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    More On: mexico Trump slams Biden for migrant ‘tsunami’ at Mexican border Guatemalan woman died in mom’s arms in California SUV crash The new border chaos: a crisis of Biden’s own making More than 300 minor migrants reportedly arrive each day under Biden MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in a country bedeviled for years by violence between feuding drug cartels. Fox, a director at Colombian-Canadian Khiron Life Sciences which focuses on cannabis for medical use, has been a long-standing advocate for the decriminalization of marijuana in Mexico. “We’re receiving direct information from the lawmakers,” he told Reuters. “It’s information that...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both...
    Former US President Donald Trump affirmed that the border with Mexico “is totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership” of the current president, Joe Biden, and urged him to put an end to what he defined as a “border nightmare.” “There has never been a moment on our southern border like the one that is happening now, but what is more important is what is about to happen: (…) illegal immigrants from all corners of the Earth will descend on us. border and will never be returned, ”Trump stressed in a statement from his office, based in Palm Beach (Florida), where he has resided since last January. The former president drew up an apocalyptic panorama in what is his most aggressive message against the administration of the Democrat Biden since he replaced him in the White House, and he poured praise towards the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama...
    By Jonathan Lemire and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both...
    Alexi McCammond, a political reporter at Axios whose relationship with a White House aide was recently discovered, will be the next editor in chief of Teen Vogue, Condé Nast announced Friday. McCammond’s relationship with T.J. Ducklo, who resigned in February from his job as deputy White House press secretary due to his “abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable” behavior towards Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, was revealed amid President Joe Biden’s no-tolerance stance on harassment. Biden first suspended Ducklo before pressure mounted for his resignation the next day. President Biden 3 weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.” Press Sec today: “[TJ Ducklo] has been placed on a one-week suspension.” pic.twitter.com/VL1W9swiC4 — Caleb Hull (I’m With the CCP Don’t Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) February 12, 2021 The string of events began when,...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday challenging President Joe Biden for opening up the Southern border to a wave of migrants. “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote in a statement sent to reporters. The former president sounded the alarm over the renewed surge of migrants headed for the border after the Biden administration sent a signal that unaccompanied migrants would be welcomed into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security predicts there will be 117,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border in 2021, according to an Axios report. “A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute,” he said. The number of migrant youth daily referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for release into the United States has...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday conceded President Joe Biden would have a press conference in “coming weeks” and “before the end of the month.” A recent CNN analysis of the past 100 years shows the 15 most recent presidents have all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office. This is President Biden’s 44th day in office. Psaki blamed Biden’s focus on the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, arguing that the president’s time, energy, and focus was on solving the crisis. “I think the American people would certainly understand if his focus and his energy and his attention has been on ensuring we secure enough vaccines to vaccinate all Americas,” she said. Since taking office, however, President Biden has spent three weekends away from the White House, including two at his home in Deleware and one at the presidential retreat at Camp David....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, March 5Third stimulus check updates: Minimum wage hike falls short as Senate debates COVID relief billThe Senate seemingly killed progressives' last-ditch effort to include a minimum wage hike in the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Friday, as the chamber began climactic votes on the huge package embodying President Joe Biden's top legislative priority.Senators voted 58-42 against the increase, though the vote wasn't yet formally gaveled to a close. Eight Democrats voted against the proposal, suggesting that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other progressives vowing...
    March 5, 2021 7:56 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Former US President Donald Trump said on Friday that the border with Mexico “is totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership” of the current president, Joe Biden, and urged him to put an end to what he defined as a “border nightmare.” “There has never been a moment on our southern border like the one that is happening now, but what is more important is what is about to happen: (…) illegal immigrants from all corners of the Earth will descend on us. border and will never be returned, “said Trump in a statement from his office, based in Palm Beach (Florida), where he has resided since last January. The former president drew an apocalyptic panorama in what is his most aggressive message against the administration of the Democrat Biden since he replaced him in the...
    By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is instructing long-term facilities that hold immigrant children to lift capacity restrictions enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to open up much-needed beds in a system facing sharply increasing needs. A memo issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells service providers to “temporarily increase capacity to full licensed capacity ... while implementing and adhering to strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.” It's not immediately clear how many beds will come available beyond the roughly 7,000 that were online last month. HHS' fully licensed capacity was over 13,000 beds late last year. Some facilities have reduced their capacity by as much as half during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, hundreds of children waiting to be placed in HHS' system are being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in tent facilities or large, cold cells unequipped to hold minors....
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquires at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquires at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama...
    Loading the player... This week, President Joe Biden has called out GOP lawmakers after Republican officials all over the country opted to repeal COVID-19 restrictions within their states despite the ongoing death toll. Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves made headlines after they both announced they were completely eliminating statewide mask mandates and also allowing local businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity despite social distancing recommendations from health experts. READ MORE: Meghan Markle admits it’s ‘liberating’ to speak out in upcoming Oprah interview U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the more than 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall of the White House February 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Even though most medical professionals have cautioned against premature rollbacks, the governors in question both cited decreased infection rates and the increasing popularity of vaccinations as the reasoning behind their decisions....
    President Joe Biden will hold his first presidential press conference by the end of the month, White House press secretary Jen Psaski said Friday.  'We look forward to holding a full press conference in the coming weeks before the end of the month,' Psaki told reporters at the press briefing. 'And we're working on setting a final date for that and as soon as we do we will let you all know.'  Psaki was asked why Biden had delayed a full Q&A with journalists, bucking a tradition to do one in the early weeks of an administration, which has been around since the Reagan years.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Joe Biden would hold a press conference before the month's end  President Joe Biden has been answering some questions from reporters at the end of 'sprays,' when journalist briefly come into his meetings ...
    Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that President Joe Biden’s staff doesn’t want him to hold a press conference. McEnany told Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney it “is not unprecedented” that Biden hasn’t held a solo press conference yet. “As you’ll recall Stuart, the basement strategy is what he employed on the campaign trail. He went something like 50 days and he only took questions twice and when he did they were hand-picked questions,” McEnany said. The former White House press secretary said she thinks the president’s “staff does not have faith that he could stand at the podium and have a press conference the way President [Donald] Trump did many times.” McEnany referred to a virtual retreat for House Democrats Thursday where Biden asked if anyone had any questions just before a live video feed cut off, according to The Washington Post. The event was...
    Former Green Beret and Gold Star husband Joe Kent told Breitbart News there is a sharp divide between America First principles and the actions of the Joe Biden administration. Kent is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) in a primary after Beutler joined 9 other Republicans and the Democrats in impeaching former President Donald Trump in January. Kent said after nearly two decades of “almost continuous combat” and the loss of his wife, Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, to a suicide bomber while she was deployed in 2019 to Syria fighting ISIS, President Trump appealed to him because Trump contrasted the “rhetoric of both parties on why we needed to stay deeply involved in the Middle East and in these wars that never seem to benefit us.” He argued the U.S. was involved in wars because “our elected leaders had too much hubris to say that...
    BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian government and the Biden administration are working together on climate change, an area that appeared to be the main hurdle to good relations, Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Friday. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had developed a close alignment with former U.S. President Donald Trump and shared his disdain for climate change issues and international accords. But that has changed now, according to Araujo, speaking remotely to the Council of the Americas hemispheric business forum. "Something that was regarded as an impediment... is totally out of the way. We are now working together... as key partners towards a successful COP26 and fully implementing climate agreements," Araujo said, referring to the COP26 United Nations climate summit scheduled for later this year. Araujo said he and Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles had talked with President Joe Biden's climate envoy, John Kerry, and his team. He said...
    More On: fast takes Anti-Cuomo Johnny-come-latelies and other commentary Democrats’ #MeToo hypocrisy and other commentary The GOP is still Trump’s and other commentary Rethinking Trump’s performance and other commentary Iconoclast: Why Isn’t Biden a Nazi, Too? The left acted like President Trump “was always either embodying the evils of the Second World War or propelling humanity into a third,” but now that President Biden is “doing a lot of the same things,” it’s telling that no one is calling him a Nazi, notes Spiked Online’s Brendan O’Neill. The Biden administration is “caging kids from Mexico, bombing the Middle East, demanding that the fake-news media be ‘reined in’ — but apparently it isn’t fascism anymore!” Instead of Nazism, Biden’s facilities are “designed to ‘assist’ unaccompanied arrivals,” and his bombing of Iranian forces was “a nice military attack.” Those with a grown-up approach to politics know it’s “wrong to abuse language...
    Media baron Steve Forbes said Friday the best thing President Joe Biden can do for the economy is “take a six-month vacation” and forget about his “$2 trillion” COVID-19 spending bill. WATCH: “If this administration took a six-month vacation on the economy, just opened up schools, continue with the vaccines, they’d look like geniuses,” Forbes told Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.” “But instead this kind of binge spending, the regulatory regime they unleashing right now, putting in a whole bunch of new rules and regulations and the big tax increases they want to do later this year — all of that is going to be very serious obstacles for an economy that is really ready to roar.” (RELATED: ‘Like Calling Harvey Weinstein A Feminist’: Sen. Kennedy Says Biden’s Stimulus Bill Has Little To Do With COVID-19) Forbes called the Biden administration “the greatest obstacle to the economy.” “That nearly...
    HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is instructing long-term facilities that hold immigrant children to lift capacity restrictions enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to open up much-needed beds in a system facing sharply increasing needs. A memo issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells service providers to “temporarily increase capacity to full licensed capacity … while implementing and adhering to strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.” It’s not immediately clear how many beds will come available beyond the roughly 7,000 that were online last month. HHS’ fully licensed capacity was over 13,000 beds late last year. Some facilities have reduced their capacity by as much as half during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, hundreds of children waiting to be placed in HHS’ system are being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in tent facilities or large, cold cells unequipped to hold minors. Images and stories...
    Tim Wu, a sharp critic of big tech who has argued for using antitrust laws against tech behemoths is joining the White House as a special assistant on the National Economic Council. Wu, who taught at Columbia University and served on the Federal Trade Commission and worked for the New York Attorney General, wrote the book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the hire Wednesday, but insisted the move did not convey new White House policy.  Big tech critic Tim Wu is joining the the White House as a special assistant on the National Economic Council 'We don’t have new policy to announce,' she said. 'The president believes … that it’s important to promote competition and address monopoly and market power issues,' she said. Wu has a 'wealth of knowledge and experience about technology and competition policy that will help...
    Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policies in a lengthy statement published Friday afternoon. Trump said Biden’s policies — which revoked much of Trump’s own immigration policy — have “violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws” by causing a surge of migrants, thousands of whom are unaccompanied minors, to flood the border and overwhelm immigration officials and facilities. (EXCLUSIVE: GOP Lawmakers Send Letter To White House Urging Biden To Recognize Border Crisis) WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 05: President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Yellen has recently commented that bitcoin is an “extremely inefficient” way to conduct monetary transactions. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images) “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership...
    Savannah Rychcik March 5, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration will not be taking any “advice” from Former President Donald Trump on immigration policy. A reporter noted during Psaki’s press briefing on Friday Trump released a statement slamming the Biden administration for the current crisis at the southern border. “We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy which was not only inhumane, but ineffective over the last four years,” Psaki said. She continued, “We’re gonna chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.” Watch part of her press briefing below: WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki: “We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy.”She adds: “We’re gonna chart our own path forward, and that...
    There’s been some media attention in the past few days to President Joe Biden not holding a solo press conference yet as president. CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak noted this week, “As we await word on when President Biden will hold his first solo press conference, an analysis of the past 100 years shows he is behind his 15 most recent predecessors, who all held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office.” So at Friday’s briefing, Psaki was asked by the AP’s Alexandra Jaffe about Biden not holding a solo press conference yet. Psaki pointed to how Biden “takes questions several times a week” from reporters and said, “We look forward to holding a full press conference in the coming weeks, before the end of the month.” She added, “This president came in during a historic crisis — two historic crises — a pandemic like the...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said President Biden is not "snubbing" Congress by delaying his joint address, pointing to the coronavirus pandemic and saying the administration has been "engaged closely" with congressional leadership regarding their plans. No date for the address has yet been scheduled, even though the president had suggested it would take place in February. BIDEN WON'T DELIVER SPEECH TO CONGRESS UNTIL AFTER VOTE ON CORONAVIRUS BILL, PSAKI SAYS Psaki was pressed on Friday during the White House press briefing on what the cause for the delay was, as most presidents deliver a joint address to Congress within the first weeks of their administration to lay out their policy proposals, and she was asked whether he would deliver an address at all. "There is not — it is not a snubbing happening here," Psaki said. "We are in the middle of a global pandemic, and of course, any...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday President Biden will hold a press conference before the end of the month.  Nearly six weeks into the new job, Biden has not held a formal conference with reporters. Donald Trump took 28 days to take questions from the press, while Barack Obama did it after only 21 days in office and George W. Bush took 34 days. Biden was not known for addressing reporters during his campaign either.  Biden has taken brief questioning from reporters in other settings, as Psaki pointed out, and given interviews to some news outlets.  AFTER 43 DAYS, BIDEN HASN'T HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE  "The president takes questions several times a week. He took questions actually twice yesterday," Psaki said. ‘’We look forward to holding a full press conference. We're working on setting a final date for that and as soon as we do we will let you...
    At a press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a statement released by former President Donald Trump regarding border security, slamming his immigration policies as “inhumane and ineffective,” and saying that President Joe Biden’s administration “[doesn’t] take our advice or counsel” from Trump on those issues. After being banned from most major social media platforms, Trump is reportedly plotting an online comeback, but until then has been issuing press releases that often take on the fiery tone of his former tweets, and Friday’s statement was no exception. Former President Trump releases statement on current crisis (or ‘challenge’) on the US-Mexico border: pic.twitter.com/ae1fZWoKU8 — Byron York (@ByronYork) March 5, 2021 “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” the statement began, refusing to identify Biden as President, but labeling Trump as “Donald J. Trump, 45th President of...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., requested a meeting with President Biden Friday to talk about the surge in migrants at the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security projects that 117,000 children will arrive at the border unaccompanied this year. McCarthy pointed out that such a number would be a marked increase from the next-highest total of unaccompanied children arriving per year — 76,020 in 2019, according to Customs and Border Patrol. Axios reported that in the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred an average of 321 minors per day to the Department of Health and Human Services.  McCarthy also pointed to a 113% increase in unaccompanied children arriving and a 157% increase in border apprehensions overall.  "I feel compelled to express great concern with the manner in which your administration is approaching this crisis, but with hope that we can work together to solve it," he wrote.  Asked if Biden...
    The White House says President Biden has been too busy tackling the pandemic to hold a press conference and will not set a date for his first solo appearance before reporters. Officials have been under mounting pressure to explain why Biden has waited longer than his 15 immediate predecessors, who all held press conferences within their first 33 days, according to one analysis, in facing questions alone. And critics say it is difficult to reconcile his reticence in office with campaign promises to restore faith in the media after four years of “fake news” attacks by former President Donald Trump. On Friday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House looks forward to holding a full press conference by the end of the month and claimed Biden had taken questions in more informal settings on almost 40 occasions. WHEN WILL BIDEN HOLD HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE? However, reporters in the...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE on Friday defended the Biden administration's immigration agenda as Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, argue President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE's rhetoric and policies have spurred a surge in migration at the southern border. Psaki responded directly to Trump during a press briefing after the former president issued a lengthy statement decrying the Biden immigration agenda. "We don’t take...
    PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor has a habit of granting anonymity to her White House "sources" to push Biden-friendly talking points, a stark contrast from how the outspoken liberal reporter handled her job in the Trump era. Alcindor has quoted sources on background to praise Biden Cabinet nominees, trash the Trump administration's vaccine rollout, and give positive framing of Biden's remarks. It's far more common for a reporter's sources to go on background to speak critically about their place of work, rather than push standard talking points. Another example came Wednesday, when she quoted a source complaining about the treatment of Neera Tanden, whose nomination to run the Office of Management and Budget was withdrawn this week when she didn't have the votes for confirmation. Tanden came under fire for past scathing tweets directed at GOP lawmakers. BIDEN STILL HASN'T HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER 43 DAYS IN OFFICE "Some WH officials saying Neera...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE said Friday that President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE will hold his first press conference by the end of the month. At Friday’s press briefing, Psaki was pressed on why Biden had not appeared at a press conference 45 days into his administration, a longer drought than any president going back to Ronald Reagan. Psaki committed to a...
    By Susan Heavey, Nandita Bose | Reuters WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday rounded out his White House staff with a host of new appointments focused on COVID-19, criminal justice, the economy and other major issues, including a new top adviser on technology and competition issues. The White House announced six additional staffers to its National Economic Council, including Columbia University professor Tim Wu, who coined the term “net neutrality” and has warned against an economy dominated by a few giant firms. Wu authored “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age” in 2018, in which he warned about the inequalities created by extreme economic concentraion. He has previously served as senior enforcement counsel to the New York Attorney General and as adviser at the Federal Trade Commission and the National Economic Council. “Putting this twitter feed on hold for now — so long!” Wu, said...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Baltimore next week. The president will meet with the CEOs of drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Merck at Emergent BioSolutions, the Baltimore lab manufacturing J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine. Merck is also manufacturing J&J’s vaccine, which received emergency use authorization late last month. Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts, download our app now!
    Meghan McCain said Friday that President Joe Biden had crossed a line when he accused Republican leaders of “Neanderthal thinking” for rolling back coronavirus restrictions and mask mandates. Calling it a “self-inflicted wound,” McCain compared Biden’s comments to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that half of Trump’s supporters  could be classified as a “basket of deplorables.” (RELATED: ‘You Are Joe Biden And You’re Losing The New York Times’: Meghan McCain Says It’s Time For Biden To Work ‘With The Other Side’) WATCH: “Is this a real problem, Meghan?” Cohost Joy Behar began the segment by asking McCain whether the response to Biden’s comment was “manufactured.” “It really reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s deplorable comment which I think a lot of people on the left wrote off, and it really ended up hurting her. And I think unfortunately, it’s a self-inflicted wounded,” McCain replied. “You guys can...
    Savannah Rychcik March 5, 2021 0 Comments Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, is calling Joe Biden “the legitimate president.” During an appearance on Mediaite’s “The Interview” podcast, host Aidan McLaughlin said when he spoke to attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), most of them still believe the election was stolen and suggested Biden is not the legitimate president. He asked Miller, “Does that concern you?” Miller replied, “Joe Biden is the legitimate president… There’s no debate and no question there.” McLaughlin questioned Miller about whether he believes the former president will run in 2024. “I hope so. Obviously, I’m a little bit biased. I’ve worked for President Trump on both his 2016 and 2020 campaigns but even in private, he hasn’t made any sort of formal decision, and to be honest with you I’m not expecting there to be any...
    President Joe Biden is sending a group of senior administration officials to the border, the White House revealed Thursday. “President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children,” White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said in a statement reported by The Hill. But important details of the trip remain secret, including who is going and where they will go, with the Biden administration citing security reasons for keeping details of the trip secret. The secret group of officials is also blocking any press access to their sojurn. A White House aide confirmed to Breitbart News the trip is closed to the press. President Biden and his administration face...
     Presented by ExxonMobil    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senate vote-a-rama begins | Dems near agreement on unemployment benefits | Reduce boost to $300 | Republicans try to make Dems miserable before passing $1.9T COVID-19 relief | US economy adds 379K jobs in Feb., doubles predictions | Pope’s first international travel in a year, arrives in Iraq | CDC delays guidelines for vaccinated Americans | National Cheese Doodle Day   HAPPENING IN THE SENATEThe phrase vote-a-rama still feels to me like an ‘SNL’ skit on Congress:  The Senate has begun a marathon vote-a-rama before passing the massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package...
    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board slammed former President Donald Trump in a piece Thursday and suggested he get some “counseling” amid a feud between the former president and the newspaper. “Losing to Joe Biden of all people, and by 7.1 million votes as an incumbent President, must be painful,” the board wrote. “Counseling could be in order. Any good analyst will explain that the first step toward recovery is to accept reality.” The comments from the editorial board come in response to Trump’s recent attack on the paper’s editorial section. The former president went after the newspaper in a statement “over his role in the GOP’s loss of the Senate,” the WSJ wrote. “The Wall Street Journal editorial page continues, knowingly, to fight for globalist policies such as bad trade deals, open borders, and endless wars that favor other countries and sell out our great American workers, and they fight...
    Former President Barack Obama reportedly said the former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg couldn’t win the presidency because “he’s gay” and “short,” according to new book on the 2020 presidential election. Obama expressed confidence in former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren during an October 2019 meeting with elite black donors in New York City, The Hill’s Amie Parnes and NBC’s Jonathan Allen described in the new book “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency.” During the same meeting, the former president also joked about Buttigieg, citing his age, sexuality, and height, as reasons why he could not win the 2020 presidential election. (RELATED: Buttigieg Draws On Bible, Suggests Unborn Babies Can Be Aborted Up Until Their First Breath) At the time, former candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg, and Warren had emerged as the presidential front runners. “He’s thirty- eight,” Obama said of Buttigieg, according to the Hill, “but he...
    President Joe Biden told NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Perseverance team that Indian-Americans 'are taking over the country.'  Biden made the comment Thursday afternoon during a video chat with the team, that landed the Perseverance rover on Mars last month.  'It's amazing. Indian-descent Americans are taking over the country - you, my vice president, my speechwriter,' Biden told Swati Mohan, the Guidance and Controls Operations Lead of Mars 2020, during the call.  President Joe Biden gave a virtual thank you to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars 2020 Perseverance team for successfully landing the rover on Mars last month  'We can land a rover on Mars, we can beat a pandemic,' President Joe Biden told the team via video from the White House Thursday  A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation Cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover shows the Martian landscape Members of NASA's...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Listen to the latest episode of The Interview podcast here. Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, joined me on this week’s episode of The Interview podcast. We spoke on Thursday afternoon, a few days after CPAC, where Trump was the headline act. Trump delivered a lengthy speech on Sunday to close out the conference, the first of his post-presidency. He titled his hand to the way he plans on wielding power in the Republican Party going forward: by exacting revenge on the congressional Republicans who voted to impeach him.  Trump also made clear he will not be moving on from the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from him. He repeatedly claimed, falsely, that he actually won, and almost every attendee I spoke to at CPAC said they believed that claim. “Joe Biden is the is the legitimate president,” Miller...
    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said President Biden "degraded" himself, following comments he made comparing red-state governors to Neanderthal’s. Gianforte explained that hospitalizations are down and Montana is "open for business" during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," asserting that a "one-size fits all" approach to coronavirus mandates "doesn’t make sense" for the needs of every state. "For a president that called for unity to degrade himself to name-calling, doesn’t make any sense at all," Gianforte told Steve Doocy. Gianforte said that by removing the mask mandate and prioritizing resources to those most vulnerable, the state is seeing "great results." JEN PSAKI DEFENDS BIDEN 'NEANDERTHAL' REOPENING QUIP TARGETING TEXAS AND MISSISSIPPI As an example of the impracticality of continuing mask mandates for the western state, Gianforte added that of the 56 counties in the state, one county is nearly three times the size of Rhode Island with only 1,000 residents. VideoThe president...
    President Joe Biden lauded Americans of Indian descent during a call with the NASA Mars Rover team, singling out leading scientist Dr. Swati Mohan and placing her in the company of Vice President Kamala Harris and White House speechwriter Vinay Reddy. On Thursday, the President spoke to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Perseverance Rover Team to congratulate them on the success of their mission. But a beaming Biden had an obvious favorite, repeatedly asking when he’d get to hear from Dr. Mohan, who is the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GN&C) Operations Lead for the team. “Now, am I supposed to speak or is Swati going to say something? I was told I was going to hear from Swati,” Biden said to JPL Director Dr. Michael Watkins a few minutes into the call. Watkins indicated she was there with him and added “Of course, you know her from the landing coverage.”...
    Tehran just rejected President Biden’s offer for direct nuclear talks – pretty clear evidence that the mullahs want Uncle Sam to grovel more before they’ll deign to come back to the table. This really ups the stakes hinging on the question: What does Team Biden team do now?   It’s not clear anyone – including the president – really knows how he will try to handle Iran. All we can say for sure is: If the president gets Iran policy wrong, it will be a catastrophic setback for America’s vital global interests.   Consider what’s at stake. Over the last four years, the United States made great progress establishing a sustainable footprint in the Middle East – one small enough that the U.S. is not expected or obliged to solve every problem in the region, but big enough to secure our major goals there.   JUDITH MILLER: BIDEN'S ACTIONS ON SYRIA, SAUDI ARABIA SIGNAL A NEW DAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN...
    President Joe Biden spoke with President Alejandro Giammattei Falla of Guatemala promising to develop a “humane and effective” plan for migrants traveling from his country to the United States. “Both Presidents agreed for their respective teams to meet in the coming weeks to develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration,” a readout of the call sent to reporters read. Biden also expressed condolences for the 13 Guatemalan migrants who were shot and killed in Northern Mexico in January and had their bodies badly burned. A dozen state police officers in Mexico have been charged in the killings. President Biden also promised to help Guatemala by “combating corruption, promoting economic opportunity, and enhancing civilian security” which the White House described as the “root causes” of migration from Guatemala to the United States. Biden’s call with the Guatemala president proves he is willing to return migration back to normal,...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has taken a swipe at her successor for being out of the loop with Joe Biden when taking questions.  McEnany reacted to a 'Fox & Friends' montage of Jen Psaki telling various reporters that she would 'circle back' on their questions during her six weeks with the Biden administration.  The former press secretary said she would always know where former President Donald Trump stood on an issue due to the 'hours and hours' of research that went in beforehand.  McEnany served as the 33rd White House press secretary for the Trump administration from April 2020 to January 2021.  She has since joined Fox News as a political commentator.  Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (pictured) has criticized her successor for being out of the loop when taking questions Speaking during an interview with Fox News, she said: 'I wish Jen Psaki all the...
    It was not long ago that illegal crossings at our southern border were at historic lows. This was during the Trump administration.   The president accomplished this in part by obtaining agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.    President Trump also did it by building the wall that he promised to build to protect America and slow illegal entry into the United States. This is a wall that the data clearly shows works and a wall that the experts on the border will attest works.    VON SPAKOVSKY & CUCCINELLI: BIDEN'S IMMIGRATION ORDER – THIS IS HOW POLICY WILL HIDE CRIMES, IGNORE VICTIMS The historic low in illegal border crossings was also due to the Remain in Mexico Program along with the Title 42 designation that would require most illegal aliens to be immediately returned to Mexico because of the COVID pandemic.     But it doesn’t stop there. President Trump also succeeded by ending catch and release and...
    Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP via Getty Images. Slàinte mhath! to American aficionados of Scotch whisky. (That’s “Cheers” or “Good health,” if you’re not familiar with Scotch Gaelic, pronounced “SLAN-ge-var.”) Here’s the reason for the toasting: President Joe Biden’s administration has reached a trade deal with the U.K. that suspends a 25 percent tariff on a variety of British goods, including British-made Airbus airplane parts, edible items like biscuits and clotted cream, and that delightful fermented concoction of malted barley known as Scotch whisky. The tariffs were originally imposed as a retaliatory measure during the administration of former President Donald Trump, related to a long-running dispute over European Union aid to Boeing and Airbus. Eliminating them has been a top priority for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, both to strength the U.K.-U.S. trade relationship and bolster their economy post-Brexit. “From Scotch Whisky distillers to Stilton-makers, businesses across the U.K. will...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden says the massive Covid-19 relief bill now on the Senate floor is crucial to finally getting a jump on a murderous pandemic. It's also a perfect metaphor for American politics in 2021.The measure contains many billions of dollars in extended unemployment benefits, help for shuttered small businesses, cash for getting schools open and it stands up a nationwide effort to speed up vaccines that could finally reduce the virus to manageable levels. The latest government data shows the country is down nearly 10 million jobs from where it was a year ago -- underscoring the aching human need the package will address.But Republicans charge the measure is laden with big-ticket liberal spending that has nothing to do with the crisis and quarrel with substantial aid payments to states and cities that they argue are hurting less than expected owing to better-than-projected tax revenues. Fact-checking Republican critiques of...
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said on Thursday that he had spoken to U.S. President Joe Biden about how to decrease the number of undocumented Guatemalans migrating north and how to cooperate in their fight against drug trafficking and corruption. Biden has been gradually unraveling immigration policies put in place by former President Donald Trump but the new administration has encouraged Mexico and Guatemala to keep up border enforcement in their countries. "We talked about the importance of strengthening cooperation as strategic allies to generate prosperity in Guatemala, combat drug trafficking, corruption and thus reduce irregular migration," Giammattei said in a Twitter post. He gave no further details. (Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Guatemala Citu; editing by Grant McCool) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Mexico, Guatemala
    President Joe Biden is still deciding on a nominee to be director of the Office of Management and Budget after Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination on Tuesday, although Democratic leaders have pushed for Tanden's proposed deputy, Shalanda Young, to be considered for the top job. Additionally, some GOP lawmakers on the budget committee on Tuesday hinted she "may be sheriff" before Tanden withdrew.  Asked why the president has not nominated Young for director, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday there are a "range of individuals in the country who are qualified for the job, so we'll leave (the president) the space and time to make a decision about who he'd like to nominate as a replacement for Neera Tanden." The news comes just days after Tanden withdrew her name from consideration, suggesting there was no path forward for her confirmation, a setback for Mr. Biden's proposed Cabinet. Tanden had drawn...
    President Biden has ordered senior members of his team to visit the southern border and report back to him on how to handle the recent influx of migrant children, a White House spokesman said Thursday. News of the trip came at a critical time for the administration. As another wave of migrants approached the border, Biden encountered scrutiny over how his administration was treating children in its custody.  "President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children," the spokesman said. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FACING DRAMATIC SURGE IN UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT THE BORDER "Out of safety, security, and privacy concerns the date and time of this visit will remain confidential but...
    President Joe Biden gave a virtual thank you NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Perseverance team for landing the rover on Mars last month.  'We can land a rover on Mars, we can beat a pandemic,' he told the team via video. 'And with science, hope and vision, there's not a damn thing we can't do as a country.'  Biden talked about how the spectacular February 18 landing of Perseverance came amid a dark time for the country and 'restored a dose of confidence' in the American people.  President Joe Biden gave a virtual thank you to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars 2020 Perseverance team for successfully landing the rover on Mars last month  'We can land a rover on Mars, we can beat a pandemic,' President Joe Biden told the team via video from the White House Thursday  A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation...
    Sen. Marco Rubio is urging President Biden to seek “training on unconscious bias” after using the term “Neanderthal” to criticize Republican governors who ended COVID-19 mask mandates. The Florida Republican humorously described the word as a “stereotype” and noted Thursday that many people of Eurasian ancestry descend from the extinct hominid species. “President Biden’s use of an old stereotype is hurtful to modern Europeans, Asians & Americans who inherit about 2% of their genes from Neanderthal ancestors,” Rubio tweeted. “He should apologize for his insensitive comments and seek training on unconscious bias.” Rubio linked to a CNN article that reported on Princeton University research finding some Neanderthal DNA among Africans, too. Sen. Marco Rubio is urging President Biden to seek “training on unconscious bias” after using the term “Neanderthal.”AP Neanderthals went extinct around 40,000 years ago after humans migrated out of Africa. On Wednesday, Biden told reporters, “the last...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Thursday, March 4Here's why Governor Andrew Cuomo's job is safe (for now), as harassment probe startsWhile there are still calls for Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down from Republicans, those with influence in the state, say they want to wait to see the results of the state attorney general's investigation. In his first public appearance since three women came forward with sexual harassment allegations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the accusations but said he would not resign.Lawmaker asks Pelosi to investigate 'tainted' food allegedly harming...
    During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) railed against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation passed by the House days earlier. Kennedy speculated on ways it could be improved and said one tool would be a shredder. “Look at President Biden’s $2 trillion coronavirus bill,” he said. “He gives money to people in his bill who are in our country illegally. Well, that’s obviously an incentive to people to come here illegally and a disincentive to people to follow the rules. And if I couldn’t say a word about the coronavirus bill.” “President Biden, because we’re going to be taking it up tomorrow – – President Biden said in putting together the bill, he said we want you, us, the Republicans halfway,” Kennedy continued. “If that’s the case, he’s a damn poor judge of distance. He has rejected everything we’ve proposed. This bill is dreadful....
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Thursday if President Joe Biden should set a better example about personal travel during the pandemic, as he plans to fly to Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend again. “The CDC does still urge people not to travel for personal reasons,” the reporter prefaced, “but should the president be doing more to set an example about personal travel during the pandemic?” the reporter asked. “The president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. It’s where he’s lived for many, many years. And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane, called Air Force One to travel there,” Psaki responded. Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that it’s okay for Biden to ignore his COVID guidelines for personal travel because he can use a private planehttps://t.co/wwClgcHAPF pic.twitter.com/DZt9Qfn4R2 — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 4, 2021 “That is of course unique...
    Appearing Thursday on MSNBC, Biden Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on cheap steel and aluminum have been “effective.” A partial transcript is as follows: STEPHANIE RUHLE: To clarify two things that you said you mentioned: dumping cheap steel and aluminum. Former President Trump then put tariffs on those things being imported into this country. Do you plan to keep those tariffs in place? SEC. GINA RAIMONDO: The data show that those tariffs have been effective. And I think what President Biden has said is we’re going to have a whole-of-government review of all of these policies and decide what it makes sense to maintain. RUHLE: From a national security perspective, do you plan to target specific businesses like a TikTok, like a Huawei? Which again, President Trump got a lot of credit, talked a big game, but if you actually look at what he did, it really wasn’t anything....
    Joe Biden is showing himself to be an "absentee president" by not holding a solo press conference or scheduling an address to Congress despite having been in office for more than six weeks, Joe Concha told "America Reports" Thursday. "I look at what President Biden said on January 14th where he said, as president-elect, he would address Congress 'next month', as in February," said Concha, a Fox News contributor and The Hill media columnist. "And when White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about that, [she] said no promise was made that would happen, even though the president’s own words said they would." Biden's immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, held his first news conference on Feb. 16, 2017, while Barack Obama held his first news conference on Feb. 9, 2009. In Biden's first six weeks, Concha noted, he has enacted sweeping executive actions like the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Video"[With] all of these actions that the president...
    (CNN)Americans believe by hefty majorities that we can solve our national problems and that the federal government should play a major role in areas including infrastructure, health care, environment, poverty reduction and economy. This broad support provides a foundation for Joe Biden to become the most transformative president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Jeffrey D. SachsBiden has the chance to lead a green and digital recovery that would create millions of good jobs supported by advanced 21st century technologies. Yet to succeed, Biden will have to come up with a program to pay for an expanded federal government. The US needs more federal spending to modernize and upgrade infrastructure -- power, digital, roads, rail, coastlines, waterways -- in order to create good jobs, protect the environment and avoid more natural disasters. The federal government also needs to reinvigorate our K-12 education, as America has fallen behind a number of other...
    Joltin’ Joe is back. President Biden on Thursday made one of his most head-turning comments since being sworn in when he told an Indian-American aerospace engineer that immigrants from the subcontinent are “taking over” the US. “It’s amazing. Indian-descent Americans are taking over the country — you, my vice president, my speechwriter,” Biden told Swati Mohan, NASA’s guidance and controls operations lead for the Mars Perseverance rover landing. Biden made the seemingly tone-deaf effort at levity before telling the NASA group that diversity in the US allows for the betterment of “every single solitary culture.” The president said, “One of the reasons why we’re such an incredible country is we’re such a diverse country. We bring the best out of every single solitary culture in the world, here in the United States of America, and we give people an opportunity to let their dreams run forward,” Biden, 78, concluded his...
    President Biden quipped that Americans of Indian descent are taking over the country during a call to congratulate NASA scientists and engineers, led by Swati Mohan, whose team successfully landed the Perseverance rover on Mars. Biden, was quick to put his words in the context of celebrating the diversity of America, but the line could be added to the 78-year-old’s list of awkward comments. Perseverance traveled about 300 million miles before landing on Mars two weeks ago as part of a study to establish whether the planet ever hosted life. The president, who has had a career of verbal slips and a tendency to speak in a folksy manner, spoke to the team behind the Mars mission in a video conference call on Thursday evening. NASA RELEASES FIRST AUDIO FROM MARS Mohan, head of guidance, navigation and control operations at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, thanked the president for...
    More On: joe biden Biden tells NASA engineer Indian-Americans are ‘taking over the country’ Marco Rubio says Biden has ‘unconscious bias’ after ‘Neanderthal’ smear White House continues to deny Trump’s ‘Warp Speed’ got COVID vaccines done Psaki defends Biden’s weekend Delaware trips, says he ‘lives in Wilmington’ It’s sure looking like President Biden’s handlers are protecting him from the press. Wednesday, he joined a virtual House Democratic Caucus event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, delivered some 10 minutes of some prepared remarks and then invited questions — at which point his microphone and camera feed got cut off. Yes, he seemed a bit confused about the agenda, saying, “So I want to thank you all. I really mean it . . . I want to thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” and then: “And I’m happy to take questions if that’s what you — I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do.” That’s when his outgoing...
    More On: marco rubio Ivanka Trump rules out Senate run against Rubio DeSantis, Rubio slam Biden’s potential Florida travel ban as ‘political attack’ GOP senators untouched by Democrats’ Trump trial prosecution Letters to the editor — Jan. 28, 2021 Sen. Marco Rubio is urging President Biden to seek “training on unconscious bias” after using the term “Neanderthal” to criticize Republican governors who ended COVID-19 mask mandates. The Florida Republican humorously described the word as a “stereotype” and noted Thursday that many people of Eurasian ancestry descend from the extinct hominid species. “President Biden’s use of an old stereotype is hurtful to modern Europeans, Asians & Americans who inherit about 2% of their genes from Neanderthal ancestors,” Rubio tweeted. “He should apologize for his insensitive comments and seek training on unconscious bias.” Rubio linked to a CNN article that reported on Princeton University research finding some Neanderthal DNA among Africans,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One Baltimore City fifth-grader just won a nationwide economics competition. Hundreds of students were asked to answer one question: What economic advice would you give President Joe Biden? READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Shot In South Baltimore Thursday Afternoon, Police Say; 4th Child Shot In City In Past Week Bella-Grace Annibal gave her advice to the president. “I propose that we cut military spending to fund for two things, healthcare and education,” she said. This was part of a competition from the Council for Economic Education. It asked students to submit their economic advice to President Biden in 60 seconds or less. “Fix our healthcare system, free healthcare for every American,” Bella-Grace said. 400 students sent in their videos. Bella-Grace won among the third, fourth and fifth graders READ MORE: LifeBridge Health Administers Its First J&J COVID Vaccines Thursday “Fix our educational system,” she said. “Every child should have access...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceThe secret to landing a second home in this market, according to a realtor/yogi/life coach Here's what buyers need to know right now.I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do? ‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us.’ My single brother-in-law wants my husband to sign over the family home where he lives — in case my husband dies first. Should I agree? The Moneyist gives what could be his shortest answer to date — with some caveats.U.S. consumers made a record number of complaints in 2020 — this was their No....
    (CNN)The US Senate is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill in the coming days before it heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. This may seem like a major win for the new administration and congressional Democrats, but it's actually a Pyrrhic victory -- one that they may come to regret in the weeks and months ahead. Lanhee ChenThe expectation was that Biden would work to find common ground with Republicans on economic recovery, particularly after the two sides came together in late December 2020 to enact the last round of Covid-19 relief. Despite President Biden's many calls for unity and bipartisanship, however, Democrats have acted unilaterally this time around.Because this is the first major legislative initiative of Biden's presidency, the Democrats' unwillingness to compromise may have poisoned the well when it comes to future bipartisan action. This go-it-alone approach will only...
    President Joe Biden has sparked headlines for not yet holding a press conference, despite being in office for over one month — but at least the White House is promoting press secretary Jen Psaki’s love of breakfast for dinner. “Press Secretary Jen Psaki is back again to answer your questions,” the White House tweeted Thursday along with a video of Psaki. “This week, she’s discussing everything from our vaccination progress to her favorite part of the job. Check it out.” After answering a few other questions, Psaki ended with an easy one about what she ate for breakfast. Psaki laughed before declaring she loves breakfast and would eat it “for any meal” if she could. WATCH: Press Secretary Jen Psaki is back again to answer your questions. This week, she’s discussing everything from our vaccination progress to her favorite part of the job. Check it out: pic.twitter.com/TbIqg9XM3v — The White House...
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., jokingly suggested President Biden undergo diversity training for his "unconscious bias" on Thursday after the president used the phrase "Neanderthal thinking" to describe Texas and Mississippi rolling back coronavirus restrictions.  The Florida Republican quipped that the president’s "use of an old stereotype" when referring to the decision by some conservative states to lift mask mandates and reopen their economies was "hurtful" to those who share Neanderthalian genes. "President Biden’s use of an old stereotype is hurtful to modern Europeans, Asians & Americans who inherit about 2% of their genes from Neanderthal ancestors," wrote Rubio, who linked out to an article in the tweet. Rubio suggested Biden "seek training on unconscious bias" and called on the president to "apologize for his insensitive comments." TEXAS LT. GOV SLAMS BIDEN'S 'NEANDERTHAL THINKING' COMMENT ON LIFTING COVID RESTRICTIONS Rubio’s tweet came after Biden’s Wednesday comments, where he took a shot at Republican...
    Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo confirmed Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products “have been effective.” In an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, Raimondo discussed how President Joe Biden’s administration plans on dealing with China in terms of a “whole of government response,” and whether or not they would continue any of the policies Trump put in place. “Former President Trump got a lot of credit from a headline basis for taking on China. But go beneath the headline, we didn’t win any trade war. How are you going to address China?” Ruhle began. “We have to be honest, which is to say China’s behavior is anti-competitive, coercive, their human rights abuses are horrific, and they need to be held to account for that,” Raimondo responded. “So, unlike President Trump’s approach of, you know, tweeting out a policy, President Biden’s been very clear, we’re going...
    President Joe Biden warmly embraced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a video conference with House Democrats Wednesday night. “Nancy, I love you. There’s no one I’d rather work with than you,” Biden said, and added, “I admire the devil out of you.” Biden made comments about Pelosi after she introduced him via video at the House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference. Pelosi said the United States is “blessed” to have Biden as president, citing his “empathy, grace, and courage.” She also cited his experience in Washington as an asset. “Now more than ever, we need a battle-tested, forward-looking leader who will fight for the people,” she said. Pelosi also praised Biden’s global leadership. “President Biden is a distinguished world leader who commands the respect of allies and adversaries alike,” she said. Pelosi spoke about her grandchildren, who were also fond of the president. “My grandchildren have for many, many years...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki ridiculed the idea of giving former President Donald Trump’s administration credit for setting up a vaccine distribution system before President Joe Biden took office. “I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic,” Psaki said, in response to a reporter who asked if the Trump administration deserved some credit for “laying the groundwork” for vaccine distribution. Psaki said Biden’s focus would continue to work on increasing the number of vaccines and vaccinators. “There’s no question and all data points to the fact that there were not enough of any of those things when he took office,” Psaki said. On former President Trump’s last day in office, 1.5 million doses of the vaccine were delivered, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. The very first vaccine shot was administered on December 14, just 37 days earlier....
    New York : First Lady Jill Biden Supports Safe Reopening of Schools. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / POOL / . / . The First Lady Jill biden he told students in Pennsylvania that his phone was taken from him when he arrived at the White House. His claim occurred when the president’s wife Joe biden indicated to the students that the cell phone is a distraction. “As First Lady, my phone was taken from me, so I don’t have a phone either. So I know how you feel “said Dr. Biden. Both the incumbent president and his wife must stay away from their cell phones or use them with discretion under strict security protocols. Some leaders, such as Barack Obama He obtained certain permissions to use his phone, but the one who did not let go of it was the former president Donald trump. Several intelligence...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee to become the top policy official at the Pentagon, Colin Kahl, apologized to Republican senators for using "sometimes disrespectful" language in tweets criticizing several Trump administration defense policy decisions after he was grilled in his confirmation hearing on Thursday.The tweets were brought up during the hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, cited a tweet where Kahl said the "Republican party has debased itself at the altar of Trump," and is the party of "ethnic cleansing," in response to a story about Syria. In a separate tweet, Kahl accused Republican senators who upheld former President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution that would have limited the former President's ability to support Saudi Arabia in the ongoing conflict in Yemen as "owning the world's worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen," Cotton said during the hearing. "Dr. Kahl, this is not...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Biden’s recent weekend trips to Delaware despite the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that’s where he lives. A reporter pressed Psaki at her daily press briefing on whether Biden was setting a poor example on “personal travel during the pandemic” when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to avoid non-essential trips. Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s weekend trips to Wilmington, Delaware. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Image “Well, the president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. That’s where he’s lived for many, many years,” Psaki said. “And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called Air Force One to travel there. That is of course a unique — unique from most Americans. But I think most Americans would also see that as a unique circumstance.” Biden has traveled to Delaware on...
    The White House defended President Biden’s weekend trips home to Delaware, saying his use of Air Force One put him in a unique category amid continuing questions about whether he is setting a good example as health officials warn people not to travel during the pandemic. The president spent last weekend at his family home in Wilmington, where he attended church on Sunday. He traveled from Joint Base Andrews outside Washington on Saturday afternoon, along with dozens of secret service agents, staff, and journalists before returning on Monday morning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently warns against all travel in order to protect against the spread of COVID-19. BIDEN: ENOUGH VACCINE FOR ALL ADULTS BY END OF MAY “Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19,” according to the center. “CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect...
    White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiDocuments show strained capacity at US border facilities: CNN Overnight Defense: DC Guard chief testifies about hampered Capitol attack response | US contractor dies of heart attack after Iraq rocket attack | Pentagon watchdog finds 'inappropriate conduct' by ex-White House doctor Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE took a jab at former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE on Thursday, saying it's unknown if President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE's finances are different than Trump's because the former president's tax returns have not been released. Psaki made...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ripped President Biden on Thursday and compared him to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over a comment he made accusing Republican governors of using "Neanderthal thinking." "Simply giving freedoms causes Joe Biden, the great uniter, to call us Neanderthals, among other words, that his predecessor Hillary Clinton did, as well," McEnany, now a Fox News analyst, said on Fox & Friends. 'ART OF THE TEASE': TRUMP PLAYS COY ON 2024 WHITE HOUSE RUN McEnany was referring to a comment Clinton made while running for president in 2015 where she referred to Trump supporters as “deplorables.” On Wednesday, Biden slammed the Republican governors of Mississippi and Texas for rolling back statewide face mask mandates. "Masks make a difference," Biden told reporters "The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, 'Everything's fine, take off your mask,...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed to agree with a reporter who suggested President Joe Biden didn’t go far enough by decrying the “Neanderthal thinking” of removing coronavirus restrictions around the country. As Psaki conducted her latest press briefing on Thursday, she addressed the claims critics raised against the president by suggesting he called Republican state leaders “Neanderthals.” After clearing up Biden’s remarks, Psaki was asked “why doesn’t the president consider ratcheting up his rhetoric” in response to people in red states who refuse to follow the science of pandemic safety. “Why doesn’t he think about saying ‘folks, here’s the deal, if you don’t wear your mask, people are gonna die because of you,” Psaki was asked, and she recognized the attention-grabbing premise as “well noted.” “I will say, the president has been clear that if people wear masks for 100 days, 60,000 lives could be saved,” Psaki continued....
    Kipp Jones, The Western Journal March 4, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden, whose administration vowed to bring “transparency” to the White House, has shattered a century-old record for consecutive days without facing reporters alone or holding a solo news conference. That information was first widely reported by CNN White House report Kevin Liptak, who noted that within the last 100 years, no other American president has gone longer than 33 days after an inauguration without a formal media briefing. CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted Wednesday, using Liptak as his source, that “an analysis of the past 100 years shows President Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office. Biden has not and it’s day 42.” .@Kevinliptakcnn notes that an analysis of the past 100 years shows President Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press...
    The Biden administration’s nascent foreign policy was dealt a major setback when Iran declined to join informal talks this week brokered by the European Union with the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., Germany and France. Their purpose was to discuss starting new U.S.-Iran negotiations to bring the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the JCPOA.    Iranian officials declined to attend the meeting, stating: "Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries," insisting that they do not want to hold talks with the U.S. until it first drops all sanctions on Iran.    Iran’s decision came just after a Washington Post story that America’s friends and allies are hedging their bets on supporting Biden’s new foreign policy because they believe the political pendulum could swing back in a few years with the reelection of Donald Trump or another Republican as president.   FRED FLEITZ: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL – BIDEN RUSHING AHEAD FOR THESE 3 TROUBLING REASONS The Biden administration has mocked and tried to reverse President Trump’s successful "America First"...
    New York : Republicans in the Senate are playing all their cards to complicate the president Joe biden his $ 1.9 billion American Rescue Plan. The division among Democrats has given the caucus led by Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) a breath of air to push their own agenda, including sending fewer people than $ 1,400 stimulus check, aid to state and local governments, among others. However, the plan is to delay the package as much as possible, under the argument that it must be thoroughly reviewed. The senator Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) said Senate aides would have a tough job reviewing the law, so more time was needed. He argued that the amount of the project, of $ 1.9 billion dollars, requires a longer evaluation period, before the plan of the Democrats, led by Chuck schumer (New York) to approve it this week. .@SenRonJohnson on delaying COVID-19 Relief vote: “I feel...
    Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said this week that former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on China were “effective.” “Let me say, those tariffs have been effective. The data show that those tariffs have been effective,” Raimondo told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle when asked about Trump’s response to China "dumping cheap steel." “And I think what President Biden has said is, we’re going to have a whole of government review of all of these policies and decide what it makes sense to maintain.” BECERRA MOVES TO FULL SENATE VOTE AFTER FINANCE COMMITTEE SPLITS EVENLY ON PARTY LINES Commerce Secretary @GinaRaimondo says former President Donald Trump's China tariffs "have been effective." pic.twitter.com/MLbSIXq9Wt— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 4, 2021 Raimondo criticized Trump’s overall approach to China, specifically his use of social media. “We have to be honest, which is to say China’s behavior is anti-competitive, coercive,” Raimondo said. “Their human rights abuses are horrific,...
    It’s scandal time. Joe Biden appears to be failing. Almost everyone sees that. Republicans saw it during the campaign and commented on Biden’s “basement campaign” strategy — and he went 42 days without a press conference, as president! Democrats saw it too, of course, but said nothing. That may turn out to be the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people: Vote for Biden, but get Harris. Did the Democrats plan this from way back? That possibility was raised by this column last March. Can you imagine nominating and campaigning for Woodrow Wilson after he’d had his stroke? That’s essentially what the Democrat Party did by nominating and supporting Joe Biden. Donald Trump’s name for Biden was “Sleepy Joe.” But if sleepiness were the real problem with Biden, it wouldn’t matter any more than the listlessness of “low-energy” Jeb Bush. Bush may not have been your choice for president,...
    Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) offered a defense of cavemen on Thursday as she hopped on the bandwagon of conservatives taking President Joe Biden out of context in order to attack him over his latest remarks. On Wednesday, White House reporters asked Biden for his thoughts about the decisions by Texas and Mississippi to end mask mandates and roll back their coronavirus safety restrictions. The president called the move a “big mistake” before saying that “the last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything is fine, take off your mask.” Biden’s comments ended up drawing a massive amount of coverage from Fox News as the network falsely reported that the president called Republican state leaders “neanderthals.” Numerous conservative figures ended up speaking with Fox about this on Thursday, and they were tee’d up to rail at the president for saying it’s not time to relax...
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused one of President Biden's top Pentagon picks of having a "long record of volatile outbursts" and said he will oppose the nomination during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. Colin Kahl, a former Obama adviser, is Biden's pick for undersecretary of defense for policy.  BIDEN PICK FOR TOP PENTAGON POSITION HYPED STEELE DOSSIER, TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION CLAIMS Cotton accused Kahl of being wrong about Middle East policy for the last four years before questioning some of his social media posts about former President Donald Trump and Republicans. "When Mideast policy was your job at the Pentagon, you failed to foresee the rise of ISIS, which launched an actual war involving 30,000 Islamic insurgents conquering a quarter of Iraq," Cotton said. "Dr. Kahl, it seems to me that your judgments about matters of war and peace are almost always wrong." Cotton also took issue with some...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state will be lifting its mask mandate next week, President Joe Biden is calling the decision a "big mistake."Tuesday's announcement made Texas the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.On Wednesday, Biden was asked about Abbott's decision, and it's something he says is a big mistake. He also added, "masks make a difference."MORE | CA governor says lifting mask mandate in Texas is 'absolutely reckless'EMBED More News Videos California Governor Gavin Newsom reacted Tuesday to the news that Texas Governor Greg Abbott is lifting all mask mandates and other COVID-19...
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    Sen. John Kennedy expressed his disdain for the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill in colorful terms on Thursday. With the Senate poised to start debate on the legislation, the Louisiana Republican complained that much of the proposed spending provisions were unnecessary and unrelated to the pandemic. DEMOCRATS TIGHTEN STIMULUS CHECK LIMITS IN BID TO SMOOTH PASSAGE OF $1.9 TRILLION SPENDING BILL "The only way I know how to improve it is with a shredder," Kennedy said in an interview with Fox News. "It's not even a coronavirus bill. Calling this a coronavirus bill is like calling Harvey Weinstein a feminist. It's chock-full of spending porn." He also described the bill as an "orgy of pork." Other Republicans have voiced similar concerns about the bill. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican and a fiscal conservative, said he plans to make the Senate clerk read the entire 500-plus-page bill, which could...
    President Joe Biden's nominee for the No. 3 civilian at the Pentagon faced a contentious confirmation hearing Thursday with Republican senators taking aim at his fiery tweets in the last four years that they considered "incendiary," "intemperate and imbalanced insults." [ READ: Neera Tanden Withdraws Her Nomination for OMB Director ]Sen. Tom Cotton was the first at the Armed Services Committee hearing to center on some of the specifics of Colin Kahl's online presence during President Donald Trump's administration. The Arkansas Republican took issue with a tweet from October 2019 in which the former Pentagon staffer and Biden aide criticized GOP support for Trump's decision to unilaterally and suddenly withdraw forces from Syria, clearing the way for a Turkish assault on local forces that had fought and died for American interests there. "The GOP used to pride itself as a party that put values front and center in US foreign policy....
    President Joe Biden's big immigration bill will be delayed until April as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggles to find enough Democratic votes.  Politico reported Thursday that Democrats took a whip count this week and found that the package wouldn't pass as-is.   Instead, they'll send the legislation through the Judiciary Committee and pass smaller immigration bills this month.  President Joe Biden's big immigration package doesn't even have enough Democratic votes in the House to pass, so it will go through the Judiciary Committee, with the process starting in April  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to find enough Democratic votes to pass President Joe Biden's big immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.  Yadiel Garcia and his father Fabricio, who are from Honduras, kneel in prayer during a migrant demonstration in Tijuana, Mexico...
    Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) ripped into President Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke and a host of other Democrats condemning the state’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions. On Thursday, much of Fox News’ programming revolved around conservative outrage over Biden decrying the “Neanderthal thinking” that people can stop wearing masks. Harris Faulkner led her show with those comments, plus an MSNBC interview in which former Texas Congressman O’Rourke accused the Republican Party of sacrificing peoples’ lives for their “cult of death.” As Patrick spoke to Faulkner, he retaliated by calling O’Rourke “a cult leader himself” with “a headful of nonsense.” When Faulkner directed him toward Biden’s comments, Patrick ripped the “Neanderthal thinking” from multiple Democratic state governors before taking an extraneous swipe at the president. Of course that word ‘Neanderthal’ would come to the president very quickly because if you look up the definition of it, it says Neanderthals...
    President Joe Biden called off a second airstrike in Syria last month after a woman and multiple children were seen at the target site, The Wall Street Journal reported. An aide delivered the urgent message to President Joe Biden just 30 minutes prior to the scheduled airstrike on Feb. 26, anonymous senior administration officials told The Wall Street Journal. The president decided to cancel the airstrike, but proceed with the other Syria airstrike, which the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that night. “We had a pretty coordinated diplomatic and military plan here,” an official told the WSJ. “We made sure the Iranians knew what our intent was.” (RELATED: Iran Reportedly Turns Down Nuclear Negotiations With US, Escalating Tensions) The U.S. airstrike targeted a Northern Syria encampment used by Iran-backed militias. The strike was a “defensive precision strike” in retaliation for a Feb. 15 attack on U.S. forces in Iraq that...