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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday requested a meeting with President Biden to talk about the surge in migrants at the southern border. The request comes as Biden sis ecretly sending members of his team “to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children,” White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said. The Department of Homeland Security projects that 117,000 children and teenagers will arrive at the border unaccompanied this year. McCarthy pointed out that such a number would be a marked increase from the next-highest total of unaccompanied children arriving per year — 76,020 in 2019, according to Customs and Border Patrol. McCarthy also pointed to a 113 percent increase in unaccompanied children and teenagers arriving and a 157 percent increase in...
    More On: joe biden Merrick Garland’s non-answers on Big Tech are grounds to think twice about confirming him Psaki: Biden too busy with ‘historic crises’ to hold a press conference Why isn’t Biden a Nazi, too and other commentary White House: All kids allowed into US if they reach border without parents In our increasingly secular age, being on the side of science is similar to being on the side of God — a way to settle an argument by not actually making an argument. Just enlist an unassailable authority and move on. That’s how Joe Biden campaigned for president, vowing to “follow the science” on the COVID-19 pandemic wherever it led him. Only now it seems like he’s leading the science as much as the science is leading him. And that was inevitable. First, as with God, it’s sometimes difficult to know what science says. This isn’t meant...
    President Joe Biden is sending a group of senior administration officials to the border, the White House revealed Thursday. “President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children,” White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said in a statement reported by The Hill. But important details of the trip remain secret, including who is going and where they will go, with the Biden administration citing security reasons for keeping details of the trip secret. The secret group of officials is also blocking any press access to their sojurn. A White House aide confirmed to Breitbart News the trip is closed to the press. President Biden and his administration face...
    The senior adviser for the White House’s COVID-19 response team encouraged Americans to keep wearing masks as a preventative measure on Friday, as some states lift their mandates amid declining case numbers. “The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and public health officials locally, at the state level and nationally are all clear: Wear a mask, not forever, but for now,” Andy Slavitt, said during a briefing on Friday. “Wear a mask now so that we can get to a place where you don’t have to.” “And this not just the voice of cautious public health experts, it is what businesses who want to remain open and many public officials of both parties who’ve lived through the last year are saying,” Slavitt added.   Texas and Mississippi both lifted their mask mandates and capacity restrictions on businesses on Tuesday, though health experts warn newer, more contagious variants of the coronavirus could cause...
    Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick called Joe Biden a 'hypocrite' after the president said that the state lifting its mask mandate equated to 'Neanderthal thinking.' Biden had said during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday that lifting mask restrictions in Mississippi and Texas is 'a big mistake,' The Hill reported. 'I hope everybody's realized by now these masks make a difference,' Biden said.  'We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we're able to get vaccines in people's arms.' He continued: 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it.' Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, right, slammed Joe Biden, left, as a hypocrite after the president called it 'neanderthal thinking' to remove mask mandates Migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to...
    A migrant camp near the U.S.-Mexico border, just south of California, has grown to about 1,000 people, according to a report. The size of the gathering in Tijuana, Mexico, has increased despite inclement weather and please from government officials in both Tijuana and the Mexican state of Baja California for the group to break up their campsite, FOX 5 of San Diego reported. Many of the migrants are unaccompanied minors, according to reports. "You see all these people right here? They are looking for some future for their kids, their families too. That’s why we’re here," Nicolas Diego, a migrant from Guatemala, told the station. SEAN HANNITY: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION 'COMPLETELY UNPREPARED' FOR BORDER CRISIS The migrants – all hoping to cross into the United States at some point – have been helped with tents, food and water brought in by church groups and other charities, according to FOX 5. But...
    The number of migrant youth daily referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for release into the United States has surged nearly 600 percent since President Trump was in office, newly released data reveals. Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), as Breitbart News has extensively reported, apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border have increased tremendously over the last month, where now federal shelters are estimated to be at 93 percent capacity. The UAC program takes migrant youth and places them into HHS custody until they are released to a sponsor in the U.S. Likewise, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has continued holding UACs in federal facilities originally intended for adult border crossers despite legal requirements that the migrant youth be turned over to HHS within 72 hours, Breitbart News exclusively reported. Data released on Thursday reveals the extent to which the Biden administration has increased the UAC...
    Biden administration officials will travel to the southern border in the coming days to assess the situation as a surge in migrants seeking to enter the country stretches government resources. "President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children," White House spokesperson Vedant Patel said in a statement. The White House would not say specifically who would be making the trip or when it will take place, citing security concerns. But officials will provide a...
    President Biden agreed to scuttle a resolution denouncing Iran’s secret nuclear research, as three European allies dropped a planned confrontation in another attempt to facilitate talks to rehabilitate the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. “The E3 decided, with the full support of the United States, that the best way to support the at the [International Atomic Energy Agency's] process was to refrain from putting forward the draft resolution,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Thursday. “We are pleased with the outcome of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting with respect to Iran.” The United Nations watchdog’s quarterly meeting began Monday with a bang, as IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi declared himself “deeply concerned that undeclared nuclear material may have been present at [an] undeclared location.” That announcement spurred European officials to draft a new censure of Tehran, as Russia and China warned any rebuke would jeopardize...
    The Biden Administration is turning ICE long-term detention facilities for migrant families into rapid-processing reception and release centers. The re-designated hubs will move migrant families more quickly from the border region into the U.S. interior. ICE officials told immigration advocates and relief organizations they are ending long-term detention of migrant families, the San Antonio Express-News reported last week. The facilities will be “rebranded” as “reception centers,” the ICE officials stated. The plan by Biden officials is to convert the long-term family detention centers in South Texas into “Ellis Island-style rapid-processing hubs” with a stated goal of releasing migrant families into the U.S. interior within 72 hours, the Washington Post revealed. Russel Holt, a senior ICE official told staff members in an email reported by the Post that unaccompanied minors and families this year “are expected to be the highest numbers observed in over 20 years.” Holt acknowledged that even with this aggressive catch and release...
    Navy officials have released the name of the 26-year-old sailor who died in a crash on the 5 freeway Tuesday, March 2, as a military convoy traveled to Camp Pendleton. Equipment Operator 3rd Class Aaron Fish, from Tully, New York, was a Seabee who served with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 at Port Hueneme in Ventura. He had recently been meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class. Fish enlisted in the Navy on March 29, 2018. Five other sailors were injured during the collision. Four were taken to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and one to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. All five have been released, Navy officials said Thursday, March 4. Five vehicles were involved in the crash, four MK-31 tractors and trailers and one MK-28 cargo truck. The caravan was traveling south along the 5 freeway just past Basilone Road when the collision occurred. They were heading to...
    New York : Dead body in Houston, July 2020 Photo: Go Nakamura / . President Joe Biden harshly criticized the governors of states such as Texas and Mississippi yesterday, accusing them of having “Neanderthal thinking”, for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other senior public health officials. “I think it’s a big mistake (…) These masks make a difference. We are about to fundamentally change the nature of this disease, ”Biden said when asked about the decisions of Republican Governors Greg Abbott (Texas) and Tate Reeves (Mississippi) to relax restrictions. “The last, last thing we need is for a Neanderthal to think that in the meantime, all is well, take off the mask,” added Biden. Y called on all Americans to continue to follow the forecasting guidelines despite mixed messages from some state officials. “It’s critical – critical,...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON, Mar 4 (.) – The White House is adding transportation and manufacturing specialists to its ranks of high-ranking officials as President Joe Biden prepares to advocate for a U.S. infrastructure bill, a of his main campaign promises. Biden’s National Economic Council (NEC) joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology manufacturing and economic development researcher Elisabeth Reynolds, as well as a former senior administrator of the transit authority serving the Boston metropolitan area, Samantha Silverberg, according to a White House official who requested reservation of his identity before an official announcement. They join former Chief Administrator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Leandra English, who is now the NEC’s Chief of Staff. All three women officials were recently hired by the White House’s economic policy-making arm to serve as special advisers to the president in their areas of expertise. Biden promised to present a historically diverse team and has...
    Miami : March 3, 2021March 3, 2021 0 In an interview for the program Say it Here with the Community of José Pernalete, the Democratic political analyst, Mili Herrera, highlighted that President Biden has said that he will support migrants. He affirmed that in the next few days an immigration reform will be approved, which will be discussed next week. “The reform is going to happen, Biden promised it and soon he will give a solution to the migrants.” Herrara also denounced that in Florida, officials of the United States Immigration and Customs Control (ICE) are carrying out illegal deportations of Cubans, Haitians and Venezuelans, for which he affirmed that with these actions those officials are violating the executive order of the United States Government that prohibits them. The analyst also specified that President Biden is a man of his word and will fulfill his promise...
    The successful breach of the Capitol on the Jan. 6 siege could serve as inspiration for terrorists, a group of national security officials testifying before the Senate Wednesday agreed. The assessment came initially from Melissa Smislova, a top Homeland Security Department official. “We do assess that the breach on the Capitol could inspire others to act,” Smislova told the Senate. “I agree. Any time an adversary is successful, others pay attention and so we’re worried that this would be an inspiraiton,” FBI Assistant Director Jill Sanborn said immediately afterward. Smislova and Sanborn, along with Maj. Gen. William Walker and Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Salesses, all testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on missteps that occurred preparing for and responding to the Capitol riot. A group of national security officials testifying before the Senate Wednesday agreed that the successful breach of the Capitol on the Jan....
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a bipartisan meeting on cancer legislation in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, March 3, 2021.Alex Brandon | Pool | Reuters President Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed states that rolled back Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and rescinded mask mandates for residents, calling the moves a "big mistake." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, both republicans, announced Tuesday they would allow businesses to reopen at 100% capacity and lift mask mandates. Biden's remarks were in response to shouted questions from the press specifically about the two states. "Look, I hope everybody's realized by now these masks make a difference," Biden told reporters at the White House. "We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms... The last thing,...
    By Betsy Klein | CNN President Joe Biden sharply criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against pleas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top public health officials, accusing those in power of “Neanderthal thinking.” “I think it’s a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms,” Biden said when asked about the decisions by GOP Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi to relax restrictions. “The last thing — the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters,” Biden said, referencing a card he keeps in his...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden sharply criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against pleas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top public health officials, accusing those in power of "Neanderthal thinking.""I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms," Biden said when asked about the decisions by GOP Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi to relax restrictions.Bidens First 100 Days Biden now says US will have enough vaccine for every adult by the end of May Inside Biden's failed push for Neera Tanden Biden administration unveils raft of sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning and imprisonment "The last...
    President Joe Biden criticized the governors of Mississippi and Texas Wednesday for lifting their statewide mask mandates, describing it as “neanderthal thinking.” “I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Biden expressed his feelings on masks during an Oval Office meeting with Congressional Democrats on efforts to cure cancer. “The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” Biden said. He again demanded that Americans and political officials “follow the science” on masks. “It’s critical, critical, critical that they follow the science,” Biden said, repeating that Americans should wash their hands, wear a mask and stay socially distanced. ” “I know you all know that,” he continued. “I wish to heck some of our elected officials knew it.” Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also criticized American governors for...
    Public health officials from President Joe Biden’s administration pleaded Wednesday for Americans to keep wearing masks in states like Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) lifted the statewide mask mandate Tuesday. “Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here regardless of what the states decide,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing with reporters Wednesday morning. Walensky fielded a question about Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate in Texas. “I think we at the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions,” she said. Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday joined a handful of Republican-led states that no longer have statewide mandates to wear a mask. But Walensky argued that the next month or two was “pivotal” to stop the spread of the virus as vaccinations get distributed. Biden officials acknowledged during the...
    Members of President Joe Biden’s White House COVID-19 Response Team ripped Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to completely reopen and end mask mandates, and said that health officials “from every state” have weighed in to slam the decision as well. That would appear to include Texas. On Wednesday morning, White House Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Andy Slavitt, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky briefed reporters, and did not mention Texas’ decision during their opening remarks. But several reporters questioned the team on the lifting of restrictions, which President Biden himself has already condemned. Over the course of three different questions on the reopening and ending of mask mandates, members of the team stressed the importance of continuing to use those measures. “I think we have the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions,” Dr. Walensky told reporters, and added that...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's coronavirus response team learned two things his first week in office: Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine was highly effective -- but the company was millions of doses behind its production schedule. Preliminary conversations that began under the Trump administration about a vaccine manufacturing partnership between the pharmaceutical giant and its competitor, Merck, whose own vaccine attempt had failed, were "incremental" and going nowhere fast, according to two senior administration officials. And Johnson & Johnson seemed reluctant to commit to a large-scale deal with Merck, the officials said."They just were not all in," one of the officials told CNN. That changed when Jeff Zients, the White House's coronavirus czar, called Johnson & Johnson's CEO Alex Gorsky on a Sunday in early February and urged the company to meet the moment, stressing that the US is in a "national emergency" and that it was time to go...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — A January order by President Joe Biden to stop renewing contracts between the U.S. Justice Department and private prisons is causing concerns over what to do with nearly 800 federal inmates at an Ohio facility. The privately owned Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown is used in part to house those awaiting trial or sentencing for federal crimes in northeast Ohio, cleveland.com reported. Prison owner CoreCivic's contract with the U.S. Marshals Service ended Sunday. The company has received a three-month extension to give authorities time to consider alternatives. CoreCivic officials don't expect the contract will be renewed. Ending the Youngstown prison contract will leave authorities scrambling to find enough beds to house federal detainees and could make it difficult for family members and defense attorneys to visit if inmates are moved out of the region or state, officials said. “Access to our clients is very important,” said...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden is still working through the process of replacing Neera Tanden's failed Office of Management and Budget director nomination, as congressional Democrats ramp up pressure for Shalanda Young, a well-respected congressional staffer, according to multiple officials.With Tanden's nomination on the ropes for more than a week, White House officials have been quietly working through potential replacement options, ranging from Young to Gene Sperling, the former Clinton and Obama administration economic official, and Ann O'Leary, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton. But that process still isn't near a conclusion. From confidence to a distraction: Inside Bidens failed push for Neera TandenA small handful of other names are also currently being discussed by White House aides, the officials said. But while no decision has been made, Biden plans to move quickly on a replacement.For congressional Democrats, that leaves only one candidate as the top choice: Young, who...
    Border crossers released into the interior of the United States by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus just as President Joe Biden has denied that there is “a crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border. After taking office, Biden reinstated the Catch and Release program where border crossers are freed into the U.S. interior while they await asylum and immigration hearings that many do not ultimately attend, instead opting to live illegally in the country. Aside from about 25,600 migrants enrolled in the now-canceled Remain in Mexico program, border crossers released into the U.S. interior are not required to test negative for the coronavirus. Instead, communities along the border are being forced to test border crossers themselves. A report by NBC News on Tuesday confirmed that border crossers are testing positive for the coronavirus after being released by DHS officials into the U.S. interior: Miriam...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will soon lift the state's mask mandate, even as federal officials have urged states not to abandon COVID-19 precautions and cited a slowing drop in cases nationwide. "Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed," Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement. Texas will join a dozen other U.S. states that do not currently have a statewide requirement to wear masks, including neighboring Oklahoma, according to a tally by the National Academy for State Health Policy. The governor's executive order, which will take effect on March 10, also lifts capacity restrictions imposed on the state's businesses. Local officials can still impose "mitigation strategies" if hospitalizations in their area surge, but are banned from punishing residents who defy mask guidance...
    (CNN)In the years prior to taking office, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and many of their administration's top officials harshly criticized President Donald Trump's lack of action against Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden is now facing criticism for not following through on campaign promises to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing. The administration last Friday released a declassified intelligence report on Khashoggi's murder that said the crown prince, commonly known as MBS, directly approved the operation that ended with the murder of Khashoggi. He was killed and allegedly dismembered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, having gone into the building to collect documents for his upcoming wedding. Fact-checking Psakis claim that there have not been sanctions put in place on foreign leaders even in recent...
    Washington on Tuesday ordered sanctions against seven Russian officials implicated in the attempted murder by poisoning and the imprisonment of the Russian opponent. correspondent in New York NOTi “reset”, in the manner of Hillary Clinton in 2009, nor appeasement, like Donald Trump in 2017: the Biden Administration took a notch in the expected tug-of-war with Russia, by ordering on Tuesday sanctions against seven Russian officials accused in the attempted murder by poisoning and the incarceration of the opponent Alexeï Navalny. They are in addition to those already enacted under the American law known as the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, similar to restrictions on the export of chemical and biological agents, as well as visa restrictions, continued the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in March 2018 in Canterbury, Great Britain. ...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press The Biden administration sanctioned seven mid- and senior-level Russian officials on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen businesses and other entities, over a nearly fatal nerve-agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent jailing. The measures, emphasizing the use of the Russian nerve agent as a banned chemical weapon, marked the Biden administration’s first sanctions against associates of President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader was an intimate and favorite of President Donald Trump even amid covert Russian hacking and social media campaigns aimed at destabilizing the U.S. The government officials included at least four whom Navalny’s supporters had directly asked the West to penalize, saying they were most involved in targeting him and other dissidents and journalists. However, the U.S. list did not include any of Russia’s most powerful businesspeople and bankers, oligarchs whom Navalny has long said the West...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to make a pariah out of Saudi Arabia over the 2018 killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. But when it came time to actually punish Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Biden’s perception of America’s strategic interests prevailed. The Biden administration made clear Friday it would forgo sanctions or any other major penalty against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Khashoggi killing, even after a U.S. intelligence report concluded the prince ordered it. The decision highlights how the real-time decisions of diplomacy often collide with the righteousness of the moral high ground. And nowhere is this conundrum more stark than in the United States’ complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia — the world’s oil giant, a U.S. arms customer and a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East. “It is undeniable that Saudi Arabia is a hugely...
    By Marine Strauss BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, a move agreed by EU foreign ministers last week in response to the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The United States also imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities in a move coordinated with the EU, senior officials in the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden said. The EU sanctions will affect four individuals including Alexander Bastrykin, whose Investigative Committee handles investigations into major crimes and reports directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The others are Igor Krasnov, Russia's prosecutor-general since 2020; Viktor Zolotov, the head of Russia's National Guard who publicly threatened Navalny with violence in September 2018; and Alexander Kalashnikov, head of the federal prison service. Navalny, 44, was arrested in January on his return from Germany following treatment for poisoning with what many...
    President Biden is targeting several Russian officials for sanctions as punishment for the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny, but the blacklist stops short of the oligarchs whom the dissident leader identified as the key power brokers in need of rebuke. “This set of designations, though, is going to be focused on government officials, although government officials who have close ties to exactly the sorts of oligarchs and industrial tycoons ... that Mr. Navalny has referred to,” a senior administration official told reporters. U.S. intelligence officials have “high confidence” that a Russian security agency known as the FSB used a chemical weapon to poison Navalny, who survived the attack and received treatment in Germany only to be imprisoned upon return to his home country. “Seven senior members” of the Russian government will see their assets frozen in response to the poisoning in a joint U.S. and European effort to...
    Reuters March 2, 2021 0 Comments The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on senior Russian government officials and Russian entities in response to what U.S. officials said was Moscow’s attempt to kill opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent. The announcement, made by senior Biden administration officials, marked a sharp turn away from former President Donald Trump’s reluctance to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny fell ill on a flight in Siberia in August and was airlifted to Germany, where doctors concluded he had been poisoned with a nerve agent. The Kremlin has denied any role in his illness and said it had seen no proof he was poisoned. The officials said Navalny was targeted for his activism in trying to raise questions about what they called Russian corruption. “Russia’s attempt to kill Mr. Navalny follows an alarming pattern of chemical weapons use by Russia,” a senior...
    More On: joe biden Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Day Biden’s education secretary confirmed amid school reopening delays Team Biden’s utter bull on its disastrous border policies Jen Psaki won’t directly say where Biden’s ‘red line’ is on sexual misconduct claims The Biden administration will slap sanctions on Russian officials and businesses on Tuesday after the US intelligence community concluded that opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been nearly killed by a nerve-agent poisoning attack carried out by a Russian spy agency, according to a report. The sanctions will be imposed under the US Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act for 14 businesses, the Associated Press reported. Administration officials did not identify the Russian officials who would be targeted by the sanctions.  The US intelligence community found with a high degree of confidence that Russia’s Federal Security Service poisoned Navalny last August using the...
    Washington — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it is imposing sanctions on seven senior Russian government officials in response to the poisoning and detention of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Senior administration officials told reporters the U.S. is "sending a clear signal to Russia" with the sanctions on the Russian officials, who were not identified. The sanctions are the first targeting Russia from the Biden administration, which has in recent weeks indicated there would be sweeping punishments imposed on Moscow for a range of activity.  President Biden pledged days after taking office "that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia's aggressive actions — interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens — are over." The penalties from the U.S. were imposed in coordination with the European Union, which announced it is sanctioning four Russians "for serious human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests and...
    The Biden administration on Tuesday announced sanctions on several Russian officials and businesses in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "We're exercising our authorities to send a clear signal that Russia's use of chemical weapons and violation of its international human rights commitments have severe consequences," a senior administration official said. Officials did not immediately identify the seven senior members of the Russian government named in the sanctions. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Biden administration also announced sanctions for 14 businesses and another enterprise, most of which it said were involved in the production of biological and chemical agents. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    The U.S. will announce new “consequences” Tuesday for individuals and entities tied to the attempted assassination of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, senior Biden administration officials say. The measures specifically target multiple members of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and 13 commercial entities linked to both the assassination attempt itself and the production of the nerve agent used against Navalny. Nine of those commercial entities are Russian, three are German and one is Swiss in origin. The measures from the Biden administration include “mirroring” sanctions levied by the European Union both in October and new designations to be announced later Tuesday. (RELATED: Biden Urged Putin To Immediately Release Alexei Navalny) Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport upon the arrival from Berlin on January 17, 2021. – Russian police detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at a Moscow airport shortly after he landed on a flight from...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press The Biden administration announced sanctions of Russian officials and businesses Tuesday related to the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose detention drew tens of thousands of protesters out into the streets of Russian cities this winter. Senior administration officials announced the sanctions but did not immediately identify the Russian officials named in them. The Biden administration also announced sanctions for 14 businesses and another enterprise, most of which it said were involved in production of biological and chemical agents. Tuesday's sanctions would be the first of several steps by the Biden administration to “respond to a number of destabilizing actions,” said one of the administration officials, who briefed reporters on condition they not be identified further. The sanctions are the first against Russia by the Biden administration, which has pledged to confront President Vladimir Putin for alleged attacks on Russian opposition figures...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on Russian individuals and entities after concluding that Russia attempted to kill opposition figure Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, senior Biden administration officials said. The officials, speaking to reporters on a conference call, said the moves were being taken in coordination with the European Union. They reiterated President Joe Biden's call for Russia to release Navalny from prison. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Arshad Mohammed, Humeyra Pamuk and Nandita Bose; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Russia, crime, European Union, international trade, Europe, Germany
    JOE Biden's administration sanctioned Russia on Tuesday over the Alexei Navalny poisoning in their first significant action against Moscow. Senior administration officials announced the sanctions but did not immediately identify the Russian officials named in them. 1The Biden administration made moves on TuesdayCredit: Splash News The Biden administration also announced sanctions for 14 businesses and another enterprise, most of which it said were involved in production of biological and chemical agents. Tuesday's sanctions would be the first of several steps by the Biden administration to respond to a number of destabilizing actions, said one of the administration officials, who briefed reporters on condition they not be identified further. The sanctions are the first against Russia by the Biden administration, which has pledged to confront President Vladimir Putin for alleged attacks on Russian opposition figures and hacking abroad, including of US government agencies and US businesses. President Donald Trump...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has slapped sanctions on seven Russian officials in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. It was among a series of steps the new administration announced Tuesday in its first significant move against Moscow. Senior administration officials stressed that it was being done in coordination with allies like the European Union, which also unveiled sanctions on Tuesday.Senior administration officials told reporters on a call Tuesday that the Treasury Department is sanctioning seven senior members of the Russian government. The State Department is mirroring previous EU and UK sanctions and expanding sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Act that had first been imposed over its poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, one official said. The Commerce Department will add 14 parties to the entities list for their engagement "in activities that are contrary to US national security and foreign policy interests," another official said....
    The U.S. is slapping sanctions on seven senior Russian officials in response to Russia's 'disgraceful and unacceptable behavior' in carrying out the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Biden Administration said Tuesday. The sanctions come on top of previous U.S. sanctions, and compound further sanctions action being taken by the European Union Tuesday in response to the poisoning that the U.S. assesses was carried out by Russia's Federal Security Bureau (FSB). 'We’re sending a clear signal to Russia that there are clear consequences for the use of chemical weapons,' said a senior administration on a press call to announce the effort. Senior U.S. officials cited 'an alarming pattern of chemical weapons use by Russia' as they announced new sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The list includes officials in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government An official on the call said Russia’s 'attempt to kill...
    The Biden administration announced sanctions of Russian officials and businesses Tuesday related to the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose detention drew tens of thousands of protesters out into the streets of Russian cities this winter. Senior administration officials announced the sanctions but did not immediately identify the Russian officials named in them. The Biden administration also announced sanctions for 14 businesses and another enterprise, most of which it said were involved in production of biological and chemical agents. Tuesday’s sanctions would be the first of several steps by the Biden administration to “respond to a number of destabilizing actions,” said one of the administration officials, who briefed reporters on condition they not be identified further. The sanctions are the first against Russia by the Biden administration, which has pledged to confront President Vladimir Putin for alleged attacks on Russian opposition figures and hacking abroad, including of...
    The Biden administration on Tuesday is announcing new sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Biden administration is imposing sanctions on seven members of the Russian government and designated several entities involved in biological agent production, according to senior administration officials. The sanctions include Russian officials and a Russian research center that were previously sanctioned by the European Union last October in connection with Navalny’s poisoning in August 2020.  The sanctions, which are being coordinated with EU partners, come after an intelligence community assessment concluded with “high confidence” that officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) used the Novichok nerve agent to poison Navalny last August, Biden administration officials said. “We’re sending a clear signal to Russia that there are consequences for the use of chemical weapons,” a senior administration official said. The Biden administration is also notifying Congress that Navalny’s...
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    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to make a pariah out of Saudi Arabia over the 2018 killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. But when it came time to actually punish Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, America’s strategic interests prevailed. The Biden administration made clear Friday it would forgo sanctions or any other major penalty against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Khashoggi killing, even after a U.S. intelligence report concluded the prince ordered the it. The decision highlights how the real-time decisions of diplomacy often collide with the righteousness of the moral high ground. And nowhere is this conundrum more stark than in the United States’ complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia — the world’s oil giant, a U.S. arms customer and a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East. “It is undeniable that Saudi Arabia is a hugely influential country in...
    As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to make a pariah out of Saudi Arabia over the 2018 killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. But when it came time to actually punish Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, America’s strategic interests prevailed. The Biden administration made clear Friday it would forgo sanctions or any other major penalty against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Khashoggi killing, even after a U.S. intelligence report concluded the prince ordered the it. The decision highlights how the real-time decisions of diplomacy often collide with the righteousness of the moral high ground. And nowhere is this conundrum more stark than in the United States’ complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia — the world’s oil giant, a U.S. arms customer and a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East. “It is undeniable that Saudi Arabia is a hugely influential country in the Arab world,” State Department...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE is facing pressure from all sides as migration swells at the southern border — posing one of the first major policy tests for his administration. Progressives have hit Biden officials over reopening a housing facility for young migrants used briefly during the Trump administration. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read' The GOP's uncertain future Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-N.Y.) and others argue the facilities are inhumane and represent a step backward for the new administration, which has made a point to distance itself from the Trump era on immigration in particular. Conservatives, meanwhile, say Biden’s approach has encouraged increased migration to the southern border, with former President TrumpDonald...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team is “disappointed” in Iran’s refusal to discuss the rehabilitation of the 2015 nuclear deal, as Tehran is deriding President Biden’s diplomatic concessions while demanding economic relief in advance of any talks. “We are disappointed at Iran's response, but we remain ready to re-engage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance” with the nuclear accord, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday. Iranian officials issued their rebuff of Biden’s overture to coincide with a brewing dispute between Tehran and the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency. The regime has been hiding nuclear activity at multiple secret sites, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency chief. Yet Iranian officials believe they can compel Biden to ease the economic pressure on the regime, despite a lack of concessions by Tehran. “I am certain that the world and the United States will have...
    Top U.S. military and intelligence officials have started looking at how best to confront what they see as the growing threat from a rising China.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hosted the first meeting of the new China Task Force at the Pentagon on Monday, bringing together key military commanders, civilian leaders and members of the intelligence community.  FILE - Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing, Feb. 17, 2021.Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Austin provided the 20 task force members with some "initial guidance" for what both the White House and Defense Department have described as a "sprint" to make sure Washington is prepared as Beijing continues its efforts to be a dominant power on the world stage.   Monday's meeting "is intended to formalize the mission, timing and outputs of the task force as they work towards a baseline assessment of [the] departments, policies,...
    Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, on January 21, 2021.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration is taking the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in New York "very seriously," White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. The new strain, which researchers are calling B.1.526, is rapidly spreading in New York City and carries a mutation that could weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, according to the New York Times. The variant first appeared in November and now accounts for about one in four viral sequences, the Times reports. Fauci said Monday the strain likely originated in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in the uppermost area of Manhattan, before spreading to other boroughs. He said U.S. officials need to "keep an eye" on the...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team is holding a news briefing Monday on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 28 million Americans and killed at least 513,092 in a little over a year. On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the third shot to be approved for distribution in the U.S. and the only vaccine that requires just one dose. J&J has a deal with the U.S. government to provide 100 million doses by the end of June. Senior administration officials said Sunday that health-care providers will begin receiving the first 3.9 million doses of the vaccine on Tuesday. The shipment is J&J's entire stockpile of doses right now, the officials said. The company...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia over the poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny this week, two administration officials tell CNN.The rollout of the sanctions will happen in coordination with the European Union, the officials said. The measures and the exact timing will be fleshed out by US and EU officials in the coming days.These sanctions would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration and will set the tone for their policy towards Moscow going forward. They would mark a clear departure from the approach of the Trump administration, which declined to impose penalties over the poisoning and shied away from directly confronting Russia over its nefarious actions.The Biden administration is seeking to send a "strong message" on human rights and the importance of acting alongside allies with these sanctions, and there are plans to tackle a broader...
    Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, (pictured) it was revealed on Sunday Intelligence officials quietly removed the names of three men 'erroneously' included in the report detailing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it was revealed on Sunday. The first link sent out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence went dead and has been replaced with a new 'v2' version removing the names of three men which the first version of the report said were involved, CNN reported. Last week, the declassified report made news after it found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, approved the order to 'capture or kill' Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post. 'We put a revised document on the website because the original one erroneously contained three names which should not have...
    The weekly supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine sent to states will be limited into March, according to senior Biden administration officials. Johnson & Johnson told the Biden administration that the weekly supplies sent to states will be limited for the next couple of weeks, according to a senior administration official, who added that deliveries are expected to be uneven through most of March. They added that the Biden administration does not expect additional deliveries this week on top of the roughly 4 million doses procured by the federal government already, making up the entirety of Johnson & Johnson’s inventory. FDA AUTHORIZES JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE FOR USE, BRINGING US CLOSER TO MEETING DEMAND Governors have been alerted to the expected delays, an issue that outraged blue state governors at the tail end of the Trump administration. The Food and Drug Administration granted...
    The Biden administration is moving rapidly to dig this country out from the noxious pile of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry the Trump administration tried to normalize in our government over the last four years. The damage and harm that words can do should never be underestimated. And as reported by Michael D. Shear for The New York Times, the transformation underway in the nation’s newly staffed federal agencies is happening in tandem with a fundamental reboot of the words and language that actually define and guide their missions. WASHINGTON — Days after President Biden took office, the Bureau of Land Management put a scenic landscape of a winding river at the top of its website, which during the previous administration had featured a photograph of a huge wall of coal. At the Department of Homeland Security, the phrase “illegal alien” is being replaced with “noncitizen.” The Interior Department now makes sure that...
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told G20 officials that the Biden administration will drop Donald Trump's objections to new global digital tax rules, paving the way for an agreement by summer. Trump's demand for a 'safe harbor clause' would have allowed U.S. tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to opt out of the scheme to impose a global minimum corporate tax. Under current EU law, companies in the United States can declare profits from across the bloc in a single member state -- and most pick low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland or the Netherlands. France and Germany, which stand to benefit from the new scheme, applauded Yellen's move and said the new tax system could be implemented by July.    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told G20 officials that the Biden administration will drop Donald Trump's objections to new global digital tax rules RELATED...
    Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels. The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 — travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion. United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum. A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on...
    The New York Times With Strikes in Syria, Biden Confronts Iran’s Militant Network BEIRUT — Since President Joe Biden entered the White House, Iranian-backed militants across the Middle East have struck an airport in Saudi Arabia with an exploding drone, and are accused of assassinating a critic in Lebanon and of targeting U.S. military personnel at an airport in northern Iraq, killing a Filipino contractor and wounding six others. On Thursday, the world got its first glimpse of how Biden is likely to approach one of the greatest security concerns of American partners in the region: the network of militias that are backed by Iran and committed to subverting the interests of the United States and its allies. U.S. officials said that overnight airstrikes ordered by Biden hit a collection of buildings on the Syrian side of a border crossing with Iraq on Thursday and targeted members of the Iran-backed...
    President Joe Biden talks during an executive order signing ceremony at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) BEIRUT — Since President Joe Biden entered the White House, Iranian-backed militants across the Middle East have struck an airport in Saudi Arabia with an exploding drone, and are accused of assassinating a critic in Lebanon and of targeting U.S. military personnel at an airport in northern Iraq, killing a Filipino contractor and wounding six others. On Thursday, the world got its first glimpse of how Biden is likely to approach one of the greatest security concerns of American partners in the region: the network of militias that are backed by Iran and committed to subverting the interests of the United States and its allies. U.S. officials said that overnight airstrikes ordered by Biden hit a collection of buildings on the Syrian side of...
    By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer Chief executives of the nation's largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels. The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 — travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion. United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum. A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration...
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    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration will announce sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but it will not impose sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, U.S. officials said. U.S. President Joe Biden's actions in the first weeks of his administration appear aimed at fulfilling campaign promises to realign Saudi ties after critics accused his predecessor, Donald Trump, of giving the Arab ally and major oil producer a pass on gross human rights violations. A senior Biden administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the approach aims to create a new launching-off point for ties with the kingdom without breaking a core relationship in the Middle East. Relations have been severely strained for years by the war in Yemen and the killing inside a Saudi consulate of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote columns...
    The U.S. on Thursday conducted its first military action under President Biden, targeting infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militant groups in Syria in response to recent rocket attacks in Iraq. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters traveling with him that he had recommended the strike to Mr. Biden, who authorized it in a phone call on Thursday morning. "The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement.  The strikes destroyed multiple facilities at a border control point in al Bukamal, Syria, used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al Shuhada, according to Kirby. The Pentagon spokesman did not mention any casualties, but U.K.-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that 22 people were killed in the strikes, which it said had hit three trucks...
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are warning of an illegal immigration crisis at the United States-Mexico border as President Joe Biden continues unraveling border controls that slowed the flow of foreign nationals over the last year. Internal communications at DHS, reported by the Washington Post and the Washington Times, reveal that agency officials are seemingly concerned that illegal immigration will continue ticking upwards while Biden keeps lifting migration controls. The Post reported: An Immigration and Customs Enforcement email obtained by The Washington Post shows that the administration has already entered crisis mode on the southern border. [Emphasis added] “We need to prepare for border surges now,” Timothy Perry, ICE’s new chief of staff, wrote in a Feb. 12 email. “We need to begin making changes immediately.” [Emphasis added] … DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senior officials “to prepare for border surges now,” Perry wrote. “We need to begin making...
    Reuters February 25, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday his administration plans to launch a campaign to educate Americans about coronavirus vaccines in anticipation of a period later this year where supply may outstrip demand because of vaccine hesitancy. “We’re going to launch a massive campaign educating people about vaccines, that they are safe and effective,” Biden said. “We’re going to bring together leaders of all segments of our society to educate and encourage all Americans to get vaccinated.” Biden, a Democrat, has made getting hundreds of millions of Americans vaccinated a top priority of his presidency as he seeks to get a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people in the United States under control. While demand for vaccines at the moment is high, officials worry that concerns about the vaccines, particularly among minority communities, will blunt the push to get the population...
    (Independent) President Joe Biden has spoken with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia ahead of the release of a report from US intelligence officials that is expected to reveal that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved and likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. A White House report of their phone call on Thursday did not disclose whether they discussed the findings in the report. The leaders “discussed regional security, including the renewed diplomatic efforts led by the United Nations and the United States to end the war in Yemen, and the US commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups,” according to a readout of their call. Mr Biden “noted positively” the release of several Saudi-American activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, and “affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of...
    WASHINGTON - A declassified version of a U.S. intelligence report expected to be released Thursday finds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, four U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. The officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi, whose Washington Post column had criticized the crown prince’s policies. President Joe Biden, a Democrat who succeeded the Republican Donald Trump five weeks ago, told reporters Wednesday he had read the report and expected to speak soon by phone with Saudi Arabian King Salman, 85, father of the crown prince, the country's 35-year-old de facto ruler. The report's release is part of Biden's policy to realign ties with Riyadh after years of giving the Arab ally and major oil producer a pass on its...
    President Joe Biden’s deputies are dropping many poor migrants with coronavirus into Americans’ neighborhoods, according to a report in the New York Times. On February 23, the newspaper reported a statement about the drop-offs they say came from Juan “Trey” Mendez, the mayor of Brownsville: “If it’s several hundred overnight, then that’s something that would become overwhelming for us,” said Mr. Mendez. “The administration is very well aware of that — we’ve conveyed that on numerous occasions.” Elsewhere on the border, local officials are decrying the administration’s policy of dumping the poor migrants into Americans’ neighborhoods. CNN reported February 19: … communities along the border in Texas have expressed concern about migrants being released during the pandemic. McAllen requested thousands of Covid-19 tests from state officials last month after learning migrants were not being tested by CBP. “To drop them off at our bus station without testing them first? I think that’s...
    A report alleging John Kerry may have colluded with Iran when meeting with its foreign minister during the Trump administration is drawing comparisons to the situation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI that included statements regarding his communications with a Russian ambassador.  Retired Gen. Jack Keane, chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, told Fox News that the two instances deal with different issues but he can see why some would draw a correlation. JOHN KERRY 'COLLUDED' WITH IRAN TO UNDERMINE TRUMP, REPORT SAYS "In terms of what Secretary Kerry was doing and other members of the Biden administration, in my judgment is appalling and it’s reckless and significantly irresponsible," Keane said in an interview. "What we’re not used to is previous government officials actually colluding and talking to our enemies, and I emphasize enemy because that is who Iran really is. In the...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods.The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods - a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production, according to administration officials who insisted on anonymity to discuss the order. However, Biden will also look to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain.The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.FROM APRIL: Bidding wars break out as cities, states, hospitals struggle to find enough personal protective equipment EMBED More News Videos...
    The New York Times Blinken, Without Leaving Home, Tries to Mend Fences With Allies Abroad WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has kicked off his first month in the job with a blaze of diplomacy. As part of his effort to re-energize American alliances frayed by the Trump years, Blinken has spoken with dozens of his counterparts around the world and joined gatherings of Asian and European leaders — all without ever leaving his seventh-floor office at the State Department. As the world struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, most diplomatic travel remains postponed. In ordinary times, Blinken would have hosted a stream of visitors and logged thousands of air miles by now; instead, he has relied on the telephone and video screens, much like Zoom-dependent workers everywhere. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times “It’s a good thing we’re on the family...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods.The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods - a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production, according to administration officials who insisted on anonymity to discuss the order. However, Biden will also look to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain.The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.FROM APRIL: Bidding wars break out as cities, states, hospitals struggle to find enough personal protective equipment EMBED More News...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to workers at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has kicked off his first month in the job with a blaze of diplomacy. As part of his effort to re-energize American alliances frayed by the Trump years, Blinken has spoken with dozens of his counterparts around the world and joined gatherings of Asian and European leaders — all without ever leaving his seventh-floor office at the State Department. As the world struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, most diplomatic travel remains postponed. In ordinary times, Blinken would have hosted a stream of visitors and logged thousands of air miles by now; instead, he has relied on the telephone and video screens, much like Zoom-dependent workers everywhere. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York...
    House Democrats have asked President Joe Biden to give other officials the authority to launch nuclear weapons, an action which he currently has sole authority to do. California Rep. Jimmy Panetta spearheaded the Monday letter, which was signed by nearly three dozen House Democrats, Politico reported. “Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” the letter reads. “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.” U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to deliver his opening statement via video link with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. U.S. presidents by tradition invite the Canadian prime minister for their first meeting with a world leader. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forced the meeting to be held virtually. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images) “While...
    Pharmacy manager Christine Huynh, left, grabs the box of vaccines on the loading dock from a delivery driver in Boston on Dec. 15, 2020.John Tlumacki | Boston Globe | Getty Images The United States stands ready to deliver up to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine as soon as next week if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the shot for emergency use, the Biden administration's Covid-19 response team said Wednesday. "The governors are carefully planning their efforts and are getting ready for the possible new vaccine," Jeff Zients, President Joe Biden's Covid czar, said at a news briefing. "If authorized, we're ready to roll out this vaccine without delay." "If the EUA is granted, we will waste no time getting this life-saving vaccine into the arms of Americans," he said, referring to the emergency use authorization that would allow the U.S. to start distributing the shots....
    SCOTUS debate, William Burns confirmation hearing, Tiger Woods: 5 things you need to know Wednesday Putin warns of foreign efforts to destabilize Russia © Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden at a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office on February 17. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday to review US supply chains. The order would seek to boost US production of key goods and limit exposure to global disruptions. The US saw shortages of medical equipment and electric chips during the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday meant to strengthen US supply chains. White House officials briefed reporters about the plans late Tuesday. The moves comes after damaging struggles for medical workers to secure enough protective equipment early in the coronavirus pandemic as well as a...
    Iran and South Korea have agreed on a plan to release funds frozen in South Korean bank accounts and subject to U.S. economic penalties, despite President Biden’s refusal to ease sanctions on the regime prior to possible nuclear talks. The situation has united some Republican and Democratic foreign policy experts who have served recent presidents. They are advising the new U.S. commander in chief to avoid giving Tehran a sense it can take control of other vessels in order to stuff its coffers with other frozen monies. Iranian officials have been negotiating for the release of the funds, which reportedly total roughly $7 billion, over the last several weeks — although officials deny the talks were spurred by Iran’s seizure of a South Korean oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team has maintained that the Biden administration would not waive the sanctions renewed...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has moved swiftly to distance itself from Trump-era immigration policies, but at the US-Mexico border, a pandemic-related order put in place by former President Donald Trump remains in effect, allowing officials to continue to turn away thousands of migrants. The reliance on the order that permits officials to swiftly expel migrants underscores the challenges facing the administration along the US southern border, where arrests of families and children continue to rise.Biden officials say that the order, decried by immigrant advocates, gives the administration time to make changes to the US immigration system, while still managing the influx of migrants at the border amid an ongoing pandemic. The Biden Justice Department also recently defended it in court. The blind spot in the immigration debateAs a result, recent arrivals to the border continue to be kicked back to Mexico or their origin country just as they were under Trump....
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken has signaled to European allies that the transatlantic powers should move in concert to punish Russia’s abuse of imprisoned dissident Alexei Navalny, according to a top European Union official amid a report the Biden administration is preparing new economic penalties of its own. “Blinken asked us to coordinate our actions against Russia for the Navalny case,” EU high representative Josep Borrell told the Atlantic Council during a Tuesday event. European officials agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on a handful of Russian officials implicated in the “persecution,” as Borrell put it, of the poison survivor and anti-corruption activist whose reports on corruption allegations centered on Russian President Vladimir Putin won him the Kremlin’s enmity. Blinken participated in the EU virtual conference meeting Monday as the Biden team prepares additionally to punish Moscow for a recent cyberattack that staggered U.S. and allied intelligence officials...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia in the coming weeks over the poisoning and jailing of Russia opposition leader Alexey Navalny, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter. The form the sanctions will take is being firmed up and they will likely be rolled out in coordination with the European Union, the officials said. This move could be the first cost imposed on Russia by the Biden administration, which has condemned the treatment of Navalny and those protesting on his behalf, and would mark a clear departure from the strategy of the Trump administration, which failed to impose penalties over the poisoning and shied away from directly confronting Russia over its misdeeds.EU High Representative Josep Borrell said Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked to coordinate actions against Russia over the Navalny case. Blinken addressed the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.The...
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    Administration officials say President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau want to “closely align” their respective China policies, a pledge that will test their ability to confront Beijing’s human rights abuses while convincing the regime to help mitigate climate change. Climate change stands as a top foreign policy priority for both Biden and Trudeau, who agree that China looms large over any international effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, Beijing has threatened to withhold that desired cooperation on climate change if Western leaders attempt to “undermine China's interests,” putting those green initiatives on a collision course with intensifying anger over atrocious treatment of Uighur Muslims. “We believe that we can have those conversations,” a senior administration official told reporters ahead of a Tuesday virtual meeting between the two leaders. “The United States is not going to subsume its defense of democracy and human rights to pursue...
    Earlier this month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that teachers did not need COVID-19 vaccine shots to return to the classroom safely. It seemed, at the time, like a relatively straightforward statement, one several studies conducted by the CDC had supported. But the comment sent Biden administration officials spinning, in part because the White House was not prepared to make an official announcement on schools. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Walensky was “speaking in her personal capacity” when she made the comment; Psaki’s statement then raised questions of its own since Walensky was speaking very much in her official capacity as the director of the CDC at the press conference. The CDC eventually published its recommendations, which clearly stated schools did not need to vaccinate staff in order to safely reopen. But Biden political figures continued to dodge questions about the guidance...
    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with multiple current Biden administration officials several years ago to “undermine” former President Trump’s dealings with the country, a report claims. One of the meetings between Zarif and Robert Malley, now the special envoy for Iran policy, took place in 2019 after Trump withdrew the US from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, The Washington Times reported Sunday. Former Secretary of State John Kerry also met with Zarif in the first few years of Trump’s presidency — which he had publicly acknowledged. And so did Obama-era Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the report said. While exact details of what was discussed at the meetings was not clear, a former senior US official told the newspaper that Zarif’s goal was “to devise a political strategy to undermine the Trump administration.” The source added that Zarif was looking to regain support for the Iran nuclear deal —...
    It hit me early Sunday morning in the hours before "Media Buzz," which is usually a bit of a frenzy as we scramble to update the show. There was nothing to update. No national news had been made over the weekend. The papers were filled with third-day analyses of stories that had unfolded the previous week.  The closest thing to a new development was word leaking the night before that Donald Trump would address CPAC next weekend. Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic that has claimed a half-million American lives, the vaccine rollout is a mess and the economy is still crippled. But these are day-to-day policy and political challenges that move only incrementally. The pace of political news has slowed dramatically. That was widely predicted when Trump decamped to Mar-a-Lago. President Biden deliberately makes fewer headlines, tempers his rhetoric, doesn’t use Twitter as a weapon, and cedes...
    The family of three young siblings who died alongside their grandmother in a house blaze after using a fireplace to keep warm have hit out at officials 'who should have been prepared' for the Texas storm.  Olivia, Edison and Colette Nguyen and their grandmother Le Loan, 75, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at their Sugar Land home in during the statewide blackouts. Their aunt, Vanessa Kon, told The Daily Beast: 'We don't know what happened. We don't know why the lights went out like that. The city should have been prepared for it. Why was the power off? If the power wasn't off, this wouldn't have happened.'   Her comments come as Joe Biden's press secretary on Sunday confirmed the president may visit Texas 'as soon as this week'.  Jen Psaki said the president is 'eager' to help but added: 'He’s also very mindful of the fact that it’s not a...
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            by Chuck Ross  Imaad Zuberi, a Pakistani-American venture capitalist who cultivated connections with Joe Biden when he served as vice president, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday on foreign lobbying and campaign finance charges. Zuberi peddled influence at the highest levels of the U.S. government, meeting with both President Barack Obama and Biden during their administration. He also developed connections to prominent senators and House members of both political parties, which he leveraged to drum up overseas business deals. Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to working as an unregistered foreign agent of Sri Lanka, tax evasion and campaign finance violations. He was indicted in January 2020 on charges that he obstructed an investigation into a $1 million contribution he made in his name to the Trump inaugural committee in December 2016. In addition to the 12 year prison sentence, U.S. District...
    President Joe Biden approved Friday evening a declaration of a major disaster in the state of Texas after a series of winter storms damaged critical infrastructure. The new disaster declaration for Texas allows federal funding to assist affected areas, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to help cover uninsured property losses, according to the White House. Dozens of Texans have died after several days of winter weather crippled the power grid, burst water pipes, and left residents freezing in their homes. The president ramped up his response to the disaster in Texas in recent days after remaining publicly silent about the crisis for several days. On Thursday, Biden shared three social media posts addressing the crisis, six days after it began. On Friday, Biden told reporters that he was “a president of all Americans” and would visit Texas in the upcoming days if he could do...
    TIJUANA  —  Two years and 21 days after the first asylum seeker was walked back from San Diego to Tijuana under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, a small group of asylum seekers was escorted in the other direction to wait out immigration court cases in the United States. Under President Biden’s direction, border officials Friday began processing the first of the estimated 26,000 people who have pending cases in U.S. immigration courts and have been waiting in Mexico under the Trump administration’s program, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The program radically altered the asylum system. It became one of Trump’s most successful attempts to restrict access to asylum and deter migrants from Latin America from seeking refuge in the United States. Biden last month ordered a pause on adding new asylum seekers to the program but has not ended it for those already waiting...
    As states throughout the country continue to struggle with the fallout of a deadly polar vortex, senior Biden health officials are concerned that the days-long emergency will also lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to come. Over the past several days senior administration officials have scrambled to assemble a federal response to the winter emergency, primarily in Texas, but also in Oklahoma, Louisiana and other northwest and southern states. As part of that response, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have coordinated sending 60 generators, meals, blankets, water, diesel and other life saving supplies to Texas. President Joe Biden has approved emergency declarations in several states, and he’s personally spoken with dozens of local and state officials in Texas to see what more can be done to help those in need. Beyond assessing and...
    President Joe Biden broke his silence Friday about the weather disaster in Texas, promising to visit. Biden confirmed to reporters at the White House that he wants to travel to Texas next week but only if he can do it “without creating a burden for folks.” “I’m going to be a president for all Americans,” Biden said. Biden has remained publicly silent about the ongoing struggles in the state for several days except for three social media posts on Thursday. White House officials asserted Biden was “keeping abreast” of the issues in Texas and that officials are working with local leaders to assist Texans. On Thursday, the White House announced FEMA is providing 60 generators as well as food, water, and blankets to Texas communities. Biden reassured reporters Friday he is handling the crisis from the White House. “FEMA is already there and providing support,” he said. On Thursday night, Biden...