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    by Jack McEvoy   The Biden administration is working to end hunger and “diet-related diseases” by hiring more minority nutritionists, according to a White House plan released Monday. The administration says that hiring more non-white registered dietitian nutritionists will help minority communities that experience higher rates of “food insecurity,” obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to the White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Health Resources and Services Administration will begin collaborating with Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2023 to recruit and train a diverse crop of nutrition experts as part of the White House’s plan. “A more diverse health care workforce would better serve communities of color, which suffer from higher rates of food insecurity and diet-related disease,” the memo states. “Patients are less likely to seek care or share information if they perceive ethnic or social differences with their health care providers.” The White House claims that increasing the number of black, hispanic and Native American nutritionists will make sure dietary healthcare is more “equitable,” according to the document. The Biden...
    Former President Donald Trump threw a fit on his failing fake Twitter app Truth Social on Thursday following the passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. Trump also repeated his debunked Big Lie that the 2020 election was "fraudulent" and "stolen" by President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the 'great' Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, 'under any circumstances,' regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures. If the V.P. couldn’t do it, then why are they passing legislation saying he can’t do it. BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE DONE IT, and should have, based on large scale fraudulent election results," Trump truthed. "Would have been a different result. REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!" READ MORE: Jamie Raskin wallops Republicans for trumpeting 'utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theories' After he lost in a landslide to Biden, Trump and his allies in Congress incorrectly insisted that then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject Electoral...
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will host Elton John for a concert on the South Lawn of the White House this Friday night. While the current first couple are fans, Biden's predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, long considered John a personal friend and was reported to be 'obsessed' with him. John declined to play at Trump's inauguration. Now John will perform for a commander in chief when he headline s'A Night When Hope and History Rhyme' that will celebrate the healing power of music and commend the life and work of the singer. The audience will include teachers, nurses, frontline workers, mental health advocates, students, and LGBTQ+ advocates, the White House said. Biden and John have met before when both men appeared on Stephen Colbert's late night talk show in November 2017. Biden was vice president at the time. Elton John will headline a concert for Joe and Jill Biden on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday night Joe Biden and Elton John have met before; both men appeared on Stephen Colbert's late...
    Bill Clinton, 76, said that Republicans are only able to 'close' in midterm elections because 'they scare people' into thinking they need to vote in right-leaning politicians. The former Democratic president said that his party could hold onto the House and Senate in November's election if they 'say the right things' – suggesting that Republicans are better at embellishing to make their cause seem more dire. While early predictions pointed to a Republican bloodbath in the 2022 midterms, more recent polling has shown Democrats and the GOP at a tie or close to one when asked which party likely voters would rather see control Congress. An often-repeated historical pendulum pattern shows Congress flipping to the opposite party than a new president in the midterms two years after they are sworn into office. President Clinton, who was in office from 1993 to 2001, thinks the pattern can be broken this year. 'We could hold both of these houses,' Clinton said to CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a Sunday interview. Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Democrats could keep majorities in the...
    A House Oversight Committee hearing went off the rails on Thursday as Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) and environmental lawyer Raya Salter traded bards and raised their voices during an exchange on petrochemical products. “Everything you have, your clothes, your glasses, the car. You got her on your phone, the table you sit in the chair, the carpet under your feet. Everything you’ve got is petrochemical products. What would you do with that? Tell the world,” Higgins asked of Salter. “If I had that power in the world. What? Actually, I don’t need that power. Because what I would do is ask you, sir, from Louisiana,” Salter began as Higgins cut her off. “I’m giving you the power,” Higgins interjected. “You, sir. You, sir, from Louisiana,” Salter continued, speaking over Higgins. “Should search your heart and understand why the EPA knows that toxic petrochemical facilities are some of the most toxic polluting facilities in the world and are killing Black people throughout Louisiana. So my wish to be with you, to search your heart and ask your God what you are...
    There are more members of Congress over the age of 70 in 2022 than any year prior, a new chart shows. According to an analysis by Business Insider, the number of septuagenarians serving in the House of Representatives and Senate more than doubled across two decades. In 2002 just 8 percent were above 70, while today the share is 23 percent. And while nearly half the US population is under 40, just 5 percent of Congress falls under the same age range. The shocking data is a reflection of increasingly frustrated young voters who have been calling for generational change in leadership - all while leaders themselves are serving longer terms and awarding each other senior roles. Senators like Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein have signaled they have no plans to retire yet despite being just shy of 90 years old - an age that's higher than the average life expectancy for most Americans. They're just two of 21 members in their 80s.  But the gap hasn't always been so significant. The median age for a Congressional lawmaker grew 10...
    (CNN)The most surprising facet of Michelle Obama's return to the White House Wednesday was that it was she -- not her husband -- who slipped into an overtly political role as their official portraits were unveiled.Without mentioning the name of former President Donald Trump -- because she didn't have to -- the former first lady spoke out forcefully about Trump's threats to democracy as he continues to insist that he won the 2020 election.On stage Wednesday, Obama underscored that that threat endures as she flipped the traditional script, letting her husband handle the lighter ceremonial duties surrounding the unveiling of the portraits. Michelle Obama stresses importance of peaceful transfer of power and democratic traditions: Once our time is up, we move onIt was her speech that took the harder edge as she stressed the importance of a peaceful transfer of power and the promise that in America every vote will count -- sacred pillars of democracy that Trump sought to topple when he resisted leaving office, fanned the flames of the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol...
    Whoopi Goldberg has slammed racist fantasy fans who have trolled black actors cast in both Game Of Thrones' prequel House Of Dragons and The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power. House Of Dragons star Steve Toussaint has recently spoken about being targeted by racist trolls who claimed he doesn't match author George RR Martin's depiction of his character in the novel the show is based off of. Meanwhile, The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power's Ismael Cruz Córdova addressed racist trolling he has received while his co-star Lenny Henry condemned fans who have a problem with the inclusion of black cast members. Slammed: Whoopi Goldberg has slammed racist fans who trolled black actors cast in both Game Of Thrones' prequel House Of Dragons and The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power Addressing the racist backlash to both shows, Whoopi, 66, pointed out that both programmes are set in fictional worlds as she spoke on US talk show The View. The Sister Act star told trolls to 'get a job' as she slammed them for accepting 'dragons and...
    HBO and Amazon are in a bitter fight for the attention of audiences who love both Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, and the premiere cable network took a major shot at their streaming rival this week. HBO’s highly anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones, titled House of the Dragon, premiered on August 21st. A rival show was just released yesterday evening on Amazon Prime, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. In what many viewed as an attempt to assert its dominance over OTT streaming services, HBO decided to release the first full episode of House of Dragons free to the public on their YouTube channel on the same night as Amazon’s big premiere. The free episode currently has just under 77,000 views on YouTube. Occasionally, HBO will post free releases on its HBO Max app the pilot episodes of some of its smaller shows that may be buried under hundreds of other titles in an attempt to win over new fans. But rarely is this done with powerhouse shows that have been traditionally kept...
    Amazon spent the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP to revive The Lord of the Rings, and the fruits of that expenditure ($465 million for its first season alone) are suitably magnificent. An original saga set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved epics (based on the author’s Rings appendices), Prime Video’s The Rings of Power is a kindred aesthetic spirit to Peter Jackson’s film trilogies, even as it charts an all-new prequel path designed to play out over multiple sprawling seasons. It’s fantasy writ exhilaratingly large, although at the start, what’s so impressive about showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay’s streaming effort (September 2) is its balance between the glorious and the vile, the romantic and the brutal, the euphoric and the despairing, and the grand and the intimate. In the aftermath of Jackson’s The Hobbit, it appeared that Tolkien’s Middle Earth franchise had—in terms of screen adaptations—run its course. The Rings of Power puts the lie to such notions, returning to the author’s universe with a flair and ferocity that proves instantly enchanting. A brief...
    Presidential son-in-law and former presidential advisor Jared Kushner spoke out about his often troubled relationship with ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon, whom he likened to a 'suicide bomber.' Kushner, speaking on The Hugh Hewitt Show Friday, said that Bannon 'blew up' before father-in-law President Donald Trump fired the former Breitbart chief in 2017, according to Mediaite.  He said: 'Steve really defeated himself, you know. His head got so big he was just doing all these crazy things, and the ultimately just you know, like a suicide bomber, blew up'.  The former White House senior advisor, 41, referred to Bannon as a 'cancer' and a 'malignant' figure in his new book, Breaking History, which he spent much of the interview promoting. Kushner told the president in an excerpt obtained by DailyMail.com that despite their feud, he didn't oppose a presidential pardon for Bannon, who had been charged with a fraud scheme related to an effort to raise private funds to build the border wall.
    Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon demanded the end of the Federal Reserve in a rabble-rousing speech to conservatives on Friday night, saying fat cat bankers had taken too much power Instead he demanded that control of the bank be handed back to the American people and slammed the way it had freely been printing money through the pandemic.  'We don't need to audit the Fed,' said. 'We need to end the Federal Reserve.  'The Federal Reserve has usurped its power and the power of the American people and our elected representatives.' He laid down a fiery call to arms at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas. Former President Donald Trump will headline the event on Saturday, its final day. Former White House Trump strategist Steve Bannon called for the scrapping of the Fed in a speech to conservatives on Friday. 'It's the biggest con they have,' he said The Federal Reserve has aggressively printed money since the pandemic began to try to keep the U.S. economy afloat. 'The greatest export we have is the dollar but all of that rests...
    Faced with mounting Democratic pressure, President Joe Biden said the fastest way to protect national abortion rights is by electing pro-abortion rights legislators, casting the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade as a political fight that will be determined by the voters. In remarks from the White House Friday, Biden recounted the story of a 10-year-old girl who was reportedly raped and forced to travel out of state to terminate her pregnancy as an example of the outcomes of returning the power to determine abortion access to the states. “Imagine being that little girl,” Biden said, slamming the court’s decision as “terrible, extreme — and I think so totally wrong-headed.” “What we're witnessing wasn't a constitutional judgment. It was an exercise in raw political power,” the president said. BIDEN TO SIGN ABORTION EXECUTIVE ORDER AMID DEMOCRATIC FRUSTRATION OVER INACTION Biden has said repeatedly that he does not have the power to restore the right to abortion that Roe protected and that any meaningful change must come from Congress. “We need two additional pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House...
    By Calvin Woodward | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The wreckage of Watergate and Jan. 6 are a half-century apart yet rooted in the same ancient thirst for power at any cost. Two presidents, wily and profane, tried an end run around democracy. Mysteries from both affairs endure as the House inquiry into the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the Capitol intersects with this week’s Watergate 50th anniversary. Is there a smoking gun to be found in Donald Trump’s deceptions? Or did we already see it when he summoned angry supporters to a “wild” time in Washington, called for them to “fight like hell” and mused that perhaps his vice president — one of the few “no” men in his compliant cabal — should be hanged like the insurrectionists demanded? Trump had lost the election and sought to cling to power. But Nixon? A key question may be why he even bothered to go rogue. Nixon was on a comfortable path to reelection when bumbling burglars tied to his campaign committee broke into Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building...
    Progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman suggested over the weekend that far-right white nationalists could be emboldened to start another civil war if Republicans win back the majority in Congress after November's midterm elections. The New York 'Squad' member made a series of predictions on MSNBC about what a Republican-dominated Washington would look like, including multiple trials for President Joe Biden and the dissolution of the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.  'They would impeach President Biden as quickly as possible and they will continue to find ways to impeach him going forward,' Bowman said on the Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross. 'It would also embolden Republicans and the far right and white nationalists across the country to begin to believe that it is their time to not just take power in the House, but the Senate, the White House and state houses across the country.' He continued, 'And we've got to understand that this is a group that has been radicalized by the great replacement myth and many other things, and have been pushing for violence and even civil...
    (CNN)You'll read a lot about how the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in has dovetailed with public hearings by the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection that kick off Thursday.There is plenty to compare in two presidents accused of influencing elections nearly a half century apart.Watch the final episodes of CNN's documentary series, "Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal," on Sunday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. They focus on the Watergate hearings in the Senate that helped bring down President Richard Nixon.Efforts to undermine electionsThere are echoes of Nixon's secret efforts to meddle in the 1972 election in Donald Trump's very public effort to overturn the 2020 election.Read MoreBut this is not a case of history repeating itself. Trump's effort was arguably more brazen and more dangerous since it threatened the peaceful transfer of power for the first time since the Civil War, when Southern states seceded from the Union after Abraham Lincoln's 1860 victory.January 6 hearings vs. Watergate hearingsHouse hearings on the January 6 insurrection are made for TV -- literally there is a TV producer helping tell...
    Peter Navarro, President Trump’s former trade advisor was indicted for contempt of Congress on Friday due to his refusal to cooperate with the January 6th Committee, which has signaled interest in his communications with the president. Less attention has been paid to Garrett Ziegler, a Navarro aide and zealous Trump loyalist who both supported his boss’ efforts and coordinated with a network of outside operatives who were promoting an onslaught of false claims about election fraud and legally dubious schemes to preserve Trump’s hold on power. Ziegler received an email from the senior investigative counsel for the committee, which is scheduled to begin public hearings on June 9, requesting a meeting to discuss information he might have that is relevant to the congressional investigation. Among his extensive efforts from his office at the White House, Ziegler facilitated a now-infamous late-night meeting on Dec. 18, 2020 in which attorney Sidney Powell, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne tried to persuade President Trump to order the National Guard to seize voting machines and re-running elections in six...
    (CNN)One of the most fateful questions in politics is about to start getting some answers.It revolves around this: How long will ex-President Donald Trump continue to exert his mystical magic over the Republican Party, spell doom in the hearts of Americans who fear his return to power and retain his hold on America's psyche?A series of Trump interventions in Republican primaries ahead of the midterm elections, and several investigations into Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 election will reach critical points during the next few weeks and months and could help shape the ex-President's path. A new dimension to the midterm campaign suddenly opened up on Monday night with the staggering news that Politico had obtained what it called a Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the conservative majority built by Trump would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision granting a constitutional right to an abortion. The drama, which could stoke turnout in November for both parties, heralds a possible massive victory for the conservative movement decades in the making and validates the decision of social conservatives to stick...
    Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) slammed the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board and claimed former President Barack Obama is wielding power behind the scenes in the Biden White House. Will Cain filled in on Jesse Watters Primetime as the eponymous host recovers from back surgery. He discussed the aforementioned board that was recently created by the DHS. The panel is merely an advisory body that seeks to help department divisions to combat misinformation aimed at large segments of the population. Many conservatives have seized on the board’s creation in order to push the idea the DHS will target Americans who dissent against the Biden administration. Cain asked, “Is Joe Biden that radical that he’s relying on Orwellian tactics to hold on to control?” He then suggested Biden is just a “frontman” for another Democrat. “So if Joe’s not really in charge, who is?” he asked Gabbard. “I think it’s no surprise to know that it’s not just Obama, but it’s the whole Obama-Clinton machine that has been machine that has been in power for a long time and...
    Walt Disney statue in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney theme parks, studios, and hotels in Florida have been an unbelievable tax generator for the state and an incredible employer. Hiring more than 77,000 employees and home to one of the largest attractions in the world for tourism, Disney’s home in Orlando has brought people from around the world to Florida. With Disney saying they will support overturning Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislators have looked at ways to punish the Mouse House. If they think punishing Disney will work out for them, they may need to rethink what it means to catch Tigger by the tail. xYesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County. pic.twitter.com/6sj29Gj6Wz— SpencerRoach (@SpencerRoachFL) March 30, 2022 In 1967, the Reedy Creek Improvement Act allowed Walt Disney to act as its own government of sorts, responsible for...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden told news anchors during a lunch ahead of the State of the Union on Tuesday that he has a major message he wants to send to the American people: America and its allies will remain united in their response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and it's that unity that gives strength.. The off-the-record lunch between news anchors from various networks and the President is traditionally held at the White House each year ahead of the State of the Union address. Asked to characterize Tuesday night's speech, especially as it pertains to Ukraine, Biden went on the record and told the anchors that he felt it was important to talk about his "determination to see to it that the (European Union), NATO, all of our allies are on the same exact page, in terms of sanctions against Russia and how we deal with the invasion -- and it is an invasion -- of Ukraine. " "Because that's the one thing that gives us power to impose severe consequences on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for what he's done. And...
    Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if a brief power outage on the North Lawn of the White House may have been “related” to cyberattacks on Ukraine. President Joe Biden gave a brief speech Tuesday afternoon on the situation in Ukraine, warning Russia against any further aggression. He also said that ” if Russia attacks the United States or our Allies through asymmetric means, like disruptive cyberattacks against our companies or critical infrastructure, we are prepared to respond.” At a White House press briefing following the speech, Heinrich asked about recent cyberattacks in Ukraine, then followed up by asking about a power disruption on the North Lawn whose timing she described as “suspect”: MS. HEINRICH: We’ve been told for a long time that some cyberattacks would likely precede an invasion. So, if it turns out that Russia is behind what happened today — or is — I guess, how I should phrase it is: Is there work being done quickly to figure out if Russia is behind what happened today so that sanctions can...
    (CNN)As President Joe Biden's signature climate and economic bill stalls in the Senate, House Democrats are launching three new climate-focused task forces to get more momentum on the issue. The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) will formally launch the three task forces on Wednesday, which will focus on the climate change impact on national security, agriculture and the US power sector. Reps. Katie Porter and Jim Langevin will co-chair the Climate and National Security Task Force; Reps. Chellie Pingree (an SEEC vice-chair) and Kim Schrier will co-chair the Climate and Agriculture Task Force; and Reps. Sean Casten and Raja Krishnamoorthi will co-chair the Power Sector Task Force. A rush to mine lithium in Nevada is pitting climate advocates and environmental groups against each otherThe Washington Post first reported the launch of the task forces. House Democrats' emphasis on the power sector is notable, as a proposed clean energy program was cut from Build Back Better after objections from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Biden has set an ambitious goal of making the US electricity sector zero-emissions by...
    A millennial who spent her life savings on her first home has revealed how the property turned into the 'house from hell' after being plagued by a series of expensive disasters - before eventually being destroyed by a falling tree.      The woman, who goes by @_arsmath online and is from Chicago, Illinois, said she spent more than $25,000 on fixing the home from various problems - like a burst pipe, a leaky roof, and a broken washing machine that flooded the home - before it was ultimately destroyed by a tree falling on it. She was inside when the massive tree came through her roof and into her living room, leaving her in the hospital with 'serious intrusions across her body, primarily on her back, and a nasty concussion.' A millennial who spent her life savings on her first home revealed a tree fell on it and destroyed it - after months of being plagued by other disasters like burst pipes and broken appliances The woman, who goes by @_arsmath online and is from Chicago, Illinois, said she spent more than...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.As the senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Devin Nunes was next in line to become its chairman should the Republicans take back the House in 2022. Which is to say that Nunes would have ascended to what is widely considered to be the most powerful chairmanship in the House of Representatives. And all he had to do was stay in Congress.But Nunes decided to discard the opportunity. Instead, he announced that he had joined Donald Trump's social media venture, Truth Social, as its CEO. Nunes said he was "humbled and honored" to have been entrusted with the job.The decision by Nunes says a lot about where power in the conservative movement rests -- or, at least, where Nunes believes it rests. It's not writing intricate legislation on taxes in Congress. No, Nunes' move signals that he thinks that the power lies in the pro-Trump media. Read MoreAnd Nunes isn't wrong. I've long pointed out that the...
    U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony to sign the "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act", on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, November 15, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Democratic Party officials and donors are split over whom to blame for losses in several state-level races this month – and they're also divided over how the party can recover going into the 2022 midterm congressional elections. The biggest losses came in Virginia, including Republican Glenn Youngkin's triumph over former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the gubernatorial election. In New Jersey, several Democrats lost in local races while Gov. Phil Murphy overcame a tougher-than-expected challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli.  Several wealthy donors have signaled they are done fundraising for and contributing to the Democratic National Committee, which is the political arm of the White House when a Democrat is president, and assists in campaigns across the country. These donors believe the DNC didn't do enough to help their favored candidates, especially McAuliffe, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the people who commented for this story declined...
    (CNN)A federal judge sent a message to Donald Trump Tuesday that he cannot outrun the rule of law and the Constitution forever. But that doesn't mean he won't try.A late-night ruling eviscerated the ex-President's assertion of executive privilege to prevent the National Archives from turning over hundreds of documents pertinent to the House probe examining the January 6 Capitol insurrection.Although Trump is already mustering an appeal, the ruling represented a huge win for the House select committee probing one of the most alarming assaults on democracy in US history. It also came as a swift blow to Trump's efforts to run out the clock ahead of a possible Republican takeover of the House next year, which would mean an almost certain end to the investigation. It upheld a core principle underpinning the checks and balances of American democracy that allows the court system to step in to adjudicate a dispute between a chamber of Congress and the executive over the extent of presidential power. Most intriguingly, it also represents the first test of Trump's ability to use the court system...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Three days after the nor’easter hit Massachusetts, power outages are still a problem for many residents. The CEO of Eversource said, “this is one of the largest effort that Eversource has been involved with for quite some time.” Crews in Duxbury worked into the night on Friday. READ MORE: More Than 92,000 Still Without Power, 2 Days After Nor'easter Hit MassachusettsWhile work continues, families are trying to make the best of it. “Tom just made steak on the grill, so we’re okay,” said Stacey Burns. “We have a fireplace,” said Tom Burns. “We snuggle.” According to Eversource CEO Joe Nolan, 1,600 crews were racing to restore power with another downpour on the horizon. READ MORE: First Center-Running Bus Lane In New England To Open In Jamaica PlainAt Nick Pagliarulo’s home, power is just part of the puzzle: a giant oak tree still sits on the top of his house. “I had a crane lined up and they tried to get here yesterday but yesterday the debris was so bad that they couldn’t get up here. Plus, to...
    The White House has walked back a number of remarks President Biden made in a CNN town hall Thursday night.  A White House official said that the Biden administration is 'not actively pursuing the use of the National Guard on a federal level.'  'Requesting the use of the National Guard at the state level is under the purview of governors,' the official clarified, according to multiple news outlets.  'The answer is yes,' the president said, asked if he would send in the guard to alleviate supply chain issues that are leading to product shortages and rampant inflation. 'Absolutely, positively,' he added.  Asked if he would consider sending in the guard to drive trucks, the president said: 'Yes, if we can't increase the number of truckers.'  'The answer is yes,' the president said, asked if he would send in the guard to alleviate supply chain issues that are leading to product shortages and rampant inflation Cargo container trucks wait in line to enter AMP Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, Oct. 20, A White House official said that the Biden...
    (CNN Business)In November 2014, Chantelle Darby awoke to an excrement-fueled nightmare. Her Roomba robot vacuum was set to run in the middle of the night, while she, her husband, and their dogs were asleep. But one of the three dogs — a foster pooch named MacGregor — pooped in the house at around the same time. When Darby got up in the morning, there was poop smeared throughout most of her home."I remember walking into my office and it looked like a murder scene, but with poop," Darby said Thursday.In her office, she said, the Roomba ran over a power cord, then kept roving in circles, leaving tracks reminiscent of crop circles. They threw out a rug, power cords, and — after her husband tried and failed to clean it — the Roomba.Darby, who works in public relations, said she and her husband bought another Roomba and began using it during the day, but the same sort of thing eventually happened again after MacGregor had another accident indoors. (Despite the Roomba poop-spreading, Darby and her husband adopted MacGregor.)IRobot, the company...
    President Joe Biden’s White House speech helped Fox News post monster numbers in the 4:00 p.m. hour on Monday. And the network kept up the momentum throughout the rest of the day to post its highest rated day of the Biden presidency with 2.21 million total viewers and 415,000 in the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic. Monday’s edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto, during which the Biden remarks aired, posted a staggering 3.8 million viewers overall and 705,000 adults 25-54 — according to data from Nielsen. It was one of three shows on the Fox News slate to post its highest ratings of 2021 on Monday. (Fox News Primetime — hosted Monday by Will Cain — and Gutfeld! were the others.) Fox News’ The Five took No. 1 in the overall ratings with 4.15 million viewers, while Tucker Carlson Tonight was No. 1 in the demo with 786,000. As for the three cable news networks overall, here are the total day averages in total viewers and the 25-54: Total viewers: Fox News: 2.21 million MSNBC: 961,000 CNN: 938,000...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Investigators grilled Cuomo for 11 hours in sexual harassment investigation New York state teacher's union opposes staff vaccine mandates MORE (D) was pushed closer to political oblivion Tuesday after a comprehensive report found that he had sexually harassed 11 women, including 9 current or former state employees. “I think he should resign,” President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE said at a late-afternoon White House press conference. It was the first time Biden had directly called for the governor to step down. Cuomo has been defiant in the months since allegations of sexual misconduct first emerged. But even a politician of his fierce tenacity and capacious ego will find it hard to withstand condemnation from a president of his own party. Biden said he had not read the report...
    (CNN)The House GOP's plan to win back power is becoming increasingly centered on one man: Donald J. Trump.On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy became the latest in a parade of Republicans to make the pilgrimage to a Trump-owned property seeking the former President's support, while scores of GOP candidates have been invoking Trump's name and image to boost their campaign coffers, which are filling up at record rates. The steady stream of schmoozing by top Republicans and the groundswell of grassroots support suggest that, six months after the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, Trump still maintains an iron-like grip on the GOP and there are zero signs of that loosening anytime soon -- even amid a damning drip of revelations about his conduct during his final months in office. And with Republicans counting on Trump to be a crucial pillar of their efforts to reclaim the House majority next year, both in terms of fundraising and turnout, they are eager to stay in his good graces and reluctant to damage or provoke the mercurial ex-President over the next 16...
    President BidenJoe BidenAlabama military base orders troops to show vaccination proof amid increased COVID-19 cases Arizona's Maricopa County approves M for new vote-counting machines On The Money: Democrats reach deal on .5T target | Biden rallies Democrats: 'We're going to get this done' MORE on Thursday said sending U.S. troops to Haiti is not on the table for now as the island nation grapples with the assassination of its president. "We’re only sending American Marines to our embassy to make sure that they are secure and nothing is out of whack at all. But the idea of sending American forces into Haiti is not on the agenda at this moment," Biden said at a press conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Haiti has requested U.S. troops to help Haiti guard critical infrastructure following the assassination of Jovenel Moïse last week. The White House has not definitively ruled out the possibility of sending American forces, but Biden's comments are the clearest indication yet it won't happen imminently. U.S. officials from the departments of Justice, Homeland Security and State, as well as the White...
    Aaron Wright, 42, is charged with aggravated assault and burglary after he allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home and shot her four times while their four children slept nearby, just hours before they were scheduled to appear at a custody hearing Monday  A Texas man is accused of cutting the power to his ex-wife's home before breaking in and shooting her four times while their four children slept nearby - just hours before the pair was scheduled to appear for a custody hearing.   Surveillance video from around the time of the incident on Monday shows Aaron Wright, 42, walking up to the house at 3.08am before running away a few minutes later.  The video showed his girlfriend also with him. She hasn't been named.   Authorities said that Wright, accompanied by his girlfriend, approached his ex Andrea Wright's home before he used a power box on the side of the house to shut off the electricity - disabling its alarm before breaking in through a rear window and shooting her.    After the shooting, two of the children ran to a...
    Democrats' voting rights bill is all but certain to fail in the Senate on Tuesday as Republicans move to block the progressive priority and Joe Biden failed to get centrist Joe Manchin to back the legislation. Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted the legislation on Monday as a 'disastrous proposal' that will get 'no quarter' in the Senate. Senator Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, met with Biden at the White House on Monday afternoon as the president attempted to persuade him to support the bill that would expand voting rights. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is bringing a vote to the floor Tuesday on a motion to begin debate on the amended version of legislation that passed the House in March. The procedural vote, however, would need 60 votes to succeed – and there is no indication any Republican senators will support the bill, let alone 10. Manchin has also said he opposes the bill, arguing that any major voting or election legislation must have bipartisan support, or else he will go against it. Republicans are prepared to...
    Senate Democratic leaders are demanding that former Trump attorneys general Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions testify about what they called a 'gross abuse of power' following bombshell revelations prosectors secretly obtained Apple communications data from House Intelligence panel members.  And the deputy attorney general of the Justice Department, Lisa Monaco, has asked the agency's nonpartisan Inspector General to probe the seizure of lawmakers' personal information during the Trump administration, the Associated Press reported.  The lawmakers demanded both men appear to testify under oath – and threatened to subpoena them if they would not cooperate. The public pressure on the Senate side of the Capitol comes hours after it was revealed that Trump nemeses Rep. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell were both targeted for monitoring as part of a leak probe.  Democrats want former Attorney General Bill Barr to testify about federal prosecutors subpoenaing Apple for information on Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff Democrats also want former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin called the...
    Senate Democratic leaders are demanding that former Trump attorneys general Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions testify about what they called a 'gross abuse of power' following bombshell revelations prosectors secretly obtained Apple communications data from House Intelligence panel members.   The lawmakers demanded both men appear to testify under oath – and threatened to subpoena them if they would not cooperate. The public pressure on the Senate side of the Capitol comes hours after it was revealed that Trump nemeses Rep. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell were both targeted for monitoring as part of a leak probe.  'The revelation that the Trump Justice Department secretly subpoenaed metadata of House Intelligence Committee Members and staff and their families, including a minor, is shocking,' wrote Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard Durbin of Illinois. 'This is a gross abuse of power and an assault on the separation of powers. This appalling politicization of the Department of Justice by Donald Trump and his sycophants must be investigated immediately by both the DOJ Inspector General and Congress,' they wrote.  'Former Attorneys...
    Republican congressional leaders are united: They don't want an investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, they were willing to say that Donald Trump bore responsibility. But after a few months of processing the fear they felt on that day and their fear of angering Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have landed squarely on Not Wanting to Know More. In response, Democratic leaders are talking about committee investigations in which they’d have a majority of members and subpoena power. The bill to establish a commission will easily pass the House with at least some Republican votes. But the filibuster remains a hurdle in the Senate, where it’s far from clear that 10 Republicans will support even the extreme compromise House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to, with equal representation of Democrats and Republicans and shared control of subpoena power. Let’s check in on some of the weaseling that Republican senators are engaged in. Some Republicans, including McConnell, are complaining that the Democratic chair of the commission would have...
    Dear Quentin, My mother is in a wheelchair, and can no longer care for herself. I, having a durable power of attorney, moved her into my home and sold her house. My father, who passed away in 2009, and my mother had a joint will leaving all they owned to my sister and I. After I sold the house, my sister claims that half of the money belongs to her. I told her that the money belongs to our mother, as she is still alive, and that I will use it in the best interest of our mother. My sister wants me to make her a loan, using our mother’s money. My sister is not very trustworthy. She has a $25,000 debt with the IRS, and keeps a crack-cocaine addict as a live-in boyfriend. What are my legal obligations to my sister? Regards, Wanna Do What’s Right You can email The Moneyist with any financial and ethical questions related to coronavirus at [email protected], and follow Quentin Fottrell on Twitter. Dear Bob, You have no obligation to...
    Republican and Democratic lawmakers have reached an agreement on a bipartisan panel to probe the January 6th Capitol riot – more than four months after members of a mob penetrated that building, shattered windows, and occupied the legislative chambers. The commission will be evenly split, after an initial gambit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to maintain a narrow advantage by the Democratic majority.  'There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate,' said Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), the chair and top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.  Police were overwhelmed by protesters who invaded the US Capitol on January 6. Negotiators have reached agreement on a bipartisan commission to probe its causes The deal comes days after Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde at an oversight hearing on the attack called it a 'bold faced lie' and a 'normal tourist visit,' despite the five deaths and video images of crowd members battling Capitol Police with bear spray,...
    The U.S. Census Bureau will release the first results of its decennial survey on Monday after a decade of explosive growth in Sun Belt states that will shift power in the House of Representatives. Acting Census Bureau chief Ron Jarmin will announce state population counts used to apportion House seats on Monday afternoon, the Census Bureau said early Monday. Those results are likely to show a dramatic shift in population, as more Americans leave northern Rust Belt states in favor of sunnier climes where economic opportunity is more plentiful. Yearly population trends released over the last decade suggest five of the seven states likely to see their U.S. House delegations expand are in the Sun Belt. Texas is certain to be the big winner this year. The state added at least 4 million new residents in the last decade, more than any other, as residents flocked to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and their respective suburbs, many of which were among the fastest growing areas in the country. Texas’s delegation in Congress is likely to grow by three seats, according...
    Sen. Ted Cruz lashed out at Democrats Thursday saying their support of D.C. statehood and flirtation with increasing the number of Supreme Court justices is just a way to hold onto power.  'What Senate Democrats and House Democrats are trying to do is fundamentally corrupt,' Cruz said. 'Their first priority is to change the rules to stay in power.'  While Cruz made the comments at an anti-court packing press conference alongside his fellow GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn he also brought up Democrats' support for D.C. statehood, a bill the Democrat-led House passed Thursday afternoon.  Sen. Ted Cruz (left) called the Democrats 'fundamentally corrupt' for 'changing the rules to stay in power' pointing to a plan to add justices to the Supreme Court and make D.C. the 51st state. He held a presser alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham (right) Thursday  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has expressed support for making D.C. the 51st state, but it doesn't have enough support in the Senate to override a filibuster.  'So what the Senate Democrats are trying to do - they're...
    Friday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) reacted to the Democrats introducing a bill to add four justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to Scott, the push to pack the court is a “power grab” because the Democrats know the GOP is “going to take the House back and the Senate back” in 2022. “[T]hey know what they’re doing,” Scott stated. “This is just part of the Democrat power grab. You know, they want to pack the Supreme Court so they can get some activist judges that are going back their, you know, insane left-wing agenda. They want to get rid of the filibuster because they, oh, gosh, they didn’t get 51 votes in the last election, so they need to be able to, you know, get rid of the filibuster so they can try to pass their radical agenda. … Look, they are trying to make D.C. a statehood. This is all about power for the Democrats. You know, their election bill is about power for the Democrats. The using reconciliation to pass massive spending...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Donors to the Republican National Committee gathered this weekend for the first time since Donald Trump’s defeat just down the road from his Mar-a-Lago home — a sign that the institutions of the party remain centered around the former President. The bulk of the RNC’s spring retreat took place a 10-minute drive south of Trump’s club, at Palm Beach’s Four Seasons resort. There, around 360 donors mingled poolside at the beachfront hotel with Republican officials, including chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and co-chair Tommy Hicks. But on Saturday night, guests will be shuttled up the road to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump will address the retreat behind closed doors. READ MORE: Florida Man Charged With Killing Girlfriends 2-Year-Old Son With the party completely out of power in Washington for the first time in four years, GOP donors have been eager to hear from leaders about how Republicans can win back the House and Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024. But the question of how big a role Trump will and should play in the GOP future looms. For...
    Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)Donors to the Republican National Committee gathered this weekend for the first time since Donald Trump's defeat just down the road from his Mar-a-Lago home -- a sign that the institutions of the party remain centered around the former President.The bulk of the RNC's spring retreat took place a 10-minute drive south of Trump's club, at Palm Beach's Four Seasons resort. There, around 360 donors mingled poolside at the beachfront hotel with Republican officials, including chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and co-chair Tommy Hicks. But on Saturday night, guests will be shuttled up the road to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump will address the retreat behind closed doors.With the party completely out of power in Washington for the first time in four years, GOP donors have been eager to hear from leaders about how Republicans can win back the House and Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024. But the question of how big a role Trump will and should play in the GOP future looms. Matt Gaetz shows Donald Trumps defiant style is here to stay For the...
    In this article ORSTED-DKThe Block Island Wind Farm, photographed in 2016, is located in waters off the east coast of the United States.DON EMMERT | AFP | Getty ImagesThe U.S. wants to expand its offshore wind capacity to 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, a move the Biden administration hopes will generate thousands of jobs and unlock billions of dollars in investment in the coming years. The target, announced by the Departments of Energy, Interior and Commerce on Monday, represents a significant ramp up of America's fledgling offshore wind industry, which currently lags behind other parts of the world. The United States' first offshore wind facility, the 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm, only began commercial operations in late 2016. By contrast, the world's first offshore wind farm, in waters off the coast of Denmark, was opened in 1991. Today, figures from industry body WindEurope put offshore wind capacity in Europe at around 25 GW. This compares to just 42 MW of capacity in the U.S. The White House said meeting its new goal for offshore wind would trigger in...
    After two centuries as an anti-Democratic force, the Senate needs to adapt or it might wake up one day and find that its powers have been stripped down to ceremonial engagements. Don’t laugh! Our neighbors from across the pond not too long ago did exactly this to the House of Lords. The English Parliament has existed since 1295, and since its inception the House of Lords had generally been the dominant chamber in England’s bicameral legislature. It represented the clergy, nobility and landowners and it had a greater say in shaping British government than the House of Commons that represented the common people. Sound familiar? However, all of this changed in the early 1900s as England confronted social changes not too dissimilar to America’s current political turmoil. As industrialization grew in Europe the voice of the common man increased in political importance, and they demanded that the government should exist to serve the people and not the British elites. They wanted government to play a greater and more active role in the welfare of its citizens instead of the...
    Joe Raedle/Getty The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has tried to be the conscience of the Republican Party and conservative movement. In an editorial published in Tuesday’s paper, they made one thing clear: they are official over Donald Trump. The former 45th president returned to the national political stage last weekend with a fiery speech that closed CPAC. Flouting the accepted norms that former presidents leave the media spotlight after leaving office, Trump delivered a brutal critique of the first six weeks of the Biden administration, reiterated his “stolen election” lies and asked for donations to his personal Political Action Committees (and notably, not the RNC.) But the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board ain’t buying it, and say as much in an editorial entitled “The Grievance of Trump’s Past.” Simply put, they ask their readers, “If he was so great politically for the GOP, why is the party now out of power?” The essay opens with a bit of snark: “That great sigh of relief you heard on Sunday was the sound of Democrats and the media welcoming Donald Trump’s...
    Games that come with Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus can be hit or miss. The free offerings are often titles that players may already own or are projects that weren’t that great to begin with. Once in a while, the services’ offerings hit that sweet spot: A title comes along that has won acclaim and may have been missed. For me, that game is “Control.” Now being offered on Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus, Remedy Entertainment’s 2019 action title was praised when it launched, but that was a busy year and I didn’t have enough time to play it. Fast-forward to 2021 and 505 Games has released an updated version for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The iterations take advantage of the hardware by supporting ray-tracing and 4K visuals at 60 frames per second. Keep in mind though, the next-gen upgrades are only available to the Ultimate Edition of the game, and that happened to be free via PlayStation Plus on the PS5. The Xbox Game Pass version is the Standard Edition and doesn’t have the extra...
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