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    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 25, 2021.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images News | Getty Images Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday it's a "prescription for trouble" to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and gig workers in August, during a congressional recess, instead of September.    Wyden also said that he would have preferred broader eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks but is OK with a compromise policy backed by President Joe Biden, which would more strictly limit the number of Americans who get checks. The Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill Saturday that offers $1,400 checks to individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year and married couples who earn up to $150,000. More from Personal Finance:More than $45 billion in rental assistance could soon be...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace, in confronting White House press secretary Jen Psaki over Saudi Arabia, brought up how President Joe Biden — back when he was a candidate for office — pretty clearly said he believed that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Back in 2019, Biden was asked during a presidential debate about the murder of Khashoggi, and very specifically about whether he would “punish senior Saudi leaders.” “Yes,” Biden said. “Khashoggi was, in fact, murdered and dismembered, and I believe on the order of the crown prince.” So Wallace played part of Biden’s comments during that debate and asked Psaki if the president still believes that pretty unequivocal statement he made over a year ago. “Does the president still believe, as he did back in November of 2019 that the crown prince was personally responsible, personally ordered the murder of...
    Asian Americans like me are fighting hate with tradition (Opinion) Iran renews pledge against nukes after controversy Elon Musk said the Biden administration rejected his idea of a carbon tax as too politically difficult © Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he suggested a carbon tax to the Biden administration. The idea was rejected as being "too politically difficult," he said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Musk has advocated a carbon tax since 2015. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Elon Musk says he suggested a carbon tax to the Biden administration, but the idea was dismissed as too divisive. Load Error Appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Thursday, the Tesla CEO said: "I talked to the Biden Administration - incoming administration - and they...
    February 14, 2021 11:00 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, acknowledged on Saturday night that the acquittal of Donald Trump in impeachment o impeachment against him it shows that “democracy is fragile.” In addition, he called on all Americans to “defend the truth and defeat lies.” Just using the truth, argued Biden, USA will be able to end the “non-civil war” between Democrats and Republicans and “heal the soul of the nation.” “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That you always have to defend it. That we must always be alert. That violence and extremism have no place in the US. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to stand up for the truth and defeat lies, “he said. Biden, who came to...
    President Joe Biden’s administration threw the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the bus after she suggested that teachers could return to classrooms before being vaccinated. “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Feb. 3 press briefing. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Walensky’s statements later that same day, telling reporters that the CDC Director’s comments were not official guidance and that she was speaking in her “personal capacity.” Press secretary Jen Psaki contradicts this. She says at press briefing she saw @CDCDirector Walensky’s comment, but CDC “has not released their official guidance yet” on vaccinations of teachers and safe reopening...
    The White House has said Joe Biden will not have the final say on whether Donald Trump can receive intelligence briefings after the president said his predecessor's 'erratic behavior' means 'he might slip and say something'. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki poured cold water on what had appeared to be Biden taking the unprecedented step to deny Trump access to classified information now he has left office.  Psaki said in a statement Saturday the president was merely 'expressing his concern' and will leave the final decision to his intelligence team.  'The president was expressing his concern about former president Trump receiving access to sensitive intelligence, but he also has deep trust in his own intelligence team to make a determination about how to provide intelligence information if at any point the former president Trump requests a briefing,' Psaki said, according to the Washington Post.  It is not clear when...
    New York Times bosses have vowed to 'improve our workplace culture' after more than 150 staffers wrote a letter saying they were 'outraged' that prominent reporter Donald McNeil Jr. (above) who allegedly used the N-word has not been fired  New York Times bosses have vowed to 'improve our workplace culture' after more than 150 staffers wrote a letter saying they were 'outraged' that a prominent reporter who allegedly used the N-word has not been fired. Three top bosses - Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Publisher A.G. Sulzberger and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien - were on Wednesday forced to defend the paper's handling of complaints made against star COVID-19 journalist Donald McNeil Jr.  The execs assured rattled staff they 'largely agree' with their concerns and promised they will see 'results' over how the company handles issues.   This came after a group of employees signed a letter to the executive leadership Wednesday...
    A South Carolina mom not interested in politics has revealed how she was lured into QAnon conspiracy theories on TikTok when she lost her job during the pandemic. Ashley Vanderbilt, 27, has broken her silence to share how she became so indoctrinated by the extreme right-wing conspiracy that even her four-year-old daughter Emmerson knew 'something was wrong with her mom.'   Before getting caught up in QAnon, Vanderbilt said she was passive with politics, didn't read the news and had always been someone 'that you just tell me what to do and I do it.' She said she had always been a Republican as she grew up being told to be and was a Donald Trump supporter but ended up so far 'down the rabbit hole' she started viewing him as being above God.   She said only realized that she 'wasn't 100% there' after Joe Biden's inauguration when she called her mom and...
    President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry took a private jet to a climate conference in Iceland in 2019 and told a reporter it was 'the only choice for somebody like me.'  Fox News Channel reported the back-and-forth Wednesday between Kerry and Icelandic journalist Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson, which had previously gone unreported in the American media.  'If you offset your carbon - it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle,' Kerry told Kolbeinsson, who had asked the former secretary of State if that was an 'environmental way to travel.'  President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry took a private jet in 2019 to Iceland to receive a climate award and told an Icelandic reporter, 'it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle,' Fox News Channel reported Wednesday   Fox News also reported that Ólafur...
    President Biden is bearing down on a national crisis that could make radical policy acceptable to the public, but Senate guardrails are in the way. Two Senate Democrats struck a blow to Biden’s liberal agenda by vowing this week to uphold the legislative filibuster. Those promises seem to have kneecapped liberal calls to nuke the longtime Senate rule that requires most bills to pass 60 votes. The senators were adamant. “I will not vote to bust the filibuster under any condition, on anything that you can think of,” Sen. Joe Manchin told the Washington Post this week. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema likewise stressed that she is “not open to changing her mind.” Granting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this assurance was viewed by Democrats’ left-flank as a preemptive surrender on enacting Biden’s agenda. Some wager that the right political pressure will force the senators to fold. Barely...
    A liberated Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear Thursday he's happy to be working for President Joe Biden, taking a few pot shots at what it was like operating under Donald Trump.  Fauci appeared in the White House press briefing room for the first time since this spring and, in several jaw-dropping comments, revealed his true feelings on Trump. He didn't mention the former president by name but he was clear about the differences of work life in the Biden administration versus that under Trump's.   'One of the new things in this administration is: if you don't know the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer,' he said, comparing his 24 hours working for Biden compared to his months of counseling Trump on the coronavirus pandemic. 'One of the things that was very clear as recently as about 15 minutes ago, when I was with the president,...
    January 21, 2021 2:57 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The OECD considered this Thursday that the first economic measures announced by US President Joe Biden will boost economic growth “in the short term.” On the one hand, Biden announced a stimulus package of the economy of 1.9 trillion dollars and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) believes that this will prevent the economy of the United States (USA) from losing momentum in the first months of this year. Instead of growing the 3.5% year-on-year forecast by the Paris-based organization in 2021, the US economy could register “notably higher” growth. And it will happen if most of the measures included in that plan are approved, the OECD said in an analysis released on Thursday. In addition, he stressed that migration and health policies “likely” will increase labor resources in the country. As for the toughening of...
    US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his predecessor Donald Trump left him a “very generous” letter in the Oval Office, in keeping with a tradition of the change of command, despite the fact that he did not attend the ceremony. Miamimundo / Efe “The president left me a very generous letter,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Because Trump announced that he would not attend the handover ceremony and never congratulated his rival in the presidential election, much expectation was raised about whether he would comply with the rite of leaving a message for his successor. However, Biden’s announcement did not reveal the content of the message, as the president indicated that the letter is private. “Because it is private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him,” he told correspondents. Minutes after Trump’s departure from the White House, a spokesman for the Executive branch...
    CNN’s Van Jones celebrated the new tenor of the Biden administration’s relationship with the White House press corps, by fawning over the basic back-and-forth between the two. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki held the Biden administration’s inaugural briefing and discussed a number of topics, including the “potentially divisive” impeachment trial of the 45th president. Anchor Anderson Cooper asked for Jones to reflect on what he’d seen in the first hours of the Biden White House — and Jones didn’t hold back in praising the very ordinariness of it all. “It’s just mesmerizing to watch a functional government doing functional government type things,” Jones said, before lapsing into a literal description of a normal press briefing. “I mean, just a press conference and a human and the person said words and the words made sense and then somebody asked a question and then the person answered the question and you’re just crying, just...
    Joe biden He has outlined his first speech as president of the United States in the midst of a health and economic crisis inherited from Donald Trump and in a polarized country after four years of populism. The Democrat ascends to the Presidency after a few historic days for the United States that has lived up to an assault on the Capitol to block the change of power, which left five fatalities. Biden’s inauguration was unusual and historic due to the pandemic, the absence of former President Trump and fear after the assault on the Capitol. The event was held with a small audience to avoid contagion by Covid-19 and a security device unprecedented in the history of the country, with up to 25,000 soldiers deployed in Washington. A summary of the new president’s speech is “Unit“,” democracy “and” defiance. “In his speech, Biden insisted on the word”...
    They said this wouldn’t happen — Joe Biden was not going to be inaugurated as the 46th president today. Of course, it did just happen — and responsible media and political figures recognized that reality as far back as November 4th. But for these die-hard Trump supporters, misleading a legion of dead-end MAGA fans — and fueling toxic conspiracies like those from QAnon extremists — was more important than grappling with now ex-President Donald Trump’s clear, certified loss in the 2020 election. Steve Bannon Just two days after the election, the former White House chief strategist and receiver of a brand new shiny pardon, was talking up a ridiculous, byzantine alternative to overturning the will of the voters: a “contingent election.” “It will be the thing, I believe, that will formally elect Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States,” he said during a War Room: Pandemic podcast.   View this post on Instagram...
    Large groups of Proud Boys join tens of thousands of Trump supporters rallied to declare the 2020 Presidential election results a fraud on November 14, 2020 in downtown Washington, DC. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Washington, DC, is bracing for possible violent clashes after a wave of pro-Trump protesters is expected to descend on the city this week. The National Guard has been activated to assist with crowd control and Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued reminders that guns are not allowed at rallies. The protests are expected to coincide with members of Congress meeting on Wednesday to confirm the presidential election results. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As Washington, DC, prepares for a wave of pro-Trump protesters due to arrive in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday, the city's mayor ramped up warnings for residents and measures to tamp down potential violence. Supporters of President Donald...
    Joe and Jill Biden's 2020 sendoff took an awkward turn on Thursday night after the couple's confetti cannon failed to go off live on air.  The president-elect and future first lady appeared on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC where they delivered a final message to Americans ahead of midnight.  Speaking to host Ryan Seacrest from their home, the couple congratulated essential and healthcare workers on their efforts during the pandemic and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated. Scroll down for video  Oops! Joe and Jill Biden's 2020 sendoff fell flat on New Year's Eve after their confetti popper failed to go off live on air  The two awkwardly struggled to pop the confetti cannon after wishing everyone a happy new year on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve, but the party favor turned out to be a dud  'They did so much, they risked their...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday after challenging President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign on his administration's work on vaccinations.    'OK, let's do it,' she said, as registered nurse Patricia Cummings of the United Medical Center readied the needle. 'That was easy. Thank you. I barely felt it. I barely felt it.'  Harris had traveled across the Anacostia River to a medical center in Southeast, Washington, D.C. - the home of many minority communities. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Tuesday  Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (left) gets the vaccine from nurse Patricia Cummings at a medical center across the Anacostia River in D.C., the home of many minority communities  Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waves to reporters in the room Tuesday before receiving her first shot of the Moderna...
    McConnell isn't really upset in this picture because of O'Malley Dillon's statement. Someone forgot to clean his bowl. It was expected, once Donald Trump shuffled off stage taking with him plans to overthrow the government and collaborate with dictators, that Republicans would set the outrage bar back to the point where suit color or condiment choice were rant worthy. Just like Republicans can be expected to miraculously recover the ability to comprehend the word “deficit.” What’s surprising is just how fast this reset of delicate sensibilities is kicking into gear. On Wednesday evening, Republicans dragged their fainting couches out of storage, dusted them off, and promptly sprawled full length in trembling concern because … Joe Biden’s choice to be White House deputy chief of staff called Republicans in Congress "f*ckers” in a yet to be published Glamour Magazine interview. Sorry, folks in the Northeast. Before you take your children out to play, be advised that that’s not a...
    A gunman is dead after a shooting at a New York City cathedral Man firing pistols at end of Christmas concert killed by police in front of Manhattan cathedral Bill Gates said the transition between presidential administrations is complicating the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but well get through this in a positive way © Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Bill Gates is seen in October 2019. Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Bill Gates said that, while the transition of administrations "is complicating" the vaccine distribution process, he believed "we'll get through this in a positive way," he said during a segment of CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. Moncef Slaoui, the head scientist of the federal vaccine initiative Operation Warp Speed, said on Sunday that Moderna's vaccine will also "likely" to be...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for health secretary said in 2017 that institutions do not merit the same religious freedom protections under the Constitution as individuals, video footage shows. During his 2017 confirmation hearings to become attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra was questioned on religious freedom protections by Assemblyman James Gallagher, according to video footage posted by the California Family Council. Gallagher pushed Becerra to explain his stances on legislation such as SB 1146 requiring private religious universities to modify their faith-based codes or face penalizations. “On religious protections, the protection for religion is for the individual,” Becerra told Gallagher. (RELATED: These Are The Attacks Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Has Already Faced From Democrats) “I think it is important to distinguish between protections that you are affording to the individual to exercise his or her religion freely,” Becerra said, “versus protections you are giving to some institution or...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE on Saturday demanded to know who the congressional Republicans were that acknowledged President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE as the winner of the presidential election. The president was referring to a survey from The Washington Post which found that only 25 Congressional Republicans acknowledged Biden’s victory. “25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just been to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the Fake News Washington Post...
    WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's chief infectious disease expert, says there was never a question that he would accept President-elect Joe Biden's offer to serve as his chief medical officer and adviser on the coronavirus pandemic.Fauci told NBC's "Today" show on Friday, "I said yes right on the spot" after Biden asked him to serve during a conversation on Thursday.As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci has served several presidents, Republican and Democratic. But during President Donald Trump's administration, he has been largely sidelined as Trump gave rosy assessments of the virus and insisted it would fade away.Fauci has urged rigorous mask-wearing and social distancing, practices that have not often been followed at the White House.On Thursday, Biden said he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president."I told him I...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he accepted 'on the spot' an offer from Joe Biden to be his chief medical adviser and warned Americans may continue to need to wear face masks beyond the 100 days the president-elect advocated. 'I said yes right on the spot,' Fauci told NBC's 'Today Show' on Friday morning about Biden's offer. Fauci also will remain the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He also praised Biden's plan to ask Americans to wear face masks for 100 days but said it may need to go beyond that.   'It's a good idea,' Fauci said. 'He's saying hey, folks, trust me, everybody for 100 days. Now it might be that after that we're still going to need it but he just wants everybody for a commitment for 100 days. I told him I thought that was a good idea.'  The infectious disease expert also...
    CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Don Lemon appeared giddy after Tapper wrapped up his exclusive interview with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, their first joint sitdown since the 2020 presidential election.  Towards the end of the primetime special, Lemon provided some commentary of Tapper's sitdown, showering Biden with praise over what he described as a "normal" and "sane" interview.  "We heard no fake news. We heard no conspiracy theories. We heard no personal grievances," Lemon said. "We heard a president-elect and a vice president who want to work with the other side." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER URGED REPUBLICAN SEAN PARNELL NOT TO RUN AGAINST DEMOCRAT REP. CONOR LAMB Lemon then pointed to Biden's response to Tapper's question about whether or not the president-elect wanted President Trump at his inauguration next month.  "I thought this was a very important question and a great answer from him, when you said is it important for...
    Newly recordings have been released from Project Veritas that suggest CNN discussed deliberately avoided reporting the Hunter Biden/Ukraine controversy on purpose, when it emerged in the run up to the 2020 presidential election.  In leaked telephone conference calls of the news network's 9am editorial meetings, CNN boss Jeff Zucker can be heard instructing his staff to downplay the bombshell story. The story, which was first revealed in the New York Post, revealed emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's laptop and shed light on questionable foreign business dealings he had both before and after his father was vice president. Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe secretly recorded CNN President Jeff Zucker's editorial meetings 'for months' and intends to release recordings every day until Christmas CNN political director David Chalian can be heard telling Zucker that the news network would not be covering the story.  'Obviously, we're not going with the New...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump repeatedly warned Americans that if they failed to reelect him, the stock market would implode. In reality, the opposite happened.Between August and October alone, Trump sent six tweets saying markets would "crash" if Joe Biden were elected, using a word presidents typically avoid. "The Dow Jones Industrial just closed above 29,000! You are so lucky to have me as your President," Trump wrote on September 2. "With Joe Hiden' it would crash."Yet no post-election meltdown emerged. If anything, markets melted up as nightmare election scenarios were avoided and investors celebrated coronavirus vaccine breakthroughs from Pfizer and Moderna. The S&P 500 notched its best election week rally since 1932. And despite a sharp pullback Monday, the Dow is up nearly 12% in November, on track for its best month since January 1987. Read More"In terms of Biden being bad for the market, we can already...
    Rudy Giuliani revealed Monday that he was 'exaggerating' when he said there were more votes cast in Detroit than there are citizens – even though Donald Trump has used that same exact claim as an argument to overturn the election. 'The city of Detroit probably had more voters than it had citizens,' the president's personal lawyer spearheading election lawsuits told Fox Business on Monday. 'I'm exaggerating a bit,' he immediately admitted to host Lou Dobbs. 'But all you have to do is look at statistical data and you can see the fraud was rampant and out of control.' Despite Giuliani's immediate walk back, Trump has used this same claim in the past. 'In Detroit, there are FAR MORE VOTES THAN PEOPLE. Nothing can be done to cure that giant scam. I win Michigan!' the president posted to Twitter last Wednesday. Giuliani's comments also came as the Michigan Board of Canvassers,...
    Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's intended nominee for Treasury secretary, has warned repeatedly in the past decade that the United States is taking on too much debt and is therefore on an "unsustainable" financial path. The former Federal Reserve chairwoman's stance on deficits raises the possibility of tension with the political Left. Many liberals fear that deficit worries will hamstring their agenda and increase the possibility of austerity measures. If confirmed to the position, Yellen will inherit a federal debt of $20.3 trillion, or 98.2% of GDP, by the end of 2020, according to a September analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Furthermore, thanks to pandemic relief spending, the federal government’s deficit for fiscal year 2020 was $3.1 trillion, the highest deficit on record, the Treasury reported in October. Yellen has raised concerns about the debt almost every year since 2010, and sometimes multiple times in a...
    President-elect Joe Biden got testy with a CBS News reporter who asked him a question on Friday about his plan to get children back into classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tense exchange took place just as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were wrapping up a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware. ‘In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa,’ Biden, who turned 78 years old on Friday, is heard telling the senior Democratic Party leaders. At that point, a Biden aide asked the assembled gaggle of reporters to leave as the photo op concluded. Asked Biden if he will encourage teacher unions to cooperate to get kids back in school because the COVID task force said it is safe to be in the classroom. He didn't answer.“Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” he said....
    President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Republican senators that there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term,' according to Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn.  But throwing a bone to Trump - and his refusal to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden - Meadows said the president could be around for another term too.  'But he did, I have to be honest with you, he did say, whether it's 45 days or four years and 45 days,' Cornyn told Capitol Hill reporters, repeating what Meadows had said in the closed door lunch.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows went to lunch with GOP senators on Capitol Hill Wednesday. They describe Meadows of delivering a 'goodbye message' Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters that Meadows had said there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term.' But Meadows also...
    Business records show that Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% stake in a Chinese private equity firm despite multiple promises from President-elect Joe Biden that no one in his family would engage in business with foreign corporations or governments if he is elected president. Hunter Biden holds equity in BHR Partners through his company, Skaneateles LLC, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. BHR is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China, business records for the firm show. Hunter Biden is the sole beneficial owner of Skaneateles LLC, according to Washington D.C. corporate records accessed Monday. Joe Biden’s presidential transition team and Hunter Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, did not return multiple requests for comment asking if Hunter Biden intends to relinquish or sell his 10% stake in BHR prior to Joe Biden’s inauguration in January....
    Bradley Cortright November 16, 2020 0 Comments Almost two weeks after the Nov. 3 general election, President Donald Trump is insisting that he is the victor. However, some members of his party are beginning to admit that President-elect Joe Biden (D) came out on top.  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is one of the few Republican officials who have been willing to publicly say that the former vice president won — a decision that did not go over well with Trump. On Monday morning, the president appeared to call for DeWine to face a primary challenge in 2022 as he wrote, “Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!” Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020 DeWine told CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday, “I think that we need to consider...
    Former President Barack Obama recalled some of his early interactions with now President Donald Trump, before Trump started floating the so-called 'birther' conspiracy theory about Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election.  In his new book, 'A Promised Land,' Obama writes that during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon crisis, Trump called up White House adviser David Axelrod 'out of the blue to suggest that I put him in charge of plugging the well.'   'When informed the well was almost sealed, Trump had shifted gears, noting that we'd recently held a state dinner under a tent on the South Lawn and telling Axe that he'd be willing to build "a beautiful ballroom" on White House grounds - an offer that was politely declined,' Obama wrote.     Former President Barack Obama (left) wrote about some of his early interactions with now President Donald Trump (right) in his new book, 'A Promised...
    Meghan McCain declared she was 'relieved' to have a president that respected prisoners of war (POW's) as she saluted Joe Biden securing the 2020 presidential election. The daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain and longtime Republican took to Twitter on Saturday just moments after it was announced that Biden won his home state of Pennsylvania.   'Only a very personal note - I am relieved and look forward to having a president who respects POW’s who have been captured,' she said. 'I had to say it.' Senator John McCain served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was taken captive by North Vietnamese troops after he was seriously injured when his plane was shot down. He was a prisoner of war until 1963.  Meghan McCain took to Twitter on Saturday just moments after Joe Biden secured Pennsylvania and the presidency McCain and Biden pictured...
    TV STATIONS cut away from Donald Trump last night as he continues to peddled claims that the Democrats are "stealing the election" without providing any evidence. ABC, CBS and NBC all cut from the President as lashed out at what he called a "fraudulent" election steered by the Democrats in cahoots with "big media, big money and big tech". ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 3This is the moment MSNBC’s Brian Williams interrupted the PresidentCredit: MSNBC 3Trump repeated claims of 'illegal votes' without providing evidenceCredit: MSNBC MSNBC’s Brian Williams interrupted the President and said: "Here we are again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the president of the United States but correcting the president of the United States." "There are no illegal votes that we know of, there has been no Trump victory that we know of." NBC's Lester Holt said: "We...
    The White House isn't the only residence on the line this Election Day.  For John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Martin and Tommy Lee, life in America may be hanging in the balance after they threatened to leave the US if President Donald Trump wins another term in office.     We saw this before back in 2016, when a bevy of celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler, Samuel L Jackson and Amy Schumer promised to ditch the states if the White House fell into Trump's hands.   None of those A-listers made good on their promise that time. But will the celebs who made the same threat this year follow through?  Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are among a handful of celebrities who have said they might leave the US if President Donald Trump wins a second term in office John Legend and Chrissy Teigen John Legend hinted...
    Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images A British businessman has reportedly bet $5 million on President Donald Trump to win the 2020 election. According to the Sun newspaper, the unnamed man made the bet on 37/20 odds — meaning a $20 wager would return $57, if Trump were to win — using a private bookie in Curacao. It is believed to be the largest political wager ever made. The man reportedly made the bet after consulting with “Trump camp insiders,” despite 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden having more favorable betting odds to win. In a press release, tether.bet — the bookmaker — boasted that its client “stands to win $14,250,000 representing a profit of $9,250,000” if Trump secures a second presidential term. The Sun quoted an anonymous “betting industry source” who said, “Word of this bet has done the rounds and we think it’s the biggest ever made on politics.” The $5...
    Donald Trump defended his previous claims that Joe Biden has referred to black American men as 'super predators' by insisting Sunday morning that his 'sources' told him the Democratic nominee has used the phrase. 'Joe Biden called Black Youth SUPER PREDATORS. They will NEVER like him, or vote for him. They are voting for 'TRUMP,'' the president tweeted Sunday morning. Just a few hours later he added in a second tweet on the subject: 'Joe Biden constantly used the term 'Super Predator' when referring to young Black Men, according to my sources.' Trump's tweets Sunday morning are a repeat, and further defense of claims he made at both debate face-offs with Biden earlier this fall. President Donald Trump defended his attack line that Joe Biden has called black men 'super predators', as he claimed his 'sources' told him it was true Trump said black Americans 'never' liked Biden...
    A former Navy lieutenant who spent six months in 2017 in business with Hunter Biden, trying unsuccessfully to get a joint venture with a Chinese firm off the ground, has made public an audio recording from earlier this month, which he claims was a Biden associate trying to silence him. Tony Bobulinski appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show on Tuesday night and an audio was played of Rob Walker - whose wife works for Jill Biden - allegedly warning Bobulinski not to go public with the information.  ‘You’re just going to bury all of us, man,’ Walker allegedly said in the October 18 conversation. During the interview, Bobulinski also claimed that in 2017, he asked Joe Biden's brother Jim - who was part of their business consortium - how he could 'get away with' all their business dealings. Bobulinski claimed that Jim replied: 'Plausible deniability.' Bobulinski further claimed during the interview...
    Democrats and other Biden allies are pointing out that Joe Biden was speaking to George Lopez when he said 'four more years of, George' during a virtual concert, as President Donald Trump continued to ridicule him Monday for not remembering the president's name.  'Can you even imagine losing to a guy like this? Actually I wish he was a good and even a great candidate because if something happened you'd feel a little better. But can you imagine? He can't remember my name,' Trump told a crowd of supporters Monday in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 'Now, I'm not that big of an ego guy,' the president joked. Biden and his wife Jill were participating in a star-studded virtual concert Sunday night when he said, 'Four more years of George, er, George, er, he - we're going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in...
    (CNN)With just over a week to go until Election Day, the stakes at Thursday night's debate could not have been higher. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in a more cordial debate, discussing a range of issues from the coronavirus pandemic to health care and the economy. We asked viewers around the country to send us their thoughts on the debate and tell us what impact, if any, it had on them. Here's what they said. Michael, Columbus, Ohio"I know what Trump is going to do. As for Biden, he is all over the place on what he is going to do, he says one thing then denies he said it. He pretty much put his foot in him mouth last night. Besides I can't vote for anyone that tells the American people that we don't deserve to know what he is doing with the...
            by Chuck Ross  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in an interview Tuesday that there was no basis “whatsoever” to say that his son, Hunter, has profited off of his family name, a claim which the younger Biden contradicted in an interview last year. Joe Biden was asked in an interview with Wisconsin TV station WISN about comments from Sen. Ron Johnson, who asserted in a report that Hunter Biden has “profited off the Biden name” through his foreign business dealings. Asked whether there was any truth to Johnson’s claim, the former vice president responded: “None whatsoever.” He said that Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, “should be ashamed of himself.” Biden also took a shot at Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has investigated Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. Giuliani has also been behind the release of emails purported to be...
    President Donald Trump made border security, including the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico, one of the cornerstones of is 2016 presidential campaign. While that position has not figured as prominently in his reelection campaign, Trump and his surrogates still tout the ongoing wall construction as a win for his administrations.
    Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on ABC on Thursday night for a rambling town hall, in lieu of a debate, opposite a town hall for President Donald Trump on NBC at the same time. Aside from many factually-challenged statements, Biden said a number of truly outlandish things. 8-year-olds should be allowed to decide they are transgender. Biden: “The idea that an 8-year-old child, a 10-year-old child, decides, you know, I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be, it’d make my life a lot easier — there should be zero discrimination.” (What happens when the 8-year-olds hit puberty?) Police should shoot criminals in the leg. Biden: “You can ban choke holds, but beyond that, you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances. De-escalate. So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.” (Are...
    Senator Lindsey Graham has admitted he thinks Democrats 'have a good chance of winning the White House', days after Senator Ted Cruz said there could be a 'Democratic sweep' in the upcoming election.     The Senate Judiciary Committee Chair made the shock admission Wednesday during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  His comments show signs of a growing lack of confidence within the Republican party that Donald Trump can secure another term, less than three weeks before election day on November 3. It comes as last week, Cruz, a staunch supporter of the president, voiced his fears that Trump would lose to Democratic rival Joe Biden because 'the hard left is showing up no matter what'.  Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured at Thursday's confirmation hearings) has admitted he thinks Democrats 'have a good chance of winning the White House' 'Y'all have a good chance of winning the White House....
    CLAIM: Judge Amy Coney Barrett “said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” VERDICT: FALSE. C-SPAN f. Former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, now going through confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” That is false. Barrett has never stated an opinion on the law, and her judicial philosophy is that judges are not lawmakers. What she has done is criticize Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, in which he rewrote the statute to save it. In a law review article in 2017, she wrote: Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute. He construed the penalty imposed on those without health insurance as a tax, which permitted him to sustain the statute as a...
    Joe Biden falsely claimed that President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. As the Senate Judiciary Committee began a hearing on Barrett's confirmation, the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee turned a question about the Supreme Court nominee to the issue of how her presence on the court could affect President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. Supreme Court arguments in a case challenging Obamacare are set to begin on Nov. 10, and Democrats assume that Barrett will vote to strike down the law, forming the core of Democratic opposition to her nomination. Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is familiar with Supreme Court confirmation battles, misrepresented Barrett's previous statements on the matter. “This nominee has said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act — this president wants to get...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden said he believed that President Donald Trump encouragement to 'LIBERATE MICHIGAN' led to a plot to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and incite a 'civil war.'  'Yes I do,' Biden answered when asked about Trump's April tweet, which was in protest of the governor's coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 'Why can't the president just say, "Stop. Stop, stop, stop, and we will pursue you if you don't. So, stop."'   As he was arriving in Arizona for a campaign stop with Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, Biden said he and running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, had both spoken with Whitmer Tuesday, hours after news of the plot broke.      Biden said Whitmer was 'feeling secure and good.' And he credited the FBI for the role the agency played.   'The words of a president matter,' Biden told reporters. 'They can cause a nation to have...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris accused President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence of having covered up the Covid-19 crisis during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, The Daily Mail reported. The coronavirus pandemic was the first issue up for debate during the event, which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Harris quickly honed in on the Trump administration’s response to the crisis. “Here’s the thing, on January 28, the vice president and the president were informed about the nature of this pandemic,” she said. “They knew and they covered it up. The president said it was a hoax.” Harris pointed to the 210,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19 and the 7 million who have been infected, as well as the one-in-five businesses that have been shuttered and the 30 million left unemployed. She claimed the White House had treated frontline employees like “sacrificial”...
    As businesses and schools continue to reopen across the country, the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives. According to The New York Times, more than 40,000 people in the U.S. are infected with COVID-19 each day, a higher rate than in any other developed country in the world. The U.S. also has one of the highest death rates for COVID-19, with an average 50% higher than both Spain and Israel, the two developed countries with the next highest death rates. Donald Trump’s failure to respond to the pandemic has not only cost the country economic and financial losses but a number of fatalities. While the entire country has suffered at the hands of Trump and his administration’s inability to handle the virus, communities of color--particularly Black communities--have faced the worst of the pandemic. During the first presidential debate on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden noted that one...
    (CNN)President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced off in a chaotic presidential debate Tuesday night filled with interruptions and insults. They were grilled on the Supreme Court, economy, coronavirus and other topics. We asked our viewers across the country for their reaction to the debate. From Alaska to Arizona, here's what they said:Karen M Hatch, North Chesterfield, Virginia:"I muted the television and sat stunned in the silence in my family room last night after the first debate between President Trump and Vice President Biden was over. I expected President Trump to come out swinging, in full rally form, but I did not think he would succeed at transforming his debate appearance into a bully pulpit. He was a battering ram, a blunt instrument, and he assaulted us all with his toxic agenda. Worst of all? He told Proud Boys to 'stand back and stand by.' And Proud Boys will...
    Getty Joe Biden and Donald Trump. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took part in a presidential debate Sept. 29 that exemplified the lack of civility in American politics. The president frequently interrupted and spoke over his challenger, Biden told Trump to “shut up,” and few issues were discussed in enough depth to provide much information to undecided voters. We asked three scholars to discuss themes brought up by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, who struggled throughout the debate to keep control. The Supreme Court Alison Gash, University of Oregon Wallace opened with a question on the minds of many voters: Who should fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death? Democrats viewed Ginsburg as the last line of defense for abortion rights, voting rights, the Affordable Care Act and other traditionally liberal policies. Trump has nominated conservative jurist...
    New York (CNN Business)The American economy is recovering. That's not up for debate.But the manner in which the economy is bouncing back is very much disputed by economists and politicians.Joe Biden says it's a "K-shaped" recovery. Donald Trump said the bounce-back is "V-shaped." Here's what that means:K-shaped recoveryIn K-shaped recovery, the economic bounce-back is bifurcated like a "K": The wealthiest Americans are quickly rebounding, even thriving, while the middle- and lower-income set are not. Read MoreUS stocks have soared to record highs following a huge selloff in March, thanks in large part to the Federal Reserve pumping cash into the market. But most Americans aren't feeling that boost. As of the first quarter of 2020, the wealthiest 10% of American households owned 87% of all stocks and mutual funds, according to the Federal Reserve. Just over half of American families have some level of investment in the market, mostly through...
    Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese pushed back against a claim by President Trump that the "Portland sheriff" supports the president. Mr. Trump mentioned that the "Portland sheriff just came out today and said, 'I support President Trump'" during the first presidential debate on Tuesday night. "In tonight's presidential debate the President said the 'Portland Sheriff' supports him. As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him," Sheriff Mike Reese tweeted. The county Reese represents includes Portland, Oregon. In tonight’s presidential debate the President said the “Portland Sheriff” supports him. As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him.— Mike Reese (@SheriffReese) September 30, 2020 The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office confirmed the tweet's accuracy to CBS News and said that it had been retweeted on the agency's account. Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your...
    Jeremy Slater (L) co-writer of "Fantastic Four" and Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images/Amanda Edwards/WireImage "That was the worst thing I've ever seen, and I wrote 'Fantastic Four,'" Screenwriter Jeremy Slater wrote in after last night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. 2015's "Fantastic Four" was critically panned, receiving a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 9%. He followed up by sharing a link and instructing his followers to donate to the Biden and Harris campaign.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   Screenwriter Jeremy Slater said last night's presidential debate was worse than his critically panned "Fantastic Four" movie. "That was the worst thing I've ever seen, and I wrote Fantastic Four," Slater tweeted after last night's debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. He followed this up by sharing a link and instructing his followers to donate to the Biden and Harris campaign. —Jeremy Slater...
    President Donald Trump backed Democratic competitor Joe Biden into a corner about the Green New Deal, and the far left were angered over what he said Tuesday night during the first presidential debate. The president hammered Biden over climate change by repeating estimates about the Green New Deal costing upward of $100 trillion dollars. Biden claimed that the controversial Green New Deal would pay for itself, then said that he didn't support it, and then said that he had his own version of it during the debate. "The Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward," Biden said. "We're not gonna build plants that are, in fact, great polluting..." "Do you support the Green New Deal?" interrupted moderator Chris Wallace. "No, I don't support the Green New Deal," Biden said. "Oh you don't? Well, that's a big...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden answered a question Wednesday about his mental fitness for office by declaring: “I am not the guy who said to inject bleach in your arm.” Biden was conducting a masked, socially-distant interview with Cullen Browder of Raleigh, North Carolina’s NBC affiliate WRAL: Q: For those North Carolina voters … who may question whether you are physically, mentally fit for this job, how do you respond right now? Biden: Watch me. I am not the guy who said to inject bleach in your arm. You want to talk about who know — and I do know the difference between truth and lies. Between good and bad. Between hope and fear. In a separate interview with Charlotte North Carolina’s WECT, another NBC affiliate, Biden explained why he would be hesitant to take a coronavirus vaccine unless Dr. Anthony Fauci recommended it. “Look at all the lies [Trump]’s...
    JOE Biden said a Supreme Court pick should come after the election – despite writing an op-ed criticizing Republicans for "halting" Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday after a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer leaving a highly contentious seat vacant on the Supreme Court.   4Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, leaving her seat on the Supreme Court openCredit: Reuters 4Joe Biden previously slammed Republicans for halting Obama pick Merrick Garland to fill a seat vacated by Antonin Scalia in 2016Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky After her death, Biden called on President Donald Trump to hold off on naming the replacement – as Democrats draw parallels to the nomination of Garland by former president Barack Obama. “Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg,” Biden tweeted. But in a resurfaced 2016 op-ed, Biden wrote he...
    Joe Biden held a campaign event late Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware. Addressing reporters, the Democratic presidential nominee spoke very eloquently on the true destructive nature of Trump’s politicization of our current public and economic health crisis, saying that the lack of “trust” in the current occupant of the White House was more than simply a political problem. Polls show that Trump’s anti-science agenda has led to people not trusting his “word” on anything scientific, and this lack of trust is affecting whether or not the American public can trust the scientific community we must rely on in order to successfully and safely navigate our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact is the majority of Americans do not trust that any vaccine Trump touts without any verifiable evidence. This is in no small part because Trump has repeatedly attacked science and scientists, and has also been trying to treat the potential release of a vaccine like a gameshow....
    A Wisconsin priest slammed a fellow clergy member who spoke at the Democratic Convention and called on any Catholic Democrats to revoke their support of the party or “face the fires of Hell.” Father James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic Church, lashed out after Father James Martin participated in the DNC. In a 10-minute video posted to Youtube, Altman called Martin a “hyper, confusing spreading heretic,” and issued a call for Catholic Democrats. “Here is a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” Altman said in the Aug. 30 video. “The party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches, so just quit pretending that you’re Catholic and vote Democrat. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell.” JOE BIDEN ON BEING DENIED COMMUNION: 'I'M A PRACTICING CATHOLIC' Bishop...
    While speaking to reporters on Monday, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden stated that if there is a coronavirus vaccine released by the Trump administration before the election, he “would want to see what the scientists said.” And wants “full transparency on the vaccine.” Biden also accused President Donald Trump of undercutting public confidence because “he’s playing with politics. He’s said so many things that aren’t true, I’m worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it.” Biden said, “I would want to see what the scientists said.” He added, “I want full transparency on the vaccine. One of the problems is, the way he’s playing with politics. He’s said so many things that aren’t true, I’m worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it. And so, he’s...
    President Donald Trump said the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, should 'immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric' they've deployed during his North Portico press conference on Monday.  'They're political lies. They'll say anything and it's so dangerous for our country what they say,' Trump went on. 'But the vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it will be delivered very soon.'  At practically the same time on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, Biden told reporters he would take a coronavirus vaccine 'tomorrow' even if it cost him the presidential race. Biden's comments came after Harris said she wouldn't trust Trump's word on vaccine safety.   President Donald Trump demanded that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris apologize for their 'reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric,' during a Monday news conference on the White House's North Portico  Trump lashed out at Biden and Harris a number of times during the...
    Mister Rogers’ widow does not want President Trump as her neighbor. Joanne Rogers, the 92-year-old wife of the late Fred Rogers, blasted the president on Thursday, calling him a ‘horrible person’ who ‘seldom tells the truth.' She made the remarks on the same day Trump held a rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which is Fred Rogers’ home town, located about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. For 31 seasons, Fred Rogers hosted the half-hour educational show for children, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which aired nationally on public television.  Joanne Rogers (left), 92, the widow of Fred Rogers, tore into President Trump (right) on Thursday, the same day he held a rally in her late husband's hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania For 31 seasons, Fred Rogers hosted the half-hour educational show for children, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which aired nationally on public television. The above image is from a show in 1989 ...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Vice President Mike Pence stated that while 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden mouthed criticism of violence in the streets, “he very quickly criticized law enforcement. He described an unwarranted police shooting, while an investigation is still going on.” Pence said, “Yesterday, we heard Joe Biden kind of mouth words against violence in the streets, but then he very quickly criticized law enforcement. He described an unwarranted police shooting, while an investigation is still going on. He never mentioned Antifa. He never mentioned the radical left mobs that have been tearing asunder and setting fire to many of our major cities over the last three months. And I think that what the American people know, and they saw it today in Kenosha with President Trump’s visit there, is we have a president today, who is going to...
    President Donald Trump this week relied on his typical strategies to counter the Democratic National Convention's messaging against him, from taking digs at nominee Joe Biden during campaign rallies to live-tweeting his criticisms of speeches. On Thursday, he told a crowd near Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, that no administration has done what he's done, saying the former vice president "abandoned Scranton." Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 234 Images"That's why I figured I'd come here and explain to you one thing, but I think you people know it better than I do: He left. He abandoned Pennsylvania. He abandoned Scranton," Trump said. Biden, who will take the stage Thursday on the fourth and final night of the convention to accept the Democratic nomination for president, reportedly left Pennsylvania with his family as a child for his father's job. The president painted the November election as a matter...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order paving the way for a payroll tax holiday years after former President Barack Obama called it “inexcusable” for lawmakers not to extend a similar cut during the recovery from the 2008 recession. Trump signed an executive order Saturday ordering a payroll tax holiday from Aug. 1 through the end of 2020 in an attempt to boost an economy struggling from the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. Biden called the order “a reckless war on Social Security” in a statement Saturday, but comments come in contrast to Obama’s decision in 2011 to sign a similar payroll tax cut. Trump’s order specifies that the deferral period would begin Sept. 1, with the president suggesting it could be retroactive to Aug. 1. The president also suggested that he might make permanent payroll tax cuts if he is reelected in November. “If I win, I...
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will likely role-play as Joe Biden to help President Trump prepare for the much-anticipated debates ahead because he was ''harder to face than Hillary' in 2016. Two weeks ago, Trump reportedly gathered with a group of his closest advisers at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey to discuss their debate strategy against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. According to the report from Axios, tucked away inside a conference room with Trump was his son-in-law Jared Kushner, senior advisor Jason Miller, new campaign manager Bill Steipen and Christie.       Christie reportedly role-played as Hillary Clinton to help Trump prep for his 2016 debate season, and he will likely step into a similar role this time around.  According to a report from Axios, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) will likely role-play as Joe Biden ahead of the presidential debates Team Trump reportedly sees...
    Choctaw crisis, Space Needle, teen outbreak: News from around our 50 states 5 Beloved Fast Food Chains That May Go Bankrupt Next An Arkansas man said he grew the mystery seeds from China in his garden before agriculture officials warned against planting them © Tim Greenway/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images Not the "mystery" seeds in question. Tim Greenway/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images An Arkansas man told 5News he planted the "mystery seeds" that Americans have reported receiving from China. Doyle Crenshaw said he planted the seeds two months ago. Last week, the US Department of Agriculture warned against doing so, since they could contain invasive species. The state agency is going to remove the plant, 5News reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Arkansas man said he planted the "mystery seeds" from China before hearing the US Department of Agriculture's warning against doing so....
    Tucker Carlson is seemingly attempting to terrify his fans with warnings about Joe Biden’s potential running-mates, all of whom are Black women. Among the names said to be on Biden’s list are Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Karen Bass, and former national security advisor Susan Rice. Tucker Carlson says it’s “probably illegal” for Biden to only consider a Black woman for VP https://t.co/h6sCzd9A2b — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 4, 2020 As part of Carlson’s prelude to the real story (that Susan Rice will destroy our nation), Tucker threw out this gem of pseudo-jurisprudence: For what could very well be the most important job on Earth, Biden has decided to hire exclusively on the basis of qualities that are both immutable and completely irrelevant—race and gender. And that’s it. But wait a second, you ask, isn’t that insulting? Isn’t it wrong? Isn’t it...
    What is the craziest thing Biden has said? 1. "Kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down." 2… https://t.co/RkVDnl8yi6 — TheBlaze (@TheBlaze)1595602556.0
    Wednesday on CNN International’s “Amanpour,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said if elected, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden has promised to be “the most progressive president since” Franklin D. Roosevelt. Amanpour said, “So, senator, I think I quote you as saying it, that Biden could be the most progressive president since FDR. If you did say that, it’s pretty dramatic. You’re really going far, far out on a limb there. That means you must support what he’s doing, and, therefore, do you believe that your supporters will vote for him?” Sanders said, “The reason I say that I think Biden has a chance to be the most progressive president since FDR is that is exactly what Joe Biden said to me. And I think he has said that publicly. He understands the severity of this moment. We have tens of millions of people who have lost their jobs, lost...
    JOE Biden has vowed to get rid of Donald Trump's $2 trillion tax cuts if elected, in a pledge he made to potential donors during a virtual fundraiser. The Democratic nominee told his online audience that "a lot of you may not like that". Biden would scrap Trump's $2 trillion tax cutsCredit: AFP or licensors Biden added he was going to "close loopholes like capital gains and stepped up basis". "I’m going to get rid of the bulk of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut,” Biden said, "and a lot of you may not like that." Biden, who, unlike Trump, has been avoiding in-person campaign events, reportedly raised at least $2 million, according to CNBC. The group, which was mostly made up of Wall Street executives, was also told that Trump had made recovery from the coronavirus pandemic "much harder". Trump will reportedly drop out of the race if it looks...
    After the Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of abortion providers in the case June Medical Services v. Russo, the Trump campaign said that the decision highlighted the necessity for reelecting the president in November. The case, which was decided in a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court, was long expected to be a referendum on President Trump's strategy of appointing conservative judges in the hopes of receiving decisions favorable to conservatives. And, although the decision in June Medical Services was a loss for the administration, Trump's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, voted in the conservative minority — a fact people involved in the Trump campaign pointed to as a win. Frank Pavone, the controversial priest serving as co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump, said that the decision underscored how important it is that social...
    PHOTO VIA PAM BONDI TWITTER @PAMBONDIAs the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Democrats, such as presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, are advocating for the mandatory wearing of masks. While some arguments against the proposal focus on public health objections, former Attorney General Pam Bondi believes that Biden’s proposal is really a harbinger of Marxist totalitarianism. “What’s it similar to? In Cuba, where Castro makes all school-aged children wear a Pioneer Scarf,” Bondi said Friday night on Fox News’ Hannity. “What’s going to be next? Banning guns,” Bondi added. “The first words out of his mouth are talking about making every American wear a mask.” Bondi said that was part of the Biden “socialist agenda,” a creed the Delaware Democrat purportedly shares with “Bernie Sanders and AOC.” “That’s the path America would be headed down if that man was elected as President,” the former Attorney General contended. “Perhaps it’s because he believed that a third of...
    A new Russia-involved scandal has erupted over a New York Times report claiming that the U.S. concluded “months ago” that a Russian spy unit linked to past assassination attempts covertly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan last year to kill Americans — and President Trump knew about it. “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March,” the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. The report prompted an “outraged” rebuke from Joe Biden, who called the administration’s response a “betrayal” to the country, but President Trump and other White House officials say that he was never briefed on the matter, suggesting either false claims by sources or members of the intelligence committee withholding information from the president. “The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts...
    President Trump's campaign is pushing back on talk of a Joe Biden landslide victory in November, as polls show the White House incumbent faces an uphill battle to win reelection. Bill Stepien, Trump's deputy campaign manager, circulated a memo late Sunday focused on the lack of Democratic enthusiasm for their 2020 presidential nominee. He also ripped public, as opposed to internal, polling. "Former Vice President Joe Biden and his campaign have yet to inspire or coalesce their own base," Stepien said, touting his candidate's own record-setting turnout for second-term primaries without a challenger. Stepien cited Biden’s vote share in primaries after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last remaining Democratic rival, dropped out of the race on April 8. The totals range from 55% in Alaska, two days later on April 10, to 85% in Georgia on June 9. Ballots are still being counted from last week's contests in Kentucky and...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The White House on Saturday denied that President Donald Trump was briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that Russia’s military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with Democratic rival Joe Biden criticizing Trump for failing to take action against Moscow. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed in a statement that “neither the president nor the vice president (Mike Pence) were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence.” The statement, McEnany said, did not address the “merit of the alleged intelligence” reported on Friday by The New York Times. A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe offered rewards for successful attacks last year on American and coalition troops, the Times reported. The newspaper reported that Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated...
    Joe Biden lashed out at President Donald Trump on Saturday for a newspaper article that, if true, he said, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander-in-chief and his failure to protect US forces in Afghanistan and confront Russia. . The New York Times reported Friday that US intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered rewards to Taliban-linked fighters for killing US troops in Afghanistan. According to the text, the Russians last year offered the rewards for effective attacks, when the United States and the Taliban held talks to end the protracted war. “The truly shocking revelation of the Times if it is true, and I emphasize again, is that President Trump, the commander-in-chief of the US troops who are on duty in a dangerous theater of war, has known this for months, according to the Times, and the worst part is doing...
    Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi: Trump not wearing a mask is 'cowardly' Karl Rove says Trump is 'behind' in presidential race The Hill's Campaign Report: New York congressional candidates set to make LGBTQ history MORE bashed President TrumpDonald John TrumpMiami-Dade to close beaches for July Fourth weekend over coronavirus fears Oklahoma reporter tests positive for COVID-19 after attending at Trump's Tulsa rally Trump slams Illinois governor, mayor over violence in Chicago, calls for 'law and order' MORE for not sanctioning Russia after the the New York Times reported that the he was allegedly briefed on American intelligence findings that Russian military operatives reportedly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, amid peace talks. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany later denied that Trump and Vice President Pence were briefed on the intelligence, but did not deny that the intelligence was accurate. The Russian government...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia. The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. “The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that President Trump, the commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months, according to the Times, and done worse than...
    By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia. The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. “The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that President Trump, the commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months, according to the...
    Joe Biden pledged to immediately release internal campaign statistics on the diversity of his campaign staff — information he has resisted disclosing for months — at a virtual town hall Saturday. “I will release staff diversity data to you today, as soon as we get off this call,” he promised moderator Amna Nawaz of “PBS Newshour,” who pushed him on the question at a forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. He addressed his team directly — who, he said, were listening in — and instructed them to “pick up the phone and call her.” “My administration is going to look like America,” he promised. “It’s going to be a reflection of who we are as a nation.” Biden has long boasted of minority representation within his campaign. “I have the most diverse staff of anybody running. I’ve always done that,” he insisted in an NPR interview last December....
    Key battleground state voters remain unsure on Joe Biden’s (D) ability to “mentally and physically” handle the duties of the presidency, a Restoration PAC poll released this week found. Voters across three key Rust Belt states — Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — were asked, “Do you believe Joe Biden is fully up the task mentally and physically to handle the duties of president of the United States?” Despite the surveys showing Biden leading President Trump by double digits in each of the states, voters appear to remain unsure if the former vice president is up to the task of the presidency. Slightly over 50 percent of Michigan voters said “yes,” Biden is up to the task. However, 40.2 percent said “no,” and another 9.5 percent indicated that they were “undecided” on the matter. Similarly, 50 percent of respondents in Wisconsin expressed confidence in Biden, while 42.2 percent said “no” and...
    When President Donald Trump tried to capitalize on an edited clip of Joe Biden’s recent verbal miscue about the coronavirus death toll, Twitter blue checks responded by roasting Trump over his own gaffes, and of the actual death toll he has overseen. Trump and his supporters have been trying to hype a clip of Biden from a Thursday event in which he said ““Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID,” but then immediately corrected himself by saying “I mean over 120,000 dead from Covid.” Trump posted a version of the clip that cut off before Biden began to correct himself, and wrote “If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance. This is beyond a normal mistake. Why isn’t the media reporting it?” If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would...
    According to a Friday report from The Hill, Democratic strategists and operatives believe complacency will not be an issue in the 2020 presidential election, even though the party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden has surged past President Donald Trump in most polls. Democratic donor and member of the Democratic National Committee, Robert Zimmerman, suggested that Democrats are not being overconfident. “One of the great strengths Democrats bring to 2020 is that we’re not suffering from overconfidence. We’ve seen this movie before,” he said. Strategist Christy Setzer echoed Zimmerman, stating that complacency “is not a real thing.” “Getting caught off-guard by a secret Trump army definitely falls into the ‘fool me once’ category,” she said. “We have a lot of worries. But complacency doesn’t crack the top 10 for me,” Setzer added, explaining that concerns over voter suppression and the Electoral College system top her list. As The Hill noted, during a...
    According to a report from The Hill published on Friday, some allies of President Donald Trump are concerned about the direction of his reelection campaign. Some of those close to Trump apparently believe that 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale is “in over his head,” unable to maintain a coherent political strategy as Trump faces off against former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. One person close to Trump said that the president needs “a group of individuals who can come in and form a nucleus of leadership at the campaign,” suggesting that Parscale needs to be replaced and put in a “role where he has the best ability to succeed.” Republican fundraiser Dan Eberhart went on the record drawing a parallel between Parscale and Corey Lewandowski, and described Trump’s current campaign manager as a “starting pitcher” who “runs the campaign through six innings but is replaced...
    Pollster and political consultant Frank Luntz told "Special Report" Friday that President Trump's "tone is off," and it's hurting his bid for reelection. "The undecided [vote] is so small, it's only six percent of the country and it's only in 10 or 11 states," Luntz told host Bret Baier. "So you're really looking at about two-and-a-half percent of Americans you're trying to influence. Ask them what they want. "This is not core Trump voter. This is not core Biden voter. These are people who want empathy. They want understanding," Luntz went on. "The rhetoric, the language is different than what the president is communicating right now. And I think that that is significantly contributing to his numbers getting worse." TEXAS TOSS UP: FOX NEWS POLL SHOWS BIDEN-TRUMP IN A ONE-POINT  RACE Luntz argued that Trump's use of language, particularly in response to the protests that have gripped the nation following the...
    President Donald Trump is likely to lose reelection if states close again in response to the coronavirus pandemic, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in an interview. “I think the jury’s out,” Gingrich said, speaking in reference to Trump’s decision to hold rallies and other public events. “If Trump is right and we can reopen safely with reasonable precautions, he’ll probably get reelected. If Trump is wrong and as a result, states have to shut down again and the economy goes back in the tank, then he probably won’t get reelected, no matter what the consequence is, because at that point, people will say, ‘Well, that didn’t work.’” Gingrich added in the interview published Friday by Just the News that former Vice President Joe Biden’s strategy of staying out of the limelight — derided by Republicans as “hiding” — was a winning one. “For some people, they prefer safety...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump falsely claimed again on Thursday that his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is using the coronavirus pandemic to try to get out of debating him."Now, he's already saying that he can't do debates because of Covid. Do you believe it? 'I can't do the debates because of Covid.' That was -- I just heard a little inkling of it two days ago. I said, 'Watch this one,'" Trump said during a Fox News town hall event in Wisconsin with host Sean Hannity. Facts First: Trump's claim is entirely baseless. Biden has officially committed to participating in the three scheduled presidential debates -- and Biden has repeatedly said he is eager to debate Trump even if the pandemic forces them to hold the event online rather than in person. Trump, conversely, has not officially committed to the scheduled debates. Instead, his campaign has been seeking...
    Veteran political strategist James Carville declared Thursday that President Donald Trump has “zero” chance of getting reelected in the November presidential contest. “I think there is a better chance Donald Trump does not run for re-election, than he is reelected,” Carville told MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour,” hosted by Brian Williams. Carville’s confidence has been backed up by numerous polls recently that show Biden leading Trump in battleground states by double digits. The Clinton confidant, who was a cable news regular throughout the 1990s, recently stated that Republicans “will kill people to stay in power.” (RELATED: James Carville Has Meltdown Over Bernie Sanders And Socialism In The Democratic Party) “There is no chance he’s gonna be reelected,” Carville insisted. “If you just take the events of the last 10 days, obviously he has no control over the virus, he has no control over the tension in the streets … he’s lost control over everything.” “Zero chance he’s gonna be...
    VIDEO0:4100:41Pres. Trump on new U.S. ship design: Like a yacht with missilesNews Videos WASHINGTON — Speaking to workers at a shipbuilding facility in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump touted American manufacturing and took credit for helping to design a better-looking class of U.S. Navy warships. "The ships that they were building, they look terrible," Trump told workers of Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Thursday. "I would change designs, I looked at it. I said, 'That's a terrible-looking ship, let's make it beautiful.'" "You know, sometimes, you can make it look great for less money. I said, 'This is not a good-looking ship. Let's change the design of it,'" he continued. "And I got people in, and we looked at different designs, and as long as we're going to do it and look at what you're doing, how beautiful it is." "It's like a yacht with missiles on it," the president said of the...
    VIDEO3:3903:39The race is Joe Biden's to lose: LuntzSquawk Box Joe Biden's Democratic campaign for the White House has gotten a boost lately because President Donald Trump is alienating voters with his divisive rhetoric, longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Friday. "This election is absolutely not over. But it's Joe Biden's to lose," Luntz said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "You never, ever count anyone out, but these have not been a good two weeks for Donald Trump." "Biden has been pretty quiet" lately and he should stay that way, because when he speaks he makes gaffes that Trump can exploit, Luntz said. The latest gaffe came during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, where Biden on Thursday said the U.S. had "over 120 million dead from Covid," when he meant to say over 100,000. According to data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday, total Covid-19 deaths in America exceeded...
    Joe Biden said he'd make mask-wearing mandatory if he was in charge of handling the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge around the country.   KDKA Pittsburgh's Ken Rice conducted a socially distant interview with the Democrats' presumptive nominee Thursday during Biden's campaign stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   Biden said he would do everything possible 'to make it required that people had to wear masks in public.'    Joe Biden was interviewed by KDKA Pittsburgh during his trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania Thursday and told journalist Ken Rice that he'd make mask-wearing mandatory if he was president during the coronavirus pandemic  Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden put his mask back on after he delivered a speech Thursday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During his speech Biden called mask-wearing 'the single most effective thing we can do'  COVID-19 infections rose across the U.S. by at least 39,818 Thursday, the worst day since the virus hit the U.S. ...
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