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    The State Department suggests that the administration has been working to get to the 'root causes' of migration as the border crisis has more than quintupled under President Joe Biden's leadership. While Biden's administration focuses on what causes migrants to leave their home countries and come to the U.S., it has failed to implement policies aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration over the southern border. State Department spokesperson Ned Price, however, told Fox News on Wednesday that results cannot be achieved in short timelines – despite the nearly two-years of Biden's presidency. 'We have never been under any illusions, nor should anyone, that we can fully address the root causes overnight or over the course of a week or month,' Price said. He added: 'But this is something that we are working on, we're working on it as diligently as we can.' The claim comes after new figures were released this week showing that a new record was reached in August and more than 2 million migrants have illegally entered the country so far in Fiscal Year 2022....
    State Department Deputy Spokesperson Jalina Porter issued a denial after being called out for openly seeking a co-host role on The View. Porter posted a picture on Instagram of her and View co-host Sunny Hostin at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night. “On the Black Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus, it’s time to make some manifestations,” she captioned. “I see me being a co-host on @theviewabc in my near future. Send me good vibes and lots of love, y’all.” The post has since apparently been deleted. In a statement to The Washington Free Beacon, which first reported on Thursday on Porter’s post, Porter denied she’s seeking a gig at the popular ABC daytime show. “This was intended as a light-hearted, personal social media post and nothing more,” she said. “I am not seeking employment with The View.” Porter didn’t violate State Department ethics with the post, a department spokesperson told the Free Beacon. Porter has come under fire for other past social media posts. On Facebook in 2016, Porter posted, “The largest threat to U.S. national security...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland’s enforcement of water pollution laws has declined over the last two decades, but especially in the last few years, according to a new report. Environmental groups found that the Maryland Department of the Environment took 422 water pollution enforcement actions between 2016 and 2021 under Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), which was significantly lower than the 1,280 enforcement actions between 2010 and 2015, during the administration of Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D). In the past year alone, MDE took 55% fewer water pollution enforcement actions than the historical average over the last 20 years, according to the report by the Chesapeake Accountability Project, a coalition of environmental groups. The coalition reviewed the Department of the Environment’s annual enforcement and compliance reports from 2001 to 2021 “to provide a historical perspective of [water pollution] enforcement in Maryland,” said Katlyn Schmitt, a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform. But the decrease in enforcement actions does not mean that there are...
    Richard Nephew stepped down as deputy special envoy for Iran and left the U.S. team negotiating Iran's return to the 2015 nuclear deal because he believed the there was no future for the agreement, according to a new report.  Nephew's departure was confirmed this week by a State Department official who declined to comment on the reason for the move. But it comes at a critical phase in negotiations, as Iran signals it is preparing to begin direct talks with American negotiators. Initial reports suggested that Nephew, known as the architect of the Iran sanctions regime, believed the Biden administration's strategy was too soft as negotiators sought to bring Tehran back to the nuclear accord jettisoned under President Trump. Now sources have told Laura Rozen, who writes the Diplomatic newsletter, that Nephew came to believe that instead of returning to the 2015 deal - known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the U.S. should pivot to a different agreement.  That put him at odds with Biden administration policy of seeking to restore the 2015 agreement.  'There was...
    A top member of the U.S. team negotiating with Iran has left the role after urging a tougher stance on nuclear talks. A State Department official confirmed that Richard Nephew, known as the architect of sanctions on Tehran, had stepped down as U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Iran. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported that two other negotiators had stepped aside because they wanted a harder negotiating position.  Their departures come at a critical time in talks that resumed two months ago.  Western diplomats say they hope for a breakthrough in the coming weeks - but critical differences remain between the two sides and Britain on Tuesday warned of a looming impasse. A State Department official declined to comment on the specifics of internal policy discussions.  A State Department official confirmed that Richard Nephew was no longer deputy special envoy for Iran but was still working at the State Department Nuclear talks resumed in Vienna, Austria, in November but have made little progress. Iran refuses to talk directly with American negotiators. As a result European diplomats have to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) has put California and Mississippi back on its weekly travel advisory. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added two states – California and Mississippi – to its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory This is as daily COVID case rates are increasing across the country. There are now 42 states on the list. READ MORE: Brett Dimick Due In Court On Reckless Homicide Charge In Fatal August Hit-And-Run Near Wrigley Field (Credit: CDPH) Last week, the city’s travel advisory stood at 40 states, with two states and Washington D.C. added. READ MORE: Metra, Marine Corps Reserve Host Toys For Tots DriveEvery state or territory except for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the Virgin Islands are listed on the advisory. There were no states eligible to come off the advisory next week. According to CDPH “daily COVID-19 case rates must be below 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks for a state to be removed from the advisory.” The state of Maryland is on the...
    Donald Trump's former spokeswoman at the State Department has taken House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff to task again for his promotion of a dossier used to discredit the former president. Morgan Ortagus was a guest host on The View on Tuesday, and grilled Schiff for his enthusiastic embrace of the discredited document. He dodged her questions, with Ortagus also since taking to Fox News, where she blamed Schiff's enthusiasm for the dossier's widespread coverage in liberal media outlets, and revealed her nerves at getting to confront him on the popular show.  Speaking on Fox News Wednesday, Ortagus said: 'I will say that in the moment, I'll confess, my hands were shaking a little because I knew it was just incredibly important in that moment to be able to hold him accountable, not for the Republican Party but for everybody who wants to seek truth and justice.' She said that Schiff was so 'obsessed' with stopping Trump that he took shortcuts and politicized the intelligence community.   Fox News Network Privacy Policy 'I think the big problem is that we always knew...
    PASSPORTS are known as official governmental documents that help people travel under their country's protection to and from foreign lands. On October 27, 2021, it was announced the United States government has issued the first passport with X as the gender marker. 2US Passports will now allow citizens to put X as their gender What is X gender? In terms of gender, "X" indicates that a person's gender is unspecified. This is a typical classification for those who identify as nonbinary or those who don't identify as either male or female. The term has become more popular over the years as LGBTQ+ communities fight for equality. What is the X gender marker on US passports? On October 27, the U.S. Department of State issued a press release announcing the first ever passport with the X gender marker, meaning that their gender is not listed as male or female. "The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all...
    Harold Koh, a senior adviser and a political appointe to the State Department's legal team, resigned and blamed Biden's 'inhumane' treatment of migrants A top adviser at the State Department resigned and criticized President Joe Biden's administration for its 'inhumane' treatment of migrants, a new report revealed on Monday. Harold Koh, a senior adviser and a political appointe to the State Department's legal team, blasted the administration for its harsh treatment of migratins through its use of Title 42, a Donald Trump era policy that allows them to bar people from entering the country during a health crisis. Koh called the policy 'illegal,' 'inhumane' and 'not worthy of this Administration that I so strongly support,' in an October 2 legal memo obtained by Politico. 'I believe this Administration's current implementation of the Title 42 authority continues to violate our legal obligation not to expel or return ('refouler') individuals who fear persecution, death, or torture, especially migrants fleeing from Haiti,' the memo notes. He added that 'lawful, more humane alternatives plainly exist.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Title 42, saying...
    A newly declassified State Department report has suggested that the recorded noises linked to the earliest cases of Havana Syndrome were caused by crickets. The 2018 report to the Trump administration does not propose that crickets caused the documented medical symptoms of the mysterious affliction, which more recent research blames on microwave weapons. But the report makes clear that recordings from the US Embassy in Cuba actually captured native crickets and are likely unrelated to whatever caused the symptoms, according to a copy of the report released to BuzzFeed News.  'We believe the recorded sounds are mechanical or biological in origin, rather than electronic. The most likely source is the Indies short-tailed cricket,' says the 2018 report written by the JASON advisory group, an elite scientific board that reviews US national security concerns. However, it goes on to note: 'It cannot be ruled out that the perceived sounds, while not harmful, are introduced by an adversary as deception so as to mask an entirely unrelated mode of causing illness in diplomatic personnel.' 'The objective medical evidence that the suffering experienced...
    The State Department refused to green light a number of privately chartered flights out of Afghanistan that could have evacuated US citizens and Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, leaked emails reportedly show.  Military lawyer and retired Marine Eric Montalvo shared the communications with Fox after he organized some of the flights and now claims the federal government thwarted his rescue effort. The leaked emails show State officials refusing to allow Montalvo's privately paid for flights to use US property either inside the country or at one of its many overseas bases, after the Biden administration pledged to do whatever it can to rescue all Americans and as many Afghan allies as possible.  'No independent charters are allowed' at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar,' an email from September 1 says. 'In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land.' Secretary of State Blinken tours the refugee processing center at Al Udeid Air...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the State Department is doing "accountings on the back end" as Afghan evacuees arrive in the United States while some raise concerns about the vetting process.  Blinken, during a press conference in Qatar, said the Biden administration focused on getting as many individuals out of Kabul and planned to focus on a vetting process after safely evacuating Afghanistan.  "In our effort to get as many people out as fast as we can while we had the airport functioning, we focused on doing just that," Blinken said, adding that State Department officials are "doing accountings on the back end as people arrive in the United States."  BIDEN OFFICIALS 'WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK' TO 'VET ALL AFGHANS' BEFORE ENTRY INTO US "My expectation is we will have a breakdown of the numbers of people who left Afghanistan, including not just American citizens, but green card holders, SIV applicants, SIV visa holders, Afghans at risk, those eligible for P-1 and P-2 visas," Blinken said. "All of that will be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead as...
    Since igniting over a week ago, the Greenwood fire has burned through more than 21,000 acres at a pace that one firefighter described as “freight train.” The fire is one of several burning in the Superior National Forest, and the largest of 10 wildfires in the state.   Currently, a coalition of 429 firefighters, managed by the Eastern Area Incident Management team, is fighting to contain the fire along the south side of Hwy. 1. As of yesterday it is zero percent contained. Last night, forest officials confirmed that the fire had destroyed a number of buildings near the McDougal Lake area, including 12 homes, 57 outbuildings, and had left 3 primary structures with some damage.  The fire has brought to light some questions about land management and stoked fears that current drought conditions could bring about larger wildfires in September. Article continues after advertisement So how prepared is Minnesota for wildfires on the scale of Greenwood or larger? Weather is key to containment The ability to contain wildfires has more to do with favorable weather conditions than resources, according to Lee...
    "Your World" host Neil Cavuto pushed back on several claims made by State Department spokesman Ned Price during a press conference on Monday. Price claimed the Taliban wants to have "a relationship with the rest of the world" and be seen as a legitimate government rather than a global "pariah." He also alleged commitments of "safe passage" of Americans and U.S.-aligned individuals to the Hamid Karzai International Airport "don't have an expiration date." However, Cavuto pointed to a Sky News interview with the Taliban's Doha, Qatar-based ombudsman, Suhail Shaheen—who contradicted Price and said an American presence after President Joe Biden's most recent deadline of August 31 cryptically represents a "red line." "If [the US] extends it, that means we're extending occupation—there's no need for that. It will create mistrust between us," Shaheen said Monday. Cavuto added Price's claim that the Taliban promised the aforementioned "safe passage" to the airport doesn't appear to be true. Video"That doesn't appear to be the case right now," Cavuto said, as reports of Taliban beating Americans and Afghans trying to get to the airport...
    Washington (CNN)While the US State Department continues to engage in high-level diplomatic talks with the Taliban in the neutral setting of Doha, Qatar, as it has for the past year, the real negotiations have moved to the chaotic streets of Kabul in recent days, where American military commanders are in constant communication with Taliban militants over security around the airport. In an extraordinary move, the top US commander in Afghanistan, Adm. Peter Vasely, has been leading the effort to negotiate with his Taliban counterpart to maintain security at the Kabul airport and ensure the safety of both Americans and Afghans hoping to escape. So far, talks have produced mixed results at best. US troops have secured the airport with evacuation flights taking off successfully. However, the US embassy has explicitly warned that it cannot ensure safe passage for Americans attempting to reach the airport and CNN has reported that Afghans attempting the perilous journey there have been subject to violence and intimidation. One White House official said that while the US has several channels to the militant group, officials are...
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) criticized President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. Crenshaw described Biden as “utterly incompetent” in how he handled Afghanistan, which he said is the opposite of the previous president, Donald Trump. He added that the “State Department really botched this” and the “Secretary of State owes the American people a lot of explanations.” “How Biden did this is so utterly incompetent, and my office has been in touch with sources who are very close to the operation. And this is a State Department-led operation. OK? The State Department overruled DoD. When DoD wanted to make Bagram the last place where we would have troops — the State Department overruled them. It was a foolish mistake because Bagram can hold a lot more aircraft, for instance, than Kabul,” Crenshaw advised. “They didn’t like how it would look to abandon Kabul before Bagram,” he said when asked why it was handled that way. “And here’s another thing the State Department never did: They never even built a...
    U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price will make remarks this afternoon about the Taliban's conquest of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after President Biden broke his silence on the issue Monday.  The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday, storming the U.S. embassy, pouring into the presidential palace, and freeing thousands of terrorists who had been prisoners at Bagram Air Base. Meanwhile, Biden avoided the cameras, waiting until Monday to address the nation. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The State Department released a statement on Saturday noting that Secretary of State Blinken had spoken with the foreign ministers of Australia, France, Germany, and Norway about developments in Afghanistan. Tyler O'Neil is an editor at Fox News. He has written for numerous publications, including PJ Media, The Christian Post, and National Review. He is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.
    (CNN)As hackers and cybersecurity experts descended on Las Vegas last week for the famous cyber conference Black Hat, they may have noticed an open Wi-Fi network called "#Rewardsnotransoms." It's not the kind of place where a network is usually left unprotected but, in this case, that was the point.Logging in, or scanning the QR code on T-shirts and flyers also being handed out on the convention floor, took attendees to a page for the State Department's new initiative offering up to $10 million to informants with information on state-backed hackers.The Rewards for Justice table at the Black Hat Cyber Conference in Las Vegas promoting the launch of the new cryptocurrency reward.The Vegas push was made to such a highly targeted cyber audience because for the first time in the Reward for Justice program's almost four decades, informants could elect to receive payments in cryptocurrency and reach out to the US government with sensitive information through a secure portal on the Dark Web. It came after the State Department quietly made the announcement last month amid a flurry of other actions...
    President Joe Biden’s move to evacuate at least some U.S. diplomats from Kabul is the latest sign that the Taliban are poised to overthrow the government of Afghanistan in a final refutation of U.S. hopes that Afghan security forces could counteract the militants. “The situation is basically lost,” an Indo-Pacific intelligence official who has served in Afghanistan told the Washington Examiner. “What the Taliban is doing now is kind of humiliating everybody. ... There is very little to prevent them from militarily taking over Kabul as and when they feel like doing it.” That surging Taliban offensive has driven Afghan civilians from around the country into Kabul, where women and children are pitching tents in city parks as U.S. and British officials race to withdraw personnel from their embassies in the beleaguered capital. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's team has touted the potential for negotiations between the Afghan government and the militants to produce a peace settlement, but even senior State Department officials couldn’t entirely hide their sense of helplessness to stem the Taliban tide. “Woke up with a heavy...
    The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of misreporting the state's COVID-19 numbers. On Monday, the CDC reported that 28,317 new Covid cases were recorded in The Sunshine State on Sunday, a record-high that was reported by multiple media outlets. However, the DOH official Twitter account fired back and said the CDC had overcounted the true 15,000 total.  'This is not accurate,' the DOH tweeted on Monday evening. 'Florida follows CDC guidelines reporting cases Monday through Friday, other than holidays.  'Consequently, each Monday or Tuesday, there will be two or three days of data reported at a time. When data is published, it is attributed evenly to the previous days.' The Florida Department of Health claimed on Twitter that the CDC misreported COVID-19 data from over the weekend According to the Florida DOH, a total of 56,386 cases over three days over the weekend - 21,500 on Friday, 19,567 on Saturday and 15,319 on Sunday.  The CDC reported the data over two days instead of three, causing a high of...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Treasury Department on Thursday announced that President Joe Biden is encouraging municipal and state governments to offer $100 payments for unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated, a story which the White House later confirmed. Reports from both CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor broke the news, which comes just a day after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the payment plan for his city. The offer of payment as incentive is authorized by policy of the Treasury Department, which on Thursday they clarified permits the use of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds disbursed under the American Recovery Act for that purpose. “For these governments and the communities they represent, no task is more urgent than turning the tide on the pandemic, and there is no better tool than vaccination,” the Dept. says. “This is why Treasury is encouraging state, territorial, and local governments to use the funds to enhance their vaccination efforts, including by providing individual vaccine incentives.” A press release from Treasury explains the incentive program in more detail, and includes...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) reacted to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Georgia over its election law and said that the DOJ should have gone to the southern border or Atlanta to help tackle crime “instead of weaponizing the department to go after secure elections in our state and across the country.” Kemp said, “I think there is a silver lining here. I mean, the American people need to know that the Biden administration, Stacey Abrams, and their extreme allies are weaponizing the Department of Justice. I mean, look, I personally think the highest law enforcement agency in the land should have gone down to the border with the vice president yesterday and actually gone to a place like McAllen or gone to the city of Atlanta or other big cities to tackle violent crime and deadly shootings that are going on instead of weaponizing the department to go after secure elections in our state and across the country. They’re coming for you next.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett...
    President Biden warned Americans to brace for a summer of violence as this year's pandemic reopening would exaggerate the usual seasonal increase in attacks as he on Wednesday laid out plans to tackle the country's 'epidemic' of violent crime.  He promised 'zero tolerance' for dealers who break the rules but also mocked Americans who believe they need firearms to protect their rights, saying they would need F-15s and nuclear weapons to take on the government. He delivered his message from the White House against a surge in violence around the country. Homicides rose 30 percent and shootings spiked by 8 percent in large cities last year, according to official figures. It will only get worse this year.  'Crime historically rises during the summer,' said Biden.  'And as we emerge from this pandemic... the country opening back up again... the traditional summer spike may be more pronounced than it usually would be.' President Biden warned that the usual summer surge in violence would be exacerbated by the country reopening after the pandemic, as he laid out steps to tackle gun...
    Donald Trump considered quarantining Americans infected with COVID on Guantanamo Bay when the pandemic first started to take hold, a new book claims. Trump is pictured in February, 2020 Donald Trump considered quarantining Americans infected with COVID on Guantanamo Bay when the pandemic first started to take hold in February 2020, a new book claims. 'Don't we have an island that we own? What about Guantánamo?' the president asked in the Situation Room in February 2020, according to Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta in Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History. Trump then brought up the idea a second time, forcing aides to quash the plan fearing the backlash over putting members of the public on the Caribbean island with terrorism suspects, according to an excerpt published in the Washington Post.  The book details the workings inside the White House before infections spread across the country and is based off interviews with 180 people.  It also details how Trump allegedly fumed at infected Americans getting off the Diamond Princess cruise ship doubling total US infections...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The state’s employment department is warning people against a scam leading to identity theft. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said there are prevalent phishing schemes that ” may be leading to identity theft as international bad actors continue to attempt to exploit unemployment systems across the country.” READ MORE: How Does Chicago’s New Speed Camera Ticketing Rule Compare To Other Cities? Some of the ways scammers are contact people is through fraudulent text messages, emails and social media messages. The person posting poses as an IDES or other state representatives. The messages are being sent to people to phish for personally identifiable information (PII) and other data. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) there are steps for people to take if they’ve been contacted by a phishing scammer. who’ve been targeted by a phishing scammer. The FTC says people need to strengthen and protect their online account information. “IDES claimants should maintain strong, unique passwords to their accounts and never share personal account information with untrustworthy sources,” said the state agency in a news...
    A report overseen by Dr. David Rakestraw (above) found that a lab leak was a plausible origin scenario for COVID-19 Questions are mounting about whether officials intentionally suppressed a top secret government report concluding COVID-19 could have originated in a lab leak, after it emerged that the study took five months to reach the State Department. Lawrence Livermore National Lab's secretive 'Z Division' intelligence unit produced the report on May 27, 2020, but it did not reach the State Department until last October, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Dr. David J. Rakestraw, a senior science adviser who formerly ran LLNL's biodefense programs and coordinated the lab’s COVID-19 technical response, was reportedly intimately involved in the preparation of the Z Division report.  The classified study weighed the lab leak possibility as well as the theory that the pandemic crossed over naturally from an animal, and concluded that both scenarios were plausible and could not be ruled out. This explosive conclusion, which came at a time when many experts were loudly clamoring that a lab leak origin was impossible,...
    A leaked state department memo has revealed US embassies have been instructed to show support for Black Lives Matter today on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, it has been reported. The document allegedly encourages 'diplomatic and consular posts' to fly the organization's flag and use its name in messages and speeches. The memo was leaked from within the State Department by a source wishing to remain anonymous. Fox News Privacy Policy Tucker Carlson, speaking on his show on Fox News , slammed the memo and said it was the latest example of the government bowing to BLM's demands According to Human Events, it read: 'The Department supports the use of the term Black Lives Matter in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'They ban Trump but let Ayatollah talk about killing Jews':... Biden's DOJ appeals order to release Russia memo in full... Share this article Share...
    Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Antony Blinken named retired ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley as the department's first chief diversity and inclusion officer Monday, a step that current and former diplomats said reflects Blinken's seriousness about improving diversity at America's oldest Cabinet agency."Gina has a track record over her career of bringing empirical rigor and fierce urgency to the fight for diversity and inclusion and in pushing for accountability," Blinken said Monday at the State Department. He said Abercrombie-Winstanley has "consistently been a courageous and outspoken voice on these issues, including by sharing her own experiences of discrimination... like when she was told in a briefing for State's board of examiners, the institution that selects candidates for the Foreign Service that, 'African Americans have cognitive difficulty difficulties with large amounts of reading material.' ""She knows the toll this takes on individuals, but also on the institution," Blinken said, describing Abercrombie-Winstanley as "a diplomat who knows there are times when you shouldn't be diplomatic, like when people are denied an equal shot at rising in their career, prevented from serving our country because of...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken hopes to develop a “coordinated approach” to a potential boycott for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, as China’s atrocities against Uyghur Muslims galvanizes opposition to the games. “It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Tuesday. “A coordinated approach will be not only in our interest, but also in the interest of our allies and partners.” Blinken has avoided expressing specific preferences about the 2022 Winter Games, which have been slated for Beijing since 2015. China’s repression of the Uyghur has intensified in the years since the the communist regime won the competition to host the games, until survivor accounts and independent research about sexual violence and the suppression of Uyghur birth rates spurred the United States to identify the repression as an act of genocide by Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping. “Our review of those Olympics, and our thinking, will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” Price said. “What the United States does is meaningful, what the...
    A former State Department aide has become the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested over the Capitol riot after he was allegedly caught on camera assaulting cops with a stolen riot shield among the violent MAGA mob. Federico Klein, who worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign before being appointed by the ex-president to the State Department the following year, was taken into custody by federal agents in Virginia. The FBI said Klein, 42, was seen in video footage taken during the January 6 riot that left five - including a Capitol cop - dead and sent lawmakers running for their lives.  He is facing charges including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement, and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, according to the New York Times.   Klein's arrest and strong ties to the former president makes him the first Trump appointee facing charges over the riots and the first known Trump appointee confirmed by authorities to have been inside the Capitol as part of the mob.   A former State Department aide...
    (CNN)New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker again on Thursday defended the state's handling of nursing homes and their residents during the pandemic.The administration's decision to delay the release of data on Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities -- the subject of a federal investigation -- has become a political crisis for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State lawmakers accuse Cuomo of a cover-up and said they are considering repealing the governor's emergency powers. Zucker, appearing virtually before a joint legislative budget hearing on health care, read a statement before taking questions. He pointed to a July 2020 Department of Health report that said health care workers were "likely" the cause of Covid-19 spread into long-term care facilities. "The virus, despite our collective best efforts to prevent it, was inadvertently brought into the nursing homes by dedicated staff at a time when we did not know enough about the science. It was tragic. It was troubling. But it's true," Zucker said. Read MoreHe also said the department has cooperated with lawmakers in making data of fatalities in long-term care facilities publicly...
    New York : Managing the coronavirus health crisis continues to be the focus of attention in New York. Photo: BRYAN R. SMITH / . / . NEW YORK.- The ombudsman and the president of the borough of Brooklyn requested this Friday Justice Department initiate an investigation into the management of the pandemic of COVID-19 by the city and state of New York. Both officials question the authorities about deep disparities, first in infection and death rates, and now, in access to vaccination. The two elected leaders, the defender Jumaane D. Williams like the president Eric L. AdamsThey urged an investigation for the first time with a group of local officials across the country in 2020, but Donald Trump’s Justice Department ignored it. This new request to the Department of Justice, renews the original request, and now asks that the Biden administration take immediate action. As is in the public domain, this week, it was revealed that the FBI and the Brooklyn Federal Attorney’s Office are investigating the policies and practices of the Cuomo Administration regarding...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is speaking with reporters on Wednesday, his first full day at the helm of the State Department. Blinken, a longtime diplomat and adviser to President Joe Biden, was confirmed by the Senate in a 78-22 vote Tuesday and will be ceremonially sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House on Wednesday.How to watch Secretary of State Antony Blinken deliver remarks today What: Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks to the media  Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Location: The State Department Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device After arriving for his first full day of work, Blinken delivered virtual remarks to State Department employees. He acknowledged the unprecedented times the nation is living in, as those who were before him in-person were wearing masks and the department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom was surrounded by barricades, a sign of the threats of violence that prompted heightened security in downtown Washington, D.C. ...
    CBS Detroit – On the tip of Michigan’s thumb near Port Austin, sits Port Crescent State Park. The park features 3 miles of Sandy beach along Lake Huron and is home to a dark sky preserve for fire-side star gazing. The Michigan DNR with partner Recreation Resource Management of America has installed two geodesic domes to offer a unique camping experience for those who don’t have an RV or not interested in pitching a tent. According to MLive, the environmentally-friendly shelters add more options for those looking to explore Michigan’s Great Lakes and Michigan’s thumb region.  The dome structures are considered green because they require fewer materials to build and less energy to heat and cool. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19   Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources -Port Crescent State Park features three miles sandy beach along Lake Huron and a boardwalk in a dark sky preserve. Activities in the area include swimming, fishing,...
    An alleged “disgruntled employee” on Monday modified a State Department website in which it was ensured that President Donald Trump’s term expired today, which raised confusion on social networks about whether the president planned to resign before it his term expires on January 20. The section with Trump’s biography on the official website of the State Department was replaced this Monday by the text “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 01-11-2021”, with a similar text in the section of the vice president, Mike Pence. The State Department removed the page shortly before 4:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT) and explained to Buzzfeed News that this change had been the work of a “disgruntled employee” and that it is not possible that it was an external hack of their systems. According to the same media, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has ordered an investigation into what happened, especially among those who were interns or who expected to leave the department this week as part of the transition process. The confusion spread on social networks due to the change in...
    Former Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur penned a pre-Christmas column to share regrets about her work from when she served under Donald Trump’s presidency. In a piece for the Washington Post, Isgur aligns herself with the “shallow state.” She argues that the “deep state” refers to people in the government who are actively thwarting elected officials, whereas the “shallow state” are “people who accepted jobs in the Trump administration despite their profound concerns about the president” in order to advance certain political goals and ideological principles. Isgur recalled how Trump interviewed her for the DOJ position by pulling out a dossier full of her negative past comments about him. Isgur said she pursued the job regardless due to a sense of duty, but shortly after she was hired, she was thrown into the middle of Trump’s war with the DOJ over the investigation of the his 2016 campaign and their possible connection to Russia. “The question for President Trump was not what he could do for the Justice Department, but what the Justice Department could do for...
    William Barr, the head of the Justice Department and the US Attorney General, did not discuss the details of the large-scale cyber attack on US government agencies, but said that the Russian Federation was behind the hacking. Russia is behind cyber-attacks on US government companies that use the services of IT company Solar Winds. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said this during a press conference, the newspaper writes. Axios. “Based on the information I have, I agree with the Secretary of State’s assessment [Майка] Pompeo. Obviously, these are Russians, ”the attorney general said. He declined to release other details. On December 13, hackers working for Russia, Stole information from the U.S. Treasury And the Department of Telecommunications and Information of the Ministry of Commerce of the country. Government, consulting, technology, telecommunications and oil and gas companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East were among the victims. Companies were hacked by a network management system update server developed by Solar Winds. The Washington Post announced the contact Hackers from the APT29 group known as the...
    Antony Blinken, the President-elect Joe Biden's pick to replace secretary of state Mike Pompeo, will meet his soon-to-be predecessor at the State Department on Thursday for the first time, sources claim. In a first since Biden's victory - which was affirmed by the Electoral College yesterday - Blinken and Pompeo will meet for just 15 minutes in a show of formal recognition by Pompeo that he will handover the reins, CNN reports.    The step is the first Pompeo has made to acknowledge Biden's win, which he had initially resisted, telling diplomats that there would be a 'smooth transition to a second Trump administration'.  Despite the brief nature of the meeting, which has been described to CNN by three sources involved in the planning, it will signify one of the only in-person interactions between a Biden nominee and a member of the Trump cabinet so far.  Antony Blinken (pictured), the President-elect Joe Biden's pick to replace secretary of state Mike Pompeo, will meet his soon-to-be predecessor at the State Department on Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday reflected on some of the most memorable moments during his two-year tenure heading the State Department, in a wide-ranging interview on "Special Report." POMPEO FIRES BACK AT 'DEAD WRONG' MATTIS "I haven't had a chance to reflect on it," Pompeo told Bret Baier. "I guess if I were to give you my quick response, it was really something to come back from Pyongyang with three Americans and travel home with them from Asia and return them to their families." Pompeo was referring to the May 2018 release of three Americans detained in North Korea -- all were accused of anti-state activities. Pompeo accompanied the detainees from North Korea back to the United States, in what is now considered among the top accomplishments of the State Department during the Trump administration. Video"They were at real risk and we got a chance to bring three Americans home that morning back at the very beginning of my time as secretary of state," he said. "It was pretty special to do that." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP As for his future plans, Pompeo said it is "hard to know" but that he...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Staff members and incarcerated individuals are beginning to see spikes in COVID-19 infections in Maryland prisons, echoing upward trends in other areas of the state. Maryland Matters compiled a database of confirmed COVID-19 infections among inmates and department staff at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, finding that 1,349 inmates and 1,003 staff members have been infected since the pandemic’s start. The data, made publicly available by Maryland’s Open Data Portal, is a weekly snapshot of confirmed cases across state and local congregate living facilities dating back to April 29. These figures only capture new positive COVID-19 tests for the reported week, and do not account for any recoveries among either population. While cases continue to trend upwards across the department, some facilities are seeing alarming surges. The number of infections among inmates at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland jumped by almost 130 in one week, and have increased dramatically at MCI-Hagerstown and Roxbury Correctional Institution in Western Maryland...
    Photo via Adobe ImageFlorida has seen a spike in Medicaid enrollment since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the agency responsible for enrolling and disenrolling people in the health-care program is swamped. Mark Mahoney, a 16-year veteran at the Department of Children and Families and director of revenue management, told state economists last week that processing Medicaid applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as applications for other social service programs, has been an enormous undertaking. And it won’t get easier any time soon as the state begins to consider ways to review the financial documents of an untold number of Medicaid beneficiaries to ensure they remain eligible for coverage if and when a public-health emergency declaration expires. The department generally reviews Medicaid beneficiaries’ eligibility each year. But those reviews have been put on hold since March, when the federal public-health emergency took effect. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated it will issue guidance in the coming weeks about how state Medicaid officials should proceed with the annual reviews. “The application work that is going to have...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pitt’s football team will have face coverings to use on the field and sidelines for Saturday’s game. In a statement released Friday afternoon from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics, they say the move is in alignment with recent guidance from state officials. “Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sideline,” the statement says in part. “This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.” Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine strengthened the state’s mask mandate, which requires masks to be worn when outdoors with strangers and unable to social distance. On an FAQ page about the universal mask mandate, the Health Department says it applies to sports: “Everyone who participates in sport activities including coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear a face covering, such as a mask, unless they fall under an exception in Section 3 of the Order.” When it comes to sports outdoors, the health department goes on to say: “This includes while...
    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Nearly 200 inmates and staff at Rhode Island's state prison have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week, most of them in maximum security, according to the state Department of Corrections. Of the 169 total cases, 147 inmates and staff at the Adult Correctional Institutions' maximum-security unit at the state prison are newly infected. Several lower security units reported only one or two positive cases. Movement has been modified in those units to mitigate the spread of the virus, prisons spokesman J.R. Ventura told The Providence Journal on Thursday. “This protocol has proven effective managing the spread in previous instances of COVID-19,” Ventura wrote in a post on the department’s Facebook page. “The safety of everyone inside our facilities is our top priority. We are working around the clock to make sure we keep everyone safe." The department did not divide the cases by inmates and staff. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, prisons, health, public health, Massachusetts,...
    The State Department on Thursday appeared to describe the Trump administration’s Israel policies as part of the “Pompeo Doctrine” as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. A department statement said, according to journalists from CNN and PBS, that “[t]he Secretary’s visit highlights US government support of Israeli businesses in the West Bank to operate free from international sanctions as part of the Pompeo Doctrine.” CBS News reporter Christina Ruffini reported that State Department officials told reporters traveling with Pompeo that it “is not a label they use, they’re just quoting the way it is commonly called in Israel,” although she reported Israeli officials denied using the term. The State Department did not immediately comment to The Post on the term, but some political reporters noted that Pompeo-pushed policies on Israel generally are credited to President Trump. Pompeo is a former CIA director and former Kansas congressman. He’s a West Point and Harvard Law School graduate and is considered by Republican insiders to be a likely future presidential candidate — an option Pompeo candidly...
    The United States will increase economic pressure against Iran through the transition to the Biden administration, according to State Department officials. The Trump administration will implement “a steady stream of sanctions through the end of the administration” as a “continuation of our policy,” according to a senior State Department official. Senior Trump administration officials are also warning the incoming administration against relaxing pressure against Iran.  “If the pressure is not utilized, if it’s really discarded, that would be, I think, very foolish, even tragic,” said Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special representative for Iran and Venezuela, while traveling this week in Saudi Arabia.  AT UN, CRAFT TEARS INTO IRAN FOR 'FANNING THE FLAMES' OF VIOLENCE, INSTABILITY IN MIDDLE EAST President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, negotiated while he was vice president, if Iran resumes compliance. The Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and restored economic sanctions against Iran that the agreement had lifted. Iran responded by violating the deal’s limits on uranium stockpiles, among other provisions.  If the Biden administration attempted to rejoin...
    This week is a real free-for-all, with virtual events bringing the world to you. Take a serious or silly look at the upcoming election, meet artists and learn the latest on COVID-19. Then on Saturday, get out of the house for World Archaeology Day. Here are the ten best free things to do this week. COVID-19 Webinar: Colorado Six Months in Monday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. What has Colorado learned about the coronavirus since March? How has the state's response evolved since that first wave of cases in the spring, and what insights have we gained about communication, testing, tradeoffs and the efficacy of public-health guidance? During this free public webinar presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Kacey Wullf, senior advisor for COVID-19 response, resilience, and recovery in the Office of Governor Jared Polis, will discuss the latest caseload data and assess the state’s current level of infrastructure...
    Two ISIS fighters known as one half of the 'Beatles' terror group have been indicted of conspiracy to murder US citizens for the deaths American hostages in Syria and Iraq.  Alexanda Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, are expected to make their first federal court appearance this afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia, an official from the Department of Justice told the Associated Press.  The pair are both British but renounced their citizenship when they joined ISIS in Syria in 2014.  They are accused by the State Department of murdering two dozen hostages including Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, and at least eight other hostages from different countries, including the UK.  Foley and Sotloff were journalists working in the region and Kassig and Mueller were aid workers.   Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, shown in March 2019, are being transferred from military custody in Iraq to the US and are expected to make their first federal court appearance on Wednesday afternoon as the Department of Justice announces charges The accused claim they took part in torturing them and extracting information...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coming weekend could be the best of the fall for Maine's leaf peepers. Most of the state is experiencing peak fall foliage conditions, while coastal and southern Maine are showing moderate color change, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry said. Northern Maine typically peaks earlier than the rest of the state, and parts of the far north are already past peak, the forestry department said. “The lack of rain this summer and the early widespread frost jumpstarted the progression of foliage colors this season,” noted Gale Ross, the department's fall foliage coordinator. The state is encouraging leaf watchers to practice social distancing while peeping this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades. For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October. With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system. This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.” Small business owner Ryan Smith wants his money. They say they owe him $13,000. He cleans ductwork for a living, but when he could no longer safely enter clients’ homes, he applied for pandemic unemployment assistance, or PUA. “What really gets me is I have a letter, I have it right here,” he says. It’s a letter saying he checks the boxes, but...
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