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    The Department of Homeland Security is considering calling on volunteers for reinforcement at the southern border, fearing an onslaught of migrants that would far outweigh its resources.    The U.S. could be just hours away from another wave of mass migration if the Biden administration lifts Title 42, a provision border agents have relied on to quell the border crisis during the pandemic. DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien asked employees 'to consider stepping forward to support the DHS Volunteer Force,' according to an email, more than a year after the volunteer force was activated for last year's migrant surge. The volunteer force has also been called up to assist with Afghan evacuee resettlement operation last year, and the 2019 migrant surge. More than 1,400 employees have volunteered, according to the email, seen by Fox News. '[Customs and Border Protection] continues to encounter large numbers of individuals at the Southwest Border,' the email says. 'We are seeking your help to support our CBP frontline workforce.'  It comes as a new report shows more than 170,000 migrants are waiting on the Mexican-side of the...
    White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced his decision to depart Thursday, after a year of leading President Joe Biden’s team. “I called on Jeff Zients to lead my Administration’s COVID-19 response because there is no one better at delivering results than Jeff,” Biden said in a 486-word statement released by the White House to mark Zients’ departure. Zients was the voice behind every video call coronavirus briefing and coordinated the response from both Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “He is a man of service and an expert manager,” Biden said. “I will miss his counsel and I’m grateful for his service.” Under Zients, the Biden administration was caught off guard by the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants of the virus, leaving the country unprepared. He also oversaw the administration’s response during a testing shortage around the Christmas season, which left Americans frustrated. The president noted under Zients’ leadership, Americans were finally starting to get back to “more normal routines” even as another wave of the virus threatens to ramp...
    President Joe Biden will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday after the administration warned Beijing of severe consequences if they came to Russia's aid in the Ukraine. The call is 'part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the United States and the PRC [People's Republic of China],' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Thursday.  'The two Leaders will discuss managing the competition between our two countries as well as Russia's war against Ukraine and other issues of mutual concern,' she noted. Biden and Xi last spoke in November, when they held a three and a half hour virtual meeting.   Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was in Rome earlier this week, where he was trying to keep China - Russia's most powerful diplomatic partner - from coming to President Vladimir Putin's aid in his invasion of the Ukraine. Putin was in Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games where he met with Xi.  President Joe Biden will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday after the...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration is discussing ways to help Ukrainian refugees join family members already living in the US by providing special pathways for their admission, according to multiple sources. Under mounting pressure to step up their efforts, Biden administration officials have been considering a range of options, including a fast-track path for those fleeing the Russian invasion as well as a special admission process into the US based on humanitarian grounds, according to one source familiar with the discussions. The proposals could potentially help hundreds of Ukrainians fleeing the violence. More than 3 million refugees have fled war-torn Ukraine to neighboring countries in a span of weeks, prompting calls for more nations -- and specifically the US -- to take in refugees. Polish President Andrzej Duda personally asked Vice President Kamala Harris last week to speed up and simplify the procedures allowing Ukrainians with family in the US to come to the country. Biden has faced increased pressure in the last several days to do more to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russia, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr...
    Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed international relations expert and contributor for The Epoch Times, Dominick Sansone, to comment upon the escalation of war between Russia and Ukraine and Putin’s popularity. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by The Epoch Times columnist Dominick Sansone, who is an expert on Ukraine and Eastern Europe, and Russia. Welcome, Dominick. Sansone: Hi, Mike. Leahy: You were with us back on February 25th, before Russia invaded Ukraine. A lot has happened since. What is your take on the current situation there? And do you have any sense of a possible resolution that stopped short of a worldwide conflagration? Sansone: Actually in October, I wrote a piece for The American Conservative, basically about how Kyiv was increasing the likelihood of war with Russia. And I basically said that the United States, the Biden administration, needs to make it clear that the United States is not going to militarily...
    Corrupt Texas attorney general Ken Paxton The court ruling that blocks the Biden administration’s 100-day halt on deportations. The court ruling that orders the administration to restart the inhumane Remain in Mexico policy. The court ruling that blocks new deportation enforcement guidelines. The court ruling just this month that orders the administration to stop excluding unaccompanied children from harmful border policy. What do they all have in common? Ken Paxton.  The Texas Tribune reports the corrupt attorney general of Texas has led nearly two dozen lawsuits against the Biden administration, including legal action targeting everything from internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy changes to programs reuniting Central American children with family already in the U.S. (the courts have not yet ruled on this particular lawsuit). See, it used to be that the executive office had the power to, you know, tell the government agencies that it controls, like ICE, what to do. But Texas has been suing to subvert that, and it’s doing it because it knows it can. The Texas Tribune reports that “most of its cases—and victories—have played out in Texas courts with judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, who appointed...
    (CNN)Ironies abound in the current Ukraine crisis. And surely one of the cruelest is this: Even as President Joe Biden's administration stands up for Ukraine in the face of Russia's aggression and preaches the values of democracy and freedom, it is under increasing pressure to make nice and cut deals with authoritarians. The spirit of democracy might be alive and well in the struggle to preserve Ukraine's independence. But from Venezuela to Iran to the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia, the Biden administration's interests (oil and regional stability) are competing and perhaps clashing head on with its values. And by the looks of things, hard, cold interests may well win out. Aaron David MillerCasting aside the values vacation of his predecessor, who gravitated toward courting authoritarian leaders, Biden sought to make the fight for democracy the central element of his foreign policy -- a grand struggle with authoritarians for control in the 21st century. What gave Biden's battle for democracy argument real resonance and elevated it from presidential rhetoric to action, however, was Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of...
    The art of modern political communication is all about 'signaling.' 'Signaling' your message as an elected official, party or administration to the public establishes what your philosophical mandate is, who you want to hear it and how you plan to address the biggest issues facing your constituents. Great politicians do this well. I would point to Presidents Clinton, Obama, and Trump as masters at this, while President George W. Bush was -- and President Biden is -- abjectly more clumsy and less sophisticated.  The signals that Biden sends shows he is more concerned with his legacy as an ultra-progressive figure and not as a uniter. It is incredible that a politician who built his good reputation on experiencing pain and guiding others through it seems to completely underestimate how much the country is struggling with inflation, gas costs, rising crime and the frightening likelihood of entering another war. But it was truly shocking to see the Biden administration's latest pathetic attempt at signaling, at such a critical time in the history of America and the world. Last week, the White...
    The Biden administration will shield tens of thousands of Afghans from deportation after deeming the security conditions too dangerous under Taliban rule, as lawmakers ramp up calls for the president to allow Ukrainian refugees to come to the U.S.  The Department of Homeland Security designated Afghanistan under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), meaning immigrants in the U.S. who are eligible for TPS can be shielded from deportation for 18 months. 'Armed conflict that poses a serious threat to the safety of returning nationals is ongoing in Afghanistan as the Taliban seeks to impose control in all areas of the country and Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) conducts attacks against civilians,' DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas noted in an announcement. Many of the more than 76,000 Afghans who came to the U.S. during the frenzied withdrawal can breathe a sigh of relief under the new order.  The evacuees came to the U.S. under a humanitarian classification known as parole rather than under traditional refugee status. Under parole the evacuees cannot apply for permanent residence and are at risk of deportation if their asylum claims are...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday stood by his previous call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be assassinated or otherwise removed from power. At a press conference at the Capitol, the South Carolina Republican was asked about a tweet in which he suggested Putin should be assassinated. Graham said that by invading Ukraine, Putin has “crossed a Rubicon where there's no going back.” “I think the world is better off without Putin,” Graham said. “The sooner the better. And I don't care how we do it.” 'PROTECT OUR SKY': ZELENSKY CALLS FOR NO-FLY ZONE AS CONGRESS GIVES HIM STANDING OVATION Graham argued he doesn’t care if Putin is assassinated or tried for war crimes at the Hague, but he said, “It's time for him to go.” “I wish somebody had taken Hitler out in the '30s,” Graham said, adding that Putin is “not a legitimate leader.” Graham said Putin should be “dealt with” by the Russian people who have been victimized by his regime, stressing, “I'm not asking to set American ground forces...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security will allow Afghans who are in the United States to remain in the country under a form of humanitarian relief, the department announced Wednesday. The relief, known as Temporary Protected Status, applies to people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to homelands devastated by armed conflict or natural disasters, therefore the protections are limited to people already in the United States. The DHS secretary has discretion to designate a country for TPS.The US resettled more than 76,000 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan. Most of those evacuees were paroled into the US for a period of two years and received work permits. They may be eligible for TPS if they don't secure a legal status before that two-year period expires. "This TPS designation will help to protect Afghan nationals who have already been living in the United States from returning to unsafe conditions," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "Under this designation, TPS will also provide additional protections and assurances to trusted partners and vulnerable Afghans who supported the U.S. military, diplomatic,...
    Joe Biden's Climate Task Force insists turning to clean energy is the best way to fight back against President Vladimir Putin 'weaponizing fossil fuels' as the White House continues to blame soaring gas prices on Russia and has recruited TikTok stars to push the narrative. It comes as Republicans insist the president is 'gaslighting' Americans by trying to blame the massive price spike on Russia invading Ukraine, rather than a faulty climate policy that focuses on alternative energy and refuses to tap into resources on American soil. 'The president is literally gaslighting the American people,' Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst said at the Capitol on Tuesday, putting air quotes around the word 'gaslighting.' 'He feels that if he says it enough, people are going to believe that fuel prices were Putin's fault. We know that's not true,' she continued. 'So folks, let's all step up. Let's push this administration to get over their deranged climate policy and let's unleash American energy.' Biden has also recruited and deployed TikTokers to blame soaring inflation on Putin – even though it was a...
    "Refugees fleeing Ukraine walk to the reception centre at the Velke Slemence border crossing on March 13, 2022 in Velke Slemence, Slovakia. " The U.S. refugee resettlement process is lengthy and complicated, taking up to two years to complete. It’s valuable time that vulnerable people all across the globe, like Ukrainian families fleeing their homes at this very moment, don’t have. But in a recent development, CNN reports that the Biden administration is looking at expediting the resettlement of at least some Ukrainians who have U.S. ties. "If there are Ukrainians who are not able to remain safely and for whom resettlement in the United States is a better option, we will work with (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the EU to consider them,” a State Department spokesperson told CNN. “That is not a quick process, and so we will be looking at other options and what more we can do.” This should be a no-brainer, and the least the U.S. can begin to do as nearly 3 million Ukrainians have now fled their homes, per U.N. data. While the Biden administration...
    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...
    Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo received harsh resistance across social media after criticizing the Biden administration’s handling of Russian provoked conflict in Ukraine during Fox and Friends on Sunday. “I was on the phone all weekend with various people about this conflict right now,” started Bartiromo when asked to comment on the conflict. “Ahat I took away from all of my phone calls is the strategy of this administration has been underwhelming and not enough.” Bartiromo then predicted the end of Ukraine as an independent nation, arguing that this will be consequential of the Biden administration’s “slow-walking of a response.” What drew Bartiromo significant backlash across Twitter was this statement: “Some people have told me over the weekend that they feel that at the end of the day this administration does not see Putin as the enemy, they see him as a partner on many issues.” “When is this administration going to get serious in telling Vladimir Putin we are done with partnerships?” the anchor demanded. Bartiromo concluded by saying, “I don’t know how many more deaths we’re going to be talking about until we get there but it seems that right now the outcome is pretty clear.” Condemnation across...
    Saturday Night Live opened with James Austin Johnson's President Joe Biden and Kate McKinnon's Press Secretary Jen Psaki looking to TikTok creators for ways to 'win the information war on social media' amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Actress Zoë Kravitz made her debut appearance on the show, with Rosalia performing 'La Fama' and 'Chicken Teriyaki.'  In her monologue, she discussed her upcoming role as Catwoman in Warner Brother's The Batman - with Kate McKinnon appearing as Catwoman from the 90s, the first black Catwoman - Eartha Kitt - played by Ego Nwodim, a cat lady pushing a real cat in a stroller played by Aidy Bryant, and Katt Williams played by Chris Redd interrupting her monologue. Cast member Pete Davidson was notably absent from Saturday's show for the second week running, disappointing fans who hoped he would hit back at Kanye West after the rapper buried a paper mâché version of the comedian in his 'Eazy' music video earlier this month.  Saturday Night Live opened with James Austin Johnson's President Joe Biden and Kate McKinnon's Press Secretary Jen Psaki looking to TikTok creators...
    by Debra Heine   Sen. Jim Risch (R-Id.) charged during a press conference on Wednesday that not only is the Biden regime allowing Russia to work with Iran on a nuclear deal, it is allowing our two adversaries to negotiate together behind closed doors with no American negotiators present. “It is absolutely stunning that this deal is being negotiated by two of our worst enemies on the planet,” Risch said. “You’ve got the Iranians and the Russians. They won’t even let the Americans in the room!” Risch advised the Biden administration to walk away from the deal. “This is not right,” he said emphatically. “We should walk!” News of Russia’s inclusion in the negotiations come after the U.S. and its European allies imposed sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. “Mr. President, you’re the only one in America doing business with the Russians, stop doing business with the Russians,” Risch added,  slamming his hand on the podium. “Don’t have them negotiating for us, walk on this deal.” Other Republican senators sharply criticized Biden for working with Russia on a...
    Mr. Puzder is the former CEO of CKE Restaurants, a senior fellow at the America First Policy Institute and a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Let's make one thing very clear, oil prices are rising because of President Joe Biden and his delusional green energy policy. I'm no apologist for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and I'm appalled by the war crimes his regime is committing as it wages a voluntary war of aggression against Ukraine. But Putin's war crimes should not get Biden off the hook. The president made it abundantly clear on the campaign trail that his administration would do everything possible to sacrifice domestic energy production on the altar of the left's green energy fantasies. Now, Americans are suffering the consequences. Inflation is at a previously unimaginable 7.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. That's a new 40-year high – for the third month in a row. '[The] inflation report is a reminder that Americans' budgets are being stretched by price increases and families are starting to feel the impacts of Putin's price hike,' said Biden on Thursday. Give...
    (CNN)Immigration arrests in the United States have plunged under President Joe Biden compared to his predecessor, who cast a wide net of who was eligible to be taken into custody, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released Friday. Under Biden, the Department of Homeland Security rolled out a series of policy changes that marked a departure from the Trump administration's aggressive enforcement measures. That included modifying guidance to focus arrests on national security, public safety and border security risks. ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations made more than 74,000 administrative arrests -- for immigration violations -- in fiscal year 2021, according to agency data, down from the Trump administration when annual administrative arrests hovered over 100,000. ICE, under the previous administration, had given officers more latitude to make arrests. Senior ICE officials on Friday emphasized the impact of the pandemic on operations, pointing out the difficulty of comparing the data to past years. "I can't overemphasize how impactful Covid has been on the agency over this, really the past year and a half, but certainly this fiscal year," a senior...
    Rep. Jim Jordan is among the Republican lawmakers trying to mislead the public about the Biden administration and its actions.Graeme Jennings/AP This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Republican lawmakers and right-wing media have responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by waging a misinformation campaign about the Biden administration being “at war with fossil fuels.” The goal, of course, is to leverage the crisis in Eastern Europe to provide more access and regulatory relief to an oil and gas sector that is already very profitable, heavily subsidized, has enormous sway in Washington, and is sitting on unused permits to drill across millions of acres of land and water. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) accused President Joe Biden of leading “a frontal assault on oil and gas.” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) bemoaned Biden’s “backwards, America-last energy policies.” And numerous other industry-backed members of the GOP have spent the days since Russia launched its violent war peddling industry talking points and demanding Biden “unleash” America’s full oil and gas potential. The GOP campaign to blame Biden for both Russia’s...
    Thursday featured the odd occurrence of two vice presidents, one past and one present, in Poland amid Russia's devastating invasion of Ukraine. Former Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Poland along with former first lady Karen Pence to meet with refugees, just as Vice President Kamala Harris was announcing the latest details of U.S. security aide.  The dueling events put Pence closest to the border, encountering refugees bundled up against the cold outside after leaving their country behind amid Russia's brutal invasion. Harris met with world leaders and answered questions from the press, while hosting a select group of refugees at a roundtable.  Pence came with minister Edward Graham of Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical relief group. Pence tweeted that the former second couple were there 'to meet with Ukrainian women and children seeking refuge from war. 2.4 million refugees have already fled Ukraine and nearly 400,000 have already come through the Korczowa border crossing. Former Vice President Mike Pence met with refugees on the Ukrainian border along with wife Karen Pence. He was in Poland at the same time as the...
    The Biden administration is set to extend the mask mandate for public transit another month beyond its March 18 deadline, according tor reports. The order, which has been in place since February 2021 and has been extended numerous times, requires 'persons to wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on any conveyance (e.g., airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, ferries, ships, trolleys, and cable cars) into or within the United States' and while in transportation hubs.  At the same time the Biden administration has pushed a message of moving on from the pandemic. The White House lifted its mask mandate last week two days after the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance and said that Americans in most areas of the country could enter public spaces without a mask.  A slew of Democratic governors had gotten ahead of the CDC and dropped their mask requirements before the guidance was updated.    President Biden urged Americans to return to the office last Friday during remarks. 'Because of the progress we've made fighting COVID, Americans can not only get...
    (CNN)As US oil and gasoline prices skyrocket, politicians in both parties have called for a seemingly easy solution: Drill our way out of the problem to ease prices at the pump and supply additional energy to Europe. "The president must end his war on American energy," Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said in a recent statement. "Republicans have been demanding the administration take the shackles off American energy producers since President Biden took office. We have the energy at home and we must use it." But the US is already the world's top producer of crude oil, producing about 11.6 million barrels of oil per day as of December -- and that supply is increasing, energy experts told CNN. The country is also the world's largest consumer of oil, using about 21 million barrels per day in 2019 -- 20% of the world's total. Why US gas prices are at a record and why theyll stay high for a long timeBuried under US soil lies an estimated 38.2 billion barrels worth of proven oil reserves that are still...
    On Tuesday conservative organizations wrote a letter to the Biden administration urging it to reinstate student loan payments that are costing the U.S. government $5 billion a month.  President Trump first paused payments on federal student loans in March 2020, and President Biden has extended the pause until at least May. The letter, led by Americans for Tax Reform, characterizes the pause as a 'special favor to the progressive elite.'  The groups claim the pause has made inflation worse, having cost taxpayers $100 billion since March 2020. If federal student loan payments resume in May as they are scheduled to do, the pause will have saved borrowers $120 billion in interest.  'Though the Left claims extending the moratorium will help low-income Americans, it's actually giving a free lunch to wealthier individuals,' the letter states, adding that the top 40 percent of earners hold 75 percent of student loan debt. The top 20 percent of households hold $3 in student debt for every $1 held by the bottom 20 percent, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  About 43...
    As gas prices continue to soar, it seems that electric cars are all the Biden administration wants to tackle. Breitbart Entertainment Editor Jerome Hudson breaks it down. We have two guests today. First, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) discusses rising gas prices, her Twitter back and forth with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the Ukraine situation, and removing Russia from power in the United Nations. Then, Breitbart Entertainment Reporter David Ng discusses the left pressuring Disney about Florida’s sex education bill, Netflix shutting down service in Russia, and Alec Baldwin commenting on the lawsuits from the on-set death of Halyna Hutchins. The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of the Day.” SUBSCRIBE for free by clicking your preferred podcast platform below.
    During a Tuesday appearance on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) railed against the Biden administration and Democrats for the record-high gas prices around the United States. Jordan blamed the administration’s “stupid policy decisions” for the soaring gas prices and said that even if President Joe Biden wanted to drill for oil in the United States, “his party won’t let him.” He argued that “Democrats want $7 gas,” as seen in California. “We should ban Russian oil,” Jordan declared. “But that’s only part of the equation — I mean, it’s only half the equation. The real answer is, let’s increase production here. And understand, we’re in this terrible position because of stupid policy decisions from the Biden administration. You all know this — the canceling the Keystone Pipeline, not allowing drilling on federal lands, keeping Anwr open, those are things that need to happen. So, we’ve got to focus on that side of the equation.” “But here’s the problem, Steve,” he continued. “The left doesn’t want to go there. Even if Joe Biden wanted to go there, his...
    Tucker Carlson said the war is causing 'moral panic' as he laid into the Biden administration for escalating tensions with Russia.  Carlson, 52, argued that 'hysteria' has become the 'official public discourse' of the United States and claimed people who speak out against it are 'denounced'. Speaking on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight, he claimed on Monday that the Black Lives Matter movement and the Covid-19 crisis led to two 'moral panics', with the third being the ongoing invasion.  'The Biden administration just inserted itself with force into the middle of a hot war between two foreign powers,' said Carlson in a Fox News opinion piece adapted from his opening speech on Monday.  Fox News' Tucker Carlson, 52, argued that 'hysteria' has become the 'official public discourse' of the United States and claimed people who speak out against it are 'denounced' Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced on Monday the US will use Poland as a cutout to send fighter jets to the government of Ukraine, which will be used to fight the Russian military. 'That means the United States is...
    U.S. President Joe Biden.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Recent news that the White House is considering extending the payment pause for student loan borrowers once more came as a bit of a surprise to some. The Biden administration has been insisting that the bills will resume in May, pointing out that the economy is riding a historic recovery. However, restarting payments for the tens of millions of Americans with student loans after more than two years of being paused will be logistically, and politically, complicated, experts say. As a result, borrowers may not have to worry about the payments for many more months. More from Personal Finance:Big raises may be coming back down to earthThe IRS has sent out nearly 30 million refundsHere's how to qualify for in-state college tuition Here are some reasons another extension could be coming.1. Biden is still weighing student loan forgivenessWhite House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said earlier this month the Biden administration wanted to make its decision on debt cancellation before it turned the payments back on. "The president is going to look at...
    A pair of Iranians in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards' covert-action Quds Force have been plotting an assassination against Trump-era National Security Advisor John Bolton, but the Biden administration is not acting on that intelligence because it doesn't want to foil nuclear deal negotiations. Intelligence community personnel, prosecutors and FBI agents are upset that there have been no indictments against the two men or Quds Force and Iranian leaders, a Justice Department official with knowledge of the investigation told the Washington Examiner. The outlet said while it is withholding certain information for national security reasons, the source was very specific and descriptive in the intelligence supporting the plot, including significant Revolutionary Guard reconnaissance activity and attempts to recruit an assassin in the U.S. President Joe Biden is hoping to resume the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran nuclear accord after Former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement and Iran in turn suspended its compliance and began work on developing nuclear weapons. A new nuclear deal with Iran is currently nearing completion from negotiations in Vienna, Austria....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sunday that the Biden administration has requested $10 billion for aid in Ukraine, as Congress members consider a bill to halt the import of Russian oil. Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young laid out the request for $10 billion in aid on Thursday, asking Congress members to include the money in a planned budget agreement that Congress is trying to finish before a March 11 deadline, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Young said the money would cover 'additional humanitarian, security and economic assistance in Ukraine and the neighboring region in the coming days and weeks.' On Sunday, Pelosi said Congress 'intends to enact this emergency funding this week as part of our omnibus government funding legislation.' 'As President Biden has made crystal clear, American troops will not go to war in Ukraine - but our nation can provide military equipment and support our allies who are supplying airplanes to Ukraine,' she said in a statement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, right, announced on Sunday that the Biden administration...
    This story was originally published at Prism. President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address on March 1 to bipartisan support and applause, but advocates across some of the country’s most pressing issues, including immigration, reproductive rights, and police reform, were left disappointed. Prism spoke to advocates of some of the key issues Biden addressed during his speech and asked for their reactions. Immigration Biden made his bipartisan approach explicitly clear when he addressed immigration. “If we are to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure our border and fix the immigration system,” Biden said during his speech. “We can do both.” Haddy Gassama, UndocuBlack’s policy and advocacy director, said she was surprised to hear Biden use language, such as “secure the border,” that the prior Trump administration consistently used. “When it comes to immigration enforcement, the Biden administration as a whole analyzes and looks at everything from the lens of the border, and quite frankly, what will Republicans or the right say about how he is managing the border,” Gassama said. “From that vantage point, we know...
    That means the U.S. sends tens of millions of dollars to Russia each day, and by continuing to buy Russian oil, American tax dollars will undoubtedly help Putin wage his war to take over Ukraine. 'We Can Talk About It More Tomorrow When You Learn More': Psaki Has Tense Exchange With Fox Reporter www.youtube.com Earlier in the press briefing, Heinrich grilled Psaki over America's energy problems, invoking several ways to increase American energy production and reduce reliance on Russia. But she was dismissed by Psaki. First, Heinrich noted how President Joe Biden wants to increase domestic production of goods to reduce inflation. "Why not apply the same logic to energy and increase domestic production here?" Heinrich asked. Psaki deflected and regurgitated an administration talking point that oil companies are not using 9,000 already-approved oil leases, thus dismissing the Biden administration's hostile posture toward fossil fuels. "I would point that question to them," Psaki said of oil companies. "And we can talk about it more tomorrow when you learn more." When Heinrich asked about the Keystone XL pipeline,...
    by Rupert Darwall   Rising inflation threatens the value of Americans’ retirement savings. Now the Biden administration is finalizing a rule to loosen safeguards under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) that protect private retirement savings. The new rule, “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights,” stems from President Biden’s May 20, 2021, Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk, which directed senior White House advisers to develop a strategy for financing the administration’s net-zero climate goals, including the use of private savings. Predictably, Wall Street is cheering the prospect of undoing ERISA safeguards. According to one analysis, 97% of comment letters support the proposal. But as I show in my RealClear Foundation report The Biden Administration’s ERISA Work-Around, it’s the remaining three percent that should give the Department of Labor (DOL) cause to rethink its deeply flawed approach. Under ERISA, retirement savings must be invested for the exclusive purpose of providing retirement benefits. The May 2021 executive order illustrates the very danger that ERISA’s exclusive-purpose rule is designed to guard against. To achieve the goals set out in the...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security will allow Ukrainians who are in the United States to remain in country under a form of humanitarian relief, according to three sources familiar with the decision. The relief -- known as Temporary Protected Status -- applies to people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to homelands devastated by armed conflict or natural disasters, therefore the protections are limited to people already in the United States. The DHS secretary has discretion to designate a country for TPS.Some 30,000 Ukrainians on visas could benefit from this protected status, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank. Visas are issued on a temporary basis. Extending TPS to Ukrainians on visas would shield them from deportation when those visas expire. The Biden administration has been under pressure from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, along with immigrant advocates, to provide protections to Ukrainians in the US who can't return to war-torn Ukraine.In a letter to President Joe Biden this week, a bipartisan group of senators urged the administration to extend the relief, writing: "Forcing Ukrainian...
    The Biden administration is weighing whether to remove the feared  Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from terror lists and to lift other sanctions as he tries to deliver a new nuclear deal. It is one of the most controversial concessions offered by Rob Malley, the State Department's special envoy to Iran, at a time when talks are in a critical phase. The Trump administration declared the IRGC to be a terrorist organization in 2019, accusing it of providing funding, training and equipment to other groups worth one billion dollars each year. Less than a year later, General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of its Quds force, was killed in a US drone strike. Details of the plan to delist the group emerged in a lengthy Twitter thread posted by former State Department appointee Gabriel Noronha, who said he had been authorized to reveal details of discussions by disgruntled former colleagues. 'This is a long and technical thread, but here’s what you should know: the deal being negotiated in Vienna is dangerous to our national security, it is illegal, it is illegitimate, and it...
    By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for America to stop letting the coronavirus “dictate how we live,” President Joe Biden’s White House declared Wednesday, outlining a strategy to allow people to return to many normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. One highlight is a new “test to treat” plan to provide free antiviral pills at pharmacies to people who test positive for the virus. The 90-page National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan spells out initiatives and investments to continue to drive down serious illness and deaths from the virus, while preparing for potential new variants and providing employers and schools the resources to remain open. “We know how to keep our businesses and our schools open with the tools that we have at our disposal,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients. It follows Biden’s Tuesday night State of the Union speech, in which he pointed to progress against the pandemic since last year, with a dramatic reduction in cases, readily available vaccines and tests, and new therapeutics soon becoming more accessible. “This plan lays out the...
    By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for America to stop letting the coronavirus “dictate how we live,” President Joe Biden’s White House declared Wednesday, outlining a strategy to allow people to return to many normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. One highlight is a new “test to treat” plan to provide free antiviral pills at pharmacies to people who test positive for the virus. The 90-page National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan spells out initiatives and investments to continue to drive down serious illness and deaths from the virus, while preparing for potential new variants and providing employers and schools the resources to remain open. “We know how to keep our businesses and our schools open with the tools that we have at our disposal,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients. It follows Biden’s Tuesday night State of the Union speech, in which he pointed to progress against the pandemic since last year, with a dramatic reduction in cases, readily available vaccines and tests, and new therapeutics soon becoming more accessible. “This plan lays out the...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden State of the Union: A plea for unity in unusual times Watch: Key moments from Biden's first State of the Union address Five takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address MORE noticeably didn’t mention some major topics in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, leaving out five key hot button issues. Student loan debt, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Texas primaries Five takeaways from Biden's State of the Union address Five things Biden didn't talk about in State of the Union MORE, the Jan. 6 insurrection, and the upcoming midterm elections were left out of the just-over-one-hour speech. Here are five things Biden didn’t include in his address. Student loans The president made no mention of canceling student loan debt, an issue that Democrats have been calling on him to address throughout his time in office. Lawmakers have urged the president to provide any transparency on the issue as broad-based student loan forgiveness has gained support among Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive...
    President Biden gave his first State of the Union address against the backdrop of all-out war in Europe, vowing to make Russian President Vladimir Putin "pay a price" for his brutal invasion of Ukraine and listing his domestic priorities before his speech was disrupted by Republican rancor. Biden used his address to Congress to reset his stalled domestic agenda, address inflation concerns, renew his call for gun control legislation and tout the qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, but the crisis in Ukraine overshadowed the event. Many lawmakers wore Ukrainian flag lapel pins and blue-and-yellow clothing in a show of bipartisan support — at least before the night was ultimately disrupted by overtly partisan heckling from Reps. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. Boebert and Greene interrupted Biden's speech as he discussed border policy to start a brief "Build the wall" chant that received no support from anyone else in the chamber. Boebert and Greene chanting build the wallpic.twitter.com/6KeXFSCnP5 — Acyn (@Acyn) 1646190410 Later in the speech, Biden discussed his administration's efforts to help troops and...
    Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday questioned the timing of the lifting of Washington DC's mask mandate - noting that it coincided with Joe Biden's first State of the Union address, and describing it mockingly as a 'miracle'. Tuesday saw the lifting of the city's mask mandate, which meant that Congress was packed with maskless politicians for the first time in two years. The lifting of the mandate was announced by the mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, on February 14. Cruz, however, thought it was more than a coincidence. 'It’s a State of the Union miracle!' he tweeted on Monday. The mask mandate in Washington DC was lifted on Tuesday, just in time for the State of the Union address Jim Jordan, the staunchly conservative Ohio congressman, agreed, claiming: 'The “science” didn’t change. Just the politics.' On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied that the lifting of the ban had been coordinated with the State of the Union. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden's State of the Union address in FULL:...
    by Jarrett Stepman   President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it’s a good time to ask: How has Biden done as president and what is the actual state of our union? According to the American people, things aren’t going great. A CNN poll in early February asked Americans what they thought of Biden’s presidency and what he’s done right since entering office Jan. 20, 2021. The top answer by a wide margin, according to that poll—hardly likely to be skewed against Biden and Democrats—was nothing at all. Want to keep up with the 24/7 news cycle? Want to know the most important stories of the day for conservatives? Need news you can trust? Subscribe to The Daily Signal’s email newsletter. Learn more >> Over half of those surveyed couldn’t come up with a single success during Biden’s first year in office. “I’m hard-pressed to think of a single thing he has done that benefits the country,” one respondent wrote, according to CNN. Yikes. When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in his speech at last...
    Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), joined by Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22), introduced a joint resolution to ask the Biden administration to remove Russia from the United Nations Security Council. If Russia were removed from the position, the country would no longer have veto power as a permanent member of the council. The resolution is another provision inspired by Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which has assaulted the country for almost one week. “The Russian government is actively killing innocent Ukrainian civilians, committing war crimes, and invading sovereign territory unprovoked. At the same time, Moscow is driving decisions in the United Nations through its role as a permanent member of the Security Council. Russia must be exiled from the international community,” said Blackburn. “Putin is attempting to rebuild the Soviet Union and his ambassador should not be allowed to veto the United Nations’ response to Russian aggression. The Russian Federation is a direct threat to global security and the sovereignty of our international partners.” The duo argued, by allowing Russia to keep its position, the entire United Nations is undermined. “Russia is...
    President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a period of high inflation, and low presidential approval ratings. Biden is expected to dedicate some of his speech to his administration's plans to improve a struggling economy. "I call it building a better America," an excerpt of his speech, shared with the Washington Examiner, states. The battle against Russian President Vladimir Putin's attempt to seize Ukraine is also expected to be a major focal point. "Putin’s war was premeditated and unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home. Putin was wrong. We were ready," Biden will say as part of his prepared remarks. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The president will speak about the administration's fight against the coronavirus as states are continuing to drop mandates. News Joe Biden War in Ukraine Coronavirus State of the Union Congress
    (CNN)Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is the designated survivor for President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address, CNN has learned from a source, staying away from the US Capitol in an undisclosed location during Biden's remarks. Every year the administration appoints one member of the Cabinet to remain outside the House chamber during the State of the Union in case disaster strikes. Last year, when Biden gave an address to a joint session of Congress, there was no designated survivor, with Cabinet members viewing the address from afar due to Covid-19 restrictions. Raimondo, the former governor of Rhode Island, became the secretary of Commerce in March 2021. A member of the President's "Jobs Cabinet," she has been an active surrogate for the administration on topics including a bipartisan push to expand economic competition with China and address global semiconductor shortages and the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last November, as well as Biden's stalled Build Back Better agenda. Read MoreRaimondo's department works to promote job creation and economic growth. The Department of Commerce oversees a wide range of programs, including...
    Monday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) rolled out his American Energy Independence Act of 2022 during an appearance on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” According to Hawley, Russia was able to invade Ukraine because Biden’s energy policy had driven up the price of oil. That policy resulted from President Joe Biden and his administration being “enthralled to” the environmentalist lobby and so-called environmentalist wackos. “What would be the motive of someone, our policymakers, to hamper, to hobble to shut down America’s domestic energy production?” host Tucker Carlson asked. “Like why would they want to do that, honestly?” “Well, I think that part of it is they are enthralled to the environmentalist lobby,” he said. “I mean, this is Joe Biden’s politics. He is totally enthralled to the environmentalist wackos who don’t care about American strength. They don’t care about American jobs. You know, they don’t particularly like the people who work the pipelines, who work the oil rigs. You know, those folks, they don’t have much regard for them.” “And listen, the truth is, those folks who do that kind of work,...
    (CNN)When President Joe Biden began mulling the themes he wanted to strike during his State of the Union address, the President knew he would likely need to include Russia's buildup of troops near Ukraine.But in those early drafting sessions late last year, he did not expect the speech to act as a rallying cry for a besieged European nation. Now, as Biden prepares to deliver his yearly address to Congress and the nation, the White House and Democratic allies are acknowledging the war in Ukraine will assume an outsized role in what his advisers had once viewed primarily as an attempt to reset his economic agenda.White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that "there's no question that this speech is a little different than it would have been just a few months ago." And Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee who's a longtime friend and colleague of Biden's, said the President's domestic agenda and any accomplishments he will outline during the address have effectively "been eclipsed by Ukraine." While the historic...
    (CNN)When President Joe Biden discusses the state of the US economy during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, he will focus on a new plan to lower costs for American families and his administration's efforts in the labor market's recovery, senior administration officials told reporters on a call previewing the remarks.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is expected to make the case that his economic vision is still standing after a year of surging prices and record inflation and amid a backdrop of war in Europe. Democrats face resistance from voters, whom polls show are unhappy with the president’s handling of major pocketbook issues one year into office, despite strong economic growth and increased jobs. Biden’s pitch to Congress follows a challenging start to the year, which saw the president’s sweeping social spending plan and voting rights push collapse after failing to secure enough Democratic support. US TARGETS RUSSIA’S ‘WAR CHEST’ WITH NEW SANCTIONS On a call Monday, senior administration officials said Biden’s address would deliver a hopeful picture of where the economy is headed while detailing the administration’s plans for reducing expenses for families. “He’ll talk about the progress that we’ve made in the last year in the face of deep challenges, and he’ll talk about his optimism for the future,” one official said. “He'll remind the country that our best days lie ahead.” Biden is...
    President Joe Biden said he nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court because he wanted “to bring the country together.” The president sat for an exclusive chat with online interviewer Brian Tyler Cohen, his first — as Mr. Cohen noted — since officially announcing Judge Jackson’s nomination. Cohen asked the president what made him choose Judge Jackson: Well, several reasons. Number one, I committed, two years ago, that if I got elected president, I would name, if I had an opportunity, I would name the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court because I think the court should look like the country. I think it should reflect the country. And so and by the way, our administration is the most diverse administration in American history. We actually, it was pointed out to me, if you look around, you can see, but there’s more women in my administration than there are men. The point is that I want to bring the country together. That’s number one, number two, she’s brilliant. Cohen also asked about Republicans who have already expressed opposition to Judge Jackson, in particular...