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    Tensions flared between Fox News contributors Jessica Tarlov and David Webb when they locked horns over the easing of indoor dining restrictions around the country. Harris Faulkner hosted Tarlov and Webb on Monday as they discussed the plan for multiple states and cities to lessen the restrictions that restaurants have been dealing with throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Faulkner noted that this comes shortly after Joe Biden assumed the presidency, and when she asked Webb for his thoughts, the conservative radio host assessed that “the political calculus now matters.” “Maybe they didn’t study business, but you need at least 30 to 40 percent in the door just to open the doors before you get to even the point of profitability,” Webb said. “This is really a failure by these liberal decisions, liberal mayors, liberal governors in a successful effort to remove President Trump and hurt Republicans while they destroyed lives from...
    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 on Monday signed an executive order repealing the July 2017 ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. In a press release announcing the move, the Biden administration stated that “that all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve.” “President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service and that America’s strength is found in its diversity. This question of how to enable all qualified Americans to serve in the military is easily answered by recognizing our core values,” the statement reads. “America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. 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...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday morning with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, as the President is poised to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military as early as Monday. President Donald Trump's ban has been rebuked by the Democrat-led House of Representatives and condemned by LGBTQ activists as discriminatory. Austin voiced his support for overturning the ban in his Senate confirmation hearing last week. Biden has a meeting late Monday morning with Austin, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, according to the White House. Later on Monday, Harris is scheduled to ceremonially swear in Austin as Defense secretary in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.Harris and Austin are the first two Black people to hold their respective positions, and their joint appearance underscores the record diversity of Biden's administration. Austin is the first Black secretary of defense,...
    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...
    A manatee was recently discovered in Florida with the word “Trump” apparently etched into its back. The grotesque assault on the wild aquatic being by persons as yet unknown drew repulsion and outrage from the public and officials. Coming in the final days of his presidency, the obscene act provided an apt illustration of Donald Trump’s impact on the natural world while in office. Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time in its finals days making sure that toxic legacy is etched in stone. “One hundred percent disturbing” Boat charter operator Hailey Warrington spotted the branded manatee, a threatened species, in the Homosassa River on 10 January. She told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune “This is just disturbing. One hundred percent disturbing”. As well as being disturbing, the act was also illegal. As Ecowatch reported, Manatees are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act on a...
    California has spent $41 million in the past four years fighting the Trump administration over its regulations and rollbacks involving climate change, immigration, consumer rights and more. During Donald Trump’s presidency, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed lawsuit after lawsuit, challenging the various federal agencies that set new national policies. The costs are “almost entirely” personnel hours, which include work by Justice Department attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegal analysts and special agents, a Department of Justice spokesperson said. Also included were costs of printing, travel and facilities. It’s unclear if there were any outside consultant or expert witness costs, too. “From Day 1, our team at CA DOJ has protected our public lands, natural resources and environment from four years of attack from the White House,” Becerra said in a statement the day before Trump left office. “It will take time to unwind the havoc the Trump Administration has wrought.” California filed...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers met virtually on Sunday with leaders of the Biden administration to discuss some important elements in combating the Coronavirus pandemic — like vaccine distribution and a massive stimulus plan. One of the agenda items discussed were details on a $1.9 trillion rescue plan. Some senators suggested that President Biden needs to have more information on where the money is going. According to CBS News, the call involved 16 Senators and three senior White House advisors. The President’s proposed relief plan calls for $400 billion directed to slowing spread of COVID-19 and increasing vaccine capabilities. More than $1 trillion is set to assist families needing direct financial support. And about $440 billion is directed towards cash for small businesses and communities. Participants in the meeting want to know more on how quickly the vaccine can be distributed. They seemed to agree the...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Monday aimed at boosting American manufacturing, setting in motion a process to fulfill his campaign pledge to strengthen the federal government's Buy American rules. Similar executive orders signed by former President Donald Trump had little effect because his administration waited to formalize changes until his second to last day in office. By contrast, Biden will set a 180-day deadline to deliver on fundamental change to the process, according to an administration official. "He believes we can rebuild the vitality of American manufacturing and our industrial strength. A big piece of that is centered around the idea that when we use taxpayer money to rebuild America, we buy American and we support American jobs," the official said. The order follows others Biden signed last week directing additional relief to the neediest Americans, as well as starting the process of raising the minimum...
    Aghast over former President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a series of last-minute federal executions before departing the White House, progressives are starting to exert pressure on President Joe Biden to get specific about his timeline and planned approach to ending capital punishment. The argument, shared widely among left-aligned Democrats in Congress and reform advocates, is rooted in the belief that being antithetical to Trump on the death penalty is a crucial first step to eradicating a racially biased criminal justice system. As Biden’s first 100 days in office begin to take shape with no political barriers, many believe the newly elected president has a moral imperative to actively help dismantle racist systems in government early on. And they are not expected to ease up as the administration works through its preliminary priorities. “There’s all kinds of room for what I’ll call ‘political jujitsu’ that’s going to happen on the...
            by Kaylee Greenlee    President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration policies that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, placed a hold on certain deportations and a temporary hold on Migrant Protection Protocols without increasing border security, according to a draft of the proposal. Critics of Biden’s proposed legislation say the policies will lead to open borders and ultimately harm Americans while supporters say that the administration is unlikely to implement drastic policies as it works toward broader immigration reforms. Biden’s proposed legislation does not push for increased security and enforcement measures at the border despite an expected expansion of immigration, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 15. Biden is likely not calling for increased measures after the Obama administration failed to gain the support of Republicans through similar proposals, National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié said, according to the LA Times. The existing agencies...
            by Anthony Gockowski  A Salvadoran gang member wanted on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder and terrorism was removed from Minnesota during President Donald Trump’s final week in office. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 28-year-old Jose Wilmer Montano was removed from the United States on a charter flight coordinated by the agency’s Air Operations Unit and handed over to law enforcement in El Salvador on Jan. 15. ICE officials said Montano was arrested on Sept. 22 by Bloomington police on drug and burglary charges. According to a press release, Montano was released from the Hennepin County Jail after agents with ICE’s St. Paul field office filed an immigration detainer. Jose Wilmer Montano with officers from the National Civil Police upon his arrival in El Salvador. (National Civil Police/Twitter)A 2017 report from the Trump administration identified Hennepin County as one of dozens of local jurisdictions...
    In recent days, former President Donald Trump has watched from afar as one of his most popular rivals for public attention has been unleashed by the Biden administration to, in part, disparage Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the ex-president hasn’t even been able to tweet about it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, once a prominent figure on Trump’s coronavirus task force who’s now a top COVID-19 adviser to President Joe Biden, began his multi-day blitz to different news outlets that included openly expressing his relief that the old crew was gone and that he could now serve in the Biden administration. “One of the new things in this administration is if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess, just say you don’t know the answer,” Fauci told reporters at the White House on Thursday. He also stressed to journalists during that White House briefing that when he told them about...
    President Joe Biden will reimpose the COVID-19 travel ban that former President Trump had lifted with less than 48 hours left in his presidency, a White House official confirmed to CBS News. Mr. Biden is expected to reinstate the ban on Monday. The ban will apply to all non-American travelers reentering the U.S. from Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe. There will also be travel restrictions on non-Americans entering the U.S. from South Africa. The travel ban news was first reported by Reuters.  On January 18, the Trump administration announced that it would be lifting some of the travel ban restrictions that were put in effect in March. Effective January 26, the Trump administration said it would be removing restrictions on travel from Brazil, the U.K. Ireland and parts of Europe. Restrictions on Iran and China would remain in place under the Trump administration ban....
    Dr Anthony Fauci has said he thought he might die when he was covered in white powder from a letter sent in the wake of death threats against him and his family.  The infectious diseases expert, 80, detailed how he opened the note received in the mail to be covered in what turned out to be 'a benign nothing'. He told The New York Times in an interview published Sunday: 'But it was frightening...I looked at it somewhat fatalistically.  'It had to be one of three things: A hoax. Or anthrax, which meant I’d have to go on Cipro for a month. Or if it was ricin, I was dead, so bye-bye.' Dr Fauci called it 'liberating' Thursday to be backed by a science-friendly administration since the inauguration of Joe Biden. More than 25 million Americans have been infected by the coronavirus and at least 417,000 have died since March 2020, when the...
    (CNN)The installation of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States was a welcome relief from four years of Donald Trump's constant demonization of Latinos, from separating immigrant children from their families to building his border wall to tossing paper towels at hurricane-ravaged Puerto Ricans. Inauguration Day featured the New York-bred Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican heritage, swearing in Vice President Kamala Harris, fellow Nuyorican Jennifer Lopez quoting the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, and the revival of "La Casa Blanca," the Spanish-language page on the White House website. Ed MoralesBut it's going to take more than just J-Lo's remix of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and some symbolic gestures of inclusion to address the needs of US Latinos, a sometimes united but often fragmented ethno-racial group which too often feels overlooked. The question for Latinos, whose role in electing the new...
    President Biden continues to believe the ruling Chinese Communist Party is committing genocide against the Uighur Muslim population, the Washington Examiner can confirm, after the Trump administration designated China’s actions as such the day before Biden’s inauguration. Emily Horne, the spokesperson for Biden’s National Security Council, told the Washington Examiner that “President Biden has called the oppression of the Uighurs a genocide, and he stands against it in the strongest possible terms.” Confusion ensued after a Friday press conference with Biden press secretary Jen Psaki, when Philip Wegmann of RealClearNews asked, “The previous administration on their way out the door declared that China’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims were, quote, ‘crimes against humanity’ and, quote, ‘a genocide’ — does the president agree with that determination and will he keep it?” The Biden spokesperson appeared noncommittal. “Well, I know that our secretary of state is just about...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government’s effort to vaccinate millions of Americans against the coronavirus pandemic is lagging, new health officials in President Joe Biden’s administration conceded Sunday. But they held out hope that the campaign to curb the virus will markedly improve within three months. “The plane is in a nosedive and we’ve got to pull it up,” Xavier Becerra, Biden’s choice as health and human services chief, told CNN about the vaccination progress. “What we inherited didn’t work, and now we’ve got to make it work,” Becerra said. He said problems won’t be fixed quickly, but that “we can do better...we can get us back to real normality.” Before leaving office last week, President Donald Trump praised his administration’s efforts to combat the pandemic.   Biden has set a goal of administering 100 million vaccination shots in his first 100 days in office. Last week, he signed orders...
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., argued on Sunday that sanctions against former Trump administration officials are a "dangerous" and "insidious escalation of China's effort to influence American policy." China imposed sanctions Wednesday on more than two dozen former Trump administration officials, including outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, just as President Biden was sworn into office. CHINA SLAPS SANCTIONS ON POMPEO, NAVARRO, OTHER TOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS "The Biden administration needs to denounce it forcefully," Cotton told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," adding that they "need to impose reciprocal sanctions on Chinese officials." The latest sanctions followed years of contentious relations between top Trump officials and their counterparts in Beijing. The named U.S. officials face travel bans and business-related restrictions. Aside from Pompeo, other officials tagged with sanctions included Trump administration trade advisor Peter Navarro, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, current national security adviser Robert O'Brien, former national security...
    President Biden's chief of staff insisted that the Trump administration's plan to roll out the coronavirus vaccine was nonexistent after Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to completely debunk CNN's much-criticized report that the Biden administration was "starting from scratch" with its vaccine distribution plan. "I think those two statements actually reconcile more than you might think. I think what Dr. Fauci's saying is, of course, a year of really amazing scientific breakthrough and discovery created this vaccine in record time," White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "But the process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist when we came into the White House." FAUCI DEBUNKS CNN REPORTING, SAYS BIDEN'S VACCINE ROLLOUT NOT 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH' "The way in which people get vaccine is chaotic," Klain continued. "It's very limited. We've seen this factor...
    House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., argued on Saturday that "our adversaries," not the American people, are benefitting from President Biden's actions during his first week in office. "Just look at the first week of this administration," McCarthy told "Justice with Judge Jeanine" on Saturday night. "It’s Russia, China, our adversaries who are benefiting, not the American people." CHINA SLAPS SANCTIONS ON POMPEO, NAVARRO, OTHER TOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS McCarthy went on to say that Biden is putting "America last" and has "now put China first." Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders within minutes of entering the Oval Office for the first time on Wednesday. The orders reversed a number of Trump administration policies and covered areas Biden identified as his priorities on the campaign trail, including the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. The orders included halting the Keystone XL oil pipeline project and renewing the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate...
    (CNN)In the aftermath of a divisive election, a riot at the US Capitol and the unprecedented final days of the Trump administration, the Supreme Court kept many controversial issues in a holding pattern of sorts, sticking to Chief Justice John Roberts' objective of keeping his branch of government out of the political spotlight. But now Trump is an ordinary citizen, the Biden administration is in place and the justices are expected as soon as Monday to begin to act on a mound of lingering issues they have been sitting upon, including abortion and the question of former President Donald Trump's tax returns. Some of the disputes are closely linked to Trump, others are cases on the upcoming calendar that might become moot should the Biden administration reverse Trump policies. Stephen Breyer gifted the chance for a liberal successor -- when will he take it?Also, looming as a backdrop, is...
    Bradley Cortright January 24, 2021 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is clarifying what has become a source of confusion around whether or not the Trump administration developed a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Klain was pressed on the confusion that has ensued after an unnamed Biden official claimed they were “starting from scratch” to develop a distribution plan. Host Chuck Todd noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden‘s chief medical adviser, has pushed back on the claim that the Trump administration did not have a distribution plan. He asked Klain to give him an “assessment” of “what you inherited” from the previous administration. Klain began by noting that coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time, and there have been millions of doses of the vaccines administered. However, he said, “But the process to distribute the vaccine particularly...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House coronavirus response coordinator in Donald Trump’s administration, told CBS News’ Margaret Brennan on Sunday that there were individuals in the previous government who believed the coronavirus pandemic was a hoax, The Hill reported. “There were people who definitely believed that this was a hoax,” she said. Birx claimed that these beliefs emerged due to the “confusing” information on the virus as it began to spread across the globe. “I think because we didn’t talk about the spectrum of disease, because everyone interpreted on what they knew, and so they saw people get COVID and be fine. And then they had us talking about how severe the disease is and how it could cause these unbelievable fatalities of our American public.” The medical professional also placed some blame on Trump’s language and his use of the word “hoax” when discussing the coronavirus...
    Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaks after a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.Joshua Roberts | Getty Images Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump White House coronavirus response coordinator, said in a CBS interview released on Sunday that Former President Donald Trump had been reviewing "parallel" data sets on the coronavirus pandemic from someone inside the administration. "I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made," Birx told Margaret Brennan on CBS News' "Face The Nation." "Someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president." Birx, who announced her retirement as President Joe Biden took office last week, said she doesn't know the identity of the person who gave the president different information. She added that there were Covid-19 deniers...
    More On: Coronavirus CDC director admits ‘we don’t have many doses as we’d like’ for New York Biden administration blames vaccine rollout delay on Trump White House UK serial killer offered COVID vaccine, sparking outrage Man used $2M in COVID relief for a Bentley, Tesla, Las Vegas condos: feds Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday denied that President Biden has been set up to fail in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic — saying it was “important” to her that the new administration receive the necessary tools to tackle the crisis. “If I thought that was true, I wouldn’t be sleeping right now,” Birx told CBS moderator Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” when asked if she thought that his administration received “bad architecture” and was “being set up for failure.” Biden’s team has accused the Trump administration of having no vaccine plan for the virus. The former White House...
    President Biden's agenda in his first days in office and the Senate impeachment trial of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE dominated the political interview shows Sunday morning.  Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.) discussed the possibility of using budget reconciliation to pass parts of Biden's agenda, while two of the president's nominees weighed in on the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple guests also discussed whether a Senate impeachment trial of a former president is constitutional.  Read The Hill's complete coverage below.  Sanders: Senate may use...
    WASHINGTON — The acting chief of the U.S. Agency for Global Media has fired the leaders of multiple federally funded news outlets as part of the Biden administration’s sweeping effort to clear the agency of allies of former President Donald Trump. The acting chief, Kelu Chao, fired the heads of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Network on Friday evening, according to two people familiar with the matter. They had been appointed in December by the agency’s chief executive at the time, Michael Pack, an ally of former Trump aide Steve Bannon, as part of a broader effort to remove what he believed was partisan bias from the news outlets. Numerous current and former employees at the agency had accused Pack of trying to turn it into a mouthpiece for the Trump administration. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times...
    More On: COVID vaccine UK serial killer offered COVID vaccine, sparking outrage Can my pushy boss force me to get vaccinated and go back to the office? Lawmakers ask for NYC senior centers to get vaccines to forgotten elderly Californian dies hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, prompting probe Members of the Biden administration admitted they were behind in getting the coronavirus vaccine into the arms of Americans across the country, but blamed the delay on “bottlenecks” and the lack of a comprehensive plan from the Trump White House. Ron Klain, President Biden’s nominee as White House Chief of Staff, said a vaccination plan “did not really exist when we came into the White House.” “The fundamental difference between the Biden approach and the Trump approach is that we are going to take responsibility at the federal government,” Klain said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Xavier Becerra, the nominee to...
    President Biden's Health and Human Services nominee Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court strikes down Trump coal power plant rule | Green groups sue after Trump administration strips bird protections | Trump administration rushes to wrap Arctic oil leases on last day in office MORE said Sunday that the country was experiencing an uncontrolled spread of the virus. "The plane in a nosedive. And we've got to pull it up," Becerra told CNN's Dana BashDana BashTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote CNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken 'very seriously' MORE. "And you're not going to do that overnight. But we're going to pull it up. We have to pull it up. Failure is not an option."...
    London (CNN Business)During the Trump era, many business leaders came to an uncomfortable conclusion: They could no longer afford to stay in their lanes, speaking out only on issues that directly affected their companies' bottom lines.Filling a perceived moral vacuum in Washington, CEOs warned of threats to democracy and announced commitments aimed at addressing racial inequity. Many made clear in public where they stood on Trump's approach to the climate crisis and immigration.There's a new administration in the White House, and on a number of policy fronts, President Joe Biden and Corporate America are more closely aligned. But when it comes to thinking about the role their firms play in society, business leaders shouldn't return to their old ways. "[This] becomes an opportunity to continue that self-reflection," Deepak Malhotra, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, told me.Its easy for big business to dump the GOP now. Tax...
    t is disappointing that with less than a full week in office, the Biden administration seems intent on misrepresenting Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration program to develop and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics — a program with success unparalleled in the history of public health. In reporting on COVID vaccination efforts, CNN quoted anonymous Biden administration officials claiming they were left no vaccine distribution plan. One official CNN quoted said: "There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch." This statement is demonstrably false. Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and someone I worked with closely, has publicly contradicted this. FAUCI DEBUNKS CNN REPORTING, SAYS BIDEN'S VACCINE ROLLOUT NOT 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH' As of Sunday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 41.4 million doses of...
    Reuters January 24, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration next week will release more policies it believes are needed to tackle climate change and is urging China to toughen one of its targets on greenhouse gas emissions, his top climate advisers said on Saturday. Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser, did not say what policies would be released. A memo seen by Reuters on Thursday showed Biden will unveil a second round of executive orders as soon as Jan. 27 that include an omnibus order to combat climate change domestically and elevate the issue as a national security priority. “We’ve already sent signals on the things that we don’t like that we’re going to roll back, but this week you’re going to see us move forward with what’s the vision of the future,” McCarthy told a virtual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Biden,...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that just 29% of Americans think the federal government has done an excellent or good job distributing the Covid-19 vaccine to states so far. That's generally in line with other polling (such as last week's CNN/SSRS survey) that showed that most Americans were displeased with how Donald Trump's administration handled the coronavirus pandemic. What's the point: President Joe Biden's administration has come under some criticism for its goal to deliver 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine in its first 100 days. Some people believe it is too modest a goal. The Biden administration has pushed back on that claim. A look at the statistics reveal that it may very well be too modest, but it's likely good politics. Let's start with the basic fact that humans developing multiple Covid-19 vaccines in less than a year was a scientific achievement...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he was muzzled by the Trump administration which ‘blocked’ him from appearing on the left-leaning MSNBC cable news channel and its marquee primetime star Rachel Maddow. The 80-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Maddow, who made repeated attempts to book him on her program during the course of the pandemic, that he wanted to appear on her show ‘for months.’ Fauci was asked by Maddow on Friday if the press and the public would hear more regularly from him as well as other government experts who are guiding the nation’s leaders through a once-in-a-century pandemic. ‘I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months,’ Fauci told Maddow. ‘You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months. Dr. Anthony Fauci (right), the federal government's top infectious disease expert, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow...
    Democrats are attempting a politically-motivated purge of a highly-qualified intelligence professional from a non-partisan career civil service position at the Pentagon’s National Security Agency over his prior work for Republicans, according to two former Trump administration officials. Michael Ellis, who last served as the former senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council during the Trump administration, was put on administrative leave from his new position as the general counsel at the National Security Agency, just hours after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. Ellis — a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, Yale Law School graduate, and Jeopardy! winner — had first applied for the position in January 2020, and went through an extensive months-long vetting process conducted by a panel of non-partisan civil servants, according to the two former officials. Ellis was ultimately selected for the position in mid-November by Paul Ney, the Pentagon’s general counsel whose first job at the...
    President Joe Biden has proposed legislation that would expand immigration without increasing security or enforcement measures, according to a draft of the proposal.  Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said that Biden’s proposed legislation consists of “open borders” that will have “no regard for the health and security of Americans.”  Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security suggests that the administration will not move to completely open borders, or necessarily adopt welcoming policies directed at migrants.  President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration policies that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, placed a hold on certain deportations and a temporary hold on Migrant Protection Protocols without increasing border security, according to a draft of the proposal. Critics of Biden’s proposed legislation say the policies will lead to open borders and ultimately harm Americans while supporters say that the administration is unlikely to implement drastic policies as it works...
    By Erik Larson | Bloomberg NEW YORK — The Department of Homeland Security, 12 days before President Joe Biden was sworn in, struck a “binding” deal with Texas agreeing to consult with the state for 180 days before making changes to immigration policy, effectively tying the hands of the new administration. That Jan. 8 accord between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and then-acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli is at the center of the first major lawsuit against the Biden administration. On Friday, the state accused the federal government of violating the deal by planning a 100-day pause on deportations without first giving Texas a chance to object. “Texas faces irreparable harm from having to provide costly educational, social, welfare, health care, and other services to illegal aliens who remain in Texas because Defendants have ceased removing them,” Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton said in the state’s filing. U.S. District...
    Sen. Tom Cotton is accusing the Chinese government of attempting to blackmail the Joe Biden administration after the country placed sanctions on members of the outgoing Trump administration. “Moments after President Biden took office, China sanctioned 28 members of the outgoing administration,” the Arkansas Republican tweeted Friday. “These sanctions were a warning, an attempt to blackmail Biden administration officials with personal financial ruin if they dare to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party.” Cotton then called on the Biden administration to treat the sanctions as a “day-one assault on the independence of its foreign policy” and denounce the move in the “strongest possible terms and acting reciprocally.” I call on the Biden administration to treat these sanctions as a day-one assault on the independence of its foreign policy by denouncing this intimidation in the strongest possible terms and acting reciprocally. pic.twitter.com/XgUbnYligm— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 22, 2021 On Wednesday,...
    (CNN)Last week, a Covid-19 patient of mine told me he is finally going home after four months in the hospital. His tracheostomy tube has been taken out and he's breathing on his own. He's finally able to walk again, with some help. It's a new beginning for him and as he wished me a happy New Year, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. Dr. Susannah HillsThe Covid-19 statistics in our country have been truly devastating. We surpassed 24 million cases and we are closing in on nearly 500,000 American lives lost to the pandemic. Even here in New York City, after the overwhelming sickness and death we experienced in the spring, hospitals are again nearing capacity, staff are being redeployed to care for Covid patients, and military volunteers are being sent to provide support. It feels like we started 2021 by taking a huge step...
    President Biden’s efforts to deliver on key campaign promises to tackle the coronavirus pandemic are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows.  On Tuesday, U.S. coronavirus deaths surpassed the grim milestone of 400,000 deaths, with a total of more than 415,000 as of Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  Across the country, nearly 25 million people have been infected with COVID-19.   While Biden has promised to administer 100 million coronavirus vaccines in his first 100 days in office, some say this may not be enough to tame the pandemic, especially with a more contagious variant of the virus first found in the U.K. now spreading in the U.S. Biden’s $1.9 trillion emergency coronavirus relief package is also set to be debated by Congress over the coming weeks, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDivide and conquer or unite and prosper Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday Roe...
    Al Drago/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Dr. Anthony Fauci, who for nearly a year was forced to endure a close-up look at Donald Trump’s catastrophic coronavirus response, is finally free and barely containing his well-earned excitement over the arrival of the Biden administration, and with it, the return of science at the podium and his newfound freedom to share public health advice without restrictions. But his biggest joy in all of this might be finally getting to appear on Rachel Maddow. Just look at how happy our nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases looked during a segment on Friday night: Dr. Fauci on contrast in transparency between Trump and Biden admins: "Ive been wanting to come on your show for months and months. Youve been asking me to come on...
    WASHINGTON - Prominent Iran-based and Iranian diaspora critics of Tehran’s Islamist rulers have differing expectations about how far U.S. President Joe Biden will go to implement his promised new approach to dealing with Iran’s objectionable behavior. Biden, who took office on Wednesday, has vowed to use diplomacy in coordination with U.S. allies to try to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 deal in which world powers offered Iranian leaders sanctions relief in return for curbs on nuclear activities that could be diverted into weapons production. Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, saying it was not tough enough on Iran, and unilaterally tightened U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran into scrapping its nuclear program and other activities deemed a threat to the U.S. and its allies. Tehran has vowed to defy what Trump called his "maximum pressure” policy and has denied seeking nuclear weapons....
    President Biden on Friday told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he will reverse the Trump administration’s "draconian" immigration policies -- in a week in which the new U.S. president has signed a flurry of immigration orders. A readout from the White House said that Biden spoke with Lopez Obrador to "review bilateral cooperation on a range of bilateral and regional issues, particularly regional migration." TEXAS AG SUES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OVER 'UNLAWFUL AND PERILOUS' DEPORTATION PAUSE "The President outlined his plan to reduce migration by addressing its root causes, increasing resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways, improving processing at the border to adjudicate requests for asylum, and reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies," the statement said. Biden campaigned on ending the Trump administration’s stricter immigration policies and has made it a priority since being inaugurated. On Wednesday, Biden signed an order halting construction of the wall at the...
    In a rare agreement on foreign policy, President Biden and the former Trump administration both accuse the Chinese government of genocide against ethnic Uyghurs. On his last day on the job, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released determinations that China committed crimes against humanity and "genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs." Within hours, Pompeo's likely successor, Antony Blinken, was asked if he agreed with the State Department’s declaration during his nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. CHINA SLAPS SANCTIONS ON POMPEO, NAVARRO, OTHER TOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS  "That would be my judgment as well," he said. "Forcing men, women and children into concentration camps, trying to in effect re-educate them to be adherents to the Chinese Communist Party – all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide." White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged the question about the administration’s stance on the issue Friday, but referred to Biden’s previous comments calling China’s treatment of...
    The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending efforts to create neighborhood-level statistics on the citizenship of residents, using 2020 census data, in the latest rollback of Trump administration census-related initiatives that critics feared would be used to favor Republicans and whites during the drawing of state and local districts. As part of an order President Joe Biden signed Wednesday on the 2020 census, the Census Bureau said Friday that it would discontinue efforts to create citizenship tabulations at the city-block level using 2020 census data combined with administrative records. Among his first acts as president, Biden’s order revoked two Trump directives related to the 2020 census. The first attempted to discern the citizenship status of every U.S. resident through administrative records, and the second sought to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the numbers used for apportioning congressional seats among the states. Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, had ordered...
    A group of Democratic lawmakers led by 'Squad' members Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush has called on President Joe Biden to commute the sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates, as they slammed the execution spree that closed out Trump's presidency. The group, also including Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, sent a letter to Biden on Friday in which they highlighted their 'grave concerns regarding the death penalty', which they branded 'cruel and heinous'. The letter, signed by 35 lawmakers in total, urged Biden 'to take swift, decisive action' to commute the sentences of the people on federal death row, calling it a 'crucial first step in remedying this grave injustice'. It came after Trump's administration carried out 13 executions in total, three of which were carried out in his final week in office.  A group of Democratic lawmakers led by 'Squad' members Ayanna Pressley and...
    The State Department will look into the January decision to designate the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization in the twilight of the Trump administration. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that designating the Houthis, also known as Ansarallah, as a foreign terrorist organization would give the United States more tools to fight terrorism in the region, although some aid groups condemned the move and argued that it would impede their ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. While the designation went into effect a day before President Biden was sworn in, it could soon be reversed. “Ansarallah, sometimes known as the Houthis, bears significant responsibility for the humanitarian catastrophe and insecurity in Yemen. We strongly believe that Ansarallah needs to change its behavior,” a State Department spokesperson told the Hill. “At the same time, we must also ensure that we are...
    More On: joe biden National Guard to keep 7,000 troops in DC until March Biden’s trans order undoes decades of feminist progress Biden gets set to kill a Team Trump good-government reform Jill Biden visits National Guard troops, thanks them with cookies Just as Americans gathered to vote in the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump’s White House announced that it was finalizing the administration’s effort to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accords. A few days later, before media outlets had even declared him the winner, Joe Biden pledged that, under his administration, America would reenter that agreement — a promise he fulfilled the day he was inaugurated.  And so it’s likely to go for the next four years. All modern presidents have used the administrative state and presidential executive orders to pursue their agenda. Biden can do a lot with his pen, and much of...
    Chinese state media insisted Thursday that a blizzard of last-minute sanctions against departing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump administration officials was not just an act of petty vengeance, but punishment for having “seriously violated” China’s sovereignty that will bring “real pain” to the targets. China’s state-run Global Times boiled with rage Thursday, telling members of the incoming Biden administration they should “draw a lesson” from the hideous suffering of their sanctioned predecessors: Those on the sanctions list have a bad record in trampling on basic norms when dealing with China. In the past four years, they have promoted a series of frenzied acts against China. They have also brazenly interfered in China’s domestic issues, fabricating lies, making accusations and conspiracies about sovereignty-related issues such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the island of Taiwan. What they have done undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people and seriously disrupted...
    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — Fauci: Lack of facts 'likely' cost lives in coronavirus fight | CDC changes COVID-19 vaccine guidance to allow rare mixing of Pfizer, Moderna shots | Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda Fauci infuriated by threats to family Poll: Plurality of voters say coronavirus vaccine rollout slower than expected MORE, the federal government’s leading infectious disease expert, said it was “chilling” to see the pressure put on scientists during the Trump administration by officials seeking to project rosy messaging on the coronavirus. Fauci recounted on “The Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowA vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' DC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition MORE Show” on Friday night that officials under Trump pressed government scientists in what he said was an unusual dynamic compared...
    The nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — Fauci: Lack of facts 'likely' cost lives in coronavirus fight | CDC changes COVID-19 vaccine guidance to allow rare mixing of Pfizer, Moderna shots | Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda Fauci infuriated by threats to family Poll: Plurality of voters say coronavirus vaccine rollout slower than expected MORE told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowA vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' DC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition MORE on Friday that he wanted to appear on her show for "months" but was blocked by the previous Trump administration. "I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months," Fauci said during an appearance...
    This is a rush transcript from "Special Report" January 19, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I did not seek the easiestcourse, by far it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the paththat would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, thehardest fights, the most difficult choices because that's what you electedme to do.(END VIDEO CLIP)BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR (on camera): Breaking tonight, President Trumpbids farewell to the nation with a recorded address just hours before heleaves the White House.(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES: To heal, we must remember,it's hard sometimes to remember. But that's how we heal. It's important todo that as a nation.(END VIDEO CLIP)BAIER: Meantime, President-Elect Joe Biden now in Washington remembers themore than 400,000 Americans who have died...
    This is a rush transcript from "Special Report" January 21, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Hey, Jesse. Good evening. I'm Bret Baier.Breaking tonight, we may be close to learning a starting date for thesecond Trump impeachment trial in the Senate. Even though House SpeakerNancy Pelosi would not discuss a timeline earlier today, there is someindication tonight Senate leaders may be close to striking a deal.Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel has the latest tonight. Goodevening, Mike.MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Bret, goodevening. Leader Mitch McConnell has told his Republican colleagues thatPresident Trump has hired an attorney for his trial, Butch Bowers fromSouth Carolina.McConnell is proposing to Schumer giving the former president's legal teamtwo weeks to prepare its defense. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham hasconfirmed these details to Fox.Some Democrats sound open to it as long...
    WASHINGTON - Prominent Iran-based and Iranian diaspora critics of Tehran’s Islamist rulers have differing expectations about how far U.S. President Joe Biden will go to implement his promised new approach to dealing with Iran’s objectionable behavior. Biden, who took office on Wednesday, has vowed to use diplomacy in coordination with U.S. allies to try to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 deal in which world powers offered Iranian leaders sanctions relief in return for curbs on nuclear activities that could be diverted into weapons production. Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, saying it was not tough enough on Iran, and unilaterally tightened U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran into scrapping its nuclear program and other activities deemed a threat to the U.S. and its allies. Tehran has vowed to defy what Trump called his "maximum pressure” policy and has denied seeking nuclear weapons....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a proven political strategy: Underpromise and overdeliver. President Joe Biden, in his first three days in office, has painted a bleak picture of the country’s immediate future, warning Americans that it will take months, not weeks, to reorient a nation facing a historic convergence of crises. The dire language is meant as a call to action, but it’s also a deliberate effort to temper expectations. In addition, it is an explicit rejection of President Donald Trump’s tack of talking down the coronavirus pandemic and its economic toll. Chris Lu, a longtime Obama administration official, said the grim tone is aimed at “restoring trust in government” that eroded during the Trump administration. “If you’re trying to get people to believe in this whole system of vaccinations, and if you want people to take seriously mask mandates, your leaders have to level with the American people,” he said....
    Dr. Deborah Birx said that she “always” considered resigning from Donald Trump’s COVID-19 task force, acknowledging the criticism that she was too close to the president in her role. Birx served as the coronavirus response coordinator in Trump’s White House, but was often criticized for not pushing back against incorrect information spread by Trump and for appearing to critics to be deferential to the president. As CNN reported, she would eventually fade into a less publicly prominent role while going on the road to spread her public health message. That allowed controversial adviser Scott Atlas to take a more prominent role, the report claimed. As The Inquisitr noted, Atlas came under fire for reportedly pushing a herd immunity strategy that would allow young and healthy people to become infected, an approach that experts said would be dangerous and could potentially lead to the deaths of millions of Americans. In an...
    Donald Trump fought for years to keep his tax records from being released, but Joe Biden’s administration may soon change that. As the Washington Post reported, House Democrats had sought the now former president’s federal tax records for years, but were not successful. The Democrats have now renewed their demand, and the Biden team has not indicated whether it will drop the objections that Trump had in place and order that the documents be shared with investigators. As the report noted, the potential battle over Trump’s taxes appeared to hint at the challenges that Biden faces as he seeks to tackle his own agenda while still dealing with the lingering effects of his predecessor. As Biden seeks to set his White House agenda, he faces the prospect of a second impeachment trial for Trump that could stall any work through the U.S. Senate. As The Hill reported, federal district court...
    Rachel Maddow spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci at length on Friday night, asking him about the current coronavirus strategy under the Biden administration and the pressure he received from the Trump administration. This was actually Fauci’s first interview with Maddow since the pandemic began, and it wasn’t for lack of trying. In fact, Fauci just straight-up told Maddow he was blocked from coming on her show: “I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You’ve been asking me to come on your show for months and months, and it’s just gotten blocked. Let’s call it what it is. It just got blocked because they didn’t like the way you handle things and they didn’t want me on.” “I don’t think you’re going to see that now,” Fauci said as he pledged transparency from the new administration. “You’re not going to see deliberate holding back of good...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE sought to oust his acting attorney general in a bid to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia, according to a new bombshell report in The New York Times. Trump reportedly planned to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a lawyer at the Justice Department, in an effort to apply pressure to Georgia politicians to overturn the results of the race there. Rosen had refused to back Trump’s disputed claims that voter fraud had cost him the election, drawing the president’s ire.  Trump had also pressed Rosen to appoint special counsels to investigate what he said were irregularities in the election, though he never provided any evidence for his claims. Among the...
    In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas slammed President Joe Biden for reversing the previous administration’s policies on Russia. Biden announced that he will seek a five-year extension to the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement between the United States and Russia. “This is a very bad decision,” Cotton said, arguing that the Biden administration’s actions could jeopardize American national security because the agreement is “one-sided” and favors Russia over the United States. Cotton ripped into Democratic Party politicians for endorsing Biden’s initiative after spending four years alleging that former President Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and Russian government officials to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. “After four years of the Democrats beating their chests about Russia and continuing on and on about the Russia collusion hoax, they’ve now gone back to their old, weak,...
    On Thursday, the Biden administration started its second day of work, signing a series of executive actions and holding press conferences. Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the only person who technically served during the Trump administration, has aptitude for his job, and wasn’t a morally bankrupt monster, held a press conference in the White house briefing room, all by himself, to discuss what new mutations of COVID-19 mean and to answer (mostly Trump-related questions) from the press corps. After acknowledging the 400,000-plus dead Americans, and explaining the need to get COVID-19 under control because the less infection spread means the less chance of mutations, Fauci was asked about differences between the Trump administration and the Biden administration. These questions were asked in various oblique ways, like the first one—a seeming attempt to promote a right-wing apologetics BS story that tries to blame vaccine distribution problems not on the Trump administration but on Amazon. The question came from Fox News’ newest...
    Deborah BirxDeborah BirxPence delivers coronavirus task force report to Biden Slew of Biden orders on COVID-19 to include resuming WHO membership White House wishes Birx well after she announces retirement MORE, the former coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force under President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE, said in an interview excerpt released Friday that she regularly considered quitting her post during the previous administration. Birx told CBS News that she had colleagues with whom she’d worked for decades on public health issues who began questioning if she was politicizing the government’s response to COVID-19 after Trump pushed to tout his administration's actions on the virus ahead of the election. “I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that...
    Meghan McCain told her co-hosts Friday on ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are being hypocritical on the coronavirus pandemic. McCain said,  “I think the great horror of living in America right now is the absolute and complete and total breakdown of trust in our institutions.” She continued, “Since everyone has come after the Trump administration, I think it is okay to hold the feet to the fire for Dr. Fauci as well. I remember being told, and I would too like to be treated like an adult, that masks don’t work in New York City. I was pregnant in New York City when the pandemic broke out. I had a bunch of masks, and I ended up giving them away. Just say to me, first responders need them more than the average American. Please donate them for the good of your heart. I would have done...
    January 22, 2021 7:53 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The White House criticized China on Friday for trying to “deepen the partisan division” in the United States by sanctioning several members of former President Donald Trump’s team, and made it clear that this will not soften the policy towards Beijing of the new US president, Joe Biden. The White House spokeswoman, Jen psaki, referred to the matter during his daily press conference to the announcement that China made on Thursday, just after Biden’s inauguration, in which it sanctioned former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump Administration officials, for “violate” the sovereignty of the Asian country. “China’s sanctions on more than two dozen former Trump administration officials, and the fact that they were announced on the day of the inauguration, are apparently an attempt to deepen the partisan divide” in the United States, Psaki said. “Americans...
    President Biden’s “wartime effort” goal to vaccinate 100 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days relies on a daily average that was repeatedly bested under former President Donald Trump. Biden’s first full day in office on Thursday saw 1.3 million Americans inoculated against the deadly coronavirus, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. But the same figures show that 1.3 million shots were administered on Jan. 11 and that 1.1 million were given both Jan. 14 and 16. Vaccinations also hit a record-high, 1.6 million on Wednesday, when Biden was sworn into office, according to the data. Since his inauguration Wednesday, the new commander in chief and his top spokesperson have repeatedly been pressed by reporters on whether he’s setting his immunization target too low. Press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news conference at the White House on Jan. 22, 2021. Sipa USA During a Friday news conference at...
    Savannah Rychcik January 22, 2021 0 Comments Co-host of “The View” Meghan McCain is expressing her disappointment in President Joe Biden for failing to wear a mask while he was at the Lincoln Memorial. “We have President Biden yesterday, him and his family, they’re not wearing masks after mandating and requiring people to wear masks on federal property. He and his family were not wearing masks out,” McCain said on Friday. She added, “I think the rules for thee but not for me that have been going on for a long time in the Trump administration and now you’re seeing it with President Biden. I was really disappointed he wasn’t wearing a mask.” Watch the video below: .@MeghanMcCain says she was “really disappointed” to see Pres. Biden without a mask at the Lincoln Memorial after he signed a mandate requiring masks on federal property. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/9FygIAhXy9— The...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued President Biden's administration after the Democrat instituted a 100-day moratorium on deportations. Biden's cohort violated an agreement that Texas, along with other states, had with the Department of Homeland Security before former President Donald Trump departed the Oval Office on Wednesday, Paxton alleged. The agreement, which was made shortly before Biden's inauguration, mandated that DHS consult with states and local jurisdictions before sweeping immigration bills would be enacted. "On its first day in office, the Biden Administration cast aside congressionally enacted immigration laws and suspended the removal of illegal aliens whose removal is compelled by those very laws," a complaint read. "In doing so, it ignored basic constitutional principles and violated its written pledge to work cooperatively with the State of Texas to address shared immigration enforcement concerns." DHS on Wednesday halted deportations for 100 days, except if the individuals in...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas on Friday moved to stop President Joe Biden from allowing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, bringing one of the first lawsuits against his new administration.In rushing to court not even a week after Biden was sworn in, America's biggest red state signaled that it was ready to resume the role of chief antagonist to a Democratic president's immigration agenda, after four years of cheering on Donald Trump's hardline policies along the southern border.RELATED: Legal experts weigh-in on President Biden's immigration proposalThe federal lawsuit seeks a halt to the deportation moratorium "for certain noncitizens" that was to begin Friday. Biden has already signed a raft of executive orders, including one revoking Trump's mandate that made anyone in the U.S. illegally a priority for deportation.RELATED: With a Democrat back in the White House, Texas Republicans prepare to go on offenseTexas claims the moratorium violates an agreement, signed in...
    A spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pushed back on the claim by Amazon that it's offered help on vaccine distribution to all 50 states, saying that Maryland was "not aware" of an offer from Amazon to provide that kind of help.  The comment comes after Amazon said Thursday it had reached out to the Trump administration about helping with the logistics of getting vaccinations into Americans' arms but was told by the Trump administration to reach out to states instead. Amazon this week sent a letter to the Biden administration offering its help in distributing vaccines.  "We don’t know about any letter, but Amazon reached out to us this week about getting their frontline employees in Maryland vaccinated," Mike Ricci, the communications director for Hogan, told Fox News when asked if the governor received an offer from Amazon to help get Marylanders vaccinated.  Ricci added that "[w]e are not aware...
    KEY LARGO(CBSMIAMI)—- Governor Ron DeSantis says he hopes Florida will receive bigger batches of COVID-19 vaccines because of stepped-up efforts by the Biden Administration. Speaking at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo, DeSantis told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the state had received 266,000 doses of the vaccine this week and expects to receive the same amount next week. He said he had pushed for more doses before Donald Trump left office and is lobbying for more vaccine right now. “If you look at places like Hard Rock Stadium, they do 1,000 a day. We could do 2,000 a day if we had more vaccine. Get us more vaccine. We will use it well and a lot of seniors will be happy about that. We are going to keep putting seniors first. It was the right strategy. Other places are copying Florida and we need to keep our pedal...
    The View’s Meghan McCain lashed out at President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Jeff Bezos for their hypocrisy throughout the coronavirus pandemic — lamenting the “total breakdown” of trust in American institutions. Co-host Sara Haines began by sharing how relieved she was that the Biden administration was now responding to the coronavirus pandemic, commenting on how much “lighter” Fauci seemed during Thursday’s press briefing.  “I can tell you, I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president,” he said to reporters. “So it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it. The idea that you 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, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.” The infectious disease expert continued to address his time under Trump...
    Newsmax host Rob Finnerty on Friday morning scoffed at the notion of President Joe Biden placing a bust of civil-rights hero Rosa Parks in the Oval Office, derisively referring to the move as part of his “administration of identity politics.” Among the many things right-wing media has found itself outraged over in the first days of the Biden administration has been the new president’s decision to remove the bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. Former President Donald Trump made a big show of placing the bust behind his desk four years ago, especially given the amount of backlash his predecessor Barack Obama received from conservatives for not displaying the small statue in his Oval Office. Besides removing the Churchill bust, Biden has also added busts of Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and Latino labor and civil-rights activist César Chávez. During Friday’s broadcast of Newsmax...
    (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday sued the Biden administration over its 100-day deportation pause, citing an 11th-hour agreement between Texas and the Trump administration that required the Department of Homeland Security to consult with the state before making changes. It's the first lawsuit challenging one of the Biden administration's immigration actions, coming roughly 50 hours after President Joe Biden took the oath of office.Biden starts fast on immigration by halting border wall and travel ban while embracing DACA "On its first day in office, the Biden Administration cast aside congressionally enacted immigration laws and suspended the removal of illegal aliens whose removal is compelled by those very laws," the complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, reads."In doing so, it ignored basic constitutional principles and violated its written pledge to work cooperatively with the State of Texas to address shared immigration enforcement...
    President Joe Biden has ordered his intelligence community to conduct a threat assessment of “domestic violent extremism” in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move at a Friday press conference, saying the threat of extremism within the U.S. is a “serious and growing national security threat.” Biden has ordered Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to compile the threat assessment as well as increase capability of disrupting violent demonstrations. (RELATED: Joe Biden Vows To ‘Codify’ Roe V. Wade, Appoint Pro-Roe Judges On Anniversary Of Case) Biden is “requesting a comprehensive threat assessment, coordinated with the FBI and DHS, on domestic violent extremism,” from Haines, according to Psaki. .@PressSec says that President Biden has sent a task to the ODNI “requesting a comprehensive threat assessment, coordinated with the FBI and DHS, on domestic violent extremism.” pic.twitter.com/ZUlNocbNtD — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January...
    He's working to undo a lot of the damage done by the Trump administration. President Joe Biden is moving rapidly to roll back the Trump-era policies that harmed women and limited reproductive health care access, including abortion.  On Day One of his presidency, Biden sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations retracting the United States' withdrawal from the World Health Organization. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump pulled funding from WHO, blaming them for his administration's botched response to the crisis. In July of last year, he informed the organization the United States would be withdrawing from WHO entirely, functionally cutting the United States off from the global health community.  On Day Two, Dr. Anthony Fauci, now serving as Biden's chief medical adviser for COVID-19, spoke to WHO and committed to rolling back the Mexico...
    Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday announced a slew of actions the Biden administration will take to combat domestic violent extremism in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol."The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve. We are committed to developing policies and strategies based on facts, on objective and rigorous analysis, and on our respect for constitutionally protected free speech and political activities," Psaki said Friday at the White House press briefing.She said the initial work will fall into three areas. First, she announced President Joe Biden tasked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to compile a "comprehensive threat assessment, coordinated with the FBI and DHS on domestic violent extremism," adding that the analysis will come from across government and non-governmental agencies.Bidens First 100 Days Biden unveils Covid-19 plan based on 'science not politics'...
    In the latest attempt to censor and ostracize associates of former President Donald Trump, professors, authors, and industry professionals are now demanding that publishing companies refuse book deals for members of the Trump administration. Multiple professors have joined more than 500 authors and industry professionals in demanding a Trump blacklist from the publishing industry. “As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States, we affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals,” said professors in an open letter. The letter has so far been signed by over 500 “authors, editors, agents, and all other publishing professionals,” including professors, such as Robert Cooley of Kansas City University, Tania James of George Mason University, and Edward Sellner of Saint Catherine University. The letter also insists that while its signees “love book publishing,” they nonetheless believe that “our...
    Listen to the latest episode of The Interview podcast here. Few reporters captured the unique weirdness of the Trump era better than Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York Magazine. Her dispatches on the ever-evolving cast of bizarros that populated MAGA-land — highlights included a revealing profile of Hope Hicks and a boozy lunch with Rudy Giuliani — were vital for understanding the era. Thanks to a deep well of sources in and around the Oval Office, Nuzzi pumped out colorful and newsworthy reports on a particularly the chaotic White House. Her August cover story chronicling the tragi-comic collapse of the president’s re-election bid was a rich — and in hindsight, prescient — account of a very Trumpian campaign. The Trump presidency, in many ways, ended as it began: with an enormous crash. After losing the 2020 election, and waging an absurd fight to undo its results, Trump found...
    President Biden has nominated Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who will take a key role in the closely watched area of immigration policy. Here is what to know about Mayorkas: BIDEN DHS NOMINEE MAYORKAS SAYS ICE SHOULD NOT BE DEFUNDED, DESPITE ICE CALLS Born in Cuba Mayorkas was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to California as a child. If confirmed, he would be the first immigrant to serve as head of the Department of Homeland Security. "My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism and to provide me with the security, opportunity, and pride that American citizenship brings to each of us," he said in his opening statement at his confirmation hearing. Former federal prosecutor  Mayorkas trained as a lawyer before eventually working as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California. He was later nominated by...
    More than one million COVID-19 vaccines were given out in the United States yesterday as Joe Biden - just two days into his presidency - laid out his 'full scale war-time' plan to reach that exact goal. Biden has been touting for several weeks now how he will aim to have 100 million Americans inoculated within his first 100 days in office. Yet just one day after his inauguration, the US recorded 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines. The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 vaccines being administered is already at 940,000 a day. It came as Biden signed a new executive order on Thursday to speed up vaccine delivery and doubled-down on his plan to hand out one million doses per day. He did not address that the Trump administration had already been on that trajectory to boost the number of shots closer to the one million mark. President Joe Biden,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no less than three separate outbreaks of COVID-19, their true scale not fully known because aides refused to discuss cases publicly. While the Trump administration was known for flouting safety recommendations, the Biden team has made a point of abiding by the same strict guidelines they’re urging Americans to follow to stem the spread of the virus. It’s part of an overall effort from President Joe Biden to lead by example on the coronavirus pandemic, an ethos carried over from his campaign and transition. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was a refusal to recognize that...
    Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Kevin Hassett endorsed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package in an interview published by CNN on Friday. Hassett, who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration from 2017-2019 before returning for a stint during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, needs to continue to be “risk averse” despite already spending trillions to buttress the economy over the past year. (RELATED: Biden To Reportedly Target COVID-19 Impacted Economy With Orders Hiking Minimum Wage, Expanding Food Stamps) WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 22: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett speaks to members of the press in front of the West Wing of the White House May 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Hassett discussed on the economic outlook for the second half of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) “There are so many businesses treading water, barely hanging on. Now they are getting hit...
    JUNO BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – Last year’s wetter than usual rainy season led to a strong sea turtle nesting season in Palm Beach County, with 66 percent of eggs successfully hatching. A wetter year meant there was plenty of water to keep turtle eggs moist and embryos hydrated. Justin Perrault is the director of research at Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach. He told The Palm Beach Post that “water is a fine balance.” Palm Beach County received an average of about 71.4 inches of rain last year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that’s about 14.6 inches more than normal and it was the highest amount estimated countywide in two decades. More from CBSMiami.com Tesla’s Elon Musk Wants To Dig Tunnels To Alleviate Miami Traffic Jams Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Rent Luxury Miami Condo Near ‘Billionaire Bunker’ Property Trump Administration Gives Medicaid Gift...
    China is gearing up to deal with a new U.S. administration after a particularly difficult year during which it suffered a series of diplomatic setbacks owing to COVID-19, trade war and human rights issues. A question being widely asked is whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will get along better with President Joe Biden than he did with former President Donald Trump. Most analysts say Biden will be in no hurry to undo many Trump administration China decisions but that he is more likely to focus on human rights and strategic issues than trying to make life more difficult for Chinese business. “There is a bipartisan consensus in Washington to be tough on China,” said Zhiqun Zhu, head of the international relations department at Bucknell University. China Expresses Hope for Cooperation as Biden Sworn In Analysts suggest new administration may focus on coronavirus, economy before overhauling China policy The Trump...
    China is gearing up to deal with a new U.S. administration after a particularly difficult year during which it suffered a series of diplomatic setbacks owing to COVID-19, trade war and human rights issues. A question being widely asked is whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will get along better with President Joe Biden than he did with former President Donald Trump. Most analysts say Biden will be in no hurry to undo many Trump administration China decisions but that he is more likely to focus on human rights and strategic issues than trying to make life more difficult for Chinese business. “There is a bipartisan consensus in Washington to be tough on China,” said Zhiqun Zhu, head of the international relations department at Bucknell University. China Expresses Hope for Cooperation as Biden Sworn In Analysts suggest new administration may focus on coronavirus, economy before overhauling China policy The Trump...
    China is gearing up to deal with a new U.S. administration after a particularly difficult year during which it suffered a series of diplomatic setbacks owing to COVID-19, trade war and human rights issues. A question being widely asked is whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will get along better with President Joe Biden than he did with former President Donald Trump. Most analysts say Biden will be in no hurry to undo many Trump administration China decisions but that he is more likely to focus on human rights and strategic issues than trying to make life more difficult for Chinese business. “There is a bipartisan consensus in Washington to be tough on China,” said Zhiqun Zhu, head of the international relations department at Bucknell University. China Expresses Hope for Cooperation as Biden Sworn In Analysts suggest new administration may focus on coronavirus, economy before overhauling China policy The Trump...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the Trump administration likely cost American lives during the coronavirus pandemic with its false facts and messages.  In a candid interview with CNN's John Berman, Fauci said trust had to be restored with the American people now that President Donald Trump has left office. 'People were not trusting what health officials were saying. There was great divisiveness. Masking became a political issue,' Fauci said on CNN's 'New Day. When Berman asked him if the lack of candor during the Trump administration cost lives, Fauci said yes. 'You know, it very likely did. I don't want that, John, to be a sound bite, but if you just look at that, you can see that when you're starting to go down paths not based on any science at all -- and we've been there before. I don't want to rehash it. That is not helpful at...
    By Veronica Stracqualursi | CNN Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the lack of truthfulness from the Trump administration regarding the Covid-19 pandemic “very likely” cost American lives. “Particularly when you’re in the situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have — when you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful,” Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said on CNN’s “New Day” Friday. Asked by CNN’s John Berman if the lack of candor over the last year and lack of facts, in some cases, cost lives, Fauci said, “You know, it very likely did.” He warned that it’s “not helpful” when “you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all,” adding that he doesn’t wish to rehash the ways...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday morning that the Trump administration’s “lack of candor” and failure to prioritize science regarding the coronavirus “very likely” cost lives. Fauci, who is serving as President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, also told CNN’s “New Day” that the previous administration’s rhetoric surrounding the pandemic led to divisiveness and an overall lack of trust among Americans. “You know, it very likely did,” Fauci said when asked if the Trump administration’s “lack of facts” contributed to the death toll. “We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear that were questioned, people were not trusting what health officials were saying,” Fauci said. “You can see when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all – and we’ve been there before, I don’t want to rehash it – that is not helpful at all.” Fauci, who...
    CNN reported a now-debunked narrative about the Biden administration "starting from scratch" with a coronavirus vaccine rollout plan 47 times on Thursday before Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that the liberal network had been spreading misinformation, according to Grabien Media. CNN raised eyebrows Thursday with its alleged "scoop" that quoted unnamed Biden officials claiming, "There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch," as well as that the new administration would have to start from "square one" since there was no plan. FAUCI DEBUNKS CNN REPORTING, SAYS BIDEN'S VACCINE ROLLOUT NOT 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH' Fauci, who was tapped by President Biden during the transition to be a White House adviser, was asked later in the day if the new administration was in fact "starting from scratch." "We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution," Fauci responded, essentially revealing that CNN’s report was inaccurate. Grabien Media founder...