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    (CNN)With less than three weeks to go until the federal student loan repayment pause expires, millions of borrowers are still in the dark about whether President Joe Biden will extend the current payment moratorium or possibly forgive any of their debts. Borrower balances have effectively been frozen for more than two years, with no payments required on most federal student loans since March 2020 -- when the coronavirus pandemic sent many Americans into lockdown. During this time, interest stopped accumulating and collections on defaulted debt have been on hold.Now, as borrowers' fates hang in the balance, the President is set to spend several days on a long-awaited vacation. And the Biden administration has not sent any signals to suggest they'll announce a student loan decision while he's away. What to know about these 5 student loan forgiveness programs -- and how Biden has expanded themBiden has already extended the pause four times and has repeatedly argued that it was necessary to allow borrowers to get back on their feet. In April -- when he last extended the repayment pause...
    Never Trump conservative Tim Miller, a former Republican strategist, has been sounding the alarm about the GOP’s extremist direction and everything that is at stake in the 2022 midterms. Miller believes it will be terrible for the United States if Republicans regain either or both branches of Congress in the 2022 midterms — a definite possibility in light of high inflation and President Joe Biden’s weak approval ratings. But in a video posted by the conservative website The Bulwark on August 4, Miller expresses optimism where the Democratic Party is concerned and argues that in recent weeks, Biden and his fellow Democrats have been on a roll and enjoyed a “turn in fortune.” “Last year around this time, when I had a lot more hair, we were talking about the Hot Joe Summer,” Miller explained. “COVID was on the wane, POTUS’ poll numbers were sky-high, everything seemed to be coming up Joe — and right after that, it all went to shit: Afghanistan, inflation, more inflation, whispers that he’s too old for the job. Nothing went his way.” Miller continues,...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The administration of President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned Indiana’s new ban on abortions, calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample women’s rights. Indiana on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve such legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1973 landmark case that had protected the right to abortion nationwide. “The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “And, it’s another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.” The ban, which takes effect Sept. 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions will be permitted in cases of rape and incest, before 10-weeks post-fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; and if a fetus is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly. Victims of rape and...
    Brittney Griner is expected to be swapped by America for the 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer within weeks as Joe Biden scrambles to undo her nine-year prison sentence for smuggling cannabis into the country, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.  Griner was today sentenced to nine years in prison for smuggling a weed pen into Moscow in February. The 31-year-old WNBA star claimed in court it was an 'honest mistake' and that she didn't mean to bring the drugs in.  For weeks, speculation has run rampant that the White House was preparing to negotiate a swap of Griner and Paul Whelan, another US citizen being held in Russian prison, in exchange for Viktor Bout, an arms dealer who was arrested in 2008 in Thailand at the request of the US authorities.  The Russians refused to agree on a deal before Griner's sentence, citing the need for judicial process. Now, Biden - amid a swell of public pressure from Griner's fans in the world of sport and Hollywood - is rushing to have her released.  A source close to the ongoing negotiations told DailyMail.com...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier broke the news during The Five that the U.S. military killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. “We can confirm from two intelligence sources that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. And that is what President Biden will announce from the White House tonight at 730 Eastern Time,” Baier began. He added that “Zawahiri was a deputy under Osama bin Laden on 911. He is one of the most wanted terrorists, has been for a long time.” “This is, again, to intelligence sources, saying that this is a big counterterrorism win for the U.S.” Baier continued, noting that Zawahiri took over al Qaeda in June 2011, after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. Baier then took questions from the various co-hosts of The Five. “This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier...
    Joe Biden is taking the drug Paxlovid in his battle against COVID-19, the White House said while announcing the president's diagnosis. 'He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,' said Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. The anti-viral drug is intended for use by patients who are considered likely to become seriously ill from the deadly virus, such as elders and people with pre-existing conditions like heart disease. Though the FDA approved the drug for use treating COVID last December, pharmacists were authorized to administer the drug only just two weeks ago. Until early July the drug could only be prescribed by physicians, according to PBS. The drug's approval comes after the Biden administration spent months trying to increase access to the drug, which studies showed decreased both deaths and hospitalizations in unvaccinated COVID patients by nearly 90 per cent. Despite those strong numbers the drug was found to be less effective in treating vaccinated patients - which Biden is three...
    President Joe Biden pushed back when NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander raised the issue of gas prices, pointing out “They’ve been coming down every single day” and predicting his Saudi trip will have an impact in a “couple weeks.” Biden took questions from reporters Friday after he described what happened during his meeting with MBS and other leaders after reporters were led away. During his initial remarks, the president said he and the Saudis “had a good discussion on ensuring global energy security and adequate oil supplies to support global economic growth. And that will begin shortly.” “And I’m doing all I can to increase the supply for the United States of America, which I expect to happen. The Saudis share that urgency, and based on our discussions today, I expect we’ll see further steps in the coming weeks,” Biden said. During the Q&A, Alexander asked President Biden when this visit might have an impact at the pump: Q On gas prices, if I may, you said that we’ll see relief at some point in the not-too-distant future. What is the message to...
    President Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he expects Saudi Arabia to take steps to protect the global oil supply in the coming weeks. Biden's remarks came after several hours of meetings with top Saudi government officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Jeddah Friday night. Though gas had dropped roughly 60-cents per gallon compared to June highs, the energy sector was the largest driver of inflation in the most recent Consumer Price Index report, which saw prices jump 9.1% compared to June of 2021. BIDEN FIST-BUMPS SAUDI CROWN PRINCE, SIDESTEPPING HANDSHAKE HEADACHE "We had a good discussion on ensuring global energy security and adequate oil supplies to support global economic growth," the president stated. "That will begin shortly, and I'm doing all I can to increase the supply for the United States of America, which I expect to happen. The Saudis share that urgency, and based on our discussions today, I expect we'll see further steps in the coming weeks." The president additionally outlined how Saudi Arabia plans to "partner with us on a far reaching clean...
    Former UN Ambassador and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is planning a trip to Russia to free detainees WNBA star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, according to ABC News.  Richardson, who has helped secure the release of multiple Americans detained overseas - including US Marine Trevor Reed, who was also detained by the Kremlin - will head to Russia in the next few weeks. Recently, Russia has implied interest in trading the WNBA star for Russian detainees in the U.S., ABC News reported.   Griner has been imprisoned since February after she brought two vape cartridges containing cannabis oil through the Moscow airport. The WNBA star pleaded guilty on Thursday to drug charges, insisting she had packed in a hurry and did not intend to break the law. She faces 10 years in prison. Meanwhile, Whelan was arrested at a Moscow hotel in December 2018. He was convicted of spying on Russia on behalf of the U.S. and sentenced to 16 years of hard labor in a prison camp in the Republic of Mordovia despite professing his innocence. Bill...
    It is Friday! Exhale. It took two weeks for President Joe Biden to take action on the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse about half of the country’s rights. He took those two weeks on top of the four weeks when we already knew that those rights were being taken away. It is a good thing that Biden took some action, but more is still needed. The albatross of political malpractice still hangs around this administration as Biden has yet to publicly squash the supposed handshake deal he made with death eater Mitch McConnell to nominate an ardent anti-abortion judge to a lifetime appointment in Kentucky. Meanwhile, just like the Nazis before them, the Jan. 6, fascists seem to have had a penchant for filming their crimes. It is a symptom of narcissism and megalomania. Hopefully, Biden’s Department of Justice will do the right thing and bring justice to their many country club doorsteps. Here is some of what you might have missed: Gov. Gavin Newsom dragged DeSantis in new ad. Some think it means Newsom may run for president N.Y. court...
    President Joe Biden’s economy has dominated as the greatest concern among Americans for 43 straight weeks, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday. Thirty-three percent of Americans are worried about the economy, topping crime (11 percent), environment (6 percent), terrorism (5 percent), and immigration (5 percent). The polling reflects Biden’s leadership on the economy, which has shouldered 40-year-high inflation, soaring gas prices, increased housing costs, and reduced real wages. To combat many of these challenges, the Fed has increased interest rates, which may further slow down the economy and plunge the nation into recession. According to economists at Nomura Holdings Inc., the U.S. economy will be in a recession by 2023 due to interest rate hikes. The Ipsos poll also found that Biden’s approval rating fell to its lowest mark of 35 percent. But the poll does not represent the lowest mark of Biden’s presidency. On Sunday, Civiqs polling showed Biden’s approval rating was at 30 percent. Nevertheless, Biden’s approval numbers have remained below 50 percent since the deadly Afghanistan withdrawal when 13 U.S. troops died and thousands of American citizens were...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden's nephew, Cuffe Biden Owens, has just split from Meghan O'Toole King. Megan made the announcement on December 27, 2021 after just two months of marriage. 2The White House announced the wedding of nephew Cuffe Owens to Meghan O'Toole KingCredit: Instagram/ meghanking When did Cuffe Biden Owens get married? On Monday, October 11, 2021, Cuffe married Meghan. The couple got married at Cuffe's childhood home in Pennsylvania, after making their relationship public last month. Megan told Brides that they met through a dating app. "We connected on a dating app, texted for a day or two, then spent five straight hours on the phone the first time we spoke," she said. "By the time that call ended, Cuffe was booked and packed for a flight to St. Louis that took off in about eight hours. Within a week, we were back on the East Coast, meeting his family, and starting to plan our future together. We didn’t leave each other’s side for weeks." What is Cuffe Biden Owens' net worth? It is estimated that Cuffe's...
    The White House national security adviser teased the idea of direct talks between President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping on Monday, saying they have will have the chance to 'engage' in the coming weeks. Jake Sullivan made the comments to reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in southern Germany, where world leaders have been discussing how to counter the rise of China. They have promoted hundreds of billions of dollars in spending to compete with Beijing's global Belt and Road infrastructure push, and discussed how Chinese imports of Russian oil are funding the Russian war machine in Ukraine. A NATO summit this week will also rewrite its 'strategic concept' to account for threats from China. But Sullivan said the White House did not want confrontation with China and that Biden and Xi 'will have the opportunity to engage over the course of the next few weeks.' President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping 'will have the opportunity to engage over the course of the next few weeks,' according to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Biden is in Germany for...
    Multiple explosions took place in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday morning when four missiles hit the city's Shevchenkivskyi district. The strikes on Kyiv by Russian missiles were the first in roughly three weeks. Russia's military, which launched its brutal invasion in late February, had since focused its efforts on the southern and eastern regions of the country. The latest attacks could signal a new attempt by Moscow to retake the western cities it had previously failed to capture. RUSSIA TO PLACE NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILES IN BELARUS News of the blasts first emerged through images and videos posted to social media showing smoke rising up from several buildings. Within minutes, local media began reporting that a total of four missiles had hit the historic district, which is home to numerous universities, restaurants, art galleries, and other attractions. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that authorities were responding to the strikes in a post on the Telegram messaging app, writing: "Ambulance crews and rescuers dispatched to the scene. More detailed information - later. Residents are being rescued...
    A group of pro-abortion protesters was filmed apparently chanting, “Fuck Joe Biden” and “Fuck Glenn Youngkin,” in Richmond, Virginia, Friday evening. The demonstrators gathered to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade. Despite President Joe Biden’s governing agenda being one of the most progressive in the history of the nation — including supporting pro-abortion policies and calling it a “fundamental right” on Friday — left-wing protesters appear to not be satisfied with the president as Roe was overturned during his administration. Watch: Chants of "Fuck Joe Biden" and "Fuck Glenn Youngkin" in Monroe Park as protesters for abortion access continues in Richmond, Virginia. pic.twitter.com/QCyAo1kjFV — Goad Gatsby (@GoadGatsby) June 25, 2022 None of the Justices who presided in the Dobbs decision and dissent were appointed by Biden during his presidency; however, six of the nine justices were confirmed to the Supreme Court when he was either a senator or vice president. The protesters also appeared to be outraged at Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), who announced Friday that he is willing to sign legislation...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a breakthrough case of covid on Monday, testing positive for the second time in less than a month. Becerra, 64, is vaccinated, boosted and not considered a close contact to President Joe Biden. 'This morning in Sacramento, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 after taking an antigen test. He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms,' the agency said in a statement. 'He will continue to perform his duties as HHS seecretary, working in isolation.' 'Secretary Becerra has not been considered a close contact of President Biden or Vice President Harris, as defined by the CDC. The Secretary remains engaged with the duties of his office from isolation, and is eager to return to in-person meetings, as quickly as possible.' Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a breakthrough case of covid Becerra is not considered a close contact to President Biden RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Vaccinated and boosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin... ...
    May and June have seen an extraordinary accumulation of departures from the White House press shop – at a time when President Joe Biden is trying to retool his message with road trips amid sagging approval ratings. The departures have come up and down the ladder among people tasked with pitching Biden's policies, coordinating the covid response, and handling the mechanics of the president's mobile messaging operation. New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made light of the turnover in comments at the White House this week – as she once again took to the podium to publicly praise well-regarded departing mid-level staffers. 'I promise we will have a press shop.' She quipped. 'Not everyone is leaving.'  White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has announced a series of staff departures in recent weeks Some of the turnover coincided with the departure of Jean-Pierre's predecessor, Jen Psaki. Some of the departures amount to steps up substantively – even if the aides will soon miss out on some of the thrill of being inside the presidential bubble.  Jean-Pierre broke the latest staff...
    President Joe Biden is reportedly delaying a decision on student loan debt cancellation due to inflationary concerns President Joe Biden is delaying his decision on whether to cancel a substantial amount of federal student loan debt until July or August, it was reported on Monday. The president promised on April 28 to have an answer ready in 'the next couple of weeks.' Earlier that month, Biden had extended a moratorium on student loan payments and interest that was in place since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But now he's choosing to move his announcement closer to when that extension expires at the end of August, officials told the Wall Street Journal. And he is reportedly leaning toward his campaign pledge of canceling $10,000 per borrower, the report states.  It also suggests Biden has been hesitant to act thus far due to sky-high inflation - which hit 8.3 percent in April - and not wanting to appear to be contributing to continuously rising prices. If true it's a departure from the public show of confidence the commander-in-chief has sought...
    During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if the president’s upcoming speech that night on guns is meant to distract from negative headlines. “You guys at the White House had some very hard headlines this week about inflation and about baby formula,” the Fox News White House correspondent began. “If there’s nothing new that he can point to in this speech tonight, did you just schedule to get people talking about something else?” Jean-Pierre scoffed at the idea that the speech is politically motivated, pointing to the rash of recent spree killings involving guns, including the shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and Tulsa. “People have died,” she responded. “People have died in the past couple of weeks. In particular, we had 19 kids die in Uvalde just recently from a mass shooter – came into their classroom and killed them, plus their two teachers. We had people doing everyday things on a Saturday like some of us do, go to the grocery store and 10 of them were murdered. Just last night in...
    Trump-endorsed Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt (R) is hoping to snag Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) seat in November, turn the Silver State red, and have one less Democrat to “rubber stamp” President Joe Biden’s radical agenda. Laxalt, who is the state’s former attorney general, accused his potential Democrat competitor of leaving Nevadans floundering as crime and inflation skyrocket, and as Biden’s non-existent immigration policy allows fentanyl and human trafficking to abound. Speaking to Breitbart News Saturday, Laxalt said Biden was able to take the country “dramatically in the wrong direction” in “a few short weeks” with little pushback from his own party. In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Evan Vucci, File/AP) “We were a safe state. We were a booming state, and here we are just a few short years later. I think the voters are going have a huge contrast, and all the money in the world...
    Singapore/Taiwan (CNN Business)Taiwan and the United States could begin talks to deepen trade and economic ties "in a few weeks," two senior Taiwanese government officials told CNN on Friday. The new discussions will "explore concrete ways to deepen the US-Taiwan trade and investment relationship," the officials said, with the focus on institutionalizing cooperation in supply chain resilience, labor, environment and sustainable development. A formal announcement will come after "coordination and consultations are made," according to a senior official. CNN is reaching out to the White House for comment. A senior official also told CNN on Friday that Taiwan may send a delegation to participate in the SelectUSA summit in Maryland in June. The summit facilitates overseas business investment into the United States. Read MoreTaiwan was excluded from the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a regional economic plan unveiled by President Joe Biden during his visit to Tokyo earlier this week. The framework is Biden's attempt at engaging a region increasingly coming under the influence of China.The IPEF isn't a trade agreement in the traditional sense. It includes one "pillar" related to...
    by Casey Harper   Gas prices have soared to new heights this month with the price of unleaded regular gas hitting a record high every day for the past two weeks. With Memorial Day weekend approaching, motorists face steep costs if they plan to travel. According to AAA, the national average regular unleaded gas price Tuesday came in at $4.60, a record high. Diesel gasoline is at $5.55 per gallon, just below the record set last week. “The national average for a gallon of gas has not fallen for nearly a month. Gasoline has either remained flat or risen every day since April 24 and has set a new record daily since May 10,” the group said. “That was the day gas eclipsed the previous record high of $4.33, set earlier this year on March 11. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.59 and all 50 states are above $4 per gallon.” In California, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $6.07 Tuesday, highest in the U.S. Motorists in the states of Hawaii...
    Dr. Susan Hopkins, a chief medical adviser to the U.K. Health Security Agency, also warned that monkeypox is spreading through community transmission. Dewsnap recently said that “[Britain’s] response is really critical here. There is going to be more diagnoses over the next week.” She said, “How many is hard to say. What worries me the most is there are infections across Europe, so this has already spread. It’s already circulating in the general population. Getting on top of all those people’s contacts is a massive job.” Dewsnap suggested that case numbers could greatly increase in the coming weeks. She said, “It could be really significant numbers over the next two or three weeks.” President Joe Biden is also concerned about the growing case numbers of monkeypox. This past weekend, just before he left South Korea, Biden said, “Everybody should be concerned about it.” He said, “We’re working on it, hard to figure out what we do.”
    The White House is under pressure to rectify the country's baby formula shortage, but despite President Joe Biden evoking the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, the problem is poised to remain unresolved for weeks. And the administration's blame game has exasperated parents, who are now demonstrating their political strength ahead of November's midterm elections, whether through questions of masking in schools or so-called critical race theory. Criticism of the Biden administration is "well-founded" since the White House knew about the baby formula crisis — or should have known and prepared for it, according to Republican strategist Susan Del Percio. And it is "one problem compounding on another problem," given that Biden continues to be "caught flat-footed" before a midterm election cycle tipped to be a presidential referendum, she told the Washington Examiner. "This administration was elected because people wanted to see competency back," she said. "It took months before they addressed inflation. To the American public, they seem behind the curve at every turn." Del Percio added: "Once is a fluke, twice as a coincidence, three times is a pattern."...
    The now former head of President Joe Biden's disinformation governance board revealed on Wednesday night that she had been getting death threats over the 'last three weeks' that included calls to send her family to Russia to be killed. Dubbed Biden's 'disinformation Mary Poppins' by critics, Nina Jankowicz described in graphic detail the kind of messages her family had been subjected to just hours after the Washington Post reported the panel she was meant to head had been 'paused' less than a month after being announced. 'Something like, "We're coming for you and your family," "Your family should be sent to Russia to be killed," encouragement of me to commit suicide - all of those have been forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security's security services,' Jankowicz told MSNBC's Chris Hayes. She blasted those messages as 'not American' and dismissed accusations of partisanship against her as 'wildly out of context.'  The controversial head of the Department of Homeland Security's disinformation governance board resigned on Wednesday following weeks of attacks on her appointment. Critics compared her to a 'disinformation Mary Poppins' after...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest formula manufacturing plant.The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill those orders before other customers. Biden is also authorizing the Defense Department to use commercial aircraft to fly overseas formula supplies that meet federal standards to the U.S., in what the White House is calling "Operation Fly Formula."Supplies of baby formula across the country have been severely curtailed in recent weeks after a February recall by Abbott Nutrition exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions among formula makers, leaving fewer options on store shelves and increasingly anxious parents struggling to find nutrition for their children.The announcement comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration said it was streamlining its review process to make it easier for foreign manufacturers to begin shipping more formula into the U.S. Regulators also said Monday that they'd...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant. The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill those orders before other customers. Biden is also authorizing the Defense Department to use commercial aircraft to fly overseas formula supplies that meet federal standards to the U.S., in what the White House is calling “Operation Fly Formula.” Supplies of baby formula across the country have been severely curtailed in recent weeks after a February recall by Abbott Nutrition exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions among formula makers, leaving fewer options on store shelves and increasingly anxious parents struggling to find nutrition for their children. The announcement comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration said it was streamlining its review process to make it easier for foreign manufacturers to begin shipping more formula into the U.S. Regulators also...
    Statement from @wiczipedia: "With the Board\u2019s work paused and its future uncertain, and I have decided to leave DHS to return to my work in the public sphere. It is deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the Board became a distraction from the Department\u2019s vital work"pic.twitter.com/AG8GjoFp1i — Dustin Volz (@Dustin Volz) 1652890623 What's the background? The board had been the subject of scrutiny and ridicule for weeks since its launch as critics from across the political spectrum called it Stalinesque and compared it to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s classic novel "1984." It had been launched with the stated aim of "countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia." Though many quickly saw the scheme for what it really was: a panel of left-wing elites empowered to determine what is and what is not truthful. Jankowicz's own background added fuel to the fire. The so-called "expert" on Russian misinformation readily disseminated Trump-Russia collusion talking points from the later debunked Christopher Steele dossier in 2016. Then in 2020, she echoed baseless claims that Hunter Biden's...
    The Department of Homeland Security is 'pausing' its controversial disinformation board just three weeks after it was unveiled following withering attacks from Republicans and conservative TV pundits. It was intended to combat misinformation but critics quickly homed in on the role of its chief, Nina Jankowicz, and her history fighting disinformation and extremism. In particular, they questioned her expertise after it emerged she had dismissed the 2020 discovery of Hunter Biden's laptop as being a 'Trump campaign product.' And in 2016 she spread claims about then candidate Donald Trump's links to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, which have since been debunked. Multiple sources told the Washington Post that the Department of Homeland Security decided on Monday to close its Disinformation Governance Board and that Jankowicz, 33, had drafted a resignation letter. But by the end of Tuesday she and the board had won a reprieve, although it could yet be shut down.  'Nina Jankowicz has been subjected to unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats,' a DHS spokesperson told The Post in a statement.  'In congressional hearings and in media interviews, the...
    Joe Biden still doesn't have action announced on student loan forgiveness despite claiming two weeks ago that he would make a decision 'in a couple of weeks.' 'We have no policy to announce yet,' White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One Tuesday morning. 'But as a reminder,' she added, 'no one has been required to pay a single dime of student loans since the president took office.' Federal student loans went into deferment towards the onset of the coronavirus pandemic when former President Donald Trump was in office as a way to help relieve finances of people who still owe money for their college education. Democrats have long been pushing for student loan forgiveness – with $10,000 in forgiveness for individuals making less than $125,000 is seeming like the most likely course of action for Biden. Jean-Pierre also insisted Tuesday that student loan pauses are unlikely to affect inflation at all, despite warnings from some economists that it could further exacerbate economic issues amid worsening record-high inflation and continued supply chain shortages. 'I do want...
    President Joe Biden on Friday lashed out at critics as he defended his administration's actions to relieve the infant formula shortage that has panicked parents worried about feeding their babies. 'If we'd been better mind readers, I guess we could have,' Biden said when asked if his administration should have acted sooner. Biden was speaking at an event on community policing and said he would only speak on that topic before - somewhat grumpily - conceding to talk about formula shortages. 'I'll answer the baby from the question because all of a sudden it's on the front page of every newspaper,' he said.  The president predicted it would only be a 'matter of weeks or less' for there to be more formula on the shelves. 'We're going to be in a matter of weeks - or less - getting significantly where more formula is on shelves,' he said. Biden said his administration was working hard on the matter and had 'nothing more urgent' on its plate. 'This is a process we working very, very hard. There's nothing more urgent we're...
    If the Washington Post is to be believed, we’ve got a big problem, because if the White House wasn’t prepared for the news that the Supreme Court is poised to end federal abortion rights start, they have a serious lack of understanding of the reality in which we live. “Biden officials spent much of Tuesday panicked as they realized how few tools they had at their disposal, according to one outside adviser briefed on several meetings,” the Post reports. “While officials have spent months planning for the possibility the court would overturn the landmark ruling,” the Post reports, “the leaked document caught the White House off guard.” It shouldn’t have. A leak is unusual, yes, but the only surprise in the contents is just how bloodthirsty Justice Samuel Alito is in coming after abortion, and ultimately all the other 20th century rights the court established. “We will be ready when any ruling is issued,” Biden said in a statement Tuesday. Will they? Because they really should have seen this coming, and been prepared with some ideas by now. The fact that they...
    U.S. President Joe Biden announces additional military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine as well as fresh sanctions against Russia, during a speech in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he'll have his answer on student loan forgiveness within a couple of weeks. "I'm not considering $50,000 in debt reduction," Biden said during a speech in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. "But I am in the process of taking a hard look at whether or not there will be additional debt forgiveness. I'll have an answer on that in the next couple of weeks." The president's comments are likely to disappoint advocates and Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who've been pushing him to cancel $50,000 or more per borrower.VIDEO2:2002:20Student loan payment freeze extended through end of summerThe News with Shepard SmithThis is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    President Joe Biden promised on Thursday to deliver an answer on forgiving student loan debt through executive action in the coming weeks after "examining" the issue for months. Biden's comments came while answering questions from reporters following his announcement of a new $33 billion supplemental aid request for Ukraine, and while White House press secretary Jen Psaki frequently fields questions about the options, the president's answer marked his first comments on the subject in months. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Wednesday that Biden was "getting closer" to eliminating up to $50,000 in debt for American borrowers, but the president claimed to be mulling a smaller figure. "I am considering dealing with some debt reduction," he responded when asked about Schumer's comments. "I am not considering $50,000 debt reduction, but I'm in the process of taking a hard look at whether or not there are going to be additional debt forgiveness, and I'll have an answer on that in the next couple of weeks." Biden also touted work the administration had done to "reform the system that was...
    The White House warned Tuesday that Iran is only weeks from a nuclear “breakout” and the Trump administration is to blame. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the time in which Iran could build a nuclear weapon is “down to a matter of weeks.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki echoed the secretary of state’s remarks, saying, “Their breakout period is down from about a year, which is what we knew it was during the deal, to just a few weeks or less.” Psaki added that this fact “definitely worries us,” the Times of Israel reported. The breakout period is the amount of time it will take Iran to accumulate enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. “If we go back, under the Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s nuclear program was tightly constrained,” she said. “Since the Trump administration ceased US participation in the deal, Iran has rapidly accelerated its nuclear program.” With Joe Biden now in the White House, Iran can hardly wait https://t.co/loT4vyX3ev — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 1, 2021 “That is a direct impact of pulling out of...
    All 26 Republican governors launched an initiative Tuesday to help secure the southern border as the U.S. braves for a tripling in migration once the Biden administration ends pandemic-era Title 42 next month. The American Governors' Border Strike Force, led by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, is aimed at 'fill[ing] the void created by federal inaction and work to secure the southern border by sharing intelligence, strengthening cybersecurity and improving efforts to protect children and families.' 'Today's announcement comes as the Biden administration is preparing to lift Title 42, a common-sense policy that has helped secure the border,' Ducey's office wrote of the new initiative. Border crossing numbers skyrocketed in March to the highest point of Joe Biden's presidency with Customs and border Protection (CBP) apprehending 221,303 migrants crossing the southern border. Since Biden took office in January 2021, CBP has encountered more than 2.4 million migrants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this month that it is ending Title 42, which allowed for immediate expulsion of migrants without hearing asylum claims...
    The Biden administration will extend the federal masking requirement for public transportation by at least two more weeks. The masking mandate was set to expire April 18 but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will extend it for two weeks beyond that as it monitors an increase in COVID-19 cases, according to an unnamed source who spoke with the Associated Press. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Healthcare News Coronavirus CDC
    The source who distributed Hunter Biden's laptop to congressmen and media has fled the US to Switzerland, saying he fears retaliation from the Biden administration. Jack Maxey gave DailyMail.com a copy of the hard drive from Hunter's abandoned laptop in the spring of 2021. He also gave copies and material from it to the Washington Post, New York Times, and Senator Chuck Grassley in his role as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee – but he claims they all sat on it for months. For the past two weeks, Maxey has been in hiding in Zurich, working with IT experts to dig out more data from the 'laptop from hell'. Maxey, a former co-host of ex-Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon's podcast the War Room, claims he and his colleagues have found '450 gigabytes of deleted material' including 80,000 images and videos and more than 120,000 archived emails. He said he intends to post them all online in a searchable database in the coming weeks. Jack Maxey gave DailyMail.com a copy of the hard drive from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop...
    GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said that there would need to be an amendment keeping Title 42 immigration restrictions in place in order for Democrats to pass more Covid aid with 10 Republican votes.  'There'll have to be an amendment on Title 42 in order to move the bill,' McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday. 'We'll need to enter into some kind of agreement to process these amendments in order to go forward with the bill.'  Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the Covid relief bill should 'not be held hostage' to other proposals.  Lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal to offer $10 billion in additional Covid-19 funding on Monday. The bill funded vaccines, therapeutics and other Covid safety measures domestically, but dropped funding for fighting the pandemic abroad.  The Biden administration announced last week that the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) emergency health order, Title 42, which is used to expel a majority of immigrants on the southern border, will expire by May 23. Department of Homeland Security officials say the expiration is likely to cause a fresh surge in...
    VIDEO1:5701:57I don't think anyone call tell where gas prices end up after release, says President BidenPower Lunch Filling up at the pump comes with a hefty dose of sticker shock. Russia's invasion of Ukraine and global supply concerns have sent gas prices to record highs — hitting $6 in some parts of the country. To combat the spike in energy costs, the White House said it will release 1 million barrels of oil per day from the nation's strategic reserves "to serve as bridge until the end of the year when domestic production ramps up."We could see the national average price of gasoline fall back under $4 a gallon in the few weeks ahead.Patrick De Haanhead of petroleum analysis at GasBuddyThe increased supply should help push prices down since more than 50% of the cost of gasoline is based on the price of oil, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Expect prices at the pump to fall "maybe a penny every day or two," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "We could see the national...
    Tucker Carlson mocked the “world’s elite” on Wednesday night for failing to predict Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Carlson based his commentary on a piece in Slate by journalist Ben Judah, who argued Putin’s invasion came as “a shock to many of the leading experts and policymakers in the United States, Europe, and even Ukraine.” Carlson conceded that President Joe Biden had been warning of a Russian invasion for weeks before it happened. But he claimed — and this is not a claim included in the Slate piece — that Biden did not believe his own warnings. “They seemed ready for it and yet it turns out that nobody in Washington, including Biden himself, really thought it was going to happen,” Carlson said. The Fox News host came to a lofty conclusion on the basis of this claim. “Crisis demands crystal clear thinking,” he said. “So now is the moment to ignore the people who’ve been consistently wrong and instead listen carefully to the people who’ve gotten it right in the past, the ones who saw the Ukraine war coming and...
    Leon Panetta, a defense secretary under President Barack Obama, pointed to Joe Biden's Irish heritage to explain away the president's latest gaffe in declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin 'cannot remain in power' over the weekend,  essentially calling for regime change.  'I can understand his emotional feel about Putin not staying in office. I think a lot of people would probably agree with that. But at this point in the game, you really have to keep your messages very simple and very direct, and I think this created some confusion that wasn't helpful,' Panetta said during an interview on CNN.  'I happen to think that Joe Biden, you know, he's Irish, really has a great deal of compassion when he sees that people are suffering. And I think it overwhelmed him in the sense of seeing all of the horrors that were resulting from this war. 'So, you know, from a personal point of view, I understand why he said it. But at the same time, when you're President of the United States, you just have to be disciplined to make sure...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he “personally” agrees with President Joe Biden that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a war criminal, though the administration has for weeks avoided saying so. “We have seen Russia use similar tactics before, Aleppo, they stepped up bombardment with the goal of breaking the will of the people,” Blinked said during a press conference, while condemning the recent Russian bombing of a theater in Mariupol, which was being used as a shelter for civilians. “Yesterday, President Biden said that in his opinion war crimes have been committed in Ukraine,” Blinken said during his remarks. “Personally, I agree. Intentionally targeting civilians is a war crime,” he added. “After all the destruction of the past three weeks, I find it difficult to conclude that the Russians are doing otherwise.” ????This marks the first time the administration has referred to the Russian President as a war criminal – until now, officials have shied away from that language. POTUS tells me “I think he is a war criminal” (Thanks to @kwelkernbc for the camera work ????)...
    White House officials are mulling a potential trip for President BidenJoe BidenGas prices hit new record of .43 per gallon, up 79 cents in two weeks Five key developments in Russia's invasion of Ukraine Biden's CIA head leads the charge against Putin's information war MORE to Europe so that he can engage with allies on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, sources confirmed Monday. The discussions are ongoing and no trip has been finalized, the sources said. One potential destination could be Brussels, where NATO and the European Union are headquartered. "We are of course closely engaged with our NATO partners and European allies, as you’ve heard us say a number of times, about next steps in diplomacy whether that’s providing additional humanitarian or security assistance or the mechanics for future conversations," White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiGas prices hit new record of .43 per gallon, up 79 cents in two weeks Russia's efforts to salvage economy could have devastating impacts 'SNL' parodies Biden strategizing with TikTok stars MORE said when asked about a possible trip to Europe. "But there’s not...
    Up, up and you pay. The average U.S. price for regular-grade gasoline at the pump soared a whopping 79 cents over the past two weeks to hit a record $4.43 per gallon on Sunday. That exceeds by 32 cents the prior all-time high of $4.11 set in July 2008, AP reports. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday the new price is still some way from the inflation-adjusted record high of about $5.24 per gallon. The price at the pump is $1.54 higher than it was a year ago, with plenty of consumers pointing directly at President Joe Biden and his policies. Stickers depicting a smiling Biden with a pointed finger captioned “I did that!” are popping up at gas pumps throughout the country as pockets of working-class Americans continue to feel the economic strain, as Breitbart News reported. “I Did That” Biden sticker is being seen at more gas stations. (Screenshot/My Mizzi/Twitter) A gasoline pump sits at an Exxon gas station in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2022. U.S. consumer prices saw their biggest annual increase in...
    Democrat President Joe Biden’s U.S. ambassador to Germany, Amy Gutmann, has spent more than two weeks back in the United States of America rather than working in Germany, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Gutmann, who Breitbart News reported in mid-February traveled back to the U.S. after presenting her credentials to make an appearance at the Munich Security Conference, has not returned to Germany. As Breitbart News reported at the time, Vice President Kamala Harris refused to let Gutmann fly back to the states on Air Force Two — and the Biden ambassador took a commercial flight home. It is still unclear if the ambassador or taxpayers paid for that flight. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin confirmed to Breitbart News that the ambassador has not been back in Germany since she returned to the United States. The spokesman, Joseph Giordono-Scholz, insisted that Gutmann has been working during her time in the United States. “While in the United States, Ambassador Gutmann has conducted a full range of in-depth policy briefings throughout the State Department, National Security Council, Department of...