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    Michelle Obama touted a new kids' version of her memoir on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning, when she urged young people to 'protest' against racism - but interestingly made no mention of yesterday's ban on six Dr. Seuss books, which she frequently read to children during her time as First Lady.  The 57-year-old - who inked a joint book deal with her husband Barack, 59, in 2017 that reportedly earned them $65 million - released her youth-focused book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, this week on the same day that it was announced that several Dr. Seuss titles will stop being published because of 'racist and insensitive imagery'.    Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author's legacy, made the announcement on Tuesday, which coincides with the late author and illustrator's birthday.  The news came just after Michelle's close friend President Biden omitted Dr. Seuss from Read Across...
    Washington (CNN)First lady Jill Biden will make a trip to Meriden, Connecticut, and Waterford, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to visit two public schools that have recently reopened for in-person learning. Biden will be joined on the trip by newly confirmed Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, who was sworn-in Tuesday evening by Vice President Kamala Harris."(Biden and Cardona) will highlight the key (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) mitigation strategies that the schools have implemented successfully in these locations," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at Tuesday's press briefing. In Meriden, Cardona's hometown, the pair will tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and Fort LeBoeuf Middle Schoo in Waterford. The purpose of the trip -- Biden's first as first lady under the umbrella of bolstering education, one of her key initiatives -- will be to determine the challenges schools are facing with the return of in-person classes, including "the academic, social,...
    For weeks, the White House had courted a handful of Republican senators and moderate Democrats who now hold the power to block, or save, its big plans. Wasted effort. “I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw” his candidacy, Joe Biden said in a statement. Republican senators but also a Democrat had openly declared themselves against his arrival as director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House (OMB), a very powerful service, in particular responsible for developing the budget desired by the president . Republicans said they were outraged by old comments targeting them by name, while progressives close to Bernie Sanders considered her too centrist. In the end, it was a more conservative Democrat, Joe Manchin, who in fact condemned his chances by announcing, at the end of February, that he would not vote for her. He felt that his “overtly political” statements would...
    More On: Coronavirus New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program Hours-long wait times reported at Javits Center COVID vaccine site in NYC TRAIN WRECKED: $140 million ‘Pelosi subway’ axed from Senate COVID bill NJ gym owner who defied lockdown banned from airline after mask-less trip Americans are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The national Harris Poll conducted over the weekend found a significant uptick in positive sentiment about the pandemic — and a drop in fears of the virus. “The last year has certainly been difficult for many Americans and their families, but in the face of all the hardships and social distancing efforts, many have remained optimistic and resilient when it comes to their mental health,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, said in...
    In one of his first concrete actions as U.S. president, Joe Biden ordered his first use of lethal military force on Feb. 25. He sent two war jets to Syria where they dropped seven bombs on facilities used by Iran-supported militias. An estimated 17 people were killed. President Biden, who has warned of a heavy reliance on American military intervention, is now the seventh consecutive U.S. president to order strikes in the Middle East. Two days later, he explained to Congress that the bombings were necessary as a reprisal against those militias for a Feb. 15 rocket attack in Iraq that injured an American service member and killed a U.S. contractor. It was also meant as deterrence. “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” he said in comments to reporters, sending a message to Iran and its armed proxies. What these actions indicate are the qualities of leadership that Mr....
    Sonceria “Ann” Berry was sworn in as the Senate’s new secretary Monday afternoon, becoming the first Black American and eighth woman to hold the appointed position. A veteran Senate aide, Berry most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPress: The big loser: The Republican Party Senate acquits Trump in 57-43 vote Trump lawyer irked after senators laugh at him MORE (D-Vt.), who swore her into her new role. “We begin this week on a joyful note welcoming an upstanding individual to serve as the new Secretary of the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said following Berry’s swearing in. Schumer named her to the...
    Savannah Rychcik March 1, 2021 0 Comments Two senators are urging the White House to “explore” deploying second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as first doses to provide protection to more Americans. “We encourage you to explore deploying existing second doses as first doses and rely on growing real-time inventory to cover future follow-on booster shots,” Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) wrote in a letter to Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, obtained by The Washington Post. They continued, “We are not advocating for solely a single-dose regimen. Rather, we believe deploying existing second doses to cover more first doses—coupled with using real-time inventory in the coming weeks to serve as boost doses—would be the most societally beneficial choice and mitigate severe illness, hospitalization, and death.” The senators pointed out data suggesting a single dose of the vaccine “offers effective protection...
    Top U.S. military and intelligence officials have started looking at how best to confront what they see as the growing threat from a rising China.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hosted the first meeting of the new China Task Force at the Pentagon on Monday, bringing together key military commanders, civilian leaders and members of the intelligence community.  FILE - Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing, Feb. 17, 2021.Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Austin provided the 20 task force members with some "initial guidance" for what both the White House and Defense Department have described as a "sprint" to make sure Washington is prepared as Beijing continues its efforts to be a dominant power on the world stage.   Monday's meeting "is intended to formalize the mission, timing and outputs of the task force as they work towards a baseline assessment of [the] departments, policies,...
    Former President Donald Trump made his first major public appearance since leaving the White House at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), speaking for nearly two hours Sunday. “Do you miss me yet?” Trump asked in his opening lines. Throughout his speech, Trump shot down rumors that he’d be starting his own political party, slammed the Biden administration for their “far left” policies and criticized the Biden administrations new policies on immigration. WATCH:   Trump also repeated false claims that the 2020 election was “rigged,” telling the crowd that he really won. Trump said that while “somebody who came in second in New Hampshire, or first in Iowa, and that was the end, and they became famous for the rest of their lives, we won the election twice.” (RELATED: NYT Editorial Board Member Calls Trump’s CPAC Address ‘A Festival Of Toxic Masculinity’) Trump hinted at running in 2024, telling...
    Donald Trump on Sunday attacked Joe Biden as being an 'America last' president, attacking his successor for being in thrall to China in his first speech since leaving the White House. Addressing the conservative faithful at CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - Trump said that Biden had had 'the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.' He strongly criticized the president's decision to rejoin the World Health Organization, describing the WHO as 'puppets for China', and insisting Biden was unable to rein the Chinese in. Trump complained about companies relocating to China, describing China as a country that has 'ripped us off for years' and 'should not be rewarded.' Donald Trump on Sunday accused Joe Biden of being in thrall to China thanks to family ties He complained about Biden being too lenient on China, saying: 'That's what the Biden administration is doing. But,...
    Former President Donald Trump hammered President Joe Biden Sunday during a speech at CPAC, just over a month after leaving office. “We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go,” Trump said about the first weeks of the new administration. The former president focused intently on Biden’s attempt to reverse his tough immigration and refugee policies. “Biden has failed at his number one duty as chief executive — enforcing America’s laws,” Trump said. He said Biden prioritized opening up America’s borders rather than reopening the country for American citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. “Your families still cannot go out to eat at local restaurants, but Joe Biden is bringing in thousands upon thousands of refugees from all over the world,” he said. The former president also attacked Biden...
    February 28, 2021 5:17 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The US president, Joe Biden, and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will hold their first “virtual” meeting this Monday, marked by the change of policies in Washington with the new Democratic Administration, and which will be focused on migration and the economy. This is Biden’s second bilateral meeting after his arrival at the White House in January. The first was held this week with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. “The two leaders will discuss cooperation on migration, joint development efforts in southern Mexico and Central America, recovery from COVID-19, and economic cooperation.” This was assured by White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. The meeting between Biden and López Obrador will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will aim press the reset button for relations between neighboring countries. “It is difficult to...
    (CNN)The windows blew open. The building shook. At 1:30 a.m. local time Friday, a resident of al-Bukamal, a city near the Syrian-Iraqi border, was jarred from his sleep. Speaking under the condition of anonymity for security reasons, he told CNN the explosions were unlike anything he had heard before.What he likely heard was the sound of seven 500-pound bombs slamming into a compound near the border. The compound, according to the Pentagon, was used by two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata'ib Hezbollah and Kata'ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada. Before-and-after satellite images released by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, show vividly just how much destruction those bombs wrought. The "before" image shows a compound, just over a third of a kilometer (about 370 yards) from the Iraqi border, containing around a dozen buildings of various sizes. In the "after" image, almost all the buildings have been destroyed, and the dirt in and around...
    Diplomats sat next to piles of informational documents, flanked by flags, and emphasized their closeness. But they were geographically separated on Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken began a new chapter in North American relations with virtual visits to Mexico and Canada in what was described as his first official trip. Miami World / apnews While symbolically important in any US government, President Joe Biden’s decision to send Blinken to Mexico and Canada for his first visits, even though it was virtually, is part of a larger initiative to distance himself from his predecessor, who at times had tense relations with both nations. The three countries signed a renewed trade agreement last year, after then-President Donald Trump demanded a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. “The United States has long-standing relationships with Mexico and Canada,” Blinken said later. “Today’s meetings were...
    Miami : February 26, 2021 0 The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, visited relief centers in Houston on Friday after an unusually severe winter storm hit Texas, bringing the state’s power grid to the brink of collapse. “There is an incredible operation here. It’s probably the best in the country, ”Biden told staff at the Emergency Operations Center in Houston. “They are saving people’s lives. As my mother used to say, they are doing God’s work ”. Accompanied by his wife Jill, Biden visited Texas for the first time since a prolonged polar wave plunged the state into chaos. Millions of people were left without electricity or potable water. On the other hand, Mark Sloan, Harris County emergency management coordinator, noted that “57,000 residents still have to boil their water” for safety reasons. Jill Biden in support of shelters Biden and the first...
    Washington (CNN)The Conservative Political Action Conference began Friday with a series of false claims about the 2020 election. The CPAC schedule made clear in advance that the conference -- taking place in Orlando instead of its usual home just outside Washington, DC -- would feature election-related lying. Over three days, the CPAC agenda includes seven separate panels or speeches under the title of "protecting elections" -- plus appearances by other prominent figures, including former President Donald Trump himself, who have falsely insisted that the election was stolen. We will be adding fact checks to this article as the Friday proceedings continue. Here is a preliminary list: Biden gaining ground on Election Night Early in the Friday proceedings, CPAC played a video segment that strongly suggested there was mass fraud or widespread malfeasance in the 2020 election. Read MoreThe segment was titled "YOUR VOTES CANCELED." Among other things, it suggested there...
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden took their first joint trip on the large 747 aircraft as they headed to Texas to tour areas impacted by a deadly winter storm. The first couple also plan to use the trip to once again urge Americans to get coronavirus vaccines, now that 50 million shots have already been delivered, with plans to visit a community vaccination site in Houston/ The president opted for a casual Friday outfit, sporting an open collar and loafers, while ditching the pinstripes that he has sported for power meetings in the Oval Office.  The first lady, who has traveled with the president aboard a smaller aircraft that also serves as Air Force One, wore a green Veronica Beard blazer that retails for $650. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on February 26, 2021...
    THE United States lodged an airstrike in Syria on Thursday hitting a structure it believes belongs to Iran-backed militia.  It appeared to be the US’s first response to rocket attacks that were launched against American targets in Iraq last week, according to two officials.  1The United States lodged an airstrike in Syria on Thursday Thursday’s airstrike was limited in a manner that could possibly lower the chance of tensions escalating.  President Joe Biden approved the airstrike, the officials said. The US’s decision to hit Syria but not Iraq allows the latter to launch its own prove into the attack on February 15 that hurt American soldiers.  Whether there were any casualties and property damage was not immediately known.  Most read in NewsCLASS CREEP?Teacher’s aide seen masturbating during Zoom lesson with kidsHE'S THE BOSSDon Jr says Bruce Springsteen DUI charges dropped due to 'liberal privilege'COACH SUICIDEUS Olympic gymnastics coach shoots himself...
    President Joe Biden revealed Thursday that nearly half of all Americans over age 65 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot – as the nation rushes to protect its most vulnerable citizens. The president highlighted statistical achievements as he touted the 50th vaccine shot delivered in the U.S. – halfway to his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days. The rising percentages of older Americans on their way to protection will help mitigate severe illnesses and finally bring down the number of American deaths to the coronavirus. And with more and more of the older Americans getting shots, younger adults will get their turn in the coming weeks.    President Joe Biden  said nearly 60 per cent of people over 75 have received at least one shot, at an event marking the 50 millionth U.S. COVID-19 jab 'We've increased vaccination distribution to states by 70 percent,'...
    Jill Biden offered some motherly words of wisdom about divorce to Kelly Clarkson and said the first thing she's going to do post-pandemic is drink a martini and eat french fries in her first solo interview as First Lady. Dr. Jill, 69, made the comments during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was filmed inside the White House and is due to air on Thursday. The First Lady and the American Idol winner, who filed for divorce against her ex-partner Brandon Blackstock last June, shared a candid exchange about the challenges of moving on from a relationship, but also the good that can come from change. Jill, who divorced from her first husband Bill Stevenson in 1975, told Clarkson: 'I want to tell you Kelly. I mean, this is what I’d say to you if I was your mother.  'You know, my mother always said to me things...
    The White House announced a plan Wednesday to ship more than 25 million masks to more than 60,000 locations across the country where any American can pick them up free of charge. Jeff Zients, President Joe Biden’s top coronavirus adviser, opened Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing with the announcement. The shipping destinations will include roughly 1,300 Community Health Centers and 60,000 food banks where they can be distributed to any American. (RELATED: White House Announces New CDC ‘Well-Fitting’ Mask Guidance) WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. This is Biden and Trudeau’s first bilateral meeting. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Pool/Getty Images) Zients told reporters that the cloth masks will be “well-fitting,” machine washable, come in both adult and children’ sizes, made in...
    The political activist group March For Our Lives has issued a list of gun control demands directed at President Biden that totals roughly $1 billion. The organization demands that Biden address gun control within his first 100 days in office with $1 billion in funding to go along with universal background checks, closing perceived loopholes, using the IRS to investigate the gun industry, and revoking licenses from gun manufacturers that break the law. GROUP: BIDEN GUN CONTROL WOULD ‘CRIMINALIZE’ 105N LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE “For years, Congress has failed to pass substantial changes to our nation’s gun laws, and thousands of Americans have died because of it,” March For Our Lives Executive Director Alexis Confer said in a statement. “It has been three years since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that sparked our movement, yet countless Americans have suffered in communities due to daily gun violence since then.” “It’s...
    President Joe Biden previewed a plan Tuesday to send millions of masks to people across the country to encourage mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re probably going to be sending out an awful lot of masks around the country,” Biden said. “Millions of them.” The White House confirmed discussions about the idea of sending out masks to Americans, but this is the first time that President Biden confirmed the idea. Biden spoke about his proposal during a roundtable with black essential workers on Tuesday afternoon. He used the opportunity to promote his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, in order to help first responders and provide relief for those suffering the economic fallout from the virus. Biden promised he was working to push for a $1,400 check to eligible individuals as part of his package as well as additional funds for parents, daycares, and firefighters. “We’re gonna make sure you get...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden was more consistently factual in his first month in office than his predecessor ever was in office. But Biden was not perfect himself.Biden was not remotely comparable to former President Donald Trump in either the quantity of his false claims or in the magnitude. He did, however, make some inaccurate comments, mostly when ad-libbing. For example, Biden made at least six false claims at a CNN town hall event last week. (CNN wrote about four of them in our initial fact check article.) For this article, CNN looked into 40 of the claims Biden made from January 20 through February 19. Our fact checks are below -- inaccurate claims first; then the claims that are disputed, complicated, or on which Biden could have been clearer if he had added some more context; then the claims that we can simply call accurate.We invited the White House to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden on Monday confronted head-on the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — as he tried to strike a balance between mourning and hope. Addressing the “grim, heartbreaking milestone” directly and publicly, Biden stepped to a lectern in the White House Cross Hall, unhooked his face mask and delivered an emotion-filled eulogy for 500,071 Americans he said he felt he knew. READ MORE: Red Cross In Desperate Need Of Healthy Blood Donors To Cover Shortfalls Caused By Recent Winter Weather “We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing,” he said Monday evening. “There’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary.” “Just like that,” he added, “so many of them took their last breath alone.” A president whose own life has been marked by...
    "Asylum seekers from El Salvador wait at a bus station after they were released from U.S. immigration authorities on February 08, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas." The Biden administration has admitted into the U.S. the first group of asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico under an anti-asylum policy implemented by the previous administration. While the 25 men, women, and children are a tiny fraction of the roughly 25,000 asylum-seekers currently waiting in Mexico, their entry on Friday marks the beginning of the end of this dangerous and inhumane policy that stranded families for months and even years. “Who thought this day would come? I never thought it would happen,” asylum-seeker Edwin Gomez told the Associated Press. He’d fled El Salvador when gang members killed his wife and teen son after he’d been unable to pay extortion fees. Under the previous administration’s policy, he continued to remain vulnerable, but this time to the thugs who prey on asylum-seekers...
    (CNN)A Cabinet nominee not making it to the finish line is a story as old as Washington. In the past, nominees have been forced to withdraw because of things like hiring undocumented workers or a questionable business deal or an unwillingness to be as transparent about your past life as our modern politics demands.But with Neera Tanden's nomination by President Joe Biden to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, we may be witnessing the first nominee derailed by Twitter. On Friday, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he wouldn't support Tanden's nomination because of her past tweets savaging a number of Manchin's colleagues. "I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and...
    Joe Biden will hold a candlelight ceremony Monday at sunset as the United States stands on the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.  The president will address the nation at 6 p.m. ET to mark the lives lost to the deadly virus.  Then he, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown on the South Portico of the White House. Biden last month observed America's COVID-19 deaths on the eve of his inauguration with a sundown ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial's Reflecting Pool.  A little more than a year after the first COVID death in the country, the United States stands at the brink of the half-million mark. No other county has had so many deaths from the virus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives...
    The first full month of the Biden-Harris administration could not have gone worse. With no accomplishments to boast of, deepening national divisions, and an embarrassing array of hypocrisy and scandal, this administration's incompetence has been on full display. Let's take a look: The administration has nothing to show legislatively. Impeachment leaves the Democrats 0-2. After dedicating a week of the Senate’s time to the effort, they departed for a week-long recess. Having wasted so much time on impeachment, the Senate is behind on confirming the administration's nominees. And to top it off, the Senate of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., departed without finishing the promised COVID relief bill.   They're more interested in killing jobs than creating them. Among the most far-reaching mistakes was the cancellation of the job-rich Keystone pipeline. That one move will put nearly 11,000 people out of work, including 8,000 union workers whose unions enthusiastically endorsed Biden.  NEWT GINGRICH: 'WOKE' AMERICAN MILITARY PUTS US IN DANGER. HERE'S...
    Former US President Donald Trump will speak on Sunday February 28 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held in Orlando (Florida) to discuss the “future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN what will be Trump’s first intervention before a large audience since he ceased to be president of the United States on January 20. Other unidentified sources also confirmed it to other US media. The CNN source said Trump will also speak to the CPAC about “amnesty and disastrous border policy” of President Joseph Biden. This week Trump, who after leaving the White House settled in his private club Mar-a-Lago, in southeastern Florida, gave his first interview as a former president to the Fox News channel and reiterated that he does not recognize Biden’s victory. The interview took place after he was acquitted of...
    It started at full speed and ran into Congress. In his first month in office, the president, Joe Biden, has signed a record of decrees and restored calm to Washington, but he has also had to assume that it will not be easy to pass his most ambitious plans. Biden served a month in the White House with a record under his arm: he is the president who has issued the most executive orders in the modern history of the United States, with at least 31, one more than those signed by the president who he considers his great political reference: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945). Most of these decrees, to which are added another twenty unilateral measures, were concentrated in the first ten days of Biden’s mandate, who wanted to act brilliantly to stop in his tracks many priorities of his predecessor, Donald Trump, and turn the helm of the...
    President Joe Biden on Friday rejected the “America First” policies that started no wars and brought about Middle East peace agreements, objectives that had not been achieved for decades under either political party. Biden’s G7 speech drew praise from foreign nations. “Biden gave exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear – an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand,” Germany’s influential Der Spiegel magazine wrote. Biden assured the participants, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the United States is “determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with [them], to earn back our position of trusted leadership.” Merkel told reporters Friday after Biden’s speech that it is up to Europe to take an example from his first days in office and follow words with actions. She cited the United States’ return to the Paris climate agreement and its...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is a month into his presidency and at least one pattern is clear. He doesn’t want to talk about the “the former guy.” That guy is Donald Trump. But if Biden is reluctant to say Trump’s name too much, a lot of what he has been doing has been in direct contrast to his predecessor’s legacy. On policy, symbolism and style, from the Earth’s climate to what’s not on his desk (Trump’s button to summon a Diet Coke), Biden has been purging Trumpism however he can in an opening stretch that is wholly unlike the turmoil and trouble of his predecessor’s first month. The test for Biden is whether his stylistic changes will be matched by policies that deliver a marked improvement from Trump, and a month is not long enough to measure that. Further, the length of Biden’s honeymoon is likely to be brief...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden walked into the Oval Office for the first time as president a month ago, his pens were ready. Already. Lining a fine wooden box, they bore the presidential seal and an imprint of his signature, a micro-mission accomplished in advance of his swearing-in. Four years ago, pens were just one more little drama in Donald Trump's White House. The gold-plated signature pens he favored had to be placed on rush order in his opening days. Over time, he came to favor Sharpies over the government-issued pens. On matters far more profound than a pen, Biden is out to demonstrate that the days of a seat-of-the-pants presidency are over. He wants to show that the inflationary cycle of outrage can be contained. That things can get done by the book. That the new guy can erase the...
    As part of its efforts to wind down a Trump-era policy that kept tens of thousands of asylum-seekers outside U.S. territory, the Biden administration on Friday admitted the first group of migrants who had been previously required to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. U.S. border officials processed 25 Latin American asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and allowed them to stay in the country for the duration of their proceedings.  The Jewish Family Service of San Diego received the asylum applicants, who were required to test negative for the coronavirus, and transported them to a hotel in the area so they could quarantine, according to the non-profit's chief executive officer, Michael Hopkins. The group included six families and five individuals from Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba.  "It's the beginning of a new day for our country," Hopkins told CBS News....
    President Biden has said he hopes Americans can 'return to normalcy' by the end of this year. Biden's wish was aired during a visit to a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Michigan on Friday, as the number of people in hospital with the coronavirus dipped below 60,000 for the first time since November, with 2,477 daily deaths having been recorded. The levels are now similar to earlier peak levels of hospitalizations that were seen before the surges of last spring and summer.  'I believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year and this Christmas will be different than last but I can't make that commitment to you. There are other strains of the virus,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the vaccine roll-out. He toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant on Friday and said he hoped for 'normalcy' by Christmas here are currently...
    The first group of 25 migrants who, like tens of thousands more, were stranded for months at the Mexican border while advancing their asylum process in the United States crossed into California as ordered by the president, Joe Biden, in a new move by the Democrat for humanize the country’s immigration policy. It is about “a group of 25 migrants who belonged to the MPP (Migrant Protection Protocol) program and which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chose because of their high vulnerability,” leader Alex Mensing told Efe. , of the organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras. The migrants crossed at approximately 8 a.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) through the San Ysidro port of entry aboard a bus of the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), also a UN agency, added Pedro Ríos. , chairman of the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego. After crossing the border, the 25...
    (CNN)Twenty-five migrants who had been forced to stay in Mexico crossed the US border in San Diego on Friday, the first group to arrive in the country as part of the Biden administration's roll back of a controversial Trump-era policy, according to a source with knowledge of the process.Under former President Donald Trump, the US forced migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who were seeking asylum at the southern border to stay in Mexico until their immigration court hearings in the US. More than 70,000 people were subject to the program. Many waited months, if not years, in squalid conditions and under the threat of extortion, sexual assault and kidnapping. The Biden administration estimates some 25,000 migrants still have active cases. That group will be eligible for the first phase of the rollback.The so-called "remain in Mexico" policy, which went into effect January 2019, was an...
    More On: joe biden US officially rejoins Paris Climate Accord Pompeo slams White House over desire to restart Iran nuclear talks US ready to talk about rejoining Iran nuclear deal President Biden takes another snow day — get your milk cartons ready WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made his international debut on Friday with a speech at the G-7 Summit declaring the end of former President Donald Trump’s “America first” era. Administration officials previewed Biden’s virtual speech, which was closed to the press, saying he would touch on the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis, and unveil his plans to dramatically reshape the US foreign policy agenda. “Now he will get the opportunity as president of the United States early in his term to declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back,” one official said Thursday evening. “He will look forward to driving home the core proposition...
    President Joe Biden made a forceful denunciation of China and Russia on Friday  when he slammed the Kremlin for its attempts to undermine democracy and criticized Beijing for its 'economic abuses.' In his debut on the world stage as president, Biden made it clear that Donald Trump's 'America First' policy is over and that the United States will be a forceful global presence in the years ahead.  Speaking to the annual Munich Security Conference, Biden looked back to remarks he made to the group two years ago, as a private citizen. 'I said at that time: We will be back. And I'm a man of my word. America's back. I speak today as President of the United States, at the very start of my administration, and I'm sending a clear message to the world: America is back,' the president said. President Joe Biden made a forceful denunciation of China and Russia...
    President Biden says he hopes to visit Texas next week as hundreds of thousands of homes remain without power, and the state deals with water shortages and the fallout from a winter storm that has claimed more than 50 lives. The White House said federal agencies have delivered 60 generators, more than 60,000 blankets, and 729,000 liters of water. But pressure is mounting on Biden to see for himself how the Lone Star State is struggling to cope. On Friday, Biden said he hoped to visit once his presence would be less of a burden to emergency services, but the timing had yet to be worked out. "I plan to go," he told reporters at the White House. Veteran Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said: “It will be a test of his capacity to do what he said he was going to do, which is to be the president for...
    First lady Jill Biden was praised by many in the media for the way she wore her hair this week following four years of hostile treatment from news outlets directed at former first lady Melania Trump. "First Lady Jill Biden Wore a Scrunchie While Shopping and People Felt So Seen,” a Glamour magazine headline read on Feb. 13 describing Biden’s appearance at a bakery. Dropped by @TheSweetLobby earlier to pick up some Valentine’s treats for the weekend. Shhh – don’t tell Joe! ???? pic.twitter.com/YXmtLciuws— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) February 13, 2021 “Loving the scrunchie energy,” a New York Times reporter said. MELANIA TRUMP ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW OFFICE AT MAR-A-LAGO Loving the scrunchie energy https://t.co/Y3h76lJMS2— Claire Cain Miller (@clairecm) February 13, 2021 The Washington Post reacted to Biden’s outing with a headline reading, "Scrunchies and dog walking: the country gets a taste of Jill Biden's radical normalcy." The article praised...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to wait a month for a call from President Biden, and while Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman got a call Thursday, it came not from Biden but from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The big picture: Biden, Austin, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have together called officials from at least 43 countries, with Blinken alone calling 39 (there’s considerable overlap between their call lists). Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free The administration’s first calls generally went to America’s neighbors, Canada and Mexico, followed by the U.K., France, Germany as well as leaders from the EU and NATO. Major U.S. partners in the Pacific (Australia, India, Japan and South Korea) have also taken priority, while Biden and Blinken have both...
    President Joe Biden promised that most elementary schools in America will be open five days a week after their first 100 days in office. The government had been criticized when its collaborators said that a school would be considered open if it held face-to-face classes once a week. Biden’s remarks, during a popular assembly in Milwaukee broadcast by CNN, were the clearest to date on the reopening of schools. In December, Biden promised to reopen “most of our schools” in its first 100 days, but that goal has since been questioned as school districts each operate under their own virtual and face-to-face devices. “I said open most schools from preschool through eighth grade because they are the easiest to open and the most necessary in terms of impact on stay-at-home children and their families,” Biden said. He said the statements by the White House press secretary...
    Jill Biden's first solo televised interview as First Lady will be with Kelly Clarkson. The 38-year-old Grammy winner announced on Twitter and Instagram today that she's scored the coveted one-on-one, Dr. Biden's first since her husband took office in January.  'I’m going to the White House, y’all!' Kelly says in the social media clip. 'First Lady Jill Biden and I are hanging for the Kelly Clarkson Show! I’m so excited!'  A Moment Like This! Jill Biden's first solo televised interview as First Lady will be with Kelly Clarkson 'I’m going to the White House, y’all!' Kelly, 38, said in a social media clip. 'First Lady Jill Biden and I are hanging for the Kelly Clarkson Show! I’m so excited!' Hear Me! The Kelly Clarkson Show: White House Edition with the First Lady, Jill Biden will air on NBC on Thursday, February 25 The Kelly Clarkson Show: White House Edition with...
    When President Joe Biden said Tuesday he was "prepared to write off" $10,000 in student loan debt, but not $50,000, he delivered a gut punch to the many young voters who turned out in historic numbers last November and heavily favored Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren have been pushing for the cancellation of $50,000 in student loan debt via executive order—a power they argue is within Biden's discretion because the Higher Education Act of 1965 authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Education to cancel student loans. But when Biden was asked Tuesday night at a CNN town hall if he would commit to cancelling $50,000 in debt, he answered, "I will not make that happen." Instead, Biden said he was open to cancelling up to $10,000 in debt through legislation.  "I understand the impact of debt, and it can be debilitating,” he said, noting...
    President Joe Biden promised that most elementary schools in America will be open five days a week after their first 100 days in office. The government had received criticism when its collaborators said that a school would be considered open if it held face-to-face classes once a week. Miami World / APNews Biden’s remarks, during a popular assembly in Milwaukee broadcast by CNN Tuesday night, were the clearest to date on the reopening of schools. In December, Biden promised to reopen “most of our schools” in its first 100 days, but that goal has since been questioned as school districts each operate under their own virtual and face-to-face devices. “I said open most schools from preschool through eighth grade because they are the easiest to open and the most necessary in terms of impact on stay-at-home children and their families,” Biden said. He said the statements by White House press...
    The ‘audacious lie’ behind a hedge fund’s promise to sustain local journalism New head of Merkels CDU misfires with pandemic comments By David Callaway, Callaway Climate Insights https://twitter.com/greentechmedia/status/1361440906096889860 © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Yet more deadly winter weather is forecast for hard-hit Texas, Oklahoma and the southeast Tuesday night, bringing record low temperatures and significant snow accumulation, the National Weather Service said. Load Error Global warming threats are typically no match for a record cold spell, and often the scapegoat, as we’re seeing today in Texas and the mid-U.S. But make no mistake, this is a climate disaster, and the failure of the Texas grid — dwarfing that of California this past summer — dramatically underscores the fact that we are not ready. Texas, legendary home to the oil industry, is actually the U.S. leader in renewable energy. On a good day, wind and solar...
    The White House has not yet scheduled a date for President Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress -- even though the president had suggested it would take place this month. Presidents have traditionally given a speech to Congress during their first year in office, often in February. An address to a joint session of Congress is like a State of the Union, though it technically is not called that until the president’s second year in office. FLASHBACK: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS Biden suggested last month he would discuss his coronavirus agenda during an address this month. "Next month, in my first appearance before a joint session of Congress, I will lay out my ‘Build Back Better’ recovery plan," Biden said on Jan. 14. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday told reporters that while the president "looks forward"...
    WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday said his White House press secretary Jen Psaki was wrong when she said his school reopening plan would only see half of the children back in classrooms for as little as one day per week. Biden addressed the political furor sparked by those remarks at a live CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wis. where he said he wanted full school reopening by the end of his first 100 days in office, predicting there would even be districts where they might institute a full summer school semester. “That’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper when asked about the scaled-back one-day-per week goal. Biden said he would be “close to” meeting his goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools by the end of April. “We’ve had a significant percentage of them being able to be...
    MILWAUKEE - President Joe Biden is promising a majority of elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, restating his goal after his administration came under fire when aides said schools would be considered open if they held in-person learning just one day a week.  Biden's comments, during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, marked his clearest statement yet on school reopenings. Biden had pledged in December to reopen "the majority of our schools" in his first 100 days but has since faced increasing questions about how he would define and achieve that goal, with school districts operating under a patchwork of different virtual and in-person learning arrangements nationwide. Joel Balcita comforts his daughter Sadie just before she starts her first day of grade 1 at P.S. 130 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Sep. 29, 2020."I said open...
    US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 16, 2021.SAUL LOEB | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden tried to avoid dwelling on his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, as he delivered a public-facing sales pitch for Congress to quickly pass his massive coronavirus relief bill. "I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump. I don't want to talk about him anymore," Biden said Tuesday night during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump," Biden said at another point. "For the next four years, I wanna make sure the news is the American people." Biden's visit to the Badger State, his first official trip as president, came as House Democrats gear up to pass the $1.9 trillion Covid relief package before the end of February. The president, peppered with...
    During a town hall on CNN on Tuesday, President Joe Biden stated that he thinks we will be “close to” having the majority of K-8 schools back five days a week at the end of his first 100 days in office. Host Anderson Cooper asked, “Well, let me ask you — your administration had set a goal to open the majority of schools in your first 100 days. You’re now saying that means those schools may only be open for at least one day a week –.” Biden then cut in to say, “No, that’s not true. That’s what was reported. That’s not true. It was a mistake in the communication. But what I’m talking about is I said opening the majority of schools in K through 8th grade. Because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be open in terms of the impact on children and families...
    President Biden will sign immigration bills that don't create a pathway to citizenship for the country's roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, but it's still a priority for his administration. Biden was pressed Tuesday on whether he would give his presidential approval to an immigration measure that came across his desk even if it didn't provide citizenship opportunities as he and congressional Democrats prepare to release a proposal this week. “Yeah, there’s a whole range of things that relate to immigration," Biden told CNN during a televised town hall. Biden specifically referenced reforms he has enacted regarding refugees and asylum seekers, as well as more changes he'd like to make. Biden, for instance, is planning to increase refugee admissions from former President Donald Trump's record-low cap of 15,000 to 62,500 from October 2020. This week, his administration will permit 25,000 asylum seekers with active cases under Trump's “Remain in Mexico”...
    More On: joe biden Team Biden is still pushing blatant lies about the Trump vaccine plan Veep Kamala Harris takes foreign calls on behalf of Biden Biden repeats Obama’s mistakes by dissing Israel: Goodwin The Times dilemma and other commentary WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday said his White House press secretary Jen Psaki was wrong when she said his school reopening plan would only see half of the children back in classrooms for as little as one day per week. Biden addressed the political furor sparked by those remarks at a live CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wis. where he said he wanted full school reopening by the end of his first 100 days in office, predicting there would even be districts where they might institute a full summer school semester. “That’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper when...
    President Joe Biden said he believed a majority of kindergarteners through eighth graders would be back in school five days a week by the tail end of his first 100 days in office.   Biden said at a CNN town hall Tuesday night that reports about the aim being for students to be in school just once a week was 'a mistake in the communication.' 'But what I'm talking about is, I said opening the majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they're the easiest to open and the most needed to be opened in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,' Biden explained.    President Joe Biden said his administration's goal is to get K through eighth graders back in school five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office  He said he believed 'it will be close to...
    The White House is postponing plans for President Biden to address a joint session of Congress to unveil the second phase of a coronavirus recovery plan as it continues to work on a massive relief bill. Last month, Biden said he would appear before Congress in February to set out his “Build Back Better" recovery plan. But on Tuesday, when asked about the timing, his press secretary Jen Psaki said there had never been a plan for him to address a joint session this month. "We don't know where the Feb. 23 date came from. It's a great mystery,” she said during the regular daily briefing. “I've not Nancy Drewed that one out today, but it was never planned to be in February, and we don't have a date for a joint session at this point," Psaki said, comparing herself to the popular character in a series of children's...
    Sony Playstation 5 : Anyone who has tried to play something with members of their family who are not usually used to having a controller in their hands will have noticed that many of the Nintendo games are especially accessible to them. Specifically Mario Kart 8 Deluxe triumphs among those who do not have expertise with this video game, something that apparently the granddaughter of Joe Biden, President of the United States. And it is that the recently elected president of the North American country has just made his first visit to Camp David, a regular official retreat for American leaders, and has taken his family with him. Among the members who have accompanied the president is Naomi biden, granddaughter of the prime minister and responsible for having uploaded to Instagram a video in which you can see Joe Biden playing a Mario Kart arcade machine. Although it is...
    President Biden has embarked on an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, facing the challenge of ramping up vaccine distribution during the pandemic and providing financial assistance to millions of struggling Americans. His $1.9 trillion Covid relief package has been advancing in congressional committees, which are fleshing out the details. The House Ways and Means Committee has passed part of the package that includes $1,400 checks for many Americans. The checks would go to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year and under $150,000 for couples. The legislation would also boost federal unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 a week and expand the child tax credit. The child tax credit would provide most families with $3,000 a year for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. The amount would be $3,600 for each child under 6. The legislation is moving forward under the process...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's impeachment defense was dishonest from start to finish. Prior to Trump's Senate acquittal on Saturday on a charge that he incited the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen delivered a closing argument that was replete with false and misleading claims. This followed a Friday session in which van der Veen delivered other false and misleading claims. Which followed a Monday written filing in which van der Veen and his colleagues delivered still more false and misleading claims. Here is a fact check of some of the things van der Veen said on Saturday, plus a fact check of a false claim made by a Democratic impeachment manager during Saturday's closing arguments. Who perpetrated the insurrection Read MoreVan der Veen claimed that the insurrection at the Capitol was "preplanned and premeditated by fringe left and right groups." Facts First: This...
    Melania Trump has officially opened her post-White House office, three weeks after leaving Washington, DC.  The former First Lady made the announcement on Twitter Friday, but did not disclose what projects she will be working on under the new initiative.  'Mrs. Melania Trump is announcing the opening of The Office of Melania Trump. Please follow this account for news and updates,' a post from the new Twitter account @OfficeOfMelania read.  According to CNN, Trump has hired three members of her White House staff to help her with the set-up of the office.  One source told the publication that she 'hopes to resurrect her Be Best campaign' to help children deal with online bullying.  Melania Trump has officially opened her post-White House office, three weeks after leaving Washington, DC Meanwhile, the former First Lady is said to be enjoying a leisurely pace of life since she relocated to Mar-a-Lago last...
    China on Friday offered an optimistic – almost rosy – assessment of a call this week between President Xi Jingping and President Joe Biden as the new American leader works to determine how aggressive an approach to take with his country's principal rival. [ READ: China Fires Back at Blinken’s Condemnation Regarding Uighurs: ‘No Genocide – Period’ ]Chinese state media touted the timing of the Thursday call, which came on the eve of the Lunar New Year – among the biggest holiday seasons in many Asian countries, including China. "This was widely interpreted as a gesture that Biden showed respect for President Xi and China," according to an editorial by the English-language Global Times. "It seems that he was using such goodwill to balance the tough messages the new U.S. administration sent in recent days and various interpretations on those messages." The outlet is run by the Chinese Communist Party...
    WASHINGTON — President Biden said Friday that most Americans will have received the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of summer. Biden made the optimistic projection after announcing Thursday that the country had secured in total 300 million doses of the vaccines, enough to “vaccinate all Americans.” “Our hope is that we’ll be able to, by the end of the summer, everybody have, almost everybody, 300 million shots into arms,” Biden told reporters as he went for a morning stroll with the first lady and their two dogs. “But it’s gonna take time,” he added. During his first appearance at the National Institutes of Health Thursday, the president announced the US has secured another 200 million coronavirus vaccines. The country had already purchased 100 million doses each from Pfizer and Moderna, bringing the total stockpile to 600 million — enough for every American adult to get the...
    More On: COVID vaccine NYC pharmacies will offer COVID-19 vaccine to elderly residents US has now purchased enough COVID-19 vaccines for ‘all Americans,’ Biden says De Blasio jabs Cuomo over vaccine micromanagement New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since November WASHINGTON — President Biden said Friday that most Americans will have received the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of summer. Biden made the optimistic projection after announcing Thursday that the country had secured in total 300 million doses of the vaccines, enough to “vaccinate all Americans.” “Our hope is that we’ll be able to, by the end of the summer, everybody have, almost everybody, 300 million shots into arms,” Biden told reporters as he went for a morning stroll with the first lady and their two dogs. “But it’s gonna take time,” he added. During his first appearance at the National Institutes of Health Thursday,...
    “From February 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin phase one of its program to restore a secure and orderly process at the southwest border” of the United States, said a statement. The migrants who were targeted by the measure called “Remain in Mexico” (Remain in Mexico) of Donald Trump will be able to be admitted on the American territory, specified the administration Biden. This policy, implemented in 2019, did not apply to Mexicans but forced asylum seekers who arrived in the United States via Mexico to stay there until their request was investigated. She had been severely criticized by civil rights organizations. At least 70,000 asylum seekers, most of them from Central America, have been returned to Mexico as part of this program, creating a humanitarian crisis on this side of the border, exacerbated by the pandemic, according to the organization American Immigration Council. The asylum applications...
    One of President Biden's in-laws is walking a fine ethical line with his health tech venture capital firm that's leveraged his family connections amid the coronavirus pandemic as the new White House deals with a growing list of ethical questions. Howard Krein's StartUp Health was reportedly sought by executives from tech firm Yosi Health in December for help pitching its software that aims to streamline COVID-19 vaccine efforts to government officials. Krein, a head and shoulder surgeon and StartUp Health's chief medical adviser, has been married to first daughter Ashley Biden since 2012, a year after he co-founded the firm with his brother, Steven Krein, and tech entrepreneur Unity Stoakes. Through StartUp Health, he and his business partners have invested almost $2 billion in more than 350 ventures. Yosi Health's outreach was reported by ABC News, but Biden's support of StartUp Health is a matter of public record. As vice...
    Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards President Joe Biden is on the best presidential honeymoon since at least Bill Clinton in 1993. A special online edition of the CNBC All-America Economic Survey focusing on the Biden agenda finds his approval rating at a sky-high 62%, beating the first presidential ratings of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Trump. In fact, Biden's initial rating is 18 points higher than Trump's. The survey of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%, sees Biden with majority approval so far for his handling of the economy and for uniting the country. Sixty-five percent of the public approve of his actions so far when it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike Trump, Biden "has made the coronavirus his most important issue in office and throughout the campaign," said Jay Campbell, partner with Hart Research, the Democratic pollster...
    Prosecutors in the impeachment of Donald Trump said they will show that the then president was not an “innocent bystander” but the main instigator of the deadly attack on Capitol with which he tried to nullify his electoral loss to Joe Biden. On the first day full of allegations, the main prosecutor of the House of Representatives promised to present the evidence that the former president encouraged his followers in an act to go to the legislative palace on January 6 and then, far from doing anything to stop the violence, he observed with “jubilation” when a mob stormed the compound. Five people died. “It may have seemed like chaos and madness to us, but there was method in the madness that day,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin. The events of the day followed an emotional session on Tuesday that provoked the fury of the former president at the long and...
    By Steve Holland and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden promised he would never politicize the U.S. military as he made his first visit to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief on Wednesday, seeking to draw a contrast with the Trump-era in a far-reaching speech that emphasized diversity in the armed forces. Biden, whose late son, Beau, was a soldier who deployed to Iraq, bristled at former President Donald Trump's approach to the military during the presidential campaign, including a report that Trump once privately called American soldiers killed during World War One "losers" and "suckers." Critics say Trump openly flouted norms of behavior in open pursuit of political support among U.S. troops, who are meant to be loyal to the U.S. Constitution - not any party or political movement. "I will never ever dishonor you, I will never disrespect you, I will never politicize the work you do," Biden...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden opposes effort to recall California's Newsom: White House Huawei wants appeals court to overturn FCC's national security ban White House says Biden won't opine on trial MORE on Wednesday defended the Biden administration's definition of having schools "open" during the coronavirus pandemic amid criticism that the goal is not ambitious enough and has already been met across parts of the country. Psaki faced multiple questions during her daily briefing with reporters after she said Tuesday that Biden's goal of having schools open within his first 100 days office meant more than 50 percent of schools were holding at least one day of in-person learning each week by the end of that timeframe. But some were quick to point out that many districts around the country were already doing at least one day of in-person learning under hybrid models, and questioned why the administration was setting the bar so low....
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Wednesday a Pentagon review of its strategy towards China, looking at key areas including intelligence, technology and the military footprint in the region, a U.S. official said. The review will be just one of several that the Pentagon is already carrying out, on everything from troops in the Middle East to its policy towards NATO. It comes as both countries are at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea, with each accusing the other of deliberately provocative behavior. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a new 15-person task force would be created at the Pentagon to review the strategy and present its recommendations within four months. Under Biden's predecessor, the Pentagon made countering China it's top priority, something Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has signaled...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here."Today stands alone in American history," Anderson Cooper said at the top of "AC360" Tuesday night. "Only three presidents, as you know, have ever been impeached. Only one has been impeached twice. And today his second trial began. It takes place at a crime scene, and that too is a first."Earlier in the day on MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace said "we should be very cautious not to cover this as a political story. This is a security story, and this is a vote about security, a vote about truth. I know there's always a temptation to make this about the gravitational pull of Donald Trump's politics. But that is not what this is about."However, the right-wing media only has one setting, raw partisanship. So when news anchors talk about the day...
    President Biden indicated Monday that his administration is on track to surpass its goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses during his first 100 days in office. Biden provided the update as he and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Arizona health care officials during a virtual tour of the vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The president jabbed at the Trump administration’s handling of the campaign’s logistics but asserted the country was on track to "considerably" surpass Biden's 100 million target. "When we got in, we were short on vaccines and short on organization," Biden said. "When we got sworn in, we committed to doing 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days. We’re exceeding that, with the grace of God, the goodwill of neighbors and help from people like you, we’re going to end up doing more than that." According to numerous reports, the country was...
    The White House said Monday it had not changed its position on Iranian sanctions a day after President Biden appeared to shift policy by signaling that penalties would be lifted only if Tehran stopped enriching uranium. It leaves the two countries at loggerheads over what comes next and a swirl of questions about when a nod of the head does not mean yes. The issue arose after a CBS News Super Bowl interview in which Biden was asked whether he would agree to Iran’s supreme leader’s request that Washington lift sanctions first in order to get Tehran back to the negotiating table. "No," said Biden. Interviewer Nora O’Donnell then asked: "They have to stop enriching uranium first?" Biden nodded. That triggered a string of headlines suggesting his nod meant a shift from the previous position that Iran must come into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal before sanctions imposed...
    Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade seemed indignant over President Joe Biden’s “teachers first” position with regard to reopening schools around the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Fox & Friends took time on Monday to discuss Biden’s push to reopen America’s classrooms despite ongoing disputes between school districts and teachers’ unions. The segment focused on Biden’s interview with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell where he said the CDC would roll out new “science-based” protocols in the next few days to start reopening schools. Kilmeade countered that school reopening protocols are already “in place,” so he accused Biden of “playing his hands close to the vest because teachers’ unions funded his campaign.” “He actually was quoted as saying ‘I’m gonna be teachers first,'” Kilmeade said disapprovingly. “Can you imagine that? Your school policy is ‘teachers first?'” Steve Doocy picked up from there by saying the CDC had school reopening guidelines since September of 2020. He...
    (CNN)Fully ensconced in the depths of the coronavirus crisis, the Biden administration says it is seeing the first signs of improvement -- though officials say they're far from celebrating.President Joe Biden is beginning his third full week in office with the pace of vaccinations accelerating, the rate of new coronavirus cases dropping and mass vaccination sites popping up from New York to Las Vegas. For the new administration, plenty has gone right. They've inked new deals with existing vaccine suppliers, with promising new vaccine candidates still on the horizon. They've managed in weeks what the Trump administration didn't for months: giving states a clear estimate of how many vaccine doses they'll receive. And they've thrown federal resources behind setting up large-scale vaccination sites. But officials are aware they're in a critical period. "It is a daunting challenge. I think it feels like we're making progress every day," Andy Slavitt, senior...
    A Utah school offered parents a chance to opt children out of Black History Month instruction. Then the NAACP called. Yellen Warns Jobs Will be Slow to Rebound Without Stimulus President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Thank Health Care Workers Ahead of Super Bowl LV © CBS President Joe Biden and his wife, first lady Dr. Jill Biden, took a moment to send a special message before Super Bowl LV. The Bidens thanked health care workers for all that they're doing amid the coronavirus pandemic, and also encouraged everyone to keep wearing their masks. In a somber moment, the Bidens also asked for a moment of silence to honor the more than 440,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. "We wanted to thank all the frontline healthcare heroes, both at the game and watching across the country," the first lady said. "You and your families carried us...
    (CNN)In his first phone call with new United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, China's top diplomat has again pinned the blame on Washington for plunging bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades, and rejected international criticism of Beijing's policies in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Yang Jiechi, the top foreign policy aide to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, told Blinken during their Friday call that the US should "correct recent mistakes, and work with China to promote the healthy and stable development of China-US relations by upholding the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation," according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Yang emphasized that both sides should respect the other's core interests, as well as political systems and developmental paths of their own choosing, the statement said."Each side should focus on taking care of its own domestic affairs. China will firmly continue down the...
    Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Delaware for the weekend in his first outing from Washington since he assumed the US presidency. Miami World – AP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises Americans to forego travel as the coronavirus pandemic hits the country. Biden, who owns a home outside of Wilmington, Delaware, has made pandemic control the central goal of his first weeks in the White House, and much of his administration’s focus is on improving the vaccination program. . The White House, which announced Biden’s travel plans Thursday night, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the reason for the visit. Every time a president moves, an entourage of aides, security and the media accompany him. The CDC guidelines state that “traveling increases your ability to spread and contract COVID-19”, so the “recommends that you do not travel for now.” By using...
    (CNN)The White House plans to bring back presidential addresses directly to the American people this weekend, continuing in the tradition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats."This is a time-honored tradition in the country of hearing from the President in this way, from FDR's Fireside Chats to Ronald Reagan establishing the weekly presidential radio address," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. "President (Joe) Biden will continue that tradition, and we expect it to take on a variety of forms."Biden's inaugural edition will be a "conversation" between him and Michelle, a Roseville, California resident who lost her job at a startup clothing company due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Psaki.The conversation will be released on the White House's social media channels, Psaki said.The reinstatement of the presidential addresses is another return by the Biden administration to presidential traditions and norms, including the resumption of daily White House...
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that Biden has abandoned his earlier calls for unity. You can find a counterpoint here, where Professor Jason Nichols argues that Biden is governing as a unifier. Since announcing his candidacy for president in April of 2019, Joe Biden has insisted that unifying the nation was his primary objective. After four years of President Trump fomenting hatred and division, Biden alleged, it was necessary that the nation elect him so he could “restore the soul of America” and calm tensions between political foes. Despite this feel-good rhetoric from the president, Americans are beginning to recognize the truth. While Joe Biden has talked about the need for “unity” and “healing,” Biden’s administration has done precisely the opposite of what is needed to bring together the country. A prime...
    Jill Biden enlisted two canine aides to help her encourage Americans to mask up amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a new PSA that features the First Lady and her beloved German Shepherds Champ and Major.  In the clip - which was filmed at the White House and is due to air during the 17th annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday - the 69-year-old professor urges her fellow pet owners to protect themselves against COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, insisting that they 'owe it' to their pets to stay healthy.  'The unconditional love from a dog is one of the most beautiful things on earth - and we owe it to them to keep ourselves healthy,' she says, while glancing down at her dogs. 'So please keep wearing your mask, even when you're out walking your dog.'  Paws-itive message: First Lady Jill Biden enlisted her dogs Champ and Major...
    LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States met Friday for the first time in almost three years as the European allies welcome America’s return to center stage in world affairs under President Joe Biden. Britain’s Foreign Office said the foreign ministers of the three European nations and the U.S. secretary of state were holding virtual talks on topics that included Iran, China, Myanmar, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. The last time the top foreign affairs officials from the four countries met as a quartet was in April 2018. The meeting of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came a day after Biden told U.S. diplomats at the State Department: “America is back. Diplomacy is back.” Biden has turned sharply away from the “America first”...
    Loading the player... The Senate early Friday approved a measure that would let Democrats muscle President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan through the chamber without Republican support. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first. Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. Read More: Rice, Sanders push Biden-Harris COVID-19 plan: ‘Inaction is not an option’ Vice President Kamala Harris sits in the chair on the Senate floor to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. (Senate TV via AP) The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by...
    The Air Force is investigating the unauthorized entry of an intruder into Joint Base Andrews, a military facility located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Word of an "unauthorized individual gained access" who gained access to the base on Thursday emerged not long after the White House released President Biden's public schedule for Friday, showing that he is expected to take his very first Air Force One flight as president out of Joint Base Andrews to his home state of Delaware. “An unauthorized individual gained access to Joint Base Andrews. The incident is under investigation. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is lead on this investigation," OSI spokeswoman Linda Card told the Military Times. The outlet reported that Card also confirmed that investigators are interviewing a suspect. Tara Copp, a military reporter for McClatchy, said the base would not confirm whether the intruder "go to" any military aircraft kept there....
    As President Joe Biden settles into his new role leading the country, differences from former President Donald Trump regarding the media continue to emerge. This time, the difference has shown itself with regards to sit-down interviews. Biden took part in his first sit-down interview on Wednesday with People Magazine since becoming president. The interview, published on Feb. 3, also featured First Lady Jill Biden, and the duo largely spoke about family and marriage. (RELATED: Here’s Everything You Need To Know From The Bidens’ Interview With People Magazine) “My whole life, I’d always rather be with my boys, with my children,” Biden said during one part of the interview. “I like being with everybody else. But if I got to go away skiing with the boys and my daughter. I went with my grandkids, to me it’s the thing that I care about the most.” Absent was the hard-hitting questions about policies and...
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    Jill Biden's Inauguration Day corsage was actually part of a heartwarming tradition the two have had for years. Chip Somodevilla / Staff / Getty Images In an interview with People, Jill Biden revealed the story behind her Inauguration Day corsage.  Jill said her husband surprised her with a corsage made with her favorite flowers during the concert. The romantic tradition started on Valentine's Day a long time ago and has continued over the years. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jill Biden's Inauguration Day look was packed with symbols, and she just revealed the story behind the white corsage she wore for the concert on January 20.  The first lady's dress and matching coat were designed by Gabriela Hearst and featured embroidered flowers representing each US state and territory. To accessorize her look, she was pictured with a corsage that fans first speculated was a gift from...
    The Biden administration is considering sending masks to every single household in the U.S., a new report says. Officials told NBC News that the White House's COVID-19 Response Team is currently assessing different ways of mailing face coverings to 328 million Americans. It is currently unclear how much the plan will cost, how many masks would be sent to each household, what types of masks would be included in the package and if people are required to receive them.    Although the plan has been discussed by the administration's top public health experts, no final proposal has been sent to President Joe Biden for approval.  It comes as some officials call for better - or double - masks to be warn as COVID variants from the UK, South Africa and Brazil continue to spread across the country.  The Biden administration is currently assessing a plan to send masks directly to...
    In what’s likely to go down as the opening salvo of the Biden-era antitrust debate, US Senator Amy Klobuchar will introduce new legislation later today to update the country’s antitrust laws. While we don’t have all the details of the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act of 2021 just yet, one significant point is that it would better equip regulatory authorities to take on their Big Tech counterparts.  Let’s be clear: we have a monopoly problem. But we can’t take on the biggest companies in the world with just Band-Aids and duct tape. We need legislation that will increase enforcement resources & tighten our antitrust laws–so I’m introducing a new bill that will do just that. https://t.co/9GFb9TTHaH — Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 4, 2021 According to Protocol, Klobuchar calls for providing the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission with new regulatory powers and millions...
    President Joe Biden will use his State Department visit on Thursday to highlight his promise to re-engage with the international community after Donald Trump's 'America First' policy.  In his remarks to staff, Biden will emphasize traditional American alliances while thanking career government officials for their service. Vice President Kamala Harris will join him on the visit, which is his first to a Cabinet department as president. By choosing Foggy Bottom as his first Cabinet stop - as opposed to the Pentagon or another department - Biden is making a heavily symbolic gesture to an agency suffering from morale problems in the wake of Trump's presidency.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the trip the president will thank staff 'who are Foreign Service officers, civil servants, who are the heart and soul of that institution and, frankly, our government.' She said his remarks would not be a complete vision of his...
    Sixty-one percent of Americans said in a new poll that they approve of the job President Biden is doing two weeks after being sworn in and a majority believes he’s up to the task of tackling an array of crises.  According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey released Thursday, 35 percent of Americans strongly approve of the job Biden is doing, and 26 percent somewhat approve. Another 26 percent strongly disapprove, and 11 percent somewhat disapprove. The results are sharply divided by partisan lines, with 97 percent of Democrats approving, along with 58 percent of independents and 23 percent of Republicans. The results indicate Biden may enjoy a honeymoon period in the early days of his presidency even as the country remains fiercely divided. Presidents in modern history enjoyed approval ratings of at least 50 percent at the start of their administrations, though former President TrumpDonald Trump Pelosi pushing Newsom...
    Former Pentagon Chief of Staff Kash Patel slammed the Biden Pentagon for blaming the Trump administration for a plan to vaccinate Guantanamo Bay detainees that garnered huge backlash from the public and Republican lawmakers after it was disclosed last week. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that the plan to vaccinate the detainees was “underway” before President Joe Biden took office. “The vaccination plan underway was underway before President Biden took office, before Secretary Austin took office. That’s not to impugn that decision making process at all,” Kirby said. “That scheme was already under way and being executed.” Patel rejected the suggestion that the plan to vaccinate detainees was the Trump administration’s fault. “That’s total B.S. Under no circumstances were we giving vaccines to terrorists. That’s all Biden,” Patel told Breitbart News. “Yes, the vaccine plan was underway. Trump secured the vaccine and distribution. Biden is the...
    First Lady Jill Biden delighted her close friend Michelle Obama a touching personal gift from the White House.   Dr Biden, 69, sent the Obamas a hamper of vegetables picked from the White House Kitchen Garden, which was planted by the then First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.  The 2,800 square foot garden on the South Lawn provides locally-grown food for the first family and White House guests. It also serves as a model for how food can be grown at home.   Special delivery! First Lady Jill Biden sent close friend Michelle Obama (pictured together) a hamper of vegetables picked from the White House Kitchen Garden as an unexpected treat Delighted: Mrs Obama shared a photo of the delivery on Instagram and publicly thanked her friend, adding: 'Love you, Jill!' (pictured) Mrs Obama shared a photo of the delivery on Instagram and publicly thanked her friend, adding: 'Love...
    A senior adviser to President Joe Biden’s White House coronavirus response team, Andy Slavitt, accused some health care providers Monday of preventing Americans from getting vaccinated by stockpiling doses of the coronavirus vaccine and keeping them in reserve. Slavitt, the senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] Response Team, told reporters during a briefing on the pandemic: We believe that some healthcare providers are regularly holding back doses that are intended as first doses and instead keeping them in reserve for second doses for patients. … In some cases, providers are cancelling appointments they could take, preventing Americans from getting their first doses of the vaccine as quickly as it needs to happen. He went on to say that the Biden administration implemented some changes that will ensure a steady supply of doses for providers, stressing that hoarding “does not need to happen and should not happen.”...
    Critics are panning "Saturday Night Live" for what they described as its "remarkably weak" return to the airwaves following a six-week hiatus that encompassed a chaotic news cycle.  Viewers who tuned into the long-running NBC sketch comedy show noticed that Saturday's episode largely avoided mocking President Biden after spending the past four years ridiculing former President Donald Trump, played by Alec Baldwin.  Los Angeles Times TV critic Lorraine Ali pulled no punches with a review headlined, "Maybe Trump did kill satire: ‘SNL’ kicks off Biden era in remarkably weak form." Ali opened her review with the question: "What will late-night comedy do without Trump?" Judging by the late night mainstay's first episode since the 45th president left office, Ali answered, "the future looks ... uninspired." 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' CRITICS SAY SHOW AVOIDED JOE BIDEN, KAMALA HARRIS IN FIRST SHOW OF 2021 "After a monthlong break, the show struggled to find its footing and seemed woefully outpaced by a...
    Why Tom Brady is one of America’s most polarizing athletes These Stylish Nightstands Are All Less Than $150 Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Matt Smith Photographer / Shutterstock.com Whenever there’s a changeover in the presidential administration, it can have major ramifications on the economy and the stock market. Now that President Joe Biden has officially taken office, investors can start planning with more certainty as to how they wish to position their portfolios. Read: 25 Top-Paying Dividend Stocks That Will Make You Rich Based on what Biden has publicly announced as his policy changes — and investor speculation on what these may mean for the markets — individual stocks have already started making moves. If you want to make money during the Biden administration,...
    "Saturday Night Live" returned from its winter break with a slightly different approach to covering politics that many viewers immediately noticed. After spending four years relentlessly mocking Donald Trump each week, the popular NBC sketch show did not open with an impersonation of President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris. That’s not to say that the episode shied away from politics. Its cold open skewered Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Brady while the show’s "Weekend Update" segment commented on the riot at the U.S. Capitol. The show had a lot of ground to cover after being off during an eventful time in U.S. politics. January alone included the riots, a historic second impeachment of Trump and the GameStop surge that's thrown Wall Street through a loop. Still, despite the inauguration and Biden’s first week in office also happening during the show’s break, many critics of the show...