived at the White House on January 20 promising to address a series of ongoing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its domino effect on the economy. He singled out systemic racism and climate change as his top priorities. And now it is dealing with storms that have not only endangered the population but delayed the shipment...
    A lawyer who filed a lawsuit contesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election could be facing the consequences after a federal judge referred him for possible disciplinary action. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg referred Erick Kaardal, a Minnesota-based lawyer, for discipline on Friday, arguing that the suit he filed, which the judge denied in January, was “staggering,” according to the court order. The lawsuit, Wisconsin Voters Alliance v. Pence, sought to invalidate the results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona, all of which President Biden won. The lawsuit had targeted former Vice President Mike Pence, Congress, and the Electoral College itself, in addition to the battleground states. In rejecting the suit, Boasberg said the lawsuit would be “risible” if it didn't seek to undermine “a democratic election for President of the United States,” and he threatened to refer counsel for disciplinary action at the time. “The relief...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden’s plate. A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. READ MORE: Man Charged With Capital Murder After 3 Found Dead In Burning Celina Home At least 69 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering. Those who wish to apply for federal aid can do so on a website set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Biden came...
    Loading the player... Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden’s plate.  A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. At least 69 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering. Biden came into office Jan. 20 promising to tackle a series of brewing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its ripple effects on the economy. He tacked on systemic racism and climate change as top priorities. And now he’s contending...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will hold his first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which will highlight the strong and deep partnership between the two neighbors, the White House said on Saturday. "The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response, climate change, and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. While Biden has had at-times lengthy calls with several foreign leaders, the meeting with Trudeau will also extend to lower-level meetings between Cabinet ministers. The event will be virtual. Biden and his Cabinet will also meet virtually with Canada's ministers on a range of bilateral and global issues, Psaki added. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani in Washington; Editing by...
    President Joe Biden approved Friday evening a declaration of a major disaster in the state of Texas after a series of winter storms damaged critical infrastructure. The new disaster declaration for Texas allows federal funding to assist affected areas, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to help cover uninsured property losses, according to the White House. Dozens of Texans have died after several days of winter weather crippled the power grid, burst water pipes, and left residents freezing in their homes. The president ramped up his response to the disaster in Texas in recent days after remaining publicly silent about the crisis for several days. On Thursday, Biden shared three social media posts addressing the crisis, six days after it began. On Friday, Biden told reporters that he was “a president of all Americans” and would visit Texas in the upcoming days if he could do...
    New York : Biden is pressing members of Congress to pass his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package as soon as possible. Photo: Alex Wong / . The president of United States Joe biden said Friday that his Administration remains committed to releasing stimulus checks of $ 1,400 as part of the $ 1.9 billion plan to tackle the economic crisis by coronavirus. “You will have your stimulus check as soon as the House of Representatives and the Senate pass my legislation,” said the president in a video shared on his official @Potus Twitter account. “We are committed to you, Democrats and Republicans, with the $ 2,000 stimulus check. $ 600 was advanced last time. Another $ 1,4000 will arrive, “added the president. In the recording consisting of questions and answers about the scope of the third round of stimulus checks, Biden added that payments should...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas, unlocking more federal resources to assist the state struggling to recover from deadly winter storms."Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021, and continuing," the White House said in a statement Saturday.The President's approval allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide more resources and assistance, including grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help communities recover. The White House has been proactive in responding to the crisis, with the President having already approved an emergency declaration for the state last weekend. On Friday, Biden told reporters that he plans to travel to the state of...
    WASHINGTON -- Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden's plate.A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water.At least 69 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather.The White House announced on Saturday that the president had declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering.MORE: Here's how you can help Texans in need EMBED More News Videos Everywhere you turn, it seems like there's someone who is without the help they need to get through this recovery. Here's how you can give a hand. Biden came into office Jan....
    February 20, 2021 12:14 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. It started at full speed and ran into Congress. In his first month in power, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has signed a record of decrees and has restored calm to Washington, but he has also had to assume that it will not be easy to pass his most ambitious plans. Biden celebrates a month in the White House this Saturday with a record under his arm: he is the president who has issued the most executive orders in the modern history of the United States, with at least 31, one more than those signed by the president he considers his great political reference: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945). Most of these decrees, to which are added another twenty unilateral measures, were concentrated in the first ten days of Biden’s mandate, who wanted to act brilliantly...
    BERLIN (AP) — Collective sighs of relief could be heard from many European capitals Saturday after U.S. President Joe Biden made clear in his first major foreign policy address since taking office that he rejected the “America First” and transactional approach of his predecessor and urged cooperation among Western allies. At the same time, politicians and observers cautioned that some of the sources of tension from Donald Trump’s presidency remained and that the allies have serious work ahead of them, once Biden’s honeymoon is over. “Biden gave exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear – an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand,” wrote Germany’s influential Der Spiegel magazine after Biden on Friday became the first American president to appear at the Munich Security Conference, albeit in virtual form. “Will it stay that way? For the moment, it was certainly the right...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that “America is unreservedly back” with the election of Joe Biden as President, while seemingly deriding the leadership of former President Trump at a virtual summit of the Munich Security Conference. Speaking with the leaders of the G7 nations, Prime Minister Johnson said of the Biden administration: “America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing.” In an apparent jab at Donald Trump, Johnson added: “The gloom has been overdone. And we’re turning a corner and the countries we call the West are drawing together and combining their formidable strength and expertise once again.” Prime Minister Johnson, who like his predecessor Theresa May threw away the chance to strike the British-American trade deal offered by Trump by leaving the EU in control of British trade policy until 2021, used the virtual summit to push for the adoption...
    New York : He was vaccinated before assuming the presidency Photo: Alex Wong / . Joe Biden admitted yesterday that life may not return to normal in 2021 due to COVID-19 mutations and potential disruptions in US vaccine production. In a separate statement, also yesterday Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the new variations of the virus mean that the government and companies “will have to be agile to adapt easily to make versions of the vaccine specifically targeting any prevalent mutation. ” Fauci is considered the most important infectious disease doctor in the country and has been an advisor to the governments of Donald Trump and Biden, on the pandemic. Biden stated when visiting a Pfizer vaccine factory in Portage, Michigan that virus mutations and unforeseen failures in vaccine production could extend the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. “I believe that we will...
    congress.gov via Getty Images Freshman Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert issued a call to President Joe Biden urging him to order flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh, who died this week. On Friday, two days after Limbaugh died, Boebert wrote on Twitter that “I’m calling on Joe Biden to order flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh.” I’m calling on Joe Biden to order flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh. — Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 19, 2021 The suggestion was met with a variety of reaction from political and media figures, journalists, celebrities’, and other prominent Twitter users. You didn’t call on President Trump to ask him to lower the flag for the officer killed during the January 6th insurrection… but you do for a divisive figure? https://t.co/A62qJerDkG — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 19, 2021 The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is a month into his presidency and at least one pattern is clear. He doesn’t want to talk about the “the former guy.” That guy is Donald Trump. But if Biden is reluctant to say Trump’s name too much, a lot of what he has been doing has been in direct contrast to his predecessor’s legacy. On policy, symbolism and style, from the Earth’s climate to what’s not on his desk (Trump’s button to summon a Diet Coke), Biden has been purging Trumpism however he can in an opening stretch that is wholly unlike the turmoil and trouble of his predecessor’s first month. The test for Biden is whether his stylistic changes will be matched by policies that deliver a marked improvement from Trump, and a month is not long enough to measure that. Further, the length of Biden’s honeymoon is likely to be brief...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office for the first time as president a month ago, his pens were ready. Already. Lining a fine wooden box, they bore the presidential seal and an imprint of his signature, a micro-mission accomplished in advance of his swearing-in. Four years ago, pens were just one more little drama in Donald Trump's White House. The gold-plated signature pens he favored had to be placed on rush order in his opening days. Over time, he came to favor Sharpies over the government-issued pens. On matters far more profound than a pen, Biden is out to demonstrate that the days of a seat-of-the-pants presidency are over. He wants to show that the inflationary cycle of outrage can be contained. That things can get done by the book. That the new guy can erase the...
    President Biden acknowledged on January 27 that the oil and gas industry "helped build this country." He promised on his seventh day in office that "we’re never going to forget the men and women who dug the coal and built the nation. We’re going to do right by them, make sure they have opportunities to keep building the nation in their own communities and get paid well for it." And yet, one of his first official actions was to stop the Keystone XL pipeline cold in its tracks and to sign an Executive Order that will "pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands" indefinitely.  The leases account for about one quarter of annual U.S. production and most acutely impact several Western states, namely Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota and New Mexico. And just to show his resolve, the president also directed the Office of Management and Budget to "eliminate...
    As vice president, President Biden came to the role with a deep well of experience, particularly on foreign policy. Under Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris’s role is "more an apprentice position" than a Biden or Walter Mondale-like consigliere, according to Jack Lechelt, author of The Vice Presidency in Foreign Policy: From Mondale to Cheney. There are signs, however, that Harris is carving out her own growing diplomatic role. PRESS SHOP FUMBLES: PLAGUED BY DISTANCE FROM BIDEN'S INNER CIRCLE? Harris’s early one-on-one with Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron of France, a traditional and significant ally, suggests that she'll play an important role, said Joel Goldstein, author of The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden. “The relationship with France goes back to the Revolutionary War. And it's a country that is obviously a key member of NATO and a key European ally." “They are not having her...
    Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Friday that more regulation isn’t the answer to Texas’ power crisis that left millions of residents without electricity or heat this week due to a brutal winter storm. "I’d love to have President Biden come to Texas," the ex-member of former President Trump’s Cabinet who also served as the governor of Texas until 2015, told guest host Jason Chaffetz on "Hannity." "We could show him some things that he certainly needs to see." Biden said Friday he plans to travel to the Lone Star State but the date was unclear. Perry -- who succeeded George W. Bush as a Republican governor of Texas prior to serving in the Cabinet of former President Donald Trump -- said the federal government needs to be a "partner in innovating our way to better energy solutions rather than regulating it." And although he’s willing to talk about Texas, which has...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden's plate. A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. At least 59 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. Biden came into office Jan. 20 promising to tackle a series of brewing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its ripple effects on the economy. He tacked on systemic racism and climate change as top priorities. And now he's contending with storms that have not only imperiled Americans but also delayed the shipment and administration of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines. Biden said...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden’s plate. A month into the job and focused on the coronavirus, Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze that left millions shivering in homes that lost heat and power, and in many homes, water. At least 59 deaths across the U.S. have been blamed on the blast of unseasonable weather. Biden came into office Jan. 20 promising to tackle a series of brewing crises, starting with the coronavirus pandemic and its ripple effects on the economy. He tacked on systemic racism and climate change as top priorities. And now he’s contending with storms that have not only imperiled Americans but also delayed the shipment and administration of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines. Biden said Friday that he hopes...
    President Biden has said he hopes Americans can 'return to normalcy' by the end of this year. Biden's wish was aired during a visit to a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Michigan on Friday, as the number of people in hospital with the coronavirus dipped below 60,000 for the first time since November, with 2,477 daily deaths having been recorded. The levels are now similar to earlier peak levels of hospitalizations that were seen before the surges of last spring and summer.  'I believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year and this Christmas will be different than last but I can't make that commitment to you. There are other strains of the virus,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the vaccine roll-out. He toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant on Friday and said he hoped for 'normalcy' by Christmas here are currently...
    1. The Biden administration on Thursday sent generators, blankets, and other supplies to Texas to help people struggling without power or running water after a brutal blast of extreme winter weather. President Biden also approved declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana, two other states hit hard by the storm, which has been blamed for several dozen deaths. “Jill and I are keeping Texas, Oklahoma, and other impacted states in our prayers,” Biden tweeted. “Please heed the instructions of local officials and stay safe.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency has delivered 60 generators to provide power at hospitals, water facilities, and other critical sites. Hundreds of thousands remained without power in Texas for a third straight day, and nearly half of the state’s residents remained under boil-water notices or without running water as another storm affected the Plains and the East Coast on Thursday. [The Hill, CNN] 2. NASA on Thursday...
    Washington (CNN)When President Joe Biden announced the US will end support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna felt the decision was a vindication of a fight he's been engaged in for years.In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol Hill. Now, the policy appears to have been embraced by the White House. In an interview with CNN, Khanna called the move "a profound and historic shift" that marks a new chapter in the US relationship with Saudi Arabia. "We're being explicit and bold and open to the Saudis saying, 'no, this is not a war we support,'" the congressman...
    Whether he intends to or not, Joe Biden might well become a transformational president on issues of foreign policy and national security. Since taking office, Biden has prioritized the challenge of meeting four major largely domestic crises—COVID, the economy, racial divisions, and climate change. But the world seldom waits for a convenient moment to insert itself into the agenda, and for that and a host of other reasons, Biden already seems likely to have an international legacy of real consequence. Even in his very first forays into foreign policy, Biden has made an impact. On Friday, he participated via video link as a speaker at the Munich Security Conference. While his words might not have seemed out of place for a normal American president, they stood in striking contrast to those of his immediate predecessor. He emphasized the importance of America’s partnerships with our allies noting pointedly, “They’re not...
    The president of the USA, Joe Biden, has affirmed this Friday that the transatlantic alliance between Europe and the US is back. This is his first appearance before the international community after being sworn in as president. The alliance involves collaboration between the United States and Europe. “America is back”, he declared during his speech. “We are not going to look back,” said Joe Biden after four years of tension over the US-Europe transatlantic relationship during the Trump era. America is open to working with the countries of Europe and positions itself as a solid ally. “The United States will work closely with our European partners and all countries on the continent,” concluded Biden. It has placed China and Russia as rivals, in a particularly harsh speech with these powers. The US asks China to play by the same rules and vindicates the territorial integrity of Ukraine from Russia...
    (CBS Detroit) – President Biden toured Pfizer’s largest manufacturing facility outside Kalamazoo, Michigan where he met with workers producing the covid-19 vaccine. President Biden said, “We have the needles, so come on over.” READ MORE: Snow Delays COVID-19 Shipments In Michigan and Across The Country The visit comes as winter weather has snarled vaccine shipments across the country complicating the ongoing concerns over supply. Andy Slavitt, White House Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response said, “As of now, we have a backlog of about 6 million doses due to the weather.” The White House COVID response team says shipping companies will take up Saturday deliveries. The team is also calling on facilities administering the vaccine to offer extended hours and additional appointments to catch up. READ MORE: Safety Issue Causes Recall on Toro Snowblowers Slavitt said, “If we all work together from the factory all the way to the vaccinators,...
    Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster accused President Biden of "bigotry masquerading as cultural sensitivity," following a town hall event where the president addressed China’s human rights abuses. Biden was asked about human rights atrocities carried out against the Uyghur populations in Western China. BIDEN TAKES HEAT FOR ‘DIFFERENT NORMS’ REMARK WHILE DISCUSSING CHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS "If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world, is when they haven't been unified at home," Biden said, noting the simplicity in that generalization. "The central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united tightly-controlled China," he added. Biden told the town hall host, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that he understands that this is why Chinese President Xi Jinping acts in a manner that he later described as "xenophobic." Biden said he told Xi that as a U.S....
    (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...
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    Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler awarded President Joe Biden with “Three Pinocchios” Friday for his claims of traveling with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 17,000 miles. Biden has made this claim several times in the past few years. “I traveled 17,000 miles with him, the president of China… we traveled around the world together, in the United States and China,” he said on the campaign trail in January 2020. On February 7, 2021, he declared: “I had 24-25 hours of private meetings with him when I was vice president, traveled 17,000 miles with him. I know him pretty well.” Pres. Biden tells us that when dealing with Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping, he’s “not going to do it the way Pres. Trump did.” “Were gonna focus on international rules of the road,” Pres. Biden says of the “extreme competition” with China More tonight ahead of the Super Bowl on @CBS pic.twitter.com/yM4l6ehxe4 —...
    BORIS Johnson and Joe Biden cemented the Special Relationship last night when they met by video-link for the first time as the PM hosted a virtual G7 summit. He joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3PM Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden met by video-link for the first timeCredit: Crown Copyright 3Boris joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change AgreementCredit: Reuters Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had previously quit the agreement. The PM started by asking German Chancellor Angela Merkel to switch off her mic when she accidentally talked over his initial greeting. He joked: “Can you hear us Angela? I think you need to mute!” Later, Mr Biden laughed when...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Feb. 19Biden tours Pfizer facilityPresident Biden toured a Pfizer facility on Friday as the drug maker announced positive developments on its vaccine. The company says the shots can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks and not just in special ultra-cold freezers. That means smaller pharmacies may be able to obtain, store and administer the shots.White House announces new timeline for vaccinating studentsThe White House is now saying that high school students may receive vaccines in the fall, but elementary school...
    Texas TikTok users capture the destruction from this weeks snowstorm Plane crashes into tractor-tailer at Los Angeles pier, killing pilot President Joe Biden said Friday that once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated, "we're going to do everything we can to end cancer as we know it." Biden said that two White House offices will be involved in developing an "advanced-research effort on cancer and other diseases." Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics. © Provided by CNBC President Joe Biden walks with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, right, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, second from right, and Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as he tours of a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich. President Joe Biden said Friday that once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated, his administration will target...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After millions of Texans suffered from widespread power outages this week, the state’s power grid operator, ERCOT, announced Friday morning, Feb. 19, it returned to normal operations for the first time this week. The CEO, Bill Magness, interrupted the news conference. “We just got the notice from the control room that we have left the last stage of emergency operations.” READ MORE: Dallas County Reports 40 More COVID-19-Related Deaths, Only 290 New Cases ERCOT stopped asking companies to impose controlled or rotating outages on customers. However, Magness said power companies spent the day Friday having crews restore power to residents and businesses left in the dark from previous rolling outages or from storm damage such as ice downing power lines. Also Friday, President Joe Biden announced he was having FEMA expedite Governor Greg Abbott’s request for a major disaster declaration. “We’re going to sign that declaration once...
    Reuters February 19, 2021 0 Comments Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced on Friday he would oppose President Joe Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which could end her chances of confirmation despite continued support from the president. Biden told reporters he did not intend to pull the nomination. “I think we’re gonna find the votes to get her confirmed,” Biden said. Tanden has been criticized by Republicans – and some Democrats – over past harsh comments on social media, such as calling Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch” and saying “vampires have more heart than (Senator) Ted Cruz.” Many Democrats scoffed at such concerns, noting near-unanimous Republican support for former President Donald Trump, who was accused of inciting a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol partly via inflammatory comments on Twitter and was known for blasting opponents – particularly...
    Power comes back for most in Texas, but other problems pile up San Francisco area school board bashes parents on ‘hot mic’ Zoom meeting, president resigns A month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the First Family are still settling into life at the White House. They’ve decorated the private residence with"family pictures all around, our books, some furniture we brought from home," First Lady Dr. Jill Biden told People. The Bidens have always said that their family is their first priority, and even though the President calls his children and grandchildren every day, he doesn’t mix business with family, especially when it comes to running the country. In February, President Biden confirmed as much by saying his family doesn’t work in the White House, unlike the previous administration.“No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody...
    (CNN)With the impeachment trial officially over and Congress' attention up for grabs again, President Joe Biden got to the business of governing -- and dove headfirst into selling his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, currently on track for a House vote next week.On Tuesday, Biden traveled to Wisconsin, his first time leaving Washington in a month, for a CNN town hall where he laid out an ambitious vaccination timeline ("enough vaccines for every single American" by the end of July) and tried to clear up confusion about students returning to school.While the US made progress in vaccinating more people and dipping infection rates, a historic winter storm crippled the middle of the nation, throwing vaccine supply chains into chaos and pushing the entire state of Texas into crisis. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a...
    President Biden Friday defended the size of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package even as he signaled to critics he'd be willing to make some trims to win their support.  The House is prepared to vote next week on Biden's massive package as GOP leadership is actively urging their members to reject the legislation they've dubbed a bloated progressive wish list.  "I'm grateful that the Senate and the House are moving quickly," Biden said Friday in Michigan after touring a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant. "I'm prepared to hear their ideas on how to make the package better and make it cheaper. I'm open to that." BIDEN SAYS ONCE HE DEFEATS COVID, CANCER IS NEXT Biden, however, suggested it's Republicans that should get on board with his plan because the American people want them to "act big and quickly." "My hope is that Republicans in Congress listen to their constituents," Biden said. "According to the polls,...
    President Biden is hitting the road again – getting out of Washington for the second time this week as he makes the case for his top priority in the early days of his administration – a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Biden on Friday visited Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Increasing vaccinations is a crucial element in the president’s recovery plan. The stop came two days after the president held a town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, where Biden pushed his proposal, which has seen GOP pushback over the price tag. BIDEN PLANNING TRIP TO TEXAS AMID WEATHER CRISIS Michigan and Wisconsin also happen to be crucial battleground states where Biden narrowly edged out then-President Trump in his presidential election victory. President Joe Biden tours a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The itinerary this week has some political...
    The G-7 is unlikely to invite Russia into its group and reconstitute the G-8 any time soon, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.  "I don’t think we’re making new invitations to Russia or reiterating new invitations to Russia," Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "Obviously, an invitation would be done in partnership with our G-7 partners." President Biden had his first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.  Biden had his first virtual G-7 meeting Friday morning before he delivered an address to world leaders at the Munich Security Conference.  Russia had been a member of the G-8 group until it was ousted in 2014 after annexing Crimea. Former President Trump had pushed for the country to be reinstated. Last June he called the G-7 a "very outdated group of countries" and said he wanted to add Russia, Australia, South Korea and India. The group currently consists...
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    More On: genocide Biden dismisses Uighur genocide as part of China’s ‘different norms’ Biden’s team faces the ugly facts on China China nixes Antony Blinken climate appeal over Uighur genocide claims US commission says China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims The State Department described China’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims as “atrocities” that “shock the conscience.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and current Secretary of State Antony Blinken both agreed that the horrendous treatment qualifies as “genocide.” President Biden, however, chalked up the systematic rape and abuse of the Muslim minority to cultural differences. Tuesday on CNN, Biden summarized his recent phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, explaining the Communist leader’s rationale for rounding up the Uighurs like he was defending a misunderstood old friend. The president even reminisced about the time he traveled 17,000 miles with Xi and “got to know him so well.” His...
    President Biden said Friday that ending cancer will be his next big scientific endeavor after overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.  "I want you to know that once we beat COVID, we're gonna do everything we can to end cancer as we know it," Biden said in Michigan after touring a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant.  Biden was in charge of President Obama's "Cancer Moonshoot" initiative launched in 2016 to double the rate of progress toward a cure. The priority is personal to Biden, who lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015. He was 46.  President Joe Biden walks with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, right, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, second from right, and Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as he tours of a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP) Biden drew parallels between fighting the pandemic and taking on cancer, the...
    By Larry Keane President Joe Biden is throwing out just a few feeler jabs in his gun control fight. He’s talked of bans and repealing laws, which are certainly worthy of throwing up a guard to keep them from landing. Make no mistake. His fight plan is one of disciplined patience versus throwing haymakers. He’s already setting up for a 1-2 combination that he believes would send the industry to the mat. He’s not looking to just win the round or the fight. He’s looking beyond the title. President Biden wants a knockout against the firearm industry that’s so painful, there’s no talk about a rematch. President Biden is doing this by landing hard blows against the firearm industry’s ability to gain footing financially. He’s not fighting fair either. President Biden is swinging below the belt. Round One The president’s “be first” strategy started just eight days after he was...
    (CNN)Have you heard about what's happening to The Former Guy? Some of the other big kids don't want to play with him anymore. Almost makes you feel sorry for him. Almost."The former guy" is the nickname President Joe Biden pasted on his predecessor at a recent CNN town hall. "I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump," he said at one point. At another, Biden said this: "For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people."Depriving Trump of attention hits him where it hurts. As President, and before that as a private businessman, Trump was an eager attention-seeker, steadily barraging the world with outrageous statements, conspiracy theories and other nonsense -- all positioning him at the center of an alternate universe, his most rabid loyalists hanging on his every pronouncement. On January 6...
    “I don’t think we are extending any new invitations to Russia, or reiterating any new invitations to Russia,” US executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with the president in Air Force One. “Of course, an invitation would be made in partnership with our G7 partners,” she added. Russia was expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014, after its annexation of Crimea, which was never recognized by the international community. Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly expressed the desire to improve relations with Vladimir Putin, had offered to invite the Russian president to the next G7 summit. Earlier on Friday, during his first major foreign policy speech for the Munich Security Conference, Joe Biden accused Moscow of “attacking our democracies” and Vladimir Putin of seeking “to weaken the European project and our alliance with it. ‘NATO’. But “it is not a question of turning East against West (…)....
    Politico was criticized Friday after publishing an article suggesting that President Biden is finding out how much containing the coronavirus pandemic is "out of his control", with critics suggesting the publication was conveniently resetting expectations for someone who vowed to "shut down" the virus during his campaign. "President Joe Biden’s presidency hinges in large part on his success in handling the pandemic. But nearly a month into power, he’s beginning to discover just how much of that task is out of his control," Politico's lede stated. The triple-bylined story delved into Biden's efforts to engage with states on stopping the virus, reopening schools, and jump-starting the economy, with some governors resistant to the idea of far greater federal oversight than existed under the Trump administration.  INGRAHAM: SHIFTING GOALPOSTS IN VIRUS BATTLE SHOWING 'DEMOCRATS HATE NORMAL' "Oh golly gee," Fox Radio host Guy Benson tweeted in response. "It's a good thing he didn't run on shutting down...
    President Joe Biden used his speech at the Pfizer facility in Michigan Friday to put some heat on Congressional Republicans who don't want to spend $1.9 trillion on COVID-19 relief.  'I'm grateful that the Senate and the House are moving quickly,' Biden said. 'And I'm prepared to hear their ideas on how to make the package better and make it cheaper. I'm open to that.'  Biden touted that the plan could create 7 million jobs this year, and then asked GOP lawmakers what they would cut from the ambitious package that they think is 'too big.'  President Joe Biden used his speech at the Pfizer manufacturing plant Friday in Michigan to pressure Republican lawmakers to support his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan  When asking Republicans what they might cut from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, Biden recalled the images of long lines, like this one in New...
    Former President Donald TrumpTom Brenner | Reuters Former President Donald Trump continues to rage at top Republicans who have criticized him, despite some advisors insisting he should take aim at President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders instead, according to people familiar with the matter. Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and longtime GOP political operative Karl Rove are among the targets of Trump's anger, these people said. These people declined to be named in order to speak freely. Trump spokesman Jason Miller responded to CNBC's request for comment for this story by emailing: "Fake news. We're focused on winning back the House and Senate in 2022." CNBC had asked which Republicans Trump intended to target during midterm primaries after the former president said he plans to back several primary contenders who support his Make America Great Again agenda. There are 20 Senate seats currently held by...
    CLAIM: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country.” – President Joe Biden VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Trump had a plan that was complicated by the diverse policies of state governments. Biden, speaking at a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday claimed that President Donald Trump had left him no plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden claimed. President Biden is incorrect. As Former Senior Advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services John “Wolf” Wagner confirmed to Breitbart News on Friday there was a vaccine distribution plan far before Biden took office. In fact, a key component of Operation Warp Speed...
    President Joe Biden walks with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, right, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, second from right, and Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as he tours of a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich.Evan Vucci | AP President Joe Biden said Friday that once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated, his administration will target another deadly disease: Cancer. "I want you to know that, once we beat Covid, we're going to do everything we can to end cancer as we know it," Biden said in a speech after touring Pfizer's massive coronavirus vaccine manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics, with nearly 600,000 people dying of cancer in 2019. Almost 1.9 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021, American Cancer Society researchers estimate....
    The U.S. has returned “as leader of the free world,” United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday at the virtual Munich Security Conference. “As you’ve seen and heard earlier, America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world. And that is fantastic,” Johnson said in his speech, which was streamed on YouTube. (RELATED: ‘She Understands American Leadership’: Nikki Haley Chooses A Side In Heated Georgia Senate Race) “And it’s vital for our American friends to know that their allies on this side of the Atlantic are willing and able to share the risks and the burdens of the world’s toughest problems. And that’s exactly why global Britain is there and that’s what global Britain is striving to achieve,” the prime minister said during his speech. WATCH: President Joe Biden requested on Friday for Europe to accept the U.S again as leaders in opposition to China’s increasing...
    From inauguration style star to cover girl. Hours after making her runway debut for Proenza Schouler at New York Fashion Week, newly minted IMG model Ella Emhoff has landed her first magazine cover. The 21-year-old stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris and daughter of Doug Emhoff fronts Berlin-based art and fashion glossy Dust’s Spring 2021 issue, dressed in a pastel patchwork knit jacket of her own design. During her shoot, the Parsons student and so-called “first daughter of Bushwick” also sported designer duds from brands including Balenciaga, Prada and Miu Miu, while posing in a Brooklyn studio where she once worked. In the accompanying interview, which was conducted by artist Marina Abramovic over Zoom, Emhoff spoke about her look from Joe Biden’s inauguration , an embellished Miu Miu coat worn atop a ruffled Batsheva dress. “The choice was honestly very spur-of-the moment. Personally, I like the cross between old and new. I love...
    President Donald Trump was back on the golf links Friday sporting his trademark MAGA hat, as the split within the Republican Party since the Jan. 6th Capitol riot continues to reveal itself. Trump could be seen Friday on his golf course near his new home at Mar-a-Lago, as fellow members of his party are being forced to choose sides on whether to embrace or reject him following his acquittal on a charge of 'incitement of insurrection.' His successor, Joe Biden, repudiated his 'America first' policy in a virtual speech to the annual Munich global security conference Friday morning. 'I speak today as President of the United States, at the very start of my administration, and I'm sending a clear message ... America is back,' said Biden. Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a Thursday night television appearance called out Trump for his role role in the Jan. 6th MAGA riot,...
    By Karin Strohecker and Matthias Williams LONDON (Reuters) - Ukraine's top prosecutor said on Friday investigations into Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd, a matter closely tied to a scandal that led to former U.S. President Donald Trump's first impeachment, have been closed with no plans to reopen them. Ukrainian prosecutors in recent years had looked into the actions of Burisma, a company on whose board U.S. President Joe Biden's son Hunter had served from 2014 to 2019, and its founder Mykola Zlochevsky. "Everything that prosecutors could do, they have done," Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said in an interview with Reuters by video link from Kyiv. "This is why I don't see any possibilities (or) necessity to come back to these cases." Venediktova also said U.S. authorities had made no requests of her office since Biden took office last month. The U.S. House of Representatives impeached Trump in December 2019...
    The G-7 is unlikely to become the G-8 again any time soon, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, a pivot away from former President Donald Trump's position. "I don’t think we’re making new invitations to Russia or reiterating new invitations to Russia," Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday. "Obviously, an invitation would be done in partnership with our G-7 partners." President Biden participated in his first G-7 meeting as president virtually Friday morning before delivering his first address to world leaders via the Munich Security Conference, a gathering he's spoken at in person many times before. Russia had been a member of the G-8 group since 1997 until it was ejected in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea. Trump had lobbied Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom to readmit Russia during his administration, but he failed to convince them. GOP ANGST...
    U.S. President Joe Biden announced Friday a $4 billion pledge to a global campaign to bolster the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.   At his first meeting as president with world leaders at the Munich Security Conference, Biden announced financial support for COVAX, a coalition tasked with distributing vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.  “Even as we fight to get out of the teeth of this pandemic, a resurgence of Ebola in Africa is a stark reminder that we must simultaneously work to finally finance health security, strengthen global health systems, and create early warning systems to prevent, detect and respond to future biological threats because they will keep coming,” Biden said at the virtual meeting.    President Joe Biden participates in a virtual event with the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 19, 2021.Biden pledged $2 billion that will fund...