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    President Joe Biden’s trusted aide Kate Bedingfield is leaving the White House, the latest in a series of significant departures from the administration. “Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House…” White House chief of staff Ron Klain said in a statement to reporters reacting to the news. Bedingfield has a long history with Biden’s political operation, serving him as communications director when he was Vice President. She also joined Biden’s 2020 campaign as the deputy campaign manager and director of communications. News of Bedingfield’s departure broke after White House press secretary Jen Psaki also left her position, which sparked additional departures. Four other press staffers also left the White House in recent weeks after Psaki left. Bedingfield made headlines when she stepped into the briefing room to fill in for Psaki but refused to answer any questions about growing reports of Hunter Biden’s corruption. When Biden was vice president, Bedingfield served as Biden’s point person on the issue of Hunter Biden’s corrupt ties to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. She notably forcefully...
    White House communications director Kate Bedingfield will leave the Biden administration at the end of this summer, it was reported on Wednesday. Bedingfield's departure, revealed by the Wall Street Journal, is the latest in a series of high-profile staffers who resigned their roles in recent months. Politico subsequently reported that her departure could be in a matter of weeks. It comes at a critical time for President Joe Biden and the Democrats as November's midterm elections loom.  Multiple polls have suggested Republicans are set to win the majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and mounting reports indicate that the president's allies are frustrated with his own low approval numbers further dragging the party down. Bedingfield has a long-established working relationship with Biden, dating back to his time as Barack Obama's vice president.  She was also one of the president's senior advisers behind his successful 2020 campaign. Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain said without Bedingfield's 'talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House' in a statement to the Journal. White House communications director Kate...
    A fresh slew of polls this week shows the White House might be in trouble.   A new poll from a trusted Democratic source finds that not 3 in 10 Americans believe the economy will get better one year from now and just 34 percent approve of President Biden's job in office. The poll was conducted by J. Ann Selzer for Grinnell College in Iowa. Selzer's polls of Iowa voters have a reputation of high accuracy, especially by Democrats who caucus in Iowa before any other state.  While 34 percent approve of Biden's job in office, 52 percent disapprove and 14 percent do not have an opinion. Thirty-seven percent approve of Biden's handling of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 47 percent approve of his handling of Covid-19 and 31 percent approve of his job with the economy.  Meanwhile, only 27 percent of Americans believe the economy will get better 12 months from now, down 10 points from March 2021.  Biden still captures a majority of his own party 70 percent approve of his job, while 89 percent of Republicans disapprove.  While...
    Barely 17 percent of voters strongly approve of President Joe Biden, a Wednesday Morning Consult/Politico poll revealed. While 17 percent strongly approved, 39 percent strongly disapproved of Biden, a 22 point difference. Voters’ perception of Biden has not changed much since November, when 20 percent strongly approved of Biden, and 40 percent strongly disapproved. Overall, a majority of voters on Wednesday did not approve of the president. Only 46 percent strongly or somewhat approve of Biden, while 54 percent somewhat or strongly disapproved. When voters were asked whether the nation is on the correct track, 65 percent said it was not. Only 35 said the nation was on the right track. These numbers remain virtually unchanged since November. The poll also revealed the economy is the more important issue (50 percent) than the coronavirus (42 percent) as the nation continues to reel from a host of challenges. Biden underwater in 37 states. https://t.co/mj59wZDCAj — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 21, 2021 Respondents also gave Biden poor marks for handling the Chinese virus. Seventeen percent said Biden’s management of the pandemic was excellent, and 40...
    "Fox News Primetime" host Rachel Campos-Duffy reviewed the Joe Biden’s rough week highlighted by his push to pass Democratic voting rights bills comparing opponents to segregationists, and the Supreme Court blocking his vaccine mandate for large businesses. RACHEL CAMPOS DUFFY: The president hadn’t had a week like this since disgraceful and deadly retreat from Kabul [Afghanistan]. He saw his entire agenda fall apart in real-time these past seven days and even someone as out of it as "Sleepy Joe" has to realize things are getting bad. On Monday the U.S. shattered records with over 1.3 million COVID cases in a single day. For the guy who promised America he would shut down the virus, it seems like he is doing the exact opposite, so Biden’s week started off 0 for 1. On Tuesday, things only got worse for the embattled president. Biden went down to Georgia to attack the filibuster. Biden’s speech caught flak from both sides of the aisle as he trashed Senate rules and looked to smear any American who cares about election integrity as a racist. So, if you are keeping score at home. That’s 0 and 2 Biden this week. If you thought they were getting any better as the week moved on, think again. On Wednesday the...
    A new poll revealed the challenges facing the Biden administration on Thursday, showing that only 31 percent of Americans see Dr. Anthony Fauci as a trustworthy source of COVID-19 information and just 45 percent approve of President Joe Biden's pandemic response. Biden has seen public support plunge during the past year as successive waves of COVID variants have upended his campaign promise to beat the virus. On Thursday he delivered an update on his response, but the NewsNation poll, conducted by Decision Desk HQ, reveals a country that distrusts him and his senior advisers.  When asked who they trusted to provide information about COVID-19 only 30.8 percent said Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, and 15.5 percent said Biden himself. Instead, almost two thirds said they trusted their doctor for advice, and almost half said they trusted federal health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only the news media fared worse than Biden and his top adviser, with barely 10 percent saying they trusted journalists. Dr Anthony Fauci's COVIC-19 advice is trusted by less than a third...
    Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas over the weekend, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley discussed a variety of issues concerning Israel, the Palestinians, the U.N., and the Biden administration — which she argued could not be “counted on” to stop the Iranian nuclear program she deemed a threat to Israel’s existence. She also suggested the Jewish state reject waiting for Biden’s approval to counter the Iranian threat. Pro-Israel groups: Speaking at the conference, Haley said groups supporting Israel “shouldn’t have to thank people for telling the truth and fighting for the truth; it should be automatic.” Stating “not every Jewish group is the best when it comes to politics,” she condemned the head of the far-left, George Soros-backed J Street for giving Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “a great big hug.”  “Supposedly they’re supposed to be a pro-Israel organization,” she added. “I will never understand that.”  Israel should not count on Biden to stop the Iran nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear threat is existential for Israel. If Israel makes the grave decision that...
    The teacher reportedly added, "Hunter Biden, for example, is doing deals with China and Ukraine where he was funneling money illegally. He also had child pornography on his laptop. He was having sexual intercourse with his own niece." Elsewhere, the teacher reportedly discussed vaccines. "If you have a baby in the hospital, they don't want to give it back if you're not vaccinated," the person on the recording said. "This is a complete power control threat." According to KCAL, the teacher also made remarks about the U.S. justice system as well as the 2020 presidential election. The district in a statement said that it conducted an investigation into the incident and announced that it does not condone the discussion that took place. The district, according to the station, is following the "progressive discipline policy" outlined with the teachers' union and moved Silikula's son to another class. What else did the parent say? Silikula was so outraged that she was moved to tears and demanded that the school take greater action against the teacher. Weeping, she...
    The mother of an Army sergeant who was among the 13 service men and women killed in the Kabul suicide bombing last week slammed President Biden for 'trusting' the Taliban to allow the safe evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies.  In a Tuesday interview on Fox News’s ‘The Ingraham Angle,' Paula Knauss, mother of the late Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss, demanded that someone ‘stand up and say they will be accountable’ for the botched withdrawal that led to death of her son. Addressing Biden on the show, she said, ‘Please give me a call and let me know how I could sleep tonight – a full night – because my son . . . didn’t make it home and it is on your watch because he was doing his job well and he counted on you to tell the troops what your desire was and he followed through with your desires. So it is on you to tell me.’ Paula Knauss is demanding someone take accountability for the 13 deaths in the Kabul suicide bombing and said Biden...
    Paula Knauss, mother of fallen Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, is pointing fingers at the Biden administration for the death of her son during America’s messy withdrawal from Afghanistan. The grieving mother stressed holding who’s at fault accountable on "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday, starting with President Biden for trusting the enemy instead of putting the best interest of U.S. troops, Afghan allies and all Americans first. "The president of the United States has the ability to help our troops, have enough men and women to stay safe," she said. "In all of our history, in all of the time that we have been fighting, where did you leave these men and women but at one airport, one location, one gate to funnel thousands through? And who did you trust? You trusted our enemy to allow who would come through." NIKKI HALEY: BIDEN HAS LOST ‘TRUST AND CONFIDENCE OF US MILITARY, GLOBAL ALLIES "What does anyone in this great nation think when they think what would happen? No one has to have a military background to know that that was not...
    JOE Biden is “not trusted” by Iran’s political leaders as relations between Washington and Tehran continue to plummet dangerously close to an “all-time low”, according to an expert. The Democrat is keen to resurrect the Iranian nuclear deal after “years of maximum pressure” pursued by the Trump presidency, which culminated in the assassination of top general Qasem Soleimani. 4Joe Biden is keen to revive the Iranian nuclear deal after 'years of maximum pressure' pursued by the Trump administrationCredit: Getty 4The level of trust to engage seriously with the US is proably lower at any time in Iran since the revolution, according to an expertCredit: Reuters John Ghazvinian, the Executive Director of the Middle East Center, thinks the Iranian political establishment has not been inclined to have warm relations with the US since the 1979 Revolution. He told The Sun: "The level of trust and willingness to engage seriously with the United States is probably lower in Iran that it has been since the Revolution. “I think there is a feeling across the board among elites that you simply...
    The White House on Friday argued it did not need to have a briefing from COVID experts amid changing face mask guidelines because President Joe Biden, a 'trusted voice,' was speaking about the matter. 'I would argue that we had the President of the United States speak to this yesterday, he gave more than 30 minute speech about where we are as a country, and he is a trusted voice, he's the leader of our country. We heard from him,' White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said when asked why the country wasn't hearing from medical experts at this time. The White House is struggling with its messaging on COVID vaccines after President Biden said his administration is exploring a mandate but an adviser quickly walked that back.  The confusion comes as the White House COVID team - consisting of adviser Jeffrey Zients, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky - have not briefed the public in over a week. Their last briefing was July 22nd. The trio have made individual appearances in the media and Walensky held a press conference on...
    The government can't be trusted to label information as true or false, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday. The left-leaning civil liberties group expressed mistrust in the government's ability to serve as an arbiter of information after President Joe Biden's administration talked about cracking down on disinformation spread via social media platforms. "No matter which party is in power, the government cannot be trusted to label 'truth' or 'fiction' any more than Facebook or Twitter can," the ACLU tweeted. BIDEN PROVES BIG TECH'S POWER CAN AND WILL BE EXPLOITED The organization cited President Donald Trump's April 2020 claim that COVID-19 would "go away" and President Barack Obama's dismissal of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's claims about widespread surveillance as evidence of presidents' untrustworthiness. "The president should know that it's not Section 230 that protects social media companies from liability for false information. It's the First Amendment," the ACLU continued. "The Constitution protects people — and social media companies — from government censorship campaigns." The Twitter thread was praised by people across the political spectrum, with Democratic Rep. Ted...
    The lives of thousands of Afghan interpreters hang in the balance as districts in the unstable nation continue to fall to the Taliban amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops.  Having little faith that the U.S. government will pull through on its promise to these heroes on the ground, some have begun to seek alternative ways to ensure their safety. Greg Adams, a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces, decided to take matters into his own hands after years of being let down by the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.  He started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the immediate evacuation of his former interpreter and the man's wife from Afghanistan. So far more than $28,500 has been donated since the fund started in June.  Adams worked closely with Moneer, the Afghani civilian, in 2009 and 2010. "Moneer was instrumental in everything that we did." Greg Adams told Fox News. "This is somebody who was a trusted adviser for me and was tied into decision-making every single day."  TOP US COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN RELINQUISHED POST ...
    White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Thursday the Biden administration planned to engage “trusted messengers” to proselytize about Covid-19 vaccines on a “person-to-person” basis. “The best people to talk about vaccinations with those who have questions are local trusted messengers,” Zients said in a White House Covid-19 briefing. “Doctors, faith leaders, community leaders. So as part of our efforts, trusted messengers may go door-to-door.” The comment followed up on President Joe Biden’s promise this week make a “door-to-door” effort to convince Americans to take a Covid-19 vaccine. “We need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people,” Biden said. “We’ve seen movement by going person-by-person, community-by-community,” Zients added on Thursday. “As the president said, we will do this by going community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, person by person. By partnering with local leaders, governors, mayors, doctors, school administrators, employers, faith leaders and community organizers, leaders that people know and trust. One shot at the time, one person at the time.” He said...
    (CNN)At first glance, they seem like an odd couple -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive and quintessential outsider, and President Joe Biden, moderate politician and political insider.And yet, the 79-year-old Vermont senator has become a key voice in the Biden administration: called upon, consulted and indispensable in keeping the liberal Democratic flock in line.After 30 years in Congress and two presidential runs, it's a new experience."As somebody who wrote a book called 'Outsider in the House,' yes, it is a strange experience to be having that kind of influence that we have now," Sanders told CNN's Gloria Borger as they sat together in Burlington, Vermont, recently.The Biden-Sanders connection is not a love story; it's more a marriage of convenience. But as Biden pushes an unprecedented progressive White House agenda, it's crucial. It's also personal. Over the years -- both as colleagues and as political opponents -- the two men have developed a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.Read More"We have had a good relationship," Sanders told Borger. "He wants to be a champion of working families, and I admire...
    President Joe Biden praised Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday as he addressed the nation on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic from the White House. Biden’s comments on Fauci — the president’s chief medical officer, who claimed a year ago this week that masks were not necessary amid the COVID-19 outbreak — came as Biden warned, according to scientists, that “things may get worse again.” “The scientists have made clear that things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread,” Biden said. “We’ve got work to do to ensure that everyone has confidence in the safety and effectiveness of all three vaccines.” Biden then began to use Fauci, who previously stated he does not “think we’re going to be completely normal a year from now,” to emphasize that the vaccines are safe, saying he “told us” that. “So my message to you is this: Listen to Dr. Fauci, one of the most distinguished and trusted voices in the world,” Biden continued. “He’s assured us the vaccines are safe. They underwent rigorous scientific review. I know they’re safe.”...
    Mississippi's Republican Governor Tate Reeves has lashed out at President Joe Biden over his 'neanderthal thinking' jibe, saying his decision to drop COVID-19 restrictions was driven by data.  Reeves said Biden's 'insults' about his state fully reopening wouldn't stop him from 'leaning towards freedom'. He announced earlier this week that Mississippi would join Texas in dropping all COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates.  The move was criticized by Biden who said it was a 'big mistake' and that the last thing the US needed was 'neanderthal thinking'. Reeves promptly hit back, saying the residents of his state didn't need a handler to tell them what to do.  Mississippi's Republican Governor Tate Reeves has lashed out at President Joe Biden over his 'neanderthal thinking' jibe, saying his decision to drop COVID-19 restrictions was driven by data 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking',' Reeves tweeted.  'Mississippians don't need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.'...
    More On: donald trump Man who threatened NY Rep. Jeffries and journalist is unhinged drunk: lawyers Pennsylvania official at center of Trump election concerns resigns Ukrainian president: Capitol riots hurt US reputation Perhaps this Capitol rioter should’ve left jacket with his phone number on it at home WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is considering revoking former President Donald Trump’s access to intelligence briefings just weeks after he left the Oval Office. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday confirmed that President Biden’s national security team was reviewing Trump’s access when asked by a reporter if they would “continue to extend the privilege” of classified information to Trump. “This is a good question,” Psaki said. “It’s something obviously that’s under review.” Past presidents are traditionally given intelligence briefings and access to classified information, but some Democratic critics of Trump have argued he should not be trusted with state secrets in the wake of the deadly US Capitol siege. At Monday’s briefing, the same reporter pointed Psaki to “concerns among some Democrats” that Trump would either “misuse” the information “or leverage...
    The White House is conducting a review to determine whether former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden reverses Trump last-minute attempt to freeze .4 billion of programs Trump announces new impeachment legal team after reported departures Republicans scramble to unify heading into next election cycle MORE should continue receiving intelligence briefings now that he has left office. Speaking at the White House press briefing on Monday, spokeswoman Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden meeting with GOP senators Monday on coronavirus relief Biden invites GOP senators to White House for relief talks Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained in early morning raid as military takes over country MORE said President Biden’s national security team is looking into the matter. “It’s something that is under review,” Psaki said. Former presidents typically have access to intelligence briefings after leaving office. However, Democrats – and even some former Trump administration officials – have warned that the former president cannot be trusted with national security secrets, believing he could reveal sensitive information or seek to profit off of it. Sue Gordon, who was principal deputy director of national intelligence during...
    Loading the player... Rep. Bill Pascrell is not impressed with The United States Postal Office and he has called on President Joe Biden for help. Pascrell wants the USPS Board of Governors fired and accuses them of sitting “silent” during Donald Trump’s presidency in his alleged attempts to manipulate mail-in ballots. The representative of New Jersey released the letter to Twitter on Monday. Rep. Bill Pascrell (Credit: House of Represenatives) Read More: Freshman GOP congressman taken to task by CNN host over voter fraud claims “After several years of unprecedented sabotage, the United States Postal Service is teetering on the brink of collapse,” wrote Pascrell as transcribed by InsiderNJ. “Through the devastating arson of the Trump regime, the USPS Board of Governors sat silent. Their dereliction cannot now be forgotten. Therefore, I urge you to fire the entire Board of Governors and nominate a new slate of leaders to begin the hard work of rebuilding our Postal Service for the next century.” Today I am calling on President Biden to fire the entire Postal Board of Governors for their silence and complicity in trump and dejoy’s attempts to subvert the election and destroy the...
    Rep. Adam Schiff is calling for President Trump to forever lose his access to intelligence briefings, accusing the president of politicizing the privilege. The California Democrat told CBS's Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan on Sunday that Trump's ability to be briefed presents a national security risk to the country. Schiff said he would urge the incoming Biden administration to deny Trump future access to U.S. intelligence. Typically, former presidents are allowed routine intelligence briefings and continue to have access to classified information. "There is no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future," said Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "I don't think he can be trusted with it now, and in the future, he certainly can't be trusted. We've seen this president politicize intelligence, and that's another risk to the country." Schiff has long been an open critic of Trump and was one of the leading House prosecutor's in the president's first impeachment trial. Schiff also led his committee's investigation over whether Trump colluded with Russia in his 2016...
    Trump's single-minded corruption has tainted everything around him. The Washington Post is reporting that there are going to be some changes to the Secret Service's presidential security detail in the Joe Biden administration. This is not unusual in itself, but the Post says the changes come "amid concerns from Biden allies that some current members were politically aligned with President Trump." This is an unpleasant story in every direction. It may be unfairly maligning professionals in a deadly dangerous job. It may not be unfair, and there may truly be issues within the agency that justify what nervous Biden allies fear. It has been difficult to interpret the behavior of Trump's own Secret Service detail these last few years. Some members have been quick to bend to Trump's insistence that those around him not wear masks during the pandemic. There has been no apparent pushback even as Trump has repeatedly infected members of his own security teams forced to attend plainly unsafe rallies and photo ops. You can brush much of this aside as enforced neutrality even in the face of danger,...
    Attorney General Bill Barr used the force of his office to instruct prosecutors investigating Hunter Biden not to take any steps that might cause the probe to be publicly revealed in the run-up to the election. The directive, reported in the Wall Street Journal, was in keeping with existing Justice Department policy against taking investigatory steps close to an election  that might interfere with it. Barr and his team took steps to 'insulate' the investigations, according to the report, even as President Donald Trump repeatedly demanded a probe of his political rival's son. Attorney General Bill Barr instructed prosecutors not to take steps that would allow a Hunter Biden probe to be made public Those instructions were given orally in 'conversations with prosecutors,' according to the Journal, which would appear to suggest there is no paper trail for it. They included asking if staff members involved in the situation could be trusted.   The case reflects the deep pressures being navigated by the Justice Department in the wake of 2016 and Trump's unprecedented and constant calls to investigate his opponents. Just...
    China just landed a spaceship on the moon – the same China that Joe Biden, as recently as May, claimed represents “no competition for us.”    Robert Gates, secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama, has written that Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”   Add underestimating China to the list.   LIBERTY VITTERT: BIDEN SHOULD HALT SALES TO CHINA OF US TECH USED TO PERSECUTE AND ENSLAVE UIGHUR MUSLIMS While senator or vice president, Biden’s bad impulses – like opposing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – had little impact. But, assuming he becomes president, his wrongheaded instincts will put our nation at risk, especially when it comes to dealing with China.    Biden’s inability to rein in an increasingly belligerent China starts with his naïve confidence in the United Nations, which has done exactly nothing to punish Beijing for its military aggressions, its widespread theft of Western know-how or its illegal crackdown in Hong Kong.   CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned Biden in a...
    Fans of President Trump have lashed out at Fox News and its correspondents while waiting for the Commander-in-chief to appear at a rally in Valdosa, Georgia on Saturday afternoon.  Footage shared to social media showed crowds of MAGA supporters chanting 'Fox is Fake News!' before one man began shouting at network star Griff Jenkins.  'Fox News does not call the election!' the man raged at Jenkins, before the TV reporter was heckled by a woman.  The footage was filmed by Sky News correspondent Sarah Gough, who wrote beneath her video: 'Fox News journalists are getting the most abuse from the crowd lining up for Trump's rally in Valdosta, Georgia. Cries of 'we trusted you' and 'traitors''. President Trump has turned on Fox News - once his favorite network - after they became the first station to declare that Democratic nominee Joe Biden had won the state of Arizona on election night, November 3.  Fox News journalists are getting the most abuse from the crowd lining up for Trump’s rally in Valdosta, Georgia. Cries of “we trusted you” and “traitors”. pic.twitter.com/Av1uHvrXdQ—...
    Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary to former President Bill Clinton, offered some advice to the person who will serve as the top spokesman for a Biden White House. "The ability to be a trusted messenger for the president needs to be earned," Lockhart wrote in a CNN op-ed published over the weekend. "And it's earned by telling the truth even when it's difficult and damaging to your team's interests." Lockhart reflected on his own time serving as Clinton's top spokesman from 1998 to 2000 and the challenges he faced when the former president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to light and the impeachment in the House that followed. He took a swipe at the press secretaries who served under President Trump. "When President Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice and perjury, over his affair with a White House intern, I was forced to concede major elements of the story as true — objective truth — despite the damage it did to the President," Lockhart said. "If this happened today, Trump's representatives would say the...
    NASA head Jim Bridenstine is leaving his post so Joe Biden can choose a person he "trusted" to fill the role, according to Aviation Week. "The right question here is Whats in the best interest of NASA as an agency, and whats in the best interest of Americas exploration program?" Bridenstine said. "For that, what you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need somebody who is trusted by the administration. "I think that I would not be the right person for that in a new administration. "Weve had a lot of success, but its because of relationships. "You have to have those relationships. Whoever the president is, they have to have somebody they know and trust and somebody the administration trusts. "That person is not going to be me." Bridenstine a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma who served from 2012 to 2018. As an appointee of President Donald Trump, he began working as the NASA administrator in 2018. Bridenstine set a goal for NASA to return to the moon by...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his aides have spent months gearing up for his transition to the White House, assembling a team that will grow to include several hundred staff members as the Democrat steps into a role he's pursued for decades. These are the key advisers that Biden will rely upon and consider for top posts in his new administration, according to people briefed on Biden's early plans: INNER CIRCLE Biden has long kept a tight inner circle on whom he relies for strategic advice, including his family members and his chiefs of staff during his White House years as Barack Obama's vice president, Ron Klain, Steve Ricchetti and Bruce Reed. Klain, a political tactician who also ran the Obama administration's response to an Ebola outbreak in 2014, is widely seen as a leading choice to be Biden's initial chief of staff. The person in that job usually plays a key role in setting the president's agenda, political priorities and day-to-day activities. Prominent roles are also likely for Congressman Cedric Richmond of...
    (CNN)I have long argued that coronavirus was the only election issue that really mattered. History tells us that when a non-economic issue is topping the list of the nation's problems in a presidential election year, then the candidate who is trusted most on that issue almost always wins.Coronavirus is raging nationwide with only five days to go until Election Day. For President Donald Trump to win reelection, he's going to have to somehow do so even as cases are on the upswing in almost all the key battleground states that he won four years ago. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceThere were 10 states Trump won by less than 10 points in 2016: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. In nine of these states, there was a daily average of at least 15 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past week. The lone exception was Arizona, according to The New York Times, where there were 14 new cases per 100,000 people.Wisconsin, on the other hand, had a...
    With the 2020 presidential election just a week away, people are being bombarded with polls every day. A Real Clear Politics average of polls from Oct. 12-25 has Joe Biden with 7.9% lead over President Donald Trump. Eight days out from the election in 2016, the average of polls showed Hillary Clinton with a 2.9% lead. That was pretty close to her popular vote win, but as pollster Patrick Murray said: "Polls don't poll the Electoral College, we poll populations. What happened was the polls were basically accurate at the national level, but there were some state polls that consistently showed Hillary Clinton with a lead that she didn't end up having it in the end." That inaccuracy led a majority of registered voters agree in a 2018 poll by The Hill/HarrisX that they didn't trust the accuracy of polls. Even though confidence in polls has diminished, candidates rely on them heavily, and their in-house pollsters charge a lot for their services. In 2016, Trump spent almost $4 million in polling services and Clinton spent more than $10 million,...
    Joe Biden is more trusted on economic issues than President Trump, a poll released Wednesday shows. Another poll from this week also showed that for the first time in many months, more people said Trump's economic policies have hurt the economy rather than helped. A new Politico/Morning Consult poll Wednesday shows Biden holds a 45% to 44% edge regarding who people trust to handle the economy. Furthermore, a Financial Times-Peterson Foundation poll from Tuesday found 46% of people said Trump's economic policies have hurt the economy, versus 44% who said his policies have helped. The same poll also showed that a majority of voters, 68%, said that they are financially worse off or the same since Trump became president, tying a 12-month high. For much of his presidency, Trump has had higher approval ratings on economic issues than on his overall performance and has made his argument for economic growth a cornerstone of his appeal to voters. The coronavirus-induced economic recession, with millions unemployed and businesses nationwide struggling, has made it more difficult to make this argument. Trump’s campaign...
    It was President Richard Nixon who said in the midst of the enveloping Watergate scandal: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got." That standard should be applied to Joe Biden before the election. He should be pressed to explain his son Hunter's financial dealings in Ukraine and Beijing. In a rare moment when a reporter is able to ask Biden a substantive question, Bo Erickson of CBS News wanted to know the candidate's response to a New York Post story that alleges a Hunter Biden laptop discovered at a repair shop in Delaware contains damning evidence of the Biden family profiting from Hunter's relationship with the Ukraine gas company Burisma and sharing some of the money with his father, reportedly referred to in a Hunter Biden email as "the big guy." VideoSounds preposterous? Then if the story is false, as Biden supporters claim, why, according to a story in the Washington Times, has the owner of the repair shop confirmed to a Senate committee...
    HEARTBREAKING texts showed Joe Biden comforting his son Hunter, who calls himself a "f***ed up addict who can’t be trusted." On Friday, the New York Post published the private exchange between Hunter and his 77-year-old dad on February 24, 2019 as Biden prepared to enter the presidential race. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 18'Texts showed Joe Biden comforting his son Hunter, who calls himself a 'f***ed up addict'Credit: REUTERS 18The news comes after Hunter's personal data was leaked 18'Good morning .... from f***ing rehab,' Hunter wrote The latest leak comes after Rudy Giuliani leaked the contents of Hunter's computer to the newspaper, after a Trump-loving computer repairman found them. Now, intimate family texts have emerged, showing the unconditional love Biden has for Hunter, who described himself as “f***ed up" due to his addiction. “Good morning my beautiful son. I miss you and love you. Dad,” Biden wrote to Hunter at 6:57 am, to which his son replies: "good morning ... from f***ing rehab." He then ranted about...
    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani promised 'much more to come' from Hunter Biden's laptop.  Meanwhile, Democrats have already tossed cold water on the New York Post's story that details contents from a laptop allegedly belonging to Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, which contains messages about Hunter Biden's Ukrainian business deals and photos of the 50-year-old smoking and doing drugs.  'When evaluating any information provided to anyone by Rudy Giuliani, just remember he’s been parading around with a Russian secret agent for the last year, taking everything he says at face value,' tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.  Rudy Giuliani is promising there is 'much more to come' from a laptop that he believes belonged to Hunter Biden that contained information about the Democratic nominee's son's business dealings and pictures of him doing drugs  Giuliani gave the contents of the laptop over to The New York Post, which wrote a report saying it contained a 'smoking-gun' email revealing that Hunter Biden had introduced his father to an adviser at his Ukrainian gas firm. Joe Biden had said he...
    More Americans trust Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE than President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE to lead the nation's health care system amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Fifty-two percent of American adults surveyed told Gallup they trust the former vice president to lead the health care system most efficiently as the country battles COVID-19, compared with 39 percent who said the same of Trump. Another 9 percent chose “other candidate.” The results are sharply split along party lines with 95 percent of Democrats trusting Biden and 88 percent of Republicans trusting Trump. Independents surveyed said they trust Biden more by a 47-40 margin. Women respondents said they trust Biden more by a 58-32 split, while men narrowly trust Trump more by...
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates questioned whether a Food and Drug Administration-approved coronavirus vaccine could be trusted as safe and effective, telling Bloomberg TV the agency has been politicized under the Trump administration. Gates specifically cited FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn touting blood plasma as a potential treatment, only to reverse himself a day later. “We saw with the completely bungled plasma statements that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go completely off the rails. The FDA lost a lot of credibility there,” Gates told the outlet. “Historically, just like the [Centers for Disease Control] was viewed as the best in the world, the FDA had that same reputation as a top-notch regulator,” he added. “But there’s been some cracks with some of the things they’ve said at the commissioner level.” Amid concerns over a potentially rushed vaccine, nine pharmaceutical companies signed a joint pledge not to submit any vaccine without confidence in its safety and efficacy earlier this month. “These companies are very professional and the benefits of the vaccine here are very dramatic,” Gates told Bloomberg...
    A woman whose father died of COVID-19 says that President Trump’s admission that he intentionally downplayed the severity of the coronavirus in the weeks before the pandemic swept the nation is “inexcusable.” Kristin Urquiza, who at last month’s Democratic National Convention spoke out forcefully against the president’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, questioned Thursday “how many families right now are missing a loved one because of Trump’s failure?” TRUMP DEFENDS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AFTER WOODWARD INTERVIEW GOES VIRAL Urquiza’s comments were made during a conference call with reporters hosted by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign. They come a day after reporter Bob Woodward's new book – which includes audio recordings of the president telling the longtime Washington Post journalist in February that he knew the coronavirus was “deadly” but went to great lengths to downplay the virus in public – went viral. The president defended comments he made earlier this year about the coronavirus in interviews with Woodward, telling Fox News' "Hannity" Wednesday that he wanted to "show a calmness." "I'm the leader of the country, I can't be jumping up and down and scaring people," Trump told host Sean Hannity. "I don't want...
    Saul Loeb/Getty Images A new poll from Fox News shows Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump in three key states. The surveys were all conducted following both parties’ national conventions and the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. In Arizona, Biden leads Trump 49 to 40. In North Carolina, Biden leads 50 to 46. And in Wisconsin, Biden leads 50 to 42. On the question of which candidate is more trusted on coronavirus, Biden leads in all three states. On the economy, Trump leads Biden by 1 in Arizona, 8 in North Carolina, and tied with his Democratic opponent in Wisconsin. In North Carolina, Trump is must trusted than Biden on issues of policing and criminal justice by 1 percent. In Arizona and Wisconsin, Biden leads on that question by 5. You can read the full results here. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    JUST six months ago, Joe Biden’s bid to become the next US President suffered a crippling blow. The veteran Democrat and former Vice-President almost crashed out just after the long race for the White House had officially begun. 13Joe Biden turned his faltering campaign around to become the Democratic nominee in the 2020 US electionCredit: AP:Associated Press In the Iowa caucuses, the first electoral contest of the campaign to become his party’s candidate, the 77-year old finished in a humiliating fifth place. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We took a gut punch,” Biden declared after the disastrous result. One commentator on the news outlet CNBC was even more scathing: “His presidential hopes are finished.” Yet today, Biden stands on the threshold of the Oval Office. Victory is in his grasp. Having clawed his way back into the primaries and won the Democratic nomination to challenge Donald Trump, he could soon be the most powerful man on Earth. 13Trump is currently trailing in the polls thanks to his handling of the pandemic - which has...
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