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    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wouldn't say on Thursday why President Joe Biden wasn't informed about the baby formula shortage until April as she again struggled to answer question about the administration's response to the crisis. Jean-Pierre was quizzed repeatedly during her daily press briefing on what the president knew, when he knew it, and who exactly told him. And she gave evasive answers, saying it was 'senior staff' who went through 'regular channels' to deliver the information. Her lack of details prompted one White House correspondent to warn her that the journalists would keep pressing her for specifics.   It's not unusual for senior staff to be aware of an issue before the president is made aware of it, given the variety of items an administration deals with on any day. The Biden administration was also dealing with the war in the Ukraine, rising inflation, and supply chain issues. Biden also traveled to Brussels and Poland in March. But Jean-Pierre also wouldn't say who decided to bring it to Biden, what date it happened, and how it's determined to...
    President Joe Biden's new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled through a one hour and four minute briefing Wednesday, admitting she hadn't listened to a question-and-answer session Biden had with reporters just minutes before. 'I was in my office. I did not actually hear what the president said. I do not like to speak on something without having a conversation with the president first,' Jean-Pierre said.  She was unable to answer why Biden didn't know about the brewing baby formula shortage for two months.  President Joe Biden's new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled through a one hour and four minute briefing Wednesday, admitting she hadn't listened to a question-and-answer session Biden had with reporters just minutes before President Joe Biden said he was informed of the baby formula crisis in early April, nearly two months after Abbott recalled formula from a Michigan factory, which created a shortage. At an event with CEOs Wednesday, they said they were aware of how bad it could get  At the conclusion of an event on the baby formula crisis - which was held directly before the press...
    Oscars showrunners went to panic stations last night as they tried to keep the Academy Awards on track after Hollywood superstar Will Smith shocked everyone by smacking fellow actor and comedian Chris Rock - live and on stage. In what will likely go down as one of the most watched moments in the history of the awards, Smith stormed the stage after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife's hair loss, before shouting 'keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth.' But despite the incident upstaging the 3-1/2 hour show, Academy showrunners ploughed on as if nothing had happened, and opted not to eject Smith from the event only for him to receive the best actor award 45 minutes later. With the Oscars broadcast on a short time delay, ABC quickly cut the audio for 20 seconds in an attempt to avoid embarrassment. Having just been slapped, Rock was left on stage to finish his presentation for the documentary feature award. At the next commercial break, Hollywood A-listers rushed to calm Smith down, with videos from inside the Dolby Theatre showing actors Denzel Washington and Tyler...
    President Joe Biden once again appeared to call on a pre-approved list of reporters after meeting with the press following the G20 summit in Rome. On Sunday, Biden discussed meeting with other world leaders in Rome to enact climate change initiatives. After his talk, he opened the floor to questions but admitted that he was told to start with the Associated Press. "And now I’m happy to take some questions. And I’m told I should start with AP, Zeke Miller," Biden said. GOLD STAR FATHER BLASTS BIDEN’S REPORTED MIGRANT PAYMENTS AS ‘COMPLETELY DISRESPECTFUL; TO MILITARY FAMILIES  Biden has previously alluded to the idea that he had a list of pre-approved reporters to call on back in June following his Geneva visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on," Biden told the press. U.S President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference in the G20 leaders' summit in Rome, Italy October 31, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Reuters) The same interaction continued in...
    President Joe Biden said Friday that he did not discuss abortion with Pope Francis, adding that the pope told him to continue receiving communion. Biden spoke with the Pope Francis for roughly 90 minutes in Vatican City. The Vatican abruptly cancelled its planned live-stream Thursday, and the event was closed to the press in a move that sparked some outcry from reporters covering Biden’s second foreign trip since taking office. The Catholic president’s pro-choice beliefs and policies have been a source of contention for Biden, with the majority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approving a measure in June to draft a statement discussing whether pro-choice politicians should be denied Communion. “We just talked about the fact that he was happy I was a good Catholic,” Biden told reporters after his lengthly meeting with Pope Francis, confirming the two did not discuss abortion. The president also said the pope told him to “keep receiving communion” – an important note due to Pope Francis’ unwillingness to engage in the debate publicly. (RELATED: Biden Says Catholic Bishops Won’t Vote To Deny...
    U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) put on a show for the Fox News cameras Wednesday afternoon, repeatedly calling Attorney General Merrick Garland "shameful" and demanding his resignation. Retweeting video of the Arkansas Republican's performance, CNN's congressional reporter Manu Raju revealed Cotton had told him and Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman to "Get your popcorn ready." "This is, judge, this is shameful," declared Cotton, referring to Garland as a judge instead of as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Attorney General Garland tried to defend himself, telling Cotton "that's wrong" but the performative lawmaker refused to allow him to speak, repeatedly calling him "shameful." Further disparaging Garland, Cotton said: "Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court," reminding him how Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked him from even having a hearing after then-President Barack Obama nominated him to the nation's highest court. Then, pointing at Garland, Cotton continued his attack, saying, "You should resign in disgrace." Yikes. Tom Cotton worked himself into a lather. https://t.co/2pE9IGtRKl — Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1635350948.0 Cotton wasn't apparently interested in anything Garland had to say,...
    Here's more from the Spectator:'In early 2020,' a veteran Times employee tells me, 'I suggested to a senior editor at the paper that we investigate the origins of COVID-19. I was told it was dangerous to run a piece about the origins of the coronavirus. There was resistance to running anything that could suggest that [COVID-19 was manmade or had leaked accidentally from a lab].''It was considered a conspiracy theory,' confirms a second Times insider who was in a senior position on a different section at the time, and also proposed an investigation. 'It was untouchable everywhere. The fact that Trump embraced it, of course, also made it a no-go.''The idea was considered dangerous,' my first source agreed.At the same time the paper reportedly quashed the probes, speculation was growing significantly around a theory that the novel coronavirus had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab cleared to study dangerous pathogens near the virus's epicenter. The lab leak theory, as it came to be known, was reported on by several conservative and alternative media organizations — including...
    Photos from President Joe Biden’s press conference on Thursday revealed he had a large sheet of paper showing him which reporters to call on. The prompt had visible headshot photos of reporters in the room, including large handwritten numbers that were circled by the photo of each reporter he called on. The images of the numbered journalists included Justin Sink of Bloomberg, Zeke Miller from the Associated Press, and Ken Thomas of the Wall Street Journal, all reporters Biden called on during the press conference. Some of the boxes in the cheat sheet did not include a picture and were crossed out. Biden’s press conference cheat sheet with headshots of reporters — Why are some of the squares crossed out? pic.twitter.com/H1Pru1GACu — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 26, 2021 The photos were taken by pool photographer Oliver Contreras who was in the East Room of the White House during the press conference. Despite having a cheat sheet, Biden paused significantly before every question as he looked down at his notes before calling on a reporter. He also struggled with some of...
    A group of 20 influential public radio stations has condemned the New York Times for a 'lack of transparency' after personal ties between the star host of 'The Daily' Michael Barbaro and its discredited series 'Caliphate' emerged. Barbaro was in December tasked with speaking to the Times' executive editor Dean Baquet in an episode of The Daily - which is also broadcast on public radio - in which the paper retracted much of the story on which popular series Caliphate had been built. The Times acknowledged that it had been misled in the production of the series by Canadian-Pakistani man Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, who had fabricated his story of working as an ISIS executioner. Yet in hosting the episode, Barbaro failed to disclose that much of the production team involved in 'Caliphate' had come from 'The Daily' - and that he is engaged to the series' executive producer Lisa Tobin. According to NPR, Barbaro also pressured at least five journalists via social media to play down the errors in Caliphate and to get them to pull back their public criticism...
    CLAIM: Vice President Joe Biden claimed during the first presidential debate that President Donald Trump told people to inject bleach into their arms. VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. President Donald Trump questioned an expert during a press conference about the value of injecting disinfectant or Ultraviolet rays into the body to kill the coronavirus. He did not tell Americans to inject bleach into their arms. From the White House transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Right. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with… But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me. During the same press conference, Trump was asked a follow-up question from a reporter about whether he thought disinfectant should be “injected into a person.” Trump said no: “It wouldn’t...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the bold claim Tuesday that President Trump was the most informed person in the world.  'The president does read and he also consumes intelligence verbally,' McEnany said. 'This president, I'll tell you, is the most informed person on planet earth.'  McEnany was being asked if the intelligence that said Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers was in the President's Daily Brief, with the reporter suggesting that Trump might not have read it.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Trump was the 'most informed person on planet earth' after a White House reporter suggested that he may have missed intelligence on Russia paying bounties because he didn't read it  McEnany said Tuesday that President Trump 'does read,' as the White House pushed back on reporting that said the president was briefed on Russia paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, but didn't act on it  McEnany pushed back on that idea, saying Trump is indeed a reader.  She told reporters at Tuesday's...
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