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    The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is further increasing the weekly vaccine shipments the federal government sends to states.  The White House’s COVID-19 response team announced that states will now receive 14.5 million doses starting next week, a jump from 13.5 million.  The team tweeted that the figure is “an increase of almost 70% since we took office just over a month ago.” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiTanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden Biden to order flags to half staff to mark 500K virus deaths MORE said Tuesday that White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' Overnight Health Care: CDC study says double masking works | House Democrats propose multibillion-dollar COVID-19 relief package | Industry groups back ObamaCare reforms proposed by Democrats The...
    At the end of a virtual meeting between the heads of the French, British, German and American diplomats, Washington agrees to make efforts for a relaunch of the nuclear agreement concluded with Iran. TheEU invited Washington to talks in Tehran’s presence in order to relaunch efforts aimed at restoringnuclear deal concluded with theIran. An invitation that United States have accepted, report 20 minutes. In 2018, the Trump administration announced the withdrawal of the United States fromIran nuclear deal. The spokesperson for the US State Department, Ned Price, announced that: “The United States accept an invitation from the High Representative ofEuropean Union at a meeting of the P5 + 1 and Iran to discuss the best way forward on the Iran’s nuclear program“. As a reminder, the P5 is a group that brings together United States, Germany, China, France, United Kingdom and Russia. Joe Biden’s...
    A former Trump administration official announced her candidacy in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat. Lynda Blanchard, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Slovenia from 2019 through the end of the Trump administration, announced on Thursday that she’ll be running to fill the vacancy that will be left by Republican Richard Shelby, who is not running for reelection in 2022. Touting herself as “a proud member of the MAGA movement” in a video announcing her candidacy, the former ambassador said she planned to push Trump's “America first” policies if she's elected by pushing back against Democratic leadership in the federal government. "[President] Biden, [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, and the Squad are working fast to erase triumphs of the Trump administration from our history," she said. "If you're sick of career politicians, insiders, and swamp creatures that stand for socialism or cheerlead for censorship,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday had a message to Americans – urging them to "get vaccinated" against the novel coronavirus when they become eligible. "When your turn to get vaccinated comes up, get vaccinated," Fauci said. US ADMINISTERING 1.7 MILLION COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES DAILY, WHITE HOUSE SAYS "It is not only good for you, and good for your family and your community," he continued. "It will have a very important impact on the dynamics of the outbreak in our country." The White House on Wednesday announced that the U.S. is now averaging 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered daily – up from an average of 900,000 shots per day one month ago. The latest data reflects an increase of 200,000 doses from the week prior. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE The Biden administration had set a goal to achieve 100 million vaccinations within the president's first 100 days in office, with current...
    The Biden administration struck deals to purchase another 100 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus shots on Thursday, increasing the U.S. vaccine supply by 50%. “That means lives will be saved,” President Biden said at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. “That means we're now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.” Biden had previously announced at the end of January that his administration would buy additional doses. “These purchases will allow us to accelerate our vaccination efforts to get shots into the arms of the American people,” said Norris Cochran, acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Biden did not offer a timeline for deliveries to hospitals and vaccination centers where people who are eligible, depending on each state’s rollout plan, to get the shots. Most states have already...
    The new administration wants to break with Donald Trump’s policy in the region. But it will be difficult to reverse certain achievements Correspondent in Tel Aviv Pace step by step and without drama. This is perhaps the main break in Joe Biden’s foreign policy with that of his predecessor, accustomed to thunderous declarations and diplomatic reversals concluded in a few tweets. Washington has announced its return to the Palestinians in three stages. On January 26, during a meeting of the Security Council, Richard Mills, American charge d’affaires at the United Nations, announced that he wanted to “renew” the relations of the United States with the leadership and the Palestinian people, to “restore” assistance programs, interrupted by the previous administration, and “reopening” closed diplomatic missions.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The White House announced Tuesday retail pharmacies will receive direct shipments of 1 million doses of COVID vaccines next week. That is welcome news for local officials as they’re trying to increase the number of people getting shots. Finding a COVID vaccine should be getting a little easier with a growing number of retail pharmacies soon to be offering shots. People over 65 and those with medical conditions qualify to be vaccinated along with frontline workers. But Philadelphia is still limiting vaccinations for people under the age of 75. Philadelphia will open new mass vaccination clinics on Feb. 22. The locations have not been announced yet but people would be invited after signing up on the city’s vaccine interest website. “We are trying to do this fast, trying to do it in a way that will save the most lives and we’re trying to do this with racial equity,”...
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear, the White House said Tuesday. Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said starting next week some 6,500 pharmacies around the country will receive a total of 1 million doses of vaccine. The number of participating pharmacies, and the allocation of vaccines, are expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly. “This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities,” said Zients. The partnership with drug stores was originally announced by the Trump administration last November. At that time, no coronavirus vaccines had been approved....
    The Biden administration on Tuesday announced that it will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies around the country in an effort to expand access. The vaccines will be available in 6,500 pharmacies to start with, said Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsGeorgia senators press administration, Senate Dems on coronavirus relief: report Overnight Health Care: Biden adviser delivers more pessimistic prediction on vaccine rollout | CDC says coronavirus could kill up to 514K by Feb. 20 | Vaccine research funds have been misused for decades, watchdog says White House goes full-throttle on COVID-19 relief talks MORE, the White House coronavirus response coordinator. Supplies will be limited at first. One million vaccine doses per week will be given to pharmacies, starting Feb. 11. In addition, the administration is increasing by 5 percent the vaccine doses given to states each week, to 10.5 million per week. That is on top of a 16 percent increase announced last week. Finally,...
    As Senate majority leader during Donald Trump's presidency, Mitch McConnell made the confirmation of federal judges a top priority for Republicans. The Kentucky Republican's efforts helped fundamentally alter the nature of the federal judiciary, pushing it in a more conservative direction. Now, a bit over a week in office, President Biden is getting the chance to start to reverse big Republican judicial gains, or at least chip away at their massive edge. Five federal judges, with lifetime appointments, announced retirement plans after Biden's inauguration last week. On Tuesday, two other U.S. district judges announced plans to take senior status. All told, eight judges had already announced plans to step down. Biden, a former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, has 46 district court vacancies and three appeals court vacancies to fill. But the former vice president and 36-year Delaware senator has a long way to go in matching the Trump administration's...
    Have the Monday blues? Well, here’s some good news! The Biden administration announced Monday that it is working to “speed up” efforts in redesigning the $20 bill to feature Harriet Tubman. While a timeline has not yet been announced by the Treasury Department, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the plan during a press conference in which she was asked if the new administration would pick up the initiative. “It’s important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that," she added. "So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort." The movement to have women on U.S. currency began years ago with grassroots organizations including Women On 20s, Daily Kos reported. Efforts to redesign the $20 bill to include Tubman and replace Andrew Jackson were announced during the Obama...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, on the $20 bill. But Tubman’s fate had been in doubt since the 2016 presidential campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move “pure political correctness.” Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision by the Obama administration. Instead, Mnuchin in 2019 announced a delay in redesigning the $20 bill in order to redesign the $10 and $50 bills first to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters. The unveiling of the...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration is “exploring ways” to put 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Tubman on the $20 bill. Former Treasury Secretary in the Obama administration, Jack Lew, had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, on the currency. But Tubman's fate had been in doubt since the 2016 presidential campaign, based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move “pure political correctness.” Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision. Instead, he announced in May 2019 a delay in redesigning the $20 bill in order to first redesign the $10 and $50 bills to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters. The unveiling of the redesigned $20 bill featuring Tubman,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, on the $20 bill. But Tubman’s fate had been in doubt since the 2016 presidential campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move “pure political correctness.” Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision by the Obama administration. Instead, Mnuchin in 2019 announced a delay in redesigning the $20 bill in order to redesign the $10 and $50 bills first to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters. The unveiling of the...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signaled plans to place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas lease activities in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a remote, rugged area considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich’in. The plans, along with other proposed executive actions, were announced on a fact sheet by the new administration on Biden’s inauguration day. Issuing leases had been a priority of the Trump administration following a 2017 law calling for lease sales, said Lesli Ellis-Wouters, a spokesperson for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. The agency held the first lease sale for the refuge’s coastal plain on Jan. 6. Eight days later, Ellis-Wouters said, it signed leases for nine tracts totaling nearly 685 square miles (1,770 square kilometers). However, the issuance of the leases was not announced publicly until Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s...
    (CNN)The Dutch government has resigned amid a scandal that saw thousands of families wrongly accused of child welfare fraud. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the Cabinet's resignation in an address Friday, saying that responsibility for the scandal "ultimately rests with the incumbent Cabinet and nowhere else."Under the scandal, around 10,000 families in the Netherlands were told to repay tens of thousands of euros of subsidies after being wrongly accused of child welfare fraud. Rutte made his speech in the aftermath of the publication of a report by the Parliamentary Interrogation Committee on Childcare Allowance, which he called "very tough, but fair.""On all levels throughout the political-administrative-legal system, mistakes have been made that have resulted in great injustice to thousands of parents," he remarked.Read MoreDutch king cuts short vacation in Greece after criticismThe Dutch premier was clear that financial compensation for the affected parents is the "the first thing that...
    Iran expects the next U.S. administration under President-elect Joe Biden to unconditionally return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal as originally negotiated by President Barack Obama, Iran’s Ambassador to the U.N. said Friday. Majid Takht Ravanchi revealed a confident Iran has already received positive signals from the inbound Biden administration. “We have heard from the Biden team a number of positive remarks regarding the JCPOA and the return of the United States to its obligations based on it,” Iran’s U.N. envoy told the semi-official IRNA news service. He further said “it’s too early to judge exactly what the next dwellers of the White House will do,” but added Tehran “is not in a rush” and Biden will be given time to align his policies with those of Iran. As Breitbart News reported, U.S. President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise back in May, 2018, when he announced his decision...
    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office as part of an effort by the Trump administration to prioritize AI.  The office will be in charge of implementing the nation’s AI strategy and overseeing and coordinating work on research between the federal government and the private sector. “The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal government’s AI efforts for many years to come, serving as a central hub for national AI research and policy for the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement provided to The Hill on Tuesday.   The office was established as part of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, which recently became law as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA included sweeping language to boost research into...
    The Trump administration announced two key actions Wednesday designed to protect entities that sought to avoid supporting abortion. Both announcements addressed longstanding issues handled by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights. In a press release Wednesday, HHS said it would block $200 million in federal Medicaid funds slated for California "due to the state illegally mandating that all health care plans subject to regulation by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) cover abortion without exclusion or limitation." It also said it referred a case to the Justice Department involving a nurse who was allegedly forced to assist in an elective abortion. DOJ announced on Wednesday that it would bring a suit against the University of Vermont Medical Center over the issue. "California and the University of Vermont Medical Center have violated federal conscience laws and refused to work with us to take corrective action, so...
    When the White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be hosting a summit to spotlight the progress on a COVID-19 vaccine summit, it came as news to many of the stakeholders involved in the vaccine production process. According to three individuals familiar with the matter, including senior administration officials working on the federal government’s coronavirus response, key members of the White House’s coronavirus task force and top representatives of the pharmaceutical industry were unaware of the event before it became public. The event, first reported by STAT News, is set to take place at the White House on Dec. 8. And it will likely include executives and representatives from the pharmaceutical, pharmacy and logistics industries. But the process by which it came together caught several individuals off guard, underscoring for them once more that the Trump White House is more concerned with the pomp and presentation of...
    Daily virus deaths near 2,600 — highest since April Kentucky mayor passes out in White Castle drive-thru, crashes and gets arrested for DUI, police say Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Crush Rush / Shutterstock.com Whenever there’s a changeover in the presidential administration, it can have major ramifications on the economy and the stock market. Now that former Vice President Joe Biden has been announced as the next POTUS, investors can start planning with more certainty as to how they wish to position their portfolios. Read: 25 Top-Paying Dividend Stocks That Will Make You Rich Based on what Biden has publicly announced as his policy changes — and investor speculation on what these may mean for the markets — individual stocks have...
    The Trump administration is preparing to get rid of Air Force planes used for surveillance after exiting the Open Skies treaty with Russia, complicating President-elect Joe Biden options if he seeks to rejoin the accord, according to a report. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday announced the withdrawal from the decades-old treaty that allowed nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other’s territories. Now the Trump administration is moving to jettison the specially equipped OC-135B planes used in the Open Skies flights, the Wall Street Journal reported. The planes have been designated as “excess defense articles,” meaning they can be given or sold at steep discounts to allies, the report said, citing a senior US official. “We’ve started liquidating the equipment,” the official said. “Other countries can come purchase or just take the airframes. They are really old and cost-prohibitive for us to maintain. We don’t have a...
    The White House reportedly referred a dispute over a form Omarosa Manigault-Newman was required to fill out upon her departure from the Trump administration to the Justice Department a day after the former "Apprentice" contestant announced the completion of a tell-all book about her tenure as an aide to the president. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Justice Department received a referral about Manigault-Newman's refusal to fill out a form disclosing her travel and other expenditures until she was given access to records left in her former office just a day after she announced publicly that she planned to publish a book that was critical of the president and his staff. White House officials declined to comment to the Times, and did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. An attorney for Manigault-Newman told the Times that the administration's action amounted to the "weaponization of a...
    Ill., Ind., Wis. (WLS) -- The Food and Drug Administration gave an E. coli warning involving bags of romaine lettuce Saturday.RELATED: FDA says people can infect their pets with COVID-19In a tweet, the FDA warned consumers regarding packaged single heads of romaine lettuce. They are bagged under the brand Tanimura and Antle.Consumers should not eat the lettuce, the FDA added. It is believed they were distributed in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.RELATED: Frozen shrimp recall citing salmonella concerns announced by FDA; list includes Costco brand KirklandThe lettuce brand announced it would voluntarily recall the items. Items falling under this warning are labeled with package dates of 10-15 and 10-16.If you want to stay updated on the investigation, follow the FDA on Twitter.
    A resident in a wheelchair at an assisted living facility in Boston, MA on September 02, 2020. homes.Craig F. Walker | Boston Globe | Getty Images Thousands of long-term care and assisted living facilities have already opted into the Trump administration's program with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to seniors, a senior administration official said Friday. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had struck a deal with the two pharmacy chains to administer vaccines to the elderly at long-term care and assisted living facilities free of charge. The program is optional, officials said, and facilities began selecting which pharmacy they preferred on Monday. HHS estimates there are about 15,000 long-term care facilities as well as an additional 35,000 assisted living facilities in the United States. Between 9,000 and 10,000 facilities have opted into the program since it was announced last week,...
    The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a new rule to amend asylum regulations to bar immigrants with certain criminal convictions from being eligible for asylum. The new rule, announced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, would remove eligibility for asylum for those convicted of a felony, as well as those convicted of offenses related to drunk driving, street gang activity, false identification (including receiving public benefits) and illegal re-entry. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES RULE LIMITING ASYLUM SEEKERS' ABILITY  TO GAIN WORK PERMITS In a further step, those charged with domestic violence offenses, even if not convicted, will be barred from claiming asylum. It marks the latest effort by the Trump administration to limit what it says is the abuse of the asylum system -- a key priority in the push to limit illegal immigration and the number of migrants coming to the border and ports of entry and seeking asylum....
    Four U.S. companies have brought potential coronavirus vaccines to the third phase of trials, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. Trump said the administration will grant $200 billion to companies to support the distribution effort so the vaccine can be as readily available as possible should it pass the third phase. Trump announced that Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) potential vaccine is the fourth U.S.-developed option to enter the third phase. He maintains that an effective vaccine could begin distribution in October, if it is approved. After making the announcement and addressing potential Supreme Court news, Trump cut short the press conference to take “an emergency phone call.” Pres Trump cuts short his news conference saying he has to take “an emergency phone call.” pic.twitter.com/D6JZfv4ZIq — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 23, 2020 The Trump administration announced it had reached a $1 billion deal with J&J in early August to manufacture 100...
    Tami Chappel/AFP/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked confusion and outrage last month when it announced it was not necessary for people without symptoms of Covid-19 to be tested. The New York Times now reports that recommendation “was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections.” The Times report, based on multiple sources and internal documents, points out that public health experts are calling for more testing to get a handle on the virus, not less. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that more testing drives up the number of reported cases. The Times reports: The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19 even if they had been exposed to the virus. It came at a time when public health experts were pushing for more testing rather than less, and administration officials told...
    By Gregory Wallace, CNN and KDKA-TV News Staff (CNN) — A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Trump administration to temporarily stop “winding down or altering any Census field operations.” The order applies nationwide. The temporary restraining order is the first court order this fall impacting how the final weeks of counting will unfold. Several other lawsuits are pending in courts across the country. The City of Pittsburgh announced it was taking legal action against the Trump administration on Monday, September 1, over the census changes. “Pittsburgh and other cities are faced with being undercounted this fall due to these Trump Administration moves, and we are doing all we can to fight for the full representation our residents deserve,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on September 1 that she filed an amicus brief in National Urban League v. Ross along with...
              Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his administration provided a “Week in Review” for the past week, with actions ranging from providing free books to kids to requiring schools to report coronavirus cases to local health departments. The week started off Monday with DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announcing assistance for five projects to create 574 new jobs and retain 1,058 jobs statewide. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $23 million in new payroll and spur more than $68 million in investments across Ohio. First Lady Fran DeWine on Monday announced progress in reaching young Ohio readers in the Ohio governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) Program’s first year. Now, 206,463 Ohio children from birth to age 5 are enrolled to...
    Authorities in Baltimore County, Maryland, charged five suspected MS-13 gang members with the murder of a 16-year-old girl. The Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office said the group of five gang members suspected that 16-year-old Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon was in contact with a rival gang and lured her to a reservoir where they killed her and then dumped her body. Ardon’s body was discovered on May 29, and she was identified as having been missing from Nassau County, New York, since the summer of 2019. The suspects include Jonathan Pesquera-Puerto, 19; Edys Valenzuella-Rodriguez, 20; Wualter Hernandez-Orellana, 19; Asael Ezequie Gonzalez-Merlos, 16; and Wilson Art Constanza-Galdomez, 21. They were already in police custody for charges of other crimes. They have now also been charged with first-degree murder for Ardon’s killing. The Trump administration has made cracking down on the violent MS-13 gang a priority over the last few years and announced...
    Former three-division titleholder Akira Yaegashi retires at 37 Lysol Wipes and Sprays Are Finally Back In Stock Online National renter eviction moratorium announced by Trump administration © Provided by Bankrate apartments-architectural-design-architecture-981916 © Provided by Bankrate Residential evictions for most renters will be banned through the end of the year under a new directive issued by the Trump administration late Tuesday. The moratorium, issued under the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), applies to individuals who expect to earn $99,000 or less in 2020 and couples filing jointly with an income of $198,000 or less. This is the same group that were eligible for a stimulus check this year. The move is in response to the COVID-19 epidemic that has closed businesses and thrown millions of people out of work. “To respond to this public health threat, the Federal, State, and local governments have taken...
    Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden says he's open to serving two terms; GOP convention begins Leaked audio shows Trump touted low Black voter turnout in 2016: report Palestine lost: It's up to the Palestinian people to shape their future now MORE, a senior White House adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Fear overshadows hope at GOP convention's first night Former Trump administration officials launch anti-Trump group Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE’s son-in-law, will travel next week on the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates after the White House announced a historic peace deal between the two countries. A senior administration official confirmed that the U.S. delegation on the symbolic trip will consist of Kushner, national security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienSunday shows preview: Mail-in voting, USPS funding dominates political debate before conventions...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday praised the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal announced by President Trump, but credited efforts of the Obama-Biden administration for the “historic step.” Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement Thursday after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations. TRUMP ANNOUNCES 'HISTORIC PEACE AGREEMENT' BETWEEN ISRAEL, UAE The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at “the request of President Trump,” and that Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.” The former vice president praised the move as “a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East,” calling the UAE’s offer to “publicly recognize...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System administration will lay off an untold number of employees over the next two years as part of $10 million in cuts that interim President Tommy Thompson announced Tuesday. The layoffs affect employees of UW System Administration only. The system's 13 universities are making their own reductions that were necessary due to a loss in revenue and state-ordered cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The layoffs of system employees will total about $6 million over two years, which represents a 10% cut to state-supported salaries. There are about 600 employees at UW System, so a 10% cut could mean the loss of 60 jobs. Thompson did not have a number of how many people would lose their jobs. “These are new layoffs,” Thompson said at a virtual news conference. “It’s actual positions." Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) announced on Wednesday that it's abandoning self-administration, the spokesman Nizar Haitham wrote on twitter. Earlier on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia announced it presented a resolution to accelerate implementation of the Riyadh agreement, which includes appointing a new governor for Aden and forming a government within 30 days. (Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Tom Hogue) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    After losing a Supreme Court decision over the DACA program in June, the Trump administration announced that they will wind down protections already granted to illegal immigrants under the Obama-era policy. The Supreme Court denied President Donald Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants a quasi-legal status to some illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal wing of the court in the 5-4 decision. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that they would be winding down the current protections to DACA recipients while they review the legal ramifications of the Supreme Court order. Renewals for recipients of the program will change from two years to only one year. And no new applications are going be accepted for consideration. According to NBC News,...
    Social media media giant Twitter suspended the account of Donald Trump Jr. after he shared a video of doctors talking about the controversial anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. A message from the company said that some features of Trump Jr.'s account were "temporarily limited" after he violated the company's rules. Specifically, a policy on "spreading misleading and potentially harmful misinformation" related to the coronavirus. The drug became a flashpoint in the administration's coronavirus response after President Trump began touting it as a possible cure. Trump said he took the drug after his personal valet caught the virus. White House trade and manufacturing adviser Peter Navarro has also called for the drug to be used. Republican strategist Andrew Surabian announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday. BREAKING: @Twitter & @jack have suspended @DonaldJTrumpJr for posting a viral video of medical doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine.Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in...
    Declaring at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library that "the old paradigm of blind engagement with China has failed," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced a new approach toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): "Distrust but verify." In stark and sobering remarks, Pompeo warned Americans that "if we bend the knee now, our children's children may be at the mercy of the CCP, whose actions are the primary challenge to the free world." Pompeo's address came a day after the FBI revealed that the CCP has implemented a "program" to secretly and illegally plant military researchers in several U.S. universities to pilfer research. Earlier in the week, the State Department announced that China's consulate in Houston would be closed, with Pompeo saying the complex was "a hub of spying and IP theft." China has vowed retaliation. Against that fraught backdrop, Pompeo promised action that he distinguished from Cold War-era "containment," which aimed to...
    The Trump administration is "doubling down" on its efforts to help protect nursing homes and long-term facility residents from the spread of coronavirus, given that nearly half the deaths from COVID-19 have been among the elderly in care centers, Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Thursday.  "There is just agreement across the task force, Dr. (Deborah) Birx, Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, and all the others that we need to double down the on nursing homes," said Verma on Fox News "Fox and Friends," after agreeing that many people dont realize the median age of deaths in the United States is 78.  "We know the spread has the potential to get into the nursing home, and were starting to see an uptick in cases," said Verma. "What the president announced is that doubling down of effort. Just last week we announced that were providing point...
    The Trump administration on Tuesday said it is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have forced foreign students to return home if the college courses they were enrolled in were to be held entirely online when colleges reopen in the fall. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that those on F-1 and M-1 student visas would need to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online when they reopen in the fall. If they do not, they could face deportation proceedings. Additionally, the agency announced that the State Department will not issue visas to students enrolled in full online programs, and that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would not allow them into the country. The Associated Press reported that ICE announced that the administration was rescinding the rule as a court hearing was getting underway on a lawsuit by Harvard...
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reversed course on a rule that would have prevented international students from remaining in the U.S. if their classes were only held online, the Boston Globe reports. The announcement came during a federal district court hearing Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT seeking a temporary injunction of the guidelines. The hearing lasted less than five minutes, according to the newspaper. The government announced it would rescind the rule change, which was announced last week and resulted in major blowback from academic institutions and businesses that feared a loss of valuable foreign talent. Last week, the Trump administration announced the new directive that barred any foreign student from staying in the U.S. if their classwork is completely online. Once the new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules were announced, colleges began to sue the Trump administration. Earlier Tuesday, The Wall Street...
    Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over an order that would force international students on student visas out of the country in the fall if their colleges refuse to offer in-person courses, as reported by The Washington Post. The move by the distinguished universities came after the federal government issued the controversial order on Monday — which would displace, or deport, thousands of students from Harvard alone. “The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others,” Harvard University President Larry Bacow said. The higher-ed institutions — which announced...
    As the number of novel coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. and around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has reached 32,061 with 796 deaths in the state.We've compiled the need-to-know information and resources to keep you and your family informed and safe. You can find all of ABC7's latest reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak here.WATCH: Wisconsin COVID-19 survivor tells people to stop 'complaining' about extended stay-at-home orderWisconsin health officials announced 598 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 33,154 with 807 deaths in the state.Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin because of COVID-19 pandemic; had been set for Sept. 25-27The Ryder Cup has been postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it had been set for Sept. 25-27 in Whistling Straights.Evers: Capitol will stay closed, state workers to wear masksGov. Tony Evers'...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Capitol building will not re-open next week as planned and state employees will have to start wearing masks whenever they're working indoors as the coronavirus continues to spread in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers' administration announced Wednesday. The Capitol building in Madison has been closed to the public since Evers handed down a stay-at-home order in March. The state Supreme Court struck down that order in May and Evers' administration had planned to re-open the building on Monday. But infection rates have been climbing in Wisconsin over the last two weeks and the administration announced Wednesday that the Capitol will remain closed indefinitely. The administration also announced that starting Monday all state employees must wear masks whenever they're inside a state facility, including offices, parking garages, elevators and bathrooms, waiting in line to enter a state facility and whenever they're inside any enclosed building on...
    The Trump administration submitted a notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization to the United Nations secretary-general, a senior administration official told Fox News on Tuesday, after President Trump for weeks had blasted the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and what he called its pro-China bias. The White House also notified congressional lawmakers Tuesday of the official removal, effective July 2021. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., tweeted. WHO CONTINUES TO LAVISH CHINA WITH PRAISE FOR HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS  Trump first announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the organization in late May. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," Trump told reporters at...
    (CNN)The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, under withering criticism for lack of transparency, shifted course Friday and announced they would disclose details of borrowers in the Paycheck Protection Program.The SBA, which manages the $660 billion emergency lending program, will disclose business names, addresses, loan amount ranges and demographic data, among other things, as part of an agreement with bipartisan lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the SBA and Treasury announced in a joint statement.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Trump Administration could not terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has shielded roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants from deportation. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a 5-4 majority, joining the court’s four Democratic-appointed justices. The decision was announced just over eight years to the day that former President Barack Obama launched the program, which he said at the time would be “temporary” program. President Donald Trump announced his decision to terminate the DACA program in 2017, but lower court rulings kept the program in place for nearly three years. BREAKING: Roberts joins court’s liberals to overturn Trump decision to rescind DACA.https://t.co/ikXL4M73lQ — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 18, 2020 BREAKING: The US Supreme Court has ruled the Trump administration violated federal law when it rescinded the DACA program https://t.co/BZPX48Vimc pic.twitter.com/71H7piJJLJ — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 18, 2020 This is...
    (CNN)The Trump administration is suing former national security adviser John Bolton for alleged breach of contract over his new book, according to a federal court docket.Bolton has announced that he plans to publish a book on his time in the Trump White House over the objections of President Donald Trump. Simon & Schuster announced that Bolton's book, "In the Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," would be released on June 23.The book will offer an insider account of the events that occurred in the West Wing surrounding Ukraine that led to Trump's impeachment last year.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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