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    SAN DIEGO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, some near the Texas border, for their next immigration court hearings may soon be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed. The Biden administration detailed the plans in a February 12 announcement. The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations. RELATED: 2 Of 6 Victims In Deadly Fort Worth Pileup Involving 130+ Vehicles Identified The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump’s most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the...
    The open borders lobby is urging President Joe Biden’s administration to consider releasing nearly every illegal alien in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. A group of 120 open borders organizations — including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Catholic Migration Services, Center for American Progress, and United We Dream — are asking Biden’s administration to implement an ICE review process that would “reconsider the custody determination for every person currently” in the agency’s custody. There are currently more than 14,000 detainees in ICE custody. “We are heartened by the early steps the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to reorient the U.S. immigration system toward a framework that embraces human rights and compassion,” the letter states: However, we are concerned that these policies have not yet been implemented in a meaningful or systemic way with regard to the approximately 14,000 people in ICE detention. Leaving behind the thousands who continue to suffer...
    President Biden announced Thursday his administration has finalized an order for 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered by July 2021, adding to the 400 million doses that the Trump administration had already ordered from Pfizer and Moderna by that date. The two drug companies both produce a two-shot regimen, so the total 600 million doses will vaccinate 300 million people — most of the U.S. population. "Within three weeks, round-the-clock work of so many people, people standing behind me and in front of me, we've now purchased enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans and now we're working to get those vaccines in the arms of millions of people," Mr. Biden said in remarks at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The president also said the companies were on track to supply their initial orders of each vaccine weeks earlier, distributing their first 200 million doses...
    By Laura Gottesdiener, Frank Jack Daniel and Ted Hesson CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (Reuters) - ​In the days before U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration, Mexican soldiers patrolling the banks of the wide Suchiate River found few migrants amid the flow of trade across the water from Guatemala. The likely explanation lay hundreds of miles to the south, where baton-wielding Guatemalan security forces beat back one the largest U.S.-bound migrant caravans ever assembled, according to a Reuters photographer and other witnesses. "We're scared," Honduran migrant Rosa Alvarez told a reporter by telephone as she fled with many others toward the nearby hills, two young children in tow. The operation was part of a U.S.-led effort, pursued by past American administrations and accelerated under former President Donald Trump, to pressure first the Mexican and then the Central American governments to halt migration well short of the U.S. border. Under the Biden administration, the...
    SAN DIEGO -- The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed.The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer. Administration officials declined to name them out of fear they may encourage a rush of people to those locations.The move is a major step toward dismantling one of former President Donald Trump's most consequential policies to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S. About 70,000 asylum-seekers were enrolled in "Remain in Mexico,'' officially called "Migrant Protection Protocols,'' since it was introduced in January 2019.On Biden's first day in...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- President Biden saying the country is on track to deliver 100 million vaccine doses one month earlier than expected.The administration has now secured 200 million additional doses from Pfizer and Moderna to be delivered this summer.Looking ahead, Dr. Anthony Fauci says anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by spring."I would imagine by the time we get to April, that would be what I call for better wording, open season," Dr. Fauci said.Fauci also says that he thinks children as young as first grade could be authorized to get the shots by September.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:Gov. Cuomo meeting...
    By Ted Hesson and Mimi Dwyer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government next week will begin to gradually process asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico under a controversial program put in place by former President Donald Trump, officials said. The moves are part of a plan by the administration of President Joe Biden to end the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), an effort complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and concerns over illegal immigration. The Trump administration launched the program in 2019 as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on the ability to seek asylum in the United States, which Trump officials depicted as rife with fraud and meritless claims. The initiative forced more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers back across the border to wait for their U.S. court hearings, although far fewer are believed to still be in Mexico. The Biden administration will begin by working...
    New York : In unspecified coordination with the Mexican government, the president’s administration Joe biden will begin processing immigrant asylum requests under the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), better known as Stay in Mexico. However, officials of the Biden Administration asked other immigrants outside of that program to avoid trying to enter the United States, in addition to the fact that asylum seekers will be informed through different channels – and in coordination with civil organizations and lawyers – about the processes to follow. The measure, said three officials from the Biden Administration in a call with journalists, is part of the executive orders that the president has signed to modify immigration processes, including asylum requests. The plan will be implemented from February 19, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) start phase one with which it seeks to “restore safe and orderly processing on the southwestern border,” authorities indicated....
    A president who says he will put science first until unions object to plans to reopen schools. An administration that is on a “war-like” footing until it wants a weekend off. And a White House that promised a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package before giving up on Republican support. After the chaos of former President Donald Trump’s administration, Biden and his team have tried to put clear messaging at the heart of his administration. But the risk is that reality will get in the way of the president’s “Obama-esque” rhetoric, according to Brett Bruen, a member of the Obama administration’s National Security Council. “You have lofty ideals and ideas, but you’ve got to provide some ladders and opportunities for those to get rooted in the work of government,” he said. “As the honeymoon starts to wane, as aspirations of many in government are running up against the realities of...
    (CNN)The US-Mexico border is a pressing challenge for the Biden administration as it tries to reverse former President Donald Trump's hardline policies and address the growing number of arrests along the southern border. But while there's been an increase in the number of people crossing, the situation hasn't yet amounted to crisis levels. US Customs and Border Protection has attributed the uptick in arrests in part to instability in home countries, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and perceptions of instant shifts in US immigration policies.The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on Latin America, where Covid-19 cases and deaths have soared and economies once projected to grow have been decimated. The region was also hit with two devastating hurricanes. The decline in economic growth in 2020, according to the Congressional Research Service, is expected to worsen income inequality and poverty in the region."The biggest reason people leave and come to...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will begin processing migrants forced to stay in Mexico under a Trump-era policy into the United States on February 19, according to administration officials. It's the first move toward addressing the thousands of non-Mexican migrants subject to a controversial policy under the Trump administration that required them to remain in Mexico -- often in dangerous conditions -- until their immigration court dates in the United States.Smugglers spread misinformation at the border. The White House says now is not the time to come.An administration official told reporters Thursday that the effort is "phase one of a program to restore fair and orderly processing at the Southwest border."The initial phase will apply to an estimated 25,000 migrants with active cases in the program formally named Migrant Protection Protocols. International organizations in Mexico will play a critical role in helping to identify eligible individuals, including those in the program the...
    MATAMOROS, MEXICO - 2020/07/13: A woman talks on phone with children playing next to her in an isolation area. There are around 1,500 people living in tents inside a fenced off area of the park as they wait for their asylum hearings in the United States.Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Biden administration just released details of its plan to bring back as early as February 19 approximately 25,000 asylum seekers who were sent to wait in Mexico under one of Donald Trump’s most callous and impactful border policies, known as “Remain in Mexico.” In a phone call with reporters Thursday evening, top administration officials said they’re working closely with the Mexican government and with “international organizations,” which will be doing most of the work...
    The U.S. government is set to start allowing some asylum-seekers who were required to wait in Mexico under a Trump-era border program to enter the U.S. so they can complete their immigration proceedings with family members or other sponsors, the Biden administration announced Friday. Only migrants with pending active cases under the so-called "Remain-in-Mexico" program will be eligible to be reprocessed by U.S. officials, who are slated to start phase 1 of this initiative next Friday at three ports along the southern border. All eligible asylum-seekers will need to test negative for the coronavirus while in Mexico before being allowed to enter the U.S., Biden administration officials said. The U.S. government will work with nonprofits to prioritize the processing of eligible migrants who have been stranded in Mexico the longest, as well as those determined to be the most vulnerable, officials said. Those deemed eligible by non-profit groups will be able...
    HAVANA (AP) – After documents from the administration of former President Donald Trump were declassified the day before – which point to deficiencies in the handling of health incidents reported by US diplomats in Cuba – island officials and scientists hope that his successor Joe Biden reverses the hostile measures against the Caribbean nation since they would have been imposed based on what they described as falsehoods. « Every day it is confirmed more that there was no attack against diplomatic personnel in Havana, » Johana Tablada, deputy director for the United States of the Foreign Ministry, said Thursday in an exclusive statement to The Associated Press. Reports of employees of the United States Embassy affected by headaches, nausea, deafness and vomiting, among other symptoms between 2016 and 2017 were attributed by Trump officials to alleged sonic attacks or from unknown sources, and meant as of 2018 the application of a dramatic...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  A Trump-era temporary private facility for holding unaccompanied migrant teenagers will reopen at the southern border as the Biden administration anticipates it will be needed within the next two weeks. The spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human (HHS) Administration for Children and Families declined to answer when asked how the Biden administration’s treatment of detained children would differ from conditions during the Trump administration and instead pointed to President Joe Biden’s executive order on reuniting separated families. “As you are keenly aware, last week, President Biden signed the Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families, which outlines actions the new administration will take on this key issue,” the spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday. “HHS is looking forward to working with the Biden Administration on matters related to this and other...
    Top elected officials in Florida are slamming President Joe Biden's administration, following reports that the White House is considering imposing domestic travel restrictions on the state, which has the most reported case of the 'UK variant' coronavirus. 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes,' said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, at a press conference on Thursday. 'I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that, I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust,' he said.   Asked about the possible domestic travel ban, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said only: 'No decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would change domestic travel.' 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done...
    If it was meant as a signal, it was a powerful one. On her first full day as first lady, Jill Biden welcomed two teachers unions' presidents to the White House. "Joe is going to be a champion for you because he knows that's the best way to serve our students," she told them. The words illuminate one of the early controversies roiling President Biden's administration: how to make good on a promise to follow the science in tackling the coronavirus pandemic while also reopening schools. At the same time, preserving the support of the powerful labor groups that helped propel him to power. The result has been conflicting signals from within the administration about when and how schools will reopen. An embarrassing spat with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was followed by questions about whether the Biden administration was playing fast and loose with a target...
    President Biden's pending decision whether to shut down the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline could deepen early tensions between environmentalists and unions that endorsed him. Biden's day-one order to revoke a permit for the better-known Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States drew backlash from organized labor and some centrist Democrats who say the cancellation will kill thousands of construction jobs. Now, liberal lawmakers, celebrities, and indigenous leaders have asked the president to shutter Dakota Access, which critics warn would trigger more backlash since the pipeline is already operational, unlike Keystone. The Dakota Access pipeline has been carrying oil for more than three years from North Dakota to Illinois. "That would set a huge new precedent," said Robin Rorick, the vice president of midstream for the American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. oil lobby group. "It creates a situation where it's death by 1,000 cuts for the...
    President Biden triggered outcries from Illinois lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after he fired a prosecutor overseeing corruption probes of Democrats in the state.  Democrat senators, House GOP lawmakers and the Illinois Republican Party all condemned the move to fire Chicago-based U.S. Attorney John Lausch.  U.S. attorneys are appointed by presidents and typically new presidents ask for the resignations of nearly all at the beginning of a new administration, but Lausch had rare bipartisan support. When then-President Trump appointed Lausch, the attorney had the support of both Illinois’ Democratic senators -- Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.  Durbin and Duckworth released a joint statement saying they hadn’t been consulted in Lausch’s firing and urging the administration not to terminate him immediately. The Statement read:  "While we agree with the Biden administration’s criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed with the decision to terminate U.S. Attorney Lausch without consulting us. In 2017,...
    Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban official said on Thursday that declassified U.S. documents pointing out deficiencies in the response to health issues reported by American diplomats on the island show some of the falsehoods the Trump administration used to impose measures against Cuba. Johana Tablada, deputy director for U.S. affairs at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, said the new U.S. government should consider reversing measures imposed by Trump against the island after tensions increased because of the health incidents and other issues. Between late 2016 and May 2018, several U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana complained of health problems from an unknown cause. Trump's administration officials suggested that Cuba may have been behind the incidents or allowed alleged sonic attacks against the diplomats, something the island has always denied. A declassified assessment by the State Department, made public on Wednesday by the nonprofit National Security Archive, indicated there was...
    NEW YORK - The Biden administration asked a U.S. court Thursday to suspend litigation connected to former President Donald Trump's proposed ban on WeChat while it reviews the policy.  The Justice Department filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a suspension of the case. That followed action Wednesday in which the department asked a federal court for a pause on proceedings aimed at banning TikTok.  Newly installed Commerce Department officials have begun a review of the prior administration's actions on WeChat, including "an evaluation of the underlying record justifying those prohibitions," the DOJ said in the filing.  "The government will then be better positioned to determine" whether "the regulatory purpose of protecting the security of Americans and their data continues to warrant the identified prohibitions," the filing added.  Trump issued an executive order last August declaring both WeChat and TikTok as threats to national security because of data...
    The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden is “not currently” in the process of implementing domestic travel restrictions on Florida, despite reports that the administration’s health officials were considering the idea. “We are always considering what steps are necessary to keep the American people safe,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in response to a question from Breitbart News. “But we are not currently in the process of — no decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would delay or would change domestic travel considerations.” The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the Biden administration was considering domestic travel restrictions on states like Florida, which have looser coronavirus restrictions. The Herald report cited an anonymous White House official to float the idea: “There are active conversations about what could help mitigate spread here, but we have to follow the data and what’s going to work....
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July, underscoring that he believes his administration has made significant progress given that there wasn't a rollout plan in place under the Trump administration. "Within three weeks, 'round the clock work with so many people standing behind me and in front of me, we've now purchased enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans, and now we're working to get those vaccines into the arms of millions of people," Biden said during his speech at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.Biden used the NIH appearance to announce that the timeline for the previously announced vaccine purchases had been moved up. Moderna and Pfizer will deliver a total of 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of July, rather than the end of the summer, he...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration wants to raise refugee admissions to 62,500 for the current budget year, overriding former President Donald Trump’s record-low limit of 15,000, a U.S. official and others said Thursday. The official and others with knowledge of the plans spoke on condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Trump set the ceiling in October when the 2021 budget year started, and it runs until September 30. President Joe Biden’s proposal of 62,500 would replace that, and the president has already announced plans to raise admissions to twice that amount in 2022. President Joe Biden is said to have wanted to raise the cap immediately but not set the target as high as 125,000 people because that would be unrealistic to reach with the coronavirus pandemic and the work needed to rebuild the refugee program that had been largely dismantled...
    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...
    President Joe Biden formally ended former President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration at the United States’ Southern Border. “I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted,” Biden wrote in a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.” WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 11: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties on the critical need to invest in modern and sustainable American infrastructure in the Oval Office of the White House on February 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. An infrastructure bill that creates jobs remains a top priority of the Biden administration. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Though...
    President Biden has ended the national emergency declaration at the border put in place by President Donald Trump in 2019 -- although 3,600 troops will remain in place until the end of the fiscal year. The White House released a letter from Biden to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to notify Congress that he had reversed the 2019 declaration. The move was largely a formality as Biden, on his first day in office, had ordered a halt on construction of the wall at the southern border. NIKKI HALEY WARNS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HITTING 'CRISIS LEVELS,' AMID BIDEN MOVES Trump had declared a national emergency in Feb. 2019 amid a stalemate over wall funding and months before a brewing border crisis exploded in the Spring and Summer. The declaration allowed him to shift billions of dollars in funding to the project -- of which 450 miles were built by the end of his administration. But the Pentagon on...
    More On: migrants Illegals rushing to the border with Biden in office as admin opens new tent city Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children Honduran migrant traveling to US says Biden is ‘going to help all of us’ Joe Biden’s risky rush to undo every Trump action The White House struggled to answer on Thursday how it was working to dispel the belief among migrants that the US border is open, instead shifting focus to the administration’s “moral and humane” immigration policy, amid a nearly 200 percent surge of illegal crossings. Speaking to reporters at a briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki engaged in a back-and-forth with two reporters about her claim earlier this week that the US is turning away the “vast majority” of migrants at the southern border. After being pressed on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador saying this week...
    By Collin Binkley | Associated Press Facing criticism that President Joe Biden has not acted aggressively enough on reopening schools, the White House on Thursday said it’s aiming for a full reopening but will defer to science experts on how to achieve it in the middle of a pandemic. The White House drew criticism this week when it said schools would be considered opened if they teach in-person at least one day a week. Asked about it Thursday, press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden hopes to get students in the classroom five days a week as soon as it’s safe. Psaki did not detail a timeline for that milestone, however, saying the administration will act on new school guidance that’s expected to be released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I can assure any parent listening that his objective, his commitment, is to ensuring schools are open...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions Thursday when asked about whether President Joe Biden’s administration supported coronavirus testing of migrants entering the United States through the Southern border. When Breitbart News asked Psaki if the Biden administration supported mandatory testing for migrants entering the United States, Psaki dodged and instead referred the question to the Department of Homeland Security. “I would send you to them to give more outlines of the numbers and the specifics of what actions are taken at the border, and I am sure they are happy to answer your questions,” Psaki said, dodging the question. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a subsequent request from Breitbart News for comment. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Thursday pressed the Biden administration for allowing unvaccinated and untested migrants into the country. He wrote in a letter: Your administration is enforcing pandemic-related restrictions on air travel...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, took aim at the administration of President Joe Biden on Thursday in the wake of a report that it was considering enacting domestic travel restrictions. As relayed by Politico‘s Gary Fineout, DeSantis indicated that he would strongly oppose any action that would block people from traveling to his state. The Republican governor shared his belief that policies prohibiting the travel of Americans to Florida would constitute a political attack. He also called the idea that the administration would consider such a course of action “absurd.” “Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state, done purely for political purposes,” he said at a Port Charlotte press conference. “I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust.” DeSantis’ remarks came following a report...
    President Joe Biden warned a bipartisan group of Senators Thursday that China “will eat our lunch” after speaking with Xi Jinping on Wednesday night, Reuters reported. Biden discussed a range of issues with the Chinese leader, from “coercive and unfair” trade practices to reported human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong as well as Taiwan, Reuters reported. U.S. and Chinese leaders have not spoken in over 11 months with the last call occurring on March 27 under the Trump administration. “They’re investing billions of dollars dealing with a whole range of issues that relate to transportation, the environment and a whole range of other things. We just have to step up,” Biden told Senators during the Thursday meeting, Reuters reported. (RELATED: ‘Fascist China, Nazi China’: Uighurs Demand US Prosecute Chinese Ambassadors For Genocide, Boycott Beijing Olympics) Biden’s hardened stance towards China signals a...
    Reuters February 11, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first phone call as leaders and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi warned that confrontation would be a “disaster” for both nations. While Xi has called for “win-win” cooperation, Biden has called China America’s “most serious competitor” and vowed to “out compete” Beijing. On Thursday, Biden told a bipartisan group of U.S. senators at a meeting on the need to upgrade U.S. infrastructure the United States must raise its game in the face of the Chinese challenge. Biden said he spoke to Xi for two hours on Wednesday night and warned the senators: “If we don’t get moving, they are going to eat our lunch.” “They’re investing billions of dollars dealing with a whole range of issues that relate to transportation, the environment and a whole range of...
    The Biden administration is planning “aggressive steps” to alleviate the global semiconductor shortage, Bloomberg reports. The chip shortage has impacted the auto industry and contributed to the scarcity of next-generation gaming consoles.  President Biden “is expected to sign an executive order directing a government-wide supply chain review for critical goods in the coming weeks, with the chip shortage a central concern behind the probe,” the report says. Among the administration’s priorities: “identifying choke points in supply chains” to ease current shortages. In the longer term, the White House may also create new incentives to bring chip manufacturing into the United States, according to CNBC. The top executives of chip makers, including Intel and Qualcomm, have urged the Biden administration to fund such initiatives, though it’s not clear exactly what form the incentives could take.
    More than 20,000 people in the United States have died from the Chinese coronavirus during President Joe Biden’s third week in office. An estimated 20,599 people in the U.S. have died due to complications from the coronavirus during Biden’s third week in the White House, according to statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University. Biden’s third week, coupled with his first two weeks in office, brings the cumulative total to 73,811 deaths in the U.S. from the Wuhan virus, which brings the nationwide death toll to 471,422. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky projected the United States may see the nationwide number of coronavirus deaths exceed 500,000 by February 20. On Wednesday, the CDC suggested that Americans “double mask” — meaning wearing two masks at once, instead of one — when it published an early summary from a study examining ways to better maximize the fit...
    Andy Ngo, journalist and author of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, told Breitbart News on Thursday that Antifa and Black Lives Matter receive political and financial support from allies in the news media, politicians, and Biden administration officials. “As the riots became more sophisticated and more entrenched in the right … they started to have really large sources of funding,” Ngo said on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “[Antifa and Black Lives Matter received] hundreds of thousands of dollars that supplied not just the basics like food and accommodation and travel, but things like riot gear, weapons, bail fund money, legal aid money.” The combination of financial and political support from government and media facilitated an escalation in criminal violence perpetrated by left-wing organizations, Ngo explained. He remarked, “When you have [financial support] on top of a mayor and a city council that’s...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) responded to reports of the Biden White House considering imposing travel restrictions on the state, telling reporters that it would be a “political attack against the people of Florida” as well as “unconstitutional,” “unwise,” and “unjust.” “We will oppose it 100 percent,” DeSantis said Thursday in reaction to the reports of the Biden White House considering domestic travel restrictions on states such as Florida and California due to fears of spreading variant cases of the Chinese coronavirus. “It would not be based in science. It would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida. And it’s unclear why they would even try talking about that,” the governor said. DeSantis highlighted the seeming hypocrisy of the administration, noting it would impose a ban on Americans who seek to “travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested.” It...
    President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration in the Oval Office at the White House on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC.Doug Mills | Getty Images President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration has secured deals for another 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing three sources. Biden is expected to make the announcement while on a tour at the National Institutes of Health later Thursday, according to the Post. The White House and the NIH didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related Tags Health care industry Breaking News: Business Breaking News: Economy Breaking News: Markets
    The White House has not made any final decisions on imposing domestic travel restrictions, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiHillicon Valley: Krebs is back on Capitol Hill | Cybersecurity as 'preeminent threat' | News on data privacy and voter security Psaki defends White House's definition of reopening schools amid criticism Biden to meet with bipartisan mayors, governors on COVID-19 relief MORE said Thursday. The comment from the White House came after a report said the administration was considering implementing one around Florida due to coronavirus cases. "Well, I’ve seen those reports. We are always considering what steps are necessary to keep the American people safe, but we are not currently in the process of — no decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would delay or would change, I should say, domestic travel considerations," Psaki said at a press briefing. The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the administration was weighing...
    (CNN)The White House is holding a meeting with major airline executives on Friday amid industry uproar over the possibility of testing domestic travelers for coronavirus, multiple sources tell CNN. The virtual meeting is among the first the new administration has held with airlines, financially crippled by the pandemic and wary of new travel restrictions that could wreak further havoc. Confusion over potential restrictions has shifted into high gear in recent days, as rumors spread about measures under consideration for domestic travel -- as well as how they might affect particular states whose economies depend on travel and tourism. Delta CEO blasts Biden proposal to require Covid tests for domestic travelersTransportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg exacerbated the alarm this week when he said in an interview that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was considering implementing a domestic travel testing requirement. The aviation industry was caught off guard and...
    U.S. President Joe Biden has rescinded a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border and halted the diversion of more federal funds for constructing a wall along the boundary. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Biden said he terminated the emergency that then-President Donald Trump declared in February 2019, saying it was “unwarranted.” Biden also ordered that “no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall” that ranked among Trump’s highest priorities. The previous administration built about 724 kilometers of the planned 1,192-kilometer wall. Most of the new wall, a 9.1-meter-high steel fence, replaced existing fencing. On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order temporarily halting construction of the wall as his administration explores ways to stop it permanently. Trump declared a national emergency in 2019 after Congress approved only $1.375 billion of the $5.7 billion he requested for the wall project....
    The Justice Department on Thursday motioned toward dropping a series of cases against the app TikTok, as the administration steers away from former President Donald Trump’s China strategy. In a letter sent to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, attorneys at the Justice Department wrote that since the Biden administration is conducting "an evaluation" of Trump's ban, the court should delay all litigation related to the issue. Biden lawyers added that it is likely that the review will "narrow the issues presented or eliminate the need for judicial review entirely." The Office of the Solicitor General asked that every case related to the TikTok ban be delayed until April, a position to which it said lawyers from TikTok agreed. The letter stated that the Biden administration will pursue other means of securing data security. "The Department of Commerce remains committed to a robust defense of...
    Dozens of globe-trotting celebrities signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on their administration to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline for good – but many of the high-profile A-listers aren’t so concerned about possible harmful climate impacts when it comes to their own luxurious transportation. The letter came just three weeks after the Democratic president signed an executive order on his first day in office to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move effectively revoked the permit for the project, which demonstrated the new administration’s commitment to "a sustainable climate pathway to protect Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts," according to the order.  DOZENS OF CELEBRITIES CALL ON JOE BIDEN, KAMALA HARRIS TO SHUT DOWN THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE Now, more than 200 celebrities, climate activists, indigenous leaders and more have signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to continue its commitment by...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that President Joe Biden's goal is to have schools open five days a week in-person, but stressed the administration would follow the guidance of science and medical experts on how to safely reopen. "The President will not rest until every school is open five days a week. That is our goal," Psaki said at a White House briefing. Psaki said the administration would be following the highly anticipated guidance that is expected to be put out on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how best to safely reopen schools. The White House faced some criticism from parents, teachers, students and local officials after Psaki said their goal was to have in-person teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools within Biden's first 100 days in office. That marker fell short of what many expected Biden was...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is preparing plans for the gradual entry of migrants forced to remain in Mexico under a controversial Trump-era policy, according to three Homeland Security officials. President Joe Biden has committed to ending the policy, informally known as "remain in Mexico." Over the last week, the administration has been in ongoing discussions about when to start slowly admitting migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum, into the US, two officials say.A draft internal document underscored the importance of taking into account health and safety protocols, according to two Homeland Security officials, and said admissions would likely start at two yet to be announced locations. No timeline has been set for when the change will take place or how many migrants would initially qualify. Smugglers spread misinformation at the border. The White House says now is not the time to come.DHS did not immediately respond to a request for...
    President Biden is taking a "strategic approach" to China, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday, adding that the administration is "not in a rush." Psaki, during the White House press briefing Thursday, said the president is "clear-eyed" about U.S.-China policy, noting that it is "a strategic competition." BIDEN LAYS OUT 'PRESCRIPTION' FOR US-CHINA POLICY IN FIRST CALL WITH XI JINPING SINCE TAKING OFFICE "To be more competitive, we need to take steps at home," Psaki said, adding that the administration will "work with partners and allies " on that strategy. "We are going to get our partners and come back at China." Psaki, though, said the administration is "not in a rush" and is "taking a strategic approach." Psaki’s comments came after Biden, on Wednesday night, had his first phone call with China’s President Xi Jinping since taking office. Senior administration officials said Biden outlined the administration's "core...
    The thrill of covering the Trump administration was comparable to how soldiers must have felt while storming the Omaha Beach in WWII, according to Alexander Nazaryan at Yahoo News. In an article for The Atlantic titled “I Miss the Thrill of Trump,” Nazaryan describes how many journalists felt the thrill in their work was similar to the Allied invasion of Nazi-Occupied Omaha. The lessons of working under the Trump Administration reminded journalists that they must remain adversarial to power, Nazaryan said. “I use that word, thrill, with full intention. No need to tell me about the cruel immigration policy, the incompetent pandemic response, the racism and bigotry, the frightening chaos,” Nazaryan said. “Covering the administration was thrilling for many journalists, in the way that I imagine storming Omaha Beach must have been for a 20-year-old fresh from the plains of Kansas. He hadn’t signed up for battle, but there he was,...
    President Joe Biden, through his executive actions and policies on immigration, is creating a "self-inflicted" public health crisis at the nations border with Mexico because many of the people who are allowed to enter the country have COVID-19,  former Trump administration senior adviser Stephen Miller said Thursday.  "Under our policies, [illegal immigrants] were being caught and they were being safely returned to their home countries," Miller said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "Under this president, many are released directly into U.S. communities, untested, unmasked. Many have COVID."  But in just two weeks, Biden eliminated the tools the Border Patrol needs to keep the country safe and to end the catch-and-release policy, said Miller  "He canceled our deal with Mexico and Central American nations," said Miller "Hes got rid of the regulations that we put in place to turn away fraudulent asylum seekers. Hes taken away from the Border Patrol the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Thursday administration officials are working to address a growing shortage of semiconductor chips that has slowed auto production around the world. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is "currently identifying potential chokepoints in the supply chain and actively working alongside key stakeholders in industry and with our trading partners to do more now." The issue is one reason Biden plans to sign an executive order in the coming weeks to direct a comprehensive review of supply chain issues for critical goods. (Reporting by Alex Alper and David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, mining
    The White House has pledged to help address the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, with President Joe Biden said to be signing an executive order to conduct a supply chain review along with developing a long-term strategy to avoid future shortages, via Bloomberg. The cause of the current shortage is due to a mixture of factors: spikes in demand for consumer electronic products like laptops due to changes in lifestyle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; slowdowns in chip production also caused by the pandemic; a business model in the semiconductor industry that sees most companies outsource chip production to firms like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) instead of building the parts themselves; and lingering effects from former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China that made it harder for US companies to work with Chinese chip producers. The shortage impacts everything from PS5s to Ford F-150s The result is...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is pressing Democrat President Joe Biden to answer for what he calls dangerous immigration policies which are leading to flooding of the nation with “unvaccinated” illegal aliens capable of further spreading the coronavirus within America’s borders. The letter from Cotton to Biden, signed by several other GOP senators, opens by noting Biden has re-implemented failed immigration policies from former President Barack Obama’s administration before adding that the Biden policies are endangering America’s public health as well as the nation’s public safety and economic well-being. The letter, which Breitbart News obtained exclusively ahead of its public release, is signed by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rick Scott (R-FL), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). “We write regarding your administration’s efforts to severely weaken border security and...
    President of China, Xi Jinping.SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden warned lawmakers Thursday that China was aggressively outpacing the United States on infrastructure. "They're investing a lot of money, they're investing billions of dollars and dealing with a whole range of issues that relate to transportation, the environment and a whole range of other things," Biden said he told a bipartisan group of senators whom he met with in the Oval Office. "They have a major, major new initiative on rail and they already have rail that goes 225 miles an hour with ease," he explained, adding that he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping for two hours on Wednesday. "They're going to, you know, if we don't get moving, they're going to eat our lunch," Biden said after the meeting with the Environment and Public Works Committee members. "We just have to step...
    New York : Although the government of the president Joe biden seeks to modify the immigration system, for the moment it sends a clear message to new immigrants: “It is not the best time to come.” In the voice of the White House press secretary, Jen psaki, the current administration recognizes the difficulties of facing the migratory crisis that worsened with former President Donald Trump. “To the fact that we have not had the time … to put in place a comprehensive and humane policy to process people who are arriving at the border, now is not the time to come”, he indicated. “The vast majority of people will be rejected. Asylum processes at the border will not happen immediately; it will take time to implement ”. At the time that warning is released, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reported a six percent increase in arrests at the border...
    The Biden administration is reversing course on changes the Trump administration made to a conservation program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), arguing that the Trump changes “undermined” the program. Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega in an order issued Thursday revoked an order by then-Secretary David Bernhardt that required a “written expression of support” for land acquired through the LWCF from both governors and local governments, effectively allowing these officials to veto any land purchases.  De la Vega’s order also reversed course on a separate action that shifted money away from an LWCF grant program that benefits urban areas, a move that critics said took resources from low-income communities and communities of color.  “Interior’s actions today affirm our support for one of America’s most successful and popular conservation programs,” Shannon Estenoz, the Interior Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, said in a...
    The Biden administration announced Thursday that new sanctions against Myanmar will target the country’s top military officials who ordered this month’s coup in the Southeast Asian country. The sanctions name top military commander Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy Soe Win, as well as four members of the State Administration Council. The executive order signed by President Joe Biden also allows the Treasury Department to target the spouses and adult children of those being sanctioned. The move will prevent the generals from accessing more than $1 billion in Myanmar government funds held in the United States. The sanctions also will affect the Myanmar Ruby Enterprise and Myanmar Imperial Jade Co., businesses controlled by the regime. “Today’s sanctions need not be permanent,” the White House said in a statement. “Burma’s military should immediately restore power to the democratically elected government, end the state of emergency, release all those unjustly detained, and...
    Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, who mocked former President Donald Trump’s son Barron Trump during his impeachment trial, is joining the Biden administration. Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan — who is known for mocking Barron Trump during an impeachment hearing — will now act as principal deputy assistant attorney general in President Joe Biden’s Justice Department, according to multiple reports. In 2019, Karlan fell under scrutiny for invoking the name of Trump’s 13-year-old son in an attempt to criticize the president during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on impeachment. “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” the professor had said during the impeachment hearing. Karlan’s apparent attempt at a pun earned her plenty of backlash from members of Congress, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump Jr., and First Lady Melania Trump, among others....
    Washington (CNN)Protections under the Fair Housing Act will now cover LGBTQ Americans, the Biden administration announced Thursday, a move that allows the federal government to investigate complaints of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.The new policy by the Department of Housing and Urban Development represents one of the earliest federal anti-discrimination changes made by the new administration using an executive order signed last month by President Joe Biden. The President's order mandated agencies implement a recent Supreme Court decision prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace in laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Under the new guidance, HUD said it will be able to investigate complaints made under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 -- which "prohibits this discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability" -- that are made by people "who alleged discrimination because...
    President Biden’s recent executive order on refugees includes a direction for a study on the impacts of climate change on migration, as well as options for the "protection and resettlement of individuals" displaced by environmental change. The order for the study comes in a Feb. 4 order on "Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration." HOUSE REPUBLICANS CAUTION BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AGAINST WEAKENING VETTING OF REFUGEES The study will be led by the national security adviser, in consultation with the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security -- along with USAID and the director of national intelligence -- and will be on "climate change and its impact on migration, including forced migration, internal displacement, and planned relocation." The order says the report will include "discussion of the international security implications of climate-related migration" as well as "options for protection and resettlement of individuals...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday rejected media reports it is considering any new domestic air travel restrictions. "To be clear, there have been no decisions made around additional public health measures for domestic travel safety. The administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration," a White House spokesman told Reuters. Reports that the administration was considering imposing restrictions on travel to Florida brought denunciations from many Republican lawmakers. The chief executives of major U.S. airlines are scheduled to meet virtually on Friday with the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator to discuss travel-related issues, Reuters reported Wednesday. The meeting with coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients and other administration officials involved in COVID-19 issues comes as airlines, aviation unions and other industry groups have strongly objected to the possibility of requiring COVID-19 testing before boarding domestic flights....
    As part of its overhaul of U.S. refugee policy, the Biden administration is planning to offer humanitarian refuge to more children fleeing violence around the world, according to a government report obtained by CBS News. The report, prepared by the State Department to notify the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of President Biden's proposal to increase admissions of refugees, committed the U.S. to resettling more unaccompanied refugee minors going forward. Arrivals of these refugee children, who don't have parents or legal guardians who can care for them, decreased sharply during the Trump administration — and were effectively halted this fiscal year. "Given European countries' limited resettlement slots, the United States will be a key-partner to increase resettlement for URMs," the report said, using the acronym for unaccompanied refugee minors. A State Department spokesperson confirmed the administration had transmitted the report to Congress, and said the department "will now engage...
    Chinese media outlets praised President Joe Biden on Wednesday for what they characterized as a respectful, “positive” call between the head of state and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. The Xinhua news agency and the Global Times state propaganda newspaper both highlighted the timing – on the eve of the Lunar New Year – as a gesture of goodwill from the new presidential administration. The former expressed hope that, after President Donald Trump’s tenure featured policies designed to contain the influence of the Chinese Communist Party abroad and frequent condemnations of its human rights atrocities, America under Biden would return to the “right track” of policy favorable to Beijing. Chinese media coverage of the phone call, the first between the two since Biden became president, contrasted considerably with American mainstream media claims that Biden had “pressured” Xi on issues such as the genocide of the Uyghur people in western Xinjiang or the...
    A senior adviser to former President Donald Trump said Thursday that President Joe Biden’s “heartbreaking” border policy is allowing children to be victims of “cartels, coyotes and smugglers.” WATCH: nbsp; “It’s tragic … and it’s heartbreaking and it’s completely preventable,” Stephen Miller told “Fox & Friends.” “We had a policy in place when we left to safely and humanely return illegal immigrant minors to their families in their home countries. It saved lives. It kept children safe and it put coyotes and smugglers out of business,” Miller continued. (RELATED: ‘People Will Die. People Will Be Raped’: Former Acting ICE Chief Says Biden Has Declared America A ‘Sanctuary Jurisdiction’) The former adviser maintained that the Biden administration had jettisoned that policy and is now releasing 100% of illegal immigrant minors. “What that does, is it sends thousands and thousands and thousands more minors into the hands of cartels, coyotes and smugglers...
    Offshore oil exploration can go hand-in-hand with President Joe Biden’s stated goals of reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change, Louisiana officials argued Wednesday. State government and business leaders said they are deeply concerned about the federal government’s current 60-day moratorium on oil production on federal land and water, and about what regulations will be imposed on the industry after the moratorium ends. For Louisiana, the main concerns have to do with offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Baton Rouge Republican, was one of several speakers at Wednesday’s joint meeting of the state House and Senate natural resources committees who said offshore oil production in U.S. waters has a small effect on overall carbon emissions compared with other sources, especially oil and gas from other countries with different environmental standards. He said he did not think the Biden administration would attempt to...
    The administration of President Joe Biden told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it believes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be fully ratified, reversing the position of its predecessor in a key case whose decision remains pending. Miami World / telemundo51 The Justice Department presented a letter “to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the findings of the previously submitted report.” The case about the health law was debated a week after the presidential elections last November. This is at least the third case in which the new government has changed its position before the Supreme Court. The other two are cases about President Donald Trump’s plan to build sections of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and about a measure that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearing date in US courts. The Trump administration asked the judges...
    More On: migrants Biden administration to open overflow facility for 700 migrant children Honduran migrant traveling to US says Biden is ‘going to help all of us’ Joe Biden’s risky rush to undo every Trump action Guatemala forces stall migrant caravan with tear gas, batons The Biden administration has opened another tent city to detain illegal migrants in Texas, US Customs and Border Protection has announced. The “soft-sided facility” was established this week by the agency in Donna, Tx., to hold individuals originally staying at the Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Tx. The Donna-based facility is “weatherproof, climate-controlled, and provide ample areas for eating, sleeping, and personal hygiene,” CBP said in a statement Tuesday. The agency went on to call the Donna location “a considerable upgrade from previous soft-sided facilities,” touting it’s 160,000 square feet of covered area. The Trump administration faced considerable criticism by Biden and Democrats over...
    Former White House senior advisor Stephen Miller on Thursday warned that the Biden administration is causing a "self-inflicted" public health crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border after new policies have allowed potentially COVID-positive migrants into the country. "He’s taken away from the Border Patrol the basic tools they need to keep this country safe," Miller said during an interview "Fox & Friends". "That’s why you’re seeing what you’re seeing." Miller was referring to a 152% increase in expected illegal border crossings, including 700 children at the border without parents or adult supervision. NIKKI HALEY WARNS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HITTING ‘CRISIS LEVELS,’ AMID BIDEN MOVES Miller added that the implementation of a "tent-city" at the border and the reinstated catch-and-release policies force migrant children into contact with human traffickers and drug smugglers. The former White House advisor also stated that under President Trump, immigrant minors were returned safely to their home countries with their...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has asked a federal judge to pause litigation over former President Donald Trump's attempt to ban TikTok from the United States.In a court filing Wednesday, the US government said the Biden administration seeks a pause while it conducts a review of the Trump administration's approach to the Chinese-linked social media company. TikTok declined to comment, but is not opposing the government's motion, according to the filing. Trump had sought to clamp down on TikTok over claims the app poses a national security risk, an assertion that TikTok has previously called unfounded. Last year, his administration tried to issue several restrictions aimed at the company, from forcing a sale to non-Chinese owners to prohibiting US app stores from carrying the app.Multiple courts issued preliminary injunctions blocking a number of the restrictions, including the app store ban and rules that would have made it illegal for internet backbone companies...
    CNN’s Sam Vinograd was chosen to be a senior counselor for national security at the Department of Homeland Security, marking at least five pundits from the liberal network to join the Biden administration. Vinograd joins fellow ex-CNN staffers Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, Energy Secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm and White House press secretary Jen Psaki who have made the leap. AS ZUCKER’S EXIT FROM CNN LOOMS, CRITICS BEMOAN NETWORK’S HYPER PARTISAN TURN Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor isn’t surprised by the revolving door between CNN and the government.   "CNN did everything it could to elect President Biden, so it’s logical that so many CNN ‘experts’ immediately shift to work for him," Gainor told Fox News before joking,  "Maybe we should start referring to the president as Joe Biden, D-CNN." CNN’s Sam Vinograd was chosen to be a senior counselor for national...
    The Biden administration is not allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to return unaccompanied children at the southern border to Mexico despite a court order that allowed it, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Washington Examiner. The Department of Homeland Security "made a policy decision not to," one of the people said. On Jan. 29, just over a week into the Biden administration, a three-member panel of circuit court judges in Washington, D.C., halted a lower court decision that had blocked children from being removed, a practice that had been taking place since March 2020. Despite the panel's decision in favor of CBP, the Department of Homeland Security told immigration and border agencies that they would not be permitted to continue turning back children to Mexico and other countries of origin. Approximately 300 unaccompanied minors have been encountered at the border daily in recent weeks....
    President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday night for the first time since he took office, the White House said. Miami World / telemundo51 The White House said in a statement that Biden raised “fundamental concerns” about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair economic practices, the crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region. even towards Taiwan ”. The statement said the leaders also discussed countering the COVID-19 pandemic and “the shared challenges of global health security, climate change and preventing the proliferation of weapons.” Officials said Biden also planned to express his hope that the two leaders could cooperate on issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and climate change. Biden does not plan for now to lift the tariffs on China that were imposed by the Trump administration, senior administration officials said before the call, and is...
    With the flourish of a pen on an executive order the afternoon of his first day in office, President Biden radically changed the relationship between Mexico and the United States — especially at the border. Largely returning to the status quo ante of the Obama administration, Biden halted construction on the controversial border wall, established a temporary moratorium on deportations, and is, if the words of the migrants caravans marching up from Central America are correct, opening the border again. But are we really returning to the regime of a few years ago? Or has the reality of the border so radically changed over the intervening years that these new rules may instead produce a whole new set of unanticipated — and even destructive — results? Late last year, I published a new book, “El Tercer Pais,” “The Third Country.” In writing it, I set out to look past the...
    The Joe Biden administration has suspended the plan to force TikTok to divest its US assets while assessing the alleged security risks of the popular Chinese app, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Miami World / diariolasamericas Citing unidentified sources, the outlet claimed that the new government had indefinitely shelved the plan to demand the sale of TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, to US tech giant Oracle, with Walmart as a retail partner. “It is not true to suggest that there is (in this case) a new step” taken by the Biden administration, Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, responded at a news conference. “If we have announcements to do we will do it,” he added. Psaki confirmed, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, that the Biden administration is reviewing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to address the alleged national security risks posed by Chinese technology companies, including...
    By Alexandra Alper and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Semiconductor firms are seeking extra time to appeal last-minute Trump administration moves to block sales to Chinese telecoms company Huawei, hoping against the odds that the Biden administration will reverse course, five sources said. Several company executives who declined to be identified by name said they ultimately do not think the Biden administration will significantly soften the hardline position. "Everyone is deflated," said one company executive. Billions of dollars of U.S. technology and chip sales to Huawei hinge on how the Biden administration applies export restrictions the Trump administration put in place. The companies hope that with more time to make their cases before an interagency panel and a potential policy shift at least some of the rejected Huawei sales will be allowed. The Commerce Department did not respond to requests for comment. A Huawei spokeswoman said the company does not...
    By Andrea Shalal and Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration needs to develop an aggressive, coherent digital policy to counter China's growing technological power, industry groups and former U.S. officials say. The White House should increase broadband access in the United States, help U.S. companies sell abroad and take the lead on global data and technology policy worldwide - or risk U.S. tech companies being overtaken by Beijing, they say. "The Biden administration must seize this moment to launch a comprehensive, whole-of-government digital strategy, providing good jobs for workers sidelined by automation and upgrading U.S. competitiveness," the American Leadership Initiative (ALI), a think tank led by former U.S. trade negotiator Orit Frenkel, said in a report to be published on Thursday. The report follows a Jan. 27 recommendation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest U.S. business lobby, urging Washington to partner with like-minded governments and the...
    (CNN)With coronavirus variants posing a serious threat to President Joe Biden's efforts to contain the pandemic, a Biden official tells CNN that the administration is still simply "not where we want to be" on surveillance of mutations in the US -- and simultaneously worried that Americans will grow increasingly complacent about the virus. "We are not where we want to be in terms of genetic sequencing, although we are ramping up," the administration official said. "We are starting way behind on genetic sequencing."Bidens First 100 Days Biden administration asks Supreme Court to save Obamacare Biden announces Pentagon task force to review China strategy Biden's 100-day plan to reopen schools meets with a messy reality In order to find new strains of the virus, scientists must genetically sequence samples — spelling out the letters in its genetic code and looking for changes. Coronaviruses are known to mutate, generally in ways...
    Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Progressive Democrats in Congress are calling for an overhaul of US sanctions on other nations which they argue have “catastrophic humanitarian consequences” on the global effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Joe Biden to be delivered on Thursday, 23 Democratic representatives and two senators, welcome a review of sanctions and their impact on the pandemic that the president launched soon after taking office. But the signatories also urge the new administration to take a broader look at sanctions as a foreign policy tool, which they say America had imposed as “a knee jerk reaction” for too long. The letter signals the issue is likely to be at the heart of the foreign policy debate within the party in the Biden era. The new administration has inherited a “maximum pressure” regime imposed by Donald Trump on Iran, as well as blanket sanctions on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics to focus the work: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings on the response. “We’re taking every resource and tool the federal government has to...
    By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - A group of U.S. chip companies on Thursday sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to provide "substantial funding for incentives for semiconductor manufacturing" as part of his economic recovery and infrastructure plans. The chief executives of major U.S. firms such as Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Micron Technology Inc and Advanced Micro Devices Inc signed onto the letter. It comes as a global chip shortage has idled factory lines at Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, with executives at the automakers predicting billions in lost profit. Tight chip supplies have even made it hard for consumers to buy popular gaming consoles such as Microsoft Corp's Xbox and Sony Corp's Playstation. The missing chips are mostly manufactured in countries such as Taiwan and Korea, which have come to dominate the industry. The letter, sent by the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that the U.S....
    Then US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China at the Department of State in Washington, DC in 2015 – AFP US President Joe Biden spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday, his first direct contact with the leader of the world’s second-largest economy since winning the November U.S. presidential election and taking office last month. It was the first call between Mr Xi and a US president since the Chinese leader spoke with former President Donald Trump in March last year. Since then, relations between the two countries have plunged to their worst level in decades. Mr Biden told Mr Xi it was a US priority to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific region and “underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio the decreasing numbers of employment and the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths under a Biden administration compared to Trump’s. (Joe Biden clip plays) Leahy: Well, that’s the guy who is sitting in the Oval Office. Carmichael: Yeah. Leahy: The president of the United States legally but not legitimate in my view. What’s really happening in the country right now? Carmichael: Well, here’s what’s interesting. Yesterday the election for the 22nd congressional district in New York was finally settled. It was contested since the election day. It was finally settled yesterday. They investigated. And after they investigated it ended up going...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings on the response. “We’re taking...
    Three weeks into President Biden's term of office, "many of our fellow Americans are being made to suffer" under his anti-business policies," Laura Ingraham told viewers Wednesday.  "Biden's Keystone [Pipeline cancellation] decision alone will kill an estimated 11,000 jobs this year," said "The Ingraham Angle" host, "but don't worry, America. All those brand new green jobs Biden promised you are coming any day now." Ingraham emphasized that thousands of Americans "are now frantically worrying about how they're going to pay their bills, but Biden's team doesn't give a rat's you- know-what about them. "But we know what Biden and his handlers do care about," she went on, "catering to their rich donors and enriching their sleazy family members. Video"Compare the fortunes of the Keystone families to Joe's son, Hunter," Ingraham stated. "Well, the Keystone workers have work experience and relevant skills, but Hunter, with zero talent or relevant skills, was paid millions to...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President  Xi Jinping spoke by phone late Wednesday, the first call between the two since Biden’s November victory in the U.S. presidential election. Biden “affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a readout provided by the White House. The two leaders also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and the possibility of Washington and Beijing pursuing what the White House described as the possibility of pursuing “practical, results-oriented engagements” on arms control. But officials said Biden also held firm on several key areas of contention. “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” the readout said. The call came just...
    The Department of Health and Human Services refused to say whether the conditions at the private facility will be different than they were under the Trump administration.  The private facility will host up to 700 migrants in hard-sided structures with the option to expand into soft structures if necessary.  The Biden administration expects to need the private facility to house unaccompanied migrant teens in the next two weeks. A Trump-era temporary private facility for holding unaccompanied migrant teenagers will reopen at the southern border as the Biden administration anticipates it will be needed within the next two weeks. The spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human (HHS) Administration for Children and Families declined to answer when asked how the Biden administration’s treatment of detained children would differ from conditions during the Trump administration and instead pointed to President Joe Biden’s executive order on reuniting separated families....
    The administration of President Joe Biden has reversed attempts by former President Donald Trump to ban the popular video app TikTok, and asked the court on Wednesday to postpone the legal dispute over the measure while the government begins a review of the national security threats posed by Chinese tech companies. Miamimundo / ENH A motion filed with the court indicates that the Commerce Department will review whether Trump’s claims about TikTok’s threat to national security justify attempts to ban the app’s download and deny it critical technical services. Separately, the Biden administration has shelved “indefinitely” a proposal for TikTok to pass into US hands, according to The Wall Street Journal. Last year, the Trump administration negotiated a deal in which US corporations Oracle and Walmart would acquire a huge stake in the Chinese app over national security concerns. The unusual deal stemmed from an executive order Trump issued with...
    The administration of President Joe Biden told the Supreme Court that it believes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be fully ratified, reversing the position of its predecessor in a key case whose decision remains pending. The Justice Department submitted a letter “to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the findings of the previously submitted report.” The case about the health law was debated a week after the presidential elections last November. This is at least the third case in which the new government has changed its position before the Supreme Court. The other two are cases about President Donald Trump’s plan to build sections of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and about a measure that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearing date in US courts. The Trump administration asked the judges to completely...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration will look at adding "new targeted restrictions" on certain sensitive technology exports to China in cooperation with allies, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The official spoke ahead of Biden's first call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The U.S. will also not move to lift Chinese trade tariffs imposed by the Trump administration before it has conducted "intense consultation and review" with allies, the official told reporters during a briefing on Biden's approach to Beijing. (Reporting by Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Hong Kong, international trade
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will be "practical, hard-headed and clear-eyed" in dealings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but wants the opportunity to have an open line of communication despite U.S. concerns about Chinese behavior, a senior Biden administration official said on Wednesday. The official made the comments in a call with reporters ahead of the first leader-to-leader call between Biden and Xi on Wednesday evening, U.S. time. (Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Hong Kong
    An organization of feminists filed a petition Monday with the Biden Department of Education, requesting the department make a rule to change Title IX regulations to ensure the rights of women and girls are preserved in all education activities, including sports. Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) has condemned President Joe Biden’s executive order that removes any legal recognition of the two sexes and eliminates crucial protections for women in the federal government and beyond. Feminists from the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) are condemning President Joe Biden’s executive order that removes any legal recognition of the two sexes and eliminates crucial protections for women in the federal government and beyond. https://t.co/ZgvqstpRkQ — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 22, 2021 WoLF’s petition focuses on the interpretation of the Title IX statute of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” in education settings that accept federal funding. The feminists...
    Then-Vice President Joe Biden meets with China’s Xi Jinping in 2012. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press) President Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday night for the first time since taking office, beginning the process of reshaping America’s approach in dealing with its most intense economic competitor and strategic rival on the Pacific Rim. Biden “shared his greetings and well wishes with the Chinese people on the occasion of Lunar New Year,” according to a White House readout of the call, but he also “underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan. Addressing topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to arms control, Biden, the White House said, “committed to pursuing practical, results-oriented engagements when it advances the interests of the American people and those of...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan and the United States have held their first publicly acknowledged formal meeting in Washington under the new Biden administration, with the island's de facto ambassador to the country calling on a senior State Department official. President Joe Biden's government, which took office on Jan. 20, has moved to reassure Chinese-claimed Taiwan that its commitment to them is "rock solid", especially after China stepped up its military activity near the island shortly after Biden's inauguration. Taiwan's defacto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, said she had met Sung Kim, acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, on Wednesday. "I had a good meeting with USAsiaPacific Acting Assistant Secretary Kim and his able team today, where we covered many issues of mutual interest, reflecting our strong and broad partnership," she wrote on her Twitter account. The State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific...
    President BidenJoe BidenPostal Service posts profits after surge in holiday deliveries Overnight Defense: Pentagon pushes to root out extremism in ranks | Top admiral condemns extremism after noose, hate speech discovered GOP senators send clear signal: Trump's getting acquitted MORE on Wednesday spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping, marking the first time the two leaders have spoken since Biden took office three weeks ago. The White House said in a readout that Biden "committed to pursuing practical, results-oriented engagements when it advances the interests of the American people and those of our allies." "President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan," the readout stated. "The two leaders also exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons...
    Daily Kos senior staff writer Gabe Ortiz, a national expert on immigration and Latino issues, recently joined Michelangelo Signorile on his eponymous SiriusXM show to talk about undoing the damage Donald Trump inflicted on immigrant communities, how the Department of Homeland Security has been transformed, and what’s at stake with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many had hoped that the Biden administration would be able to usher in immediate changes with regards to immigration, and it has, but as Ortiz explained, rooting out the “deep and toxic culture at these agencies … that [were] accountable to no one” is extremely difficult. In particular, he called out ICE’s continued attacks on Black immigrant communities, attacks that have continued even under the Biden administration because ICE is not being held accountable by anyone. President Biden has signed several executive orders to roll back Trump’s policies on immigration. However, as Signorile noted, “A Trump-appointed judge has issued his injunction putting...