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    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy held a press conference on Tuesday evening House Speaker Kevin McCarthy accused President Joe Biden of 'playing politics' with the U.S. debt limit on Tuesday amid a standoff over how to avoid a massive national default that could tank financial markets across the globe. 'I want to look the president in the eye, and tell me there's not $1 of wasteful spending in government. Who believes that? the American public doesn't believe that,' the Republican leader told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday evening. 'Our whole government is designed to have compromise, but here's the leader of the free world, pounding on the table, being irresponsible, saying "No, no, no, just raise the limit. Make us spend more." No, that's not how adults act.' It comes the same day as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to McCarthy notifying him that her department would be temporarily choking off funds to a government employee retirement and healthcare program as part of 'extraordinary' measures taken to keep paying the country's bills.  She notified Congress last week...
    MILITANT teaching unions have been accused of playing politics with kids’ lives as they today prepare to announce crippling strikes. Hundreds of thousands of classroom staff are set to walk out if two ballots go in favour of industrial action — also causing mayhem for parents and the economy. 3Hundreds of thousands of classroom staff are set to walk out if two ballots go in favour of industrial actionCredit: PA 3Cabinet Minister Mark Harper warned more time out of lessons was 'the last thing' kids neededCredit: PA Union bosses last night gave the Government two weeks to up their pay offer or face huge disruption next month. But they were slammed for hurting pupils still scrambling to catch up after lockdown. Cabinet Minister Mark Harper warned more time out of lessons was “the last thing” kids needed. He blasted: “Any strikes, anything disrupting children’s education, would be very regrettable.” The National Education Union will reveal at 5pm today if its 300,000 members — on an average £39,500 a year — have voted to strike. General Secretary Mary Bousted said she...
    Republican senators indicated to DailyMail.com on Wednesday that they are frustrated with the pace of negotiations aimed at keeping the government open, as the December 16 deadline to pass a spending bill and avert a shutdown looms just over a week away. Last week it appeared that Democrats and Republicans would work together for a year-long 'omnibus' spending bill to keep agencies open and federal workers paid. But conservatives have called on GOP leaders to shift gears and pass a short-term resolution that would punt discussions over a longer funding bill into early next year - when Republicans control the House of Representatives. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was confident about a bipartisan 12-month bill last week, but backpedaled to say discussions were at an 'impasse' after his caucus's weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday. If they fail to come to an agreement, the federal government will run out of funding next Friday. 'It's up to the Democrats. The Democrats can make that decision, they're the ones that [have control of Congress]' right now,' Florida Sen. Rick Scott told DailyMail.com at...
    Last year, four troops died by suicide over the span of just eight weeks, prompting an investigation. More from the Texas Tribune:When the first suicides linked to Operation Lone Star occurred last year, troops on the mission were struggling through pay problems and poor living conditions. Many were also dissatisfied with the large-scale involuntary activations that were required to meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s troop quotas, according to surveys of the mission’s troops obtained by Army Times and the Tribune.What did O'Rourke say?In his statement reacting to the news, O'Rourke took a shot at Abbott by claiming Texas National Guardsmen are being used as "political pawns," referring to Operation Lone Star. "I'm so sorry to hear that a tenth Texas National Guard member has lost their life while deployed under Operation Lone Star," O'Rourke said. "My thoughts are with his family, community, and the members of the Guard who served all of us alongside him," he added. "They should never be used as political pawns." \u201cI'm so sorry to hear that a tenth Texas National Guard member has lost their life...
    President Joe Biden ripped Florida Governor Ron Desantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott for dropping desperate migrants in Martha’s Vineyard and outside Vice President Kamala Harris‘s residence, respectively. Planeloads of migrants were shown arriving in Massachusetts Wednesday in a video provided to Fox News, and the Abbott buses were captured Thursday morning by Fox News cameras outside the official VP’s residence at the Naval Observatory — just the latest in a series of stunts in which Republican governors relocate asylum-seekers to make a political point. On Thursday night, President Biden took to the stage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. to address the 45th Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala. Most of the speech was devoted to ticking through parts of his administration’s agenda and legislative accomplishments. But in one section, he lit into DeSantis and Abbott for what he called “playing politics with human beings”: I’m proud that the Obama-Biden administration stood up for DREAMers. My predecessor tried to end DACA, but the Biden-Harris administration is working to preserve it and fortify it. And with Secretary Mayorkas’s leadership, we’re committed to fixing the immigration system. Instead...
    Democrats in the House and Senate are looking to ensure same-sex marriage rights are codified into federal law after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June, leaving other similarly-based decisions in jeopardy as Justice Clarence Thomas signaled he wants them rescinded as well. “We’re hearing that Democratic congressional leaders are considering attaching a provision codifying same-sex marriage protections onto a must-pass spending bill to keep the federal government open past Sept. 30,” Punchbowl News reports Tuesday morning. But U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who says she supports same-sex marriage and the current legislation, is already accusing Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of playing politics. “My impression is that the majority leader is eager to put this bill on the floor in September, and I hope that he will,” Collins said in an interview with Politico. “In an election year, I hope this can be a sincere effort by the majority leader, and that he will resist the urge to play politics with the bill. But we are dealing with Sen. Schumer, so.” READ MORE: ‘Almost Impossibly Stupid’:...
    In late July, a large sinkhole appeared near the town of Tierra Amarilla in Chile’s Copiapó province in the Atacama salt flat. The crater, which has a diameter of more than 100 feet, emerged in one of Chile’s most lucrative regions for copper and lithium extraction. The nearby Candelaria mining complex—80 percent of the property is owned by Canada’s Lundin Mining Corporation and 20 percent is owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd. and Sumitomo Corporation—had to halt its operations in the area. On August 1, Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) tweeted that it had assembled a team to investigate the sinkhole that appeared less than 2,000 feet away from human habitation. The mayor of Tierra Amarilla, Cristóbal Zúñiga, questioned why the earth had given way near the Alcaparrosa mine, and whether the appearance of the hole had something to do with the mining operations. “Today it happened on an agricultural property,” the mayor told Ciudadano ADN radio, “but our greatest fear is that this could happen in a populated place on a street, in a school,...
    SIR Keir Starmer was accused of “playing politics” as Boris Johnson blocked Labour's vote of no confidence in the government. The opposition demanded a Parliamentary poll today just as Tory MPs start to vote on a new leader. 2Boris Johnson, who has resigned, stopped the vote as it would be a waste of Commons timeCredit: Getty 2Starmer demanded a Parliamentary poll just as Tory MPs start to vote on a new leaderCredit: Getty The PM stopped the move, with Downing Street saying the opposition had called into question the confidence of Boris - which would be a waste of Commons time as he had already resigned. A government spokesman said Labour were given “the option to table a straightforward vote of no confidence in the government.” But they added: “They have chosen to play politics by tabling a vote of no confidence in the government and the prime minister. “As the prime minister has already resigned and a leadership process is underway we do not feel this is a valuable use of parliamentary time.” They said they would...
    Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), the first and only Ukrainian-born member of Congress, publicly criticized President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for how they have been navigating Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Indiana Republican accused both leaders of "playing politics with people's lives" in a Wednesday statement that provided a few details explaining her critiques of both governments. Her office did not provide answers to a list of questions from the Washington Examiner. PUTIN URGES MILITARY PAUSE AFTER CAPTURING LYSYCHANSK "President Biden has to stop playing politics, have a clear strategy and align security assistance with our strategy; 2) President Zelensky has to stop playing politics and theater, and start governing to better support his military and local governments; and 3) Congress has to establish proper oversight of critical infrastructure and delivery of weapons and aid," she said, laying out her three "urgent action items needed to get the situation under control." Spartz's first criticism is not an uncommon one in Republican circles, with many accusing the administration of not going to far enough lengths for Ukraine, though her...
    (CNN)It had become the stuff of legend in Washington. David Axelrod In 2012, first-term Sen. Claire McCaskill had become an endangered political species -- a Democrat in the increasingly Republican state of Missouri. And she knew the odds of winning re-election that year were against her.As McCaskill recalled in detail years later, she took the calculated risk of meddling in the Republican senate primary by engaging in a brazen bit of political jiu jitsu. Read MoreMcCaskill's campaign unleashed a fusillade of negative ads against the most extreme, right-wing candidate, a state senator named Todd Akin, deliberately attacking him for the very positions and controversial comments they knew from polling would endear him to the Republican base. McCaskill and her strategists deemed Akin her most beatable general election opponent and set out to get him there. Investing $1.7 million of her own campaign funds, the Democratic senator helped lift Akin from a distant second place to Republican nominee -- and then soundly trounced him by more than 15 points in the general election. It became a fabled Washington parlor trick. McCaskill...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler expressed disappointment in the political turmoil surrounding the local race for state’s attorney.  He noted that the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union had thrown its support in the upcoming Republican primary behind Alison Healey, who previously worked as a prosecutor in the Harford County State’s Attorney. READ MORE: Gov. Hogan's Former Chief Of Staff Roy McGrath Charged With Falsification Of Records In Federal Case“Sadly, this endorsement has now been twisted into a negative expression of no confidence in Mr. Peisinger,” Gahler said. The Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union announced on Sunday that its members have lost faith and confidence in Harford County State’s Attorney Al Peisinger. The union consists of over 300 members who have “become increasingly alarmed at the lengths Al Peisinger has stooped to mischaracterize his support and demonize the hard-working deputies of Harford County,” union officials said in a statement. In its statement, the union cited “Peisinger’s lack of leadership” as a problem and claimed that it has led to the deterioration of trust. “This deterioration of trust...
    CALABASAS, Calif. (KABC) -- It was standing-room only during a Las Virgenes Unified School Board meeting where parents and students were frustrated.The controversy is over the firing of Calabasas High School basketball coach Jena Laolagi.She was let go on April 13 and isn't sure why."I was just given no reason as to why I was not renewed for next year," she said.Allegations made by parents and others claim the reason is because Laolagi did not give the superintendent's daughter playing time on the team."I think at the end of the day, Jena was let go for something as unfortunate as high school politics," said Samantha Ducharme, who worked with Laolagi. "I think the more we see basketball in high school, it's attached straight to politics. It's attached to parents, it's attached to power, [and] it's attached to money."According to parents, Laolagi brought the girls team to a winning record.During Wednesday's board meeting, students expressed their disappointment."The coach, who has given her heart to the program, was fired and I still have no idea what valid reason there was to do...
    Fox News host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery on Monday goofily complained as her show played a song by Bruce Springsteen—“a big commie,” she said—during its return from commercial break. Fox News midday panel show Outnumbered bumped in with The Boss’s 1985 hit “Glory Days,” and the former MTV VJ could be seen reacting in lighthearted disgust. When guest co-host Bill Barr asked if she doesn’t like the song, Kennedy declared: “I don’t like Bruce Springsteen. I think he’s a big commie.” She continued: “I like ‘Glory Days,’ I like ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ la la la la la, but he turned into a massive pinko.” Of course, Springsteen never “turned out” to have the left-wing politics so offensive to Kennedy: His politics were open from the start. He modeled himself after protest folk icon Woody Guthrie from the outset and the latter song she mentioned as liking has never not been a very famously leftist critique of American patriotism and the displacement of Vietnam War veterans. Barr, too, jumped on the glib assessment of Springsteen, adding: “I agree.”
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) accused the Biden administration on Friday of playing politics with federal disaster aid for tornado victims in his state. Florida requested Individual Assistance for Lee and Charlotte counties on Jan. 24 after tornadoes ripped through the area on Jan. 16. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied that request on Tuesday saying the damage “was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies.” DeSantis vowed to appeal the decision while speaking to the press from a Fort Myers mobile home community. “These things should be above politics when people have needs like this,” DeSantis said. “Since Biden’s been president, seems like whatever they can do to thumb their nose at Florida, you know, they try to do it.” “I mean, they cut our monoclonal antibody funding. It’s true,” DeSantis charged, bringing Covid-19 politics into the mix. DeSantis is correct that the funding was cut, but he omitted the reason the federal government had cited: that monoclonal antibodies were not effective against the Omicron...
    FIRST ON FOX – Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Wednesday will condemn progressive politicians for their criminal reform policies, which she argues have led to spikes in violent crime in major U.S. cities."More and more felons are being released across the country as a result of permissive policies being pushed by progressive politicians and lenient district attorneys who view punishment as the real crime," Ernst will say in her Wednesday remarks alongside Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Roy Blunt of Missouri. The U.S. murder rate reached a 25-year high in 2021, with more than 19,600 people killed nationwide, according to FBI data examined by data analyst Jeff Asher and shared by the New York Times. It’s the closest the nation has come to the high-crime scourge of the early '90s. Sen. Joni Ernst speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. (Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images) Murders across 22 major U.S. cities increased 44% in 2021 compared to 2019 and 5% compared to 2020. There were...
    This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 10, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: Have a fantastic evening. And in the spirit of good cheer, we are passing to Sean Hannity nine seconds early.SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: By the way, we've got to -- we've got to face the reality. It truly is Watters world and we're just a part of it. It's all Watters' world.CARLSON: I'm okay with that.HANNITY: I'm okay. Listen, congratulations. He's worked hard and we're very all very happy for him. He's been a big part of our team here at FOX. So, Tucker, thank you.CARLSON: Amen.HANNITY: And welcome to the special edition of HANNITY: Failure of the liberal elites.Now, tonight, we will expose the left's misinformation campaign on everything from vaccines to COVID testing, treatments, therapeutics.But we begin with the misinformation surrounding the Democrats' favorite and basically only topic of conversation and that is January 6, 2021.Now, for the past year, if you turn on fake news CNN or MSDNC,...
    The ACLU vowed to take Joe Biden's government 'back to court' in a statement provided to DailyMail.com after the civil rights group announced that settlement talks to compensate migrants separated under Donald Trump broke down The Biden administration is withdrawing from settlement talks to compensate migrant families separated under former President Donald Trump, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed on Thursday. The civil rights group accused President Joe Biden of 'playing politics' for pulling out of the negotiations.  'After our government deliberately abused young children by separating them from their families, today they've walked away from negotiations to help those who were traumatized heal,' the ACLU stated on its Twitter account. 'Candidate Biden promised to help these children and families. But today, President Biden is shamefully playing politics with their lives and futures. We will never forget who takes action to help these families — and who turns their backs on them.' The government will instead defend itself in individual lawsuits brought forth by the ACLU and other groups on behalf of migrant families rather than distribute class-wide payments.  His...
    Immigration activists walked out of a meeting with President Joe Biden’s top officials Saturday for standing by their decision to reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy. Activists read a statement to the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Esther Olavarria and members of the Department of Homeland Security before the start of the virtual meeting, according to Politico. The activists told officials that they are “playing politics with human lives.” “We have sadly reached a turning point,” they said, according to the outlet. The pro-immigration advocates then left the meeting. “I cannot stand one more meeting of them pretending,” said immigration advocate Ariana Saludares, the outlet reported. “They give us accolades on the outside, but on the inside, we’re having to take out the metaphoric knives on our back.” Advocate Luis Guerra told the outlet that the administration fears “backlash” from immigration activists, who believe that they are not truly fighting to open entry for asylum seekers. (RELATED: Ted Cruz: ‘The Border Has Been A Catastrophe Since Biden Ripped Up The Remain In Mexico Policy)  Here is a picture of...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Illinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended his decision to not support the John LewisJohn LewisWhat's at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule A holistic approach to climate equity Senate Judiciary squares off over John Lewis voting rights bill MORE Voting Rights Act, saying, "Democrats have to quit playing politics." While appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Kinzinger was asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE why he didn't support the bill and whether he believed there was a bipartisan effort that Republicans could get behind. "I certainly hope there is. I think there is," said Kinzinger. "Look, you can call a bill the Voting Rights Act, and then...
    Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” that President Joe Biden was playing pathetic political games with people’s lives by rationing Florida’s supply of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody. DeSantis said, “We set up 25 different sites throughout the state telling people that early treatment saves lives. What we were seeing is when we have the Delta surge, most of the people being admitted to the hospital not only didn’t get monoclonal antibodies, they didn’t even know about monoclonal antibodies. This is not something that people like Fauci were talking about. So we helped raise the profile and also expand access. The results are the statewide hospital census for COVID patients has gone down 34 days in a row. Our hospital admissions on a daily basis have gone down about 75%.” He continued, “Here’s the thing, when it’s apparent that it works, that is on the Biden administration decided to take from Florida and to cut our allotment. So what we had to do— and the reason is they control all the Regeneron, they had a deal with them, so they dramatically cut our supply. So what we did — we did a deal with GlaxoSmithKline, who also has an effective monoclonal antibody. So we now...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon on Monday during the handoff from Chris Cuomo said that supporters of former President Donald Trump were not in “reality” and should face consequences for the damage they’re doing to our democracy by believing Trump won in 2020. Lemon said, “There is one political party in this country that is working on reality, and that is the Democratic Party. But even in that, they’re not governing very well at the moment. They are not performing the duty of being good politicians in the moment. They don’t see the urgency of what is happening across the country with voting rights, the urgency of what is happening with the big lie. They are still operating on thinking that ‘Oh, everything is normal. You know, we’ve got to play politics, as usual.’ It’s not politics as usual. What is happening of the right is not politics as usual. What is happening on the right is not right. It’s wrong. They should pay the consequences for what they’re doing to our democracy, the damage they’re doing to our democracy, and the...
    International rap star Nicki Minaj went head to head with MSNBC host Joy Reid in a Twitter feud Monday after defending the right for people to choose whether to be vaccinated against coronavirus. "Candace" host Candace Owens joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Tuesday to support Minaj in her push against the leftist agenda, saying it's "good for her" for not conforming as other Hollywood stars easily do. "These are the people, by the way, that when they’re running, they go around and get [celebrities] to endorse them," she said. "They try to get them to speak on behalf of them and Nicki Minaj is not playing that game." NICKI MINAJ FIRES BACK AT MSNBC'S REID FOR VACCINE SKEPTICISM SCOLDING: ‘THIRSTY TO DOWN ANOTHER BLACK WOMAN’ Minaj’s rebellion has granted the public a glimpse into what the elite truly think of so-called celebrity allies, Owens suggested, after some headlines reportedly shot the artist down for being uneducated on the matter. Video"At the end of the day, what they actually think – the Democrats – is that these people are stupid,"...
    President Biden laid down a stark challenge to Republican governors he accused of playing 'pandemic politics' on Thursday: Help America beat COVID-19 or reckon with the power of the federal government. Unveiling policies that will require most federal employees to get vaccinated, Biden took angry aim at those getting in the way of mask mandates and vaccine plans.   'What makes it incredibly more frustrating is we have the tools to combat COVID-19 and a distinct minority of Americans supported by a distinct minority of elected officials are keeping us from turning the corner,' he said at the White House. 'These pandemic politics are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.' The pointed remarks and the new raft of policies represent Biden's most aggressive steps yet to end the pandemic amid surging cases of COVID-19, triggered by the fast-spreading Delta variant and a reservoir of millions of unvaccinated people. 'If these governors won't help us beat the pandemic, I'll use my powers as president to get them out of the way,' said President Biden as he attacked people getting...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary accused President Joe Biden’s administration of using the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine to distract from Afghanistan. Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the guest on Tuesday morning after scoffing at the fact that Biden made headlines this week for reasons other than the Taliban’s ongoing takeover. The headlines in question? Those highlighting the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine. Makary argued that Monday’s headlines, as well as most recent headlines regarding information on Covid-19 and the vaccine, have been a tactic used to divert attention from Afghanistan. “Medical advice is sacred. It should not be used to distract from headlines,” Makary reasoned, adding, “If you look at what happened, within hours of the viral video of the Afghan airport, the White House leaked to the The New York Times and The Washington Post that they were going to announce the next day boosters for all Americans despite no evidence to support that it reduces severe illness, and without any CDC or FDA guidance on it.” Several research studies, including one by Israel’s Maccabi healthcare...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Monday he is playing politics with Americans’ health regarding the Chinese coronavirus. “I don’t want to get into the politics, but sometimes you almost have to,” Fauci stated to USA Today when asked what he thought of those who are forming their own opinions about coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates: It’s all part of this propagation of almost an alternative reality. It went back to the days when I was on the task force in the Trump administration: ‘This is going to go away. It doesn’t really exist; don’t worry about it.’ It’s the same mentality, and I don’t want to kick the cages, but a night doesn’t go by when Fox News doesn’t say a lie about me. “A day doesn’t go by that some congressman, some senator propagates something that is completely misleading and completely untrue,” Fauci added. Meanwhile, on Monday, White House officials are reportedly frustrated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lack of coronavirus data transparency. “Top Biden officials are growing frustrated with the lack of internal visibility into data being...
    MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski on Monday sounded off on the “death cult figures” in the GOP fighting vaccine mandates in the name of personal liberty or pushing incorrect information regarding vaccines. Brzezinski highlighted how the “crazed politicians” on the right like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX) who have pushed back against lockdowns and heavy restrictions. “[T]hese same ghoulish death cult figures are fighting vaccines, local control over school safety, and the right for businesses to protect their workers and customers,” Brzezinski declared. “Fed by disinformation from Facebook and crazed politicians — crazed — 70% of Americans who tell pollsters they will not get the vaccine support Republicans.” According to Brzezinski, DeSantis “owns” the recent surge in cases in Florida because he is “more interested in playing politics than saving lives.” “We have a governor more interested in playing politics than saving lives — the DeSantis variant,” she lamented. “That’s why one in four new COVID cases are coming out of Florida, And why many of their emergency rooms are once again jam-packed, and...
    The highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 has been raging in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis — much to the chagrin of health experts — has issued an executive order barring school districts from imposing mask mandates. But Florida isn't the only state where far-right MAGA Republicans have implemented policies that promote the spread of COVID-19. And liberal economist Paul Krugman, in his August 2 column for the New York Times, slams DeSantis and other Republicans whose anti-science policies are making the COVID-19 pandemic worse than it has to be in the United States. "Since the pandemic began, many conservatives have insisted that actions to limit the death toll — social distancing, wearing a mask and now, getting vaccinated — should be matters of personal choice," Krugman writes. "Does that position make any sense? Well, driving drunk is also a personal choice. But almost everyone understands that it's a personal choice that endangers others." I've been doing some number-crunching on Florida, which has become the poster child for red-state Covid disaster; n… https://t.co/G38ZkqjtGz — Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1627908420.0 ...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday slammed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the Republican governor of choosing "politics" over "public health."  DeSantis, an outspoken opponent of coronavirus restrictions like state-level mask mandates, has been repeatedly floated as a potential 2024 challenger to President Biden.  During her daily press briefing Monday, Psaki said the Biden administration was "ready and available" to provide federal assistance, "whether that is Florida or any other part of the country," after the Sunshine State broke two coronavirus-related records over the weekend with the highest number of reported cases in a day and the highest number of hospitalizations per capita.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) FLORIDA BREAKS RECORD FOR COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS "Twenty percent of the cases we're seeing are in Florida," Psaki said. "There are steps and precautions that can be taken," she continued, "including encouraging people to get vaccinated, encouraging people to wear masks, including allowing schools to mandate masks and...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been urging residents of his state to get vaccinated for COVID-19, inspiring some far-right anti-vaxxers to denounce him as a traitor to the MAGA cause. Yet DeSantis opposes mask mandates and panders to MAGA extremists by attacking expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci every chance he gets. And when Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday, August 2, he slammed DeSantis for playing political games while the COVID-19 Delta variant goes from bad to worse in the Sunshine State. Joining @Morning_Joe in a few to discuss Florida’s response to the Covid surge (or lack thereof). #Florida #MorningJoe — Dave Aronberg (@Dave Aronberg) 1627898360.0 One in five new COVID-19 infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is in Florida. But on July 30, DeSantis signed an executive order blocking public schools in Florida from issuing mask mandates. At least two Florida counties were planning to require face masks in public schools, but DeSantis' order — as "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski pointed out...
    The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world's largest police organization, slammed stalled criminal justice reform negotiations in Congress, telling one powerful House Democrat to "quit playing politics with people’s lives." Lawmakers have been working on a bipartisan police reform bill ever since the murder of George Floyd last summer, prompting changes to policing standards on a federal level, but progress has been stalled as the deadline for an agreement continues to get pushed back. FOP National President Patrick Yoes sent a strongly worded letter on Friday to the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., regarding a recent draft of the House's criminal justice reform bill. Yates wrote that the House bill could "have a disastrous effect on the ability of law enforcement agencies nationwide to cope with the exploding violent crime rate." BIDEN DOJ'S POLICE REFORM AGENDA 'DANGEROUS': LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVOCATES He also mentioned that FOP and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) have been working closely with Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., in the Senate to draft legislation...
    The widow of a former Mississippi state lawmaker is accusing the sheriff handling the death of his wife and sister of "playing politics," NBC News reports. Brandon Henley's wife, Ashley Henley, was reportedly found dead on Sunday in the same location where the body of his sister, Kristina Michelle Jones, was discovered in December. The Henleys had been adamant about their suspicions that Jones had been the victim of foul play after she was found dead in a burned trailer. Her death was ruled as "inconclusive," and Brandon Henley said investigators hadn't detected smoke in her lungs, suggesting the fire was not her cause of death, notes The Washington Post. Brandon Henley claims local law enforcement didn't take their suspicions seriously until the passing of his wife, a former Republican state representative. "The sheriff didn't care until my wife was murdered," Brandon Henley told NBC News. "The way he tried to handle the case — he's not there for the people, he's there for the politics." Yalobusha County Sheriff Mark D. Fulco did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. The bodies of both Ashley Henley and Jones...
    The man who slapped Emmanuel Macron across the face yesterday is a 28-year-old medieval role-playing fan who owns a copy of Mein Kampf and lives with his mother, police have revealed. Long-haired and bespectacled Damien Tarel was bundled to the ground by bodyguards after striking the president and crying out: 'Montjoie Saint Denis,' an old royalist war cry, 'A Bas La Macronie' ('Down with Macronia').  The grievous security breach has overshadowed the start of a Macron's 'Tour de France,' intended to gauge public opinion after a year of lockdowns, and drew condemnation from across the political spectrum. Police searched Tarel's home where they uncovered weapons, a Soviet flag, a copy of Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto, fantasy novels, Japanese comics and military simulation games. In the immediate aftermath, a police source had claimed Tarel was an 'anarchist,' but detectives are now working on the basis he subscribes to a sort of 'ideological mush,' Le Parisien newspaper reported. A source close to the investigation described him as someone who was 'a bit lost, a bit geeky, a bit of a gamer'.  Scroll...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi: 'Personally devastated' by latest mass shooting in home state GOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Infrastructure, Greene consume Washington MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission Mother of Brian Sicknick asking to meet GOP senators before Jan. 6 vote McConnell offers praise for Biden administration's response to Myanmar coup MORE (R-Ky.) for playing politics over a bill establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 rots at the U.S. Capitol. Manchin issued a strongly-worded statement saying there was “no excuse” for Republicans to vote against the commission, and accused McConnell of blocking the commission to help the GOP avoid the topic ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when the Senate majority will be in play. “There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against the commission since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for,” Manchin said. “Mitch McConnell has made this his political position, thinking...
    The Chinese government is accusing President Biden of playing politics by calling for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.  Biden "does not care about facts and truth, nor is it interested in serious scientific origin tracing," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Thursday, according to The Associated Press.    Zhao also said the U.S. should also be transparent about how the virus spread in America.  “The U.S. side claims that it wants China to participate in a comprehensive, transparent, evidence-based international investigation,” Zhao said. “We would like to ask the U.S. side to do the same as China and immediately cooperate with the World Health Organization on origin tracing research in a scientific manner.” On Wednesday, Biden asked the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to determine where the virus, which was first reported at an animal market in Wuhan, China, originated. He signaled that top U.S. health officials are considering whether it could have occurred naturally or came from a Chinese lab in Wuhan.  “As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gave his initial reaction to the CDC's new guidance that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors on "America Reports," Thursday, and said "it's about damn time." SEN. TED CRUZ: It's about damn time that we should be following the science and not playing politics. And from the beginning of COVID, there's been far too much politics connected to it.  Look, when it comes to masks, I've never understood the extreme on either side. I've never been one of those people who said, 'Never wear a mask.' I would wear a mask on an airplane, when I went to a grocery store, particularly when the pandemic was raging. But once I got my vaccine, once other people were getting vaccinated, I stopped wearing masks.  And I got to say, I think Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been playing politics with COVID-19, and they've been playing politics by keeping schools shut down. The science is absolutely clear. Kids should be in school, in-person today. The science is unequivocal on that…...
    SEN. Ted Cruz hailed new CDC guidelines that mean fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in most settings - but blasted Joe Biden for playing "politics with Covid." "It's about damn time," the Texas Republican told Fox News of the new guidance on Thursday, shortly after the CDC unveiled the direction. 6Ted Cruz spoke to Fox News to hail the new mask guidance, insisting the measure was long overdue 6Cruz also accused Biden and Harris of 'playing politics with COVID'Credit: AFP "We should be following the science and not playing politics," Cruz continued, "and from the beginning of Covid there's been far too much politics connected to it." When it comes to masks, Cruz said he's never "been extreme on either side", but said once he was fully vaccinated he no longer felt the need to. "I've gotta say, I think Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been playing politics with Covid-19. And they've been playing politics with keeping schools shut down - and the science is absolutely clear that kids should...
    More On: andrew cuomo Cuomo doesn’t appear to have plan for vaccine-hesitant New Yorkers ‘Private matter’: Cuomo blocks release of COVID nursing home data sent to feds Gov. Cuomo refuses to address sexual harassment claims, calls to resign This week in whoppers: Cuomo’s arrogance, Jarrett’s twisted logic and more ALBANY — State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, despite standing with Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week, was prodded to reiterate her call for his resignation Friday when the governor accused her of playing politics.  Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) stood next to Cuomo and thanked him repeatedly on Wednesday at a vaccine-related event in her district, which drew sharp criticism of the top Democrat as she had previously led the charge in calling for him to step down amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, including from several former staffers. But just two days later, on Friday, Cuomo slammed her call for him to step down as “political.”  “You appeared with the Senate Majority Leader for the first time this week since she called for your resignation … how that has impacted your...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” host Chris Cuomo scolded Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for not wearing a mask even though Cruz has been vaccinated, by saying that vaccinated people can still get infected because the vaccines don’t provide 100% protection against infection. Cuomo also stated that even though an extremely small percentage of the vaccinated population have gotten infected, “the only way to keep the number down is to listen to science. They all know it. They’re just playing politics, and people are dying.” Cuomo said that not all the Senate staff and media members have been vaccinated, “and the current CDC guideline states very clearly that if you’re vaccinated, you’ve got to still keep taking precautions like wearing a mask. You can still get sick, you won’t be as sick, but you could give it to somebody else. So, he’s not just wrong, but he’s doing it for the wrong reason. And he knows experts are still learning how vaccines affect COVID spread. We know this. We know it’s not 100%. The latest CDC data makes it...
    Meghan McCain said Wednesday on “The View” that Democratic Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s demand for more Asian-American representation could backfire. Duckworth said she would be a “no” vote on any cabinet nominations until President Joe Biden put forth an AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) candidate. However, McCain argued she could be playing into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hands. (RELATED: ‘McConnell Is An Absolute Gangster’: Meghan McCain Says Republicans Should Replace RBG, But Beware) WATCH: “Meghan, when you see somebody say, hey, listen, I need us to be represented, do you think she should have done it differently?” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked. “There’s nothing Mitch McConnell loves more than this,” McCain began. “There will be more no votes from Democrats unless people are being put in cabinet positions.” McCain believed cabinet posts were of the utmost importance in any administration, and for that reason, they should be filled based on qualifications rather than demographics. “The question Democrats have to reconcile with right now is whether or not race and gender are more important than qualification,” McCain continued....
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to play "racial politics" amid the pressure of the recall effort that is gaining momentum, Fox News contributor Leo Terrell said on Wednesday. "I'm so sick of the Democrats. Normally, they play the race card every four years. They're playing the race card every day, 24/7," Terrell told "Fox & Friends." Terrell said Newsom’s claim that the recall effort being supported by extremist groups is a "big lie." "Last year was the first time that I wanted to leave this state. Why? Because he basically locked it down for no reason. He didn't follow the science and he deserved to be recalled. But the lies about who supports this recall, it's everyone of all colors, shapes, sizes and all political parties." NEWSOM SUGGESTS RECALL MOTIVES ARE RACIST California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested a racist motive behind the effort to recall him, saying the authors of the petition fear California is becoming less White under his leadership. "Look at the petition, look at the actual reasons they themselves listed. It has to do with immigration. The ‘Browning’ of California," Newsom said,...
    Actress Rachel Brosnahan plays a feisty female who battles not just enemies of the nation but also societal perceptions in her upcoming film The Courier. The actress, who courted global fame with her starring role in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, essays the role of Emily, a CIA operative involved in a dangerous do or die mission in The Courier. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 3 Review: Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein Are At Their Best and Remain the Highlight Even as Supporting Characters Underwhelm. Brosnahan said: “I appreciated that Emily was a character who helped drive the action, and that (director) Dominic (Cooke) and (writer) Tom (O’Connor) wanted to figure out a way to include a female voice in the room, but didn’t overlook the unique challenges that she would face as a woman at the time.” The Courier: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Film Is All Set to Release on March 19. Talking about the nuances of Emily and her cunning ways, she added: “To get what she wants, Emily must appear non-threatening. I think Emily believes that she’s the smartest person in the...
    Politics is too serious a matter to be left to apprentices. This phrase, which is evidently the imitation of another very popular one, fits very well into the worrying political destabilization that we are suffering these days in Spain. On several occasions we have criticized that practically all the politicians and policies that govern and administer us for some time, hardly coincide in their lack of experience. The youth is fundamental in everything that may condition the future, but to do it successfully you also need to have the experience of the elders. And much more in politics: it is very risky that a person, however bright and intelligent, can handle public affairs well, firstly without assuming the responsibility that this implies and, secondly, without mastering the operation of one of the most important activities. complex as is politics. That largely explains the lack of awareness imposed by the public service versus personal interest, which in this case consists of getting more votes to achieve and maintain power. Not otherwise can a hasty interpretation of the destabilization process that is...
    An Arizona sheriff warned that the United States is “in serious trouble” due to the Biden administration’s immigration policies that will cause a “huge crisis.” "Where it's going is a huge crisis,” said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels. “It’s already knocking on that door. There’s no doubt about it. Talking to my federal partners, talking to local law enforcement, talking to our health department — I mean, when it comes to public safety, national security, when it comes to the health pandemic, we’re in trouble. We’re seriously in trouble, and this all started under the word 'politics.'” Dannels said President Biden failed to consult with Arizona lawmakers before making immigration enforcement decisions, leaving the state to “pick up the pieces” at a border that is “wide open” for cartels. “When this administration failed to engage with my governor, my attorney general, our health departments, our emergency services coordinator, along with other border states and beyond, that’s when it started. So, we’re trying to pick up the pieces right now. It’s an unfunded mandate by the federal government to local communities,”...
    Ohio sues U.S. Census Bureau over delay in population data A 2017 Jen Psaki tweet questioning the legality of bombing Syria is reemerging after Biden launched an air strike © Getty/Emilio Andreoli/Lintao Zhang Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LeBron James. Getty/Emilio Andreoli/Lintao Zhang Zlatan Ibrahimovic says LeBron James should stop talking politics and stick to basketball. James has long been a campaigner for social justice in the United States. "Stay out of it, do what you're best at because it doesn't look good," the AC Milan striker said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken aim at NBA star LeBron James by saying he should stop getting involved in politics and stick to playing basketball. James has long been a campaigner for social justice in the United States. He is at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, and in June launched his "More Than a Vote" initiative which focused on improving voter turnout and reducing voter suppression in the Black community. He was also critical of Donald Trump during his tenure as president,...
    The complaints against the senators who will reject President Biden’s Office of Management and Budget director nominee Neera Tanden are an example of the left using "identity politics," Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said on Tuesday. "Some of the complaints that we've been hearing is that it's because of her race and her gender is why her nomination is in trouble. That is the most racist and sexist thing you can say because you're arguing here that they shouldn't be asking hard questions, they shouldn't be pointing their finger ... They're just being mean," Bruce told "Fox & Friends."  The host of "Get Tammy Bruce" on Fox Nation highlighted that "many people of color and women" who "have gone through the Senate confirmation process have been fine."  "People should realize this isn't just that kind of a section of politics. This is about identity politics," Bruce said. NEERA TANDEN, XAVIER BECERRA UNDER FIRE AS BIDEN NOMINEES FIGHT TO SURVIVE CONFIRMATION BATTLES President Biden is standing behind a pair of Cabinet picks facing uphill battles -- including Neera Tanden, his nominee to lead the Office...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — U.S. Representative Charlie Crist sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate favoritism concerns after Governor Ron DeSantis opened a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site in wealthy Florida neighborhoods. Governor DeSantis denies any wrong doing but Crist, a former Florida governor himself, disagrees. He and other Democrat leaders including Agriculture Commission Nikki Fried, claim the Manatee County site and others target wealthy retirement communities with political connections to DeSantis. READ MORE: Disregard Governors Forthcoming Order: Floridas Nikki Fried Wont Lower State Flags For Rush Limbaugh DeSantis has always said seniors 65 and up would be a priority in COVID vaccination distribution efforts, but when a reporter last week, questioned why he choose Lakewood Ranch, the governor replied, “Would they rather us send it to other counties? “It was a choice about where is there a high concentration of seniors,” DeSantis continued. “It wasn’t choosing one ZIP code over another.” He also said, “If Manatee County doesn’t like us doing this, we are totally fine with putting this in counties...
    New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to "stop playing politics" and "admit a mistake" in ordering nursing homes to take in COVID-positive patients, two Brooklyn brothers who lost their father in the pandemic told "America Reports" Friday. Daniel and Peter Arbeeny, two longtime Democrats, told co-hosts John Roberts and Sandra Smith they want the governor to speak frankly with them and those who lost loved ones. "He said the same thing today as he said when we claimed that the death [count] of 6,800 was wrong. They were misleading, and they were hiding the numbers. So he has made this political," said Peter Arbeeny. "He shouldn't be saying the same thing today, because the facts are that we were correct five, six months ago, because the numbers went from 6,800 [deaths] to 15,000. "So he cannot use the same political rhetoric and say ... that this is a political football by the Republican Party," Peter added. "I'm a Democrat. I became a Democrat because of his [Cuomo's] father, because I believed in the Democratic Party and his father attracted me to it." VideoCuomo's father Mario served three terms as the state's governor and was a...
    LeBron James is still going strong at age 36. James has entered his 18th NBA season with a fury, playing some of the best basketball of his career. The reigning Finals MVP is on an absolute roll, as he has led the Los Angeles Lakers to one of the best records in the NBA. His performances have sparked MVP considerations, and one teammate thinks it is absolutely deserved. Anthony Davis gives MVP endorsement for LeBron Anthony Davis spoke to the press after the Lakers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He believes that LeBron James should win the MVP award this season. However, given the contentious nature of the MVP voting, he doesn’t know if he will but reaffirmed that he deserves to win. It is a significant stamp of approval from a quality teammate and player. James has easily been the best player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. So far this season, James has averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Anthony Davis has had a slow start to the season, and hence, James has had...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hialeah’s mayor is lashing out at the state, accusing the governor’s office of playing politics with the a href=”https://miami.cbslocal.com/category/coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez sent a letter to both Florida Senators and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart asking for help. Hernandez said Hialeah paramedics and medical facilities are ready to vaccinate seniors but have not been provided with vaccines. “There’s been arguments that Hialeah has not received these vaccines because there’s a problem with me and the governor. I don’t have a problem with the governor. How can I have a problem with a person I have not seen since the beginning of the coronavirus issue. A person that’s been disappearing from this community?” said Mayor Hernandez. Meanwhile, on Thursday, City of Miami paramedics went to the Victoria Senior Apartments in Little Havana to distribute vaccines. TRENDING ON CBSMIAMI.COM Florida Commissioner Refuses To Quit After Pence Comments, ‘He’ll Face Pitchforks And Torches For Failing To Overturn The Presidential Election’ ‘It’s A Sad Place’: Mar-A-Lago Members Leaving Following Former President...
    Savannah Rychcik December 30, 2020 0 Comments Vice President Mike Pence is issuing his own criticism of President-elect Joe Biden after he suggested the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout has been slower than expected. “Operation Warp Speed is on track to distribute 20 Million doses of Coronavirus Vaccine by next week,” Pence wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening. He added, “Millions of Americans have been vaccinated and we are working with States every day to vaccinate millions more. This is no time for playing politics!” Operation Warp Speed is on track to distribute 20 Million doses of Coronavirus Vaccine by next week. Millions of Americans have been vaccinated and we are working with States every day to vaccinate millions more. This is no time for playing politics!https://t.co/KUKf1Szd0p— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 30, 2020 While delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, Biden said, “The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is falling behind, far behind. We’re grateful to the companies, the doctors, the scientists, the researchers the clinical trial participants, and Operation Warp Speed for developing the vaccines...
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