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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not shoot down the possibility Wednesday of sending yet another round of direct stimulus payments to American taxpayers. “What the president promised and committed to was ensuring that the American people received two thousand dollars in checks. This fourteen hundred dollars is part of delivering on that promise,” Psaki said in response to a question about President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats’ decision to reduce the total number of people receiving checks by lowering the maximum salary threshold. “He has also been clear that he is open to changes on the margins of this package.” (RELATED: Biden And Senate Democrats Reduce Max Salary For Coronavirus Stimulus Checks By $20,000) WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 2: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke about the recently announced partnership...
    US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the government's pandemic response, including the recently announced partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Merck to produce more Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at the White House in Washington, DC on March 2, 2021.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the U.S. will have enough supply of coronavirus vaccines to vaccinate every adult in the nation by the end of May, two months earlier than previously expected. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.
    The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Underfunding classics and humanities is dangerous MORE, said on Sunday that high school students could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in the fall, while younger children will likely have to wait until early next year. Speaking with host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrudeau lauds Biden: 'It's great to see America reengage' Teachers union president: 'No perfect solution' to reopening schools Congressional Democrats say Trump acquittal was foregone conclusion MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press," Fauci explained that more data is needed to make sure the three vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration can be safely administered to younger children. "If you project realistically when we'll get enough data to be able to say...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress has no further plans to punish former President Donald Trump after he was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate earlier this month.  'He's gone,' she told reporters Thursday at her weekly press conference. 'What we need is the truth. And that's what we want to find out.'  She then lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Wednesday that an investigation into the January 6 insurrection should include a look at broader political violence, which would allow Republicans to point fingers at Black Lives Matter and Antifa.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would not take additional steps to punish former President Donald Trump. 'He's gone,' she said during her weekly press conference on Thursday Pelosi said that Congress would not pursue additional action against former President Donald Trump (left), and then lashed out at Senate Minority Leader...
    WWE star The Undertaker endorsed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for president. The Undertaker revealed he thinks Johnson could be the “uniter” that the United States needs in a political leader during an interview with TMZ Sports. “That man works his tail off and he dives in wholeheartedly in everything that he does,” The Undertaker said. “And if he gets his mindset that he wants to make a run at politics, ya know what? I think he’ll do it.” It’s unclear if Johnson will run for president in 2024, but he previously hinted at it in an interview with USA Today. (RELATED: Dwayne Johnson ‘Would Consider’ Running For President If People Wanted Him In Office) Johnson told the outlet that he would “consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted.” The People’s President?@TheRock would consider a presidential run in the future “if that’s what the people...
    He can smell what The Rock is cooking. Mark William Calaway, aka The Undertaker in the ring, has endorsed fellow WWE alum Dwayne Johnson for an upcoming presidential bid — declaring his old WrestleMania mat mate a “uniter” of the divided states of America. “Jumanji” star Johnson, 48, first teased the notion of a run for president in an interview with USA Today last week, in which he said he would “consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted.” Now, Calaway, 55, has revealed why he believes the “Ballers” star has what it takes to lead the Free World. “That man works his tail off and he dives in wholeheartedly in everything that he does,” said Calaway told TMZ Sports. “And if he gets his mindset that he wants to make a run at politics, ya know what? I think he’ll do it” The wrestling...
    More On: Dwayne Johnson Bradley Constant plays teen Dwayne Johnson in ‘Young Rock’ John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’ returns with The Rock, George Clooney Wrestling rival rips Dwayne Johnson’s acting skills: ‘F–k no’ Why Dwayne Johnson is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor again He can smell what The Rock is cooking. Mark William Calaway, aka The Undertaker in the ring, has endorsed fellow WWE alum Dwayne Johnson for an upcoming presidential bid — declaring his old WrestleMania mat mate a “uniter” of the divided states of America. “Jumanji” star Johnson, 48, first teased the notion of a run for president in an interview with USA Today last week, in which he said he would “consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted.” Now, Calaway, 55, has revealed why he believes the “Ballers” star has what it takes to lead the Free World. “That man works his...
    BORIS Johnson and Joe Biden cemented the Special Relationship last night when they met by video-link for the first time as the PM hosted a virtual G7 summit. He joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3PM Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden met by video-link for the first timeCredit: Crown Copyright 3Boris joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change AgreementCredit: Reuters Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had previously quit the agreement. The PM started by asking German Chancellor Angela Merkel to switch off her mic when she accidentally talked over his initial greeting. He joked: “Can you hear us Angela? I think you need to mute!” Later, Mr Biden laughed when...
    WWE legend The Rock has revealed he'd happily run for President - but only if the American public wants him to. Businessman and former reality TV star Donald Trump successfully ran for office in 2016 but was voted out last November. 4Dwayne Johnson is open to running for presidentCredit: Getty 4But Johnson will only run for office if the American people want him toCredit: Getty Trump's successful campaign prompted calls for The Rock, real name Dwayne Johnson, to run for office in 2020. But unlike musician Kanye West, the wrestler turned movie star didn't bid to become the leader of the free world - although he hasn't closed the door on doing so. He told USA Today: "I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted. Truly I mean that, and I'm not flippant in any way with my answer. "That would be up...
    Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, left, and guard George Hill walk through a Milwaukee neighborhood during a voter canvassing effort Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.Steve Megargee | AP Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry announced a 2022 run for U.S. Senate in the swing state of Wisconsin. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. The 33-year old Democrat launched his campaign via YouTube. "We need a new way of thinking and a new perspective," Lasry said. "We've lived through three systemic shocks to the system over the last 20 years: 9/11, the Great Recession and now, this pandemic. And we still haven't fixed things." The video included endorsements from Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson and other top state politicians. Lasry, a New York native and son of hedge-fund billionaire Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, is a senior vice president of...
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is very open to running to be the President of the United States of America. Back in 2017, the Hollywood superstar made waves when he told Ellen that he was “seriously considering” trying to win the Oval Office at some point in his life, and it sounds like he’s still open to the idea years later. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Johnson told USA Today the following about possibly running to be the President: I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted. Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people…So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground. Honestly, I love The Rock, but why the...
    JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson still envisions the Oval Office in his future. The former wrestler, who’s teased his presidential ambitions for years, doubled down on the possibility in a new interview. “I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” he told USA Today. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people… So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.” Johnson’s new autobiographical TV series Young Rock also alludes to a future presidential bid. Each episode of the NBC sitcom opens and closes with mock interviews in which he’s campaigning for office in 2032. Back in 2017, Johnson told GQ that a future White House run was a “real possibility.” Several months later, the...
    There have been only four presidential impeachments in U.S. history. In the past year, Americans have lived through half of them. The second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is set to start Tuesday, and it will be unlike anything in the nation's slim history of presidential punishments. Mr. Trump is the first president to face a Senate trial after leaving office, and the first president (or federal officeholder in any position) to be impeached twice.  Before Mr. Trump, only two presidents had been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Neither was convicted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after articles of impeachment were drafted, but before the House could vote on them. The Constitution says presidents and other federal officials can be impeached for "Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." No president has faced impeachment articles for treason or bribery; all...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear to President Joe Biden on Saturday that he’s eager to forge a new U.S.-U.K. trade deal. The push for a new deal came in a broad-ranging call between the two leaders that touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Biden administration announcing this week that the U.S. would rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, according to a statement from Downing Street. A new trade agreement between the allies is a higher priority for Johnson than it is for Biden. The U.K. regained control over its national trade policy at the start of the month following the end of a post-Brexit transition period. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the administration had no timeline for forging a new trade deal as Biden’s attention is largely focused on getting...
    Boris Johnson said he will focus on 'a green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19' with the US after his first phone call with Joe Biden The Prime Minister spoke to the newly inaugurated US President this evening, a day after Mr Biden called Canada and Mexico's leaders.  Mr Biden spoke with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday in his first call to a foreign leader. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Twitter that he and Biden had discussed topics ranging from Covid-19 to migration on the same day.  Boris Johnson said he 'looks forward to deepening the longstanding alliance' with the US after his The Prime Minister spoke to the newly inaugurated US President this evening, a day after Mr Biden called Canada and Mexico's leaders RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next President Joe Biden speaks with Canadian PM Justin...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not criticise President Joe Biden for removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office — a symbol of strong Anglo-American relations — despite having done so when former President Barack Obama made the same gesture years before. Mr Biden removed the bust of the wartime British leader, whose mother was American, from his White House office on Wednesday, replacing it with several other figures including those of Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Former President Donald Trump, an Anglophile, had famously returned the bust of Churchill to the Oval Office at his 2017 inauguration after it had been removed by his predecessor Barack Obama. So proud was Mr Trump of its return, that he posed with it alongside Britain’s then-Prime Minister Theresa May on her visit to Washington, DC. The bust had been a gift from British Prime Minister Tony Blair to...
    Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President as his wife Dr. Jill Biden looks on during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) This week on the What’s In it For Us? podcast, Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson examine the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president and Kamala Harris as the 49th vice president of the U.S. and Biden-Harris’ COVID-19 plan. And lastly, where do the white supremacists go from here? From celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the presidential inauguration, the white hypocrisy of Republicans baffles Dr. Johnson and Dr. Greer. Many people, including Dr. Johnson, logged off their timelines on MLK Day because “gaslighting” Black history is not it.  Read More: ‘What’s In It For Us?’ podcast tackles Capitol riots, coronavirus vaccine “For me, it’s...
    Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Snoop Dogg, who’s been harshly critical of Donald Trump throughout his presidency, praised the outgoing president during his final hours in the White House. The rapper expressed immense gratitude after learning of Trump’s decision to grant clemency to Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry O” Harris, who had been serving three decades in prison for attempted murder and drug trafficking. Harris was slated for release in June 2028. “That’s great work for the president and his team on the way out,” Snoop Dogg said in a Zoom call with prison reform advocates Alice Johnson and Weldon Angelos, who shared the recording with the New York Post. “They did some great work while they was in there and they did some great work on their way out,” the hip-hip icon continued. “Let them know that I love what they did.” He added, “It is amazing what the work...
    During recent weeks of the presidential transition, rapper and TV personality Snoop Dogg has quietly worked with a pair of activists close to the White House and outgoing president as part of a last-ditch effort to convince Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris, The Daily Beast has learned. In the final, dark and deadly days of the Trump administration, the effort has indeed gotten the attention of the president, according to one of the activists with whom the rap artist has been communicating. “The president knows about it. I’ve spoken with Ivanka [Trump] and I’ve spoken with Jared [Kushner], and I’ve been told that President Trump is aware of the case and has been reviewing it,” Alice Johnson, a criminal-justice reform advocate whose life sentence was commuted by Trump roughly two and a half years ago, said in an interview on Sunday...
    THE man who swiped Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the Capitol riots has been arrested in Florida. It comes as another person involved in the violent disorder “vowed to shoot her in the head on TV”. 2Adam Johnson is currently being held in Pinellas County JailCredit: AFP or licensors 2House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her office ransacked during Wednesday's violent disorderCredit: AP:Associated Press Adam Christian Johnson, 36, from Parrish, Florida, is currently being held in Pinellas County Jail on a federal warrant after he was picked up by US Marshals. Johnson was photographed carrying off the lectern after the Capitol building in Washington DC was taken over by die-hard Donald Trump supporters, with the image widely shared on social media. Johnson is a stay-at-home-dad who lives with his wife and their five children, The Bradenton Herald reported. The dad claimed he was off to Washington DC ahead of the riots in...
    WASHINGTON — A protest broke out on Capitol Hill as Congress attempted to certify the Electoral College results Wednesday afternoon. The group of protestors expressed doubt in the results, which would declare former Vice President Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States. The crowd, sporting pro-Trump clothing and flags raided the Capitol, causing a lockdown. One person was shot according to the Associated Press. Those that represent Scioto County in the U.S. House of Representatives, two Republican congressmen that have supported President Donald Trump, both called for an end to the violence. Rep. Brad Wenstrup went to Twitter a little after 3 p.m. to condemn the ongoing situation, standing behind law enforcement attempting to restore peace. “This violence must stop. The criminals who have broken into the U.S. Capitol, injured law enforcement, and disrupted the constitutional process are not patriots,” he tweeted. “No matter what flag one is...
    Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson says his resolution to censure President Trump in the last 16 days of his presidency is “for the sake of posterity and history.” A number of House Democrats already signed on to a censure resolution drafted by Johnson, stemming from Trump’s Saturday phone call urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find votes in his favor. “The point is, for the sake of posterity and history, that we express our displeasure at President Trump's actions, his second perfect phone call, he's trying to influence an election, the first one for himself, was through foreign interference,” Johnson told the Washington Examiner, referencing Trump’s July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that House Democrats investigated and impeached him over. “This [phone call] one through overturning the results of a domestic election that he lost, and he, in the process of that second...
    Donald Trump on Thursday defended Fox host Maria Bartiromo after she was punked on her show and left-wing pundits attacked her for letting the president and his team air baseless voter fraud claims.  The president tweeted: 'Maria’s show and ratings are better than ever.  'They are trying to shame her into not telling the truth. Her audience would be gone, and she is far too smart for that. Rigged Election!' His comments came after Matt Johnson of the 'grass roots' animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere posed as Smithfield Foods CEO Dennis Organ.  Bartiromo has also been accused of providing an outlet for Trump and his team to air baseless voter fraud claims.  The president had retweeted comedian Tim Young who wrote: 'Gotta love how leftist media put out a hit piece on Maria Bartiromo for sharing her opinion and reporting news how she sees it... ON HER OWN SHOW. 'Keep doing...
    French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus, the Elysée Palace has confirmed. Mr Macron’s office said on Thursday that the president took a test after presenting symptoms, and will self-isolate for the next seven days. The French premier “is still in charge” and will be working from home whilst in quarantine, according to the BBC. The Elysée Palace said that while it is not known how the leader contracted the Chinese virus, it was contacting those with whom the president had interacted. Last week, Mr Macron met with several world leaders, including the heads of state at the European Council and Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, reports Le Figaro. France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex is isolating as a precaution, though reportedly is not showing any symptoms. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will also be in quarantine, suspending all public activities, as he had met with Macron on Monday. Je suis désolé d’apprendre...
    French President Emmanuel Macron has become the latest world leader to catch the coronavirus. His office confirmed on Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating for seven days in line with national guidelines. Macron's diagnosis was confirmed via a RT-PCR test after he showed unspecified early symptoms of the disease. The testing method is a more advanced, more accurate form of the PCR tests used around the world. The statement said he would continue to carryout his duties while in isolation. France's President Emmanuel Macron is see at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 28, 2020.  Thibault Camus/AP Macron had been due to travel to Lebanon next week, but that trip was cancelled. Other in-person meetings on his agenda have been cancelled, postponed or will now be held via phone or video conference. French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that he would also self-isolate...
    Loading the player... This week on the What’s In It For Us? podcast, Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson look at the Georgia senate debates, President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks, former President Barack Obama’s comments on #DefundThePolice, and how the COVID-19 pandemic and protests are making local mayors’ jobs harder than the President’s. Earlier this week, President Obama said on the Snapchat show, Good Luck America, that “snappy” slogans such as  #DefundThePolice hinder progress in the movement for police reform.  Read More: Obama: Candidates lose support with ‘snappy’ slogans like ‘defund the police’ (Photo: Getty Images) “The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?” Obama said. For co-hosts Dr. Greer and Dr. Johnson, Obama’s comments veer on Black respectability politics. “No one should be surprised that Obama acts like...
    President-elect Joe Biden has announced several member of his top national security team but has not yet named a defense secretary, and his transition team's search for this top member of his Cabinet is still underway, according to multiple Democratic sources. There are several candidates under consideration already. Former Under Secretary of Defense for policy Michele Flournoy is the leading candidate and would be the first woman to serve in the role. Her business partner at global strategic advisory firm WestExec Advisors, Antony Blinken, is Mr. Biden's choice to be secretary of state. Former Homeland Security Secretary and former general counsel for the defense department Jeh Johnson is also on the president-elect's list, as is Lloyd Austin, the former head of U.S. Central Command, according to multiple Democratic sources.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Austin was the top U.S. commanding general on the ground in Iraq during the major...
    Newsmax TV host and serial plagiarist Benny Johnson claimed on the Saturday night episode of his program that the “Office of the President-Elect” was “a fake office for [President-elect] Joe Biden,” yet that very claim made by Johnson is false. “They even created a fake office for Joe Biden, the Office of the President-Elect, sounds nice, but it’s fake, it’s not real, for the record there is no such thing as the Office of the President-Elect,” Johnson stated. “How insecure. These people are about as confident as Brian Stelter on a Peloton [bike],” he added. “This is not the behavior of winners; this is the behavior of feeble thin-skinned tyrants, who can’t wait to have control over your life again.” Johnson’s claim about the “Office of the President-Elect” being  “fake” quickly spread on social media, but it is false, as Reuters fact-checkers found. “Both President Trump and former President Barack Obama used ‘Office...
    U.S. acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Wednesday praised the United Kingdom for its planned significant increase in military spending, an investment the equivalent of almost $21.9 billion, which will be the largest for the nation in 30 years.  The increase was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday during the ongoing Brexit transition period, in what Johnson framed as "our chance to end our era of retreat." "The US Department of Defense applauds the announcement by the United Kingdom to significantly increase defense spending," Miller said. "The UK is our most stalwart and capable ally, and this increase in spending is indicative of their commitment to NATO and our shared security." US TO DRAW DOWN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ BY JAN. 15, PENTAGON SAYS The increase in defense spending comes after years of President Trump pressuring NATO allies to invest in their militaries and signals that the limited success...
    LOUSIVLLE, Ky. (AP) — Two restaurant owners in Kentucky who support President-elect Joe Biden are offering free food and drinks to supporters of President Donald Trump, but with a catch: They have to turn in their “useless” Trump merchandise, including flags, shirts and hats. The idea was hatched by Troy King and his wife Selena Johnson, who own Pollo - A Gourmet Chicken Joint. They told the Courier Journal that their idea was to extend an olive branch to the other side. “Once I had seen that Biden was the confirmed winner, I thought, all right, we got that part, but we’ve still got to figure out how to come together,” King told the newspaper. “It’s not going to make a difference to have Biden as president if we don’t work together.” They posted their offer on the Louisville restaurant’s Facebook page Saturday — and then got some heat online....
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) candidly stated that there is “nothing” for which to congratulate former Vice President Joe Biden after reporters asked if he had extended congratulations to him. “No. There’s nothing to congratulate him about,” Johnson reportedly said, according to a pool report: From the pool. GOP WI Sen Johnson on if Biden should be congratulated: "No. There’s nothing to congratulate him about." — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 10, 2020 RonJohn asked if he’s congratulated Biden: “No , there’s nothing to congratulate him about.” — Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 10, 2020 Sen. Ron Johnson, asked by Senate press pool if hes congratulated Biden yet, says, “No. there’s nothing to congratulate him about.” — Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) November 10, 2020 Johnson is one of several GOP senators demanding Google answer questions following a study indicating possible election interference in favor of Democrats over Republicans via allegedly sending vote reminders to...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- Joe Biden's transition team didn't wait for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work.Well before Saturday's victory for Biden, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been leading efforts to ensure the former vice president can begin building out a government in anticipation of a victory.Kaufman is a former senator from Delaware who was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Biden was elected vice president. He also worked on Barack Obama's transition team in 2008, and helped write legislation formalizing the presidential transition process.See All National ResultsBiden first asked Kaufman to start work on a just-in-case transition in April, shortly after the former vice president locked up the presidential nomination at the conclusion of a once-crowded Democratic primary.The transition can be a frenzied process even under normal circumstances.Before Saturday's decision in the race, an odd political limbo had taken hold. The Biden team was moving...
    WILMINGTON, DEL. - Joe Biden's transition team didn't wait for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work.  Well before Saturday's victory for Biden, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been leading efforts to ensure the former vice president can begin building out a government in anticipation of a victory.   Kaufman is a former senator from Delaware who was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Biden was elected vice president. He also worked on Barack Obama's transition team in 2008, and helped write legislation formalizing the presidential transition process.   Biden first asked Kaufman to start work on a just-in-case transition in April, shortly after the former vice president locked up the presidential nomination at the conclusion of a once-crowded Democratic primary.   The transition can be a frenzied process even under normal circumstances.   Before Saturday's decision in the race, an odd political limbo had taken hold. The Biden team...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden’s transition team didn’t wait for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work. Well before Saturday’s victory for Biden, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been leading efforts to ensure the former vice president can begin building out a government in anticipation of a victory. Kaufman is a former senator from Delaware who was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Biden was elected vice president. He also worked on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008, and helped write legislation formalizing the presidential transition process. Biden first asked Kaufman to start work on a just-in-case transition in April, shortly after the former vice president locked up the presidential nomination at the conclusion of a once-crowded Democratic primary. The transition can be a frenzied process even under normal circumstances. Before Saturday’s decision in the race, an odd political limbo had taken hold. The Biden...
    The allegations against Hunter Biden are likely the reason why former President Obama “did not encourage the vice president to run” for president, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview. Johnson said the situation is “a huge mess” that is “not going away, particularly if Vice President Biden becomes the president.” “It’s one of the reasons I’ve been saying for quite some time that I never felt that Vice President Biden should ever run for president,” he continued. “I think this is probably one of the reasons [why] President Obama did not encourage the vice president to run so this is a huge mess." Johnson reacted to a new development that a Justice Department official reportedly confirmed to Sinclair Broadcast Group that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates last year. The investigation reportedly is focused on allegations of money laundering and remains active, according to Sinclair. ...
    California pastor Bill Johnson wrote in an op-ed at the Christian Post he is voting for Donald Trump “with confidence and a clear conscience,” despite left-wing and media attempts to portray him as evil. “[W]e find ourselves in another election year where the media narrative and rhetoric seems eerily similar to 2016, except more toxic,” he explained last week. “We are told that President Trump is a ‘racist, misogynist, and xenophobe.’” But, Johnson, senior leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, explained: [T]he facts show that the policies and actions of the President do not fit the characteristics of what those labels imply. In fact, I just watched a great film recently called The Trump I Know, where the filmmakers present a view of our President that is the complete opposite to the common reports promoted by mainstream media. It really is an excellent documentary, one worth watching whether you support...
    US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a NATO summit event in England on December 4, 2019. Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images World leaders appear to be preparing for a possible Joe Biden presidential victory. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Boris Johnson’s UK government have recently given indications that they are distancing themselves from President Trump. On Sunday, Putin rejected Trump’s criticism of the Biden family’s business dealings, saying he didn’t “see anything criminal about this.” Biden is currently leading Trump in the polls by an average of 9.1 percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Throughout his first term, President Trump has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him “very smart” and “very strong.” Putin has reciprocated, defending Trump during his impeachment, saying...
    Trump Biden – AFP Donald Trump and Joe Biden have radically different views on many subjects. Each could enhance, or weaken the Special Relationship, in a variety of areas. Here, we look at who would be best for Britain. Post-Brexit trade deal There is no dispute about where Donald Trump stands on Brexit. He has been an enthusiastic supporter from the start. A trade deal with the UK would be near the top of his in-tray in a second term. In recent weeks both the US and UK expressed optimism as talks entered a fifth round. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was “very pleased” with progress and predicted a trade deal “reasonably soon”. He said: “These things take time but we are making great headway. I am optimistic across the board.” Joe Biden did not support Brexit and says it is “not how we would have preferred...
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for COVID-19 but insists he feels fine — and is apologizing to those who have to quarantine because they were exposed to him. “I do not suffer from any symptoms, especially lack of taste or smell, I feel good. I remain in isolation along with my wife and will be working remotely,” he told Polish TV, Reuters reported. Duda is 48, trim and doesn’t have any underlying conditions such as diabetes that would make him vulnerable to complications from the infection. The president, whose job is largely ceremonial, told Poles that he was stunned when he tested positive. “Believe me — I had no symptoms. If I had knew I had coronavirus all meetings would have been cancelled,” he said. One of his events was a visit Friday to a Warsaw stadium, where officials were setting up a field hospital. Poland reported 13,628...
    Washington (CNN)It's one of those seemingly hard-to-explain things: President Donald Trump holds an allure for some Black men, despite his history of denigrating Black Americans and his refusal to explicitly acknowledge systemic racism.This relationship was on display on Monday, when the rapper 50 Cent said to "vote for Trump" in response to Democratic nominee Joe Biden's tax plan.At the Republican National Convention in August, speakers including the former NFL star Herschel Walker and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott lacquered Trump with praise.With the 2020 presidential election coming down to the wire, it's clear that Team Trump is hoping to maximize its appeal with Black voters. During the final debate on Thursday, NBC's Kristen Welker asked Trump and Biden if they understand why Black parents have to give their children "the talk" about how to handle encounters with the police. The President said yes -- before he quickly moved on and...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — President Donald Trump this week granted clemency to Charles Duke Tanner, a former professional boxer from Gary, Indiana who was initially sentenced to life in prison for drug conspiracy. The president issued the executive grant of clemency on Wednesday for Tanner, who was 24 years old when he was arrested and convicted on the charges. It was his first conviction and it was for a nonviolent offense, but still, Tanner was sentenced to life in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 30 years, the State of Indiana said. Tanner worked to turn his life around immediately after his arrest – focusing on educational courses and completing hundreds of hours of educational programming. Tanner also received staff recommendation and warden approval for an 18-month reentry program that requires recommendation from staff and approval from the Warden for participation. Tanner was an undefeated light heavyweight boxer who had...
    Savannah Rychcik October 22, 2020 0 Comments The Atlantic is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, marking its fourth endorsement in the magazine’s 163-year history. “Biden is a man of experience, maturity, and obvious humanity, but had the Republican Party put forward a credible candidate for president, we would have felt no compulsion to state a preference,” wrote Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg. He added, “Donald Trump, however, is a clear and continuing danger to the United States, and it does not seem likely that our country would be able to emerge whole from four more years of his misrule. Two men are running for president. One is a terrible man; the other is a decent man. Vote for the decent man.” Goldberg argued concerns about Trump’s ability to defend the United States in 2016 were “hypothetical, though grounded in his long and terrible record as a human being.”...
    Loading the player... Sensing that Donald Trump may lose the 2020 presidential election, U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson‘s government has told ministers to cozy up to the Biden campaign, according to the Sunday Times UK. “They’re writing off Trump in No. 10 (the prime minister’s official residency) now,” a senior Conservative Party aide told the newspaper. Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting with President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to sign a strategic partnership deal with the president in the face of Russia’s ‘destabilising behaviour’ towards the country, at Downing Street on October 8, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images) The paper said that Johnson and his team came to that conclusion after realizing that Biden is developing a commanding lead over Trump in the polls. Read More: Joe Biden leading President Trump in swing state polls PM Johnson has been warned...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will explore every avenue for a trade deal with the European Union but progress to bridge significant gaps needs to be made in the coming days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. "(Johnson) confirmed the UK's commitment to exploring every avenue to reach an agreement," Downing Street said in a read-out of the call. "The Prime Minister emphasised that progress must be made in the coming days to bridge the significant gaps, notably in the areas of fisheries and the level playing field, through the process of intensive talks between Chief Negotiators agreed with the President of the European Commission." (Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by William Maclean) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude to the support he received from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday night, both men now having contracted and recovered from coronavirus. Donald Trump revealed he had had a conversation with Boris Johnson on Wednesday, days after he returned to the White House from the Walter Reed military hospital, where he was treated after testing positive for coronavirus. Just spoke with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson of the United Kingdom. Very thankful for his friendship and support as I recovered from the China Virus. I am looking forward to working with him for many years to come, a great guy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020 The President responded in kind to a message sent across the Atlantic when Prime Minister Johnson wished Trump a speedy recovery, writing: “Very thankful for his friendship and support as I recovered from the China Virus....
    Enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every American who wants one could be manufactured as early as March next year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday. “We project having enough for every American who wants a vaccine by March to April 2021,” he predicted at the virtual Goldman Sachs Healthcare Conference on COVID-19, according to CNBC. He also expects that up to 100 million doses could be available by the end of this year — enough “to cover especially vulnerable populations.” The US is manufacturing doses for all six vaccine candidates backed by the feds’ Operation Warped Speed, including those that are in late-stage testing from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, according to Azar. He added that the US is also obtaining needles, syringes and bottles needed for the shots. President Trump has predicted that a vaccine could be authorized as early as October and that...
    Boris Johnson insisted Donald Trump is 'going to be fine' today as he dismissed 'balderdash' rumours about his own coronavirus scare. The PM said the President had been getting the 'best possible care' and he was 'sure' he will overcome the disease. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson also batted away speculation that he has not fully recovered after having the disease in April. He flatly denied suffering 'long Covid', joking that he was 'fitter than several butchers' dogs'. And the premier bluntly blamed his own weight for having to go to hospital - although he stressed he was not making a point about Mr Trump's condition. 'I was too fat,' Mr Johnson said.  The comments came after Mr Trump said he was feeling 'much better', despite conflicting reports over his condition. The president's medical team said he was doing 'very well' and was in 'exceptionally good...
    President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president announced in a tweet overnight. They are among more than 34 million people worldwide who have tested positive for COVID-19, and join a group of world leaders who have had the virus.  The president's diagnosis sparked a flurry of well-wishes from other officials – some of whom have battled coronavirus themselves. "My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady," tweeted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who became the first world leader confirmed to have the illness back in March. "Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox When Johnson was initially diagnosed he said he was feeling okay. But within days, doctors said – against Johnson's wishes – that he should go to the hospital, CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports. The prime minister...
    LONDON — President Donald Trump’s disclosure that he had been infected by the coronavirus sent a shudder around the world on Friday, drawing sympathy from leaders who have grappled with the pandemic in their own countries and more pointed responses from critics who noted Mr. Trump’s own cavalier handling of the threat. Trump is not the first world leader to be infected. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil both tested positive. Johnson ended up in an intensive care unit where, he said later, “things could have gone either way.” But Trump, 74, is older and at higher risk than either of those men. And the news of an American president contracting a potentially lethal virus carried global repercussions beyond that of any other world leader. Financial markets fell in Asia and looked set to open lower in Europe and the United States. Expressions of...
    The founder of Black Entertainment Television suggested he’s voting for President Trump over Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “Where I come out as a businessman, I will take the devil I know over the devil I don't know, any time of the week. And that seems to be what business people are confronting today,” BET founder Robert Johnson said Wednesday on CNBC’s Squawk Box. "This was like a schoolyard fight over who had the best-looking girlfriend," Johnson added of the first presidential debate that was held on Tuesday evening. "It was a waste of an hour and a half that gave no guidance, no direction at all as to where the country will go after this election.” "So you're endorsing Trump, President Trump?" CNBC anchor Rebecca Quick asked during the interview. "I'm not endorsing anybody," Johnson responded. "What I'm saying is, if I'm a businessperson, what you want more...
    Rush Limbaugh ripped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his nationally-syndicated radio program on Tuesday, declaring the actor “sold his soul to China” after endorsing Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE. Johnson, Hollywood's highest-paid actor, endorsed the former vice president over the weekend, marking the first time the 48-year-old has endorsed any candidate. “Dwayne Johnson has sold his soul to China," Limbaugh said. "It is a fascinating story about who owns this guy and who he really cares about pleasing. “Now, he could have been silent. He could have just gone through this campaign and not announced a preference. But he’s come out and endorsed Biden," the host added. Johnson, who did not vote...
    Rush Limbaugh ripped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his nationally-syndicated radio program on Tuesday, declaring the actor “sold his soul to China” after endorsing Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE. Johnson, Hollywood's highest-paid actor, endorsed the former vice president over the weekend, marking the first time the 48-year-old has endorsed any candidate. “Dwayne Johnson has sold his soul to China," Limbaugh said. "It is a fascinating story about who owns this guy and who he really cares about pleasing. “Now, he could have been silent. He could have just gone through this campaign and not announced a preference. But he’s come out and endorsed Biden," the host added. Johnson, who did not vote...
    Fox News host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinTrump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans MORE ripped Dwayne Johnson for his endorsement of Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE, calling the WWE star known as "The Rock" a "self-righteous egomaniac" and Biden "a mentally incapacitated lifetime political hack."  The "Fast & Furious" star endorsed Biden over the weekend, marking the first time the 48-year-old has endorsed any candidate.  “Self-righteous egomaniac. And why should we care who another actor endorses? What a surprise, he endorses the Democrats,” Levin wrote to his more than 2.4 million followers.  “Well, then, let’s stop...
    Mark Levin slammed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a “self-righteous egomaniac” for endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris and said a self-proclaimed independent willing to support the Democratic ticket should help motivate conservatives to reelect President Trump. The Rock announced he would support Biden on Sunday, marking the first time he’s ever publicly thrown his weight behind a political candidate — but Levin isn’t a fan. Mark Levin slammed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a “self-righteous egomaniac” for endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris. DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON ENDORSES JOE BIDEN, KAMALA HARRIS – HIS FIRST PUBLIC POLITICAL BACKING  “Self-righteous egomaniac. And why should we care who another actor endorses?  What a surprise, he endorses the Democrats,” Levin wrote. “Well, then, let’s stop thinking for ourselves, no longer worry about the Republic, vote for a mentally incapacitated lifetime political hack, because ‘the Rock’ is stupid enough to do so. Uh, no.” “I’m going to be pushing...
    Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson publicly endorsed, for the first time, a candidate for president, praising former Vice President Joe Biden as the "best choice" for the United States. “As a registered Independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the best choice to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president,” Johnson said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday. View this post on Instagram As a political independent and centrist for many years, I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and as my first ever (public) Presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength,...
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting political. The former WWE champion-turned-Hollywood star announced his endorsement of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket in a video released on Sunday. In the video, Johnson said he has never publicly endorsed a president before, but felt the need to take action ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. He explained in the video that, “As a registered independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris are the best choice to lead our country.” MORE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson purchases XFL in $15m deal Johnson — who recently partnered with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital to buy the XFL — said he has been a registered independent with centrist ideologies for years, but is voting Democrat in 2020. The Rock topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors for the second year in a...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will no longer be traveling with President Donald Trump on Thursday after learning that he was exposed to an individual who tested positive for Covid-19, a spokesman for the senator announced. The exposure took place on Monday and Johnson has since tested negative, but will now quarantine until September 29."Sen. Johnson was informed today that he was exposed to someone on Monday who has tested positive for covid-19," Ben Voelkel, a spokesman for the senator, said in a statement on Thursday. "Sen. Johnson is experiencing no symptoms, but was tested late Wednesday because he was scheduled to travel with the President today. Sen. Johnson tested negative, but he has been placed in quarantine until September 29. Sen. Johnson will not be traveling with the President or attending the event in Mosinee tonight."Trump, who has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus and said...
    President Donald Trump granted a full pardon Friday to Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who served over 21 years in prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, NBC News reported. Johnson, whose sentence President Trump commuted in 2018, spoke during the Republican National Convention on Thursday night about how the president's decision to give her a second chance at freedom changed her life. "You have been fully pardoned," President Trump told Johnson on Friday at the White House, as Johnson wiped away tears of joy. "That's the ultimate thing that can happen. It means you can do whatever you want in life. Just keep doing the great job you're doing. We're very proud of Alice and the job you've done." Johnson's story was one of the driving forces leading President Trump to advocate for passage of the First Step Act, the bipartisan criminal justice reform law that eased some...
    President Donald Trump gave Alice Johnson, the former inmate who reality TV star Kim Kardashian push to have released, a full pardon in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.  Johnson had delivered an address Thursday night before the Republican National Convention from Washington, D.C., and so was seated with Trump at the White House the next day when reporters came in.  That's when Trump surprised her with a full pardon, as he had only commuted her sentence in June of 2018.  'We're giving Alice a full pardon. I just told her. We didn't even discuss it,' Trump said. 'You were out there sitting in the audience last night and I asked the folks if you could bring Alice over and we're going to give a full pardon and we're going to do it right now.'  Seated next to the Resolute Desk, Johnson wiped away tears.   Alice Johnson (left) watches as...
    Alice Marie Johnson — a nonviolent offender who was granted clemency by President Donald Trump in 2018 after serving 21 years in prison — expressed her gratitude to the president for giving her "a second chance" in a moving speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. What are the details?"I was once told that the only way I would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse," Ms. Johnson began after introducing herself. "But by the grace of God, and the compassion of President Donald John Trump, I stand before you — and I assure you, I am not a ghost." She continued, "I am alive, I am well, and most importantly, I am free." Johnson went on to express how she felt after being released from her life sentence after it was commuted by President Trump, when she was able to hug her grandchildren...
    (CNN)Last week, the President of the United States again lamented one of his most commonly referenced beefs. No, it wasn't about the coronavirus, nor millions of out of work Americans, not even Joe Biden. "You turn on the shower -- if you're like me, you can't wash your beautiful hair properly," said President Donald Trump at an Ohio Whirlpool manufacturing plant visit. "'Please come out,' The water -- it drips, right?" On Wednesday, the Energy Department proposed new rollbacks on regulations limiting household water use. Since the 1990s, federal laws mandated showerheads shouldn't emit more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, in order to preserve resources. To put it simply, the new proposals would allow not each showerhead that allotment, but essentially each nozzle. So if a showerhead has three or four nozzles, as many modern components do, each one can produce 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Perhaps...
    Bubba Wallace (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) LeBron James and Magic Johnson tweeted messages after support after President Trump attacked Bubba Wallace via Twitter earlier this week. President Trump thinks Bubba Wallace owes NASCAR an apology, but people from inside and outside the NASCAR world don’t agree. Earlier this week, President Trump lashed out at Wallace on Twitter, asking if Wallace had apologized to NASCAR after his team reported finding a noose in his garage. The President claimed that the noose was “another HOAX.” While the noose was not targeted at Bubba Wallace, it was not a hoax or a staged incident, according to the FBI and NASCAR. After the President’s tweets, Wallace received public support from many within NASCAR, including driver Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Andrew Murstein. The league released a statement that said in part, “NASCAR continues to stand with Bubba, our competitors and...
    There are more than 1 million international students in America. Heres where theyre from Auto dealers, restaurants with ties to lawmakers were among the firms that got PPP loans: Treasury/SBA data LeBron, Magic Johnson tweet support for Bubba Wallace: We got your back! President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that the noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall belonging to Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team was a “HOAX” and questioned if Wallace had apologized yet, implying he played a role in the incident. © Provided by For The Win It was not a hoax, and neither Wallace nor anyone on the No. 43 team had anything to do with it, according to both the FBI and NASCAR. Afterward, a handful of people in the NASCAR world publicly expressed their support for Wallace, the only Black driver in the Cup Series, including...
    In a recent interview, WWE legend Mark Henry expressed his opinion that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could stand for Presidency. He thinks that his close friend would do a great job in the post and could see it happening in the future. “He gives off a presence when he walks in a room,” says Henry “I hope in the future we get him as a public servant. I can see him being President down the road.” Dwayne Johnson has come a long way since his beginnings. Once at rock bottom (no pun intended), he climbed up and earned his way to the top. He is now one of the most popular Superstars in WWE, if not on the planet. “I mean who better than somebody that embodies hard work and you will never see an embarrassing moment,” explains Henry. The Rock is known for his insane workout routines. Being...
    (CNN)Planned Parenthood Acting President Alexis McGill Johnson has been named the permanent president of the organization, extending a tenure featuring multiple successful court challenges against abortion restrictions into a pivotal Supreme Court term and election season in the group's ongoing fight for abortion access.The non-profit organization's board of directors announced Friday that they had voted to name McGill Johnson the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and the organization's political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund."I am so proud and humbled to have been named the permanent president and CEO," McGill Johnson said in a statement Friday."I have learned so much from Planned Parenthood patients, our staff, and our broader movement, and am honored to continue this fight with them, and for them," she added. "I look forward to the work ahead."Planned Parenthood Board Chair Aimee Cunningham and Action Fund Board Chair Jennie Rosenthal praised McGill Johnson as having "steered...
    Planned Parenthood will announce Friday that its new permanent president and CEO is Alexis McGill Johnson, the renowned civil rights and social justice activist who’s been acting as interim president since the organization fired its former leader, Leana Wen, in 2019.  The nation’s largest family planning provider was originally going to wait to announce a new president until after the November election, as Johnson had committed to serving temporarily through December. But the organization decided to accelerate its timeline as a show of confidence ahead of the major Supreme Court decision on abortion rights that’s expected to drop Monday. The announcement also comes in the shadow of a piqued election cycle in which debates over reproductive rights figure to play a prominent role.  “We know the year ahead holds more challenges, as we await the June Medical Services v. Russo decision in the Supreme Court, face a long overdue public...
    During a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump and a group of black conservative leaders and media personalities, SiriusXM Patriot host Sonnie Johnson effectively explained why defunding is not the way to address policing issues in black communities, pointing to Ferguson, Missouri, to illustrate her point. In response to the recent police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, Democrats have pushed for defunding or dismantling police departments. The problem, however, is not the existence of police, said Johnson. Often, the problem is how police are directed to do their jobs. "We need the police," Johnson said, referring to black communities. "But if you take and look at what happened in Ferguson … the mayor's office was using the police force as a taxation unit. They were forcing interactions between police and the citizens, as a way for them to raise money and bring...
    The president of the NAACP declined to endorse the “defund the police” movement that has become the rallying cry of protesters and Black Lives Matter in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody. “I support the energy behind it. I don’t know what that substantively means. As I’m talking to people about the concept, I’ve gotten three different explanations,” Derrick Johnson told the Associated Press this week. “We know there has to be a change in the culture of policing in this country,” he said. Calls for defunding the police have become commonplace at the nationwide protests over Floyd’s death on May 25 and among some progressive Democrats. In Minneapolis, the city council has gone a step farther and proposed dismantling the police department. Other cities have called for using funds designated for the police to fund more social and youth programs. Top House Democrats during...
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