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    The Biden administration announced Monday that state education departments would have flexibility surrounding standardized testing this year, but would not have broad authority to cancel those examinations. The highly-anticipated policy decision is a reversal from the Trump administration, which widely allowed districts to cancel standardized testing last year as the pandemic prompted widespread shifts to remote learning. This year, the Department of Education will "not invit[e] blanket waivers of assessments," Ian Rosenblum, the acting assistant education secretary, said in a three-page letter sent to state education heads. Instead, the department will offer modifications and alternatives to annual standardized tests, including pushing the exams until the summer or fall, administering the tests remotely and offering shortened versions. "It is urgent to understand the impact of COVID-19 on learning," Rosenblum said in the letter. "We know, however, that some schools and school districts may face circumstances in which they are not...
    As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to receive criticism over the COVID-19 nursing home scandal plaguing his administration, he announced Friday a series of reforms he wants to see in the for-profit sector of the industry. Cuomo included the reform plan in an amendment to the budget. Among the items in it include requiring facilities to post rates per payer source online, increasing civil penalties to $25,000 for violations of law, instituting a “salary cap” for management and mandating nursing homes spend at least 70 percent of their revenue on direct patient care. “I will not sign the budget without this nursing home reform plan, period,” the governor said. The announcement came as the governor yet again defended how his administration handled the issue, in which a bipartisan group of lawmakers claims it withheld information on the number of COVID-19 deaths attributable to nursing homes. The governor told...
    By reviving the so-called "catch and release" approach of the past, the Biden administration is "facilitating illegal immigration," a former head of Customs and Border Protection argued Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes -- one of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States, never to be heard from again," Mark Morgan said on Fox News' "Cavuto Live." "Under the Trump administration," Morgan added, "that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES He continued: "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program -- those are the people now that are being actively allowed in the United...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in no rush to blame Iran for a rocket attack on a military base in northern Iraq that left one civilian contractor dead and several others injured, including a U.S. service member. After years of former President Donald Trump threatening Tehran with U.S. military force after its attacks in Iraq and other aggressive actions in the region, the Biden administration is vowing to try diplomacy first. But it also has yet to remove a single Trump-era sanction on Iran as it searches for a way to alter the Islamic republic's behavior. “We are working in close partnership with Kurdish and Iraqi authorities,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, noting that the United States has “intelligence holdings” independent of any other entity’s investigation. “We will marry that with information that we develop in tandem with our partners. But again, we are in the early...
    A worker cleans shattered glass on February 16, 2021 outside a damaged shop following a rocket attack the previous night in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region.Safin Hamed | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration on Tuesday would not rule out a potential retaliation against those behind Monday's deadly rocket attack in Iraq. The attack in the city of Irbil in the Kurdistan region killed one civilian contractor and injured nine more people, including a U.S. service member, according to Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS. At least three rockets hit near the civilian Irbil International Airport late Monday night, Kurdish security sources told NBC News. A nearby base houses U.S. troops. The Biden administration said it would wait to find out who was responsible for the attack before deciding how to react. "The president of the United States and...
    Washington (CNN)NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg opened the door Monday to the alliance keeping forces in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline when the US had promised to remove its remaining 2,500 troops from the country."While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right," Stoltenberg told a press conference in advance of an alliance defense ministers meeting later this week. Ministers are expected to discuss the fate of US and NATO troops at the meeting but reaching a quick decision on Afghanistan may be difficult given that Biden administration is reviewing how it will move ahead. NATO, Stoltenberg said, needs to "find the right balance between making sure that we not stay longer than necessary but at the same time that we don't leave too early." Biden has no good options on Afghanistan with deadline for troop withdrawal loomingThe Biden...
    Less than a week after he got the job, U.S. special envoy for Yemen, veteran diplomat Timothy Lenderking was rushed to Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh this week. His objective: Find a way to end the brutal six-year war in Yemen that has claimed well over 100,000 lives. The war has divided Yemen between the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who control the populous north and the capital Sanaa, and the country's Saudi-backed, United Nations-recognized government. The fighting has destroyed Yemen's infrastructure, leaving an already poor nation mired in disease and even deeper poverty, with civilians often caught in the crossfire.  Then-U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, is greeted by Tim Lenderking, who was then the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, left, and Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammad Al-Ayesh, center, upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, July 22, 2015. Carolyn Kaster/AP International relief agencies...
    By WILL WEISSERT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may finish the job. They are being held at a family detention center in remote Dilley, Texas, but have repeatedly been on the verge of deportation. The Friday before Christmas, both were driven to the San Antonio airport and put on a plane, only to be pulled off when lawyers working for immigrant advocacy groups filed new appeals. “I have faith first in God and in the new president who has taken office, that he'll give us a chance,” said the mother, who goes by the nickname “Barbi.” Her daughter was 8 when they crossed the U.S. border in August 2019 and will turn 10 in a few weeks. “It's not been easy.” It's unlikely to get easier anytime...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki walked back President Biden’s comments that the COVID-19 vaccine would be available to any American who wants it by the spring, telling reporters on Tuesday that the vaccine will not be widely available by then. Biden, on Monday, predicted every American who wanted a vaccine would be able to get one by springtime. BIDEN HOPES FOR 1.5 MILLION COVID VACCINES PER DAY But Psaki squashed that expectation Tuesday. "What the president’s goal is, is ensuring that there’s greater availability in the spring," Psaki said. "He will push his team…This is his focus every single day." She added: "But the fact is, is every American is not going to be eligible this spring." Psaki went on to say that it is "his hope" that more Americans will have access as quickly as possible." "But he also said many times, it would take months and months for a broad...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceNFL cribs: Here’s where the Kansas City Chiefs call home Five decades after their last appearance in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs are back. Fueled by thrilling 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team has reinvigorated its long-suffering fan base.When can younger, healthy people get vaccinated? A former Biden COVID-19 adviser says it will be months Some 41.4 million vaccine doses had been distributed to states as of Sunday morning, and 21.8 million doses had been administered. Shopping for a home and scared of COVID-19? Here’s how real-estate agents are keeping clients safe ‘Whenever I see a new place, I have to sign forms about COVID-19, such as if I have traveled anywhere, tested positive recently or know anyone who has.’CDC Director Walensky: ‘I can’t tell you how much vaccine we have’ President Biden has outlined a goal of 100 million...
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.Rob Carr | Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump may disagree about many things, but China isn't one of them. Biden's team has shown early signs that it agrees with the previous administration on several "extremely touchy" issues concerning China, an American public policy expert said on Thursday. The "early signals" show that the Biden administration "may change the tone and tenor of the conversation with Beijing — but they're not really gonna change the policy," said Lanhee Chen, director of domestic policy studies and lecturer at Stanford University. He pointed out that Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, said during his confirmation hearing this week that he agreed with the previous administration's assessment that China committed genocide against the minority...
    Joe Biden's new CDC Director on Thursday said COVID-19 vaccines will not be as widely available as the flu shot by mid-February, a promise that was made by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, and that the roll out will take much longer. Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster.  The Biden administration says fighting COVID-19 is its top priority and the President has vowed to vaccinate 100million Americans in his first 100 days in office.  They have made sweeping promises to ramp up vaccine distribution.  So far, they have made mentions of using medical students, medical military, retired doctors and nurses and sites like gymnasiums and community centers to bolster the vaccination...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)US President Joe Biden is inheriting a tense and messy relationship with China from his predecessor.From a grueling trade war to a slew of sanctions on the country's most prominent tech companies, the Trump administration spent the bulk of the last four years piling pressure on the United States' biggest economic rival. Things only became more heated in recent weeks as Washington slapped additional restrictions on Chinese business and investment. Biden will strike a more predictable and diplomatic tone than former President Donald Trump. But analysts say that the new administration isn't likely to ease up on Beijing too much when it comes to tech and trade.Biden pledges America will engage with the world once again"It is difficult to see a US reversal of the recent hawkish trends in China policy, given the increasingly negative views on China in the US," Sylvia Sheng, a global strategist at...
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020.Drew Angerer | Reuters There likely will be no nasty tweets in the middle of the night excoriating the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. Nor will its officials be called "boneheads" should their actions not be in keeping with President Joe Biden's wishes. But that doesn't mean the U.S. central bank won't face pressure as it looks to navigate its way through a new administration. Challenges ahead include the pandemic, as well as demands for a more inclusive economy and a stronger approach toward social issues, such as racial equality and climate change. There also will be an interesting new dynamic, where Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen will, if confirmed, have the added benefit of being a former Fed chair. Broad monetary policy changes are...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., declined Tuesday to take a stance on whether China is committing genocide against ethnic Uighur Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, telling "America Reports" that "I try to stay out of these foreign affairs matters." "I have not made that a particular endeavor of mine here in the Congress," Clyburn told co-host Sandra Smith. "I listen to these things and I usually reserve comment when they are bordering on international issues, and I will today as well." Earlier Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he had determined the Beijing government "has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. "I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese [Communist] party-state," Pompeo said in a statement. "The governing authorities of the second most economically, militarily...
    Incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined Friday to specify whether President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would resume the tradition of publishing the White House’s visitor logs after Biden is inaugurated next week. Psaki, who was present at a Biden transition team briefing on Friday afternoon, was asked whether her team would resume the release of visitor logs after President Trump discontinued the practice during his term. In response, Psaki said the Biden administration wants to "ensure we are transparent," but did not commit to publishing the logs. "I wouldn’t expect many visitors in the early months, especially due to COVID," Psaki said at the event. "It will be quite limited, but we will have more to say on that soon." VideoPsaki added that the White House press team would have "more to say" on its ethics policy in the coming days. Biden will be sworn in as president next...
    Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, U.S. December 20, 2020.Paul Sancya | Reuters The Biden administration's plan to release nearly every available dose of Pfizer and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines to states shouldn't cause any supply issues down the road, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's Covid-19 advisory board said Thursday. The advisory team has had numerous conversations with vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, among others, about supply issues, said Dr. Celine Gounder, who sits on the panel and is an infectious disease specialist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Barring some unforeseen "manufacturing snafu," the Biden administration is "confident" there won't be issues getting people their second shots on time, she said. "That's not something we're too worried about," Gounder told the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during a webcast...
    FatCamera | E+ | Getty Images Those promised $200 prescription drug cards for Medicare beneficiaries won't be coming. With little time left before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, the Trump administration is backing off its plan to send the discount cards to roughly 39 million Medicare enrollees, an official for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed to CNBC. The agency's head, Seema Verma, earlier told Business Insider that she didn't anticipate the cards being sent. More from Personal Finance:Attacking holiday debt: These 8 strategies can helpHow to get out of vacation timeshares amid pandemicPeople fled these high-tax states during 2020 President Trump first pushed his plan during a campaign speech delivered in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late September. The cards received criticism for their cost ($7.9 billion) and questionable legality. The White House had said the cards would be paid for under a Medicare program...
    Loading the player... Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots after a slow start that had triggered widespread concern from states and public health officials. Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced two major changes. First, the government will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply. Second, states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems. Read More: Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant The move better aligns the outgoing administration with the new Biden-Harris team. On Friday, President-elect Joe Biden said he will rapidly release most available vaccine doses to protect more people. He said he supported immediately releasing vaccines that health authorities were...
    Georgia voters head to the polls to decide two critical Senate runoff elections Tuesday, but Republicans face a choice between fighting against President-elect Joe Biden or for President Trump. That’s not how the combatants in the 2020 presidential election put it. Trump and Biden held dueling campaign rallies Monday night, each supporting their parties’ candidates for the two Senate seats. If Democrats sweep both races, they will win control of the Senate thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. Otherwise, Republicans will retain the majority. But Trump isn’t conceding that Harris will succeed Vice President Mike Pence later this month. He hasn’t conceded the presidential race nationally or in Georgia, one of several states where he is still contesting the results — in this case, putting him at odds with local Republican leaders. “You will see the real numbers tonight in my speech, but especially on JANUARY6th,” Trump teased...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s top advisers say the incoming administration will “need time” to undo what they regard as damaging U.S. immigration and border enforcement policies implemented under President Donald Trump. In an interview with Spanish wire service EFE this week, Susan Rice, Biden’s incoming domestic policy adviser, and Jake Sullivan, his pick for national security adviser, said U.S. border policies the Trump administration put in place to deter mass migration will not disappear overnight.  “We will be able to take some steps to change policies right away. Others will take time to put in place, and the situation at the border will not transform overnight, due in large part to the damage done over the last four years. But we are committed to addressing it in full,” Rice said. Speaking with reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, Biden said he had already discussed immigration issues with Mexican President Andres Manuel...
    In this photo illustration the official page of the President elect of the United States, Joe Biden, on Twitter seen displayed on a smartphone.Rafael Henrique | LightRocket | Getty Images The Biden administration will soon run the official Twitter accounts for the White House, but the accounts won't come with followers as they did when President Trump took over from Barack Obama in 2017. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that when the platform transfers institutional accounts like @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @VP on Inauguration Day, they "will not automatically retain their existing followers." Currently, the @POTUS account has more than 33 million followers, while @WhiteHouse has 26 million. This process is different from the last time the accounts changed hands, which was also the first-ever transition of the accounts, as they were created during the Obama era. The accounts did retain their followers through that presidential transition....
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson revealed Tuesday that he will not join the Biden administration in January. Johnson, 63, was at the top of a short list of candidates for defense secretary or attorney general, which heads the Justice Department. President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced this week that retired Gen. Lloyd Austin will be nominated to oversee the Pentagon. The incoming Democratic administration has not revealed who will be the government's top attorney. “I will not be in the Biden administration,” Johnson told Reuters reporter Ted Hesson. Johnson was tapped by President Obama in 2013 to head DHS for four years, including during the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2014. The executive action allowed illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to apply for protections for deportations and work permits after Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in...
    President Donald Trump ended his Tuesday remarks at a coronavirus vaccine summit by denying that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 general election. Trump’s comments were prompted by NBC’s Peter Alexander, who asked why the administration had not invited anyone from Biden’s team to attend the event as they will be responsible for overseeing the majority of the distribution. (RELATED: FDA Releases Tranche Of Pfizer Data And Documents, Clearing Way For Vaccine’s Emergency Approval) WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: President Donald Trump speaks to the media after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable in the Oval Office on December 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) “We’re going to have to see who the next administration is because we won in those swing states, and there were terrible things that went on,” Trump answered. “Whichever the next administration is will really be able to...
    (CNN)Democrats in Congress are still intent on investigating President Donald Trump and his administration after he leaves office, including a pursuit of Trump's tax returns, a drive that threatens to complicate President-elect Joe Biden's pledges of bipartisan unity since he won the election.Democratic lawmakers and aides tell CNN they don't intend to delve into all of Trump's personal scandals once Biden is in the White House, in a nod to the President-elect's desire to move forward. But they argue they have an obligation to scrutinize the actions of Trump and his administration that they charge violated constitutional norms and eroded the separation of powers -- particularly in areas that can help efforts to pass legislative reforms to curb the powers of future presidents.Democrats also have multiple lawsuits being waged against Trump in the courts -- including efforts to obtain Trump's tax returns, key financial documents, testimony from a former White...
    Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe suggested in a Sunday morning there might not be a Joe Biden administration – as a Republican senator made the case that President Trump has effectively conceded the race. Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist who the president installed following his passionate defenses during impeachment and the Mueller probe, described a Biden administration as something that may or may not come to pass. 'These election issues, we'll see who is in what seats and whether there is a Biden administration,' Ratcliffe told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on 'Sunday Morning Futures.'  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in an interview Sunday 'we'll see' whether 'there is a Biden administration' He spoke hours after Trump told a Georgia campaign rally Democrats 'stole' the election, which he called 'rigged.' 'They cheated and rigged our presidential election but we'll still win it. And they are going to try to...
    Kellyanne Conway on Friday acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election and said she would work with his administration if they needed her. She is one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters to acquiesce his rival's victory and her tactic admission comes as the president continues his legal fight to overturn the results.   'The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that, and that is his right,' Conway told The 19th. 'If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do,' she added. Kellyanne Conway acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election, one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's margin over President Donald Trump in the nationwide popular vote is now more than 7 million votes and may continue to grow as several states continue counting votes. Biden's lead over Trump is the second largest since 2000, and is about two and a half times larger than Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead over Trump in 2016. As of Friday morning, Biden had won about 81.2 million votes, the most votes a candidate has won in US history, and Trump had won about 74.2 million. Trump's vote count makes him the second-highest vote earner in American history.Despite Biden's decisive victory and the Trump administration starting the formal presidential transition process, the President has refused to concede the race and continues to make baseless claims about widespread voter fraud. Biden won 306 electoral votes, while Trump has 232. Two hundred and seventy electoral votes are needed to...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton The Supreme Court’s historic decision this past June finding that the Trump administration unlawfully ended the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should have finally brought relief to its beneficiaries. Should have, but that hasn’t been the case.  As impeached president Donald Trump and his cabal of unlawfully installed political appointees have been defying that ruling (all the while shamelessly running an unsuccessful “law and order” campaign), one of the most corrupt Republican politicians not in the Trump administration is still trying to kill the program in a separate court fight that goes back years.  President-elect Joe Biden’s administration has already confirmed that it will take steps to protect young undocumented immigrants immediately after his swearing in as the nation’s 46th president, with his incoming chief of staff Ronald Klain telling NBC’s Meet the Press last month that “[w]e’re going to protect the Dreamers on day one.” But...
    Joe Biden revealed Tuesday that he will not find spots for progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in his Cabinet, claiming he needs their voices and votes in the U.S. Senate. 'One thing is really critical – taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly for a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made,' Biden said during an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. 'I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. and it's going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,' Biden continued in his first interview since he declared victory. Holt asked Biden if he would welcome any of his former Democratic primary rivals into his administration – specifically pointing to Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. 'Well, I've talked to them,' the former vice...
    President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, insisting his presidency will not be 'a third Obama term' and suggesting he will not pursue criminal investigations into President Donald Trump once he takes office. Speaking to NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Biden also revealed that he has not spoken to President Donald Trump directly since the election. One day after a federal agency released a letter authorizing the transition to move forward, Biden described the Trump administration's transition efforts as 'sincere'. 'Immediately, we've gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board,' Biden said. 'And they're already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs... so I think we're gonna not be so far behind the curve as we thought might be in the past.'  President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News,...
    Washington (CNN)The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden's team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election, Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday, even as public health experts stress that a smooth transition is a critical part of the government's response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic."We've made it very clear that when GSA makes a determination, we will ensure complete, cooperative professional transitions and planning," Azar said at a briefing. "We follow the guidance. We're about getting vaccines and therapeutics invented and get the clinical trial data and saving lives here. That's where our focus is as we go forward with our efforts."Trump White House Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who rejected President's election conspiracy theories Trump team looks to box in Biden on foreign policy by lighting too many fires to put out Trump scores a...
    ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) — A Republican city leader from Shelby County has won the seat of an Alabama House member who quit to join the Trump administration. Alabaster City Council member Russell Bedsole won a special election for the House District 49 seat on Tuesday. Results from the secretary of state’s office show Bedsole defeated Democratic nominee Cheryl Patton and will represent an area that includes parts of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties. Roughly 2,500 votes were cast, and Bedsole won 63% of the total. The position was previously held by Republican April Weaver. She quit earlier this year to join the administration as a regional director with Health and Human Services. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the US will have an “orderly” transfer of power in January amid President Trump’s attempts to fight the 2020 election results in court and to spread allegations of widespread voter fraud. McConnell, speaking to reporters, said legal disputes of the election would have to be settled first, but assured there would be an “orderly transfer from this administration to the next one.” “All of this will happen right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20,” he said, according to Politico . “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant,” he added. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he won the 2020 election while accusing the Democrats and Joe Biden of engaging in widespread voter fraud to steal his victory. Trump and his legal team have not provided evidence to support the claims. Most every major news...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the US will have an “orderly” transfer of power in January amid President Trump’s attempts to fight the 2020 election results in court and to spread allegations of widespread voter fraud. McConnell, speaking to reporters, said legal disputes of the election would have to be settled first, but assured there would be an “orderly transfer from this administration to the next one.” “All of this will happen right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20,” he said, according to Politico. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant,” he added. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he won the 2020 election while accusing the Democrats and Joe Biden of engaging in widespread voter fraud to steal his victory. Trump and his legal team have not provided evidence to support the claims. Most every major news organization has...
    Savannah Rychcik November 17, 2020 0 Comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reassuring Americans there will be a peaceful transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. McConnell addressed Trump’s legal disputes regarding allegations of widespread voter fraud and noted the courts are handling them. “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one. What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant. All of this will happen… right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20.” Watch the video below: “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” McConnell said. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant.” https://t.co/8RvT0qp29A pic.twitter.com/WDFYHYEP5O— POLITICO (@politico) November 17, 2020 McConnell acknowledged the president’s right to pursue legal options, as IJR previously reported. “President Trump is 100% within his...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President-elect Joe Biden still hasn’t been recognized as the election winner by the General Services Administration because the administrator, Emily Murphy, has not “ascertained” that he won the election. Biden did win. The race was called over a week ago. But until Murphy, and the GSA, certify the win—as Walter M. Shaub Jr. writes in the New York Review of Books—Biden is held back from receiving “$6.3 million dollars to the team, which is funded by public and private money; a loan of expanded federal office space and equipment; access to government agencies that will begin sharing information and records about ongoing activities, plans and vulnerabilities; national security briefings for the president; and other support.” That could, you’d think, be helpful for a president walking into office...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Monday he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now." The Republican Trump has insisted the Nov. 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states. Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris. "If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies," O'Brien said. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look...
    Robert O’Brien, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, committed the National Security Council Monday to a “very professional transition” to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. O’Brien’s comments, made Monday during a virtual appearance at Qatar’s Global Security Forum, mark the first time a high-ranking administration official has recognized Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. “If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” he stated. “There’s no question about it.” WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien listen during a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in the Oval Office of the White House December 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Morales is the first Central American leader to sign and implement the Asylum...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhitmer responds to Atlas: I won't 'be bullied into not following reputable scientists' Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions MORE’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Monday said there will be a “professional transition” to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' US sees 1M new coronavirus cases in one week GOP shows limited appetite for pursuing Biden probes MORE’s administration despite Trump’s refusal to concede that he lost the election. Speaking to The Hill’s editor at large Steve Clemons at the Global Security Forum, O’Brien left open the possibility that Trump could still win a second term if the courts determine there was widespread fraud. But O’Brien said it appears clear, at the moment, that Biden and running mate Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDear fellow Black voters: Thank you Biden presents new challenge for Boris Johnson...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump worked Sunday to take back an apparent acknowledgement that Joe Biden won the White House and was making clear he would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump's earlier comments had given some critics and supporters hope that the White House was ready to begin working on a transition with Biden's team. Not so fast, Trump would soon assure. Trump, without using Biden's name, said that “He won" as part of a tweet that made baseless claims about a “rigged" election. But as the president saw how his comments were being interpreted as his first public acknowledgment of a Biden victory, Trump quickly reversed course. “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Trump subsequently tweeted. “I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” There was no widespread...
    Several journalists and news organizations took President Trump's remarks out of context Friday, implying that the president would refuse outright to distribute an anticipated coronavirus vaccine to New York state. At a White House event, the Trump administration revealed that as many as 20 million Americans who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 could be vaccinated as soon as December, with the vaccine potentially available to the entire population as soon as April.  However, that announcement was partially overshadowed by Trump singling out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for previously casting doubt about a vaccine distributed by the GOP administration and suggesting that he would stop such a vaccine from being distributed in the state without approval from his own medical experts. CUOMO SAYS IT'S 'BAD NEWS' THAT PFIZER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PROGRESS CAME DURING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION "The vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York state where, for political reasons, the governor...
    Getty President Donald Trump mentions 'the next administration' taking over during his Rose Garden press conference on November 13, 2020. Donald Trump held his first public conference since Democratic candidate Joe Biden was officially projected winner of the 2020 presidential election last week, and while he was sharing updates on Operation Warp Speed, Trump came very close to admitting that the next administration may have a different approach to ridding the nation of coronavirus. Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown,” Trump says. “I won’t go into a lockdown. This administration will not be going into a lockdown. Hopefully, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be – I guess time will tell… lockdowns cost lives.” ???? Trump came THIS CLOSE to admitting the next administration will be a Biden administration while talking about his opposition to lockdowns to fight Covid “Time will...
    WASHINGTON -- Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base. The Biden administration plans to restore protection for people brought to the U.S. illegally as minors and stop using Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Biden unveiled a detailed, highly ambitious plan on immigration but it will take time to undo many actions taken by Trump. The incoming president will also likely face a divided Congress, making it difficult to enact any kind of sweeping, comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration system. Here's a look at what to expect:__A CHANGE OF TONERestricting immigration was a signature issue for Trump, who infamously called Mexicans rapists as he pledged to build...
    Black Lives Matter leaders have requested a meeting President and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, saying 'we want something for our vote'.  Co-founder Patrisse Cullors asked for a meeting to discuss the movement's agenda and expectations for the next administration.  The group also asked to be actively engaged in Biden's transition team's planning and policy work.  In the letter dated November 7 Cullors wrote: 'Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, Black people won this election.' Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors requested a meeting with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a letter sent on November 7 to discuss the movement's agenda and how they want reform to take place under the new administration The letter congratulates the two on their historic win and says 'Black people won this election' thanks to grassroot...
    On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert lost it. Casually seated next to a bottle of champagne, The Late Show host began his monologue by saying, “Oh, what a strange, troubling world some people would like this to be. Yesterday, I was pouring champagne to toast the administration, and today”— before smashing the bottle, holding up its broken end, and yelling—“I will cut you if you come near me, because there’s some crazy shit going on out there!” Colbert was angry about Trump’s “baseless charges of non-existent fraud” in the 2020 presidential election, as well as his instructions to his staff to block any and all cooperation with President-elect Biden’s transition team. On top of that, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, other Republican politicians, and the Trump bootlickers on Fox News are all echoing the president’s dangerous and entirely unfounded claims that the election results...
    President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to ramp up his new administration. But who, exactly, is providing him with the funds to do so remains a mystery. The Trump administration has so far refused to provide standard sources of funding for the transition in light of the president’s dubious claims of a stolen election and ongoing litigation regarding supposed voter fraud in key electoral contests. That’s left Biden’s transition team to rely entirely on funds provided by private donors. But Biden’s team is declining to provide details on the precise sources of those funds—or even how many donors its presidential transition entity has, or the total amount they’ve given to date. Efforts to get that data or any other details were politely declined by a Biden spokesperson on Tuesday. That information will eventually be disclosed after Biden’s inauguration in January. But for now, the presidential transition is being underwritten entirely by...
    Bradley Cortright November 10, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is receiving criticism after he suggested that President-elect Joe Biden is not yet the winner of the presidential election.  During a press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo was asked if his department would cooperate with Biden’s team during the transition process.  He said, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” Pompeo was pressed on those comments during an appearance on Fox News later in the day and asked if he was simply trying to make a joke. He said, “We’ll have a smooth transition and we’ll see what the people ultimately decided when all the votes have been cast.” “I am very confident that we will have a good transition. That we will make sure that whoever is in office on noon on January 20, has all the tools readily available so that we don’t skip a beat with...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that "there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," dismissing a question about when the State Department might begin working with the transition team of former Vice President Joe Biden, whom several media outlets have declared the winner of the Nov. 3 election. President Donald Trump has refused to concede the race, alleging voter fraud as several states continue to count votes. The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits in several states. What are the details? A reporter asked Pompeo during a news conference, "Is the State Department currently preparing to engage with the Biden transition team, and if not, at what point does a delay hamper a smooth transition or pose a risk to national security?" "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo replied, smiling before saying, "Right?"...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who earlier in the day commented, "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration." "Look at reality," Schumer said, responding to a reporters question, according to The Hill. "Secretary Pompeo, Joe Biden has won. Hes won the election. Now move on. Lets bring this country together and get things done. We have a COVID crisis raging. We dont have time for these kinds of games." Pompeo made his comment when asked by a reporter how the Trump administration was prepared to interact with Bidens transition team. Biden has been declared the president elect by multiple media outlets, but President Donald Trump has not conceded the election, and his campaign has filed lawsuits in multiple states alleging voting irregularities. Newsmax has not called a winner of the election, awaiting the outcome of the legal process....
    New York (CNN Business)NASA will be getting a new top dog once President-elect Joe Biden is in office. Current space agency administrator Jim Bridenstine, a Trump appointee who took office in 2018, plans to leave his post even if he's asked to stay on because NASA will "need somebody who is trusted by the administration," he told Aviation Week. A source familiar with the matter confirmed Bridenstine's plans to CNN Business.The news comes as a surprise to the space community, as many stakeholders who had been pressing for the Biden camp to keep Bridenstine in his role. But his comments to Aviation Week confirmed his desire to exit the role even if he is asked to stay. Bridenstine positioned his decision as one that would serve NASA's best interests."What you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need somebody who is...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the U.S. election are resolved and the result is official, the Kremlin announced Monday. Putin is one of a handful of world leaders who have not commented on Biden’s victory, which was called by major news organizations on Saturday. But President Donald Trump’s team has promised legal action in the coming days and refused to concede his loss, while alleging large-scale voter fraud, so far without proof. Read More: Trump faces calls to work with Biden team on transition When Trump won in 2016, Putin was prompt in offering congratulations — but Trump’s challenger in that election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that this year is different. “Obviously, you can see that certain legal procedures are coming there,...
    Millions in funding dedicated for the presidential transition won't be released because the Trump administration is refusing to hand it over. Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election over baseless and false claims of voter fraud is now having real-world consequences for President-elect Joe Biden, as a Trump appointee is refusing to sign a letter that lets Biden begin his transition, the Washington Post reported. Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, won't release millions in funding set aside for the transition, nor allow Biden to have access to space in federal agencies or access to government officials — which could slow down the peaceful transition of power from Trump to Biden. The Washington Post reported that Murphy's refusal to sign off on the transition "could lead to the first transition delay in modern history" — other...
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the State Department in Washington, U.S. June 23, 2015.Yuri Gripas | Reuters BEIJING — U.S.-China trade tensions are set for more predictability and calmer rhetoric after Joe Biden's presidential win — which likely means calmer rhetoric in a continued tough stance on Beijing. Following years of brewing U.S. complaints about unfair business practices by China's state-dominated system, President Donald Trump stepped up pressure on Beijing with policy measures that were often abruptly first floated through social media posts on Twitter. Ultimately, his administration levied tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods and hurt Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei with sanctions. "The issues that remain between the U.S. and China commercial relationship don't change with (the) change of administration," said Greg Gilligan, chairman of the Beijing-based American Chamber of Commerce in China. "There's pressure on...
    With Election Day just nine days away, Sen. Kamala Harris reminded voters how she believes the Trump administration has bungled the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing reporters in Michigan on Sunday, the running mate to Joe Biden seized on White House chief of staff Mark Meadows saying earlier in the morning that the White House will not "control" the pandemic. "They are admitting defeat, and I've been saying that, and Joe Biden has been saying that since the beginning," Harris said. "This is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of America, and he went on to say you can't control it like the flu and yet again, they're suggesting to the American people that this is like the flu when we have known from the beginning, and they knew since January, that it's five times more deadly than the flu." Meadows told CNN's Jake Tapper...
    (CNN)As a dark winter approaches with "twindemics" of Covid-19 and the flu, an effort by the Trump administration to increase the number of children receiving flu shots is not working, according to a CNN investigation. In August, the administration issued a declaration authorizing pharmacists nationwide to give flu shots to children ages 3 and older, which most states have not allowed. "Today's action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a press release. Time was of the essence -- the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone get their flu shot by the end of October. Yes, you can have Covid-19 and the flu at the same time. Heres what that could do to your body"We want everyone to get their flu...
    The masks these guys were wearing have been off for years. On Sept. 11, the New York Daily News reported that the Trump administration had been somewhat secretly siphoning off millions from the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) World Trade Center Health Program. The money taken by the Trump administration—shorting payments to the fund here and there over the past three-plus years—is a cruel attack in an alleged battle between the administration and New York health officials over Medicare. That money is earmarked for the men and women who have suffered and continue to suffer from serious medical issues due to their first responder work on Sept. 11, 2001. Remember that? Well, there’s an update. The New York Daily News reports that while “top officials in the Trump administration” admit that withholding $4 million from the New York Fire Department’s 9/11 treatment program was “unacceptable,” the officials aren’t doing anything to get that money back to those...
    Attorney General William Barr has reportedly informed top Republicans that results from U.S. Attorney John Durham's probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation will not be released before the Nov. 3 election. What are the details?Axios broke the news on Friday after a senior White House official and a congressional aide reportedly confirmed to the news outlet that they had been briefed on conversations. If true, the news is a major blow to Republicans and members of the Trump administration, which had been hoping that bombshell revelations from the investigation would sway the upcoming election. After all, Republicans believe, based on documents which have been made publicly available so far, that high-ranking members of the Obama administration — potentially including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden — were involved in illegally spying on the Trump campaign. "This is the nightmare scenario," a GOP congressional aide told Axios. "Essentially, the...
    Trump has a long history of lashing out at women of color. Donald Trump on Thursday morning lashed out at Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in a rage-filled interview on Fox Business, calling Harris a "monster" multiple times. "This monster that was on stage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night by the way. This monster she says, 'No, no, there won’t be fracking, there won’t be this,'" Trump said. "Everything she said was a lie!" Trump's childish smear of Harris came the morning after her debate with Mike Pence, during which she called out the Trump administration's failures on the coronavirus, as well as the administration's record on health care, among other things.
    THE US vice presidential debate took place last night (October 7, 2020) in Salt Lake City. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris debated a wide range of topics including the Green New Deal, Abortion and Covid-19. But who won the debate? ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3The vice presidential debate took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, last nightCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who won the vice presidential debate? Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are both facing an electorate that is more or less divided. Around one-fifth of voters say they don’t have much of an opinion of each vice presidential candidate. However, among those who do, strong opinions outnumber mildly favorable or unfavorable views. 3The VP kept to his reputation last night of being unflappable while under pressureCredit: AFP What topics were discussed in vice presidential debate? Both candidates...
    President Trump tweeted Wednesday night that Vice President Mike Pence was the clear winner at the vice presidential debate in Utah. “Mike Pence WON BIG!” Trump wrote about his running mate following the forum with Democratic challenger Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Harris and Pence clashed on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 pandemic performance, foreign policy and criminal justice reform during nearly two hours of debate. Harris said the Republican ticket “forfeited their right to re-election” for mismanaging the pandemic, but Pence fired back pointing out that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden opposed Trump’s January travel ban on China as “xenophobic” as the outbreak spread. Pence then blasted Harris for saying she was unsure if she would take a COVID-19 vaccine because she distrusts Trump. “That fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence told...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she would not take a vaccine recommended by President Trump during a heated debate clash over the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Harris accused Vice President Mike Pence, head of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, of failing to disclose critical information to Americans in the early days of the pandemic. When asked about a poll showing half of Americans would not take a vaccine as soon as it is available, Harris indicated that she was skeptical of Trump’s involvement in the rollout of a potential vaccine. “If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.” VideoHarris, citing a recent report from Washington Post...
    For a Joe Biden White House, the toughest part of remaking U.S. immigration policy may actually be figuring out where to start. President Trump has taken more than 400 executive actions on this one issue alone since taking office in January 2017, according to nonpartisan think tank the Migration Policy Institute. Undoing Trump’s immigration framework is not as simple as reversing what his administration has done, yet Biden's desired reforms cannot be made without first doing so. “They really have to come in, from my perspective, with a basic understanding that the damage that the Trump administration has done to the immigration system is immense and that they’ve done it through a large set of sometimes interconnected, sometimes independent administrative actions, right?” said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “If you rolled everything back to where it was in 2015, there’d still be...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SUSAN HEAVEY The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others. Its proposal also vastly expands the biological information that the Department of Homeland Security collects beyond genetic material to include eye scans, voice prints, and palm prints, the department’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a notice published in the Federal Register. The plan is the latest move by President Donald Trump, who won office in part with his anti-immigrant rhetoric, to remake the nation’s immigration system and make good on his campaign promises as he seeks re-election in November. His administration last year called for the collection of DNA of migrants...
    Getty: "Honduran asylum seeker, Iris, looks into the United States from on the bank of the Rio Grand, as American surveillance cameras look on from across the border on December 09, 2019 in Matamoros, Mexico." There were major concerns earlier this year that a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Mexican camp where asylum-seekers kicked out of the U.S. by the Trump administration have been living would spark another humanitarian disaster on top of the existing one, but swift action from volunteers appears to have prevented that. “Remarkably, as COVID-19 has rampaged around the globe, there have been only five cases of migrants who have tested positive at the camp,” The Dallas Morning News reports. It’s clear that Americans face far more risk from their fellow Americans than asylum-seekers, yet the administration has used the pandemic as excuse to block families. Asylum-seekers living at the Matamoros camp were getting kicked out long before under the inhumane...
    President Trump on Tuesday declared victory in his fight to build a wall on the southern border, as he visited newly-built structure in Yuma, Ariz. and ripped into what he described as a "deadly" immigration plan from his Democratic rival Joe Biden. "You don't hear about the wall anymore because we won,” Trump said in remarks at the wall. BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION HAS SPED UP AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, CBP CHIEF SAYS  There are now approximately 280 miles of wall built since 2017, and officials told Trump at the site that they expect to have completed 300 miles as early as the end of next week. The wall was a highly controversial, but central, proposal of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and has faced a number of significant hurdles in Congress and the courts -- the administration has gotten around funding issues by reappropriating Pentagon funding. Critics have countered that most of the wall...
    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who plans to plead guilty for falsifying documents in the investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign, was found to have sent several anti-Trump texts after Trump was elected. “Viva le resistance,” he texted an FBI colleague in November 2016 after Trump won when he was asked if he would serve in the Trump administration. Clinesmith’s texts and the decision to alter the email were featured in the report issued by the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The New York Times confirmed that Clinesmith was “FBI Attorney 2” in the Horowitz report. In his texts, Clinesmith also expressed disappointment after the election that “the crazies won finally” and that the Trump administration would be “the tea party on steroids.” “The GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years,” he wrote. “We have to fight this again....
    A new report from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform found that the Trump Administration repeatedly delayed an Obama-era order from the health-technology company Philips for 10,000 ventilators, wasting half-a-billion dollars for machines that won’t even arrive until September 2022. According to the report, in 2014, the Obama Administration signed a contract with Philips to add 10,000 ventilators to the nation’s stockpile by June 2019. Though Philips delayed the fulfillment until November 2019, had they been held to that deadline, the nation would have had plenty of ventilators for when the coronavirus epidemic started in March 2020. However, the Trump Administration granted Philips three extensions. “On January 21, 2020, when the first coronavirus case was reported in the United States,” the report states, “Philips approached the Trump Administration about accelerating the delivery of ventilators under its existing contract. The Trump Administration ignored this opportunity, and for six weeks, it did not respond to Philips’ offer.”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined by a 5-4 vote Friday to halt the Trump administration's construction of portions of the border wall with Mexico following a recent lower court ruling that the administration improperly diverted money to the project. The court's four liberal justices dissented, saying they would have prohibited construction while a court challenge continues, after a federal appeals court ruled in June that the administration had illegally sidestepped Congress in transferring the Defense Department funds. “The Court’s decision to let construction continue nevertheless I fear, may operate, in effect, as a final judgment,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a brief dissent for the four liberals. Friday's order means the court is not likely even to consider the substance of the issue until after the November election, while work on the wall continues. Last summer, at an earlier stage in the case, the justices also split 5-4...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will reject new applications and shorten renewal periods for an Obama-era program that shields young people from deportation, taking a defiant stance after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to let it be scrapped completely. The move, detailed in a memo from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, ended a month of uncertainty about how the administration would respond to its Supreme Court defeat in an election year that has President Donald Trump looking for ways to energize his base. Wolf said the administration may try to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program again, casting it as a law enforcement issue that could contribute to illegal immigration. He said the federal government needs more time to consider next steps, presenting the measures as a temporary change. About 650,000 people are part of DACA, which allows young immigrants who...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will deny new applications for so-called "Dreamer" immigrants and cut renewals to one year from two years, despite reversals in court that kept alive the Obama-era program to shield young people from deportation.A White House official confirmed the announcement Tuesday. New applications were put on hold when the Trump administration moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September 2017 but two-year renewals have continued, with about 700,000 people currently covered.The Supreme Court ruled last month that Trump failed to follow rule-making procedures when he tried to end the program but kept a window open for him to try again. The White House has been studying the ruling and devising plans to try again to end DACA - though it was not immediately clear whether the politically sensitive move would be undertaken before November's election.A federal judge in Maryland ruled earlier this...
    CHICAGO — The Trump administration is sending federal agents to Chicago — but they’ll work with agencies here, unlike the shadowy way they’ve operated in Portland, Oregon, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. There have been multiple reports the Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago That’s roused concern throughout the city as federal agents have conducted secretive operations in Portland, Oregon, with agents driving in unmarked cars and grabbing protesters off the streets to detain them without explanation. Lightfoot sent a letter to the administration Monday, warning similar actions in Chicago would “spell disaster.” But what’s happening in Portland does not appear to be the plan for Chicago, Lightfoot said during a Tuesday press conference. Instead, the mayor said, the federal government is providing “additional resources” to local branches of its agencies, like the FBI, to “help manage” crime. “What I understand...
    Joe Biden turned a long-running joke among Washington insiders and the press corps about President Trump's many iterations of "infrastructure week" into a serious dig at his policies and temperament during a speech detailing his own green energy infrastructure plan. His message: If Biden is elected, infrastructure week will be no joke. "Donald Trump promised the big infrastructure bill when he ran in 2016. He promised it again in 2017. And then in 2018, and again in 2019," Biden said in an address streamed from Wilmington, Delaware. "Seems like every few weeks, when he needs the distraction of the latest charges of corruption in his staff or the conviction of high ranking members of administration and political apparatus, White House announces, quote, 'It's Infrastructure Week,'" Biden said. "How many times have you heard him say that? But he’s never delivered. He's never even really tried." The...
    The Supreme Court will likely not hear the GOP’s challenge to overturn the Affordable Care Act before Election Day, reports Politico. The Trump administration, along with Republican officials in Texas and 17 other states, in late June asked the high court to overturn the ACA, a move that would wipe out healthcare coverage for as many as 23 million Americans. They argued that Congress in 2017 had rendered the law unconstitutional when it passed tax cuts, effectively getting rid of the individual mandate associated with the original law. The Supreme Court found that Obamacare was constitutional because it was a tax. “Nothing the 2017 Congress did demonstrates it would have intended the rest of the ACA. to continue to operate in the absence of these three integral provisions,” the brief filed by the Trump administration said. “The entire ACA. thus must fall with the individual mandate.” President Donald Trump during...
    Hong Kong one-hundred dollar banknotes and U.S. one-hundred dollar banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Hong Kong on April 15, 2019.Paul Yeung | Bloomberg | Getty Images The U.S. threat to look for ways to hurt the Hong Kong dollar's peg to the greenback will not likely be realized, analysts say. Strategists at Singapore bank DBS say the U.S. "cannot unilaterally revoke the HKD peg." Top advisors to U.S. President Donald Trump were reportedly considering proposals to strike against the Hong Kong dollar peg, in a bid to punish China's move to implement a national security law on Hong Kong, said a report by Bloomberg last week citing unnamed sources. Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration could undermine the peg by limiting Hong Kong banks' ability to purchase U.S. dollars. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the greenback since 1983, and trades at a tight band of...
    Laura Ingraham warned viewers Friday night that a Joe Biden victory in November will change America forever, and not for the better. "The left will be emboldened and not chastened by a Biden win. Retribution will be a dividend for 'The Squad' in the Biden era. And it will just get worse," the "Ingraham Angle" host proclaimed. GOYA FOODS CEO WON'T APOLOGIZE IN FACE OF BOYCOTT, BACKLASH FOR PRO-TRUMP REMARKS "You think it [cancel culture] is all bad now, just wait until a Biden administration," Ingraham warned. "If anyone, including any company, does something the left doesn't like, they will come under DOJ scrutiny, and the Bill of Rights is not going to do much good for you. After all, that was written by old dead, white slaveholders. Movements like the Tea Party will be treated like movements for domestic terrorists. Black Lives Matter will be treated like heroes." Ingraham also predicted a Biden presidency put a target on the backs of religious Americans whose belief...
    White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Wednesday blasted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for defending the World Health Organization after it mishandled the coronavirus pandemic. “They’re the bad actors here. This was created, developed and came from China. Everyone now knows that and Joe Biden continues to show his true colors here. He’d rather protect China than America,” Gidley told “Fox & Friends.” “You don’t have to guess what this country would look like under a President Biden. I hate to say the words,” Gidley said. WHO CONTINUES TO LAVISH CHINA WITH PRAISE FOR HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS  Gidley reacted to Biden vowing that his administration would re-join the WHO on his first day in office. "The World Health Organization let the world down by not informing the United States and the wider world of this pandemic as it began in China, giving ill-fated advice in January and February. There have to be consequences for this." VideoThe Trump...
    On Wednesday, Politico’s Melanie Zanona outlined a key reason why Congress is unlikely to take action in the wake of reports that Russia paid bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. One of the main reasons: Congress already handed the relevant authority to do so to the White House. “Even if Congress chooses to act, they’ve already given the Trump administration many of the tools it can use to punish the Kremlin, namely the authority to impose biting sanctions,” wrote Zanona. “‘I’m interested in hearing an administration speak clearly about their plans that aren’t just hypothetical sanctions sometime out in the future, but what should we be doing now to make the GRU have more doubts about their behavior not just in Afghanistan, but more broadly across the globe,’ said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), an Intelligence Committee member.” Trump, however, has not acted in the wake of the reports, continuing to ask...
    Washington (CNN)The US told Russia that that there is no reason for the Trump administration to carry out a nuclear weapons test "at this time," during nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, but reserved the right to conduct one if they see a need to do so."We made very clear, as we have from the moment we adopted a testing moratorium in 1992, that we maintain and will maintain the ability to conduct nuclear tests if we see any reason to do so, whatever that reason may be," said Marshall Billingslea, the top US envoy for nuclear negotiations, as he spoke to reporters on Wednesday. "But that said, I am unaware of any particular reason to test at this stage."The top nuclear negotiator said the Russians had asked him about the possibility of a US nuclear test during their meetings, based on a media report about a test being discussed...
    Former national security adviser John Bolton said he won't vote for President Trump in the 2020 election. The longtime Republican, who just scored a victory in federal court against the Trump administration's attempt to block his tell-all book, told the Daily Telegraph his experience working for Trump convinced him he could not vote for his former boss in November. Trump will likely face off against former Vice President Joe Biden in the general election contest. “In 2016 I voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton,” Bolton said. “Now, having seen this president up close, I cannot do this again. My concern is for the country, and he does not represent the Republican cause that I want to back.” Bolton said Trump lacks a "philosophical grounding or strategy" and claimed the president lacks the ability to tell the difference between his self-interest and the national interest of the United States. "which is...
    (CNN)Some tax-exempt organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, will no longer have to disclose their major donors' identities to federal tax officials under a policy the Trump administration is set to finalize this week.The change long has been sought by politically active conservative groups and powerful Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who have said disclosing the information -- even just to the IRS -- could subject contributors to harassment. But election watchdogs have cried foul, saying the change strips federal tax regulators of the ability to easily scrutinize donations and could leave US elections vulnerable to infiltration by foreign interests. The move comes as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and a little more than five months before November's general election."It's another nail in the coffin of disclosure," said Lisa Gilbert, an official with the left-leaning Public Citizen, one of the groups that...
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