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Your October child tax credit payment is due to arrive Tuesday
Prior to the March 2021 coronavirus relief legislation, a child tax credit of up to $2,000 per eligible child was available to qualifying parents. However, only $1,400 of the child tax credit was refundable. The child tax credit was expanded to $3,600 per child under age six and $3,000 for children ages six to 17. If you already received three child tax credit deposits, then you should expect a fourth on Oct. 15. But while some lawmakers are trying to make the expanded child tax credit permanent, it is currently slated to expire at the end of this year.
Threats, Resignations and 100 New Laws: Why Public Health Is in Crisis
In May, the Biden administration announced that it would invest an additional $7.4 billion from the Covid-19 stimulus package to train and recruit public health workers. Some departments said they had to lay off employees at inopportune times over the past year because grants had run out of money. Many local health officials said they expected that the extra money would peter out over the next two to three years. They likened the Covid-19 funds to the money that flowed into health departments after the 9/11 attacks but then vanished when political priorities changed. Instead, they purchased equipment or, more frequently, hired temporary staff, knowing they would need to let them go when the money dried up.
Supply chain chaos is already hitting global growth. And it's about to get worse
But Covid-19 has left one very destructive economic issue in its wake: Disruption to global supply chains. Different parts of the world have experienced supply chain issues that have been exacerbated for different reasons too. Supply chain crisis hits growthAs economies get back on their feet, the supply chain crisis has come to the fore as one of the biggest challenges governments now face. Earnings impactedExperts note that earnings are already starting to show the impact of the supply chain crisis. Invesco's Global Market Strategist Kristina Hooper noted last week that "supply chain fears are brewing" with a number of U.S. companies flagging up warnings about rising costs related to supply chain disruptions and potentially lower earnings.
Toyota to invest $3.4 billion on U.S. automotive batteries through 2030
REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's (7203.T) North American unit said Monday it will invest about $3.4 billion (380 billion yen) on U.S. automotive battery development and production in the United States through 2030. The new plant, which includes a planned $1.29 billion Toyota investment through 2031, aims to start production in 2025 and is expected to create 1,750 new U.S. jobs. Toyota has mounted a lobbying campaign to try to convince U.S. lawmakers not to include an additional $4,500 tax incentive for union-made electric vehicles. Detroit's Big Three automakers said in August they aspire "to achieve sales of 40-50% of annual U.S. volumes of electric vehicles... by 2030." Biden’s 50% goal and the automakers’ 2030 goals includes battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles that also have a gasoline-engine.
Tight U.S. job market triggers strikes for more pay
Healthcare workers take part in a strike to protest working conditions in hospitals amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York, U.S., October 4, 2021. So far, at least 176 strikes have been launched this year, including 17 in October, according to Cornell University's Labor Action Tracker. Meanwhile, some union members have moved to decertify the union. More than 28,000 healthcare workers at 13 Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospitals and hundreds of medical centers voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to authorize a strike. That demand is echoed by nearly 2,000 healthcare workers who have been on strike since Oct. 1 in Buffalo, New York.
Dems to Biden: Don't leave people of color behind in Build Back Better negotiations
An administration official said the White House is fighting for everything in the president’s originally proposed plan. “We have racial disparities for kids. We have racial disparities for women of childbearing age and postpartum. We have racial disparities for people over 65. “Nobody’s going to win in a ‘who has more racial disparities?’ contest.
Covid-stricken states still struggle months after Biden’s surge
States that didn't get staffing help received supplemental funding but couldn't find enough doctors and health workers fill gaps at hospitals. By that point, state health officials said it had become clear that they would not be able to vaccinate enough people to keep Delta at bay. What states needed more than anything was more medical personnel to take care of sick patients. Hospitals lacked personnel to staff the beds and take care of the patients, multiple state health officials said. States including New Mexico and Alabama are still building up their hospital medical personnel three months after Biden announced help was on the way.
Jill Biden surprises her South Carolina 'prayer partner'
But she opened her remarks by retelling the story of how she and Robin Jackson met, saying the relationship has "shaped my life." Both women have said Jackson approached Jill Biden and asked to pray with her. Jill Biden uses the professional title "Dr." because of her doctorate degree. Jill Biden told talk-show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021 that regular contact with Robin Jackson had made a difference. Robin Jackson was among religious leaders who recited prayers for Joe Biden during a virtual prayer service the morning after his inauguration in January.
Biden’s budget could transform life for working women. Don’t let Manchin gut it | Moira Donegan
Joe Manchin is worried that American families will get spoiled if their government looks out for them too much. The danger, Manchin says, is that if the Biden agenda is passed in full, America will become an “entitlement society”. At issue for Manchin is the BBBA’s funding for programs designed to help working women and their families. Finally, the child tax credit has been essential in helping to keep working families out of poverty, giving them much-needed money to spend where they most need it. Instead of throwing working women under the bus for the sake of political expediency, Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress still have the opportunity to make that wise investment.
First Thing: Biden urged to act as climate agenda hangs by a thread
Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure over a climate agenda that appears to be hanging by a thread. 31 October but negotiations are dragging on between the White House, Democratic leaders and a pair of centrist holdouts in the Senate. Trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery set to beginThea Brooks stands in front of a mural of her nephew Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia. Trump has directed aides not to testify, this includes Bannon, the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and defense department aide Kash Patel. Climate check: young climate activists speak out on how to save the worldAhead of the crucial Cop26 conference, we talk to young activists around the world.
‘This is our last chance’: Biden urged to act as climate agenda hangs by a thread
Native and other environmentalist groups gather outside the White House last week urging Joe Biden to reject fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the talks. “This is high on the list of most consequential actions ever taken by an individual senator,” tweeted the climate campaigner Bill McKibben. Joye Braun speaks during a protest at the White House against the continued use of fossil fuels on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “None of our objectives for the president’s climate agenda begins or ends on November 1 and 2, or the week after,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week.
Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair
Republicans are signaling that they will help bail out Jerome Powell if he's renominated to lead the Federal Reserve, amid opposition and skepticism from progressives. ), another Democrat on the committee, has said that he’ll support Powell, touting his ability to maintain the “independence” of the Federal Reserve. More than half of the GOP senators on the panel have said that they would support Powell, giving him a potentially comfortable margin to work with. Blumenthal has since indicated that he would support Powell if he’s nominated a second term, but other previous Democratic no votes haven’t yet tipped their hand. Asked if he could support Powell, Sen. John Thune John Randolph ThuneGOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Democrat on controversial Schumer speech: Timing 'may not have been the best' MORE (R-S.D.
Rising prices and empty store shelves spell grave political danger for Biden and his Democrats
An admission by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on CNN Sunday that supply chain backups, which are having a corrosive impact on the wider economy, will linger into next year further underscored a tough midterm election environment for Democrats. On Sunday, for instance, the ex-President sent out a fundraising email that noted "prices soaring." Buttigieg spoke after Moody's Analytics warned last week that supply chain disruptions "will get worse before they get better." Rising demand fuels inflationButtigieg, a rising Democratic political star who might have expected the Transportation Department to offer a comparatively safe political landing spot, now finds himself in the middle of a dicey political crisis. While many of the problems hampering Biden's presidency do seem intractable, Democrats can at least hope that things will improve by next year.
Ben Shapiro: A nation in the bubble
How should we explain the bizarre spectacle of a nation that should be booming stagnating instead? The actual answer, however, is simple: We have spent a year training Americans to believe that work is alternately unsafe, unavailable or unnecessary. First, we have trained vaccinated Americans to believe that they are unsafe. listen live watch liveMost importantly, we have trained Americans to believe that work is unnecessary. Ben Shapiro is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears regularly in the Grand Forks Herald.
Want to Save on Taxes? Consider a Divorce!
While there are many tax changes, the most notable include raising income and capital gains tax rates on high earners – especially married couples. Wedded individuals will see the most dramatic tax squeeze, so as a result, getting a divorce could save high-earning couples thousands of dollars or more in taxes. This will create a significant tax bite for married couples, making divorce more financially appealing now. To save on taxes, will financial advisers recommend couples increase savings for their children’s college education, max out their work 401(k)s … and get a divorce? Kamens shares that “Revenue Ruling 76-253 states that the IRA will disregard a divorce obtained solely to save money on taxes.
Dr. Anthony Fauci urges police to get vaccinated: Live COVID-19 updates
Police officers and other public safety workers have a responsibility to get vaccinated, the nation's top infectious disease physician said Sunday. COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for American law enforcement officers, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit tracking police officer deaths. In Chicago, the head of the police union called on members to defy the city’s deadline for reporting their COVID-19 vaccination status. ?Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 724,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. However, a Jacksonville, Florda,i judge last month ordered a hospital to give it to a COVID-19 patient, according to records submitted to Nutt.
Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at home
The liberal media, enthusiasts all for the Green New Deal, has downplayed the global energy crisis; they especially do not want you to know what kicked it off. Consequently, the Brits scrambled to substitute natural gas for the missing wind energy. A shortage of natural gas spread over Europe like a virus, leading Germans to beg Vladimir Putin for more imports, which the Russian despot declined to provide. Beijing, too, had to substitute natural gas in their energy grid, causing even more shortages. Meanwhile, governors around the U.S. have nixed the construction of natural gas pipelines, denying their states’ residents relatively clean and cheap fuel.
Biden admin to build intelligence-gathering cell to track groups of migrants headed north
It allowed key intelligence and operational capabilities to atrophy,” one of the officials, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, said on the condition of anonymity. Senior leaders at CBP, ICE, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Coast Guard met Wednesday to solidify the plans, the officials said. Part of their mission will be to build and monitor algorithms that can monitor social media chatter about migration movements. More than 20,000 migrants from Haiti are gathered in northern Colombia and Panama, for example, and may soon decide to try to immigrate to the U.S. The goal is to “institutionalize” the intelligence-gathering systems so future administrations cannot dismantle them, the officials said.
Senate to vote on sweeping voting rights bill Republicans promise to filibuster
WASHINGTON — This week could be the last dance for federal voting rights legislation. Some have suggested a carve-out to the filibuster for voting rights. said Ezra Levin, a co-founder of the group Indivisible, which has sought to build support for a voting rights overhaul. Biden has championed new voting rights protections, but he has been reluctant to push to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate, where he served for 36 years. "These next six weeks are make or break for President Biden and Senate Democrats," Zupnick said.
The Real-Life Costs Of Shrinking The Democrats’ Big Spending Plan
But he has also emphasized the chance to help seniors who currently can’t pay for their dental care. The two are allies, broadly speaking, long dedicated to the cause of guaranteeing health care as a basic human right. Roughly 13% of South Carolina’s non-elderly population had no health insurance as of 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. They owe their Senate majority to the wins in Georgia by Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both of whom made health care a focus of their campaigns. At the same time, they bristle at the idea that the dental benefit has less value, given widely documented problems with dental care among the elderly.
What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chief
What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chiefEnlarge this image toggle caption Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe chair of the Federal Reserve has one of the most powerful economic jobs in the world, with the ability move markets with a single phrase. Enlarge this image toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty ImagesWhat has Powell's tenure been like? But once the pandemic struck, the Fed quickly slashed rates to near zero in order to support the economy. Enlarge this image toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWhat do Powell's critics say? Enlarge this image toggle caption Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg via Getty Images Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMost recently, critics have also faulted Powell over allegations of unethical trading activity by other top Fed officials.
How will vaccine mandates affect already short-staffed nursing homes?
“If it were just the long-term care world that faced vaccine mandates, we would lose workers to other health care disciplines,” Yurek says. In nursing homes, for example, the COVID-19 vaccination rate among staff is just 62%, versus 83% among residents, estimates the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. They may be hospitalized, then they receive home health care, then they go to a nursing home,” Smetanka says. One of the reasons long-term care employers have been resisting vaccine mandates is that they’re afraid it will exacerbate already challenging staffing shortages. A recent survey by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living found that 99% of nursing homes and 96% of assisted living communities are facing staffing shortages.
Harris to visit Lake Mead to discuss drought and climate change
Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by the West’s drought as she visits Lake Mead and makes the case for the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate change proposals, which have stalled in Congress. That agenda includes climate provisions that the Biden administration says would make the U.S. more resilient amid the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heat waves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. Officials said Harris will also discuss how water shortages affect farmers, the nation’s food supply and the economy. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands, and increasing water efficiency.
Build back solar: the Puerto Ricans who see sun as key to resist climate shocks
But thanks to the rooftop solar system, Marrero could stay cool and watch TV without worrying about the food going off in the fridge. Puerto Rico is a tropical Caribbean archipelago and US territory located a thousand miles or so south-east of Miami. A resident tries to connect electrical lines downed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, in October 2017. It’s widely agreed that Puerto Rico’s energy system is in disarray. Since Maria, hundreds of rooftop and onsite solar systems have been installed at homes, emergency services and critical businesses around Adjuntas, known locally as Pueblo Solar (Solar Town).
What’s actually in Biden’s Build Back Better bill? And how would it affect you?
In much of the press coverage of the fight over Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, politicians, pundits and media talking heads often focus on its $3.5tn price tag. The Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill, is one of two huge pieces of legislation that form the centerpiece of Biden’s domestic agenda. The passage of Build Back Better would expand Medicare services to cover vision, hearing and dental health needs, which it currently does not. Progressives and climate advocates had hoped for sweeping climate reforms that did not make it into Biden’s Build Back Better bill – and that omission continues to be a fight between the far-left and centrist Democrats. The Build Back Better plan aims to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, far short of the Green New Deal’s goal of 2035.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
ISTANBUL -President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. “There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments,” Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
China hypersonic nuke: US warned it risks 'losing new Cold War within a decade'
Along with China, the United States, Russia and at least five other countries are working on hypersonic technology, and last month North Korea said it had test-fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile. At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17. The Pentagon did not comment on China's testing of the hypersonic missile, but did acknowledge China as their 'number one pacing challenge'. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings. Reports of the improvements follow previously reported upgrades at other Chinese military bases and come amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan.
Northern Territory chief minister and US senator Ted Cruz in Twitter spat over Covid vaccines
The Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine policy, telling the firebrand Texan conservative “you know nothing about us”. The spat began when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner announcing the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for workers. Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their [Australia’s] current government,” which he said was “disgraceful and sad”. “Individual liberty matters,” Cruz declared, adding he had considered Australia the “Texas of the Pacific”. Gunner did not appreciate the feedback, responding on Twitter with a statement sharing a “few facts about Covid down here” and tagging Cruz.
Opinion | Trump Missed the Part About No Do-Overs
Bret: It would be nice to think that his obsession with 2020 is solely a function of his personal insecurities. Within the Republican Party, he’s making the stolen-election fantasy a litmus test, which Republican politicians defy at the peril of either being primaried by a Trump toady or losing vital Trump voters in close elections. At the national level, he’s creating a new “stab-in-the-back” myth to undermine the legitimacy of democracy itself. He was the U.K.’s Labour prime minister during the “Winter of Discontent,” when the country seemed to be perpetually on strike. Bret: I still think the most pro-worker thing the White House can do is get the infrastructure bill passed.
Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
But his actions so far look increasingly like those in a world of competitive coexistence, a bit edgier than the “peaceful coexistence” that the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev used to characterize the old Cold War. The Berlin Wall not only delineated a sharp line between spheres of influence, freedom and authoritarian control, it stopped most communications and trade. The year it fell, 1989, the United States exported $4.3 billion in goods to the Soviets and imported $709 million, an inconsequential blip for both economies. And yet, even through a pandemic and threats of “decoupling,” the United States exported $124 billion in goods to China last year and imported $434 billion. That made China the largest supplier of goods to the United States, and the third largest consumer of its exports, after Canada and Mexico.
Biden’s Plans Raise Questions About What U.S. Can Afford Not to Do
Many Democrats fear the United States cannot afford to wait to curb climate change, help more women enter the work force and invest in feeding and educating its most vulnerable children. In their view, failing to invest in those issues means the country risks incurring painful costs that will slow economic growth. “We can’t afford not to do these kinds of investments,” David Kamin, a deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, said in an interview. Mr. Manchin says he fears too much additional spending would feed rising inflation, which could push up borrowing costs and make it harder for the country to manage its budget deficit. Mr. Biden says his proposals would help fight inflation by reducing the cost of child care, housing, education and more.
Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Gitmo detainee can provide limited testimony
Added: 18.10.2021 3:17 | 31 views | 0 commentsThe Biden administration has informed the Supreme Court that Abu Zubaydah, a former associate of Osama bin Laden who was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques in a CIA detention center and is currently held in in Guantanamo Bay, could provide limited testimony for use in a Polish investigation into the use of CIA black sites in the wake of 9/11.
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decades
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decadesAdded: 18.10.2021 5:17 | 17 views | 0 commentsRobert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, reiterated in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.
Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at home
Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at homeAdded: 18.10.2021 10:00 | 9 views | 0 commentsGood news! Pete Buttigieg will emerge from his months-long family leave in time to attend the U.N.-sponsored climate gathering. Pete will not go alone to COP26, which starts Nov. 1 in Scotland.
Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter & This Is Not the 1970s
Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter & This Is Not the 1970sAdded: 18.10.2021 3:52 | 21 views | 0 commentsThe right's facile comparisons of the two presidents miss the vastly different circumstances facing Biden and distort Carter's record.
Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Gitmo detainee can provide limited testimony
Added: 18.10.2021 3:16 | 19 views | 0 commentsThe Biden administration has informed the Supreme Court that Abu Zubaydah, a former associate of Osama bin Laden who was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques in a CIA detention center and is currently held in in Guantanamo Bay, could provide limited testimony for use in a Polish investigation into the use of CIA black sites in the wake of 9/11.
Biden caught violating DC mask mandate at Georgetown restaurant
Here's what you need to know as you start your day …Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurantPresident Biden and first lady Jill Biden were caught violating Washington, D.C.'s indoor mask mandate by walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday. Washington, D.C.'s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens also violated Fiola Mare's mask policy, which mirrors the city's. "Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable."
Bill Clinton back in New York after brief hospital stay in California
Orange, Calif. (AP) -- Bill Clinton arrived Sunday at his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at a Southern California hospital, officials said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
Trump is calling for a vote audit in another Arizona county even after the first recount in Maricopa proved Biden won
But Pima County officials have spoken up to refute his claims, calling their elections free, fair, secure, and accurate. This time, the former president has his sights set on Pima County, the state's second-most populous county after Maricopa. Chuck Huckelberry, a county administrator in Pima County, refuted the former president's claims in an interview with NBC affiliate KVOA. Pima County's local government took to Twitter to debunk the former president's accusations, tweeting on October 16: "There seems to be some interest in Pima County's 2020 election results. Earlier this month, the Cyber Ninjas' vote recount in Maricopa County confirming Biden beat Trump, and by 261 more votes than was initially counted.
What to know about the latest fight over Trump’s executive privilege claims
Of the four, only Bannon is currently facing contempt proceedings — potential depositions for Meadows, Scavino, and Patel have been delayed. Steve Bannon team has fired off another letter to Jan 6 committee repeating that they will not cooperate citing Trump executive privilege claims. Trump’s letter is not an official invocation of executive privilege, as PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor points out. It’s unclear whether Trump actually has any grounds to claim that privilege, particularly when it comes to his communications with Bannon. And as former federal prosecutor and Brown University professor Jeffrey Robbins told the New York Times, Trump’s arguments for executive privilege are “patently bogus” and lack justification, such as protecting national security.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday-night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order but was unsuccessful.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul: Biden rescinded Remain in Mexico policy 'because it had Trump's name on it'
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, had a warning for Americans on the border crisis on the latest "Sunday Night in America." Host Trey Gowdy invited McCaul to discuss the federal court ruling to "enforce and implement" the Migrant Protection Protocols otherwise known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy. The Biden administration has attempted various times to rescind the policy despite ongoing issues at the border. "On day one, President Biden rescinded the Remain in Mexico policy, the asylum agreements, the Migrant Protection Protocols, which was working." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is ready to re-instate the Remain in Mexico policy by mid-November.
GOP Gov. Calls Trump's 2020 Election Fixation A 'Recipe For Disaster in 2022'
Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s ongoing comments about the 2020 election are “not constructive” and could spell disaster for the GOP in the 2022 midterms. Advertisement“Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022,” Hutchinson said. And those kinds of comments are not constructive.”WATCH: Trump's comments about "election fraud" in 2020 "are not constructive," Gov. says on #MTPIt's "a recipe for disaster in 2022." Nearly a year since the election, Trump continues to devote considerable energy to pushing conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from him, despite dozens of failed legal challenges, recounts and audits that confirmed Biden’s victory.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 per cent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
ESPN reporter quits job after refusing to take a vaccine
A reporter with ESPN announced her decision to leave the network rather than get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing her effort to conceive a second child. In a video on her Instagram account, Allison Williams announced her decision to step down from the network, where she works as a college football and basketball reporter. She said she is not morally and ethically aligned with the network’s decision to impose its vaccine mandate on all employees. Ms Williams also cited instances of women who experienced fertility problems after receiving the vaccine. Ms Williams’ decision to resign from the network comes just a few weeks after she announced a leave of absence .
Schumer: Use DOGS to keep airport security lines moving if vaccination rule creates staff shortage
Chuck Schumer has suggested using sniffer dogs to replace people at airports if the fast-approaching deadline for COVID vaccinations for all staff causes a shortage of workers. About 40 per cent of TSA workers are currently at risk of being fired for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. Schumer suggested the dogs could be more widely usedHe said his idea 'really works' and should be seriously considered. He added that the TSA should 'particularly look at New York' to try out his idea, given the large numbers of passengers passing through and the low vaccination rate among TSA workers in the city. Mike Van de Ven, the president of the airline, told employees in a video on Sunday that staffing shortages were to blame.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner fires back at US Senator Ted Cruz over Twitter post
The Northern Territory 's Chief Minister Michael Gunner has fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for labelling the territory's vaccination policy as "disgraceful and sad". Mr Cruz shared the video of Mr Gunner, saying while he loves "the Aussies", "the COVID tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad". Mr Gunner responded to Mr Cruz's tweet, saying "we don't need your lectures, thanks mate". Mr Gunner said. Senator Cruz has been an infamous proponent of scrapping vaccine mandates, arguing any policy to make the jab compulsory "ignores medical data".
Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Guantanamo detainee can provide limited testimony
But Fletcher stressed that any information could be subject to redaction if the information might "prejudice the security issues of the United States." Fletcher, who appeared surprised by the question, responded that Zubaydah is subject to the same restrictions that apply to similar detainees at Guantanamo. Disclosure of that information, the court said, would not cause grave danger to national security. But as they grappled with the case, Breyer brought up the separate issue concerning Zubaydah's testimony. Gorsuch suggested if the government did so, it would no longer be required to make any kind of direct admission.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. After a tour, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Interior Department and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. In August, federal officials declared the first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought gripping much of the West.
Jill Biden says SC 'prayer partner' helped change her life
“But I do know that when she spoke it was as if God was saying to me, ‘OK, Jill. Charles B. Jackson Jr., said that his mother began texting prayerful reminders to Jill Biden a few days after they met. “This would continue on all the way till today,” Jackson Jr. said. Jill Biden said earlier this year the relationship with Robin Jackson had made a difference in her life. She occasionally accompanies the president, a devout Catholic, to Mass and was with him Saturday when he worshipped at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.
Democrat in key Virginia governor race hanging on by a thread in further blow for ailing Biden administration
The tight polling numbers in the Virginia race echo Mr Biden's decline in national polling, amid rising inflation and a stalled domestic agenda, and has rattled the Democratic Party. According to Rasmussen Reports, 56 per cent of voters disapprove of his record and 43 per cent approve. Acknowledging the stakes, Mr Biden told reporters on Friday the race was understandably being read as a "bellwether of what may happen" next year. Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told the Telegraph a loss for Mr McAuliffe would be "disastrous for Democratic prospects in 2022." "If Virginia is going to go Republican it would pretty much close the books on Democrats maintaining control of Congress," he said.
U.S. Congress stares down long odds for bringing Trump to book
Bannon is being pursued under the more streamlined 1857 criminal contempt statute making non-compliance a federal crime punishable by up to 12 months in jail. The runes aren’t great: The department said in 1984 it would not prosecute executive branch officials for criminal contempt of Congress when “executive privilege” formed the basis for non-compliance. Since 2008, the House has cited at least six current or former White House officials for violations, yet no action has been taken. The dust-up between Congress and the presidency over Richard Nixon’s White House tapes led Congress to pursue a third option: civil enforcement through the courts. And such threats don’t make much sense in any case when the investigating lawmakers and the White House are on the same side.
Ohio Christian group whose 17 missionaries were kidnapped in Haiti has tens of millions in assets
It is controlled by the 400 Mawozo gang, whose members are now likely to demand a fee for the hostages' release. Christian Aid Missionaries balance sheet shows the group has $87 million in assets'They're going to negotiate,' he said. He added: 'The 400 Mawozo gang don't want to kill the hostages. A group of 17 missionaries working in the area was abducted on SaturdayThe 17 missionaries worked for the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, an Amish group. The kidnappers are believed to be members of the 400 Mawozo gang, the Miami Herald reported.
Climate Brief: News Roundup, A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him
The U.S. Treasury Department is now taking steps to better understand the financial risks of climate change and climate transition to Americans, especially in low-income and historically disadvantaged communities, a senior administration official told CNBC. It is part of the Biden administration’s overall effort to tackle climate change. But they are often ignored in the national climate plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions, that form the basis of negotiations at COP. No, the worst part about leather, according to environmental activists, is that it’s a major contributor to climate change. x "To take it out is to decide that climate change isn't a problem."
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY270---Evening Shade-Sunday
The President of the United States will be here." pic.twitter.com/XM8oph1UNe — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . pic.twitter.com/zeTy48Dbh9 — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x Virginia gubernatorial candidate @TerryMcAuliffe on opponent Glenn Youngkin: "He doesn't want Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. https://t.co/ZAobEsxFf8 pic.twitter.com/CFr0kZqfjx — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . https://t.co/TnrGR82zRs — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 17, 2021VIRGINIAx According to @AdImpact_Pol , McAuliffe campaign has spent almost $3M on anti-Trump ads in VAGOV.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021Strategic Political Economy“You lost. Stop acting like you won”[White Hot Harlots (lyman alpha blob), via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The abortion issue has been lost. Where is it Now?”Thomas Frank [YouTube, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]. [Twitter, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]x This same sentiment is brewing at Class I Railroads too. “Minimum Wage Machine”[Blake Fall-Conroy, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage.
"Civil War started" is more likely not about having a permit for one
(Snopes)The reality is that a Civil War might exist without a declaration of its initiation, much like not being in a location also reveals a location. Scott Macfarlane reported today Proud Boy Zach Rehl texted at 2:29pm "CIVIL WAR HAS STARTED" one minute later where I was, a guy with a megaphone yelled "THEY'RE IN" to massive cheers. The Boogaloo Boys are a far-right movement known for their violence, their Hawaiian shirts, and their desire to spark a second U.S. Civil War. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group's name and movement refer to their desire for a insurrectionist revolt that would spark another Civil War. The first such war, started by secessionist Southern slave states, lasted from 1861 and 1865 and left some 620,000 Americans dead.
Overnight News Digest October 17, 2021
Tomorrow's News TodayWelcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Besame, jck and Rise above the swamp. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. BBCPedro Sanchez: Spanish PM vows to abolish prostitutionSpain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged on Sunday to outlaw prostitution in the country. Speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party's three-day congress in Valencia, Mr Sanchez said that the practice "enslaves" women. NPRThe political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectivenessThe science is clear: Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from the coronavirus, and vaccine mandates are an effective tool in promoting widespread vaccinations.
Rogue edition: Tweets of the Week
Our friend oldhippiedude is taking a break for a couple of weeks, so I’ve collected some tweets for TotW addicts to tide us over until his return. — New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) October 13, 2021x So true pic.twitter.com/axxEHU7Dhq — Bob Young (@BobYoung2036364) October 16, 2021x Democrats have a plan to stop the giant meteor that will end life on this planet. — New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) October 15, 2021x Whenever a guy says,"Treat you like a queen", I assume like the medieval kind where they see you like livestock to sire heirs. pic.twitter.com/Cd5qeki8Fx — Extra Spooky Skyler Jay (@SkylerJay_) October 15, 2021x Trump to Skip 2024 Campaign and Go Straight to Claiming He Won https://t.co/O2btLNPWQ7 via @NewYorker — John McLaughlin (@je_mclaughlin) October 13, 2021x Same guy, ten days apart. — Dean Gloster (@deangloster) October 15, 2021x Death Santis announces campaign for President — larueart (@dlarue16) October 15, 2021x Unless 90s NBA had a lot of unprotected sex during games, I don’t see how this is equivalent.
End of an Era.....
However, in 1988, American President Lines - APL -built some container ships that were too wide for the Panama Canal - post-Panamax ships, so-called - ships built expressly for the Asia-US West Coast or Asia -Europe trade. We’ll return to that scoffing later, and those APL ships, the first container ships too wide for the Panama Canal and in 1988 the biggest in the world, over 900 feet long and 120 feet wide. The worldwide volume of containers and the number of container ships exploded. It was a haunting moment, that moment, watching that huge ship ghost by, enormous, just huge. It felt like the passing of an era, and now I think it was.
Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Burning Future of U.S.-China Relations
How much more swimmingly could relations between them go on this planet of sickness and heat? Economically speaking, however, as the New York Times reported, he didn't not when it comes to China anyway. We face a future all-too-literally embroiled in what, as he explains, could be the hottest "war" around. Of course, politicians, scientific groups, and environmental organizations will offer plans of every sort in Glasgow to reduce global carbon emissions and slow the process of planetary incineration. Only the United States and China, by far the world's top two carbon emitters, are in a position to do so.
The Empires That Brought Us Here
What might be helpful would be a clear-eyed historical account of empires rising and falling, written by someone aware of all of this and dedicated to both cutting through centuries-old propaganda and avoiding simplistic explanations. And that we now have in Alfred W. McCoy's To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change, a 300-page tour through empires past and present, including the empires of Portugal and Spain. McCoy provides a detailed account of these empires' contributions to genocide, slavery, and in contrast discussions of human rights. McCoy interweaves considerations of demographic, economic, military, cultural, and economic factors, with some interesting consideration of what we would today call public relations. Empire, no matter how many empires there have been or what ugly company they place the current one in.
The Week Ahead: Trump redux
The unofficial kickoff of the former guy's presidential campaign at a rally Saturday night in Des Moines will reverberate through American politics this week. All indications are that Trump is going to cast the midterm elections as a referendum on himself rather than on Biden. We've already observed it at the state level: Trump's Big Lie has moved 18 Republican-dominated states to enact 33 laws suppressing the votes of likely Democratic voters, on the false pretext of eliminating "voter fraud" that doesn't exist. But for a brief time it seemed as if senior Republicans in Washington would try to move the party away from Trump. For Trump to make the midterm elections into a referendum on himself and his Big Lie is useful for the Democrats.
Coalition Urges Biden to Change Approach to Global Food, Agriculture
Jim Goodman, board president of the National Family Farm Coalition, said in a statement that it’s time for a clear break from the agriculture policies under former President Donald Trump. “This pro-corporate agriculture agenda must change under your watch,” the groups said. The U.S. government must also “refrain from trade challenges to other countries’ efforts to advance food sovereignty, the right to adequate food, biodiversity protection, and confront climate change.” The letter also calls for transparent, public disclosures of any engagement between corporate agribusiness representatives and U.S. officials. Taking such steps for “transformative change,” the groups wrote, would help “protect our food systems from the climate and biodiversity crises and ensure an end to hunger globally.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Nobel Prize committee hails US-aligned journalists, silent on Assange
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)As has been the case many times before when it comes to the Nobel Peace Prize, even limited scrutiny belies the lofty rhetoric. However, in their celebration of press freedom, the Nobel Committee selected two journalists who have never challenged the interests of the major imperialist powers, or exposed their machinations, and who have spent their entire careers in alignment with the US state apparatus. Muratov dedicated his Nobel Prize to Alexei Navalny, a leading figure in the country’s opposition movement. Ressa’s conception of “press freedom” is strikingly similar to that of the US State Department. Such is the “fearless,” “free” and “independent” journalism that can be funded by the American state and hailed by the Nobel Committee.
Republican campaign rally in Virginia draws Trump, Bannon and fascist supporters
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. In his telephone message to the rally, Trump focused on claims of election fraud. While Youngkin was not in attendance, citing time “conflicts,” the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, was. In 2020, Trump lost Virginia by a 10 percent margin, with Democrat Joe Biden winning by large margins in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The “Take Back Virginia” rally took place in the final weeks of the Virginia race for the governor’s mansion.
Huge opposition from television and movie workers as union calls off strike and pushes sellout deal
“This is a Hollywood ending,” IATSE President Matthew Loeb said in the press release. While IATSE workers have historically turned out in low numbers, (20 to 30 percent, according to an IndieWire article from 2018), over 90 percent of workers turned out for the near unanimous vote to authorize a strike. A good many have already taken the measure of the current IATSE leadership with calls already appearing to have them replaced. Workers are fighting for a substantial increase in wages to keep up with a relentless rise in living expenses. That will not be done by replacing one union boss with another.
The class struggle and the fight to eradicate COVID-19
More than a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, a movement is emerging among parents, teachers, students, workers and scientists for policies to eradicate the coronavirus globally. Strikes elsewhere are continuing among Kellogg’s food production workers, Alabama coal miners, and nurses in New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Although it is not yet fully understood by many of the workers engaged in these strikes, there is a profound connection between the fight against the pandemic and the class struggle. Total reported COVID-19 deaths in the US are now fast approaching 750,000, with over 20,000 succumbing to the virus in the last two weeks. Both the growing movement to eradicate COVID-19 and the increasing resistance of the working class to ever greater levels of exploitation are being driven by the same underlying objective cause: the crisis and breakdown of capitalism.
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decades
Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, seemed to reiterate in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades. Cooper pointed out a part in the book where Gates called Biden a man of integrity but wrote that he believes he’s "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." He said he believes Biden made a mistake in Afghanistan in the way he handled the withdrawal. Biden has defended his administration and essentially said there was no easy way out of the country after two decades. This is not the first time that Gates offered stark criticism for the U.S.'s handling of the Afghanistan war.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. That agenda includes climate provisions the Biden administration has said would make the U.S. more resilient against the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heatwaves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands and increasing water efficiency.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. The Democrats’ razor-thin margins in both houses of Congress have empowered individual lawmakers like Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, vexing fellow lawmakers and the White House. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time
Without computer chips that serve as the switches for today’s economy, the United States could be eclipsed by China and other nations that support their semiconductor industries. More than 20% of the state’s jobs were in manufacturing then; now only 8% are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In overwhelmingly Democratic Rhode Island, Raimondo learned to govern by building coalitions within a diverse caucus. Automakers just stopped ordering semiconductors.”The United States once accounted for 40% of chip-making worldwide; now it’s 12%. The cost of making a chip in the United States is 30% higher than in Taiwan and South Korea.
Jill Biden says SC ‘prayer partner’ helped change her life
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Robin Jackson, wife of the pastor at Brookland Baptist Church in South Carolina, offered to be Jill Biden’s “prayer partner” when the Bidens worshipped at the church. Charles B. Jackson Jr., said that his mother began texting prayerful reminders to Jill Biden a few days after they met. Jill Biden said earlier this year the relationship with Robin Jackson had made a difference in her life.
Only a couple of child tax credit payments to go. Is this really the end?
Only a couple of child tax credit payments to go. Millions of families are rejoicing as the IRS sends out the fourth round of souped-up child tax credit payments. The boosted child tax credit (CTC) gives families up to $3,000 per child aged 6 to 17 and $3,600 per kid under 6. For the moment, President Biden is aiming to extend the current tax credit through 2024 or 2025 as part of his “Build Back Better” agenda. If you haven’t refinanced into one of today’s historically low mortgage rates, time could be running out.
No fourth stimulus check? Billions in other COVID aid is still available to you
Billions in other COVID aid is still available to youStill hoping for a fourth stimulus check? But if you could use more COVID relief to meet expenses and keep your debt under control, billions in aid money is still available, outside of another direct payment. Various stimulus relief is still up for grabsRicardo Reitmeyer / ShutterstockThough Washington has turned its attention away from stimulus checks, other government support is still available from the various pandemic rescue packages already approved by Congress. Tame your student loan debt. But interest rates on student loan refinances are close to all-time lows.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. President Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2020, but the McAuliffe-Youngkin race appears to be coming down to the wire. Youngkin also has not campaigned personally with Trump, though the former president phoned into a Virginia rally last week featuring Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Lake: America’s Arab allies warming to Syria’s dictator
King Abdullah II of Jordan made news last week when he took a phone call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was the first contact between the king and president in more than a decade, since Syria’s civil war began. Since 2018, Arab states that once funded and armed Assad’s opposition have been trying to restore diplomatic ties with his regime. Recently, trade ministers from Syria and the United Arab Emirates met to discuss how to expand economic ties. So it’s worth asking what, if anything, the Biden administration is doing about these thawing relations between Assad and America’s Arab allies.
Editorial: Democrats need concrete spending priorities
Unfortunately, these seem to be concentrating not on setting priorities, getting value for money, and presenting intelligible choices to the country, but on creative accounting. As it happens, though, the plan’s tax increases don’t cover the proposed new spending. Remember that these enormous new commitments were proposed on top of an unprecedented expansion of spending and borrowing due to the pandemic. With inflation running at a multi-decade high by some measures, these gigantic numbers surely warrant more caution than Biden and progressive Democrats have allowed. Progressive Democrats proudly see their spending ambitions as radical and transformative.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
“These bills, in my view, are literally about competitiveness versus complacency, about opportunity versus decay, and about leading the world or continuing to let the world move by us,” Biden said Friday while pushing the legislation in Connecticut. Yet beneath the White House’s pleas for patience — reminding people that hard things take time — is a bubbling sense of urgency that a deal needs to be struck rapidly. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. But there are also more abstract imperatives: proving Democrats can deliver on their promises to voters and protecting Biden’s waning political capital. Biden himself has expressed impatience and will be increasing his own personal outreach this week to push lawmakers to find a compromise and bring the bills to a vote, the officials said.
A nurse’s journey from treating Covid in Brazil to death in the US desert
As coronavirus tore through the Valley of Paradise, a farm-flanked backwater in the Brazilian Amazon, Lenilda dos Santos, a nurse technician, stood on the frontline clutching hands most feared to touch. But we must fight.’”But one morning in early August, as the two women sat at the entrance to their Covid ward, Lenilda announced she was leaving. “Soon,” Lenilda replied, adding words of reassurance: “I’ll be back.”The entrance to Vale do Paraíso, a rural backwater in the Amazon state of Rondônia where Lenilda dos Santos had lived and worked. Genifer Oliveira dos Santos, the 28-year-old daughter of Lenilda, looks at photo albums with pictures of her mother. “So it was extraordinarily hot.”A weathered backpack left behind by a migrant in the desert between Mexico and the US.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ONLY person not wearing mask at baseball stadium while celebrating Cubs
The Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has been pictured at a basketball game without a face mask, despite the city and state currently requiring them to be worn. 'That’s cute, but Illinois has an indoor mask mandate, irregardless of vaccine status, ma’m. 'I thought there is an indoor mask mandate in place? 'So much for that indoor mask mandate eh,' added Ken. The president was carrying his face mask but not wearing it, despite vocally-pushing for people to wear them as often as possible.
US defence chief in Georgia on first stop of Black Sea visit for military talks
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin landed in Georgia Monday on the first leg of a visit to three allies on the Black Sea, aiming to deliver a message of support against threats from Russia. The United States has had training programs with the Georgian military for years, focused on developing interoperability capability with NATO as well as territorial defence, and the current program expires in December. The Pentagon sees the region as a potential flashpoint, especially since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine -— like Georgia a NATO partner state —- in 2014. Russian air and naval forces have increasingly challenged NATO members’ ships in the Black Sea. That will also be part of the discussion when Austin heads to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Thursday and Friday.
US defence chief in Georgia for military talks
The first Pentagon chief to visit since 2014, Austin will seek to renew a military training program and demonstrate America’s commitment to Tbilisi, which has sought for years to become a full member of NATO. The United States has had training programs with the Georgian military for years, focused on developing interoperability capability with NATO as well as territorial defence, and the current program expires in December. The Pentagon sees the region as a potential flashpoint, especially since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine -— like Georgia a NATO partner state —- in 2014. Russian air and naval forces have increasingly challenged NATO members’ ships in the Black Sea. That will also be part of the discussion when Austin heads to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Thursday and Friday.
'Why can't we study?': Afghan girls still barred from high school
ReutersThe administration of U.S. President Joe Biden informed the Supreme Court that a suspected high-ranking al Qaeda figure held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could provide limited testimony about his torture at the hands of the CIA. Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned why the U.S. government will not let the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, testify. In response to questions from three justices during oral arguments earlier this month, Acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher wrote a letter to the court on Friday informing the justices that Zubaydah could provide a declaration in the pending case.
Jill Biden to travel to Detroit Oct. 24 for Jewish school's annual dinner
First lady Jill Biden will travel to Detroit next weekend to speak at the annual dinner of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, a Jewish school, the White House said Sunday. Biden will be the guest speaker the dinner at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, where the "outstanding leadership" honoree will be Mary Barra, CEO and chair of General Motors Co.Yeshiva Beth Yehudah has campuses in Southfield and Oak Park, and describes itself as Michigan's largest and oldest Jewish educational institution in Michigan. Biden was in Michigan last month when she spoke at Oakland Community College during a trip with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and advocated for two years of free community college, which is part of husband President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Agenda. Jill Biden pushes for two years of free community college at Royal Oak stopBiden is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College. Joe Biden won Michigan, a battleground state, by 3 percentage points, or 154,000 votes, in 2020.mburke@detroitnews.com
S. Korea to soon decide whether to join CPTPP: finance minister
FINANCEThis photo, shows Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki meeting with reporters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and top central bankers. The Joe Biden administration is known to be reviewing rejoining the trade deal.Hong said South Korea is likely to decide whether to join the CPTPP as early as next week. "We may have to make a decision by the end of this month or early November. We are in the final stretch," Hong said.The TPP has been long seen as a key counterweight to China's growing clout. But in a surprising move, China submitted an application in September to accede to the CPTPP.
Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024
said he will not vote for former President Trump Donald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE if he wages a bid for the presidency in 2024. The Republican senator told Axios’ Mike Allen “I don’t know that” when discussing the likelihood that Trump will win the GOP nomination in 2024 if he launches a third campaign for the White House. Bill Cassidy is 1 of 7 GOP senators who voted to convict Trump before he left office. pic.twitter.com/tUcF3pAvCR — Axios (@axios) October 17, 2021ADVERTISEMENTCassidy sounded a similar note in February of this year during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when discussing a future Trump campaign. Trump has not announced any plans to run for president again in 2024, but his latest actions and comments are pointing towards a future bid.
Marxists try to take Federal Reserve as Biden weighs whether to reappoint Powell: Devine
President Biden is coming unstuck so badly that even CNN has noticed he’s not great at his job. The arrogance and duplicity of his administration simply reflects his character and is driving the Great Disillusionment with his presidency. But there is another, stealthier progressive takeover in train at the Federal Reserve, orchestrated by Wall Street Marxists in the guise of high-minded ethics concerns. Sen. Elizabeth Warren mounted a campaign accusing two of the most conservative members of the Fed Board of Governors of insider trading. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files/File PhotoWarren’s strike on the Fed’s board of governors comes as Biden weighs up whether to reappoint Powell when his four-year term is up in February.
Gowdy: Republicans must put 'differences and ambitions aside,' let American people restore balance in midterms
The former South Carolina congressman urged congressional Republicans to "put their differences and ambitions aside long enough to let history and the American people restore balance" in his opening monologue Sunday as the country looks ahead to the 2022 midterm elections. "Do political parties over-read election results?" "Perhaps this is how people respond when political parties forget about them. "Perhaps the American people like checks and balances, perhaps we like change or perhaps this is how people respond when political parties forget about them. "Will Republicans put their differences and ambitions aside long enough to let history and American people restore balance or will Georgia repeat itself?"
U.S. tells Supreme Court Guantanamo detainee can give limited testimony
The United States flag flies inside of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Camp VI at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 22, 2016. Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned why the U.S. government will not let the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, testify. Poland is believed to be the location of a "black site" where the CIA used harsh interrogation techniques against Zubaydah. Zubaydah, now 50, has spent 15 years at Guantanamo and is one of many detainees still held there. He lost an eye and underwent waterboarding 83 times in a single month while held by the CIA, U.S. government documents showed.
In Illinois, new reports reveal Trump Republicans’ fundraising strength
WASHINGTON — Keep an eye on the fundraising ability of GOP freshman Rep. Mary Miller, the Illinois Republican in Congress who is the most unabashed Trump loyalist in the delegation. ADAM KINZINGER/CHRISTINA LAUFThe remap, however it ends up, presents no easy district for GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, leading a crusade against Trumpism, which has bolstered his fundraising ability. To date this cycle, Davis raised $137,271, spent $35,201 and only has $345,912 cash-on-hand because he had campaign funds left over from 2020. MARY MILLER/DARIN LAHOODMiller and GOP Rep. Darin LaHood might end up in the same GOP district after the remap, so the play will be the Republican primary. RODNEY DAVIS/NIKKI BUDZINSKIThe draft map creates a tough district for GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams told the congregations that in McAuliffe's first term as governor, he increased funding for education and ensured that tens of thousands of former felons and others who had been removed from voter rolls had their right to the ballot box restored. "I know you get tired of being called a bellwether state but I’m going to tell you — as someone from one of those newly purplish states — we’ve got to look to you for wisdom,” she said, referring to once reliably Republican Georgia backing Biden and two Democratic senators last cycle. During a subsequent stop, Abrams appealed to her audience: “What you say in 2021 will show the world who we are in 2022 and 2024 and beyond.”At Faith Deliverance Christian Center, where congregants gathered in a gymnasium, the pastor, Sharon Riley, thanked Abrams for not being elected Georgia governor because “we now see that God had a plan” and that Abrams' work since in defense of voting rights has made her one of the “most significant” people in the nation. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad. But, she said, her mother eventually reminded her that “politics is always in the church” and her father said that the Bible “is one of the most intense political texts ever written.”
Joe Manchin White House child tax credit must include work requirement and $60k family income cap
Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin will only support Joe Biden's flagship child tax credits policy if the existing program is made markedly less generous, sources say. Democrats are looking to make Joe Biden's temporary increase to the child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan permanent. Currently, two parent families on a combined salary of up to $150,000 are eligible for the tax credit. Biden's child tax credit boost is the same as his temporary increases under the American Rescue Plan, which was passed to help the US through the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday in Hartford, ConnecticutIt became the largest child tax credit in US history when it was signed into law in March, but is only effective through 2021.
Michigan city is GRIDLOCKED by residents rushing to get free bottled water as lead contaminates tap
A Michigan city has been gridlocked by residents rushing to get free bottled water after they were warned not to cook or brush with their tap water after vast amounts of lead were detected. 'For at least three years, the people of Benton Harbor have been waiting for safe drinking water uncontaminated by dangerous lead,' Rev. It is expected to cost $30 million, and under Michigan's 2022 state budget, $10 million is dedicated to replace service lines in Benton Harbor. It also has one of the highest rates of lead drinking water pipes per capita, seven years after the lead-filled water in Flint, Michigan sparked a nationwide conversation about water quality. Flint is also majority black, with the Benton Harbor water crisis sparking fresh conversations about why African-Americans are at greater risk of exposure to lead-contaminated tap water.
Three white Americans go on trial in death of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery
Carla Arbery sheds tears during a call to service rally on the day before jury selection for the trial in the shooting death of her nephew Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S., October 17, 2021. Three white men in the US state of Georgia will go on trial Monday in the high-profile shooting death of a Black jogger that sparked a national outcry and helped fuel last summer's social justice protests. The father and son followed Arbery in a pickup truck, while Bryan trailed them in his own vehicle and filmed the scene. "If these killers get off without consequence, that sends the message that lynching Black men in 2021 carries no penalty." Since Arbery's death, Georgia has passed a law that imposes additional penalties for crimes motivated by hatred toward a victim's race, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics.
Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention'
ADVERTISEMENTThe select committee announced on Thursday that it would pursue criminal prosecution against Bannon after the ex-Trump White House strategist failed to appear for a scheduled deposition. Bannon told the congressional panel last week that he would not comply with the subpoena. Asked by Acosta on Sunday about the chances of getting Bannon to testify, Schiff said the panel’s “chances are actually very good” — despite the arduous process of pursuing criminal contempt. In the days leading up to January 6th, on that day itself, Steve Bannon was one of the president's closest advisers,” Schiff said. Rep. Bennie Thompson Bennie Gordon ThompsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon MORE (D-Miss.
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
Why Democrats may be facing a generation in the wilderness
But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the party for years to come? But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the Democratic Party for years to come? To break this cycle, Democrats need to win back states that lean Republican, according to Mr. Shor. “I don’t think they are facing a generation in the wilderness,” says Professor Hopkins. That said, Democrats pursue political power for a different reason than Republicans, Dr. Hopkins adds.
Dems find their unifying goal: 'Put points on the board'
What's more, Manchin and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are locked in a spat over the bill that's certainly not helping. Sinema, for instance, spoke by phone with Biden, White House advisers and Schumer’s team during last week’s recess, according to her office. Patience in the White House — and in many corners of the Democratic Party — is wearing thin. But Manchin and Sinema are in no rush, and other centrists say the party-line social safety net bill should no longer be tied to the infrastructure bill. And some centrists don’t see their odds of passage improving this month without a dramatic escalation in the whip effort by their leadership as well as the White House.
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.
And Gates also believes President Biden didn't act quickly enough after announcing in April he was pushing back President Trump's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal by four months. President Biden: "It's time for American troops to come home." Anderson Cooper: So the former President and President Biden both share some responsibility in this? President Biden has given assurances that the U.S. can still target terrorists in Afghanistan. Gates and President Biden have crossed paths for decades, as he wrote about in 2014.
Texas governor moves state sharply to the right ahead of 2022 election
Governor Greg Abbott meets with Texas National Guard troops and U.S. Border Patrol personnel for a briefing regarding security along the Mexico-U.S. border in Weslaco, Texas, U.S., April 12, 2018. Democrats have made political gains in Texas on the strength of rapidly growing metropolitan areas such as Houston and Austin. "He's taking a more aggressive approach," said Brendan Steinhauser, a Texas-based Republican political consultant. Last year, former President Donald Trump carried Texas by more than five percentage points, despite national unpopularity and unprecedented Democratic fervor. "I do strongly believe Governor Abbott is in the catbird seat for re-election," said Ray Sullivan, who was a senior adviser to Republican former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Heartbreaking Final Message Sent By Missionaries Kidnapped In Haiti Revealed
As the kidnapping was occurring, one American citizen was able to post a harrowing cry for help in a WhatsApp group. Pray pray pray. It is unclear if the message was sent via text or video. The report also did not identify the WhatsApp group in question. A senior U.S. official familiar with the discussions told CNN that the current location of the kidnapped missionaries remains unknown.
Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurant
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were caught violating Washington, D.C.'s indoor mask mandate by walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday. Washington, D.C's Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens' behavior echoed that of Bowser, who has repeatedly been photographed flouting her own mask mandates. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHours before her indoor mask mandate went into effect in July, Bowser was photographed without a face mask during her own birthday celebration with comedian Dave Chappelle. Hours after her indoor mask mandate went into effect, she was photographed without a mask during an indoor wedding reception.
Texas continues assault on voting rights with gerrymandered maps
Former HUD Secretary, Julian Castro and Demand Justice Executive Director, Brian Fallon explain how the GOP-controlled Texas legislature’s proposed congressional maps underrepresent communities of color. They also discuss how the Biden administration’s chance to do something about the nation-wide voting rights emergency is running out. Oct. 18, 2021
Money floods the race for control of Congress, more than a year early
Raphael Warnock, then a Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia, during a press conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. DAMON WINTER/NYTPoliticians in both parties are furiously racing to expand their online donor bases while simultaneously courting big checks from wealthy benefactors. Democratic- and Republican-linked groups are spending millions of dollars to shape public opinion on the spending package currently being debated in Congress. “Democrats have owned online fundraising, and that is no longer true,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who previously led the House Republican campaign arm. They include Warnock, the top Democratic fundraiser aside from congressional leaders, and Walker, a leading Republican in the Georgia Senate race.
Former president Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital Sunday after treatment for infection
Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday "to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," his spokesman, Angel Ureña, said in a statement Thursday. Former president Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized Saturday night as he recovers from an infection and is expected to be discharged Sunday, his spokesman said. Clinton's doctors, Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, issued a joint statement Thursday night saying Clinton was responding well to treatment, though they did not detail the nature of the infection. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well." Amin and Bardack added that they had been in constant communication with Clinton's New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
Southwest Airlines seeks to block pilots’ bid to halt mandated COVID-19 vaccinations
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association is seeking to stop the airline from moving ahead with the Nov. 24 deadline for the shots until an existing a lawsuit it filed over alleged U.S. labor law violations is resolved. The union claims Southwest illegally changed work rules during the pandemic instead of negotiating them with pilots. Airlines Cancellations, vaccines and lawsuits: How the pandemic has fractured love between Southwest, unions Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has a reputation for its strong relationship with labor unions that has led to smooth operations dating back to the era of co-founder Herb Kelleher. Pilots also are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to not work for 48 hours after receiving vaccinations. The case is Southwest Airlines Pilots Association v. Southwest Airlines Co., 3:21-cv-02065-M, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
Jill heads to South Carolina to celebrate her 'praying partner's' husband 50th anniversary as pastor
The first lady quietly flew to West Columbia for a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary celebration for Pastor Charles B. Jackson Sr. of Brookland Baptist Church. But she opened her remarks by retelling the story of how she and Robin Jackson met, saying the relationship has 'shaped my life.' Jill Biden told talk-show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021 that regular contact with Robin Jackson had made a difference. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.'s 50th anniversary at Brookland Baptist Church in West ColumbiaHer role in celebrating the pastor's 50th anniversary was intended to be a surprise for Robin Jackson. At that service, Jill established a relationship with the pastor's wife, Robin Jackson, the first lady's office relayed.
Little boys are snapped easing themselves through White House railing
Two young boys were photographed squeezing through the railings surrounding the White House Sunday afternoon while President Joe Biden was inside. A slightly older child in a white shirt and rainbow sleeve stepped halfway inside at around 1.20pm, as onlookers extended their arms into White House property to get a closer shot of the presidential residence. It sectioned off Lafayette Square, the seven-acre public park directly north of the White House. It is one of a host of security features at the White House, including snipers on its roof and a highly-classified underground bunker. The US Secret Service and Capitol Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com about Sunday's mini-breaches.
S. Korea to soon decide whether to join CPTPP: finance minister
This photo, shows Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki meeting with reporters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and top central bankers. (Ministry of Economy and Finance)South Korea plans to decide whether to join a mega Asia-Pacific free trade agreement involving 11 nations as early as this month in an effort to diversify its export portfolio, the country's finance minister has said. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki made the remarks during his meeting with reporters Thursday (local time) in Washington, D.C. after attending the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. Hong said South Korea is likely to decide whether to join the CPTPP as early as next week. A planned change in the chair of the CPTPP could be another key factor for South Korea's decision, he said.
Kinzinger doesn't rule out January 6 committee subpoena for Trump
(CNN) A Republican on the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol on Sunday did not rule out issuing a subpoena for former President Donald Trump as it seeks to obtain information from his allies. "If we subpoena all of a sudden the former president, we know that's going to become kind of a circus so that's not necessarily something we want to do up front. The committee announced last week it was moving forward to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Asked Friday what his message is to those who defy subpoenas from the January 6 select committee, President Joe Biden told CNN's Kaitlan Collins, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." "I do, yes," Biden said when asked if he thinks they should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Jon Stewart says media making 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain'
Comedian Jon Stewart said the media's hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump is a mistake and that casting him as an "incredible supervillain" distracts from other threats. "I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's … Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.," Stewart said. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable." Stewart, who recently launched a new show, "The Problem with Jon Stewart," said it's time the media moves away from the idea that "autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs for whether he thinks President Joe Biden is doing an effective job in office, Stewart said, "I don’t think anybody is."
Kamala Harris to talk water shortages on Monday visit to Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters at the Carpenters International Training Center on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be joined by U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford at Lake Mead at noon. Harris has already made several trips this year to discuss water conservation and other climate issues.
Kamala Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
Suman NaishadhamAssociated PressWashington — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. That agenda includes climate provisions the Biden administration has said would make the U.S. more resilient against the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heatwaves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands and increasing water efficiency.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. After a tour, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Interior Department and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. In August, federal officials declared the first-ever water shortage at the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought gripping much of the West.
Scoop: Manchin's red lines
Why it matters: While Manchin’s demands would dramatically weaken one of President Biden’s signature programs to help working families, they also would reduce the package’s overall costs. That would make it easier for the pivotal senator to support a final package, potentially higher than Manchin's previous $1.5 trillion top line. They'd also fundamentally alter a program the president funded for one year in the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package passed in March. Sinema told lawmakers she will not vote for the social spending plan until the House passes the infrastructure bill, according to Reuters. Neither Manchin nor Sinema endorsed Biden's compromise price for the social spending plan in the $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion range.
Texas Republicans Set To Pass New Congressional Maps
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov. Gutierrez said he expects to see legal challenges alleging both racial discrimination and procedural missteps by the map’s authors. Texas was the only state to gain two congressional seats following the 2020 census. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
But his actions so far look increasingly like those in a world of competitive coexistence, a bit edgier than the “peaceful coexistence” that the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev used to characterize the old Cold War. The Berlin Wall not only delineated a sharp line between spheres of influence, freedom and authoritarian control, it stopped most communications and trade. The year it fell, 1989, the United States exported $4.3 billion in goods to the Soviets and imported $709 million, an inconsequential blip for both economies. And yet, even through a pandemic and threats of “decoupling,” the United States exported $124 billion in goods to China last year and imported $434 billion. That made China the largest supplier of goods to the United States, and the third largest consumer of its exports, after Canada and Mexico.
Justice Department plays politics in letting Andrew McCabe escape punishment
In yet another sign of how politicized it is, the Biden Justice Department has restored disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s full pension. The dismissal two days before his planned retirement cost McCabe various perks as well as reducing his pension. “Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and civil service personnel decisions,” McCabe smirked. But his lies more than merited Sessions’ punishment, even if it doesn’t serve Team Biden’s political interests to make that case. Too bad that politics matters more than good government at the Biden Justice Department.
Biden’s plans mean stagflation and other commentary
Businessman: Biden’s Plans Mean StagflationPresident Biden’s huge “transformation” bill would “drive us over an economic cliff, former chain-restaurant CEO Andy Puzder warns at Fox Business. “Summary executions, stoning of women, and beheading and cutting off the hands of accused thieves have returned; court cases and juries are no longer part of the legal system. Women’s activists and journalists fear being tortured to death.” That’s Afghanistan under the “candid and professional” Taliban. Joe Biden embraces his son Hunter Biden, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. A report can resolve the issues — and determine if foreign powers have “compromising material” from Hunter’s laptop files.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. That agenda includes climate provisions the Biden administration has said would make the U.S. more resilient against the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heatwaves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands and increasing water efficiency.
Jill Biden surprises her South Carolina ‘prayer partner’
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Jill Biden on Sunday returned to the South Carolina Baptist church where she says she began to repair her relationship with God following her son's death from brain cancer six years ago. Jill would always return a text expressing appreciation.” Jill Biden uses the professional title “Dr.” because of her doctorate degree. Jill Biden told talk-show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021 that regular contact with Robin Jackson had made a difference.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
It doesn't work if you carry it Joe! President Biden is filmed breaking DC's mask mandate
Joe and Jill Biden dined out in Washington DC on Saturday night for the first time since moving to the White House - and broke the city's mask mandate. The president and first lady were seen at Fiola Mare, a seafood restaurant popular with the political set in the Georgetown area of the city. Joe Biden was seen on Saturday night arriving at a DC restaurant with his face mask in handThe first lady was also flouting the Washington DC mask mandate as she entered the eateryThe president had his face mask in his hand when he left the restaurant, although his Secret Service detail were wearing theirs. Tkacik did not name the restaurant she worked for, but on her Twitter profile she says she worked at Fiola Mare. 'The Trump years were lean ones for fancy restaurants in D.C. not located inside the Trump Hotel,' she concluded.
Rami Malek‘s a Killer SNL Host, But Bowen Yang Stole the Show
Saturday Night Live is always best with a gifted actor at the helm who can also cut loose. Right from his assured monologue, in which Malek acknowledged his resting villain face, you could tell the evening was going to cook. In his monologue, Malek joked about his actual twin brother swapping places with him during the night in a sketch. “Boys, boys, BOYS!” When pressed for some actual science facts about his assigned bug, his student with a Bravo executive father said, “I’m hot, I party, I walk into a room, and I’m respected.” Do not bother him with your irrelevant questions, girl ladybug! Malek is an almost disturbingly good Prince; Thompson is a cheerful pitcher of grape juice.
Afghan refugee resettlement snarled by housing shortage, measles outbreak
Just 6,000 refugees have settled in permanent homes across the country, while 50,000 remain housed at eight stateside military bases and another 10,000 live at bases overseas, WSJ said. Manuel intake using paper forms further delayed the process due to a “high rate of error,” according to the report. Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesThe Afghan refugees’ immigration status is not guaranteed unless Congress passes a Biden administration proposal to give them green cards, WSJ said. Until they are resettled, the refugees are stuck in cramped military barracks. Refugee Sahar Mohammad, a former US military translator, told WSJ his family initially lived in a tent at New Jersey’s Fort Dix without doors or sound control.
Opinion : Biden’s Supreme Court commission has good ideas. But the court’s problems run deeper.
When it comes to term limits, the commission is much more positive, arguing that such a reform would remove the element of “luck” as to who can appoint justices. With staggered 18-year terms (each president allowed to make two appointments every two years), Supreme Court nominations would become less than do-or-die political brawls. The commission offers several ways of constructing the staggered terms and addressing the duties of justices who cycle off the court. Though the commission is divided on whether to accomplish this by statute or constitutional amendment. Unfortunately, Biden on Friday blithely dismissed the idea of term limits, undercutting his own commission and demonstrating a lack of urgency about court reform that continues to frustrate his base.
As time runs short, Dems vow: less talk, more action
There are also two scheduled recesses in November and a long December layoff that could be in jeopardy without quick action. Sinema, for instance, spoke by phone with Biden, White House advisers and Schumer’s team during last week’s recess, according to her office. Patience in the White House — and in many corners of the Democratic Party — is wearing thin. But Manchin and Sinema are in no rush, and other centrists say the party-line social safety net bill should no longer be tied to the infrastructure bill. And some centrists don’t see their odds of passage improving this month without a dramatic escalation in the whip effort by their leadership as well as the White House.
A Big Fund Slashed Its Stake in GameStop Stock. It Bought Moderna and Palantir.
ReutersEVERETT, Wash. (Reuters) -Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers. Boeing said on Tuesday it will require https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/boeing-will-require-its-125000-us-employees-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2021-10-12 its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. As the pandemic has continued to rage, Biden announced the requirement in September because a large swath of Americans have resisted vaccination even though the shots are free, widely available and declared safe by regulators.
US Afghan resettlements slowed by housing shortage, old technology
More than 50,000 Afghans are housed temporarily on eight military bases around the country awaiting resettlement to permanent homes. Resettlement agencies, which contract with the State Department to help the Afghans, say finding off-base housing is a big challenge. The State Department reactivated an old database system, called Hummingbird, that staff on bases must enter the Afghans into to match them with resettlement slots. A SECRET CIA GATE AT KABUL AIRPORT BECAME AN ESCAPE PATH FOR AFGHANSA State Department spokeswoman said the system is no longer manual. The IOM referred requests for comment on its role to the State Department.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014 to 2018 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Jill Biden makes unannounced trip to South Carolina to honor pastor
(CNN) First Lady Jill Biden on Sunday afternoon made a trip to Columbia, South Carolina, which had not been announced publicly ahead of time, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. The attendance of the first lady was spurred by her relationship with Robin Jackson, the pastor's wife, who in 2019 became Biden's prayer partner. The two met when then-candidate Joe Biden and Jill Biden attended a service at Brookland during the presidential campaign. Robin Jackson and Jill Biden forged a remote prayer connection, which Biden has credited with restoring her faith after the death of her son, Beau Biden. Biden and Jackson remain "frequently in touch," mostly "via text," Biden's press secretary Michael La Rosa tells CNN.
Quad to hold first-ever head of states meet today
Added: 12.03.2021 4:42 | 26 views | 0 commentsNew Delhi [India], March 12 (ANI): Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a strategic forum comprising India, Japan, Australia and the United States of America, will hold its first-ever head of states meet virtually on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be meeting virtually with President Joe Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia. The Quad, mooted by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, has met regularly at the working and foreign ministers...
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 25 views | 0 commentsSource: www.ekathimerini.comThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 16 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Is the Supply Chain Catastrophe Joe Biden's Fault?
Added: 17.10.2021 20:58 | 11 views | 0 commentsDespite what conservatives say, Joe Biden is not trying to ruin the holiday shopping season.
Biden Is About to Drive Us Off an Economic Cliff
Biden Is About to Drive Us Off an Economic CliffAdded: 17.10.2021 13:16 | 32 views | 0 commentsIt is difficult to imagine a worse time for massive increases in taxes and spending, yet that's exactly what President Biden and Democrats in Washington have in mind.
WH Not Stolen, But Bought With Zuckerberg's Money
Added: 17.10.2021 20:59 | 12 views | 0 commentsNearly a year has passed since the 2020 election, yet there has not been a clear, satisfactory answer to the central mystery: How did a dull, declining Joe Biden manage to get more than 81 million ...
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy? Added: 17.10.2021 20:58 | 11 views | 0 commentsEven the president's closest allies are alarmed that he's not making voting rights a front-and-center issue.
Biden Agenda Encouraging Worker Shortages
Added: 17.10.2021 20:58 | 9 views | 0 commentsAs businesses struggle to fill job openings, Biden touts the advantages of worker shortages.
Bill Clinton released from hospital, will finish recovery at home
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection, and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Economist Mohamed El-Erian says potential volatility looms: 'Things will get worse before they get better'
"So as sad as I am to say this – it is what I expect – things will get worse before they get better," the economist said Sunday afternoon. El-Erian also responded to the claim that inflation America is experiencing is a "high-class problem." HEMMER PRESSES PRO-BIDEN ECONOMIST ON CALLING INFLATION A 'HIGH-CLASS PROBLEM': 'WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?' "That's not a high-class problem, but there are elements that are high-class. There is part of it that's transitory, that's COVID related, but there are things going on that are fundamentally much deeper than that.
Delta CEO REFUSES to impose Biden's vaccine mandate: Reveals 90% of staff are already jabbed
Delta is the only U.S. airline that has publicly and at a corporate-level rebuked President Joe Biden's 'divisive' vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees. The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8. Biden's executive order does allow for at least weekly testing in lieu of employees getting the vaccine. American Airlines President Robert Isom said Friday he will not bow to the pilots' union request to allow for 'alternatives' to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 'The executive order doesn't allow for that,' Isom falsely claimed in an interview with The Miami Herald.
Buttigieg defends taking weeks off during crisis and warns supply chain crisis will go into 2022
He also admitted that the supply chain traffic jams and delays could last into next year. 'And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins.' 'So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously. It later emerged that Buttigieg began taking parental leave in mid-August, but the Transportation Department never announced his planned absence. Also on Sunday, Buttigieg warned that the supply chain disruption will continue into 2022.
Fauci on why he's polarizing: 'Sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people'
Fauci said some people likely find the truth he has spoken about COVID-19 and the pandemic "inconvenient" and that it has contributed to some people's negative views of him. "That’s understandable because what I do, and I try very hard, is to be guided by the truth," the doctor added of his critics. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, and so they react against me. Fauci echoed a similar sentiment earlier in the pandemic in response to the release of his emails. At the time, Fauci said that "a lot of what you're seeing as attacks on me quite frankly are attacks on science."
Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock
Late last week, several news outlets reported that a major climate program, called the Clean Electricity Payment Program, was likely to be cut from Democrats’ massive spending bill because Manchin opposed it. The longer you take to do something about it, the more it's going to cost, in livelihoods, as well as lives. We need to act.”The clean electricity program aims to meet a goal of reducing U.S. electricity production emissions by 80 percent before 2030. “You supported a clean electricity standard during your campaign. How disappointed are you that this potentially will not be in the bill?” Tapper asked Buttigieg on Sunday.
Progressive Democrats push Biden to advance plans for student loan forgiveness
Progressives continue to push President Biden to cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers. Sen. Chuck Schumer has pressed the president to cancel $50,000 in federal student debt per borrower. Roughly 45 million Americans hold $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, according to the US Federal Reserve. However, for Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chair of the influential Congressional Progressive Caucus, the student loan issue remains front and center. "Student debt relief is good for people and good for the economy.
The incredible, disappearing — incompetent — Team Biden
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been reportedly on paternity leave since August as the supply chain problem grows. Nor are those of his surrogates not on paternity leave offering more reassurance. Last week, Biden chief of staff Ron Klain retweeted a tone-deaf reference to the supply-chain issues as “high-class problems.” Really? Asked if holiday gifts would arrive on time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was positively arrogant: “We’re not the Postal Service,” she huffed. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo/File PhotoThanks for your concern, Madam Press Secretary.
‘Build Back Better’ — or ‘Build BIGOTRY Better’?
President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act should be rechristened the Build Bigotry Better Act and then buried in a shallow grave on Capitol Hill. Once stripped of accounting gimmicks and augmented with $200 billion in debt-service obligations, this leviathan’s true, 10-year cost totals $5.9 trillion. President Joe Biden delivers remarks promoting his “Build Back Better Agenda” at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, October 15, 2021. President Joe Biden returns a salute as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Connecticut to promote his “Build Back Better” agenda, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. No, it’s the radical, fundamental and explicit reordering of American society around the Marxist concept of racial equity,” warns Stephen Miller, senior adviser to former President Donald Trump and founder of America First Legal, a public-interest law firm.
Small business owner depending on supply chain issues 'getting resolved quickly' ahead of the holiday season
Spencer Young, the owner of City Lights Collectibles, a Christmas décor superstore in San Diego, Calif., said he is depending on supply chain issues "getting resolved quickly" ahead of the holiday season. However, because of supply chain issues, his displays are not yet finished and the trees aren’t decorated. Several prominent retailers and logistics companies, including Walmart and UPS, have agreed to extend their hours of operation in response to supply chain disruptions. Supply chain disruptions have hindered efforts to bolster the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young said on Sunday that it is "critical" for the supply chain issues to get "resolved quickly" because "We definitely need the product."
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014-18 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Stephen K. Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Lucas: A trip to space may be just the thing for VP Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris should have boldly rocketed into space with Captain Kirk. After all, she would have been the first vice president — let alone the first female vice president — to have rocketed into space. But while the Bezos space rocket lifted off in Texas, Harris was in Washington. Such a flight with Harris aboard would have given Harris the opportunity to combine those two responsibilities. Meanwhile, of course, other presidential candidates would have been begging Bezos and Elon Musk, Bezos’ space competitor, to get on their own commercial space flights so they would not be outdone on the campaign trail.
US ‘underestimated vaccine hesitancy’, outgoing health chief admits
Dr Francis Collins, who is resigning from NIH before the end of 2021, told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Saturday that he and others “underestimated the vaccine hesitancy issue” when efforts were underway to develop the Covid-19 vaccine last year and begin a nationwide distribution program in 2021. “Looking back, I think we underestimated the vaccine hesitancy issue. He went on to blame the persistent spread of Covid-19 misinformation and false claims about vaccines for the deaths of thousands of Americans every week from Covid-19. Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has been rampant on social media in recent months as well as just in everyday life, where millions of Americans are still adamant about their refusal to get vaccinated. According to a tracker operated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 77 per cent of Americans ages 12 and above have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Up to 17 Christian missionaries along with their families are kidnapped by gang members in Haiti
A group of Christian missionaries and their family members were kidnapped on Saturday by gang members in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. Gang members have even kidnapped poor street vendors who have little to no money. The 400 Mawozo gang, which abducted 17 missionaries and their families on Oct. 16, is responsible for approximately 80 percent of the kidnappings in Haiti. Pray that the gang members would come to repentance,' the voice on the recording said. 'Pray that the gang members will come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.'
DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' over vaccine mandate
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed Biden's federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate - and raged he was 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' if they refuse to they the shot. DeSantis, who's been named as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he vows to fight the federal government in court. 'I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job. Currently, 65 percent of Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis added that the state's lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects
This signals that both Democrats may be in an even more fragile position than most overall voter polls make it seem. President Biden’s approval rating is also underwater with these voters, who disapprove of him by a 14 point margin. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Murphy is in a decidedly stronger overall position than McAuliffe in Virginia. That being said, Murphy’s lead has markedly shrunk since earlier this summer, which occurred contemporaneously with the drop in President Biden’s ratings. Additionally, Murphy’s current nine point lead — notably, the same margin as President Biden’s approval rating in the state — is much narrower than Biden’s 16 point margin of victory in New Jersey in 2020.
The G.O.P.’s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
“That wasn’t the step you took.” During the 2016 Presidential primaries, Brooks initially supported Senator Ted Cruz. Earlier this month, Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, a purported establishment figure who, at eighty-eight, is running for an eighth term, came onstage at a Trump rally in Des Moines. Trump, meanwhile, has endorsed Mark Finchem, a state legislator at times associated with QAnon, in the race for Arizona’s secretary of state. Trump’s attentiveness to a race for a state election official is unsettling, given the pressure he exerted on such officials to shift results in his favor in 2020. The Republican leaders who defer to his preferences and echo his delusions now are building the scaffolding for his own next campaign.
White House continues to push debunked zero-cost claim on Biden's agenda
President Biden is sticking to his claim that his Build Back Better agenda will cost the average American taxpayer nothing. "The cost of the Build Back Better Agenda is $0," the White House tweeted Sunday. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the reconciliation bill will only raise $2.1 trillion through taxes over 10 years, falling far short of the $3.5 trillion cost. The Washington Post's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, similarly called the zero-cost claim "misleading" and argued that lawmakers "play all sorts of budget games to achieve that mythical zero within the 10-year budget framework." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe White House tweet Sunday sparked a flurry of replies from skeptics.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Biden administration considering options on supply chain issue, Buttigieg says
Experts have warned of holiday season supply chain disruptions since at least this summer, citing COVID-19-related shutdowns at production plants, labor shortages and severe weather impacting key cargo ports. Moody’s Analytics said last week that supply chain issues could lead to higher production costs and consumer prices while hampering economic recovery from the pandemic. For Long Islanders, the supply chain clog has created shortages on goods such as sneakers, containers, restaurant ingredients and computer chips for cars. Buttigieg blamed the supply chain problems in part on "off the chart" demand. Other parts of the supply chain clog stem from a lack of truck drivers to deliver supplies and goods.
Expecting staff shortages, Schumer urges TSA to deploy more agency dogs during the holidays
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday called on the Transportation Security Administration to enlist more agency dogs in anticipacipation of a potential staffing shortage during the holiday travel season. The suggestion comes after TSA Administrator David Pekoske told CNN last week that 40% of his agency’s staff remain unvaccinated. "If the TSA lags in jabs, send in the dogs," Schumer said in a news conference in Manhattan Sunday. The shortest turnaround is two weeks if the person chooses the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot and two weeks to take full effect. Under that timeline, the latest date to receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine is Nov. 8.
Strikes are sweeping the labor market as workers wield new leverage
© Alyssa Keown/Battle Creek Enquirer via AP Union workers participate in a strike against Kellogg on Oct. 11 at its plant in Battle Creek, Mich. Union workers walked out last Tuesday after Kellogg's five-year master contract with the BCTGM International Union expired. All told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which records only large work stoppages, has documented 12 strikes involving 1,000 or more workers so far this year. Workers took notice when their companies publicly praised them as heroic and essential in the early days of pandemic, labor leaders and experts say, and it made them angry. That’s labor’s power, a worker’s power is to withhold their labor,” said Kim Cordova, president of the Colorado branch of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
US urges UK to rebuild relations with Paris after submarine contract row
The US has urged Britain to follow its example and try to repair its relations with Paris in the wake of the row over France’s loss of its submarine contract with Australia. Australia pulled out of the $66bn (£48bn) contract for 12 diesel electric-powered submarines, signed in 2016, to opt instead for nuclear-powered submarines to be developed with America and the UK. The secretive and sudden cancellation of the contract has created a crisis of trust between Paris on the one hand and London, Canberra and Washington on the other. US diplomats have been disappointed that the British prime minister has not made any parallel effort to patch up relations with Macron. There were disagreements within the Biden administration about how to handle the affair once it was clear that Australia wanted to end the submarine contract, and adopt US nuclear-propelled submarines.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress." Former President Bill Clinton, standing with his wife, Hillary, was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center Sunday. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at UC Irvine Medical Center on Sunday morning.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2021 file photo people participate in the Houston Women's March against Texas abortion ban walk from Discovery Green to City Hall in Houston. A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation’s toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation’s toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens.
Senators ask Biden administration to fund program that helps people pay heating bills
The lawmakers announced on Friday that they’re leading a coalition of 36 senators to urge the federal government to pay for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. ADVERTISEMENTBoth senators also said that federal funding is a crucial lifeline for low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes. Nearly 5.3 million households across the nation have received assistance from the federal program, according to the AP. This comes as Maine was awarded more than $40 million to help nearly 33,000 households in 2020. Rhode Island was awarded $24 million, with an additional $30.8 million through the America Rescue Plan, which helped more than 26,000 households in 2020, the AP reported.
At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue. Many of them could save lives
HOPE YEN and TOM KRISHERThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — As traffic fatalities spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a growing backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue and could save thousands of lives. A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic" at the same time that safety rules languish. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. “It’s frustrating,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices and says the crashes are an epidemic. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Federal pathway to student loan forgiveness just got less complicated: 5 Things podcast
Shannon GreenThe Department of Education has just announced sweeping changes for student loan forgiveness program. And after that time, whatever federal student debt you had left would be forgiven, but it came with all these caveats. So the federal government rolled out a bunch of changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program recently. Chris QuintanaThere's a little less that you can do to apply for, like in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. It doesn't seem likely that that particular aspect of student loan forgiveness would happen.
Texas Gov. Abbott argues Biden 'completely abandoned' everyone who lives on the border
He also pointed out that "these are counties and these are people who traditionally have voted Democrat, that the Biden administration is ignoring." The Texas governor also blamed Biden's "catastrophic open border policies" for the migrant crisis. "But now, we’re seeing the highest number of cross border crossings and it’s all because of the catastrophic open border policies by the Biden administration," he continued. The Biden administration ended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their immigration proceedings. The Biden administration, however, has blamed a mixture of Trump administration policies and "root causes" in Central America for the surge.
Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro envoy extradited to US to face charges
Venezuela said Saturday it would suspend negotiations with the opposition party after a member of its team was extradited to the U.S. on money laundering charges. The Socialist government named Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, as a member of the negotiating team in talks with the opposition in neutral Mexico. Talks were set to resume Sunday following, and opposition leader Juan Guaido condemned the decision. The decision to suspend talks will add further strain to an already difficult political situation in Venezuela. Maduro last entertained talks with the opposition party in 2019 – a two month stretch that was the fourth attempt since 2014 for a meeting of the minds in the country, according to The Hill.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad. But, she said, her mother eventually reminded her that “politics is always in the church” and her father said that the Bible “is one of the most intense political texts ever written.”“Voting is an act of faith,” Abrams said. “I need you to do the job.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams told the congregations that in McAuliffe's first term as governor, he increased funding for education and ensured that tens of thousands of former felons and others who had been removed from voter rolls had their right to the ballot box restored. At Faith Deliverance Christian Center, where congregants gathered in a gymnasium, the pastor, Sharon Riley, thanks Abrams for not being elected Georgia governor because “we now see that God had a plan” and that Abrams' work since in defense of voting rights has made her one of the “most significant” people in the nation. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad. But, she said, her mother eventually reminded her that “politics is always in the church” and her father said that the Bible “is one of the most intense political texts ever written.”“Voting is an act of faith,” Abrams said. “I need you to do the job.”
Capitol attack panel’s message to Steve Bannon: we won’t forget about you
He added that the committee would not rule out calling Trump himself to testify, though he acknowledged that such a move was not imminent. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, has declined to appear before the committee, or respond to the subpoena demanding documents and testimony, claiming executive privilege. The committee will decide on Tuesday whether to make a criminal contempt referral to the full House of Representatives. “The president has every right to signal, I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. Trump granted clemency to Bannon over federal fraud charges in one of his last acts before leaving office on 20 January.
Buttigieg defends taking weeks off during crisis and warns supply chain crisis will go into 2022
He also admitted that the supply chain traffic jams and delays could last into next year. 'And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins.' 'So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously. It later emerged that Buttigieg began taking parental leave in mid-August, but the Transportation Department never announced his planned absence. Also on Sunday, Buttigieg warned that the supply chain disruption will continue into 2022.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule
They discuss the question in the case ... the chief justice and Justice (Clarence) Thomas and me and so forth around. The justices receive some 7,000 petitions annually from people who have lost cases in lower courts. Joined by three fellow liberals at the time, Breyer contended the majority was wrongly overriding lower court judges, who had postponed the execution. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito noted in a speech at the University of Notre Dame that the court requires six votes when it seeks to reverse a lower court decision without hearing oral arguments. Such summary reversals, as they are known, happen on rare occasions when a lower court ruling is plainly at odds with Supreme Court precedent and the justices bypass the usual briefing and public arguments.
What diary hijackers don't understand about the seven most dangerous things from climate change.
The global warming emergency and its future is far worse than the government, the media, or the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] are telling us. The rate of global warming consequences occurring will soon start rising exponentially. Now that critical global warming tipping points are already being crossed, many climate-related systems (like the Arctic sea ice, melting glaciers, oxygen-producing plankton, etc.) If we do not make the required 2025 global fossil fuel reductions in time to fix the global warming extinction emergency, without fail, Mother Nature will painfully do it for us! In a separate plea, One Humanity Org identifies the rapid approach of tipping points that should scare the beejeebus out of you.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Voting rights, the Virginia elections, and The Great Resignation
Beyond that, they say he should throw himself into passing voting rights legislation and more aggressively go after states that are politicizing their election systems. Off-year and special elections are not always the best way to predict how elections will play out elsewhere in the country. And like Kartier, most of the victims were Black trans women, including Tierramarie Lewis and Diamond Kyree Sanders, who lived in Ohio, Chappelle’s home state. [...] More than 100 bills restricting trans rights have been introduced this year. Paul Krugman of The New York Times doesn’t have much of a problem with The Great Resignation, either.
Pete Buttigieg defends being on paternity leave amid supply-chain crisis
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday defended being AWOL on paternity leave amid the US’s crippling supply-chain crisis — while warning the upheaval could stretch into the holidays and beyond. NASA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstoc“Part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side, it’s the demand side,” Buttigieg said. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday defended being AWOL on paternity leave amid the US’s crippling supply-chain crisis. Buttigieg only surfaced to address his absence during a national transportation crisis after his paternity leave was reported last week by Politico. Buttigieg told CNN that Polly Trottenberg, the department’s deputy secretary, has been “doing phenomenal work” while filling in during his absence.
Jill Biden boosts group that helps illegal immigrants avoid arrest amid border crisis
First lady Jill Biden touted a private school run by a Democratic donor whose organization has posted tips on how illegal immigrants can avoid arrest while in the U.S."Strength. Thank you El Centro Academy for Children for all you do and for being our gracious hosts today," Biden, who is a teacher, tweeted Tuesday of her visit to the El Centro Academy in Kansas City, Kansas. Caudillo told the Free Beacon that Biden and she did not discuss immigration during the visit, adding she "shared our El Centro story privately with her." At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the country since March, many times with little or no supervision, Fox News exclusively reported last week. "They [illegal immigrants] come well-equipped, they come with new clothing and they come with a desire to get what they can get from us," he added.
At Alaska's most popular national park, climate change threatens the only road in and out
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - Denali National Park has just one road in and out. "She'll say climate change is real and that it's human-caused," said Emily Sullivan, an Alaska climate organizer who lives part-time in the Denali area. And even with the park road closed at Polychrome Pass, visitors can still ride buses halfway into the park and turn around short of the landslide. At Denali, park managers say instability at a spot known as Pretty Rocks, has long been a minor nuisance. Scientists say they expect warming to exacerbate problems along the Denali road, in addition to the Pretty Rocks landslide.
From sewers to golf courses, cities see green with new federal covid relief dollars
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida — in Palm Beach County, home to 160 golf courses — is building a new golf course. The law was passed without support from Republicans, who argued that earlier covid relief funding had not been fully spent and its effects were still being realized. In contrast to past federal fiscal relief efforts — including the CARES Act — ARPA provides support to thousands of cities and counties. Pueblo will also use some of the ARPA funding to address homelessness and lack of child care, he said. So far, Pueblo has committed $2.3 million of the $18 million in ARPA money it expects to receive.
President Biden says ‘democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
Biden played up his working-class roots, noting that he had many childhood friends who went on to become police officers, and said he had spoken at the event many times before. But while Biden has throughout his political career sought to identify with the uniformed services, the organization that ran Saturday’s event, the National Fraternal Order of Police, endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 election and many rank-and-file police officers supported the former president.
Republicans move to tighten grip on Texas after redistricting map approved
Republicans have moved to tighten their grip on power in Texas after a late-night vote in the state’s legislature approved an early sign-off to new congressional boundaries at the expense of communities of color. Republicans say the districts, which were drawn by the Texas state senate, adhered to federal voting rights law. “This map is a bad map,” said Democratic representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, a city in Dallas County. “That doesn’t work morally, it doesn’t work mathematically, and it shouldn’t work in redistricting,” Anchía told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. But Houston senator Joan Huffman, the Republican author of SB 6, has said that she created a redistricting plan “blind to race” that meets the requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
Treasury prepares to launch online sales tax
Rishi Sunak is stepping up plans for an online sales tax to level the playing field between tech behemoths and high street retailers after delaying an overhaul of business rates. Treasury officials have accelerated work on a new e-commerce tax in the past few weeks and are scoping out details of a potential levy, including what goods and services will be covered, sources told The Daily Telegraph. Whitehall insiders said that a so-called “Amazon tax” under a wider business rates shake-up is “clearly the direction of travel” being considered by the Chancellor, but that final decisions will be pushed out beyond the upcoming Budget. The move is likely to prove controversial and comes after the US President Joe Biden put together a global deal on how to tax Big Tech.
Queen right to be 'irritated' by leaders who 'talk but don't do' on climate change, says Al Gore
Former US vice president Al Gore has said the Queen is right to feel "irritated" at climate change inaction and those who "talk but don't do". Mr Gore, a long-time environmentalist, told Sky News he sympathised with the Queen for having her private conversation publicised, but said "yes, of course she's right" to be irritated. Climate talks like COP26 are largely predicated on trust, with countries coming to the table making commitments in good faith that others will do the same. In it, he says the message on climate change had so far "failed" to get to people. Mr Gore congratulated Sky News for launching the first daily news show dedicated to climate change.
'Strike-tober': U.S. labor unions are having a moment
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Strike-tober': U.S. labor unions are having a moment Back to video All told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content “Workers are right to think the ball is in their court,” said Adam Seth Litwin, a professor of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University. The newfound forcefulness of labor unions is in stark contrast to the direction of the last several decades.
U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait
The U.S. military said on Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week amid high tensions between China and Taiwan. The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway, with both ships sailing through on Thursday and Friday. ADVERTISEMENT"Dewey's and Winnipeg's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific," said the military. "The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble... seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait," said China's People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command. U.S. Navy ships been traveling through the Taiwan Strait about every month, Reuters noted.
Bill Clinton released from hospital after being treated for infection
Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after undergoing treatment for ?a urological infection unrelated to COVID-19. Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center last Tuesday and was treated with antibiotics, ?Ureña said in an update Saturday. F?ormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton visited on Saturday morning, arriving in an SUV with a phalanx of Secret Service agents. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton paid a visit to the former president in the hospital on Saturday. “He’s not in any serious condition,” the president said Friday at a University of Connecticut event.
Bill Clinton released from hospital in Southern California
Former President Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been admitted days earlier for an infection. Clinton, 75, was released around 8 a.m. from the University of California Irvine Medical Center after he was admitted Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. BILL CLINTON TO REMAIN IN HOSPITAL ANOTHER NIGHT, RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS, SPOKESMAN SAYSHillary Clinton accompanied her husband as he left Sunday, The Associated Press reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAn aide to the former president told the AP that Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, and that he was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. President Joe Biden said Friday night at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton, and that the former president was "doing fine."
Fauci: People 'react against me' when 'truth becomes inconvenient'
Dr. Anthony Fauci has argued that he is an easy target during the coronavirus pandemic because he stands for "science, data and hard facts" rather than "conspiracy theories." Fauci has been a target for both praise and ridicule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as he has been the face of the government response. However, he has positioned himself as on the side of "science, data and evidence" and those who "disagree" as conspiracy theorists. "I have stood for always making science data and evidence, be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, so they react against me."
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’ Presented byA new hypersonic missile test has “all the elements of a Sputnik moment” in the nascent U.S.-China cold war. Rep. VAL DEMINGS (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. MARCO RUBIO. (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C) amassed $8.4 million, and is in the conversation as a potential 2024 candidate. CHARLES BOOKER, a progressive favorite to take on Kentucky Republican Sen. RAND PAUL, raised $1.7 million. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and accompanied him as he left Sunday. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Buttigieg warns some supply chain problems will persist into 2022
Buttigieg struck a similar tone in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” stating that “this is a capitalist country.”“These are private-sector systems,” he said. “Nobody wants the federal government to own or operate the stores, the warehouses, the trucks, or the ships, or the ports. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd about lessening tariffs or utilizing the National Guard as ways of addressing problems in the supply chain, Buttigieg did not rule out the possibility of either option. “I think that any opportunity to make a difference will be looked at,” he said. “We can expect a much better holiday season this year than we were facing a year ago,” he said.
Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid
Similar disparities among cities across the country have prompted a pushback from local officials, who want Treasury to loosen its rules before the program progresses much further. ADVERTISEMENT“Otherwise, they are penalizing cities for the pandemic, not providing them relief,” said Wade Kapszukiewicz, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio. The funding was made available by the Treasury beginning in May — though states and cities have been slow to start spending it . Governments that lost revenue can use their federal aid for almost any services, up to the amount of their losses. But the Treasury’s rule “is restrictive on how cities can demonstrate the true impact on our revenues during this pandemic.”
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospitalEnlarge this image toggle caption Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesFormer President Bill Clinton has been released from a California hospital where he was receiving treatment for a "non-COVID-related infection." Clinton, 75, had been at the hospital since Tuesday. "President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. On Friday, President Biden told reporters he had spoken with Clinton about his health over the phone. The president added that he hoped to have lunch with Clinton soon.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Democrats mock Donald Trump over Virginia governor race, flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago
Getty ImagesVirginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has attempted to distance himself from Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee has mocked Trump about this by flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago. Democrats have been mocking Donald Trump over gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's attempts to distance himself from the former president. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared at the rally and Donald Trump called in on a phone line. In the 2017 governor race, Democratic Ralph Northam defeated the Republican nominee by the largest margin for a Democrat since 1985.
At Alaska's most popular national park, climate change threatens the only road in and out
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - Denali National Park has just one road in and out. "She'll say climate change is real and that it's human-caused," said Emily Sullivan, an Alaska climate organizer who lives part-time in the Denali area. And even with the park road closed at Polychrome Pass, visitors can still ride buses halfway into the park and turn around short of the landslide. At Denali, park managers say instability at a spot known as Pretty Rocks, has long been a minor nuisance. Scientists say they expect warming to exacerbate problems along the Denali road, in addition to the Pretty Rocks landslide.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Chelsea Clinton showed up at the medical center Saturday. “We’re all thinking about President Clinton today. He faced impeachment proceedings stemming from his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Former president Bill Clinton released from California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
US missionary group, including children, kidnapped in Haiti, religious group says
The field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage. Kidnappings have been on the rise in Haiti, with gangs demanding ransoms that in some cases exceed $1 million. Haiti National Police spokeswoman Marie-Michelle Verrier told the Miami Herald that the agency had not been able to confirm the abduction. GardaWorld Corporation, a Canadian private security firm that operates in Haiti, said the strike could prompt rallies across the nation. 'I lost everything': The people of Haiti focus on survivalThe incident comes just days after an entourage of U.S. officials held talks with leading Haiti's police chief and other top Haitian officials.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours," Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from California hospital
Haven DaleyOrange, Calif. – Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
HAVEN DALEYORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.
Buttigieg warns Manchin of resistance to Biden’s climate plan: ‘It will cost lives’
The transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered a blunt warning on Sunday to Joe Manchin and other Senate Democrats who are forcing Joe Biden to scale back his climate crisis agenda: your resistance is going to cost lives. Manchin, senator for the coal-dependent state of West Virginia, opposes elements of the president’s clean energy performance program (CEPP), a $150bn central plank of his Build Back Better plan and $3.5tn spending bill. Buttigieg appeared to express his disappointment in Manchin’s stance on Sunday, telling CNN’s State of the Union that the holdout politicians’ stonewalling of Biden’s ambitious climate plan could be deadly. “The longer you take to do something about it, the more it’s going to cost in livelihoods as well as lives,” he said. “The administration and the president are committed to bold climate action, exactly what legislative form that takes is what’s being negotiated right now.
World energy watchdog guides us to a painless net zero
Under the net zero scenario, EV sales reach 60pc by 2030. Under net zero it goes into steep decline, surviving only in an “abated” form with carbon capture. Dr Cozzi said China’s domestic coal pledge implies 20 gigatonnes of averted emissions, equal to the entire effect of Europe going to net zero by 2050. The average age of coal plants in rich states is 35 years and most are obsolete. The agency is the servant of the rich consuming nations and they are signed up to net zero.
Former President Bill Clinton released from California hospital
AdvertisementFormer President Bill Clinton has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday after he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection. Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, as they held each other's arms. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, on Sunday. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates
Asa Hutchinson Asa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Sarah Huckabee Sanders raises over million for Arkansas gubernatorial run Arkansas governor allows COVID-19 vaccine mandate opt-out bill to become law MORE (R) on Sunday defended employers mandating that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine, while saying he opposed such mandates by the federal and state governments. “The states are sometimes coming in and saying, ‘Employers should not have the ability to impose a vaccine requirement on their workers.’ To me, that's the wrong direction as well. It's not practical in terms of creating that debate, but it's not principled either,” Hutchinson said during “Meet the Press” on NBC. “I am a defender of the employer's right to provide a healthy workplace. They would have the prerogative to make those decisions and I support that,” Hutchinson said.
Activists reportedly ditch virtual White House meeting over immigration policies
Fed-up immigration advocates ?ditched a virtual meeting with Biden administration officials to protest the White House’s plan to restart former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, according to a report. “?We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of the work immigration advocates and organizations do around the clock to improve our immigration system?,” the White House said. The activists believe the Biden administration’s decisions on immigration are rooted in politics and that some White House officials view border issues as a losing proposition for Democrats. ?Some activists saw hope in Biden who promised during the presidential campaign to operate a “fair and humane” immigration program, but they say he hasn’t delivered on the pledge. Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Biden White House has scrambled to quell the crisis at the southern border as ?arrests hit a record 1.5 million in fiscal 2021?.?
The middle falls out
But it also can’t lose votes in the House, where the margin is only barely more robust. Lose a few representatives — say, ones worried about their reelection chances next November — and suddenly things quickly go south. This is largely why it’s useful to track polling on the 2022 midterms, not just out of curiosity (which is fair enough) but because perceptions of what will happen in the elections will shape what legislators do before then. If Biden becomes deeply unpopular or Democratic support plunges in the generic congressional ballot, a measure of how Americans are likely to vote in House races, you might expect to see more pressure against the Biden/Democratic agenda.
Opinion: The Minneapolis 'Defund the Police' ballot question should alarm Democrats nationwide
Politically, the 'defund the police' ballot question debate is driving a wedge between Minnesota Democrats. The state's best-known progressives, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Attorney General Keith Ellison defend the ballot measure , while other top Democrats, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. On a national scale, the Minneapolis ballot question will provide the first test of how much legs the big-city police department restructuring movement really has ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The national political blowback, should the "yes" option to Question 2 on the Minneapolis ballot prevail, could be significant. And "Question 2" on the Minneapolis ballot could make things a whole lot worse.
Opinion: What does Steve Bannon have to hide?
First up is former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who could face charges of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with the committee's subpoena. Thursday, Bannon failed to show up for a scheduled deposition before the House committee. Even if Trump could claim the privilege, it is hard to understand how it could apply to Bannon. The House committee is investigating events on and around January 6, 2021, and Trump fired Bannon in 2017. The January 6 committee's resolute enforcement of its authority is about more than Steve Bannon.
Kinzinger goes to bat for Biden over Jan. 6 committee comments
But Kinzinger, a strident critic of Trump’s, said he did not think Biden crossed a line with his comments. “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. However he noted the risks of doing so, particularly given the complicated constitutional and legal dynamics at play. “If we subpoena, all of a sudden, the former president, we know that’s going to become kind of a circus,” he said. “That’s not necessarily something we want to do up front.”Kinzinger, alongside fellow select committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton spent a fifth night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. ___This version has been corrected to show that Saturday night was Clinton’s fifth night in hospital.
Buttigieg says supply chain crisis ‘will continue into next year’
Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that America’s supply chain disruptions are expected to continue into next year, claiming the bottleneck has been spurred, in part, by an unprecedented amount of demand brought on by President Biden’s economic recovery. During an appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union," Buttigieg was asked by host Jake Tapper if Americans should prepare themselves for economic issues like the supply chain disruptions and inflation to get worse before they get better. BUTTIGIEG 'JOKE' ABOUT SUPPLY CHAIN PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS CRITICIZED"Certainly a lot of the challenges that we’ve been experiencing this year will continue into next year," Buttigieg responded. Buttigieg said the supply chain issues demonstrated a need for House Democrats to pass the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which allocates $17 billion to U.S. ports and remains stalled due to party infighting over their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. "This is one more example of why we need to pass the infrastructure bill," Buttigieg said.
Fauci says Americans can enjoy holidays with family if fully vaccinated
"I believe strongly that -- particularly in the vaccinated people, if you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible, that is obviously very young children and not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treating, and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your family," Fauci said on Sunday during ABC’s “This Week.”Fauci explained that when the level of COVID-19 transmission is down, fueled by the vaccines, he believed “there’s no reason at all” why families could not gather together as they had previously done during the pandemic. ADVERTISEMENT"That’s one the reasons why we emphasized why it’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for that of your family, but also for the good of the community, to keep the level of infection down," Fauci said. "When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along." According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of Americans aged 12 years and older have been at least partially vaccinated while 67 percent are fully vaccinated.
Delta CEO REFUSES to impose Biden's vaccine mandate: Reveals 90% of staff are already jabbed
Delta is the only U.S. airline that has publicly and at a corporate-level rebuked President Joe Biden's 'divisive' vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees. The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8. Biden's executive order does allow for at least weekly testing in lieu of employees getting the vaccine. American Airlines President Robert Isom said Friday he will not bow to the pilots' union request to allow for 'alternatives' to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 'The executive order doesn't allow for that,' Isom falsely claimed in an interview with The Miami Herald.
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where, under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. "Race is clearly the factor here," Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Financiers return to Beverly Hills for Milken conference — this time with masks and proof of vaccination
Still, tourism officials say the return of the live event to Beverly Hills is a heartening sign, despite the unexpected complications caused by the Delta coronavirus variant. Advertisement“Delta threw a little bit of a curveball for everybody, but I think people are starting to put their toes in the water,” said Julie Wagner, chief executive of the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. Jennifer Prosek, New York-based managing partner at public relations firm Prosek, will be attending Milken, where her firm will hold an outdoor cocktail party at Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills. “So the good news is that our [Milken event] has always been outside. The Milken conference is typically held in the spring but last year was delayed and held virtually in October.
Reps. Hern and Harshbarger: To fix supply chain crisis we must give people incentives to get back to work
Without renewed investment in labor participation, the supply chain breaks. When one link in the supply chain is interrupted, it affects everything else down the line. #EMPTYSHELVESJOE TRENDING ON TWITTER AMID BIDEN’S SUPPLY CHAIN CRISISWhen we drive around our hometowns, we see ‘Help Wanted’ signs in nearly every window. It’ll take time to restore the supply chain. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREIt starts at the the very last step in the supply chain: local communities.
The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule
They discuss the question in the case ... the chief justice and Justice (Clarence) Thomas and me and so forth around. The justices receive some 7,000 petitions annually from people who have lost cases in lower courts. Joined by three fellow liberals at the time, Breyer contended the majority was wrongly overriding lower court judges, who had postponed the execution. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito noted in a speech at the University of Notre Dame that the court requires six votes when it seeks to reverse a lower court decision without hearing oral arguments. Such summary reversals, as they are known, happen on rare occasions when a lower court ruling is plainly at odds with Supreme Court precedent and the justices bypass the usual briefing and public arguments.
Joe Biden pays tribute to service of fallen officers
President Joe Biden on Saturday (16 October) paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the name of law enforcement, as he evoked the Capitol riots of nine months previous as an example of how crucial their role can be. The president was speaking at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020.
As the killers who terrorised their families face execution, relatives disagree on whether that adds up to justice
President Joe Biden has said he personally opposes capital punishment, but his Justice Department is still pursuing the death penalty for Roof. Though what a death sentence means during the Biden era, with a president who opposes capital punishment, remains to be seen. She knows that political attitudes around the death penalty are shifting, but she’s still steadfast in her support. She regularly speaks about ending the death penalty and ending gun violence on behalf of groups like Death Penalty Action and Moms Demand Action. The death penalty shares roots with lynching in America, and has always been disproportionately applied to Black people like her.
Alex Saab: Venezuela suspends crisis negotiations as key Nicolas Maduro ally extradited to US
A close ally of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has been extradited to the United States on money laundering charges, throwing negotiations aiming to ease the country’s political crisis into disarray. Venezuelan security forces also rounded up six American oil executives previously held under house arrest and took them into prison. American authorities have been targeting Mr Saab for years in the belief that he can unlock the mystery of how Venezuela has been selling gold and tankers full of crude oil in violation of US sanctions. Separately, Mr Saab was sanctioned by the Trump administration for allegedly utilising a worldwide network of shell companies to hide huge profits from no-bid, overvalued food contracts obtained through bribes and favours. The Biden administration had insisted that Mr Saab’s case should not affect the negotiations, which are being sponsored by Norway.
Supply chain crisis could last into next year, Pete Buttigieg warns
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that it was likely that the US would see some supply chain issues persist through 2020 into 2021. “Because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.”Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says supply chain disruptions will "continue into next year." "We need the rest of the private sector chain to step up as well," said Mr Biden during his address. "This is not called a supply chain for nothing. Stretching our supply chain will continue to be my team’s focus."
China fires hypersonic missile to circle planet in low orbit in terrifying display of its weaponry
At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17. The Longtian airbase (pictured) has been expanded and adapted for air defence sites. The image of the base, taken on October 2, also shows an expanded apron and four hardened aircraft shelters under construction. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings. Adding to rising tensions, China last Saturday warned the US over its involvement in Taiwan and claimed the 'weak and cowardly' island authorities will accept reunification.
Poll: Virginia Governor’s Race in Dead Heat Between Youngkin, McAuliffe
Terry McAuliffe (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released Friday. The poll, conducted October 11–13 among 1,095 likely voters, shows Youngkin with 48.4 percent support compared to McAuliffe’s 47.5 percent support, giving Youngkin a 0.9 percent edge. Of the last three Trafalgar polls, this most recent one marks the first time Youngkin has led McAuliffe in the blue-leaning state. The last poll, taken at the end of August, showed McAuliffe with a slight edge over Youngkin, 46.6 percent to 46.3 percent. https://t.co/0VGgmWNKmB pic.twitter.com/ybretH4OuP — Maddie Anderson (@MaddieWAnderson) October 6, 2021The Virginia Democrat’s remarks align with Biden’s stunningly low approval rating in the Trafalgar poll.
Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread'
Ditto states with the largest COVID-19 death rates during the previous week: West Virginia, Alabama, Idaho, Wyoming, Florida, Texas, South Carolina Georgia, and Kentucky. A few Republicans know what’s needed, but — it appears — lack the political courage to say so in public. Greeted with catcalls and boos when he advised South Carolina Republicans to “think about” getting vaccinated, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) backtracked: “I didn’t tell you to get it,” Graham said. And tens of thousands — maybe hundreds of thousands — of COVID-19 victims would still be alive. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century."
Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not 'far-fetched', says Rep. Stacey Plaskett
Rep. Stacey Plaskett said that the prospect of Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not "far-fetched." Trump's recent attempts to invoke executive privilege to withhold information were rejected by the White House. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat chairman of the January 6 House select committee, told CNN on Thursday that "nobody is off-limits to a subpoena from this committee." White House counsel Dana Remus instructed the National Archives to turn over the "initial batch of documents" related to the House committee's request. On Thursday, the select committee moved to pursue criminal contempt charges against Bannon for not cooperating with them.
Opinion: Donald Trump can't always get what he wants
(CNN) Donald Trump was 23 when the Rolling Stones released a seven-minute song that began with the voices of London's Bach Choir. But the election is settled -- Trump can't get what he wants. Another thing Trump wants is executive privilege -- to quash fact-finding by the House select committee on the January 6 insurrection. "Even if Trump could claim the privilege, it is hard to understand how it could apply to Bannon ," Eisen and Aftergut wrote. Like his predecessors, Biden is facing the likelihood of big losses in the midterm elections next year -- in addition to the continuing challenge posed by Trump's election lies.
Treasury 'warns of diminishing returns from green investment'
Tensions are rising between Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson today as the Treasury warned of 'diminishing returns' from green investment and the government was rocked by a wave of bitter sniping. There are claims that Mr Sunak privately lamented the 'sh**show' in Downing Street at the height of the pandemic. Tory aides pointed out that new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss openly covets the Treasury job and Mr Sunak is 'rattled'. 'However, more green investment is likely to attract diminishing returns, reducing the positive impact of ever more investment on GDP. The drive to switch cars to electric is one of the main pillars of the Net Zero policy.
Sen. Johnson says Garland’s school order violates parents’ right to free speech
It is such a violation of people’s constitutional rights to petition their government, to free speech,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) Johnson said using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. “[Garland] is saying [the parents] are intimidating school board members. Sen. Ron Johnson said AG Merrick Garland using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. … They’re running for school board.
Immigration activists walk out on Biden administration during meeting in protest: 'Turning point'
Dozens of immigration activists walked out on top Biden officials during a virtual meeting, protesting the administration's plans to reinstate the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy. They read a statement saying the Biden administration is "playing politics with human lives" and said they could no longer "come into these conversations in good conscience." DHS SAYS IT ANTICIPATES RESTARTING TRUMP-ERA 'REMAIN IN MEXICO' POLICY IN NOVEMBER, IS REBUILDING TENT COURTS"We have sadly reached a turning point," they said. BORDER CRISIS: VIDEO SHOWS SMUGGLER ABANDON 7-YEAR-OLD MIGRANT GIRL"The Biden Administration has been very clear that MPP is not an immigration policy we agree with or support. Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration activists have been increasing in recent months.
A Ukrainian Oligarch Bought a Midwestern Factory and Let it Rot. What Was Really Going On?
In recent weeks, the world has learned incredible new details about corruption, illicit financing and money laundering by the super-rich, thanks to the Pandora Papers. But this kind of transnational money laundering, which we’ve come to expect, is only part of the picture. Optima International was a parent company to a constellation of related firms (including one called “Optima Harvard Facility LLC”). And then Canadian authorities dropped a bombshell: They accused Gong of running his own transnational money laundering scheme, charging him with fraud and money laundering. Which is exactly what seems to have been the case in each of the overlooked, forgotten towns Kolomoisky and his team touched.
Challenges mount to president's vaccine mandate
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Arizona was actually not the first state to fight back against workplace mandates; Montana did before there were any federal mandates. The administration has argued that media coverage of opposition to COVID-19 vaccination can obscure the overwhelming popularity, and efficacy, of vaccine mandates. Biden is now the face of vaccine mandates, including ones he may not have ordered himself. Declaring himself “offended,” DeSantis has vowed to sue the Biden administration once the new rule takes effect. Texas has far more Fortune 500 companies (49 of them) than any other state that bans vaccine mandates.
COVID forced Bay Area families to make agonizing elder-care decisions. Is there a fix?
“I really made a fortress out of our house,” Tinsman recalled. Across the Bay Area and beyond, COVID-19 changed how families approach the emotionally wrenching task of caring for elderly relatives. And the exodus from nursing homes was just as telling: Before COVID, nursing home occupancy in the U.S. was above 84%, according to the National Investment Center, which tracks occupancy. Families were left grasping for answers about how nursing homes were spending money intended for care. Overall, COVID has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people at nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the Golden State.
The next global economic emergency? Deepening debt in the developing world
A global pandemic. Global policymakers have enough to keep them occupied without a developing country debt crisis adding to their list of problems. Many poor countries have borrowed in US dollars, and the cost of servicing these loans – already high – will increase still further as the Fed tightens policy. “The G20 are asleep at the wheel as the debt crisis intensifies in lower income countries,” Jones said. Prevention is always better than cure and the threat of a debt crisis needs to be recognised before it is too late.
How Books Led a Young Jane Goodall to Live Among the Chimps
Sadly, though everything was once nicely organized, I have no time to organize, and everyone kindly sends me their books, and there are the books from my childhood, and my mother’s childhood. The huge Bibles of my grandfather, a Congregational minister, even some medical books of my Uncle Eric. If they examined the catholic nature of all the piles of books, there is nothing that would surprise them. Which childhood books and authors stick with you most? I collected poetry books — I especially loved the Romantic poetry of Keats, Shelley, etc., and then the war poets like Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen.
US officials knew of Haitian migrant surge to the border in July: report
President Biden's Department of Homeland Security was made aware in July of the thousands of Haitian migrants headed to the southern border but refused to act, according to a report. The network cited information gathered from three unidentified U.S. officials who claimed an investigation has been opened to find out why so many Haitian migrants arrived so quickly at once. The report, which also claims DHS "acknowledged the failures internally," falls in line with a string of reports and criticism that DHS knew about a coming migrant surge but did not act sufficiently. FORMER ICE OFFICIAL BLASTS MAYORKAS: 'HE'S WATCHING BORDER BE OVERRUN AND HE'S PROUD OF IT'Last month, Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union representing Border Patrol agents, told Fox News that border patrol officials had been warned to prepare for a large influx of migrants coming through Del Rio. "The Department’s humanitarian and operational response was swift, immediately deploying personnel, basic services, food and drinking water, clothing, transportation, and medical resources."
Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China
Taiwan must stand as an independent country or we might as well hand China the rest of the Pacific now. TAIWAN WILL NOT START WAR WITH CHINA, TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYSMarines on Taiwan are a good start, but the escalating military activity by China suggests a risks war in the Pacific. Rotating US military forces through Taiwan for exercises are the best way to deter China. SEN. COTTON ON CHILLING WARNING BY CHINA: XI WAGING COLD WAR AND 'BIDEN IS LOSING'3. Biden should call China out to the world, especially since China refuses to participate in nuclear arms control.
In Texas, The Most Important Race In 2022 Isn't For Governor
Mike Collier, an accountant running for lieutenant governor in Texas next year, believes he can finally deliver the major victory Texas Democrats have been longing for and break Republicans' stranglehold on the state. Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor CampaignThirteen months before the 2022 election, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke (D) is still mulling a challenge to Gov. As in many other states, the Texas lieutenant governor serves as the president of the state senate. “Their agenda’s all wrong, and the agenda’s all wrong because the lieutenant governor is the wrong man for the job,” Collier told HuffPost. “The lieutenant governor is without a doubt the dream seat to flip if you could only flip one.”Since taking office in 2015, Texas Lt. Gov.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. ADVERTISEMENT“This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden’s administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately,” she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. “We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
Kentucky's backroad churches may be key to saving hospitals overwhelmed by COVID
People 60 and older account for nearly 90% of the 9,184 deaths in Kentucky related to COVID-19. (A month later, staff vaccination rates at both facilities are still below 60%.) The facility's low staff vaccination rate is "not necessarily pertinent," the man said, since his father would be receiving "end-of-life care." "As soon as vaccines became available, McKenzie and his staff went room to room, explaining the science to residents. Now, nearly every resident of the Jordan Center is vaccinated with three shots, and the staff vaccination rate hovers at 85%.
The political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectiveness
Ron DeSantis — also vaccinated against the virus — has vowed to sue the Biden administration over its federal vaccine mandates. A uniquely American predicamentMost Americans have in fact received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Particularly among self-identified evangelicals, Resnicow has found a distinct rejection of the coronavirus vaccine, which he said has made vaccine hesitancy especially difficult to address. While Americans overall are generally favorable of Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal workers, Republicans specifically are not. That's a 13-percentage-point decline since August 2020, before the current fight over the coronavirus vaccine erupted.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.Enlarge this image toggle caption Ariana Cubillos/AP Ariana Cubillos/APMIAMI — Venezuela's government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country. Families of the men known as the Citgo 6 — for the Houston subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company where they worked — expressed frustration with both governments. "This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden's administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately," she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab's extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. Colombian President Iván Duque lauded the extradition of Saab, calling it a "triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption led by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro."
The climate is still warming, but world leaders have a chance to fix that
This has been a year marked by terrifying news about climate change: extreme weather, massive wildfires, persistent drought in some areas and catastrophic flooding in others. Public opinion has moved, partly because more people now have first-hand experience with the effects of climate change. “Denialism,” the dismissal of climate change as bogus, is dying. An increasing number of Americans want their political leaders to do something about climate change. But for Democrats like President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, acting against climate change has become a must-do.
Taliban Could Lose Power Amid Governance Struggles, Experts Say
The Taliban are really struggling to govern the country,” Mir said at the Soufan Center’s Global Security Forum in Doha. That level of governance is “fine, until you take over the country,” Campbell said. The Taliban “are realizing that 25 years later after not being in power, it is a very different landscape. In September, members of the United Nations pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid, including $64 million from the United States. The Chinese “have not seen the kind of action they expected from the Taliban after the Taliban assumed power.
The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government
One prime example, which came into focus last week, centers on Republicans, private business and the role of government. ADVERTISEMENTAbbott’s action cut across the wishes of numerous corporations in his state who had issued, or were planning, such mandates. High-profile Republicans had already become more willing to be critical of big business, especially as corporations have taken overtly political positions on social issues. Abbott, Cruz and DeSantis are all considered possible presidential contenders in 2024, where they could be vying for the presidential nomination of a Republican Party where former President Trump still holds enormous sway. Meanwhile, independent experts note that conservatives have often taken rather flexible views on the appropriate role of government.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Biden's Commerce Secretary demands higher pay for childcare workers. 'Our economy cannot run without these women.'
The lack of childcare workers — and affordable childcare — is holding up economic recovery. "We got to get to a higher minimum wage — frankly, it's even more than just minimum wage. The left-leaning think tank writes that 48.5% of Black childcare workers would benefit as well as 43.8% of women in childcare. "Our economy cannot run without these women who are in the childcare industry," Raimondo said. Despite the low wages of child care workers, these services remain unaffordable for many low- and middle-income families.
Joe Biden's Nixon moment: A policy agenda that could change history — and the media yawns
American media, and especially the political press corps, has a history of failure when it comes to explaining the policies that could change people's lives. To better understand what is happening to Biden's agenda right now, it may be instructive to look at a similar moment in history, not terribly long ago. Instead it has been obsessed with the drama around Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema threatening to derail Biden's agenda and possibly define him as a "failed" president. Biden's agenda is far less ambitious than the big bills passed under Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. Fifty years after the egregious coverage of Nixon's agenda, the media has evidently learned nothing from its mistakes.
What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery
michael barbaroToday, the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and my colleague Richard Fausset’s investigation into it. I came across another couple, and they had already made up their mind that Ahmaud Arbery deserved what he had gotten. It said that the man who shot Ahmaud Arbery, Travis McMichael, was justified in doing so because Mr. Arbery had grabbed the shotgun. It turns out that his son worked in the local district attorney’s office with Greg McMichael, one of the men who had pursued Ahmaud Arbery. richard faussetThe video was shot by a third man who was also engaged in the pursuit of Ahmaud Arbery.
90 Seconds of Rage
They say they had no intention of rioting or trespassing to keep Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Mullins and his wife, whom he met in the seventh grade, live beside a lake about 30 miles north of Wingo. Mr. Mullins is the treasurer, handyman and quiet benefactor who finds the preachers for sparsely attended Sunday services. Joseph Rushmore‘Go Forth and Fight’Circulating in the milling crowd around Mr. Mullins were six strangers destined to become his co-defendants. Later, Mr. Lopatic told the doctors treating his injuries that he’d been jumped in an attempted robbery.
‘SNL’ Weekend Update takes on budget bill, vaccine mandates, COVID origins -- and other political footballs
"The Biden administration’s climate plan is likely to be dropped from the budget bill after Sen. Joe Manchin refused to support it," co-host Colin Jost said from behind the Weekend Update news desk. "But you know what, I’m not going to let some bad climate news ruin this beautiful 80-degree October day." Weekend Update managed to squeeze in one Biden joke this Saturday, with co-host Michael Che saying a new report found Biden is, on average, 22 minutes late to events. "I mean if you could see half the emails Che sends me," he said in a setup, then promising to show one of the emails. "But the Giants are still going to stick with their current quarterback: a scarecrow on a Roomba," Che said.
After 9/11, China grew into a superpower as a distracted U.S. fixated on terrorism, experts say
WASHINGTON — Twenty years ago, White House officials were worried about China and tensions were rising. The move, and the rhetoric surrounding the fight against terrorism, gave China a justification to crack down on Muslims in China, experts said. But a faltering war effort in Afghanistan and turmoil in the Middle East kept drawing Washington's attention away from China. But they say America remains a center of innovation and still has the means at its disposal to compete with China and win. In private conversations with his Chinese counterparts, Lewis said he has told them not to write off the United States just yet.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
REUTERS/Paulo WhitakerISTANBUL, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Reuters reported earlier this month that Turkey made a request to the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes. read moreSpeaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees.
Saudi leads major Gulf markets higher
REUTERS/Hamad I MohammedOct 17 (Reuters) - Major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Sunday amid strong oil prices, with the Saudi index outperforming the region as the country eased coronavirus curbs. read moreThe authorities also cancelled curbs on fully vaccinated people at closed venues, restaurants and cinemas, and on transportation. Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.5%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) rising 0.5%, while Jabal Omar Development (4250.SE), one of Saudi Arabia's largest-listed property developers, advanced 2.7%. read moreIn Abu Dhabi, the index (.ADI) added 0.3%, supported by a 2.3% rise in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB.AD) and a 0.2% increase in the country's largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB.AD). UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said the oil-rich Gulf is continuing to invest in the energy sector to meet growing demand and ensure stability in global markets.
UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
(Adds quotes, background)ISTANBUL, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. Ankara had ordered more than 100 F-35 jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, but the U.S. removed Turkey from the programme in 2019 after it acquired Russian S-400 missile defence systems. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
Viewpoint: Public school bureaucrats should listen to parents, not insult them
Since 2020, those school board meetings have gone from lively, to contentious, to occasionally even hostile. Yet that is exactly the kind of power that school boards across the country are demanding. The real act of oppression targeting families in the public school system is an almost universal attitude adopted by school boards — in Oklahoma and across the nation – that public school students belong to them. I hope Shawn Hime does act to put distance between Oklahoma’s school board association and its wayward, imperious national counterpart. But more than that, I hope the directive to our school boards in Oklahoma is this: more listening, less lecturing.
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ImmigrationJoe Biden Is Being Forced to Keep “Inhumane” Trump Immigration Policy AliveThe Biden administration indicated it will again try to terminate the “Remain in Mexico” program, which the courts have compelled it to restart, while willingly continuing another of his predecessor’s policies to expel migrants.
In 'Build Back Better' fight, progressives have to give a lot to get a little
In other words, progressives are going to have to give up on some of their goals to achieve others. But they have resisted making those choices themselves as the try to gauge what they can and can't get from the pivotal moderate Senate Democrats, Sens. Sinema has resisted making a bargain before the House passes a separate bipartisan infrastructure measure that progressives blocked a few weeks ago. To get a deal, they will have to disappoint progressives — because the plan is essentially a compilation of progressive legislative proposals. Sanders escalated the fight Friday by publishing an op-ed extolling the provisions of Biden's plan in Manchin's home state.
Critical race theory battle invades school boards — with help from conservative groups
Jeff Porter, a school superintendent in suburban Maine, said his district has been "almost held hostage" by a national battle over critical race theory. They have become media darlings in conservative circles and made the debate over critical race theory a national issue. “The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,’” he wrote. “There was the ‘war on Christmas,’ and now everybody is teaching critical race theory. The critical race theory debate became a central issue of last week’s school board race, with Maksymowicz facing calls to resign.
Poll: Joe Biden’s Job Approval Hits New Low at 36 Percent
President Joe Biden’s job approval continues to crash with a new low of 36.4 percent during the first nine months of his presidency, according to a Zogby poll, after facing a botched Afghanistan withdrawal, and more recently, a supply chain crisis. Additionally, 61.3 percent of the respondents gave Biden a negative rating when asked about the president’s job performance, and 2.3 percent were unsure of how they felt. The poll revealed that Biden has also lost the support from the majority of Hispanic voters (41 percent positive/59 percent negative) and an overwhelming majority of independent voters (24 percent positive/71 percent negative). The Zogby poll asked 896 likely voters between October 8 and 10 with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent. However, the U.S. is also in the middle of a months-long cargo ship crisis, contributing to empty store shelves.
Live Updates: U.S. Missionaries, Families Kidnapped in Haiti
Gang members took as many as 17 missionaries and their family members in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the latest in a series of kidnappings in the country. American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say Image A neighborhood in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Haiti has been in a state of political upheaval for years, and kidnappings of the rich and poor alike are alarmingly common. Credit... Victor Moriyama for The New York Times Haiti has been rocked by one crisis after another this year. Haiti has yet to recover from that, or a subsequent outbreak of cholera brought by United Nations peacekeepers.
Joe Biden in 'free fall' with US presidency as polling ratings collapse spectacularly
Joe Biden in 'free fall' with US presidency as polling ratings collapse spectacularlyAdded: 16.10.2021 22:16 | 36 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN is in "free fall" as his polling rating collapse according to former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Lindsey Graham: Border crisis a 'bunch of bulls---'; Biden admin is 'criminally negligent'
Added: 17.10.2021 7:54 | 18 views | 0 commentsU.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spoke out Saturday night about the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Biden administration, calling it a "bunch of bulls---" during an appearance of Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine."
Biden, nearly 79, plans to undergo physical exam ‘soon,’ Psaki says
Biden, nearly 79, plans to undergo physical exam ‘soon,’ Psaki saysAdded: 17.10.2021 5:48 | 18 views | 0 commentsPresident Biden will undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing Thursday.d
‘They Can’t Stop Everyone’: GOP Congressman Dangerously Encourages Kids to Defy Statewide School Mask Mandate
What could have been a simple high school government lecture on civic duty and participation from a local congressman instead became a Covid-19 misinformation fest worthy of a primetime slot on Fox News. Congressman Bob Good (R-Va.) encouraged a group of high school students to defy a statewide school mask mandate, and he spread lies about vaccines and how the virus spreads, the Rappahannock News reported. “If nobody in Rappahannock complies [with the mask mandate], they can’t stop everyone,” Good told a Rappahannock County High School government class of approximately 20 students this week. Good’s timing in encouraging students to unmask is not great, as Rappahannock County schools have been experiencing a recent spike in Covid cases. Rappahannock County High School Principal Carlos Seward attended the event and felt that Good “reflected his own values,” the paper wrote.
The Nicki Minaj and Jesy Nelson Blackfishing controversy shows how Black culture is abused
Now Minaj is also aiding her defense against accusations that the music video shows Nelson engaging in Blackfishing. The production features colorful wigs and white individuals in dreads, gold teeth and hoop earrings, all in an attempt to replicate early 2000s hip-hop culture. In the video, Nelson has chosen to display Black aesthetics in a vein that reinforces negative, time-worn beliefs. That, of course, undermines the claim that they were merely intended as tributes rather than exploitation, all while reinforcing that Black culture is less than — and disposable. After making money off the aesthetic of hip-hop culture, she essentially rejected an entire, complex genre for being uncivilized.
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. "President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-COVID-19-related infection, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Thursday in a statement.
Biden administration says it’s ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month
AdvertisementIn August, a US District Court judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to restart MPP, also known as ‘’Remain in Mexico,’’ faulting the White House for ending the program improperly. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, forcing Biden officials to restore a policy the president has deplored as inhumane. The number of migrants taken into custody along the Mexico border this year is at the highest level in at least two decades. The Biden administration has continued to use Title 42, while exempting unaccompanied minors, expelling more than 700,000 since January, the latest data show. Biden officials told reporters Title 42 will remain the primary enforcement mechanism for illegal border crossings, regardless of whether Mexico allows for the reimplementation of MPP.
Biden laughs off suggestion that he invite feuding senators Sanders and Manchin to White House
President Joe Biden laughed off a suggestion that he invite senators Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin to the White House to 'hash it out' as the pair feud over the Democrats' stalled $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan. President, can Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Joe Manchin ever reconcile their differences on your agenda?' President Joe Biden, 78, laughed off reporter's suggestion he invite Senators Bernie Sanders, 80, and Joe Manchin, 74, to the White House to 'hash it out' after they came to explosive terms today over the President's infrastructure plans. A critical piece of President Joe Biden's climate agenda could be struck because of Manchin. Biden said on Friday that he does not think the $3.5 trillion plan will be passed, and a slimmed-down version will prevail.
Lindsey Graham: Border crisis a 'bunch of bulls---'; Biden admin is 'criminally negligent'
Before turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they book flights to visit a loved one already in the United States. The process has the effect of turning Border Patrol agents into "hotel clerks for … well-off Brazilians who are scamming and playing the game." According to the senator, 2020 saw 8,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in the Yuma, Arizona, sector of the southern border. "You got Venezuelans doing the same thing [as Brazilians]," Graham continued. … I can understand wanting to come to America, but at the end of the day, our Border Patrol agents are being denied the ability to police the border because they're processing agents."
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten its slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. “Race is clearly the factor here,” Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Rigged review: shameless – and dangerous – catnip for Trump’s base
“If you believe things went terribly wrong in the 2020 election, well, you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone,” she writes. “But most of all, you’re not wrong.”In 2015, Hemingway branded Trump a “demagogue with no real solutions”. Rigged is catnip for Trump’s base. “They used Covid to rig an election,” Trump whines, in an interview. A recent lawsuit commenced by the Rhode Island Retirement System against Facebook, Zuckerberg, Thiel and his company, Palantir, alleges “significant damage” caused by the data-harvesting scandal.
Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks
“Every day that passes, every delay in the negotiations, brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb. Less so is how Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s arch-conservative president, will react to western pressure. For Raisi and his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, obtaining sanctions relief by reviving the nuclear deal is not their top priority. Meanwhile, as talks drag on, Iran’s nuclear capabilities will inexorably expand. Worse still, it opens the door to hawks on all sides who recklessly promote military solutions when, in reality, no such “solutions” exist.
Washington State police officer quits on the job saying the Governor 'can kiss my ass'
A veteran Washington State trooper who was forced out of the job by the state's vaccine mandate has released a video of his final sign off, and ended it by saying 'Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.' 'So State 1034 this is the last time you'll hear me in a state patrol car... And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.' She said: '1034 thank you for your 22 years of service to the citizens of Washington State. People fill the Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington state to rally against the COVID-19 vaccination mandate by Gov. However, more than 90% of Washington state government workers are now said to have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to the Seattle Times.
Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements. "But to have the federal mandate will be counterproductive. DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans any COVID-19 vaccine mandates - including for private employers
Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate. "Texas has seen a recent decrease in newly reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The two-term Republican is facing pressure from two candidates in next year's GOP primary, former state Sen. Don Huffines and former Florida Congressman and Texas state party chairman Allen West, have attacked Abbott's COVID-19 policies and have strongly opposed vaccine mandates. He knows conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandates and tired of him being a failed leader," Huffines tweeted.West recently tested positive for COVID-19. He was briefly hospitalized, but also tweeted he remains opposed to vaccine mandates.
Joe Manchin won’t support a key climate program. Alternatives won’t be enough.
The Clean Electricity Performance Program is the most important part of the climate bill when it comes to cutting pollution. But in trying to appease Manchin, the White House could alienate other Senate Democrats like Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), who was the chief architect of the clean electricity program. Let’s be clear: the Build Back Better budget must meaningfully address climate change. Clean electricity is the backbone of the energy transition — the critical piece that all the other sectors will slot into. @EnergyInnovLLC just modeled the climate & energy effects of the provisions in the BBB Act.
Trump telling Republicans not to vote is the GOP's worst nightmare
Former President Donald Trump is taking his commitment to 2020 election disinformation to the next level — and it should be terrifying his own party. Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. All of these claims — and every other claim about the 2020 election being rigged — have been presented without credible evidence and debunked. But the point is that Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. And even if Trump were to backtrack eventually, he might not be able to reverse all the damage he’s caused.
Letters to the Editor — Gov. Greg Abbott’s actions on mandates draw lots of critics
So why can’t we require them to also take the COVID-19 vaccine for protection? Greg Abbott, you cannot have it both ways. Greg Abbott: 1. Enforce it by enabling all citizens to file a $10,000 lawsuit against anybody who helps anybody else to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Greg Abbott refuses to make and enforce mask mandates to protect against this deadly virus.
Letters to the Editor - Obamacare, ERCOT, Texas municipal bonds, Nobel Peace Prize, Cowboys
Obamacare includes funding for Medicaid expansion, but Texas Republican lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid — one of 12 states that have done so. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Citigroup have suspended underwriting Texas municipal bonds due to a little-known state regulation. I am appalled by Diovanni’s comment at the end of his column objecting to the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of every concert. When I lived in Washington, D.C., the National Symphony Orchestra regularly played the national anthem at the beginning of its concerts. I find his objections to playing the national anthem to be offensive.
Pressure mounts on ex-DoJ official Jeff Clark over Trump’s ‘election subversion scheme’
The Senate report was shared with the House select committee that has been investigating the 6 January attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. “He faces a meaningful threat of criminal liability based on the facts contained in the Senate report. Trump was irritated that Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to participate in the plot to overturn the 2020 election. Pat Cipollone, the top White House lawyer, condemned Trump’s plan as a “murder-suicide pact,” according to the Senate report. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPAThe Senate report formally recommended that the DC bar’s disciplinary counsel “evaluate Clark’s conduct to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted”.
Date night! Joe and Jill head for dinner at Italian seafood restaurant Fiola Mare in Washington DC
AdvertisementPresident Joe Biden and his wife Jill enjoyed an Italian seafood dinner at a Michelin-starred Washington DC restaurant on Saturday evening. The Bidens dressed up for what the White House dubbed as a 'date night' at Fiola Mare in Washington Harbor. The date came on 'Sweetest Day' - a holiday celebrated in the Midwest and Florida to celebrate romantic deeds and expressions. The restaurant describes its cuisine as 'inspired by Italy's coastlines and the bounty of its most pristine seafood.' The Michelin-starred restaurant describes its cuisine as 'inspired by Italy's coastlines and the bounty of its most pristine seafood.'
Live Updates: U.S. Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti
Image A gang member in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Saturday kidnappings of American Christian missionaries is the latest development as violence surges across Port-au-Prince, fueled by armed gangs. Haiti has been in a state of political upheaval for years, and kidnappings of the rich and poor alike are alarmingly common. The kidnapping of the American missionaries happened only a day after the United Nations Security Council extended its mission in Haiti by nine months in a unanimous vote on Friday. Gangs have kidnapped even poor street vendors, and when they find little to nothing in their wallets, gang members sometimes demand that they sell off items in their homes, like radios and refrigerators.
Judge Jeanine reveals who she believes is running the White House
Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned who was really in charge of the White House Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine." JUDGE JEANINE: In case you didn’t know it, Joe Biden is the president of the United States in name only. Someone else is running the White House. …No President in United States history has ever spoken like this. By the way, have you noticed Joe Biden is carrying out the same policies Barack Obama had?
Biden, nearly 79, plans to undergo physical exam ‘soon,’ Psaki says
President Biden will undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing Thursday. BILL CLINTON TO REMAIN IN HOSPITAL ANOTHER NIGHT, RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS, SPOKESMAN SAYS"I don’t have an update for you but will soon," Psaki replied. Psaki's interaction with Karem came two days after the press secretary had addressed the question of a Biden physical exam at a previous briefing"It is standard for every president to get a physical," Psaki said Tuesday. O’Donnell also questioned Psaki about Biden’s health in September, after the president was seen coughing during a number of public appearances. Back in May, during previous questions about Biden’s health, Psaki insisted that Biden was physically fit and healthy.
Ambrose: Attorney general at war with free speech
What Garland has done is instruct the FBI to crack down on parents voicing criticisms of public schools at school board meetings even though this is an extraordinary abuse of power. Yes, some have threatened violence or something supposedly akin to it, but Garland has no right to intervene even when a crime is committed. That is the duty of local and state cops, not a federal government with constitutional restrictionsAn instigating factor in this attack on free speech and rule of law was a ridiculously overwrought letter to the Biden administration from the National School Board Association. Under his miswrought guidance, the Justice Department will also train school board members on how to recognize, report and produce evidence when threats occur, again helping prosecution, dear old prosecution. If you go to a school board meeting to spell out your concerns and somehow offend a properly sensitized mind with anger or a politically unbecoming remark, you could maybe go to a highly publicized trial.
Editorial: Social Security boost only delays insolvency
Retirees will see an average of $92 added to their monthly benefits next year, raising the typical amount to $1,657, the Social Security Administration estimates. Nearly 9 out of every 10 people over the age of 65 receive Social Security. The program, though, has well-documented financial problems — the Social Security trust fund is expected to be depleted in 2033. In the meantime, a breakdown of who gets all that Social Security money and how much. Women generally live longer than men, so everything else being equal, they will make more in Social Security over their lifetimes.
Cotton: Biden pick Rachael Rollins poses threat to N.E. if confirmed
President Biden recently named Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to be the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. If she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and all of New England would suffer the consequences. Rollins became Suffolk District Attorney in 2019, with the backing of leftist billionaire George Soros. Rollins’s failure to vigorously enforce federal drug laws in Massachusetts would severely harm communities and families throughout the region. Tom Cotton is a Republican senator from Arkansas, and serves as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism.
Jen Psaki shouts out NBC news' Kelly O'Donnell for asking about Biden's health 'all the time'
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called out NBC News Kelly O’Donnell for always asking about Joe Biden's health, as she deflected questions from another reporter about when the president will undergo a physical. Requests for Biden's medical records were reignited last month after a September 16 speech the 78-year-old president made was frequently interrupted by his persistent cough. Previously, Biden has suffered two brain aneurysms and a heart condition which makes the muscle beat too fast, causing dizziness and confusion. 'I would be worried about anyone exhibiting issues with recall and memory at Joe Biden's age.' Doctors first diagnosed Biden’s condition in 2003 when he had his gallbladder removed.
Drain the swamp? This guy's trying to fill it.
When Gore lost and the staffer whom he had briefly replaced returned from the campaign trail, Adler was out of a job. He no longer wanted to work in government, citing the long hours and tough work. Like his wife’s colleagues at the Distilled Spirits Council, those guys were far more fun than the nerdy tech professionals. He’d call a Hill staffer at their direct line and pitch them on the private sector job. Wynn, the former Maryland representative, was introduced to Adler through his chief of staff after he lost the 2008 primary, he said.
VA-Gov: Hillary Clinton Helps Boost GOTV Efforts For Terry McAuliffe (D)
Terry McAuliffe (D. VA) & Hillary ClintonReceived this e-mail last night from former First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Help my friend Terry McAuliffe take on Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate by signing up to volunteer for Democrats in Virginia today. We must unite behind a proven leader like Terry McAuliffe, who has taken on Republican extremism before — and won. Friendly reminder:Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor's race. But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct.
Profit Mania, SWA’s Woes, Supply-Chain Bottlenecks, and our Brittle Economy
So the notion of private profit as the primary motivator for human striving is, as Mark Twain might say, greatly exaggerated. With lower labor costs, the owners could still make a profit while offering lower prices for their goods and services. The goal: let the profit motive cut prices to the bone and, at the same time, increase private profit. So China’s heavy-handed quest for global political supremacy is now at odds with its maintaining and growing its domestic economy as it recovers from Covid-19. We need more competent technocratic experts, endowed with the latest technology, who just want to make our economy work.
Can someone clearly explain the downside if only Democrats vote to raise the debt limit?
So far, however, I have not heard a clear explanation of why exactly it matters to Democrats if Republicans don’t want to participate in the vote to raise the debt ceiling. Why does voting to raise the debt ceiling so the U.S. can pay its obligations supposedly make Democrats in Congress look bad? Republicans have made it clear that they intend to filibuster an ordinary bill to raise the debt ceiling, as they did on Monday. And suppose Democrats win another round of brinksmanship and force a bipartisan vote on the debt limit: does anyone think that’s going to stop Republican politicians from casting Democratic politicians as taxers and spenders? 2-ranking Senate Democratic leader, on Tuesday dismissed a proposal to use the budget reconciliation process to raise the federal debt limit with only Democratic votes as a non-starter.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY269---Evening Shade-Saturday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 16, 2021x President Biden is speaking now at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. pic.twitter.com/h1ojWcAfy4 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "My friends on the other side never had any problem printing $2 trillion in tax cuts for the very wealthy. pic.twitter.com/oat2BCHBZP — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "They're not about left versus right. pic.twitter.com/M3OTE3oeR2 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "But somehow, along the way, we sort of stopped investing in our people. pic.twitter.com/HtQeheE9ue — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over $3.5 trillion spending bill https://t.co/V9Y7cyxfsW pic.twitter.com/Pxo14tmFHL — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x .
It's time to call Sinema's and Manchin's bluffs
Then he said all spending in the reconciliation bill would be subject to the Hyde Amendment (no public funds for abortion). Then she called the House Speaker’s actions to delay the vote on the infrastructure bill “inexcusable”. These two are not Democrats, so the President and the Senate Majority leader should threaten to force them out of the Democratic party. It’s time to threaten to remove that power from them and threaten to expose their venal selfishness as the full-blown Trumpism that it is. If they really want to be in the Democratic party, they will have to concede at least some of their pet positions.
Biden and Democrats are moving on to plan B
Biden is still optimistic a deal can be reached. I feel optimistic even if a deal cannot reached, Biden and Schumer/Pelosi will make Manchin/Sinema face 24/7 accountability voting to kill the bill. Biden has also mentioned he is ready to aggressive through executive/epa action just like the student loan forgiveness/debt erasure (referencing recent public loan forgiveness good news stories and $10,000 outright forgiving through EO). It is up to Biden show he is not someone who gives up and wants people to be reassured there are other ways. If Biden positively controls the next few weeks plus November, December, and January on aggressive student loan debt reform/relief, his approval ratings will be back to 50% by February.
halfway through my personal year
Still stiff, and I have to take things slow when I’m not using a cane; but I’m getting better by the day. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! I’ve had a couple of ideas — one seems better than the others, so I’m trying to think how to make it can work.
Overnight News Digest: Bumblebees now all but extinct in 16 states
But in 16 states, they are all but extinct. As their ecosystem is disrupted by climate change, development and invasive species, how well will the insects adapt? The researchers hope their data about this little-known species will shed light on an urgent and complex issue: pollinator decline. The asteroid caused around 75 percent of all species, and all of the non-avian dinosaurs, to go extinct. To study this evolutionary change, a team of researchers examined the diets of existing snake species to get a glimpse into the past.
Trump Throws PSYCHO Tantrum Over Andrew McCabe's Pension and Hunter Biden's Paintings
Trump babbled that..."Isn’t it terrible that all of Andrew McCabe’s benefits, pensions, salary, etc., were just fully reinstated by the Justice Department? It was a purely political assault by Trump because McCabe was doing his job as a law enforcement professional, which a criminal like Trump couldn't abide. So he drifted off into a well-worn rant about Hillary Clinton that had been completely debunked long ago. He continued with a sharp turn into Hunter Biden territory, whining that..."Hunter Biden will be given a clean bill of health on everything done by him, with everyone to receive as payment a beautiful Hunter Biden inspired painting selling at your local art gallery for $500,000. What's more, Trump saying that he "always felt I have a talent" for art is so very Trump.
After news of travel restrictions to be eased, border shops ready to welcome back Mexican customers
University of Texas at El Paso professor of economics Tom Fullerton told El Paso Matters that the total economic losses stemming from the restrictions could total hundreds of millions of dollars. “At Simple Mobile, a cell phone store on El Paso Street near the international bridge, Mexican consumers made up 80% of sales, according to shop owner Miguel Lara,” El Paso Matters reported. “It’s been really hard,” he told El Paso Matters. “For too long, El Paso and all border communities have really suffered,” Escobar said in the report. “It’s great news that our ports of entry will be reopened for travel and business, which is the economic lifeblood of so many border communities,” former Housing and Urban Development Sec.
Despite Taliban Rule, Feminists Must Not Abandon Afghan Women
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul and the central government on August 15, efforts to support Afghan women have become extremely challenging. But does that position really help Afghan women? There's little question that gains made by Afghan women over the past 20 years, particularly urban women, have been rolled back -- at least temporarily. Even though Taliban spokesmen insist that women can continue to work, there are also frequent reports of Taliban militants ordering women to leave their workplaces. On October 6, the 45,000-member Afghan Teachers Association put out an urgent appeal calling attention to their dire situation.
5 Charts Show How Tax Reform Can Tackle Bad Corporate Behavior
Here we highlight corporate tax proposals in play on Capitol Hill that are designed to discourage corporate tax dodging and offshoring, excessive CEO pay, and wasteful stock buybacks. Corporate tax dodging and offshoringFor decades, large corporations have pitted countries against each other to drive their own tax bills lower and lower. This has put an enormous strain on public budgets for education, health care, and other vital investments. One government survey found that U.S.-based multinationals paid an average U.S. tax rate of just 7.8 percent in 2018. Corporate tax rate increaseThis piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
5 Charts on Tackling Bad Corporate Behavior Through Taxes
Here we highlight corporate tax proposals in play on Capitol Hill that are designed to discourage corporate tax dodging and offshoring, excessive CEO pay, and wasteful stock buybacks. Corporate tax dodging and offshoringFor decades, large corporations have pitted countries against each other to drive their own tax bills lower and lower. This has put an enormous strain on public budgets for education, health care, and other vital investments. One government survey found that U.S.-based multinationals paid an average U.S. tax rate of just 7.8 percent in 2018. This would go a long way towards covering the costs of vital investments in the Build Back Better agenda.
Watters: From fake White House sets to paid child actors, 'Biden doesn't care'
Watters pointed to backlogged supply chains, which consumed national news last week and resulted in a backlog of American imports and sharp criticism of President Biden. "We can't fly either," Watters continued. Watters argued that Biden doesn't care and that his administration "checked out." Fake White House sets, paid actors, spin lies. "The buck doesn't stop at Biden, that's for sure," said Watters.
VICTOR JOECKS: How Joe Biden stole Christmas
Christmas classics would be a lot different if they had been written during President Joe Biden’s administration. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Christmas classics might be a lot different if they had been written during President Joe Biden’s administration. Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, Thy leaves are so hard to find. “It’s just window dressing.”Come they told mepa rum pum pum pumBacked up ships to seepa rum pum pum pumA severe dearth of truck drivers is contributing to the problems. How Joe Biden stole Christmas.
COMMENTARY: A recipe for economic stagnation
An essential tool in rebuilding the commercial real estate economy of Las Vegas and Nevada — still reeling from the ravages of COVID-19 — is at serious risk as part of the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan being considered in Washington. This shortsighted and counterproductive cap is a recipe for economic stagnation, not recovery. This reinvestment tool has been a cornerstone of the U.S. commercial real estate market, generating economic benefits on every level that far exceed the amount of taxes deferred. Willing investors would be crippled without the ability to defer taxes and reinvest in commercial properties. Daniel Wagner is senior vice president of government relations for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies.
Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to Africa
More than 100,000 lives can be saved in Africa by undertaking the emergency airlift of 240m unused vaccines in the next fortnight, Gordon Brown has urged. With only 5% of the population vaccinated in Africa, Brown urged the leaders of the US, the EU, Canada and the UK to back an emergency airlift. Every passing day is a day lost in the battle to contain Covid Gordon Brown“Vital time to contain Covid, stop mutations and save lives is being wasted,” Brown said. Every passing day is a day lost in the battle to contain Covid and save lives. Brown said he believed the mass transfer of unused vaccines around the globe could save a million lives over the next year.
Coal in the stocking: US retailers scramble ahead of festive season
Other workarounds have included bringing imports in earlier in the season, launching holiday promotions sooner and shifting to air cargo from ships. "They're having to pivot to air or they're going to miss their sale season all-together." But even with these measures, Scott Case, a logistics industry veteran and founder of Chicago-based Position: Global, predicted "there are going to be noticeable gaps in what is available to people this holiday season." Retailers are trying to plan for that as well, working up strategies to mollify or cushion the disappointment when choice items run out. At Rickenbacker International Airport in Ohio, Bryan Schreiber, manager of air cargo business development, said he is surprised not to have seen a bigger hike in prices.
State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) voted to leave the National School Boards Association (NSBA) saying the national association called parents domestic terrorists. “The most recent national controversy surrounding a letter to President Biden suggesting that some parents should be considered domestic terrorists was the final straw. This misguided approach has made our work and that of many school boards more difficult,” the letter stated. There has been growing tension between teachers, parents and school boards over COVID-19 mask policies and critical race theory. The Department of Justice responded to the NSBA letter and announced it would start investigating the threats towards teachers and school board members.
American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say
Demonstrators furious at widespread corruption demanded the ouster of President Jovenel Moïse two years ago, effectively paralyzing the country. They operate at will, kidnapping children on their way to school and pastors in the middle of delivering their services. The nation’s political turmoil intensified further after Mr. Moïse was assassinated in his home in July, a killing that remains unsolved. The kidnapping of the American missionaries happened only a day after the United Nations Security Council extended its mission in Haiti by nine months in a unanimous vote on Friday. Many of the streets have been surrendered to the gangs, with few pedestrians venturing out even during the day.
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg’s money: Goodwin
Trump offers his own answer, of course, declaring incessantly that the election was stolen. Lacking any other explanation, two-thirds of Republicans still believe “the election was rigged and stolen from Trump,” while only 18 percent believe “Joe Biden won fair and square,” according to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov survey. In “Rigged,” author Mollie Hemingway lays out what amounts to a fascinating alternative to the “stolen” charge. One measure is that the 159 million votes cast represent nearly 67 percent of the eligible population, making the turnout percentage the highest in 120 years, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. He won more than 74 million votes last year, an increase of 10 million over his 2016 tally, and he sounds very much like a 2024 candidate.
Opinion | How Best to Save the Planet
While bold, creative thinking has its place in addressing the climate crisis, this is not the time to play fast and loose with the only planet we know that can support life. That’s where our collective focus must be going into the crucial international climate summit next month. By taking swift, decisive action to reduce emissions this decade, we reserve the right to begin cooling the planet midcentury, the safe way. Kim M. CobbMichael E. MannDr. Cobb is a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Mann is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Dan Bongino: Biden is the Grinch who stole Christmas
Dan Bongino revealed how the Biden administration's policies are ruining Christmas Saturday on ‘Unfiltered.’DAN BONGINO: If you’ve been a regular viewer of this show, you know I’ve been warning you about how everything the Biden administration touches, it burns to the ground. But leave it to the Biden administration grinches to ruin it for everyone. …These guys are really talented, this Biden administration, at screwing things up. So, as a note of gratitude to them, I’d like to offer them a gift for Christmas. Because I can’t even afford real coal, so I had to go with charcoal…I can’t even afford actual coal, because they’ve ruined the coal industry too.
EU, US try to lure Iran back to nuclear talks as hopes fade
VIENNA — A delicate EU mission to Iran this week failed to secure a commitment from Tehran’s new hardline administration to resume negotiations over reviving a teetering nuclear deal, according to EU officials. “They are not yet ready for engaging in Vienna,” one senior EU official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The nuclear talks have been stalled since the election of hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi to the Iranian presidency in June. In addition to Lapid, Blinken met EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful.
FBI official fired under Trump wins back his pension
Under the settlement, McCabe, 53, will be able to officially retire, receive his pension and other benefits, and get about $200,000 in missed pension payments. AdvertisementThe Justice Department did not admit any wrongdoing. With the lawsuit resolved, the Justice Department and FBI avoid the risk that moving toward a trial could produce embarrassing information through the discovery process and depositions. McCabe’s lawyers had planned to question the FBI director, Christopher Wray, and his former deputy, David Bowdich. Trump repeatedly called the inquiry a witch hunt and fired the FBI director at the time, James Comey, after expressing his fury about the investigation.
FDA panel recommends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster
Health officials and committee members suggested Friday that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine had long been less protective. AdvertisementFor Johnson & Johnson recipients, the committee recommended an additional shot for everyone who had received the vaccine — a reflection of its lower efficacy. They balked at the size of a study on Johnson & Johnson booster doses given at a sixth-month interval, based on only 17 volunteers. Preliminary findings showed Johnson & Johnson recipients who got a booster with the Moderna vaccine saw their antibody levels rise 76-fold within 15 days, compared with only a fourfold rise if they received a booster shot of Johnson & Johnson. A Pfizer booster raised antibody levels in Johnson & Johnson recipients 35-fold.
Biden says Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas
When asked Friday if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse the committee's subpoenas, Biden responded, "I do. Shortly after Biden's remarks, the Justice Department tried to distance itself from any implications the White House was influencing decisions there. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Full stop," Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement Friday. "The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed," committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement then.
Manchin slams Sanders after opinion piece in W.Va. newspaper urging him to support major spending package
The public dispute between Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., over the size and scope of a multi-trillion dollar spending package escalated on Friday, after Sanders published an opinion article in Manchin’s homestate newspaper urging him to support the landmark Democratic proposal. In the evenly-divided Senate, every Democrat's vote is needed to pass the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package. AdvertisementIn recent weeks, Sanders and Manchin have exchanged increasingly sharp words over the proposed spending package. "Sen. Manchin has been extremely critical of the $3.5 trillion proposal that many of us support," Sanders told reporters last week. "It's not going to be everything that Joe Biden wants, it's not going to be everything Joe Manchin wants."
Clinton ‘doing fine’ and will be out of hospital soon
Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he’s being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Sadat's nephew negotiates way out for Egypt prisoners
Mohamed al-Sadat, 66, nephew of former president Anwar al-Sadat, the first Arab leader to strike peace with Israel, has long been a fixture of Egypt's political scene. "This has been effective in some cases (of political prisoners) being re-examined," he said. Forty-six prisoners were freed in July, including prominent activists such as rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry. But as many as 60,000 political prisoners are serving time in Egyptian jails, according to human rights defenders. "He's the man of the hour really when it comes to human rights."
Opinion: Parental control is a smoke screen for right-wing activists
"I'm going in with 20 strong men....I'm going to give [the school board] an option: They can leave or they can be removed," he declared. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, "Moms for America" activists pressured parents to pull their children out of schools that mandate face coverings. Concern for children in this context is just a smoke screen for right-wing activists with far greater ambitions. It's not surprising that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants the private realm to take control of public school curricula. Join us on Twitter and FacebookOne way to push back is to populate school boards with individuals who care about pluralism, democracy and public health.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
Two Russian Submarines and a ship arrive in Sri Lanka
Two Russian Submarines and a ship arrived at the Colombo Port. In June, Russia accused a British destroyer of breaching its territorial waters off Crimea in the Black Sea, and said it had forced it away. Britain rejected Moscow’s account of that incident, saying at the time its ship was operating lawfully in Ukrainian waters. Incidents involving the Russian Navy are rare in the Pacific. The region is dominated by China, which takes a dim view of the United States and its allies patrolling the region’s international waters to assert their right to freedom of navigation.
Bill Clinton expected to be released from hospital Sunday
Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be released from a California hospital Sunday after five days of treatment for a urological infection, a spokesman said on Saturday evening. Clinton, 75, will spend one more night at UC Irvine Medical Center on Saturday night where he is making “excellent progress” and will continue to receive intravenous antibiotics before his expected discharge Sunday, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said. A hospital aide told The Associated Press that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. Hillary Clinton visiting her husband at the hospital on October 16, 2021. REUTERS/David SwansonPresident Joe Biden has said that he believes Clinton is doing well, and said he believed he would be released on Saturday or Sunday.
Florida Rep. Wilson tells Biden to 'pay' migrants not to come to US
Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson on Thursday called on President Biden to "pay" those fleeing Latin America for the U.S. southern border to "incentivize" them to remain in their country of origin. "Fly to those countries," she said while addressing the Biden administration. The Biden administration has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans for its response to the migrant crisis at the southern border. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION STOPS BORDER PATROL USING HORSES IN DEL RIO AMID DEM OUTRAGE"I am pissed," Wilson said. The Biden administration has continued the use of Title 42, first implemented under the Trump administration, which allows officials to forego usual immigration proceedings to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Low-Income Voters Were Key To Toppling Trump, Study Finds
Often dismissed by political pundits as disaffected and disorganized, low-income voters played a key role in Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election, according to a new study. The organization, an advocate for low-income Americans, launched a nonpartisan voter registration drive ahead of the 2020 vote across 16 states. But the 2020 elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S.history, including among poor and low-income voters, noted the study. The low-income voters included large numbers of white Americans as well as people of color. Advertisement“The findings suggest that, rather than writing white low-income voters off, it is possible to build coalitions of low-income voters across race around a political agenda that centers the issues they have in common,” she added.
Troops to Get 'Climate Literacy' Education Under Pentagon's New Climate Change Plan
A military of "climate literate" troops and bases powered by microgrids, that's the future envisioned by the Pentagon. Its new climate change plan, ordered by President Joe Biden and released Thursday, would affect every level of command. Climate change has been a political lightning rod in Washington, D.C., for decades. The Pentagon has experienced the likely consequences of climate change firsthand in recent years. Related: Climate Change Could Make 'Military Equipment Useless,' Experts Warn
5 things we learned from the committee investigating January 6 this week
(CNN) The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol had a big week . But even though the committee is officially moving forward with criminal contempt on Bannon, there is still a long process that needs to play out. Holding Bannon in criminal contempt through a prosecution could take years, and historic criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals. But members on the committee made clear this week that they are unified in believing that criminal contempt is their best and fastest option. The result of these deliberations between Trump's legal team and the Biden White House will determine what information the committee gets access to.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
LinkedIn Loses Its China Connection
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: LinkedIn walks away from China, EU and U.K. Brexit officials meet in Brussels, and Lebanon holds day of mourning following street violence. Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: LinkedIn walks away from China, EU and U.K. Brexit officials meet in Brussels, and Lebanon holds day of mourning following street violence. The pressure led LinkedIn to block the profiles of several activists and academics from being viewed in China, regardless of whether they were residents or not. Even LinkedIn in China won’t go fully dark, as the company plans on retooling as a pure jobs board, removing any features that could run afoul of Chinese regulators. As LinkedIn leaves China, U.S. hysteria over the Chinese-owned TikTok app appears to have waned, a year after a threat to ban it under then-President Donald Trump.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. ___—AP Writer Jorge Rueda contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.
Which type of vehicle should I buy next?
A recent national survey conducted by CarMax found that 55.9% of car owners said they are “likely” to buy an electric vehicle or hybrid as their next car purchase. Some 68.4% of respondents said their main incentive for buying an electric car was the environmental benefit. To help meet that goal, his administration wants half of new U.S. vehicle sales to be electric by 2030. Range on a charge will vary, but many new electric cars have a range in excess of 200 miles. If you can afford it, the best bet is solar on your home’s rooftop that produces the electricity that charges your electric car.
Bill Clinton, 75, will spend one more night in hospital and be discharged tomorrow after ‘sepsis from UTI’ battle
FORMER President Bill Clinton is expected to be discharged from hospital tomorrow after being treated for sepsis. "He is deeply grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive and thankful to the many well-wishers who have sent kind words to him and his family," Ureña added. "He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football," Ureña continued. Bill, 75, was taken to hospital on Tuesday in Irvine, California, after a urological infection developed into sepsis, an extreme reaction to infection which is life-threatening. Speaking at his home in Torrance, California - just over 30 miles from where Bill is being treated - Roger Clinton told The Sun: “He’s going to be OK, he’s going to be just fine.
It isn't just the UK that's suffering supply chain issues. In the US, the crisis may last until the summer
The backlog of cargo ships at the busiest port complex in the US - images of which have come to define the global supply chain crisis - is unlikely to return to normal before next summer. Not surprisingly, many of the issues facing the supply chain industry in the US are the same as those being seen in the UK and Europe. There is a shortage of truck drivers and delays caused by the logjam are costly. "Ordering, ordering, ordering," is how Lisa McHenry, who runs the Knock Knock toy and gift shop in Seal Beach, says she has approached the crisis. This week, Mr Biden touted 24/7 operations at major ports as a first step to dealing with the crisis.
'Reminiscent of Jan. 6': Violent protesters arrested after storming Interior Department, injuring officers
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEMS DISTANCING FROM BIDEN ADMIN ON SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS, OIL SPILL DISASTERFollowing the protest, Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz released a statement through a series of tweets. "Early this afternoon, a group of protestors entered the Stewart Lee Udall Main Interior Building," Schwartz wrote. "Federal Protective Service personnel responded to the area to mitigate the situation. According to video footage from The Washington Post's Ellie Silverman, activists could be seen climbing up doors and pushing officers back as they tried to force their way into the Interior Department. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News reached out to the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and received the following statement:"Yesterday, officers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) responded to a demonstration at the Stewart L. Udall Building.
'Democracy Survived' Capitol Riot Because of Police, Biden Says
Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring "because of you, democracy survived." Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. "Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation's values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived," Biden said. "We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations," Biden said.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. But opponents feared it would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
Haven Daley and Lou KestenAssociated PressORANGE, Calif. – Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. More:Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for urological infectionMore:What is sepsis? President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Letters to the Editor — Oct. 16, 2021
That said, I hope they’re all happy now with where our country is because of it. B. TonuziWanaque, NJThe Post’s front page reminds us that the Democrats who currently run this country also control the media and Big Tech. Katie Couric was about 60 years old when she interviewed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016 (“Couric buried ‘truth’ on Ruth,” Oct. 14). Justice Ginsburg had a brilliant legal mind. “America’s Sweetheart” is just that: not a journalist but a Hollywood personality selling her supposed good looks and fake persona.
Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision
They are also considering adding to the $300 billion in clean energy tax incentives and credits that remain in the bill, while looking for ways to salvage some parts of the clean electricity program. A White House official said on Saturday that staff members were still engaging with members of Congress and had not yet agreed to a final version of climate provisions. Mr. Manchin and another Democrat, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have said they cannot support that spending level. In recent days, as White House officials were trying to forge a deal, Mr. Manchin told them he would not support any legislation that includes a clean electricity program. Once his opposition to the clean electricity program became public on Friday, several fellow Democrats expressed outrage.
McConnell slams Garland for school board memo, says parent protests are 'democracy, not intimidation'
Garland's memo told the FBI to take the lead on a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report such threats. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said earlier this week that it appeared Garland's memo was simply an effort to go after opponents of critical race theory. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., meanwhile called Garland's memo "politically motivated abuse of power." McConnell further raised concerns about the work of critical race theory backers to go after the very parents Republicans believe Garland's memo targets. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDOJ officials have defended Garland's memo in multiple Senate hearings this week.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours," spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton will remain overnight at University of California Irvine Medical Center "to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow," the statement said. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton and the former president "sends his best." Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
Haven Daley and Lou KestenAssociated PressOrange, Calif. — Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton will remain overnight at University of California Irvine Medical Center “to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow,” the statement said. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn't receiving ICU care. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Dozens of climate activists are arrested as they clash with cops at Interior Department
AdvertisementDozens of climate activists have been arrested after they clashed with police in Washington DC and forced their way into the Interior Department building in scenes that some have called reminiscent of the US Capitol riot. An Interior Department spokeswoman said a group of demonstrators rushed the lobby on Thursday, injuring multiple security officers, at least of whom was taken to a nearby hospital. The climate activists were seen after rushing the lobby of the federal buildingHundreds gathered for the week of marches and demonstrations, seen above. Environmental activists were arrested after occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Department of InteriorPolice officers escort a protester out of the Department of Interior building after a sit-in held by climate activists on Thursday in Washington, DC. 'Interior Department leadership believes strongly in respecting and upholding the right to free speech and peaceful protest,'' Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Haaland, said in a statement.
Joe Biden’s approval rating reaches a new low
But after just seven months in office, his approval ratings slipped below 50%. His net approval rating has fallen by more than ten points since his 200th day in office, just over two months ago. After all, voters elected Mr Biden in large part because he was seen as better equipped than Mr Trump to tackle the pandemic. It is unlikely that Mr Biden will solve these problems soon. If things do not improve, he may soon end up with worse ratings than even Mr Trump.
US Commission on Civil Rights members blast AG Garland for memo on parents protesting school boards
Four out of the eight members of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights have penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, chastising him for his recent memo regarding parents who protest school boards. The members who signed onto the letter include Commissioners Peter Kirsanow, J. Christian Adams, Gail Heriot, and Stephen Gilchrist. "We have combed the internet for signs that parents petitioning school boards are anything approaching a national problem," the members continued in the letter. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGarland's memo came shortly after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Biden claiming some rhetorical clashes between school boards and parents may amount to "domestic terrorism." The NSBA letter invoked the Patriot Act, which Congress passed to deal with terrorism in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.
Maduro envoy Alex Saab extradited to U.S. from Cape Verde
A woman walks by a mural in support of the liberation of Colombian businessman and envoy Alex Saab, who is detained in Cape Verde on charges of laundering money for the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela September 9, 2021. Saab, an envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his plane stopped there to refuel. Cape Verde national radio reported the extradition on Saturday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. "The Cape Verde authorities and the government of President Biden are responsible for the life and physical integrity of Alex Saab, and we reserve the right to take actions in response as a sovereign nation."
“We’re done”: Immigration advocates stage walk-out on Biden administration
“They give us accolades on the outside, but on the inside, we're having to take out the metaphoric knives from our back.”Immigration advocates participate in a virtual meeting with Biden administration officials before staging a walk-out on Oct. 16, 2021. A White House official told POLITICO that “the Biden Administration has been very clear that MPP is not an immigration policy we agree with or support. The official added, “We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of the work immigration advocates and organizations do around the clock to improve our immigration system.”But while the “Remain in Mexico” policy extension was the catalyst for the blow-up Saturday, it was not the only cause, advocates said. Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration advocates have been escalating for months, and are only now breaking into the open. The Biden administration itself is divided on the continued use of that policy.
AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)WASHINGTON (AP) — As traffic fatalities spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a growing backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue and could save thousands of lives. A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic” at the same time that safety rules languish. An Associated Press review of rule-making by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules past due, including a rear seat belt reminder requirement passed by Congress in 2012 that was to be implemented by 2015. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Joe Manchin's objections to a clean energy program threaten Biden's climate promises
After news broke of Manchin's reported opposition to the clean energy program, Smith issued a warning to the White House on Twitter. "Let's be clear: the Build Back Better budget must meaningfully address climate change," Smith said, using the administration's branding for the legislative package. U.S. credibility is on the lineIn two weeks, world leaders will meet in Scotland for a major United Nations conference on climate change, COP26. President Biden and John Kerry, his climate envoy, have been working to build U.S. credibility on climate issues after years of inaction and climate change denialism. He said that if Congress fails to pass significant climate change legislation, "it would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again."
White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects -NYT
White House staffers are revising the legislation due to strong opposition from Senator Joe Manchin, the centrist Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia whose vote is crucial to its passage the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the matter. "Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing," Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon told Reuters in a statement. "He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability," Runyon said. The White House had no comment on the New York Times report on Friday evening. Both Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, have objected to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for Biden's spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change.
Biden's clean electricity program is likely to be scrapped because of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, who has made millions off the fossil-fuel industry, reports say
Sen. Joe Manchin speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Feb. 24, 2021. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP, FileSen. Joe Manchin could block a key aspect of President Joe Biden's climate agenda. Biden staffers are removing a clean electricity program from a bill because of Manchin, reports say. President Joe Biden's clean electricity program will likely be scrapped from the Democrat's reconciliation bill because of Sen. Joe Manchin, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN published Friday. Leah Stokes, a climate policy expert advising Senate Democrats, told the outlet the program is "the most important climate policy in the package."
Manchin accepted over $400,000 from energy companies and GOP donors in the third quarter
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Scott ApplewhiteFEC filings show that Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, raised over $400,000 from energy companies. Senator Joe Manchin raised over $400,000 from donors in the energy industry in the third quarter, including some from donors that normally give to Republicans, according to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the US, according to the West Virginia Office of Energy. Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with over $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry, according to his FEC filing.
Maduro ally extradited to U.S. on money-laundering charges
A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab in 2019 on money-laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government. Some of Saab’s contracts were obtained by paying bribes to the adult children of Venezuelan first lady, Cilia Flores, the Trump administration alleged. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. The government last month appointed Saab to its negotiating team and fellow envoys arrived to Mexico carrying signs reading “Free Alex Saab.”
Curley: Don’t blame Pete Buttigieg — he’s just following Kamala Harris’ lead
Vice President Kamala Harris, for example, has plenty of crises on her plate and she isn’t exactly a poster girl for hands-on leadership. As Biden’s deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained to reporters on Air Force One, “Look, this is not a light switch, right? And so, the vice president has done a tremendous job in doing that and make — doing that.”A tremendous job? In her defense, the vice president was busy visiting a bakery in New Jersey with her onetime rival Sen. Cory Booker. It wouldn’t be fair to say Pete Buttigieg is following Harris’ disastrous lead when it comes to his handling of the supply chain crisis.
Conservatives take to social media to blame Biden for the supply chain crisis with #BareShelvesBiden, while others hit back with images of fully stocked stores
Conservatives are flocking to social media to blame President Biden for supply-chain issues using the hashtag #BareShelvesBiden. In response, some users are debunking images of empty grocery stores as old, edited or from a different country. The movement comes amid mounting tension over supply chain snags and Biden's "Build Back Better" economic plan. The #BareShelvesBiden movement continued to grow on Wednesday, after conservative commentator Kimberly Klacik shared a since-deleted photo of an empty grocery store with the caption "A Look at #BuildBackBetter." According to Politifact, the image — which depicts price tags in British pounds — is actually from a UK grocery store, taken at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
Answers to Your Questions About Covid Booster Shots
What to Know About Covid-19 Booster Shots Who is eligible for a booster shot? Regulators have not authorized booster shots for recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines yet. says that group includes: emergency medical workers; education workers; food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. For now, Pfizer vaccine recipients are advised to get a Pfizer booster shot, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients should wait until booster doses from those manufacturers are approved. panel is reviewing new research on mixing vaccine booster shots, but the practice is not yet recommended.
Meghan King, Cuffe Owens Enjoy Montana Honeymoon: Photos
After Meghan King wed Cuffe Owens, the Mr. and Mrs. took a vacation to enjoy their newlywed bliss in the great outdoors. “Our wedding was about two things for us,” King told Brides shortly after the festivities. “By the time that call ended, Cuffe was booked and packed for a flight to St. Louis that took off in about eight hours. Within a week, we were back on the East Coast, meeting his family, and starting to plan our future together. We didn’t leave each other’s side for weeks.”Scroll below for photos of King and Owens’ cozy honeymoon at Glacier National Park:
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 19 views | 0 commentsSource: www.tovima.grThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
Quad to hold first-ever head of states meet today
Added: 12.03.2021 4:42 | 24 views | 0 commentsNew Delhi [India], March 12 (ANI): Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a strategic forum comprising India, Japan, Australia and the United States of America, will hold its first-ever head of states meet virtually on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be meeting virtually with President Joe Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia. The Quad, mooted by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, has met regularly at the working and foreign ministers...
'There's no trust': Pro-immigrant groups blast Biden officials
Added: 16.10.2021 19:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsPro-immigrant groups and service providers blasted Biden administration officials Friday morning on a call on the heels of news that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to revive a Trump-era border policy next month, according to sources familiar with the call.
Are Americans growing warier of more government just as Biden tries to pass his big agenda?
Are Americans growing warier of more government just as Biden tries to pass his big agenda? Added: 16.10.2021 17:13 | 31 views | 0 commentsThe pieces of his plan are broadly popular, but new polling shows a waning in support for an expansive government. That adds another challenge as negotiations on the package continue.
Advocates worry Biden is letting U.S. democracy erode on his watch
Advocates worry Biden is letting U.S. democracy erode on his watchAdded: 16.10.2021 13:00 | 33 views | 0 commentsAs states conduct baseless audits, restrict voting and pave the way for political influence over future elections, advocates and some Democrats fear Biden is missing the urgency of the threat.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 22 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Biden remembers service of fallen officers
Added: 16.10.2021 19:51 | 20 views | 0 commentsFramed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site.(Oct.
'There's no trust': Pro-immigrant groups blast Biden officials
Added: 16.10.2021 18:16 | 21 views | 0 commentsPro-immigrant groups and service providers blasted Biden administration officials Friday morning on a call on the heels of news that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to revive a Trump-era border policy next month, according to sources familiar with the call.
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Capitol Police Sergeant: Honoring Flag From Jan. 6 Attack Is a ‘Total Disgrace’
A Capitol Police sergeant has spoken out, saying that it was a “total disgrace” that attendees at a rally for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag purportedly carried during the January 6th insurrection. Aquilino Gonell, who defended the Capitol during the insurrection, spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, telling the anchor that rioters attacked him with a flag pole and chemicals. The rally was in support of Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running against former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “When you hear the former vice president saying that [was just] one day in January, well, I’m still living through that one day and still counting,” he said. “My injury has not gone away because that [was] one day in January,” he said.
'Because of you democracy survived': Biden pays tribute to police during memorial ceremony
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden praised law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the attack on Jan. 6 in remarks Saturday at the National Peace Officers’ annual memorial service. Biden said the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan police department “thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on the nation’s value and our votes” during the events of Jan. 6. The memorial, mourning 491 law enforcement officers around the country who died on the job in 2019 and 2020, took place in front of the U.S. Capitol. "We expect you to be people ready to stand in the way and take a bullet for us. “The toll on this profession these past two years has been heavy," Biden said.
Anti-carbon Dems won’t be happy until Americans suffer like Europeans
That would cut off delivery of more than a half-million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids every day. In the UK, gas facilities have been shut down. (Yet at the same time, they’re calling on OPEC countries to pump more oil, to ease shortages and high prices.) But the carbon warriors won’t be happy until America is suffering like Europe, where heating costs this year have run six times higher than in 2020, thanks to natural-gas shortages. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via APThroughout Europe, meanwhile, investors won’t build expensive new gas facilities since fossil fuel is taboo.
Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital soon — Hillary, Chelsea visit
Hillary Clinton returned Saturday to the California hospital where former President Bill Clinton is recovering — and expected to be released soon — after battling a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream. Clinton, 75, was hit with the urinary-tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, according to his doctors, who said he’s been hospitalized since Tuesday. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. Hillary Clinton visits former Bill Clinton at the hospital on Oct. 16, 2021. The former President has been dealing with a urological infection.
Op-ed: Why the U.S.-China duo is the most significant, and potentially the most perilous, bilateral relationship in human history
The U.S. and China represent the most significant – and potentially most perilous – bilateral relationship in human history. It is also the subtext of conversations I've had with world leaders visiting Washington, D.C. this week for the IMF and World Bank meetings. Before that, the Anglo-American relationship was decisive, from intense U.S.-British competition in the 19th century to an alliance that prevented fascist victory during World War II in the 20th century. That's true whether you're concerned about world war, the global economy, climate change, human rights, the contest between democracy and authoritarianism, the future of space, or the accelerating race for technology's commanding heights. The U.S. is unaccustomed to such challenges to its role, and China is unpracticed at managing global tensions.
Reddit channel posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid, scaring fence-sitters into getting the shot
Sarah Ostrowski was convinced to finally get vaccinated after reading numerous stories on Reddit's r/HermanCainAward of unvaccinated people dying from Covid-19. Ostrowski, who regularly scrolls through her feed on social media site Reddit, stumbled upon the forum r/HermanCainAward. A Reddit spokesperson said the company has policies in place to remove inaccurate posts on Covid-19 vaccines. "Our Content Policy prohibits many kinds of harmful content, including health-related disinformation and other forms of manipulated content," the Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. There she found numerous posts from people complaining about the side effects they'd experienced after getting their second shots.
Biden: “Democracy survived” Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Joe Biden dons aviators to pay tribute to 491 police officers who died in the line of duty
Wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and said being a cop is now 'harder than it's ever been'. Biden spoke on the steps of the US Capitol at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. Biden underscored the heavy burden placed on law enforcement officers, and rebuked the 'defund the police' political movement popular within his own party, saying that those gathered before him would get 'more resources, not fewer, so you can do your job.' 'We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations,' Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Manchin accepted over $400,000 from energy companies and GOP donors in the third quarter
FEC filings show that Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, raised over $400,000 from energy companies. Manchin, who represents West Virginia, also owns millions of dollars in coal stocks. West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the US, according to the West Virginia Office of Energy. Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with over $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry, according to his FEC filing. Manchin received $74,600 from the employees and political action committee of energy company Energy Transfer Partners, according to Bloomberg and FEC documents.
‘Unprecedented’: Former Walmart CEO Blasts Biden For Supply Chain Crisis
Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon slammed President Biden’s response to the supply chain crisis. As dozens of cargo ships remain stranded outside of California ports, Biden suggested that White House partnerships with private companies could address shipping and processing bottlenecks. A June letter from Matthew Shay — President and CEO of the National Retail Federation — noted that the supply chain crisis has affected over 97% of American retailers:Our nation’s supply chains are stressed because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and they continue to struggle through our economic recovery. Shay pressed the commander-in-chief to show “strong leadership” in resolving supply chain issues:We continue to work with key executives at the ports and with our transportation providers. As the administration undergoes supply chain reviews for critical sectors, including transportation, addressing the current state of our nation’s ports and freight movement needs to be a critical component of the strategy.
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AP Top Stories October 16 PHere's the latest for Saturday October 17th: Biden remembers fallen police officers; Slain history teacher remembered in France, Afghans bury victims of suicide bombing; NASA rocket takes off towards Jupiter
Renegade Marine who slammed Afghanistan exit learns his fate
The US Marine who posted videos on social media ripping the military for the Biden administration’s botched pullout from Afghanistan has been issued a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $5,000 worth of pay over one month. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial hearing Thursday to six misdemeanor-level charges — including willfully disobeying a superior officer — and the judge for Scheller’s court-martial, Col. Glen Hines, ordered his punishment Friday. Scheller now awaits a ruling on whether he’ll be honorably discharged from the Marines or given a general discharge under honorable conditions, said his lawyer Tim Parlatore. The day after posting the video, Scheller was relieved of his command at the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger — a facility within Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Among the other charges, he was hit with was dereliction in the performance of duties and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
Ranchers launch effort to build own meat plants to fight against low beef prices
US GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING RISING BEEF PRICES DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICCrews will start work this fall building the Sustainable Beef plant on nearly 400 acres near North Platte, Nebraska, and other groups are making similar surprising moves in Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin. The question is whether smaller plants can pay ranchers more and still make a profit themselves. Consolidation of meatpacking started in the mid-1970s, with buyouts of smaller companies, mergers and a shift to much larger plants. 'THE 'FIVE' ON RISING FOOD, GAS PRICESThe Biden administration has largely blamed declining competition for a 14% increase in beef prices from December 2020 to August. The companies would market their beef both domestically and internationally as being of higher quality than meat processed at larger plants.
Hillary Clinton arrives at UC Irvine Medical Center as Bill Clinton recovers from infection
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton arrived at the UC Irvine Medical Center on Saturday morning as former President Bill Clinton recovers from a urological sepsis infection. The mother-daughter duo was seen entering the medical center with an entourage of people. BILL CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH UROLOGICAL INFECTION: MEDICAL EXPERTS WEIGH IN"President Clinton is continuing to receive treatment for an infection at UC Irvine Medical Center," Clinton spokesman Angel Urena tweeted Friday evening. FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON RECOVERING IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL AFTER NON-COVID INFECTION WORSENSPresident Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he had spoken with Clinton. The former president had been in Southern California for events related to the Clinton Foundation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Biden admin gives another $20 million to Mexico, Central America for migrants and refugees
The Biden administration announced Friday that it is giving another $20 million to Mexico and Central America in aid for the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in the region -- including money for healthcare, shelter, and legal aid. The State Department announced that through its Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, it is providing the money "to help meet urgent humanitarian needs for the nearly 700,00 asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico." Amid a continuing and surging crisis at the southern border that has seen more than 200,000 migrant encounters a month in July and August, the Biden administration has focused on tackling "root causes" like poverty, violence and corruption in Central America. "This is part of the Administration’s comprehensive approach to supporting safe, orderly, and humane migration while also addressing the root causes of irregular migration in the region." The Trump-era policy keeps migrants in Mexico as they await the result of their court proceedings, rather than them being released into the U.S. interior.
Ron DeSantis vows to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday he would challenge the Biden administration over any vaccine mandates President Joe Biden may implement in the future. The Republican governor, widely seen as a potential 2024 presidential contender, said he would seek to fight any Biden administration requirements through the courts and with legislation offered by the state Legislature. VACCINE MANDATE CRITICS LAY IN WAIT FOR BIDEN ROLLOUT"I know Biden is trying to force this on everybody," DeSantis said at the press event. The Florida Health Department fined Leon County for violating the state's ban on vaccine mandates after the county fired 14 employees for not complying with its policy, DeSantis announced on Tuesday. Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, Florida, Ron DeSantis, Vaccination, Biden AdministrationOriginal Author: Christopher HuttonOriginal Location: Ron DeSantis vows to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. DeSantis has opposed broad vaccine requirements and mask mandates in K-12 public schools. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements. DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police, Biden says
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Howie Carr: Massachusetts vaccine mandate debacle is another Charlie Baker special
This epic mishandling of the vaccine mandate for state workers is classic Gov. But Friday morning, the State Police did a 180 and issued a “CORRECTION” for everyone seeking an exemption. At least for the time being, Charlie Parker has folded. Next, let’s visit the Department of Correction — specifically, the prison guards, whose union has in the past endorsed Parker and his lieutenant governor, Karyn “Pay to Play” Polito. Would you care to guess if Judge Hillman, in addition to his $175,000-a-year federal salary, also collects a state pension from Charlie Parker?
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
Some of Saab’s contracts were obtained by paying bribes to the adult children of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores, the Trump administration alleged. But while in private U.S. officials have long described Saab as a front man for Maduro, he is not identified as such in court filings. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. In turn, Maduro’s government has vehemently objected to Saab’s prosecution as a veiled attempt at regime change by the U.S. government. However, the Biden administration has downplayed the importance of Saab's problems, saying he can defend himself in U.S. courts and that his case shouldn't affect ongoing negotiations sponsored by Norway aimed at overcoming Venezuela's long running economic crisis and political tug of war.
Obama and Trump wade into key battle over Virginia’s governor seat
Joe Biden faces a key test of public standing in a tight and closely watched campaign for governor in Virginia next month. The stakes are so high that both Trump and Barack Obama are intervening in the race. “The stakes could not be greater,” Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe said, as he announced Obama’s campaign support on MSNBC last week. Instead of overtly embracing Trump, Youngkin has campaigned with Texas senator Ted Cruz and with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. Mirroring Youngkin’s relationship to Trump, McAuliffe and his aides have expressed fears over associating with Biden.
Texas deputy killed and two others wounded after being shot from behind outside nightclub
Three Houston deputies were shot, one fatally, in what police have been described as an “ambush”. Heading the gunshots, the third deputy ran out of the building and was also shot before he could draw his gun. Deputy Atkins had recently returned to work after becoming a father and leaves behind a wife and six-month-old child. Deputy Darrell Garrett, 38, who joined Precinct 4 in March 2018, was shot in the back and underwent surgery. “Deputies Atkins, Garrett, and Barthen are true law enforcement heroes that were cowardly ambushed while serving and protecting their community,” said Constable Herman.
Biden has given 10 one-on-one press interviews in his first year
President Joe Biden has only given 10 one-on-one interviews since taking office in January, a stark difference to former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, who had done 113 and 50, respectively. 'Joe Biden can sometimes get off message so putting him in unscripted environments might not be the best way of Joe Biden communicating,' Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons told The Hill. Renowned White House historian Martha Kumar, however, noted that while Biden shied away from one-on-one interviews, he seems to enjoy speaking with reporters. Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, left, said the White House was using Biden effectively by limiting his one-on-one interviews. Biden is famous for going off script and using profanities when speaking with reportersDemocratic strategist Joel Payne said that while the optics around Biden avoiding one-on-one interviews may appear negative, it's a strategy that largely works to focus the president's messages.
Blinken says U.S. does not support normalisation efforts with Syria's Assad
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The United States does not intend to support any efforts to normalise ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or rehabilitate him until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. The United States has suspended its diplomatic presence in Syria since 2012. But Syria has not been a foreign policy priority for the Biden administration, analysts note, as Washington largely concentrated on countering China. The administration has yet to apply sanctions under the so-called Caesar Act, which came into force last year with the aim of increasing pressure on Assad.
A Florida Anarchist Will Spend Years in Prison for Online Posts Prompted by Jan. 6 Riot
This should have been a straightforward First Amendment case, with Baker’s online speech, albeit bellicose, judged as constitutionally protected. Taking into account time served, meanwhile, Baker will spend another 34 months — almost three years — in prison. “Here, Dan was sentenced to three and a half years for online posts opposing another January 6 incident. “It was truly a surreal experience being in a literal kangaroo court,” Baker told me. He’s had equal trouble accessing prayer beads and says his legal mail was opened by prison staff, which is illegal.
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)MIAMI (AP) — A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. But while in private U.S. officials have long described Saab as a front man for Maduro, he is not identified as such in court filings. In turn, Maduro’s government has vehemently objected to Saab’s prosecution as a veiled attempt at regime change by the U.S. government.
Meet Representative Elaine Luria, Chowderhead
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Representative Elaine Luria, a Democrat representing Virginia’s Second Congressional District, is in a hawkish mood. The former career naval officer wants the United States to gird itself for a showdown with China over Taiwan. Allow me to nominate Luria for honorary membership in the Tonkin Gulf Chowder and Marching Society.
No, the supply chain mess is not a war on Christmas
Conservatives are spinning these developments into a tale about how this supply chain catastrophe is ruining Christmas — and it’s all Biden’s fault. There’s a new front in the Fox News "War on Christmas" coverage: supply chain delays. “It’s 40 years in the making,” Nick Vyas, the director of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Southern California, told Recode. But these ideas are a reminder that US supply chain policy does not exist in a vacuum. Some experts say it will be months before these supply chain problems resolve themselves.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order, but was unsuccessful.
Opinion : Is Biden another incredible shrinking president?
The cartoon version of Biden’s plight is that he is becoming “the incredible shrinking president” — a label that seems to be slapped on every modern chief executive, from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump. Now, it’s Biden’s turn. If you look back to June, he seemed to be gaining stature and strength. His trip to Europe was a resounding success; “America is back” seemed more than a slogan. On domestic politics, Biden helped craft a draft bipartisan infrastructure bill in June that embodied the promise on which he had been elected — the country can still be governed through policies that unite left and right.
Media stops covering FL COVID data because DeSantis' downtrend threatens lockdown politics: Sexton, Travis
As the mainstream media and Democrats seem to have abruptly halted or at least slackened their barrage of criticism toward Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, questions arise as to the reasons behind the sudden silence, co-host Buck Sexton discussed Thursday on "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show." On "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show," host Buck Sexton noted that essentially in the time since then, little has been said by the pundits about DeSantis or Florida. "Why is it that you are not hearing about the Florida COVID caseload so much anymore?" "We were here talking to you about it in July because the media was convinced Ron DeSantis… ‘doesn't care about old people or children dying of COVID’ – [saying] horrible things."
DeSantis hammers Biden admin for limiting Florida's use of monoclonal antibodies: 'Very, very problematic'
Ron DeSantis hammered the Biden administration for overhauling the distribution of monoclonal antibodies in a way that will severely hamper the treatment's availability in several Republican-controlled states. DeSantis warned that HHS' new equitable distribution plan for monoclonal antibodies (MAB) is "very, very problematic" and warned patients "are going to suffer as a result of this." Florida is one of seven states, alongside Texas and Alabama, making up the majority of demand for the treatment. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday the seven states made up roughly 70% of the requests. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Alabama Medical Association voiced alarm about the HHS changes after Monday's announcement.
'Let's Go Brandon!' goes from social media meme to the top of the iTunes charts
An anti-President Biden rap song inspired by the viral "Let's go Brandon!" BECAME A NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SENSATIONThe song was inspired by the "Let's go Brandon!" During the interview, the crowd could be heard chanting "F--- Joe Biden" in the background, which Stavast seemingly misheard as "Let's go Brandon!" "Brandon, you also told me — as you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ — Brandon, you told me you were gonna kinda hang back those first two stages and just watch and learn," Stavast told Brown during the interview. The interview quickly went viral on social media, with some users speculating that the reporter intentionally attempted to misrepresent what the crowd was chanting.
Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public
The Arizona Republic newspaper has a separate lawsuit seeking records from the election review. The Senate has already released tens of thousands of records after court rulings in the American Oversight case found they were covered by the state's public records law. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp’s ruling said the Senate’s position that the records were covered by legislative privilege was flat wrong. Kemp set a hearing for early in November to review the progress of the Senate's records release. Doug Ducey in an election he defended as free and fair, has raised concerns about its effect on public trust in elections.
Biden: 'Democracy survived' Capitol riot because of police
WASHINGTON (AP) — Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring “because of you, democracy survived.”Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. “Because of these men and women, we avoided a catastrophe, but their heroism came at a cost to you and your families.”Hundreds of officers and their families sat on chairs assembled on the Capitol’s west front.
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reform
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reformEnlarge this image toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesSpeaking at a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers and their families, President Biden acknowledged the pain that accompanies losing a loved one. "It's like losing a piece of your soul," Biden said at the 40th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Saturday. "The event is held annually at the U.S. Capitol to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. As president, Biden has pushed for police reform in the wake of several instances of high-profile violence at the hands of police. In his speech Saturday, Biden thanked the Fraternal Order of Police for being constructive partners and renewed his calls for reform.
Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race
Democrats are trolling Donald Trump over Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's efforts to distance himself from the former president, including by flying a plane near his Mar-a-Lago resort asking why Youngkin won't let Trump campaign with him in Virginia. Democrats are trying to make the race between Youngkin and former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe about Trump, believing that's a way to bring out the Democratic vote in the off-year election next year. Democrats have been growing more worried they could lose in Virginia given Biden's falling approval ratings and divisions among Democrats over his legislative agenda. ADVERTISEMENTHe's tried to maintain his distance from Trump, dodging questions on Thursday about whether he wanted Trump to stump for him.
‘It's Absolute Craziness': Vaccine Fights and Misinformation Roil NH GOP
It’s absolute craziness,” said Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard, who quickly accepted Weyler's resignation from his committee post. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. The money would have allowed the state to hire a public health manager and a dozen workers to address public vaccine concerns.
Biden remembers service of fallen officers
Biden remembers service of fallen officersFramed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site.(Oct.
Biden pushes police reform, budget at ceremony honoring slain cops
President Biden spoke at the US Capitol Saturday at an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty — hours after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was slain in an apparent ambush in Houston. The ceremony, organized by the National Fraternal Order of Police and normally held in May, was canceled in 2020 as the pandemic exploded. Biden and his wife Jill listened solemnly as “American Idol” winner Kellie Pickler sang “God Bless America” to begin the ceremony. The president and first lady honored the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. But left-wing Democrats have pushed for police defunding in reaction to that law — and efforts to pass Biden’s compromise reform measure sputtered in the Senate last month.
Joe Manchin demands climate provisions stripped from budget bill
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill currently making its way through the Senate. Senate sources confirmed to The Post that Manchin was “dug in” on climate issues. Manchin has already expressed cost reservations about the $3.5 trillion budget package currently pending in the Senate. The $150 billion earmarked for climate initiatives would be used to convert coal and gas-fired plants to ones that operate with cleaner tech like wind, solar and nuclear. Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill going through the Senate.
Bill Clinton is 'doing fine' and will be out of the hospital soon, Biden says
Hillary Clinton returned Saturday morning to the Southern California hospital where Bill Clinton is recovering after being treated for an infection. The former president is doing fine and will be released soon from the University of California Irvine Medical Center, President Joe Biden said Friday night. Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president "sends his best." Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital southeast of Los Angeles. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
In this combination photo, Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Terry McAuliffe left, and Republican Glenn Youngkin appear during the Virginia FREE leadership luncheon, in McLean, Va., on Sept. 1, 2021. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. “Here’s why Glenn Youngkin is going to win: We’re holding the Trump base together by a thread,” he said. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day.”Former Republican Gov.
Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reform
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reformEnlarge this image toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesSpeaking at the a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers and their families, President Biden acknowledged the pain that accompanies losing a loved one. "It's like losing a piece of your soul," Biden said at the 40th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Saturday. "The event is held annually at the U.S. Capitol to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. As president, Biden has pushed for police reform in the wake of several instances of high-profile violence at the hands of police. In his speech Saturday, Biden thanked the Fraternal Order of Police for being constructive partners and renewed his calls for reform.
Fact check: Biden can't dishonorably discharge troops for refusing COVID-19 vaccine
“Biden Orders Dishonorable Discharge for 46% of Troops Who Refuse Vaccine,” reads text in a Sept. 29 Instagram post. Video: Military homecoming compilationBiden can't order dishonorable discharges, experts sayThe Biden administration hasn't proposed dishonorably discharging service members who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Story continuesRosen said only a general court-martial, the military’s highest level trial court, can sentence service members to dishonorable discharge. Service members still have time to get vaccinatedDespite the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, service members still have at least a few weeks to receive their first shot. Our rating: FalseBased on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Biden ordered dishonorable discharges for troops refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat plants
The question is whether smaller plants can pay ranchers more and still make a profit themselves. Consolidation of meatpacking started in the mid-1970s, with buyouts of smaller companies, mergers and a shift to much larger plants. The Biden administration has largely blamed declining competition for a 14% increase in beef prices from December 2020 to August. The companies would market their beef both domestically and internationally as being of higher quality than meat processed at larger plants. The agency has dedicated $650 million toward funding mid-size and small meat and poultry plants and $100 million in loan guarantees for such plants.
AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue
It’s one of more than a dozen car safety rules now years overdue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The AP review of NHTSA’s rule-making activities under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules that are years overdue based on deadlines set in laws passed by Congress. Ned Lamont took effect this month that requires all rear seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt. And we need the administration’s attention.”Various NHTSA delays have led to a patchwork of safety features initiated by the auto industry that have no clear minimum level of standards, said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue amid car crash 'epidemic'
A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic” at the same time that safety rules languish. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The foundation keeps a list, known as “Kailee’s Angels,” of teenagers around the country who died in car crashes after failing to buckle up. Ned Lamont signed a law that took effect this month requiring back-seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Biden: 'Democracy survived' Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
With Biden Agenda in Limbo, Democrats Work to Sell an Unfinished Promise
Dr. Biden had a ready answer: “It’s a big part of the bill,” she said, turning in her seat to Ms. Wild. The sprawling $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate package that the House compiled last month would address everything raised during the discussion. A month after the House put together its bill, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have trimmed their ambitions. “I’m not going to stop, nor is Joe, so I want you to have faith.”For lawmakers like Ms. Wild, time is of the essence. “They should be doing what we voted them in to do.”The post With Biden Agenda in Limbo, Democrats Work to Sell an Unfinished Promise appeared first on New York Times.
Joe Biden must get tougher on Iran to secure Israel-Saudi Arabia normalisation, says Mike Pompeo
Joe Biden must get tougher on Iran if he hopes to convince Saudi Arabia to become the next Arab state to embrace Israel, Donald Trump's former chief diplomat has said. "I'm convinced there will be many more countries joining the Abraham Accords and one day the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will as well," Mr Pompeo said. US and Israeli officials have often predicted that Saudi Arabia will be the next Gulf state to join the treaty, a move that would potentially transform the Middle East. It would bring a long-running, secretive security relationship between Israel and the Kingdom into the open, posing a major challenge to their common foe, Iran. And it could also unlock billions of dollars in trade deals between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Biden
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Bidenfrom the own-goal deptConsumer groups have grown all-too-politely annoyed at the Biden administration's failure to pick a third Democratic Commissioner and permanent FCC boss nearly eight months into his term. More interesting perhaps is the fact that interim FCC boss Jessica Rosenworcel, whose term expires at the end of the year, hasn't had her term renewed either. By the time a permanent FCC boss is appointed and confirmed, it's likely a full year and a half of policy making time will have been wasted. Regardless, telecom giants and the GOP allies who love them are pleased as punch about the delay. –The Techdirt TeamFiled Under: fcc, jessica rosenworcel, joe biden
Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision
The proposal is a top priority of the Biden administration, which argues it will help the IRS go after wealthy tax cheats. ADVERTISEMENTCongressional Democrats are expected to make changes to the administration’s initial proposal, but are generally supportive of the idea. Banks and credit unions have been alerting their customers to the IRS proposal and have been urging their members to contact their members of Congress. Republican lawmakers, who have a long history of disliking the IRS, have also frequently been criticizing the IRS bank-reporting proposal in congressional hearings, speeches and op-eds. “The Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats have clearly demonstrated their intent to instate a broad financial surveillance regime using Americans’ private financial information.”ADVERTISEMENTCongressional Democrats are still working on the details of any IRS bank-reporting provision for their spending bill.
Biden says Trump aides like Bannon who try to defy Capitol riot subpoenas should be prosecuted
President Joe Biden has said anyone refusing subpoenas related to the January 6 riot investigation should be prosecuted by the Justice Department. “They’re independent. They would determine any decision on criminal prosecutions. Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 select committee, said Mr Biden was not instructing the Department of Justice to prosecute Mr Bannon. “I also don’t have a problem with him as a citizen like me saying he hopes the Department of Justice will aggressively enforce the law so people don’t get away with committing crimes like this.”
44th Commander in Chief Barack Obama Called into Virginia. Why?
Our 44th President of these United States of America has been called in to Political Action at the battleground of Virginia. The battle of Virginia has been won atleast the last 8 years, repeatedly 8 times in a row. Here's the news we’ve been fed: polls are slowly dripping away to not being in favor for Democratic voters in Virginia. Democratic Voters who are loyal to the party aren’t affected by the misinformation nor disinformation. Another move, that would probably better, would be for the heavy hitters to play serious offense in the districts President Biden almost flipped.
Save the Climate. Ruin Manchin.
Joe Manchin has a Dirty Empire. Through these operations Manchin receives hundreds of thousands of revenue every year. Joe Manchin killed Joe Biden’s clean energy proposal. So the time to play nice with Joe Manchin is over. Biden needs to call Manchin into the Oval Office and tell him that if he doesn’t vote for clean energy, Biden will pursue policies that will ruin Manchin and his family business.
Cynical, So-Called "Heartbeat" Laws Reduce Human Beings to "Host Bodies"
This is the case that helped galvanize the forces for abortion rights in Ireland. Even though abortion is legal for therapeutic reasons in Peru, K.L. When the Committee made its decision, it marked the first time that a UN human rights body held a government accountable for failing to ensure access to legal abortion services. After her ordeal K.L became an activist for reproductive rights. As the abortion issue heats up, FiveThirtyEight is reporting that support for abortion rights has increased since the Texas Law.
Are we critical thinkers or "useful idiots?"
What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is "thinking about thinking." Critical thinking can discern logical fallacies and cognitive biases. Where this leaves usWithout the skill of critical thinking, it is all too easy for us to function like sheep, where a herd-like instinct holds sway. Clearly, we need to teach children, in both our homes and our schools, the benefits and capacities needed for critical thinking.
50 Amazing Things Democrats Have Done Since Biden Took Office: Saturday's GNR
The agreement is the culmination of years of fraught negotiations that were revived this year after President Biden took office and renewed the United States’ commitment to multilateralism. The Biden White House was quick to cancel the classification, saying it "undermines the foundations of the civil service."finally….. “We cannot ignore this threat or wish it away,” President Biden wrote in the strategy document. He even compared the current president favorably to his predecessor: “President Biden is an experienced statesman. The Biden administration had been accepting applications only from children with cases that were pending when the program closed.
Trump Loses What Is Left Of Mind, Says AZ Should Hold New Election Or Declare "REP" Candidate Winner
He simply can’t accept that more people in the state of Arizona cast their ballots for Joe Biden than him. You were the Republican candidate. If he won Arizona, President Biden would have had 296 electoral votes. Maybe that is why Trump refers to himself as the Republican candidate. The Republican candidate, what a loser.
Why 52% of Trump Supporters favor seceding from the Nation
Trump supporters of course reject the idea that they are motivated by racism, bigotry and fear. Among Trump supporters, there has been virtually no change since 2016. By contrast, a somewhat smaller share of Trump supporters express this view today (26%) than did so four years ago (31%). [...] Most Trump supporters (72%) continue to associate Islam with violence, though the share saying this has declined 8 points since 2016. In each of these areas, black people, women, immigrants and Muslims, Trump supporters are largely in opposition to the rise and growth of all these groups.
Legacy Social Media: Free as in Beer, Not as in Speech
Per Haugen's theory, lack of "action" by social media platforms is the cause of social ills such as violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia. Richard Stallman tells us to "think of 'free speech,' not 'free beer'" when discussing the free software movement. The marriage of legacy social media platforms to government censorship reverses that proposition. Free speech requires complete separation of social media and state. Punch "distributed social media platforms" into your preferred search engine to find them.
‘There’s a Lot the Postal Service Can Do to Be Present in the 21st Century’
Janine Jackson interviewed Lisa Graves about the fight for the Postal Service for the October 8, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. And he has no experience running the Postal Service or within the Postal Service. But it also hinders us in developing a positive vision of what a 21st century Postal Service could look like. There’s a lot of things the postal service can do to really be present in the 21st century in people’s communities, in even broader ways to help. The idea that in the 21st century, our Postal Service is not going to be expanding its use of planes to get mail faster is absurd.
Growing BIPOC Youth-Led Climate Movement Is the Force Occupy Could Have Been
The movement’s failures to address white supremacy and colonialism kept us internally stifled and also externally limited our demands and narrative. This limited analysis leads to Band-Aid approaches to systemic harms that fundamentally leave marginalized people behind in a country built on white supremacy. When I was first exposed to the youth climate movement, the loudest people were the most privileged, and those who were most invested in continuing the status quo. Ten years ago, we elevated a narrative about the violence and dangers of corporate power into the national stage. Today’s BIPOC youth-led climate justice movement is challenging both government and corporate power that is holding us all back from a livable future.
The Postal Service Can Do More to Be Present in the 21st Century
Janine Jackson interviewed Lisa Graves about the fight for the Postal Service for the October 8, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. And he has no experience running the Postal Service or within the Postal Service. But it also hinders us in developing a positive vision of what a 21st century Postal Service could look like. There’s a lot of things the postal service can do to really be present in the 21st century in people’s communities, in even broader ways to help. And so, if the Postal Service is allowed to fail, it doesn’t just fail for America in general.
Conservatives resign from Biden’s Supreme Court packing commission
Two conservative members have resigned from a commission tasked with studying the issue of adding new members to the United States Supreme Court. Conservatives have long derided any move to expand the nine-judge court as a partisan court-packing scheme. The commission threw cold water on liberal hopes Thursday after the release of preliminary findings which did not take a favorable view of expansion. Caleb Nelson (left) and Jack Goldsmith have resigned from President Biden’s commission. “Recent polls suggest that a majority of the public does not support Court expansion.”
Michigan officials charge 3 women with attempted voter fraud in 2020 election
Michigan officials charged three individuals with attempted voter fraud in relation to the 2020 general election, but have urged the public to stop spreading claims of "widespread" fraud. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday charged Trenae Myesha Rainy, Carless Clark and Nancy Juanita Williams in connection with fraud. A state investigation resulted in accusations that the women purposefully filled out ballot applications and ballots incorrectly during the November 2020 general election. Less than 1% of the 5.5 million votes in Michigan have thus far been tied to election fraud. State officials hope that the charges will show that the state’s systems work and will work towards proving that "widespread fraud" did not occur.
DeSantis threatens to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandate
Ron DeSantis on Thursday threatened to sue the Biden administration over an anticipated coronavirus vaccine mandate. "I think that the mandate is going to lose in court," DeSantis said during the press conference regarding the federal mandate. DeSantis and Biden have taken opposite stances on vaccine and mask mandates. While the president issued a mask mandate on federal grounds soon after taking office, DeSantis barred local mask mandates in Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that no COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective against the virus.
Immigration hawks say Biden’s CBP pick has ‘downright dangerous’ record opposing enforcement moves
President Biden’s pick to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will face scrutiny from senators at his confirmation hearing next week, and immigration hawks are raising concerns about what they call his "downright dangerous" record opposing police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. While CBP is not directly involved in interior enforcement, hawks are concerned that his nomination is another move to what they describe as "open border" policies. "Sanctuary City" policies forbid most cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. "Justice Department grants and other federal support funded through our taxes should not be tied to immigration policies." "Not only is he highly-regarded by open borders activists and illegal aliens, he has a lengthy track record opposing immigration enforcement."
Opinion: Europe's energy crunch is giving Putin the upper hand
It's not the first signal that Russia is prepared to hold Europe hostage to natural gas prices, which are escalating dramatically. But with Europe currently facing an energy crunch, the context and timing are significant -- on both sides of the Atlantic. With French President Emmanuel Macron on the cusp of launching his own reelection campaign, rising gas prices heading into winter could harm his standing. With Nord Stream 2 still in the works, Russia is already Europe's main gas supplier, accounting for 41% of its imports. The United States remains the largest single supplier to Europe of liquefied natural gas, which can be shipped via tankers.
Biden says he’s open to shortening length of new programs
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. His wife, Jill, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. With slim margins in the House and the Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill. Biden briefly greeted some of the children at the center’s playground, at one point kneeling to give a child a hug. In an interview this week with the Associated Press, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, criticized Democrats including Biden over the lack of progress.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans’ persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Royal blue! Queen arrives for Champions Day at Ascot
AdvertisementThe Queen looked in great spirits in a traditional blue ensemble as she arrived at Ascot racecourse this afternoon to enjoy the QIPCO British Champions Day. For today's event, the 95-year-old monarch looked perfectly poised in a flattering blue ensemble as she arrived at the Ascot racehorse in Berkshire to watch the racing events unfold. The Champions Day, which is in its tenth occasion, begins with its first race at 1:25pm, with six events throughout the day until the final race at 4:30pm. Taking place every year in October at Champions Day, it was renamed in honour of the Queen in 1955. Taking place every year in October at Champions Day, it was renamed in honour of the Queen (pictured right) in 1955
Hillary Clinton leaves hospital after seeing Bill on his fourth night there suffering sepsis
AdvertisementHillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea arrived to visit Bill Clinton at the hospital on Saturday as he recovers from sepsis - and Joe Biden said the former president is 'doing fine' and 'will be out soon'. Hillary and Bill's daughter Chelsea Clinton, 41, arrived at the University of California Irvine Medical Center this morning. Bill, 75, was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday after a urological infection developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection. His spokesman Angel Urena said on Friday night that Bill had to spend yet another night in the hospital to receive intra-venous antibiotics for the infection, which was unrelated to Covid-19. The exterior of University of California Irvine Medical Center on Friday morning, where Bill Clinton is reportedly being treated for sepsis caused by E Coli.
A Senate Report Shows How Close American Democracy Came to Disaster
But the Senate Judiciary Committee’s new staff report released last week is a terrifying document. It describes in fresh detail Trump’s efforts to bully the Justice Department into overturning the election. The overall picture is of a Justice Department upended by Trump’s overwhelming desire to hold on to power and Clark’s eagerness to help him, facts be damned. Likewise, it recommends that the inspector general’s purview be expanded to include misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. When it comes to Justice Department lawyers, though, the country has more options.
Robert Gates: Afghanistan withdrawal 'probably did not need to have turned out that way'
Gates — during an interview with “60 Minutes” that is set to air on Sunday — said watching the U.S. pull troops from Kabul sickened him. “It was really tough… I actually wasn't feeling very well… And I was just so low about the way it had ended,” Gates told Anderson Cooper. ADVERTISEMENT“The other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way,” he added. Sunday on 60 Minutes: Robert Gates says watching the Afghanistan withdrawal sickened him. Both Biden and Trump were the target of criticism following the U.S.’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, which brought an end to America’s longest war after 20 years of military involvement.
Clean energy program likely to be dropped because of Manchin's objections
The Clean Energy Performance Program, the linchpin of President Biden’s proposed climate change legislation, is likely to be dropped from the Democrats’ spending bill because of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., multiple sources have told NBC News. The carrot-and-stick approach would pay electric utility companies that switch from fossil fuels to renewable or clean energy sources and fine those that don’t. The New York Times earlier reported that the program is likely to be dropped from the bill. Gutting the clean energy component of the spending bill would mark a devastating blow for Biden’s climate agenda just two weeks before he heads to a closely watched U.N. global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, likely undermining Biden’s negotiating hand at the meeting. Biden has pledged to cut U.S. emissions at least in half by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, and the climate provisions in the spending bill are key to achieving those reductions.
‘Because of you democracy survived’: Biden hails police for ‘putting their bodies on the line’ to stop pro-Trump riot
Joe Biden thanked all law enforcement personnel for their part in defending democracy on 6 January in remarks delivered on the steps of the US Capitol honouring fallen officers. Speaking at the 40th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, the president said of the courage of police in countering the pro-Trump Capitol riot: “Because of you, democracy survived.”Mr Biden spoke about the huge expectations people have on police today, adding: “We expect everything of [police officers], and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Mr Biden also cited the funding allocated to police departments in the American Rescue Plan and said that he is committed to investing in mental health resources in particular. “You shouldn’t be the one having to talk someone off the edge of a roof; you should have professional help with you,” he said. In honour of Saturday’s service, the president issued a proclamation on Friday that to pay respect to all law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, and their families, all US flags be flown at half-staff.
Pete Buttigieg fires back at Tucker Carlson for saying he was ‘trying to figure out how to breastfeed’
US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg has fired back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson for saying that he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed” while on paternity leave. “I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave,” Mr Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Deadline White House on Friday evening. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed. But Carlson was not swayed by either Mr Buttigieg or the White House, and doubled down on his mockery of the cabinet secretary on Friday evening. “Last night on this show we made a brief, offhand joke about the Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and this morning we discovered our error,” he said.
Desperate Afghan parents are selling their kids to pay off debt as poverty levels deepen following Taliban takeover
Poverty is rising in Afghanistan following the Taliban's swift takeover in August. "If life continues to be this awful, I will kill my children and myself," Saleha told the Journal. Khalid Ahmad, the lender, told the Journal he had to accept the 3-year-old girl to settle the debt. Last month, the United Nations' development agency said Afghanistan is heading toward "universal poverty" following the Taliban's swift takeover of the country. Afghanistan faces "a crush on local banking" because of the Taliban takeover, Wignaraja said.
Can I get a COVID vaccine booster shot? Here's who is eligible as more boosters get OK'd.
The Biden administration said it has pre-purchased enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine to continue to provide them at no cost to Americans. Here’s who is and is expected to be eligible for booster doses of all three vaccines. CVS and Walgreens announced shortly after authorization they were offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those who are eligible. Johnson & Johnson boosterThe federal advisory panel said the J&J vaccine should be considered a two-dose vaccine rather than the one dose that received initial authorization. A single dose of the J&J vaccine will still be considered fully vaccinated, the CDC said.
Are Americans growing warier of more government just as Biden tries to pass his big agenda?
Ultimately everyone will have to give ground lest the Biden agenda end up collapsing near the finish line. Still, no one seems to know right now what the magic number will be nor is it clear just what the combination of programs will be. Democratic leaders have signaled growing urgency on the need to come together. At some point, it will be the president’s call, in consultation with Pelosi and Schumer, to settle on something and persuade all sides to get behind it. He has shown patience or passivity, depending on the perspective, but the time for choosing is not far into the future.
Biden speaks at event at US Capitol honoring law enforcement killed in line of duty
President Biden is delivering a speech at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the west front of the U.S. Capitol Saturday. This service is to honor the 491 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2019 and 2020. Biden is joined by First Lady Jill Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is a developing story check back for updates.
Opinion: Reality check: The pace to mass adoption of electric vehicles will be glacial
Head out to the rest of the country, though, and the reality is more sobering — fully electric cars remain few and far between. Despite their relative popularity among affluent city-dwellers, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) still make up only 2%-3% of U.S. vehicle sales. The reality is that the path to electrification is thorny and the pace will likely be slower than many expect. Volvo said it will only produce electric cars by 2030. For one, consumers are still on the fence about buying electric vehicles.
Tucker Carlson Offers Most Insincere Response To Pete Buttigieg Attack Backlash
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday offered a fake apology after receiving backlash for his offensive remarks about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave. Carlson on Thursday mocked Buttigieg for taking paid leave to spend time with husband Chasten and their newborn twins. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously,” he sarcastically added.
White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects: NYT
"Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing," Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon told Reuters in a statement. "He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability," Runyon said. The White House had no comment on the New York Times report on Friday evening. Both Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, have objected to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for Biden's spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)(Adds details of spending bill, Manchin comment)
DOJ slams Biden after he said those who defy a subpoena from Jan.6 committee should be prosecuted
The US Department of Justice slammed President Joe Biden after he urged the Jan. 6 riot select committee to prosecute those who refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena. As he was leaving Washington D.C. on Friday, Biden told reporters he hopes the committee 'goes after them and holds them accountable.' When a CNN reporter asked if they should be prosecuted, Biden said, 'I do, yes.' Bannon has refused to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, citing that Trump had allegedly invoked executive privilege to defend Bannon from testifying. Trump has said he will exert executive privilege to resist any cooperation with the select committee.
Biden greets children in Connecticut as he sets out his plan over holiday supply chain crunch
But Simon and supply chain analysts say that the tactic is flawed and will not do enough to tackle the problem. Brian Whitlock, a supply chain analyst, told Business Insider that Biden's plan would barely help. Baier noted that Biden's plan has been described 'too little, too late,' but Buttigieg disagreed. are high class problems.' 'Since when did paying more for gas, electricity, eggs, and meat only affect the 'high class'?
Hillary Clinton leaves hospital after seeing Bill on his fourth night there suffering sepsis
AdvertisementHillary Clinton was pictured visiting Bill at the hospital on his fifth day there suffering sepsis and Joe Biden said the former president is 'doing fine' and 'will be out soon'. Hillary and Bill's daughter Chelsea Clinton, 41, arrived at the University of California Irvine Medical Center this morning. Bill, 75, was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday after a urological infection developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection. His spokesman Angel Urena said on Friday night that Bill had to spend yet another night in the hospital to receive intra-venous antibiotics for the infection, which was unrelated to Covid-19. She was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday night as news of the former President's hospitalization broke.
Beijing’s China-US Relations Balancing Act
– In China-US ties, there has been a subtle but significant shift in tone – albeit not in substantive stances just yet. Beijing’s De-escalation Strategy“I believe that the door of China-US ties, which is already open, cannot be closed,” China’s incoming ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, said upon his arrival in the United States. It has to be seen whether the gradual de-escalation will endure or if it is just a temporary respite. When it comes to Beijing’s recent de-escalation, there are three things to keep in mind. The recent resumption of talks between Beijing’s top officials and Washington shows that Beijing’s plan is working: it is able to meet domestic needs while tackling complex geopolitical and economic concerns overseas.
The myth of the climate moderate
“People don’t know what ‘moderate’ even means, particularly around climate change,” Celinda Lake, a Democratic strategist, told Vox. “I mean, you’re flooded two feet instead of four?”A traditional left-right spectrum doesn’t capture widespread consensus about climate changeLet’s consider what “middle ground” climate action might mean in practice. If you accept the findings of climate scientists, he added, “you understand the level of ambition that’s needed to solve the problem.”“People don’t know what ‘moderate’ even means, particularly around climate change. What should replace the myth of the climate moderate? It’s possible to agree about the reality and urgency of climate change while disagreeing about the best strategies to stop it.
Biden's IRS proposal could mark the end of privacy in banking
President Biden’s tax compliance initiatives seek to close the ‘tax gap’ between taxes owed to the government and the taxes actually paid. Biden’s proposal has the enthusiastic support of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Janet Louise YellenBiden's IRS proposal could mark the end of privacy in banking Climate crisis: The house is on fire, will banking regulators break the glass? The real result, given Biden’s $600 threshold, will be to flood the IRS with reporting on over 140 million bank accounts and to end financial privacy, given that the IRS cannot handle the tax returns it already receives. The proposal gives the IRS extensive access to an individual’s account. Individual privacy over bank accounts and expenditures should be safely guarded.
Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races
Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and more than $560,000, respectively. Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (R) into the race. Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens.
Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor
And like Trump, Lake has not only disseminated false claims about the election but called for action based on those false claims. As of early September, none of her rivals were willing to respond to an Arizona Republic reporter who asked them who won the 2020 election in Arizona. Here's a look at some of the false claims she has made about the 2020 election, both in general and in Arizona. In reality: Biden legitimately won Arizona and the election; Biden didn't cheat; the partisan review did not demonstrate fraud. Cast baseless aspersions on Arizona election practices: Whether out of dishonesty or ignorance, Lake has repeatedly suggested that Maricopa County has committed election wrongdoing it hasn't.
Texas school official says classrooms with books on Holocaust must offer ‘opposing’ views
A Texas school district official told educators if they kept books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they would have to also offer “opposing” viewpoints in order to comply with a new state law. NEW: A school administrator in Southlake, Texas, advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also have a book with an "opposing" perspective. Ledbetter said in the statement that the district understands the law does not require opposing viewpoints on historical facts. The Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has said that law, HB 3979, is an effort to abolish critical race theory in schools. Twenty-two states had passed or were considering laws to ban or restrict conversations about race and racism in public school classrooms as of August.
Why Wasn't Biden's Child Tax Credit More Popular? - The New York Times
When the federal government started sending monthly checks to families with children earlier this year, Democrats predicted that the program would be a big hit. They were counting on public support to extend the payments beyond this year, and to pass a broader expansion of federal aid for families. Enthusiasm has fallen short of the party’s expectations, and Democrats are facing a gut-check moment. This year’s results, released this week, showed that only 43 percent now support that statement. Others think that Democrats are losing a war of ideas that is undermining public support for necessary change.
Restaurants wary of winter, looking to Washington amid inflation, supply chain crunch, worker shortage
With the holiday season fast approaching, business owners are beginning to feel the heat from a rise in inflation, supply chain chaos and worker shortages. Between patron hesitancy, looming cold weather and continuing COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants are increasingly fearful the winter season will again not be kind to an already battered industry. Additionally, the same survey found that 51% of restaurants said they would not be able to pay their rent in September. BIDEN TAX HIKES WILL ‘SIGNIFICANTLY’ HURT BUSINESSES: REP. BRADYThese price hikes are unfortunately passed onto the customer Storch said, which can hurt business as customers seek cheaper alternatives. The Biden administration has been slow to quell the raising inflation rate.
Tourism leaders welcome news of return of international travel
(Chitose Suzuki / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @chitosephotoArriving passengers walk to the parking lot of McCarran International Airport , Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. When exactly would the U.S. ease the international travel restrictions for vaccinated flyers? This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel,” Kevin Munoz, White House assistant press secretary, said on Twitter. Most international air service was provided by four Canadian air carriers and six Latin American airlines. ‘Critically important’ date“We appreciate the federal administration working alongside the travel industry to advocate for a safe reopening of international travel beginning on Nov. 8,” Hill said.
Joe Manchin hits back at ‘out-of-stater’ Bernie Sanders after op-ed criticising him for stalling Biden agenda
After Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed calling out his colleague, Joe Manchin, for blocking a Democratic spending bill, Mr Manchin returned fire on Twitter. The $3.5 trillion bill, Mr Sanders says, would expand Medicare, extend federal aid to working parents, provide for free pre-K and community college, and help battle climate change, among other goals. “Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation,” Mr Sanders writes. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.”Mr Manchin did not appreciate being called out. Mr Manchin, who has opposed the budget bill in part because of its size, cited concerns about inflation in his retort.
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas
President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee. Trump has told former aides and associates to invoke executive privilege and refuse to comply with subpoenas related to the Capitol insurrection. The select committee will convene on Tuesday to vote on pursuing possible criminal contempt charges against Bannon. What he's saying: "I hope the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters en route from Connecticut on Friday. The president answered in the affirmative when asked if the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas.
Boomers, Silents still have most seats in Congress, though number of Millennials, Gen Xers is up slightly
By comparison, in the 116th Congress, 46 of 64 new Millennial and Gen X House members were Democrats. In the new Congress, 31 House members are Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996), up from only five at the start of the 115th Congress in January 2017. Overall, 11 of the 61 new House members are Millennials, bringing that generation’s share of members in the chamber to 7%. And the ranks of the Silent Generation continue to dwindle, from 42 (10%) at the start of the 115th Congress to 27 (6%) now. The median age of the 206 Democrats who were reelected is 61.9; the 17 newly elected Democrats have a median age of 50.7.
‘I like kids better than people,’ Biden says as hecklers shout ‘F–k Joe Biden’
President Biden hugs a child during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021. As this happened you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling ‘traitor’ and ‘f— Joe Biden. They chanted ‘F*** Joe Biden. One sign said “What the F— does Joe Biden know about rights?” according to a pool report. But I make big money now that I’m the president,” Biden said.
McAuliffe fights to engage politically exhausted Democrats in close of Virginia campaign
Henrico, Virginia (CNN) Terry McAuliffe did not mince words about what he needed from Virginia voters on Friday night. First lady Jill Biden laughs with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a rally in Richmond, Virginia, on October 15, 2021. "Today, Virginia, I am asking you to vote for Terry McAuliffe and the Democrats on the ballot," first lady Jill Biden said . On Sunday, top Georgia Democrats Stacey Abrams and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will rally with McAuliffe and other Virginia Democrats in Norfolk, Richmond and Northern Virginia, key areas for the party's turnout operation. And former President Barack Obama will travel to the commonwealth on October 23 to rally voters in Richmond.
Opinion : Going green must not mean enriching autocrats
That calls for a broad-based tax — preferably on all sources of carbon emissions but certainly on gas, diesel and jet fuel. Politicians of both parties, from Mr. Biden on down, oppose fuel taxes, because, they say, it will raise the cost of transportation for the poor and middle class. True enough. On the other hand, prices are already rising, but Saudi Arabia and Russia are getting the windfall. When you look at it that way, the question isn’t whether Americans are going to pay but whom: foreign dictatorial governments or our own?
White House looks to scale back climate initiative after stiff pushback from Manchin
The White House had pushed hard for the creation of the CEPP program, as Biden had campaigned aggressively on taking major steps that he said would address global warming. It ranks as the most significant climate proposal under consideration on Capitol Hill. Still, Democrats had not relied solely on CEPP to try to address their climate agenda. There are other provisions of the pending budget agreement that are also targeted at addressing climate change, particularly the creation of tax credits.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. But opponents feared it would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
U.S. Senator Manchin slams Bernie Sanders in battle over Biden spending plan
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia slammed fellow lawmaker Bernie Sanders late Friday over his attempts to garner support for President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar spending package in the latest example of infighting among key lawmakers over the plan. Manchin tweeted out his concern over the scope of the legislation in response to an editorial from Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, advocating for it. "Senator Sanders' answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach," Manchin said in a statement posted on Friday on Twitter, slamming Sanders as an "out-of-stater." The bill is threatened by a lack of support among Senate Republicans and two Democratic moderates - Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona.
Texas Republicans set to pass new congressional maps
The Texas House on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 is expected to send the maps to Republican Gov. TTexas Republicans are set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. The Texas House on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 is expected to send the maps to Republican Gov. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov.
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin vs. everybody
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin vs. everybody Presented bySen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is again at the center of the narrative on Democrats' reconciliation package as he opposes climate provisions and feuds with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin.”— Manchin then further escalated the war of words with a fiery statement of his own: “This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage. PLAYBOOK READSPHOTO OF THE DAY: President Joe Biden greets children as he visits the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Conn., on Friday, Oct. 15. Rosa DeLauro declared herself the best-dressed member of the Connecticut delegation welcoming President Biden during his visit.
Don't worry, Sen. Sinema. Voters won't punish you for holding out on Biden's agenda
Jon GabrielOpinion contributorProgressive activists, party loyalists and left-leaning commentators continue to pressure Kyrsten Sinema to support President Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Boondoggle – or else. Voters have soured on Biden’s agenda and they’re likely to reward opposition to it. Voters won’t render judgment on Sinema until 2024; an infrastructure vote three years prior will not dominate that campaign. “They don’t care at all about process and don’t even know about process.”Don't blame Sinema. Voters care less about legislative procedures than the extra $75 they had to spend at the grocery store last week.
Manchin hits back at Sanders criticism in fight over Biden investment plan
Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including senator Joe Manchin,” he said. The other senator Sanders was referring to is Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Manchin is also chairman of the Senate energy and natural resources committee, and holds power over energy components in the bill. In taking the fight to West Virginia, Sanders is redoubling pressure on his party colleague. “It’s not going to be everything that Joe Biden wants, it’s not going to be everything Joe Manchin wants.”
Royal blue! Queen arrives for Champions Day at Ascot
AdvertisementThe Queen looked in great spirits in a traditional blue ensemble as she arrived at Ascot racecourse this afternoon to enjoy the QIPCO British Champions Day. The Queen referred to the upcoming Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which she and other senior royals are due to attend. For today's event, the 95-year-old monarch looked perfectly poised in a flattering blue ensemble as she arrived at the Ascot racehorse in Berkshire to watch the racing events unfold. Taking place every year in October at Champions Day, it was renamed in honour of the Queen in 1955. The Queen has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the bloodlines of the horses she breeds at The Royal Stud in Sandringham.
Joe Manchin criticizes 'out of stater' Bernie Sanders for op ed in West Virginia's biggest newspaper
Manchin, 74, and fellow Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have refused to rubber-stamp Biden's $3.5 trillion plan because of its exorbitant price tag. Biden said on Friday that he does not think the $3.5 trillion plan will be passed, and a slimmed-down version will prevail. He is trying to rally support for the $3.5 trillion bill around the country, but is facing resistance'We're not going to get $3.5 trillion, we'll get less than that. 'Look, it’s clear that it’s not going to be $3.5 trillion,' he told reporters. The $3.5 trillion bill would break down to an average of $350 billion per year over the next decade.
Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified long-standing educational inequities that disproportionally affect Native American communities and burden Native American students. My Administration will help expand opportunities for Native American students to learn their Native languages, histories, and cultural practices; promote indigenous learning through the use of traditional ecological knowledge; and enhance access to complete and competitive educations that prepare Native American students for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives. White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. The Secretary of Education shall, in consultation with the other Co-Chairs of the Initiative, designate an Executive Director for the Initiative (Executive Director). (g) To further shared priorities and policies that advance educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity for underserved communities, the Initiative shall collaborate and coordinate with other White House initiatives related to educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity.
Psaki, DOJ in damage control mode after Biden says subpoena defiers should be prosecuted
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki are doing damage control after President Biden told reporters Friday evening that anyone who defies a congressional subpoena should be prosecuted. Biden told reporters in a South Lawn gaggle outside of Air Force One, "I hope the committee goes after them and holds accountable." EX-OBAMA ADVISER DAVID AXELROD SUGGESTS BIDEN KEEP MUM ON JAN. 6 PANEL'S SUBPOENA HOLDOUTSOne reporter followed up, "Should they be prosecuted?" DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley responded with a terse statement Friday evening in response to Biden. Former President Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark was subpoenaed by the commission earlier this week for testimony and documents.
Lesbian sues federal government after being rejected by foster agency
A Tennessee woman is suing the Department of Health and Human Services after a federally funded foster care agency rejected her application because she is a lesbian. Some states have tried to pass stricter laws to protect LGBTQ people who want to foster or adopt children. Five states have regulations or policies that prohibit discrimination in foster care based on sexual orientation only, and 18 states have no explicit protections against discrimination in foster care based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according to MAP. Instead, the court ruled that the city of Philadelphia violated the Free Exercise Clause and discriminated against a religious foster care agency in applying its licensing process, which allows contractors to request exemptions to parts of the contract. The couple alleges that a sub-grantee of USCCB rejected them from applying to foster unaccompanied refugee children because they didn’t “mirror the Holy Family."
Analysis: The global economy's 2020 hangover is far from over
Despite good news about Covid-19 vaccinations, a solid economic rebound and seemingly boundless optimism on Wall Street, we're nowhere near out of the woods. All of that has the global economy in a vise grip that we won't be free of anytime soon. The EU is facing a sharp spike in energy prices, driven by increased global demand. Wall Street's blindersIn the face of so much risk, you might wonder why on Earth Wall Street seems so unbothered . Despite recent volatility, the S&P 500, the broadest measure of Wall Street, is up more than 18% so far this year.
Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat plants
Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse decades of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse decades of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. The question is whether smaller plants can pay ranchers more and still make a profit themselves. Census data cited by the USDA shows that the number of livestock slaughter plants declined from 2,590 in 1977 to 1,387 in 1992. The Biden administration has largely blamed declining competition for a 14% increase in beef prices from December 2020 to August.
Clinton "doing fine" and will be out of hospital soon
Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he’s being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
U.S. Senator Manchin slams Bernie Sanders in battle over Biden spending plan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia slammed fellow lawmaker Bernie Sanders late Friday over his attempts to garner support for President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar spending package in the latest example of infighting among key lawmakers over the plan. Manchin tweeted out his concern over the scope of the legislation in response to an editorial from Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, advocating for it. "Senator Sanders' answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach," Manchin said in a statement posted https://twitter.com/Sen_JoeManchin/status/1449148907032875015?s=20 on Friday on Twitter, slamming Sanders as an "out-of-stater." The bill is threatened by a lack of support among Senate Republicans and two Democratic moderates - Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. Sinema and Manchin have balked at the Biden plan's initial $3.5 trillion price tag for a spending measure to fund social programs and fight climate change.
U.S. Senator Manchin slams Bernie Sanders in battle over Biden spending plan
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia slammed fellow lawmaker Bernie Sanders late Friday over his attempts to garner support for President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar spending package in the latest example of infighting among key lawmakers over the plan. Manchin tweeted out his concern over the scope of the legislation in response to an editorial from Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, advocating for it. "Senator Sanders' answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach," Manchin said in a statement posted https://twitter.com/Sen_JoeManchin/status/1449148907032875015?s=20 on Friday on Twitter, slamming Sanders as an "out-of-stater." The bill is threatened by a lack of support among Senate Republicans and two Democratic moderates - Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. Sinema and Manchin have balked at the Biden plan's initial $3.5 trillion price tag for a spending measure to fund social programs and fight climate change.
Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early
Money alone is rarely decisive in political races, especially when both parties are flush with cash. Democratic- and Republican-linked groups are spending millions of dollars to shape public opinion on the spending package currently being debated in Congress. “Democrats have owned online fund-raising, and that is no longer true,” said former Representative Tom Davis, who previously led the House Republican campaign arm. They include Mr. Warnock, the top Democratic fund-raiser aside from congressional leaders, and Mr. Walker, a leading Republican in the Georgia Senate race. The post Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early appeared first on New York Times.
Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races
Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and over $560,000, respectively. Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (R) into the race. Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens.
Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews
The interviews that Biden has conducted have largely been traditional network television interviews, though the president has also sat down with People Magazine and ESPN for the start of baseball season. Democrats close to the White House acknowledge that aides and advisers have purposely kept Biden more scripted. She said he may just feel more comfortable answering the questions he wants rather than giving full interviews. Several commentators on CNN this week publicly noted that Biden was not taking questions before he did so on Friday. White House officials did not respond to a request for this story.
Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait
Another of her palliative care patients, Ruth Ann McCracken, 91, has declined physically and cognitively since suffering two strokes last year. But more than half of the 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who die annually rely on hospice care, Medicare reported. To qualify for hospice, patients are deemed to be within six months of death, which cannot be postponed. The Center for Hospice Care in northern Indiana, which serves about 2,000 patients annually, has not had to turn away patients. “Basically, I have to wait for people to die, and that’s not a pleasant thought.”The post Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait appeared first on New York Times.
Backlog in federal safety rules amid US car crash ‘epidemic’
It’s one of more than a dozen car safety rules now years overdue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. ADVERTISEMENT“Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The rear seat belt reminder requirement is now scheduled to start moving through the cumbersome regulatory process in January, but a final rule could be years away. The AP review of NHTSA’s rule-making activities under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules that are years overdue based on deadlines set in laws passed by Congress. Ned Lamont took effect this month that requires all rear seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt.
A plane. A bathroom. The Boston Marathon. Activists have protested Kyrsten Sinema at every turn
In a show of their resolve, protesters representing a range of causes have banded together, often meeting Sinema — literally — where she is at since the summer. And according to one person who participated in rallies, they have no plans of putting the brakes on that tactic. AdvertisementOur Revolution and other groups protested in Arizona this week. When Sinema was first elected to the Senate in 2018, she made history on a number of fronts. The Sanders-influenced Our Revolution has leaned in on the protests against Sinema, Oles said.
Biden’s trillion-dollar spending spree will lead to financial collapse
Social Security is the single most expensive program the federal government runs. By itself, Social Security already accounts for a quarter of every dollar Washington spends. And now Social Security payments are about to go up by 6 percent. When prices go up, so do Social Security payments. Increased social security payments will make seniors happy.
As Biden's vaccinate-or-test mandate approaches, questions arise over enforcement
This year, despite new hires, the agency lost another 65 inspectors, according to data obtained from OSHA. Experts say the agency’s small size relative to its responsibilities means it can’t enforce the rule by deploying a large number of inspectors. Naming and shamingIf businesses don’t abide by the regulation, OSHA will “have a lot of levers,” Michaels said. Given labor shortages, Taylor said he is not in a position to mandate the vaccination and risk losing employees. In Michigan, Henry Ford Health System announced Tuesday that 400 employees had quit over the system’s vaccine mandate.
Clinton "doing fine" and will be out of hospital soon
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he's being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”"He’s doing fine; he really is," Biden said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Essential California Week in Review: Big win for the Dodgers
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Heavy smoke prompted an air quality advisory for Los Angeles and several other counties. The Port of Los Angeles will begin operating around the clock as the White House pushes to clear supply chain bottlenecks , senior Biden administration officials said.
Royal blue! Queen arrives for Champions Day at Ascot
AdvertisementThe Queen looked in great spirits in a traditional blue ensemble as she arrived at Ascot racecourse this afternoon to enjoy the QIPCO British Champions Day. For today's event, the 95-year-old monarch looked perfectly poised in a flattering blue ensemble as she arrived at the Ascot racehorse in Berkshire to watch the racing events unfold. The Champions Day, which is in its tenth occasion, begins with its first race at 1:25pm, with six events throughout the day until the final race at 4:30pm. Taking place every year in October at Champions Day, it was renamed in honour of the Queen in 1955. The Queen has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the bloodlines of the horses she breeds at The Royal Stud in Sandringham.
Joe Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter, and This Is Not the 1970s
Photo: Barry Thumma/AP/Shutterstock/Barry Thumma/AP/ShutterstockThere’s a long-standing tradition among conservative pols and gabbers to compare every Democratic president to Jimmy Carter. The Jimmy Carter Redux game has returned with a vengeance in negative assessments of Joe Biden. So you are now routinely getting the kind of take Forbes reported back in May:Trump, in a statement, joked that comparisons between Biden and Carter were “very unfair to Jimmy Carter,” claiming Carter “mishandled crisis after crisis” while “Biden has created crisis after crisis.”“Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted last week, blasting Biden for “rising gas prices,” while Donald Trump Jr. called Biden “Jimmy Carter 2.0,” pointing to the lackluster April jobs report and inflation spikes. Even these differences don’t completely capture why mocking Joe Biden for being “another Jimmy Carter” is misguided. Carter wasn’t “Jimmy Carter” either, in terms of the recent stereotype of him as the cause of his party’s many years of misery.
The world is pissed about surging prices, from Berkeley to Berlin. An affordability movement is afoot.
The world is trapped in a housing shortage, and governments are stepping up to solve the problem. By the end of September, Americans' hatred of the US housing market was the most intense since 1982. The problem is that builders "don't care about the housing shortage" and "they never will," Mohtashami said. As the housing shortage lingers, authorities around the world are rethinking the market from the top down. Whatever happens from here, one thing is clear: Homebuyers want a new housing policy from their governments, and governments are listening.
CDC releases official guidance for upcoming holiday celebrations
The latest guidance presents a less restrictive view of the holiday gatherings as two-thirds of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. The federal government is working to approve vaccination for children 5 to 11 years old, which could come in time for many holiday gatherings. Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said vaccinated Americans should feel comfortable celebrating Halloween and other upcoming seasonal festivities. Friday's guidance mirrored much of what Fauci said about Halloween: that eligible Americans should get vaccinated and that outdoor activities are safer than indoor events. The CDC's initial holiday guidance included an image of the agency's ideal Thanksgiving — a virtual Thanksgiving.
Biden to attend memorial service honoring U.S. law enforcement officers
Salwan Georges/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend a memorial service on Saturday at the United States Capitol to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service began in 1982 as a small gathering in Washington's Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. It has since turned into a series of events, attracting thousands of survivors and officers to the nation's capital each year. Biden has been a loyal ally to law enforcement, dating back to his days in the Senate when he crafted the 1994 crime bill with their help. Biden has also said he will look into further executive actions he can take to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law.
Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda
Meanwhile, the Senate-passed $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill is sitting on the shelf because the votes aren’t there in the House, much to Virginia Democrats’ irritation. Election day in Virginia, not Oct. 31, is the real deadline for action on Democrats’ domestic priorities for many on Capitol Hill. “I very much hope and don’t expect Terry to lose,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who lost a gubernatorial race in Virginia in 1997. Even an outline, those Democrats hope, could unlock enough progressive votes to pass the infrastructure bill in the final days before the Virginia election. But Pelosi has dismissed the idea that McAuliffe’s race factors into her timing for a vote on the infrastructure bill.
Haiti faces disasters and chaos. Its people are most likely to be denied U.S. asylum
Border Patrol officers detained the family in Del Río on Sept. 24 when the makeshift camp was cleared by authorities. "We were not given the chance to make our case for asylum," Revolus says. The Del Río camp was on U.S. soil, but that did not stop CBP officers from threatening Americans, McMullen says. On Sept. 24 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced at a White House press briefing that the Del Río camp was closing. He told reporters that between Sept. 9 and Sept.24, some 30,000 migrants had crossed to Del Río although Sec.
Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny tackle nuclear war and diplomacy in new crime novel
Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny tackle nuclear war and diplomacy in new crime novelEnlarge this image toggle caption Dominique Lafond and Deborah Feingold/Simon & Schuster Dominique Lafond and Deborah Feingold/Simon & SchusterA president picks a former rival for secretary of state, who happens to be a woman. State of Terror is a cautionary tale, Clinton and Penny said in an interview with Weekend Edition. LP: Well, that's where having Hillary Clinton so deeply involved makes all the difference. And this book really tackles both because we do have adversaries who from the outside want to undermine our democracy, set us against one another. This is meant to be entertaining, but it's also meant to have people sit up a little bit and take stock.
Fiona Hill recalls being misread by both Putin and Trump: 'But go ahead. I'm listening.'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin paid scant attention to Fiona Hill, a pre-eminent U.S. expert on Russia, when she was seated next to him at dinners. Putin’s people placed her there by design, choosing a “nondescript woman,” as she put it, so the Russian president would have no competition for attention. The questions at the news conference “got right to the heart of his insecurities,” Hill writes. “Trump sees that and says what’s there not to like about that kind of situation?” Hill told the AP. The result is what she calls a “crisis of opportunity” and the rise of populist leaders like Putin, Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson able to tap into the fears and grievances of those feeling left behind.
If you're sad about Joshua trees, wait until you hear about the bristlecone pine
But the Joshua tree can be saved, say the authors, even if climate change eventually means no more of the photogenic plants in Joshua Tree National Park. The bristlecone pines in California sit between 9,000 and 12,000 feet in elevation, safely away from other less hardy plants that could compete for resources. The threat to these pines is not as immediate as that faced by Joshua trees or sequoias. Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. California cannot erase Serra, says the editorial board, because he is a key figure in our history.
Stella Moris on her secret family with Julian Assange: ‘He’s unlike anyone I have ever met’
A defiance and certainty not unlike that shown by her fiance, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s most famous publisher of classified information. She officially changed her name to Stella Moris in 2012 to protect herself and her family while working with Assange. He was also furious about details published in a Guardian book, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. As happened so often in Assange’s life, there was a loss of trust and the relationship disintegrated. And this is where the Julian Assange story gets even stranger – if possible.
Russia says U.S. naval destroyer tried to violate its territorial waters
MOSCOW -Russia said one of its military vessels chased away a U.S. naval destroyer that attempted to violate Russian territorial waters during Russian-Chinese naval drills in the Sea of Japan on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. side. The Russian defence ministry, quoted by Interfax, said the crew of a Russian ship, the Admiral Tributs, had radioed a warning to the USS Chafee that it was “in an area closed to navigation due to exercises with artillery fire.”Earlier, the ministry said Russia and China had held joint naval drills in the Sea of Japan and practised how to operate together and destroy floating enemy mines with artillery fire. Relations between Russia and the United States are at post-Cold War lows, although President Vladimir Putin said this week he had established a solid relationship with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden and saw potential for ties to improve.
Mexico president to meet U.S. climate adviser Kerry near Guatemala
MEXICOCITY -President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet U.S. climate adviser John Kerry on Monday near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, where the two men are expected to discuss a major tree planting program championed by the Mexican leader. Kerry will visit part of the reforestation project in the state of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador said on Friday. The meeting comes ahead of the United Nations’ COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which neither Lopez Obrador nor his foreign minister is expected to attend. Pushing back at critics who accuse his government of backsliding on climate action, Lopez Obrador also defended a major electricity reform bill he proposed earlier this month. Under President Joe Biden and chief international climate adviser Kerry, the United States has stressed the need for more aggressive action to address global warming.
Just the idea of House Speaker Trump could be a dream or nightmare for each party
Just the idea of House Speaker Trump could be a dream or nightmare for each partyEnlarge this image toggle caption Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty ImagesIf the Republicans take the House back in the 2022 midterm elections, they get to pick a speaker, and there's no requirement that the speaker has to be an elected representative. She is sure not going to like seeing Donald Trump sitting in her chair." "You become the speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden," Root told Trump. "The idea for some that Donald Trump could become the speaker of the House is almost as frightening as the idea of him becoming president again," said Democratic strategist Karen Finney. "If we lose this election, it'll be because the election's not about Joe Biden but about Donald Trump," he said.
U.S. donates 17 million J&J doses to African Union
The meeting with Kenyatta at the White House marked Biden's first as president with an African leader. The United States and Kenya have long cooperated on economic and security initiatives including counterterrorism. Biden said the 17 million doses will be in addition to 50 million the United States has already donated to the African Union. The donation of the vaccine doses will help the African Union's own regional procurement of J&J via the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, the White House said. The 17 million doses of J&J are available for delivery immediately and will be delivered to the African Union in the coming weeks, the White House said.
Inside America's most and least obese counties
Health issues in general look to be rife in the most obese counties with the opposite being the case, relatively speaking, in the least obese. With the most obese counties, the article notes: “The majority of counties on this list are located in the South, including 14 counties in Mississippi and six in Alabama.” As for the least obese, that article notes: “The majority of counties on this list are located in the West, including 15 counties in Colorado and 10 in California.”Then there’s politics. Turns out that six out of 10 of these counties voted for Joe Biden in the last election; Sunflower County, Mississippi; Humphreys County, Mississippi; Ziebach County, South Dakota; Jefferson County, Mississippi; Macon County, Alabama; and Holmes County, Mississippi. Lower income is also associated with poor health attitudes, health knowledge, education and health behavior.”The least obese counties tend to vote for DemocratsNow let’s shift away from Okfuskee and the obese counties and turn to the counties that are least obese—and what different places they are—starting in Wyoming. And I wonder how many of you live in, or have even been in those most obese counties.
Biden says he's open to shortening length of new programs
And we're going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. The proposal includes everything from free child care and community college to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors and a number of significant provisions meant to combat climate change. His wife, Jill, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. On Friday, he visited a child development center in Hartford to speak about a need for investments in child care and other social safety net programs, arguing they're imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy. Biden briefly greeted some of the children at the center's playground, at one point kneeling to give a child a hug.
Op-Ed: Biden’s death penalty hypocrisy
The Biden administration is hypocritical in simultaneously imposing a moratorium on the federal death penalty and urging that the Supreme Court reinstate the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Indeed, the Biden administration’s choice to defend capital punishment for Tsarnaev reflects the inherently arbitrary nature of death penalty decisions. As a candidate for president, Joe Biden said he opposed the federal death penalty. Given Biden’s opposition to capital punishment, there was no reason to seek to reinstate the death sentence. “The factors that most clearly ought to affect application of the death penalty — namely, comparative egregiousness of the crime — often do not,” he wrote.
Myanmar army general Min Aung Hlaing excluded from leaders' summit
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says the decision to exclude the general from the summit, which will also be attended by US President Joe Biden and other world leaders, is a significant blow to the military government's hopes of eventual international recognition.
Don't just talk - act on climate, Queen Elizabeth signals to world leaders
By Guy FaulconbridgeLONDON -Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said she was irritated by world leaders who talk about climate change but do nothing to address global warming, and added it was still unclear who would turn up at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Western leaders such as U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have repeatedly warned that the world must change to slow climate change, but many environmental activists say leaders talk too much and do too little. She become the third memebr of the royal family to accuse world leaders of inaction this week, with both Charles and his son William saying COP needed to produce action, not words. World leaders, he has said, need to come up with deeds, not just “hot air”. Xi’s absence from discussions – either in person or via video calls – would mark a setback for Johnson’s hopes of getting world leaders to agree a significant climate deal.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president’s spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. The Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - White House
By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON – The White House on Friday announced it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel. Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders have been in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
COP26: Rail workers and refuse collectors to go on strike in Scotland during the Cop26 global climate conference
Railway workers for ScotRail and the overnight Caledonian Sleeper service will strike for two weeks during the COP26 conference, it was confirmed on Thursday, after members of the RMT union voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. The announcement from the RMT union came alongside a ballot confirming strike action from refuse workers in Glasgow should they not receive an improved pay offer next week. COP26: Rail workers will go on strike in Scotland during the Cop26 global climate conferenceOpposition politicians labelled the strike action a “major embarrassment” and accused the SNP of allowing COP26 to fall into “sheer chaos”. "It's time for all parties to take their rail workers seriously, get back round the table and give these staff at the front line of our green transport services the justice, respect and reward they deserve. " “Rail workers were on the front line right through the pandemic and the way they have been treated in return is disgraceful.
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan. 6 probe should be prosecuted
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who defy subpoenas to testify before a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute, Biden told reporters, "I do, yes." From there, the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to pursue prosecution. Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat to Biden.
Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Problem
Biden’s decline in approval is among crucial voting groups for Democrats, such as women, independents, and young people. The political importance of Afghanistan, of course, may fade if the nation stays out of the headlines. But analysts say that the botched withdrawal contributed to doubts about the central premise of Biden’s Presidency: that he can govern effectively. They said that the Administration’s unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan undermines the credibility of Biden’s promise to restore U.S. support for international law and internationalism, after Trump spent four years denigrating them. of the International Civil Society Action Network, a nonprofit that promoted peace talks and women’s rights in Afghanistan, said.
Biden: U.S. leadership on human rights depends on our record at home
Biden: U.S. leadership on human rights depends on our record at homeAdded: 16.10.2021 1:04 | 32 views | 0 commentsSource: expertclick.comIn a speech in Connecticut, Biden recalled the Nuremberg trials and restated America’s role in promoting rights globally. But he also alluded to challenges to those rights at home and abroad. More in www.washingtonpost.com »
Adding justices or term limits sparks sharp debate on Supreme Court commission
Adding justices or term limits sparks sharp debate on Supreme Court commissionAdded: 16.10.2021 0:19 | 39 views | 0 commentsWhite House group met Friday to begin assembling a report to President Biden on options for change.
Biden's Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappy
Biden's Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappyAdded: 16.10.2021 1:12 | 22 views | 0 commentsSource: news.abs-cbn.comAs the Biden administration's commission on the Supreme Court continues to meet, roll out pages of draft documents and engage in deep philosophical conversations about the past and future of the court, one thing is clear: No one is satisfied. More in rss.cnn.com » Tags: Supreme Court
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidatesAdded: 16.10.2021 9:33 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe issue is particularly animating campaigns for secretary of state in electoral battlegrounds that narrowly backed Biden over Trump in 2020.
Rand Paul: Biden’s ‘Big Government Socialism’ brings rising prices, other consequences
Added: 16.10.2021 8:02 | 12 views | 0 commentsU.S. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke out Friday night on Fox News’ "The Ingraham Angle" in reaction to what host Laura Ingraham called the Biden administration’s "spend-o-rama" agenda.
Ex-Obama adviser David Axelrod suggests Biden keep mum on Jan. 6 panel's subpoena holdouts
Added: 16.10.2021 9:52 | 10 views | 0 commentsFormer Obama adviser David Axelrod suggested Friday that President Biden refrain from commenting on the Jan. 6 select committee hearings after the president told reporters the Justice Department should prosecute any witnesses who refuse to comply with the panel's subpoenas.
Biden says 'silence is complicity' on human rights
Added: 16.10.2021 1:31 | 23 views | 0 commentsSpeaking at the dedication of a human rights center at the University of Connecticut, President Joe Biden said he is putting human rights at the center of his foreign policy. "Silence is complicity," he said.
Biden's Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappy
Biden's Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappyAdded: 16.10.2021 1:12 | 25 views | 0 commentsSource: news.abs-cbn.comAs the Biden administration's commission on the Supreme Court continues to meet, roll out pages of draft documents and engage in deep philosophical conversations about the past and future of the court, one thing is clear: No one is satisfied. More in rss.cnn.com » Tags: Supreme Court
Climate activists protest outside U.S. Capitol
Added: 15.10.2021 23:31 | 29 views | 0 commentsIndigenous groups and other environmental activists marched to the Capitol as they continued a weeklong protest demanding that Congress and the Biden Administration stop new fossil fuel projects and act with greater urgency on climate change.
Ex-Obama adviser David Axelrod suggests Biden keep mum on Jan. 6 panel's subpoena holdouts
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod suggested Friday that President Biden refrain from commenting on the Jan. 6 select committee hearings after the president told reporters the Justice Department should prosecute any witnesses who refuse to comply with the panel's subpoenas. "Probably best @POTUS leave this to the AG," Axelrod tweeted, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who heads the Justice Department. Former President Trump has told his associates to invoke executive privilege. "I hope the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters, referring to those choosing to take Trump's advice. Axelrod also tweeted Thursday that the Trump strategy of defying subpoenas was "clear and familiar.
Supply chain woes hit school cafeterias, leaving administrators scrambling to make meals
The latest victim of the supply chain slowdown is the school cafeteria, leaving nutrition administrators scrambling to get proper meals on the table for students as they return to the classroom. The number dropped during the pandemic-scarred 2020-21 school year to about 330 million lunches per month, according to the USDA. But if schools can't consistently deliver the food they have told students and parents is on the menu, he worries families won't trust them to provide the meal. "In terms of school delivery delays, our members are working as hard as possible to get schools the supplies they need," Cieslak said. The labor shortage is impacting both schools and the foodservice supply chain, so that will remain a concern."
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates
“He appears to be picking his own team based upon the criteria that I’ll call the lie about the 2020 election,” Grayson added. “It’s out of touch.”A Yahoo News/YouGov poll in August found that two-thirds of Republicans believe the last election was stolen from Trump. Steve Bannon, the former Trump adviser who hosts a podcast with a large right-wing audience, has described a candidate’s position on the 2020 election results as a “litmus test” for 2022. He downplayed the suggestion that, by questioning the validity of election results everywhere, he risks discouraging Republicans from voting. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, Republicans will not be voting in ?22 or ?24,” Trump said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
DOJ pledges independence after Biden calls for prosecutions of those who defy Jan. 6 committee subpoenas
The Justice Department on Friday evening issued a statement reiterating its commitment to remain independent soon after President Joe Biden told reporters he hoped that witnesses who defy subpoenas from Congress' select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot would face federal prosecution. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. The statement came after comments from Biden following his arrival back at the White House Friday when he was asked what his message is for those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee. "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden said after returning from a trip to Connecticut. When asked whether he thinks those individuals should be prosecuted by the Justice Department, Biden answered, "I do, yes."
Tucker Carlson: The hypocrisy of the left has left America in a nightmare scenario
As the day began, it seemed pretty obvious that Donna Bissey was not going to go to prison. Donna Bissey did not set fire to any property she didn't attack police officers didn't hurt anybody. Then the sentencing began and very quickly became clear that Donna Bissey would not be going home to her family and her hair salon. But no such sympathy was extended to Donna Bissey of the hair salon in Indiana. Well, here's the difference: Unlike her friend, Donna Bissey appeared before a judge called Tanya Chutkan.
US throws out millions of doses of Covid vaccine as world goes wanting
The United States is wasting millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses even as shortages plague many parts of the world. States continue tossing unused shots. The wasted doses represent a small fraction of the number of shots administered in these states – in Louisiana, for instance, 4.4m doses have been given out successfully. Many of the discarded doses came from pharmacies. Now, at least 7.6m discarded doses come from four major pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid.
Is Hunter Biden’s art project painting the president into an ethical corner?
They also accuse Hunter of trading on his father’s name and position in a manner that, while not illegal, flouts ethical norms. The man has never sold a piece of art before, has never even juried into a community centre art show, but suddenly he’s selling art at fantastical prices. The sale of Hunter Biden’s art is being handled by the George Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York. Hunter Biden embraces Jill and Joe Biden at the president’s inauguration in Washington on 20 January. “It’s really unfortunate that Hunter Biden has chosen to attempt to make money in a way that is vulnerable to influence peddling.
Dozens of climate activists are arrested as they clash with cops at Interior Department
Dozens of climate activists were arrested after they clashed with police in Washington DC and forced their way into the Interior Department building to stage a sit-in protest. pic.twitter.com/IVhvPdTAYu — Ellie Silverman (@esilverman11) October 14, 2021An Interior Department spokeswoman said a group of protesters rushed the lobby, injuring at least one security officer who was taken to a nearby hospital, AP reported. Footage also captured protestors who made it inside the Department of the Interior who were linked arm and arm for a sit-in protest while officers look on. Footage captured protestors who made it inside the Department of the Interior who were linked arm and arm for a sit-in protest while officers look on. 'Interior Department leadership believes strongly in respecting and upholding the right to free speech and peaceful protest,' Spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said in a statement.
Key to Biden’s climate agenda likely to be cut because of Democrat's opposition
The $150 billion clean electricity program was the muscle behind Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. The party is still trying to figure out how to pass the budget bill along with a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. For weeks, Democratic leaders have vowed that the clean electricity program was a nonnegotiable part of the legislation. We cannot — we don’t have any more time to wait.”Democratic presidents have tried but failed to enact climate change legislation since the Clinton administration. But in recent days, Manchin indicated to the administration that he was now completely opposed to a clean energy program, people familiar with the discussions said.
Greg Gutfeld: People in power lose power when we resist the traps they set
(Disclaimer: we must inform you that Greg Gutfeld just had a medical procedure today and is currently coming down from the anesthesia. It's caused by the situation created by people in power, in order to create conflict; to keep us at each other’s throats. Irving was trying to focus on getting a shot in the net, not getting a shot in the arm. The people in power lose power when we resist the traps they set for us. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s opening monologue on the Oct. 15, 2021, edition of "Gutfeld!"
Donald Trump jokes Hunter Biden has ‘inspired’ him to take up painting
Former President Donald Trump mocked Hunter Biden’s controversial art exhibitions Friday, saying that the first son had inspired him to pick up a palette. And the President remains proud of his son.”Former President Donald Trump poked fun at Hunter Biden’s artwork, mentioning how he can pull in $2 million dollars per canvas if he started painting like him. Lots going on in the world.”The Post reported that at least five pieces of Hunter Biden’s artwork have already been sold for $75,000 each. Press secretary Jen Psaki said it is, and will remain, unknown for who purchases any of Hunter Biden’s paintings. Former deputy director Andrew McCabe was blasted by President Trump, who spoke on McCabe’s settlement with the DOJ over his 2018 firing.
Rand Paul: Biden’s ‘Big Government Socialism’ brings rising prices, other consequences
U.S. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke out Friday night on Fox News’ "The Ingraham Angle" in reaction to what host Laura Ingraham called the Biden administration’s "spend-o-rama" agenda. But I think now we’ve seen eight, nine months of Big Government Socialism coming from Biden, and people are starting to understand that there are consequences. One of the consequences is prices are rising. We’ve had the highest increase now in the cost of living for Social Security. What happens to those on Social Security and those of lower-wage incomes?
Biden looks to recalibrate relationship with Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
“We’ve made clear from the beginning that we’re going to recalibrate our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” she said. Former President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty ImagesBut Psaki’s words were a signal that Crown Prince Mohammed is being kept at arm’s length by the White House. The crown prince could soon be the king and therefore Biden’s formal counterpart. A statement from the Saudi government Friday acknowledged the phone call between the crown prince and Austin but made no mention of the White House announcement.
Tucker Carlson Offers Most Insincere Response To Pete Buttigieg Attack Backlash
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday offered a fake apology after receiving backlash for his offensive remarks about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave. Carlson on Thursday mocked Buttigieg for taking paid leave to spend time with husband Chasten and their newborn twins. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously,” he sarcastically added.
Joe Manchin criticizes 'out of stater' Bernie Sanders for op ed in West Virginia's biggest newspaper
Manchin, 74, the senator for West Virginia, is stubbornly refusing to back Biden's $3.5 trillion plan, saying it is too much money. Bernie Sanders, 80, a senator for Vermont, on Friday took the highly unusual step of writing an op ed in another senator's state. He wrote in West Virginia's biggest newspaper that voters should support a $3.5 trillion infrastructure billSanders' intervention was not appreciated by the senator for West Virginia, Joe Manchin. 'The United States, and states like West Virginia and Vermont in particular, are seeing their populations age,' he said. They are all key items for progressives, but moderates such as Manchin have balked at the original $3.5 trillion price tag.
Ingraham: Biden 'asleep at the wheel' amid supply chain crisis
In her "Ingraham Angle" monologue on Friday, host Laura Ingraham sounded off on the intensifying inflation and economic crisis being overseen by President Joe Biden and USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "Biden’s not just asleep at the wheel, he’s putting us to sleep too. I think I nodded off three separate times today when he was in my home state of Connecticut pushing his reckless spending plan despite soaring inflation," she said. I mean, he’s only Secretary of Transportation when we have historic delays at major ports in the United States." CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIngraham noted that one of the Indiana Democrat's stated solutions for the supply chain crisis is increasing the availability of apprenticeships.
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 panel subpoenas
“I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable criminally,” Biden told reporters on the White House South Lawn as he returned from a trip to Connecticut. announced that the panel would move forward with a vote to begin contempt proceedings against former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was slapped with a subpoena last month. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was issued a subpoena, but his lawyer claims Bannon is not required to respond. Rep. Bennie Thompson remained adamant the House select committee won’t “tolerate defiance” of issued subpoenas. Nineteen people were issued subpoenas following the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Clinton “doing fine” and will be out of hospital soon
Clinton “doing fine” and will be out of hospital soonUnited States Secret Service special agents wait outside the University of California Irvine Medical Center is seen in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Former President Bill Clinton is the UC Irvine Medical Center hospital in California being treated for a non-COVID-related infection, a spokesman said Thursday night. Former President Bill Clinton is the UC Irvine Medical Center hospital in California being treated for a non-COVID-related infection, a spokesman said Thursday night. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he’s being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Pentagon says it will offer 'condolence payments' to relatives of ten Afghans killed in drone strike
The United States is committed to offering condolence payments to the relatives of the 10 people killed in an errant drone strike in Afghanistan in August. Kahl reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's commitment to the families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments,' Kirby said. In all, 10 members of the family, including seven children, were killed in the strike. Last month, McKenzie said the United States was considering making reparation payments to the family of the drone strike victims. But he failed to mention the high civilian casualty rate from the August 29 drone strike, and he failed to mention that children had been killed.
WH 'may drop plan to replace coal plants from climate spending plans' to sway Senator Joe Manchin
A major part of President Joe Biden's climate change plan could be pulled because of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (right). 'He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability,' Runyon said. The revisions also pose threat to Biden, who will be traveling to Glasgow in the coming weeks for the UN climate change summit. Manchin's revisions could harm the view of the US and climate change - one the world is already wary of following Trump's disregard for climate change'This is our moment. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report in August detailing the immediate need to shift away from fossil fuels to avoid catastrophe.
The Forgotten Language of African American Slaves
The Tutnese creole created by enslaved African Americans was mostly lost to the annals of times, until recently. The Gullah people speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords and influenced by African languages in grammar and sentence structure. Tut had a different origon, as it was developed by African Americans who had constant contacts with Whites. She and her friend Louise "spent tedious hours teaching ourselves the Tut language. According to NBC News, African Americans are learning Tut and sharing videos, guides, and notes for speaking the language across different online platforms.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY268---Evening-Shade-Friday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021x President Biden's panel considering Supreme Court reforms concluded, in draft findings, that it sees no legal obstacle to adding justices. https://t.co/fdpRXN2ebb — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021KARINE JEAN-PIERREx Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, via pool:"President Biden spoke by phone with President Clinton this afternoon. President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon. President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery." @MSNBC — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021REPUBLICAN REP. ADAM KINZINGERx Rep. Adam Kinzinger to CNN on Bannon and criminal referrals: "We're serious about this.
IL Dems propose 14-3 Dem gerrymander
IL-Dems have dropped their proposed House map. While this is not final, expect the final version to be pretty similar. Nevertheless, this should provide Dems with a 14-3 delegation in a neutral political environment. Link to map: davesredistricting.org/... Article on new map: https://t.co/PS7XoqqLqs?amp=1
Tucker Carlson Attacks WH Over Parental Leave, That FOX News Also Offers -UPDATE: Buttigieg Responds
Carlson's tirade was triggered by the audacity of Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, availing himself of the parental leave provided to all federal employees. But Carlson is apparently ignorant of the family leave policies of his own employer. x Hmm wonder why Tucker Carlson makes fun of Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave while other Fox News hosts celebrate their own company policy. Even worse he criticizes Buttigieg for taking leave in the most insulting and infantile manner possible. UPDATE: Mayor Pete responds saying that Carlson "doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave.
If Joe Manchin and Sinema want to kill the bill when Schumer brings it up, let them.
Biden can give a HUGE national daily American people outrage at the corruption by GOP and Manchin/Sinema (oil spill polluting companies/environmental crisis corruption). He can then take aggressive executive action plus follow up on aggressive student loan relief. It is imperative we campaign against Sinema/Manchin plus elect better Democrats in 2022 such as from Pennsylvania. The american people need to feel “this is not Biden’s fault.” The American people need to understand Biden is on their side plus the house democrats. Biden can be like a Harry Truman/FDR calling out the do nothing corrupt congress.
Texas lawmakers push redistricting plan that solely benefits Republicans
Hispanic voters aren’t the only demographic Texas Republicans have zeroed in on with their latest redistricting plan. The Asian voting population, which is one of the fastest-growing groups in Texas, would also feel the negative impacts of the redistricting proposal. The plan would decrease the number of Asian eligible voters from 10.8% to 5.6% in TX-3. It would boost the population of Asian eligible voters in TX-4, but minimally compared with the more than 73% of white eligible voters that would encompass the planned district. Republicans’ redistricting plan treats the fact that minorities are at the center of Texas’ population growth as if the increase of people of color in the state is a threat.
Must’ve Been Some Sort of Sale on Nazi Sh*t This Week. Yikes.
Because we’re lookin’ at Nazi shit tonight, friends. There really IS a lot of Nazi shit this week!” Yes, Virginia, there is indeed. And we’re not done with the week’s Nazi shit, either. But if we don’t deal with the Nazi shit that’s already in front of us, we’re just gonna get served an even bigger plate of Nazi shit for breakfast tomorrow, and not to come off argumentative or anything, but my feeling is, there’s been too much Nazi shit already. Anyhoo, I’m gonna go try to wash all this Nazi shit out of my eyeballs, or at least drown it in beer.
GOP congressman seems unaware of how unemployment insurance works, so Ocasio-Cortez helps him out
The tweet caught the attention of 10th-level Twitter ninja Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has turned down numerous overtures to join me at Perkins for late-night Sanka bacchanals. x Y’all already did over a month ago despite everyone having data that ending UI doesn’t push people back to work. Not only did ending enhanced unemployment benefits do little to boost hiring, the states that ended the programs early also damaged their own economies. According to a paper released in August from researchers at Columbia, Harvard, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Toronto, the decision to end benefits early actually resulted in a significant financial hit. But since Republicans found a talking point that works for them, they’re going to dry-hump it into humiliated mounds of lint.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Shots in Arms FRIDAY!
It's like that one friend we have who says 'I think we should try and be vegetarian—unless it's popcorn chicken.'" —Seth Meyers Good news out of Washington—I don’t have to Google “what is the debt ceiling?” again for 5 weeks. —Conan O'Brien via TwitterAnd now, our feature presentation...-Cheers and Jeers for Friday, October 15, 2021Note: Pick a card. No, not that card, this card. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.
News Roundup: Biden makes moves on climate; Texas, oh Texas; undoing Trump's cruelties
Get your shots, pass it onThe Biden administration took a step forward in combatting climate change while taking two steps back in humanizing our immigration policies. Tucker Carlson remains a homophobic hack, with jokes that would have embarrassed a stand-up comedian in the 1980s. Texas continues attacking children, this time focusing on trans youth. John Deere workers are going on strike—10,000 strong. And Andrew McCabe gets his retirement back now that Trump is gone.
Economic Woes: Biden Blames Trump. Trump Blames Biden. They're Both Right.
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Poultry is in such short supply that WingStop has re-branded itself as ThighStop "to combat the volatility of chicken wing pricing." In my January 19 column, I predicted that the Biden administration would be "business as usual, as usual." Usually, however, we produce wealth faster than a Trump or Biden can steal it and blow it. Government was always too expensive, but now we've reached the point where we clearly can't afford it at all anymore.
OK Obama, It’s Time to Cancel Centrism
Obama’s view is the reason millennials have adopted scathing retorts like “OK Boomer.” They are tired of being told to shut up about injustice. The system has already been destroyed—by billionaires and their backers in Congress and the White House, including Obama. He denounced Warren’s wealth tax, saying, “I believe in a progressive income tax and the rich paying more. You look at her and think what she is going to do is going to be horrible for the country. Centrists will blame voters for being reckless and will themselves refuse to unify around a Sanders or Warren candidacy.
Polish Constitutional Court ruling deepens EU crisis
On October 7, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has no right to make decisions about the Polish judiciary, effectively asserting Polish national law precedence over European law. It found that EU law overrides individual provisions in national law and national constitutional law, and that it could therefore force Poland to repeal parts of the controversial judicial reform. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki personally appealed to the Polish Constitutional Court to review the ECJ’s decision. EU Commission President and former German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she was “deeply concerned” by the Polish Constitutional Court’s ruling. “EU law takes precedence over national law, including constitutional provisions,” she declared.
US Circuit Court keeps Texas anti-abortion law in effect
A federal appeals court sided with Texas late Thursday and kept an unprecedented anti-abortion law in place that was signed into law by the state’s governor on May 19. The same federal appeals court had issued a temporary ruling that blocked the preliminary injunction against the Texas law issued by a lower court judge on October 8. The Texas law has been written to specifically avoid judicial review by making it difficult for abortion providers and individuals to challenge it in court. The reactionary Texas law also contains a provision for prosecution of providers who perform abortions under a temporary court order. The Biden administration said on Friday that it would appeal the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court to the US Supreme Court.
UK-European Union conflict over Northern Ireland Protocol amid spiralling national tensions
Political hostilities have erupted once again between Britain and the European Union over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Vehicles at the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Under the agreement, Northern Ireland remains within the EU’s single market for goods which the rest of the UK has withdrawn from. Columnist Nick Timothy accuses the EU of “playing with fire on the Northern Ireland Protocol”. The outcome of the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol is therefore bound up with calculations made in the increasingly frenzied war drive in the Asia-Pacific.
Why Taiwan is an explosive flashpoint for a US-China war
As the Biden administration ramps up its aggressive confrontation with China, Taiwan is rapidly becoming the most immediate and dangerous flashpoint for war between the world’s two largest economies—both armed with nuclear weapons. The shooting of a civilian protestor on February 28, 1947 provoked island-wide unrest that was violently suppressed by the KMT military. The US reinforced the KMT military, escorted KMT naval vessels to the beleaguered islets and the Pentagon again raised the necessity of using nuclear weapons. In US military circles an intense discussion is underway over the danger of war with China over Taiwan. Any war between the world’s two largest economies, both nuclear-armed, would be catastrophic for the working class in China, Taiwan, the United States and the world.
Hannity: 'Vile' Joe Biden is proving 'morally bankrupt'
"Joe Biden hasn't said one word about innocent people he left behind, in over 45 days. Joe Biden isn't just incompetent and cognitively struggling -- he's also morally bankrupt and vile," Hannity said on "Hannity", pointing to the grisly photos shared by Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. – himself a retired Green Beret. They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort." On the domestic front, Hannity said Biden has acted feckless in ignoring the plight of Americans and continuing to insist that his socioeconomic overhaul dubbed human infrastructure will cost zero dollars. Regarding Biden's repetitive demand that American workers "pay their fair share", Hannity asked whether he would consider applying that to his own son, Hunter Biden:"How about we start with your own family, Joe?
Pentagon offers payment to Afghanistan family's survivors after botched US airstrike
The Pentagon has offered condolence payments to the surviving family members of the 10 innocent civilians, including seven children, who were accidentally killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in late August. The deaths of the civilians were a "tragic mistake," Dr. Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, said Thursday, according to a Pentagon statement from press secretary John Kirby. Kwon said NEI has pledged to "honor the memory of Mr. Ahmadi and his family members and others who were killed in the strike." "We hope they will act urgently to get surviving family members and impacted NEI employees to safety and to help them to rebuild their lives." The Pentagon is also working to help the surviving family members relocate to the U.S.Fox News' Lucas Y. Tomlinson contributed to this report.
China isn't about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path
But that wasn't the only reason for the record-breaking drills -- they capped months of heightened tensions between China and Taiwan. "China wants to keep Taiwan in a box and it is using more and more coercion against Taiwan ... "China wants to keep Taiwan in a box and it is using more and more coercion against Taiwan ... Taiwan invasion may be counterproductiveAny Chinese invasion of Taiwan won't come without warning, experts said. Taiwanese soldiers prepare grenade launchers, machine guns and tanks in a drill preparing for a Chinese invasion in Tainan, Taiwan, on September 16, 2021.
Bret Baier presses Transportation Secretary Buttigieg on supply chain woes
Supply chain disruptions across the U.S. have left shelves empty as the crucial holiday shopping period approaches. BIDEN RESPONDS TO SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS, URGES PRIVATE SECTOR TO ‘STEP UP’"A lot of things have to go right but the announcement that these ports would go 24/7, that’s a big part of it." #EMPTYSHELVESJOE TRENDING ON TWITTER AMID BIDEN'S SUPPLY CHAIN CRISISBaier pushed the former South Bend, Ind. "We very much push for this infrastructure bill," he said. With many wondering whether gifts will be in short supply this holiday season, Baier asked Buttigieg whether this should be of concern.
Delicate dance for Trump, Youngkin in campaign’s final weeks
The dynamic reflects the complex balancing act between Trump and Youngkin and could emerge as a model for other Republicans who face competitive campaigns in 2022. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. Trump spokespeople did not respond to questions about the race, and Youngkin’s campaign did not respond to questions about Trump. During that campaign , Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. “Here’s why Glenn Youngkin is going to win: We’re holding the Trump base together by a thread,” he said.
Manchin pulls plug on U.S. clean electricity ambitions in Biden budget bill: NYT
Even as the Biden administration presses ahead with an ambitious East Coast wind farm plan, the New York Times reports that Joe Manchin has rejected clean electricity elements of President Biden's Build Back Better bill at the core of his climate change agenda.Oct.
Manchin’s Opposition May Doom Clean-Power Plan Biden Backs
But without the support of Manchin, who holds a swing vote on the package, it’s not likely to survive, the person said. “We don’t comment on the state of our negotiations with the wide array of Senators offering views about the Build Back Better agenda,” said Vedant Patel, a White House spokesman. The White House and Democratic congressional leaders are discussing how to scale back the social-spending measure to win the votes of Manchin and another holdout Senate Democrat, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema. Biden, speaking at the White House Friday evening, was asked what his message would be to Manchin and Sinema. “The Clean Electricity Performance Program is a central part of President Biden’s plan to fight the climate crisis,” said Sam Ricketts, co-founder of the environmental group Evergreen Action.
Lowry: America’s supply chain makes no sense
This is welcome news, although it might cause most people to stop and think, “Wait a minute — our ports don’t already operate 24 hours a day?”No, which speaks to the thick layer of irrationality encrusting our supply chain. It is experiencing its worst disruption since the advent of the shipping container era in the late 1950s, driven, at bottom, by the pandemic. A surge in e-commerce, coupled with a labor shortage, helped to a spiraling series of bottlenecks. Ports in Asia operate 24 hours a day, matching the 24-hour-a-day pace of factories, whereas, until now, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were operating only 16 hours a day. It will be too late to hold this coming Christmas harmless, but will serve us well going forward, whatever the season.
Clinton "doing fine" and will be out of hospital soon
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he's being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”"He’s doing fine; he really is," Biden said. An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but he is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly,” Ureña said in a statement.
Governor claims domain over federal aid
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalSANTA FE – A simmering dispute over who has power over the state’s purse strings took a new twist Friday, with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office arguing legal precedent gives the governor sole authority to spend more than $1.7 billion in federal relief funds. The state’s highest court asked for responses from the governor and other involved parties before it decides whether to hear arguments in the case. In addition, Lujan Grisham’s attorney said the separation of powers argument made by lawmakers can also be used to bolster the governor’s legal claim. “It would be just as much of a violation of separation of powers to intrude on the governor’s executive managerial function to administer federal funds in the state’s custody,” Agajanian said.
Jill Biden in Virginia to campaign for Terry McAuliffe - but president downplays a potential loss
First lady Jill Biden gets a hug from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday evening. Jill Biden was born in New Jersey and clapped on stage to 'It's My Life,' by New Jersey icon and President Biden supporter Jon Bon Jovi. The loudest applause of the event came when Jill Biden joked, 'Heck, today's Friday. 'Virginia, you need somebody that you can trust, and that's Terry McAuliffe,' Jill Biden said. Jill Biden, pictured on Friday night in Richmond, Virginia, told voters: 'We know Terry.
Biden says he’s open to shortening length of new programs
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. The proposal includes everything from free child care and community college to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors and a number of significant provisions meant to combat climate change. His wife, Jill, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. On Friday, he visited a child development center in Hartford to speak about a need for investments in child care and other social safety net programs, arguing they’re imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy. Biden briefly greeted some of the children at the center’s playground, at one point kneeling to give a child a hug.
Biden says former Sen. Chris Dodd would never ‘disrespect the waitress’
President Biden raised eyebrows Friday when he praised former Senator Chris Dodd — and inadvertently referenced a notorious episode of alleged sexual assault involving the Connecticut Democrat and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). Former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. speaks at the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut on Oct. 15, 2021. Evan Vucci/APThe “disrespect the waitress” line was an unfortunate choice of words given Dodd and Kennedy’s alleged sickening actions at Capitol Hill restaurant La Brasserie in December 1985. Dodd and Ted Kennedy (pictured here in 2005) reportedly were involved in a alleged sexual assault incident at La Brasserie 27 years ago. Senator Chris Dodd at the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights.
Biden urges Congress to ‘hold accountable’ Jan. 6 witnesses
Josh Wingrove and Justin SinkBloombergWashington – President Joe Biden urged a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to hold accountable any witness who refuses to cooperate with the probe, as lawmakers moved toward a contempt finding for one of former President Donald Trump’s top advisers. “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden told reporters as he returned to the White House on Friday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki later Friday sought to distance Biden from the process, citing the Justice Department’s independent role in any decisions to prosecute. But a criminal prosecution would require the full House to refer a charge to the Justice Department, and Attorney General Merrick Garland to decide to pursue penalties against the offending party. “The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law,” department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.
Lucas: Perhaps Hunter Biden has a political purpose after all
There is no truth to the rumor — started by me — that President Joe Biden will name his son Hunter U.S. ambassador to China. Still, should Burns face rough confirmation waters from Senate Republicans, Biden can always fall back on Hunter should the need arise. But they do show how Hunter was not averse to peddling his access to the White House. The #2 retainer represented the $2 million a year Hunter Biden requested. Hunter Biden in China would be extremely helpful to Papa Joe.
Trump now claims voter fraud in Pima County; officials say he's wrong
Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday claiming there was voter fraud in Pima County’s 2020 election, which county officials have denied. The claim follows the nearly year-long audit in Maricopa County that found President Joe Biden had won by slightly more votes than previously thought. Trump and Arizona Republicans had said for months that the taxpayer-funded audit would flip the election results in favor of Trump. Trump’s new statement points to an influx of mail-in votes that gained the lead for Biden in Pima County, which Trump asserts were fraudulent. County officials have outright denied the claims of voter fraud.
Democratic Senate candidates display fundraising might in third quarter
That's more than any Georgia Senate campaign has ever reported at this stage in the election cycle, Fulks said. Other fundraising standouts in the July-to-September fundraising quarter include Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who is hoping to face Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next fall. "But Democrats will have to spend that money attempting to cover up the failures of President Biden and Senate Democrats." In North Carolina, where multiple GOP candidates are jockeying for the nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr, two Republicans vying for the seat -- former Gov. Federal candidates face a Friday deadline to report their fundraising and spending during the third quarter of 2021.
Biden blamed Trump 'leadership' for shortages during COVID, won't accept blame now as leader: 'The Five'
Host Jesse Watters pointed to Biden's May 2020 comments declaring that the "food shortage problem" at the time was not that but instead a "leadership problem." If you add it all up over the years, the cost of Build Back Better in terms of adding to the deficit is zero." Watters further pointed out Biden concluded that set of remarks by appearing to admit he will not reach the $3.5 trillion expenditure goal, but instead "something less than that." "So we have a lie, we got a whisper and we got a backtrack," Watters remarked to co-host Katie Pavlich. The panel later noted that Biden also urged the U.S. oil industry to increase production – though doing so after several consecutive months of "defaming" them.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s health is improving but he will remain in a California hospital for at least another night to receive antibiotics intravenously for a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, his spokesperson said on Friday. The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president’s spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. The Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans.
Biden says those who refuse to comply with subpoenas from January 6 committee should be prosecuted
President Biden says he thinks those who refuse to comply with subpoenas from the January 6 select committee should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. When Collins asked if they should be prosecuted by the DOJ, Biden responded 'I do, yes.' Scroll Down For Video:Biden said he hoped the committee goes after anyone who defied subpoenas and when asked if they should be prosecuted by the DOJ, Biden said 'I do, yes.' Bannon skipped out on his subpoena to testify on Thursday, insisting he would not do so until the matter of former President Trump's executive privilege is settled. 'The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.'
Supreme Court Poised to Put Boston Marathon Bomber Back on Death Row
The first was the failure of the trial judge to rigorously examine prospective jurors for exposure to pretrial publicity. To no one’s surprise, a majority of the Supreme Court seems poised to put Tsarnaev’s death sentence back in place. He avoided saying what the Biden administration would do if the Supreme Court upheld the court of appeals order of a new death penalty trial. Of the two reasons the appeals court gave for tossing out Tsarnaev’s death sentence, the justices asked more questions about the mitigating circumstance issue. When mistakes like this are made at trial, even this pro-death-penalty Supreme Court should see why we need to give Tsarnaev a new death sentence hearing.
Biden Backs Charges For Jan. 6 Subpoena Resisters As Congress Contempt Vote Looms
And late Friday, President Joe Biden said he thinks his Justice Department should prosecute. Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Asked if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse to testify, Biden said yes. “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden told reporters Friday at the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also sought to clarify the president’s remarks.
Americans Revert to Favoring Reduced Government Role
Given a choice, half of Americans say they prefer fewer government services and lower taxes, while 19% want higher taxes and more services. Nineteen percent of Americans say they want more services and more taxes, down from 25% in 2019, the previous high. Relatively few Americans have ever said the government has too little power. Americans are usually least likely to say there is too little regulation of business, including a low of 17% in 2001. That 14-point increase has mainly been offset by a 10-point decline in the percentage saying there is too little regulation.
The Biden administration is poised to weigh in on Twin Metals mine: Here are the options
But environmental groups that oppose Twin Metals are hopeful because of the past views of the major players who are scrutinizing Twin Metals. The administration could continue to defend the Trump administration’s actions in court of first reinstating Twin Metals’ mineral leases and then renewing them for an additional 10 years. Twin Metals submitted its mine operations plan to state and federal regulators in 2019. The last 60-day court extension expires Oct. 20 for the lawsuit challenging the renewal of Twin Metals’ leases. Twin Metals officials say they anticipate the first round of public comments on draft scoping documents sometime in 2022.
Dozens of Oregon law enforcement officers have been members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia
OPB compared data in the Oath Keepers leak against public records, social media and state law enforcement certification information to verify the information. Oath Keepers in Oregon law enforcementThe earliest law enforcement officer in the state to join was Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Farrell, who signed up in 2009, according to the hacked records. According to the Oath Keepers’ website, prospective members are then “vetted” and gain access to a “members only” online forum. Bechtol is one of six Oregon law enforcement officers who joined in the months following the Bundy Ranch standoff, according to the hacked data. Codiga is one of two Oregon law enforcement officers who joined around the time of the Sugar Pine Mine standoff, according to the data.
Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders spar over Biden’s $3.5T bill
and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday publicly sparred over the sweeping multitrillion-dollar social spending bill that’s been dividing Democrats. Manchin — a moderate Democrat pushing back on the bill’s $3.5 trillion price tag — slammed Sanders for writing an op-ed in a West Virginia newspaper claiming the legislation would benefit working families in the state. “Millions of jobs are open, supply chains are strained and unavoidable inflation taxes are draining workers’ hard-earned wages as the price of gasoline and groceries continues to climb,” the West Virginia lawmaker continued. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin,” Sanders wrote. President Biden publicly acknowledged on Friday that the final spending bill will be less than $3.5 trillion.
Gutfeld on left-wing hypocrisy surrounding violence in US
Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden … They’re probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden. Or will Biden build an army within an army? DON WINSLOW FILMS: In the years ahead Trump will lead his army of domestic terrorists. So won’t that lead to more violence if they’re targeting Trumpers? Remember, the same people blaming you for the Capitol violence, are the same people who blamed you for the summer’s violence, and the same people who blamed Benghazi...on a video.
ABC, CBS, NBC evening newscasts offer 'lopsided' coverage of Dems, GOP lawmakers amid spending battle: study
A new study shows widely disproportionate broadcast network coverage of the ongoing spending battle on Capitol Hill with Democratic lawmakers dominating the evening newscasts. Examining 30 stories that aired from Sept. 23 to Oct. 10, Democrats trounced Republicans in terms of the number of soundbites by a 115-16 count margin, according to analysis by the Media Research Center. ABC NEWS SAYS KYRSTEN SINEMA HAS ‘TAKEN A HARD TURN TO THE RIGHT’ FOR RESISTING DEM SPENDING SPREE"CBS Evening News" had the highest totals of the three networks, airing 43 soundbites from Democrats versus the eight Republicans that were heard. ABC's "World News Tonight" had the widest margin airing 41 soundbites from Democrats and only three from Republicans during that same time period. "NBC Nightly News" aired 31 soundbites from Democrats while Republicans were heard just five times.
Manchin dismissively calls Sanders a ‘self-declared independent socialist’
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin responded Friday to criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., derisively declaring that he wasn't going to take marching orders from a socialist. "No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that." Sanders had penned an op-ed calling for every Democrat to support President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. "Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation," Sanders wrote in the op-ed for Charleston Gazette-Mail. But I accept that there's going to have to be give and take," Sanders said earlier this month.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. First lady Jill Biden is campaigning with McAuliffe on Friday, and McAuliffe said President Joe Biden was expected to visit in coming days.
UPDATE 1-Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over U.S. vaccine mandate
(Adds Boeing comment)By Eric M. JohnsonEVERETT, Wash., Oct 15 (Reuters) - Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers. Boeing said on Tuesday it will require https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/boeing-will-require-its-125000-us-employees-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2021-10-12 its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. "Advancing the health and safety of our global workforce is fundamental to our values and a core priority every day." "Now that he has issued the Executive Order, it is our responsibility to comply with that order," Spirit Chief Executive Officer Tom Gentile wrote in a memo to employees and seen by Reuters on Friday. Boeing has said its mandate does not apply immediately to its sites in Texas, where Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers.
Las Vegas tourism leaders welcome news of Nov. 8 return of international travel
(Chitose Suzuki / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @chitosephotoArriving passengers collect their luggage in the baggage claim area of McCarran International Airport , Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Chitose Suzuki / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @chitosephotoArriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area of McCarran International Airport , Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Chitose Suzuki / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @chitosephotoArriving passengers walk to the parking lot of McCarran International Airport , Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Chitose Suzuki / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @chitosephotoArriving passengers wait in the pickup area for ride-sharing services at McCarran International Airport , Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel,” Kevin Munoz, White House assistant press secretary, said on Twitter.
Biden’s clean electricity program could be dropped from spending bill – report
The Biden administration has previously said that its clean energy plans would swiftly cut planet-heating emissions, and estimates have suggested that it could save hundreds of thousands of lives from deadly air pollution. The Times reported that Manchin, the centrist Democrat from West Virginia who has been aggressively resisting pieces of Biden’s agenda, has told the administration that he strongly opposes the clean electricity program. If Manchin’s opposition does ultimately kill Biden’s clean electricity program, it would be a huge setback for the administration’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The Times noted that Democrats could attempt to move forward with a clean electricity program as its own bill, but that the window of opportunity is closing. Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema have repeatedly clashed with the Biden administration and progressive Democrats, threatening to derail the president’s ambitious economic package.
Washington denies Russian claim that it chased U.S. Navy ship from nearby waters
Russia said one of its military vessels chased away a U.S. Navy destroyer that attempted to violate Russian territorial waters during Russian-Chinese naval drills in the Sea of Japan on Friday, something Washington said was false. In June, Russia accused a British destroyer of breaching its territorial waters off Crimea in the Black Sea, and said it had forced it away. Britain rejected Moscow’s account of that incident, saying at the time its ship was operating lawfully in Ukrainian waters. Incidents involving the Russian Navy are rare in the Pacific. The region is dominated by China, which takes a dim view of the United States and its allies patrolling the region’s international waters to assert their right to freedom of navigation.
N. Korea may be considering engaging with S. Korea, US: Biegun
(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)North Korea may be considering engaging with South Korea and the rest of the world, former Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Friday. "But I will say that there's a school of thought and I'm inclined to believe it that ... the fact that North Korea is beginning to send external messaging suggests to me that North Korea is at least contemplating the terms under which it will reengage with the rest of the world," added Biegun, who also served as US special representative for North Korea. North Korea reopened direct communication channels with South Korea earlier this month, after a 55-day suspension during which it conducted at least four missile tests, including the test launch of what it claims to be a new hypersonic missile. So I very much welcome the fact that South Korea and North Korea are directly speaking again. Pyongyang has ignored repeated overtures from the Joe Biden administration that it is willing to meet with North Korea "anytime, anywhere without preconditions."
Jill Biden campaigns for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia as governor's race remains tight
It's unclear when President Biden could head back to campaign in Virginia. U.S. first lady Jill Biden campaigns for former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe during a campaign rally on October 15, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. Some of the Virginia voters who gathered Friday to hear McAuliffe speak shared his frustration. Recent polling by Fox News showed Trump has a worse approval rating in Virginia than McAuliffe, Biden, Youngkin and current Democratic governor Ralph Northam. The former president had a favorable view among 44% of likely Virginia voters, while 53% had an unfavorable view of him.
Joe Crowley Is Lobbying Against Biden’s Tax Hikes on the Rich
This wasn’t the only time Gonzalez, Cuellar, and Vela tried to undermine House Democrats’ Build Back Better Act. Both Biden’s Made in America Tax Plan and the No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act — introduced earlier this year by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and co-sponsored by more than 115 House Democrats — sought to equalize the rates to curb the TCJA’s offshoring incentives. The former House Democratic leader joins SIFMA’s advocacy team at a particularly critical time as Democrats shape their final Build Back Better plan. The shift leaves room for changes to the larger bill’s tax proposals, including in the Senate, where Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is also seeking to overhaul the GILTI tax but hasn’t shared specific details. Crowley also recently started lobbying for an IBM-backed company working with decentralized finance companies and will monitor distributed ledger technology policy.
Biden says 'silence is complicity' on human rights
Biden says 'silence is complicity' on human rightsSpeaking at the dedication of a human rights center at the University of Connecticut, President Joe Biden said he is putting human rights at the center of his foreign policy. "Silence is complicity," he said.
F.D.A. Panel Unanimously Recommends Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
WASHINGTON — A key federal advisory committee voted unanimously Friday to recommend Johnson & Johnson booster shots, most likely clearing the way for all 15 million people who got the company’s one-dose coronavirus vaccine to receive a second shot. If the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accept the recommendation, as expected, boosters could be offered by late next week. But many committee members made clear that they believed Johnson & Johnson recipients might benefit from the option of a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, something a top F.D.A. Well over 100 million fully vaccinated people will be eligible for boosters if the F.D.A. endorse the committee’s latest recommendations, even though some scientists say that the evidence supporting boosters remains weak and that it would have been wiser to focus on reaching the unvaccinated, including abroad.
WH Chief of Staff who dismissed inflation once ripped Trump over price increases
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain apparently does think inflation is a matter of grave national concern — when a Republican is president. Klain — who was blasted this week for endorsing a tweet that dismissed rising prices and supply chain disruption as “high class problems” — once ripped the Trump administration over inflation. Because I think that is the Trump admin economic message of the day.”Back then, the annual inflation rate was 2.4 percent. “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) Critics slammed Klain for appearing to agree with Furman’s message and accused him of downplaying economic issues impacting Americans.
Ethics group files Hatch Act complaint against WH Press Secretary Psaki
A government watchdog group filed a complaint Friday accusing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of violating the federal Hatch Act by praising Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during her regular briefing Thursday. Psaki had been asked whether the Biden administration considered McAuliffe’s race against Republican Glenn Youngkin to be a “bellwether” ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted that President Joe Biden likes Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe because of their similar agendas. In its statement Friday, CREW noted that it had complained of Hatch Act violations by at least a dozen Trump administration officials, including Conway and then-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path.”
Biden: U.S. leadership on human rights depends on our record at home
Weeks before Biden makes a second trip to Europe as president, Hartford and the Dodd Center, located in a community called Storrs, became the latest places for him to tout both his infrastructure plan and his worldview. In Hartford, he toured the Capitol Child Development Center, where he argued that his infrastructure plan would help build a “care economy” that safeguards the most vulnerable members of society and eases the financial burden on caretakers.
Tucker: What really happened on Jan 6
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. They used to be called propaganda, now it's so ubiquitous, I don't know what to call it. They know they're being used by liars in the Democratic Party, in the so-called Intel Community, and they just mouth the words anyway. It looks like that's going to be out before the end of the year. That's going to be the Tamiflu that we are going to use for this COVID.
Biden praises Chris Dodd, allegedly party to sexual assault of waitress, as person who’d treat waitstaff well
President Biden lauded the character of former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., on Friday by likening him to someone who treats waitstaff well, despite allegations that Dodd was part of the alleged sexual assault of a waitress in 1985. Claiming "he saw up close" how Dodd "fought for human rights and human dignity in the Senate," Biden said he measures a person's character based on how they treat waitstaff. "As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table," GQ recounted. GQ said Gaviglio ran from the room "bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault." The owner of La Brasserie corroborated Gaviglio's account at the time, as did another waitress and two busboys.
Biden supports prosecution for those who defy congressional subpoenas
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBiden supports prosecution for those who defy congressional subpoenasCNBC's Shep Smith reports that President Biden supports the arrest of those who defy congressional subpoenas.
DOJ underscores independence after Biden urges prosecutions for Jan. 6 subpoena holdouts
When pressed on if the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy the subpoenas, Biden said, “I do," according to White House pool reports. He supports the work of the committee and the independent role of the Department of Justice to make any decisions about prosecutions." The House panel scheduled a vote to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress on Tuesday. If that vote moves forward, the full House, slated to reconvene next week, will then hold a vote. But how the Justice Department will decide to proceed, and how quickly, is murky.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president's spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton's white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. Story continuesThe Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.
UPDATE 1-White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects -NYT
"Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing," Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon told Reuters in a statement. "He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability," Runyon said. The White House had no comment on the New York Times report on Friday evening. Both Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, have objected to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for Biden's spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)
President Biden: Prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas
By Nandita Bose | ReutersWASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who defy subpoenas to testify before a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden said, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the riot. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute, Biden told reporters, “I do, yes.”The committee plans to vote on Tuesday on adopting a contempt of Congress report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump who has not complied with the committee’s subpoena. If the committee approves the contempt case against Bannon, it would go to a full House vote. From there, the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to pursue prosecution.
A burst of inflation reflects higher prices for everything from food to furniture
Another jump in consumer prices last month sent inflation up 5.4% from where it was a year ago, matching the largest increase in 13 years. Excluding the volatile food and energy sectors, core inflation rose 0.2% in September and 4% compared with a year ago. The unexpected burst of inflation reflects sharply higher prices for food and energy, but also for furniture, cars, televisions and many imported goods. Consumer prices rose 0.4% in September from August as the costs of rent and goods climbed. The consumer price index is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for goods and services.
Trump now claims voter fraud in Pima County; officials say he's wrong
Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday claiming there was voter fraud in Pima County’s 2020 election, which county officials have denied. The claim follows the nearly year-long audit in Maricopa County that found President Joe Biden had won by slightly more votes than previously thought. Trump and Arizona Republicans had said for months that the taxpayer-funded audit would flip the election results in favor of Trump. Trump’s new statement points to an influx of mail-in votes that gained the lead for Biden in Pima County, which Trump asserts were fraudulent. County officials have outright denied the claims of voter fraud.
Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats
HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, an ex-state Assembly member. We have to get to work,” the first lady, who was born in New Jersey and clapped on stage to “It’s My Life,” by New Jersey icon and President Biden supporter Jon Bon Jovi, told the crowd in Edison. The loudest applause of the event came when Jill Biden joked, “Heck, today’s Friday.
Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats
HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, an ex-state Assembly member. We have to get to work,” the first lady, who was born in New Jersey and clapped on stage to “It’s My Life,” by New Jersey icon and President Biden supporter Jon Bon Jovi, told the crowd in Edison. The loudest applause of the event came when Jill Biden joked, “Heck, today’s Friday.
Bill Clinton to remain in hospital as he recovers from urological infection
The former US president Bill Clinton’s health is improving but he will remain in a California hospital for at least another night to receive antibiotics intravenously for a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, his spokesperson said on Friday. The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California, Irvine, medical center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. Clinton’s spokesperson Angel Ureña said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. He really is.”On Thursday, Ureña said Clinton was “up and about, joking and charming the hospital staff”.
Democrats' reconciliation bill breaks Biden's middle class tax pledge
The legislation costs trillions of dollars over the next decade and will harm working families and many Americans making less than $400,000 per year. Either proposal would violate the Biden middle class tax pledge and increase the costs of gasoline, household energy bills and everyday consumer goods. In reality, the Biden tax plan will impose significant tax increases and new audits on American families making less than $400,000 per year. Working families will see fewer jobs, higher prices, lower wages and reduced life savings under the Democrats' tax hike plan. Alex Hendrie is Director of Tax Policy at Americans for Tax Reform.
Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over $3.5T spending bill
Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, fired the latest salvo on Friday taking the fight over the plan to West Virginia. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin," Sanders wrote. Manchin quickly fired back, accusing Sanders of trying to meddle in a state he isn't from. Sanders hasn't yet said what below $3.5 trillion he could support, characterizing the top-line figure as a significant compromise for progressives who wanted a $6 trillion bill. Manchin has said he could support a $1.5 trillion bill, and has floated a substantially narrower scope built off of changes to the 2017 GOP tax bill, as well as help for children and seniors.
Gov. DeSantis’ office doubles down on vaccine passport penalties, Leon County stands by vaccine requirements
The counts correspond to individual employees and former employees, with $5,000 in fines per individual required to be vaccinated by Leon County. We are not aware of any state agencies that are requiring vaccine passports or mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for employees. “If Leon County cannot afford to pay the fine of $3.57 million, county officials should have followed the law. Leon County should have respected its employees’ rights to make their own decisions about their health,” said a spokesperson for the governor. Instead, a Leon County spokesperson directed News Channel 8 back to the county’s previous statement from Oct. 12 “due to possible legal action.” A link to a copy of the Leon County budget was included in the county’s response.
Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition
The party is still trying to figure out how to pass that budget bill, along with a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. For weeks, Democratic leaders have vowed that the clean electricity program was a nonnegotiable part of the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at an event in San Francisco Friday morning that she was still pushing for the strongest possible climate change provisions in the bill. We cannot — we don’t have any more time to wait.”Democratic presidents have tried but failed to enact climate change legislation since the Clinton administration. To avert catastrophe, scientists say nations must keep the average global temperature from increasing 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted
"I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters upon returning to the White House from Connecticut. Asked if they should be prosecuted, Biden said, "I do, yes." Asked what his message is to those who defy congressional subpoenas regarding Jan. 6, President Biden says, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." ADVERTISEMENTTrump reportedly advised his former aides to defy the subpoenas and refuse to cooperate. Biden and his aides have repeatedly emphasized the need for the DOJ to have independence from the White House after the Trump administration was repeatedly criticized for intervening in agency matters.
‘High class problems’: Team Biden is out of touch with the misery its policies inflict
“This,” Ron Klain emphasized Wednesday in quote-tweeting Harvard economist Jason Furman, who wrote, “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. But food, fuel and housing are costing households at the $70,000 median annual income an extra $175 a month. Such inflation hits working Americans and those on fixed incomes, such as seniors, the hardest. Throwing trillions into an already-recovering economy was bound to lead to inflation, as was boosting unemployment benefits $300 a week until September.
Pete Buttigieg Joins the Parental Leave Debate: ‘This Is Work.’
He took four weeks of paid leave from his role where he was mostly offline, but said he was able to delegate responsibilities during leave or log on remotely for higher-priority work. But, Mr. Buttigieg added, taking paid leave “shouldn’t be up to your particular good fortune” or the graces of an employer. Loudest among them, as usual, was Tucker Carlson of Fox News: “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went.” (Mr. Buttigieg said later that Mr. Carlson might not understand the concept of bottle feeding.) Mr. Carlson’s comments were criticized as sexist and — since Mr. Buttigieg is the first gay cabinet member confirmed by the Senate — homophobic.
The Post says: Welcome to reality (sort of), Joe
In a belated concession to reality, President Joe Biden admitted Friday, “We’re probably not going to get $3.5 trillion this year” for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ turn-America-socialist bill, suggesting that free community college was one item that could get dropped. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to accept a top-line number of $2 trillion or more. Plus, Manchin and Sinema disagree on many issues: Just for starters, she opposes job-killing tax hikes that he’s OK with; he’s against anti-coal provisions that she favors. Not to mention endless fine print carving out special privileges for labor unions and prioritizing subsidies on racial lines. Reality and Biden’s words still barely overlap.
Biden’s inflation games will do lasting damage, especially to the elderly and poor
Because in our reality — the one where the president promised to fix everything — the inflation debate is important for a number of reasons. What justification is there for unprecedented spending when inflation is accelerating? Dems have already passed an additional nearly $2 trillion in expenditures in the first six months of the Biden ­administration, and the economy is still underachieving. Xinhua/Sipa USABiden has waved away inflation concerns on numerous ­occasions, once arguing that “no serious economist” was suggesting that “unchecked inflation” was on the way. But Summers seems to believe runaway inflation and bottleneck supply-chain problems pose a serious risk to the economy.
Bill Clinton improving but must stay in hospital overnight amid infection
Former President Bill Clinton will remain at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California for another night. AP“In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight. “I know you’re asking about President Clinton,” Biden said at a news conference in Connecticut on Friday. Biden planned to call Clinton in the hospital to wish him a speedy recovery, the White House said earlier in the day. President Joe Biden claims ex-President Bill Clinton “seems to be, God willing, doing well.” APClinton had been watching TV coverage of his hospitalization and reading, the AP said.
'Reminiscent of Jan. 6': Violent protesters arrested after storming Interior Department, injuring officers
Dozens of activists protesting fossil fuel projects were arrested Thursday after they staged a sit-in at the Interior Department, a move which led to "multiple injuries" and one officer being transported to a hospital. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEMS DISTANCING FROM BIDEN ADMIN ON SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS, OIL SPILL DISASTERFollowing the protest, Interior Department spokesperson Melissa Schwartz released a statement through a series of tweets. "Federal Protective Service personnel responded to the area to mitigate the situation. According to video footage from the Washington Post's Ellie Silverman, activists could be seen climbing up doors and pushing officers back as they tried to force their way into the Interior Department. Fox News reached out to the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and received the following statement:"Yesterday, officers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) responded to a demonstration at the Stewart L. Udall Building.
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan 6 probe should be prosecuted
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who are subpoenaed by a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol but refuse to testify. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute those defying subpoenas, Biden said, "I do, yes." The committee said on Thursday it would convene a business meeting on Tuesday to vote on adopting a contempt report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump. read moreReporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Leslie Adler and Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Boeing workers stage protest over vaccine mandate
Boeing employees and others line the street to wave signs and American flags to protest the company's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandate, outside the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey WassonEVERETT, Wash., Oct 15 (Reuters) - Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co (BA.N) employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers. Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. Several Boeing employees at the protest said they were applying for exemptions. read moreOne Boeing mechanic - wearing a shirt with the words "practicing socialist distancing" - said the mandate reflected "tyrannical big-government and tyrannical big business."
Buttigieg brushes back Carlson comments on paternity leave
“But it's definitely work,” Buttigieg said. Though the administration didn’t announce that Buttigieg was taking paternity leave, POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook reported on Thursday that the secretary had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their twin babies, Penelope and Joseph. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. While on leave, he said he continued to be involved with work related to the ongoing supply chain crisis.
Biden: Bill Clinton is doing 'fine' and will leave hospital 'shortly'
Clinton, 75, was admitted to a Southern California hospital on Tuesday with a non-Covid-related infection. "All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly," Ureña said. "In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight." Clinton was also "administered IV antibiotics and fluids" on Thursday, according to a statement from his physicians. “The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
Trump Touts Putin Relationship, Rails About Wind Energy's 'Carbon Emissions' In Speech
Now we have a very lively party,” Trump said. He also zeroed in on a favorite target of his: wind turbines. (President Joe Biden recently announced a plan to expand the number of offshore wind turbines.) “It’s so sad when you see that they are approving these windmills — worst form of energy, the most expensive,” Trump falsely claimed. Wind energy helps reduce the use of fossil fuels, which “results in lower total air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.”Trump has claimed that wind turbines pollute and spew “tremendous amounts” of “fumes” into the air for years.
Boeing workers stage protest over vaccine mandate
By Eric M. JohnsonEVERETT, Wash. (Reuters) - Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers. Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. Several Boeing employees at the protest said they were applying for exemptions. Another employee, a 20-year Boeing technical designer, said he would find a new job rather than take a COVID vaccine, and made untrue claims about the vaccine. One Boeing mechanic - wearing a shirt with the words "practicing socialist distancing" - said the mandate reflected "tyrannical big-government and tyrannical big business."
Coronavirus Today: Are we there yet?
Newsletter Get our free Coronavirus Today newsletter Sign up for the latest news, best stories and what they mean for you, plus answers to your questions. Unfortunately, the guidelines did not make their way to the companies developing COVID-19 vaccines. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, said it did not recommend the vaccines for pregnant people unless they faced a high risk of coronavirus exposure. Before COVID-19 vaccines were widely available, the virus spread readily in a target-rich environment. (Sean Greene/Los Angeles Times)The graph above shows the relationship between COVID-19 vaccination rates and COVID-19 mortality rates quite clearly.
Bill Clinton to spend 4th night in Orange County ICU for IV treatment
Former President Clinton, hospitalized at an Orange County hospital because of an infection, will remain another night in the intensive care unit to continue intravenous antibiotic treatment, a spokesman said on Friday. “All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly,” said spokesman Angel Ureña. President Biden said Clinton “seems to be, God willing, doing well” before talking to the former president by phone Friday afternoon. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon. President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.
Biden says he’s open to shorter programs in spending bill
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. The proposal includes everything from free child care and community college to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors and a number of significant provisions meant to combat climate change. It’s part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. Biden went on to outline how his plan would reduce child care costs for Connecticut residents, and noted the disparity between U.S. spending on early child care versus greater investments by other countries. House progressives are balking at supporting that roads-and-bridges bill until agreement is reached on a path forward for the social safety net package.
Watchdog says Psaki violated the Hatch Act
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. Related Articles HUD Secretary Fudge may have violated Hatch ActReport: Six White House officials violated the Hatch ActAnalysis: What is the Hatch Act, and how did Kellyanne Conway violate it? In a statement about the Psaki complaint, CREW President Noah Bookbinder noted the flagrant and repeated violations of the Hatch Act by the Trump White House.
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized overnight as he recovers from a urological infection. An aide to the former president said that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital, though not receiving ICU care. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. "We’re all thinking about President Clinton today," he said. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Biden still faces a tough climb on his infrastructure agenda
WASHINGTON — With House Democrats eyeing the end of the month as the new target to pass President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure agenda, lawmakers and political strategists alike contend the president faces a major climb to coalesce the party’s competing factions around twin pieces of legislation. "If you look at American history, when they tried to do big things, there were 20, 30, 40, 50, 60-vote margins. Now there’s just a three vote margin in the House, and there's no margin in the Senate. We’re going to get it done," Biden told reporters last month after leaving a closed-door meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill. "There's nothing in any of these pieces of legislation that's radical, that is unreasonable," Biden told reporters outside of the White House.
Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill
At the center, Biden promoted his proposal to make such care free for lower-income families, and ensure that families making up to 150% of their state's median income pay less than 7% of their salaries on child care. It's part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. “Too many folks in Washington still don’t realize it isn’t enough just to invest in our physical infrastructure. We also have to invest in our people,” he said. Biden went on to outline how his plan would reduce child care costs for Connecticut residents, and noted the disparity between U.S. spending on early child care versus greater investments by other countries.
Jill Biden campaigns in New Jersey, Virginia governor races
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, an ex-state Assembly member. We have to get to work,” said the first lady, who was born in New Jersey and clapped on stage along to “It’s My Life,” by New Jersey icon and Biden supporter Jon Bon Jovi. It marks the first time that Jill Biden has been back on the campaign trial since stumping for her husband in last year’s presidential campaign, and it underscores the political stakes for the White House.
Brnovich asks U.S. to investigate Facebook over sharing of smuggling information
PHOENIX — Arizona's attorney general claims Facebook admits to aiding human smuggling, and he wants U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate. The company denies it is letting cartel operations use its website to connect with people trying to get into this country illegally. But a company official concedes that Facebook does "allow people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.'' William Castleberry, the company's vice president of state policy, said that's far different than what Attorney General Mark Brnovich is claiming. He said in a letter to Brnovich that the policy draws a line between the business of human smuggling and "interfering with people's ability to exercise their right to seek asylum, which is recognized in international law.''
Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill
Biden said Friday that although he expects the package to shrink, “we're going to come back and get the rest” after it's passed. And we're going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. They're all key items for progressives, but moderates have balked at the original $3.5 trillion price tag. One almost certain reduction would be in the proposal for free community college. “I doubt whether we will get the entire funding for community colleges but I’m not going to give up on community colleges as long as I’m president,” Biden said.
Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill
“We're not going to get $3.5 trillion. And we're going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. The proposal includes everything from free child care and community college to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors and a number of significant provisions meant to combat climate change. They're all key items for progressives, but moderates have balked at the original $3.5 trillion price tag. With slim margins in the House and the Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill.
Psaki defends Ron Klain for 'high class' inflation claim claiming he's obsessed with lowering costs'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday defended Joe Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain once again after he called inflation a 'high class' problem, vouching for his concern about rising prices. 'I can tell you from sitting in a lot of meetings with Ron Klain day in and day out, he is obsessed with lowering costs for the American people, and that's driven from the president,' she said. Host Jake Tapper told her a lot of people might say, 'Why did Ron Klain think that rising prices was a serious concern under Trump and not under Biden?' Klain claimed Wednesday evening that the current U.S. economic issues, including inflation and supply chain delays, are just 'high class problems'. He spoke of how 'an errant tweet from Ron Klain can throw a news cycle spinning off in a bad direction.'
Boeing employees in Seattle organize group 'sickout Fridays' in protest over COVID vaccine mandate
Some Boeing employees appear to be planning a weekly protest against the airline giant's new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The policy will apply to roughly 125,000 U.S.-based employees company-wide, with about 57,000 of those in Washington state. 'We are not anti-vaccine, but we disagree with a vaccine mandate. Reporters also camped outside a protest in front of Boeing's Washington state factory. President Joe Biden in September ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in September
Democrats hit the panic button. Is it too little too late for Joe Biden?
Democratic voters are depressed, demoralized, and tuning out — and there's no use in denying it. Biden and Democrats were able to pass the American Rescue Plan early in his administration, and that staved off a worse situation. Unsurprisingly, then, Democratic voters are increasingly giving up hope. Biden's approval ratings are down and he's taking a hard hit among the very voters Democrats need to win in 2022 and 2024. His approval is down 13 points among Democratic voters.
Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition
The party is still trying to figure out how to pass that budget bill, along with a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. For weeks, Democrat leaders have vowed that the clean electricity program was a nonnegotiable part of the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at an event in San Francisco Friday morning that she is continuing to push for the strongest possible climate change provisions in the bill. We cannot — we don’t have any more time to wait.”Democratic presidents have tried but failed to enact climate change legislation since the Clinton administration. To avert catastrophe, scientists say nations must keep the average global temperature from increasing 1.5 Celsius above preindustrial levels.
Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan
"The reality that the mainstream media has done an exceptionally poor job in covering what actually is in the legislation," Sanders said. Sanders's statement comes as Democrats are struggling to break through on the spending plan, amid an intense focus on the price tag for the bill and weeks of high-profile Democratic squabbling over the still-being-negotiated legislation. Democrats want to use the spending bill to carry some of their biggest priorities including expanding Medicare and Medicaid, new child care and education benefits, combatting climate change and overhauling the tax code. Asked about the size of the bill shrinking below $3.5 trillion, Sanders chided reporters during a recent press conference arguing that they were getting pulled back into "the game." My hope is that mainstream media will fulfill their responsibilities and make that happen," Sanders added.
Biden says DOJ should prosecute those who defy January 6 committee subpoenas
(CNN) President Joe Biden on Friday said those who refuse subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol should be prosecuted by the Justice Department. Asked by CNN's Kaitlan Collins what his message is to those who refuse subpoenas from the panel, Biden said, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." Pressed on whether he thinks those people should be prosecuted by the department, the President said, "I do, yes." The President's comments, the strongest yet from Biden on possible repercussions for those who refuse to cooperate with the select committee's requests, upended days of discipline from the White House, which has sought to distance itself from the House's expected criminal contempt referral against Steve Bannon. White House press secretary Jen Psaki cited the department's independence in making prosecutorial decisions when asked about it on Thursday, and last week, she declined to say whether the White House had discussed such enforcement with Attorney General Merrick Garland or anyone at the Department of Justice.
Joe Biden Is Being Forced to Keep “Inhumane” Trump Immigration Policy Alive
“DHS remains committed to building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system that upholds our laws and values,” the department said. Biden had campaigned on ending the policy, and in March defended his decision to terminate it. “All the policies that were underway were not helping at all,” Biden told reporters at the time. Trump was particularly monstrous in his treatment of migrants, but to some extent he took existing policies to their extreme endpoints. “The official reasoning for Title 42 may be public health, but as a migration tool it allows for quick and flexible expulsions,” a former official told Blitzer.
As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation: Lone Star Candidate Matthew Dowd on How Democrats Can Win in 2022
Matthew Dowd, former Bush campaign adviser turned analyst, has spent his career behind the scenes. On this week’s Inside the Hive, Dowd analyzes the state of the Democratic Party and makes the case that if Texas can be turned blue (finally), the spread of Trumpism can be stopped nationally too. And even if the Biden administration can’t pull out of its current slump, he argues, Democrats can still beat Republicans at the state level. Dowd weighs in on Biden, congressional Democrats, Beto O’Rourke—and his favorite Matthew McConaughey film. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Italy Is Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine—Should We?
Italy—one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 worldwide—enacted a sweeping new vaccine mandate on Friday, requiring all public and private workers to be vaccinated or else lose pay. In one of the strictest statutes in the Western world, Italy is mandating its entire labor force to provide proof of the shot or submit frequent negative COVID-19 tests or proof of recent recovery from the virus via a government-issued health pass before returning to workplaces. The tension between public health and personal freedom feels as acute as ever in the States. Mask mandates for adults and children have sparked enough protest, never mind resistance to the shot: Unlike in Italy, only 56.6% of all Americans are fully vaccinated. But the data is thus far on the president’s side, as vaccine mandates that put people’s paychecks on the line do, indeed, seem to work.
F.D.A. Panel Recommends Booster for Many Moderna Vaccine Recipients
WASHINGTON — A panel of independent medical experts on Thursday unanimously recommended Moderna booster shots for many of those who had received the company’s coronavirus vaccine, paving the way to sharply expand the number of people eligible for an additional shot in the United States. The advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted 19 to 0 in favor of emergency authorization of a half-dose booster, at least six months after the second dose. Those eligible for the extra shot would include people over 65 and other adults considered at high risk — the same groups now eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster. The recommendations come as the nation is seeing a decline in coronavirus cases but still faces nearly 90,000 new infections and roughly 2,000 deaths per day. The Biden administration has cast booster shots as an additional tool in the battle against the pandemic, while acknowledging that controlling the disease’s spread depends upon vaccinating tens of millions of Americans for the first time.
Everything wrong with the Trump RNC in one image
Heading into this week’s Republican National Convention , RNC chair Ronna McDaniel promised the proceedings would be a sharp contrast from the “doom and gloom” on display during last week’s Democratic National Convention. True to her word—aside from frequently lingering on the damage wrought by looters and rioters and doomcasting the apocalypse to come if Joe Biden is elected—the RNC did depict a rosier vision of America. In fact, it was only too rosy. Watching the endless parade of speakers across the past four nights, one would scarcely piece together the fact that 181,000 Americans and counting have died from COVID-19. One might not realize that this level of death was far from assured, that the U.S. mortality rate, as a proportion of the population, is among the 10 highest in the world.
Unions can’t agree on vaccine mandates. Here’s where nurses, pilots, teachers, and others stand
Airline pilots Every major airline but Delta now mandates a COVID vaccine for employees, and their pilots unions are largely coming to accept the new reality, if begrudgingly. “We are not anti-vaccination at all,” union president Casey Murray explained—rather, they simply want Southwest to renegotiate sick leave and disability in the event pilots have a bad reaction to the shot. The incident that grabbed the most headlines was the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police’s president, back in August, comparing Chicago’s vaccine mandate to living in Nazi Germany. Healthcare workers Given their front-row seat to the pandemic, unions for healthcare workers have been among the most vocal supporters of Biden’s mandate. Its vaccine mandate goes into effect on November 1, but the union contract for the hospital’s 6,150 nurses exempts them from a vaccination requirement, unless it’s negotiated for them separately.
Workers Are Quitting These 4 Kinds of Jobs in Droves
It could look that way based on the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which shows that a whopping 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August. Why are so many workers quitting? As you'll see in our list below of jobs that workers are quitting in droves, many are positions that routinely deal with the public, on the frontlines of the pandemic. Here are the jobs being quit by workers in huge numbers lately:Nurses, health care workers and hospital employeesRoughly 534,000 workers in the BLS's health care and social assistance category — which includes nurses, hospital employees and other healthcare workers — quit their jobs in August 2021. People are especially prone to be quitting positions with low pay and high stress this year.
Make the Final Months of Student Loan Relief Really Pay Off
Factor Your New Loan Payments into Your Budget Review your budget and student loan repayment plan. A financial adviser, certified student loan expert or your student loan servicer can provide assistance and direction. When the moratorium on student loan payments end, they could pay off the loan and keep the interest. Unfortunately, the CARES Act extension until Jan. 31, 2022, only applies to federal student loans, such as Federal Student Subsidized Loans, Federal Student Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans. The Federal Student Aid site provides the latest updates about the coronavirus student loan relief and its impact on students, borrowers and parents.
Climate activists protest outside U.S. Capitol
Climate activists protest outside U.S. CapitolIndigenous groups and other environmental activists marched to the Capitol as they continued a weeklong protest demanding that Congress and the Biden Administration stop new fossil fuel projects and act with greater urgency on climate change.
Team Biden’s blow to US workers . . . and other commentary
Rather, he took the human version of ivermectin, as prescribed by his doctor. This week, Rogan had a chance to confront CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta over the cable network’s dishonest reporting. Gupta admitted eventually in the interview that, yeah, CNN clearly said things that were not true.” Pressed by Rogan over the lie, Gupta said, “They shouldn’t have said that. as a Russian agent”: namely, former Paul Manafort aide Konstantin Kilimnik, notes TK News’ Matt Taibbi. Like, ‘Trump 40, Hillary 45.’ ” And, adds Taibbi, no US investigators ever “came up with” a different “version of events.”— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Democrats frustrated over Biden’s inability to deal with Sinema, Manchin
Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress President Biden has made in negotiations with moderate Sens. Progressives have remained steadfast in pushing for the budget reconciliation to cost $3.5 trillion, despite Pelosi admitting it might not be that much. “To be honest with you, we’re probably not going to get $3.5 trillion this year. While Manchin has come forward with a top line number of $1.5 trillion, Sinema has still not publicly said how high she is willing to go. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she’s not on board with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending plan unless a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure passes Congress.
Former President Clinton to stay in hospital Friday night
Orange, CA - A spokesperson for former President Bill Clinton says that he will remain hospitalized Friday night after checking into a hospital on Tuesday for a urological sepsis infection. "President Clinton is continuing to receive treatment for an infection at UC Irvine Medical Center," Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena tweeted Friday evening. BILL CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH UROLOGICAL INFECTION: MEDICAL EXPERTS WEIGH INThe president's team announced on Thursday that he had been hospitalized for what was later reported as a sepsis infection. "On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," Clinton's spokesman, Angel Urena, said in a statement on Thursday evening. The former president, 75, was in Southern California to attend private events related to the Clinton Foundation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
'Big RBG fan' Katie Couric marks another former nightly news anchor who embraces liberal views
Couric served as anchor of "CBS Evening News" from 2006 to 2011 after a 15-year stint at NBC's "Today." She called herself a "big RBG fan" and admitted to seeking advice from some fellow journalists about what to do. Couric was blasted by fellow journalists for her decision, with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman calling it "toxic." NBCUniversal decided he no longer had the credibility to anchor "NBC Nightly News" after his "inexcusable" actions and removed him from the program following a six-month, unpaid suspension. Even current "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt raised eyebrows this year – and garnered praise from liberal media supporters – when he declared the notion of fairness "overrated."
White House insists it has 'highest ethical standards' of any administration amid criticism of family hires
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, responding to reports of alleged nepotism in the Biden White House, said on Monday that the Biden administration has higher ethics standards than any other presidential administration ever. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's wife Evan Ryan is the White House Cabinet Secretary. Biden Senior Adviser Anita Dunn's husband Bob Bauer is a co-chair of the president's commission that's investigating court-packing. In many cases these family members of the most senior administration officials have significant experience, including time in the Obama administration for some. AND THE SPOUSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD," Schaub said in a tweet.
Buttigieg: Biden's work on supply chain bottleneck 'will make a difference' to improve delays
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks with Nicolle Wallace about the joys of becoming a new father, the Biden Administration’s push for federally mandated paid family leave, and how both he and the President are working tirelessly to mitigate recent supply chain delays in ports across the countryOct.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. ADVERTISEMENTAfter CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we” in response to the question.
Climate activists resume weeklong protest at Capitol
Climate and indigenous activists walk into the intersection of Pennsylvania and 3rd St NW during a climate change protest, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, by the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Climate and indigenous activists walk into the intersection of Pennsylvania and 3rd St NW during a climate change protest, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, by the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Demonstrators clashed with police as they challenged pipelines and other fossil fuel projects and called for declaration of a climate emergency. “We need climate action now. He has the power to revoke fossil fuel leases and he has not.”
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Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. After CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we" in response to the question.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
“We didn’t say masks don’t work or N95 masks don’t work.” Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, misinformation around masks has been circulating online. THE FACTS: The video, which circulated on Twitter, does not show anyone dying, or even collapsing, after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In the video, a woman shows the police department's Facebook post with a photo of a pink and black car seat in a parking lot. That’s actually a sex trafficking car seat where they’re just waiting for you to walk up, you as a woman to walk up, where they can grab you.” She encourages women who “see a random car seat” to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline. “Two customers walked out of Wal-Mart after purchasing a new child car seat.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act
Government watchdog organization CREW accused Press Secretary Jen Psaki of Hatch Act violations. Former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also accused Psaki of violating the Hatch Act. WASHINGTON — Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also criticized Psaki Thursday, tweeting that the media should hold Psaki accountable. Trump's 2020 Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech at the White House raised additional concerns about Hatch Act violations.
Democrats hear candidate pitches — including challengers to Sheriff Tom Dart
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been in office for 15 years, but a challenger hoping to oust him next June told leaders of the Cook County Democratic Party on Friday “taxpayers cannot afford another four years” of his leadership. Gercone Navarro, Dart and another challenger, LaTonya Ruffin, were among the candidates running in the 2022 primary who showed up to kiss the rings of Cook County Democratic Party leaders Friday. The party’s ranks are comprised of committeepeople who represent the city’s 50 wards and 30 suburban Cook County townships. Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and challenger Kari Steele, who currently serves as the president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, also asked for the party’s endorsement. On Thursday, party leaders heard from judicial candidates and those seeking to be elected — or reelected — to the Cook County Board of Review.
Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. It’s part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. Biden went on to outline how his plan would reduce child care costs for Connecticut residents, and noted the disparity between U.S. spending on early child care versus greater investments by other countries. House progressives are balking at supporting that roads-and-bridges bill until agreement is reached on a path forward for the social safety net package. Asked specifically if he was calling out Biden, McAuliffe said, “I put everybody there.” McAuliffe is in a tight race with Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a state Biden carried by 10 points last fall.
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. President Joe Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”“We’re all thinking about President Clinton today,” he said. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
Aamer MadhaniAssociated PressWashington – A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. After CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we” in response to the question.
Jill Biden hits road to boost turnout in 2 governor's races
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, an ex-state Assembly member. So go grab a beer and go vote.”Democrats, eager to boost turnout for the off-year elections, dispatched the first lady to rally support in the Nov. 2 governors' races. It marks the first time that Jill Biden has been back on the campaign trial since stumping for her husband in last year’s presidential campaign, and it underscores the political stakes for the White House.
Biden reassures progressives on cuts to spending bill
And we're going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. Democrats on Capitol Hill are working to reduce the sweeping package to about $2 trillion in spending, which would be paid for with higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. The proposal includes everything from free child care and community college to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors and a number of significant provisions meant to combat climate change. They're all key items for progressives, but moderates have balked at the original $3.5 trillion price tag. With slim margins in the House and the Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill.
Kayleigh McEnany accused of hypocrisy for complaining about Psaki backing candidates: ‘Sit this one out’
According to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, at least 13 Trump administration officials were found by OSC to have violated the Hatch Act. Crew also found that 16 Trump officials racked up more than 60 violations, calling the Trump administration’s October 2020 record “an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process”. Crew noted that one of those 16 officials was Ms McEnany, who was filmed promoting Mr Trump’s reelection campaign and attacking Mr Biden while on White House grounds in her official capacity. One ethics expert, former White House Office of Government Ethics boss Walter Shaub, did not mince words in his response to Ms McEnany. “Remember when you defended Republicans having their convention broadcasted from the White House?” she wrote.
Uber Freight boss warns US is entering shipping ‘Armageddon’
Lior Ron, the head of Uber’s freight operation, calls the cumulative result of the trucking shortage and shipping bottlenecks “shipping Armageddon”. In an interview with CNBC, the Uber Freight boss said the shortage of drivers is entire logistics sector needs to step up. Other Republicans, including former President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, looked to cast blame on Mr Biden via social media, where he was one of many MAGAworld influencers pushing the hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe on Twitter this week. This is not called a supply chain for nothing,” he said. “Strengthening our supply chain will continue to be my team’s focus.
Two Conservative members of Biden's Supreme Court packing commission quit
President Biden's bipartisan commission studying potential ways to change the Supreme Court lost two of its conservative members on Friday, even as it remained split on the idea of court packing. Although the Constitution establishes the Supreme Court, it permits Congress to decide how to organize it. This Act created a Supreme Court with six justices. AdvertisementThe commission had warned that 'rather than calm the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court, expansion could further degrade the confirmation process' in the Senate. 'There could be significant battles over any Justice added by a Court expansion measure.
'Tucker doesn't understand bottle feeding': Pete Buttigieg fires back at Fox News host Carlson
'I guess he [Tucker] just doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave', the Transportation Secretary told MSNBC's Deadline White House on Friday night. Buttigieg attended a meeting with Biden, business leaders and teamsters on Wednesday to work out a solution for supply chain bottlenecks. 'Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed. 'The thing about paternity leave is there isn't much for dad to do when the baby is a newborn, especially if mom is breastfeeding. 'Pete Buttigieg is completely unqualified to handle the supply chain crisis,' Republican Senator Tom Cotton tweeted on Wednesday from his campaign account.
Biden gives some clues on potential compromises to his social safety net plan
(CNN) President Joe Biden laid out areas of potential compromise to his massive 10-year spending plan during a speech on Friday at a childcare center in Connecticut. "I'm convinced we're going to get this done," Biden said of the ongoing negotiations during the first stop of his trip in Hartford. While in Connecticut, Biden also attended a dedication ceremony later Friday at the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. It was expected that Biden would see every member of the Connecticut congressional delegation during the trip, as well as Connecticut Gov. Ahead of his departure to Connecticut, Biden refrained from speaking with reporters -- a pattern that has played out over the last week.
Biden concedes Democrats ‘are not going to get $3.5 trillion’ for their social spending bill as Manchin and Sinema force huge cuts
President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. AP Photo/Evan VucciBiden publicly acknowledged that his $US3.5 ($AU5) trillion social spending bill will need to be cut. We’re not going to get $US3.5 ($AU5) trillion,” he said at a speech at a childcare center in Hartford, Connecticut. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on their safety net bill. Biden has privately floated a $US2 ($AU3) trillion price tag as a possible compromise. Biden appeared to suggest that another reconciliation bill could be in the cards, a possibility some House Democrats haven’t been ruling out for next year.
Two conservatives resign from Biden's Supreme Court commission
Nelson confirmed to The Hill that he resigned, adding “it was an honor for me to be part of the Commission.” Goldsmith did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ADVERTISEMENTThe White House expressed its appreciation for the professors' five-month tenure on the commission, but did not provide an explanation for the departures. “These two commissioners have chosen to bring their involvement to a close,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. Although the commission did not take positions on the potential measures, the draft report sounded a note of caution about the risks associated with adding justices to the bench, a measure favored by some liberals. When the commission convened Friday, several liberal members criticized the draft discussion materials over its treatment of the court expansion proposal, according to excerpts of the meeting distributed by the progressive court reform advocacy group Demand Justice.
Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations
Her individual donors also included a who’s who of powerful people in the pharmaceutical industry. Top donors included the pharma giant Gilead’s CEO, Daniel O’Day, who gave $5,000 this past quarter. The executive chair of Merck’s board, Kenneth C. Frazier, also gave $2,900, as did the chair and CEO of Bristol Myers Squibb, Giovanni Caforio. Meanwhile, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s executive vice president for policy and research Jennifer Bryant, senior vice president for federal advocacy Anne Esposito, and executive vice president for public affairs Debra DeShong each gave $1,000. Sinema’s role in negotiating down President Joe Biden’s agenda has brought her ire from the party’s progressive activists.
Protests greet debut of Italy's workplace COVID-19 pass rule
The so-called “Green Pass” shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. A worker who fails to show a Green Pass at work is considered absent without justification; if the worker shows up anyway without a valid Green Pass, he or she could face fines from 600 euros to 1,500 euros. But there were some seeming anomalies: Supermarket cashiers and hairdressers have to have a “Green Pass” to work, but their clients don't need one to shop or get a haircut. Full vaccination is required for health workers, retirement home workers and workers caring for the disabled, as well as psychologists, osteopaths, chiropractors and medical students. Not even the Vatican was spared opposition to the new requirement: Three Swiss Guards quit and another three were suspended after they refused to get vaccinated before the Vatican's green pass requirement went into effect.
The Complex Business of Vaccine Mandates
Doctors and nurses are much more likely to have been immunized than housekeepers, home health workers, nursing aides, and others with less education. By contrast, in some New York nursing homes, a third of employees hadn’t received a single dose. But staffing will become a bigger issue as mandates for health-care workers are instituted across the country. In understaffed hospitals and nursing homes, vaccine mandates seem to present an unwelcome trade-off. When it comes to vaccine mandates, the choices we face are not equivalent: mandates are sure to save more lives in aggregate.
Jen Psaki Says Biden Has 'No Intention to Lead an Insurrection' While Explaining Decision to Release Documents
During a briefing with reporters Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the administration is concerned about setting a precedent by handing over information to the committee investigating the attack on the U.S Capitol. Former President Donald Trump, whose supporters stormed the building in Washington in January, has cited executive privilege in his objection to the release of certain documents, according to the Washington Post. "This President has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation's Capitol," Psaki said, in a not-so-veiled dig at the former president. "We're going to assess and review, as is standard in the process, the documents and any efforts to exert executive privilege on a case-by-case basis," Psaki said. And we will continue, as it relates to executive privilege for other issues, to evaluate that on a case-by-case basis, as every White House has in the past."
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 28 views | 0 commentsSource: www.tovima.grThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
Quad to hold first-ever head of states meet today
Added: 12.03.2021 4:42 | 25 views | 0 commentsNew Delhi [India], March 12 (ANI): Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a strategic forum comprising India, Japan, Australia and the United States of America, will hold its first-ever head of states meet virtually on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be meeting virtually with President Joe Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia. The Quad, mooted by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, has met regularly at the working and foreign ministers...
Kamala Harris came in to solve issues in Central America. The problem is now much bigger
Added: 15.10.2021 13:17 | 31 views | 0 commentsWhen President Joe Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to address the reasons people migrate to the US southern border, her focus was on addressing problems in Central America. But seven months later, it's migrants arriving from even farther away in South America who are overwhelming the administration, leaving the White House with a larger problem that officials are still looking for ways to solve.
Beyond blunt truths about Columbus Day, Biden presses for real progress for Indigenous people
Beyond blunt truths about Columbus Day, Biden presses for real progress for Indigenous peopleAdded: 15.10.2021 15:30 | 30 views | 0 commentsThe Biden Administration, the first to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day, is also pushing a number of programs to improve infrastructure and representation for Native Americans.
Tracking the political appointees Biden is nominating to fill the top roles in his administration
Tracking the political appointees Biden is nominating to fill the top roles in his administrationAdded: 15.10.2021 14:45 | 33 views | 0 commentsFollow the president-elect’s progress filling nearly 800 positions, among the 1,200 that require Senate confirmation, in this tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 24 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Biden administration struggles with cascading crises and controversies, from border to supply chain and more
Biden administration struggles with cascading crises and controversies, from border to supply chain and moreAdded: 15.10.2021 22:36 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe leadership of several Biden administration departments is struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them.
Biden pushes child care proposals in Connecticut
Added: 15.10.2021 21:01 | 16 views | 0 commentsU.S. President Joe Biden visited a child care center in Connecticut Friday, to argue that investments in child care and other social safety net programs are imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy.
NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change
As long as climate change continues, everyone has to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Following a directive from the Biden administration, last week NASA and other federal agencies released climate action plans. “We’re one of the agencies that isn’t just a victim of climate change, but we’re at the forefront of understanding climate change and bringing science to the table to help us make better decisions.”NASA and other parts of the federal government sought to develop climate plans during the Obama administration, and they’re now reviving those efforts. NASA officials initially made adaptation assessments in 2011, which were updated in 2015, and they’re now being updated again. NASA’s action plan describes the costs of recent extreme weather events, likely worsened by climate change, that come with big bills for repair.
What If Panic Over Social Media Is Overblown?
In his new book Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future, Robby Soave questions the conventional wisdom which says that social media represents an unprecedented threat to the well-being of America’s youth. “I think there’s been a lot of panicking about social media that’s disproportionate to the actual harm,” Soave says in Episode 488 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “A lot of this is hyperbole; a lot of this is overblown.”He says the current furor over social media is reminiscent of the way politicians talked about video games like Doom and Mortal Kombat back in the ’90s. “I like that when I’m on Facebook, I’m getting [ads for] Dungeons & Dragons merchandise rather than commercials for cars,” he says. They are treating social media like Big Tobacco right now—we heard that over and over again.
FDA Backs Boosters, Travel Restrictions Lift, and More Coronavirus News
The FDA backs additional doses, international travel restrictions end, and vaccine mandate rules progress. HeadlinesFDA panel signs off on additional Moderna and Johnson & Johnson dosesToday, an FDA advisory committee recommended a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot. Pandemic travel constraints lift around the worldThe Biden administration announced today that, starting November 8, it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors from 33 countries, including a number of European nations, China, and Iran. Next month, the US will also lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers entering the country from Canada or Mexico by land. Australian officials have said that vaccinated travelers coming to Sydney will no longer need to quarantine starting next month.
U.S. to ease Covid travel entry rules, require vaccinations for foreign visitors on Nov. 8
WASHINGTON — Travel restrictions that the U.S. imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic will be partially lifted for nearly three dozen countries on Nov. 8, the Biden administration announced Friday. White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz said in a tweet that the new policy will begin Nov. 8 and will require foreign national travelers from 33 countries to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. Foreign nationals from these countries were previously barred from entering the U.S. because of the virus. Officials said that the new system will put stricter requirements in place for travelers coming from outside those 33 countries.
Are At-Home COVID-19 Tests Accurate?
With schools and offices reopening, at-home tests allow people to quickly and easily know if they have the virus and could potentially spread it to others. Paul Sax, clinical director of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is an advocate for rapid at-home tests. According to Sax, the at-home molecular and antigen tests are about as accurate as the ones you’d get in person. With the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant, demand for at-home tests has skyrocketed, and it’s often difficult to find them in stock. BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test at Home Kit $24 One of the first at-home rapid antigen tests to earn FDA authorization, the BinaxNOW tests come two to a box and are FSA eligible.
So What Are Trump’s Cabinet Members Up to These Days?
The same cannot be said of former president Donald Trump’s Cabinet members, who simply could not stop getting investigated for ethics violations; for literally falling asleep during meetings; and for wasting taxpayer money on private jets, lavish office furniture, and personalized commemorative coins. Over the six months, the records show three separate trips to Cabo San Lucas — the Mexican resort, where Mnuchin had also vacationed during Trump’s presidency. Me You Madness, the film written by, directed by, and starring Louise Linton, wife of Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn’t disagree. Perry stressed that he has “historically been a very anti-drug person” and still strongly opposes legalizing drugs for recreational use.
Fully Vaccinated Travelers Can Visit U.S. Starting November 8
Photo: Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty ImagesThe United States will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions on November 8 to allow fully vaccinated visitors from Europe and several countries outside of Europe to travel to America. Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced that travel restrictions would also be lifted for vaccinated travelers entering the country across the borders with Canada and Mexico. Air travelers will still need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure, as well, while those entering via land borders will not. Unvaccinated travelers remained barred from crossing into the U.S. via a land border, though there are some exceptions, like some children, as well as commercial drivers and students, who won’t have to prove they are vaccinated until January. Thus, health officials can follow up with inbound travelers if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.
There’s Now CDC Data on How Much More Likely Unvaxxed Adults Are to Die of Covid
Throughout the month of August, unvaccinated adults were 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than fully vaccinated adults, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also found that unvaccinated adults faced a six times as likely to contract the virus than fully vaccinated adults. The data marks the first time the CDC has released information about how Covid-19 risks can differ depending on vaccination status. Since April of this year, fully vaccinated adults have died from Covid-19 at a minimal rate: 1.2 deaths per 100,000 people. There’s no telling how many lives the vaccine has saved as millions more have gotten inoculated.
Trump Assures GOP Donors He Doesn’t Enjoy Being Peed Upon
During a private speech at a Republican retreat in Palm Beach on Thursday, the former president assured the crowd full of wealthy donors, lobbyists, and elected officials that getting doused in urine is not one of his sexual proclivities. “I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. “You know the great thing, our great first lady — ‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one. (This would not technically constitute a golden shower, but Trump seemed eager to address the subject more broadly.) “It was a dying party, I’ll be honest,” Trump said of the GOP before he took office.
Supply chain issues: What are they and how will shortages impact the holiday shopping season?
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden revealed plans to help tackle bottlenecks within our supply chain, including plans to turn ports into 24/7 operations. “This is the first key step for moving on entire freight transportation and logistical supply chain nationwide to a 24/7 system,” said Biden. So, what is the supply chain, and why should you care about these issues? The supply chain is how we get nearly all of the stuff in our lives that we want and need. How do supply chain issues affect me?
Johnson & Johnson, Texas, NASA: Your Friday Evening Briefing
panel recommended boosters of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for millions of Americans. The decision by the panel of independent experts likely means that the 15 million adults who received the one-shot vaccination will be eligible for an additional injection two months after their initial dose. accept the recommendation, as expected, boosters could be offered as early as the end of next week. Here’s what to know about the Johnson & Johnson boosters. The vote concludes a series of recommendations over the last month to back boosters for all three vaccines used in the U.S., adding momentum to a booster program that the Biden administration has called crucial to its fight against the pandemic.
Navy SEALS seeking religious exemptions to vaccine mandate facing intimidation and harassment, sources say
A series of new directives by the Navy are promising severe punishment, including demotions, pay cuts and a ban on travel for SEALS, and other Navy service members, who do not comply with the vaccine mandate. On Oct. 6, the Navy issued a directive banning all official and non-official travel for non-vaccinated service members and their spouses and dependents. Patricia Kreuzberger told Fox News that although she could not speak specifically on matters affecting the SEALS, service members are entitled to seek religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Servicemembers are entitled to seek religious exemptions and those requests will be considered in keeping with current Navy policy." She also said that the Navy has been reviewing service members' filed religious exemptions to the mandate on a "case-by-case" basis.
Higher home heating costs could burn a hole in your wallet this winter
Shannan Phillips Hunt, a 47-year-old personal trainer in Bloomsbury, New Jersey, is fearful of how her family’s already-strained budget will get further stretched by increased heating costs. In Europe, natural gas prices are up over 350 percent following a summer of high demand and low supply. Crude oil has climbed over 60 percent this year, pushing up closely tied heating oil prices. In 2019, U.S. oil production was 12.29 million barrels per day. Experts say homeowners can take several steps to tackle higher energy prices this winter.
Factbox: COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?
U.S.President Joe Biden stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth as they meet at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, June 13, 2021. Several prominent leaders have yet to say if they will attend the U.N. COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in person next month, which Britain's Queen Elizabeth commented on in a moment caught on an open microphone. -Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. -Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett-Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Friday he will go. -New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said he is still considering how he will participate, including the possibility of taking part online.
U.S. Capitol Police officer instructed Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence, prosecutors say
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction-of-justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. In the days after the attack, scores of rioters flaunted their participation in social media posts that bragged about their ability to get inside the Capitol. Despite initial criticism that Capitol Police did not do enough to stop the rioters, Riley is the first Capitol Police officer to be charged with a crime involving the insurrection. Other law-enforcement officers were investigated for their presence at the Capitol that day or at Trump’s rally before the riot. In September, Capitol Police said officials had recommended disciplinary action in six cases after an internal review of officer behavior stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Investment plans could consider ESG initiatives under Biden plan to revoke Trump guidance
The Biden administration has proposed changes to make it clear that administrators of retirement-investment plans can consider environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions. The proposal is in line with President Joe Biden’s executive order to safeguard Americans’ financial security from climate-related financial risk, according to the Department of Labor. It follows through with the current administration’s decision not to enforce the rules finalized under the Trump administration last year, which contained language requiring retirement-plan fiduciaries to make investment decisions based solely on “pecuniary,” or financial, factors.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act
WASHINGTON — Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also criticized Psaki Thursday, tweeting that the media should hold Psaki accountable. Trump's 2020 Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech at the White House raised additional concerns about Hatch Act violations. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act by government watchdog group
China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible
Amazon's audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, in the latest examples of the country's tightening rules for internet firms. Audible said in a statement Friday that it removed its app from the Apple store in mainland China last month "due to permit requirements." The makers of apps for reading and listening to the Quran and Bible say their apps have also been removed from Apple's China-based store at the government's request. CHINA KNOWS BIDEN ADMIN IS ‘INCREDIBLY WEAK’ RIGHT NOW: MALLIOTAKISThe maker of a Bible app said it also removed its app from the Apple store in China after learning from Apple's App Store review process that it needed special permission to distribute an app with "book or magazine content." The removals were first detected this week by AppleCensorship, a website that monitors Apple's app store to detect when apps have been blocked, especially in China and other countries with authoritarian governments.
COVID: Not everyone will need a booster, experts say
Johnson & Johnson said studies showed boosting at two or six months can bring effectiveness up to 94%. If the FDA follows its advisers’ recommendations, more than 90% of people vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson shot — nearly 14 million people — will be eligible for the booster right away. Meanwhile, Moderna’s EUA request mirrored the groups authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine. Third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines are already authorized for some immunocompromised people. And while many Covid-19 vaccine mandate campaigns from the public and private sectors have met with success, some agencies are finding pushback from a vocal subset.
At Second City, a mediocrity rises from the ashes
What’s radical about “Together at Last,” the first Second City mainstage revue in almost two years, is that it’s not all that radical. Aside from a few tweaks, it’s typical 21st century Second City: sketches and blackouts performed with high energy, frenetic pacing and flashy lighting. Second City: ‘Together at Last’ : 2.5 out of 4 CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ When: Open run Where: Second City, 230 W. North Ave. Tickets: $29 Run-time: Two hours, including intermission Info: secondcity.com“Madness,” unfortunately, was a mess. And while this show also falls short of Second City standards, the ensemble has become more deft and the material a little stronger. Watching nimble comic minds instantly spin gold from suggestions is one of the great thrills of Second City.
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?
Not all analysts agree that the Democrats’ legislative agenda is unlikely to affect the midterms. Bill Clinton lost 54 House seats in 1994 after passing a sweeping budget bill, a substantial crime bill, and the most significant gun-control legislation Congress has ever approved. Republicans also gained eight House seats in 2002, after President George W. Bush passed his tax-cut and education-reform bills over the previous two years. No single cause explains all of these results, positive and negative, for the president’s party. House Democrats already surrendered in 2020 many of the most Republican-leaning seats they had captured two years before.
Biden hugged by little boy during daycare center visit
A little boy took a shine to President Joe Biden as he greeted children at a daycare center in Connecticut. The president was visiting Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford as part of a trip to promote his Build Back Better Agenda which includes investments in early care and education. As Mr Biden stopped by a playground to meet the children, one young boy threw is arms around the president as he crouched down to talk to him. Sign up to our US evening newsletter here.
Trump loving restaurant boss loses customers after hanging ‘patriots only’ anti-Biden sign
A Trump-loving business owner is filled with regret after posting an anti-Biden sign outside of his Italian restaurant. Eddie’s Ristorante is located in Jupiter, Florida, just 20 miles away from Mar-a-Lago. The Yelp page for Eddie’s Ristorante was flooded with comments like “Come for the biscotti, stay for the Benghazi”, causing the page to be shut down entirely. Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletterAlthough Mar-a-Lago is located in Palm Beach County, Biden was favored among voters by 56 percent to 43 percent in November 2020. Question...In light of the Afghanistant debacle and the border crisis, do you still support Sleepy Joe and the corrupt White House administration?”Lubic told the Palm Beach Post that he is unvaccinated and does not believe that in masks are effective against COVID-19.
Biden administration is building tent cities to house migrants that will cost $24.6million a month
The tent cities, known as 'tent courts,' come at a monthly total cost of $24.6 million to operate. The Biden administration said it has hired contractors to build them up. The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. U.S. officials say the renewed 'Remain in Mexico' policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
EU says rift over with US on French submarines
"We are not going to be masochist and insist once again in our own problems," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on a visit to Washington. "It has been an incident, it has been some misunderstanding, it has been a lack of communication," he told reporters. France last month recalled its ambassadors, accusing the United States of deceit and Australia of backstabbing, after Canberra scrapped a multi-billion-dollar contract for French conventional submarines. Australia said it had decided to pursue nuclear submarines amid rising tensions with China and won the right to the technology as part of a new three-way alliance with the United States and Britain. Borrell at the time voiced solidarity with France, alongside Germany a top power in the 27-nation bloc.
AMLO to discuss tree-planting program with with Biden climate advisor
The United States government’s top climate official will accompany President López Obrador on a trip to Tabasco next week to learn about the federal government’s tree-planting employment program. López Obrador said Friday he will travel to the municipality of Balancán on Monday with John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate. We’re going to the municipality of Balancán, near Guatemala, and John Kerry, the presidential envoy of President Biden is coming,” he told reporters at his regular news conference. “He’s coming [to discuss] climate change matters and to see the Sembrando Vida [Sowing Life] program,” the president said. Mexico asked the United States to commit US $108.4 million a month for the implementation of Sembrando Vida and Youths Building the Future in Central America but the U.S. hasn’t publicly pledged to do so.
Report: Biden Has Not Held a Press Conference Since July—92 Days Ago
President Joe Biden has not held a press conference since July 15, the Republican National Committee’s research team stated Thursday. As of Friday, it has reportedly been 92 days since Biden held his last press conference. The delay in holding a press conference comes as polling the last two months reveals American workers and families believe the president does not possess enough “mental soundness” to be president. Another poll in September by Fox News suggested just 49 percent of registered voters think Biden has enough “mental soundness” to serve as commander-in-chief. “Do you think Joe Biden has the mental soundness to serve effectively as president, or not?” Fox News asked respondents.
Israel Advances Thousands of Housing Units in East Jerusalem as Biden Remains Silent
Givat Hamatos, E1, Atarot and Pisgat Ze’ev – these are all areas in or around Jerusalem that lie beyond Israel’s 1967 borders, where the state is currently advancing extensive building plans for Jews. The Biden administration is so far refraining, at least publicly, from pressuring Israel so that it freezes these construction plans. Given the composition of Israel’s government, such pressure could turn into a political crisis.
Vice president: Brazil ending Amazon deployment of soldiers
Nearly 3,000 soldiers have been in the Amazon for just over three months, working to prevent deforestation and man-made fires. The deployment is the third in President Jair Bolsonaro's administration, stemming from a decree signed in late June, and was extended once already. More recently, he has sought to demonstrate heightened environmental commitment in the face of criticism from the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and troubled institutional investors. His administration first deployed soldiers in 2019 as destruction of the Amazon drew global outcry. At the U.N. General Assembly last month, Bolsonaro credited his administration’s redoubled efforts for the plunge of Amazon deforestation alerts in August, which followed a year-on-year decline in July.
Ron Watkins, believed to be creator of QAnon, claims he's running for Congress in Arizona
In his Telegram video, Watkins stationed himself outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a candidate for U.S. Senate and someone whom Watkins could not secure a meeting with this week. “It had to be this way,” Q wrote. “Fraud vitiates everything and why Maricopa County may be the straw the broke the camel’s back,” Watkins wrote to his more than 200,000 subscribers on April 14. On April 25, Watkins wrote UV lights were being used to inspect ballots because the lights could detect oil from fingerprints. A man named Tony Teora, a science fiction author who said Watkins had asked him to lead his campaign, answered the phone number listed on Watkins' state filing.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act
Government watchdog organization CREW accused Press Secretary Jen Psaki of Hatch Act violations. Former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also accused Psaki of violating the Hatch Act. WASHINGTON — Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also criticized Psaki Thursday, tweeting that the media should hold Psaki accountable. Trump's 2020 Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech at the White House raised additional concerns about Hatch Act violations.
Biden pushes child care proposals in Connecticut
Biden pushes child care proposals in ConnecticutU.S. President Joe Biden visited a child care center in Connecticut Friday, to argue that investments in child care and other social safety net programs are imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy.
Astros vs. Red Sox prediction: Houston will snag Game 1
The Red Sox sent Tampa home and head to Houston playing the underdog role once again in the ALCS. “It’s Chris Sale … and I don’t expect him to come out in the first inning.” Sale did just that in his only appearance vs. Tampa. He allowed five runs in the first inning, but Boston made Sale look better than Jen Psaki makes Joe Biden look by scoring 14 runs. The Astros’ Framber Valdez was almost as bad in his start against the White Sox, allowing four runs over 4 ¹/?. Houston won that game by scoring nine runs.
Get ready for Thanksgiving travel chaos due to unvaxxed TSA workers
“This is shaping up to be a miserable Thanksgiving holiday, at least right now, for airline passengers,” he warned. REUTERS/Seth HeraldThe clock is ticking as TSA workers must receive a first Pfizer jab by Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated by the deadline — and it’s already too late for potential Moderna recipients. “We anticipate the vast majority of TSA employees will get vaccinated,” said TSA spokesman Daniel Velez. The Biden administration should push back the vaccination deadlines for TSA workers along with airline workers until early next year to avoid a holiday travel nightmare, he added. “We anticipate the vast majority of TSA employees will get vaccinated.
‘I like kids better than people,’ Biden says as hecklers shout ‘F–k Joe Biden’
Biden, 78, kneeled on the playground of the Capitol Child Development Center and gave one child a hug and spoke to several others. President Biden hugs a child during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021. As this happened you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling ‘traitor’ and ‘f— Joe Biden. More yelling.”President Biden touches a child’s shirt during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. President Biden promotes his “Build Back Better” agenda during his speech at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021.
'Ingraham Angle' on Loudoun County school board's 'pathetic' response to guest
And even if your grandmother risks, I don't know, dying of hypothermia, Joe says, this is no time to be short sighted. They're going to address this supply shortage by securing agreements with Walmart, FedEx and others for 24/7 operations. I'm going to (inaudible)KUDLOW: I don't think $5 trillion in additional spending is going to reduce the inflation rate. PATTI MENDERS, LOUDOUN COUNTY MOTHER: So I've lived in Loudoun County for 23 years, and I asked a former school board member. But I don't think that's very nice of you, Raymond, to say that.
Biden press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated Hatch Act, watchdog says
White House press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated a law barring executive branch employees from partisan politicking, a government ethics watchdog said Friday. The Office of Special Counsel in 2019 issued a scathing report recommending Conway in particular should be fired for her repeated Hatch Act violations. The Trump administration abuse of the Hatch Act "does not mean we should be casual about compliance with an important ethics law" under Biden, Bookbinder said. "The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path." "After the ethics disaster of the Trump administration, there is extra pressure on the Biden administration to be above board," Bookbinder said, adding, "We hope the Biden administration will give renewed attention to staying on the right side of this law."
The Latest: Nevada concerned by rural vaccination rates
___PORTLAND, Maine — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct. 29 or risk losing jobs. While the vaccination rate among adults in New Mexico hovers around 71.5%, the rate among lab employees is much higher. It said the United States is the single largest contributor supporting COVAX efforts toward global COVID-19 vaccines access. The pass requirement, announced in July, helped boost France’s vaccination rate.
In subpoena fight, Steve Bannon might best Democrats without a winning legal argument
Bannon may have a weak legal argument but still come out triumphant. Kill the Biden presidency in the crib.” He was ordered to testify Thursday before the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection. Does this mean Bannon will be held legally responsible for thwarting the Select Committee’s investigation into the insurrection at the Capitol? Bannon claims he does not have to comply with the Select Committee’s subpoena because any information he has is covered by executive privilege. Bannon’s already weak claim is an apparent attempt to piggyback Trump’s weak claim.
US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks
Iran has hinted it’s ready to return to indirect negotiations with the U.S. but has not yet committed to a date. This has alarmed U.S. officials who fear that if such activity continues, a return to the 2015 deal may be pointless. But he said enough time had already passed for Raisi and his team, which took office in August, to prepare. “We are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course, and these consultations with our allies and partners are part of it. “There is every possibility that Iran will choose a different path, and we need to coordinate with Israel and other partners in the region.”
EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law again on path to high court
In this Oct. 4, 2021 photo, the Supreme Court is seen on the first day of the new term, in Washington. Scott Applewhite)In this Oct. 4, 2021 photo, the Supreme Court is seen on the first day of the new term, in Washington. A federal appeals court on Thursday said the Texas law should stay in force while a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the law proceeds through the courts. It’s just the latest court action on the law, which is now headed for the Supreme Court for a second time. The Supreme Court already has a major abortion case on its docket for December that could reshape abortion rights in America.
NIH Director: I would like to see more manufacturing in low and middle income countries
The U.S. government is facing pressure to do more to force vaccine manufacturers to share their COVID-19 vaccine formulas with the world to help boost global production and vaccination rates, especially in low and middle income countries. "The main way to increase manufacturing of vaccines, right now, is in the facilities that are already doing this. It takes months, sometimes years, to establish brand new vaccine manufacturing facilities and get them actually credentialed to be sure they're safe," Collins said. "I would like to see a lot more vaccine manufacturing capability in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa," Collins said. Companies like Moderna (MRNA) and Pfizer (PFE) have come under fire for not doing enough to contribute to low and middle income countries.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act
WASHINGTON — Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also criticized Psaki Thursday, tweeting that the media should hold Psaki accountable. Trump's 2020 Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech at the White House raised additional concerns about Hatch Act violations. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act by government watchdog group
Lazy crane operators making $250,000 a year exacerbating port crisis, truckers say
In an aerial view, container ships and shipping containers are seen at the Port of Los Angeles on September 20, 2021 near Los Angeles, California. “The crane operators take their time, like three to four hours to get just one container. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach account for roughly 40% of all U.S. imports. But the round-the-clock schedule probably won’t matter much because the crane operators work slower at night, said a trucker identified as Oscar. Shows how concerned they are about their customers.”Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, Supply chain, California, TransportationOriginal Author: Tori RichardsOriginal Location: Lazy crane operators making $250,000 a year exacerbating port crisis, truckers say
J&J Booster Backed by FDA Panel; U.S Travel Eases: Virus Update
Most Read from BloombergAuthorization of Moderna Inc.’s shot for adolescents is being delayed by the FDA to review myocarditis risks, Dow Jones reported. “Rising Covid-19 cases have left our hospitals too crowded, and we need action now,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. J&J Booster Backed by FDA Panel (1:37 p.m. NY)Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine booster gained a key recommendation from advisers to U.S. regulators that brings the additional shot a step closer to clearance. Ireland Call to Work from Home (8:41 a.m. NY)Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn urged people to work from home, as Covid-19 cases in the country surge, according to a video on Twitter. U.S. to Open to Vaccinated Travel (8:36 a.m. NY)The U.S. will open its borders to vaccinated foreign travelers on Nov. 8, a move that will expand travel options for those who’ve gotten their shots and clamp down on those who haven’t.
IRS sends $15 billion in fourth round of Child Tax Credit payments
The Internal Revenue Service sent the fourth set of monthly Child Tax Credit payments worth $15 billion to 36 million families. Story continuesJustin Ruben and Rime Leonard draw with chalke to celebrate new monthly Child Tax Credit payments and urge congress to make them permanent outside Senator Schumer's home on July 12, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. Taxpayers can use "The Child Tax Credit Update Portal" to unenroll from the monthly payments. Unlike the three rounds of stimulus payments, the CTC payments have to be paid back if too much was given. Some lawmakers also support making permanent the expansion of the CTC and the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Biden touts childcare provisions in Democratic spending bill
President Biden on Friday implored Congress to pass his party’s major spending bill, saying it would expand access to childcare and make America more competitive in the global economy. Proposals that would reduce the cost of childcare and boost the pay of childcare workers are politically popular and among the spending bill’s least controversial provisions. Childcare workers’ wages would also be raised. In 2020, a childcare worker earned on average $12.24 an hour, according to the Treasury report. More than 15% of childcare workers live below the poverty line and half rely on public assistance programs in 41 states, according to the Treasury report.
Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for infection but ‘on the mend’
Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday. Clinton is in good spirits, talking to family and staff, and has been up and walking, according to both his doctors and his staff. President Joe Biden also spoke with the former President in a phone call on Friday. Hillary Clinton went to the event on Thursday evening to “represent both of them” and then went to the hospital to be with the former President, a Clinton spokesman told CNN. Urena said Thursday that the former President is “on the mend” and “in good spirits.”“On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection.
Bill Clinton reportedly recovering from urological infection
He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. “President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-COVID-19-related infection, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Thursday in a statement. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
President Joe Biden visits Connecticut, making stops in Hartford and at UConn
President Joe Biden came to Connecticut Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 to pitch his massive infrastructure spending bill and to offer congratulations at a building dedication at UConn.
Biden reassures progressives on cuts to spending bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that although he expects his social safety net and climate spending package to shrink, “we're going to come back and get the rest” after it's passed, a seeming effort to assuage progressives worried their priorities may get cut in the negotiations. And we're going to come back and get the rest,” he said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. Democrats on Capitol Hill are working to reduce the sweeping package down to about $2 trillion in spending, which would be paid for with higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. With slim margins in the House and an evenly-divided Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill. The whittling process has sparked concern from some progressives that their priorities could be left out of the bill.
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was said to be recovering from a urological infection Friday, and an aide to the former president said that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital, though not receiving “ICU care.”The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, did not elaborate on the reason Clinton was in the ICU. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. "President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”
Retail sales climb despite rising prices, supply issues
President Joe Biden told Americans this week that his administration is confident that inflation is under control and announced a deal to expand operations at the Port of Los Angeles to help address supply issues. The will to spend on those goods is there, as evidenced in September, however, it was also the weakest sales growth since March, Saunders said. Momentum will not continue indefinitely, he said, rather it will continue to trend down until it reaches more normalized levels, he said. Target usually begins a holiday price-matching program at the start of November to win over customers. ———————AP Economics writer Chris Rugaber in Washington contributed to this report.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
During that brief window, some Texas clinics rushed to perform abortions on patients past six weeks, but many more appointments were canceled after the 5th Circuit moved to swiftly reinstate the restrictions last week. Texas had roughly two dozen abortion clinics before the law took effect, and operators have said some may be forced to close if the restrictions stay in place for much longer. Texas Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group, set up a tip line to receive allegations against abortion providers but has not filed any lawsuits. Kimberlyn Schwartz, a spokeswoman, said Thursday the group expected the Biden administration to go to the Supreme Court next and was “confident Texas will ultimately defeat these attacks on our life-saving efforts.”Already the stakes are high in the coming months over the future of abortion rights in the U.S. In December, the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court will hear Mississippi’s bid to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion.
Retail sales climb despite rising prices, supply issues
President Joe Biden told Americans this week that his administration is confident that inflation is under control and announced a deal to expand operations at the Port of Los Angeles to help address supply issues. The will to spend on those goods is there, as evidenced in September, however, it was also the weakest sales growth since March, Saunders said. Momentum will not continue indefinitely, he said, rather it will continue to trend down until it reaches more normalized levels, he said. Target usually begins a holiday price-matching program at the start of November to win over customers. ———————AP Economics writer Chris Rugaber in Washington contributed to this report.
Biden admits ‘we’re not going to get $3.5tn’ on sweeping investment plan – live
19:59Joe Biden conceded on Friday that the final version of his sweeping social policy and climate change initiative – often referred to as the $3.5tn reconciliation bill – would not be $3.5tn. We’ll get less than that,” Biden said, during an event at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. “We’re going to get something less than that, but I’m going to negotiate,” Biden said. “But I’m going to get it done with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors and the crick not rising.”Joe Biden speaks at the Capitol Child Development Center on Friday. It was cheaper.”At the end of his remarks, Biden said he had been in touch with Bill Clinton, who was hospitalized for an infection and “on the mend”.
Pro-Trump protesters chant ‘f*** Joe Biden’ in front of a group of children
A group of Donald Trump’s supporters chanted vulgar language at Joe Biden as he visited a group of young children at a Connecticut day care centre. Mr Biden was at the Capitol Child Development Centre in Hartford, Connecticut to deliver remarks highlighting the proposed childcare subsidies in his Build Back Better infrastructure package. As he arrived on Friday, a group of Trump-supporting protesters stood nearby, chanting “f*** Joe Biden” and “he’s not our President”. As part of his trip to the state, Mr Biden also visited UConn’s campus in Storrs to attend the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights. The facility houses the papers of both Dodds, and includes the documents from the Nuremberg Trials, which Thomas Dodd led to investigate the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes.
Biden sends best wishes to Bill Clinton after he’s hospitalised for sepsis
President Joe Biden has sent a message of support to Bill Clinton, as he recovers in hospital from a blood infection. Mr Clinton, 75, had been in California to attend several events when he fell ill, and was rushed to the University of California Irvine Medical Centre. Speaking to reporters, Mr Biden said he had been trying to connect with Mr Clinton. “I know you’re asking about President Clinton, I’ve been exchanging calls, he seems to be doing well, and so when I talk to him, I will let you all know,” Mr Biden said. Mr Clinton underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2004 and in 2010 had two stents inserted in an artery after experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath.
COVID-19: US to reopen borders to vaccinated passengers from UK and EU on 8 November
The United States will reopen its borders to travellers from the UK and European Union, lifting a ban that has been in place for more than 18 months. Kevin Munoz, the White House's deputy press secretary, announced that 8 November will mark the moment vaccinated travellers will once again be allowed to fly into the US. "The US' new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8," he tweeted. Image: Joe Biden's administration renewed Donald Trump's travel ban. The American drug regulators have not formally approved the Astra Zeneca vaccine which has been widely administered across the UK and EU.
DeSantis tells Biden he's dividing US and plunging Americans into destitution with his vaccine rules
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at President Joe Biden once again in the latest heated exchange between the two leaders over Biden's sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate. You are trying to take people's jobs away over this issue,' DeSantis said at a press conference on Friday. DeSantis presented a more direct challenge to Biden yesterday, vowing to take the president to court over the rule. All the while DeSantis has consistently resisted statewide health precautions like mask rules and lockdowns. At one point, Florida COVID cases made up one out of every five new infections in the country.
Ethics watchdog files a complaint against Jen Psaki
A prominent outside government ethics watchdog has filed an ethics complaint claiming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she talked up former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, an ethics group that regularly hounded the Trump administration when multiple officials talked politics or promoted merchandise from the White House grounds, announced the complaint a day after Psaki's comments. Administration officials are schooled in the law when they sign on, and Psaki served in the Obama White House. 'The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path.' The complaint comes after former Obama ethics official Walter Shaub rapped Psaki for brushing back on a reporter's question the ethics of Hunter Biden's art sales.
Woman swinging baseball bat and screaming 'Defund the Police' arrested outside Capitol amid protests
AdvertisementA woman who was screaming 'Defund the police' and swinging a baseball bat outside the Capitol on Friday has been arrested, photos from the scuffle show. The woman, identified as Olivia Romano, 25, 'appeared agitated' at around 9:30 a.m. when police approached her. 'The woman, who was not cooperative, started yelling at our officers,' Capitol police told DailyMail.com. Romano apparently bit one a Capitol cop as they tried to take the bat from her. Protesters defaced a statue of Andrew Jackson just outside the White House, writing 'Expect Us' in bright red letters.
Dozens of Oregon law enforcement officers have been members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia
OPB compared data in the Oath Keepers leak against public records, social media and state law enforcement certification information to verify the information. Oath Keepers in Oregon law enforcementThe earliest law enforcement officer in the state to join was Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Farrell, who signed up in 2009, according to the hacked records. According to the Oath Keepers’ website, prospective members are then “vetted” and gain access to a “members only” online forum. Bechtol is one of six Oregon law enforcement officers who joined in the months following the Bundy Ranch standoff, according to the hacked data. Codiga is one of two Oregon law enforcement officers who joined around the time of the Sugar Pine Mine standoff, according to the data.
US Workers Are in a Militant Mood
These, too, are seeing the highest “switch” rates, i.e., workers moving to a different sector. This is the union difference, and it may well determine which workers keep these raises and improvements and which ones don’t. The workers, meanwhile, were offered raises of around $1 an hour and told that the company would eliminate pensions for new hires. With the tighter-than-usual labor market making it harder for employers to replace workers, they decided to strike. While Deere may be a particularly clear case of a corporation refusing to share the wealth with its workers, it is representative of the dynamic fueling the uptick in fightback among workers.
Kyrsten Sinema Is Doing Big Pharma’s Bidding
Pharmaceutical interests have been flooding in donations to Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, who has emerged as the chief roadblock to Democrats’ plan to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. Between July and September, Sinema raised at least $100,000 from the pharmaceutical industry and donors at a private equity firm in the business of outsourcing pharmaceutical research and development, according to her campaign finance report filed Friday. While Sinema previously campaigned on lowering drug prices, Politico reported last month that Sinema had informed President Joe Biden that she opposes the party’s signature drug pricing initiative, which would finally allow Medicare to use its bulk purchasing power to lower prices. Sinema’s new federal election filing shows she raised roughly $55,000 in the third quarter from drug industry executives and political action committees. Sinema additionally received about $47,000 from executives at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
The State Road to Universal Single-Payer Health Care
A deadly pandemic has not convinced the ruling class of the cruelty of a privatized health care system. Arguably the most important example for Medicare for All activists to learn from is the history of single-payer health care in Canada. Nevertheless, the program’s shortcomings developed public opinion and institutional capacity leading to enactment of standardized means-tested assistance (Medicaid) and universal health care for the elderly (Medicare). In short, all of this is to say that working-class people pay less and get more health care in return with a state single-payer system. Contra the scare tactics of single payer’s enemies, rank-and-file union members would not lose their good, hard-won health care; in fact, they would get better health care and better unions from a state-based single-payer system.
Why Won’t New York’s Top Democrats Back the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Buffalo?
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is all in for India Walton, the choice of Democratic primary voters for mayor of Buffalo. “One way or another, a Democrat is going to be elected mayor of Buffalo,” asserted Jacobs, who replaced Brown as state party chair in 2019. If a party primary means anything, it ought to secure support for the nominee from the party machinery and its most prominent elected officials. The governor, a native of Buffalo who has known Brown for decades, has refused to endorse in the race. His role, and that of the highest ranking Democratic officials in our state, should be to uplift Democratic candidates, Democratic voters, and democratic values.
Biden’s climate measures must pass or he’ll go empty handed to COP26
Passage of his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan would allow Biden to go to the coming talks with something solid in hand. If the deal fails to pass by the end of October, however, the President may go to COP 26 in Glasgow with nothing to show. Central to Biden’s climate agenda is a proposed $3.5 trillion package that would establish a new program to incentivize a shrinking reliance on fossil fuels – including taking action on methane contamination, as well as investing in cleaner, more efficient energy. “I could see myself coming below $3.5 trillion but we shall see how far $1.5 trillion goes,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. Of Biden’s presidency, he added, “We are about to attempt to turn the page on a very dark four years for climate action.
Offshore wind revolution to create 77,000 jobs in climate change fight
Two workers look at wind turbines in the North Sea off of the Belgian coast in 2019. A plan rolled out by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland would see the construction of seven major offshore wind farms along the West and East Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not just Republicans and big oil and gas that oppose or question offshore wind farms, however. Less concerned with profits, conservationists worry that large offshore wind farms could kill thousands of birds. The Biden wind farm plan is important for reasons that go beyond domestic politics and stakeholder negotiation, however.
Cooperation with China on climate but conflict elsewhere won’t work
Confrontation with China on the one hand and simultaneous cooperation with China on climate are not possible. | U.S. NavyThe Biden administration claims it can follow a two-track policy with China: cooperation on climate and confrontation elsewhere. Biden also articulates a new foreign policy “for the middle-class” with global cooperation around the climate crisis at the center. The Biden administration sees the climate crisis as the chief national security threat and foreign policy an extension of domestic policy. In addition, the Biden administration is maintaining tariffs imposed by Trump against Chinese goods (tariffs that only hurt U.S. consumers).
Fully Vaccinated International Travelers Will Be Allowed To Enter The US Starting Nov. 8
Fully vaccinated international travelers will be permitted to enter the US starting Nov. 8, White House officials said Friday. Travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination, and additional guidance will be made public soon. Last month, the Biden administration announced that travel restrictions would be lifted for fully vaccinated people starting in early November but did not specify the date until Friday. "This individual-based approach rather than country-based one is the right system," White House pandemic czar Jeff Zients said in September. "International travel is critical to connecting families and friends, to fueling small and large businesses, to promoting the open exchange ideas of culture."
Biden administration to ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
The Department of Justice is planning to ask the Supreme Court to halt the Texas fetal heartbeat abortion law, according to a report. The move comes one day after a federal appeals court rejected the administration’s attempt to stop Texas from enforcing the state’s law, leaving the measure in place. The law, known as SB8, went into effect in September after the Supreme Court denied an emergency appeal filed by abortion providers. The Texas law has been seen as controversial due to its unusual structure, which leaves enforcement up to private citizens. The Biden administration has slammed the Texas law, with the president calling it “un-American.” In September, President Biden directed the Justice Department to find ways to block its enforcement.
Biden admits his $3.5T plan won’t pass — free community college axed
President Biden on Friday admitted that his $3.5 trillion social spending plan won’t pass Congress as proposed — and that free community college is one of the items that may get cut. “To be honest with you, we’re probably not going to get $3.5 trillion this year. The sprawling social spending bill can pass Congress with only Democratic votes under special budget reconciliation rules, but it’s stalled in the Senate because of reluctance over the price tag and specific proposals from centrists including Sens. Manchin previously said he was skeptical about a component that would federally fund free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. The bill would be paid for through tax hikes on businesses and people with higher incomes and through stricter IRS enforcement.
Biden official who said inflation issues are ‘high class problems’ once ripped Trump admin for price increases
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who was eviscerated by critics Thursday for endorsing a tweet that claimed inflation and supply chain issues affecting the country were "high class problems," once ripped the Trump administration for being out of touch on price increases. "Most of the economic problems we're facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL RETWEETS POST CALLING INFLATION, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ‘HIGH CLASS PROBLEMS’Since taking office, the Biden administration has overseen a rising inflation rate that reached its highest point in 13 years. Because I think that is the Trump admin economic message of the day."
Biden says spending bill likely won't be $3.5T this year, but 'we're going to keep coming'
President Biden on Friday maintained that his spending bill would not add to the deficit and said it likely would not reach $3.5 trillion this year, as moderate and progressive Democrats continue to debate a price tag for the package. But he pledged to continue to push for more spending, saying, "we're going to keep coming because the more we demonstrate it works, the more we can do." Biden, during a visit to Connecticut Friday, touted the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the $3.5 trillion spending plan awaiting approval in Congress, saying they are "about strengthening the economy for decades to come." EX-WALMART CEO: HOW BIDEN SUPPLY CHAIN IS A ‘MESS FROM START TO FINISH’Biden said "we're probably not going to get $3.5 trillion this year, we're going to get something less than that." That timeline could slip into November or beyond amid the ongoing clashes between moderate and progressive Democrats on the size of the the president's $3.5 trillion spending plan.
Biden administration again asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law
The Biden administration said Friday it will once again ask the Supreme Court to put a hold on the Texas law that bans abortion after around six weeks of pregnancy. Under the law, known as SB 8, the state takes no action to block abortion but allows anyone to file a civil lawsuit against abortion providers. The Justice Department said Texas cannot take away the right of access to abortion without providing a means to challenge the law in court. But the appeals court issued a temporary administrative stay on Oct. 8, which allowed Texas to put the law back into effect. The Supreme Court declined in early September to block the law, saying the case presented several uncertainties, including whether the court had any authority to act in the case.
Obama to attend Glasgow climate summit, meet with youth activists
REUTERS/Marco BelloWASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Glasgow, Scotland in November to attend the COP26 climate summit where he will meet with youth activists and address the threat of climate change, his spokesperson said on Friday. News of Obama's presence in Glasgow comes as President Joe Biden aims to drum up momentum ahead of the Oct. 31-Nov. 12 summit. Biden confirmed on Thursday that he will attend the opening of the summit after participating in the Group of 20 leaders summit in Rome. Since rejoining the Paris climate agreement when Biden took office in January, the administration set a goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% over this decade. U.S. Congress members from Biden's Democratic party have been negotiating about the bills, with some opposed to the price tag and climate measures.
Moderate Democrats, citing global pact, want 'pause' in international tax changes
“I would encourage Leadership to pause on moving forward with GILTI and international tax changes at this time,” wrote Reps. Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Lou Correa (Calif.), all members of the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition. Delaying those changes in order to accommodate the moderates' demands would cost Democrats’ money. The U.S. and more than other 130 countries have signed off on a framework to rewrite international tax rules, including creating a new 15 percent global tax rate. At a conference this week, a top Ways and Means tax aide acknowledged the moderates' letter. “This is feedback that matters a lot to us,” said Beth Bell, staff director of its Select Revenue Measures subcommittee.
RNC’s WinRed Platform Raising Money For Jan. 6 Witness’s Legal Fund
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee’s WinRed platform is raising money for Jan. 6 witness and former Donald Trump aide Kash Patel’s legal defense fund, further tying the national party to the insurrection Trump incited in a last-ditch attempt to remain in power. “There are certain benefactors who would not be happy about being involved with Jan. 6,” he said on condition of anonymity. “Maybe they’re doing legal defense funds now,” he said, also on condition of anonymity. It is unclear whether WinRed is hosting any other legal defense funds. The House committee investigating Jan. 6 subpoenaed Patel last month because of his knowledge of Trump’s White House on Jan. 6 and the days and weeks leading up to it.
Biden official on supply chain crunch: ‘Bumps along the way’ to reopen economy
Associated PressPresident Joe Biden and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed financial transparency during their White House meeting Thursday, as the East African leader faces scrutiny over revelations that he and his family stashed millions of dollars in hidden offshore accounts. Biden did not directly address the Pandora Papers revelations in a brief appearance with Kenyatta at the start of the Oval Office meeting. The White House said in a statement following the meeting that the leaders “underscored the need to bring additional transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems.”
WRAPUP 3-Rising prices flatter U.S. retail sales; demand for goods remains strong
Retail sales rose 0.7% last month. Data for August was revised higher to show retail sales increasing 0.9% instead of 0.7% as previously reported. Consumer prices increased 0.4% on a monthly basis in September suggesting the so-called real retail sales rose 0.3% last month. Online retail sales rose 0.6%. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales rose 0.8% after increasing 2.6% in August.
Powder still dry on M&A frenzy as banks rake in record profits
Rising inflationary pressures and a job market still recovering from the pandemic are not weighing on Wall Street’s frenzy for mergers and acquisitions, as banks reported blowout earnings. Four giant U.S. banks said this week they had record quarters in advisory fees, as favorable market conditions spurred dealmaking. Refinitiv data shows global merger activity picked up to a record $1.52 trillion in the three months ended Sept. 27. Story continuesThe natural question is whether or not the good times will continue in the M&A market. “With respect to deal activity, there's a lot of dry powder out there,” Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon told analysts Friday.
DoJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
By Paul J. Weber | Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. By going to the Supreme Court, the Justice Department is taking the route that clinics have sought as other legal challenges have failed. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the federal government will now ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision but did not say how quickly. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens. Last month, more than 20 other states, mostly run by Democrats, had urged the lower court to throw out the law.
Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction charges
By Katelyn Polantz and Christina Carrega | CNNA US Capitol Police officer was indicted on obstruction charges in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. According to the indictment, Michael A. Riley told a contact online to remove posts showing the person was in the Capitol building that day. “im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley allegedly wrote to the person. In mid-January, Riley told the person to “Get off of social media.”“Theyre arresting dozens of people aday. They also spoke on the phone, prompting the person Riley communicated with to tell others about being in touch with “capitol police” and to anticipate trespassing charges.
Ron Watkins, believed to be creator of QAnon, claims he's running for Congress in Arizona
In his Telegram video, Watkins stationed himself outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a candidate for U.S. Senate and someone whom Watkins could not secure a meeting with this week. “It had to be this way,” Q wrote. “Fraud vitiates everything and why Maricopa County may be the straw the broke the camel’s back,” Watkins wrote to his more than 200,000 subscribers on April 14. On April 25, Watkins wrote UV lights were being used to inspect ballots because the lights could detect oil from fingerprints. A man named Tony Teora, a science fiction author who said Watkins had asked him to lead his campaign, answered the phone number listed on Watkins' state filing.
Jake Angeli, Arizona's 'QAnon shaman,' pleads guilty to felony obstruction, could get 5 years
Angeli told the judge he was "very appreciative for the court's willingness to have me and my mental vulnerabilities examined." He told Lamberth that he hoped "your honor certainly didn’t take any offense to anything I told the psychiatrist. Watkins said Angeli had been receiving advice from relatives telling him not to plead guilty, sure that Trump would one day pardon him. Watkins told the court, during a June hearing, that Angeli was cooperating with FBI agents investigating the events of Jan. 6. Judge Lamberth ordered that Angeli be fed an all-organic diet in keeping with his professed religious belief as a self-studied shaman.
Sisolak prepares for ‘heated year’ ahead of 2022 election
Steve Sisolak, in an interview at the governor’s mansion in Carson City, said he prays daily for guidance in handling the COVID pandemic. Steve Sisolak defends his record as he prepares for what is expected to be a heated race for re-election in 2022. Steve Sisolak outside the governor's mansion in Carson City Wednesday. Steve Sisolak gave a reporter a tour of the governor's mansion in Carson City Wednesday. Not even the Halloween decorations that festoon the governor’s mansion are above partisan reproach.
Biden reassures progressives on cuts to spending bill
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” he said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. With slim margins in the House and an evenly-divided Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill. The whittling process has sparked concern from some progressives that their priorities could be left out of the bill. It’s part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. House progressives are balking at supporting that bill until agreement is reached on a path forward on the social safety net package.
Biden to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ migrant policy
The Biden administration said on Friday it plans to reinstate the Trump-era border policy known as Remain in Mexico, which forced at least 70,000 asylum seekers to stay in Mexico, many for extended periods and in deprived and dangerous conditions, while they waited for their cases to be considered US courts. Joe Biden suspended the policy formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in his first days in office, but a federal judge ordered his administration to put it back into place. Donald Trump introduced Remain in Mexico in January 2019. It also fails to address the forces pushing people north to the US-Mexico border and the huge backlogs in US immigration courts. “They had a lot of options here, including re-terminating MPP promptly and seeking to vacate the order,” Jadwat said.
DOJ urges justices to halt Texas abortion law after appeals court ruled it could continue last night
The Biden administration announced on Friday it would ask the Supreme Court to throw out a Texas law that bans almost all abortions after a federal appeals panel allowed the restrictions to stay in place. A day later, Department of Justice spokesman Anthony Coley said the administration would ask justices of the Supreme Court to overturn that result. 'The Justice Department intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit's stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8,' he said. The Biden administration was under pressure from abortion rights supporters to go to the Supreme Court even before the announcement. But Texas' law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens.
Doug Lamborn demands OIG investigate Attorney General Merrick Garland's links to Panorama Education
School board meetings and other normally tame parent-teacher forums have become a hotbed for ideological confrontations over Critical Race Theory (CRT) vaccines and mask mandates. Xan Tanner, founder of Panorama, is married to the attorney general's daughter, Rebecca GarlandBut Garland's daughter, Rebecca Garland, is married to Alexander 'Xan' Tanner, founder of Panorama Education. 'This is a federal law that Attorney General Merrick Garland has to enforce,' the Colorado Republican wrote. Parents Defending Education (PDE), a parent group accusing Garland of conflicts of interest, posted screenshots of what they alleged were Panorama Education surveys. Panorama describes its role as supporting '13 million students in 23,000 schools and 1,500 districts across 50 states.'
Biden publicly concedes the $3.5 trillion for 'human infrastructure' bill won't happen
President Joe Biden publicly conceded Friday that the dollar amount of the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill was going to shrink during a speech at a child care center in Connecticut. President Joe Biden arrives at the Capitol Child Development Center Friday in Hartford, ConnecticutPresident Joe Biden hugs a toddler outside the Capitol Child Development Center. He then talked about his own family when bringing up child care costs. Biden's proposed Build Back Better bill, which he's dubbed 'human infrastructure,' includes provisions for climate change, universal pre-K, child care assistance, tuition-free community college, paid medical and family leave, the extension of the child tax credit and enhanced Medicare coverage. In Hartford, Biden aimed grievances at Republicans and tax cheats, not his fellow Democrats.
Trumpist county clerk barred after leak of voting-system passwords to QAnon
A Colorado judge on Wednesday barred Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from supervising elections due to the leak of voting-system BIOS passwords to QAnon conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins. "As such, Peters and Knisley are unable or unwilling to appropriately perform the duties of the Mesa County Designated Election Official. The judge wrote:During the Mesa County "trusted build", confidential passwords were required. The passwords were maintained on a spreadsheet contained on a laptop [that Colorado Department of State Senior Voting Systems Specialist Danny] Casias brought with him from Denver. On August 2, 2021, the Secretary learned that the confidential passwords had been publicly disseminated and an investigation began.
Vaccinated travelers from abroad can enter the U.S. on Nov. 8.
International travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus who have been barred from entering the United States during the pandemic will be able to enter the country on Nov. 8, according to a White House official, marking an end to restrictions that had walled off tourists and relatives seeking to visit their families. The specific date for when the Biden administration would lift travel restrictions for those traveling by air or hoping to cross the land border was previously unclear. The administration last month said it would be implementing a new system in which fully vaccinated foreigners who show proof of a negative coronavirus test would be able to fly to the United States in early November. Earlier this week, administration officials said those hoping to enter from Mexico or Canada who are fully vaccinated would be able to cross at the same time. But thousands around the world eager to organize their travel plans were still left wondering what specific date they would be able to enter.
Resilient shoppers push retail sales higher in September
Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in September from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. Yet there are lingering concerns as to how resilient shoppers will be if prices continue to head north and shortages lead to frustration heading into the crucial holiday season. Online sales rose modestly as shoppers feel more comfortable shopping at physical stores. Government data shows Americans spending more on things like food, rather than plane tickets or dinners out. AFP via Getty ImagesEconomists have forecast at least a 7% increase in holiday sales, but the pandemic had made predictions more difficult.
Opinion : McConnell can’t avoid it. He must directly refute Trump’s election fraud claims.
He can start with the bully pulpit he commands, the Senate floor. He can give a speech — or better yet, a series of speeches — specifically demolishing each of Trump’s lies. He can explain why Dominion’s voting machines couldn’t have flipped votes as many Republicans believe they did, and why post-election hand checks of paper ballots would have caught them if they did. He can painstakingly show how election officials in large, Democratic-run cities may have been sloppy, but they did not stuff the ballot box after the fact to push Biden over the top. And he can conclusively prove that demographically similar communities behaved in the same way whether they were in swing states or safe states, and whether mail-in balloting was a feature or a bug of each state’s voting.
David Bossie: Inflation, supply chain are 'high class problems'? Biden, Dems are irresponsible and tone deaf
For months, I’ve described the repulsive behavior of today’s Democratic Party under the leadership of President Joe Biden as the new unholy trinity of politics: irresponsible, arrogant, and tone deaf. And White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s promotion of a tweet describing our nation’s ongoing inflation and supply chain crises as "high class problems" is no exception. High gas prices are not high class problems. Super expensive groceries are not high class problems. The specter of Christmas toy shortages and not enough Halloween costumes on the shelves or Thanksgiving turkeys on the table are not high class problems.
Ari Fleischer: Biden Chief of Staff’s retweet on inflation, supply chain proves Dems are now party of the rich
TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL RETWEETS POST CALLING INFLATION, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ‘HIGH CLASS PROBLEMS’On Election Day 2020, the price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.122. These aren’t high class problems. The Democrats must view them as low-class people who don’t have high class problems. Democrats can claim they’re only raising taxes on the rich, even though their legislation is a direct, tax-hiking contradiction of that claim. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTEREvery time the Democrats claim they’re taxing the rich, middle-income Americans end up paying the tab.
Biden administration to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ asylum policy to comply with court order
The Biden administration will reinstate a Trump-era border policy in November that forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden ended the policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of the policy. Title 42, first implemented in March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, denies certain migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum. The revival of the MPP policy still hinges on the approval of the Mexican government.
Fund childcare to allow more moms to join workforce, Biden says
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, U.S., October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Leah MillisHARTFORD, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden touted a crucial part of his economic plan, funding for childcare that will free parents, mostly women, to work for pay, in a speech at a Connecticut childcare center Friday. "How can we compete in the world if millions of American parents, especially moms, can’t be part of the workforce because they can’t afford the cost of childcare or eldercare," Biden said. Biden recounted his own experience as a young senator, after his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. Even on a congressional salary, "I could not afford childcare" for his two sons, Biden said, adding he was lucky to have relatives who could help.
Biden on spending bill negotiations: 'We're not going to get $3.5 trillion'
President Biden spoke about his Build Back Better Agenda and the importance of child care during a visit to a school in Connecticut. The president felt optimistic a deal would be reached but admitted it would be less than the original $3.5 trillion investment.Oct.
Richmond emerges as make-or-break battleground in tight Virginia race
Both McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have homed in on Richmond and Central Virginia, bombarding the area with on-the-ground visits and TV advertising. Throughout the race, Democrats have been staring down an enthusiasm gap in polls: Despite McAullife’s narrow lead in most surveys, Republican voters have consistently said they are more enthusiastic about the election. McAuliffe, in an interview, hinted at that challenge for Democrats with Trump out of the White House. The Republican ticket is also focused on the Richmond area. In control of the levers of power in Washington and Richmond, Democrats like McAuliffe and Spanberger, the local member of Congress, are eager to show that the party can deliver on its promises.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
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U.S. to lift restrictions Nov 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers
Many praised Friday's announcement, including Sweden's ambassador to the United States Karin Olofsdotter, who called it "very welcoming news." On Tuesday, the White House announced it would lift restrictions at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/us-relax-travel-restrictions-passengers-uk-eu-november-source-2021-09-20 from 33 countries in early November. The CDC plans to issue new rules soon on contact tracing for international air travelers.
UPDATE 1-Fund childcare to allow more moms to join workforce, Biden says
(Adds Biden quotes)By Jeff MasonHARTFORD, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden touted a crucial part of his economic plan, funding for childcare that will free parents, mostly women, to work for pay, in a speech at a Connecticut childcare center Friday. "How can we compete in the world if millions of American parents, especially moms, can’t be part of the workforce because they can’t afford the cost of childcare or eldercare," Biden said. The White House is also pushing for tax credits for businesses to build on-site childcare. Biden recounted his own experience as a young senator, after his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. Even on a congressional salary, "I could not afford childcare" for his two sons, Biden said, adding he was lucky to have relatives who could help.
This week in Bidenomincs: Doing less with less
But Democratic leaders have lumbered along as if unaware of this fatal divide among liberals and moderates in their own party. Biden calls it his “build back better” plan, but that doesn’t mean anything. The most-favored programs was universal preschool, with the child tax credit second, subsidized child care third and paid family leave fourth. The broader point is there are many ways to trim the Biden plan and still produce meaningful policy improvements. If Biden gets both bills—the bipartisan infrastructure plan and a shrunken reconciliation bill of around $2 trillion—he’ll look shrewd.
Biden administration says it will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. AdvertisementJustice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the federal government will now ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision but did not say how quickly. The Biden administration was under pressure from abortion rights supporters to go to the Supreme Court even before the announcement. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens. Last month, more than 20 other states, mostly run by Democrats, had urged the lower court to throw out the law.
From Cambridge to Kandahar: Two Afghan families, one hope for escape
There’s hardly time to meet with immigration lawyers and monitor visa applications for the dozens of family members relying on him to help get them out. On the perilous 10-hour drive to Kabul, Mohammad realized he might never see his home city again. On Friday, Ali woke to news that suicide bombers hit a mosque in Kandahar, killing at least 50 on the Islamic holy day. Mohammad and his family were uninjured, but family members of his friends died in the blast. “Kandahar was a city, a wonderful city, full of life just like here in Cambridge.
Biden pushing child care provisions in stalled spending bill
By ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFEHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden argued that investments in child care and other social safety net programs are imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy during a visit to a child care center in Connecticut on Friday, as part of his continued push for his stalled social spending bill. Biden visited a child development center in Hartford to promote his proposal to make such care free for lower-income families, and ensure that families making up to 150% of their state’s median income pay less than 7% of their salaries on child care. The proposal is part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. House progressives are balking at supporting that bill until agreement is reached on a path forward on the social safety net package. Asked specifically if he was calling out Biden, McAuliffe said, “I put everybody there.” McAuliffe is in a tight race with Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a state Biden carried by 10 points just last fall.
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
Austin, Texas — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the federal government will now ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision but did not say how quickly. The Biden administration was under pressure from abortion rights supporters to go to the Supreme Court even before the announcement. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens. Last month, more than 20 other states, mostly run by Democrats, had urged the lower court to throw out the law.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
THE FACTS: Current tax proposals and policies do not call for either of these actions. The requirement would not extend to bank accounts that have less than $600 in transactions per year or contain a balance of less than $600. The Biden administration argues this data may give the IRS a better sense of who might be receiving large incomes that they aren’t reporting. But claims the proposal would allow “direct access to your bank transactions” are incorrect. Banks would not be able to report individual transactions to the IRS.
Trump-supporting restaurant’s anti-Biden poster backfires
An Italian restaurant owner in Florida has admitted he regrets turning away Democrats and non “patriots” after his controversial stunt went wrong. Eddie Lubic, who runs Uncle Eddie’s restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, started displaying a sign in front of his businesses that read: “We are only serving patriots of the USA”. "I gained some, but I probably lost more people than I gained,” said the Italian restaurant owner. Mr Lubic said it had also been "very tough on his staff”, as well as his business, and that a hostess aged 19 had been cursed “100 times a day”. Anybody calling Uncle Eddie’s restaurant to complain about his sign is meanwhile met with an advisory that says to “save your breath.”Reviewers were divided on Google, with a customer writing: “Great restaurant.
Mike Pompeo says Biden is 'diminishing' America in the world
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accepted a Nixon Foundation award in California and accused the Biden administration of failing to appreciate that there is 'evil and there is good' in the world. 'At its very core, what the Biden administration fails to understand is there is a harsh reality out there, that there is evil and there is good,' he said. The Biden administration credits the deal with contributing to the chaotic total withdrawal of troops in August. Pompeo, a potential GOP presidential candidate, also hammered the Iran nuclear deal, which Barack Obama inked, Trump withdrew from, and Biden is seeking to renegotiate. Critics and some policy experts fear the US has ceded influence to China with the Afghanistan withdrawal and Taliban takeover.
Lebanon tensions, Elections in Iraq, Energy crunch, Covid health pass, Mozzarella vs. Camembert
If the Lebanese are spooked, it is because it happened on what was a frontline during the civil war between Christian and Shia militias. AdvertisingA staunch denial by onetime hardline Christian militia leader Samir Geagea.The 68-year old leader of the Lebanese Forces party putting out a statement hours after the fighting. Over in Iraq, they also launched an anti-corruption, pro-reform movement two years ago and there too, it is an uphill battle. Joe Biden also brought in representatives of retailers like Walmart, logistics firms United Parcel Service and FedEx, and electronics supplier Samsung. For the silent majority, it is all about staying safe while staying out of it.
Report: Biden has the power to prevent 1.6 billion metric tons of emissions annually
According to the group’s analysis, the Biden administration has the power to stop 24 proposed oil and gas infrastructure projects that would cumulatively release more than 1.6 billion metric tons of planet-warming greenhouse gases each year. That’s equivalent to the annual emissions from 404 U.S. coal-fired power plants, or about one-fifth of the entire country’s emissions from 2019. Economically speaking, such preemptive actions are the low-hanging fruit of climate action, compared with decommissioning fossil fuel infrastructure that has already been built. (Activists are still asking the Biden administration to suspend key permits and halt operations pending an environmental review.) “Do what you say you’re going to do,” he said, including by blocking the fossil fuel infrastructure projects that are poisoning his community and others.
The End of American Militarism?
And he should endorse Section 2340A of Title 18 of the United States Code, which makes it a federal crime for public officials to engage in torture outside the United States. That the United States should exert itself to alleviate these problems is no doubt the case. Nuclear war (or a nuclear mishap) remains one of the most immediate threats to humanity. Members of that establishment accept it as given that the United States should enjoy privileges and prerogatives not allowed to any other country. Perhaps the United States should consider the present moment as an invitation to reassess that proposition.
'Re-election stimulus': Texas GOP tax relief proposals use billions in Biden COVID aid
Republican leaders in Texas are proposing to use billions of dollars in COVID relief funding for voter-pleasing tax relief — and it’s all thanks to President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Washington. That would give the GOP a major campaign talking point for the upcoming midterm elections, but it would be a drop in the bucket for most Texas property owners — and zilch for the 38 percent of Texas households that rent, critics say. A separate bill then uses state tax dollars to provide $2 to $4 billion of property tax relief for homeowners, businesses and corporations. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Houston Republican who authored the property tax bill, SB 1, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. House lawmakers are scheduled to debate the property tax and COVID relief legislation Friday, then members of both chambers are likely to spend the weekend ironing out the differences in their proposals.
The DOJ Has No Business Investigating Parents Over Heated Rhetoric at School Board Meetings
These percentages are even higher in high schools, where books by critical race theorists are much more likely to be assigned to students than in elementary schools. If you can videotape the police during a tense encounter or an arrest, then you can certainly film yourself talking to school officials, even if they think their responses make them look bad to the public. In response to the NSBA’s letter, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department would investigate “harassment, intimidation, and threats” aimed at school officials or employees. The NSBA’s complaint about “cyberbullying attacks” follows coordinated parent email campaigns against the teaching of critical race theory in the public schools. Taping school board members saying stupid things could run afoul of that provision, such as the example the NSBA gave of a man calling school officials while on Facebook Live.
How Can You Talk Effectively to Anti-Vaxxers, Flat Earthers, and Climate Deniers? ? Current Affairs
And, you know, you’re right. That’s right. That’s right. That’s right. But first we have to go out there face to face and to begin to talk to them.”And I think that’s the central lesson here.
Iowa Senate Districts 7 and 39
Today, I am going to be looking at two Iowa Senate Districts: SD 7 and SD 39. Both SD 7 and SD 39 have traditionally leaned fairly heavily Democratic. It’s interesting, though, that Hubbell performed better in SD 39 than in SD 7. However, both SD 7 and SD 39 were among the few bright spots for senate Dems that year. Currently, there are also two other districts based in Johnson County located directly east of SD 39, which are both reliably blue.
Texas House Districts 66 and 67
Today, I am going to be looking at Texas House Districts 66 and 67, both located in Collin County, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. TX HD 66 and TX HD 67 traditionally have leaned heavily Republican but have trended rapidly towards the Democrats in recent years. (Romney carried the district by roughly the same margin as he did in HD 66). Prior to 2018, HDs 66 and 67 were reliably Republican districts, with Democrats not even contesting these seats in 2012 or 2014. Instead, the Republicans have sacrificed HD 70 (located directly north of the current HD 67).
Deniers Debunk Themselves: Climate Concern Polls and Fossil Fuel Trolls
Even though, as we've noted, it should be on the fossil fuel industry to clean up their pollution, not the public. While “somewhat concerned” remained flat at 30%, and the somewhat/not very concerned set shrunk by 4%, down to 28% of registered voters they polled. There are just as many people willing to pay $100 as there are people unwilling to pay anything. — are willing to pay their own money to clean up the fossil fuel industry’s mess. But the fact that fossil fuels are expensive and unreliable is so obvious that even other conservatives are balking at the bad-faith “Blame Biden” Bandwagon.
Biden admin says it may resurrect previous admin's cruel Remain in Mexico policy by next month
Remain in Mexico was implemented by the prior administration with one goal in mind, and that was to hurt asylum-seekers. But when they were operational under the previous administration, these tent proceedings were widely criticized as kangaroo courts and sham justice. "Reimplementation is not something that the administration has wanted to do,” a Biden administration official said according to CBS News. Remain in Mexico was a cruel & horrific policy that caused immense human suffering,” Human Rights First said. “The Biden admin should issue a memo re-terminating it immediately.” Remain in Mexico “is rotten to its core,” said the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.
Just 3,200 asylum-seekers have been able to pursue relief under cruel Title 42 policy, report says
Migrants are being prevented from exercising a basic human right, which is to apply for asylum,” asylum officers’ union president Michael Knowles told CBS News. https://t.co/N2HPGTkycf — Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) October 14, 2021Psaki has also defended Title 42 as “a public health requirement,” as Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas has claimed the administration is continuing the policy “out of a public health need.” This is bullshit. Title 42 has been a bad-faith effort from the start, implemented under political pressure by former Vice President Mike Pence and noted white supremacist Stephen Miller. Yet, the Biden administration has made a decision to keep letting him continue dictating asylum policy, not only extending Title 42, but also defending it in court.
Good News Roundup for Friday, October 15, 2021: Let's Roll up Our Sleeves
And you may be wondering, what the heck is this list (which is incomplete) doing in the Good News Roundup? Come in, dear gnusies, and take a rest in the good news before you roll up your sleeves and resume the fight. And today, we have some good news: They’re going to help speed up the delivery of goods all across America. She handled it really, really well like a pro, and I was really happy that she was there. (They’re really good!
America to conservative Democrats: ‘We suffer while you debate’
Mount, the home health aide needs the raise and the professional elevation Biden’s plan to expand those services would bring. Do I pay my water bill or pay my electric bill? The need to talk to W. Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project in Atlanta, Georgia. He estimates his group reached 1.2 million Black men in Georgia in 2020, getting them to the polls. It’s time that Sinema and Manchin were reined in, with all the power that Schumer and Biden carry over their political lives.
Morning Digest: Baffled by new map, two West Virginia Republicans announce bids for wrong district
Mooney, however, issued a poorly edited statement saying, "I am excited to be running for re-election in the new First District of West Virginia." The map has already passed the Senate, so once the House approves it, it will go to Republican Gov. 3Q FUNDRAISING? MO-Sen: Vicky Hartzler (R): $446,000 raised, $1.65 million cash-on-hand? NH-Sen: Maggie Hassan (D-inc): $2.97 million raised, $6.5 million cash-on-hand? OH-Sen: J.D. Kathy Hochul ahead of what could be a competitive 2022 Democratic primary to keep her new post. Bibb outpaced Kelley 27-19 in last month's nonpartisan primary; Kelley soon released an internal showing him edging out Bibb 32-30.
Inscrutable Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is charting a path out of office, new poll shows
“She will be facing immense headwinds.”The poll used the same tools to call the New York City mayoral primary, but in this case putting Sinema up against Rep. Ruben Gallego in 2024. It’s a proposal that includes addressing climate change, child care, expansion of both Medicare and Medicaid, and sweeping changes in issues of racial injustice. The “maverick” senator, as Sinema likes to refer to herself, also has serious communication issues, choosing to exclusively speak with the White House—and only when she’s in the mood. “I have already told the White House what I am willing to do and what I’m not willing to do. As Michelle Cottle writes in an op-ed for The New York Times, internal struggles are a fact of politics, but Sinema isn’t on the winning side at the moment.
Biden’s Supreme Court commission proves to be the farce we all expected
Never mind all those other ideological cases, where Republicans are winning. The commission knows that’s a lie, because they were told that in the August testimony of Aaron Belkin, founder of Take Back the Court, who warned them that the testimony they heard from critics of Supreme Court expansion was a lie. “The simple fact is that these witnesses produced no actual precedent for Senate Republicans’ actions, because none exist,” Belkin testified. x Senator Whitehouse's statement on the SCOTUS commission report. pic.twitter.com/Yy8pHGPFyI — southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 15, 2021This commission demonstrates the lie that is “bipartisanship” in 2021.
Stranded Afghans Who Fled the Taliban Say the US Left Them Behind
Khan is now in northern Pakistan, having retained his status as a refugee with the United Nations. The Taliban has long operated out of northern Pakistan, and Khan says he is still not safe. U.S. officials say they are prioritizing U.S. citizens, Afghans who assisted the U.S. coalition, and others who are vulnerable to the Taliban for resettlement. However, about 600 Afghans fear they have been stranded, according to M.E.M, an evacuee and journalist from Kabul who is among them. Still, Khan says Pakistan has no interest in permanently integrating Afghans like him, and he fears both remaining there and returning to Afghanistan under the Taliban.
?The COVID-19 scandal Tucker Carlson doesn’t want you to know about??
America’s most popular TV host, Tucker Carlson, continues to share baselessCOVID-19 conspiracy theories with his millions of Fox News viewers whilecomparing vaccine mandates to authoritarian overreach. Jaisal Noor: Tucker Carlson Tonight even aired multiple segments on Nicki Minaj’s debunked claim [that] her cousin’s friend’s testicles became swollen after taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Tucker Carlson: [laughs] She doesn’t care if Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s testicles are enlarged, and his fiance left. Tucker Carlson: But the principle remains. And Tucker Carlson and others like him are ultimately serving these corporations’ interests, not the public’s.
To Deter Israeli Strikes on Gaza, US House Reps Should Prepare Floor Fight
Another such path is invoking the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The main obstacle to this approach is that on a typical day, Pelosi and Hoyer control what sees the light of day on the House floor. These follow the structure of “prohibit X, unless Y.”For example, the Bowman Syria War Powers Amendment didn’t just say Get out of Syria. Here’s the beauty: these two strategies can be used in complementary combination, as Khanna has done on Yemen War Powers. And he still had — and still has — the Yemen War Powers Resolution threat, any time he wants.
Over 530 Arrested in Historic Indigenous-Led Climate Protests in DC
This week over 530 climate activists were arrested during Indigenous-led civil disobedience actions in Washington, D.C., calling on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop approving fossil fuel projects. We begin today’s show in Washington, D.C., where over 530 climate activists have been arrested in a historic week of civil disobedience calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop approving fossil fuel projects. AMY GOODMAN: Indigenous youth activists are scheduled to lead a march to the U.S. Capitol today. This week’s protests in D.C. come just weeks before the start of the critical U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. CNN is reporting President Biden is planning to attend along with 13 Cabinet members in the first week.
Ascendant Dem Hawk Wants to Pre-Authorize War With China ? Brick House
Virginia Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria, who early this year was elevated within the House Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to pre-authorize President Biden to take military action to defend Taiwan against China. The measure had 18 House Republican co-sponsors in the previous Congress. “It also defies logic to suggest that such an authorization would deter or prevent large-scale conflict, as it would surely be seen as a provocation by China. Defense contractors’ PACs donated $42,750 to Luria’s campaigns from January 2019 to June 30, 2021. Forty defense executives, who told the FEC their titles included president, CEO, chairman, or director, have given their employers’ PACs more than $10,000 since 2019.
Jan 6 Committee Will Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt for Violating Subpoena Order
“Steve Bannon has violated a congressional subpoena and missed his opportunity — w/o jail time or court order — to come clean about the Jan. 6 insurrection,” Raskin said on Twitter. Previously, Trump has told four of his former aides who were subpoenaed by the select committee to defy their orders. The DOJ has already stated that former aides to Trump need not worry about violating Trump’s supposed executive privilege. “President Biden does not uphold the former President’s assertion of privilege,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter to the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero. The Presidential Records Act gives final decision-making power related to claims of executive privilege to the current president.
After Hurricane Ida, Louisianians Offer Bold Visions for Climate Resilience
But I’m curious about that because I want to kind of unpack the difference between gray infrastructure and green infrastructure. And then green infrastructure or natural infrastructure is another term for it, is the use of biomimicry and regeneration of natural landscapes. So the climate task force, in my opinion, should have been, uh, a collection of local climate activists and national, and maybe even international climate uh, scientists. Because when you put in green infrastructure, you reduce heat island effects and you also obviously reduce flooding. And then hurricane Betsy and hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Laura and every single time people come back stronger.
Ascendant Democratic Warhawk Wants to Pre-Authorize War With China
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Virginia Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria, who early this year was elevated within the House Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to pre-authorize President Biden to take military action to defend Taiwan against China. “It also defies logic to suggest that such an authorization would deter or prevent large-scale conflict, as it would surely be seen as a provocation by China. Forty defense executives, who told the FEC their titles included president, CEO, chairman, or director, have given their employers’ PACs more than $10,000 since 2019. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Supply chain issues: What are they and how will shortages impact the holiday shopping season?
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden revealed plans to help tackle bottlenecks within our supply chain, including plans to turn ports into 24/7 operations. “This is the first key step for moving on entire freight transportation and logistical supply chain nationwide to a 24/7 system,” said Biden. So, what is the supply chain, and why should you care about these issues? The supply chain is how we get nearly all of the stuff in our lives that we want and need. How do supply chain issues affect me?
Justice Dept. to Ask Supreme Court to Block Texas’ Near-Total Abortion Ban as Legal Fights Continue
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will ask the Supreme Court to block a Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy while a challenge to it moves forward, a spokesman for the Justice Department said on Friday. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday kept in place its own previous order last week that had temporarily allowed the law to be enforced again, overturning a federal district judge in Austin who had temporarily blocked its enforcement. “The Justice Department intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8,” the spokesman, Anthony Coley, said in a statement. The 2-to-1 decision by a three-judge appeals panel dealt the Biden administration a significant setback, as it seeks to undo a law that has virtually ended abortions in the State of Texas.
Retail sales jump in September as consumers spend more and prices rise.
The gains come as supply chain disruptions tied to the pandemic persist and rising prices continue to dampen consumer confidence. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Survey, a gauge for spending behaviors, fell in September after declines in the previous two months, prompted by the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus and inflationary pressures. Prices of consumer goods rose more than expected in September, with people paying more for items like meat, eggs and furniture, the Labor Department reported on Wednesday. To relieve some of the supply chain issues, President Biden announced Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles will double its hours of operation. Major companies including Walmart, UPS and FedEx will also expand their working hours in hopes of addressing backlogs in the global supply chains that deliver critical goods to the United States.
Biden administration says it will restart ‘Remain in Mexico’ program next month — if Mexico agrees
The Biden administration said Thursday it’s preparing to reinstate by mid-November former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program for asylum seekers — but only if Mexico agrees to it amid a continued surge of illegal immigrants. The Remain in Mexico policy requires most asylum seekers who reach the southern border — usually after traveling from Central America or the Caribbean — to remain in Mexico while US courts review their claims of persecution. A federal judge ruled the Biden administration can no longer cite COVID-19 to rapidly deport migrant families. The Biden administration intends to continue fighting the Remain in Mexico policy in court. US District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled last month that the Biden administration can no longer cite COVID-19 to rapidly deport migrant family units.
Joe Biden to call Bill Clinton in hospital, sends ‘his best wishes’
President Biden plans to call former President Bill Clinton in the hospital to wish him a speedy recovery, the White House said Friday. “The President sends his best wishes to President Clinton, President Biden will be speaking to them later today,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One during a flight to Connecticut. “They have not connected yet but we’re hoping to connect them later today,” she said. Hillary Clinton was seen leaving California Irvine Medical Center after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was admitted. “President Biden will be speaking to [the Clintons] later today,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
DHS says it anticipates re-starting Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy in November, is rebuilding tent courts
The Department of Homeland Security says it is ready to reinstate the Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy by mid-November in response to a court order upheld by the Supreme Court – even as it works to abolish the program by a different method. The Biden administration began unraveling it earlier this year, even amid soaring migrant numbers, and formally ended it in June before the court ruling ordered a reversal. In a filing on Thursday, the Biden administration said it had made "substantial progress" in re-implementing MPP, even as it says it is seeking alternative ways to end the program. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn a statement DHS said it is taking "necessary steps" to comply with the order, despite its appeal and efforts to end the policy. "As announced previously, DHS also will be issuing a memorandum terminating MPP," a spokeperson said, adding that it would not take effect until the injunction is lifted.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the federal government will now ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision but did not say how quickly. 5TH CIRCUIT COURT GRANTS A STAY, ALLOWS TEXAS ABORTION BILL TO GO INTO EFFECTThe Biden administration was under pressure from abortion rights supporters to go to the Supreme Court even before the announcement. Kimberlyn Schwartz, a spokeswoman, said Thursday the group expected the Biden administration to go to the Supreme Court next and was "confident Texas will ultimately defeat these attacks on our life-saving efforts." Last month, more than 20 other states, mostly run by Democrats, had urged the lower court to throw out the law.
Marc Thiessen: Biden admin inflated gas prices by 'declaring war on fossil fuels'
Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen discussed rising gas prices and inflation on "The Faulkner Focus," and criticized the Biden administration's "war" on the fossil fuel industry. INTERNET REACTS TO BRUTAL NEW ECONOMIC DATA: 'NOT WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO SEE'MARC THIESSEN: Higher gas prices are a result of deliberate choices. The Biden administration declared war on fossil fuels. They have made clear that they intend to put the fossil fuel industry out of business. That is a result of—when you tell a business you’re going to put them out of business they’re not gonna drill new wells and Wall Street’s not gonna invest in the fossil fuels industry, so they’re exacerbating that.
Arizona sheriff sounds alarm on massive fentanyl seizures: 'The war on drugs is back'
Mark Dannels, sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, warned that the war on drugs is back and will continue to get worse until the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. Dannels told "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer that law enforcement and Border Patrol have been set up for failure. SEN. BLACKBURN TOURS BORDER, SAYS CRISIS ‘CANNOT CONTINUE’ AS SHE CALLS ON BIDEN TO STEP UPSHERIFF MARK DANNELS: They've set us up for failure here on the southwest border completely. This fiscal year we've had 10,000 pounds of fentanyl, 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin, and 311,000 pounds of marijuana come through the southwest border this fiscal year. The war on drugs is back, and until America steps up on this and secures this border it's only going to get worse.
The IRS sent out the October CTC payment—but some parents say they are still missing September's
The fourth advance child tax credit (CTC) direct deposits were sent out Friday, with over $15 billion disbursed to the families of approx. Since July, when the first of the advance payments went out, the department says it has sent more than $61 billion to families. Eligible families will receive the other half of the credit when they file their 2021 taxes next year. Families who don't usually file a tax return can still give their personal information to the IRS via the agency's CTC update portal and receive the advance payments they've missed. The IRS acknowledged in a statement Friday that many families did not receive their September payments on time.
IRS sends $15 billion in fourth round of Child Tax Credit payments
The Internal Revenue Service sent the fourth set of monthly Child Tax Credit payments worth $15 billion to 36 million families. Justin Ruben and Rime Leonard draw with chalke to celebrate new monthly Child Tax Credit payments and urge congress to make them permanent outside Senator Schumer's home on July 12, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. Taxpayers can use "The Child Tax Credit Update Portal" to unenroll from the monthly payments. Unlike the three rounds of stimulus payments, the CTC payments have to be paid back if too much was given. Some lawmakers also support making permanent the expansion of the CTC and the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Biden's Education Dept. sends a message to 6 student-loan companies: 'Meet the tougher standards or face consequences'
announced it extended contracts for six student-loan companies through 2023. FSA head Richard Cordray previously said student-loan companies were shutting down due to fear of accountability. "FSA is raising the bar for the level of service student loan borrowers will receive," FSA head Richard Cordray said in a statement. Cordray said during remarks at a conference earlier this month that student-loan companies are choosing to shut down rather than face more accountability. As Insider has previously reported, borrowers have experienced immense difficulty receiving help from their student-loan companies, preventing them from paying off their student debt.
Doctor: 'Just a matter of time before another COVID-19 surge' as new infections fall
President Joe Biden touted the country’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 this week as new cases decline and vaccination rates rise. “It's just a matter of time before we have another surge,” Dr. Murtaza Akhter, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Emergency Physician told Yahoo Finance Live in an interview. “We have critical work to do and we can’t let up now... I’m calling on more business to step up. Nearly 2,000 Americans are dying each day from the virus as hospitalizations in some northern states continue to trend upward. Follow her on Twitter @SeanaNSmithFollow Yahoo Finance on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flipboard, LinkedIn, YouTube, and reddit
'This stuff is driving us nuts': Small biz lashes out at crippling supply chain woes threatening holiday
Better get your holiday shopping done early. The White House is calling for the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California to operate 24/7. Administration officials promise a “90-day sprint” to alleviate backlogs ahead of the critical holiday shopping season. ‘This stuff is driving us nuts’Container ships wait off the coast of the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in Long Beach, California, U.S., September 29, 2021. And across the board and down the aisles, other small businesses are feeling the pinch as the holiday season draws closer.
Ex-Walmart CEO: How Biden supply chain is a ‘mess from start to finish’
Former Walmart president and CEO Bill Simon ripped the supply chain under President Joe Biden on Friday, calling it a "mess from start to finish." "There's a shortage of labor in our distribution system and there's a shortage of people to put [items] on the shelf," Simon explained. BIDEN RESPONDS TO SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS, URGES PRIVATE SECTOR TO ‘STEP UP’He suggested that Biden’s first step to overcoming supply chain disruptions is to address the ongoing worker shortage. House Republicans penned a letter to the Biden administration Thursday asking to evaluate solutions for the "ongoing supply chain crisis," noting disruptions would continue into 2022. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREAnd until that ends, Simon believes the U.S. will continue to face a labor shortage and, consequently, supply chain issues.
Inside President Biden's Roadmap for a Climate-Resilient Economy
The Biden Administration unveiled a roadmap to build a climate-resilient economy on October 15. The White House said that the agency actions will protect retirement plans, homeowners, consumers, businesses and supply chains workers and the federal government from financial risks of climate change. Here are the six major work streams to address it:
Bitcoin ETF Set To Launch Next Week
Barring a last minute setback, it looks like the SEC is finally set to approve the long-elusive bitcoin ETF. The SEC's review period for four different bitcoin ETF filings is set to run out before the end of October. Bloomberg published a story last night saying that a "bitcoin futures ETF would not face opposition from the SEC". The timing of this is important because two separate bitcoin ETF filings - the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF and the Invesco Bitcoin Strategy ETF - are coming up on the SEC approval deadline on Monday and Tuesday of next week, respectively. In other words, the filings set to be ruled on next week would check all of Gensler's major sticking points.
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in its attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley says the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision. The Texas law is the nation’s biggest curb on abortion in nearly 50 years. Last month, the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect but did so without ruling on whether it is constitutional. Last month, more than 20 other states, mostly run by Democrats, had urged the lower court to throw out the law.
Today in History
Country singer Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town) is 52. Today is Friday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2021. In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic. In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In 2020, with their debate in Miami canceled following the president’s coronavirus infection, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off in dueling televised town halls.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Steve Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
Arizona universities to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees, including student workers
Arizona’s three state universities will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with new federal requirements, university officials announced on Friday. The University of Arizona said university employees, including student workers and graduate assistants and associates, have to show proof of full vaccination by Dec. 8 unless they have received a religious or disability accommodation. Just over half of UA employees have provided their vaccination records so far, according to university spokesperson Holly Jensen. Northern Arizona University officials said the requirement will apply to all employees, including undergraduate and graduate student workers. Arizona State University did not immediately provide details on its mandates.
All three Arizona universities to issue COVID-19 vaccine mandates
The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University will require all employees to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless they have been granted a religious exemption or disability-related accommodations. The move, announced Friday, comes soon after President Joe Biden issued a an executive order requiring a vaccine mandate for federal employees, including institutions that contract with the federal government, like the UA and Arizona's two other major universities. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has told these institutions to make sure their employees are fully vaccinated by Dec.8. At the same time, the state of Arizona is involved in ongoing litigation challenging a judge’s recent ruling that banning mask and vaccine mandates at public colleges and universities is unconstitutional. Friday was apparently the tipping point.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
Circuit Court of Appeals a “testament that we are on the right side of the law and life." A 1992 decision by the Supreme Court prevented states from banning abortion before viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, around 24 weeks of pregnancy. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens. Only once has a court moved to put the restrictions on hold — and that order stood for only 48 hours. Texas had roughly two dozen abortion clinics before the law took effect, and operators have said some may be forced to close if the restrictions stay in place for much longer.
All three Arizona universities to issue COVID-19 vaccine mandates
The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University will require all employees to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless they have been granted a legitimate religious exemption religious or accommodations for a disability. The move, announced Friday, comes soon after President Joe Biden issued a an executive order requiring a vaccine mandate for federal employees, including institutions that contract with the federal government, like the UA and Arizona's two other major universities. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has told these institutions to make sure their employees are fully vaccinated by Dec.8. At the same time, the state of Arizona is involved in ongoing litigation challenging a judge’s recent ruling that banning mask and vaccine mandates at public colleges and universities is unconstitutional. Friday was apparently the tipping point.
Biden pushing child care provisions in stalled spending bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to highlight his plan to lower the cost of child care for most American families as he makes the case for his stalled social spending bill during a visit to Connecticut on Friday. Biden is visiting a child development center in Hartford to promote his proposal to make such care free for lower-income families and ensure that families making up to 150% of their state's median income pay less than 7% of their salaries on child care. The proposal is part of a massive expansion of the social safety net that Biden has championed and is aiming to pass with just Democratic votes in Congress. The president's sales pitch comes as his Democratic allies have raised alarm that the American public does not understand the benefits of the package. There is renewed urgency among Democrats to push through the package ahead of an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding, Biden's upcoming foreign trip, and a closer-than-anticipated race for Virginia's next governor.
It’s time to face up to Trump, the dangers he poses and the role Mitch McConnell plays
Al CrossOpinion ContributorThis column has never dealt at length with Donald Trump because it’s about Kentucky politics. But now, Kentuckians and our federal representatives face the prospect of another Trump presidency, which could pose a clear and present danger to the way we govern ourselves. Unlike establishment Republicans, Trump speaks without embarrassment on behalf of an aggrieved segment of Americans, not exclusively white, who feel they have been taking it on the chin for too long. “You could see the struggle in Mitch McConnell about whether to throw Donald Trump overboard,” the House’s chief impeachment manager, Adam Schiff, said on PBS and KET Tuesday night. “You could see that he recognized what a disaster Donald Trump is for the country, but I think he concluded ultimately that if he tried to throw Donald Trump overboard, he himself would be thrown overboard.
Biden administration to ask supreme court to halt Texas abortion ban
The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the US supreme court its attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. The move by the justice department comes after an appeals court on Thursday night left in place the law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. Justice department spokesman Anthony Coley says the federal government will ask the supreme court to reverse that decision. The Texas law is the nation’s biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. Last month, the supreme court allowed the law to take effect but did so without ruling on whether it is constitutional.
Jack M. Mintz: Albertans should vote 'yes'
Share this Story: Jack M. Mintz: Albertans should vote 'yes'Jack M. Mintz: Albertans should vote 'yes' If Albertans vote to remove it from the Constitution Act, perhaps that will cause Ottawa to finally clean up its equalization act Photo by David Bloom/Postmedia filesArticle content On municipal election day next Monday, Albertans have a chance to express their views about equalization. Try refreshing your browser, or Jack M. Mintz: Albertans should vote 'yes' Back to video Some voters have been scratching their heads as to why Alberta would hold a referendum about a federal program. The province currently receives no equalization payments and even if the referendum does spur reform of the existing system, that won’t change. Still, Albertans’ federal taxes help finance equalization, so they have a stake in the program, as do voters in all other provinces. Article content The current equalization program is rife with problems, some technical and some due to political gamesmanship.
Climate crisis poses ‘serious risks’ to US economy, Biden administration warns
Gina McCarthy, Biden’s top climate advisor, said that the climate crisis “poses a risk to our economy and to the lives and livelihoods of Americans, and we must act now”. Under Donald Trump, the US ditched many of these policies, declining to factor in climate change when making decisions over the building of new infrastructure, for example. Trump was infamously skeptical about the climate crisis and was exuberant about pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, agreed at the groundbreaking UN global summit on climate in France in 2015. Biden’s budget proposal for fiscal 2023 will feature an assessment of climate risks. The Department of Veterans Affairs will also look at climate risks for its home lending program.
Biden administration will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion ban
A 1992 decision by the Supreme Court prevented states from banning abortion before viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, around 24 weeks of pregnancy. But Texas’ version has outmaneuvered courts so far due to the fact that it offloads enforcement to private citizens. Anyone who brings a successful lawsuit against an abortion provider for violating the law is entitled to claim at least $10,000 in damages, which the Biden administration says amounts to a bounty.
Justice Department to ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban
The move gives the justices a chance to once again consider a law they declined to block last month, a decision that made Texas the first state to ban abortion early in pregnancy since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized the procedure in 1973. The state’s ban was briefly blocked by a lower court earlier this month but was reinstated just 48 hours later by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law includes no exemptions for victims of rape or incest, and has prompted patients as young as 12 to seek out abortion clinics hours away in neighboring states. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on keeping Texas’ law in place while litigation continues — the court’s third decision in favor of the ban over the last few months. The Supreme Court is already preparing to hear a separate case in early December surrounding a Mississippi abortion ban that represents a direct challenge to Roe, but could decide to hear the Biden administration’s challenge on Texas before that date.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
Abortion Texas FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2021 file photo people participate in the Houston Women's March against Texas abortion ban walk from Discovery Green to City Hall in Houston. A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation’s toughest abortion law to resume in Texas. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File) (Melissa Phillip)AUSTIN, Texas — (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court in another attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. The Biden administration was under pressure from abortion rights supporters to go to the Supreme Court even before the announcement. But Texas’ law has outmaneuvered courts so far because it offloads enforcement to private citizens.
U.S. to ease travel restrictions for foreign visitors who are vaccinated against Covid
The U.S. will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday. Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Biden administration is also tightening rules for unvaccinated U.S. citizens returning home. European and British officials have lifted entry bans for U.S. and other visitors since vaccines became widely available this spring, but the Biden administration hadn't reciprocated. In June, the U.S., U.K., EU, Mexico and Canada announced they would form a group to study how to safely reopen international travel.
Biden administration preparing to restart Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' policy in November
WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration announced late Thursday it will reimplement a policy that forces migrants at the southern U.S. border to stay in Mexico as they await an immigration hearing. The Biden administration was forced to restart the program after attempting to end it earlier this year. The U.S. Supreme Court in August denied a request by the administration to stay a lower court order requiring it to restart the policy, also known as “Remain in Mexico.” That essentially forced the administration to resume the policy; DHS has appealed the ruling in the lower courts. "DHS is taking necessary steps to comply with the court order, which requires us to reimplement MPP in good faith. Last month, DHS announced it would in the coming weeks issue a memorandum ending the "Remain in Mexico" policy that would take effect after the current injunction is lifted.
Answers to Your Questions About Covid Booster Shots
What to Know About Covid-19 Booster Shots Who is eligible for a booster shot? The same panel is scheduled to meet on Oct. 15 to weigh booster shots for adult recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. says that group includes: emergency medical workers; education workers; food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. For now, Pfizer vaccine recipients are advised to get a Pfizer booster shot, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients should wait until booster doses from those manufacturers are approved. panel is reviewing new research on mixing vaccine booster shots, but the practice is not yet recommended.
Troubled Student Loan Forgiveness Program Gets an Overhaul
The Education Department had long resisted giving borrowers credit for those payments, insisting it lacked the authority to do so. But now, it is offering a limited waiver that will retroactively count those payments, which will benefit around 550,000 borrowers, the department said. Some 22,000 borrowers will automatically have debts totaling $1.7 billion wiped out because of the program changes, the agency said. She recently discovered that $35,000 of those loans were through the Federal Family Education Loan program and would not qualify for elimination. Rabbi Gubitz, who is 39 and got married last summer, hopes to redirect the $600 a month that she now spends on loan payments into charitable donations, retirement planning and saving money to start a family.
Opinion : The dangerous idea behind Trump’s coup effort is still alive. Let’s kill it.
In the coup memo theory, this should have allowed Pence to disregard the ECA as unconstitutional. Pence could unilaterally delay the count of electors, then a few swing states won by Biden could have decided the voting was illegitimate and sent new electors for Trump, then Pence could unilaterally decide the dispute by refusing to count either set of electors. Trump wins.
Sen. Cotton on chilling warning by China: Xi waging Cold War and 'Biden is losing'
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told "America's Newsroom" on Friday that China escalating tensions with Taiwan shows the communist regime is exploiting President Biden’s weakness. TAIWAN WILL NOT START WAR WITH CHINA, TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYSTOM COTTON: It is strong language from China's propaganda outlets, and it's matched by their actions. I don't think this is probing for weakness, though I think this is exploiting a weakness that Joe Biden has already demonstrated. And then President Biden went to the United Nations and wouldn't even say China's name. But when China is waging a Cold War against us, the only choice is whether we win it or we lose it.
Jill Biden hits campaign trail Friday in Virginia, New Jersey
First lady Jill Biden heads out on the campaign trail on Friday in support of the Democratic nominees in the only two states in the nation to hold gubernatorial elections this November. JILL BIDEN STIFF-ARMS PROTESTER WHO RUSHED HER HUSBANDBut Jill Biden’s no stranger to campaign politics. While then-first lady Melania Trump remained mostly absent from the campaign trail during the 2020 presidential general election, Jill Biden was a regular at rallies and other events on behalf of her husband. First ladies have become more frequent visitors to the campaign trail in recent decades. PRESIDENT BIDEN, DESPITE FLAGGING POLL NUMBERS, HEADING TO VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN TRAILJill Biden’s Friday campaign swing in New Jersey and Virginia comes as President Biden’s approval ratings have taken a big hit since the beginning of August.
The Biden Administration has big plans for offshore wind. These names could benefit
The Biden Administration announced steps this week toward the buildout of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, which could boost operations for companies ranging from blade manufacturers to utilities. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said Wednesday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will potentially hold up to seven new offshore lease sales by 2025, targeting the Atlantic and Pacific Coastline, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of President Joe Biden's push to have a pollution-free power sector by 2035.
White House to meet U.S. Chamber of Commerce, retail leaders on vaccine rule
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about global transportation supply chain bottlenecks from the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 13, 2021. Other powerful groups and companies such as the HR Policy Association, a forum for the largest U.S. employers, and automaker Chrysler parent Stellantis discussed the mandate with OMB officials on Thursday. The HR Policy Association emphasized that businesses want to be a partner to boost vaccination rates, according to Roger King, the group's senior labor and employment counsel. King said the HR Policy Association also pressed the administration to be flexible given concerns that mandating vaccines could worsen labor shortages in some industries. The Labor Department on Tuesday submitted to the White House the initial text of the ruling.
Biden Administration Asking Supreme Court To Halt Texas Abortion Law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court its attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. AdvertisementJustice Department spokesman Anthony Coley says the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision. The Texas law is the nation’s biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. Last month, the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect but did so without ruling on whether it is constitutional. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Texas’ request to keep the law in place as the court case proceeds.
Ransomware Threat Is Back, and Stronger, After a Post-Colonial Pipeline Retreat
After briefly retreating to the shadows after the Colonial Pipeline breach drew attention from federal cyber-authorities, ransomware extortionists are back and stronger from having survived the U.S. crackdown, according to a new report. But not long afterward at least seven seemingly new ransomware groups popped up, the report said, some with traits suggesting they were merely renamed manifestations of previously active extortion groups. “These threat threat actors are pretty nimble,” said Marcelle Lee, security researcher and emerging threats lead at the cybersecurity firm Secureworks. Along with four new groups, seemingly shuttered groups with names such as Gold Drake, Gold Waterfall, REvil, Darkside, and Avaddon showed signs of appearing under different guises, the report said. “You can have somebody who might be fabulous at deploying ransomware, but not at getting in.
Travel Stocks Rise as U.S. Says Will Open Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Visitors
The U.S. will lift travel restrictions for vaccinated international travelers starting Nov. 8, the White House said Friday. American Airlines (AAL) was trading 2.6% higher, United Airlines (UAL) was up 1.2%, and Delta Air Lines (DAL) stock was up 1.1%. The move comes just a few days after the Biden administration announced it would open up the Mexican and Canadian borders to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated visitors. Biden administration officials said in late September that they would remove the travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors sometime in early November. The administration had received significant pressure from its international allies, airlines and travel groups to reopen the borders to international travel.
Environmental Protesters Gather in Washington for Fifth Day Asking for National Climate Emergency
Environmental protesters gathered in Washington on Friday, October 15, for the fifth day in a row, demanding a stop to fossil-fuel projects and asking that President Joe Biden declare a national climate emergency. The People vs Fossil Fuels demonstrations, organized by a coalition of groups known as Build Back Fossil Free, began with rallies led by indigenous people on Monday. According to Jamie Henn, the Director of Fossil Free Media, 130 people were arrested on Thursday, when they gathered at the Chamber of Commerce building and entered the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. This footage shot Friday, October 15, by Jamie DeMarco shows protesters cheering in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Credit: Jamie DeMarco via Storyful
Port of Los Angeles' transition to 24/7 operations unknown, officials say
The Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach account for approximately 40% of the nation's imports, according to the White House. Over 125,000 companies import cargo through the Port of Los Angeles every year, while another 75,000 companies export through its facilities. LOS ANGELES FIRE ENGULFS SHIPPING CONTAINERS NEAR BOTTLENECKED PORT, NEARLY 100 FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDSeroka's comments come as the Port of Los Angeles has recorded the busiest year in its 114-year history. The Port of Los Angeles has been average more than 900,000 container units for the past 14 consecutive months. An additional 25 ships are expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles over the next three days.
Klain's 'high class problems' tweet 'bad on every level': Mick Mulvaney
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, during an appearance on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria," slammed his successor Ron Klain for supporting the idea that inflation is a high-class problem on Twitter and called the sentiment "bad on every single level." Klain retweeted Harvard Professor Jason Furman on Wednesday who diagnosed the current inflation spike as only a problem for the upper class. "Most of the economic problems we're facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) But if he or Ron Klain think they've solved the problem, they're going to have a real difficult time the next couple of months," he said. "Not a really good day for Joe Biden or for my successor, Ron Klain."
FDA panel takes up tough questions on J&J’s COVID-19 boosters
They also considered whether using a competing brand for the booster dose might provide better protection. On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended a half-dose booster of the similar Moderna vaccine for the same groups. Friday, the same FDA panel discussed a booster of J&J’s vaccine, but the decision is more complex. “I’m not seeing the rationale for waiting” since a rapid second dose was so potent, said FDA advisor Dr. Hayley Gans of Stanford University. The FDA reviewers found no new safety concerns after a second J&J dose, but again, they expressed caution about the small number of patients studied and short follow-up period.
DOJ will ask Supreme Court to halt Texas abortion law
Paul J. WeberAssociated PressAustin, Texas — The Biden administration said Friday it will turn next to the U.S. Supreme Court its attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. The move by the Justice Department comes after an appeals court on Thursday night left in place the law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley says the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse that decision. The Texas law is the nation's biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. Last month, the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect but did so without ruling on whether it is constitutional.
Vaccine mandate makes Wolf's Ridge an outlier among Columbus restaurants
Erika Roth, a graphic designer for Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, lost her mother last year to complications from the flu. “No one would want to be in that position.”The move, however, makes Wolf's Ridge an outlier among Ohio restaurants and bars, according to industry officials. Wolf's Ridge workers largely applauded the mandate, which was handed down last month shortly after President Joe Biden issued an executive order that will require companies with at least 100 workers to mandate COVID vaccines. With 72 employees, Wolf’s Ridge is not covered by that order. All but three of the brewery’s 72-person workforce were vaccinated before the mandate, Szuter said, and the policy coaxed the holdouts into getting their shots.
The Latest: Pfizer seeks European OK for child vaccines
———WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that it will lift travel restrictions on Nov. 8 for fully vaccinated individuals arriving in the U.S. by air travel or by crossing land borders, according to a White House official. Foreign nationals will be able to travel to the U.S. if they show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel. The policy change was announced in September, but the White House is announcing Friday the date when it will take effect. The White House announced earlier this week it would lift restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign nationals for non-essential travel at U.S. land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico in early November. Land and ferry travelers will be required to present proof of vaccination to officials upon request.
FDA panel takes up tough questions on J&J COVID-19 boosters
But experts continue to debate whether there’s value in using boosters to head off milder infections in most vaccinated adults, an approach proposed by the Biden administration. J&J’s single-shot vaccine is made with a different technology than the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines -- and it has consistently shown lower effectiveness levels. Giving that booster six months later instead prompted an even bigger jump in virus-fighting antibodies. But the company has tested a six-month booster in far fewer people, prompting concern from FDA’s scientists. “I’m not seeing the rationale for waiting” since a rapid second dose was so potent, said FDA adviser Dr. Hayley Gans of Stanford University.
Switching to jet fuel made from mustard plant would reduce carbon emissions by nearly 70 percent
Powering jets with fuel made from mustard plants could slash carbon dioxide emissions by up to 68 percent, according to a new study. Currently, though, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) only accounts for about 0.05 percent of the roughly 50 billion gallons of jet fuel consumed each year. Currently, petroleum-based aviation fuel costs rightly 50 cents a liter, while producing SAF from carinata ranges from 12 cents to $1.28 per liter. Its strategy would rely heavily sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), like carinata, as well as cooking oil and animal fat. President Biden has proposed major investments 'to propel innovation and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels,' Ali Zaidi, deputy national climate advisor for the White House, told Reuters.
Bush and Obama's chiefs of staff say Ron Klain spends too much time on Twitter
Two former White House chiefs of staff weighed in Wednesday against the idea of Joe Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain's active Twitter use – in a warning Klain would ignore just hours later, leaving White House trying to explain away his missive on inflation. He spoke of how 'an errant tweet from Ron Klain can throw a news cycle spinning off in a bad direction.' Former Barack Obama Chief of Staff Jack Lew also argued against the idea, telling interviewer Tara Palmeri he doesn't maintain a Twitter account. Asked about the tweet, Psaki said that Klain's Twitter 'Is not a top priority at this point in time.' 'The chief of staff is out there speaking on his own accord ... as any chief of staff does.
White House says climate change poses a 'systemic risk' to the US economy
The White House warned that climate change posed a systemic risk to the U.S. economy on Friday as it outlined plans for new rules that would force financial firms to address the risks of global warming. They include proposals for protections on savings and pension plans and making climate change a bigger consideration in federal budgeting and procurement. Taken together, they suggest how the the nation must prepare for the costs that families, investors and government will face because of climate change. financial markets and institutions face systemic risks from climate change,' the report said. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at mandatory disclosure rules about the opportunities and risks generated by climate change.
How inflation is eating into your grocery bill: Steak soars 22%, eggs by 13% and fish 11%
Fresh fruit and vegetable prices rose less quickly, up 3.3 percent, while cereals and bakery products were up 2.7 percent. Last month gas prices were up 42 percent from a year ago, and overall energy prices rose 24 percent. According to the AAA Gas Price Index, the national average price of regular unleaded stood at $3.306 on Friday. Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon are displayed at a 76 station on Tuesday in San Francisco, California. Rising inflation has emerged as the Achilles' heel of the economic recovery, erasing much of the benefit to workers from higher pay.
White House jumps to Pete Buttigieg's defense after he took paternity leave
'Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed. 'Transportation Secretary Buttigieg is on leave during a huge supply chain crisis. It's not clear if he knew the secretary was on paternity leave or not, as the report publicizing the matter dropped Thursday. 'The thing about paternity leave is there isn't much for dad to do when the baby is a newborn, especially if mom is breastfeeding. 'Paternity leave isn’t bad, whether the person taking it is gay or straight.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign...
The White House is set to announce Friday that it will lift travel restrictions come Nov. 8, exciting many foreign nationals at the prospect of returning home for the first time in more than 18 months. Such land travelers will need to show proof of vaccination but will not need to show a Covid-19 test. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. 'Reopening to international visitors will provide a jolt to the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to travel restrictions.' Covid-19 travel restrictions were first implemented in January 2020, when former President Trump suspended travel from China.
Russia says it chased U.S. warship away from its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan
AdvertisementRussia claimed one of its warships on Friday forced a U.S. Navy destroyer to abandon what it said was an attempt to intrude into its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. USS Chafee changed course when the two ships were less than 65 yards apart. The attache was told about 'unprofessional actions' of the crew of the destroyer Chafee, said the report. It was the second time in four months Russia has said it chased a NATO-member warship from its waters. In June, Russia accused a British destroyer, the Defender, of breaching its territorial waters in the Black Sea, and said it had forced the ship away with warning shots and dropped bombs in its path.
Russia says it chased U.S. warship away from its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan
AdvertisementRussia claimed one of its warships on Friday forced a U.S. Navy destroyer to abandon what it said was an attempt to intrude into its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. USS Chafee changed course when the two ships were less than 65 yards apart. The attache was told about 'unprofessional actions' of the crew of the destroyer Chafee, said the report. It was the second time in four months Russia has said it chased a NATO-member warship from its waters. In June, Russia accused a British destroyer, the Defender, of breaching its territorial waters in the Black Sea, and said it had forced the ship away with warning shots and dropped bombs in its path.
Bill Clinton, 75, recovering in hospital after infection
The University of California Irvine Medical Center, where former US president Bill Clinton has been admittedAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Former US president Bill Clinton was recovering Friday after two days in a California hospital for an infection not related to the coronavirus, a spokesman for the 75-year-old said. Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a statement that he was admitted Tuesday evening for "a non-Covid-related infection." Photographs in US media showed his wife, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, visiting the hospital together with her aide Huma Abedin. Obama named Hillary Clinton secretary of state. - Criticism of Trump -Bill Clinton meanwhile gave speeches, led his nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, and helped raise money for the Democrats as he slowly became just another of the now five ex-presidents still alive.
US to lift restrictions on vaccinated foreign travellers from Nov. 8
The White House on Friday said it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that barred much of the world from the United States. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
DOJ to ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law
The Justice Department says it plans to ask the Supreme Court to block Texas's controversial new abortion law hours after a federal appeals court ruled that the statute can remain in effect while it hears the Biden administration's legal challenge. “The Justice Department intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8,” Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the department, said in an emailed statement Friday. ADVERTISEMENTThe move will once again present the Supreme Court with the question of whether to suspend S.B. The Texas law has been in place since Sept. 1, when the Supreme Court declined to stop it from going into effect in a 5-4 ruling. How the Supreme Court views those procedural issues will likely be major factors in how they rule on whether the law can remain in effect.
Opinion: Trump is sabotaging himself
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