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    The White House was faced with another dire poll Tuesday that found that 54 percent of Americans believe the middle class hasn't benefited 'at all' from President Joe Biden's policies.  On top of that, the new Monmouth University Poll found that 88 percent of Americans surveyed said the country was headed in the wrong direction - with just 10 percent saying it's headed the right way - a record low.  Nearly half those surveyed said inflation and gas were the biggest concerns currently facing their families, with 33 percent saying inflation and 15 percent pointing to fuel costs.  And inflation and gas prices were rated the top two family concerns by a variety of demographic groups - crossing income, race and political party, pollsters found.   The White House was faced with another dire poll Tuesday that found that 54 percent of Americans believe the middle class hasn't benefited 'at all' from President Joe Biden's policies President Joe Biden's job approval continues to sink. Currently, he stands at 36 percent approval, while 58 percent disapprove Biden's overall job rating continues to...
    After the Biden administration announced it will end the Title 42 policy that helps border officials regulate the inflow of unprecedented levels of illegal immigration — a move expected to bring an even larger wave of migrants to the U.S. southern border — Republicans accused the president of “destroying” the country with a “full scale invasion,” warning of an impending “migration crisis” the likes of which has never been seen before, with some calling for impeachment. Title 42, a public health provision that serves as an essential tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border, was invoked by the Trump administration at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing for the expedited removal of those illegally crossing U.S. borders. GOP lawmakers warned of grave consequences in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement that President Joe Biden will end the Title 42 coronavirus protection protocol that allows federal immigration officials to quickly return border crossers and illegal aliens to their native countries.. “Our southern border is...
    Weeks of closely held trans-Atlantic unity broke as Washington rejected Poland’s proposal to arm Ukraine with warplanes from an American air base, fearing Russian President Vladimir Putin could view the transfer as an escalatory step. Poland’s 300-mile border with Ukraine puts the country closer to the conflict than other trans-Atlantic allies, with its idea to deploy the jets first to the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany, a move that seemed intended to stifle possible charges of wartime complicity by Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pleaded for more aircraft as his country comes under attack, a request the U.S. had seemed ready to oblige when Secretary of State Antony Blinken said days ago that Poland had the “green light” to send its planes to Ukraine. WHITE HOUSE HAS ‘LOST CONTROL ON THE HILL’ OVER RUSSIAN OIL BAN After the Biden administration shot down the plan, actor Sean Penn entered the fray on Wednesday, suggesting that a storm of public opprobrium could find the bottleneck in the bureaucratic chain between Washington and Warsaw to get Ukraine its jets....
    The biggest news President Biden made at his news conference wasn't about Ukraine.  It was his brief answer to the question: 'Are you satisfied with your team here at the White House, sir?'  Biden, to the consternation of observers in both parties, answered curtly: 'I am satisfied with the team.' For Washington insiders, the decision to keep his current team into his second year as president is inexplicable. Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican not known for his partisanship, called on Biden to fire his chief of staff, Ron Klain, for pushing a 'guaranteed-to-fail vote' on killing the Senate filibuster that he argued as a political ploy.  'It's CYA (cover your ass) week in Washington,' Sasse told Fox News. He said the vote was held in part 'so that Ron Klain can throw some chum at the Democratic Party's progressive base.' 'Ron Klain thinks his own activists are dumb enough to fall for it.'  Sasse focused on Klain, because it's common knowledge that the 60-year-old backroom operator has unusual power in the Biden White House. Klain first worked with Biden in...
    ON January 20, 2021, Joe Biden vowed to overcome Covid and pledged America would "lead by example" in the world following years of unpredictability during the Trump administration But, during his first year in office, the US has been blighted by foreign policy blunders in Afghanistan and is facing the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. 4Joe Biden has made several gaffes during his first year in officeCredit: Twitter/The Hill 4The president's polling has tanked as voters disapprove of his handling of the economy and CovidCredit: Reuters And back home, the US is in a fight against the highly transmissible Omicron Covid-19 variant.  Polling paints a grim picture for the Biden administration as 62 percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, while 69 percent say the White House’s Covid messaging has been confusing.  And, US party preferences appear to have shifted as 47 percent say they are either strong or lean Republican - a seven-point rise compared to the first quarter of 2021, according to Gallup. Meanwhile, only 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as strong...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden took the oath of office a year ago with the country facing challenges not seen in generations.On top of a once-in-a-century pandemic, the new President inherited an economy that had crumbled as Covid-19 cases rose and a nation so divided that his predecessors supporters had stormed the US Capitol two weeks prior in a bid to stop his ascent. Still, expectations for Biden were sky high among Democrats after Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock won run-off elections in Georgia to become the Peach State's senators and flip the chamber to the Democrats, giving the Democrats control of Congress by the narrowest of margins.Over the last year, Biden managed to get some of his top priorities passed through Congress but remains stymied on others, leaving him with less than a year to work with Democrats to pass his legislative agenda before the next Congress is sworn-in following the 2022 midterm elections. He also used his executive branch powers to sign 77 executive orders in his first year in office, outpacing his predecessors former President Donald Trump,...
    The track records of movie sequels and television reboots of 90's sitcoms are littered with flat-out failures.  Generally retreads are more indicative of lazy Hollywood dimwits trying to recapture past glory than of any compelling reason to regurgitate old ideas.  Did you ever see The Hangover Part II? How about Part III? But now, two prominent Democrats are giving the reboot treatment to Hillary Clinton for president! In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece they made the argument – even going as far as claiming that she could run as a 'change candidate.' Right… because the plot to Rocky V really evolved from the original. The only possible compelling part of this desperate idea is that it renewed speculation over another Trump/Clinton showdown. But just like tired old Tinseltown remakes, this potential political rematch begs the question - Is anyone asking for this? Though if I had to handicap it, I'd say Hillary in 2024 would be a box-office flop of epic proportions. It is understandable that the Democratic party is doing some soul searching right now. After all,...
    President Joe Biden's first year in office was a chance to make good on a lengthy list of campaign promises, with decidedly mixed results. From COVID-19 to immigration to gun control, Biden vowed to deliver as a modern day FDR. These are the president's biggest wins and losses of his first year in office. WIN: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill The idea of achieving meaningful, bipartisan infrastructure has become an inside joke over the past decade. Biden's predecessors, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, both tried and failed to usher their respective bills through Congress. "Infrastructure Week" under Trump, in particular, became a punchline. Biden's own bill was nearly defeated after centrist Democrats forced him to split his original proposal, a massive amalgamation of physical infrastructure reform and liberal social programs, into two, but the president was able to use experience learned from four decades of Senate service to bring together warring members of his own party and more than a smattering of Republicans to pass something historic: $1.2 trillion in upgrades to the nation's bridges, roads, and rail...
    Vice President Kamala Harris said in a Sunday interview with CBS that one of the biggest security challenges facing the U.S. is the nation’s democracy. During an episode of “Face The Nation” that aired Sunday, Harris and CBS News’ Margaret Brennan discussed the many policy challenges facing President Joe Biden’s administration toward the end of 2021. The topics included the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, Biden’s bid to get Americans vaccinated, Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act and election policies. WATCH: The duo also discussed national security, with Brennan asking Harris, “What do you see is the biggest national security challenge confronting the U.S.? What is the thing that worries you and keeps you up at night?” — to which Harris replied, “Frankly, one of them is our democracy. And that I can talk about because that’s not classified.” “I think no question in the minds of people who are foreign policy experts that the year 2021 is not the year 2000,” the Vice President went on to say....
    Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to misspeak during her CBS interview Sunday when she said 'democracy' is the most significant national security threat facing the United States.  She had been trying to echo Democrats' warning about threats to the 'integrity' of the American democratic system as her boss, President Joe Biden, tries to push his voting rights agenda through Congress.  In the final portion of her wide-ranging interview released over the week, Harris also defended the Biden administration's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, instead blaming its predecessor for first setting the deadline to leave.  'What do you see is the biggest national security challenge confronting the U.S.? What is the thing that worries you and keeps you up at night?' Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan asked. The vice president answered, 'Frankly, one of them is our democracy. And that I can talk about because that's not classified.'  'There is I think no question in the minds of people who are foreign policy experts that the year 2021 is not the year 2000. You know, I think there's so...
    Almost 48 hours after being asked to name President Biden's biggest foreign policy wins, Press Secretary Jen Psaki came up with an answer on Thursday: restoring American leadership, rebuilding alliances and taking action in the Indo-Pacific. But the president's most consequential decision - ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan - merits no mention, even though Biden himself described the resulting evacuation of Kabul as an 'extraordinary success.' Her response quickly renewed criticism of an administration that has trumpeted its foreign policy expertise.   'Thanks to Patsy Widukaswara for a thoughtful question about our single biggest foreign policy success this year,' tweeted Psaki, referring to the the softball query she was asked on Tuesday. 'Thoughtful questions deserve thoughtful answers so here are 3 of the accomplishments [the president] and our team are proud of this year. More to come. She listed the Biden administration's role in international institutions and convening world leaders to make progress on the pandemic, climate change and economic recovery;  restoring our alliances, including with Europe, and ending some significant trade disputes; and in the Indo-Pacific, developing new platforms...
    It was the sort of softball that White House press secretaries dream about: An easy, undemanding request to describe President Joe Biden's biggest foreign policy success of the year. But when the year has included a humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, a defense deal that isolated key ally France, and Russian troops massing on the border with Ukraine, it must have seemed like a curveball. Which might be why Jen Psaki struggled to respond on Tuesday. 'What does the administration consider your biggest achievement in foreign policy in this first year? And also what lessons have you learned from what is arguably the biggest failure which is Afghanistan,' she was asked by Patsy Widakuswara, a reporter from Voice of America.  'You know, this is a great question,' she said.  'I want to be thoughtful about it. I want to talk to the president about it.  'And I'm happy to do that.' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki failed to answer a softball question on Tuesday. When asked to name President Biden's biggest foreign policy success of the year, she said she would...
    The China-Russia military cooperation deal should only concern America for the fact that it’s making a mockery of the country, Ret. Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg told "Sunday Morning Futures." Kellogg: Look, the agreement itself… this is kind of like normal procedure. This is the way it kind of goes forward with those two nations working side by side with two authoritarian leaders. Here's the real issue. What this issue shows is a complete lack of respect for the president of the United States and the United States of America. And they're trolling the president of the United States. That's what this thing should concern everybody about.  Presidents set patterns, patterns of decision making, and how they're going to react to crisis situations. President Biden has shown that what he did with Afghanistan and when he was with the previous administration -- what they did with Crimea, going back to what he did when he recommended we don't even go after Osama bin Laden when he was in the Situation Room with President Obama -- he set a pattern of indecision...
    THESE are President Joe Biden's eight biggest blunders — from calling Satchel Paige "the great negro" to falling up the stairs of Air Force One. The 78-year-old Democrat sparked fury on social media Thursday after referring to Satchel Paige as "the great negro" during a bizarre Veterans Day speech. 6President Biden made another gaffe on Veterans Day at Arlington National CemeteryCredit: AP 6Joe Biden tripped a total of three times as he made his way up the stairs to board Air Force OneCredit: Twitter/The Hill 6During a meeting with governors in July Biden accidentally revealed a note from his staff telling him there was something on his faceCredit: AP The president also appears to have been caught napping at the Climate Summit this week in his latest gaffe to be caught on camera. Biden has already gone viral after falling up the stairs on Air Force One and telling Charlamagne tha God 'he ain't black' in May. His latest slip-up comes after Donald Trump labeled him "Sleepy Joe." Here The Sun looks at some of the president's...
    (CNN)A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece suggesting that inflation could be the dominant issue in 2022 -- even though few people were talking about it.Well, after today, a lot more people will be talking about it -- with newly released data suggesting that prices for everyday goods are higher than they have been in more than THREE decades.Prices have surged more than 6% year over year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.As CNN's Anneken Tappe notes:"Rising inflation has been a hallmark of the pandemic recovery thanks to a potent mix of rampant demand, raw material shortages and choke points along the global supply chains. And the jump in energy costs is only making it worse."Read MoreShe also quotes Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of global fixed income, suggesting that the stimulus money passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this year made things worse, not better, as it "bolstered savings, household wealth and ultimately demand."Inflation is such a potent political issue because a) it's relatively easy to understand (your money doesn't...
    A majority of voters polled said President Joe Biden is not paying enough attention to the biggest issues plaguing the nation and that they disapprove of Biden’s handling of his presidency, according to a newly released CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. Among those polled between Nov. 1-4, 58% said Biden has not paid enough attention to the most important crises, a 15% increase from an April poll. Thirty-six percent of those polled said the economy is the biggest crisis facing the nation. Among individuals who believed that, 72% of them said Biden has not given the issue enough attention, according to CNN. The second biggest issue is the coronavirus, at least for 20% of those polled. Within that group, 79% said Biden does have the right priorities. Other issues listed as top priorities among those polled included immigration, climate change and national security. Biden’s approval rating among those polled stood at just 48%, while 52% disapprove of the job he’s doing. Within the group that approves of Biden, those saying they strongly approve of the president is just 15%, down...
    The crisis in Afghanistan is far from over as the Taliban continues to pose a threat to national security and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed fingers at President Biden on "Fox News Primetime." Graham: Well, number one, if you're looking for somebody to blame, Joe Biden needs to look in the mirror. What do we do? We try to save the children from being starved to death without empowering the Taliban. So there's a couple of things I want you to know. How did we get here? Joe Biden is the most incompetent president in my lifetime. He had a plan that did not work. He turned down sound military advice. They don't know if there's 350 Americans left behind or 700. We do know there are thousands of Afghans who fought along our side that have been left behind.  But here's what we also know -- that Afghanistan is in freefall. Al Qaeda is flourishing. ISIS is getting stronger. And the Taliban told the State Department, our State Department, they would not help us when it comes to trying...
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that Afghanistan “is the biggest national threat” to the U.S., thanks to “the most incompetent president” in his lifetime. WATCH: “So Afghanistan is the biggest national security threat in the near term,” Graham told “Fox News Primetime.” “It’s the biggest humanitarian disaster on the planet in immediate terms. And over time it only gets worse,” he continued, insisting “Joe Biden is the most incompetent president in my lifetime.”(RELATED: ‘Scares The Hell Out Of Me’: Lindsey Graham Says Biden ‘Believes He’s Been Successful In Afghanistan’) “Number one if you’ re looking for somebody to blame, Joe Biden needs to look in the mirror,” the senator said, noting that the dilemma facing the U.S. is trying “save the children from being starved to death without empowering the Taliban.” Graham said the situation has deteriorated so extensively because Biden “had a plan that did not work” and he refused to listen to the “sound military advice” of his advisers. Biden blamed the generals for the decision to evacuate the Bagram airport. The senator suggested...
    Almost a year after being voted out of office, former President Donald Trump continues to be the target of investigations — from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to the Fulton County's DA's office in Georgia to the U.S. House of Representatives. Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Doyle McManus, in a recent column, argues that Trump has a major incentive for running for president in 2024: trying to "stay out of jail." "Trump remains under the gun," McManus explains. "He's still in search of escape routes. A House committee is examining his attempts to overturn last year's presidential election, including his actions when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. A prosecutor in Georgia is investigating whether he violated state law against soliciting election fraud when he demanded that officials 'find 11,780 votes' — the number he needed to undo Joe Biden's victory in that state. And prosecutors in New York are looking into allegations that Trump, or at least the closely held family business he runs, committed tax and bank fraud." But despite all...
    (CNN)Joe Biden, showing candor and good humor, on Thursday reminded America why it picked him as President in a dark hour of crisis. But, at a CNN town hall in Baltimore, he also showed his tendency to send his own White House into emergency damage control as he flipped set-in-stone policy off the cuff, and offered gaping openings for his Republican foes.Heading into the prime-time event, the President needed to stabilize a White House that seemed overtaken by events several times in recent months -- from the Covid-19 Delta variant surge to the Afghanistan withdrawal. It was vital for him to recapture the impression of competence that resonated from his presidential campaign at a time when then-President Donald Trump was bungling the fight against Covid-19. Overall, Biden appeared to do his stalled Washington agenda considerable good, and completed some handy repair work on a presidential image badly scarred by a wretched summer that dented his approval ratings. The President also kindled the hopes of liberals by suggesting an openness in the future to amending the Senate filibuster rule, which Republicans...
    Washington (CNN)When Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley informed President Joe Biden just past 9:15 a.m. on Thursday that terrorists had detonated a suicide bomb at the Kabul Airport gates, the President was angry and dismayed — but not surprised.Biden had just walked down from his third-floor residence to the basement Situation Room, where top national security officials were milling around the dark wooden table when first reports of explosions were transmitted into the basement command center. It was the nightmare scenario Biden had been fearing for days, one intelligence assessments -- derived partly from communication intercepts -- had warned was likely to happen. Yet the complexity of the situation on the ground, the urgency of the evacuation mission and the unlikely partnership with the Taliban to control security around the airport had left US troops dangerously exposed, and offered Biden and his team limited options to protect them.The group remained in the Situation Room for more than an hour, receiving updates from commanders in Kabul and poring over maps and images of the airport. Biden eventually decamped to the...
    A group of Republican lawmakers including military veterans tore into President Joe Biden over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis and demanded he extend the  evacuation deadline past August 31 during a press briefing outside the Capitol on Tuesday. 'We're going to leave Americans behind 11 days before the 20th anniversary of September 11? Are you kidding me?' Rep. Mike Waltz said. 'The Taliban taking over means Al Qaeda 3.0 comes roaring back, except we're in a worse position than before.'   'Are we going to have another pulse night club? Are we going to have another San Bernardino? Are we going to have another 9/11 because of that incompetence?' 'That blood is and will be on Joe Biden's hands.' Their threat comes as the Taliban announced they are blocking Afghan citizens from accessing Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after allowing evacuations for little more than a week.  Biden initially seemed open to extending the deadline if necessary. As of Tuesday morning he is standing firm on the August 31 date, Reuters reports after the president's emergency meeting with other G7 leaders. 
    AS RUMORS hot up that Donald Trump will run for President again in 2024, he is set to drop his biggest clue today in Alabama by declaring "it's time for real leadership in the White House". The former president has repeatedly teased another potential grab for the White House as he looks to oust Joe Biden at the next election after continually slamming his presidency. 2Donald Trump is expected to drop his biggest 2024 presidential run hint todayCredit: Reuters 2The former president is set to address thousands of MAGA fans at a rally in AlabamaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Trump has taken aim at Biden throughout the past week over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis as US troops continue to withdraw from the war-torn, saying America has "never been so humiliated." Now, the 75-year-old is expected to hint that he is planning to run for president in 2024 at a rally in Alabama this evening. According to an ally - who has seen drafts of his speech - Trump is set to ask thousands of MAGA fans in Cullman County...
    Former President Trump will say, 'it's time for real leadership in the White House,' at a rally in Alabama this evening, according to a top ally who said it was a clearest signal yet that he is planning to run for the presidency in 2024. Trump has spent the past week attacking President Biden's handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. And when he appears in front of thousands of fans in Cullman County he is expected to develop those attacks to ask whether Americans can be safe anywhere in the world with Biden in the White House, said the ally who has seen drafts of the speech. 'I'm expecting to hear the president use the line: 'It's time for real leadership in the White House,' he said. 'And even though aides say there is no final announcement, no final decision it still is the clearest indicator that he's likely to run in 2024.'  Former President Trump has been in out of New York - pictured here as he left Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday - as he...
    Nine minutes before noon on Tuesday, the Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, handing President Joe Biden a massive political victory and proof that his longstanding faith in bipartisan cooperation could still yield actual results. Sixteen minutes later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced his impending resignation, the political equivalent of driving a ride-on mower through your father’s barbecue, rendering the feast no longer “good.” The governor’s announcement that he was resigning following the release of a damning report by the state’s attorney general that determined he had sexually harassed nearly a dozen women while in office—and the media pile-on that swiftly followed—irritated Democrats who had carefully choreographed a victory lap following the bipartisan passage of the biggest infrastructure bill in generations. A source familiar with the mood in the White House sniped that it was “fitting” that “a guy who made a global pandemic all about himself would Leeroy Jenkins the biggest investment in American infrastructure in a generation!” Or, as a White House staffer texted: “Hahahaha… shocker.” But the majority of the internal annoyance was...
    FORMER Vice President Mike Pence took a bold swipe at his ex-boss by defending his decision to certify Joe Biden’s presidential electoral votes back on Jan. 6 while the nation’s capital was overrun by a siege of pro-Trump rioters. “I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Mr. Pence said during a speech delivered on Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.  7On Thursday, former Vice President Mike Pence said he was "proud that we did our part" to certify the election that went in favor of Joe BidenCredit: AFP 7In a dramatic departure from his former boss, Pence appeared to indirectly confirm that Trump lost the 2020 presidential electionCredit: Getty Pence saw his role as vice president as one that didn't have the constitutional authority to reject or return any of the electoral votes that were brought forward to Congress by the states.  “The truth is, there is almost no idea...
    President Joe Biden finally sits down with Vladimir Putin for their first presidential summit today – meeting in a locked-down Geneva as both men take each other's measure and assess whether there is a way to put the relationship between the U.S. and Russia on a more stable course.  The city, which warmly welcomed the leaders by placing U.S. and Russian flags along the shores of Lake Geneva, has ratcheted up security – with special forces patrolling Lake Geneva by sea, heavily armed police, and the usual retinue of motorcades to ferry both men, who are staying in separate hotels nearby each other. Putin is set to arrive first at the summit venue in an event that is both choreographed in its broad outlines and adjusted on the fly, some areas left entirely open – including the food. President Joe Biden sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin for two meetings on Wednesday Putin is known for seeking to turn western complaints about human rights and rule of law against his critics. He was set to arrive in...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to propose a $6 trillion budget on Friday that would take the US to its highest levels of federal spending since World War II. His first budget request since assuming office, Biden's proposal calls for the government to spend $6 trillion in the fiscal year 2022, and for total federal spending to reach $8.2 trillion by 2031. 6Biden is set to unveil the budget on FridayCredit: Reuters The budget would see the United States continue to operate on deficits of more than $1 trillion, a number it already surpassed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is seeking to use the budget to fund his American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, along with other planned increases in discretionary spending. He hopes those plans will boost the nation's middle class and lift US industry to compete in a global economy Biden's administration believes will be increasingly reliant on green energy and combating climate change. The president plans to fund the plans by hiking taxes on corporations and the country's biggest earners to shrink...
    President Joe Biden sparked confusion and celebration on Monday when he made a blunder by saying Americans making under $400,000 will not pay a 'single penny in taxes'. Biden was selling his infrastructure and social spending programs during a trip to Virginia with his wife Jill when he made the slip in his speech. He was referring to his promise that Americans making less than $400k will not see any tax increases to help pay for the $4.1trillion infrastructure and spending packages he has proposed. The president is instead hiking rates for the top 0.3 percent of earners, is almost doubling capital gains rates for those pulling in $1 million a year and raising corporate tax rates.   'The reason I'm bothering to do this (raise taxes) is I keep hearing out in the press, "Biden is going to raise your taxes."' 'Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes. And we will not increase the deficit either, unlike the last gigantic tax cut, which increased the deficit by $2 trillion. President Joe...
    Douglas Emhoff proved he is his vice president wife's biggest fan as he blew kisses and  tapped his heart during Joe Biden's first address to Congress. The Second Gentleman stole the show at the president's speech Wednesday night as he was caught on camera enthusiastically supporting spouse Kamala Harris as she joined Biden at the podium in the House of Representatives Chamber.  Emhoff was in the audience of the joint session of Congress when Biden pitched his new $1.8 trillion 'human infrastructure plan' and congratulated the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In the broadcast, he is seen sitting glancing around the room before he looks ahead and seemingly spots his wife entering.  Douglas Emhoff proved he is the vice president's biggest fan as he blew kisses and waved to Kamala Harris during Joe Biden's first address to Congress at the US Capitol The Second Gentleman stole the show at the president's speech Wednesday night as he was caught on camera enthusiastically supporting his wife as she joined Biden at the podium in the House Chamber. Emhoff tapping his heart at...
    Former Obama adviser David Axelrod argued Wednesday on CNN that President Joe Biden didn’t offer a solution” to the immigration crisis during his address to a joint session of Congress. Anchor Anderson Cooper said, “President Biden didn’t talk about — and a number of Republicans and even Mark Kelly a Democrat has been criticizing him tonight, for not talking about the issue on the border and the crisis with so many people coming across the past few months.” Axelrod said, “This obviously has been the biggest problem that has cropped up in his first 100 days, that continues to be a festering sore for him. I think he hopes the discussion of immigration reform would signify — he did talk about assigning the vice president to try to resolve some of the issues that are leading to the crisis. He didn’t completely — he didn’t offer a solution, particularly tonight. But you know, again, just getting back to his speech. I really, you know, in some way, I regret that he had to touch all those bases. If it had...
    DONALD Trump has claimed that Joe Biden is "struggling cognitively" as he blasted media coverage of the president's fall on the steps of Air Force One. Trump told Sean Hannity in his first TV interview since leaving the White Hosue on Monday that if a Republican fell down the stairs it would have been “the biggest story for the rest of the year.” 3Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging interview with Sean Hannity on MondayCredit: Fox News 3Trump blasted Joe Biden over his fall on the steps of Air Force One last month The White House had first blamed the 78-year-old president's fall last month on the wind and then on the tricky steps. Yet Trump, 74, contested during the Fox News interview that he also had to deal with the elements while climbing the steps and never tripped. “I know that if it were me, they would be up and down going crazy,” the former president told Hannity. “But I had an instance where on a slippery, slippery ramp, piece of steel, very steep and very...
    To help pay for his latest $2 trillion spending package, President Joe Biden on Wednesday proposed the first major tax increase since 1993. That’s when President Bill Clinton signed omnibus legislation that raised the gasoline tax and increased the top marginal income tax rate by one-third. The ensuing backlash cost Democrats control of Congress and swept in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years. Biden, whose economic team grew to fear too much additional deficit spending would prove destabilizing by spiking interest rates and boosting federal debt payments, is hoping the tax increases will be seen as skewed enough against the wealthy and corporations to avoid any broad-based resistance. DEMOCRATS ACCELERATE BIG SPENDING TREND WITH INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN “The president has a plan to fix our infrastructure and a plan to pay for it,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. The first salvo in Biden’s “Build It Back Better” program is being billed as an infrastructure program, although traditional projects such as roads and bridges make up less than half of the new spending....
    At least 20 mass shootings have taken place in the two weeks since the metro Atlanta spa attacks left 8 dead First Thing: Biden sets sights on history books with infrastructure overhaul plan In an interview on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden said that he would "strongly support" moving the 2021 MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta. President Biden, Megan Rapinoe on Equal Pay Day: The pay gap is real USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The biggest question facing every AL East team in 2021 USA TODAY SPORTS Emulating pros, US student-athletes take a stand USA TODAY SPORTS The biggest question facing every NL East team in 2021 USA TODAY SPORTS Gleeson Guarantees: Best March Madness bets for Mondays Elite Eight action USA TODAY SPORTS Putting No. 12 Oregon States historic run into perspective USA TODAY SPORTS Gleeson Guarantees: Best March Madness bets for Sweet 16 Sunday action USA TODAY SPORTS Hes...
    Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in April 7 best short-term investments in April 2021 In an interview on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden said that he would "strongly support" moving the 2021 MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta. President Biden, Megan Rapinoe on Equal Pay Day: The pay gap is real USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The biggest question facing every AL East team in 2021 USA TODAY SPORTS Emulating pros, US student-athletes take a stand USA TODAY SPORTS The biggest question facing every NL East team in 2021 USA TODAY SPORTS Gleeson Guarantees: Best March Madness bets for Mondays Elite Eight action USA TODAY SPORTS Putting No. 12 Oregon States historic run into perspective USA TODAY SPORTS Gleeson Guarantees: Best March Madness bets for Sweet 16 Sunday action USA TODAY SPORTS Hes a grown man, he can deal with it: George Kittle on Jimmy G handling trade rumors USA TODAY...
    PRESIDENT Biden won the election because the pandemic allowed him to “stay hidden”, a new book claims. Authors revealed the strategy of the Biden administration was to “put your dumb uncle in the basement” - protecting his campaign from its biggest liability, the candidate himself. 8'There was a hostage-video quality to the broadcast. It was cloudy and dark,' the book describes The new book, ‘Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency’ has top Biden adviser Anita Dunn allege that “Covid was the best thing that happened" to the President because it covered up his failings. Authors Jonathan Allen, of NBC News, and Amie Parnes, of The Hill, reveal that Barack Obama refused to support Biden - even though he served as his Vice President for eight years. They claim the former President feared he was a “tragicomic caricature of an aging politician having his last hurrah.” The pair also write that Biden was so out of touch he didn't see why his habit of touching women was a problem because he “didn't think he did anything wrong.” Joe Biden had...
    (CNN)This week, Judge Merrick Garland will finally get a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than four years after his nomination to the US Supreme Court was torpedoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell's obstructionism. Of course, this time Garland has been nominated as President Joe Biden's attorney general, and, with Senate Democrats in the majority, his swift confirmation is all but assured. Elie Honig If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics.Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial prosecutor for the Justice Department. Among many other cases, Garland supervised the investigation of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, which killed more than 160 people, and the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. In 1997, he became a federal appellate judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,...
    NORTH KOREA has been branded the biggest threat to the world as Kim Jong-un is feared to ramp up weapons testing to taunt US President Joe Biden. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) identified the biggest challenges for the coming year - and Kim's quest for nukes was the experts' number one most dangerous. 5North Korea continues to roll out new missiles despite years of 'peace' talksCredit: EPA 5Kim Jong-un already branded the US his 'greatest enemy' going into 2021Credit: AFP OR LICENSORS North Korea has quietened down over the last few years as Kim chummed with former US President Donald Trump with a symbolic summits. It is believed however very little was actually achieved by this diplomatic charm offensive. Kim continued to develop missiles and did not manage to strike a deal with the US over his nukes, which he still refuses to give up. Pyongyang has unveiled two new weapons over the last few months, a new submarine launched missile and North Korea's biggest ever ICBM, the Hwasong-16. Scott A Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies and director...
    AMERICA has waved goodbye to Donald Trump’s tantrums  . . .  and said hello to new President Joe Biden’s bloopers. The 46th POTUS admits he is a “gaffe machine”. 4At a rally Biden referred to 'jobs' as a three-letter wordCredit: AFP - Getty 4Contrasting his style to Trump, he declared in 2019: 'We choose truth over facts!'Credit: AFP - Getty Here are some of his, er, best . . .  In 2019, after Theresa May phoned him to voice her concerns over Trump, he muddled up May with one of her predecessors as PM, saying: “Margaret Thatcher, um, excuse me. Margaret Thatcher — Freudian slip. But I knew her too. The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Theresa May.” At his first rally as Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008, he said: “A man I’m proud to call my friend . . . Barack America!” At a later rally, he said: “The number one job facing the middle class . . . happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: Jobs. J-O-B-S. Jobs.” Again on the campaign trail, he invited former US Senator Chuck Graham, a wheelchair user following a car accident aged...
    The media almost unanimously fawned over Joe Biden and the events of inauguration day with some crying over it, calling it America's 'happy ending' and gushing over new press secretary Jen Psaki who was given a remarkably warm welcome on her first day after years of hostility between the media gaggle and the person at the briefing room podium.  Since Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday and even before then, some media outlets have relaxed their impartiality to welcome him and his administration with open arms. Unsurprisingly, many belong to the organizations that President Trump made enemies of throughout his presidency.  But there was a huge amount of gushing over Biden on Wednesday, the likes of which Trump's team - specifically his combative press secretaries - could only have dreamed of.  The outpouring will do nothing to restore any kind of trust in the media among Republican voters who have become turned off by the relentlessly anti-Trump coverage of the last four years.  Politico columnist Jack Shafer on Thursday called for 'a little sobriety' from his colleagues in the media.  'CNN...
    Joe Biden's inauguration saw the Secret Service put on the biggest motorcade procession in history, as at least seven 'Beast' limousines and an armada of armored cars transported the new president, vice president and three former presidents through the nation's capital.  Seven heavily armored presidential limos, nicknamed the Beasts, were seen driving through Washington DC flanked by dozens of fortified SUVs and supporting vehicles after Wednesday's inauguration ceremony.  The mammoth procession took Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and their wives to Arlington Cemetery where they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.   Other officials and members of the media also attended while Donald Trump was notably absent after he refused to respect protocol and join in welcoming his successor to the White House.  The outing marked a departure from inauguration day tradition where the president and vice president typically take part in a parade from the Capitol to the White House while supporters stand along Pennsylvania...
    When 20 Democratic presidential candidates over two nights in June 2019 participated in the party’s first debate of the election season, none had an inkling of what the eventual winner would face. From the start, former Vice President Joe Biden was the front-runner. But no one could have imagined the confluence of crises he would face when he takes the oath of office on Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States. Today, more than ever, what the country needs is someone who can show empathy, lean on experience to calm national anxiety, work to unite us and solve our key issues. Biden, 78, might prove to be exactly the right person for the moment. A pandemic has already taken 400,000 lives in the United States, by far the worst total in the world, in a country that was supposed to have been the best prepared for such a deadly outbreak. Nearly a year into the response, daily deaths are at their highest levels with forecasts of another 100,000 by the end of February as a new, more-contagious...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party. Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing in school integration cases or the soon-to-be 46th president pitching an agenda on par with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. The common thread through that evolution is Biden always pitching himself as an institutionalist — a mainstream liberal but also a pragmatist who still insists that governing well depends on compromise and consensus. Now Biden’s central political identity faces the ultimate trial. On Wednesday, the 78-year-old president-elect will inherit stewardship of a nation wrenched by pandemic, seismic cultural fissures and an opposition party’s base that considers him illegitimate, even to the point of President Donald Trump’s supporters violently attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress convened to certify Biden’s victory. Biden’s answer follows two tracks: defending the fabric of society and institutions of government that Trump’s tenure has...
    By Bill Barrow | Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party. Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing in school integration cases or the soon-to-be 46th president pitching an agenda on par with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. The common thread through that evolution is Biden always pitching himself as an institutionalist — a mainstream liberal but also a pragmatist who still insists that governing well depends on compromise and consensus. Now Biden’s central political identity faces the ultimate trial. On Wednesday, the 78-year-old president-elect will inherit stewardship of a nation wrenched by pandemic, seismic cultural fissures and an opposition party’s base that considers him illegitimate, even to the point of President Donald Trump’s supporters violently attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress convened to certify Biden’s victory. Biden’s answer follows two tracks: defending the fabric of society and institutions of...
    One of President Trump's top accomplishments came not on the domestic-policy or foreign-policy front, but in simply exposing left-wing media figures for their biases, columnist and political analyst Jeffrey Lord said Wednesday on "The Ingraham Angle." Lord, a contributing editor at "The American Spectator" and former CNN commentator, told host Lisa Boothe, as she was chronicling the most egregious or cringeworthy media moments of 2020, that there is a "serious rot" that "underlies the national liberal media." Boothe played clips of Don Lemon and other pundits becoming emotional on Election Night after Joe Biden was projected the winner. 2020 MEDIA SCANDALS AND CONTROVERSIES, FROM CHRIS CUOMO'S CORONAVIRUS HYPOCRISY TO NEW YORK TIMES' TURMOIL "All of their standards are gone — gone with the wind," Lord said. Video"This in a way may be one of President Trump's biggest services to America," he continued, adding that the media had previously swooned over President John F. Kennedy and had "felt they were soldiers on the way to the new frontier with JFK." "The only difference now is [that sentiment is] out there, everybody sees it: the president has helped 'out'...
    BARACK Obama revealed on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump has "exceeded his worst fears" and said Joe Biden's biggest challenge is "bursting the MAGA bubble." The 59-year-old former president slammed Trump's time in office and his coronavirus response during an interview on the Late Show. 5Barack Obama has slammed President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemicCredit: CBS 5President Barack Obama, right, greets President-elect Donald Trump before his swearing-in ceremony in 2017Credit: AFP - Getty In response to president's take on Covid, Obama told Stephen Colbert: "The shambolic nature of the government response obviously has been frustrating." Referring to when he was in office, Obama added: “If we had done the work, which was not rocket science, we’re not talking about inventing vaccines — and I’m glad to see the vaccine is now coming on board. "But, preliminarily communicating effectively, respecting the science, not undermining the leading epidemiologist in the country and saying he’s an idiot, being consistent in terms of masks and social distancing." As Colbert recounted the "chilling moment" as he watched Obama congratulate Trump after winning the...
    General Motors is backing President-elect Joe Biden's plan to expand electric vehicle use instead. General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so. She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden's plan to expand electric vehicle use. Last week, GM said it is testing a new battery chemistry that will bring electric-vehicle costs down to those of gas-powered vehicles within five years.
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