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    More On: bernie sanders Biden gives up on ‘unity’ for his first action item People are getting Bernie Sanders’ mittens meme tattooed Sanders: Dems ready to use rare tactic to push through COVID-19 bill Bernie Sanders says he’s having ‘fun’ with the mitten memes Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders is dodging questions on when or if he will move forward with President Biden’s pick for budget chief — given their rocky history. Asked by Punchbowl News whether he would push Neera Tanden’s nomination to run the Office of Management and Budget forward, Sanders (I-Vt.) was cagey. “It’s going on,” the progressive pol told the outlet when asked if the longtime Clinton ally’s nomination would be pushed through before another Covid package was passed. “I don’t know honestly, we’re working on it,” he continued. Pressed again about the issue on Monday, Sanders replied, “Obviously, there’s a process we’re going...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines as the new director of national intelligence, giving President Joe Biden the first member of his Cabinet. The 84-10 vote by the Senate on Wednesday came after senators agreed to fast-track her nomination. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it was fitting that Haines was confirmed first. He said the intelligence post is of “critical importance to the country.” Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee at a confirmation hearing Tuesday that China would be an important focus of the Biden administration. She said she sees her role as speaking “truth to power” and delivering accurate and apolitical intelligence even if it is uncomfortable or inconvenient for the administration. The Senate was able to vote quickly on the nomination, and bypass a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival coincided with the awful news that the U.S. death toll had surpassed 400,000 in the worst public health crisis in more than a century — a crisis Biden will now be charged with controlling. “To heal we must remember,” the incoming president told the nation at a sunset ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Four hundred lights representing the pandemic’s victims were illuminated behind him around the monument’s Reflecting Pool. “Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights into the darkness … and remember all who we lost,” Biden said. The sober moment on the eve of Biden’s inauguration — typically a celebratory time in Washington when...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation's capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.Biden, an avid fan of Amtrak, had planned to take a train into Washington ahead of Wednesday's Inauguration Day, but scratched that plan in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.He instead flew into a military airbase just outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon and then motorcaded into fortress D.C. - a city that's been flooded by some 25,000 National Guard troops guarding a Capitol, White House and National Mall that are wrapped in a maze of barricades and tall fencing.Shortly before Biden departed for Washington, the U.S. reached another grim milestone in the pandemic, s urpassing 400,000 deaths from the virus, according to Johns...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation's capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.Biden, an avid fan of Amtrak, had planned to take a train into Washington ahead of Wednesday's Inauguration Day, but scratched that plan in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.He instead flew into a military airbase just outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon and then motorcaded into fortress D.C. - a city that's been flooded by some 25,000 National Guard troops guarding a Capitol, White House and National Mall that are wrapped in a maze of barricades and tall fencing.Shortly before Biden departed for Washington, the U.S. reached another grim milestone in the pandemic, s urpassing 400,000 deaths from the virus, according to Johns...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 6:30 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be America’s top diplomat says he’s ready to confront challenges posed by China, Iran, North Korea and Russia. Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken also says he’s committed to rebuilding the State Department after four years of atrophy under the Trump administration. Blinken is set to appear Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In testimony prepared for his appearance, Blinken says he sees a world of rising nationalism and receding democracy. He also says that mounting threats from authoritarian states are reshaping all aspects of human life, particularly in cyberspace. Blinken says American global leadership still matters and without it rivals will either step in to fill the vacuum or there will be chaos. He says neither choice is palatable. Blinken also promises...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 6 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director is planning to tell Senate lawmakers that intelligence and national security issues will not be politicized under her watch. Avril Haines faces a confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee. Haines will also tell lawmakers that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence must not shy away from “speaking truth to power” even if inconvenient or difficult. That’s according to excerpts of her prepared remarks released ahead of the hearing. Haines served in the Obama administration as deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser. If confirmed, Haines would be tasked with restoring stability to an intelligence community that has been repeatedly denigrated by President Donald Trump. She would also be the first woman to hold...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will deliver remarks to introduce his nominees to the Department of Justice in Wilmington on Thursday. They will announce the following nominees: Nominee for Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland Nominee for Deputy Attorney General, Lisa Monaco Nominee Associate Attorney General, Vanita Gupta Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Kristen Clarke The press conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. and will be streamed on CBSN Philly above. What: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will introduce his nominees to the Department of Justice. When: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Time: 1:30 p.m. Online stream: Live in the player above and on your mobile and streaming device. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates to this developing story.
    President-elect Joe Biden will select Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general nominee, according to a report on Wednesday. ​​ Biden is picking Garland over former Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who were also considered front-runners for the post, Politico reported .​​ G​arland was nominated by former President Barack Obama in March 2016 as his choice to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court following Antonin Scalia’s death.​ But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow his nomination to be considered. 
    More On: joe biden Elizabeth Warren is third Democrat to oppose waiver for Biden defense secretary Sanders surrogate weighing run for House seat in Ohio Where is the great leader that will take NYC to new heights?: Goodwin Joe Biden chooses Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to be HUD secretary President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday repeated his calls for Congress to swiftly confirm retired four-star Gen. Lloyd Austin as his Pentagon chief, appealing to his own party as much as Republicans amid concern that the pick has not been out of the military long enough. At a press conference in Wilmington, Del., Biden praised Austin, a former commander of American forces in Iraq before his 2016 retirement, touting him as “a leader of extraordinary courage, character, experience and accomplishment.” “Someone with whom I have worked closely for many years and I’ve seen perform to the highest standards under intense pressure,” Biden said....
    GAFFE-PRONE Joe Biden appeared to have become confused about the name and the title of one of the members of his coronavirus team. The 77-year-old President-elect mispronounced Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra's name before saying he planned to appoint him to the role of "Secretary of Health and Education Services".  Biden botched the announcement of his new appointment at his event in Wilmington, Delaware  Biden is famed for his slip-ups and he even refers to himself as a ‘gaffe-machine’ Bungling Biden botched the announcement at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, as he read a teleprompter.  Mispronouncing both his surname and the health department's title, the next US president said: "For Secretary of Health and Education Services, I nominate Xavier Bacheria. "You know, Xavier Becerra... excuse me." Republicans were quick to mock the slip-up on social media.  Republican National Committee (RNC) member, Steve Guest, wrote: "Joe Biden...
    GAFFE-PRONE JOE Biden appeared to have become confused about the name and the title of one of the members of his coronavirus team. The President-elect mispronounced Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra's name before he said he planned to appoint him to the role of “Secretary of Health and Education Services”.  Biden botched the announcement at his event in Wilmington, Delaware  Biden is famed for his slip-ups and he refers to himself as a ‘gaffe-machine’ Bungling Biden botched the announcement at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, as he read a teleprompter.  Mispronouncing both his surname and the health department's title, the next US president said: “For Secretary of Health and Education Services, I nominate Xavier Bacheria.” 'You know, Xavier Becerra... excuse me.” Republicans were quick to mock the slip-up on social media.  Republican National Committee (RNC) member, Steve Guest, wrote: “Joe Biden defeated AGAIN by the Teleprompter. ...
    More On: joe biden Schumer urges Biden to cancel millions in student loan debt The Trump brand is hurting, except when it comes to TV, survey says Two Democratic senators oppose waiver for Biden Pentagon pick Biden touts 100-day COVID-19 masking mandate as linchpin of pandemic plan President-elect Joe Biden has officially unveiled retired four-star general Lloyd Austin as his defense secretary nominee — selecting a long-shot candidate who will face strong confirmation head winds. Anticipating a fight, Biden officially announced his nomination of Austin — who would be the first African American to lead the Pentagon — in an op-ed published by The Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon. Austin, who led US Central Command before his retirement in 2016, would need to a waiver from Congress to override a law which says a secretary must wait seven years from active service to take the top civilian post. Lawmakers have...
    President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Democratic California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee-designate to head his Health and Human Services Department, a crucial post amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo was speculated to be on Biden's shortlist before she publicly refuted the rumors during a press conference. “I am not going to be President-elect Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary," she told reporters last week. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was also reportedly in the mix at the urging of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The group is pressing Biden to promote Latinos to his Cabinet or high-level administration posts after the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator promised to assemble a diverse team that "reflects the country." Becerra, a former California congressman of Mexican American descent, is one of the lead attorneys general defending the Affordable Care Act as Republican counterparts question the healthcare law's...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) stated that Joe Biden “ought to be prepared for a rocky, rocky time in the United States Senate,” with his nominees and “every nominee should be subjected to rigorous, rigorous vetting and questioning.” Hawley said, “I tell you, again, if Joe Biden ends up being sworn in as president, he should prepare for hard vetting of every single nominee. And no Republican ought to be out there saying, oh, we’re going to fast-track. We’re not going to fast-track anything. If Joe Biden ends up as president, every nominee should be subjected to rigorous, rigorous vetting and questioning.” He later added, “If he is president, come January, and these are the people that he puts up, he ought to be prepared for a rocky, rocky time in the United States Senate, if the Republicans are doing their...
    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to introduce people picked to be "key members" of their economic team. A statement released on Monday said former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be Biden's nominee for treasury secretary and longtime Democratic operative Neera Tanden will be his nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, among other nominees and appointees. The Tuesday event is scheduled to start around 12:30 p.m. EST. News Joe Biden Kamala Harris
    For now, it's an open question if President-elect Joe Biden has interest in testing his presidential power to try to forgive student debt.Joe Raedle |Getty Images This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team announced on Monday several nominees and appointments for the incoming administration's top economic posts.Related Tags Markets U.S. Economy Economy Breaking News: Politics
    Residents of cities all across the country took to the streets to cheer following Saturday's announcement that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had defeated Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.  Biden, 77, will be the 46th president of the United States.  California Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice presidential nominee, will join the former vice president in the White House come January. Harris, 56, is America's first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president-elect. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP The Biden-Harris victory came after more than three days of uncertainty in the contest as election officials quickly worked to sort through a historic surge of mail-in and provisional ballots that delayed the process.  Biden crossed the 270 Electoral College vote threshold with a win in Pennsylvania, the Fox News Decision Desk projected.  President Trump, however, has refused to concede, vowing further legal action on ballot counting. Biden and Harris are...
    The Secret Service has been sent to Delaware to increase the amount of protection around Joe Biden after the campaign for the Democratic nominee noted they would be requiring use of the Wilmington convention center for at least one more day with suggestions that the former Vice President could make a major speech on Friday.  Although the Secret Service does not publicly discuss its security arrangements for the president or the candidates it protects, dozens of agents are currently providing security for the Biden campaign at the Chase Center at the Riverfront convention center in Wilmington. Biden's additional security would begin on Friday, however it is not the full protective detail that would normally accompany a president-elect, but it is more elevated than his current setup. The Secret Service has been asked to continue its assignment surrounding Joe Biden for another day with suggestions of a 'big announcement' later...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new Monmouth University poll has former Vice President Joe Biden with a 5-point to 7-point lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters in Pennsylvania. The findings of the poll show that Joe Biden has found backing from young voters and people of color that is helping him to offset the gains of President Trump among senior voters and the most competitive counties in the commonwealth. The poll also reveals that more voters trust Joe Biden to handle the Coronavirus pandemic than President Trump. According to the poll results, Joe Biden leads President Trump by a 51% to 44% margin among likely voters, if vote turnout is high. Related stories: Latest Monmouth U. Poll Shows Joe Biden’s Lead Over President Trump Grows To 12-Points Among Likely Pa. Voters Former VP Joe Biden Holds Lead Over President Trump Among All Registered Voters...
    Democratic candidate Joe Biden had trouble getting his words out on Saturday during a rally in Michigan as he railed against President Trump's plans for healthcare. Biden was on a roll as he told voters how Trump would take away their protections from pre-existing conditions and destroy the Affordable Care Act when he suddenly muttered something completely unintelligible. 'We're also going to act to protect health care. Trump and the Republicans just jammed through a Supreme Court nominee for one overwhelming reason, as Barack said, the president said, they have been trying with over 50 shots to take out Obamacare, to destroy the Affordable Care Act,' Biden started.    Democratic candidate Joe Biden had trouble getting his words out on Saturday during a rally in Michigan as he railed against President Trump's plans for healthcare Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden greet each other...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden opened the door to expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, depending on how the rest of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation process is handled.  'I have not been a fan of court-packing because it generates, whoever wins it just keeps moving in a way that is inconsistent with what is going to be manageable,' Biden said Thursday night at an ABC News townhall.  But with prodding from George Stephanopoulos, Biden said it would be something he'd consider though it 'depends on how this turns out,' telling the ABC News anchor he would announce a clear position by the November 3 presidential election.   Democratic nominee Joe Biden (left) was asked by a Pennsylvania voter Thursday night about court-packing and explained that while he's 'not a fan' he could be open to it if Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation gets rushed  'They do have...
    Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Friday that Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the one who was really driving the Democratic Party. Kennedy made an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” and claimed that Sanders was “the oracle” steering the party in spite of the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden was their presidential nominee. (RELATED: ‘They Will Beat The Crap Out Of America’: John Kennedy Says Pelosi, Other Elites ‘Can Strut Sitting Down’) WATCH: Anchor Sandra Smith began by referencing Biden’s continued refusal to address the question of whether he and his running mate, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, would consider adding seats to the Supreme Court. “Senator, ‘You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over,'” Smith quoted, adding, “So you have to elect Joe Biden to find out what his intentions are with the Supreme Court … What is your response to Joe...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for Coronavirus. This comes after President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning. On Wednesday, Biden was in the Pittsburgh area, making several stops at train stations, while riding from Ohio through Pennsylvania following the first Presidential debate on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Jon Delano/KDKA) Related stories: Pres. Donald Trump And First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive For Coronavirus Local Officials Offer Encouragement To President Trump & First Lady Following Positive COVID Tests Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence Test Negative For Coronavirus
    Scott Olson/Getty Images The Washington Post editorial board endorsed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday. “In order to expel the worst president of modern times, many voters might be willing to vote for almost anybody,” The Post board wrote in its article titled, “Joe Biden for President.” “Fortunately, to oust President Trump in 2020, voters do not have to lower their standards,” authors added. The Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden, is exceptionally well-qualified, by character and experience, to meet the daunting challenges that the nation will face over the coming four years.” The article went on to call Biden “deeply empathetic,” and claim he “would restore decency, honor and competence to America’s government.” In 2016, The Washington Post editorial board endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president, writing, “Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without...
    Donald Trump again pressured debate organizers on Sunday to administer a drug test before the first face-off with Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee continues to surge in polls just two days ahead of the event. Trump insisted that the Democratic nominee could only perform well at the debate if he takes narcotics. 'I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night,' the president tweeted Sunday morning. 'Naturally, I will agree to take one also,' Trump continued. 'His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???' Trump and Biden will participate in three in-person debates ahead of the November election – the first, moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace, is taking place Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows Biden with a...
    MSNBC host the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday said that by filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump is attempting to "guarantee ... his re-election" in a "coup." Sharpton demanded that Senate Republicans insist that whomever Trump nominates to the Supreme Court, if they are confirmed, recuse themselves in the event a contested election goes to court, the Daily Caller reported. "If we are to have any iota of a democratic process in this election, then Republicans in the Senate, if they move forward as they seem determined to do with the process of the confirmation hearings of whoever the president nominates Saturday and a vote, they are to insist they recuse themselves," Sharpton said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Sharpton said confirmation of Trump's nominee to the court would "checkmate American democracy." "In effect this president has...
    President Donald Trump struck back at Cindy McCain for endorsing his political rival, saying she 'can have Sleepy Joe' Biden, who he described as John McCain's 'lapdog.'  The president's tweet came as McCain, the widow of the late senator, made the rounds of the morning TV shows to tout her endorsement of Biden, which was a blow to the president's re-election bid.   'I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband's request,' Trump tweeted. 'Joe Biden was John McCain's lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL.' 'Never a fan of John,' he added. 'Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!' Cindy formally issued her endorsement of Biden, who was longtime friends with her husband, on Tuesday, in a rebuke of President Trump for his reported comments where he called members of...
    DONALD Trump mocked mask-wearing Joe Biden by asking why he spent "all that money on plastic surgery" only to cover his face. The president turned on his election rival as he addressed a crowd of his loyal supporters in Pennsylvania last night. 9Donald Trump poked fun at Joe Biden as he addressed supporters in PittsburghCredit: AFP or licensors 9He suggested his political rival had spent a fortune on plastic surgeryCredit: AP:Associated Press He targeted the Democrat on the day it was revealed 200,000 people have now been killed by the coronavirus in the US. "I'll be honest, he feels good about that mask, and that's OK," Trump said of Biden. However, he then added: "I mean honestly, what the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he's going to cover it up with a mask." The president's jibe brought cheers from those who gathered for...
    Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president on Tuesday. "There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden," McCain wrote in a tweet. McCain called Biden a "good and honest man" and said he'd make a good commander-in-chief "because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight." Biden's son, Beau, served as an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps while three of McCain's children served in the military. John McCain volunteered for combat duty during the Vietnam War and spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war after being shot down during a bombing run over North Vietnam. My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only...
    President Donald TrumpTom Brenner | Reuters President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will announce his nomination for the next Supreme Court justice on Saturday. Trump is considering several candidates to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday. The Republican president said in a Twitter post he would make his announcement of the nomination at the White House, at a time to be determined. Tweet Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Tuesday he would vote on Trump's nominee if the the nomination reaches the floor in the Senate. Democrats oppose Trump naming a nominee, at least until the presidential election is resolved. Democrats argue that if former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, wins the election, he should be allowed to pick Ginsburg's replacement, not a lame duck Trump. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.Related Tags US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg Joe Biden Laws Donald Trump...
    After Democrats became infuriated by President Trump's signaling that he will move forward with a pending nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the president's campaign responded by pointing out a commander-in-chief is elected for four years, not an ambiguous three-years-and-change. Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh told "The Fox Report" on Sunday that it is the Constitution, not the calendar, that determines when a president may nominate a Supreme Court justice. "The Constitution is very clear, the president selects a nominee and the Senate provides advice and consent, those are the rules -- and the only rules -- [and] the president will do his part," Murtaugh said. "We elect the president for a term of four years, not three years and nine months, or whatever the Democrats would want the president to behave like." VideoMurtaugh, who previously worked for former Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said Trump has a Constitutional duty to fill a vacant seat and...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden appealed to Senate Republicans Sunday not to allow President Trump to 'jam' through' a Supreme court pick – and said if he himself wins in November, it should be he who gets to make the selection.    'This appointment isn't about the past. It's about the future. And the people of this nation are choosing their future right now as they vote,' Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia Sunday. 'To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power, and I don't believe the people of this nation will stand for it,' Biden said. 'President Trump has already made clear that this is about power, pure and simple power,' Joe Biden said Sunday After heralding the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Biden said the American people would not stand for what he said would be an 'abuse of power.' ...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama declared Friday the Supreme Court vacancy caused by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death should not be filled until after the election. Their position is a complete reversal of what they said in 2016, when Antonin Scalia's sudden death left a vacancy on the high court just nine months before the presidential election. What did Biden say in 2016? In response to Republicans who vowed to not consider Obama's nominee — Appellate Judge Merrick Garland — Biden said it is acceptable to move forward with Supreme Court hearings even just months before an election. Biden's comments, made in March 2016, came in response to Republicans citing a speech he delivered in 1992 about election year Supreme Court nominations. He said: They completely ignore the fact at the time I was speaking of the time of...
    Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden mourned the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday and demanded that voters dictate the next president before her replacement is chosen. “Tonight and in the coming days, we should focus on the loss of the justice, and her enduring legacy,” Biden told reporters Friday night after returning to Delaware from a campaign event. “But there is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.” With less than two months until the presidential election, Biden pointed to how “this was the position … the Republican Senate took in 2016, when there were almost 10 months to go before the election.” In March 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia after he...
    (CNN)Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden mourned the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday and demanded that voters dictate the next president before her replacement is chosen."Tonight and in the coming days, we should focus on the loss of the justice, and her enduring legacy," Biden told reporters Friday night after returning to Delaware from a campaign event. "But there is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider." With less than two months until the presidential election, Biden pointed to how "this was the position ... the Republican Senate took in 2016, when there were almost 10 months to go before the election."In March 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia after he died that...
    https://siteeditor.abcotvs.com/SiteEditor/index.htm#Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19 at a CNN drive-in town hall crowd Thursday night in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.The Democratic presidential nominee faced a half-dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine in the town hall from moderator Anderson Cooper and audience members.ABC News fact-checked what Biden said during the town hall event. Click here for the original ABC News report.EMBED More News Videos Joe Biden fielded questions during CNN town hall in Pennsylvania on September 17, 2020. Biden misstated attorney general's comment on slavery, lockdownsBiden's claim: Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to respond to those "who say it's individual liberty to not wear a mask." Biden said, "Well let me tell you something. You know I -- What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous. That it's like slavery. You're taking...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris made her first 2020 campaign visit to Philadelphia on Thursday 47 days before Election Day. Votes from Pennsylvania will be pivotal for this year’s presidential election and the candidates are putting in the work. Harris is the latest to visit Philadelphia with her first stop being in West Oak Lane. With shoulder bumps, a number of selfies, and a few signatures on books, Harris was received like a rockstar along Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane on Thursday. The first on a three-stop tour across the city aimed at impressing and locking in voters for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and herself for the general election coming up in just 47 days. “[President Donald] Trump and [Vice President Mike ]Pence, Biden and Harris have all been here to Pennsylvania recently,” Dan Hopkins, a professor of political science at the University...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden called President Donald Trump a 'climate arsonist,' saying the president's climate change denial is what's really threatening the suburbs.  'Donald Trump warned integration is threatening our suburbs. That's ridiculous. But you know what is actually threatening our suburbs?' Biden said Monday outside the Delaware Museum of Natural History. 'Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the west, floods are wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the midwest, hurricanes are imperiling suburban life along our coast.'    Biden's comments came as Trump was traveling to California to see damage from the wildfires and as the president has tried to push that his Democratic opponent would 'destroy' the suburbs, pointing to an Obama-era fair housing rule.  Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Monday that it's President Donald Trump who's threatening American suburbs, thanks to his climate change denial  On Monday, Jill (left) and Joe Biden (right) voted early in Delaware's state...
    President Donald Trump suggested in an interview that aired Saturday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has gone from “incoherent to coherent” with the help of drugs. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro asked the president, “How do you think [Biden] goes from incoherent to coherent?” “I think there’s probably, possibly, drugs involved. That’s what I hear,” Trump said in response.   “You saw some of those debates with the large number of people on the stage,” Trump continued. “I used to say how is it possible that he can go even go forward. He only won because Elizabeth Warren didn’t drop out. Had she dropped out … you would have had Bernie instead of Biden.” (RELATED: Joe Biden Interrupts His Wife’s Campaign Speech To Bite Her Finger) Trump made the suggestion without any evidence. “I see different guys,” the president said. “I see a Biden that really tied [Independent...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Service Employees International Union is throwing its support behind Joe Biden. The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council announced endorsements for the 2020 election on Thursday. The union is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Endorsements for statewide office include Josh Shapiro for attorney general, Joe Torsella for treasure and Nina Ahmad for auditor general. The union says its over 80,000 members across the state voted to endorse these candidates after a “vigorous, member-driven endorsement process.” “These candidates are aligned with SEIU members’ mission of rewriting the rules so that all Pennsylvanians have the right to join and form a union,” said Gabe Morgan, President of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and Vice President of SEIU Local 32BJ, in a release. “They will be fighting alongside our members for a majority in both state and federal government that is truly committed to fighting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Joe Biden says the police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who shot Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23, leaving the 29—year-old Black man paralyzed, “needs to be charged.” The comment by the Democratic presidential nominee came after he was asked about remarks by his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, that the officer should face charges. Biden also says officers should be charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Biden plans a visit Thursday to Kenosha, where there have been multiple nights of unrest following Blake’s shooting. Biden says there have been “overwhelming requests” that he come to the city. ___ 1:50 p.m. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says the issue of safely reopening America’s schools is a “national emergency.” He says that if he were president, he’d have...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The race for the White House is making its way through our area today. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be stopping here in the Pittsburgh area to deliver remarks, just under two weeks after accepting his parties nomination. His campaign says they will focus on this question for voters — “Do you feel safe in Donald Trump’s America?!” Biden’s campaign points out COVID-19 and how it’s killing thousands of Americans has turned our economy upside down and has left parents struggling. They say President Donald Trump continues to create chaos rather than trying to heal the country. Biden’s campaign says he will offer a different vision for a better future. And that’s who Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald supports. He recently posted on social media about Biden’s first visit to Pennsylvania. Fitzgerald says “Biden knows & cares about us. And when he’s President, he’ll focus on...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said Sunday that her attacks on Joe Biden during the 2020 primary race are a “distraction from what we need to accomplish.” “I want Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” the California senator said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “I believe in Joe Biden, I believe in his perspective, and frankly I think that that conversation is a distraction from what we need to accomplish right now and what we need to do.” Her comments refer to her attacks on the former vice president during the Democratic presidential debates when the Harris told Biden that it was “hurtful” to her to hear his opposition to busing and to see him working with segregationist senators, according to ABC. “You know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public...
    Vice President Mike Pence complained Friday morning that the Democratic National Convention was 'grim' and 'very negative, very hostile' after Democratic nominee Joe Biden torched President Donald Trump's tenure as the nation's 'season of darkness.'  'I didn't get to watch a lot of it but the parts that I saw over the course of the whole week painted a very grim picture of the United States of America. It was very negative, very hostile,' Pence said on Fox Business Network.  Speaking specifically to Biden's speech, Pence said the former vice president held a 'very, very negative view of America,' as the current vice president did a tour of the morning shows to counter the Democrat's message.       Vice President Mike Pence called the Democratic National Convention 'grim, negative and very hostile' after Democratic nominee called the Trump administration the nation's 'season of darkness'  President Donald Trump abandoned his usual...
    Former President Obama congratulated former Vice President Joe Biden on officially being given the Democratic nomination for president. “Congrats, Joe. I’m proud of you,” the former commander-in-chief wrote on Twitter late Tuesday evening. Obama’s tweet came just after the party’s primary race finally came to an end with the delegate roll call, which took place virtually during Tuesday night’s festivities at the Democratic National Convention. During that event, the former vice president trounced his main primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to formally became the Democratic presidential nominee, winning 3,558 delegates to 1,151. “Well, thank you very, very much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,” Biden said in his brief remarks. “It means the world to me and my family and I’ll see you on Thursday,” he continued, before giving his wife a kiss. “It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination...
    The repeated attacks against President Trump at the Democratic National Convention betray a lack of confidence among party leaders "in the competence of their nominee, Joe Biden," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway argued on "Hannity" Tuesday. "The person mentioned most in the Biden convention is not Joe Biden, it’s Donald Trump," Conway told Sean Hannity. "It's every noun, verb and adverb out of their mouth. It tells you that the Democratic Party themselves has no confidence in the competence in their nominee, Joe Biden." BIDEN FORMALLY NOMINATED AS DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL STANDARD BEARER VideoConway made the comment after former President Bill Clinton took aim at Trump in pointed terms Tuesday night, calling him "a president who defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media." Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams launched rhetorical attacks of her own at the president, labeling Trump as a “president of cowardice" and a “man who only knows how to deny or distract.” CLINTON SKEWERS TRUMP IN CONVENTION ADDRESS "Have...
    DEMOCRATS officially nominated former Vice President Joe Biden to be their presidential nominee on Tuesday night, setting up a November contest with President Trump. Biden offered a few brief remarks when he was joined by his wife, Jill Biden, and several of his grandchildren. 1 Former vice president Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday nightCredit: Handout - Getty The 77-year-old said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you," before accepting the nomination. Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" then played as Biden and his family embraced. There was no drama in the roll call for votes, which took place virtually because of coronavirus concerns. Earlier in the night, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, also from Biden's home state, gave speeches on the former vice president's behalf. Coon, a close friend of Biden, said: "Joe Biden has never forgotten where he’s from. "He’s been...
    Night two of the Democratic National Convention brought the moment that made former Vice President Joe Biden the official Democratic nominee for president, when the convention delegates cast their votes—3558 votes for Biden and 1151 for Sen. Bernie Sanders. And so there it is: We can drop the “presumptive” language in referring to Biden. The roll call vote was, of course, remote, with members of state delegations casting votes from all across the United States and its territories. And frankly it was a huge improvement over the traditional convention floor vote. Now the fight is officially on. Let’s push this fight through to November. 
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention will include speeches from former President Bill Clinton, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was allotted just one minute.Some progressives view her speaking time as a slight by the establishment and a reflection of the broader disconnect between the national party and younger, more diverse voters -- a gap party leaders are hoping to close heading into November.Former Vice President Joe Biden was also formally nominated during a pre-recorded roll call vote from all 57 states and territories.Tuesday's lineup of speakers:Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally YatesSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Former Secretary of State John KerryRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Pa.Former President Bill ClintonFormer second lady Dr. Jill BidenKeynote address from former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, U.S. Rep....
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden offered his condolences to President Trump following the death of his younger brother Robert yesterday, aged 71. The former Vice President said in a tweet that he and wife Jill were ‘sad’ to learn of Robert Trump’s passing, whose death was emotionally announced by the incumbent president on Saturday evening. ‘Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert's passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one — and I know how important family is in moments like these,’ Biden wrote. ‘I hope you know that our prayers are with you all.’ Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and their 13-month-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972 after a tractor trailer broadsided their Chevrolet station wagon just days before Christmas. 43 years later, his son, Joseph ‘Beau Biden’, who survived the crash, tragically died of...
    Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump campaign adviser sparks criticism for misgendering Pennsylvania official On The Trail: Pence's knives come out Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' MORE jabbed at Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Sens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' MORE (D-Calif.) after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE tapped her as his running mate. Pence worked to cast Harris as a part of the “radical left” and said he was looking forward to debating her later this year in the sole...
    Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has billed himself as a “law and order” leader and he is hoping to use that persona to get the endorsement of some of the nation’s largest police unions ahead of November’s election. Trump on Monday planned to make his pitch to the National Association of Police Organizations as to why the group should endorse him over presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. While the NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, it did back President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 largely because Biden was on the ticket. But following the attacks law enforcement have come under following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody – and as many Democrats are pressuring their presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, to embrace a more progressive agenda – Trump is hoping to secure the support of police unions nationwide as he looks to...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won New Jersey’s mostly mail-in Democratic presidential primary. Biden also won Delaware’s primary. LIVE RESULTS: New Jersey 2020 Primary Election Biden faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the ballot Tuesday, even though Biden has accumulated enough delegates to become the party’s presumptive nominee. New Jersey’s already-late primary got pushed a month later because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy mandated that the election take place mostly by mail-in ballots. New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes have gone to Democrats in every presidential election since 1988. One of the key races in New Jersey is the 2nd Congressional District, where Congressman Jeff Van Drew is running as a Republican for the first time. He left the Democratic Party last year after refusing to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Van Drew is facing Robert Patterson in the primary. President Trump...
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