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    Alex Wong/Getty Images The Rolex watch that President Joe Biden wore during his inauguration last week was a Christmas gift from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. President Biden’s watch became the subject of a social media uproar last week when Trump-weary users rose up in objection to a New York Times article about the timepiece, which posed the Rolex as a display of elitism. The column came hot on the heels of a similar uproar over another Times article about the president’s exercise bike, and its significance to Biden’s working-class bona fides. Over the weekend, some Twitter users observed that the president’s beloved and deeply mourned late son Beau Biden wore a similar watch, and even claimed that the inauguration Rolex had belonged to Beau. A White House official has confirmed to Mediaite that the Rolex was, in fact, a Christmas gift from the first lady. This official did not...
    By Darlene Superville | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden’s dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration. Major burst onto the national scene late last year after Biden, then president-elect, broke his right foot while playing with the dog at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice president. The dogs moved into the White House on Sunday, following Biden’s inauguration last week. “The first family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden. “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden’s dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration. Major burst onto the national scene late last year after Biden, then president-elect, broke his right foot while playing with the dog at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice president. The dogs moved into the White House on Sunday, following Biden’s inauguration last week. “The first family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden. “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved...
    The White House on Monday admitted it has no idea how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine it has, with a 20 million discrepancy between the number of doses the CDC says it has sent out versus how many have been reportedly administered. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was asked for a ballpark figure on how many doses currently exist in the country. She responded: "Weve been here for five days to evaluate the supply so that we can release the maximum amount while also ensuring that everyone can get the second dose on the FDA recommended schedule." "So the confusion around this issue, which we acknowledge, there is some confusion, it speaks to a larger problem, which is what we’re inheriting from the prior administration, which is much worse than we could have imagined." The Biden transition team complained early on, the Trump administration was not communicating...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will have an American Sign Language interpreter at every White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday."As a part of this administration's accessibility and inclusion efforts, starting today we will have an ASL, an American Sign Language interpreter for our daily press briefings," Psaki said at Monday's briefing. "The President is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families."The first interpreter was identified only as Heather and appeared virtually at the bottom of the screen while Psaki gave her remarks.The administration was praised for having the Pledge of Allegiance signed simultaneously with its recitation at the inauguration last Wednesday. Read MoreThe move set a different tone from the previous administration, which was sued in August by the National Association of the Deaf and five deaf Americans for not providing ASL...
    The White House announced on Monday that as of today they would be adding an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to future daily press briefings. The announcement from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki signifies the first time that an ASL interpreter will be present at the White House’s daily press briefings on a regular basis, according to The Hill. NEW: Press sec. Psaki announces there will be an ASL interpreter at daily White House press briefings. https://t.co/lUV4RYPGMO “The president is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American.” pic.twitter.com/rEb7OsC1e0 — ABC News (@ABC) January 25, 2021 “As a part of this administration’s accessibility and inclusion efforts, starting today, we will have an ASL – an American Sign Language interpreter – for our daily press briefings,” Psaki stated. (RELATED: Psaki Says Treasury Department Is Proceeding To Place Harriet Tubman On...
    At least five people injured in Portland after vehicle hits multiple pedestrians Politics live updates: Yellen confirmed as Treasury secretary; Biden predicts vaccine available to general public in spring Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The First Photos of Champ and Major at the White House Are Finally Here It's a moment that pet lovers have been waiting for: Champ and Major have officially moved into the White House along with their family. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden's two German shepherds are making themselves at home, as these official photos of the First Dogs on the White House lawn show. Keep reading to see what will surely be the first adorable snaps of many, and for some incredible shots from...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci wants you to know he is finally a free man. The top federal government infectious disease expert has embarked on a whirlwind media tour in which he has frequently jabbed at former President Donald Trump, despite his new boss’s pledge to take politics out of the federal pandemic response. “It is somewhat of a liberating feeling,” the prominent coronavirus task force member said in his first White House briefing under President Biden, since he now “can get up here and talk about what, you know, what the evidence, what the science is, and know that’s it, let the science speak.” Fauci was even more effusive on the MSNBC show hosted by liberal commentator Rachel Maddow. "I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months,” he said. “You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months, and it’s just gotten...
    President Biden held his first formal White House press conference on Monday, but most of the questions asked were from reporters that were pre-selected by his team.  Following his remarks about his "Made in America" manufacturing initiative, a member of Biden's staff was heard calling on specific reporters to ask their questions to the president, something that was similarly done during the 2020 presidential election and the transition period. The pre-selected reporters came from The Associated Press, The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters, and Bloomberg News.  Biden did, however, offer an impromptu question to Fox News' Peter Doocy, who he teased for "always ask[ing] him tough questions and always has an edge to them," but added he "like[s] him anyway." Journalists took to Twitter to point out the mostly pre-selected presser.  REPORTERS REPEATEDLY ASK PSAKI WHETHER BIDEN WILL CHANGE TRUMP'S AIR FORCE ONE COLOR SCHEME "So I guess I need to...
    The White House lowered its U.S. flag to half-staff on Sunday, three days after a police officer died from injuries suffered while fending off supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol building. Trump later issued a proclamation directing that flags be lowered at all embassies, consular offices and U.S. facilities abroad, including military facilities and naval vessels. He called the action “a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice” of Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick, who died on Thursday, and Howard Liebengood, whose death was announced on Sunday, as well as “all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation.” Trump had faced calls from lawmakers from both parties to take the step in honor of Sicknick after protesters invaded the seat of Congress in Washington. Trump made the decision independently, not because of pressure from advisers, a person familiar with the matter said. “He...
    Reuters January 25, 2021 0 Comments The United States is in a serious competition with China, and President Joe Biden wants to approach relations with Beijing with “patience,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday. China’s President Xi Jinping, speaking at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Monday, called on world leaders to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and bolster the role of the G20 in global economic governance. Psaki told a White House news briefing that Xi’s call would not change the Biden administration’s strategic approach to China. “What we’ve seen over the last few years is that China’s growing more authoritarian at home and more assertive abroad and Beijing is now challenging our security, prosperity and values in significant ways that require a new U.S. approach,” she said. “We want to approach this with some strategic patience,” she said, adding that the White House...
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    By Andrea Shalal, Alexandra Alper and Timothy Aeppel | Reuters WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden vowed on Monday to leverage the purchasing power of the U.S. government, the world’s biggest single buyer of goods and services, to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies. The Democratic president signed an executive order aimed at closing loopholes in existing “Buy American” provisions, which apply to about a third of the $600 billion in goods and services the federal government buys each year. The order will make any waivers more transparent and create a senior White House role to oversee the process. “I don’t buy for one second that the vitality of American manufacturing is a thing of the past,” Biden told reporters before signing the order. “American manufacturing was the arsenal of democracy in World War Two and it must be part of the engine of American prosperity now.” Biden...
    Bradley Cortright January 25, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden predicts that every American who wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot will be able to receive one by the spring. During an event at the White House on Monday, Biden was asked when he believes vaccines for the virus will be widely available to the general public. “I think it will be this spring. I think we’ll be able to that his spring,” Biden said. “But it’s going to be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we’ve ever tried in this country. But I think we can do that.” He continued, “I feel confident that by summer, we’re going to be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity and increasing the access for people who aren’t first on the list all the way going down to children… But I feel good about where we’re going, and...
    Democrats denigrated the U.S. military by framing the armed forces as plagued by “white supremacy” and “white nationalism,” noted Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. Good recalled remarks Democrats made on the House floor regarding retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin’s confirmation hearings for the position of defense secretary. Democrats described Austin’s race as relevant to his heading of the Pentagon. Good stated, “Democrats said on the House floor that because of the white supremacy problem within our military, because of white nationalism in our military, because of these racist hate groups that dominate our military, we’ve got to appoint an African-American to secretary of defense to bring diversity and inclusion leadership into the military.” LISTEN: “The military is one of the most diverse components of our society,” Good added. “It was ahead in diversity going back decades, and to smear...
    President Joe Biden’s administration will try to speed up the effort to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the White House said Monday. “The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 note,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. She recalled being “excited” when former President Barack Obama’s administration first put in motion a plan to change the $20 bill. “It’s important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” she said. “So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.” Psaki did not set a timeline for the $20 bill replacement. Trump opposed the idea, noting that he felt it was “very rough” to take someone off the bill,...
    President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not wear a mask while fielding questions from reporters during Monday’s briefing despite the administration’s push for 100 days of masking and Biden’s executive order requiring masks on federal property with limited exceptions. Psaki spoke from the podium without a mask on as she has done before in previous briefings. During Monday’s press briefing, Psaki briefly previewed the first of their forthcoming “science-led” public health briefings which will begin Wednesday. Psaki said they will “typically” occur three times a week and feature public health officials and members of the coronavirus response team: White House Press Sec. Psaki says public health officials will hold briefings on the coronavirus pandemic 3 times a week beginning Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/w19HHmGhLG — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 25, 2021 Notably, Dr. Anthony Fauci did not wear a mask while speaking at a White House briefing last week, but told...
    President Joe Biden’s administration might be less than a week old, but voters are already expressing skepticism about his promise to bridge the nation’s divides. A poll released by ABC News and Ipsos on Sunday found that only 22 percent of Americans “have a great deal of confidence” in the president’s ability to make progress on unifying the country over his term in office. The poll, which was conducted between January 22 and January 23, also found that 24 percent of Americans have no confidence whatsoever in Biden’s prospects for unity. A majority of those surveyed, however, refused to give a definitive answer on the topic, with 35 percent of recipients stating they “had a good amount” of confidence in Biden, while a further 19 percent said “not so much.” The poll is one of the first to be conducted since the new administration took office. Biden, who campaigned for...
    President Biden on Monday signed an executive order meant to increase federal procurement of U.S.-made goods, describing it as a step toward rebuilding the “backbone of America” and bolstering the middle class. “Today, we are getting to work to rebuild the backbone of America – manufacturing, unions, the middle class. It is based on the simple premise that will reward work and not wealth in this country,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “The key plank of the future will be made in America.” The order, the text of which has not been released by the White House, is designed to strengthen the rules surrounding the Buy American Act requiring federal agencies to purchase American-made products, according to administration officials. It will create a new senior role at the White House Office of Management and Budget to oversee the implementation of the administration’s “Made in America” initiative aimed...
    President Biden plans to swap out old federal government vehicles with newer, cleaner models as part of his administration's push to boost manufacturers and workers in the United States. "The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we're going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers," he said Monday at the White House. He went on to say that they would be "net-zero emissions" models, predicting that the program would create "a million autoworker jobs in clean energy." The new president, however, did not put a price tag on his proposal. Biden on Monday fulfilled part of an economic campaign promise to direct his administration to spend more of the roughly $600 billion doled out each year for federal goods and services contracts on U.S. products and employees. This will be achieved, he argues, by tightening the definition of a...
    The Treasury Department is moving forward with an effort to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill after the effort was delayed indefinitely by the Trump administration in 2019.  "The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. "It's important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that." In a statement provided to CBS News, a Treasury Department spokesperson echoed those remarks, calling Tubman a "role model for leadership and participation in our democracy." The renewed effort comes after former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced nearly two years ago that the redesign proposed under former President Obama would not happen under the Trump administration. Mnuchin said it...
    A blatant media bias has helped divide Americans, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. Haley, often mentioned as a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, took to Twitter on Monday morning to post a question and statement concerning the media, per the Washington Examiner. Haley tweeted: "What responsibility does the media plan to take for the division in our country? Our democracy benefits from an honest and fair media that asks tough questions from BOTH sides. But the medias blatant bias does a disservice to the American people and hurts our democratic system." Following an election year in which Republicans accused much of the mainstream media of being pro-Democrat, early treatment of the Biden administration has been criticized for its tameness compared to the way the Trump administration was covered. For example, White House press secretary Jen Psakis first media session included questions about...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The new White House Press Secretary appeared to throw some shade at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday regarding the flow of COVID-19 vaccines to the state. At a news conference at a nursing home in Jacksonville on Monday, Gov. DeSantis said the flow of the vaccine has been “stagnant” and the state needs more to meet the increasing demand from residents. DeSantis said officials in Washington said the state would start to see its supply increase around this time, but that hasn’t happened. “We are the mercy of what the federal government sends us, and right now we are able to go through it quicker than what we are receiving,” DeSantis said. DeSantis said residents should call their congressional representatives and senators to put pressure on Washington. At a White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back against DeSantis’ comments criticizing the federal government, saying...
    There is one last resort for former Trump administration staffers who are worried that their ties to a twice-impeached president could cost them future employment. A string of disgraced former aides are cashing in on their notoriety by selling bespoke video greetings for up to $200 a pop on the website Cameo. Customers pay to send birthday wishes, pep talks, or roasts to friends and loved ones. “It’s me, the former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. The Mooch,” runs the opening to a video roast for one customer. “Because you smell bad and you kill squirrels, and because your grandfather invented the industrial forklift, you are banned for one Mooch, which you know is 11 days.” Scaramucci famously lasted 10 days at the White House before being caught on tape with a profanity-laced tirade against colleagues. (Scaramucci insists it was 11 days. “Don't say 10, it hurts my feelings,”...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta said Monday that former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will run a "gaslit" campaign for Arkansas governor. In a campaign video posted to Twitter, Sanders asserted that "today, our freedom and the rule of law are under attack" and said, "I took on the media, the radical left and their ‘cancel culture, and I won." Acosta quickly responded to Sanders video in a tweet of his own. "Cancel culture? She won? Sarah tried to ban me from the WH (using a doctored video) and lost in federal court. The Trump appointed federal judge wasn’t buying her lies. This campaign is going to be gaslit." Acosta, who previously served as CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, got into numerous squabbles with Sanders and other Trump officials duing briefings. MEGHAN MCCAIN: KATIE COURIC, OTHERS CALLING FOR 'DEPROGRAMMING' REPUBLICANS CAN 'GO TO HELL' Acosta briefly had his press badge...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden’s dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration. Major burst onto the national scene late last year after Biden, then president-elect, broke his right foot while playing with the dog at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice president. The dogs moved into the White House on Sunday, following Biden’s inauguration last week. “The first family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden. “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace...
    (CNN) — The Biden administration says it is “exploring ways to speed up” release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama. “It’s important that our notes, our money — if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday. Psaki referred specific questions the timeline of the new design to the Treasury Department. CNN has reached out to Treasury for comment. RELATED: WJZ Coverage on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill In a 2018 interview at the Economic Club of Washington, Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dodged when asked about progress with regard to the new bill, saying, “We haven’t made any decisions as to whether we’ll change the bill, or...
    The Biden White House announced it will resume regular briefings with public health experts focused on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, reviving an approach that had fizzled out during the Trump administration even as the outbreak worsened. The White House anticipates holding three briefings each week led by public health officials and members of the administration's COVID-19 response team, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Disjointed vaccine distribution poses early test for Biden Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE said Monday. The first of those briefings will take place on Monday, and will "continue regularly for the foreseeable future," she said. The briefings are expected to take place in addition to the daily appearances by Psaki to field questions on other topics. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Las Vegas-area district moves to partially reopen schools amid surge...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Disjointed vaccine distribution poses early test for Biden Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE announced Monday that an American Sign Language interpreter will be a regular fixture at daily press briefings during the Biden administration. “As a part of this administration's accessibility and inclusion efforts, starting today, we will have an ASL — an American Sign Language interpreter — for our daily press briefings.” “The president is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families,” she added. This is the first time a sign language interpreter will participate in White House’s press briefings on a daily basis. NEW: Press sec. Psaki announces there will be an ASL interpreter at daily White House press briefings. https://t.co/lUV4RYPGMO"The...
    By Donald Judd | CNN The Biden administration says it is “exploring ways to speed up” release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama. “It’s important that our notes, our money — if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday. Psaki referred specific questions the timeline of the new design to the Treasury Department. CNN has reached out to Treasury for comment. In a 2018 interview at the Economic Club of Washington, Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dodged when asked about progress with regard to the new bill, saying, “We haven’t made any decisions as to whether we’ll change the bill, or won’t change the bill.” Mnuchin...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration will provide public briefings on the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday. The briefings will feature public health officials. Psaki says they will occur three times a week and provide details on the government’s response to addressing the pandemic. That is a stark contrast to the Trump administration, which kept Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations leading infectious-diseases expert, and other top health officials on a short leash, with the West Wing press shop tightly controlling Faucis media appearances and offering few public briefings as the virus raged in recent months. © Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    Champ with first lady Jill Biden at the White House. Official White House photos by Adam Schultz Champ and Major, President Joe Biden's dogs, have officially moved into the White House. A White House spokesperson said that Champ loves his new bed and Major is enjoying the South Lawn. Major is making history as the first shelter dog in the White House. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's two roommates finally joined them at the White House this weekend — their dogs, Champ and Major.  The dogs joined the first couple at their new residence on Sunday, Michael LaRosa, Jill's press secretary, confirmed to Insider. "The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware," LaRosa told Insider. "Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved running around...
    President Joe Biden’s White House acknowledged “confusion” over the amount of coronavirus vaccines the nation has available and blamed the disarray on former President Donald Trump’s administration Monday. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the comments in response to questions from the media during a Monday press conference. Newly-minted CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Sunday the Biden administration was struggling to determine just how much COVID-19 vaccine it had on hand. “The confusion around this issue — which we acknowledge there is some confusion — speaks to a larger problem, which is what we’re inheriting from the prior administration — which is much worse than we could have imagined,” Psaki said. (RELATED: President Biden Tells A Reporter Asking About Vaccine Rollout To ‘Give Me A Break, Man’) Press Sec. Jen Psaki on “confusion” over vaccine availability: Trump administration left things “much worse than we could have imagined.”...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings.White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday's briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House's YouTube stream of the event.Psaki said President Joe Biden "is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families."It marks a shift from the Trump administration, which had only sporadic press briefings and didn't include an interpreter until late in President Donald Trump's term.Last August, the National Association of the Deaf joined five deaf individuals in suing Trump and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, charging the failure to provide an interpreter undermined the ability of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to access key information about the coronavirus pandemic.The next month, a federal judge ordered the White House to include American...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said President Biden condemned violence in Portland and Seattle, saying he supports "peaceful protests," but that "smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting," calling that activity "completely unacceptable."  Psaki was asked during the White House press briefing Monday for Biden’s reaction to recent unrest in the Pacific Northwest. LATEST PORTLAND ANTI-ICE PROTEST PROMPTS FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE "President Biden condemns violence and any violence in the strongest possible terms," Psaki said. "Peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy but smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting and actions like these are totally unacceptable." More than a dozen people were arrested in the two cities, according to police reports, after demonstrators angry with Biden targeted government buildings and the Oregon Democratic Party building in Portland. In Portland, about 150 people marched on the headquarters of the Democratic Party of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday’s briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House’s YouTube stream of the event. Psaki said President Joe Biden “is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families.” It marks a shift from the Trump administration, which had only sporadic press briefings and didn’t include an interpreter until late in President Donald Trump’s term. Last August, the National Association of the Deaf joined five deaf individuals in suing Trump and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, charging the failure to provide an interpreter undermined the ability of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to access key information about the coronavirus pandemic. The next month, a federal judge...
    (CNN)The Biden administration says it is "exploring ways to speed up" release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama."It's important that our notes, our money -- if people don't know what a note is -- reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.Psaki referred specific questions the timeline of the new design to the Treasury Department. CNN has reached out to Treasury for comment.Biden White House State of play: Impeachment trial date will give more time to confirm Biden Cabinet Here are the 30 executive orders and actions Biden signed in his first three days Here's where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand In a 2018 interview at the Economic Club of...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was ceremonially sworn in at the White House by Vice President Kamala Harris after becoming the first black defense secretary, a joint appearance that underscored the new administration's priority to fill top political roles with diverse candidates. Like Austin, Harris is the first black person to hold her respective position. She is also the first woman and first person of South Asian descent to hold the post. On Monday, Austin, President Biden's second Cabinet official to be confirmed, took his oath from Harris in the White House's Roosevelt Room, as his wife Charlene Austin held the Bible. Biden, Austin, Harris, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley met earlier in the day, shortly before the president signed an Executive Order repealing former President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. The rule is part of Biden's "Day One"...
    The Biden administration plans on undertaking an interagency review before moving forward with, or reversing, a number of former President Donald Trump’s policies relating to China, including the delisting of multiple Chinese telecommunications companies. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at Monday’s briefing that “a range of regulatory actions and a range of relationships with companies as it relates to Chinese investment” are “just starting.” (RELATED: New York Stock Exchange To Delist Major Chinese Telecom Companies, Citing Trump’s Executive Order) WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signed executive orders and other presidential actions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) “They will need to go through the interagency — so the State Department, the Treasury Department, a number...
    The White House spelled out the urgency of hurrying through a COVID-19 relief bill on Monday, warning that U.S. citizens faced an “unemployment insurance cliff” in March when current funding would run out. In her daily briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki intensified pressure on Congress to get a deal done as soon as possible. “There needs to be progress in the next couple of weeks — I think by March, it could get passed,” she said. She was speaking after Republicans and some Democrats pushed back on the size of President Biden's $1.9 trillion relief proposal. The matter is one of the new president's highest priorities as he deals with a crisis that has cost more than 400,000 lives. Some have expressed concern about the plan to send $1,400 checks to most Americans, even those with fairly high incomes, and increase the minimum wage to $15. News Joe Biden...
    President Biden's inauguration started the race for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination, but it also left the Democratic side in a state of flux. Four years ago, former President Donald Trump filed his paperwork on the same day he was sworn in with the Federal Election Commission that opened the door for his 2020 reelection bid as he raked in cash from supporters. Biden, however, didn't take the same step on Jan. 20, 2021. During her first briefing last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked why not. "His focus is not on politics," she told reporters. She added that he would wait "some time into his first term" to discuss his future plans. The president dodged a similar question during the transition. He was pressed on whether submitting a statement of candidacy, which basically affects how he fundraises, would stop the speculation that he intends on being...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden will be speaking to Americans about critical economic issues on January 25. Biden will talk about manufacturing during his fifth full day in the White House. 3President Joe BidenCredit: AFP or licensors What time is Joe Biden's speech today? President Joe Biden will speak to the American public at 3:45 pm on January 25. Vice President Kamala Harris will also be in attendance. What is Joe Biden expected to say? Biden will "deliver remarks on strengthening American manufacturing" and will sign an executive order, according to the White House. The goal of the order would be to use the $600billion the federal government spends on procurement to boost domestic factories and hiring, officials who insisted on anonymity told The Associated Press. Biden's order would modify the rules for the Buy American program, making it harder for contractors to qualify for a waiver and sell foreign-made goods to...
    By Kate Bennett | CNN The new President and first lady settled in at the White House this weekend, and did so with extended Biden family members. “The residence has life in it again,” a White House source told CNN of the energy inside. “It’s the honeymoon period where everything feels new.” There were nighttime movie binges in the White House movie theater, complete with snacks from the White House kitchen cooks, many of the Bidens’ five older grandchildren piling into the seats to watch, said another source familiar with the activities. The increased activity was met with pandemic precautions, including mask wearing. On Sunday, the first dogs arrived from Delaware, where they had been waiting until things were unpacked and settled enough to allow a comfortable entry for the two German Shepherds at their new pad. “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by fireplace and Major loved running...
    Reuters January 25, 2021 0 Comments Sarah Sanders, who served as one of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s White House press secretaries, on Monday announced she would seek the Republican Party’s nomination for governor of Arkansas in the 2022 election. It is rare for a former White House press secretary to launch into a political career, and her campaign will amount to a test of the pull Trump still has within the party after the tumultuous end of his presidency. In a video released on social media announcing her decision, Sanders tied herself closely to Trump and his agenda, using flag-waving video of him and herself on a presidential trip to Iraq. Trump won Arkansas with 62% of the vote in the Nov. 3 election, an indication that Sanders is in safe territory aligning herself with the former president. Trump representatives did not respond to a question about whether...
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle confronted the Biden administration on it’s $1.9 trillion economic recovery package, lobbying the newly-installed White House to take a more targeted approach. In a call Sunday, White House Economic Adviser Brian Deese was grilled by centrist Democrats and Republicans on the nearly $2 trillion price tag, which includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, an extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September and a national vaccination program. “This isn’t Monopoly money,” Sen. Angus King (I-Me.), one of the lawmakers on the call, told reporters on Sunday. “Part of what we’re asking for is more data. Where did you get the number?” he continued, asking about the package’s price tag. The call with Deese was organized by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Manchin is one of 16 moderate senators who serve as key swing votes. Over a dozen senators took part in the 75-minute...
    More On: Coronavirus Celeb photog’s ex-wife admits to killing son after struggling to care for him during COVID COVID could spark record spike in inequality, org warns New Zealand reports first community coronavirus case in two months Ex-FDA head ‘confident’ Brazil’s COVID-19 strain is in the US Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle confronted the Biden administration on it’s $1.9 trillion economic recovery package, lobbying the newly-installed White House to take a more targeted approach. In a call Sunday, White House Economic Adviser Brian Deese was grilled by centrist Democrats and Republicans on the nearly $2 trillion price tag, which includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, an extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September and a national vaccination program. “This isn’t Monopoly money,” Sen. Angus King (I-Me.), one of the lawmakers on the call, told reporters on Sunday. “Part of what we’re asking for is more...
    The Trump administration did roll out an American AI Initiative in February 2019 which outlined a national strategy for AI development, however the plan did not provide any additional funding for research, but merely redirected existing funding sources towards AI R&D. “The Trump administration continues to make US leadership in AI a top priority,” Michael Kratsios, the Trump administration’s chief technology officer said in a statement. “Under the American AI Initiative, efforts are underway to promote R&D and workforce development, collaborate with international partners, develop technical standards, and much more. We look forward to continued engagement with the AI community on these important issues.” The new Biden administration plans to make a clean break from Trump’s openly hostile stance towards the sciences. Among the many departures from his predecessor’s policy positions, Biden has pledged to “restore trust in science” and “pay great attention” to scientists as a matter of course...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden is signing an order Monday strengthening the national government’s commitment to buy American-made goods at a time when the world’s largest economy is slowing because of the coronavirus pandemic. While all U.S. leaders have committed the government to Buy American programs, the White House said Biden’s order would “close loopholes that allow companies to offshore production and jobs while still qualifying for domestic preferences.” The White House said the Biden order “will ensure that the federal government is investing taxpayer dollars in American businesses—both small and large,” including from entrepreneurs and businesses owned by minorities. “The dollars the federal government spends on goods and services are a powerful tool to support American workers and manufacturers,” the White House said, with contracting alone accounting for nearly $600 billion in federal spending. The White House said Biden’s order would direct federal agencies to close loopholes...
    Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it official on Monday: she’s running for governor of Arkansas in 2022. While most Americans know Sanders from her time in President Trump's White House, back home in Arkansas she’s also long been well known for her political pedigree. Sanders is the daughter of former longtime Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who later grabbed national attention as a two-time Republican presidential candidate. FORMER TRUMP WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SANDERS ANNOUNCES GUBERNATORIAL BID "My dad always said the real test of a leader is not the way you handle the issues you know are coming, it's rising to the moment in a crisis you could never plan for," Sanders said in a video announcing her candidacy. "I've been tested under fire." Here are five things to know about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders and Clinton share the same birthplace Huckabee Sanders was born on Aug. 13, 1982, in...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/CNN) — President Joe Biden’s dogs have finally joined the first family from the White House. Champ and Major arrived from Delaware on Sunday to their new home in Washington. “The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn,” First Lady Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN in a statement Monday. The Bidens’ dogs moving in marks a return to a longstanding tradition of Presidents and their families bringing their pets with them to the White House. Former President Donald Trump and his family did not have any pets for the four years they lived in the White House. Champ has been with the Biden family for more than 10 years — since December 2008, weeks after Biden became Barack...
    The Senate is voting late Monday afternoon on Janet Yellen's confirmation to be treasury secretary. If confirmed, she'll be the first woman to lead the department in its more than 230-year history. Her nomination was advanced by the Senate Finance Committee Friday with unanimous support, 26 to 0, and both Democrats and Republicans praised her after the committee vote. "I think this is a great way to start the new year, with a unanimous vote on behalf of someone who I believe may in fact be the most competent, qualified secretary of the treasury we have ever had," said committee member Senator Debbie Stabenow. Ranking member Senator Ron Wyden called Yellen a "NBA All-Star" when it comes to clearing the Senate nomination process, noting Yellen has been previously confirmed four times for economic positions by the Senate. Yellen's first order of business will be helping to lead the U.S....
    The White House just became the dog house. The White House recently shared photos of President Joe Biden’s dogs, Champ and Major, on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The two pets have officially moved into the residence, where they are apparently enjoying the space. The White House released a series of photos showing both dogs playing on the property. (Adam Schultz/Official White House) Champ, the older of the dogs, has been enjoying sitting by the fireplace, Today reports. Major, meanwhile, has reportedly been spotted running around the South Lawn. DOG MIRRORS INJURED OWNER'S LIMP IN VIRAL FACEBOOK VIDEO: 'LOVE HIM' The White House released a series of photos showing both dogs playing on the property, with the Washington Monument visible in the background. The photos were taken by the White House’s official photographer Adam Schultz. Champ has been with the Biden's since 2008, while Major was rescued in...
    President Joe Biden’s White House press secretary Jen Psaki is set to deliver her daily press briefing at 1:00 p.m. ET on Monday. This will be Psaki’s fourth briefing as press secretary since President Joe Biden was officially sworn in on Jan. 20. In the first few days of his administration, President Biden has signed a record number of executive orders so quickly on one’s term, though the vast majority overturn executive orders signed by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Psaki has presented a calm and collaborative demeanor thus far at the Brady Press Briefing podium, though some have noted a significantly less aggressive tone from reporters compared to how the media treated Biden’s predecessors. She has thus far resisted taking the bait in answering any question’s on Biden’s position on a pending impeachment trial, insisting that the president will leave this up to Congress. Psaki started out her first...
    Ex-White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has claimed she was the only full-time person working on the White House's response to the COVID-19 pandemic under Donald Trump. Birx made the claim in an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, in which she appeared to attempt to do some reputational rehab by distancing herself from the former president. The doctor described herself as ‘an N of 1’ during her nine months on the COVID-19 task force, which refers to a clinical trial in which a single patient is the sole participant. ‘There was no team, full-time team in the White House working on coronavirus,’ she said, adding that she had asked for more staff though was apparently denied. The former U.S. Army colonel and CDC adviser said the Trump administration’s structure meant that she was the ‘only full-time person’ working on the White House’s coronavirus response. ‘That’s...
    President Joe Biden welcomed two new residents Monday to the White House. Champ, 12, and Major, 3, spent the first week of Biden’s administration at the family home in Delaware and arrived at the White House on Sunday, according to the New York Post. Champ has been “enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace,” and Major has been “running around on the South Lawn,” the outlet reported. The photos of the pups’ arrival are the cutest thing you’ll see on the internet today. The First Dogs have arrived at the White House pic.twitter.com/ruaaNYC8i1 — Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) January 25, 2021 There have not been dogs living in the White House since 2017 after former President Barack Obama moved out. Obama had two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny. (RELATED: Here’s A Christmas Message From Champ And Major, Joe Biden’s Dogs) Champ and Major won’t be the only...
    Washington — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday revoking a presidential memorandum from former President Donald Trump that disqualified most transgender individuals from military service, an anticipated move in Mr. Biden's first days in office.  Mr. Biden's executive order directs the secretary of defense and secretary of homeland security to implement his order and immediately prohibits denying a military member from continuing to serve based on gender identity, according to a fact sheet from the White House. It also requires a progress report from those same secretaries in 60 days. The text of the executive order has not yet been released.  "President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America's strength is found in its diversity," the White House said. "This question of how to enable all qualified Americans to serve in the military is easily answered by recognizing our...
    President Joe Biden has named Dr. Kevin O’Connor, a retired Army colonel and Biden’s personal doctor for more than a decade, the White House physician. O’Connor will replace Dr. Sean Conley, who drew widespread criticism for statements he made to the press throughout former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus treatment this past fall, the White House confirmed Monday to Daily Caller. (RELATED: White House Physician Sean Conley Repeatedly Dodges Questions About When Trump Last Tested Negative For Coronavirus) US President Joe Biden speaks about the Covid-19 response before signing executive orders for economic relief to Covid-hit families and businesses in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) O’Connor first began serving as Biden’s physician after he was sworn-in as vice president in 2009, according to CNN. Prior to treating the then-vice president, O’Connor served as a...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday reversing former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the United States military. “President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” the White House wrote in a statement announcing the move. “The military is no exception. Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.” WASHINGTON, DC – JAN. 22: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on economic crisis in the State Dining Room of the White House Jan. 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke on his administration’s response to the economic crisis that caused by the...
    President Joe Biden has replaced Donald Trump's controversial White House physician with his own doctor. Biden has brought his longtime doctor, Kevin O'Connor, on board as the new White House physician. O'Connor, who has served as Biden's doctor for more than a decade, replaces Dr. Sean Conley, who was criticized for giving conflicting information about Trump's condition when the former president was battling COVID-19.  Conley admitted to giving an uplifting assessment of Trump's condition because the White House wanted to project optimism. In reality, the president's COVID case was more dire and he was, at times, on supplemental oxygen and had a high fever. 'I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true,' Dr. Conley said at the time. 'The fact of...
    I’m in —> https://t.co/8bmfl3ZPgp Watch ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/khDPEk0orU — Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 25, 2021 CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta jabbed at Sarah Huckabee Sanders — after his former Briefing Room nemesis confirmed she will run for governor of Arkansas. After over a year of laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial run, the former White House press secretary released a video on Monday formally announcing her campaign. Sanders is expected to have a major political foothold in the state as the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and with Trump having carried the majority of Arkansas’ 2020 election vote, she used her video to highlight her service to his administration. “With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line.” Sanders said. “Our state needs a leader with the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has brought back Dr. Kevin O’Connor as his physician, replacing President Donald Trump’s doctor with the one who oversaw his care when he was vice president. The White House confirmed that Dr. Sean Conley, the Navy commander who served as the head of the White House Medical Unit under Trump and oversaw his treatment when he was hospitalized with COVID-19, will assume a teaching role at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. O’Connor, a retired Army colonel, was Biden’s doctor during his entire tenure as vice president, having remained in the role at Biden’s request. He remained Biden’s physician while assuming a role on the faculty of George Washington University. The White House said O’Connor was being commissioned by the president but was not rejoining the military. He is the first non-active duty doctor to serve as physician to the president...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNEWS.COM) —A Texas man with a handgun and ammunition in his pickup truck was arrested near White House grounds on January 22 after telling an officer “he needed information about the Oval Office,” court documents show. Pedestrians outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2021. (credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Macias Santiago, 37, from Midland, was parked at a meter when he asked an officer in full uniform if he could park there, then added the remark about Oval Office information, the documents say. According to court papers, a search of the vehicle yielded a working unlicensed .40 caliber pistol, two fully loaded 8 round magazines and an opened box of 79 rounds of ammunition. ♦♦♦ Click Here To Read The Complete Story On cbsnews.com ♦♦♦
    Sarah Sanders, one of former President Donald Trumps White House press secretaries, announced  Monday that she would seek the Republican Partys nomination for governor of Arkansas in the 2022 election. Sanders, who left the White House in 2019 under good terms with Trump and backed his bid for re-election in November, faces a potential crowded race that could test the former presidents hold on the Republican Party as it regroups. In a video posted with a tweet announcing "Im in," Sanders echoed much of Trumps rhetoric, vowing "law and order," and positioning herself as a bulwark against "the radical left," "socialism" and "cancel culture." Arkansass Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin has said he will also seek the Republican nomination in the race, which could also include state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Senate President Jim Hendren, according to local media reports. Current Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, is constitutionally barred...
    Washington — White House press secretary Jen Psaki is holding her daily briefing on Monday, as the new administration continues to begin implementing President Biden's agenda. Mr. Biden plans to sign an executive order Monday afternoon strengthening federal agencies' commitment to buy American goods. The order will make it harder for federal agencies to gain waivers to buy foreign goods, and increase the threshold required for products to qualify as American made, the White House said.How to watch the White House press briefing What: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing  Date: January 25, 2021 Time: 1 p.m. Location: James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device. The president has signed dozens of executive orders in his first days in office, issuing directives to bolster the federal government's response...
    CNN anchor Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Women to lead major networks' White House coverage at start of Biden era CNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show MORE on Monday blasted former White House Press Secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersHouse Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing Sarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un MORE Sanders for attacking the media as she announced her intention to run for Governor of Arkansas. "I took on the media, the radical left and their cancel culture, and I won," Sanders said in a video announcing the launch of her campaign. "As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you."  Acosta responded to her assertion in a tweet. "Cancel culture? She...
    More On: white house Biden attends Mass, stops at bagel shop on way back to White House Not many Americans are confident Biden can unify the country, poll shows Biden administration blames vaccine rollout delay on Trump White House Comparing presidential pardons through the years First dogs Champ and Major Biden, the family’s pair of German Shepherds, have officially moved into the White House. Champ, 12, and Major, 3, spent the first week of their dad’s administration back in their family’s Wilmington, Del., home as their parents settled into the executive mansion, First Lady Jill Biden’s office said. The two dogs were reunited with the first lady and President Biden on Sunday. Since moving in, Champ has been “enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace,” while Major has been “running around on the South Lawn.” In photos shared by the White House, the pooches could be seen enjoying...
    President Biden has selected his longtime primary care doctor to serve as the new head White House physician, a position that gained renewed prominence during the Trump administration. Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who has been Biden's personal doctor since 2009, will serve as the top doctor to the president, a White House official confirmed. O'Connor served 22 years in the Army and for more than a decade at the White House. He was supposed to spend three years there, but extended his White House stint by eight years at Biden's request. Biden, who is 78, became the oldest individual to be sworn in as president last week. O'Connor retired from the military at the conclusion of the Obama administration, but he remained as Biden's doctor while simultaneously serving as the Founding Director of Executive Medicine at George Washington University. He replaces Dr. Sean Conley, who spent roughly two years as President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve...
    Washington – The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out disputes claiming former President Donald Trump was profiting from the presidency through his continued financial interest in his private company in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause. The high court sent the cases, brought by a government watchdog group and the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, back to the lower courts with instructions to dismiss them as moot, as Mr. Trump is no longer in office, and vacated the opinions against him. First filed in 2017, not long after Mr. Trump assumed the presidency, the cases claimed he violated the Constitution's foreign and domestic emoluments clauses because of his continued financial interest and ownership in his hotels and restaurants, including the Trump International Hotel located near the White House. The provisions prohibit the president from accepting any gift, office, title or emolument from a foreign state or...
    CNN's media correspondent Brian Stelter has already vouched for the Biden White House's relationship with the truth, praising new press secretary Jen Psaki's "refreshing" commitment to delivering accurate information. Stelter shared a chyron from Sunday's episode of his show "Reliable Sources" that read, "Psaki promises to share 'accurate info' (How refreshing)." To drive the point home, he tweeted "(How refreshing)." Stelter made sure to let his Twitter followers know he wrote the graphic about Psaki, a former CNN commentator and longtime Democratic flack. Psaki has pledged to hold daily press briefings, a break from the Trump White House, which essentially mothballed the longstanding practice. ABC’S 'THIS WEEK' EDITS OUT SCHUMER'S UNFORTUNATE TRUMP GAFFE ON SENATE FLOOR Stelter's credulousness is part of a pattern from his network and other outlets to preemptively declare the Biden White House a den of truth-telling. CNN White House correspondent John Harwood tweeted that "truth" and "knowledge" were back on the...
    WASHINGTON -- The first dogs have arrived at the White House, including the first-ever rescue dog to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.According to First Lady Dr. Jill Biden's office, the family wanted to get settled before moving Champ and Major from Delaware to Washington.So how are the pups settling in? Dr. Biden's office says Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major is loving running around the south lawn. ????: The First Dogs arrived at the White House Sunday, including Major, the first rescue dog ever to live in the White House.The Biden family wanted to get settled in the White House before moving Champ and Major from Delaware to Washington, per First Lady Jill Biden’s office. pic.twitter.com/lAhZrD7Dbx— ABC News (@ABC) January 25, 2021Champ and Major are both German Shepherds, but Major has another title that makes him special. He's the first rescue dog to live...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki predicted Sunday that President Joe Biden’s first cat would “dominate the internet” when it is publicly revealed for the first time. Psaki responded to questions about the cat in a video posted to social media where she answered questions from users on Twitter. Last week I asked you for your questions and you delivered. Answered a bunch here – and looking forward to doing this again soon. SPOILER: Revealing @POTUS favorite ice cream ???? pic.twitter.com/DtAXZZGFdR — Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 24, 2021 One person asked about the details of the “first feline.” “I am also wondering about the cat, because the cat is going to dominate the internet whenever the cat is announced and wherever that cat is found,” Psaki replied. In November, the Bidens revealed to CBS News they wanted to bring a cat to the White House. And now some breaking news...
    Loading the player... In the announcement of her bid for governor of her home state of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders became the first former Trump White House staff member to seek major office since he lost re-election. “With the radical left now in charge of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line,” said the former press secretary in a nearly eight-minute video posted on Twitter Monday morning. “So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas.” This 2019 photo shows then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talking to reporters after an interview with Fox News outside the West Wing. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of Mike Huckabee, who served as governor of the state from 1996 to 2007, has never sought nor held public office before, but she’s been seen as...
    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and other members of Donald Trump’s administration are reportedly having a hard time finding new jobs after the tumultuous end to the former president’s term. A new report from Politico puts the spotlight on several of Trump’s allies who are charting their next moves after the president left Washington D.C. for Florida. Despite Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, the article suggests many of his ex-staffers thought they would move ahead with their lives after his presidency, or that they would help him lay the early groundwork for his 2024 campaign. For a lot of people, however, this apparently changed when Trump’s presidency ended with him inciting the insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent attempt to overturn his election defeat. “Tainted by Trump’s reputation, several Trump aides described an increasingly bleak job market with virtually no chance...
    The Biden administration faced a grilling over its $1.9trillion coronavirus spending package on Sunday with senators from both parties calling for more targeted relief.  Senators including conservative Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican moderate Susan Collins were among those on the 75-minute call with top Biden officials amid pressure to strike a deal before Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.  Collins said it 'seems premature to be considering a package of this size and scope', adding that she would try to rally the senators to 'come up with a more targeted package'.  Her fellow Maine senator Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats, also voiced doubts about the cost and said the $1.9trillion was not 'Monopoly money', according to Politico.  President Biden, pictured leaving church in Washington on Sunday, is pushing to pass a virus relief package after long touting his abilities as a bipartisan dealmaker  The pandemic has killed more than...
    (CNN)The first dogs have entered the White House -- the Bidens' two German shepherds, Champ and Major, officially joined the first family in their new residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday."Champ and Major Biden joined the President and the First Lady at the White House on Sunday," First Lady Jill Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN in a statement Monday. "The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn."The new canine occupants of the White House mark a return to form. Though there is a long history of Presidential pets, former President Donald Trump and his family did not bring pets to the White House. CNN has previously reported the elder dog, Champ, joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has replaced the controversial White House physician who offered misleading information about President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis last fall.A White House official said Biden had selected Dr. Kevin O'Connor to replace Dr. Sean Conley as his doctor. It's not uncommon for a president to name his own physician when taking office, though his two most recent predecessors each retained the incumbent doctor who had attended the men who served before them.Bidens First 100 Days Analysis: Biden is planning a busy week of executive action. Here's what you need to know Democrats working on legislation to provide $3,000 payments per child amid pandemic Inside Kamala Harris' historic first days Conley generated controversy in the fall when he admitted to offering rosy descriptions of Trump's condition because the White House wanted to project optimism. In reality, Trump suffered serious conditions like shortness of breath that required...
    Madison Summers January 25, 2021 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci is continuing to speak out about what it was like working for the Trump administration amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci was a member of the White House coronavirus task force, and is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is now the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. When asked during The New York Times interview about working for President Donald Trump, Fauci said, “There were a couple of times where I would make a statement that was a pessimistic viewpoint about what direction we were going, and the president would call me up and say, ‘Hey, why aren’t you more positive? You’ve got to take a positive attitude. Why are you so negativistic? Be more positive.'” Fauci also said, “He would get on the phone and express disappointment in me that I...
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for governor of Arkansas in the 2022 election, CBS News has confirmed. She announced her campaign in a video posted to her Twitter account Monday. In the nearly eight-minute-long announcement, Sanders highlighted her tenure serving as White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump and called for an end to violence and return to peaceful protest. "With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas," Sanders said. "As governor, I will defend our right to be free of socialism and tyranny, your Second Amendment right to keep your family safe and your freedom of speech and religious liberty. Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what's right, not what's political correct or convenient."...
    The first Monday morning of the Biden administration, while former President Donald Trump remains in Twitter exile, means that outlets that focus on quick-hitting news items designed to inform and delight, need to think creatively about early morning stories. On that note… CNN’s New Day co-anchor John Berman took a light-hearted shot at Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson’s alleged focus with cancel culture during a report on President Joe Biden’s  German Shepherds, Major and Champ. Berman introduced the report that Biden’s pet dogs have officially arrived at the White House, but it was not enough to leave it at that. “And just in to CNN, two new arrivals at the white house, Champ and Major,” Berman opened in his best Guy Smiley approximation, adding, “They are now in residence, we are told, the Biden’s German Shepherds. You can see them playing with the first lady on the White House grounds. We’re...
    A Texas man with a handgun and ammunition in his pickup truck was arrested near White House grounds Friday after telling an officer "he needed information about the Oval Office," court documents show. Macias Santiago, 37, from Midland, was parked at a meter when he asked an officer in full uniform on a bicycle if he could park there, then added the remark about Oval Office information, the documents say. The officer then noticed a holster mounted under the center dash of the pickup and asked Santiago if he had a gun, and Santiago nodded "yes," according to the documents. A search of the vehicle yielded a working unlicensed .40 caliber pistol, two fully loaded 8 round magazines and an opened box of 79 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents. Santiago was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm, unregistered ammunition and...
    Reuters January 25, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden attended a church service in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood and stopped for bagels at a hot pink shop named “Call Your Mother” on his first Sunday in office. Biden waved at a crowd of cheering supporters near the shop, while his son Hunter waited at the takeout window before returning with a bag of bagels and some beverages. Andrew Dana, 35, one of the shop’s owners, said the Bidens’ visit came as a surprise. “To have the president out and about visiting local business is really encouraging,” Dana told Reuters. “We love the positive vibes.” Former President Donald Trump rarely frequented local businesses in Washington, often spending his Sundays at the golf club he owns in a Virginia suburb. Biden was joined at the service at Holy Trinity Church by Hunter and two of Hunter’s three daughters – Maisy and Finnegan....
    Reuters January 25, 2021 0 Comments Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will announce plans on Monday to run for governor of Arkansas, a source familiar with the situation said on Sunday. Sanders will announce on video her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the November 2022 election, the source added. The current governor, Republican Asa Hutchinson, is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. Sanders served as Trump’s second press secretary, having replaced Sean Spicer in 2017. She resigned in 2019 to return home to Arkansas. The 38-year-old Sanders is the daughter of Republican former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. She left the White House on good terms with Trump and supported his failed re-election bid. (Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Peter Cooney)
    Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday that she is running for governor of Arkansas in 2022. ARKANSAS GOV. HUTCHINSON, WHO PROSECUTED CLINTON IMPEACHMENT, SAYS IMPEACHING TRUMP AGAIN WAS WRONG MOVE The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders would create something of an Arkansas political dynasty should she win. She was widely encouraged to run by former President Donald Trump since her White House departure in June 2019. Sanders seeks to replace current GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is barred by term limits from running for re-election next year. Sanders joins an expensive Republican primary that already includes two statewide elected leaders, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Sanders joined the Fox News Channel as a paid, on-air contributor in September 2019....
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for governor of Arkansas in the 2022 election, CBS News has confirmed. A source familiar with her plans said she will make the announcement on Monday. The current Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, cannot run again due to term limits. Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, became a household name while working as part of the Trump White House communications team. She initially served as deputy White House press secretary before taking over as press secretary after Sean Spicer resigned. Known publicly for her adversarial relationship with the press, she privately had a good relationship with many reporters. When she left the administration in June 2019, she had not given a press briefing in over 100 days. She tweeted at the time that she was leaving with her "head held high."  Sanders served as press secretary for two years. Her successor, Stephanie...
    A bipartisan group of senators is pushing the White House for more details on its $1.9 trillion rescue plan, with some suggesting to administration officials on Sunday that President Biden needs to provide more information on how money would be spent — and consider dividing up his ambitious legislation into smaller proposals. Sixteen senators from both major parties and three senior White House aides met virtually on Sunday afternoon to discuss Mr. Biden's American Rescue Plan. The one hour and 15 minute call was set up by moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Mr. Biden's proposed relief plan includes $400 billion for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and increasing vaccine capabilities; over $1 trillion to assist families needing direct financial support; and $440 billion in emergency funds for cash-poor small businesses and communities. Included in the package are $1,400 stimulus checks that, combined with the recent round of...
    Dogs have returned to the White House after a four-year hiatus. Champ and Major, the German shepherds of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, arrived at the White House on Sunday, a few days after their owners. Champ, the Biden family dog, with first lady Jill Biden. Courtesy of the White House The Bidens moved in last week but signaled that the family pooches would be a few days behind while the first family settled into its new living quarters at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Champ joined the Bidens in late 2008, just before they moved into the vice presidential mansion in Washington. Major was adopted two years ago through the Delaware Humane Association and is the first shelter dog to move into the White House.  Major, the Biden family dog Courtesy of the White House President Trump was the first occupant of the White House not to have a dog...
    (CNN)The future is looking a little greener: 2020 marked the first year Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Coronavirus The US has now recorded more than 25 million coronavirus cases, and experts say it's time to double down on safety measures and speed up vaccine administration to keep the already unfathomable numbers from spiraling further out of control. Still, healthy young Americans may not have access to a vaccine until mid- to late summer. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said a big problem is there's not enough information about how much vaccine is available. The CDC is also reviewing data that suggests the UK coronavirus variant could, in fact, be...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump’s former chief spokeswoman and one of his closest aides, is running for Arkansas governor, a senior campaign official told The Associated Press. Sanders, who left the White House in 2019 to return to her home state, planned to announce her bid on Monday, according to the campaign official who spoke Sunday night on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the formal announcement. The former White House press secretary is launching her bid less than a week after the end of Trump’s presidency and as the ex-president faces an impeachment trial. But Sanders is also running in a solidly red state where Republicans tend to embrace the former president. The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders had been widely expected to run for the office after leaving the White House — and Trump publicly...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Lawmakers on the right question the wisdom of racking up bigger deficits while those on the left are urging Biden not to spend too much time on bipartisanship when the pandemic is killing thousands of Americans each day and costing more jobs amid tightening restrictions in many communities. At least a dozen senators met for an hour and 15 minutes in a virtual call with White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese and other senior White House officials Sunday. Many hope to approve a relief package before former President Donald Trump’s trial, which is set to begin in two weeks, overtakes...
    (CNN)As his first full week in the White House begins, Joe Biden already faces critical early tests of a presidency premised on political compromise and uniting Washington to fight the pandemic.The President's team Sunday appealed for two things that may ultimately be elusive — time to stand up an aggressive attempt to finally turn around the Covid-19 nightmare and Republican buy-in for his $1.9 trillion economic relief plan.In the week ahead, Biden is expected to unleash a new blitz of executive actions to deliver momentum to his new administration -- on Monday, for instance, removing the ban on transgender people serving in the military. Biden is planning a busy week of executive action. Heres what you need to knowThe President plans to move aggressively later in the week, taking steps to boost US workers, address racial inequality and combat climate change.But true, lasting change and the nation's hopes of finally...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump’s former chief spokeswoman and one of his closest aides, is running for Arkansas governor, a senior campaign official told The Associated Press. Sanders, who left the White House in 2019 to return to her home state, planned to announce her bid on Monday, according to the campaign official who spoke Sunday night on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the formal announcement The former White House press secretary is launching her bid less than a week after the end of Trump’s presidency and as the ex-president faces an impeachment trial. But Sanders is also running in a solidly red state where Republicans tend to embrace the former president. The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders had been widely expected to run for the office after leaving the White House — and Trump...