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    Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla. Associated Press/Wilfredo Lee Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit Florida, has been ripping through the state, leaving behind millions of dollars worth of damage and reports of fatalities. Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency briefed President Joe Biden on the storm’s impact. “This could be the deadliest hurricane Florida’s history,” said Biden after the briefing. While no official death toll has been announced, according to Biden, commissioners and mayors are worried about the potential for massive loss of life. The federal government will be covering 100 percent of the costs to clear the debris and any efforts to save Floridian lives. Biden also said the federal government will also cover the majority of the costs to repair public buildings like schools and fire stations.  The government will also be providing individuals who have little or no insurance with $37,900 for...
    Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane by Wednesday as it barrels toward Florida. A hurricane watch — a warning indicating hurricane conditions are likely in the area, with tropical storm force conditions likely to begin within the next 48 hours — from the National Hurricane Center is in effect for the western coast of Florida, from Englewood to just north of the Tampa Bay area. A tropical storm watch, meaning tropical storm conditions are likely within the next 48 hours, is in effect just south of Englewood, Florida, to Flamingo, Florida, which is the southernmost part of Everglades National Park, along with the Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward and Lake Okeechobee. A tropical storm warning, meaning tropical storm conditions are likely within the next 36 hours, has been issued for the Florida Keys westward of Seven Mile Bridge. More watches and warnings for more areas are likely to be implemented as the storm gets closer to Florida. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that he’s never seen a president give as “unhealthy’ a speech as the one President Joe Biden gave in Pennsylvania earlier this month, a remark that drew quite a reaction from the Texas Tribune Festival audience. Cruz was one of many politicians on the TribFest stage from Thursday through Saturday in Austin, and during his hour on stage drew laughs from the crowd several times. Just not always on purpose. Speaking with author and journalist David Drucker of the Washington Examiner, Cruz remarked at one point that conservatives are “wary” about being “targeted” by the government for their views under the Biden administration. He brought up the president’s anti-MAGA speech in Pennsylvania as an example of what fosters those concerns. “Listen, we saw Joe Biden stand up in Pennsylvania and give a speech – bathed in red light like Emperor Palpatine, that was bizarre — where he called half the country fascist, or I guess semi-fascist was the term he uses,” said Cruz, referencing the much-criticized motif of the speech. “That’s not...
    Former President Donald Trump appeared in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night and slammed President Joe Biden for 'dismantling' his achievements in the White House.  Trump listed his accomplishments while he was President and said he was 'so proud' of what his administration did, including tax and regulation cuts, energy independence and the border wall.  Former President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News in an interview with Sean Hannity to discuss New York AG Letitia James and the current Biden administration He went on to say 'we did things nobody ever thought possible' and then tore into Biden and his current administration when they 'came along and just dismantled that.' He said Biden's reluctance to deal with the border crisis has allowed an influx of drugs into the country, and said 'we were doing great, and now you've got drugs pouring into the country at a level that nobody has seen. Trump claimed 'we had drugs down 19% from what they were the previous year' and also said the border crisis has allowed 'millions' of people...
    Critics are once again accusing President Joe Biden of flip-flopping on the pandemic — this time with potential legal implications over his $500 billion student debt transfer. Biden has raised eyebrows throughout 2022 for citing the pandemic when it fits his policy goals and declaring it over when it doesn't. The latest example came during a Sunday-night 60 Minutes interview. DEMOCRATS NOT YET COMMITTING TO BIDEN IN 2024 DESPITE RISING APPROVAL RATINGS “The pandemic is over," he told CBS correspondent Scott Pelley. "We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing masks, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so, I think it’s changing, and I think this is a perfect example of it.” “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over,” President Biden tells 60 Minutes in an interview in Detroit. https://t.co/7SixTE3OMT pic.twitter.com/s5fyjRpYuX— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes)...
    Screenshot via CBS. President Joe Biden opened the door to retiring after one term in the White House, telling 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley that he had not yet made a decision. Biden is the oldest American president ever elected, 78 years old at his inauguration in Jan. 2021, and whether or not he should run for re-election in 2024 has been heavily debated. He continues to poll well against his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but has also struggled with his own popularity amid inflation woes. In an interview taped earlier this week that aired Sunday evening, Pelley asked Biden about his plans for the 2024 election. “Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” asked Pelley. Biden cited the federal election laws as imposing “a whole range of things that come into play,” certain “requirements that I have to change and move and do,” if he were to expressly say he was running again. Accordingly, “in terms of election laws,” Biden continued, “it’s much too early to make that kind...
    President Joe Biden has drawn praise for his handling of the war in Ukraine, with Kyiv embarking on a major military victory and looking to vanquish Russia for good as the region's harsh winter approaches. But questions remain about the ultimate objective both for Ukraine, the United States, and the wider West. The Biden administration still needs to define a sharper end goal for the public, according to some experts, and may need to convince skeptical conservatives the effort is worthwhile if the war continues to drag on. WHITE HOUSE'S MESSAGE TO CHINA: 'NOT THE TIME' FOR HELPING PUTIN "It hasn’t been said in awhile, but President Biden has done a really masterful job unifying the free world against Putin and helping to put Ukraine in a position to actually win this war," talk radio host and former House member Joe Walsh tweeted on Sept. 9. "Thank you." The big news this past week was a major Ukrainian counteroffensive in the eastern part of the country, reportedly with deep involvement from the Pentagon, that appears...
    by Brian Lonergan   In the arena of politics, incompetents and charlatans can have long careers in ways that others in fields like medicine and architecture cannot. If someone botches a heart bypass operation or designs a wobbly skyscraper, the consequences of those mistakes arrive quickly and cannot be explained away. Even when their policies fail spectacularly, politicians can obscure, deflect, and mislead for years and not be held accountable. This is essentially what we are seeing now from the Biden Administration, practiced to a more shameless and insulting degree than any of its predecessors have ever attempted. The latest nadir of this strategy happened recently when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy confronted White House flack Karine Jean-Pierre about the glaring hypocrisy of not allowing unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic to fly to the United States to compete, while untold numbers of unvaccinated illegal aliens enter the country on foot daily and are allowed to stay. “But that’s not how it works,” Jean-Pierre said over Doocy’s indignation. “It’s not like somebody walks over.” When Doocy pressed further, Jean-Pierre could only respond...
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) administrator Anne Milgram issued a dire warning Friday that cartels are 'killing Americans with fentanyl at rates never seen before.  'There are two cartels in Mexico the Sinoloa cartel and the El Jalisco cartel that are killing Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and record rates like we have never seen before,' Milgram said.  Milgram said that cartels had become more aggressive than they'd been in years past.  'Those cartels are acting with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl to the United States and to get people to buy it - through fake pills, through other drugs, through any means.'  'The whole world of drugs has changed,' she added.   In the past year there have been over 107,000 drug overdoses in the U.S., 70 percent of those tied to fentanyl.  In the first nine months of fiscal year 2022, border agents just in San Diego and Imperial counties seized over 5,000 pounds of fentanyl.  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) administrator Anne Milgram issued a dire warning Friday that cartels are 'killing Americans with fentanyl at rates never seen...
    May Mailman is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and a former legal adviser to President Donald Trump on immigration and social issues. Growing up in small-town Western Kansas, I couldn’t afford to travel to New York until I was 21. When I did make my grand arrival, it was on a Chinatown bus. I paid for it out of my own pocket. Then I asked a cab to take me to my hotel near the Waldorf Astoria. The cab driver, however, dropped me off at the Waldorf, where it was swiftly made known that I, in my Gap dress and department store boots, was certainly not a guest there. That’s not the tale for the busload of migrants who are being shipped into the city from Texas and Arizona – after first illegally entering the country -- and being housed, on the taxpayers’ dime, at fancy New York City hotels. On Thursday, New York City’s Department of Social Services requested an extra 5,000 hotel rooms to accommodate New York’s newest guests. That’s on top of the 1,000...
    HUNTER Biden used his ties to notorious mobster Whitey Bulger's family to threaten a drug dealer over a $1,200 order he made while in detox.  President Joe Biden’s troubled son, 52, reportedly tried to intimidate the pusher after sending him the money ahead of the drug delivery. 10Hunter Biden and his business partner, Jim Bulger, pose together in a never-before-seen pictureCredit: Facebook 10Hunter Biden is seen smoking drugs in a float tank while on detox in Newburyport, MA, in January 2019 10Bloodthirsty mob boss, Whitey Bulger, is seen in a booking photo from June 2011 following his arrest after 16 years on the lamCredit: AP:Associated Press When the man didn’t show up, Hunter Biden furiously texted him: “Look up and see who I am and then look and see who my friends and associates are.” Receiving no reply, he then sent the contact details of late South Boston gangland overlord James “Whitey” Bulger’s nephew, Jim Bulger, who Hunter was in business with. Jim, 60, has never been linked to or accused of illegal activity and there is no suggestion of...
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    Gas prices will continue to trend downward in July after reaching a record high of more than $5 per gallon last month, President Joe Biden's economic adviser assured on Sunday.  The nationwide average price at the pump is now down nearly 50 cents after hitting roughly $5.02 on June 16, according to the American Auto Association. It's still significantly higher than the average $3.17 per gallon seen at this time last year - but the figure is likely to keep decreasing in the near future, according to Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. 'What I can say is that I think it's very likely that gas prices continue to track down, say, for the rest of this month,' he said on CNN's State of the Union.  He added, 'And I say that not because not just the oil price is down 20 percent, but wholesale prices are down as well. And those two tend to track each other.'  The White House has been ill at ease over the very visible burden that rising gas...
    President Joe Biden briefly addressed the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, claiming that the tragedy will "likely" not destabilize the country. Biden faced questions on the topic from reporters after signing an abortion executive order Friday afternoon at the White House. BIDEN MOURNS ASSASSINATED FORMER JAPANESE PM SHINZO ABE Biden claimed he sought to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Thursday night but was not able to connect. He added that he planned to visit the Japanese Embassy in D.C. on Friday afternoon before heading to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, for a briefing. "This hasn't happened in Japan in decades and decades. I'm told all the way back to the late '30s, mid-'30s, and it's a homemade weapon. I've only seen a photograph of it. The Justice Department is going to be going in again in more detail later as they find out the detail," Biden added Friday at the White House. Biden added that Abe's assassination marked the "first use of a weapon to murder someone in Japan" this year, while the...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senior Adviser to President Joe Biden Gene Sperling said that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments that high inflation pre-dates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine don’t contradict President Joe Biden’s rhetoric and “the reason we’ve seen the gas price rise, both here and really around the world, is due to Putin.” Sperling responded to Powell’s comments by saying, “Jake, that is clearly correct, and that is not contradictory with anything this president said.” After agreeing that there was pre-invasion inflation, Sperling added, “What the president — what is clear, though, is the gas price element is due solely to what we’ve seen from the aggression. That it was at $3.31 [on] January 17 — was actually below the real average over the previous decade. Now, it’s been closer to $5, and you’ve seen $2 hikes in places like Canada and Germany. So there’s no contradiction between the fact that, yes, we were struggling with pandemic-related supply chain and price pressures before this, but that the reason we’ve seen the gas price rise, both here and...
    Okay, there’s gaslighting and then there’s taking a railcar full of petrol, pouring it over our heads, lighting a match, and then falsely blaming President Biden for how much their grisly murder cost them at the BP station. Granted, conservatives have been savagely purple-nurpling consensus reality for years now, but from time to time it can still take one’s breath away. For instance, in the following Fox Business clip, the always-wrong Larry Kudlow and the dude Donald Trump nearly turned into a festive, motley-hued (i.e., white, off-white, and ecru) piñata marvel at the supposed mendacity and moral failings of President—um, wait, this can’t be right, can it?—Biden. In fact, these two jabronis have never seen anything like the blame-shifting and disingenuousness of 46. It’s truly a wonder to behold! Watch: xLarry Kudlow asks Mike Pence if he's ever seen a president say as many falsehoods as Biden. Pence says "never in my lifetime." Not a single shred of self-awareness between these two guys. pic.twitter.com/lqf9SLlCSa— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 20, 2022 KUDLOW: “Have you ever seen a president who refuses to...
    The White House indicated Tuesday they are preparing for an economic recession, despite President Joe Biden’s assertion that it is “not inevitable.” When asked about a possible recession in the United States economy, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre praised the president for his economic agenda. “We see that our economic strength that we have seen from this past year from the action that the president has taken with the American Rescue Plan with what we have seen with the historic gains, that is going to help us deal with the recession,” she said before correcting herself during the daily press briefing on Tuesday. “Right now, we don’t see a recession right now,” Jean-Pierre added. “We are not in a recession right now. Right now, we are in a transition.” Biden does not like questions about predictions of an economic recession on his watch, as he snapped at a reporter on Monday for asking about dire predictions from economists. “Don’t make things up, ok?” the president snapped at a reporter who asked him about the predictions from economists. “I was...
    Anthony Vazquez/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.One of the more curious themes to emerge from the January 6 hearings is the notion that Mike Pence is an American hero, one who honorably rebuffed Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure him into using non-existent powers to subvert Joe Biden’s unequivocal victory. Others have pushed back against this characterization of Pence’s behavior, including Bret Stephens, who ponders today: Where was Pence in November when Trump started lying about the election the moment their defeat became clear? Where was he when the president enlisted the likes of Sidney Powell and John Eastman to peddle insane conspiracy theories about voting machines and preposterous interpretations of the Electoral Count Act? Where was he on invoking the 25th Amendment after the assault on the Capitol, or at least on supporting impeachment? Pence was a worm who, for a few hours on Jan. 6, turned into a glowworm. I’m firmly in the camp that Pence is not a good boy. But for anyone who...
    Fox Business Network host Larry Kudlow took President Joe Biden to task for his economic policies during an interview with Mike Pence on Monday, where he asked the former vice president if he’s ever seen a president who “commits so many falsehoods.” Both Kudlow and Pence served in the administration of Donald Trump, who, according to the Washington Post, uttered more than 30,000 falsehoods during his four years as president. Kudlow criticized Biden because “he won’t take the blame” for inflation and other ills in the country. “Have you ever seen a president who refuses to accept blame, and I want to add to that, commits so many falsehoods?” Kudlow asked Pence. “I’m being very polite here, calling it falsehoods – falsehoods, you know, on any given day. He’s out there saying stuff that just ain’t true. Have you ever seen anything like that?” Pence replied that he had not. “Never in my lifetime,” said the former vice president. “I said today that there has never been a time in my life where a president was more disconnected from the...
    Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump’s presidency is looking better every week thanks to Joe Biden, despite the January 6 hearings, which the Republican chalks up as “Stalinist show trials.” Gingrich cited record inflation and rising gas prices as the main contributors to, in his esteem, sour voters on Biden and perhaps even make his predecessor look a little better. “Every week that goes by, Donald Trump’s presidency looks better. Look at his inflation rate. Look at the price of gasoline when Trump was president,” the former Speaker of the House told Brian Kilmeade. Trump could be “too aggressive” and “too annoying,” but his policies worked, Gingrich went on to argue. “People find, I think, his personality too aggressive at times, too annoying. But his policies certainly had turned America around. In Biden’s case, he doesn’t just fall off his bicycle, he takes the country with him,” he said. Gingrich appeared to reference a poll pitting Biden against Trump once more in which Trump came out on top by six points. The Harvard-CAPS-Harris poll was released in March, but Biden has...
    Border patrol agents who were caught on camera in September herding Haitian migrants on horseback are to disciplined by the Department of Homeland Security after false claims they 'whipped' the migrants circulated widely, according to a report. The agents were seen in the Del Rio, Texas area charging the migrants while on horseback. Initial reports said the migrants were being 'whipped' - a claim that was quickly debunked. It was later clarified that the agents were swirling their long reins, to control the horses, and were not actually raising the leather straps to beat the migrants. But before the corrections could be issued, the images caused widespread outrage. President Joe Biden himself promised that those responsible would be brought to justice, and that he would 'make them pay'. In November the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to press criminal charges. But on Tuesday, it was reported DHS was set to hand out punishments for the border patrol agents involved in the incident, with the agency citing their 'administrative violations'. Photos of agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants away from the US-Mexico border...
    One protester was tackled by Secret Service on Wednesday after approaching President Joe Biden's motorcade as it arrived in downtown Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas. The woman was seen crossing into the middle of the road as the motorcade drove through the intersection, heckling with a megaphone, before a member of the Secret Service tackles the woman to the ground, as seen in a video posted by a FOX 11 reporter. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The woman then appears to fight restraint from the Secret Service member while on the ground before being handcuffed. ⁦@FOXLA⁩: Secret Service TAKEDOWN of protestor during ⁦@POTUS⁩ motorcade ⁦@SecretService⁩ ⁦@LAPDHQ⁩ ⁦@JoeBiden⁩ pic.twitter.com/9ezMaJi0VL— Hailey Winslow (@HaileyBWinslow) June 9, 2022 It's not immediately clear what the woman was yelling at the motorcade or if she will face any charges. Biden arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the summit that will welcome nearly two dozen leaders from across Latin America to discuss issues such as the economy. He also taped a conversation with late-night...
    CNN anchor Victor Blackwell battled President Joe Biden‘s infrastructure czar Mitch Landrieu Wednesday, saying that despite administration promises and tapping the strategic reserve, “all we’ve seen since then was a series of record highs.” The segment on CNN Newsroom began with a clip of former Obama economic adviser and Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers warning about a recession “within the next two years.” “Here’s the unfortunate, painful fact, and it’s true of the U.S. experience and it’s true of the experience of other rich countries like us,” said Summers. “When inflation’s above 4 [percent] and unemployment’s below 4 [percent], you are almost certain to have a recession within the next two years.” “He was right about inflation when White House officials were wrong,” said Blackwell. “What do you think about this calculation?” Landrieu, who admitted he himself is “not an economist,” said there’s been disagreement between Summers and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen “about whether things are transitory or whether they last a long time.” Regarding inflation and gas prices, said Landrieu, “the president and his team have been working hard...
    President Joe Biden visited his late son grave to mark Memorial Day on Monday - the seventh anniversary of Beau Biden's death at age 46 after a battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden had been a Major in the Delaware National Guard and served in Iraq with the 261st Signal Brigade. He was also Delaware's state Attorney General from 2007 up until a few months before his death on May 30, 2015. The president and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden were seen bringing a pink bouquet of flowers to the grave early on Monday morning after attending a half-hour church service in Wilmington.  They were accompanied by their grandchildren and Biden's sister, Valerie Biden Owens. The Bidens regularly attend Sunday mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, where Beau Biden is buried. Later, the president and first lady will attend the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  The first couple will also be accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive...
    Rudy Giuliani flung himself into a feisty exchange with a heckler in Manhattan on Sunday, hurling insults at the man and calling him a 'brainwashed a**hole'. Giuliani, 77, was marching in a pro-Israel parade through the city, walking behind Mayor Eric Adams. Waving the Israeli flag, Giuliani can be seen in a clip filmed by Jacob Kornbluh, senior political reporter at The Forward, pausing when someone in the crowd yells at him. 'I reduced crime, you jackass!' Giuliani shouts at the man, referring to his time as mayor, from 1994-2001. Rudy Giuliani is seen exchanging words with a heckler along the route of the pro-Israel parade on Sunday Giuliani walked away, but then turned around to confront the heckler again Giuliani is seen on Sunday at the pro-Israel parade through Manhattan, accompanied by his son Andrew, who is running as a Republican for the governor of New York, taking on incumbent Kathy Hochul in November Giuliani poses with his son and a supporter along the route of the Israel parade Giuliani was marching a little behind Eric Adams, the mayor of...
    Wednesday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) demanded action from President Joe Biden and the Food and Drug Administration to solve the nationwide baby formula shortage crisis. Stefanik, noting the importance of formula access for babies, called the shortage “harrowing.” She lamented there was “no plan from Joe Biden.” “This is a crisis across America,” Stefanik advised. “I can think of no more harrowing just crisis for parents as they are desperately trying to find access to baby formula. [My son] Sam is nine months. He is formula-fed. We are lucky in the sense that there is not a particular brand of formula, but for health issues, some babies only take a certain type of formula. The shelves have been fairly empty in upstate New York, and I’m hearing from parents all across America. We are demanding action.” “I actually saw this crisis coming and demanded FDA respond in February of this year when there was the recall of the Sturgiss, Michigan plant, so this is a huge crisis,” she added. “We want to make sure that...
    JOE Biden was seen nearly slipping on the stairs of Air Force One on Wednesday. The president, 79, was on his way to Illinois to discuss inflation. 1The president, 79, was seen slipping as he attempted top board Air Force OneCredit: AP It's far from the first time he is pictured almost slipping as he attempts to boards the presidential airplane. On March 19, Biden tripped a total of three times as he made his way up the stairs to board Air Force One. However, he quickly recovered and carried on up the stairs, giving a salute before entering the aircraft. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Biden administration is working with manufactuers to ensure baby formula makes it back on empty shelves as frantic parents work to ensure their children are fed. 'Ensuring the availability of these products' is a 'priority' for the Food and Drug Administration, Psaki said at her daily press briefing, noting 'they're working around the clock to address any possible shortage.' The shortage was exacerbated by the FDA's shutdown of an Abbott Nutrition facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Abbott is a major producer of baby formula. Three brands were recalled because of potentia bacterial infections, including Salmonella. Psaki defended the call, saying the oversight agency was doing its job to protect people.  'The FDA issued a recall to ensure that they're meeting their obligation to protect the health of Americans, including babies,' she said. 'That's their job.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working with manufactuers to ensure baby formula makes it back on empty shelves Desperate mothers across the US have been forced to buy formula they know will make their...
    The White House is embracing a new messaging strategy of pinning midterm Republican hopefuls to former President Donald Trump and his "ultra-MAGA" agenda, hoping to brand the GOP as a band of extremists. Fired up by the leaked Supreme Court document that could curtail abortion rights, President Joe Biden lashed out at the GOP during a speech about deficit reduction. TRUMP-ERA DHS LEADERS DISPUTE WHITE HOUSE TYING THEM TO DISINFORMATION BOARD "Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda. It’s extreme — as most MAGA things are," Biden said, adding that "this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history — in recent American history." Departing White House press secretary Jen Psaki elaborated that afternoon, saying Republicans are following the whims of calling out Mickey Mouse while opposing policies that will improve people's lives. Trump isn't on the ballot this fall, she argued, but his agenda certainly is. "We’ve seen extreme laws that target LGBTQ families, their kids across the country," said Psaki. "And I think what [Biden...
    President Joe Biden tours a Lockheed Martin facility in Alabama where Javelin anti-tank missiles are manufactured.Evan Vucci/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.In the little more than two months since Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States has committed $14 billion in money and weapons to the Ukrainians. That’s an extraordinary sum, more than three times the amount of US aid Ukraine has received since 2014, the year Russia annexed Crimea.  But last week President Joe Biden blew past that figure. He asked lawmakers for $33 billion of aid, consisting of defensive weapons and economic assistance. If Congress approves Biden’s request, the US government will have sent Ukraine $47 billion in less than a year, more money than all but a handful of countries have ever received, in total, from the United States.  “It is almost unprecedented to shovel that much aid to one country in such a short amount of time,” William Hartung, a senior research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, told me....
    Sen. Joe Manchin's approval rating has shot up as he's become a stalwart against his party's progressive agenda but Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the nation's most unpopular senator, according to a new poll.  Nebraska Senator and Minority Whip John Thune is the most popular senator in the U.S., according to polling conducted by Morning Consult. Manchin clocks in at number eight, while Sens. Thune, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., all have 62 percent approval.  Meanwhile, only 33 percent of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell's job performance as he finds little favor from Democrats and has faced vicious attacks from former President Trump.  Manchin's approval rating is now at 57 percent, according to polling from the first quarter of 2022, up from 40 percent that time one year ago. Over the past year, the West Virginia Democrat has doubled his approval rating among Republicans in his state.  In December Manchin killed President Biden's Build Back Better package as he sounded the alarm on rising inflation. Recently he said he's open to a narrower social and climate spending...
    NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if President Joe Biden is ever “frustrated” he’s not seen as “as the most effective communicator himself.” Ms. Psaki participated in a panel for the Bipartisan Policy Center moderated by Ms. O’Donnell, which also included White House Senior Adviser Cedric Richmond. O’Donnell asked Psaki about the president’s perception of his effectiveness as a messenger, and Psaki responded in detail about what stands in the way of the Biden “magic”: MS. O’DONNELL: …I think outside observers would not always view this president as the most effective communicator himself. He has at times been criticized for not being able to carry his message. At times, he’s also very folksy and is able to connect with people one on one. But this White House has struggled at times with the message on issues whether it’s COVID, whether it’s the domestic agenda. You’ve also been, of course, hit with lots of issues, as every White House is that are not of your own making that are the forces that happen to any...
    A Capital rioter sobbed during a Jan. 6 Uber ride as he acknowledged that despite his best efforts Biden would become President of the United States, according to a newly unsealed FBI affidavit.  FBI agents were able to arrest Trump loyalist Jerry Braun earlier this month thanks to dashcam video of his Uber ride, which took place just after 7 p.m on January 6, 2021. In video recorded by the driver, he admits to tearing down barricades at the US Capitol, according to court documents.  Braun now faces charges of obstruction during civil disorder, entering and remaining on restricted grounds, and violent or disorderly conduct, NBC reported.  Braun's Uber driver tipped off federal authorities last year and handed over video that appeared to show an injured and distraught Braun sob as he realized Biden was going to be confirmed. 'Well, it started around, right when I got there. I tore down the barricades,' Braun allegedly told the driver when asked if the day had been violent.  When asked why he had done it, Braun said: 'Well, because, so we could...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans' budgets shouldn't depend on whether a dictator "commits genocide" in another country, an apparent reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine."Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away," Biden said in Iowa, where he was unveiling a new rule on ethanol."To help deal with this Putin price hike, I've authorized the release of 1 million barrels per day from the strategic petroleum reserve," Biden added.Biden has previously stopped short of calling what is underway in Ukraine a genocide. "No, I think it is a war crime," he said April 4 when questioned whether atrocities revealed in Bucha, Ukraine, would constitute a genocide.Read MoreWhile decrying war crimes and atrocities, he and his aides have said the actions seen in Ukraine don't rise to the "genocide" level."We have seen atrocities, we have seen war crimes. We have not yet seen a level of systematic deprivation of life of the...
    Just one day after extending the pandemic-era student loan pause for another four months, President Joe Biden touted historically low unemployment, a contrast some say illustrates hypocrisy within the administration when it comes to the economy. The student loan pause, which began under former President Donald Trump in March 2020, will now last until at least Aug. 31 — and potentially longer. Meanwhile, unemployment crested at 15% two years ago but is now at 3.6% overall and 2% for college graduates. BIDEN AIMS TO ENERGIZE YOUNG VOTERS WITH STUDENT LOAN PAUSE "Every chance he gets, Biden brags about record job growth and record GDP growth — knowing this is merely a function of the economy getting back on its feet after the pandemic." said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the conservative advocacy group Job Creators Network. "But when it comes to advancing liberal policy, Biden suddenly claims that America is in distress." Inflation is causing a lot of pain but is a direct result of Biden's spending spree, Ortiz says, and policies such as extending...
    A female scientist went limp as she and other climate change activists blocked a Washington DC highway as furious motorists late for work yelled at the police to arrest them. Roughly 10 Extinction Rebellion and Scientist Rebellion protesters blocked I-395 going into Washington DC on Friday morning, halting the morning commute for many disgruntled drivers. They are demanding President Joe Biden, 79, to declare a climate emergency.  In video obtained by the DailyMail.com from News 2 Share's Editor-in-Chief Ford Fischer, some commuters could be seen getting out of their cars cars to yell at police to remove them from the roadway, while others joined in on a chorus of car horns.  One commuter wearing a red quarter-zip, screamed: 'Could you arrest these guys so we can go to work? This isn't free speech!'  Another in a black sweatshirt yelled: 'We got to go to work, man! We got to feed our kids, come on! Get out of the way!'   Another popped out of his sunroof to tell the protesters to 'go to Capitol Hill if you're really concerned about this...
    Joe Biden has been pictured looking lost after fans ignored him to flock around Barack Obama during the former president's first trip back since leaving office. Biden, 79, was filmed raising his hands in gentle exasperation Tuesday, as he was ignored by a group who instead ran to greet Obama, 60.  The 43rd president was invited back to his old home by his former vice president to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  Obama, 60, and Biden, 79, were together to present the Biden administration's plan to 'fix' the so-called 'family glitch' in the ACA. Before Biden was shunned for his charismatic predecessor, the event had been a lovefest between the two  leaders, with both men joking about their time together under Obama's tenure. They hugged, quipped and laughed as the Democrats in the East Room - crowded to the gills - cheered and applauded.  Scroll Down For Video:  Joe Biden is seen wandering  around the East Room looking for someone to talk to Obama is seen to the side...
    Open borders advocates – including those who serve in the Biden administration and on Capitol Hill – have been demanding that President Biden end Title 42 since the day he took office during a full-blown pandemic. Title 42 is a public health provision that was invoked by the Trump administration in 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, allowing for the expedited removal of people crossing our borders illegally. While it is impossible to quantify a negative, it is reasonable to assume that preventing significant numbers of people traveling in large groups and coming from countries where vaccination rates were low to nonexistent, saved a lot of lives. Despite its success, many in the Biden administration have always viewed Title 42 not as an essential public health policy, but an obstacle to mass migration. That’s all that matters to them – public health, safety, and national sovereignty be damned. Capitalizing on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) assessment that the public health threat posed by COVID has abated, they finally got their wish. It was just announced that Title...
    Open borders advocates – including those who serve in the Biden administration and on Capitol Hill – have been demanding that President Biden end Title 42 since the day he took office during a full-blown pandemic. Title 42 is a public health provision that was invoked by the Trump administration in 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, allowing for the expedited removal of people crossing our borders illegally. While it is impossible to quantify a negative, it is reasonable to assume that preventing significant numbers of people traveling in large groups and coming from countries where vaccination rates were low to nonexistent, saved a lot of lives. Despite its success, many in the Biden administration have always viewed Title 42 not as an essential public health policy, but an obstacle to mass migration. That’s all that matters to them – public health, safety, and national sovereignty be damned. Capitalizing on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) assessment that the public health threat posed by COVID has abated, they finally got their wish. It was just announced that Title...
    The first six weeks of the war in Ukraine spell out a clear story: The invasion has been a clear strategic failure for Vladimir Putin and Russia, according to the White House. Director of Communications Kate Bedingfield told reporters Thursday that Western sanctions and low morale are spelling out a disaster for Putin's forces. PUTIN MAY BE SELF-ISOLATING AND PLACING ADVISERS ON HOUSE ARREST, BIDEN SAYS "Writ large, we have seen that this invasion has been a strategic failure for Putin and for Russia," Bedingfield said. "They're working to redefine the initial aims of their invasion, and we've seen time and again that the sanctions that have been applied are exacting extreme costs on their economy." President Joe Biden said earlier Thursday that Putin may be self-isolating and placing advisers on house arrest, which came on the heels of reports some advisers may now be misleading him. "We have seen incontrovertible evidence that this has been a strategic disaster for Russia," Bedingfield added. Several reporters attempted follow-up questions, but she mostly pointed back to...
    The White House and Pentagon suggested Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was bluffing after Russia announced a drawdown of troops near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.  'I think we should be clear eyed about the reality of what's happening on the ground and no one should be fooled by Russia's announcements,' said White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, standing in for press secretary Jen Psaki and deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who both tested positive for COVID-19.  'We believe any movement of forces around here is a redeployment and not a withdrawal, and the world should be prepared for a major offensive against other areas of Ukraine,' Bedingfield added.  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby sang a similar tune saying Tuesday, 'We ought not be fooling - and nobody should be fooling ourselves by the Kremlin’s now recent claim that it will suddenly reduce military attacks near Kyiv or any reports that it’s going to withdraw all of its forces.'   Earlier, President Joe Biden asserted a wait-and-see approach when asked about Russia's announcement during a 'press statement' alongside Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien...
    "Wow," responded Louis. Ocasio-Cortez also hammered Biden specifically for failing to follow through on his 2020 campaign promise to cancel student debt. "It is Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s," she said. Although many progressives undoubtedly concur with Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News anchor Dana Perino noted that the socialist congresswoman failed to recognize a key contradiction in her political analysis. "She fails to analyze her own position," explained Perino. "Which is that it's actually the far left that has put Biden in a position now, of basically going to lose a lot of seats in the midterms." Here's the video of Ocasio-Cortez' comments: AOC warns Biden of 'collapse in support' from young voters www.youtube.com
    'Americans are getting back to work,' President Joe Biden said. The Department of Labor announced on Thursday that initial unemployment claims for the week ending March 19 had decreased by 28,000 from the previous week to 187,000. That figure is the lowest number of applications since 1969, and lower than at any time during the four-year presidency of former President Donald Trump. "This morning, we learned that new unemployment claims are now at a level not seen since 1969. America's historic economic recovery is strong. Americans are getting back to work," President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter in response to the news. The number of unemployment claims was below the 210,000 predicted by a Bloomberg survey of economists. Additionally, continuing claims for state unemployment benefits numbered 1.35 million, the lowest that figure has been since the 1970s. During Trump's time in office, Republicans in Congress praised his leadership for levels of unemployment claims that were above those reported under Biden. In May 2018, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy touted jobless claims for being at their "lowest level since 1973" and...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden labeled Vladimir Putin a “war criminal,” after seeing the horrors of Russia’s brutality on TV. Russian troops have indiscriminately attacked civilians, including children, during its three-week war on Ukraine. In one depraved attack last week, Putin’s forces struck a children’s hospital. On Wednesday, Biden announced $800 in new aid for the besieged country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed members of Congress, where he made a plea for help. Ukrainians will receive historic military support through missiles, weapons, and ammunition. Zelensky asked again for a no-fly zone, but was rebuffed. After the announcement of historic aid, Biden had a run-in with Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich. She asked the president, “After everything you’ve seen, are you ready to call Putin a war criminal?” Biden initially answered “No,” before he stated: “I think he is a war criminal.” Psaki was asked about Biden’s comment minutes later during her daily press briefing. A reporter asked: Back on this question of labeling Putin a war criminal. This war has now been going on three weeks, so far. The president has declined...
    Wednesday following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s plea for help with Congress, Ukrainian-born Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) urged President Joe Biden to “step up” and be a leader. In his address, Zelensky asked Biden to “be the leader of the world” and “the leader of peace” as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. On Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Spartz agreed with Zelensky and said she hopes Biden would “meet his expectation to be the leader of the free world.” She lamented that she had not “seen it so far” from the president. “Honestly, watching this video is heartbreaking, and I get these videos daily from a lot of people around the country in Ukraine,” Spartz said of the graphic video Zelensky aired about the scene in his country. She continued, “But I can tell you one thing — President Zelensky did step up to the occasion. He did show some strengths. He united the world, and I hope he’s right. And I hope President Biden will meet his expectation to be the leader of the free world because I haven’t...
    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...
    United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas/Cancun) claimed on Friday that President Joe Biden came into office with the objective of sabotaging American energy production. His remarks came as gas prices around the world soar amid the embargo on fossil fuels from Russia – which he endorsed and supported. "On energy, we've seen since pretty much the instant Joe Biden became president, we've seen the price of energy going up and up and up. We've seen the price of oil going up and up; we've seen the price of natural gas going up and up; we've seen the price of gasoline going up and up, and that's not a surprise. That is cause and effect," the Senator said on Verdict With Michael Knowles, a right-wing YouTube show. "Biden came in with an aggressive agenda designed to weaken and to cripple domestic energy production." Watch below: It\u2019s not a surprise that the price of gas has skyrocketed. \n\nIt\u2019s cause and effect. \n\nBiden came into office with an aggressive agenda to cripple American energy production. \n#Verdict \n\nhttps://youtu.be/kLozr4MPyjE\u00a0pic.twitter.com/z4akchd9pb — Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1647040380...
    "Well, Jim, we are providing our Ukrainian partners with what they need to engage in self-defense. And you have seen the effectiveness of that strategy. The Russian war effort really has been stalled," Price answered, deflecting the question. "President Putin has severely miscalculated if he thought he would roll into Ukraine, not find any resistance. Clearly, he was wrong. We have seen convoys stuck. We’ve seen Russians engaged and stopped really in a morass of their own making." "And we’ve done that by providing over the course of the past year, as you heard from the vice president, more than $1 billion in defense of security assistance, more than $250 million in security assistance over the past week alone," he continued. "And by working with Congress, we’re grateful for Congress’ cooperation. We’ll be able to provide more than $13 billion to our Ukrainian partners, about half of which will be in the form of security assistance." Sciutto followed up by asking if President Joe Biden is "in effect giving the Kremlin a veto, veto power over U.S. military options...
    (CNN)As a commander of US Army troops that defeated the Nazi regime in Germany 77 years ago, Gen. Omar Bradley knew a lot about war. Three years after the Second World War ended, he warned, "The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living." In the 10 days since Russia unleashed a massive attack on Ukraine, the effects of "power without conscience" have been on full display -- the civilian casualties, the destroyed homes and offices, the hospitals moving underground, the masses of people fleeing for the safety of neighboring countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion shocked the world. But it was not a surprise. For months, the US government publicly shared intelligence that it was in the works. And for those who had followed the recent history of Putin's actions, the writing was on the wall for years. When Olesya Khromeychuk's elder brother, Volodymyr, enlisted in the Ukrainian military and...