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    While critics have slammed the original 1984 Karate Kid for being “too white,” Ralph Macchio, who starred as Daniel LaRusso in the film, rejected the claims, saying it was actually “ahead of its time.” "People have said it’s a very white cast, that it didn’t dive into the Asian story," Macchio, 60, told Stellar Magazine. "But I always say this: The film was ahead of its time because it was a popcorn movie that talked about Japanese internment camps during World War II.” Actor Ralph Macchio. (Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) WATCH: COMEDIAN JOHN CRIST SAYS ‘FUNNY CAN BE YOUR LIFE,’ TALKS BEATING CANCEL CULTURE Macchio, 60, said the film was progressive for the time, noting a scene in which Mr. Miyagi, played by co-star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, revealed he lost his wife and son in one of the internment camps. "Pat himself spent two years in the camps," Macchio explained. "So it had double meaning and some depth." Actors Ralph Macchio (left) and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita. (AP Photo/File) CLICK HERE TO...
    President Joe Biden on Friday said the $1.4 trillion reduction of the national deficit was proof his economic policies are working even as the drop in government spending came after many covid-related programs ended. Biden also pivoted his argument into an attack on Republicans, warning voters that GOP policies will led to cuts in popular social programs and make the deficit worse if they take control of Congress in the Nov. 8 election.  'Today, my administration announced that this year the deficit fell by $1.4 trillion — the largest one-year drop in American history — $1.4 trillion decline in the deficit,' Biden said in remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. 'Today we have further proof that we’re rebuilding the economy in a responsible way,' he noted. But the non-partisan Bipartisan Policy Center said the reason for the decreased deficit was increased revenues through taxes and reduced federal spending, which came after covid-related spending expired. 'The expiration of pandemic-related relief spending, such expanded unemployment insurance, certain tax credits, and other public benefit programs, accounts for most of that...
    Arizona is refusing to comply with the Biden administration's demand that the state remove double-stacked shipping containers placed at the border as a makeshift barrier in an attempt to quell illegal immigration. Republican Governor Doug Ducey's government started placing the shipping containers on the U.S. side of the Arizona border with Mexico in August – and in a letter last week the Bureau of Reclamation instructed the state to not place any new containers and remove the existing ones. Since August, more than 120 containers have been placed to help fill the gaps at the border, Ducey's communications director C.J. Karamargin told the Washington Examiner, adding that they are confused why it took months for the letter to come in. 'It took the feds since August to write a letter? If this is any indication of their sense of urgency, then perhaps that explains the problem we're having,' Karamargin said. 'As for the letter, we question their legal analysis and we are looking at our options,' Ducey's spokesperson added. The Bureau of Reclamation's letter claims that the request is coming...
    The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for healthcare workers when it declined to take up a case brought by Missouri and mostly Republican-led states. The decision not to take up an appeal was a win for the Biden administration, which in January watched the conservative court strike down its vaccine people working at large corporations to either get vaccinated or test for the coronavirus. The efforts were both key prongs of the administration's effort to push vaccination in an effort to gain control of the coronavirus outbreak.  It came on the first day at the Supreme Court was back in session, with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson joining the outvoted liberal minority on the 6-3 conservative court.  The Biden Administration's vaccine mandate for health workers will stand after the Supreme Court (pictured in January) declined to take up an appeal The justices turned away an appeal by Missouri and nine other states after a lower court declined to immediately consider their claims that the vaccine rule violates federal administrative law and tramples over powers reserved for...
    CNN medical analyst and Washington Post columnist Leana Wen concurred with President Joe Biden, contradicting a recent Post editorial, in saying that the Covid-19 pandemic “is over.” During Sunday’s 60 Minutes on CBS, Biden said that “the pandemic is over.” The following day, the Post editorial board rebuked Biden in a piece headlined “No, President Biden, the pandemic is not over.” “The pandemic is still raging — in the sense that a dangerous virus is infecting, sickening and killing people, mutating to survive and haunting the globe. The pandemic has shifted — and normalcy has returned in many ways — but it is not over,” stated the editorial. The piece mentioned that the “seven-day moving average of daily deaths in the United States is nearly 400 and has plateaued at this terrible level since April” and that “the average of new daily cases is 60,000, way higher than in the spring.” The editorial also noted that “Biden has not ended the official pandemic emergency.” However, Wen, a contributing Post columnist, wrote an opinion piece on Monday for the outlet dissenting from the...
    (CNN)The White House is strongly condemning calls from some members of the Republican Party, including some elected lawmakers, to "defund the FBI" in the wake of last week's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. The pushback marks the White House's most aggressive response to the FBI's search to date and comes as other Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, are sounding alarms on this message amid heightened threats to law enforcement. "Just like President Biden rejects defunding the police, he rejects defunding other law enforcement, including the FBI," White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement exclusively to CNN Wednesday. "The President has called for boosting police funding through the COPS program and hiring 100,000 additional officers. He also included over $10.8 billion for the FBI in his most recent budget. The men and women who bravely serve in law enforcement to keep all of us safe deserve the resources and support that they need to do their jobs - not seeing their budgets slashed," he said.The statement comes as GOP calls to defund...
    President Joe Biden's chief of staff defended the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying 2022 would be the first year in this century that no Americans had died fighting in the country. The Taliban have been celebrating the anniversary of their takeover of Afghanistan this week, while diplomats and military leaders have reflected on 20 years of conflict - thousands of lost American lives and trillions of American dollars - that ultimately handed the country back to Islamist hardliners. Last year, Biden's own military advisers tried to persuade him to leave several thousand troops in the country to prevent it falling to the Taliban.  And this week General Frank McKenzie, who oversaw the exit, said he would have begun bringing people out sooner to prevent such chaos. But Ron Klain, White House chief of staff, rejected the criticism. 'I have to say, when President Biden took office, he made the decision to end a 20 year war,' he told MSNBC's Morning Joe. 'And we now in 2022 are in the first year this century where no Americans are going...
    The White House is pushing back on criticism from journalists questioning why President Joe Biden's doctor isn't addressing the press while the president has COVID-19.  'We are fully committed to transparency here. You're going to hear every day from Dr. O'Connor through written communication,' said White House COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha on CNN Friday morning.  Jha added 'we're all in pretty constant contact speaking to each other.' 'I'll be speaking to the president every day. That combination means that the American people will have a very full, complete picture of how the president is doing,' he said.  CNN's John Berman then asked Jha to confirm that there were no plans to have Physician to the President, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, speak directly to the press.  'You know, Dr. O'Connor is going to be sharing his information,' Jha answered, adding the public could expect to hear from him and Biden's top medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. 'So I think you're going to hear from a variety of us.'  CNN's John Berman (left) asked White House COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha (right)...
    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke against President Joe Biden’s proposal for a gas tax holiday as a means of dealing with prices at the pump. Warren gave an interview to CNN’s John Berman on Thursday morning, in which she offered her thoughts on efforts by Biden and Congress to deal with inflation, supply chain shortages, and rising interest rates. Warren mentioned “price gouging” from the oil industry, and Berman then asked for her thoughts on Biden calling for Congress to pass a three-month moratorium on the federal gas tax, along with similar suspensions from state and local governments. Biden’s proposal has drawn skepticism — even among fellow Democrats — in terms of whether it would have a meaningful impact to help Americans save money. As for Warren, she sidestepped on the question in order to applaud Biden for taking a stand against the oil industry “The president’s trying to deal with these problems directly and I think that’s the right way to go about it,” Warren said. “I think what we should be doing instead of trying to get short-term...
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a passionate defense of her history of sentencing child porn offenders as Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin gave the Supreme Court nominee a chance to address Republican criticism claiming she is too soft on these crimes. The Democratic senator from Illinois was teeing up a defense for Jackson by allowing her to address the child pornography cases, as well as her judicial philosophy and the issue if court packing. Jackson would not give a commitment on where she fell on the issue of adding seats to the Supreme Court, which is widely opposed by Republicans. The nominee said she agreed with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett that nominees should not share perspectives on politically charged matters, especially when at the nominee level. 'I am not importing my personal views or policy preferences,' she ensured. Durbin said at the start of the second day of Jackson's confirmation hearing on Tuesday: 'The issue involving child pornography – I want to turn to that issue because it was raised multiple times primarily by the Senator from Missouri and he...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Irish PM tests positive for COVID-19 during visit to DC Five takeaways from Zelensky's virtual address to Congress House relearns history of legislative surprise rule MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday amplified her opposition to the idea of sending U.S. or NATO forces into Ukraine to help the embattled country repel Russian air strikes. A more direct Western intervention to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine has been the foremost request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he scrambles to secure more international help amid mounting civilian casualties. Zelensky's latest plea came Wednesday, when he addressed Congress virtually and implored the lawmakers to help his forces "close the sky." The idea has been roundly rejected by President BidenJoe Biden Irish PM tests positive for COVID-19 during visit to DC CNN anchor breaks down talking to Ukrainian father whose family was killed Graham introduces resolution urging Biden to help send jets to Ukraine MORE and other Western leaders. Biden in particular has been quick to warn that such help would necessarily pit U.S. and NATO troops against Russian forces...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he denied a request by the Biden administration to deploy the state's National Guard to Washington, D.C., ahead of President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address. "Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no [Florida National Guard] sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union," the Republican said in a tweet Monday, one day before the big speech. Christina Pushaw, DeSantis's press secretary, further told the Washington Examiner that the federal government sent the request to all states "to prepare for anticipated 'First Amendment protests'" coinciding with Biden's address Tuesday. The National Guard "should never be misused for political purposes," she added. Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022 "Last year, when...
    At least three trucker convoys are expected to converge at the nation's capitol to show their disdain for Biden and his policies, especially those related to vaccine and mask mandates. One of the larger convoys launched from the Mojave Desert in California on a cross-country route last week. One Democrat called on law enforcement authorities to seize the trucks from any protest and "give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business." Critics of modern State of the Union speeches note that historically the address was a simple letter sent by the president to Congress. It was converted by Woodrow Wilson into an ostentatious ceremony for the sake of raising the profile of the executive branch. Here's more about the State of the Union address: Security heightened ahead of Biden's 1st State of The Union | GMA www.youtube.com
    Joe Biden is rejecting another executive privilege claim by Donald Trump as he tries to invoke the right in order to withhold the White House visitor logs from the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot. In a letter sent to the National Archives on Tuesday, which was obtained by The New York Times, Biden's White House Counsel Dana Remus told the archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero the agency should provide the material to the panel within 15 days. Former President Trump is attempting to invoke executive privilege to keep the panel form obtaining the logs, just as he did with other White House documents that were turned over to the committee earlier this month. The White House plans to inform Trump Wednesday morning of the rejection for his executive privilege claim, according to the Times. Trump could try to block or slow the release of the logs like he did with other White House documents and materials. President Joe Biden rejected Donald Trump's executive privilege claim attempting to stop the National Archives from releasing White House...
    President Biden denied the accounts found in an Army investigation claiming that the administration failed to grasp the urgency of the situation and provided a distraction with special requests.  'No, that's not that I was told,' Biden said when asked if the details of the report tracked with his account of events in an NBC interview Wednesday.  'There was no good time to get out, but if we had not gotten out, they acknowledged we would have had to put a hell of a lot more troops back in.' Asked if he was outright rejecting the conclusions of the U.S. Army investigation, the president said: 'Yes, I am.' 'I am rejecting them,' he added.   A Post report earlier this week revealed the frustrations at the Pentagon as the White House and State Department failed to prepare the embassy for evacuations in the weeks preceding Kabul's fall.  But the Biden administration has defended its planning for the withdrawal. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week that the National Security Council had been meeting for months to discuss to assess the...
    Sec. of State Antony Blinken stepped up his rhetoric with Russia, accusing Vladimir Putin of 'gaslighting' the world as the State Department denied reports President Biden was willing to draw down the U.S. troop presence in Eastern Europe in exchange for Moscow pulling its soldiers back from the Ukraine border.  Next week NATO foreign ministers, senior U.S. and Russian officials and the NATO-Russia Council will participate in a flurry of meetings in Europe, following a phone conversation between Biden and Putin last week. While the U.S. remains unclear on whether Russia is serious about negotiations, U.S. officials are prepared to offer a mutual drawdown in that region of the world, according to a NBC News report. State Department spokesman Ned Price denied the report.  'It is not accurate that the administration is developing options for pulling back U.S. forces in Eastern Europe in preparation for discussions with Russia next week, which we told NBC while they were reporting this story,' he wrote on Twitter.   'In fact, we have been clear with Russia, publicly and privately, that should Russia further invade Ukraine we...
    The White House stepped in to defend President Biden on Wednesday after he was criticized for characterizing the COVID-19 crisis as a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' despite thousands of breakthrough cases. A former White House testing czar said the president's words were simply 'false' and might undermine public health efforts.   The White House defended the president, saying that the unvaccinated were far more likely to suffer hospitalization or death. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: 'We also know that you are 17 times more likely to die of COVID if you're not vaccinated, and 20 times more likely to be hospitalized. 'So I think in terms of the impact. the dire impact on people across the country, we should be very clear about the impact of not getting vaccinated - people who will be be hurt, be hospitalized and face the threat of death the most, and those are the people who are unvaccinated,' she said.
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki brushed off concerns that Senator Joe Manchin felt 'bullied' by White House staff and fellow Democrats on Wednesday as inter-party divisions have left the West Virginia moderate increasingly isolated. During her daily news briefing Psaki also brushed off questions over whether the divide would force Manchin to switch parties.  She told reporters that the West Virginia centrist isn't exactly a 'withering flower on the side of the road' after Manchin revealed his frustration with Biden's staff is the main reason he's forcing Democrats to kill their goal of passing their Build Back Better package by the end of this year.  'Senator Manchin is somebody who has won many tough-fought fights in West Virginia,' Psaki said when asked if the White House would take a 'softer approach' over reports that Manchin felt 'bullied.'  'He comes proudly from a coal mining family, he's a pretty outspoken advocate for the things he believes in and the things he doesn't, and I would doubt he's a withering flower on the side of the road.' Manchin stunned Democrats all the way...
    Joe Biden faced another blow in the southern border crisis when an appeals court ruled Monday the administration cannot end the program requiring migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed in the U.S. '[The Department of Homeland Security] claims the power to implement a massive policy reversal — affecting billions of dollars and countless people — simply by typing out a new Word document and posting it on the internet,' the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a Monday night ruling. The 117-page opinion added: 'DHS has come nowhere close to shouldering its heavy burden to show that it can make law in a vacuum.' Earlier in December, Biden was forced to restart the Migrant Protection Program (MPP) – more commonly referred to as the Remain in Mexico policy – after stopping it shortly after taking office in January. Texas and Missouri sued the administration over Biden stopping the program and a federal judge ruled it had to be reinstated. In compliance with that order, the administration started sending asylum seekers back to Mexico...
    President Joe Biden has decided not to assert executive privilege to hold back a trove of documents that the Jan. 6th select committee is seeking as part of its probe – concluding it is not in the country's 'best interests' after the Capitol riot. The White House authorized the National Archives, which holds the documents and received document requests from the panel, to turn them over, as the House panel plows ahead with its investigation. 'The administration takes the events of January 6 incredibly seriously, as the President said on its six-month anniversary,' said White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. 'That day posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive. It was in many respects, a unique attack on the foundations of our democracy. The president's dedicated to ensuring that something like that could never happen again, which is why the administration is cooperating with ongoing investigations including the January 6 Select Committee to bring to light what happened,' she said at her daily press briefing. 'That day posed an existential crisis and a...
    “We’ve been a nation too long at war. If you’re 20 years old today, you have never known an America at peace.” – Joseph R. Biden, August 31st 2021 President Joe Biden, like any politician worth his salt, is trying to sell you something. He’s not selling hoodies like AOC or ghostwritten books like the ones that built Bernie’s lakehouse. No, he’s bottled up a different kind of snake oil: comfort and reassurance. Biden tells us we can leave Afghanistan with no real plan for protecting ourselves. That we can choose to finally embrace peace after a generation of conflict. That, in fact, the youth of today were robbed of knowing an America at peace. Biden even tells us that he can keep us safe with only drone strikes, despite the fact that the CIA just evacuated most of their informants from the country. And, oh, the CIA director and the Secretary of Defense both admit we’re about to be blind. As we approach a sacred anniversary on Sept. 11, let’s stop and recognize a few truths as Biden seeks...
    The Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 worshippers were gunned down in a 2018 mass shooting is rejecting President Biden's claim he visited after the tragedy. At a Thursday virtual event commemorating the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Biden decried anti-Semitism and expressed sadness something like the Tree of Life synagogue shooting could happen in the US. 'I remember spending time at the - you know, going to the - you know, the Tree of Life Synagogue, speaking with the - just - it just is amazing these things are happening - happening in America,' he said.  But Tree of Life executive director Barb Feige said that never happened, according to the New York Post. Feige, who assumed her role in July 2019, told the outlet that 'no,' the president didn't come before nor after stepping foot in the White House.  In October 2018 a man with an AR-15 carried out the attack during Saturday morning Shabbat services, killing 11 and wounding 6 people including Holocaust survivors. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US...
    President Joe Biden's national security team appears to be in damage control mode Monday morning, trying to distance the panicked scenes coming out of Afghanistan as civilians try to flee the Taliban from the US's defeated withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975. Over the last day as Taliban insurgents took over the war-torn country with alarming speed, Biden has been criticized for unequivocally denying any comparison to the fall of Saigon in early July remarks.  After a weekend at Camp David, Biden will speak to the nation on Monday afternoon from the White House following intense criticism over his silence.   'There will be no situation where you see people being lifted off the roof in the embassy to the United States from Afghanistan,' Biden had pledged. But the world watched Sunday as Chinook helicopters rushed US embassy officials to Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Taliban reached the city. 'To be fair, the helicopter has been the mode of transport from our embassy to the airport for the last 20 years,' National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told NBC's Today. 'That's how...
    Antony Blinken insisted Sunday the scene in Afghanistan is not comparable to the fall of Saigon as he diverted blame for the Taliban take over on Trump, Republicans and Afghan security forces.  The Secretary of State said the images emerging from Afghanistan, including personnel being airlifted out of the embassy in Kabul, is 'standard operating procedure'. 'This is being done in a very deliberate way. It's being done in an orderly way. And it's being done with American forces there to make sure we can do it in a safe way,' he said in an interview with ABC News' This Week on Sunday morning. Host Johnathan Karl pushed back by saying: 'Respectfully, not much about what we're seeing seems too orderly or standard operating procedure.' 'Just last month, President Biden said that under no circumstance, and those were his words, under no circumstance would the U.S. personnel, embassy personnel be airlifted out of Kabul in a replay of the scenes that we saw in Saigon in 1975,' he said. 'So, isn't that exactly what we're seeing now? I mean, even...
    Joe Biden dismissed the idea of eliminating the filibuster during a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday night, warning that doing so would 'throw the entire Congress into chaos' where 'nothing at all would get done.' Speaking at an invite-only event moderated by Don Lemon, Biden was asked by a first year law student why he hadn't taken more action to advance voting rights legislation. 'Isn't it logical to get rid of the filibuster so we can protect our democracy and secure the right to vote?' the college grad asked to enthusiastic applause. At one point Lemon joined in pressing the president, to which he snapped 'Let me finish my answer.'   A Senate vote on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill failed as expected on Wednesday, with many GOP senators voicing concerns over voting on legislation they haven't seen and fearing it could pave the way to larger spending packages on Biden's agenda. Democrats would need to win a 60-vote 'super majority' to overcome Republican efforts to indefinitely stall the bill via a filibuster, or pass Biden's agenda via...
    New York : The Biden Administration is deporting as many entire families as possible. Photo: John Moore / . President Joe biden acknowledged that Mexico has not agreed to receive more families of immigrants detained at the border, but said that there are negotiations to do so. “We are in negotiations with the president of Mexico. I think we will see that change “Biden said at his first press conference. “Everyone should go back”. The Democrat added that the priority is children. The president’s position reveals the dichotomy that the natives of that country continue to migrate to the US, but the US government asks the President’s Administration for help Andrés Manuel López Obrador to receive Central Americans. This policy that the president is pursuing is similar to the Remain in Mexico program, which allowed families to be sent to that country to wait on their asylum requests, but that could lead to problems with immigrant defenders, who claim that immigrants should be allowed to apply. asylum. In a previous conference, White House advisers explained...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 12:55 a.m. The Senate has quickly killed Republican objections to Pennsylvania’s electoral vote for President-elect Joe Biden. Senators voted 92-7 after midnight to derail the GOP attempt to overturn Pennsylvania’s support for the Democrat. In a long day dominated by pro-Trump rioters’ deadly storming of the Capitol, it’s the second state for which a group of Republicans tried and failed to reverse the will of voters. Some GOP lawmakers have backed President Donald Trump’s bogus claims that the election was fraudulent. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes no other states’ votes will be challenged. That means Congress’ formal certification of Biden’s victory could finish quickly once the House votes on the Pennsylvania challenge. The Senate rejected the effort to cancel Pennsylvania’s votes without any debate. Those objecting to Pennsylvania’s votes included 80 House Republicans and Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, who is considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. ___ 12:15 a.m. Thursday Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 11:20 p.m. The House has voted overwhelmingly to reject an objection to President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Arizona, joining the Senate in upholding the results of the election there. The objection failed 303-121 on Wednesday night, with only Republicans voting in support. Earlier Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, forcing a lockdown of the lawmakers and staff inside. Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud to explain away his defeat to Biden, though election officials have said there wasn’t any. Now that Arizona is out of the way, Congress will reconvene as the joint session and make its way through the rest of the states that have objections. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONGRESS’ TALLY OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Senate has overwhelmingly turned aside a challenge to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona, guaranteeing the result will stand. The objection to the results in Arizona — spearheaded by Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. Ted Cruz — was rejected 93-6 on Wednesday night. All votes in favor came from Republicans, but after violent protesters mobbed the Capitol earlier Wednesday a number of GOP senators who had planned to support the objection reversed course. The Republicans raised the objection based on false claims pushed by President Donald Trump and others of issues with the vote in Arizona, which were repeatedly dismissed in Arizona’s courts and by the state’s election officials. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONGRESS’ TALLY OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Dec. 8Supreme Court rejects Republicans' bid to halt Biden's Pennsylvania win In a single, succinct order, Justice Samuel Alito Tuesday on behalf of the U.S. Supreme Court has shut down an 11th-hour attempt by allies of Trump in Pennsylvania to block its slate of certified electors and toss out 2.5 million mail-in ballots. "The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied," Alito said.The appeal -- brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, along with another GOP candidate for Congress -- alleged that the state legislature did not legally pass the law allowing for expanded mail-in voting during the pandemic. They sought the justices to order...
    The rejection came at a private meeting on Tuesday after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer presented a resolution calling for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Missouri Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt voted in favor of House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in blocking the resolution, effectively preventing the opening committee from publicly acknowledging Biden’s presence. Rule Committee Rankings Sen. of Minnesota. Amy Globuchar voted in favor of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer. “It’s amazing the extent to which Republicans are rejecting the election results and recognizing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president,” Hoare said in a statement. “Their continued assessment of President Trump’s post – election resentment threatens our democracy and undermines confidence in our electoral system … Republican President – elect Biden and Vice President – Elect Harris will be inaugurated on January 20, despite intense controversy over the matter.” The vote comes as Capitol Hill Republicans have repeatedly refused to recognize Biden as the next president of the...
    Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg rejected the notion that President Donald Trump can challenge the results of the 2020 election just as Bush V. Gore did back in the 2000 election. In 2000, Ginsberg led George W. Bush’s legal strategy during the Florida vote recount, which eventually led to the Supreme Court ruling that resulted in Florida’s electoral votes going to Bush, along with the presidency. During an interview with Bill Whitaker for 60 Minutes, Ginsberg panned Trump’s legal strategy as the president disputes the 2020 election results showing his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. Speaking of Trump’s litigation efforts, Ginsberg said “On the one hand, it’s lawyers reacting to a client who is disjointed and unhinged and not terribly accepting of defeat. And on the other extreme this could be an instance of trying to slow down counts in individual states in the hopes that those states don’t complete their job of certifying election results in time for the electoral college to meet. And then he would go back to something else he’s talked about which is telling legislators...
    MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson says he’s not on board with Joe Biden’s call for national reconciliation if he wins the 2020 election. Johnson joined Nicole Wallace for post-election analysis on Deadline Wednesday, where he said he is “disturbed” that the ongoing race between Biden and President Donald Trump is turning out to be so competitive. Johnson claimed Trump has disdain for everyone including his own children, but he mostly stuck to his point that it was “disturbing” to see so many Americans vote for Trump in spite of numerous shortcomings. Johnson’s appearance came shortly after Biden gave a post-Election Day address and told viewers “we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.” Johnson emphasized that he wants Biden to be president instead of a “dictator in the making” like Trump, but “you cannot come into this White House with the idea these people aren’t the enemy. They are.” The people chasing the Biden-Harris bus out of Texas, they are the enemies of democracy. The people right now attacking vote-counters in Detroit, they are the enemy. Kyle Rittenhouse...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden recalled Hillary Clinton's fateful decision not to visit Wisconsin in 2016 – and said in a speech in Milwaukee Friday night that he was tending to the state. Biden made the comments on his third trip to the state of the campaign, this time at an outdoor rally in an airport hangar with about 50 guests seated apart for social distancing reasons. 'I came up here campaigning for Hillary. For a whole lot of reasons – not all of which were her fault – we ended up not taking it as seriously,' he said, on a day both candidates barnstormed the Midwest. 'I came up here campaigning for Hillary. For a whole lot of reasons – not all of which were her fault – we ended up not taking it as seriously,' former Vice President Joe Biden said campaigning in Milwaukee Friday night  'We thought it was different. I’ve been here a lot,' he said.  'If I get elected, I’m coming back,' he told Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. 'In these final days we’ve got...
    The US ambassador has rejected a threat from Joe Biden that Boris Johnson's Brexit bill could harm a trade deal with Britain, and said Washington had 'no greater friend' than the UK, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Woody Johnson says the US 'stands committed' to the UK in his first intervention over the contentious Internal Market Bill – which Ministers say is designed to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit. Democratic US presidential candidate Mr Biden fears the legislation could undermine the Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland. But Mr Johnson said in a letter seen by this newspaper: 'Our Special Relationship is stronger than ever.'  It puts paid to claims by opposition MPs that Mr Biden's comments were proof of 'damage' to Britain's international standing. Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden fears the contentious Internal Market Bill legislation could undermine the Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland The ambassador was responding to DUP MP Ian Paisley, who wrote to him saying it was 'preposterous' to hear...
    Friday in a preview an interview that will air Sunday, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pushed back on President Donald Trump’s claim that Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden does not support defunding police departments. He said, “We’ve seen deaths up in New York, deaths up in Chicago, shootings. How do you explain it, and what are you going to do about it?” Trump said, “I explain it very simply by saying they’re Democrat-run cities, they are liberally run. They are stupidly run.” Wallace said, “Liberal Democrats have been running cities in this country for decades.” Trump said, “Poorly.” Wallace said, “Why is it so bad right now?” Trump answered, “They run them poorly, it was always bad, but now it’s gotten totally out of control, and it’s really because they want to defund the police and Biden wants to defund the police.” Wallace interjected, “Sir, he does not.” Trump shot back, “He signed a charter with Bernie Sanders.” Wallace said, “It says nothing about defunding the police.” President Trump: “Oh, really? It says abolish, it says. Let’s...
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