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    President Joe Biden has invited French President Emmanul Macron and his wife Brigitte to the White House on December 1 for the first state dinner of the administration.  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the announcement Monday at the top of the briefing.  'This will be the first state visit of the Biden-Harris administration,' she said. 'It will underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally.'  It's been a year since the U.S., the U.K. and Australia rattled relations with France over the formation of the tri-lateral pact AUKUS, which resulted in Australia cancelling a lucrative submarine deal with the French government.  President Joe Biden has invited French President Emmanul Macron and his wife Brigitte to the White House on December 1 for the first state dinner of the administration French first couple Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron (left) were also the first state dinner guests of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (right). They visited the White House on April 24, 2018  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the...
    (CNN)In an interview with "60 Minutes" on Sunday, President Joe Biden said it was "much too early" to decide whether he will run again in 2024 -- adding uncertainty to an already unsettled political landscape. Thomas BalcerskiThough Biden still has time to make his decision, he should consider another factor: the weight of history. Should Biden choose not to run again, he would be the first first-term incumbent president not to do so since Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. Indeed, only three incumbent first-termers -- James K. Polk, James Buchanan and Hayes -- announced that they would not seek a second term. More often than not, the decision led to electoral uncertainty and defeat for the party in power. At issue is how the power of incumbency acts as a stabilizing force for the party in power. When a sitting president decides not to seek another term, it can create a political vacuum that the opposition party can take advantage of. President James K. PolkThis dynamic first developed in 1844, when the "dark horse" candidate, James K. Polk, emerged out...
    Gavin Newsom will run for president in 2024 if Joe Biden bows out – a possibility seeming more likely after the president cast doubt on his candidacy in his first sit-down interview in more than 200 days. The California governor, two individuals with knowledge of his plans say, is 'undeniably, unequivocally' planning to enter the race for the White House if the incumbent isn't in the running for a second term. 'After this midterm election is over, he absolutely is going to announce that he is running for the presidency once Biden announces that he is not running,' a California fundraiser with ties to the Newsom family told The Wrap. 'No ifs, ands or buts. He will run if Biden does not,' they added. A Los Angeles-based philanthropist connected to the Democratic Party and fundraising for its candidates confirmed Newsom's strong intentions to run. While defending his fitness for office, Biden refused to say if he would seek another term. 'My intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again,' Biden told 60 Minutes host Scott...
    (CNN)First lady Dr. Jill Biden says she has not yet discussed with President Joe Biden whether he will run for a second term. "Not yet. We've been a little bit too busy. So, not yet," Biden said to NBC's "Today" in a sit-down interview that aired Tuesday morning but was prerecorded Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee. "But, I'm sure it will be a discussion."The first lady's remarks are the first time she has publicly indicated there has not been a determination between her and her husband about a second White House term. The White House has constantly indicated Biden intends to run for reelection 2024, though more recently there have been concerns among some Democrats as to whether a second-term campaign is a fait accompli. Biden's advanced age and low approval numbers have raised questions about his viability with voters. CNN reported in August that a campaign is a heavy lift that not everyone in the family longs for, say two people with knowledge of internal family conversations.Read MoreIn June, Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview that Biden's goal...
    First lady Jill Biden indicated Tuesday that she and President Joe Biden have not formally held a family discussion about him seeking a second term in the White House but thinks he should run anyway. "Not yet. We've been a little bit too busy," she told NBC's Sheineille Jones. "Not yet, but I'm sure it'll be a discussion." BIDEN TONES DOWN 'MAGA REPUBLICAN' ATTACKS IN OHIO'S SILICON HEARTLAND "You know it is taxing," the first lady added of the rigors of office. "But look at all Joe has done. He has kept true to what he said he would do, and so I think he just needs to keep going." Dr. Jill Biden says exclusively to TODAY’s @SheinelleJones that President Biden and her have not talked yet about him running for a second term — but that she thinks he needs to “just keep going.” pic.twitter.com/4MXsBDXSAR— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 13, 2022 Biden and top White House officials have remained adamant that the president will seek a second term, yet a growing number of Democratic lawmakers have cast doubt about...
    First Lady Dr. Jill Biden said during a Tuesday morning television interview that she and President Joe Biden have not discussed him running for a second White House term. Her claim is raising eyebrows considering the commander-in-chief's public eagerness to seek re-election. Speaking with NBC's Today Show, the first lady admitted that being on the campaign trail is 'taxing.' Asked if they'd talked about doing it again in 2024, Biden answered: 'Not yet.' 'We've been a little bit too busy - not yet,' she laughed. 'But I'm sure it'll be a discussion.' She brushed off concerns about the grueling toll of campaigning with words of encouragement for her husband. 'Look at all Joe has done. He has kept true to what he said he would do. And so I think he just needs to keep going,' the first lady said.  At another point during the interview she called for teachers and parents to 'work together in their school districts' to 'decide what they want in their curriculum.  The subject of public school educations has become a culture war lightening rod...
    IT was back to class for ­President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday as he hailed Boris Johnson as a “true friend” to Ukraine. He joined children on the first day of term at a school in Irpin which was rebuilt after attacks from Russian troops. 1Mr Zelensky has thanked Britain for being Kyiv’s 'dearest friend and closest ally' since Russia’s attacks beganCredit: Newsflash While there he urged Britain’s next PM — expected to be Liz Truss — to preserve BoJo’s “legacy” and continue its steadfast support for Kyiv. Mr Zelensky has thanked Britain for being Kyiv’s “dearest friend and closest ally” since Russia’s attacks began. The Sun on Sunday understands Boris will make a final phone call to Mr Zelensky tomorrow afternoon as one of his final acts as PM. BoJo is expected to stress he will “remain committed” to Ukraine and will continue to use his “megaphone” to speak up for the country. READ MORE ON ZELENSKYSTATION BLAST Zelensky vows revenge after 22 killed in missile strike on train station Meanwhile, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Mr Zelensky has...
    "President Biden is increasingly seen as an electoral liability for Democrats, both in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election," Director of the UNH Survey Center Andrew Smith said. Buttigieg mounted a presidential bid in 2019 but dropped out in 2020 and endorsed Biden. Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history and would be 86-years-old by the end of a second term in office. He said last year that he plans to run for another term provided that he has "good health." While less than half of Biden's four-year term has passed, the president has already been facing sagging job approval numbers across various polls for quite some time.
    Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed he will be leaving his post before the end of President Biden's term after serving through seven administrations and said he wasn't waiting until the end of Covid because he'd be 105 by then.  'We're in a pattern now. If somebody says, 'You'll leave when we don't have Covid anymore,' then I will be 105. I think we're going to be living with this,' Biden's chief medical adviser told Politico when asked if he felt obligated to remain in his position.  Fauci became the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a position he still holds, in 1984. From there, he led the nation through viral diseases including HIV/AIDS, Swine Flu, SARS, MERS, Ebola and ultimately Covid-19.  Fauci was at first the public face of the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, but the relationship between the NIAID head and Trump soured as Trump grew impatient with Fauci's cautious approach to lockdowns.   The infectious disease expert said that he related to former President Trump born and bred New Yorkers.  'We developed an...
    Kellyanne Conway said President Joe Biden might finish his term in office, but sentences in the English language are an entirely different matter. Conway, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, joined Hannity where she, host Sean Hannity and Joe Concha discussed Biden’s fitness for the job. Hannity aired a clip of Biden misspeaking and concluded, “That man is not fit to be president. He asked Conway to dissect Biden’s age, acuity, and whether Democrats will intervene and tell the president to step down. “Well, they fear that then the next person in line for the job isn’t up for the job either. Her name is Kamala Harris, and she doesn’t do much better at the talking thing and he does,” Conway said. She added: It’s so fascinating, isn’t it, that when the Democrats now are coming out of the woodwork and saying somehow a guy who wasn’t too old 18 months ago is too old now. They stop short of saying get rid of him now, just don’t run again in 2024 because they don’t say let’s just...
    Hear our full conversation on my podcast “Beyond the Fame.” toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews 'Theodore Roosevelt' on History Channel (Part 1) Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt remains one of the most fascinating presidents in American history. On Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m., the History Channel premieres the two-night documentary “Theodore Roosevelt,” executive produced by Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. “He’s probably the most interesting,” Goodwin told WTOP. “He just had so many different lives. That’s what makes him not a traditional politician that worked his way up the ladder. … Keeping himself at the center of attention in order to get things done. … He wanted to be the baby at the baptism, the bride at the wedding and the corpse at the funeral.” Based on Goodwin’s bestselling biography “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” the five-hour documentary opens with Roosevelt’s wealthy upbringing in New York City. “He starts out with a very privileged background, his grandfather one of the five richest in New York City,” Goodwin said....
    Former First Lady Melania Trump hinted that she may be up for a second term in the White House during her first sit-down interview since her husband left office. Melania told Fox Nation that she is doing well and keeping busy after Donald Trump's tumultuous exit from Washington, D.C. When asked by interviewer Pete Hegseth whether she believed the White House could become her home again, Melania hedged. 'I like Washington, D.C. I know it operates completely different[ly] than any other city. To be the First Lady of the United States was my greatest honor, and I think we achieved a lot in the four years of the Trump administration,' she said.  'Never say never,' she added. Melania also said she enjoyed her role, and taking care of the White House despite the many criticisms she faced while Trump was in office. Scrutiny towards the former model-turned-businesswoman increased after an incident in which she wore a jacket emblazoned with the words 'I really don't care, do u?' on a trip to visit immigrant kids at a border detention center in...
    The outgoing French president, Emmanuel Macron, was re-elected for a second term on Sunday, winning the second round against National Rally (RN) leader Marine Le Pen, according to the first results announced shortly thereafter. Polling stations at 8pm (Paris time). In March, the President of the Republic (LREM) received 58% of the vote against his rival, up from 42%. Preliminary estimates by the French media indicate that the voter turnout, one of the key issues in this presidential election, has reached 28%. In the first round, Emmanuel Macron came in first with 27.85% of the vote and Marine Le Pen came in second with 23.15%. In their first fight in the second round of the 2017 presidential election, Mr. Macron won with 66.1% of the vote against Marine Le Pen, who won by 33.9%. The outgoing president was awarded the winner of all ballots during the first round and between two rounds of campaigning, but with a tight gap against the leader of the National Rally. The official and final results of the ballot will not be reviewed by the...
    In the past week, California has outlined its endemic plan to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks with fewer disruptions to life.Since then, cities have started dropping mask and vaccine mandates.Los Angeles County plans to end its indoor mask requirements on Friday, March 4.On Wednesday, the White House made it clear in a 96-page plan that its long-term approach goes beyond California."We are moving to a time when we can work to protect against this virus and treat it, and move back towards closer to our normal routines," said Dr. Tom Inglesby, Senior Advisor to the White House's Covid Response.The plan includes manufacturing a billion more vaccine doses per year, which is three times the nation's population. It also wants to make more free COVID tests and masks available for Americans who want them, and develop a COVID variant playbook that updates the vaccines, should it be needed."I can't promise a new variant won't come," said President Joe Biden during his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday. "But I can promise you we'll do everything in our power to be ready...
    ROME (AP) — Lawmakers and regional representatives failed for a fourth day Thursday to find consensus on a new Italian president, even after the threshold for victory passed to a simple majority for the first time. The center-right abstained outright in the voting, a tactic to maintain the bloc’s unity that drew swift rebukes from other party leaders because it meant the quorum wasn’t reached. Blank ballots carried the day as they have every day this week, as political parties continued behind-the-scenes negotiations to come up with viable candidates to replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose seven-year term expires next week. Mattarella obtained 166 votes, the most of any individual and an increase over past days. But the 80-year-old president has made clear he doesn’t want a second term. Thursday was the first day of voting that a president could be elected with simple majority, or 505 votes, rather than the absolute majority required in the first three rounds. Italy’s head of state is largely ceremonial, but the president is key in navigating Italy’s not-infrequent political crises. Those in the post...
    SPEAKER of the House’s Nancy Pelosi has had a storied career in politics since she first became a House representative for California more than three decades ago. The lawmaker, who is running for her 18th term in Congress, became the first woman to hold the position of Speaker of the House in 2007, and was the highest-ranking female elected official in US history until Kamala Harris was elected Vice President in 2020. 6Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of RepresentativesCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Pelosi has been working for the government since 1987, first serving as a US representative from CaliforniaCredit: AP:Associated Press How long has Nancy Pelosi been in office? Nancy Pelosi, 81, is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives. She has been working for the government since 1987, first serving as a US representative from California. Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress for nearly 33 years.  6Pelosi is the second highest ranking female elected official in US history after Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisCredit: Rex Features She has also led...
    JOE Biden has had the “worst year of any president" in American history and will not run again, former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer says. The commander-in-chief has faced significant challenges in his first year, ranging from Covid to a chaotic and disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. 4Joe Biden will not run for office again, Sean Spicer claimsCredit: Getty 4Spicer said there's an 'overarching theme' of failureCredit: AP:Associated Press Spicer, who left the Trump Administration in 2017, graded Biden an “F” following his first year in office. He doesn’t believe that any other previous administration has had a first-year as bad as the current president. Spicer told The Sun: “Polling shows that in every major category that Biden campaigned on – whether it was Covid, the economy, uniting the country – he’s getting an F.” When asked if there was a particular issue that defined the president's first year, the former press secretary continued: “One year in, I think the overarching theme is just failure overall. "I don’t think there’s a lot of confidence in Biden’s stature and his decision-making.” Spicer...
    New York (CNN Business)Jerome Powell's tenure leading the Federal Reserve has been among the most tumultuous in the central bank's history. And Powell's second term won't necessarily be much easier.He and his policies have been the spotlight largely because of a once-in-a-century pandemic that caused the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression — and though economic activity rebounded fairly quickly, supply chain and labor imbalances followed, feeding the biggest jump in consumer prices in 30 years.Jerome Powell has been renominated for another four-year team heading the nation's central bank.But Powell has also been a controversial figure himself, facing attacks on his policies from both sides of the aisle. On the right, President Donald Trump — the man who appointed Powell — turned on him and called him a "fail" with "no guts." Meanwhile leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have also turned their backs on Powell.President Joe Biden appointed Powell on Monday to a second four-year term. The first time around, Powell was easily confirmed in a 84-13 Senate vote. But...
                        Former President Donald Trump on Sunday endorsed the reelection campaign of U.S. Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01). Harshbarger, who was first elected in 2020, is seeking her second term in Congress, representing the northeastern Tennessee district. “Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger is doing a fantastic job as the Congresswoman from Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. She is a tireless advocate for the People of Tennessee, and she fights in Congress for Strong Borders, Secure Elections, the Second Amendment, and our incredible Vets and Military. As she often says, she is an “unapologetic conservative Trump Republican,” and she will always put America First. Diana has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump detailed in a statement. Harshbarger also received Trump’s endorsement in 2020, calling her “a champion in Congress for the People of Tennessee” and Strong on Immigration, Jobs, Life and the Second Amendment.” In her first term in Congress, Harshbarger has remained active in the legislative process, introducing multiple key pieces of legislation including the DHS Contract Reporting Act of 2021. The legislation,...
    Grover Norquist blasted President Biden for pushing for trillions in new spending while the U.S. faces surging gas prices and rising inflation, likening him to former President Jimmy Carter. Biden initially proposed his $4 trillion spending plan as an "investment in America," but Republicans have pushed back at the price tag. Norquist compared Biden's agenda to that of Jimmy Carter, who was president in the late 1970s when the U.S. was facing double-digit inflation and declining economic output, a scenario that spawned the term "stagflation."  "When you print another $4 trillion in debt, you're going to see what Jimmy Carter saw for the same reason Jimmy Carter saw it," Norquist said on Fox News' "America Reports" Thursday. "This is not the third term of Obama. It's the first term of Jimmy Carter being replayed." HOUSE PROGRESSIVES URGE BIDEN TO PASS ‘BOLD’ $6T SPENDING PLAN WITHOUT GOP SUPPORT Nowadays, Norquist argued, when employers are looking to hire, they're not just competing with other employers. They're also "competing with welfare." Norquist also hit at some of Biden's recent decisions, such as his...
    President BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Democrats call on DOJ to reverse decision on Trump defense Democratic super PAC targets Youngkin over voting rights Harris dubs first foreign trip a success amid criticism over border MORE has quietly begun the process to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, hoping to have the facility in Cuba shuttered by the end of his first term, NBC News reported on Tuesday. The administration is keeping its efforts to close Guantánamo below the radar for now in an effort to avoid political blowback and wants to make progress before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, sources told NBC. While Congress has prevented attempts to close the facility in the past, NBC reported that the White House is taking a less aggressive approach and waiting to reach out to lawmakers about its efforts. The administration is working on transferring some inmates at the facility to other countries, while Congress would have to allow the transfer of any terrorism suspects, including those involved with 9/11, to a detention facility on the U.S. mainland. “They don't want it to...
    President Joe Biden joked about retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett Jr. suggesting the White House simply mail him the Medal of Honor during an otherwise somber ceremony commemorating the war-decorated Ranger's service to the country. "I understand that your first response to us hosting this event was to ask, 'Why all the fuss?'" Biden told Puckett during an East Room ceremony at the White House on Friday. "Why all the fuss? Can't they just mail it to me?" "I was going to make a joke about the Post Office, but decided not to do that," he added to the veteran, who came in his military dress uniform, referring to United States Post Offices delays that bridged last and this year. “I think you deserve a little bit of fuss.” AWKWARD MOMENTS LOOM FOR MISTAKE-PRONE BIDEN AFTER PANDEMIC Puckett Jr., 94, received the medal for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War in Biden's first ceremony as president. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst was among the 60-odd, mostly maskless, guests gathered in the ornate room for the event, including Puckett's family. Puckett,...
    More than three months after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, President Joe Biden will soon pass a milestone: his first 100 days in office.     On Friday, April 30, administration officials, reporters, the general public and Biden himself will mark the benchmark. But many Americans and people overseas may be wondering what is so special about a president’s first 100 days.   Despite the attention to the day, nothing in U.S. law or the U.S Constitution gives any significance to a president’s first 100 days.     In fact, there is nothing inherently more important about a president’s first 100 days in office than, say, the second 100 days or any other time differentiation of a president’s four-year term, which totals 1,461 days.   However, while the 100-day mark is mostly an arbitrary milestone, it has nevertheless become an important symbolic marker when news organizations, political analysts and academics consider how a new president’s administration is doing. The first 100 days often gives an indication of a president’s management style, priorities and speed...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's first 100 days are coming to a close. This benchmark was set by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had a wildly productive start to his presidency in 1933, and it has been used to judge new Presidents ever since. Julian ZelizerAlthough skeptics predicted Biden might be a hesitant leader who would focus too much on elusive bipartisan deals out of fear of rocking the boat, he has proven himself to be anything but. Biden, it turns out, has hit the ground running and started crafting a robust record. To be sure, this is not another New Deal. Biden has not matched the frenzied pace of FDR's first 100 days in office, when more than a dozen laws were passed to provide relief, create jobs and introduce reforms to jolt the country out of a recession. It is also unclear whether Biden will have the same kind of long-term impact as President Ronald Reagan, who succeeded in shifting political debate to the right. Biden made his mark with the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion package offering a...
    In his first formal press conference, President Joe Biden praised his government’s campaign against COVID-19 and set a new goal of 200 million vaccinations for the first 100 days of his term, while minimizing the rise in the migratory crossings on the southern border as a “cyclical” phenomenon. Miami World – Telemundo 51 In addition, Biden announced that he “plans” to run for reelection in 2024. Before the watchful eyes of some 30 journalists, the president answered questions about some of the main challenges facing his government, including the wave of migrants that have crossed into the United States from Mexico in recent weeks. The president boasted of having reached 100 million vaccinations, his original goal for the first 100 days of his term, in just 68 days. A woman receives a vaccine against COVID-19 in the state of Virginia. Photo: . / Julia Rendleman Biden was confident that for the first 100 days of his term, some 200 million vaccines will have been administered in the country. “It is twice the original goal, no...
    President Joe Biden answers a question during his first press briefing in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2021.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden expects to run for reelection in 2024, signaling for the first time that he will seek a second term in the White House. "My plan is to run for reelection. That's my expectation," Biden told reporters on Thursday during his first news conference as president. He later reaffirmed that it's his "expectation" he will try to serve a second term as president. Biden will be 81-years-old at that time. It was the first time Biden has publicly addressed questions on whether he will make another run for the White House. He took office in January as the oldest president at the time of his first inauguration. Biden has yet to launch an official reelection campaign since he was sworn in on Jan. 20. Biden's predecessor, former President Donald Trump, officially filed paperwork to run for a second term shortly after he won the 2016...
    President Joe Biden is the first executive in 40 years to come to this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session, such as a news conference or Oval Office address. “It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician,” the Associated Press (AP) reported Saturday. The president chooses to take questions nearly as often as many of his recent predecessors, but usually takes one or two informal inquiries in a hurried setting toward the end of events, the article continued: In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so with caution. Recalling both Biden’s largely leak-free campaign and the buttoned-up Obama administration, the new White House team has carefully managed the president’s appearances, trying to lower the temperature from Donald Trump’s Washington and to save a big media moment to mark what could soon be a signature accomplishment: passage...
    On his inauguration day in January of 2017, President Trump filed for his 2020 re-election. Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden apparently isn't following in his predecessor's footsteps. BIDEN WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SAYS SHE'LL BRING 'TRUTH AND TRANSPARENCY' BACK Hours afer Biden, who at age 78 is the oldest president in American history, was sworn in, his press secretary told reporters that running for re-election was far from the president's mind. White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during her first press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) At her first briefing with reporters, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked Wednesday evening by Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy if Biden had filed, or has imminent plans to file paper for a 2024 re-election. "I will say having talked to him today, his focus is not on politics. It is on getting to work and solving the problems of the American people," Psaki answered. "As he noted on the campaign, he will wait until sometime into his...
    President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. In preparation for his presidency, Biden has already announced his selections for various administration positions, pending Senate confirmation. Here are Biden's Cabinet choices: Secretary of State: Antony Blinken Blinken served as deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama. Secretary of the Treasury: Janet Yellen Yellen has previously served as the chair of the council of economic advisors and chair of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she will be the first female treasury secretary. BIDEN ANNOUNCES WILLIAM BURNS FOR CIA DIRECTOR Secretary of Defense: Lloyd Austin Austin is a retired four-star general with more than 40 years of military service. He would be the first Black defense secretary. Attorney General: Merrick Garland Garland is currently a federal judge, on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama, but his nomination was never considered by the Senate, ultimately leading to President Trump appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat. Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland Haaland is currently...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 33%, while his disapproval is at 60%. An average of recent polls finds Trump with a 38% approval rating and 59% disapproval rating. What's the point: A big question during the Trump presidency was whether anything could actually move the public opinion needle. It turns out that the insurrection at the US Capitol last week did exactly that.The result is that Trump's final first term approval rating looks to be the lowest on record dating back since scientific polling began. Heading into January, Trump had a 44% approval rating to 53% disapproval rating. That was not significantly different from his 45% approval rating going into the election. Read MoreWith still a few days left in his presidency, Trump looks like his approval rating will end up below 40% -- a decline of more than 5 points since the election. It means Trump will be the first president in the polling era to end his first term with an approval of below 40%,...
    (CNN)Two days after his supporters rioted on Capitol Hill last week, President Donald Trump informed the world he would not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," tweeted Trump via his official account, which no longer exists.Many inside the White House were hearing the President's thoughts on this important and historic issue definitively for the first time -- including his wife, according to a senior White House staffer. First lady Melania Trump has spent the last several weeks operating inside a gray area of what might happen, with many big decisions such as this one made at the whim of the man to whom she is married. Until that tweet, the White House staffer said, Melania Trump was not 100% sure she would be going to Biden's inauguration, or wouldn't be.Read More"It's not the first time she has learned what he was doing because he tweeted it before he told her," said the source, who downplayed the significance of the first lady being...
    EFE videos Indonesia begins the challenge of vaccinating its 270 million inhabitants Jakarta, Jan 13 (EFE) .- Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world with around 270 million inhabitants, began on Wednesday a complex vaccination campaign against covid-19 with the inoculation of the president, Joko Widodo, of the first dose of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac. The president wanted to be the first to serve as an example for the rest of the population about the trust placed in the vaccine, under the name CoronaVac, in an act broadcast live from the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. The president’s inoculation was followed by a minister and other authorities, such as the Chief of Police, Idham Azis, and of the Army, Hadi Tjahjanto, or the director of the Medical Association, Daeng M. Faqih, among others. . Although Cabinet members such as Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, 77, will not be vaccinated with the Sinovac drug until authorities gather more data on the drug’s effectiveness in people over 59 years of age. These first vaccinations mark the beginning of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) on Thursday called for the resignation of newly elected downstate U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois) over the latter’s saying Adolf Hitler was “right on one thing.” “It is absolutely repugnant, obscene and unacceptable for any American – let alone a supposed ‘leader’ serving in Congress – to claim Adolf Hitler was right about anything,” Duckworth said in a statement. “To say that the perpetrator of the greatest genocide in world history should be a model for any type of behavior, much less the indoctrination of children with hatred, racism and fascist ideals, is disqualifying for an American elected official. I cannot condemn in harsher terms Mary Miller’s despicable comments in the run-up to yesterday’s coup attempt, and I call on her to resign immediately so that someone who better understands the sacrifices our brave service members made during World War II can more effectively represent our state.” Miller made the remarks at a pro-Trump rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. She said Republicans need to “win the hearts and minds of...
    In a statement released early Thursday morning, January 7, Donald Trump has promised to make arrangements now “An orderly change” Power to his anti-democratic Joe Biden on January 20. Long live Fidel’s election confirmed, ‘anger’ against Trump appointed for Capital unrest “I totally disagree with the election results, and even if the facts support me, there will be an orderly change on January 20.”, Twitter Vice President Don Schavino, who is in charge of social networking for the outgoing US President – has temporarily lost his account on Twitter. “This marks the end of the best first presidency in history, and only the beginning of our struggle to make America better again.”, He continues. … Fight to ensure that only legal votes are counted. While this marks the end of a great first period https://t.co/tQXXetwWpu An Tonscavino (an Tonscavino ???) Pictures of the besieged Capitol with police officers, weapons in hand, tear gas At midnight, after rejecting the objections of elected Republican officials, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Joe Biden’s victory this Thursday with an extraordinary session of 306 voters...
    Melania Trump just 'wants to go home' even as President Donald Trump doubles down on his demand the election result be over turned so he can stay in the White House.  The first lady is wrapping up her life in Washington D.C. - taking an inventory of the Trump furniture and art in the White House, asking what kind of staff and budget she gets after January 20th, and thinking about her legacy. 'She just wants to go home,' a source close to Melania told CNN.  Asked how the first lady feels about rumors the president might announce a 2024 bid, the source said: 'That might not go over well.'  Melania Trump just 'wants to go home' and is preparing for life after the White House As Melania Trump looks past inauguration day to life back in the civilian world, President Trump continues his battle to stay in the White House.  'RIGGED ELECTION!,' he tweeted on Wednesday.  'If somebody cheated in the Election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the Election be immediately overturned? How can a Country be...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Uruguay's first socialist president,Tabaré Vásquez, a popular figure who was returned to office for a second term, died Sunday of cancer, a disease the physician dedicated much of his life to fighting. The 80-year-old oncologist announced last year that he had lung cancer. His family confirmed that he died on Sunday. HIs son Álvaro, also a cancer specialist, sent a tweet thanking Uruguayans “for the kindness he received throughout so many years.” Center-right President Luis Lacalle Pou, a former political opponent, wrote the Vázquez “faced his final battle with courage and serenity. ... He served his country and obtained important achievements based on his efforts... “The country is in mourning,” he added, declaring three days of honors. Vazquez shook up Uruguayan politics when he became president for the first time in 2005, peacefully ending 170 years of two-party dominance at the head of a Broad Front coalition of socialists, Christian Democrats, Communists and former guerrillas. He promised changes that would “shake the roots of the trees.” But he governed as a relatively cautious moderate, avoiding the...
    SANTIAGO – Uruguay's first socialist president,Tabaré Vásquez, a popular figure who was returned to office for a second term, died Sunday of cancer, a disease the physician dedicated much of his life to fighting. The 80-year-old oncologist announced last year that he had lung cancer. His family confirmed that he died on Sunday. HIs son Álvaro, also a cancer specialist, sent a tweet thanking Uruguayans “for the kindness he received throughout so many years.” Center-right President Luis Lacalle Pou, a former political opponent, wrote the Vázquez “faced his final battle with courage and serenity. ... He served his country and obtained important achievements based on his efforts... “The country is in mourning,” he added, declaring three days of honors. Vazquez shook up Uruguayan politics when he became president for the first time in 2005, peacefully ending 170 years of two-party dominance at the head of a Broad Front coalition of socialists, Christian Democrats, Communists and former guerrillas. He promised changes that would “shake the roots of the trees.” But he governed as a relatively cautious moderate, avoiding the constitutional changes...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Uruguay’s first socialist president,Tabaré Vásquez, a popular figure who was returned to office for a second term, died Sunday of cancer, a disease the physician dedicated much of his life to fighting. The 80-year-old oncologist announced last year that he had lung cancer. His family confirmed that he died on Sunday. HIs son Álvaro, also a cancer specialist, sent a tweet thanking Uruguayans “for the kindness he received throughout so many years.” Center-right President Luis Lacalle Pou, a former political opponent, wrote the Vázquez “faced his final battle with courage and serenity. … He served his country and obtained important achievements based on his efforts… “The country is in mourning,” he added, declaring three days of honors. Vazquez shook up Uruguayan politics when he became president for the first time in 2005, peacefully ending 170 years of two-party dominance at the head of a Broad Front coalition of socialists, Christian Democrats, Communists and former guerrillas. He promised changes that would “shake the roots of the trees.” But he governed as a relatively cautious moderate, avoiding the...
    (CNN)Joe Biden breaks the mold of recent US presidents in a very important way: He's a Washington survivor. American voters usually want a disrupter. Most recent presidents came to town after winning the White House on their first try. Biden Transition Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days he's in office Biden on nominating diverse Cabinet: 'I'm going to keep my commitment' Harris on her working relationship with Biden: 'We are full partners in this process' MAP: Full presidential election results Not Biden. His is a long and winding Washington path that proves persistence, sometimes, pays off.Already a Beltway veteran, the Delaware senator stumbled out of the race in 1988 after gaffes. He was beaten out of the primary by an ascendant Barack Obama 20 years later and deferred to Hillary Clinton in 2016 after the death of his son Beau. Horror at Trump's race-baiting brought him, now at a historically advanced age, back in front of voters.In January, this creature of the Capitol will take an oath to uphold the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains high on the list for Transportation Secretary under President-elect Joe Biden. The choice is causing controversy among Democrats who are critical of Emanuel’s handling of the Laquan McDonald police shooting case. Emanuel served two terms as mayor. He was first elected in 2011 after Mayor Richard M. Daley made a surprise announcement that he would not be seeking a seventh term. Emanuel had been expected to go for a third term in 2019, but in a surprise in September 2018, he said he would not seek re-election. The 2015 release of the video of McDonald’s fatal shooting caused widespread backlash that sparked protests and heightened racial tensions across the city. Emanuel was heavily criticized for waiting more than a year after the shooting to release the video in a move critics say was fueled by his motive to get re-elected to his second term as mayor. Surrounded by a sea of political pressure in the wake of McDonald’s shooting, Emanuel fired then-police chief Garry McCarthy and ex-Cook County State’s Attorney Anita...
    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Mamadou Tandja, a former Niger president who twice won election after the country's return to civilian rule in 1999 but was overthrown a decade later after altering the constitution to stay in power, has died aged 82, the government said on Tuesday. It announced his death in a statement read on national television and decreed three days of national mourning. A retired army colonel, Tandja pledged to restore stability to the largely desert West African nation as he won election in November 1999, months after the coup that toppled military ruler Ibrahim Bare Mainassara. He was re-elected in 2004, a first in Niger, but drew sharp criticism from opponents the following year over his handling of a hunger crisis caused by drought and a plague of locusts. Nearing the end of his final term under the constitution in 2009, he held a referendum that extended his rule by three years, arguing that citizens wanted him to stay on to oversee infrastructure projects and plans to exploit uranium and oil deposits. His move led to international sanctions, and...
    DONALD Trump has become the 11th president to join the list of one-term presidents who failed to get re-elected after their first term. Trump is the first person to join the dreaded club, which started with founding father John Adams, since George H.W. Bush’s loss to Bill Clinton in 1992. 11Donald Trump became the 11th president to be kicked out after his first termCredit: Getty Images - Getty 11John Adams was the first president not to be re-elected to a second termCredit: Getty Images - Getty Adams, the only president elected under the Federalist Party, was a leader of the American Revolution and the first to live in White House. However, Adams received widespread criticism from his own Federalist Party and Jeffersonian Republicans for signing the Alien and Sedition Acts -- and clashing with veep Thomas Jefferson and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Adams served from 1797 until 1801 after he came in third during the election behind his successor and friend, Jefferson, and Aaron Burr. Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, became the second president to fail to win reelection after...
    It seems like everyone is waiting in anticipation of the presidential election results after three days of refreshing Twitter and Google for the latest information. As of Friday morning, the Decision Desk HQ projected that Joe Biden had won enough electoral college votes to be named the president-elect. As for the rest, we are still waiting for The Final Countdown. Biden’s win will be historic for a lot of reasons: He will be the oldest elected president in U.S. history at 78-years-old on inauguration day; his running mate Kamala Harris will be the first woman, as well as the first Black and South Asian American, vice president; and Biden will be the 10th person to unseat a sitting president after just one term. That’s right, President Donald Trump will be joining just 9 other presidents who lost their reelection campaigns — and he’s not happy about it.  It would seem there’s also something monumental about Trump’s losing campaign, like the fact that he is the only president ever to lose the popular vote twice, or that he is the first president...
    (CNN)Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Squad in Congress, will hold onto her US House seat in Minnesota after she won reelection and defeated a well-funded Republican challenger, CNN projects.Omar, who has become a high-profile lawmaker during her first-term in Congress, was widely expected to win in the state's heavily Democratic 5th congressional district, but Lacy Johnson, her GOP opponent, nevertheless raised a significant amount of money despite facing an uphill battle. President Donald Trump endorsed Johnson in May, putting a national spotlight on the GOP challenger that helped fuel fundraising for his campaign. A spokesman for the campaign told CNN earlier this year that the President's endorsement generated a big bump in fundraising.In an interview with CNN in February, Johnson acknowledged that he faced a tough race in the heavily Democratic district."I do have a realistic chance, but let's be honest it's the same type of realistic chance I would have of climbing Mount Everest or stringing a tightrope between the two World Trade Center towers and walking between those. I don't kid myself about the...
    DONALD Trump may guarantee his daughter Ivanka becomes the first female President by appointing her as VP and then resigning if he wins a second term, Anthony Scaramucci has wildly claimed. "The Mooch" - who spent 18 months working with Trump - reckons the President may attempt to secure the "optics and the fanfare" of having the first woman to hold the presidency be a Trump. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 9Ivanka Trump could be the first female President, the Mooch reckonsCredit: AP:Associated Press 9Anthony Scaramucci had an explosive eleven days as Trump's communications director Credit: AFP or licensors 9Anthony Scaramucci speculated Trump sees Ivanka as his 'successor' Credit: AFP or licensors Scaramucci, who had an explosive eleven days as White House communications director, told The Sun Online: "If Trump wins, imagine how emboldened and how crazy he will be." He was booted out by Trump after butting heads with chief of staff John Kelly having the joint shortest tenure ever in the role. Since then he is gone on to be critical...
    President Donald Trump has had one of the most consequential first terms of any president in American history. Presidential biographer Conrad Black has written that of America’ 45 presidents, only “three or four” of his predecessors could claim to have done more, among them Abraham Lincoln. And aside from Lincoln, who faced the Civil War the moment he took office, no president has had to face more determined opposition, both from political opponents and the media, than Trump. When he ran in 2016, critics predicted that Trump would cause a nuclear war; that he would cause stock markets to crash and “never” recover; that he would be the second coming of Adolf Hitler. None of that came to pass — quite the opposite. The list of Trump’s accomplishments would fill many pages. Our Hollywood editor, Jerome Hudson, has published a book about them, 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump. Here, summarized, are Trump’s top 11 achievements: 1. Fastest-growing economy in history. The U.S. economy grew at 33.1% in the third quarter of 2020, a record pace. The economy...
    President Donald Trump’s administration’s says it has succeeded in maintaining America’s role as the leading global force in science and technology, according to a Tuesday report from the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The report, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, details the Trump administration’s actions to facilitate the development of artificial intelligence, 5G networks and quantum engineering. The report also lists the administration’s ongoing priorities and goals for a potential second term, which includes returning Americans to the moon by 2024. “The Trump Administration has taken historic action to ensure American leadership in emerging technologies. We’ve announced unprecedented investments in artificial intelligence and quantum information science, launched new workforce initiatives and public-private collaborations, and established first-of-their-kind international alliances to develop critical technologies with our allies,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement to the DC. “Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the next great innovations will be made here in America for the benefit of the American people.” (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 28, 2019, China’s President Xi Jinping (R) shakes...
    Latest round of wind-whipped wildfires in California prompt evacuation of 60,000 in posh Irvine neighborhoods Free doughnuts and 8 other frighteningly good deals for Halloween Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Drew Angerer/Staff/Getty Images News/Getty Images North America Pros and Cons The most controversial and divisive president in modern American history, Donald Trump won 53% of the vote among people 50 and older in 2016, according to AARP, although older voters also helped Democrats secure some down-ballot seats. According to the New Yorker, he'll have to retain the older vote to win again — but many polls show this key voting block slipping away from the president. Here's a look at how Trump's first-term policies have helped and hurt the demographic that helped bring him to power and that could...
    New York and New Jersey Cases at Highest Since May: Virus Update Fast-food giants like Chipotle and Dunkin are doubling down on TikTok. Here are the top 7 brands winning over Gen Z customers PGA of America first female president Suzy Whaleys term ends this week PALM BEACH GARDENS — Suzy Whaley made history the first day she became president of the PGA of America. © Provided by Golfweek Suzy Whaley PGA Championship Nothing new there. Whaley has been blazing trails since 2003, when she became the first woman since 1945 to qualify and play in a PGA Tour event. It’s one thing to qualify for a PGA Tour event. It’s another to lead 29,000 PGA Professionals through the greatest health crisis of our lifetime – the coronavirus pandemic – that forced the PGA to postpone the Ryder Cup to 2021 and delay the PGA Championship to the fall and hold it without spectators. Navigating through COVID-19 and the shutdown of golf for several months was a big part of Whaley’s task during the second year of her two-year presidential...
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