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    The Biden administration will ask Congress to approve a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan, as China and Russia hold major war games in the region.  Politico first reported on the deal, saying that the package includes 60 anti-ship missile and 100 air-to-air missiles, citing three sources with direct knowledge of the matter.  China has acted more aggressively toward Taiwan since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-governing island earlier this month.  China has beefed up military exercises around Taiwan on the heels of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit earlier this month to the island  Taiwan's National Military of Defense handout picture taken last week shows US-made M60-A3 tanks firing during a drill at Penghu islands Chinese servicemen participate in drills Monday in Sergeyevsky, Russia, as part of joint training between the two countries  In a handout photo from the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese military helicopter gunships fire rockets during joint war games with Russia and China last year. The two countries will participate in more war games this week  Pelosi was the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in...
    Over 17,000 doctors sent a letter to the Biden-Harris administration asking them to put the benefits of plant-based diets and ingredients at the forefront of discussions at the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjbZAsNvFCBidenSource: Physicians Committee/Youtube The non-profit committee of doctors based in the United States called The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) states that plant-based nutrition may be the only way to address and improve the widening health gaps in the country. “While obesity rates and diet-related diseases in the United States are on the rise, and these conditions take a disproportionate toll among people of color, nutrition and food policy in the United States still does not adequately warn against the contribution of meat and dairy products to obesity risk and its accompanying health problems,” Dr. Barnard says. “Nor does our current nutrition policy go far enough to highlight the benefits of a plant-based diet with regard to chronic disease prevention or encourage our nation’s health care professionals to learn about these benefits.” According to the PCRM, the health gap will continue...
    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Republican efforts to stop the Biden administration from changing how asylum claims on the U.S. border are handled widened Thursday as Texas and Arizona asked courts to block new procedures that could decide asylum cases in months, instead of years. The lawsuits pile onto an already busy week over immigration policy. The U.S. Supreme Court is questioning a rule that forces some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico, and a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily stopped the phaseout of asylum restrictions that were put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has the Biden administration defending planned changes to asylum programs on all fronts. Those now include new rules that would empower asylum officers to grant or deny claims — an authority that has been limited to immigration judges for people arriving at the border with Mexico. Thirteen states, all with GOP governors or state attorneys general, joined Arizona in a lawsuit filed in Louisiana. Texas filed a similar challenge. “This is nothing more than a radical attempt to set up a...
    President Joe Biden will call on Congress to ramp up support for Ukraine with an extended supplemental aid bill, a move bolstering the White House’s stated commitment to weakening Russia in the war. In remarks at the White House on Thursday, Biden will urge lawmakers to approve a $33 billion request that would fund U.S. military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. The extra funding “is what we believe is needed to enable Ukraine's success over the next five months of this war,” a senior administration official told reporters on Thursday. NATO CHIEF SAYS FINLAND AND SWEDEN APPLICATIONS COULD MOVE 'QUICKLY' The bill will include $20 billion in military and weapons assistance, $8.5 billion in economic assistance, and $3 billion in humanitarian and food aid. “The request will allow us to ensure Ukraine has the weapons it needs to wage this fight, replenish our own stockpiles of key systems, help other countries to shift away from a dependence on Russian weapons, [and] to enable Ukraine's government to continue performing basic functions,” a senior official said. The plan also calls for...
    (CNN)More than 20 states on Thursday asked a federal judge in Louisiana to immediately block the Biden administration from ending a public health authority, known as Title 42.The Biden administration is on track to end Title 42 -- which allows border authorities to turn away migrants at the US southern border -- on May 23. The decision, made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sparked tension within the Democratic Party amid concerns of a migrant surge. HHS official overseeing unaccompanied minors program to step down, spokesperson saysEarlier this month, Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration's decision to end Title 42. Later, more than a dozen states, mostly GOP-led, joined the lawsuit. In a Thursday filing, the states asked the court to intervene, arguing that the administration had begun to process migrants under immigration law instead of through the public health authority and that the states are likely to prevail on the merits of their claims.A judge asked for the Biden administration to respond by 1 p.m. ET Friday.Read MoreHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro...
    Major airline company executives are urging the Biden administration to do away with predeparture testing requirements and mandatory masking on aircraft. The CEOs of JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines Holdings, and others signed on to a letter published by Airlines for America, a lobbying group that represents airlines, arguing for lifting the measures now that the omicron wave has abated. “Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions — including the international predeparture testing requirement and the federal mask mandate — that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment,” they said. IDAHO GOV. BRAD LITTLE SIGNS TEXAS-STYLE ABORTION BAN For more than a month, airlines have been urging the Biden administration to nix the requirement that international arrivals must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status. They argued in February that the predeparture testing rule was holding people back from international travel out of fear of the chance that they will be unable to return to the United States....
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will ask Congress for more military gear when he addresses lawmakers on Wednesday as pressure is on the White House to be more aggressive in its response to Russia's invasion. Zelensky is expected to ask for help in shoring up his country's ground-based air-defense system and could make a plea for fighter jets, which the Biden administration has rejected, when he makes his video address. He will also 'name and shame' the West for not doing enough to defend his country, Politico's Playbook reported, although he's also expected to balance out his remarks with gratitude.  '[Zelensky] is a heroic figure and for good reason — people are giving deference to him and people want to say yes to him,' Democratic Senator Chris Murphy told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday. 'If I were Zelensky, I would ask for the moon. But it's up to us to decide what is in our national security interest,' Murphy noted. Zelensky could also ramp up pressure on lawmakers to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which the Biden administration has declined...
    George W. Bush famously mangled an old proverb, by saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again.” With apologies to Dubya (and The Who), the Associated Press’s Matt Lee is determined he won’t get fooled again. During a Thursday press briefing, Lee grilled State Department spokesman Ned Price over U.S. intelligence assertions that Russia is planning a false-flag operation as “a fake pretext to initiate and potentially justify military aggression against Ukraine.” Responding to the assertion that Russia is developing a propaganda video with “crisis actors pretending to be mourners,” Lee jibed, “This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now.” When Lee asked for evidence, Price, who seemed rattled, suggested that his mere press briefing constitutes proof. “Well, where is it? Where is the declassified information?” Lee asked. To which Price replied, “I just delivered it.” Price condescendingly suggested he could print out a transcript of his comments, as if that would constitute delivering the receipts. But Lee wasn’t backing down. “I remember WMDs in Iraq,” Lee said. “And I remember...
    A traveler wears a face mask while checking their phone on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Airlines and other travel-industry groups asked the Biden administration on Wednesday to drop Covid test requirements for vaccinated passengers before U.S.-bound flights, a bid to invigorate the sluggish recovery in international travel. "Doing so is justified by the pervasiveness of COVID cases in all 50 states, increased immunity and higher vaccination rates as well as new treatments," said an industry letter to White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients, which was seen by CNBC. "Removing the requirement will greatly support the recovery of travel and aviation in the United States and globally without increasing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants." The letter was signed by Airlines for America, a lobbying group that represents Delta, American, United, Southwest and others, along with more than two-dozen other industry associations representing airlines, hotels, airports and...
    A group of Democratic lawmakers is asking Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to restrict the amount of liquefied natural gas that U.S. producers ship to lucrative overseas markets such as Europe, even while the Biden administration works to shore up energy supplies for the allies on the continent. The 10 senators, most of whom represent New England, asked Granholm on Wednesday to "take swift action to limit U.S. natural gas exports" and to look into how record LNG exports are contributing to higher gas prices at home. DAILY ON ENERGY: MINNESOTA REPUBLICAN SAYS BIDEN’S SELF-SABOTAGING WITH MINE OPPOSITION "When establishing U.S. LNG export policies, we understand there are geopolitical factors and global and regional markets to consider," the lawmakers wrote. "However, the administration must also consider the potential increase in cost to American families because of higher export volumes." Seven of the 10 senators represent New England states, which have seen energy prices spike significantly year over year. Wholesale power prices in the region averaged $59.42 per megawatt-hour for December, a 42% increase compared to 2020, while...
    Washington (CNN Business)AT&T announced Tuesday that it would delay activating 5G on some towers around certain airports. The wireless technology's rollout near major airports had been scheduled for Wednesday, but airlines warned of dire consequences for transportation and the economy.The wireless company made the announcement as it works with the aviation industry and the US Federal Aviation Administration for further information, according to a statement from AT&T spokesperson Megan Ketterer."We are frustrated by the FAA's inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, and we urge it do so in a timely manner," the spokeswoman said. AT&T (T), which owns CNN's parent company, will continue to launch advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned. Negotiators scramble for a compromiseRead MoreThe Biden administration said earlier Wednesday it was "actively engaged" in finding a solution to Wednesday's planned 5G rollout that airlines say cause safety problems that will lead to major flight delays. A White House official tells CNN that the administration is talking with the FAA, Federal Communications Commission,...
              by Bethany Blankley   As Texas and Missouri attorneys general ask a federal court to require the Biden administration to immediately resume building the border wall with funds allocated by Congress, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was using the funds on environmental projects instead. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued the administration in October. In November, they filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to require it to resume building the border wall using funds already appropriated by Congress to do so. President Joe Biden halted construction of the wall as one of his first acts in office after Congress had allocated $6 billion for the wall’s construction between fiscal years 2018 and 2021. Within a month of the AG’s motion, DHS issued a statement saying it would be using the money on environmental and clean-up projects in certain areas of Arizona, California and Texas. Instead of building the wall, DHS is spending the money to “address life, safety, environmental, and remediation requirements for border barrier projects” located in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Tucson,...
    Democrats are looking to restore access to basic health care at Planned Parenthood, which Republicans in Texas blocked completely. Right now, people in Texas are facing an unprecedented assault on reproductive health rights. However, Democratic legislators in the state are working to reinstate access to care.  Earlier this week, the Texas Observer reported that 71 Democratic legislators have asked the Biden administration to require the state to reinstate Planned Parenthood as a provider.  Texas spent five years trying to stop Medicaid patients from accessing basic health care through Planned Parenthood, and they succeeded earlier this year. Currently, people in Texas who must use Medicaid coverage for their health care needs can't go to Planned Parenthood, period. As of 2019, 17% of Texans relied on Medicaid for their healthcare. Though Texas has always fixated on Planned Parenthood's status as an abortion provider, Planned Parenthood clinics provide substantial non-abortion services, including STD testing, birth control, and screening for cancer. Moreover, it isn't necessary to shut down access to Planned Parenthood to prevent Medicaid...
    In this article OXYWorkers guide a section of drill pipe into a rack after it was removed from a natural gas well being drilled in the Eagle Ford shale in Karnes County, Texas.Eddie Seal | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe chief executive of U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum said that it would have been preferable if the Biden administration had asked shale producers closer to home to increase production and crude supplies, rather than the OPEC alliance that's led by Saudi Arabia. Asked whether President Joe Biden and his team were getting it wrong by asking OPEC to pump more when there are shale oil producers at home, CEO Vicki Hollub said that "if I were gonna make a call, it wouldn't be long distance, it would be a local call." "And I think that we could do it cheaply in the United States, as other countries can do," she told CNBC's Hadley Gamble at the Adipec energy industry forum in Abu Dhabi on Monday. "I think first you, you stay home, you ask your friends, and you ask your neighbors to do...
    Family members of more than two dozen U.S. hostages are urging the Biden administration to live up to its promises and bring their relatives home. The relatives of 26 people detained in countries around the world sent a letter on Monday to President Joe Biden asking for evidence that it is taking action to save their loved ones after a promising call in February with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to the Associated Press. BIDEN RELEASED A 'NATIONAL GENDER STRATEGY,' AND IT IS EVERY BIT AS RIDICULOUS AS IT SOUNDS “We need to be shown that the promises of your administration to prioritize the return of our family members are not empty," the letter reads. "Now is the time for action. Now we need you to bring our fellow Americans home.” The families who signed the letter include relatives of Mark Frerichs, a contractor abducted in Afghanistan in early 2020, Trevor Reed, a Marine imprisoned in Russia , and José Pereira, the former president of Houston-based CITGO imprisoned in Venezuela. The group said...
    US President Joe Biden gives an update on the Covid-19 response and vaccination program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2021.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images Worried that President Joe Biden's Covid vaccine mandate for private companies could cause a mass exodus of employees, business groups are pleading with the White House to delay the rule until after the holiday season. White House officials at the Office of Management and Budget held dozens of meetings with labor unions, industry lobbyists and private individuals last week as the administration conducts its final review of the mandate, which will require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure they are vaccinated against Covid or tested weekly for the virus. It is estimated to cover roughly two-thirds of the private-sector workforce. OMB officials have several meetings lined up Monday and Tuesday with groups representing dentists, trucking companies, staffing companies and realtors, among others. Retailers are particularly concerned the mandate could trigger a spike in resignations that would exacerbate staffing problems at businesses already...
    Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedLIVE COVERAGE: Senators press military leaders on Afghanistan Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal We have a plan that prioritizes Afghanistan's women — we're just not using it MORE (D-R.I.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Republicans are today's Dixiecrats Biden's push for unity collides with entrenched partisanship MORE (R-Maine) are asking the Biden administration to fund an existing program that will help people pay their heating bills, the Associated Press reported.  The lawmakers announced on Friday that they’re leading a coalition of 36 senators to urge the federal government to pay for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  Reed and Collins said they’re making the request now ahead of the upcoming winter season and amid what they said were energy costs projected to have a steep increase. Both senators also said that federal funding is a crucial lifeline for low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes.  Nearly 5.3 million households across the nation have received assistance from the federal program, according to the AP.  Reed and Collins wrote to the Department of...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Biden administration says it will ask US Supreme Court to halt Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    More than a dozen Republican states asked a federal court Monday to order President Joe Biden’s administration to resume issuing leases for new drilling. In a court filing, the states argued the Department of the Interior (DOI) is not following a court order in June compelling the administration to end its pause on new leases for oil and gas drilling, The Hill first reported. Biden signed an executive order in January that temporarily halted new leases pending a review of DOI permitting and leasing practices. Although new drilling leases were paused under the executive order, ongoing drilling projects on federal land and water continued and the DOI continued to issue permits for drilling on lands that it had already leased. (RELATED: US Drilling Approvals Pile Up Under Biden Admin Despite Campaign Climate Pledge) Oil rigs extract petroleum in Culver City, California (David McNew/Getty Images) U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, however, issued a preliminary injunction in June that temporarily lifted the Biden administration’s pause on new leasing. Republican states argued in Monday’s court filing that the administration has not followed the...
                      by Thomas Catenacci  House Democratic leaders issued a joint statement calling on the White House to disregard a recent Supreme Court ruling and extend the national eviction moratorium. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other top House Democratic leaders urged President Joe Biden’s administration to extend the eviction moratorium until Oct. 18, 2021 and said doing so is a “moral imperative,” according to the joint statement released Sunday. The moratorium — first introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year to prevent landlords from evicting low-income tenants during the pandemic — expired over the weekend after Congress failed to pass legislation extending it. “Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration,” the House Democrats said. “That is why House leadership is calling on the Administration to immediately extend the moratorium.” “As the CDC doubles down on mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant,” the statement continued. While the current and previous administration...
    House Democratic leaders issued a joint statement calling on the White House to disregard a recent Supreme Court ruling and extend the national eviction moratorium. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other top House Democratic leaders urged President Joe Biden’s administration to extend the eviction moratorium until Oct. 18, 2021 and said doing so is a “moral imperative,” according to the joint statement released Sunday. The moratorium — first introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year to prevent landlords from evicting low-income tenants during the pandemic — expired over the weekend after Congress failed to pass legislation extending it. “Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration,” the House Democrats said. “That is why House leadership is calling on the Administration to immediately extend the moratorium.” “As the CDC doubles down on mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant,” the statement continued. While the current and previous administration extended the moratorium multiple times, the Supreme Court ruled in June...
    Protesters from across the U.S. converged in front of the White House Sunday night in an effort to get the Biden administration to take a firmer stance in its effort to support anti-government demonstrators in Cuba.  The Biden administration has announced its support of the protesters and has also leveled sanctions. The Miami Herald reported that even the protesters had different expectations of what the word "more" actually meant. Some went as far as suggesting a military intervention.  "We went into Kuwait, Somalia and didn’t ask for anyone’s permission," Maria Fundora, the head of a Texas-based group called Cuba Libre, told the paper. "We went in and killed Usama Bin Laden and didn’t ask anyone. Are you telling me someone from Cuba needs to do something as horrible as 9/11 to get the U.S. to do something?" GET THE FOX NEWS APP One of the more realistic options seems to be the U.S.'s ability to work around internet blackouts in the country so residents can better inform the world about the realities on the island. Edmund DeMarche is a senior...
    President Joe Biden’s administration will request that the U.S. Military begin removing sexual assault and harassment cases from the chain of command, the administration announced Friday. Biden ordered a 90-day review of the military’s handling of sexual misconduct cases in March, with the Independent Review Commission (IRC) taking the helm. Now finished, the White House will seek legislation from Congress that formally moves such cases outside the military chain of command, but the administration is seeking for the Pentagon to make the change of its own accord in the meantime. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has endorsed the review’s findings in meetings with White House officials, senior administration officials told reporters in a Thursday press call. Austin is expected to announce specific changes to the policy later Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal. The most substantial change, however, will be transferring the authority of choosing when to prosecute such cases from commanders to prosecutors themselves. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Immigration advocacy groups asked the Biden administration to end an Immigration and Customs Enforcement digital program surveilling approximately 100,000 immigrants, The Guardian reported Tuesday. Latino social justice movement Mijente and immigrant rights group Just Futures Law released “Ice Digital Prisons,” a report explaining how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) monitors immigrants using ankle monitors, facial recognition and digital applications, according to The Guardian. The report asserts that the strategies currently in use “do more harm and inhibit any true progress in providing the social and economic tools for immigrants to thrive in their communities,” The Guardian reported. The technology used by ICE criminalizes immigrants and can negatively impact their quality of life, the report claims. JUST RELEASED: @CDFTexass @CheastyAnderson and @TexasSteveHickss Dean Luis Zayas have co-authored a powerful report on the mental health impacts of family detention and the community alternatives that should replace the inhumane policy. Learn more: https://t.co/WRCX5c7Kuu pic.twitter.com/v7WJZILT77 — Childrens Defense Fund (@ChildDefender) May 12, 2021 The Biden administration increased funding towards digital tracking of...
    Immigration advocacy groups asked the Biden administration to end an Immigration and Customs Enforcement digital program surveilling approximately 100,000 immigrants, The Guardian reported Tuesday. “Latinx and Chicanx” justice movement Mijente and immigrant rights group Just Futures Law released “Ice Digital Prisons,” a report explaining how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) monitors immigrants using ankle monitors, facial recognition and digital applications, according to The Guardian. The report asserts that the strategies currently in use “do more harm and inhibit any true progress in providing the social and economic tools for immigrants to thrive in their communities,” The Guardian reported. The technology used by ICE criminalizes immigrants and can negatively impact their quality of life, the report claims. JUST RELEASED: @CDFTexas‘s @CheastyAnderson and @TexasSteveHicks‘s Dean Luis Zayas have co-authored a powerful report on the mental health impacts of family detention and the community alternatives that should replace the inhumane policy. Learn more: https://t.co/WRCX5c7Kuu pic.twitter.com/v7WJZILT77 — Children’s Defense Fund (@ChildDefender) May 12, 2021 The Biden administration increased funding towards digital tracking of immigrants in place of detention, allocating $440 million to...
    Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of George Floyd, who was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. On the same day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fielded questions from news outlets concerning police reform, diplomatic relations with Russia, housing costs, and the infrastructure bill. Asked first about the upcoming summit between President Biden and Vladimir Putin, Psaki tried to explain and also remind the press that diplomacy is a thing that up until about four years ago worked well when practiced in good faith. Psaki began by saying: “We may have forgotten over the last couple of years, but this is how diplomacy works.” And unlike the previous administration, which was filled with impeached presidents and all, the nature of global leadership includes figuring out how best to live in a world filled with people who don’t always agree with you. “We don't meet with people only when we agree. It's actually important to meet with leaders when we have a range of disagreements as we do with.” As a result, unlike the last administration, which made foreign policy based on some movie...
    Lawyers for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Biden administration have told a federal judge they need more time to arrive at a position in a suit over whether the government will to hand over former President Donald Trump's tax return information. The Democratic-run committee asked the Treasury to turn over the information during the Trump administration after Democrats gained control in 2019, then sued when the administration refused. Now the new Biden administration is still sorting through how to respond. According to a status report filed Friday, the plaintiffs and defendants jointly told the court they have had 'additional communications' and 'anticipate still further communications, that may inform Defendants' position in this case.' The Biden administration is seeking more time to respond to a holdover House Democratic lawsuit seeking Donald Trump's tax return information They asked to be able to file a further report on May 28th.  Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Richard Neal sought eight years of Trump tax return information, citing laws that allow the committee to request return information on any American. Judge...
    GOP Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDon't blame Big Tech for misinformation online Webb: #FreeBritney movement big issue for Nichelle Nichols and many Americans The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Happy anniversary to ObamaCare MORE (Ohio) and Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHouse passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief to press for Manchin's support on Colin Kahl | House Dems seek to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police House Democrats introducing bill to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE (Calif.) on Tuesday asked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasUK considering 'extreme' measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE to provide all documentation of communication between the DHS and the Biden transition team regarding the administration’s immigration policy. “As the Biden border crisis continues to worsen by the day, President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden officials brace...
    GOP Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDon't blame Big Tech for misinformation online Webb: #FreeBritney movement big issue for Nichelle Nichols and many Americans The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Happy anniversary to ObamaCare MORE (Ohio) and Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHouse passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief to press for Manchin's support on Colin Kahl | House Dems seek to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police House Democrats introducing bill to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE (Calif.) on Tuesday asked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasUK considering 'extreme' measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE to provide all documentation of communication between the DHS and the Biden transition team regarding the administration’s immigration policy. “As the Biden border crisis continues to worsen by the day, President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden officials brace...
    Reuters March 26, 2021 0 Comments A group of Republican state officials on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to take over the defense of a hardline immigration rule issued by former President Donald Trump’s administration that barred immigrants likely to require government benefits from obtaining legal permanent residency. The 14 Republican state attorneys general, led by Ken Paxton of Texas, asked the justices to put on hold an Illinois-based federal judge’s decision that threw out the so-called “public charge” rule nationwide. The administration of President Joe Biden, who took office in January, decided to drop the government’s legal defense of the regulation. As a result, the Supreme Court on March 9 dismissed two appeals launched before Trump left office that sought to preserve the rule after lower courts ruled against it. The Republican attorneys general said that the Biden administration’s change of position and refusal to defend the rule were an attempt to evade the normal and lengthy process of unraveling a federal regulation. They previously asked the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
    President Biden took questions from just 10 reporters at his first formal press conference Thursday, and many subjects were left unaddressed.  Many of the questions at the 62-minute press conference focused on the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border and the fate of the Senate filibuster, leaving no time for questions about the coronavirus pandemic, the battle over reopening schools, or how the administration plans to lower vaccine hesitancy.  Biden took foreign policy questions about China and North Korea, but Russia was left unmentioned despite the constant attention Democrats have given the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  There were also no questions about Biden's plans to increase taxes or his decision to cancel the Keystone Pipeline. As Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pointed out, Biden also was not asked about his jobs plan for a "green economy." LIBERAL PBS REPORTER GUSHES BIDEN PERCEIVED AS 'MORAL, DECENT MAN' DURING IMMIGRATION QUESTION VideoThere was no mention of the bombshell reporting from Politico about a 2018 incident in which the Secret Service asked a store owner for records related to the sale of a gun to Hunter Biden after the president's daughter-in-law Hallie discarded...
    A group of 30 Democratic lawmakers on Thursday signed a letter to President BidenJoe BidenSupreme Court will hear Boston bomber's death case — if the Biden administration lets it The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today Democrats face questions over agenda MORE urging him to do away with his administration’s employee policy regarding past marijuana use after it was reported that five staffers had been fired for acknowledging using cannabis in the past. The Democratic congress members wrote in their letter that they are thankful for Biden’s “leadership and commitment to bringing the best and most capable people to government." “We, however, were dismayed to learn that several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use,” the lawmakers wrote. “We ask that you clarify your employment suitability policies, remove past cannabis use as a potential disqualifier, and apply these policies with consistency and fairness.” The 30 Democratic lawmakers who signed the letter include Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanGive postal EVs a quick stamp of...
    By Chris Isidore | CNN Business California’s two Senators are pushing the Biden Administration to set a date after which automakers would no longer be allowed to sell gasoline-powered cars anywhere in the United States. The letter sent Monday by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Alex Padilla to President Joseph Biden urges him to “follow California’s lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Today, electric vehicles make up less than 3% of US vehicle sales, far lower than some other countries — most notably Norway, where more than half of cars sold last year were electric vehicles. Even without a requirement, EVs could make up the same share of US car sales by 2035, according to some industry forecasts. Automakers are in the process of offering a far greater selection of electric vehicles to comply with tougher environmental regulations around the world and to...
    New York (CNN Business)California's two Senators are pushing the Biden Administration to set a date after which automakers would no longer be allowed to sell gasoline-powered cars anywhere in the United States.The letter sent Monday by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Alex Padilla to President Joseph Biden urges him to "follow California's lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles."California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Today, electric vehicles make up less than 3% of US vehicle sales, far lower than some other countries — most notably Norway, where more than half of cars sold last year were electric vehicles. Even without a requirement, EVs could make up the same share of US car sales by 2035, according to some industry forecasts.Automakers are in the process of offering a far greater selection of electric vehicles to comply with tougher environmental regulations around the world and to meet growing customer demand for EVs....
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is leading a group of Democrat lawmakers asking the Biden administration to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from contracting with state and local prisons or jails, citing poor conditions and for-profit motives. In a March 15 letter addressed to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, the Democrat lawmakers praised the Biden administration for its January 26 executive order to phase out the use of private detention facilities but called for further action. “We support the calls from more than 70 Congressional offices to expand this Executive Order to incorporate privately operated immigration detention facilities under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” they wrote adding privately operated facilities “are not the only instance in which financial incentives fuel needless expansion of immigration detention.” “We urge the Biden administration to release an additional Executive Order announcing a plan to phase out contracts between ICE and state, county, and local jails and prisons,” they wrote. The Democrats cited a Brookings Institute report indicating 49 percent of people in ICE detention were held in county facilities...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The chairs of Pennsylvania’s state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday asked the Biden administration to waive this year’s requirement for school standardized testing because of the pandemic. Sens. Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny, and Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, wrote in a letter that they understood the need to find out how much learning and what kind of learning children missed during the pandemic. READ MORE: Death Penalty To Be Sought Against Ohio Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend And Her 3-Year-Old Son But students also need “some sense of stability before we thrust additional stress on them in the name of determining what schools ‘deserve’ more funding,” they wrote to President Joe Biden and Acting Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Gov. Tom Wolf’s Department of Education is considering allowing districts to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments and Keystone Exams over the summer or in September, when schools are expected to be back to educating children in classrooms, rather than remotely. READ MORE: Woman Killed, Man Injured In Beaver County House Fire On Monday, the U.S. Education Department said it...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdog groups want the Biden administration to reconsider a decision by a U.S. agency not to conduct a more extensive environmental review related to production of the plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The renewed request comes as federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina face a deadline of making 80 cores per year by 2030, with the first 30 due in five years. With jobs and billions of dollars in spending at stake, the effort to modernize the nation’s nuclear arsenal has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress over the years, especially among New Mexico Democrats whose districts stand to benefit from the economic windfall. The Biden administration has taken swift action to reverse some policies by the Trump administration but has yet to say whether it plans to push ahead with making more plutonium cores. It does say that work is being reviewed. Nuclear Watch New Mexico, South Carolina-based SRS Watch and California-based Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment sent a letter to the U.S. Energy Department last week, asking...
    New York : In unspecified coordination with the Mexican government, the president’s administration Joe biden will begin processing immigrant asylum requests under the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), better known as Stay in Mexico. However, officials of the Biden Administration asked other immigrants outside of that program to avoid trying to enter the United States, in addition to the fact that asylum seekers will be informed through different channels – and in coordination with civil organizations and lawyers – about the processes to follow. The measure, said three officials from the Biden Administration in a call with journalists, is part of the executive orders that the president has signed to modify immigration processes, including asylum requests. The plan will be implemented from February 19, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) start phase one with which it seeks to “restore safe and orderly processing on the southwestern border,” authorities indicated. It is estimated that 25,000 people with active cases will be processed in an undetermined period., although other reports from civil organizations indicate that there are more than 60,000 immigrants...
    The administration of President Joe Biden told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it believes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be fully ratified, reversing the position of its predecessor in a key case whose decision remains pending. Miami World / telemundo51 The Justice Department presented a letter “to notify the Court that the United States no longer adheres to the findings of the previously submitted report.” The case about the health law was debated a week after the presidential elections last November. This is at least the third case in which the new government has changed its position before the Supreme Court. The other two are cases about President Donald Trump’s plan to build sections of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and about a measure that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearing date in US courts. The Trump administration asked the judges to completely annul the health law enacted during the Barack Obama administration, and with which about 23 million people obtain health insurance and millions more who have pre-existing conditions are...
    The Justice Department is reportedly expected to ask dozens of U.S. attorneys to resign on Tuesday, but the move will not disrupt the work of two top prosecutors conducting significant investigations overshadowing the Biden administration. A senior DOJ official told CNN that the request will be sent to 56 Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Unclear is when the resignations would be expected to take effect. Such a request is commonplace with the entry of a new administration. President Biden has been in office for roughly two and a half weeks. The report said U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a criminal investigation into the Russia inquiry, is expected to resign. However, he was appointed special counsel in the final months of the Trump administration, and will continue his work even after leaving his post as the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut. In addition, acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson placed a call Monday evening to Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is conducting the criminal tax inquiry into Hunter Biden, the 51-year-old son of...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Monday asked the Biden administration to hand over long-sought documents from the Trump administration regarding its response to the coronavirus pandemic, renewing an investigation into what role alleged political interference by former officials may have played in the virus' threat. In letters obtained by CNN to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran, House Majority Whip James Clyburn alleges the Trump administration "refused to cooperate" with inquiries from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis; that HHS blocked documents and witnesses related to the response to the virus; and that Trump officials "failed to fully comply with two subpoenas and at least 20 document requests" by the committee. Arguing that the committee needs the documents to continue its investigation, the South Carolina Democratic congressman also alleged that new documents obtained by the committee show the Trump administration took "efforts to suppress science during the pandemic." The documents include an email by former HHS senior adviser Paul Alexander where the committee alleges he "pressured Food and Drug Administration...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has been in office for less than two weeks, but a looming question is when, not whether, his Justice Department will change the federal government's position before the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act. For four years the law remained a consistent target at the center of former President's Donald Trump's political dart board. His ire culminated a little more than three months ago, when acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall told the justices that they should invalidate the entire 900-page law. Biden asks Supreme Court to delay oral arguments on border wall and asylum ruleThe challenge for Biden's Justice Department is not only telling the justices it manifestly opposes the position taken by the Trump administration in the case, but how to pull off the task. Changing its position on the Affordable Care Act wouldn't end the lawsuit, which was brought by Texas and other Republican-led states, but could inform how the justices look at the case. RELATED: Biden signs executive order to reopen Affordable Care Act enrollmentRead MoreBiden's new acting solicitor general is...
    Tennessee Democrats have made multiple pleas to President Joe Biden’s administration, seeking to rescind federal approval for Tennessee's Medicaid block grant waiver, which is set to allow the state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum. Under the new funding mechanism known as a block grant, Tennessee would receive federal money for the state Medicaid program, TennCare, all at once instead of periodically. Proponents of the structure said the block grant mechanism will provide the state more flexibility in administration of the funds, and allow the state to benefit from efficient administration of the TennCare program. Tennessee is the first state to receive a Medicaid block grant. After seeking federal approval for a block grant in 2019, Tennessee received approval Jan. 8, days before the presidential inauguration. The Tennessee General Assembly quickly passed legislation before Biden was sworn in, authorizing TennCare to implement the block grant. Democrats in the Tennessee House and Senate announced Monday they have formally requested the Biden administration rescind federal approval for Tennessee’s block grant. “The state has proven themselves...
            by Vivian Jones  Tennessee Democrats have made multiple pleas to President Joe Biden’s administration, seeking to rescind federal approval for Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant waiver, which is set to allow the state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum. Under the new funding mechanism known as a block grant, Tennessee would receive federal money for the state Medicaid program, TennCare, all at once instead of periodically. Proponents of the structure said the block grant mechanism will provide the state more flexibility in administration of the funds, and allow the state to benefit from efficient administration of the TennCare program. Tennessee is the first state to receive a Medicaid block grant. After seeking federal approval for a block grant in 2019, Tennessee received approval January 8, days before the presidential inauguration. The Tennessee General Assembly quickly passed legislation before Biden was sworn in, authorizing TennCare to implement the block grant. Democrats in the Tennessee House and Senate announced Monday they have formally requested the Biden administration rescind federal approval for Tennessee’s block grant. “The state has proven themselves...
    Reuters January 21, 2021 0 Comments The Biden administration faced pressure from Republican lawmakers on its second day in office for a more forceful response to Beijing’s announcement of sanctions against the architects of former President Donald Trump’s tough China policy. As Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president on Wednesday, China announced sanctions against outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other Trump officials in a striking repudiation of its relationship with the previous U.S. administration. The Biden administration, which is seeking Republican support for a policy to “out-compete” China, responded by calling the move “unproductive and cynical” and urged Americans from both parties to condemn it. China, by making the announcement on Inauguration Day, appeared to be attempting to play into U.S. divisions, it said. Jim Risch, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said on Twitter that Beijing was “already testing the Biden Admin’s resolve to continue a tougher, competitive approach towards #China.” “Together, Republicans & Democrats must show Beijing we will not be deterred from defending U.S. interests.” Michael McCaul, the...
    President-elect Joe Biden will ask Surgeon General Jerome Adams to resign after Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, signaling a clean break from the Trump administration’s pandemic response agenda. Adams will resign from his post after Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday afternoon, marking a symbolic end to the Trump administration’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. He will be replaced by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general under President Barack Obama, who was dismissed by Trump in the spring of 2017. Adams, an anesthesiologist from Indiana and a close ally of former Vice President Mike Pence, had become a spokesperson for the administration’s coronavirus response efforts and an inadvertent target for Democrats who accused him of defending the administration’s slip-ups. He was criticized early on for imploring people to stop buying protective face masks in February, insisting that the limited supply of PPE needed to be left for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. In July, Adams argued that “there was not a high degree of asymptomatic spread” when he made those statements and cited fears...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is expected to ask for US Surgeon General Jerome Adams' resignation soon after he is sworn-in on Wednesday, and select an acting surgeon general while his permanent pick for the role of the nation's top doctor undergoes Senate confirmation, according to The Washington Post. Biden last month announced he will nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, a role Murthy held for about two years under the Obama administration until he was asked to resign by the Trump White House in 2017.The Post reported that the incoming Biden administration could as soon as Wednesday ask Adams to leave his role and name an acting surgeon general, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.President Donald Trump's White House had requested Murthy resign with about two years remaining in his standard four-year term, a dismissal some Democrats criticized at the time as politicizing the position.Trump then nominated Adams, an anesthesiologist who previously served as the Indiana state health commissioner, to the job in 2017. Adams' four-year term was set to expire in September. Read MoreHe will be...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The new strain of COVID-19 found in Indiana can easily spread. That new strain is one reason the state of Illinois wants to vaccinate more people, faster And Governor Pritzker is asking the incoming Biden administration for more doses. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there are vaccines in Illinois that are not being used. The governor said everyone in Illinois should have the vaccine by the end of the year, and he envisions large vaccine sites and perhaps the U.S. Army and National Guard could lead distribution efforts. Some health care workers are fearful and they are not getting the vaccine. Governor Pritzker doesn’t want the doses wasted, so he’s urging health care providers to give the shots to other essential workers now. Illinois’ public health director indicated it’s a race against time. Concerns the variance of the coronavirus, first seen in the United Kingdom, is now likely in Illinois, circulating in low numbers. It’s a strain of the virus even more contagious. “It will be the dominant strain and that will take only a few months...
    Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program asked a federal judge Tuesday to wait until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in before ruling on a challenge to the policy. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) advocates asked U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen to hold off on ruling on a 2018 Texas lawsuit until the incoming Biden administration has a chance to address the program, Politico reported. Hanen blocked an Obama administration effort to expand DACA in 2015. “Given … the ongoing federal transition we think this court can expect further changes to that framework soon,” New Jersey State Solicitor Jeremy Feigenbaum, who was representing states seeking to preserve DACA, said, Politico reported. “Policies can be a bit of a moving target during [a] transition.” ICYMI, the hearing in Texas’s lawsuit to end DACA is happening today (in person) in a Houston courtroom https://t.co/yhA3lV5Fme — Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) December 22, 2020 Hanen asked: “How can they change what happened eight years ago?” (RELATED: DHS To Accept New DACA ‘Dreamer’ Applications Under Trump Administration) Feigenbaum argued that...
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