Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Bowen Yang speaks out on anti-Asian hate on 'SNL' Weekend Update: 'Do more'.  Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan.  Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more.  2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it.  New trade representative says US isn’t ready to lift China tariffs.  Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing.  Editorial cartoons for March 28, 2021: Biden presser, mass shootings, Georgia election laws.  Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more.  Lawyer who advised Trump on overturning election takes leading role in voting rights battle.  Maya Rudolph reunites with SNL alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as she hosts Saturday Night Live.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Opinion | Georgia’s shameful new voting laws are a product of GOP desperation.  How to open a country in 90 days — a six-step plan to Fourth of July cookouts.  Lauren Boebert says 'no gun laws' could've stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted.  Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing.  Candace Owens: Democrats gaslighting with 'Jim Crow' election law claims; trying to 'import' new voters.  Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise.  'Things really are very bad' — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar.  'An inflection point': Congress prepares for battle over massive voting rights bill.  Advocates Disappointed By Biden's Sidestep Of Gun Legislation Given His History.  Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'.  
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Bowen Yang speaks out on anti-Asian hate on 'SNL' Weekend Update: 'Do more'
       
Bowen Yang, "Saturday Night Live"s first cast member of East Asian descent, spoke out against the anti-Asian hate happening across the country. "So things for Asians in this country have been really bleak for the past two weeks ... and all the weeks before that since forever," Yang, 30, said. ‘SNL’ LAYS INTO BIDEN FOR RECENT MISSTEPS – LITERAL AND OTHERWISE"If someone’s personality is punching Asian grandmas, it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma, you want to punch her, there ain’t no common ground, mama," Yang said. "Let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone.
Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan
       
“The THRIVE Act is the agenda that establishes the pillars for economic renewal in our country,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass. The White House’s infrastructure package is potentially less ambitious on the climate front, allotting just $400 billion for measures like green transit and research and development, according to The Washington Post. And it could include Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s $454 billion electric car proposal and the $1.1 trillion plan for greener public schools that Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) endorsed this month. “The infrastructure package should also be done in one bill, not two,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of the left-leaning campaign group Justice Democrats, said in a statement. “Republicans have made it clear that they have no intention of working with the President on an infrastructure package.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. White House aides are comparing the scope of Biden’s policy ambitions to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s after the Great Depression. The Biden administration is now challenging China, which never embraced the values of democracy as trade advocates once believed it would. But he sees the Biden administration as pursuing new policies to help workers.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The Suez Canal Authority’s chief declined to set a timetable for re-floating the ship and said the task remains “difficult.”The pile-up of ships is creating another problem for global supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Moller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have redirected vessels around southern Africa. About 12% of global trade transits the canal and around 1 million barrels a day of oil.Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. Once the Ever Given’s moved, there will be an assessment to determine whether it’s fit to leave the canal. Seven vessels loaded with 92,000 livestock that were supposed to arrive to Aqaba on March 21 are stranded.
New trade representative says US isn’t ready to lift China tariffs
       
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. isn't ready to lift tariffs on Chinese imports in the near future, but might be open to trade negotiations with Beijing, according to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. As trade representative, Ms. Tai will need to deal with tough issues both abroad and at home. During her confirmation hearing, Ms. Tai said she would enforce the trade deal, although she didn't say how. She headed China enforcement at USTR during the Obama years and has a deep understanding of China trade issues. Ms. Tai isn't ready yet to discuss how her background might help or hinder.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. WASHINGTON (AP) — Court challenges to Republican-led election restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere face an uncertain road in a legal system that has grown more conservative in recent years. AdvertisementThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate, handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Editorial cartoons for March 28, 2021: Biden presser, mass shootings, Georgia election laws
       
Critics complained that Biden consulted his briefing book, which provides the gallery’s lead cartoon this week from Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The president was asked repeatedly about the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southern border, another hot topic in this week’s editorial cartoon gallery. The week’s other big news story was a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which claimed 10 lives. The shootings came on the heels of another mass shooting in Atlanta targeting women of Asian descent. Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
But the stock bubble in internet companies burst as the Clinton era ended. Factories quickly relocated to China, while assistance meant to retrain the newly unemployed never fully delivered as intended. They became more diverse, more likely to hold a college degree and more likely to live in an affluent city or suburb. That progression was easily overlooked until Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 on the promise of scrapping trade deals, declaring that the government had stiffed the public and vowing to return the country to a past blue-collar identity. “Democrats were slow to realize this, but Biden was not.
Lawyer who advised Trump on overturning election takes leading role in voting rights battle
       
The call came after Mr Trump became the first Republican to lose Georgia in close to 30 years, after Joe Biden was named winner of the state. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Ms Mitchell is now leading efforts to create tighter state voting laws, while fighting Democratic attempts to expand ballot access at a federal level. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. However, Ms Mitchell, alongside many Republicans, argue that the bill encroaches on state control over elections and could give Democrats an unfair advantage.
Maya Rudolph reunites with SNL alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as she hosts Saturday Night Live
       
Saturday Night Live returned from a three-week winter hiatus with Maya Rudolph, who is the fourth former cast member to host during the 46th season. Hugs: The footage showed Baby boomers without masks as they hugged loved onesJokes: Another quip was how Baby boomers got their first choice of vaccineWhile being questioned about the chance of a Destiny's Child reunion, she tries drinking a glass of water, then milk, which she spills on herself. 'Baby Boomers, greatest generation, got all the money, and now the vaccination. 'Two Silicon boys we're talking outside, two Silicon boys we're talking outside, talking outside,' he said. 'I need to be all over you,' Thompson tells her.
Opinion | Georgia’s shameful new voting laws are a product of GOP desperation
       
And, not to avoid the obvious, to suppress Black votes, because those ballots would not be cast to Republican advantage. It’s sick.”It’s also a product of GOP desperation to retain or regain power. Alice O’Lenick, chairwoman of the Gwinnett County election board, didn’t mince words about the need to tighten up voting rules in Georgia. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of [the Voting Rights Act] hurts us.”A shot at winning. The new Georgia law stands as Exhibit A in the 2021 campaign to curtail voting rights but will not be the year’s last.
How to open a country in 90 days — a six-step plan to Fourth of July cookouts
       
Here, we propose a set of six interim goals for reducing the burden of COVID-19 in the U.S. over the next 90 days. Certainly, a widely expanded communications and behavior change campaign would be needed to reach this interim goal. This interim goal should be achieved immediately and kept in place until at least June 30. David Holtgrave, Ph.D., is the dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health and SUNY Distinguished professor. Ronald O. Valdiserri M.D., MPH is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Lauren Boebert says 'no gun laws' could've stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted
       
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting. However, an assault weapons ban that would have covered the weapon reportedly used by the suspect was lifted shortly before the shooting. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting, despite a judge lifting an assault weapons ban in the area just days before the shooting took place. Boebert, a vocal gun rights advocate, was speaking after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder on Monday, killing 10 people. Boebert was elected to Congress in January and has since drawn attention for her vocal gun rights activism, having made gun rights a frequent theme of her campaigning.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. Groups opposed to Georgia’s sweeping overhaul of election laws filed suit in federal court in Atlanta on Thursday, a few hours after Gov. ADVERTISEMENTThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate , handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Candace Owens: Democrats gaslighting with 'Jim Crow' election law claims; trying to 'import' new voters
       
On Friday, Biden called a new Georgia state election law "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." "They're using language, referring to things like Jim Crow," Owens told Levin. "Who was the party that implemented Jim Crow in this country? We'll give you free stuff like we gave Black Americans free stuff ... after Jim Crow ended, we're going to welfare-ize you'." She said the Democrats plan to "marry" the new migrants to the government: "like we married Black Americans to the government."
Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise
       
“We’ve already got a hate crimes bill,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Kim wrote that she was talking with her colleagues about hate crimes recording but that "we cannot legislate hate out of people’s hearts and minds." But she and other Democrats insisted they would not accept long-term defeat on either hate crimes or gun control legislation. "I don't think we have that kind of lobby" against fighting hate crime, Chu said. Blumenthal, who has long worked on gun reform, said that the Atlanta shooting illustrated how hate crimes and gun violence are inevitably intertwined.
'Things really are very bad' — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar
       
Administration officials, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan, have been wary of the idea of a largely autonomous national cyber director role because of the power it would give to Congress in a key area of national security. Neuberger has clashed in the past with the top candidate for the national cyber director role, Jen Easterly, who also headed cyber policy for the Biden transition team. “They are like oil and water,” said one former national security official involved in the discussions, referring to Easterly and Neuberger. The former official said the transition team “tried to kill” the national cyber director provision — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act — altogether. I hope they don't do that.”Wherever the White House lands on this, a decision needs to be made soon, experts said.
'An inflection point': Congress prepares for battle over massive voting rights bill
       
WASHINGTON — Congress is preparing for a heated battle over the way Americans vote, with the two parties set to clash over proposed federal election standards and Republican-led state restrictions. Republicans say Democrats are executing a power grab to remove necessary protections on the voting process and usurp authority from states. McConnell criticized the bill as "a grab-bag of changes" that go beyond voting rights. He highlighted a provision to restructure the Federal Election Commission, calling it a ploy to make it more partisan. The fightSome progressives believe they can make the voting rights bills a rallying cry to gut the 60-vote threshold, which Biden expressed openness to supporting on Thursday.
Advocates Disappointed By Biden's Sidestep Of Gun Legislation Given His History
       
He urged them to bring back an "assault weapons" ban and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee nearly 30 years ago, the last time Congress passed significant gun control legislation. Meanwhile, AR-15's and other similar weapons have become very popular, making Biden's new call for a so-called assault weapons ban even more politically challenging. It was named for James Brady, President Reagan's press secretary who was gravely injured in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in 1994, and some who lost blamed the backlash to their vote on the semi-automatic weapons ban.
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
Stocks like Marriott are now trading right around pre-pandemic levels as investors pile into any turnaround play they can find. If you’re more bullish than the market, Marriott stock will be one to watch closely. Nordstrom (JWN) Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Higher-end retailer Nordstrom is a bellwether stock more than any of its retail peers. This is because a rather wide swath of retail stocks have been swept up by “meme stock” fever of late. Rather, Nordstrom has been a retail stock with a stock chart that more closely approximates the other reopening plays right now.
Scandal! Horror! Biden's press-briefing notes prompt rightwing outrage
       
Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPAJoe Biden’s first press conference has caused some strong reactions from the conservative side of the aisle after he was caught … reading notes. On Thursday night, Fox News dedicated considerable time covering just how long Biden took to hold his first press conference – 49 days! “New photos show cheat sheets used by Biden during his first press conference,” a New York Post headline read last night. His notes speak of how the US now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality in the world, down from fifth place in 2002. OF THE US.”And then there was the time he used cue cards to remind him to listen to shooting survivors.
Joe Biden’s revolution of modest expectations
       
What has come over Joe Biden? Most important, perhaps, Biden has landed on a deceptively simple political strategy: He’s deliberately set modest expectations and then exceeded them. Case in point: the goals Biden set for the national vaccination program. He’s not FDR; he’s Joe Biden from Scranton, “putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to make things better,” as he put it at the news conference. But the Biden we’re seeing now, putting one foot in front of the other, is the most effective version of Joe Biden ever seen — and I’ve watched most of his career.
Letters: A tip to make traffic move faster: Green means GO.
       
No, the way to better move traffic through the Twin Cities is to watch the traffic lights and GO when the light turns green. How they were partners and neighbors to Native Americans on the Mississippi River well before the first steamboat, and before St. Paul was called Pigs Eye Landing. I started as liaison for both organizations concerning the then-nascent canoe program (Urban Wilderness Adventures) in the Mississippi River Gorge. Paul reaches for waterfront potential with a new nature center, Mississippi River Balcony, East Side River District” (March 21). Michael Lunde, St. Paul
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Biden mocked on SNL as Trump to visit border soon
       
? Close Related video: Biden says he expects to run for second termDonald Trump has given yet another phone interview to Fox News, this time telling Jeanine Pirro he plans to visit the US-Mexico border “over the next couple of weeks” as the country faces a fresh immigration crisis following four years of “zero tolerance” policies under his leadership. His successor, Joe Biden, found himself accused of inaction on the issue on Saturday Night Live in a sketch in which he was portrayed as more interested in handing out stimulus cheques and allowing his German shepherd Major to savagely maul Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff. Elsewhere, Mr Biden’s secretary of state Anthony Blinken has hit out at China for its latest round of sanctions against American and Canadian officials, saying: “Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those speaking out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeRead more:
U.S., Japan and South Korea eye foreign minister meeting in April: source
       
The United States, Japan and South Korea are arranging a meeting of their foreign ministers, possibly in late April, a diplomatic source said, with policy coordination on China and North Korea expected to be high on the agenda. If realized, it will be the first such meeting since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January. The source said their talks are expected to be held in the United States. The news of the plan follows Pyongyang’s recently resumed ballistic missile tests after a year-long hiatus.
On eve of coup, Pompeo rejected U.S. effort to declare 'genocide' in Myanmar: officials
       
Some State Department officials argued that punishing Myanmar for the army’s atrocities would push the country into China’s orbit. In a previously unreported effort, some State Department officials said they encouraged Pompeo to take a fresh look at Myanmar in a parallel process in mid-2020. Seeking accountabilityInside the State Department, officials were split on the genocide label for Myanmar, Reuters has learned. Pompeo considered the leak an attempt to pressure him into deeming the Myanmar atrocities a genocide, former officials said. Other State Department bureaus responsible for promoting human rights, religious freedoms and global criminal justice likewise lent their support to a genocide determination, U.S. officials said.
Did Russian hackers force Australian TV station off the air for showing Putin investigation?
       
Security experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. Pictured: Host Liz HayesSecurity experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. President Putin snapped back by wishing his American counterpart 'good health' and recalling the Russian Ambassador from the United States. President Putin was due to be term-limited out of office in 2024 but last year won public backing to amend the constitution and pave the way for two more terms. President Putin who has already been in power for more than 20 years, would be eligible for two-more six year terms that would take him to 2036.
Biden looks into taking action on 3D printer guns, imported firearms
       
(Reuters) - President Joe Biden, weighing executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence following two mass shootings, said on Friday his administration is exploring whether he has the authority to take action on firearms made using 3D printers as well as on imported guns. Slideshow ( 4 images )While Democratic-backed gun control legislation faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Congress because of Republican opposition, Biden could decide to take executive action in certain areas without the approval of lawmakers. Biden also mentioned “these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”Often homemade, guns made using 3D printers have been a source of controversy. Biden said on Thursday passing new gun control measures in Congress is “a matter of timing.”
Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race
       
Former President Trump Donald TrumpBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE is already deeply involved in the 2022 midterm elections, headlining fundraisers and backing primary challengers, but he has yet to weigh in on one of this November's few races: the vote for Virginia's next governor. Trump lost Virginia to President Biden Joe BidenBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE by roughly 10 points in November after losing it to former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Surgeon who treated Gabby Giffords after shooting launches House bid in Arizona President Biden, on special interest money are you more an 'Obama' or a 'Hillary?' Four years later, many of the candidates running in Virginia's Republican primary have thrown their arms around Trump and his policies. Indeed the party is already at working trying to tie the former president to the GOP contenders in the race. "The entire Republican field," the statement read, has taken "their complete embrace of Donald Trump a step beyond the far right extremism that has become the norm in the Virginia GOP."
Consumers filed 106 injury claims from COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators and hydroxychloroquine. Here's why none have been paid.
       
The 106 injury claims for vaccines, hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 treatments remained under medical review as of March 15, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Resources and Services Administration, the agency within HHS that runs the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, provided data to USA TODAY showing injury claims for 20 types of COVID-19 treatments. 'Exactly the wrong way'Last March, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared all claims of injury from COVID-19 vaccines would be handled through the countermeasures program. The program, established in 2010, handles injury claims from vaccines and other treatments authorized during a public health emergency. “There’s ‘s never been any vaccine that has been placed under such careful scrutiny as these COVID-19 vaccines are going through."
Raised to identify as Black, Harris steps into role as a voice for Asian Americans amid rise in hate incidents
       
Duckworth told reporters that White House aides had pointed at Harris “multiple times” over the past year in response to lawmakers’ pressure. He is a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that has tallied 3,800 incidents of bias and hate directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year. Neera Tanden, an Indian American, failed last month to win Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The absence of Asian Americans at the White House has been noticeable. ADRohini Kosoglu, a Sri Lankan American who serves as Harris’s domestic policy adviser, was the highest-ranking Asian American official in attendance, participants said.
Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles for him
       
The Biden administration hopes to quickly help those uninsured in Georgia, as well as in 11 other states, by providing incentives to expand Medicaid. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump as Trump arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on July 15. The Biden administration also has to figure out how to contend with the lawsuits that have blocked four of the waivers. They are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, which is now under the leadership of the Biden administration. Every day in her office, Kinsell said, she sees unmet health care needs that lead to disability and unemployment.
'Changed hearts and minds': Biden's funding offer shifts Medicaid expansion debate
       
The conversation around Medicaid expansion appears to be undergoing a new and dramatic shift in some of the holdout states, however. It’s expected that funding could cover the states’ Medicaid costs for that period. “We have over 400 studies showing why Medicaid expansion is a good thing,” said Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. “Anytime a meeting was set up with the governor or his office, I was told if you bring up Medicaid expansion, the meeting is over,” he said. Ron DeSantis' office said he was opposed, declining health care coverage for approximately 800,000 people.
Op-Ed: How the U.S. invested in the war on terrorism at the cost of public health
       
Today, with more than 540,000 COVID deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public health structure to wither as we single-mindedly pursued the decades-long war on terror. The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with promised investment reaching about $2 billion annually by 2015. Since 2010, spending on local health departments has dropped by 18%, and at least 38,000 public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health agency, has been regarded as a bastion of international scientific expertise, but that doesn’t always translate into good on-the-ground public health work. The CDC and local public health departments need to be equipped with the same level of sophisticated tools provided to, say, airport screeners.
Republicans don’t want Kamala Harris to succeed on immigration. That’s why she must
       
The migration crisis at America’s southern border has put the Biden administration in a sticky wicket. How could Trump’s ever-loyal vice president fix a problem his boss refused to own? But Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America. They aim to demolish all Biden administration initiatives, and especially one that seeks a humane policy for handling desperate migrants who seek harbor. “At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”They don’t want Harris to succeed.
Biden goes for 'expectation' management when prodded about his future
       
Did anyone expect a different answer from President Joe Biden when he was asked last Thursday — barely nine weeks into his term — if he'll seek reelection in 2024? If at 78 he harbors reasonable doubts, Biden would have no incentive to say so. During his first solo White House news conference, Biden fenced with reporters in the conventional way. The question arose: "Have you decided whether you are going to run for reelection in 2024? Prodded again, Biden replied: "My plan is to run for reelection.
Cuomo controversies strain his relationship with Biden
       
Andrew M. Cuomo provided him with a sounding board, telling Biden about his father Mario’s regrets about not running for the White House. When Cuomo faced a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, it was Biden who delivered a more than 45-minute speech endorsing Cuomo at the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. Two days later, in a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden took his response further, saying Cuomo should resign if state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations. "President Biden, I would assume, would agree with, as a result of that, [Cuomo] should resign." "I mean he's got not only the sexual harassment allegations, but the nursing home allegations, and these new revelations about COVID testing and preferential treatment for his family.
Warren presses Yellen to ramp up BlackRock oversight
       
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth WarrenAmazon tangles with Warren on Twitter Founders would roll their eyes at Warren's filibuster claim Sanders, Warren and AOC can lift Dems in 2022 midterms MORE (D-Mass.) During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Warren urged Yellen — the former chair of the Federal Reserve — to put the massive asset manager under strict supervision before the next time financial markets buckle. ADVERTISEMENT“Does, potentially, a $9 trillion investment company pose some risk to the American economy if it should fail?” Warren asked Yellen, arguing in favor of BlackRock’s systemic importance. “Designation is what is what gives the Fed its increased oversight power,” Warren said. Progressives have largely been pleased with Biden’s picks for key financial posts, including several that were aides to Warren.
Migrants waiting at the US-Mexico border have been photographed wearing shirts that say 'Biden, please let us in!'
       
Migrants at the US-Mexico border were seen wearing shirts pleading for Biden to let them in. The shirts read "Biden, please let us in" and mimic the design of Biden's campaign advertisements. Immigrants are gathering at the border, with an unprecedented number waiting to be let into the US. Migrants at the US-Mexico border were spotted wearing shirts that read "Biden, please let us in!" while gathering en-masse in Tijuana, kneeling and praying for US border officials to let them in.
Russia’s Putin pumps up the swagger in swipes at Biden
       
Cue a state propaganda blitz with 68-year-old Putin portrayed as a dynamic leader with years ahead of him and 78-year-old Biden as a doddering has-been. Biden made Putin seem powerful, facing down an external enemy, instead of trying to cocoon himself from the pandemic. The basic mode is anti-Western and it’s not the first time, or last time, it is used.”ADADAn editorial in the business paper Kommersant predicted that “thanks to Biden” Putin’s United Russia might win every seat in Russia’s parliament. “Joe Biden seems to have launched a major theme for uniting society around Vladimir Putin ahead of the September Duma elections,” it said. But Gaaze said this ideology had limited appeal and that Putin’s era of political invulnerability was showing signs of fatigue.
Why Iran experts are skeptical about the significance of Tehran's new deal with Beijing
       
China and Iran struck a deal on Saturday that will last for 25 years. On the surface it seems meaningful; in exchange for a steady supply of oil, Beijing agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran, The New York Times reports. But there's skepticism among Middle East experts about whether it actually signals a significant new phase in Tehran-Beijing relations. "The framing that Iran is pursuing a unique relationship with China, that opens it to dependency, is incorrect," Batmangehlidj tweeted. More stories from theweek.comWhy conservatives should hate Georgia's voting restrictionsThe Republican surrender to gun violenceIs Biden setting Harris up to fail?
Support for Merkel's party falls further in poll, Greens closing in
       
He repeated false claims that the election was stolen, while also portraying insurrectionists as harmless fuzzballs to Laura Ingraham on Fox News. They claimed that “no reasonable person” would believe the conspiracy theories spun by Powell. This puts to lie the whole “seriously/ literally” shell game that has been going on for the last five years. For example, a February poll from the University of Houston found that 83 percent of Texas Republicans believed there was widespread election fraud. She was also considered to be part of an “elite strike force” of Trump lawyers (as Trump tweeted, a “truly great team”).
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Several migrants, who gather each day along the stone benches that line the square, were detained and loaded into waiting vans. Eleven of the migrants, each one a member of a family group, were accepted into the country and sent to a migrant shelter. The right to asylum is not negotiable,” Salvador said.Confusion over the border closure extends to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. (A later leg of that trip to Guatemala was postponed after ash from an erupting volcano closed the international airport. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesia church
       
Each option was evaluated for its effectiveness in tackling climate risk and its impact on monetary policy. Back to the FT (my emphasis added): Global warming has shot up the agenda of major central banks in the past year. Arguments for devastation typically claim that extreme weather (like droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes) is already worsening because of climate change. Late last Friday, he ousted the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Naci Agbal, replacing him with Islamist ?ahap Kavc?oglu. To understand the revolving door that faces Turkey’s central bank governors, we must understand what makes President Erdogan tick.
Watch Maya Rudolph play Beyoncé, Kamala Harris, and more on ‘SNL’
       
And having them here in the place where I grew up is so special,” Rudolph said. “And it has me thinking about the new kids in the cast just starting out. “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph returned to her old stomping grounds as host for the second time this weekend, reprising her roles as megastar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Vice President Kamala Harris . “Every time I come back to ‘SNL,’ I never want to leave,” Rudolph said. And if you’re just vice president — ”AdvertisementBut Rudolph cut him off before he could finish, saying, “Oh no, that won’t be enough.”Watch more sketches from the night:Shannon Larson can be reached at shannon.larson@globe.com.
Mahaleris: Maine’s Golden pulls off political high wire act
       
When it came time to vote on the massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s Second Congressional District faced a dilemma. The Second District is classic Down East New England. Last November, Democrat Golden comfortably won a second term even as Donald Trump carried the district for a second time. When Golden voted with the GOP and against his party’s COVID package, the backlash from progressives was swift and intense. During Trump’s first impeachment, Golden voted “no” on one of the two articles of impeachment, the only member of Congress to do so.
'Biden' sake riding wave of presidential success in Japan
       
It was around April 2019 when Tadatsugu Inoue of the Mii no Kotobuki sake brewery noticed the name of future U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing more regularly in the news, providing his business with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In 2019, the brewery shipped 120 bottles of Hojo Biden to the U.S. through a Tokyo export company, but orders dried up soon after. “I think there are folks who think it is amusing to give this sake as a gift,” Inoue said of the product that has “Hojo Biden” written in English on its rear label. Inoue only expects to expand the base of sake lovers at home and abroad into the future. “It is not easy to get people who have never drunk sake to try,” he said.
Pakistan is one of lowest emitters, says Foreign Office
       
The Pakistan government came under criticism from the Opposition as Prime Minister Khan was not invited to the climate-related summit. The Foreign Office (FO) in an overnight statement said that Pakistan is committed to addressing climate change. “Pakistan, despite being among the top ten countries affected by climate change, is one of the lowest emitters – with less than one per cent of the global emissions,” it said. Several Pakistanis took to various social media platforms to express surprise at the exclusion of Pakistan from the summit, particularly when the country is among the nations most affected by climate change. “Climate Change is one of the defining challenges of our times that can only be countered through inclusive, cooperative and forward-looking policies,” the FO said.
Some Mexicans Travel To U.S. For COVID Vaccines As Their Country's Rollout Stumbles
       
The quest for shots comes as Mexico struggles to secure and distribute vaccines against COVID-19, with the country's confirmed deaths from the disease now surpassing 200,000. David Gutiérrez Inzunza, a Baja California state public health official in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, said the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus. He has been struggling to get vaccines and fielding lots of complaints of foreign nationals "jumping the line." "To make sure that the folks here in Texas are getting vaccinated before we can continue caring for others and our neighbors." In addition to the vaccines administered nationally, the U.S. has large stockpiles of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it hasn't authorized for use yet.
SNL: Maya Rudolph Returns to Host
       
Maya Rudolph, who starred on Saturday Night Live as a cast member from 2000 to 2007, last hosted the NBC series back in February 2012Maya Rudolph is back in Studio 8H! Later in the show, Rudolph reprised her role as Vice President Kamala Harris for a "Unity Seder" sketch for Passover. Former SNL cast member Martin Short made his debut as Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff as Chloe Fineman portrayed his daughter Ella Emhoff. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1376023965299277824 Image zoom Credit: NBCThe latest episode of SNL marked Rudolph's second time as host. Prior to that, Rudolph starred on the NBC series as a cast member from 2000 to 2007.
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwise
       
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwiseAdded: 28.03.2021 8:35 | 7 views | 0 commentsThis weekend's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at President Biden -- about his stumbles on the stairs leading to Air Force One and on last week's first news conference since taking office.
Saturday Night Live season 46, episode 15 recap: Maya Rudolph
       
Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' Image zoom Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' | Credit: NBCI am joined tonight by former SNL cast member Patrick Weathers. Let's jump into the fray and see what Rudolph, and tonight's musical guest Jack Harlow have to offer! It is so excellent seeing season 10 cast member Short back on the show, especially since Rudolph worked with him on their own (ill-fated) variety show. Next up: Bowen Yan, who Jost introduces as the "Asian cast member." The short ends with Rudolph in a photo of the original cast — spooky and brilliant way to wrap this up.
Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon Pay Tribute to Beverly Cleary
       
Beverly Cleary! — Judy Blume (@judyblume) March 28, 2021Rest well Beverly Cleary. May she Rest In Peace ?? pic.twitter.com/DLBK4XLLsS — Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) March 27, 2021Loved Beverly Cleary!! Beverly Cleary inspired generations of children from around the world, and she will be greatly missed. https://t.co/CK5wnMXOCc — Rep. Kurt Schrader (@RepSchrader) March 26, 2021Mourning the loss of the Portland icon Beverly Cleary, with the irrepressible Ramona Quimby, and her neighbor Henry Huggins, at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Grant Park.
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwise
       
This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at President Biden -- about his stumbles on the stairs leading to Air Force One and on last week's first news conference since taking office. "This week kinda felt like Biden on those stairs," Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost joked about recent events while showing a photo of Biden tripping on the stairs at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland prior to a flight to Atlanta. Jost also applauded Biden about "how well he breakdanced," as a repeating video of the fall played to 1990s song "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." Fellow co-host Michael Che gave a "shoutout to Fixodent" after noting Biden's news conference lasted more than an hour. — SNL's Michael CheThe show also repeatedly joked about the "cheat sheets" Biden was seen using during his appearance before reporters, first with a graphic on Weekend Update that showed a notecard that said "You=Joe Biden."
Georgia's 'Jim Crow' voter suppression bill is now law. Here's how Democrats can fight back.
       
On Thursday, Georgia Republicans passed restrictive changes to the state election process. Brian Kemp immediately signed a bill into law that President Joe Biden accurately labeled "outrageous," "un-American" and "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." The new law also restructures the authority of the State Election Board. There’s also the chance that this voter suppression law could backfire for Republicans. State law allows for the casting of ballots and the tabulation of ballots to be observed by members of both parties.
Trump Downplays Capitol Riot, Claims Trump Loyalists Were 'Hugging and Kissing' Cops
       
The GuardianAnalysis: Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was one of dozens of former or current military members investigated or charged in connection with the insurrection Rioters supporting Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January 2021. Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a US army reservist, is – according to court documents – an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer”. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters Hale-Cusanelli was charged with seven crimes, including obstructing congressional proceedings, in connection with the 6 January attack. Prosecutors said that on 14 January a confidential source used a listening device to record a conversation with Hale-Cusanelli. Thomas TJ Robertson and Jacob Fracker in the Capitol in the Capitol on 6 January.
VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit
       
Harris has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border region “in the near future,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Friday. Sanders said Harris will go to the border at some point but emphasized the diplomatic nature of the vice president's role. “The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters on a flight to Connecticut, where Harris was promoting the administration's COVID-19 relief package. He tweeted out photos of dozens of minors, wrapped in foil-like space blankets, lying on the floor of crowded Border Patrol facilities. It is not unusual to see increases in migrants coming across the border at this time of year and the Border Patrol has faced similar situations in the past, the official said.
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Will the U.S. end its ambiguity over Taiwan?
       
I was perplexed because I could not find any request to Japan after watching the whole Senate hearing. He said, “The most dangerous concern is that of a military force against Taiwan. McMaster told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he saw no reason for the new Biden administration to change the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” concerning Taiwan. Naturally, in his hearing, Aquilino was asked about the benefits and risks of such a policy change. That will also be when Tokyo should think seriously about Japan’s options to deal with a Taiwan contingency, which could come sooner rather than later.
Japan remade its supply chains after catastrophe. Here’s what it learned
       
As global supply chains buckle under COVID-19 stress, those in Japan remain sturdy, free of inflationary pressures and fitful economic activity. The automatons’ bodies are still made in Japan but robotics investment is rising in China where Fanuc makes some parts. In 2019, inventory-to-sales ratios for general and electrical machinery in the U.S. was 1.8 months to 1.4 months. But Japan’s goals are clear: protect the supply chains, at all costs. Anjani Trivedi is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies in Asia.
Taliban threatens to target foreign troops if deadline not met
       
The Taliban has threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw. If the May 1 deadline was not met, the Taliban would be “compelled to … continue its Jihad and armed struggle against foreign forces to liberate its country”, the group said in a statement on Friday. Roughly 7,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan rely on the US for logistics and security support. Germany extends missionEarlier this week, Germany paved the way for its troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline. The German government has warned that a premature withdrawal of NATO troops could jeopardise the intra-Afghan peace talks, adding that NATO troops would need to prepare for Taliban violence if they stay beyond the end of April.
Calls for PGA and MLB to boycott Georgia following voting reform law
       
Civil rights groups are calling for major sporting events to be moved from Georgia, after the state’s GOP-led government passed an election reform bill that Democrats say will restrict voting rights. The law imposes new rules on absentee voting — including requiring a photo ID and shortening the remote-voting window. The National Black Justice Coalition is among the groups calling on pro golfers not to tee off in the Peach State unless the “restrictive” law is repealed. Tony Clark, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, told the Boston Globe that his union wants to discuss a possible venue change with the league. “Players are very much aware of the Georgia voting bill, which places restrictions on voting that some believe will make it particularly difficult for black voters to reach the polls,” Clark reportedly said.
SNL invites Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris and Martin Short’s Doug Emhoff to host a Passover Seder
       
During “A Kamala D. Harris Unity Seder,” she would ask four questions: “How’s school? And, what’s with that haircut?” In the spirit of the holiday, Rudolph’s Harris continued, she had reached across the aisle and invited several Republicans to the Seder — starting “at the bottom,” with Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz. “Such a fun, solvable problem.”Moffat’s Biden brought along his retrained dog, Major, who attacked Short’s Emhoff until being “spooked” by someone else. When Rudolph’s Harris worried her Seder wasn’t actually bringing people together, Short’s Emhoff quoted “Dayenu”: “It would have been enough. On a more serious note, Yang added: “I can’t address any of this without bringing up class, or gender, or imperialism.
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
Equal pay Activist Lilly Ledbetter on Gender Inequality and the Wage Gap
       
President Biden and First lady Dr. Jill Biden marked National Equal Pay Day at the White House this week. The date of the event, March 24th, is a symbolic representation of how far into the year a woman must work to match what a man made the previous year. Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the first bill former President Obama signed into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, spoke to NBC’s Joshua Johnson about how the country can address the gender pay gap.
UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID
       
The Cambridge University microbiologist understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the disease, controlling outbreaks and developing vaccines. Genomic sequencing is essentially the process of mapping the unique genetic makeup of individual organisms — in this case the virus that causes COVID-19. Behind that growth is a system that links the science of genomic sequencing with the resources of Britain’s national health care system. ADVERTISEMENTThe importance of genomic sequencing became obvious late last year as the number of new infections began to spike in southeastern England. But COG-UK’S work, combined with Britain’s size and high number of cases, have made it the world leader in sequencing COVID-19.
It might be time for Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court
       
Among the 115 justices who have served on the Supreme Court , none have been Black women. AdvertisementSo with an impossibly small Democratic margin in the Senate, Biden may now have his best chance to make history, diversify the court, and hold onto a liberal seat — except there are no openings on the court. At 82, Stephen Breyer is now the high court’s oldest justice. Among those being mentioned are Ketanji Brown Jackson, a US district court judge in Washington and a former Breyer law clerk; and California Supreme Court justice Leondra Kruger, who served as a deputy attorney general in the Obama administration. As the midterms approach, the debate about whether Breyer should retire will only intensify, as will broader conversations about abandoning lifetime tenure for justices.
UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID
       
“What the U.K. has just done by far best is the whole setup,” Albertsen said. Representatives from COG-UK took part in a recent call with American researchers and the Rockefeller Foundation aimed at building capacity in the United States. “To Peacock and the crew’s credit, they didn’t just stop at sequence,” Topol said. “They organized labs to do this other work, which is actually very intensive lab assessment. And then there’s the epidemiologic assessment, too.
Outraged by Uighur genocide, Europe picks a fight with China. And loses
       
It is Beijing that stands accused of atrocities, with the US and others alleging a genocide of Xinjiang’s Uighurs. The way they see it, Europe needs China more than China needs Europe. It has cultivated recalcitrant EU members, such as Hungary, and EU wannabes such as Serbia. By adding British MPs and organisations to its sanctions list, China shows how unimpressed it is by his feeble, Brexit-warped balancing act. Both Washington and Beijing are busily strengthening rival global alliances – the US with Europe, Japan and South Korea, China with Russia and in the Middle East.
‘He’s riding a crest’: Ron DeSantis positions himself as keeper of Trump’s legacy
       
A year ago DeSantis reluctantly bowed to pressure by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring non-essential businesses to close. And on Monday, in a podcast interview with Lisa Boothe, Trump mentioned DeSantis first when listing Republicans he believes have a bright future. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida,” Trump said, going on to cite Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and the Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders. She has been travelling widely to address state Republican parties and chalking up appearances on Fox News. He’s been very loyal to the president since he’s been president and their governing style is very similar.
‘You will not have your seat again’: how the Fight for $15 movement gained new momentum
       
You will not have your seat again,” Wise said, an organizer with the Fight for $15 movement. While Congress’s failure to raise the minimum wage dealt a blow to the Fight for $15 movement, advocates say there is still enough momentum behind the issue to build pressure on lawmakers in DC to bring a $15 minimum wage back to the table. “It’s the top economic policy priority this year.”Multiple polls have shown there is broad support for a $15 minimum wage. One Pew Research poll from 2019 found that 67% of Americans support a minimum wage increase. Though it appears compromise could be made on an increased minimum wage that is lower than $15, progressive Democrats and advocates for a $15 minimum wage are refusing to budge to anything below that.
Doug Emhoff: 'charming' second gentleman embraces supporting role
       
Seated behind a placard that with his official title, “second gentleman”, Emhoff was also the only gentleman at the event, marking Equal Pay Day. He is America’s first second gentleman, an honorific often abbreviated to Sgotus. “It’s odd – the second gentleman is their teacher,” Emhoff told reporters this month. “I’m excited to join you as the first-ever second gentleman, married to the first woman to serve as vice-president of the United States,” he said. Turning toward her husband, who beamed with pride, she said: “I’m so glad to see the second gentleman in his element.”
Biden administration waives FBI background checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. The agency says those giving direct care are supervised by federal employees or others who have passed fingerprint-based background checks. 'While the various background checks could identify some past criminal convictions or sexual offenses, these checks were not as extensive as the FBI fingerprint background checks,' the inspector general found. The Red Cross and HHS for several days refused to acknowledge that the volunteers weren´t given FBI fingerprint checks. The Red Cross first said that all of its volunteers underwent background checks when they joined the group.
Maya Rudolph's Return To SNL Was Filled With Chaotic Cameos
       
Fortunately, they didn’t let her (or us) down. Unfortunately, Major didn’t get the “unity” memo, it seems, and pounced on Short’s Emhoff right away. “I was the first one to have the idea that maybe the women could talk,” she said, in character as Gloria Zelwig. The varied medley of appearances felt just right for Rudolph, an SNL alum whose humor so effortlessly teeters between the subtle and the absurd — just like all of those cameos. Viewers took to Twitter to react to the ever-growing lineup of stars.
Progress Made in Moving Ship, More Vessels Diverted: Suez Update
       
A new attempt could be made Sunday to re-float the 400-meter-long container ship blocking the Suez Canal after progress was made to free it a day before. Key Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. CMA CGM Diverts Two Vessels (8 p.m. London)French shipping company CMA CGM Group has diverted two vessels, the Leo and the Attila, around the Cape of Good Hope, according to the firm’s web site. Line of Ships Grows Longer (4:13 p.m. London)The number of ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal is lengthening as the waterway remains blocked. Livestock Vessels Stranded (9:24 a.m. London)Several vessels laden with livestock and containers en route to Jordan are stranded near the Suez Canal, Captain George Dahdal, Representative of Jordan Navigation Syndicate, said by phone.
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimes
       
Reuters VideosThe group, which crossed the Rio Grande River on rafts earlier, began walking just around sunrise.They encountered U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who provided them with large plastic bags to hold their belongings and arranged transportation to the wall.Drone video also showed migrants walking as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents drove behind them. U.S. President Joe Biden Biden has defended his handling of rising migration at the U.S.-Mexico border and his decision to roll back immigration policies of his Republican predecessor.The Trump-era order allows border agents to rapidly expel migrants without giving them a chance to claim asylum, but it has angered civil rights groups, who say it is illegal.The number of migrants caught at the border has climbed sharply in recent weeks, thrusting Biden into an emerging humanitarian and political crisis a little more than two months after he took office.The Biden administration has struggled to house the children arriving without a parent or legal guardian, which has left them stuck in crowded border facilities for days.
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate – but only two Republicans join them
       
On Friday, a letter condemning violence against Asian-Americans was signed by 23 Democratic governors and the governor of Guam, following an increase in hate crimes against the community over the last 12 months. However, of the 27 Republican governors in the US, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland were the only two to sign the letter that showed solidarity with Asian-Americans. “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community,” the letter, released on Friday, read. We condemn all expressions of racism, xenophobia, scapegoating, and anti-Asian sentiment.”Read more:“What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. The letter was signed on Stop AAPI Hate’s virtual day of action, which was held to highlight prejudice and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he tested positive for COVID-19
       
– at the surge of migrants at the southern border. The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, declares it a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration”. In fact, there’s no surge of migrants at the border. US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. To stop this, Democrats are trying to enact a sweeping voting rights bill, the For the People Act, which protects voting, ends partisan gerrymandering and keeps dark money out of elections.
Loaded language: U.S. denuclearization phrasing puts progress on North Korea in jeopardy
       
“The inconsistency is frustrating,” Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of international relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said of the apparent shift in language. “When we refer to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it … means removing all elements of nuclear threats from the areas of both the north and the south of Korea and also from surrounding areas from where the Korean peninsula is targeted. Tokyo-Seoul relations have soured as tensions arising from historical issues touched off a trade dispute that at one point nearly led South Korea to bolt from a joint intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan seen as crucial to defending against North Korean threats. “Trilateral cooperation with the United States is not impossible, but the ability of trilateral cooperation to yield significant progress is limited so long as South Korea and Japan maintain fundamentally different approaches to the North Korea problem,” he said. “It seems unnecessary to insist on the ‘denuclearization of North Korea’ if it will simply torpedo attempts to jump-start talks,” MIT’s Narang said.
Biden attacks Georgia's new elections law as an atrocity says Justice Department is taking a look
       
President Joe Biden has intervened days after Georgia's sweeping new voting restrictions were enacted and has said the Justice Department is looking into the new law. The Justice Department's taking a look as well,' Biden confirmed as he spoke to reporters outside the White House. But the strongest words have been reserved for the president who called them an 'atrocity' of a law and said the U.S. Justice Department was 'taking a look'. On Friday, he accused Republicans there and in other states of mounting a broad assault on voting rights. Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that it made elections safer.
Consultation with allies important part of N. Korea policy review: White House
       
NATIONALThe captured image from the website of the White House shows press secretary Jen Psaki answering questions in a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday. (Yonhap)WASHINGTON -- US efforts to develop a new approach toward North Korea are in their final stages that include consultations with US allies, a White House spokeswoman said Friday, calling consultations an important part of the process. "We are in the final stages of our intensive, multi-stakeholder North Korea policy review," Jen Psaki told a daily press briefing. North Korea recently upped the ante by staging its first ballistic missile testing in over a year. The North continues to maintain a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since November 2017.
SK Innovation considers all options including withdrawal from US
       
BUSINESSSK Innovation's plant site in Georgia (SK Innovation)Calling the punishment by the United States’ trade watchdog “catastrophic and a harm to public interest,” South Korean battery maker SK Innovation said it was considering all options, including abandonment of its $2.7 billion manufacturing facilities in the US state of Georgia.In its latest appeal to the US International Trade Commission, SK Innovation alluded to halting the ongoing construction of its second battery manufacturing plant in Commerce City, Georgia, as well as abandoning the whole battery production, including energy storage systems, in the US, should the organization not reconsider the 10-year business ban it imposed on it. SK last year completed construction of the first electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia, and it is currently building a second plant there, slated for completion in 2023. Combined, the two would have a combined production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours a year, enough for 250,000 electric vehicles. Yates said Wednesday that Biden should reject the ITC’s final ruling for the sake of the Georgia plant.The presidential veto should be made by April 11. In case of no veto, SK plans to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.During SK’s shareholders meeting on Friday, a senior official explained about CEO Kim’s plans in the US.“Kim is visiting Georgia and Washington and speaking with local government officials to salvage the Georgia battery plant.
Consultation with allies important part of N. Korea policy review: White House
       
The captured image from the website of the White House shows press secretary Jen Psaki answering questions in a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday. (Yonhap)WASHINGTON -- US efforts to develop a new approach toward North Korea are in their final stages that include consultations with US allies, a White House spokeswoman said Friday, calling consultations an important part of the process. "We are in the final stages of our intensive, multi-stakeholder North Korea policy review," Jen Psaki told a daily press briefing. North Korea recently upped the ante by staging its first ballistic missile testing in over a year. The North continues to maintain a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since November 2017.
SK Innovation considers all options including withdrawal from US
       
Calling the punishment by the United States’ trade watchdog “catastrophic and a harm to public interest,” South Korean battery maker SK Innovation said it was considering all options, including abandonment of its $2.7 billion manufacturing facilities in the US state of Georgia.In its latest appeal to the US International Trade Commission, SK Innovation alluded to halting the ongoing construction of its second battery manufacturing plant in Commerce City, Georgia, as well as abandoning the whole battery production, including energy storage systems, in the US, should the organization not reconsider the 10-year business ban it imposed on it. SK last year completed construction of the first electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia, and it is currently building a second plant there, slated for completion in 2023. Combined, the two would have a combined production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours a year, enough for 250,000 electric vehicles. Yates said Wednesday that Biden should reject the ITC’s final ruling for the sake of the Georgia plant.The presidential veto should be made by April 11. In case of no veto, SK plans to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.During SK’s shareholders meeting on Friday, a senior official explained about CEO Kim’s plans in the US.“Kim is visiting Georgia and Washington and speaking with local government officials to salvage the Georgia battery plant.
AOC played Among Us and achieved what most politicians fail at: acting normal
       
Show caption Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time (the record for a Twitch stream is about 628,000 concurrent viewers) with approximately 5.2 million viewers watching the stream in aggregate. But Ocasio-Cortez and Omar aren’t just famous people playing an unusually popular video game; they’re members of Congress trying to get out the vote. And in this, they achieved something most politicians attempt and fail at daily: they looked like completely normal people. You go where people are, and in 2020, young people are watching video games played on Twitch.
Trump says two-page letter to Joe Biden was ‘from the heart’ while refusing to concede ‘rigged election’
       
While Mr Biden has refused to reveal the contents of the letter, Mr Trump was asked in a new podcast interview released on Monday what he said to the incoming president. Read more:"The president wrote a very generous letter," Mr Biden said previously. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. After telling podcast host Lisa Boothe that he was sincere in wishing Mr Biden luck as the new president, Mr Trump quickly pivoted to say he didn't concede that he lost the election.
Kamala Harris appears at women’s event with Bill Clinton after anger over sexual harassment claims against him
       
The Clinton Global Initiative event took place on Friday and was hosted by Howard University, of which Ms Harris was an alumni. Read more:Several other women have also accused the former president of sexual harassment, claims which Mr Clinton has denied. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. You carry the voice of so many who are proud of you.”Ms Harris was the first female vice president, as well as the first African American vice president and Asian American vice president.
Martin Short surprises on 'SNL' as Doug Emhoff for Kamala Harris' Seder: 'You got this baby!'
       
Maya Rudolph's Vice President Kamala Harris wasn't alone on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. "SNL" alum Martin Short was on hand in Studio 8H to play the role of Harris' husband and the first second gentleman of the United States, Doug Emhoff, for a sketch that found the couple hosting a Passover Seder for Washington figures. Eventually Rudolph's Harris got him to be a little more comfortable, and the music got a bit steamier. Short's Emhoff said. When Rudolph's Harris is worried that the unity Seder is pulling people apart, Short's Emhoff is there to comfort her.
'Saturday Night Live' mocks spring break in the time of Covid-19
       
"Saturday Night Live" poked fun at the social-distancing concerns sparked when tens of thousands of spring break revelers descended on Miami Beach this month, inspiring city leaders to declare a state of emergency. The night's host, Maya Rudolph, performing as game show host Cece Vuvuzela, explained why there was such a party atmosphere amid a pandemic. Rudolph, who has been portraying Vice President Kamala Harris this season, reprised the role in a skit about celebrating Passover seder. Maya Rudolph and Martin Short as Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff on "Saturday Night Live" on March 27, 2021. He suggested that gun buyers should be required to have five friends testify they believe they should have firearms.
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The decisions unfold amid what Border Patrol officials say is an extraordinarily high 30-day average of 5,000 daily encounters with migrants. But under pandemic authority, Mexicans and citizens of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras can be expelled to Mexico throughout the night and in smaller towns. A U.S. travel advisory says heavily armed criminal groups patrol Reynosa in marked and unmarked vehicles.
Reviving Iran nuclear deal not a question of who goes first, U.S. official says
       
By Arshad Mohammed(Reuters) - Who might take the first step to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not an issue for the United States, a U.S. official said on Friday, suggesting greater flexibility on the part of Washington. "That's not the issue, who goes first," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The United States and Iran have yet to agree even to meet about reviving the deal and are communicating indirectly via European nations, Western officials have said. In a speech on Sunday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Washington must ease sanctions before Tehran would resume compliance. Story continues"It is absolutely not our position that Iran has to come into full compliance before we do anything," the official said.
Republicans have taken up the politics of bigotry, putting US democracy at risk
       
US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. The core message of the Republican party now consists of liesRepublicans continue to allege – without proof – that the 2020 election was rife with fraudulent ballots, many from undocumented migrants. This transformation in one of America’s two eminent political parties has shocking implications, not just for the future of American democracy but for the future of democracy everywhere. The secretary of state didn’t explicitly talk about the Republican party, but there was no mistaking his subject. People around the world witnessing the fragility of American democracy “want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home.
Martin Short joins SNL as second gentleman Doug Emhoff, gets ‘mauled’ by Biden’s dog Major
       
Martin Short made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, where he portrayed Kamala Harris’ (played by host Maya Rudolph) husband and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Rudolph’s Harris then called him her “load bearing wall,” and the pair embraced in an awkward spooning hug. Also during the sketch, Aidy Bryant returned with her impression of Texas senator Ted Cruz, who blamed his daughter for scraping Emhoff’s Prius. And I’ve got some pigs in a blanket.”A German Shepherd, playing the Bidens’ “back from being retrained” dog Major, also showed up, lunging Short’s Emhoff. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
China hits U.S. and Canada with sanctions in Xinjiang fallout
       
A quarrel over allegations of human-rights abuses in China continued as Beijing announced retaliatory sanctions on individuals in the U.S. and Canada and the corporate fallout spread. Hennes & Mauritz AB stores in parts of China are being closed by their landlords after the Swedish fashion retailer’s comments on Xinjiang prompted an unofficial boycott. Then on Saturday, China’s Foreign Ministry announced sanctions targeting a Canadian lawmaker and a parliamentary committee on human rights, as well as the heads of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, known as USCIRF. Earlier in the week, the commission praised coordinated sanctions on Chinese officials by the U.S., Canada and European countries over China’s treatment of its ethnic Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. China’s previous sanctions on U.S. individuals “who have seriously undermined China’s sovereignty and interests on Xinjiang-related issues” remain in place, the ministry said.
SNL FINALY takes a shot at Joe Biden 67 days after his inauguration
       
Saturday Night Live finally took a shot at President Joe Biden 67 days after his inauguration with jokes about Kamala Harris running the border situation response, his press conference cheat sheets and his Air Force One tumble. Twitter users reacted to the lackluster cold open and the Kamala Seder sketch during Saturday Night LiveThe contestants were played by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Chris Redd. Social media users are already asking why the Kamala Seder sketch wasn't the cold open instead of the bizarre spring break sketch. He added that longtime SNL writer Emily Spivey returned for the Kamala Seder sketch. 'It's certainly different than most modern SNL cold opens (this was meant to be the cold open), but felt flat, aside from Martin Short's visible delight and cracking up, and the dog attack sequence.
Chad Wolf leads ex-Trump officials in attacking Biden for firing 32 members of DHS Security Council
       
Former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (left) has joined a chorus of ex-Trump officials in slamming the Biden administration for firing nearly every member of the agency's advisory council Friday. The Biden administration has been slammed for its handling of the issue as officials refuse to call it a 'crisis' and have repeatedly denied the media all access to CBP detention centers. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. The 19 Republican Senators on Tour Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
Republicans have taken up the politics of bigotry, putting US democracy at risk | Robert Reich
       
| Robert Reich Read moreDonald Trump demands the Biden administration “immediately complete the wall, which can be done in a matter of weeks – they should never have stopped it. US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. The core message of the Republican party now consists of liesRepublicans continue to allege – without proof – that the 2020 election was rife with fraudulent ballots, many from undocumented migrants. The secretary of state didn’t explicitly talk about the Republican party, but there was no mistaking his subject. People around the world witnessing the fragility of American democracy “want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home.
'Way Past Time to Fire Mr. DeJoy' Says Sanders After House Dems Unveil Bill to Stop Assault on USPS
       
Postal Service. SCOOP: Democrats are swarming to block Louis DeJoy's planned USPS service cuts. Duckworth continued: "The only question facing the USPS Board of Governors right now is whether PMG DeJoy is the best individual to lead the Postal Service moving forward. We will not allow Trump's handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to slow down mail delivery, cut hours at post offices, and sabotage the Postal Service. "It is time to remove all governors and start over with a board vested with the expertise and acumen this nation needs in its Postal Service leadership."
How Public Sector Workers Are Fighting to Prevent More Job Losses
       
After the pandemic sent state and local budgets into a tailspin, public sector workers across the country were suddenly faced with furloughs, layoffs, and potentially deep concessions. More than 1.3 million state and local government workers lost their jobs in 2020... Higher education workers and public school staff saw the largest immediate losses, but public workers everywhere felt the budget squeeze and spent months waiting for the other shoe to drop. It will also provide $123 billion for public schools and $29 billion for public colleges and universities. Shock and AweThe aggressive federal aid is certainly welcome news for public workers like bus operator JorDann Crawford, a member of Transit (ATU) Local 1575.
No Need to File An Amended Return: $10.2k Deduction From Unemployment Will Come Automatically
       
I chose to not file my return until I saw that show up in the little box, but many Americans who received unemployment may not have even been aware that the deduction was coming, and filed the tax returns already. If you have already files without that deduction being applied, the IRS has a request: Do NOT re-file or file an amendment this year! If you have already filed your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR, you should not file an amended return at this time. Instead, sit tight, and the IRS will check your return, and if you’re owed it, they will include it automatically. So I’m helping this particular benefit become one more reminder to everyone who received unemployment that Democratic governments are better for your bottom line by a wide margin.
Airing my Briefs in Public
       
Thanking Trump for Operation Warp SpeedFox News has been ablaze with calls for President Biden to publicly thank Trump for Operation Warp Speed. Trump should be thanked… as many times and in the same manner as he thanked President Obama. For example, Trump thanked Obama for a smooth transition. Trump thanked Obama for leaving 142 judgeships unfilled. In return Biden could thank Trump for not overthrowing the government of the United States.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---Day66---Evening Shade-Saturday
       
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021MARTY WALSHx Marty Walsh, the former mayor of Boston just confirmed as Biden's Labor Secretary, will be the first Cabinet member in U.S. history to be openly in 12-step recovery from addiction. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 27, 2021REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN CORNYNx . The crooked cop behind the arrests was given an award by Republican John Cornyn, but Vanita Gupta, now a Biden DOJ nominee, got the cases overturned. https://t.co/uEe3aUlq1T — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 27, 2021DEJOY ACTx House Democrats have introduced legislation to prohibit the Postal Service from lengthening mail-delivery windows. https://t.co/hpdYhEExc6 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 27, 2021JASON MILLER
'Echoed every conceivable GOP talking point': Critics slam Washington Post's immigration coverage
       
They have been doing so for several years, which The Post fails to note in its breathless coverage. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), historically a paper-pushing agency, was reportedly ordered by the previous administration to not communicate with then-President-elect Biden’s team. Both Cornyn and Cruz did nothing while the previous administration implemented humanitarian disasters like the anti-asylum Remain in Mexico policy, which the Biden administration has begun winding down. Where was the panic-stricken media coverage about the border ‘crisis’ then, and how the Republican administration had no policy answer? “Two years later, the press is once again playing along with Republicans, claiming a huge border surge is bad news for Democrats.”
Biden Day Sixty-Seven: The First 100 Days
       
Border heating up as Repubs have sent several senators down with press to make Biden and Harris look bad. This situation has existed prior to Biden’s election and is made more complex in warmer weather. We all must be patient and trust in Joe and Kamala. The stimulus has been passed out for the most part and the economy should begin to roar back. Pray Biden gets rid of the filibuster as Georgia and many other states are passing bills to suppress the vote by not offering water to voters in line and changing hours making it hard for the working class to vote.
Seditionist Mo Brooks Says That Jan 6th Insurrectionists Were
       
But you see there was going to be a DEBATE on the floor of the U.S. House and Senate about this very same non-issue on Jan 6th. Even though Jan 6th was scheduled to be the routine process of counting the electoral votes that had already been certified by all the states. But Mo Brooks does not see it that way. Oh, and Mo Brooks really didn’t appreciate how the interview went either. And Republican voters really don’t think the Jan 6th was that big a deal.
DUH! GOP Tweet Admits that 'The Republican Party Isn’t Going Anywhere' ?
       
The Republican Party is unarguably mired in a historically deep trench of disinformation, division, and cultist devotion to a deranged former reality TV game show host. The Republican Party isn’t going anywhere, and we are going to win in 2022 and 2024! pic.twitter.com/sqPUQMqipT — GOP (@GOP) March 27, 2021The video in that tweet features a brief exchange from President Biden's press conference that Fox news found so appalling and boring. The GOP's official response to that was the inadvertently honest observation that "The Republican Party isn’t going anywhere." And that's the part that truly devastates the core raison d'etre of the Republican Party.
Ali Velshi uses his impressive immigrant story to excoriate Republicans for suppressing democracy.
       
(Image by Egberto Willies) Details DMCANo one explains the Republican attack on Democracy other than Ali Velshi, who uses his immigrant story to get the message through. Georgia rushed through a voter suppression bill this week. Velshi details his family's fight for democracy from India, to South Africa, to Canada. Ali Velshi details like very few could, in simple words, the path Republicans are using. He itemizes the insidiousness of the Republican voter suppression bill.
Georgia Voting Law Punished Secretary Of State For Defying Trump: Election Official
       
Georgia Republican election official Gabriel Sterling told CNN on Saturday that the state’s new restrictive voting law was also motivated by revenge against an official who defied Donald Trump over his false claims of election fraud. The law also strips Georgia’s secretary of state of his role as chief elections officer. “I wouldn’t have written the bill this way,” said Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Secretary of State’s Office. Sterling has called the election the most secure and transparent election in Georgia history. Nevertheless, Sterling supports the new voting law, insisting it’s not going to “suppress” voting rights.
Georgia Voting Law Punished Secretary Of State For Defying Trump: Election Official
       
Georgia Republican election official Gabriel Sterling told CNN on Saturday that the state’s new restrictive voting law was also motivated by revenge against an official who defied Donald Trump over his false claims of election fraud. President Joe Biden called the law an “atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”The law also strips Georgia’s secretary of state of his role as chief elections officer. “I wouldn’t have written the bill this way,” said Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Secretary of State’s Office. Sterling has called the election the most secure and transparent election in Georgia history. Nevertheless, Sterling supports the new voting law, insisting it’s not going to “suppress” voting rights.
San Diego Convention Center to shelter first 500 migrant girls this weekend
       
AdvertisementA similar scenario is playing out in Dallas, where a convention center has been outfitted to shelter migrant boys. In the meantime, it is relying on places like the San Diego Convention Center for temporary space. “We want to make sure they have a bona fide relationship.”Cots for the 1,450 unaccompanied migrant girls who will live at the San Diego Convention Center until mid-July. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The move to adapt the convention center for migrant children comes one week after U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra approached Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The San Diego County Board of Education will provide classes for the girls.
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity'
       
President Biden said this was an "un-American law to deny people the right to vote"US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an "atrocity". The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans. Republicans say they are streamlining voting procedures and trying to restore confidence in the election system. What did President Biden say? Mr Raffensperger, who has staunchly defended the integrity of the state's votes, also backed the new laws.
With US withdrawal delay likely, and new peace proposal on the table, Taliban faces inevitable crossroads
       
Advertisement"The Doha deal is the best and most effective way to resolve issues and move forward," he said. "The responsibilities of both sides are clearly written in the peace deal known by the entire world." "The Taliban have a lot to gain from this peace deal," said retired Pakistani Brigadier Saad Muhammad, who served as Pakistan's defense attache to Kabul. Some fear the Biden administration's push for a peace deal between the Taliban and Afghan government within weeks is unrealistic. The longer peace talks drag on or remain stalled, violence is expected to continue on the ground.
Manchin’s votes to make or break Senate reform
       
That senator is Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. As for pressure from the left, he said, tauntingly: “What are they going to do, they going to go into West Virginia and campaign against me? Other Senate Democrats, including Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, also share his reluctance. (It’s called “Almost Heaven,” the opening lyric to John Denver’s ode to West Virginia.) Try something.”A number of anti-filibuster Senate Democrats, though, are more focused on what Manchin’s support of the “talking filibuster” could portend.
VICTOR JOECKS: Biden’s big bait and switch
       
Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. After becoming president, Biden has hardly acted like someone seeking transformation. Congressional Democrats won a landslide victory in 1932, the year FDR first won the presidency. Victor Joecks’ column appears in the Opinion section each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Many Democrats admit Trump outmaneuvered them with his direct, blunt appeals to White workers. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be briefed as it plays out. The military budget is being set and major decisions on troop levels and priorities are being made so it's hoped the war game will help prepare the military to face the challenges of the next few years. "Russia and China military modernization creates some serious potential operational challenges for the US," Eric Edelman, a former defense undersecretary for policy and expert on military planning, told CNN. "Russia and China are playing a home game, we are playing an away game," Edelman said. See moreAnd on China, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks pulled no punches in a speech earlier this month.
Thousands protest violence against Asian Americans during National Day of Action protests
       
After a surge in violence against Asian Americans, thousands took part in protests across the country to raise awareness about racial discrimination that Asian Americans have experienced for decades, as organizers demanded legislative action to combat the issue. According to Stop AAPI Hate, roughly 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans have been reported from March 2020 to April 2021. #StopAsianHate — Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) March 26, 2021Many Asian Americans and allies shared their own stories online. On Friday night, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans held a virtual worldwide vigil in honor of the Asian American women killed in the Atlanta-area shootings. Mr. Biden, who has urged Congress to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, added, "Hate can have no safe harbor in America.
The era of the Japan-Australia alliance is here
       
Japan and Australia do not have the same kind of treaty-based alliance as Japan and the U.S. Nevertheless, it seems likely that the Japan-Australia relationship will develop into an alliance in substance if not in name. There are also growing calls for a stronger Japan-Australia alliance from within ASEAN. Nevertheless, the Japan-Australia relationship still falls well short of a true alliance. This would be the real added value of a Japan-Australia alliance.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Gov. Brian Kemp blasts Biden and says there's 'nothing Jim Crow' about Georgia's new voting law
       
Brian Kemp said that there's 'nothing Jim Crow' about Georgia's new voting law and blasted Joe Biden and 'his handlers' for not having read it after the president accused it of being 'un-American.' 'It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday,' Kemp said in a statement. He continued: 'President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box.' When asked by Fox News about Democratic concerns that the bill will disenfranchise black and minority voters, Kemp asked voters 'to simply find out what's in the bill.' It adds rigid restrictions on casting absentee ballots that will effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters,' Biden claimed.
Civil Rights groups DEMAND The Masters and MLB All-Star Game are MOVED from Georgia
       
Major sporting events could be moved out of the state of Georgia if calls from Civil Rights groups are to be listened to. Calls to move The Masters golf tournament and for the MLB All-Star game to be moved come after the state passed a controversial voting law Thursday. The Masters is next month in Augusta Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is scheduled to be held this July in Atlanta. An op-ed written in the Los Angeles Times also made calls for the All-Star game to be moved by MLB. The new law which was signed on Thursday by Republican Governor Brian Kemp makes sweeping changes to Georgia election law, including certain provisions that will require driver's licenses or state ID.
There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.
       
Last week, at the U.S. border with Mexico, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declared that the recent increase in unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the United States was a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”We looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to see whether there’s a “crisis” — or even a “surge,” as many news outlets have characterized it. We analyzed monthly CBP data from 2012 to now and found no crisis or surge that can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.
Biden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission
       
President Biden Joe BidenDemocrats see Georgia as opening salvo in war on voting rights MLB could move All-Star game from Georgia after controversial new voter restrictions Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members MORE is nominating Gayle Manchin, Sen. Joe Manchin Joe ManchinBiden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission The Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Liberals think Biden just made getting rid of the filibuster easier MORE’s (D-W.Va.) wife, to be co-chair of a federal commission that works with states to strengthen the economy in the Appalachian region, the White House announced Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Gayle Manchin will co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership agency established in 1965 through which the federal government works with 13 states and 420 counties across the Appalachian region to help invest in communities and spur job creation. Winning over Manchin also proved critical for Biden in getting his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package across the finish line earlier this month by using budget reconciliation. Gayle Manchin also previously served as president of the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts. The commission's current state co-chairman is Virginia Gov.
The scare-Crow tactics of Democrats: Goodwin
       
To Democrats and their media megaphones, Jim Crow has risen from history’s grave and stalks our land again. He claimed the election changes “make Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” which makes no sense except to suggest he’s got birds on his brain. Brian Kemp, saying the changes represent “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”By then it was clear Jim Crow was the party’s official talking point. Stacey Abrams and Atlanta protesters both labeled the Georgia law “Jim Crow 2.0.” One activist called it “Jim Crow with makeup and cologne.” Another called it “Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”The list goes on, but you get the point. Because there is no truth to the president’s odious claims about the Georgia law, we are left with two options.
Investors seek Bitcoin haven amid weakening dollar worries
       
Ditto for scores of great economic minds who call the rise of cryptos like Bitcoin a “bubble,” and a lot worse. Mainstream investors are also snapping it up as they become worried about inflation and the dollar. President Joe Biden can’t tax his way out of America’s more than three trillion dollar deficit. To suppress these costs, market experts like Trennert say Fed Chairman Jerome Powell could suppress interest rates on longer-dated debt. Scott ApplewhiteAgain, I don’t know if I’ll ever be a crypto believer despite ways to buy whole pizzas with Bitcoin, now.
Trump says he will probably visit the southern border in coming weeks
       
Former President Trump sat down with Judge Jeanine Pirro for an exclusive interview that will air on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Saturday at 9 p.m.“A lot of people want me to” visit the border, Trump told Pirro. In the interview, Trump says that he will probably visit the southern border over the next few weeks. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast.”Republicans have been urging President Biden to visit the border to experience firsthand the overwhelmed facilities amid a border surge. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities have been operating far beyond capacity amid a troubling surge in border crossers.
‘We’re going to take care of you, okay?’
       
“We’re going to take care of you, okay? “Okay, you’re going to be fine,” the nurse said, detecting some nervousness as she swabbed his arm. “They have one left — hurry.”* * *Residents wait in line at Cahaba Medical Care’s mass vaccination event at Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign.
Migrants at border motivated by need, opportunity
       
MISSION, Tex. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)Many of the migrants Vela finds in Rincon del Diablo say they are motivated by a complicated and varied set of personal and practical reasons that intersect where survival meets opportunity. Vela gets the age and nationality of the migrants and points them in the direction of a Border Patrol facility under a nearby bridge. Their first stop is often a rudimentary Border Patrol station or facility, where thousands of minors have stayed for days longer than legally allowed. They die.”Vela never finds out what happens to the migrants he meets after delivering them to busy Border Patrol agents.
Do presidents have the power to stop mass shootings?
       
But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of mass shootings. Regardless of which party is in power, little reform has happened. But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of mass shootings. Will this time be differentThe United States has faced two mass shootings less than one week apart. According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, nearly 20,000 Americans died from gun violence in 2020 — that’s more than any other year in at least two decades.
Biden administration will impose new regulations on meat industry, expert warns
       
Earlier this year, White House said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would release those standards on March 15. But that day passed two weeks ago, and there was still no word from the administration heading into the weekend. North American Meat Institution’s spokeswoman Sarah Little told Fox News that regulations like mandatory 6-foot social distancing and N95 masks would definitely affect production. She said industry workers need vaccinations to keep things moving. “People only spend about 10 to12% of disposable income on food.”CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSJohn S. Nalivka, who has 30 years of experience in livestock and meat industry consulting, explained that the U.S. has built a very efficient meat industry that allows affordable meat prices.
Trump slams Biden immigration policies: ‘There’s nothing, there’s no leadership’
       
Former President Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden's immigration policies Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," saying the new President is showing "no leadership," during a crisis that could "destroy our country." I don't know what they're doing. And they don't know what they're doing. They’re going to destroy our country. Since taking office, Biden has undone a number of Trump-era immigration policies, including halting funding for the border wall and ending the Remain-in-Mexico policy.
America's Richest 1% Dodge Taxes On More Than A Fifth Of Their Income, Study Finds
       
Beefing up budgets and staff alone, as the Biden administration plans to do, could increase tax revenue by over $1 trillion over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported. The percentage of income tax evasion generally increases with the income category, the study found. Taxpayers in the bottom half of income categories evade taxes on around 7% of their income. Taxpayers in the top fifth evade taxes on 10% of their income, with the richest 5% avoiding taxes on at least 20% of income. Even as high earners are dodging taxes, IRS audits of the wealthy have plunged, another recent study has found.
Man With 6 Firearms Arrested At Grocery Store Following Tip From 'Startled' Shopper
       
Man With 6 Firearms Arrested At Grocery Store Following Tip From 'Startled' ShopperEnlarge this image toggle caption AP APA 22 year-old man armed with multiple guns was arrested on Wednesday in Atlanta after a shopper overheard him loading weapons in a grocery store bathroom. Russell, who works as a shopper for the grocery delivery service Instacart, rushed to alert Publix staff, who then called security. While police have not yet said why Marley brought the weapons into the store, Russell said seeing the rifle put him on edge following the mass shooting days earlier at a Boulder, Colo., grocery store that left 10 people dead. "This kind of startled me just again with the events that recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado," Russell told WSB-TV, an Atlanta television station. Following the Boulder attack, President Biden urged Congress to pass gun control measures that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
First Lady Jill Biden to visit California next week for Cesar Chavez holiday
       
First Lady Jill Biden plans to visit the Forty Acres monument north of Bakersfield on Wednesday — the birthday of the late civil rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The White House said the “Day of Action” event in Delano would include the Cesar Chavez Foundation, United Farm Workers, and the UFW Foundation. The location, now a National Historic Monument, is where Chavez — the son of migrant farm workers — first drew national attention to the harsh conditions for agricultural workers in the late 1960s with his union organizing, marches, boycotts and hunger strikes. President Biden has sought to highlight Chavez’s legacy, selecting a bronze bust of the labor leader for the most visible position behind his desk in the Oval Office. AdvertisementChavez’s birthday is celebrated as a state holiday in California.
Florida's DeSantis threatens lawsuit if CDC doesn't enable U.S. cruises to resume by summer
       
The New York TimesSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-launched what it called a newly developed tactical guided missile ?Thursday, violating international sanctions. During a nighttime military parade last October, North Korea displayed a new, untested ICBM that looked bigger than any of the previous ones. North Korea has yet to demonstrate that its warhead can survive the intense heat and friction created by reentry. At a military parade earlier this year, North Korea displayed what looked like a bigger, upgraded version of KN-23. The arsenal ‘guarantees its success.’ North Korea has one of the largest standing armies in the world, with more than 1 million soldiers.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. Vicente Reid, CEO of the Arizona Asian Chamber, helped organize the event. He said violence against the Asian American community is not new, but the community has not spoken up enough about it. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix.
Vice presidents’ policy projects come with political risks
       
That’s likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris’ team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck’s argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it’s clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
Trump says he'll visit border in a few weeks and rips Biden for undoing 'Remain in Mexico' policy
       
Former President Donald Trump said he will visit the border in the next few weeks after he was invited by Border Patrol as he blasts Biden for undoing his 'Remain in Mexico' policy. Now they stay in the United States, by the way, stay in and never leave.' Frankly they weren't coming into Mexico,' Trump said. Trump also said that Mexico had 28,000 soldiers who stopped people from coming in to the United States, before then touting his signature border wall. President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that a 'surge' of migrants at the southern border started during the Trump administration.
Korean groups rally on the Mall to decry racism after deadly attacks in Atlanta
       
The incidents have drawn fresh attention to the long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States and President Biden has denounced attacks on Asian Americans. Anna E. Ko, a leader of the Korean American Society of Virginia, said many people she knows were reluctant to attend the rally. Another read: “Protect our Korean elders.”ADSpeakers addressed the group and onlookers enjoying the spring morning on the Mall. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. But Chang questioned the lack of support from local leaders: “To be honest with you, where are the other elected officials?”
Trump country remains gun country
       
Put another way, Biden’s Arizona victory was a function in part of his flipping one of the most gun-centric places in the country. After the 2016 election, we declared that gun country was Donald Trump country; these data, it seem, tell a different story. The places with the most licensed dealers are populous, urban counties, places where there are a lot more stores of all types. Gun country remains Trump country, and vice versa. The places in the United States with the most gun retailers per person are places that tended to vote for Donald Trump.
Lawmakers at border urge empathy for migrants: 'These are not invaders'
       
Several House members Saturday urged empathy for the thousands of migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S.-Mexico border after touring facilities in Texas that are processing and housing them. Democrats on the tour said they reject the GOP narrative that the southern border is suddenly open under President Biden and migrants are villains bringing problems to the United States. The comments came Saturday at a news conference following a congressional delegation tour of the border. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to DHS records. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Escobar-led trip was one of several congressional delegations to the border this weekend.
New Mexico rancher tells lawmakers to address border crisis, ‘quit politicizing’
       
New Mexico rancher, Russell Johnson, urged lawmakers Saturday, to "quit politicizing" the southern border and instead, address the U.S.’s problematic immigration system. In an interview with Fox News’ Eric Shawn, the fourth generation New Mexico rancher explained that issues on the border exceed the number of migrant families crossing illegally, saying there is a growing concern around safety. GOP SENATORS SHUT DOWN TALK OF IMMIGRATION DEAL UNTIL BORDER CRISIS IS SOLVED"What people don't realize is, we don't have the family units and unaccompanied minors approaching our area of the border. While Johnson’s mother got away fine, the New Mexico rancher noted that it can take Border Patrol up to an hour to respond to their calls – a response time that worries the husband and father to young children. "Do the right thing, finish the border wall project, which is not just the wall, it's the sensors, the lighting, the roads, finish all of it and secure the border and then overhaul the immigration system."
China sanctions U.S. and Canadian officials, including Sen. Manchin’s wife, in tit-for-tat response
       
China sanctioned a number of U.S. and Canadian officials in response to heightening tension as Western nations call out the country’s alleged human rights violations of the Uighur population in the country’s Xinjiang province. Among those slapped with sanctions are Gayle Manchin, chair of the U.S. government's advisory Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Tony Perkins, vice chair. The U.S., Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom have teamed up to enact their own sanctions on Chinese officials over the abuses of the Muslim minority population. China has denied any human rights violations and told other countries to stop meddling in its internal affairs. The sanctions came after tense bilateral talks took place with Biden administration officials and Chinese officials in Alaska last week.
Biden official asked GOP senators visiting border to delete photos from facilities
       
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told Fox News that a Biden official asked Republican senators to delete photos they took at a border facility they were touring on Friday. SEN. BRAUN PENS LETTER URGING BIDEN TO VISIT BORDERThe photos showed children sleeping on the ground in an enclosed area. Braun told the Examiner as the group stopped with border agents at the edge of the Rio Grande, where migrants often try to illegally cross. GOP SENATORS ENCOUNTER TRAFFICKERS, CARTEL MEMBERS AT BORDER DURING NIGHTTIME RIO GRANDE TOURBraun, after visiting the facility, penned a letter to the president imploring him to visit the border. The images show migrants jammed into pods at the processing facility and children sleeping on mats on the floor.
Georgia lawmaker arrested outside governor's office
       
But the actual rate turned out to be less than half that, as the economy recovered slowly.Now, the CBO looks more likely to miss on the downside. In February, before the Biden stimulus passed, it projected that 10-year borrowing costs will rise at a gradual basis of 20 basis points a year after the pandemic slump -– to average 1.1% this year and then 1.5% in 2023. Those are not issues for the CBO to decide,” he says. The CBO is merely outlining the risks associated with certain policies, says Swagel. That was immediately picked up as a talking point by Republicans, while Democrats suggested the analysis was flawed.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootings
       
NATIONALThe captured image shows Sam Park, a Georgia state representative, speaking in a worldwide vigil held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, to honor the victims of deadly shootings at three Atlanta spas. (Yonhap)Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootingsOver 2,000 people in the United States and from around the world have taken part in a vigil to honor the victims of recent shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.The White House too mourned the deaths of the eight people while strongly denouncing violence against Asian-American communities on Friday, according to organizers. "For the last year we've had people in positions of Incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans," she said earlier. "Now is the time to stand with our Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters; with immigrants and refugees, with the LGBTQ community. "The Embassy will continue to make every effort to protect Koreans from hate crimes in cooperation with the law enforcement authorities of the United States."
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
NATIONALDelegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. "The Secretariat of the Central Committee of the ruling party decided to convene the sixth conference of cell Secretaries to discuss and guide the affairs in prioritizing the position and role of the Party cells", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.It will also be about "consolidating the WPK organizationally and ideologically, as required by a new high stage of the developing revolution," the KCNA said.Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people.North Korea has been trying to achieve new economic goals that were unveiled by its leader Kim Jong-un during the eighth party congress held in January in the face of global sanctions and the prolonged campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance.The planned conference also comes amid heightening tensions after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles Thursday, in a first such test since US President Joe Biden took office.During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
N.Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' for criticizing missile launches
       
NATIONALA new type of a tactical guided missile is launched from the North Korean town of Hamju, South Hamgyong Province, on Thursday in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. South Korea's military said the previous day that the North fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea. ""I think that the new US administration obviously took its first step wrong. "North Korea confirmed Friday it test-fired new tactical guided missiles a day earlier. "Biden also warned: "There will be responses if they choose to escalate.
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
Delegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people. Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance. During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand. The Indiana Republican penned a letter to Biden on Saturday, obtained first by Fox News, which includes pictures Braun took Friday during his visit of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to homeland security records. Braun was part of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. Border Protection encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February and those numbers are expected to increase dramatically in the spring and summer months.
Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle
       
She is also advising state lawmakers crafting the voting restriction proposals. Trump’s false claims of fraud have fueled a wave of new voting restrictions. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. She says she’ll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to H.R. She also is chair of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law project that she said may get involved in litigation against H.R.
China sanctions wife of Joe Manchin, other US and Canadian officials
       
China has placed sanctions on a handful of U.S. and Canadian officials in a tit for tat response amid growing tensions over the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province. Michael Chong, vice chair of the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), and the eight members of the FAAE Subcommittee on International Human Rights have also been sanctioned. Those that China sanctioned will not be allowed in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens and businesses are not allowed to communicate with the individuals. The U.S. coordinated sanctions against China with Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom due to China’s alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. China has denied accusations of any human rights abuses in the country.
Equalisation Levy response: US proposes retaliatory tariffs of up to 25% on select Indian goods
       
In its first retaliatory action under the Joe Biden administration, the US has proposed to impose retaliatory tariffs up to 25% on around 40 Indian products including shrimps, basmati rice, gold and silver items in response to the equalisation levy or digital services tax (DST) imposed by India on non-resident e-commerce operators.The United States Trade Representative ( USTR ) on Thursday said this would collect duties on goods of India in the range of the amount of DST that India is expected to collect from US whose initial estimates are pegged at $55 million per year.“In particular, USTR proposes to impose additional tariffs of up to 25% ad valorem on an aggregate level of trade that would collect duties on goods of India in the range of the amount of DST that India is expected to collect from US companies,” it said in a report on Next Steps of 301 Digital Services Taxes Investigations.It proposed similar actions for five other countries- Austria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.“Initial estimates indicate that the value of the DST payable by US- based company groups to India will be up to approximately $55 million per year,” USTR said in its report on India.In January, USTR said that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against US digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened American companies.The 2% equalisation levy, or the so-called Google tax, came into effect on April 1, 2020. The USTR has identified 119 companies that are likely to be liable under the Digital Service Tax, out of which 86, or 72%, are American companies.New Delhi had, in November last year, argued that the levy was one of the methods suggested by the 2015 OECD-G20 report of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project, aimed at tackling the taxation challenges arising from digitisation of the economy. The levy has a threshol
'We've been waiting for this moment:' Rally for Asian Americans in Fort Lee draws over 700
       
I don't think there's ever been a moment when Asian Americans had a movement." Many people, she said, view Asian Americans, even those born in the U.S., as foreigners — and have blamed them for the COVID-19 virus because it is believed to have begun in China. "You are police officers, our Planning Board, you are our council members," he said to Asian Americans in the crowd. This year, as hate crimes against Asian Americans have grown during the pandemic, an Anti-Defamation League survey found that 17% of Asian Americans said they had been harassed online, an increase of more than 50% from last year. Son, a rally organizer, said people across the nation have "become more racially conscious" over the past year and that Asian Americans are feeling threatened as perhaps never before.
Everything Biden and his top people are saying about the border is a bald-faced lie
       
From President Joe Biden on down, the administration is telling nonstop, bald-faced lies about the border crisis — while trying to stop the media from reporting the truth. Biden insists the surge is normal, when it’s setting records. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the US-Mexico border is “closed” for everyone except migrant children seeking to enter the country alone. Trump had made significant progress toward securing the border, only for Biden to halt construction on his wall and end the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Be outraged, but also ask: How much else is the Biden administration lying about?
Trump congratulates Georgia on restrictive new voting law Biden called an ‘atrocity’
       
Donald Trump and Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. "Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations," Mr Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. Joe Biden has referred to the voting law as an "atrocity". In his statement, Mr Trump again repeated fraudulent claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Read moreMr Biden said the law had nothing to do with voting integrity, and was solely a means to suppress votes.
Apple releases iPhone, iPad, Watch security patch for zero-day bug under active attack
       
The problem is the supply," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a local TV interview this week after New York Gov. "We’re not seeing that people in the [age 50 and over] group are saying, 'I can’t get an appointment anywhere,'" said Quirk. "It makes you think this is a good, progressive way to open it to the age groups. "Between the lines: Some states are moving a lot faster than Biden's goal of making all Americans eligible for vaccinations by May 1. "It’s going to be a balancing act, and the messaging is going to be very important.
Salvage firm boss reveals his masterplan to clear the huge tanker blocking the Suez canal
       
The boss of a salvage firm has revealed his masterplan to clear the huge tanker blocking the Suez canal using two large tugboats to tow the ship to safety. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said the authority planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. That makes a total 326 vessels waiting in the Suez Canal area.' It comes amid reports that around 10 vessels stuck in and around the Suez Canal contain animals, according to reports as desperate rescue efforts are underway. Some 326 tankers and cargo vessels are now stuck waiting to transit the Suez Canal which has been blocked for the past five days.
Democrat children of evangelical preacher Rev. Rick Joyner denounce their famous father
       
Anna Jane - who is a podcast host and a climate change activist - is particularly perturbed by her father's recent assertion that Joe Biden is a 'Marxist who stole the election'. But despite her concerns, Anna Jane admitted that her dad is still the first person she calls in a crisis. Son Sam Joyner, a 26-year-old ceramic artist, told The Times: 'He's causing harm in my view, and he's being incredibly irresponsible.' He has been pictured accompanying Anna Jane to a film screening, and even promoted a film made by son Ben about a gay man in the south. Despite her concerns, Anna -Jane admitted that her dad is still the first person she calls in a crisis.
We Can Win Student Loan Debt Cancellation—If We Organize Together
       
From March 29 through April 4, debtors and our allies will be taking part in the Debt Collective's week of action to cancel ALL student loan debt. President Biden campaigned on a promise to forgive $10,000 of student loan debt for everyone, along with more relief for select borrowers. Student loan debt is a racial justice issue. Student loan debt is also an intergenerational issue, because now six million people between the ages of 50–64 and 870,000 people over the age of 65 still hold student loan debt. Student loan debt heavily impacts poorer states and regions, both rural and urban.
'We Not Human At All.' Why the Fight to Unionize an Alabama Amazon Warehouse Could Spur a Labor Union Resurgence
       
After months of organizing and infighting, he will learn whether he was successful in helping to unionize the first Amazon warehouse in the country after the seven-week voting period ends on March 29. Unlike many unionization battles, the central issue at stake for Amazon and its Bessemer workers isn’t just about money. In 2014, a tiny number of technicians and mechanics who maintained order-fulfillment equipment at a distribution center in Middletown, Delaware participated in the first-ever unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse. But there are signals of a union revival, and the Bessemer workers have gained support from prominent national politicians. Public support for labor unions is also widening: According to a September 2020 Gallup report, 65% of Americans approved of labor unions, a high point that hadn’t been reached in nearly two decades.
Hopes for blocked Suez Canal hinge on rising tide potentially freeing ship
       
At a news conference Saturday, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, head of Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority, said that such “a significant incident” typically has many causes. Officials were hopeful on March 27 that the grounded ship in the Suez Canal could be freed by a rising tide brought on by the arrival of heavier tugboats. ADLater Saturday, Hend Fathy Hussein, spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote in a Facebook post that the ship’s rudder had begun moving again. There are two canal pilots aboard to guide the ship through the canal. The unprecedented bottleneck at or near the canal could strain global supply chains that are already stressed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A $15 national minimum wage makes no sense
       
ADADBut Congress hasn't touched the issue since 2007 (when it mandated the 2009 increase), principally because any minimum wage has trade-offs: It creates both positive and negative effects. Similarly, the CBO says a $15 minimum would modestly increase the federal deficit through a combination of costs (such as higher unemployment compensation) and savings. When economists talk about the minimum wage, they envision a "sweet spot," or a range, that best accommodates these trade-offs. As recently as 2019, Dube cautioned, "We are currently witnessing minimum wage increases that go beyond our experience of the past few decades." In the new Congress, every Democrat is on record supporting a hike, and President Biden supports a national $15 wage.
Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?
       
The relationship between Asian American and Pacific Islanders and their place in American history is not, to many, nearly as obvious. By contrast, Asian American history is often footnoted or compartmentalized, recounted and analyzed as a subplot in the bigger narrative. For one, Asian Americans have been unjustly perceived as less assertive than African Americans in the fight for equality. Still, Asian American and Black history share something crucial: the burden of stereotype and scapegoating for the nation’s ills. Until we understand the ways in which the Asian American story is in many ways like the African American story, we won’t be able to reckon with tragedies like Atlanta.
The U.S. can’t prevent tomorrow’s catastrophes unless we imagine them today
       
The present almost always wins, because the gains from success — and the costs of failure — are immediate and concrete. By contrast, the consequences of not adequately managing the future are far-off, uncertain and abstract (and often a problem for another administration). To its credit, the Biden administration has linked fast action to broader goals: The president’s interim national security strategy and early executive orders emphasize climate change, and his pandemic response includes long-term investments in public health infrastructure. This myopia has national security implications. Often, as with the National Intelligence Council’s “Global Trends” report, efforts to imagine possible futures are disconnected from policy.
GOP lawmakers call for answers from Blinken on border moves amid migrant surge
       
Republican lawmakers in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Saturday wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding answers about the Biden administration’s diplomatic moves related to the growing crisis at the southern border. All were abolished in the early days of the Biden administration. "The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region," Blinken said in a statement last month on the ACAs. The 23 Republican House lawmakers, led by Ranking Member Michael McCaul wrote to Blinken about their "deep concerns" over the moves. Separately, they encourage Blinken to submit a five-year strategy to address the causes of illegal immigration "as soon as possible."
Former Acting ICE Director: Biden 'insulted' Border Patrol agents during press conference
       
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan criticized the Biden administration's immigration policies on "Fox Report," saying the President 'insulted' every Border Patrol agent during his press conference Thursday. This administration has clearly shown they’re not going to enforce the law. 90% of the criminals they arrested last year they can’t arrest this year, so they totally decapitated ICE authority. And the Border Patrol stations are no longer border patrol stations, they’re welcoming centers. [Biden] made a statement…that the men and women who serve in the Border Patrol watched children die from starvation on the river.
Trump DHS officials slam Biden ‘purge’ of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Former Trump officials who served in the Department of Homeland Security are criticizing a move by the Biden administration to fire almost every member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- with one describing it as a "purge" designed to rinse the Council of opposing voices. But a number of former officials expressed surprise at how most of the Council was fired. Ken Cuccinelli, who served on the council after having served as acting deputy DHS secretary and acting head of U.S. He also said the Council had a number of meaningful projects underway that had now just been wiped out. "I’m surprised it took this long to take me off because I'm out there telling the American people the truth and I’m sure that’s upsetting a lot of people," he said.
Trump says he will probably visit the southern border soon, in exclusive interview with Fox News
       
Former President Trump sat down with Judge Jeanine Pirro for an exclusive interview that will air on Fox News’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’ Saturday at 9 p.m."A lot of people want me to" visit the border, Trump told Pirro. In the interview, Trump says that he will probably visit the southern border over the next few weeks. Last week Trump accused Biden of causing "death and human tragedy" by undoing some of his border policies, which Biden had deemed inhumane. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. Republicans have been urging President Biden to visit the border to experience firsthand the overwhelmed facilities amid a border surge.
Biden: It’s my expectation to run again in 2024
       
The IndependentDonald Trump is considering a visit to the US-Mexico border but is giving Joe Biden enough space to “fail on his own”, according to aide Jason Miller. In a new podcast interview, Mr Miller was asked if the former president was planning to return to the border to highlight the growing migrant “disaster”. “We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon,” he told The Michael Berry Show following Joe Biden’s first press conference as president.
Biden would beat Trump again if they both run in 2024, poll suggests
       
Some 32 per cent of all respondents had a very favourable opinion of Mr Biden and 18 per cent had a somewhat favourable view. When confined to those that identify as Republicans, 61 per cent chose “very favourable” and 23 per cent said “somewhat favourable”. If the two men were to run again in 2024, on election day Mr Biden would be about to turn 82, and Mr Trump would be 78. In the 2020 election, Mr Biden won 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232. Both candidates achieved record numbers in the popular vote, with Mr Biden winning by a margin of 7 million with 81.3 million votes.
Group hopes coalition will oust Djibouti dictator
       
A small group gathered in the rain at the Capitol in St. Paul Saturday asking for U.S. support in moving the African country of Djibouti towards democracy. “With the upcoming Djibouti presidential election on April 9, this is our opportunity to help Djibouti achieve true independence through a peaceful transition from 44 years of dictatorship to democracy led by a transitional government,” said Omar Ali Hassan. “Djibouti, has the potential to become a real democracy and a first economy,” said Ali Chehem Ali, a speaker at the rally. Dijbouti is a small coastal country located in the northeast section of the Horn of Africa. Situated on the Bab el Mandeb Strait that separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden, the country is also host to military bases of several countries, including the U.S.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah : "Taliban haven't observed their commitment"
       
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah : "Taliban haven't observed their commitment"ABDULLAH ABDULLAH © France 2414 minIn an interview with FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman, Afghanistan's Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah speaks about the upcoming peace talks with the Taliban to be held in Turkey in April. Advertising As US President Joe Biden admitted that some US troops could still be in Afghanistan after May 1, the agreed upon deadline for American forces to leave the country under a deal with the Taliban, Abdullah Abdullah says the agreement was "conditional". "Taliban haven't observed their commitment in terms of reduction in violence", he points out. Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe Take international news everywhere with you! Download the France 24 app google-play-badge_EN
Conservative Christians are driving more Americans away from religion altogether
       
Related: The Atlanta shooting shows how racism, misogyny & homophobia are connectedOver the past several decades, Americans are increasingly likely to identify as having no particular religion. The authors of the new book tested the thesis that the right’s willingness to conflate religion and politics was driving people away from faith in general. After asking people about their religious identity, they then presented them with a single story where religion and politics were closely linked. Biden and Buttigieg prove that progressives don’t have to cede religion to the Republican Party. For many Americans, right-wing Christians have given Christianity a bad name, enough to drive them from religion altogether.
Companies sidestep self-imposed bans on GOP donations
       
Major corporations are finding ways to sidestep their pledges from January to withhold campaign contributions for GOP lawmakers who objected to the 2020 presidential election results. Tech giant Intel Corp., for example, contributed $15,000 from its political action committee (PAC) to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) last month. Both companies defended their contributions, arguing they’re still adhering to bans on direct donations to those lawmakers. Critics point out that the end result is the same -- more corporate money for Republicans who objected to the election results. In the 2020 cycle, Intel gave $30,000 each to the NRCC, NRSC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
Janet Yellen: Biden's COVID-19 relief plan could restore full employment by next year
       
Summers also contended that Biden's plan would make less money available for other initiatives such as improving the nation's infrastructure. The proposal will be part of the COVID-19 relief bill they are writing that is expected to largely follow Biden’s plan. The child tax credit increase is expected to help about 20 million lower-earning people. The child tax credit details were first reported by The Washington Post. She said if Biden's relief package is approved, the country could get back to full employment by next year.
Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty and favoring individuals over businesses
       
That’s in addition to the unemployment assistance and child tax credit the family would be eligible for without the pandemic. Child poverty would be reduced by more than half, the researchers predict. It also expands three key tax credits — the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit, and the child and dependent care tax credit — that advocates for the poor have long urged the government to do to help reduce poverty. Under this more generous child tax credit plan, parents would receive $3,000 a year for every child ages 6 to 17 and $3,600 a year for every child under 6. For people without children, the legislation expands the earned income tax credit, which helps supplement wages for the working poor.
Iran and China ink 25-year trade cooperation deal
       
A manhunt is underway in Texas for an “armed and...A meeting is held before Iran and China's foreign ministers sign a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. Iran and China's 25-year "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" covers various industries such as oil, mining, transportation, agriculture and industrial development. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (left) sign a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Wang Yi pose after signing a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. The 25-year “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” is wide ranging and said to cover oil, mining, transportation, agriculture and industrial development.
US dropping FBI fingerprint tests for caregivers at migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is using a less stringent standard to vet those caring for thousands of unaccompanied minors in migrant facilities at the border, according to a report. While FBI fingerprint tests rely on proprietary criminal databases, public records tests are dependent on the subject providing accurate information. HHS’s own Inspector General has warned the lower grade tests would not be as effective at sussing out past sexual or criminal offenses. US Customs and Border ProtectionMidland is home to an HHS migrant facility which opened just this month. The migrant surge at the border represents the first major crisis of the new Biden administration.
New Mexico rancher: Border crisis 'coming to a home near you'
       
New Mexico rancher Russell Johnson joins "Fox News Live" to share his experience with the migrant surge on the southern border, saying Biden's plan is to "roll back everything that worked." RUSSELL JOHNSON: We've experienced everything from homes being broke into, cattle theft, vehicles stolen, other buildings broken into. When people say that Biden doesn't have a plan, his plan was to roll back everything that worked. What people don't realize is we don't have the family units and unaccompanied minors approaching our area of the border. It's not staying here, it's coming to a home near you.
President Biden is betting the public is ready for bigger government in light of the pandemic
       
At his Thursday news conference, Biden spoke glowingly about the possibilities the package will offer for jobs, productivity and global competitiveness. ADADFormer president Barack Obama took some steps in that direction with the Affordable Care Act, a more modest stimulus package and financial reform. ADADFor Biden, the obstacles to successfully enacting the next big package are obvious. The $15 minimum wage got knocked out of the stimulus package by the Senate parliamentarian for not fitting into the rules of reconciliation. Ultimately, it triggered a backlash against bigger government, which gave rise to the conservative movement that eventually elected Ronald Reagan as president in 1980.
Slower service, higher prices: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveils 10-year plan
       
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled his 10-year strategic plan for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday, which includes higher postage rates, some slower services and reduced post office hours aimed at cutting red ink. Postal Service to transform to meet the needs of our customers is long overdue,” DeJoy said in a presentation of the plan online with other postal officials. DeJoy said unless changes are made soon, the postal service stands to lose $160 billion over the next decade. “The Postal Service’s problems are serious, but working together, they can be solved, he said.
‘He got played’: Trump mocked over tweet-like statement calling for John Durham’s report
       
Why Mr Trump thought that the answer would be anything other than "yes" is unknown. Will there ever be a Durham report?” Mr Trump said Friday night in an update from his 45 Office email account. Even though Mr Trump has been exiled from social media, his critics are not, and used their platform to criticise the strange statement. Ross Garber, a CNN political and legal commentator and lawyer, said the former president should not hold his breath waiting for Mr Durham. Many interpreted the statement not as Mr Trump expressing frustration, but of teasing out his next move.
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy spar over claim that Biden's snubbing the network
       
White Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 26, 2021. AP Photo/Evan VucciJen Psaki and Peter Doocy had a tense back-and-forth exchange about Biden's first press conference. Doocy contended that Fox News was being skipped over, while Psaki said she frequently calls on him. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday shut down complaints from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that President Joe Biden did not call on him during the president's first press conference. Doocy said Biden sometimes responds to his questions at the White House, but complained that it only happens after he has "shouted" at the president.
WH: Biden expected to comment on Ga.'s restrictive voter law
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden plans to issue a statement on Georgia’s new, stringent voter law. Video Transcript- Georgia signed into law new restrictions on voting. There's legislation in Congress, but does the administration plan to take any executive actions or file any lawsuits opposing these new laws? I will say we expect to have a statement from the president on these voting laws-- this voting law, I should say-- that passed in Georgia. Which, again, the president will-- we'll have a statement from the president, I expect, later this afternoon on.
Biden says he suggested to UK's Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road
       
(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. "I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help," Biden told reporters. The project would significantly expand China’s economic and political influence, raising concerns in the United States and elsewhere. Over 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20% of BRI projects had been "seriously affected" by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mom told police she and husband had sex while son was dying
       
Why it matters: The Highway Trust Fund, which pays for roads and transit systems, is going broke. The existing federal gas tax isn't enough to meet rising costs, and the budget gap will only grow wider as cleaner cars burn less fuel.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Electric cars don't even need gas, which is why finding an alternative to the current 18.4-cent per gallon fuel tax is inevitable. Neither side seems interested in raising the gas tax at this point, even though electric vehicles still represent less than 3% of new cars sold. "We’re obviously going to have to come to more solutions if we’re going to preserve the user-paid principle," he told lawmakers Thursday.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
       
That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris' team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck's argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it's clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
Korean groups rally on National Mall to protest racism, violence
       
"We should not be intimidated about speaking out," said Paula Park, the president of the Korean American Community Association of Greater Washington. Kim, with tears in his eyes, stood back and watched as community leaders spoke against hate attacks on Asians. AdvertisementThe white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. "Please stop Asian hate."
Curley: Despite her chuckles, Kamala Harris is no laughing matter
       
If you think the mainstream media affords President Biden preferential treatment — and believe me, I do — it’s nothing compared to the leaving-alone they give Vice President Kamala Harris. Is it normal for the vice president to get less coverage than the president? After months of fear-mongering over the safety of the vaccine, Harris suddenly spun a different story. The polling data during the primaries proved that Kamala Harris can’t win over voters. Vice President Harris is no laughing matter.
Climate talks will test Biden’s pledge to make global heating a priority
       
The Leaders Summit on Climate talks, scheduled to be held virtually on 22 and 23 April, are an opportunity for the US to shape, hasten and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told the Associated Press. The talks are also designed to revive a US-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that previous administrations, Republican and Democrat, had allowed to lapse. They will also mark the first time a US leader has attended a major international climate discussions in more than four years. Led by US climate envoy John Kerry, US officials have reportedly been emphasizing US climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders. Against that backdrop, the climate talks – coming seven months ahead of November’s UN global climate sessions in Glasgow – will offer a deliberate test of whether, after four years of isolationist and aggressive diplomatic non-compliance, the US still has power to shape global decision-making.
Trump congratulates Georgia on restrictive new voting law Biden called an ‘atrocity’
       
"Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations," Mr Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. Joe Biden has referred to the voting law as an "atrocity". Read moreMr Biden said the law had nothing to do with voting integrity, and was solely a means to suppress votes. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment
       
Boehner’s backing of Gonzalez puts him in direct confrontation with Trump, who is supporting Gonzalez’s primary opponent, Max Miller. Trump recently hosted a fundraiser for Miller at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. ADVERTISEMENTTrump has vowed to back primary opponents of any Republican who voted to impeach him. Gonzalez was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the House. The conservative Club for Growth recently said it will be targeting Gonzalez and Rep. Liz Cheney Elizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAnti-Cheney measure stalls in Wyoming Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race House Republicans who backed Trump impeachment warn Democrats on Iowa election challenge MORE (R-Wyo.)
Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and Biden’s proposed changes
       
The Biden administration is acting on a number of fronts to reverse Trump-era restrictions on immigration to the United States. The Biden administration has proposed legislation that would create new ways for immigrants to legally enter the United States. Biden’s proposal would expand access to family-based green cards in a variety of ways, such as by increasing per-country caps and clearing application backlogs. This trailed only the H-2A visa for agricultural workers, which accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of temporary visas. The Biden administration is expected to review policies that led to increased denial rates of H-1B visa applications under the Trump administration.
The future of the border crisis will be driven by climate change
       
The influx of migrants to the U.S. southern border has taken over the news — and climate change, among other factors, ensures it won't be going away. Driving the news: During President Biden's first press conference Thursday, questions about the renewed flow of migrants — including unaccompanied minors — dominated the discussion. By the numbers: The World Bank estimates that three regions — Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia — will generate 143 million more climate migrants by 2050. Migration from the worst-hit regions is arguably one of the most necessary aspects of any adaptation to climate change, yet it will run headlong into the political obstacles around border control. Be smart: Climate change's precise role in migration is tangled up with more immediate factors, like security and economic well-being.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) -China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. China has spoken out often against U.S. sanctions on Iran and partly contested them. “Cooperation between the two countries is very important for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the fulfilment of obligations by European countries,” Rouhani said, according to his official website. “Under the new administration, the Americans want to reconsider their policy and return to the nuclear accord, and China welcomes their move,” Wang said. He also promised that China would provide more coronavirus vaccines to Iran, the Middle Eastern country worst-hit by the pandemic.
Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers
       
Live Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers About a third of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. Utah lawmakers voted for an April 10 end to mask requirements and to rein in powers of the governor and state health officials to deal with crises; the bill became law on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis. A mask mandate in the city and surrounding Travis County is under fire by state officials. But the drop-off also worries many public health experts, who note that the prevalence of Covid-19 remains stubbornly high.
About Half of U.S. States Will Open COVID Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults by Mid-April
       
During a Friday press briefing, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said that more than half of states — 26 — will open up eligibility to all adults by April 15. Fourteen of the 26 have already opened eligibility to all adults, or will in the coming week, and 12 additional states are expected to open by April 15. In all, 46 total states plus the District of Columbia have announced plans to open up eligibility no later than May 1. Still, Zients cautioned that Americans must still be diligent in wearing masks and social distancing throughout the vaccine effort. We need to follow the public health guidance, wear a mask, socially distance, and get a vaccine when it's your turn."
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
       
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.marketwatch.comThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
Quad to hold first-ever head of states meet today
       
Added: 12.03.2021 4:42 | 19 views | 0 commentsNew Delhi [India], March 12 (ANI): Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), a strategic forum comprising India, Japan, Australia and the United States of America, will hold its first-ever head of states meet virtually on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be meeting virtually with President Joe Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia. The Quad, mooted by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, has met regularly at the working and foreign ministers...
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
       
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 13 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'Added: 27.03.2021 20:27 | 9 views | 0 commentsEXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand.
Trump DHS officials slam Biden ‘purge’ of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:08 | 3 views | 0 commentsFormer Trump officials who served in the Department of Homeland Security are criticizing a move by the Biden administration to fire almost every member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- with one describing it as a “purge” designed to rinse the Council of opposing voices.
GOP lawmakers call for answers from Blinken on border moves amid migrant surge
       
Added: 27.03.2021 21:23 | 3 views | 0 commentsRepublican lawmakers in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Saturday wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding answers about the Biden administration’s diplomatic moves related to the growing crisis at the southern border.
Beijing's Wolf Warriors in Alaska
       
Added: 27.03.2021 11:21 | 15 views | 0 commentsChinese diplomats' actions at last week's summit in Alaska suggest that Xi Jinping will treat the Biden administration like Obama 2.0.
Biden's Policy Agenda: Virtue Signaling for Dummies
       
Added: 27.03.2021 12:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsCommentary Joe Biden and whoever is advising him or telling him what to do-I'll let others surmise-absolutely knew ...
A President Who Doesn't Insult People -- Or Our Intelligence
       
A President Who Doesn't Insult People -- Or Our IntelligenceAdded: 27.03.2021 12:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: amp.cnn.comHis first conference was not just a startling departure from his predecessor's -- he didn't praise himself, and spoke in full, coherent and informed sentences -- it was a strong, nuanced performance by any standard, writes Frida Ghitis. For most Americans, who approve of the job Biden is doing and want the country to do well, this was also a most welcome and reassuring 60 minutes. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: President
The Disgrace That Was the Biden Press Conference
       
The Disgrace That Was the Biden Press ConferenceAdded: 27.03.2021 11:43 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.breitbart.comPresident Biden called on 10 reporters to answer 30-some questions during his long-awaited first formal press conference on Thursday. But the hour-plus event was a disgrace for some in the press and a dubious performance by the president. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: President
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America
       
Thus, in 2008, Barack Obama touted his ambition to change “the trajectory of America” in the same way that Ronald Reagan had done. By May 2020, Biden himself was broadcasting an ambition to be the next FDR. As Ackerman writes:Biden’s COVID relief plan is what you would have expected a President Joe Biden to pass in an emergency. The Biden coalition may be incapable of delivering a Great Society, but a markedly better one is within reach. In terms of partisan polarization, early Biden looks more like early Trump than he does like any previous president.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand. The Indiana Republican penned a letter to Biden on Saturday, obtained first by Fox News, which includes pictures Braun took Friday during his visit of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to HHS records. Braun was part of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. Border Protection encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February and those numbers are expected to increase dramatically in the spring and summer months.
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
The new normal of travel: 10 things that can seriously impact your next trip
       
After a year of little to no travel, you’re probably ready to get back out and explore the world once it’s safe. Travel insurance may not cover everything you thought it didGiven how unpredictable the travel world is right now with schedule, rule and policy changes, you might be inclined to purchase travel insurance to provide yourself with some financial protection on the nonrefundable portions of your trip. Just be clear about what your travel insurance covers. Even pre-pandemic, most forms of travel insurance would cover illness-related cancellations (such as actually getting sick), but would not cover disinclination to travel (such as backing out because you might get sick). Sometimes travel insurance is worth it, but sometimes it is not.
Treasuries’ Worst Quarter Since 2016 Ends With Questions Aplenty
       
(Bloomberg) -- As bond traders wrap up the worst quarter for Treasuries since the aftermath of 2016’s surprise U.S. presidential election result, there’s no shortage of mystery surrounding what comes next. First and foremost, there’s the likelihood of another massive government-stimulus package -- featuring infrastructure spending, this time -- that could tally as much as $3 trillion. Traders are just starting to debate whether the tax increases expected to be included would offset the stimulative benefits to the economy, and how that calculation might play out in the world’s biggest bond market. The government will release March payrolls figures on the April 2 Good Friday holiday, when U.S. stocks are closed and the bond market is open for a half day. The reflation trade fueled by previous rounds of stimulus and ultra-loose Federal Reserve policy has Treasuries down 3.79% this year through March 25.
What comes next for the Post Office’s proposed changes, including slower delivery and higher prices
       
The United States Postal Service is a mammoth—hulking and hurtling towards extinction. Once a review has been completed by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the board of governors can implement those changes. Any price change would need to be approved by the Postal Service Governors and reviewed by the PRC. Managing the United States Postal Service is no small task. But the Postal Service hasn’t turned a profit in the 14 years since President George W. Bush’s 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was signed.
‘Why don’t you do your job?’: Lindsey Graham hits out after being asked what Republicans would do to fix border crisis
       
Lindsey Graham among 18 Republicans who attacked Biden over border (Getty Images)Senator Lindsey Graham has hit out – telling a reporter to “Do your job” – after being asked what Republicans would to do solve America’s decades-long immigration problem, rather than simply blaming President Joe Biden and the Democrats. While Mr Biden is scrambling to put extra resources where they are needed, he has been attacked for having an “open border” by people such as Mr Cruz, and other Republicans. Read our US politics live blog“All of us today witnessed the Biden cages,” Mr Cruz told reporters after disembarking from one of the patrol vessels, all of them equipped with machine guns. Mr Graham has had something of a shifting position on immigration reform over the years. Earlier this year, Mr Graham co-sponsored an immigration bill in the Senate with Mr Durbin.
Georgia Elections Officials Compare Dem ‘Voter Suppression’ Claims to Trump’s Fraud Allegations
       
Refinery29Georgia became the first state to impose new voting rights restrictions under the Biden administration Thursday. More rigid ID requirements on their own will always impact Black voters more harshly. “Rather than grappling with whether their ideology is causing them to fail, they are instead relying on what has worked in the past,” said voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. When she ran for governor in Georgia in 2018, Abrams centered voter suppression in her campaign. Such laws will continue to disenfranchise Black voters and voters of color.
Increase in arriving asylum seekers keeps San Diego migrant shelter busy
       
The photos document asylum seekers’ final moments in San Diego before they board planes to reunite with loved ones they’ve spent sometimes years trying to reach. AdvertisementAdvertisementA child accepts a food delivery from Eitan Peled of Jewish Family Service in San Diego. AdvertisementVolunteers with Jewish Family Service help with food delivery for asylum-seeking families in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)AdvertisementWhile some shelter staff are transporting asylum seekers to the San Diego airport as early as 3:30 a.m., Peled’s days typically start around 7:30 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Clark said she’s seen tears of joy streaming down asylum seekers’ faces as they walk to the bus.
Republican senator Ted Cruz mocked for documentary-style trip to US-Mexico border
       
Republican senator Ted Cruz has drawn criticism for taking a trip to America’s southern border as the conservative Texan politician once again became the butt of internet jokes and memes. In fact, the number of border crossings under the Biden administration largely mirror those under the former Trump administration. Cruz was accompanied by 18 other Republican senators including John Cornyn, Susan Collins, and Linsey Graham. is this the part where the velociraptor comes out and eats him https://t.co/aNpvh1VuxE — Nate Monroe (@NateMonroeTU) March 26, 2021Comedians on Twitter capitalized on the Republican senator’s stunt. Ted Cruz is going to get to Cancun by any means necessary pic.twitter.com/aZjNhkR4jn — Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) March 27, 2021Yet more compared the jaunt to a scene from Deliverance, a film about four city-slickers that venture to the rural backwoods of Georgia by canoe.
Congressman Hank Johnson says Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is 'putting his knee on the neck of voters'
       
Brian Kemp over the passage of Georgia's new election bill, comparing it to the May murder of George Floyd. Johnson was on CNN in the aftermath of the passage of the state's legislation, which puts new restrictions on voting in the state. 'Just like that officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, what the governor was inside closed doors in secret doing was putting his knee on the neck of Georgia's voters,' Johnson said during his segment. Many of Donald Trump's claims of election fraud focused in on Georgia and Trump demanded Kemp overturn the results of the election in the state, which Kemp refused. 'The voters of Fulton county, the voters of Georgia, will not allow this just outrageous legislation to be the law of the land,' Johnson said to CNN.
The number of US coronavirus deaths could have been 'decreased substantially' , says Dr Birx
       
The number of coronavirus deaths in the US would have 'decreased substantially' if cities and states had learned from the first surge that claimed 100,000 lives, Dr Deborah Birx said. Birx, who spearheaded the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, claimed subsequent surges could have been 'mitigated' if the lessons had been learned and acted on. ET on CNN, Dr Birx has no doubt that the developing outbreak could and should have been handled differently. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.' 'So, Dr. Redfield was mentioning that he was giving an opinion as to a possibility.
Biden official 'ordered Republicans to DELETE photos of crowded migrant facility'
       
Republican senators say a Biden official urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. Despite promising 'transparency', Biden officials have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility - as criticism surrounding the border crisis continues to grow. Republican senators say Biden officials urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. 'If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side.
Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas FIRES 32 members of his advisory council
       
AdvertisementDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis. Mayorkas did not rule out the possibility that some of the fired members could be reappointed to the newly-formed council. A total of 32 members have lost their positions including all Trump-era appointees - as well as more longstanding members from earlier administrations. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
EACH Act Would End Hyde Amendment and Restore Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care
       
The legislation would reverse the Hyde Amendment and guarantee abortion coverage in federal health insurance programs. Moreover, low-income women are more likely than more affluent women to have an unintended pregnancy, especially low-income women of color. “Despite Roe v. Wade affirming the constitutional right to abortion, federal coverage restrictions have made abortion accessible only to those with means,” said Senator Murray. Movement to End Hyde Amendment Gaining MomentumSupport for ending the Hyde Amendment has been building in recent years. A bill to end the Hyde Amendment was first introduced in 2015 as the EACH Woman Act.
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
Maine GOP rejects censure of Sen. Susan Collins after her vote to convict Trump
       
(CNN) The Maine Republican Party's state committee on Saturday rejected a censure measure against Sen. Susan Collins, following her vote earlier this year to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial. Collins, who won a competitive reelection last fall in a state that President Joe Biden carried, escapes censure as some of her Republican colleagues in Congress have faced backlash at home, including censures from their state parties, for bucking the former President. The committee's final vote was 19-41 to censure Collins, her office said in a statement, which the Maine Republican Party also confirmed to CNN. "Party leadership considers this matter settled now and the team is moving on to preparing to win elections in 2022," Jason Savage, Maine GOP's executive director, told CNN in an email Saturday. In a statement Saturday, Collins called the committee's vote "a testament to the Republican Party's 'big tent' philosophy that respects different views but unites around core principles."
'Death Falling From the Sky': Report Spotlights Civilian Harm From US Drone Strikes in Yemen
       
"Regardless of which president or party controlled the White House, the United States has never fully investigated the civilian cost of its operations in Yemen." —MwatanaThe report—entitled Death Falling From the Sky: Civilian Harm from the United States' Use of Lethal Force in Yemen (pdf)—was published by Mwatana for Human Rights. "At least 38 Yemeni civilians, including 13 children, six women, and 19 men, were killed in these operations," the report notes. The report "raises serious concerns about the extent to which the United States is complying with international law in its use of lethal force in Yemen." "The United States is failing to investigate credible allegations of violations, to hold individuals responsible for violations accountable, and to provide prompt and adequate reparation," it states.
WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality as Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic
       
As rich nations like the United States and pharmaceutical companies face sustained calls to share Covid-19 vaccine knowledge, the head of the World Health Organization on Monday decried the "grotesque" global inequality of vaccine distribution. The gap in vaccine distribution, said Tedros, ultimately hurts all nations' effort to defeat the virus. A global pandemic requires a global effort to end it. "The covid-19 pandemic will not be over for us until it is over for everyone," the group tweeted. "We can end the Covid-19 pandemic this year," the group said.
A look inside an immigration holding facility: GOP senators 'stunned' by conditions at 'overwhelmed' site
       
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said the Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, was "completely overwhelmed." Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he was "absolutely stunned" with the conditions he saw Friday morning at the CBP facility. The Biden administration is struggling to grapple with an increase of migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration earlier this week released photos and two videos of the CBP facilities in Donna and El Paso, Texas. The Biden administration has conceded that the CBP facilities are not suitable for children.
Opinion | Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades
       
With passage of the Covid-19 relief bill behind it, the Biden administration will soon offer its encore, one or more big proposals reflecting President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better, which will enlarge government’s role in the American economy. Together, these budget requests will be bigger in dollar terms than the relief bill, will address daunting problems like infrastructure and climate change — and, inevitably, will revive the partisan divide that plagues Washington. There is, however, one environmentally important project that boasts remarkable bipartisan agreement and has important climate implications. It may be the most ambitious ecosystem recovery project ever, not just in the United States but anywhere, and it has the added virtue of being an act of atonement for past government failures.
Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers
       
Live Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers About a third of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. Utah lawmakers voted for an April 10 end to mask requirements and to rein in powers of the governor and state health officials to deal with crises; the bill became law on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis. A mask mandate in the city and surrounding Travis County is under fire by state officials. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAfter a year of the pandemic, public transit around the world is hanging by a thread.
Texas COVID numbers decrease 17 days after mask, other restrictions lifted
       
The governor championed his state’s success in a Friday night tweet saying, "Today Texas recorded the lowest 7-day COVID positivity rate since that data began being calculated: 5.43%." RED STATES ABANDON MASK MANDATES, BIDEN SAYS: 'NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LET UP'"We also recorded the largest daily number of vaccines administered to Texans: 342,849. More Texans getting vaccines will keep down the positivity rate," he said, though adding that receiving the vaccine was "always voluntary." Texas reported 2,239 new infections Saturday, roughly 500 fewer cases on average from the previous week, according to data from the state’s health department. "Please keep wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the public health actions now that we know can reverse these concerning trends," the director concluded.
Organizations call to move MLB All-Star Game, The Masters over Georgia voting law
       
Organizations are calling for major sporting events to be moved out of Georgia after the state passed a controversial voting law Thursday. GEORGIA STATE DEMOCRAT ARRESTED AS GEORGIA GOV. It requires two Saturdays of early voting instead of one and makes two Sundays optional for early voting. They will be placed at early voting locations but only available while the precincts are open. The law also tilts some power over elections to state lawmakers and the Georgia State Elections Board.
Jen Psaki defends Biden 'Neanderthal' reopening quip targeting Texas and Mississippi
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden’s "Neanderthal thinking" quip about states removing their mask mandates was an expression of his "frustration and exasperation." Tate Reeves "took offense" to Biden's 'Neanderthal’ remark. MCENANY RIPS BIDEN'S 'NEANDERTHAL' REMARK, COMPARES TO CLINTON'S 'DEPLORABLES' INSULT"People across the country have sacrificed, they haven’t had the information they need from the federal government. Psaki said the White House’s focus has been on ensuring there are enough vaccines, vaccinators and vaccine locations to go around. "There were not enough of any of those things when he [Biden] took office," she said.
Virginia Beach shooting: Two dead and several injured at popular spring break location
       
A large police presence in Virginia Beach on Friday 26 March ((WAVY TV 10))Two people were killed and eight more were injured in a series of shootings near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Friday night. The incidents occurred between 11 and 11:30pm, as the Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed that several of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the shootings. At least eight people were shot at around 11pm in the first incident, after gunfire broke out close to the ocean at the popular spring break destination on Friday. A second person was fatally shot not long after in another incident that the department does not believe was connected to the two other shootings. Story continuesFollowing those two incidents, President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault weapons, vowing to take “common-sense steps” to outlaw certain firearms.
Still waiting for your stimulus check? Here are 8 possible reasons
       
Still waiting for your stimulus check? What's happened to your stimulus check? Because Biden's relief bill was fast-tracked through Congress using a convoluted budget process, a legislative loophole allows creditors to garnish your stimulus check. The cash can be seized to pay several kinds of debt, though not tax debt or back child support. The previous thresholds for getting a stimulus check were $100,000 for single taxpayers and $200,000 for couples who file jointly.
As pandemic upends teaching, fewer students want to pursue it
       
She began to question how the profession’s low pay could impact the challenges of pandemic teaching. AdvertisementBut for many students, the challenges posed by remote teaching can be just as steep. I’m wondering, if I don’t like doing this online that much, should I be getting a degree in it?”In some instances, remote teaching has deprived education students of training opportunities altogether. In recent years, about 8% of public school teachers were leaving the workforce annually through retirement or attrition. Nearly half of public school teachers who stopped teaching after March 2020 but before their scheduled retirements did so because of COVID-19.
‘The only threat you face is unarmed children’: Beto O’Rourke mocks Ted Cruz’s claim border smugglers were shouting at him
       
Mr Cruz and 18 other Republican senators visited the southern border, to “see the crisis that is playing out” – the huge surge in migrants seen in recent weeks. “That’s Mexico, and you can see there’s three smugglers right there, standing on the Mexico side, looking at us,” Mr Cruz says in the video. “The only threat you face is unarmed children and families who are seeking asylum (as well as the occasional heckler).”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to tackle the surge in migrants at the border – especially because many are unaccompanied children.
Matt Taibbi: A Biden appointee's troubling views on the First Amendment
       
Share this Story: Matt Taibbi: A Biden appointee's troubling views on the First AmendmentMatt Taibbi: A Biden appointee's troubling views on the First Amendment Timothy Wu wonders if the First Amendment is 'obsolete,' and believes in 'returning the country to the kind of media environment that prevailed in the 1950s' Photo by Grindi / Getty Images/iStockphotoAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, orAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Listening to Wu, who has not responded to requests for an interview, is confusing. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content That 1950s period is attractive to modern politicians because it was a top-down system.
US should challenge Mexico's ban on glyphosate and genetically-modified corn at the WTO
       
The decree bans glyphosate, a herbicide, as well as genetically-modified (GM) corn. That’s because this dispute is bigger than just glyphosate, GM corn or market access to Mexico. Mexico’s decree is no model of clarity. Mexico says glyphosate is a carcinogen, and that GM corn puts Mexico’s native corn at risk. Moreover, from 2009 to 2013 the government authorized 177 projects to research and experiment with GM corn.
Oregon Senate approves bill banning guns in Capitol, state buildings
       
The Oregon State Capitol was boarded up in expectation of planned protests before of the presidential inauguration, Jan. 16, 2021. Sergio Olmos / OPBFirearms would be banned in the Capitol and other state buildings, under a bill that passed the Oregon Senate on Thursday. While public buildings in Oregon already prohibit guns, state law has long carved out an exception for people who hold concealed handgun licenses, or CHLs. SB 554 would eliminate that exception in state buildings, eliminate a state preemption that currently stops local entities from enacting their own bans, and increase the cost of a CHL. Washington’s Senate passed a bill banning guns in its state Capitol last month.
The UN leaked a Saudi threat to assassinate an official to make sure the killing didn't happen
       
The US and French governments were told about a Saudi threat to kill the UN researcher investigating the Kashoggi murder. So last week, the UN organized a leak to make sure the Saudis don't make good on the threat. United Nations officials informed French and American intelligence services last year that a Saudi official appeared to threaten the life of a UN researcher investigating the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, sources told Insider. The Saudis called a meeting in January 2020 to complain about her, two European Union security officials told Insider. Both the French and Belgian officials said the UN account of the meeting was far more credible than al Awwad's denial.
Arby’s Says It Helped Kill the $15 Minimum Wage
       
The parent company of some of America’s largest fast-food chains is claiming credit for convincing Congress to exclude a $15 minimum wage from the recent COVID relief bill, according to internal company documents reviewed by The Daily Poster. The company, which is owned by a private equity firm named after an Ayn Rand character, also says it is now working to thwart new union rights legislation. The company’s boasts come just a few months after a government report found that some of its chains had among the highest percentage of workers relying on food stamps. Inspire Brands — which owns Jimmy John’s, Arby’s, Sonic, and Buffalo Wild Wings, plus recently acquired Dunkin’ Donuts for $11.3 billion in November — on Thursday sent employees and franchisees a review of its government lobbying activity that highlighted its success in keeping the $15 minimum wage out of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill President Joe Biden signed earlier this month. “We were successful in our advocacy efforts to remove the Raise the Wage Act, which would have increased the federal minimum wage to $15 and eliminated the tip credit,” reads the report.
We Need an Anti-Imperialist Alternative to Biden’s Status Quo Foreign Policy
       
Interview by Ana Kasparian Nando VilaEarlier this week, Axios reported that Joe Biden “loves the growing narrative that he’s bolder and bigger-thinking than President Obama.”One dramatic exception: foreign policy. While Biden and others in the political establishment have dropped their usual paeans to belt-tightening, there’s no indication Biden will make any foreign policy moves that could be spun as “bolder and bigger-thinking.” He hasn’t even reentered Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal yet. To sort out Biden’s foreign policy, Ana Kasparian and Nando Vila, cohosts of Weekends, recently spoke with historian and Jacobin contributing editor Daniel Bessner about China; the United States’ sprawling, opaque national security state; and the need for a leftist, anti-imperialist alternative. Their conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Walmart’s Company Town of Bentonville, Arkansas
       
But the foundation’s self-appointed role of NWA’s regional developer actually functions as a three-pronged accumulation strategy for the Walton family. Walmart’s Urban Utopia For over a generation, Walmart’s massive, highly integrated distribution network has imposed itself across the global economy. Since 2003, Walton family members have injected billions into the Walton Family Foundation through twenty-one charitable trusts. Before building their Bentonville utopia, the Walton Family Foundation spent the bulk of its philanthropy dollars privatizing public education. Today, the Walton Foundation currently issues about $575 million in annual grants, with half of those going to NWA redevelopment projects.
9 questions about the humanitarian crisis on the border, answered
       
The Biden administration is struggling to accommodate an increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving on the border. The increase in arrivals among unaccompanied children is happening even though, for the most part, the border remains closed. But in 2014, the US started seeing many more families and unaccompanied children making the journey — a trend that has continued. The majority of unaccompanied children arriving on the border also have family in the US, so they’re aiming to reunite with their relatives. The Biden administration opted to continue doing so, acknowledging its humanitarian obligations.
The Supreme Court’s coming war with Joe Biden, explained
       
This fight over the federal government’s power to address a slow-moving catastrophe is just one battle in a multi-front war over federal agencies’ power to regulate. At least since the Franklin Roosevelt administration, federal agencies have had wide latitude to implement the policies the president campaigned on. The answer is that the courts — and, ultimately, the Supreme Court — will decide for themselves what this vague language means. But in the Supreme Court of the United States, history and constitutional text matter little if a party has five votes. This essay is adapted from the author’s book, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America.
PM Imran Khan not invited to Joe Biden's climate summit happening in April, Modi is
       
Just in: POTUS has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. Among the names...Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: pic.twitter.com/dnm5tYsQY7 — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 26, 2021Biden’s Earth Day global summit on climate is part of his effort to elevate climate change as a top priority. However, the name of PM Imran Khan is nowhere to be found, even though PM Khan’s government has started various initiatives that are solely focused to tackle climate change. As per the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, issued by German Watch, Pakistan is the fifth-most vulnerable country to climate change. Biden invites leaders from 40 countries including Bhutan to attend the climate summit but Pakistan was not in the list.
The Moral Cost of Choosing Stability Over Justice
       
They view the U.S. from the outside to understand what living on the receiving end of American power looks like. A serious problem arises when progressives counsel engagement or power-sharing agreements with such players while overlooking the violence or abuse they mete out. But would Democrats advocate working with the Proud Boys, or offer them a seat at the table, for the sake of unity? As many as 280 people from the mob that stormed the Capitol have been arrested and face charges including sedition. How does that pursuit of accountability apply overseas?
Black Immigrants Are Facing Rampant Racism In Mexico While Waiting For US Asylum: "We Have No Choice"
       
But so far, much of his focus has been on easing access for Mexican and Central American immigrants, leaving people like Laure stranded in Mexico. There, people like her typically face police violence, racism from locals, and a language barrier while they wait for their asylum cases to be processed. Isaac Guzman / Getty Images African immigrants protest outside a detention center demanding that Mexican authorities speed up humanitarian visas that would enable them to cross Mexico on their way to the US in 2019. She says she was repeatedly told by employers and local residents that the only way a Black woman could make money in Mexico was sex work. Metering, for example, is an informal system both H and Laure encountered as African immigrants in which names are written down in tattered notebooks held together with duct tape.
Opinion | Stop It With ‘Gun Control.’ Enough Already.
       
I’m talking about “gun control,” a phrase whose day should be done. You don’t hear Joe Biden talking about “gun control,” not anymore. The same holds true for other Democrats urging “gun safety,” a preferable coinage, if not a perfect one. But “gun control” still appears frequently in this newspaper, in The Washington Post, on the CNN website and throughout the news media. It was there — “gun control,” just like that — in the first question put to Biden on Thursday during his first full-fledged news conference as president.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network. Jay Carney, Biden’s communications director when he was vice president, is now a senior vice president at Amazon.
'A cop on the beat again': Biden looks to reassert consumer watchdog agency sidelined by Trump
       
The Biden administration is working to reassert the government's top consumer watchdog, which was sidelined by President Donald Trump, just as the U.S. economy is showing signs of revving up. "There is going to be a cop on the beat again," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the agency. In 2018, the Trump administration stripped the agency of its powers to enforce discrimination cases in lending, a move that enraged many Democrats and consumer finance advocates. Still, the money recovered by actions under both agency chiefs during the Trump administration paled in comparison to the total recovered during the Obama years. CFPB Director nominee Rohit Chopra.
Taiwan feared Biden would be softer than Trump on China. So far, it has been pleasantly surprised.
       
But, so far, Biden has continued to display strong support for Taiwan, at times even going further than the Trump administration did. On the other side of the table is a Biden administration that has already staked out China as America's most important challenge. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2017. Many Taiwanese favored Trump because of his administration's hard-line stance against China and support for Taiwan. The Biden administration has so far signalled strong support for democratic Taiwan, which has been ruled separately from China since 1949.
WATCH: All roads lead back to the filibuster
       
The ongoing debate over filibuster reform took center stage in political news this week. TARA and EUGENE look back at Biden’s response over eliminating the filibuster during his first official press conference on Thursday. They also discuss why the filibuster is the only way Democrats can pass legislation on gun control and voting rights. Watch all the individual clips that Eugene and Tara get into in this week’s edition of Playback:1. But when asked if he agreed with President Barack Obama's assessment that rule was a relic of the Jim Crow era, he agreed.
Biden admin.’s response to Georgia voter suppression with WH Principal Deputy Press Sec. Jean-Pierre
       
The Biden administration responds to Georgia passing voter suppression legislation, and questions about the filibuster, as White House Principal Deputy Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre discusses these issues with Tiffany Cross.
Velshi: Bipartisanship is a two-way street
       
During an interview on Fox, the now Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said, “there has been no effort whatsoever by the president or the administration to do anything in the political center." A bold statement from Mitch McConnell, who would have trouble navigating himself to the center of a Tootsie Pop, let alone the political center. McConnell may be confusing doing things his way with what the word “bipartisanship” means. There is probably a lot more the Biden administration can, will, and should do, but the literal last person to speak about a lack of bipartisanship is Mitch McConnell.
Capitol protester spotted at anti-mask rally while under indictment, and his lawyer says he has not been paid, according to report
       
Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesThe lawyer of a Capitol rioter said he's not been paid for his work, the Daily Beast reported. He was recently spotted at an anti-mask "freedom rally" in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, despite being under indictment, the Daily Beast reported. His lawyer, Rinaldo Del Gallo III, who helped secure Sahady's release, told the Daily Beast he had not been paid for his work. "Often, when clients are in trouble and in jail, they cry, 'My kingdom for a horse,'" said attorney Del Gallo. Legal experts told the Daily Beast that Sahady's recent conduct could potentially constitute a violation of the bail conditions set by the court.
Kamala Harris faces political ‘trapdoors’ as she takes lead role on migrant border surge
       
Now it’s Vice President Kamala Harris’ problem. Biden’s statement will do little to quiet speculation about Harris’ political future, or interest from across the political spectrum in how she handles her new role. But they also emphasized that she needed to to fulfill the promises made by Biden to chart a much different immigration policy than Trump. “What we’re seeing is an opportunity to do that.”Biden was criticized by liberals during his presidential campaign for a surge in deportations that occurred while he was Obama’s vice president. Biden pushed back on the criticism, noting he was only vice president at the time and didn’t set the administration’s policy.
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. AdvertisementRobert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Can new gun violence research find a path around the political stalemate?
       
“There’s also suicide; there’s urban gun violence, which mostly affects minority young men; there’s family shootings; and there’s police shootings. “Millions of dollars have been put forth trying to figure out how do we eradicate cancer; we’ve got to be able to do the same with gun violence,” said Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., who won election in 2018 by promising to end gun violence after her 17-year-old son was shot and killed. “We’ve got to be able to give the CDC and the NIH the ability to study the implications and get that raw data, the grave implications of gun violence,” she added, “just like we do in any other public health crisis.”Treating gun violence as a public health problem is not a new idea. AdvertisementAfter the recent development of coronavirus vaccines highlighted the importance of scientific research, Rosenberg said, the public is primed to accept the argument that gun violence research can save lives. That was the argument he used to help persuade Congress to appropriate money for gun violence research in 2019.
US waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
These emergency sites don’t have to be licensed by state authorities or provide the same services as permanent HHS facilities. The agency says those giving direct care are supervised by federal employees or others who have passed fingerprint-based background checks. HHS’ inspector general warned then that FBI fingerprint checks “provide a unique safeguard” over most commercial background checks that search a person’s name. “While the various background checks could identify some past criminal convictions or sexual offenses, these checks were not as extensive as the FBI fingerprint background checks,” the inspector general found. The Red Cross and HHS for several days refused to acknowledge that the volunteers weren’t given FBI fingerprint checks.
Balky sign-ups complicate COVID-19 vaccinations for blind, deaf people
       
The tool wouldn’t work when she tried to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, however. In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Michigan's COVID-19 cases rise for fifth straight week
       
Michigan added 4,670 new COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths on Saturday and ended the week with 27,758 new cases, the fifth weekly increase in a row. This week, the state recorded 129 deaths. Last week, the state recorded 17,374 cases and 123 deaths from the virus, a 10-week high and an increase of nearly 6,000 cases from the week prior when the state recorded 11,383 cases and 109 deaths from the virus. In the first week of March, the state recorded 8,473 cases and 144 deaths, an increase from 7,662 cases and a decrease from 163 deaths the last week of February. As of Tuesday, Michigan has the second-most recorded cases of the virus variant B.1.1.7.
Michigan secretary of state slams GOP: They 'don't believe in democracy'
       
“Everything is in peril if you don’t have that power to determine who represents you and hold them accountable,” Benson said. “And for those now in leadership to try to take that power away, it’s reprehensible.”ADVERTISEMENTThe interview followed Georgia Gov. The law also gives state lawmakers sweeping powers over how elections are run. Michigan senators introduced similar legislation on Wednesday putting limits on absentee voting in the state, including ID requirements and preventing the secretary of state from sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications or making them available online. Republicans argue that the bills would help restore confidence in the state’s voting system that they themselves helped undermine through months of debunked claims that the election results in Michigan were tampered with widespread fraud.
Biden would beat Trump again if they both run in 2024, poll suggests
       
Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. When asked if he thought he could be running against Mr Trump in 2024, Mr Biden joked he wasn’t sure the GOP would even last that long – a nod to divisions in the party between traditional conservatives and Trump loyalists. If the two men were to run again in 2024, on election day Mr Biden would be about to turn 82, and Mr Trump would be 78. In the 2020 election, Mr Biden won 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232.
Would this Texas bill protect elections or limit people of color from voting?
       
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)AUSTIN (KXAN/Texas Tribune) — It’s a bill that Republicans say would tighten election security. But Democrats say it would limit voting opportunities — especially for communities of color. Texas Senate Bill 7 is now moving forward to the full state Senate floor after it was moved out of committee overnight. But as the bill moves closer to the Senate floor, it was also met with a chorus of opposition. ‘The New Jim Crow’Nationwide, 253 bills that would restrict voting access have been introduced in 43 states — prompting the Democrat-controlled U.S. House to pass the “For the People Act” voting protections bill.
‘So it appears it was the Wuhan Virus after all?’ Ohio Lt. Gov. under fire after tweets on COVID-19 origin
       
The Chinese government has not been cooperative as journalists and the Trump and Biden administrations have sought more facts. Recently, an international group of scientists and researchers issued an open letter calling for an independent investigation, separate from the WHO effort, which they say has lacked the independence, expertise, and access needed to adequately investigate the source of the pandemic, including the potential for a lab accident. ‘Efforts to date do not constitute a thorough, credible, and transparent investigation,’ the letter, published by The Wall Street Journal, said.
New Border Patrol Rules Allegedly Endangering Migrant Safety
       
Reporter Briana Whitney asked what guidance Border Patrol had given the small and isolated community about the federal agency’s plans. “This is a common tactic we used all the time even back in my day,” tweeted former Border Patrol agent Jenn Budd. “In 2019, Border Patrol was dropping people off directly at shelters in Tucson,” Marizco tweeted. “Now under rules, Border Patrol must drop off within 35 miles of where Border Patrol apprehension took place.”That change only occurred earlier this year. The Biden administration’s new agency guidance has border towns and advocates concerned about incoming immigrants’ health and welfare.
Afghanistan: US intelligence warns Biden against troop pullout
       
A rushed US exit from Afghanistan without finalized peace terms between Taliban insurgents and the Kabul government could end bitterly, American intelligence agencies have warned. However, talks are still dragging on between envoys of the Sunni Muslim insurgents and the Kabul government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Taliban made peace promisesLast year, the Taliban vowed that if all US and international forces were withdrawn by May it would enter into such intra-Afghan peace talks and cut ties with al-Qaida. In recent months Taliban attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan have largely ceased, although assaults on Afghan security forces and personnel have continued. He welcomed parallel attempts, though, by regional powers to break the deadlock, with Moscow hosting Afghan factions recently and Turkey planning peace talks in April.
GOP senators shut down talk of immigration deal until border crisis is solved
       
"How can you pass an immigration bill when you have an open border?" "If they want to accomplish anything on immigration and I want to help them, it would be securing the border." Grassley was one of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"If you want to talk about immigration reform, we're prepared to, we have a crisis at the border. Neither bill would seem likely to pass the Senate with the crisis ongoing.
US waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. HHS’ inspector general warned then that FBI fingerprint checks “provide a unique safeguard” over most commercial background checks that search a person’s name. ADVERTISEMENT“While the various background checks could identify some past criminal convictions or sexual offenses, these checks were not as extensive as the FBI fingerprint background checks,” the inspector general found. The Red Cross and HHS for several days refused to acknowledge that the volunteers weren’t given FBI fingerprint checks.
Granderson: Kamala Harris has two big problems at the southern border. Texas is one of them
       
A child holds onto a woman's arm after being released on March 17 from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody in Brownsville, Texas. (Associated Press)Vice President Kamala Harris has been asked by President Biden to oversee the administration’s response to the growing migrant crisis at the border. It's a very different story with Vela's 300-mile-long district in southern Texas. Despite making up 41% of the state’s population, white Texans make up 61% of lawmakers in the state House and Senate, according to the Texas Tribune. Besides Vela, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez won reelection by just 3 points in his south Texas district in 2020 while Biden squeaked by with 2 points.
Biden says he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Harris
       
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBiden said he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Vice President Kamala Harris. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket. "The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection," Biden told reporters in his first formal news conference of his administration. Biden added that he "fully expects" Harris to be his running mate again and praised her for "doing a great job" as vice president. The comments came as the White House press corps grilled Biden during his first formal news conference of his presidency.
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Lindsey Graham hits out after being asked what Republicans would do to fix border crisis
       
While Mr Biden is scrambling to put extra resources where they are needed, he has been attacked for having an “open border” by people such as Mr Cruz, and other Republicans. “All of us today witnessed the Biden cages,” Mr Cruz told reporters after disembarking from one of the patrol vessels, all of them equipped with machine guns. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Mr Cruz said he did not accept the premise of the question, but added: “We are a nation of immigrants – that is absolutely right.
‘He got played’: Trump mocked over tweet-like statement calling for John Durham’s report
       
Why Mr Trump thought that the answer would be anything other than "yes" is unknown. Will there ever be a Durham report?” Mr Trump said Friday night in an update from his 45 Office email account. Even though Mr Trump has been exiled from social media, his critics are not, and used their platform to criticise the strange statement. Many interpreted the statement not as Mr Trump expressing frustration, but of teasing out his next move. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas FIRES 32 members of his advisory council
       
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis. 'In the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the HSAC, I have ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021,' he wrote. The HSAC website was already updated Friday to display just the three remaining council members and their bios. Also gone are at least seven new members appointed in Trump's final months in office. Trump's Acting DHS Secretary Wolf added Carafano, Fuller, Miller, Nocco, Renaud, Weatherford, and White to the council last May.
Birx shares her chilling conclusion as America arrives at a moment of introspection on the coronavirus
       
We have seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines to stagnations to increases," Walensky said during the White House Covid-19 task force briefing Friday. "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," Redfield told Gupta in a clip from the documentary. On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was reserving judgment on that question until the World Health Organization releases its final report on the origins of Covid-19. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, seemed to downplay the possibility that Redfield's explanation is correct during the White House Covid-19 briefing on Friday. Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, said maintaining the current pace of 2.5 million vaccinations per day for the next five weeks will be the equivalent of vaccinating a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium 50 times a day.
After two months in office, Kamala Harris is still living out of suitcases -- and she's getting frustrated with it
       
The vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, as seen in 2015, is two-and-half miles from the White House. "The White House is office and home to the President so there is that feeling of living above the 'shop' at the White House," said Haenle. At the end of the day, the vice president can travel a short distance northwest and find respite in a country-like setting." ... You can ride a bicycle around and never leave the property, and work out -- but the White House is very different." However, as with the White House, a separate foundation has been established to cover most updates with government-provided funds.
U.S. fears China attack on Taiwan
       
The Biden administration has concluded that China "is flirting with the idea of seizing control of Taiwan as President Xi Jinping becomes more willing to take risks to boost his legacy," the Financial Times reports. Why it matters: An invasion of Taiwan, the self-governed island claimed by Beijing, would force the U.S. to decide whether to go to war with China to defend an implicit ally. Adm. John Aquilino, nominee to head U.S. forces in the Pacific, warned the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the threat to Taiwan "is much closer to us than most think," CNN reported. China views taking control of Taiwan as "their No. Adm. Philip Davidson, current head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, testified earlier this month that the Chinese military is building up offensive capability, making the threat to Taiwan "manifest during this decade — in fact, in the next six years."
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL – North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising its self-defensive missile test. North Korea on Friday said it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. “We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.”The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
Suez Canal steps up efforts to free stuck vessel, U.S. watches energy market impact
       
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said efforts to free the ship by tug had resumed following the completion of dredging operations at its bow to remove 20,000 cubic metres of sand. Oil rose over 3% on Friday as more than 30 oil tankers have been waiting on either side of the canal since Tuesday, shipping data on Refinitiv showed. Data intelligence firm Kpler said 10 crude oil tankers were awaiting entry to the canal. Egypt’s SUMED pipeline operator approached crude traders to see whether they wanted to book space in the system but so far traders prefer to wait to avoid high additional costs. (Graphic: Black Sea to Mediterranean fuel shipping rates jump as traders try to bypass blocked Suez Canal.
The U.S. Has a Moral Obligation to Forgive the World’s Debts ? Current Affairs
       
As consumer debt pressures individuals to twist their lives around repaying it, sovereign debt contorts nations in a similar way. But consumer debt in the U.S. and the sovereign debt of nations around the world are morally and politically linked. But the current sovereign debt system has not institutionalized debt jubilees as an integral part of its function. Creditors’ racial prejudice also makes its way into sovereign debts the same way it influences consumer debts. But the moral case is crystal clear: the global debts must be canceled.
TUCKER CARLSON AGREES WITH THE IDEA OF A FULL-BLOWN FASCIST TAKEOVER WITH GUEST JESSE KELLY
       
Then, to further address the outrage, he brought on conservative talk show host Jesse Kelly. “How do you think it would work if you lied on a federal gun form?” Carlson asked. ” I think I wouldn’t be on your show right now unless they were allowing me to do it from Fort Leavenworth somewhere,” Kelly replied. They’re breaking down, Tucker,” Kelly said. “I have said this before and I’m telling you I’m worried that I’m right.
Ali Velshi uses his impressive immigrant story to excoriate Republicans for suppressing democracy.
       
No one explains the Republican attack on Democracy other than Ali Velshi, who uses his immigrant story to get the message through. Georgia rushed through a voter suppression bill this week. Ali Velshi details like very few could, in simple words, the path Republicans are using. They are using our democracy to morph us into minority rule, the possibility of an autocracy. He itemizes the insidiousness of the Republican voter suppression bill.
Swing States Now and Future, Who moves Rep, Who moves Dem?
       
Swing States: Great LakesThe manufacturing center (in popular imagination anyway) of america, producing high horsepower cars and even higher horsepower blenders*. For future presidential elections, it’s probably off swing state duty unless the election goes really well for dems. Pennsylvania 2 party marginThe state’s voting patterns are like its fellow trio of doom states, but less extreme. The Future Will Be Different Tomorrow; Future Swing StatesWhat states will go swingy in the future, maybe a decade or so away? No, I’m not high on coffee, these are no question highly republican states and will be in the near future.
How to tell if someone's a brainwashed authoritarian Trump cultist: See what they laugh at
       
Abstract (emphasis added):This study investigated biased message processing of political satire in The Colbert Report and the influence of political ideology on perceptions of Stephen Colbert. Results indicate that political ideology influences biased processing of ambiguous political messages and source in late-night comedy. Using data from an experiment (N = 332), we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert's political ideology. Finally, a post hoc analysis revealed that perceptions of Colbert's political opinions fully mediated the relationship between political ideology and individual-level opinion. Satire as a Device for Engaging Audiences in Public Debate” prompted me to ask myself whether Trump cultist types even “get” satire.
An incomplete journey through the biggest blunders, gaffes, and miscalculations in politics
       
Did Cruz voters see this and change their minds about him? The McCain campaign wouldn't let Palin get near a reporter's microphone for weeks after she was selected. Early speculation that this might be an “October Surprise” that would lead to Trump’s withdrawal from the campaign was dashed quickly as a two-prong defense—deflection and rationalization—was employed by the Trump campaign. Gaffes matter to those voters, but only the ones they think should matter. Gaffes, of course, have tremendous power to shape both popular culture and our memories, lingering long after a campaign is over.
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
       
*You see, folks, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, thanks to the fine Republicans in Georgia’s legislature and to that model governor, Brian Kemp, the lights went out in Georgia. To help you understand why the lights went out, let me quote from the brilliant commentator, Heather Cox Richardson:There is only one story today. I ask you…is this the Georgia, the fourth state of the original 13 to ratify the Constitution? Take a look at the lowlights of this new Georgia law (for which the passing and signing process was “faster than a speeding bullet.”). Heather Cox Richardson wrote, there are “…more than 250 measures in 43 states designed to keep Republicans in power no matter what voters want.”Yes, the lights went out in Georgia.
Republicans went all in some time ago
       
1926 KKK demonstration in WashingtonWill the Republicans play out their hand, or are they bluffing? In case you haven’t noticed, the Republicans have gone all in, Texas hold’em style. The North looked the other way and market capitalism was content for 100 years to leave things largely undisturbed. The Republican Party has gone full circleRepublican Sabotage is DeliberateOnce the Anti-slavery Party, the Republican Party has gone full circle, starting in the 50s when they not so slowly became primarily the party of white supremacy. If the Republicans prevail, a period of Civil War is possible and a destabilization of profits.
Manchin and the Filibuster: How’s It Going to Go?
       
The filibuster and the fate of the nationOrdinarily, the question of “How will this particular Senator vote on this particular issue?” is of limited significance. But, conceivably, in the case of how West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will deal with the issue of filibuster reform, much of America’s future may hang on the answer. Hence the question: will Manchin use his virtual veto power to substantially cripple the Biden presidency? And how Manchin decides will tell us a great deal about what kind of man he is. On the other hand, Manchin has an opportunity to have a big positive impact – at a most crucial moment -- on America’s path forward.
In Politics, Timing Is EVERYTHING!
       
In response to a reporter’s question on gun control (in light of the recent Boulder shootings), Joe Biden said this:It's a matter of timing. Furthermore, of all the Biden legislation, this is the one with the best chance of getting some Republican support. Lastly, an Infrastructure spending bill can have some political side benefits in terms of old time politics. Let me close on a somewhat related note, in terms of related to that all important concept of political timing. As I said at the beginning, In politics, timing is EVERYTHING!
I'll risk arrest to give water to Georgia voters, but there are other ways to fight
       
Coca-Cola has donated over $30,000 to politicians co-sponsoring voter suppression bills while referring to themselves as allies to the movement. We expect the businesses that we support to SUPPORT us and fight against racist policies that undermine voting rights. Some companies, like SalesForce, have taken a firm stance standing up against Black voter suppression, yet Coke wouldn't even comment. Georgia is turning back the clock on voting rights because Abrams’ Fair Fight Action was so wildly successful in 2020. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore parts of the Voting Rights Act—including requiring states that consistently engage in voting suppression tactics to pre-clear voting laws with the federal government.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: we still have a pandemic to deal with, even if DC reporters are bored
       
"What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is," Biden said during his first White House press conference. x A study showed voters in predominantly black neighborhoods waited 29 percent longer, on average, than those in white neighborhoods. President Biden has promised enough doses by the end of May to immunize all of the nation’s roughly 260 million adults. President Biden, in a sharp reversal from his predecessor, has signaled that he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, corporations and estates. In multiple ways, the measure appears designed to target African American voters, the very voters who drove the 2020 Democratic wins.
Joe Biden wiped the floor with Republicans at his press conference. They should be very, very afraid
       
When it came to GOP efforts to take a wrecking ball to voting rights across the country, Biden lambasted Republicans. "The Republican voters I know find this despicable," Biden said. Voters,” he said, emphasizing the split between GOP voters and party elites. In fact, plenty of those GOP voters were drinking in Biden’s message, word for word. But no one with any allegiance to the actual Republican Party has the juice right now to lead an opposition movement to the Democrats, much less Joe Biden.
Reopening too soon: In the race between the virus and vaccinations, the virus is winning
       
While trends may be nothing but illusory, the number of active cases at any given time certainly sets the stage for what happens next. So a large number of new cases does not guarantee an increase the following day, but it provides that possibility. The Sunshine State has also seen a return to triple-digit daily deaths after an encouraging trend earlier this month. Original calculations based around the best estimates of COVID-19’s transmissibility set a baseline of about 65% of the population before a significant herd immunity effect would set in. Which makes it impossible to ever reach the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity, even without factoring in children or people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Democrats Could Undo Trump Policies Faster, But They’re Not. Why?
       
There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. With a few exceptions, it applies to only those Trump administration policies finalized between Aug. 21, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021. KHN is tracking health regulations, guidance and executive orders implemented during Trump’s term and whether those policies will continue under the Biden administration. That raises another hurdle the White House has encountered as it tries to change health policy. Keith said one possible use would be on a last-minute Trump regulation known as the sunset rule.
Sanders Will Push to Expand and Enhance Medicare Through the Infrastructure Bill
       
“We have to look at the structural long-term problems facing our people,” Sanders told the outlet in an interview Friday. We’re talking about human infrastructure.”“In the rescue plan, we were able to take a major step forward in lowering child poverty — very important,” Sanders added. Surveys have shown that the idea of lowering the Medicare eligibility age — which has been at 65 or older since the program’s inception in 1965 — is popular with the American public. A GoHealth survey from last October found that 70% of respondents not on Medicare at the time and 58% of Medicare beneficiaries supported the idea. Additionally, according to an analysis by the healthcare consulting firm Avalere, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60 could extend the program’s coverage to as many as 23 million people.
Progressive Lawmakers Met With the White House to Discuss Action on Filibuster
       
Democrats have already passed two in the House, according to Insider, but it is extremely unlikely they’ll see the support they need in the Senate. Biden has gradually inched toward a more progressive outlook on the filibuster, but also expressed hesitations about scrapping it entirely, stressing the need for incremental reform. Currently, the federal minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour, a mandate that has not changed since 2009. There was a progressive push to raise the minimum wage as part of the newest coronavirus relief package, as Salon reported last month. “Progressives are a big part of our party and making sure their voices are heard here at the White House is a big part of my job,” Klain said in an interview.
In Louisiana, Activists May Be Winning a Battle Against Environmental Racism
       
Sharon Lavigne, a Welcome resident and co-founder of RISE St. James, a faith-based environmental justice group opposing Formosa, has testified before Congress and most recently the United Nations. At the United Nations, a panel of experts recently declared that environmental racism in Cancer Alley must come to an end. “Formosa is goliath, RISE St. James is David,” Lavigne said on Facebook Live after testifying before a UN environmental justice panel on Thursday. The legal challenges have also contributed to the delay, according to a statement emailed to Truthout by FG LA, the division of Formosa Plastics operating in Louisiana. Formosa is on the rocks in St. James Parish, but the company has not pulled out yet.
Corporate Media Biases Threaten the Passage of Landmark LGBTQ Protections
       
Intolerance on TelevisionCoverage of the Equality Act by major news organizations has been sparse and lacking in context. We examined television coverage of the Equality Act, from March 3, 2019, through March 4, 2021, using the Television News Archive. We found that MSNBC covered the Equality Act 40 percent more often than Fox News and 35 percent more frequently than CNN. Our analysis of the most popular articles about the Equality Act on social media exposes a thinly veiled version of this logic. But even calling out Greene’s misunderstanding of “the science” will not necessarily recenter attention on the Equality Act itself.
Biden Could Use One Law to Undo Some of Trump’s Legacy, But Time’s Running Out
       
There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. With a few exceptions, it applies to only those Trump administration policies finalized between Aug. 21, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021. KHN is tracking health regulations, guidance and executive orders implemented during Trump’s term and whether those policies will continue under the Biden administration. But those changes are embedded within a much larger regulation required each year to keep the health law operating. Keith said one possible use would be on a last-minute Trump regulation known as the sunset rule.
Biden White House hosts AOC, progressive lawmakers to discuss filibuster reform
       
White House chief of staff Ron Klain met privately with a number of progressive lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y. and Andy Levin, D-Mich, to discuss the filibuster and the minimum wage, signaling potential for a spirit of collaboration between the Biden administration and left-leaning Democrats. Although no deal on the filibuster was struck, Klain did reaffirm President Biden's commitment to enacting a $15 national minimum wage. Currently, the federal minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour, a mandate that has not changed since 2009. There was a progressive push to raise the minimum wage as part of the newest coronavirus relief package , as Salon reported last month.
Civil rights group calls for PGA Tour, Masters to pull event from Augusta National in protest of Georgia's new voting law
       
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is calling on the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming event from Augusta National Golf Club in reaction to the recent passing of Georgia’s voter bill, SB 202. NBJC executive director David J. Johns said the law was created to restrict the voting rights of Black and disenfranchised voters in Georgia. The club began hosting the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019, the first women’s tournament held at Augusta National. President Joe Biden, who publicly condemned bills like the Georgia bill as “un-American” and “sick” in a news conference on Thursday, called the new Georgia voting law “an atrocity” on Friday. “We all must act to protect our democracy and the right to vote.”Neither Augusta National nor the PGA Tour has publicly commented on the NBJC’s request.
The left invented crises under Trump — and now ignores real ones under Biden
       
Where there were no actual, serious crises to exploit, the Trump-hating left manufactured them. Instead of rhetorically creating crises where there are none, the left today is in fact creating real crises while pretending it hasn’t. The dismantling of Trump’s border control measures has caused an uptick in immigration to the southern border where tent cities have been set up. It is not a fiction.” Those affected by Antifa violence and destruction in Seattle, Portland and elsewhere know this to be true. Or see the Biden administration refusing to admit that there is a crisis on the southern border, one that Biden’s de facto open-border policies and rhetoric directly caused.
Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines
       
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorizations for three COVID-19 vaccines so far. More: How mRNA vaccines workThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine takes the more traditional approach. Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are all US-based companies. All the vaccines except the one from Johnson & Johnson require two shots to train the immune system well enough to fight the coronavirus. In its large-scale trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was shown to prevent 95% of symptomatic COVID-19, just 1 percentage point more than Moderna's.
North Korea blasts Biden over missile test criticism
       
North Korea issued a sharp rebuke to President Biden who said the country’s recent test of a new short-range ballistic missile violated United Nations Security Council resolutions. Biden has said he remains open to diplomacy with the North over denuclearization. North Korea test-fired a newly developed tactical ballistic missile on March 25, 2021. EPAThe new US administration promises to be a chillier reception for the mercurial dictator than his four years with former President Trump. Kim and Trump famously met twice for bilateral summits in Singapore and Hanoi and Trump frequently showered Kim with praise.
Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power.
       
Trump himself has encouraged supporters to donate to Save America, a leadership PAC he launched at the end of 2020. ADIn a statement, Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, said Trump plans to use his influence to help the party. During his time in the White House, Trump was the most prominent fundraising figure for the Republican Party, which enjoyed a financial bonanza. They are doing it because the biggest force for the Republican Party for fundraising is President Trump. Days later, the national party sent out a fundraising pitch to members after they received tacit approval to do so from Trump.
Trump administration dismantled ‘safe’ border policies, Biden rebuilding process: DHS chief Mayorkas
       
GREG ABBOTT (R), TEXAS: The Biden administration must also answer for enticing unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions. WALLACE: We'll talk with a man in charge of securing the border, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Plus --JOSEPH R. BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Hate can have no safe harbor in America. COTTON: Yeah, Chris, the Biden administration keeps saying that Trump somehow dismantled the immigration system. It was the Biden administration that dismantled three highly effective policies.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to join 'Fox News Live' to discuss new voting law, Biden's reaction
       
Brian Kemp will appear on "Fox News Live" at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday to discuss the state's controversial voting law. BRIAN KILMEADE LAMBASTES DEMOCRATS' HYPOCRISY OVER GEORGIA ELECTION REFORM, FOR THE PEOPLE ACTThe Georgia bill, H.B. 1, the For the People Act, which would expand absentee voting, end gerrymandering and restrict "dark money" political donations, among other things, on a national level. 513 as "an attack on the right to vote in Georgia."
China sanctions U.S. religious freedom officials, Canadian member of parliament
       
China has imposed sanctions against two U.S. religious rights officials, a Canadian member of parliament and a subcommittee on human rights in Canada's House of Commons, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement released Saturday. The Chinese sanctions target the chair and vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins. The USCIRF has condemned China's treatment of the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang and endorsed recent U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials. The sanctions come in response to punitive measures the U.S. placed on two Chinese officials earlier this week. The Biden administration said it imposed those sanctions in response to human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims.
Democrats Assail Georgia Law, Make Case For Voting Overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity” and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Opinion: Biden will regret the $1.9 trillion stimulus because it squanders the money he’ll need for other priorities
       
President Joe Biden’s $1.9 American Rescue Plan will certainly give the economy a jolt, but he may regret not spending the money differently. In 2020, COVID spending raised the federal deficit to $3.1 trillion in 2020 from $1 trillion in 2019. Its balance sheet increased $3.2 trillion and pushed interest rates on 10-year Treasuries TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.684% below 1%. Higher interest rates could easily become for our generation what the tea tax was for colonial Boston or the Salt Tax in the French Revolution. On top of his $1.9 trillion stimulus, Biden now wants another broad package to improve private-sector competitiveness—infrastructure, aid the transition to green energy and electric vehicles, and industrial polices to meet the China challenge.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz was among 18 Republicans who patrolled the Rio Grande (Getty Images)Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. “We just went past a dead body in the Rio Grande,” he said. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist. Yet Cruz admitted himself, he wants those children, from places such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, sent to Mexico to be processed.
North Korea's Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here's What's in It.
       
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-launched what it called a newly developed tactical guided missile ?Thursday, violating international sanctions. North Korea’s ballistic missiles can carry nuclear warheads, and the country conducted six increasingly sophisticated underground nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017. During a nighttime military parade last October, North Korea displayed a new, untested ICBM that looked bigger than any of the previous ones. North Korea has yet to demonstrate that its warhead can survive the intense heat and friction created by reentry. At a military parade earlier this year, North Korea displayed what looked like a bigger, upgraded version of KN-23.
Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’
       
“There’s no amount of cruelty that will cause substantial gun control in this country,” Kasky, 20, said in an interview. But at a Thursday news conference, Biden said gun control was a longer-term goal, after the coronavirus recovery. Meanwhile, gun rights advocates are girding for a major battle, with organizations rallying their membership to fight any proposed legislation. “With everything we have, we’ll fight to keep meaningless, counterproductive gun control from passing,” Hammond said. Meanwhile, gun rights groups pushed to expand the number of places where guns can be carried.
Biden is betting on bigger government. The pandemic may be helping him.
       
The biggest expansion of the federal government in a generation is underway, a pandemic-inspired shift in resources and responsibilities that will challenge President Biden and the Democrats to demonstrate that they can make government work. © Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post President Biden speaks Thursday during a news conference at the White House. Former president Barack Obama took some steps in that direction with the Affordable Care Act, a more modest stimulus package and financial reform. The $15 minimum wage got knocked out of the stimulus package by the Senate parliamentarian for not fitting into the rules of reconciliation. The pandemic may have helped to flip the script for Democrats, if in fact resistance to bigger government has declined.
Tucker Carlson blasts Pentagon's 'woke' new 'diversity and inclusion' plans
       
Tucker Carlson has lashed out at The Pentagon claiming it has been overtaken by 'woke' military officials who are more concerned with identity politics than they are with protecting the safety of the American people. 'If you're wondering whether our military leadership has gone woke, consider that question settled for good. The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles,' Carlson tartly stated. Carlson claims 'woke' officials have taken control of The Pentagon, compromising the safety of AmericansFriday's segment wasn't the first time that Tucker Carlson has hit out at the 'woke' Pentagon. It's a mockery of the U.S. military,' Carlson said.
Biden invites Russia and China to climate talks
       
Among those invited are the leaders of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi JinpingThe administration of US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual international summit on climate change from 22 to 23 April. The head of state invited his colleagues from Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, to the online talks. Biden hopes to revitalize a climate forum with the world's largest economies that served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama but fell into disrepair under Donald Trump. The holding of this summit will make it possible to fulfill the campaign promise and the corresponding decree of Biden. Earlier it was reported that Bill Gates is going to invest $ 2 billion in saving the climate.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s administration has less than a week to decide on extending the nationwide eviction moratorium, a measure that housing advocates say has helped keep most cash-strapped tenants across the country in their homes during the pandemic. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban’s protection’s automatic and universal. Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading...“Individual eviction cases are still heard by state court judges far and wide — many of who never liked the CDC halt order to begin with and were just itching for ways to circumvent it or disregard it,” Dunn said.
Number of migrant children in federal custody jumps by nearly a thousand in one day
       
(CNN) The number of unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody continued to climb this week, according to the latest government-released data. On Thursday, there were more than 18,000 children in US government custody, up from more than 17,000 on Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security releases data for the day prior, a practice that began this week after mounting pressure for more transparency. The data shows that more children were put into Customs and Border Protection custody than were transferred to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Biden administration has struggled to move children swiftly from CBP's facilities, which were not designed for children, into more appropriate HHS care.
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising its self-defensive missile test. North Korea on Friday said it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. “We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.”The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
For many migrants able to cross US border, there's often chaos, COVID tests and then relief
       
Border agents are still returning many migrants -- including families -- to Mexico under a federal rule aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Border agents are used to seeing both tactics, said Chris Cabrera, a McAllen-based agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the department's union. Many arrived recently, buoyed by the prospect that Biden's rule changes could pave their way to asylum in the United States. Darling said he's been urging Border Patrol leaders to test the migrants at their stations before dropping them off downtown. And thanks to President Biden, we now have the opportunity to argue our case here in the United States."
Ted Cruz blasts ‘Biden cages’ at border amid ‘inhumane’ migrant crisis
       
Sen. Ted Cruz dropped a disturbing video Friday evening of severely overcrowded conditions at migrant detention centers near the US-Mexico border. This is inhumane what is going on.” Cruz said at a press conference flanked by his fellow lawmakers. “Joe Biden and the Biden administration have made decisions that are causing these people to suffer and to do this in a pandemic is particularly irresponsible.”Sen. Ted Cruz posted pictures of migrants at the Donna facility at the border in Texas. Photo posted by Ted Cruz on twitter showing minor immigrants in the Donna border facility, in Texas. Ted Cruz/TwitterIn recent weeks the US-Mexico border has seen a surge of migrants from South and Central America drawn by promises Biden has made to accept asylum seekers and expectations that he will reform immigration rules.
Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’
       
AD“Saying nothing has changed is not true and it’s actually feeding into the gun groups and the NRA narrative that we can’t make change,” she said. ADMeanwhile, gun rights advocates are girding for a major battle, with organizations rallying their membership to fight any proposed legislation. Meanwhile, the vast majority of advocacy around guns focused on protecting gun rights, with little organized opposition. Meanwhile, gun rights groups pushed to expand the number of places where guns can be carried. “I’m talking about focusing in investing in neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence, which is all just a side effect of neglect.
Mayorkas blames migrant surge on Trump admin, not Biden policies
       
Mayorkas denied that Biden's changes have encouraged the current migrant surge. The secretary also defended Biden's elimination of Trump's "safe third country" agreements which required migrants to seek asylum in another country first if they were passing through a safe country on their way to the U.S. He claimed that "there's nothing safe about" sending people back "to the very countries from which they are fleeing persecution." He then claimed that the administration is "working on providing footage so that the American public can see the border patrol stations." "We're working on providing access," Mayorkas replied, again noting the problem of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lindsey Graham takes aim at Mayorkas, tells DHS chief to 'change course or change jobs'
       
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is taking aim at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' job as pressure against the Homeland Security chief mounts over the border crisis. Under its current leadership, it doesn’t have either the will or capability to fix the problem," Graham said in a scathing release Thursday. BIDEN BORDER OFFICIALS SAY HE'S WRONG NOT TO CALL BORDER 'CRISIS'"The solutions are obvious but will require an understanding that the Biden Administration’s early policy choices – to abandon Trump’s successful border policies – was a mistake. It is time for DHS Secretary Mayorkas to change course or change jobs," Graham added. "Unless there is immediate and drastic change, the worse is yet to come — by far."
House Republicans call for answers from DHS about migrants released without court dates
       
EXCLUSIVE: More than a dozen House Republicans on Tuesday wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting answers over "troubling reports" that the Biden administration is releasing illegal immigrants into the country without court dates. The move places the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance. Instead, migrants are registered into the system with biometrical data taken and largely released into the public, in one instance, at a bus station in McAllen, Texas. It also asks how many migrants have been paroled into the U.S. and if they will be eligible for employment authorization. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday released photos of crowded facilities, including children sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on mats on the floor with aluminum blankets and on benches.
Tom Homan: Our border is not closed or secure. That's a lie. Why aren't we being told the truth?
       
I was shocked when he said this to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday:" "The border is secure. The border is not closed and it is not secure. Thousands of family units are streaming across also. The CBP base this number on sensor traffic, camera traffic and foot signs that they could not respond to because they were tied up with hundreds of family units and children. However, ICE cannot remove those cases and execute those lawful federal orders because the Biden administration has taken non-criminal fugitives off their list of priorities.
Mayorkas fires almost all members of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has fired almost all members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) -- the latest sign by the agency of its intention to move away from the practices of the prior administration. MAYORKAS BLAMES MIGRANT SURGE ON TRUMP ADMIN, NOT BIDEN POLICIESHSAC was set up for members, who are unpaid, to use their experience and expertise of Homeland Security issues like counterterrorism and immigration enforcement to offer guidance to the secretary. Its current membership included Trump-era officials such as former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf, former Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan -- but include those appointed by secretaries by both Democratic and Republican administrations. House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko, R-N.Y., also criticized the move, saying it was a sign the administration "has no intention of upholding a bipartisan, unifying approach to securing our homeland." "It’s an absolute shame that Secretary Mayorkas has removed these well-respected homeland security leaders who have dedicated their careers to strengthening our homeland security posture," he said in a statement.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi sign a 25-year cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran March 27, 2021. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Wang said ahead of the televised signing ceremony. China has spoken out often against U.S. sanctions on Iran and partly contested them. He also promised that China would provide more coronavirus vaccines to Iran, the Middle Eastern country worst-hit by the pandemic.
Biden condemns Georgia’s new voting law that forbids providing water to voters in line
       
President Joe Biden has condemned a new voting law signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, which includes a provision that forbids providing food and water to voters waiting in line. The new law will also require a photo ID to request an absentee ballot. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports for Weekend TODAY.
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. “This means the Deaf community has a delay in getting information, so that by the time they try to register, vaccines are already reserved. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Gig workers face tax change from Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus package
       
Supporters of the shift say it’s about helping workers document their income so they can later get Social Security and other benefits. Bruckner criticized those who have painted the change as levying new taxes on gig workers. “These are existing taxes that people haven’t been compliant with, because they don’t get these forms,” she told MarketWatch. “Now we have learned that bringing this bill to the floor was actually delayed because Democrats were adding a new cash grab — drastically lowering the threshold at which gig workers receive a 1099-K,” Smith said. “There is not a single, reliable, regular measure of gig work and the gig workforce, and this would help to start to develop that understanding,” she said.
New attempts planned to free huge vessel stuck in Suez Canal
       
A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. He said he remained hopeful that a dredging operation could free the ship without having to resort to lighten it by removing its cargo. Some vessels began changing course and dozens of ships were still en route to the waterway, according to the data firm Refinitiv. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Am I a jerk for getting a COVID-19 vaccine if I feel healthy and work from home?
       
When the first COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use in the U.S. in December, the country cheered the images of health care workers, nursing home residents and first responders rolling up their sleeves to get the very first doses. “Even though I got it completely legitimately, there’s lots of vaccine jealousy out there, and I’m not on [social media] to foster that,” he said. Lisa Marsh, a writer and editor living in Washington Heights, in New York City, also skipped posting a COVID shot selfie. States like Illinois, New York and New Jersey have expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to adults age 18 and up with comorbidities such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer history, autoimmune disease, neurological conditions and liver disease. There is evidence to suggest that they are at greater risk for getting severe COVID illness or dying.
Biden calls new Georgia voting law an ‘atrocity’
       
Speaking to the press while departing the White House on Friday, President Biden blasted voting restrictions that were signed into law Thursday in Georgia. Video Transcript- Would you have won--- Have an opinion toward the election law, Mr. President? - The new Georgia election law. They passed a law saying you can't provide water for people standing in line while they're waiting to vote. You can't provide water for people about to vote.
‘It was homegrown’: Republican senator laments that the US doesn’t produce its own meth anymore
       
“Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. “Far more dangerous, far more addictive, and it’s less expensive because they’re producing so much of it and then shipping it into our country,” Mr Daines added. “We are seeing a flood of Mexican heroin, Mexican meth, and Mexican fentanyl coming into Montana,” Mr Daines said in the interview on Thursday. Following a video of Mr Daine’s comments being uploaded to social media on Friday evening, users were perplexed with the tone of the senator’s interview. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) gets a little nostalgic when talking about how Mexican meth has overtaken homemade Montana meth.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity" and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Suez Canal traffic halt could raise prices of goods, jolt US economy
       
The Suez Canal is the world’s second-most important waterway, constituting about 10% of global trade. About 19,000 vessels, or 51.5 vessels per day, passed through the Suez Canal last year, according to Suez Canal Authority data. SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE: COFFEE, OTHER GOODS AT RISK OF PRICE HIKESEnergy prices have shot up as a result of the blockage of the Suez. The threat of an even bigger surge in oil prices has the Biden administration worried about “potential impacts on the energy market,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. A further increase in shipping costs due to the Suez Canal’s blockage “will do little to dent demand,” Dickens added.
Cartoons: Anti-Asian violence | Boulder shooting | Border crossings
       
San Francisco: Hundreds rally against anti-Asian American violenceSpurred to action by recent attacks in Atlanta and the Bay Area, hundreds of protesters gathered Friday in San Francisco to rally against violence targeting Asian Americans. The suspect purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, six days before the mass killing, according to his arrest affidavit. The Ruger AR-556 pistol is not technically a rifle, though many features of its design echo a rifle’s set-up. The city’s definition of prohibited assault weapons included semi-automatic pistols that can accept a magazine outside of the pistol grip. But the high-profile assignment for Harris, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and is expected to run for the White House again in the future, could be politically fraught.
Kafer: Defense strategy in Dominion lawsuit not “reasonable”
       
No reasonable person would conclude those allegations were true statements of fact. That’s essentially the defense offered by Sidney Powell’s lawyers to the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Denver-based voting Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. Dominion provides voting equipment to more than 1,300 jurisdictions in 28 states including Colorado. After President Donald Trump lost the election, Powell accused Dominion of participating in a vast, international conspiracy to overturn a Trump victory and steal the election. Powell’s lawyers are using a similar strategy successfully employed by Fox News in a defamation case against the network’s talk show host Tucker Carlson. Fox News argued that no “reasonable viewer” would accept Tucker’s extortion allegations as fact because of the nature of Tucker’s show.
Giant container ship still stuck in Suez Canal; new attempts to free vessel planned
       
SUEZ, Egypt — A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. He said he remained hopeful that a dredging operation could free the ship without having to resort to lighten it by removing its cargo. Shoei Kisen, the company that owns the giant container ship said the company was considering removing containers to lighten the vessel if other refloating efforts fail. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Having an alcoholic in the Cabinet reminds us that recovery is never over
       
Marty Walsh, the former mayor of Boston just confirmed as labor secretary, will be the first Cabinet member in American history to be openly in 12-step recovery from addiction. About 9% of Americans report having "resolved an alcohol or other drug problem," and a little less than half of them identify as being "in recovery." That's the idea behind the present tense introduction ("and I'm an alcoholic") Walsh echoed in his speech in 2016. To say, "I'm an alcoholic" after more than 20 years sober — as Walsh does — is admission that, for you, the work of recovery is never done. I gave up on trying not to be an alcoholic and focused on living without a drink.
He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down
       
Rick Joyner is a famous evangelical leader who has called on Christians to arm themselves for an inevitable civil war against liberals, whom he suggests are allies of the devil. But this is the awkward part: His five children would be on the other side of that civil war, as he and his kids all acknowledge. That’s me.”She worries that his far-right rhetoric may get people killed, so she feels a responsibility to challenge him. Other kids wish they could take away an elderly parent’s car keys; the Joyner kids wish they could take away their dad’s megaphone. “And yet he’s the one I turn to in the middle of the night when I’m evacuating and I’m really scared.”The post He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down appeared first on New York Times.
Arkansas will let doctors to REFUSE to treat anyone on religious or moral grounds
       
Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others. The move came just a day after he signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity. The state Chamber of Commerce also opposed the measure, saying it sends the wrong message about the state. Hundreds of college athletes have also urged the NCAA to refuse to hold championships in states that enact such bans. Arkansas' law covers K-12 as well as collegiate sports.
Rally in rebel-held Sanaa marks six years of war in Yemen
       
Supporters of Yemen's Huthi rebels attend a rally, marking the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2021. "We don't need any initiative," he said, referring to the Saudi peace offer. The Saudi ceasefire offer and UN efforts to find a solution come as the US administration of President Joe Biden is also pushing to try to end the conflict. 'Yemen is desperate'With no quick solution in sight, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA on Friday lamented the consequences of six years of war in Yemen in a series of tweets. "Yemen is desperate for peace and time is now for all to act," OCHA added, using the hashtag "#YemenCantWait".
President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate
       
Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing. The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action. A key goal of both the Leaders Summit and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach. Discussing opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change, address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness, and address the role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050 goals.
New attempts planned to free huge vessel stuck in Suez Canal
       
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. “The combination of the (tug) boats we will have there, more ground dredged away and the high tide, we hope that will be enough to get the ship free somewhere early next week,” he said. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said the authority planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home
       
And this is particularly true for the Asian American community,” said John C. Yang, president of the civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “So, on one hand, our geopolitical tensions with the Chinese government are real, and they should be,” he added. ADVERTISEMENTAnd in the early 1980s, during the rise of Japanese carmakers, two white autoworkers in Detroit bludgeoned to death a Chinese American named Vincent Chin days before his wedding. He also condemned violence against the AAPI community in a meeting with community leaders in Atlanta after the shooting. ADVERTISEMENT“Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying … They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed.
Secret Service linked to incident involving Hunter Biden’s gun – report
       
The Secret Service reportedly approached the store where the gun was purchased, seeking to obtain all records of the transaction. The incident reportedly happened in late October 2018, when Joe Biden was out of office and not receiving formal Secret Service protection. Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were then in a romantic relationship, Politico reported. Citing a Delaware police report, Politico said Hunter Biden told officers he used the gun for target practice. The Guardian was told Hunter Biden will not be sitting for interviews with print titles.
Iran, China sign landmark 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from China and Iran, which are both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a landmark 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi sign a 25-year cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran March 27, 2021. Rouhani voiced appreciation for Beijing’s support within Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and called for more coronavirus vaccine exports to Iran, the worst-hit country by the pandemic in the Middle East. “Under the new administration, the Americans want to reconsider their policy and return to the nuclear accord, and China welcomes their move,” Wang said. Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.
New attempts planned to free huge vessel stuck in Suez Canal
       
Authorities are preparing to make new attempts to free a giant container vessel stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shippingSUEZ, Egypt -- A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said the authority planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. Some vessels began changing course and dozens of ships were still en route to the waterway, according to the data firm Refinitiv. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey asks Homeland Security for money to dispatch National Guard to US-Mexico border
       
Doug Ducey wants to dispatch National Guard troops in response to the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, he said Friday — and he wants the federal government to pick up the tab. "In Arizona, we’ve previously deployed the National Guard to the border to support law enforcement. 'Heartbreaking':Republicans slam Biden for migrant influx, while Democrats call on Biden to quickly move childrenNecessary backup or 'a waste of people's time'? Rep. Raúl Grijalva, whose district includes portions of Arizona's border, said deploying troops would be "a waste of people's time" and money. Arizona last sent National Guard members to the border in 2018, in response to an order from then-President Trump.
Joe Biden Should Just Give It a Go - The New York Times
       
Biden should do what he can to help Senate Democrats dilute the filibuster. One recent evening, Biden met with historians in the East Room for two hours. The president seemed interested in activist presidencies, ones that took on big problems, like Lincoln, F.D.R. Republicans are grasping to find something to throw at Biden. He seemed to know his own mind — a nice contrast with his predecessor, who was out of his mind.
Opinion | He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down
       
He claims liberals are in league with Satan and Democrats are plotting “to criminalize Christianity.”Of course, I may not be a fair narrator. Other kids wish they could take away an elderly parent’s car keys; the Joyner kids wish they could take away their dad’s megaphone. “There is a responsibility to hold those you love accountable,” said Amber Grace Joyner, 30, a musician. Soon after, she nearly died in a boating accident — and the first person she called was her dad. I told Rick Joyner that I thought his struggles with his children reflected a larger generation gap and dwindling of influence of the religious right.
Opinion | The border is a ‘crisis’ — and also Biden’s first big mistake
       
ADADMake no mistake: President Donald Trump’s border policies, especially separating children from their parents, were terrible by anyone’s standards. At least Trump can validly claim that he allowed reporters to visit his border encampments on organized tours. The little we do know about the current deluge of unaccompanied children is thanks to photos released to Axios by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex. ADADThe flow of these unaccompanied children seems nowhere near ending. Contrary to the narrative of their defense, sending unaccompanied children back home does not mean turning them out into the desert to starve.
Beverly Cleary's protagonist Ramona Quimby is headstrong and exasperating, and showed girls that's okay.
       
ADBeverly Cleary, whose death at 104 was announced Friday, first introduced Ramona as a minor character in a different children’s novel. Cleary took every attribute that girls were then warned away from — bossiness, brashness, hot temper — and she tucked them all into one character. “Millions of girls saw themselves in Ramona Quimby,” she tweeted on Friday, upon learning of Cleary’s passing. “Thank you from all the ‘pests’ out there.”ADTo identify with Ramona Quimby was to understand that the world didn’t fit you yet, but it might one day. ADTo identify with Ramona Quimby was to never question whether you were too improper, too loud, too much.
The new COVID relief bill has slashed Obamacare health-insurance premiums — that’s good news for early retirees
       
The act also substantially changes health-insurance premiums and subsidies for Marketplace plans. In 2021, unsubsidized health-insurance premiums would cost $14,358 for our family of three. Unsubsidized health-insurance premiums for a 60-year-old couple (assuming children are grown and off the parents’ insurance) would cost $22,975 in 2021. With the change in the new law, the maximum anyone will pay for health-insurance premiums is 8.5% of their income. It can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars in anticipated health-insurance premiums over the next two years.
Business as usual: Thousands cross Mexico's southern border
       
As in 2019, Mexico relies heavily on highway checkpoints transiting its narrow southern isthmus to prevent migrants heading north. René Sop Xivir of Jesuit Immigrant Services at the southern border. “The whole town lives from crossing migrants — the smugglers, the restaurants, the hotels, everything,” said a Gracias a Dios resident, who requested anonymity to avoid reprisals. Uncontrolled crossings dot Mexico’s southern border. In some, like La Mesilla, residents set up a street market on both sides of the border three days a week.
Small Texas border town is route to US for migrant children
       
A 7-year-old girl named Kaylee fought back tears as she bemoaned leaving her phone in the raft. Her mother's U.S. phone number is written in black marker on the arm of her shirt. Children traveling alone are separated from families, and people put their valuables in plastic bags. Unaccompanied children are supposed to be held by CBP no more than 72 hours, but they are often held longer because U.S. Health and Human Services lacks space. They make up about 2,200 of the roughly 5,000 people encountered per day in March, the Border Patrol official said.
New attempts planned to free huge vessel stuck in Suez Canal
       
Updated 3 times AlertMeSUEZ, Egypt — A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. “The combination of the (tug) boats we will have there, more ground dredged away and the high tide, we hope that will be enough to get the ship free somewhere early next week,” he said. Some vessels began changing course and dozens of ships were still en route to the waterway, according to the data firm Refinitiv. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
China's growing firepower casts doubt on whether U.S. could defend Taiwan
       
A war over Taiwan remains a worst-case scenario that officials say is not imminent. But China's growing military prowess, coupled with its aggressive rhetoric, is turning Taiwan into a potential flashpoint between Beijing and Washington — and a test case for how the U.S. will confront China's superpower ambitions. U.S. intelligence analysts have warned for more than a decade that China's military strength was progressing at a dramatic pace, and that America's superiority was evaporating in the Pacific, Defense officials told NBC News. China's political leadership sees reunification with Taiwan as a core objective, and Beijing's actions and statements have grown more assertive in recent months. Taiwan has reported a series of aviation mishaps in recent months, raising questions about whether China's encroachment was having an impact on Taiwan's air crews.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be briefed as it plays out. The military budget is being set and major decisions on troop levels and priorities are being made so it's hoped the war game will help prepare the military to face the challenges of the next few years. "Russia and China military modernization creates some serious potential operational challenges for the US," Eric Edelman, a former defense undersecretary for policy and expert on military planning, told CNN. "Russia and China are playing a home game, we are playing an away game," Edelman said. And on China, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks pulled no punches in a speech earlier this month.
Meghan McCain blasts mainstream media for fawning response to Biden press conference
       
Meghan McCain has slammed the mainstream media for its fawning response to Joe Biden's first press conference, saying the new President is being treated far more lightly than his predecessor, Donald Trump. 'I was watching some shows this morning - there's no need to slobber all over Joe Biden right now. 'Peter Doocy, was not called on, Fox News wasn't called on, which I think is a huge miss for President Biden yesterday.' 'I think it is incumbent on us and the press not to be deleterious in the way that we cover President Biden.' 'I love President Biden as a person.
Photos of migrant detention highlight Biden’s border secrecy
       
President Joe Biden's administration faces mounting criticism for refusing to allow outside observers into facilities where it is detaining thousands of immigrant children. The photos were released by Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat from the border city of Laredo. The photos from Donna show some of the same detention areas as in the images released by Cuellar. The following year, hundreds of families and children detained at one West Texas border station went days without adequate food, water or soap. The AP has also petitioned Psaki to open border facilities.
Biden administration moves to safeguard DACA program for "Dreamers" as court ruling looms
       
While the DACA program withstood a years-long Trump administration effort to end it, it is currently facing its most imminent and potent legal test yet. By placing a notice in the federal register, the Biden administration will allow the public to submit comments before the policy changes become binding. Karen Tumlin, a lawyer representing DACA recipients in a separate federal court case, applauded Friday's announcement, saying it showed the Biden administration is committed to safeguarding the program. "That's putting your arms around and hugging the DACA program because you believe it is here to stay." Rodríguez, the former USCIS director, said the lingering Texas federal court case should serve as a reminder that Dreamers will never have certainty about their immigration status unless Congress votes to legalize them.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
Housing advocates are confident the ban, due to expire March 31, will be extended for several months and possibly even strengthened. Still, they argue the existing moratorium hasn’t been a blanket protection and say thousands of families have been evicted for other reasons beyond nonpayment of rent. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban's protection's automatic and universal.
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate – but only two Republicans join them
       
All 23 Democratic governors have signed a letter denouncing hate against Asian-Americans, but were joined by only two Republicans. On Friday, a letter condemning violence against Asian-Americans was signed by 23 Democratic governors and the governor of Guam, following an increase in hate crimes against the community over the last 12 months. The letter was signed on Stop AAPI Hate’s virtual day of action, which was held to highlight prejudice and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
For many migrants able to cross US border, there's often chaos, COVID tests and then relief
       
Border agents are still returning many migrants -- including families -- to Mexico under a federal rule aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Border agents are used to seeing both tactics, said Chris Cabrera, a McAllen-based agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the department's union. Many arrived recently, buoyed by the prospect that Biden's rule changes could pave their way to asylum in the United States. Darling said he's been urging Border Patrol leaders to test the migrants at their stations before dropping them off downtown. And thanks to President Biden, we now have the opportunity to argue our case here in the United States."
Biden stocks cabinet with prep school grads
       
Antony Blinken, Biden’s Secretary of State, was a child of privilege who graduated from NYC’s Dalton School, where tuition today runs $55,210. Tom Vilsack, Biden’s Secretary of Agriculture, graduated from Pittsburgh’s tony Shady Side Academy, a $53,000-a-year boarding school. Susan Rice, now serving as Biden’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council, was valedictorian of National Cathedral School, a D.C day school for girls ($47,350). Marty Walsh, Biden’s pick for Labor Secretary, attended Bostons’ Newman School where parents shell out a cool $27,000 a year. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileCommerce Secretary Gina Raimondo earned her diploma from Rhode Island’s La Salle Academy, where tuition today is $16,250.
A fight is brewing over an oil pipeline and it's pitting Native groups against Big Oil
       
PALISADE, Minn. — On the edge of the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota, Tania Aubid stares at the slushy waters that thaw a little more with every passing spring day. “Sixty-eight million people rely upon this water that comes from up here in Northern Minnesota, and it goes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico,” she said. “And along the way there are cities — people that drink straight from the river here.”Tania Aubid says Enbridge Line 3 poses a threat to drinking water for millions. Enbridge’s Line 3 is a 60-year old pipeline that will be partially taking a new route with new construction in Minnesota. These wilds of Northern Minnesota have become the new front line in tensions between climate protesters, some Native populations, and Big Energy.
U.S. envoy to Afghanistan heads to Turkey and region to push talks to end conflict
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has departed for Turkey and the region, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, in a push to encourage Afghan parties to accelerate negotiations to end conflict in the country. Biden’s administration has sought to build international pressure on the Taliban and U.S.-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government to reach a peace agreement and a ceasefire before the deadline. The Taliban on Friday said it would resume hostilities against foreign forces - which ended under the U.S.-Taliban deal - if they remain beyond the deadline. Biden on Thursday said it would be hard to comply with the deadline, which also requires the departure of some 7,000 allied forces. The Taliban has said it was committed to the agreement, which it has termed the “most sensible and shortest path” to end 20 years of war in Afghanistan - America’s longest foreign conflict.
POLITICO Playbook: Boehner backs House incumbent targeted by Trump
       
POLITICO Playbook: Boehner backs House incumbent targeted by Trump Presented by FacebookDRIVING THE DAYFormer House Speaker John Boehner is slated to be the special guest at a Monday afternoon Zoom fundraiser for Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio). Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for former President DONALD TRUMP’S impeachment, and he’s now facing the repercussions: a primary challenge from the right by MAX MILLER, a former Trump White House side. Congressional Progressive Caucus leader PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.) has also been privately pushing the White House to address health care in the next reconciliation package. PLAYBOOKERSSTAFFING UP — The White House announced it plans to nominate Daniel Kritenbrink, Brian Nichols and Brett Holmgren as assistant secretaries of State. ABC “This Week”: White House comms director Kate Bedingfield … Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).
Vice presidents’ policy projects come with political risks
       
ADVERTISEMENTThat’s likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris’ team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it’s clear the vice president has White House aspirations. That’s an especially strong dynamic in the Biden White House.
Coronavirus latest news: Global jabs pass 500 million as Europe vaccine feuds deepen
       
"Ten million doses is not much and it is not nearly enough, but it is a start," he said. Henry Bodkin has the full story here03:47 PMGlobal jabs pass 500 million as EU vaccine feuds deepenHealth officials have rolled out more than 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses around the world as European rows over hoarding and supply issues escalated dramatically. Future versions of the app - developed by airline trade body the International Air Transport Association - will incorporate coronavirus vaccine records. 01:26 PM97-year-old GP delivers Covid-19 vaccines during pandemicHungary's oldest general practitioner at the age of 97 receives patients every day and administers Covid-19 vaccines with an unwavering devotion to his profession. Australia is still lobbying the EU for the 1 million doses but considering other options, the source said.
Suez Canal: Ship causing logjam 'could soon be refloated' vessel's owner says as US offers help
       
Rescue vessels work at the site of a container ship trapped on the Suez Canal of Egypt on March 26, 2021. READ MORE: What Suez Canal blockage could mean for global tradeThe majority of the diverted tankers, which were originally destined for Suez canal were now headed elsewhere, according to Kpler. "A total of 16 LNG vessels’ planned transit via the Suez Canal will be affected if the congestion persists until the end of this week," Kpler analyst Rebecca Chia said. The traffic-jam will have severe repercussions on global trade, bringing 13% of the world’s trade to a halt. Built in 1869, the Suez Canal is used by around 50 vessels per day, according to Panjiva, the supply chain research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
5 Key Takeaways From Biden’s First Presidential Press Conference
       
In what could be seen as a sign of how much progress has been made in the fight against Covid, Biden didn’t get asked one question about his pandemic response during the hour-long press conference. The plan is expected to call for some $3 trillion in spending, paid for in part by tax increases on corporations and the wealthy. Story continuesBiden’s plan is sure to face sharp pushback from Republicans, who have already dismissed the idea of raising taxes. “Back in the ‘60s we used to invest a little over 2% of our entire GDP in pure research and investment in science. Biden also said he agreed that the filibuster is a “relic of the Jim Crow era,” but he didn’t specify what other changes he might support.
Key takeaways from President Biden's first news conference
       
Joe Biden waited longer than any modern president to hold his first solo press conference, turning what should have been a relatively routine event into a high-profile media spectacle. With expectations raised, Biden took to the East Room of the White House and addressed a socially distanced group of reporters. Biden didn't have much new information to share, an indication that he would prefer the headlines from the press conference to be about other topics. Biden's task, whether he wants to talk about it or not, is to prove that there is a better way. On China, the president tried to talk down the growing war of words between the two nations.
Biden administration prioritizes 'crucial' infrastructure project that Trump snubbed
       
The Biden administration is keen on rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project that the Trump administration blocked. And according to Joe Kane, an associate fellow for the Brookings Institution, the Gateway Project "represents a crucial link for interstate travel and commerce, which are key federal responsibilities." “And in March 2018 when the federal budget was being negotiated, then-President Trump said he would not sign a federal budget that includes monies for the Gateway Tunnel. From then forward, the previous administration really did not serve as a partner in helping us to build the project forward. REUTERS/Mike SegarAccording to Kane, part of the challenge to the completion of the Gateway Program is that it’s “not simply about a need for investment."
15 Best Stocks in the Past Week: BowX, Nucor, and Target
       
The best-performing stocks in the past week include Nucor, Target, Restoration Hardware, Cisco Systems, Root Inc., BowX, Costco and more. Here are some of the best stocks in the past week by their performance in percentage change at the close of trading on Mar. Root | Increased +19.50%Auto insurance company Root Inc. (ROOT) - Get Report was included as one of the top shorted stocks this past week. Upstart | Increased +14.10%Upstart Holdings (UPST) - Get Report was included in the top stocks in last week's list and performed again this past week. Cramer also had the CEO of Nucor on Mad Money this past week during his "Executive Decision" segment.
Essential California Week in Review: More vaccines are coming
       
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Still, concerns remain, especially after most samples analyzed in Los Angeles County were found to be variants believed to spread more readily . Fifteen lovely outdoor dining rooms in Los Angeles, from woodsy patios in Calabasas to downtown views of the skyline.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pence led the coronavirus task force only to be constantly overruled by the White House. For decades, the job of a vice president was to try to stay relevant, to avoid being viewed, in the words of one occupant of the post, as “standby equipment." But in recent administrations, the seconds-in-command have increasingly been deputized with special policy assignments that add some weight — and political risk — to the job. That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney.
China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast
       
The deal could deepen China’s influence in the Middle East and undercut American efforts to keep Iran isolated. But it was not immediately clear how much of the agreement can be implemented while the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program remains unresolved. China was one of five world powers that, along with the U.S., signed the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. He has said that the region is at a crossroads and offered China’s help in resolving persistent disputes, including over Iran’s nuclear program. If the nuclear agreement collapses entirely, Chinese companies, too, could face secondary sanctions from Washington, an issue that has infuriated China in the past.
Capitalism won't save us from Covid, no matter what Boris Johnson might think
       
Boris Johnson has attributed the UK’s vaccine success to “capitalism” and “greed”. In truth, an unprecedented amount of public funding has been poured into vaccine research, development and manufacturing. This level of investment represents a huge risk – but it’s not the only risk that the public sector has taken on. That these cuts to UK research are taking place during a global pandemic sends a worrying message about Johnson’s priorities. The UK government’s pledge to donate surplus vaccines is a start, but this will be far from sufficient.
Key Republican in voter restriction effort advised Trump in bid to overturn 2020 results
       
A Republican lawyer who advised Donald Trump on his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results is now playing a central role coordinating the Republican effort to tighten voting laws around the country. Joe Biden called the Georgia laws “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity”. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. She says she’ll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to HR 1. Mitchell told the Associated Press she’s been talking regularly with Republican state lawmakers about the need for new election laws.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist.
Virginia Beach shooting leaves two dead
       
Two people were killed and eight more were injured in a series of shootings near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Friday night. The incidents occurred between 11 and 11:30pm, as the Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed that several of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the shootings. A second person was fatally shot not long after in another incident that the department does not believe was connected to the two other shootings. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Following those two incidents, President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault weapons, vowing to take “common-sense steps” to outlaw certain firearms.
‘It was homegrown’: Republican senator laments that the US doesn’t produce its own meth anymore
       
“Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“We are seeing a flood of Mexican heroin, Mexican meth, and Mexican fentanyl coming into Montana,” Mr Daines said in the interview on Thursday. Following a video of Mr Daine’s comments being uploaded to social media on Friday evening, users were perplexed with the tone of the senator’s interview.
Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again
       
During Mr. Trump’s tenure, his administration installed an “America First” policy, prioritizing domestic interests over foreign policy concerns and minimizing the importance of day-to-day diplomatic work. Federal surveys showed that morale in the State Department dropped. Career officials were derided as members of a “Deep State Department.” Senior Foreign Service officers were pushed out of the agency. Steve A. Linick was removed as the inspector general of the State Department amid investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s potential misuse of government resources. “Battered and belittled, too many career officials have been tempted to go along to get along,” William J. Burns and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, both longtime Foreign Service officers who are now in the Biden administration, wrote in an essay published in September in Foreign Affairs.
Report: Biden Claims Exorbitant Use of Filibuster in 2020 – But, It Was Used 327 Times by Dems, Once by GOP
       
So it's being abused in a gigantic way.”But, as Fox News’ John Roberts reported the next day, Democrats used the filibuster 327 times, while Republicans used it only once. Republicans used it once. Democrats used it 327 times. So he's saying, just for the record, so viewers know, there has not been one single Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office. “All those things were blocked, either by an actual filibuster or the threat of filibuster – by Democrats.
Attorney for Georgia lawmaker calls charges ‘overreach’
       
Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is escorted out of the Georgia Capitol by Georgia state troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that lead to Gov. An attorney for Cannon says it’s “law enforcement overreach” to charge the Georgia House member with two felonies. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is escorted out of the Georgia Capitol by Georgia state troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that lead to Gov. An attorney for Cannon says it’s “law enforcement overreach” to charge the Georgia House member with two felonies. “This was a law enforcement overreach on all the charges, and my hope is that after examining the file, the district attorney will dismiss the charges,” Cannon’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, said Friday.
Suez Canal: Ever Given owners hope to refloat giant ship on Saturday
       
CAIRO — The owners of the skyscraper-size cargo ship that has been blocking Egypt's Suez Canal since Tuesday said they were hoping to refloat the vessel on Saturday. Elsewhere, a press official at Egypt's Suez Canal Authority told NBC News on Saturday that the ship's engine had begun working late Friday night and that this was a good indication there were no mechanical issues with the boat. The Ever Given, a 400-meter-long Panama-flagged container ship, taller than the Eiffel Tower, carries cargo between Asia and Europe. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThe maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. Stanton said it was likely that supply shortages would be felt in Europe ahead of the United States, with subsequent delays for manufacturing and goods.
U.S. sees uptick in COVID-19 cases despite increased vaccine supply
       
U.S. sees uptick in COVID-19 cases despite increased vaccine supply There are renewed concerns that the trajectory of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction. Hospitalization rates are on the rise as the Biden administration announces plans to double the number of troops to bolster the vaccine distribution effort. Michael George reports.
Burma forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
Burma media say security forces have killed 91 people in deadliest day since last month’s military coup. As Burma’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month's coup. "This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour," the European Union’s delegation to Burma said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of missile launches
       
North Korea on Saturday snapped back at President Joe Biden’s criticism of its ballistic missile tests, calling his comments a provocation and encroachment on the North’s right to self-defense and vowing to continuously expand its "most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power." The launches showed how the North continues to expand its military capabilities while nuclear negotiations with the United States remain stalled. Biden was restrained as he admonished North Korea for the launches, which were a violation of U.N. sanctions against the North. NORTH KOREA MISSLES GET MORE AGILE, EVASIVE: EXPERTSIn comments carried by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, Ri said the North expresses "deep apprehension" over Biden’s remarks that were "openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK." It’s unclear how the Biden administration will respond before it completes its policy review on North Korea in coming weeks.
Mid-South recovers from deadly tornadoes as region braces for severe weather, more storms
       
The Mid-South is bracing for more severe weather as residents try to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of savage tornadoes that left several people dead and many homes destroyed. As many as 10 tornadoes ripped through Alabama and Georgia on Thursday, killing at least six people and causing widespread damage to homes and public property. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that the region will not have a chance to rest as excessive rainfall and severe thunderstorms create a moderate risk of flash flooding. "Today will be another busy weather day across the Mid-South and Tennessee Valley," the NWS Weather Prediction Center tweeted Saturday. "Heavy rain/flash flooding, plus the threat of severe thunderstorms are possible through tonight."
Man charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in Colorado grocery store shooting
       
The suspect, whom police identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in connection with Monday's mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference. Aerial news video from Monday showed police escorting a man in handcuffs, his right leg covered in blood. "The employees observed the suspect shoot an elderly man in the parking lot," according to the affidavit. "Grocery stores like King Soopers have been one of our consistent gathering places, one of the few routine activities that we've continued to engage in as Coloradans and as Americans," he told reporters. Thirteen people were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, 35 miles south of King Soopers, on April 20, 1999, before the two gunmen took their own lives.
10 people dead, including police officer, after shooting at Colorado grocery store
       
Ten people were killed, including a police officer, after a gunman walked into a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday and began randomly shooting shoppers. The officer, Eric Talley, 51, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder police force, was the first officer to arrive at the King Soopers grocery store Monday afternoon, police Chief Maris Herold said. An employee from the store told him a shooter was inside. Logan Smith works at a Starbucks inside the grocery store. A spokesperson for the grocery store said the company was "horrified by the senseless violence."
FB Stock, GM, Disney Lead 5 Stocks Near Buy Points
       
FB stock, GM and Disney lead five consumer stocks on this weekend's menu of stock to watch. All are near buy points, hitting the gas on growth strategies and demonstrating constructive relative strength line trends — at least recently, for FB stock. For General Motors (GM), Facebook (FB), Target (TGT) and Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG), reopening isn't a primary driver and in some cases might be a mixed bag. Disney stock and GM are poised for bullish rebounds while Facebook is forging a handle on a long consolidation. That triggered a downside reversal for FB stock the next day, and it struggled to gain traction over the next six weeks.
Here’s what tax hikes could mean for the stock market as Biden pushes infrastructure plan
       
A rise in the top personal income tax rate and an overhaul of the estate tax are also potential candidates. More ambitious measures on Democrats’ wish list include a wealth tax and a hike in the capital gains tax rate. During the presidential campaign, Biden called for raising the corporate tax rate on domestic income to 28%, while also raising the tax rate on foreign income, known as the GILTI tax, and instituting a minimum corporate tax rate. Historically, “changes in the capital gains tax rate have had almost no impact on overall market returns,” Lefkowitz wrote. “In fact, the last time the capital gains tax rate increased (in 2013), the S&P 500 rose about 30%.
China Signs 25-Year Deal With Iran in Challenge to the U.S.
       
(Bloomberg) -- China and Iran signed an overarching deal aimed at charting the course of their economic, political and trade relations over the next 25 years, Iranian state TV reported, in a challenge to the Biden administration. “The document can elevate bilateral ties to a new strategic level,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a televised interview. The deal focuses on boosting private-sector collaboration and the Islamic Republic’s role in Xi’s flagship infrastructure and investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative, he said. Iran’s closer integration with China may help shore up its economy against the impact of the U.S. penalties, while sending a clear signal to the Biden administration of Tehran’s intentions. Wang Yi, who arrived in Tehran on Friday, also met with President Hassan Rouhani to discuss the nuclear deal.
Biden Says Georgia's New Voting Law Is 'Jim Crow In The 21st Century'
       
President Joe Biden slammed the major voting law Georgia lawmakers passed Thursday, which will severely restrict voting access in the state. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st century,” he said in a statement, acknowledging how parts of the law disproportionately impact Black voters. Biden dismissed those claims Friday. Multiple civil rights groups have sued Georgia over the law, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 along with the First and 14th Amendments. Related...Civil Rights Groups File Suit After Georgia Republicans Limit Voting AccessFight Over Landmark Voting Rights Bill Begins As GOP Claims Voter Suppression Isn't A ProblemJoe Manchin Carefully Backs Landmark Voting Rights Bill, But Wants GOP SupportJoe Biden Calls Republican Attacks On Voting Rights 'Sick'Georgia Republicans Just Made It Much Harder To VoteThis article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
Biden news - live: President attacks Georgia over ‘Jim Crow’ voting law as Trump says he’s happier off Twitter
       
Biden (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)Joe Biden has derided the sweeping elections bill signed into law by Republicans in Georgia - introducing tough new voting restrictions that many regard as discriminatory - as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity,” saying his Justice Department will be “taking a look” at the measure. His predecessor, Donald Trump, has meanwhile claimed in an interview with Fox News that he actually prefers sending out press releases from his secluded Florida resort home of Mar-a-Lago to being on Twitter, also using the interview to attack Mr Biden’s record on the US-Mexico border, a problem the president inherited from the Trump administration. Elsewhere, Mr Biden has invited China and Russia to return to global climate crisis talks, hoping to bolster international cooperation on the issue and unite the superpowers.
‘Let the people vote’: Biden to rally support for voting rights after Georgia’s ‘attack on US constitution’
       
(Independent)Following the passage of sweeping ballot restrictions and the arrest of a Black lawmaker in Georgia, President Joe Biden has urged members of Congress to pass the For The People Act, a massive voting rights bill to combat a wave of suppressive legislation across the US. He called Georgia’s bill, signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday, as well as dozens of other similar bills in at least 43 states, a “blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience”. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” he said in a White House statement on Friday. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide,” he said.
Market Recap With Jim Cramer: When To Buy Cruise Stocks
       
TheStreet recaps the best stories with Jim Cramer from the past week including Microsoft's acquisition of Discord, Tesla to accept bitcoin and more. Wells Fargo: Buy or Sell? Cramer says to buy Wells Fargo (WFC) - Get Report at $36. "If Wells Fargo drops down to $36 it's going to be your savior," according to Cramer. When to Buy Cruise StocksCramer says to wait to buy cruise stocks due to potential turbulence as we transition from stay-at-home stocks to reopening stocks.
'Mad Money' Lightning Round: 3D Systems, Renewable Energy Group
       
Jim Cramer’s bullish on 3D Systems, Renewable Energy Group. Here’s what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks during Friday's Mad Money Lightning Round:3D Systems (DDD) - Get Report: “They’re making a comeback. This stock has been filleted.”Pershing Square Tontine PSTH: “I share your excitement.”Read the full Mad Money Recap from Monday's show, Game Plan: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap. On Real Money, Cramer keys in on the companies and CEOs he knows best. Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener.
Two young Latino journalists have some words for Joe Biden: ‘honesty,’ ‘compassion,’ ‘respect’
       
According to school officials, nearly 80% of KIPP SoCal graduates, and 82% of KIPP graduates nationally, go on to college. None of the letters was edited, he said, because the school wanted the students’ authentic voices to ring out. When Ellie grew frustrated and depressed, her mother tried to convince her that things would be better in the future. AdvertisementYuri Martínez Pérez, Óscar’s mother, said her son took interest in the street protests that rocked Los Angeles and the nation last year. “Anything can happen if you put your mind to it,” Ellie said, “and us journalists have a lot of power.”
California attorney general-designee Rob Bonta is already gearing up for the 2022 election
       
Anne Marie Schubert is among the people so far considering a challenge to Bonta in next year’s election, a representative confirmed. “The attorney general spot is such a prominent political stepping stone that it’s hard to believe that Bonta won’t be challenged,” said political scientist Larry Gerston, professor emeritus at San Jose State University. “Rob Bonta is a tremendously talented leader,” said political consultant Roger Salazar, who worked on Becerra’s 2018 reelection campaign. AdvertisementIn the last 120 years of California history, not a single attorney general has been defeated in a general election, according to Quinn, who has served as a redistricting consultant to Republicans and as an assistant to Republican California Atty. “I know this [election] is different and I respect and honor that, that it’s a statewide campaign,” Bonta said.
Editorial: Newsom needs to deliver on COVID-19 vaccination promises
       
From the beginning, California’s vaccination record has been plagued by insufficient doses and mass confusion over how to obtain an appointment. “So we really just want to caution people to please continue to be patient.”At the national level, vaccine producer Johnson & Johnson has struggled to meet its delivery targets and is still plagued by production issues. Johnson & Johnson has already reduced its target from 37 million to 20 million doses by the end of March. The company’s contract with the federal government calls for Johnson & Johnson to deliver an additional 50 million doses by the end of June. The governor has a lot of work to do to prove to Californians that he can deliver on his vaccination promises.
Column: It’s a guaranteed income program, but think of it as a test case for reparations
       
“We’re probably at like 20 to 25 states now,” said the former mayor of Stockton and co-founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. “We believe that guaranteed income is the most transformative policy that can achieve this vision.”Or as she told the Washington Post: “There are huge gaps between people of color and our white residents. But, today, Republicans are more skeptical when it comes for reparations for Black Americans. Whatever data are available from Oakland’s guaranteed income program — and hopefully, there will be carefully compiled data — should be considered by the members. Thanks to data from Stockton, we’ve already seen what a guaranteed income can do for the poorest Americans.
Hopes for blocked Suez Canal hinge on rising tide potentially freeing ship
       
© Ahmad Hassan/AFP/Getty Images A child rides a swing in the Egyptian city of Ismailiya on March 27 near the container ship that has been lodged sideways in the Suez Canal. ISMAILIA, Egypt —The global economic troubles triggered by a giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal worsened on Saturday with the blockage of more ships carrying billions of dollars of goods. The ship is currently wedged sideways in a single-lane stretch of the canal, roughly four miles north of the waterway’s southern entrance. Later Saturday, Hend Fathy Hussein, the spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote in a Facebook post that the ship’s rudder had begun moving again. There are two canal pilots aboard to guide the ship through the canal.
Britons hit the parks and the beaches as they throw caution to the winds ahead of Happy Monday
       
The UK has been marking a year since lockdown restrictions began on March 23People seen walking through St James' Park. England's lockdown restrictions will ease for the first time since December when the 'Stay at Home' order lifts on Monday. Meanwhile research showed pubs and restaurants have seen a huge surge in bookings for outdoor tables ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased next month. AdvertisementExcitement is mounting as England gears up for its first real taste of freedom this year when lockdown restrictions are eased on Monday. Ahead of the lockdown easing, hospitality firms have seen a huge surge in bookings for outdoor tables ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased next month.
DPRK slams Washington for criticizing missile launches
       
DPRK slams Washington for criticizing missile launchesXinhua) 15:21, March 27, 2021The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has condemned U.S. President Joe Biden for "provocation" after he criticized its recent missile launches, saying the military tests were an exercise of its self-defense right, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday. On Friday, the KCNA confirmed in a report that the DPRK test-fired two newly-developed tactical guided missiles on Thursday. Ri's remarks were made a day after Biden said the DPRK's launch of two short-range ballistic missiles was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and warned "there will be responses if they choose to escalate. "We express our deep apprehension over the U.S. chief executive faulting the regular test-fire, exercise of our state's right to self-defense, as the violation of UN 'resolutions' and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK," Ri said. "Such remarks from the U.S. president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and provocation to it," he stressed.
DeSantis pushes back on CDC's 'baseless' no-sail order for cruise ships
       
DeSantis, during a round table meeting highlighting the importance of the cruise industry to Florida's economy, called for the CDC to reevaluate its no-sail order, which the agency has stated should remain in place through November of this year. "The cruise industry is essential to our state’s economy and keeping it shut down until November would be devastating to the men and women who rely on the cruise lines to provide for themselves and their families," the Florida governor said. "I urge the CDC to immediately rescind this baseless no-sail order to allow Floridians in this industry to get back to work." While the CDC announced on Wednesday that its no-sail order will remain in place through Nov. 1, despite the request of the Cruise Lines International Association for the order to be lifted sooner, the agency did state that it is revising its current guidelines for cruising. Details for the next phase of the CSO are currently under interagency review," the agency told Fox News.
Far-right extremists move from 'Stop the Steal' to 'Stop the Vaccine'
       
Adherents of far-right groups who cluster online have turned repeatedly to one particular website in recent weeks — the federal database showing deaths and adverse reactions nationwide among people who have received COVID-19 vaccinations. On Jan. 6, while rioters advanced on the Capitol, numerous leading figures in the anti-vaccination movement were onstage nearby, holding their own rally to attack both the election results and COVID-19 vaccinations. With their protests continuing, far-right groups deployed many of the same talking points as the vaccination opponents. Maligning the coronavirus vaccines is obviously not limited to extremist groups tied to the Capitol riot. The raw, incomplete VAERS statistics are meant for scientists and medical professionals, but are widely used among extremist groups to try to undermine confidence in the vaccine.
Beto O'Rourke ridicules Ted Cruz for posting videos claiming he encountered 'cartel members' at the Mexican border
       
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke slammed Sen. Ted Cruz over videos he posted of himself at the Rio Grande. In the videos posted Friday, Cruz claimed that he saw "human traffickers" who were taunting him. O'Rourke hit back in a lengthy Twitter thread, giving Cruz tips on how to handle the border crisis. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke ridiculed Sen. Ted Cruz after he posted videos of himself at the Mexican border on Friday in which he claimed that he had encounters with "cartel members" and "human traffickers." In a blurry video posted on Twitter, Cruz claims he is at "the shore of the Rio Grande," and has been "listening to" and "seeing" cartel members who have been taunting border control officials.
Iran, China sign landmark 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from China and Iran, which are both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a landmark 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Guilin, China March 22, 2021. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Wang said ahead of the televised signing ceremony. “Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call,” he said. Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
Tehran, Iran – Iran and China have signed a long-gestating 25-year cooperation accord as both countries remain under Unites States sanctions. Rouhani thanked Wang on Saturday for China’s stance on the nuclear deal and standing up to “American unilateralism”. The president also said Iran and China can work together to fight “terrorism and extremism in the region” in addition to economic and trade cooperation. Wang was quoted by the president’s website as saying that maintaining the nuclear deal would mean preserving multilateralism. Iran and China have also cooperated on COVID-19 during the pandemic, with China donating 250,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine to Iran last month.
Maryland explores tightening law on public-private partnerships amid proposal to build new toll lanes
       
ADMaryland’s P3 law, like in other states, seeks to attract private investment by limiting the potential for political interference. Montgomery Council President Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who supported the P3 law as a state delegate, said lawmakers considered it the only way to build the Purple Line. Any necessary changes could go back to the legislature next spring, he said, before the state seeks approval of the 50-year toll lanes contract. While Brown opposes the HOT lanes, he said he doesn’t think the P3 law needs to be changed. Brown said he will ask the Biden administration and Congress to skip the Maryland toll lanes project when it doles out any new infrastructure funding.
Hopes for blocked Suez Canal hinge on rising tide potentially freeing ship
       
ADThe ship is currently wedged sideways in a single-lane stretch of the canal, roughly four miles north of the waterway’s southern entrance. Later Saturday, Hend Fathy Hussein, the spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote in a Facebook post that the ship’s rudder had begun moving again. ADLt. Gen. Osama Rabei, the head of Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said in a statement late Friday night that the “complex technical process,” could require “multiple attempts” to free the Ever Given. There are two canal pilots aboard to guide the ship through the canal. The unprecedented bottlenect at or near the canal could strain global supply chains that are already stressed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Congressional approval ratings at highest level in more than a decade as covid stimulus checks hit bank accounts
       
Republicans, Democrats and independents all showed gains in approving how Congress handled the early days of the pandemic, when more than 25 million jobs vanished and hospital wards were flooded. Democratic voters were the most scornful as just 11 percent approved of the performance on Capitol Hill, according to the monthly Gallup poll. That’s the highest level of public approval since June 2009, the last time when at least one in three Americans approved of how Congress handled its work. Experts say this new wave of Congressional support is likely the result of voters enjoying getting direct cash payments from Washington. And, once the stimulus checks are spent, results-oriented independents might view Congress more negatively.
Atlanta massacre sparks a political awakening in the Korean church
       
An invigorated Korean community, pushed to action by Korean churches, could be good news for Democrats, who have been losing ground with the Korean community in recent years, according to early poll data. Korean churches today are following in that tradition, said Omar Wasow, a politics professor at Princeton who tracks political movements. And he sees many of the same patterns playing out in the Korean community today. Organizers had already been targeting this group because of its sheer size: 70 percent of Asian Americans in Georgia are foreign-born. During the event, which was conducted entirely in Korean, Han addressed the crowd, gently chastising those who cling to the model minority myth.
Biden Says 'Nothing Has Changed' But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher Pace
       
Biden Says 'Nothing Has Changed' But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher PaceLoading...President Biden claimed Thursday in his first press conference since taking office that "nothing has changed" compared to earlier influxes of migrants and unaccompanied children at the border. The Biden administration has been grappling with surging numbers of migrants, especially children arriving at the border without their parents. It is true, as Biden states, that numbers often rise during the early months of the year when temperatures begin to warm. Authorities encountered 9,297 children without a parent in February, a 30% increase from 2019 during the last major influx of unaccompanied children. The official said the influx was "much different" than previous years, citing the large number of unaccompanied children and families traveling.
Biden news - live: President attacks Georgia over ‘Jim Crow’ voting law as Trump says he’s happier off Twitter
       
? Close Related video: Biden blasts ‘sick’ GOP voter suppression initiatives as ‘un-American’Joe Biden has derided the sweeping elections bill signed into law by Republicans in Georgia - introducing tough new voting restrictions that many regard as discriminatory - as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity,” saying his Justice Department will be “taking a look” at the measure. His predecessor, Donald Trump, has meanwhile claimed in an interview with Fox News that he actually prefers sending out press releases from his secluded Florida resort home of Mar-a-Lago to being on Twitter, also using the interview to attack Mr Biden’s record on the US-Mexico border, a problem the president inherited from the Trump administration. Elsewhere, Mr Biden has invited China and Russia to return to global climate crisis talks, hoping to bolster international cooperation on the issue and unite the superpowers.
Video: Georgia state troopers remove lawmaker after protesting against Kemp
       
Video: 'Too bad it wasn't sooner': Trump 'congratulates' Georgia on its new election laws after Biden branded the state's updated voter regulations an 'atrocity'Georgia state troopers forcibly remove lawmaker Park Cannon after she protested Gov Brian Kemp's signing of a new voter restriction bill.
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity'
       
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity' Published 1 hour agoimage copyright Reuters image caption President Biden said this was an "un-American law to deny people the right to vote"US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an "atrocity". The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans. What did President Biden say? It makes Georgia the second state to pass laws that restrict ballot access in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Mr Raffensperger, who has staunchly defended the integrity of the state's votes, also backed the new laws.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation pact
       
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif greets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi ahead of the signing of a 25-year cooperation pact between the US rivalsAdvertising Read moreTehran (AFP)Iran and China signed a 25-year "strategic cooperation pact" Saturday in the latest expansion of Beijing's flagship trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative as the US rivals move closer together. Negotiations for the deal, launched five years ago, sparked controversy in Iran last year and virtually no details of its contents have been released. Wang's visit to Tehran comes just days after he hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in the Chinese city of Guilin. China and Russia are both parties to the troubled 2015 nuclear accord with Iran that Biden has said he hopes to revive. Biden has said he is not seeking "confrontation" with China, but that there will be intense competition between the rival superpowers.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist.
Democrats see Georgia as opening salvo in war on voting rights
       
A provision in the just-passed Georgia law would make it a felony to pass out bottled water to voters waiting in line. The West Virginia state Senate approved a measure ending same-day voter registration and cutting a period of early voting. Many, but not all, of those measures would make permanent some of the temporary voting rights expansions implemented in the midst of the pandemic. J.B. Pritzker (D) a bill to expand mail-in voting and curbside voting. Washington legislators passed a bill to restore voting rights to felons once they get out of prison.
The Covid relief bill and the promise of vaccines aren't enough. Pay everyone to stay home.
       
We know this can work: Paid shutdowns have helped control the spread of the virus abroad. But it doesn’t have to if we implement a paid shutdown. In fact, a short-term paid shutdown could be more effective than all the lengthy restrictions we’ve seen until now, as those have only been partial. The concept of a paid shutdown is simple and would address both issues. Democrats have the majorities in both houses of Congress to make a paid shutdown happen.
China's growing firepower casts doubt on whether U.S. could defend Taiwan
       
A war over Taiwan remains a worst-case scenario that officials say is not imminent. But China's growing military prowess, coupled with its aggressive rhetoric, is turning Taiwan into a potential flashpoint between Beijing and Washington — and a test case for how the U.S. will confront China's superpower ambitions. U.S. intelligence analysts have warned for more than a decade that China's military strength was progressing at a dramatic pace, and that America's superiority was evaporating in the Pacific, Defense officials told NBC News. China's political leadership sees reunification with Taiwan as a core objective, and Beijing's actions and statements have grown more assertive in recent months. Taiwan has reported a series of aviation mishaps in recent months, raising questions about whether China's encroachment was having an impact on Taiwan's air crews.
'A huge, huge toll': For households reliant on two incomes, Covid job loss changed everything
       
The sudden blow of losing one income has sent the family tumbling from relative comfort to living week to week. "It did take a huge, huge toll on me, and I still suffer with it constantly," Accolla said. The pandemic upended the lives of millions of families who suddenly found themselves without one or both sources of income. "That's a really, really important part of the story," she said. "When I lost my job, I knew it was not going to be very easy to find another job.
'Power for Power': North Korea Returns to a Show of Force
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks trade and supply chains disrupted by the pandemic. About 12% of global trade transits the canal that’s so strategic world powers have fought over it. The wind turbine maker also sees risks of congestion at ports, once the ships held up at the Suez Canal arrive at their destinations. Every week the Suez Canal remains closed adds as much as $10 billion to the bill.Economists predict higher prices as a result.“I’m relatively sanguine about the additional hit to trade,” said Joanna Konings, senior economist at ING. The blockage may create a supply gap that could be filled by pipeline gas from Russia or U.S. LNG.
Column: Kamala Harris has two big problems at the southern border. Texas is one of them
       
Vice President Kamala Harris has been asked by President Biden to oversee the administration’s response to the growing migrant crisis at the border. It’s a very different story with Vela’s 300-mile-long district in southern Texas. This was made clear in November when President Biden was only able to win Vela’s district by 4 points after Hillary Clinton carried the district by 22 points in 2016. Despite making up 41% of the state’s population, white Texans make up 61% of lawmakers in the state House and Senate, according to the Texas Tribune. Besides Vela, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez won reelection by just 3 points in his south Texas district in 2020 while Biden squeaked by with 2 points.
Suez Canal remains blocked amid efforts to free stuck vessel
       
An official at the Suez Canal Authority said they planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. SUEZ CANAL SHIP MAY BE FREED BY SATURDAYEgyptian authorities have prohibited media access to the site. WHERE IS THE SUEZ CANAL AND HOW DID A SHIP GET STUCK IN IT? A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. SUEZ CANAL COULD BE BLOCKED FOR WEEKS, WITH $10B IN SHIPPING TRAFFIC PER DAY DISRUPTED: REPORTSIt remained unclear how long the blockage would last.
Senate clears PPP bill, extending loan applications through May
       
The Senate has voted to extend the application deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans to May 31 after rejecting two Republican amendments. The bill would also allow the agency an extra month — through June 30 — to process applications after the program closes. After the Senate vote Thursday, Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) told Newsday, "This is an important win for Long Island and New York businesses. Earlier, during the Senate debate, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the PPP has saved more than 50 million jobs. The PPP was established to help small businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic that erupted in March 2020.
Opinion: Stimulus expansion of health coverage is good for Ohioans
       
More:President Joe Biden in Ohio: COVID-19 stimulus boosts health care for AmericansThe American Rescue Plan puts Ohioans first. At its core are the frontline health care workers, the unemployed who find themselves without health coverage and the families struggling to make ends meet. That is precisely why the overwhelming majority of the American people support the American Rescue Plan. Polling shows that 77% of voters support the law’s provision to lower health care costs for people who lost coverage. They have voted time and time again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, working to strip away health coverage from millions of people.
The University of Michigan divesting from fossil fuels shows that change is here
       
And so, in 2015, it came as no great shock when the university’s president, Mark Schlissel, rejected student calls for divestment from fossil fuel companies. “Fossil fuels enable us to operate the university, to conduct research and to provide patient care,” he said. “At this moment, there is no viable alternative to fossil fuels at the necessary scale. “Fossil fuel assets will diminish in value,” he told me on Thursday, “perhaps more quickly than many realize. In this case, that means immediate divestment, in an effort to break the power of the fossil fuel industry that still fights for delay.
NRA faces internal woes as it girds for new gun control fight
       
LaPierre and other executives also have “voluntarily participated” in the attorney general’s investigation, NRA attorney William A. “An important part of this plan is dumping New York,” LaPierre said in announcing the bankruptcy filing. The New York attorney general and Ackerman McQueen would go further. Those expenses, and more, were detailed in the recent filings by the New York attorney general. “Instead, while the public demands gun safety reform, the NRA’s bankruptcy so far has revealed even more bloated spending, financial mismanagement and the gun lobby in complete disarray.”
Trump's Bump Stock Ban Just Lost Big in Federal Court
       
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump vowed to use executive power to ban bump stocks, a type of firearm accessory that the shooter reportedly used. Put differently, the federal government began to reinterpret the federal ban on machine guns to ban bump stocks too. The 6th Circuit then took its own look at the text of the federal machine gun ban and decided that "a bump stock does not fall within the statutory definition of a machine gun." In sum, Trump's attempt to impose gun control via executive fiat lost big. "It is not the role of the executive—particularly the unelected administrative state—to dictate" the terms of criminal law, the 6th Circuit maintained.
Biden says he suggested to UK's Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road
       
(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. "I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help," Biden told reporters. The project would significantly expand China’s economic and political influence, raising concerns in the United States and elsewhere. Over 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20% of BRI projects had been "seriously affected" by the coronavirus pandemic.
Maybe public confidence in the military would go up if its leaders shut up
       
Trust in the military is droppingThe Ronald Reagan Institute’s latest National Defense Survey was shows trust in the military has dropped 14 percentage points over the past three years. Kirby’s announcement was featured on the official Defense Department site with the headline “Press Secretary Smites Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.” Maybe BuzzFeed writers are enlisting these days. As a person who has served in the military, perhaps the brass will allow me to state my humble, nonpartisan advice: Please shut up. A long-serving Pentagon official should know to avoid even the appearance of partisan rhetoric. Our military leaders, men and women alike, should leave the media criticism to schlubs like me.
Trump may visit US-Mexico border region ‘soon,’ former aide says
       
Former President Donald Trump is "really concerned" about the migrant situation along the U.S.-Mexico border and may schedule a visit to the region, a former Trump aide said this week. Jason Miller shared comments about Trump’s thinking during an appearance on the podcast of conservative talk show host Michael Berry. "I could see him doing that soon," Miller said about a possible Trump visit to the border region, according to a recap of the conversation posted by Detroit radio station WJR. "Not immediately, but I could see a trip, some point in the future here, but it is something that [former] President Trump is really concerned about." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNeither Biden nor Harris have visited the border region since taking office but members of the administration joined members of Congress in a visit to a facility in Texas on Wednesday.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: Retired Staff Sergeant and Fox Nation host Johnny “Joey” Jones on Gun Reform
       
This week, President Biden urged the Senate to pass new gun legislation, including two House bills following mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia. The first House bill looks to close loopholes on background checks and the second bill expands background checks on all firearm sales. Retired Staff Sergeant and Fox Nation host Johnny “Joey” Jones who is a pro-gun advocate joined the Fox News Rundown earlier this week to weigh in on the proposed House bills, reforming background checks and the obstacles that come with it. He also explains why he thinks mass shooting go deeper than gun legislation. He also weighs in on closing loopholes and expanding background checks and why he thinks it’s not the solution.
How QAnon helps its followers find conspiracy in chaos
       
The equally lovely Greek word for that tendency is apophenia. QAnon believers tried to make sure it wouldn’t, forming a prominent contingent during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead. Nothing happens by chance; trust the plan, as a popular QAnon saying goes. Nothing happens by chance; trust the plan, as a popular QAnon saying goes. “People have fallen back on the endless anticipation with no particular date.”BuzzFeed News reporter Albert Samaha recently wrote a moving essay about his mother’s headlong rush into the QAnon conspiracy.
Fox News Whine About CNN Fact-Checking Gets A... Fact-Check
       
Fox News personalities on Friday complained about CNN’s fact-checking of President Joe Biden — and received a sharp fact-check in response. Might be worth watching CNN's coverage — or at least doing a simple scan of his work, which is available on his CNN bio page — before going on-air and trashing it! https://t.co/HBydAlVh1p — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 27, 2021“Like this really isn’t hard stuff,” Darcy added, linking to Dale’s on-air fact-check of Biden:Like this really isn't hard stuff. “If Biden behaved identically to Trump from a fact-check perspective, the fact-check coverage would be identical,” he wrote. This is not a complicated concept.”If Biden behaved identically to Trump from a fact-check perspective, the fact-check coverage would be identical.
New attempts planned to free huge vessel stuck in Suez Canal
       
A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about 3.7 miles north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. “The combination of the (tug) boats we will have there, more ground dredged away and the high tide, we hope that will be enough to get the ship free somewhere early next week,” he said. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said the authority planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Flam: Vaccine passports would speed return to normalcy
       
There’s some scientific justification for using vaccine passports to allow vaccinated people — and only vaccinated people — back into restaurants, movie theaters and other indoor spaces. Vaccine passports would require a layer of nuanced communication that has so far been lacking, as well as a different approach to rule-making. Vaccine passports could have all kinds of emotional and economic benefits, as well as public health ones. Vaccine passports could help bridge the gap until we get there. Nevertheless, Offit says he thinks vaccine passports won’t work as well in the U.S. as in Israel.
Ohio schools to tackle COVID learning loss with $4.5 billion federal stimulus package
       
In Columbus, the new stimulus funds will come on top of the $130.78 million awarded in the second round and $30.94 million in the first. For context: In the current fiscal year, Columbus City Schools anticipates $1.33 billion in revenue, excluding the stimulus funds, and $1.71 billion in expenditures, according to a dashboard on its website. The deadline to spend the first round of funds is September 2022 and the second round is September 2033. As of Wednesday, just one of Ohio's 609 public school districts is still operating remotely. Mike DeWine has already asked all districts in Ohio to create academic recovery plans and submit them to the state by April 1.
‘I knew they were hungry’: the stimulus feature that lifts millions of US kids out of poverty
       
Most significantly, it will have the potential to cut child poverty in the country in half by lifting more than 5 million American kids out of its iron grip. Edin has a strong take on that question, having helped focus public attention on the crisis of child poverty in America with her 2015 book, $2 a Day. Until relatively recently, Biden remained agnostic about the idea of addressing child poverty amid the destruction of the pandemic. These were the lonely years in the wilderness when child poverty was considered insignificant. One of the beneficiaries of this new energy has been the cause of child poverty.
Suez Canal remains blocked amid efforts to free stuck vessel
       
A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometres north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said they planned to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
The business case for vaccine passports
       
By showing a “vaccine passport,” perhaps in the form of a smartphone app. Yet vaccine passports have met resistance. Vaccine passports, he said, might allow this inequity to be “further branded into the system.”There’s no question that the vaccine rollout should be managed with equity in mind, and care should be taken to ensure that passports don’t make this any harder. Governments should demand such standards of privacy and accuracy for vaccine passports. Keep in mind, vaccine passports are also meant to be temporary.
Biden announces nominee to lead beleaguered VA accountability office
       
The president announced his intention Friday to nominate Maryanne Donaghy to lead VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. If confirmed, Donaghy would bring a wide variety of experience to VA’s accountability office. VA’s accountability office, which the previous administration established in 2017 and Congress codified into law a year later, has consistently struggled to earn trust from VA employees and members of Congress. He said a culture of retaliation still exists within the department, and the VA accountability office had failed to protect whistleblowers and often misinterpreted its statutory functions. Lawmakers have said they’ve been fielding complaints about the VA accountability office since the beginning, despite attempts from past leadership to improve training for OAWP investigators.
Covid-19: E.U. Approves New Vaccine Production Sites
       
Approves New Vaccine Production Sites The United States could soon have a glut of vaccine doses. On Wednesday, the it revealed emergency legislation that would curb exports of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in its countries for the next six weeks. Credit... Allison Zaucha for The New York Times The Biden administration’s relatively smooth coronavirus vaccine distribution effort is about to hit a snag. More than 87 million have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to a New York Times database. Argentina is delaying applying the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines for three months to prioritize giving people at least one dose amid a sluggish vaccination drive.
Georgia Law Kicks Off Partisan Battle Over Voting Rights
       
President Biden on Friday called Georgia’s new law an “attack on the Constitution” and said the Justice Department was “taking a look” at Republican voting efforts in the state, without offering any specifics. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st century, it must end,” Mr. Biden said, a day after Gov. Let the people vote.”Civil rights groups immediately challenged the Georgia law in federal court, backed by prominent Democratic voting rights lawyers. Several Black leaders described the legal skirmishes to come as an existential fight for representation, saying the law clearly puts a target on Black and brown voters. Protests against voting restrictions unfolded this week in state capitols like Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, and more lawsuits are expected.
US-China tensions rise as Beijing says its military is ‘not afraid of any challenge’
       
US-China tensions rise as Beijing says its military is ‘not afraid of any challenge’Added: 27.03.2021 1:04 | 22 views | 0 commentsCHINA has said it is "not afraid" of any challenge from the US after President Joe Biden branded Beijing as "competition".
Biden attacks new Georgia voting law as ‘Jim Crow’
       
Added: 26.03.2021 23:17 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe president called the statute ‘outrageous,’ a day after his impassioned defense of voting rights Thursday. But advocates urged Biden to do more to help the cause.
Opinion: Why Janet Yellen is wrong on corporate tax rates
       
Added: 27.03.2021 1:17 | 20 views | 0 commentsPresident Joe Biden said he hopes to have America nearly back to normal by July 4th. For that to happen, policymakers must continue to make progress on sparking a swift and sustainable economic recovery.
Biden looking at imported weapons and those made with '3D equipment' for potential executive actions
       
Added: 26.03.2021 20:56 | 22 views | 0 commentsPresident Joe Biden is "looking" at what executive actions he can take on guns, particularly when it comes to regulating imported weapons and those made with "3D equipment," he told reporters on the tarmac in Delaware on Friday.
Suez Canal remains blocked amid efforts to free stuck vessel
       
A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about 3.7 miles north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. An official at the Suez Canal Authority said they were planning to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Meghan McCain blasts media reaction over Biden Press conference
       
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain blasted the media Friday over its coverage of President Biden’s first formal press conference. he didn’t do a press conference. When he finally did a press conference he didn’t talk or answer one question about the pandemic and he didn’t answer any questions from any media that didn’t agree with him,” McCain explained. “I was watching some shows this morning — there’s no need to slobber all over Joe Biden right now. Even Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge trumpeted Biden’s performance on his website with headlines like, “JOE’S NO DRAMA PRESS CONFERENCE” and “CHILL STYLE.”
With U.S. withdrawal delay likely, and new peace proposal on the table, Taliban faces inevitable crossroads
       
AD“The Doha deal is the best and most effective way to resolve issues and move forward,” he said. AD“The Taliban have a lot to gain from this peace deal,” said retired Pakistani Brigadier Saad Muhammad, who served as Pakistan’s defense attache to Kabul. Some fear the Biden administration’s push for a peace deal between the Taliban and Afghan government within weeks is unrealistic. The longer peace talks drag on or remain stalled, violence is expected to continue on the ground. ADNaeem, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha, said Taliban fighters reduced violence following the Doha agreement.
Payment deferrals were a lifeline for millions during Covid. What happens when those end?
       
The federal government's response to Covid-19 has allowed millions of Americans to defer payments on their mortgages, rent, student loans and utility bills. "As the pandemic winds down, there is a lot of debt overhang: deferred rent, deferred mortgages, deferred student loans. Many utility companies have also voluntarily allowed consumers to pause their payments on electric and gas bills during the economic crisis. In the end, the federal government will have to decide whether and how it can provide more assistance and relief," he said. "But the agency, if strong, can ensure fair treatment under the law for some of our most financially vulnerable consumers."
Sao Paulo governor seeks tests of 1st Brazilian COVID-19 jab
       
“It’s billions and billions of dollars of services that Americans get every year, not just from ACA health plans but also from employer plans. At least four Republican-appointed justices have indicated a desire to limit this kind of agency discretion.“This case provides a vehicle for the conservative legal movement to cripple the American administrative state,” said Bagley. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Britain's vaccine rollout to expand to give the over-70s Covid-19 booster jabs in September
       
AdvertisementBritons over-70s will be given Covid-19 vaccine booster jabs in September to protect them from emerging variants of the virus. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi unveiled details of the plan that will see people in the top four priority groups receive a third injection. France today escalated the row by suggesting Britain does not have sufficient stockpiles of Pfizer jabs to administer its round of second doses - and that the rollout is at the mercy of EU supply chains. AdvertisementAsked when the booster programme would begin, Mr Zahawi told the Telegraph: 'The most likely date will be September. Heath chiefs said the NHS must adopt ‘innovative delivery modes’ as the vaccine rollout expands to younger groups.
CDC ‘deeply concerned’ about rising Covid cases as vaccinations accelerate
       
Top US government coronavirus experts warned on Friday that there is deep concern about infections rising again and although there is cause for optimism amid accelerating vaccinations “there is no case for relaxation” in the pandemic. The US daily death toll continues to hover at about 1,000 people, with confirmed infections rising in around 20 states and deaths rising in 17 states. But even as 2.5 million people a day get vaccinated, Zients stressed that Americans must remain diligent in protecting themselves. “It’s clear there is a case for optimism, but there is not a case for relaxation,” he said. Walensky said she continues to be concerned that the pandemic has disproportionately affected people from marginalized communities.
From $15 million to $0: As racial tensions simmered, Trump administration sought to defund DOJ 'peacemaker' unit
       
As racial tensions spilled into America’s streets, the Trump administration repeatedly sought to eliminate a long-standing Justice Department unit that for decades has mediated racial, ethnic and gender clashes that are once again surging across the country. John Yang, president of the advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said the Trump Justice Department was "just not trusted." Following the 9/11 attacks, CRS staffers intervened in Muslim and Arab-American communities in an attempt to contain a backlash that ranged from harassment to violence. Staffing languished under TrumpFor the Trump administration, however, defunding the Justice unit had become a sustained campaign. Yang said a key component of the Justice Department response should involve a well-funded and re-stocked Community Relations Service to expand its reach to troubled communities.
Fox News' Meltdowns Over Joe Biden Lampooned In 'Scandals' Video
       
Fox News’ faux outrage over Joe Biden’s presidency was sent up by “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondent Desi Lydic on Friday. In a spoof clip, Lydic pretended to go full conspiracy theorist after watching 153 hours straight of the conservative network. The comedian ranted about the scandals that Fox News personalities claim have engulfed Biden in his first two months in office and declared:If you thought Obama wearing that tan suit was disgraceful, and Jesus knows I did, wait until you get a load of this... The Fox-style railing only went downhill from there:Watch the video here:
Hong Kong expects findings of inquiry into BioNTech vaccine packaging defects next week – SCMP
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks trade and supply chains disrupted by the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the temporary delays in global supply chains would not be a “big issue,” it said. The wind turbine maker also sees risks of congestion at ports, once the ships held up at the Suez Canal arrive at their destinations. Every week the Suez Canal remains closed adds as much as $10 billion to the bill.Economists predict higher prices as a result.“I’m relatively sanguine about the additional hit to trade,” said Joanna Konings, senior economist at ING. The blockage may create a supply gap that could be filled by pipeline gas from Russia or U.S. LNG.
China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report
       
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. The briefing appeared to be an attempt by China to get out its view on the report, which has become enmeshed in a diplomatic spat. The U.S. and others have raised questions about Chinese influence and the independence of the findings, and China has accused critics of politicizing a scientific study. The experts worked with Chinese counterparts, and both sides have to agree on the final report. At a Biden administration health briefing Friday, U.S. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the agency was looking forward to the release of the WHO report.
Biden sets goal of 200 million U.S. COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday he was setting a new goal of administering 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States in his first 100 days in office. His administration initially set a goal of 100 million shots administered in 100 days from taking office on Jan. 20, which was met ahead of schedule. The White House said 130 million shots had been administered as of Wednesday. Some 85 million people have received one shot, while some 45 million people have been fully vaccinated. Biden had said in late January that he wanted to ship out 150 million shots in his first 100 days, but his administration later went back and recommitted to its 100 million-dose target.
White House surprisingly announces Johnson & Johnson is on track to meet vaccine goal
       
The White House has announced that Johnson & Johnson is on track to meet its goal of delivering 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in the United States by the end of the month, something officials were reportedly unsure would be achieved. White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients during a briefing on Friday said that Johnson & Johnson will deliver at least 11 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the government next week, Politico reports. Johnson & Johnson had planned to deliver 20 million doses of its vaccine by the end of March after it received FDA approval. Indeed, according to Politico, the administration on Tuesday said it only had four million doses of the vaccine to deliver. The announcement came one day after President Biden announced he's setting a new goal of getting 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered during his first 100 days in office, double his previous goal of 100 million doses, which was met weeks early.
Media are falling into Stephen Miller’s trap
       
And so begins the normalization process of a white nationalist whose influence caused so much pain at the border and elsewhere. Share Email to a Friend Embed In any other White House, someone like Stephen Miller never would have had a job. Politico quoted Miller without noting his alarming white nationalist background. “It was a global policy, allowing and encouraging media access,” Miller told Politico on Wednesday. The correspondence exposes Miller as a promoter of white nationalist websites, xenophobic conspiracy theories, and immigration policy rooted in eugenics.
Megaship blocking Suez Canal for fifth day could be refloated using tide
       
Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 26, 2021. “It’s a complex technical operation” that will require several attempts to free the vessel, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement. Biden offers to helpThe Suez Canal Authority has said it welcomed international assistance. Such an arrangement is customary, but the ship’s captain retains ultimate authority over the vessel, according to experts. A maritime traffic jam grew to more than 200 vessels Friday outside the Suez Canal and some vessels began changing course.
One Night At The Border Shows How Immigrants Are Hoping Biden Will Treat Them Differently: “We Have To Take That Risk”
       
Holding his son in his arms, Kevin tried to calm his wife's nerves by reminding her to breathe. Kevin was a barber in Honduras and made enough to support his family, but the coronavirus pandemic put him out of business. The number of immigrants encountered along the US–Mexico border this year has been steadily increasing since the spring of 2020, but even more so this year. In February, US Customs and Border Protection agents encountered 100,441 immigrants along the border, an increase from 78,442 in January. A CBP official said that in March, border agents have encountered an average of about 5,000 immigrants a day, which would be a total of 155,000 for the month.
Suez Canal remains blocked amid efforts to free stuck vessel
       
This satellite image provided by The European Space Agency on Friday, March 26, 2021, shows on the left, routine maritime traffic in the Suez Canal with vessels on March 21, 2021 and on the right, maritime traffic backed up on the canal on March 25. The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. ADVERTISEMENTAn official at the Suez Canal Authority said they were planning to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to let them defend Trump immigration rule
       
As a result, the Supreme Court on March 9 dismissed two appeals launched before Trump left office that sought to preserve the rule after lower courts ruled against it. Biden, who has criticized Trump's immigration approach, was widely expected to dump the public charge rule. Friday's filing was the first emergency application made at the Supreme Court against a Biden administration policy move. Story continuesA central issue in the various legal challenges to the "public charge" rule was which immigrants would be eligible for legal permanent residency, commonly known as a "green card." U.S. immigration law has long required officials to exclude people likely to become a "public charge" from permanent residency.
U.S. will issue proposal to preserve program for 'Dreamer' immigrants: DHS
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it will issue a proposed rule to preserve and fortify a program for immigrants, nicknamed "Dreamers," who are living illegally in the United States after entering as children. "We are taking action to preserve and fortify DACA. This is in keeping with the President's memorandum," Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement. DACA was created by Democratic former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president. Republican former President Donald Trump had tried to end the program.
9-year-old girl drowns attempting to cross Rio Grande into Texas
       
Science will eventually figure it out," Redfield told CNN's Sanjay Gupta. "It's not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker. "I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that moment in time that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission. "Between the lines: Lab accidents in the U.S. are not especially rare, as USA Today's Alison Young noted in a recent opinion piece arguing why the Wuhan lab theory cannot be ruled out. Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle
       
She is also advising state lawmakers crafting the voting restriction proposals. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. She says she'll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to H.R. And Mitchell said she's been talking regularly with Republican state lawmakers about the need for new election laws. She also is chair of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law project that she said may get involved in litigation against H.R.
Suez Canal remains blocked amid efforts to free stuck vessel
       
The massive vessel got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — A giant container ship remained stuck sideways in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day Saturday, as authorities prepared to make new attempts to free the vessel and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. AdvertisementAn official at the Suez Canal Authority said they were planning to make at least two attempts Saturday to free the vessel when the high tide goes down. A maritime traffic jam grew to around 280 vessels Saturday outside the Suez Canal, according to canal service provider Leth Agencies. Apparently anticipating long delays, the owners of the stuck vessel diverted a sister ship, the Ever Greet, on a course around Africa instead, according to satellite data.
Capitol insurrection charges highlight white supremacists in US military
       
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a US army reservist, is – according to court documents – an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer”. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/ReutersHale-Cusanelli was charged with seven crimes, including obstructing congressional proceedings, in connection with the 6 January attack. Thomas TJ Robertson and Jacob Fracker in the Capitol in the Capitol on 6 January. The US defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, visits national guard troops deployed at the US Capitol on 29 January. A 2019 survey by Military Times found that 36% of active duty troops “have seen evidence of white supremacist and racist ideologies in the military” – up from 22% the year before.
Colorado mass shooting suspect, 21, moved to another jail over 'safety concerns and threats'
       
The suspect jailed on 10 counts of murder in this week's mass shooting in Colorado has been moved to another detention center because of 'safety concerns and threats,' and he faces additional attempted-murder charges, officials said on Friday. Alissa, 21, surrendered to law enforcement officials at the crime scene after he was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said. Why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday, and unfortunately we don't have those answers,' Herold said at a news briefing. The suspect purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol, a weapon that resembles a semi-automatic rifle, six days before the attack. The United States banned them nationwide in 1994, but a more conservative U.S. Congress allowed the law to expire in 2004.
Biden condemns Georgia's new voting restrictions as 'an atrocity'
       
US President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives in Newcastle, Delaware, U.S., March 26, 2021. Georgia's sweeping new voting restrictions came under attack on Friday, with civil rights groups challenging them in court and President Joe Biden saying the U.S. Justice Department was examining what he called an "atrocity" of a law. "President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box." Other states pursuing voting restrictionsOther Republican-controlled state legislatures are pursuing voting restrictions in election battleground states, including Florida and Arizona, after former President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed his loss to Biden on massive voter fraud without evidence. As he contested his national loss to Biden, Trump focused much of his energy in Georgia.
On US-Mexico border, a revolving door for many migrants
       
For many undocumented migrants, particularly adult men, what they hoped would be an open door thanks to US President Joe Biden has turned out to be a revolving door back to Mexico. In February, the US Customs and Border Protection agency detained about 100,000 people at the southern border -- a 28 percent increase over January. "That's life," one of them said despondently as he walked towards Ciudad Juarez. In contrast, those allowed to enter the United States to continue their asylum process thanks to one of Biden's reforms looked overjoyed. For deported migrants at the US-Mexican border who still dream of starting a new life in the United States, the only option is to wait.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity" and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Georgia's governor signed 'Jim Crow' voting bill under painting of a slave plantation
       
The Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch created a Twitter thread about a painting of a Georgia plantation that is hanging behind Kemp in the photograph. The columnist, who later published an op-ed about the discovery, said the symbolism of Kemp signing a bill that Joe Biden has referred to as “Jim Crow in the 21st century” is no coincidence. Brian Kemp and his gaggle of white men signing the state's voter suppression law -- the new, new Jim Crow. The signing of the Georgia Voter Suppression law yesterday was done under the backdrop of Callaway Plantation in Georgia. Having a bunch of white men under a plantation signing a massive voter suppression bill lets everyone know EXACTLY what they want to have happen.
US Intelligence Warns Withdrawal Could Lead To Afghanistan Being Controlled By Afghans
       
The people who live there will be determining the fate of their own nation, by violence if they so choose. Giving a nation back its sovereignty necessarily means letting them control their own fate, per definition. Using that self-evident fact to argue against the cessation of military force is just admitting you don't believe other nations should be self-sovereign. The US is at this point making the argument, "If we don't keep killing the Afghans, they might kill each other." For more info on who I am, where I stand, and what I’m trying to do with this platform, click here.
Boycotts sting Myanmar’s money-minded junta
       
YANGON – Myanmar’s anti-coup Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) is aiming at the junta’s economic lifelines through fast-spreading consumer boycotts and public shaming campaigns of brands and businesses associated with the military coup makers. The aim of the boycotts, protesters say, is to hit the army’s finances by hurting the revenues of its associated businesses, not least the military-run Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC). Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has vast economic resources at his disposal. Protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021. The Myanmar military has been involved in “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” EDF said in a revealing recent statement.
Tucker Carlson: US military has gone full woke, waging war on those who disagree with them
       
If you’re wondering whether our military leadership has gone woke, consider that question settled for good. They're White supremacists. Just last month, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of the Air Force Education and Training Command, made it explicit. He acknowledged that the Air Force was recruiting candidates with a private pilot's license. In October, the head of Air Force recruiting office, Major General Ed Thomas, published a piece on Yahoo entitled, "86% of Air Force pilots are [W]hite men.
Michigan GOP could circumvent Whitmer with proposed changes to state voting laws
       
Michigan Republicans this week proposed changes to state voting laws and have come up with a veto-proof way to circumvent Democrat Gov. The Michigan effort also comes as Georgia signed into law changes that make absentee voting harder and Democrats in Congress are working on a bill that would expand voting rights by setting national standards. "This is how the Michigan Republicans do business. And then they find ways to suppress the vote, because even they know that when people vote, Democrats win." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMichigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes noted that 67% of Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 that, among other changes, allowed for no-excuse absentee voting.
Jen Psaki Has It Out With Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy Over Biden Snub
       
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tells Fox reporter Peter Doocy like it is. (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)White House press secretary Jen Psaki wasn’t having it when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy complained Friday about not being called on by President Joe Biden at his first news conference the previous day. He claimed that Fox News was left off a “list” Biden had of news organizations to call on — a statement Doocy later contradicted on his own network. Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy go back and forth on Doocy's complaint that the network is "never" on Biden's list of media to call on. “I’m not sure if that was the end of the list” when Biden ended the press conference, Doocy said.
Boulder police still trying to establish motive for mass shooting: 'It will be haunting for all of us'
       
Two voting rights groups, the New Georgia Project and Black Voters Matter, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law hours after Gov. “We are filing this lawsuit for one simple reason: SB 202 should be classified as a violation of voting rights. The bill also blocks Barron from again using two mobile voting buses, which the county spent more than $700,000 on. Republicans won every statewide runoff race in Georgia between 1992 and 2021, when they lost two US Senate runoff elections. Republicans who pushed the bill have said it is needed to increase confidence in the election process.
Biden defends immigration policies by pointing to differences with Trump
       
This year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a 28 percent increase in the number of migrants apprehended along the southern border during the month of February. President Biden at his first press briefing, in the East Room of the White House, on Thursday. “The only people we’re not going to let sit there on the other side of the Rio Grande with no help is children,” Biden said Thursday. “The misinformation being given by President Biden on immigration is stunning,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted during Biden’s speech. On Wednesday, Biden announced that he was putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of efforts to stem the tide of migration along the southern border.
Suez Canal: Biden offers help as some vessels head for Cape of Good Hope
       
Joe Biden has said the US is looking at what it can do to help free the 400-metre container ship Ever Given from its position blocking the Suez canal as the trade route crisis stretched into a fifth day. And we are seeing what help we can be,” the US president said on Friday in Delaware. Maersk said 22 of its vessels had been affected so far and that it had so far rerouted two of its vessels around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. Earlier, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said efforts to free the ship by tug resumed following the completion of dredging operations at its bow to remove 20,000 cubic metres of sand. Oil prices rose over 3% on Friday as more than 30 oil tankers have remained idle on either side of the canal since Tuesday, shipping data on Refinitiv showed.
Sanders Pushing to Expand Medicare by Lowering Eligibility Age in Next Relief Package
       
"In the rescue plan, we were able to take a major step forward in lowering child poverty—very important. Bernie Sanders"We have to look at the structural long-term problems facing our people," Sanders told the outlet in an interview Friday. "In the rescue plan, we were able to take a major step forward in lowering child poverty—very important," Sanders added. Surveys have shown that the idea of lowering the Medicare eligibility age—which has been at 65 or older since the program's inception in 1965—is popular with the American public. Additionally, according to an analysis by the healthcare consulting firm Avalere, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60 could extend the program's coverage to as many as 23 million people.
Faith Groups Part of Human Rights Coalition Urging Biden to Ease Sanctions Amid Pandemic
       
"The regular U.S. use of economic sanctions has had a devastating humanitarian impact on communities, with women and girls often the hardest hit." "On top of it all, they are proven to undermine the work of changemakers struggling for progress within sanctioned countries. "By raising food and fuel prices, weakening water infrastructure, and making medical equipment and care harder to access, economic sanctions only deepen these burdens." Calls for sanctions relief have likewise grown louder in Washington, with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy penning a letter urging the Biden administration to lift the ban on diesel swaps. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday sent their own letter urging Biden to "use the full force of our diplomatic and economic tools" in relations with Iran.
US Water Shutoff Moratorium May Have Prevented Nearly 500,000 Covid-19 Cases: Study
       
NEW: A report from @foodandwater & @Cornell found that a nationwide water shutoff moratorium might have prevented nearly 500K #COVID19 infections & 9K deaths. @POTUS needs to issue a national shutoff moratorium NOW. A nationwide water shutoff moratorium might have reduced Covid cases by 3.97% and Covid-related deaths by 5.51% in the 41 states without full coverage of a moratorium over this period. Extrapolating from model results, we estimated a nationwide water shutoff moratorium during the study period might have protected 480,715 people from Covid-19 infection and 9,052 people from death. "Congress must pass the WATER Act to invest in communities, promote climate resilience, and ensure public water for all."
'Jim Crow in the 21st Century': Biden Rebukes Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law
       
—President Joe Biden"This is Jim Crow in the 21st century. It must end," Biden said in a lengthy statement about the Georgia law. The president noted the crucial impact that Georgia voters had on national politics in the 2020 election cycle. In Georgia we saw this most historic demonstration of the power of the vote twice," Biden said Friday. It adds rigid restrictions on casting absentee ballots that will effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters.
Big Oil's Embrace of Carbon Pricing Called PR Ploy to 'Avoid Real, Effective Climate Action'
       
"Nobody should fall for the oil industry's new PR ploy, which will do nothing to fight the climate emergency." CNBC noted that "the industry envisions changes to existing regulations following a carbon price policy endorsement." Think oil & gas industry embracing carbon pricing is a good thing? "This is yet another greenwashing tactic wielded by the fossil fuel industry to distract from their disproportionate responsibility for the climate crisis." In fact, fossil fuel corporations like Exxon, BP, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips must pay for the damage they've done to people and the planet."
Senate Dems Employ Obscure Law in Effort to Reverse Trump Rollback of Methane Emissions Standards
       
), and Angus King (I-Maine)—who caucuses with the Democrats—led a larger group of lawmakers Thursday in introducing a resolution of disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to reinstate Obama-era methane rules. Notably, such a resolution allows for Congress to take action while avoiding the filibuster in the Senate. The outlet noted that "it would be the first rollback of Trump environmental policy Democrats target with the CRA" and "would come as lawmakers are rapidly approaching the deadline to use the technique." Bolder action is urgently needed after four years of reckless Trump administration policies and feet-dragging by industry on climate," said Lauren Pagel, Earthworks policy director. This CRA is just one of many initiatives the Senate Democratic majority will undertake to address the climate crisis.
In Quest of a Multi-Polar World
       
And you’ll have the whole ideal of Russia, China, and other countries being the ideal of not only Marx, but Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Ricardo. And the American economy is all about extracting rent through the real estate sector, the financial sector, the health insurance sector, the monopolies and infrastructure sector. The free world was a world centrally planned by the American military and finance together. If there’s no European central bank to borrow, to pump euros into the world economy, then, only dollars will be left for central bank reserves. Well I wonder whether that’s going to be a model for what’s happening in the United States with the ethnic war here.
African origins of Caribbean music, Reggae, Calypso, Compas, and Zouk
       
In particular, during the movement to independence, calypso music would include common messages of freedom, anti-colonialism and empowerment of African descended people. After Trinidad and Tobago gained independence in 1962, calypso music continued to be used as an outlet for political commentary. The blend of African and European cultures has created popular dance music, music played on simple acoustic instruments. Another explanation is that at a recording session in 1959 produced by Coxsone Dodd, double bassist Cluett Johnson instructed guitarist Ranglin to "play like ska, ska, ska", although Ranglin has denied this, stating "Clue couldn't tell me what to play!" Derrick Morgan said: "Guitar and piano making a ska sound, like 'ska, ska".
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
       
Republicans bet everything to defeat President Obama’s health care reform plan — without ever offering a real alternative or working with Democrats to find common ground. They doubled-down again believing that voters would deny President Obama re-election and they could repeal the law. Now, the country will live under a health care law — for probably a generation or more — that could have been based on many Republican ideas had they simply negotiated. But since there is seemingly no chance of ever winning Republican support, Biden can safely just ignore them. It’s allowed Joe Biden — so far, at least — to be the most liberal president of the last half century.
AZ SoS Decries 'Dangerous, Unprecedented' GOP Schemes to Roll Back Voting Rights: 'BradCast' 3
       
Unfortunately, Nicole got hit pretty hard after her second COVID vaccine shot, so she's been a bit under the weather (but getting much better!). However, she was kind enough to share the interview with us anyway so we could share it with you on today's program. The Grand Canyon State also elected Democrat Mark Kelly for the U.S. Senate last November. On today's program, Hobbs speaks to similar efforts now under way by Arizona's GOP state lawmakers to roll back voting rights, including the state's popular mail-in voting options, despite last year's "very successful" election...or, perhaps, because of it. Hobbs describes the measures being pushed by state Republicans as "unprecedented" and "really dangerous in terms of voting rights, not just in Arizona but across the country."
Biden Doubles Vaccination Goal and It Looks Achievable
       
Having reached 100 million vaccinations in just 59 days in office, Joe Biden is now calling for 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, which will be April 30. The Center for Disease Control reports 136.7 million total vaccinations for US residents for yesterday, so reaching the goal will require about 83.3 million vaccinations in the 36 remaining days. We are currently averaging about 2.5 million vaccinations per day and Biden’s goal will require 2.3 million a day. The company had forecast delivery of 20 million doses by March 31. Today and tomorrow’s deliveries may well add 5.5 million bringing us to 210 million doses.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---Day65---Evening Shade-Friday
       
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021x President Biden: "If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021x President Biden: "This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021x Sen. Warnock: "The people of Georgia have been voting like this for years. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021x Sen. Warnock: "No Senate rule should overrule the integrity of our democracy." — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 26, 2021REP. JOE NEGUSEx Rep. Joe Neguse is requesting that President Biden put in place a ban on the importation of assault weapons.
Biden blasts Republicans' voter suppression, while Manchin gives credence to their Big Lie
       
He once again endorsed the talking filibuster, saying that it would force senators "to stand there and talk and talk and talk and talk until you collapse" if they wanted to opposed a bill. The showdown over the filibuster is coming sooner rather than later and it will likely be over voting rights. And this Senate will take action to protect the voting rights of tens of millions of Americans. Meanwhile, self-declared king Sen. Joe Manchin has issued his decree on what he would find acceptable in a law, proving that bipartisanship is more important to him than protecting voting rights. He ignores most of the major and critical provisions to restore democracy including gerrymandering reform, voter registration expansion and improvements, vote-by-mail access, voter purge prevention—all the things that Republicans have attacked in their voter suppression efforts.
Has inflation been hiding in plain sight?
       
It was the notion that higher prices led workers to demand higher wages which led to higher prices etc. Inflation is what happens when the supply of money in circulation grows more rapidly than the supply of goods and services. And it’s based on the money supply, not workers’ demanding fair wages. The reason the money is hiding in plain sight in the stock market is because of growing inequality. And if the stock market goes down, well, so be it.
Maybe Letting the White Supremacists Decide Who Gets to Vote Isn’t the Best Idea
       
Come to think of it, why DO they oppose all this good, good stuff, which the public clearly wants? It’s the most sickeningly anti-American thing I’ve seen since...ok, January 6th wasn’t that long ago, but you get my point. You may recall this tactic from the LOCK YOUR DOORS SWEET JESUS IT’S A MIGRANT CARAVAN freakout preceding the 2018 midterms. Take care of yourselves out there, my friends, and may all your breakfast cereals remain generally shrimp-free. You should really sign up for updates, and follow @CapShower on the Tweetymachine, because there might just be a new comic book a-comin’...
FOX News Is Going to Have a Hard Time Overcoming the OVERWHELMING Evidence in the Dominion Lawsuit
       
The bill is coming due for Fox News for having recklessly, repeatedly, and maliciously spread flagrant falsehoods to support Donald Trump's Big Lie over election fraud. Dominion Voting Systems has just announced that they are suing Fox for defamation to the tune of $1.6 billion. And Fox News has also been sued by Smartmatic, a voting software services company that alleges similar defamation in Fox's election reporting. Fox News is going to have a hard time defending itself from these lawsuits. There is an abundance of evidence that supports the claims, and most of it consists of video from Fox News itself.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Social Distancing FRIDAY!
       
Unfortunately—and longtime viewers of this show may be surprised—the men and the women in those tournaments are being treated pretty differently. Man, if they could just put the medicine in a chicken sandwich America will flatten the curve by Friday." They should have put that ship into their stretchy canal—you know, the one that looks like denim but gives?" The White House press corps, on the other hand, was its usual atrocious White House press corps self. With your support, Earth Hour 2021 could be a spotlight moment that puts nature at the center of international conversations.
Lula da Silva: Brazil's former President urges Biden to call an emergency Covid-19 summit
       
ET to watch Christiane Amanpour's full exclusive interview with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (CNN) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is calling on US President Joe Biden to ensure vaccine equity, in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Speaking from Sao Paulo, Brazil, da Silva said the US has a surplus of vaccines and suggested the excess could be donated to countries in need. "One suggestion that I would like to make to President Biden through your program is: it's very important to call a G20 meeting urgently," da Silva told Amanpour. My main priority now is to save this country," da Silva said.
Biden's Inner Circle Maintains Close Ties To Vaccine Makers, Disclosures Reveal
       
The proposals have been fiercely opposed by American drugmakers, including Pfizer, a pharmaceutical giant that Thomas-Greenfield's former consulting firm has recently counted as a client. The firm, which represents Pfizer, specializes in helping large corporations understand and influence international trade policy, including on intellectual property. Eric Lander, the White House science adviser, holds up to $1 million in shares of BioNTech, Pfizer's partner for its coronavirus vaccine. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Biden's pick for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, previously served as an attorney advising both Pfizer and Gilead on federal policy issues. The White House has previously said that Lander will be recused from "any such matters related to COVID vaccines" until he divests from his holdings in BioNTech.
The President Has Not Ended the War on Yemen; Congress Must Do So
       
Were President Biden ending U.S. participation in the war, and were he and various Congress Members serious in their rhetoric about Congressional legislative powers, he would be delighted for Congress to legislate an end to the war. Since Biden is not ending U.S. participation in the war, Congress is obliged to act. On February 4, President Biden announced in vague terms the ending of U.S. participation in this war. The letter also asked the President whether he would support Congress ending the war. Congress needs to permanently end weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
An Unusually Optimistic Conversation With Bernie Sanders
       
Bernie Sanders didn’t win the 2020 election. But he may have won its aftermath. If you look back at Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’s careers, the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan, looks a lot like the proposals Sanders has fought for forever, without much of the compromise or concerns that you used to see from Senator Joe Biden.
The debt is too damn high!
       
Americans are currently buried under a staggering $1.7 trillion in student debt, and many see no way out. This is why the Debt Collective, a debtor’s union, has organized the Biden Jubilee 100, a debt strike carried out by 100 people—one for each of Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. In the first segment of this week’s “Marc Steiner Show,” we talk with Umme Hoque, Organizing Director of the Debt Collective, about the fight to cancel all student loan debt. Then, Marc is joined by Dr. Stephanie DeGooyer, a residential Burkhardt Fellow at UCLA and an incoming assistant professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Srinivas Murthy, M.D., a clinical care specialist in British Columbia and researcher at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, to discuss why the global response to COVID-19 has paled in comparison to past, internationally coordinated efforts to eradicate polio and smallpox. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner Show every Friday on TRNN.
Democrats and Republicans use House hearing on social media “disinformation and extremism” to advance internet censorship
       
A joint hearing entitled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation” was held on Thursday by two subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and at which the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter testified. After the respective committee and subcommittee chairpersons gave their opening statements, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google (Alphabet) CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey delivered their prepared remarks. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. They can be summarized as follows: The Democrats are demanding that social media and internet content—especially left-wing criticism of the Biden administration considered “divisive,” “harmful” and “extremist”—be directly regulated by the government. The Democratic Party position was articulated by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey in his opening statement.
Texas implements new CDC guidelines in public schools
       
People wait in line at a free COVID-19 testing site at the Mexican Consulate in Texas. While rates of infection in schools have fallen recently, the decline generally tracks with closures caused by the recent Texas power crisis. So far, there have been 127,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and 67,740 among staff statewide. In Tyler, a city in eastern Texas, current school reopening plans include the full in-person resumption of all extracurricular activities, academic and athletic. We urge all Texas educators, parents, students and workers opposed to the unsafe opening of schools and nonessential workplaces to join the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and become part of the fight to save lives.
Top US admiral warns war with China over Taiwan “much closer than most think”
       
His remarks underscore the mounting bipartisan clamour in Washington against Beijing and the accelerating danger of the Biden administration, not China, provoking a war. Combined with naval provocations in the South and East China Seas and trade war measures against China, this has dramatically escalated geopolitical tensions. Tensions in the narrow Taiwan Strait between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, which repeatedly flared in the past, were defused. Over the past decade, US actions, particularly under the Trump administration, have destabilised the inherently unstable and highly-charged issues surrounding Taiwan’s status. It has repeated statements that Taiwan is part of China and conducted military exercises near Taiwan.
The class issues behind the unionization drive at Amazon
       
No doubt, these Amazon workers are looking for a way to fight the company. But when a capitalist politician claims to support the “rights” of workers, workers should check their wallets. Behind their claims of support for Amazon workers, ulterior motives are at work, in accordance with a definite class strategy. Under these conditions, the ruling class needs a mechanism for disciplining the working class and channeling its anger. With the assistance of the WSWS and the SEP, workers are building a rapidly growing network of such committees among teachers, autoworkers, healthcare workers and Amazon workers.
After the January 6 coup attempt, Republicans escalate attack on voting rights
       
On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping attack on voting rights aimed at crippling the ability of poor, minority and working class people to cast a ballot. Georgia is the first of these states to turn its proposals to gut voting rights into law. The entire working class must be united in the struggle to defeat the attack on voting rights. The current assault on voting rights is an escalation of an attack that has been ongoing for decades, against which the Democratic Party has mounted no serious opposition. In 2013, the Supreme Court carried out the next major attack on voting rights in its 5–4 decision to overturn Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the most important gain of the mass civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.
Trump reiterates support for January 6 Capitol siege
       
“It was zero threat right from the start, it was zero threat.” Trump said on the Laura Ingraham show. At least five people died during the siege on the Capitol, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after getting doused with bear spray during the attack. Despite the deadly intentions of the crowd, several of whom were seen carrying zip ties and clubs as they entered the Capitol and attempted to kidnap and assassinate lawmakers, Trump attempted to paint his supporters as good patriots. Rhodes posted another photo in the chat with the caption, “Trump better do his damn duty,” a reference to Trump invoking the Insurrection Act. Patriots entering their own Capitol to send a message to the traitors is NOTHING compared to what’s coming if Trump doesn’t take decisive action right now.
EU summit: Trade war instead of protection from coronavirus
       
Thursday’s European Union summit demonstrated once again that the EU is neither able nor willing to offer its citizens even the most minimal protection against the coronavirus pandemic. Charles Michel, president of the European Council and US President Joe Biden in EU summit video conference. This also applies to the procurement of vaccines, which was at the centre of the EU summit. So far, pharmaceutical companies have delivered only 88 million vaccine doses to the EU. Von der Leyen accused Britain of importing 21 million vaccine doses from the EU without delivering a single one to the EU.
North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of launches
       
Commuters watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Joe Biden during a news program at the Suseo Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday. North Korea on Friday confirmed it had tested a new guided missile, as Biden warned of consequences if Pyongyang escalates tensions amid stalled nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Commuters watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Joe Biden during a news program at the Suseo Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday. North Korea on Friday confirmed it had tested a new guided missile, as Biden warned of consequences if Pyongyang escalates tensions amid stalled nuclear negotiations. Biden was restrained as he admonished North Korea for the launches, which were a violation of U.N. sanctions against the North.
Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle
       
Mitchell, a long time GOP lawyer, is advising state lawmakers on voting law and strategy, leading one advocacy campaign and advising others and is also in regular contact with Trump. Mitchell, a long time GOP lawyer, is advising state lawmakers on voting law and strategy, leading one advocacy campaign and advising others and is also in regular contact with Trump. She is also advising state lawmakers crafting the voting restriction proposals. She says she’ll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to H.R. She also is chair of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law project that she said may get involved in litigation against H.R.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden’s international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity” and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Nine-year-old girl drowns while attempting to cross Rio Grande from Mexico into US
       
(Getty Images)A nine-year-old girl from Mexico has drowned after she attempted to cross the Rio Grande river into the United States, federal officials said on Friday. US Border Patrol agents in the marine unit were alerted to the stranded individuals and immediately responded to the scene. Read more:The nine-year-old girl never regained consciousness or showed responsiveness during these life saving efforts, and medical professionals pronounced her dead. “Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021, 1 Oct, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued over 500 migrants attempting to illegally enter the country,” the statement read. This death comes as there has been a rise in migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border since President Joe Biden has entered office.
Biden says North Korea is top foreign policy issue
       
President Joe Biden says addressing a nuclearized North Korea is his top foreign policy issue. (March 25)Video Transcript- Overnight, we learned that North Korea tested two ballistic missiles. What, if any, actions will you take, and what is your red line on North Korea? - Former President Obama warned the incoming President Trump that North Korea was the top foreign policy issue that he was watching. Is that how you assess the crisis in North Korea?
Biden administration needs to get real on North Korea
       
In his press conference on March 25, President Biden called North Korea the nation’s greatest national security threat. That is all to the good, but is not really the same thing as a North Korea policy. Dismantle North Korean nuclear sitesSpecifically, working with regional partners, we should seek to persuade North Korea to dismantle verifiably its nuclear production sites. Only a long-term two-step nuclear disarmament process can work with North Korea, and the new Biden policy should begin from that premise. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden needs to slow down on demanding North Korean disarmament
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
The president is seeking to revive a US-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the US is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious US emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden's international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing US climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
EDITORIAL: Infrastructure bill should focus on infrastructure
       
(Las Vegas Review-Journal)The merits of President Joe Biden’s forthcoming infrastructure bill depend on his definition of infrastructure. One of the amusing subplots of the Trump administration was its many aborted attempts to focus on infrastructure before the president’s fast Twitter fingers changed the subject. In a report released this month, it argues the country needs to spend almost $6 trillion on infrastructure over the next 10 years. The $3 trillion bill may include “free” community college and universal pre-K. The nation needs an infrastructure bill that focuses on infrastructure — and that means roads, bridges and the like.
North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of launches
       
The launches showed how the North continues to expand its military capabilities while nuclear negotiations with the United States remain stalled. Biden was restrained as he admonished North Korea for the launches, which were a violation of U.N. sanctions against the North. “We’re consulting with our allies and partners,” Biden said at the first news conference of his presidency on Thursday. Thursday’s launches followed a statement by North Korean leader Kim’s powerful sister last week, who berated the latest U.S.-South Korean military exercises that ended earlier this month and warned Washington to “refrain from causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” for the next four years. The North has so far ignored the Biden administration’s efforts to reach out, saying it won’t engage in meaningful talks while Washington persists with “hostile” policies.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity” and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
North Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' and warns of 'consequences'
       
North Korea threatened a further military build-up on Saturday in response to Joe Biden’s condemnation of this week’s missile launches, a weapons test that marked Pyongyang’s first substantive provocation since the U.S. president took office. North Korea has reported that the Thursday launch, its first substantive affront since Biden came to office, was a test of a new “tactical guided projectile” with a solid-fuel engine. A U.N. sanctions committee focused on nuclear-armed North Korea has asked its experts to investigate the test and European members of the Security Council have requested an urgent meeting to discuss North Korea. The North is already under multiple sets of international sanctions for its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
Dr. Fauci dismisses ex CDC Director Dr. Redfield's belief that COVID leaked from a Wuhan lab
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed the belief from former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield who says he believes that COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab. 'I'm of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory. 'So, Dr. Redfield was mentioning that he was giving an opinion as to a possibility. Later in the briefing, Fauci was again asked about Redfield's comments and said 'he’s entitled to his opinion now.' 'But according to the words of Dr. Redfield, he was saying — he was just expressing an opinion and an option of what it could be,' Fauci reiterated.
Ted Cruz leads 18 GOP senators in branding Biden's border crisis inhumane
       
'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. The White House has said media will be allowed facilities being run by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol but has not said when. The 19 Republican Senators on Tour Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. 18 Senators are here with Border Patrol on their night shift. 'If there's one thing Ted Cruz knows how to do, it is to disingenuously grandstand for TV cameras.
Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootings
       
The captured image shows Sam Park, a Georgia state representative, speaking in a worldwide vigil held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, to honor the victims of deadly shootings at three Atlanta spas. (Yonhap)Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootingsOver 2,000 people in the United States and from around the world have taken part in a vigil to honor the victims of recent shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. The vigil was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, and was also streamed live for people taking part virtually. The solemn event came in the wake of deadly shootings at three day spas in the Atlanta area early last week. South Korea's ambassador to the United States, Lee Soo-hyuck, offered his condolences to the victims and their families, along with a pledge to fight against anti-Asian hate.
S. Korea, US. express deep concerns about NK missile launches
       
(Yonhap)Senior defense officials of South Korea and the United States have expressed deep concerns over North Korea's recent missile launches and vowed to closely cooperate to counter threats from Pyongyang, Seoul's defense ministry said Saturday. Helvey also affirmed the US' commitment to the defense of South Korea, it added. Under the U.S. Security Council resolutions, North Korea is banned from all ballistic missile activities. Following the test, Biden vowed "responses" if North Korea chooses to escalate tensions. North Korea then reacted angrily.
Georgia voting overhaul provokes fury from Democrats
       
Georgia's far-reaching voting bill signed into law Thursday is sparking fury among Democrats and voting rights activists who see the legislation as a thinly veiled effort by Republicans to rewrite the state’s election laws after a spate of GOP losses in recent months. New York Attorney General Letitia James said that her office was looking into potential legal action around the new voting law. “Attacks against the right to vote continue to threaten our democracy, and the voting restrictions passed in Georgia are deeply troubling. On Thursday, James Mangold, the director of films including “Walk the Line” and “Ford vs. Ferrari,” announced on Twitter that he would no longer direct films in Georgia because of the new voting law. Georgia isn’t the only state where GOP lawmakers are seeking to overhaul their election laws.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs athlete bill into law over concerns from transgender community
       
Transgender students in Tennessee will be required to compete in school sports according to their sex at birth after Gov. Bill Lee signed a controversial bill into law Friday. The Volunteer State is the third to enact such legislation into law this year, following Mississippi and Arkansas. Supportive lawmakers argue the bill protects women sports by ensuring fairness and eliminating a competitive edge they say transgender women may have over their cisgender peers. Lee, who previously said transgender athlete participation would "destroy women's sports," touted his signing of the bill on social media.
Marine Corps reservist warns that Biden Pentagon's 'woke' rules and priorities endangering US security
       
Marine Corps Reservist Aaron Reitz warned Friday that the increasingly woke dictates coming from the Biden Defense Department are a sign the Pentagon leadership has its priorities backward. "[T]raining warns members of the military to be on the lookout for anyone with 'anti-government,' 'anti-authority,' or 'abortion-related ideology,'" Carlson read. We need extremism training,'" Reitz said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The way that the military is treating this extremism training, it gives these sort of H.R. "So extremism training is literally and I'm quoting from documents, 'to eradicate, eliminate, and conquer all forms of racism, sexism, homophobia' and so forth.
CNN's Jeff Zeleny says press access to Biden border facilities 'largely irrelevant' due to image leaks
       
CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny appeared to dismiss the necessity of the Biden administration granting press access to migrant facilities at the southern border. At his first press conference Thursday, President Biden was pressed as to when reporters will be allowed inside the facilities to see the conditions under which migrant children are kept in custody by the Border Patrol. However, the president suggested the press will have access once the current problems are resolved. While CNN anchor Jake Tapper called out Biden for not "leveling with the American people," Zeleny was far more forgiving. "In fact, President Biden said himself the images he has seen in briefings are unacceptable."
Calls for economic boycott grow after Georgia adopts voter restrictions
       
Following Georgia's approval of new voter restrictions Thursday, a number of voices are considering a boycott of state businesses. The Atlanta-based company said in a statement that it's been in favor of greater accessibility for voters. "We, along with our business coalition partners, sought improvements that would enhance accessibility, maximize voter participation, maintain election integrity and serve all Georgians." Director James Mangold ("Girl, Interrupted," "Logan") tweeted Friday, "I will not direct a film in Georgia." LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, has started a campaign to pressure Georgia-based businesses to oppose the voter restrictions.
Jen Psaki Has It Out With Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy Over Biden Snub
       
Others were revealing.He was asked several times about the conditions undocumented children face in U.S. facilities after they cross the border. One pointed question asked Biden if he thought the conditions were “acceptable.”“That's a serious question, right? “First, it's been abused, from the time it came into be by an extreme way in the last 20 years. “Successful presidents, better than me, have been successful, in large part, because they know how to time what they are doing. Decide on priorities, on what needs to be done.”In keeping with that principle, Biden said he hadn’t engaged with Republicans on immigration legislation yet.
From Breitbart to Miller: Here’s how Trump’s MAGA circle responded to Biden’s first press conference
       
Mr Wallace otherwise said that Mr Biden had been “empathetic”, held himself well, and understood and had control of his brief, though delivered his answers slowly. Overall he too felt that Mr Biden did “fine”. Among Trump White House staffers watching, former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted: “Right out of the gate, the White House press corps stands for President Biden.”She continued: “Would have been nice if they would have routinely shown that level of respect for President Trump. He described a response Mr Biden gave as a “monstrous lie”, which won praise from Ms McEnany, but led one Twitter user to respond “‘Monstrous’. Mr Miller himself joked that Vice President Kamala Harris chuckled when the president said he was running again in 2024.
U.N. sanctions committee to meet at U.S. request over North Korea missiles
       
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council North Korea sanctions committee is due to meet on Friday, at the request of the United States, over Pyongyang's launch of two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan, a spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the United Nations said. Attempts by the Biden administration to reach out to North Korea have so far been rebuffed, according to U.S. officials. Earlier on Thursday, Biden said the United States remained open to diplomacy with North Korea in spite of its missile tests this week, but warned there would be responses if North Korea escalates matters. In contrast, the United States asked for Friday's meeting of the sanctions committee, comprised of lower-level diplomats from the 15 council members, to discuss the latest launches. Since 2006 North Korea has been subjected to U.N. sanctions, which the Security Council has strengthened over the years in an effort to target funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
House Democrats introduce ‘DeJoy Act’ in mocking attempt to protect USPS from service cuts
       
(REUTERS)Several House Democrats hope to block the US Postal Service from slowing delivery times to force the nation’s mail agency to commit to its current service expectations as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposes sweeping cuts. They’re calling it the Delivering Envelopes Judiciously On-time Year-round Act, or DEJOY Act, named after current mail chief – who has proposed doing the opposite. Story continuesToday, in response to Postmaster General DeJoy’s recent 10-year plan for the USPS, I’ve introduced the Delivering Envelopes Judiciously On-time Year-round Act or the DEJOY Act. We will not allow Trump's handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to slow down mail delivery, cut hours at post offices and sabotage the Postal Service. Read More‘Fire this corrupt man’: USPS chief Louis DeJoy unveils mail rollbacks as Democrats demand his removal
Plan made to refloat ship blocking Suez Canal using tide
       
A team from Boskalis, a Dutch firm specializing in salvaging, was working with the canal authority using tugboats and a specialized suction dredger at the port side of the cargo ship's bow. “It’s a complex technical operation” that will require several attempts to free the vessel, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement. The Suez Canal Authority has said it welcomed international assistance. A maritime traffic jam grew to more than 200 vessels Friday outside the Suez Canal and some vessels began changing course. Satellite and photos distributed by the canal authority show Ever Given’s bow touching the eastern wall, while its stern appeared lodged against the western wall.
Iran-backed Houthis launch drone, missile attacks on Saudi Arabia
       
Saudi Arabia said on Friday that its air defense systems had intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Najran. An image broadcast on March 26, 2021 by Saudi state television shows what was said to be the remains of an explosives-laden Houthi drone downed by the kingdom's missile defense systems. Saudi state media showed images of debris said to be from several explosive-laden drones, which the Ministry of Defense said were launched at the kingdom by the Houthis. The latest attacks come just days after Saudi Arabia offered a new proposal to end the war in Yemen, in which the kingdom has backed the government against the Houthis. But Saudi Arabia's leaders say the latest Houthi attacks are further evidence that the rebels aren't really interested in ending the war.
Eligibility for vaccines rapidly expanding across US
       
The federal government is preparing to distribute as many as 35 million doses next week, according to a federal official. Of the vaccine doses given globally, about three-quarters have gone to only 10 countries. They can use tax-favored health accounts — health flexible spending arrangements, Archer medical savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, or health savings accounts — to pay for those costs. AdvertisementMore than 87 million have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to a New York Times database. Clinical trials of the vaccines were designed only to assess whether the vaccines prevent serious illness and death.
Michigan native's space fascination takes flight with Mars mission
       
Since then, the Grand Ledge native and Michigan State University graduate has worked on dozens of NASA space missions, including its latest last month, putting the Perseverance rover on Mars. His attention today is on the Mars rover as part of a quest to study whether there was once life on the planet, or could be in the future. “It’s so much bigger than landing Perseverance on Mars," Biden told them. Himes' role in the Mars mission is to tell the rover what to do. "With the Mars 2020 and Perseverance landing, this is the first time we had video to show people what it's like to land on Mars.
Biden says he suggested to U.K.'s Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road
       
U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative. “I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help,” Biden told reporters. The project would significantly expand China’s economic and political influence, raising concerns in the United States and elsewhere. Over 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20% of BRI projects had been “seriously affected” by the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. lawmakers ask Biden to make travel easier from Taiwan
       
A group of nine lawmakers asked the Biden administration to establish a facility to expedite travel to the U.S. from Taiwan’s main international airport, a show of support for the island amid fear it could be targeted by an increasingly aggressive China. “Taiwan is America’s ninth-largest trading partner and its government strongly supports Taoyuan airport’s bid for the pre-clearance facility program,” they added. Mitt Romney of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana. Pre-clearance facilities put U.S. customs agents in a traveler’s starting country to make entry into the U.S. go more smoothly. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have focused on Taiwan as a potential flash point as tension heats up with China, which claims full sovereignty over the island.
Biden invites Putin and Xi to virtual climate summit in April
       
U.S. President Joe Biden has invited his counterparts Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin to a virtual climate summit he is hosting in April, the White House announced on Friday. “They know they’re invited,” Biden said of Xi and Putin. Joe Biden | AFP-JIJIBiden kept his campaign pledge to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day in the White House, after Trump pulled out of the deal. “The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts,” the White House said in a statement. Biden dispatched his climate envoy, former secretary of state John Kerry, to prepare the ground for the summit in meetings with European leaders earlier this month.
Suez Canal steps up efforts to free stuck vessel as U.S. watches energy market impact
       
Dredging and tugging aimed at freeing a mega-vessel stuck in the Suez Canal failed on Friday to end a blockage that has lifted shipping rates for fuel tankers and scrambled global supply chains for everything from grains to baby clothes. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) could not immediately be reached for comment. A Dutch rescue team had confirmed two additional tugs would arrive on March 28 to help dislodge the ship, BSM said. Oil rose over 3% on Friday as more than 30 oil tankers have been waiting on either side of the canal since Tuesday, shipping data on Refinitiv showed. Egypt’s SUMED pipeline operator approached crude traders to see whether they wanted to book space in the system but so far traders prefer to wait to avoid high additional costs.
Biden's fitness questioned by congressman accused of drinking during White House physician duty
       
Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, believes President Biden's press conference performance Thursday raises questions about his fitness for office. The Texas congressman said Friday that Biden's behavior at his first solo press conference 'should concern every American who wants to know that their president is fit for duty and in control,' Fox News reported. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki avoided questions about whether the president was examined by a doctor afterward. Jackson said Biden's performance should concern every American who wants to know that their president is fit for duty and in control.' Jackson, who achieved the rank of Rear Admiral, told CNN he rejected 'any allegation that I consumed alcohol while on duty.'
Buttigieg: A mileage tax 'shows a lot of promise'
       
Biden said during his first solo press conference on Thursday that he will announce the $3 trillion proposal on Friday in Pittsburgh. The next day, his Transportation head said a mileage tax could be one way to help pay for the plan. ADVERTISEMENT“I think that shows a lot of promise,” Buttigieg said. “So, a so-called vehicle miles traveled tax or a mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be the way to do it.”A mileage-based tax shows a lot of promise, @SecretaryPete says about funding President Biden's infrastructure package. ADVERTISEMENT“Definitely a lot of promise in terms of the way we leverage that kind of financing,” Buttigieg said.
Deputized to ‘fix’ border, VP Kamala Harris has no plans to visit — so Donald Trump may go ‘soon’
       
Deputized to “fix” the migrant surge crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris has no plans to visit the US-Mexico border — but Donald Trump may go there “soon,” according to an aide to the former president. “The vice president is not doing the border,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters Friday. Donald Trump tours a section of the US-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, earlier in 2021. But it is something that president Trump is really concerned about,” Miller said. President Biden has warned migrants not to come, citing COVID-19 restrictions.
Suez Canal: US Navy to send expert team to assist with stuck Ever Given as latest refloating attempt fails
       
The US Navy is planning to send a team of dredging experts to the Suez Canal as soon as Saturday to help dislodge the colossal Ever Given container ship that has been blocking the canal since Tuesday. The 400m-long ship became stuck when it ran aground in the Suez Canal after being blown sideways by 40-knot winds and a dust storm. “As part of our active dialogue with Egypt, we have offered US assistance to Egyptian authorities to help re-open the canal. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
President Joe Biden seeks to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is the world’s top emitter of climate-damaging pollution. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden’s international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
Deputized to ‘fix’ border, VP Kamala Harris has no plans to visit — so Donald Trump may go ‘soon’
       
Deputized to “fix” the migrant surge crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris has no plans to visit the US-Mexico border — but Donald Trump may go there “soon,” according to an aide to the former president. “The vice president is not doing the border,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters Friday. Donald Trump tours a section of the US-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, earlier in 2021. Federal agents apprehended more than 100,000 people at the border last month alone, the highest number in two years. President Biden has warned migrants not to come, citing COVID-19 restrictions.
Rep. Matt Gaetz: Biden administration worried about military's 'wokeness, not winning'
       
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Friday that the Biden administration's "woke" approach to the military should "trouble every American." REP. MATT GAETZ, R-FLA.:The problem with Republicans is that we surrender the frame. Look, in China right now, Tucker, they're not doing gender sensitivity training. They're not wondering whether or not their military is woke enough. They're worried about wokeness, not winning, and our country deserves better and our military deserves better.
Tucker: Biden claim assault weapon ban will make America safer 'an appalling lie' contradicted by evidence
       
In fact, the Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to approve of this and make it a precedent. And most dangerous of all, Joe Biden has told us, including this week, are something called "assault weapons." Assault weapons are such a threat, Joe Biden says, he’s not going to wait for the Supreme Court. He wants Congress, which his party controls, to pass a total ban on "assault weapons." If you go to Joe Biden's website, you'll learn that "assault weapons" are responsible for quote, "our gun violence epidemic."
Tim Scott blasts Biden, Democrats for filibuster flip-flop: They cry 'racist whenever they want to scare you'
       
"Here's what we know about the Democrats," Scott said. Is it the one who was for the filibuster or is it the new one who is now against filibuster?" Scott added that Democrats "use the word 'racist' whenever they are trying to scare people into their corner. "Legalized ballot harvesting, taxpayer-funded campaigns and prohibition of state voter ID laws should be a big, loud 'fraud alert.'" CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPScott also argued that Biden was wrong to call the new Georgia election law racist, remarking that in North Carolina, a voter ID law actually increased Black participation in recent elections.
A fight is brewing over an oil pipeline and it's pitting Native groups against Big Oil
       
PALISADE, Minnesota — On the edge of the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota, Tania Aubid stares at the slushy waters that thaw a little more with every passing spring day. “Sixty-eight million people rely upon this water that comes from up here in Northern Minnesota, and it goes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico,” she said. “And along the way there are cities — people that drink straight from the river here.”Tania Aubid says Enbridge Line 3 poses a threat to drinking water for millions. She was born in Northern Minnesota and has become a leader in this movement. These wilds of Northern Minnesota have become the new front line in tensions between climate protesters, some Native populations, and Big Energy.
Tucker warns Biden administration is fighting at the Supreme Court to confiscate your guns
       
But after Noem’s changes, these protections are inapplicable at the collegiate level and meaningless anyway since she also removed a basic requirement for biological-sex verification. Though we can only speculate as to Noem’s motives, it would not be unfair to observe what this looks like. Additionally, if the states fight back, they will also keep this issue in the court of public opinion, where they are also likely to win. Does Noem agree with that? If Governor Noem does not understand this — or worse, if she is unwilling to stand up for what’s right — then perhaps she should get out of the way for someone who will.
UN renews mandate of North Korea experts, asks missile probe
       
The Security Council has been meeting virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic and email voting began after the North's missile launches on Thursday morning. All council members agreed that the panel of experts should investigate the two latest ballistic missile launches on Thursday morning, they said. The council has imposed increasingly tough sanctions on North Korea since its first test explosion of a nuclear device in 2006. “It displayed new short-range, medium-range, submarine-launched and intercontinental ballistic missile systems at military parades,” they said. “It announced preparation for testing and production of new ballistic missile warheads and, development of tactical nuclear weapons ... and upgraded its ballistic missile infrastructure.”
Tennessee's governor signs transgender athlete bill
       
Bill Lee signed a law Friday banning transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports, making it the third state this year to approve a measure many critics warn would prompt costly lawsuits and hurt transgender youth. The Republican governor said on his Twitter account that he signed the bill “to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition.” Mississippi and Arkansas have approved similar laws, and Republicans in at least 20 state legislatures have been pushing for transgender athlete bans this year. Tennessee’s Republican-led Legislature gave final approval to the bill after House lawmakers voted 71-16 for the bill after little debate on Monday. Lee has said transgender athletes would “destroy women’s sports” and remarked that transgender athletes would put “a glass ceiling back over women that hasn’t been there in some time.”None of the supporters of the Tennessee measure could cite a single instance of transgender girls or boys having caused problems. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee decried the bill as “shameful” after House passage, arguing that transgender girls do not threaten women’s sports.
Biden says Chinese president Xi Jinping 'doesn't have a democratic bone' in his body
       
(Getty Images)President Joe Biden said he has no intention of seeking conflict with China, but did criticise the country's leader, Xi Jinping. “He doesn’t have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body, but he’s a smart, smart guy,” Mr Biden said. The Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, said Mr Xi expressed a desire to improve US-China relations after four contentious years of Donald Trump's sabre-rattling. We hope the possibilities will now point toward an improvement of China-US relations,” Mr Xi reportedly said. Mr Xi reportedly also said that the “US side should respect China's core interests and act prudently”.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity” and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Business as usual: Thousands cross Mexico’s southern border
       
As in 2019, Mexico relies heavily on highway checkpoints transiting its narrow southern isthmus to prevent migrants heading north. René Sop Xivir of Jesuit Immigrant Services at the southern border. “The whole town lives from crossing migrants — the smugglers, the restaurants, the hotels, everything,” said a Gracias a Dios resident, who requested anonymity to avoid reprisals. “A few days ago, in a half-hour … we saw hundreds walking along a mountain path.”Uncontrolled crossings dot Mexico’s southern border. In some, like La Mesilla, residents set up a street market on both sides of the border three days a week.
The challenge facing Joe Biden at the border
       
Joe Biden has promised to address the migrant surge at the US-Mexico border. Ros Atkins takes an in-depth look at the problem, and whether the president can match his words with actions.
Joe Biden invites 40 world leaders to virtual summit on climate crisis
       
Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to a virtual summit on the climate crisis, the White House said in a statement on Friday. The president kept his campaign pledge to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day in the White House, after Trump pulled out of the deal. “The summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good-paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts,” the White House said in a statement. Biden dispatched his climate envoy, the former secretary of state John Kerry, to prepare the ground for the summit in meetings with European leaders earlier this month. In an assessment of pledges made in recent months by around 75 countries and the European Union, UN Climate Change said that only about 30% of global emissions were covered in the commitments.
Former CDC chief says he thinks coronavirus came from Wuhan lab
       
A former top U.S. health official says he thinks the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China, and began spreading as early as September 2019. The most likely origin “was from a laboratory — you know, escaped,” said Redfield, who served during former President Donald Trump’s administration. Redfield said the virus’s strength, in how easily it spreads, suggests it was developed in a lab. “Let’s just say, I have a coronavirus, and I’m working on it — most of us in the lab are trying to grow virus,” he said. “We try to make it grow better and better and better and better, so we can do experiments and figure out about it.
N.Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' for criticizing missile launches
       
A new type of a tactical guided missile is launched from the North Korean town of Hamju, South Hamgyong Province, on Thursday in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. South Korea's military said the previous day that the North fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea. It marked the North's first launch of ballistic missiles in about a year and also the first since the inauguration of the Biden administration. The latest launch came as the Biden administration prepares to announce a new policy on the North. Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council could meet next week for a closed-door consultation over North Korea's recent missile launches, foreign media outlets reported Saturday.
O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit
       
Live footage from the banks of the Rio Grande.#BidenBorderCrisis pic.twitter.com/aO4EyANrRQ — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2021ADVERTISEMENTIn another video, Cruz claims they “encountered human traffickers” and “cartel members,” across the Rio Grande. “That’s Mexico, and you can see there’s three smugglers right there, standing on the Mexico side, looking at us,” Cruz says in the video as blurred figures can be seen moving in the distance. “They’ve been shining their flashlights at us, they’re yelling at us,” Cruz adds. We encountered human traffickers & cartel members tonight, yelling at us across the Rio Grande and preparing to cross. https://t.co/IT7vQdldWy — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The former congressman’s commentary comes as the Biden administration faces bipartisan pressure to address the surge in migrants, especially immigrant children, at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Harris defies critics, joins Bill Clinton for 'empowering women' event
       
Vice President Harris engaged Friday in a friendly talk on empowering women with former President Bill Clinton, refusing to bow to the outcry over her decision to appear with a man accused of sexual misconduct despite her MeToo bona fides. “Well, first of all, Mr. President, it is a true honor to join you,” said Ms. Harris. “I wonder if @HowardU would like to include me in their empowering women event with Bill Clinton to discuss this?” tweeted Ms. Broaddrick on Tuesday. The two also shared a joke about a phrase she borrowed from former Vice President Al Gore. “When Al Gore was vice president, and he did a fabulous job, but he had a wonderful saying.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: U.S. Devising Strategy To Push Back On China
       
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: U.S. Now, the Biden administration has to figure out whether to continue the fight, or put an end to it. Raimondo says the start of the Biden administration marks a new chapter in the U.S. relationship with Beijing. "You cannot sugarcoat the damage that President Trump caused in alienating some of our allies," Raimondo says. The commerce secretary has spent her first weeks in office speaking with her counterparts in Europe, Canada and Mexico.
Europeans Fear Iran Nuclear Window Closing
       
Europeans Fear Iran Nuclear Window ClosingIn the weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, British, French, and German diplomats approached the new administration with a plan to revive the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Europeans have also been pressing Washington to reinstate waivers that permit foreign governments to participate in civil nuclear programs with Iran. The issue is that we trusted the Americans and fulfilled our commitments in the nuclear deal, but they didn’t,” he said. “It was never going to be easy,” said Mark Lyall Grant, who served previously as Britain’s national security advisor and led its Iran nuclear negotiations. The Biden administration acted as if all this harm inflicted on Iran was done by a different country.
Georgia bans giving water to voters in line under sweeping restrictions
       
As soon as Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the law, voting rights activists vowed to challenge it. The Georgia legislation is one of more than 250 bills Republicans have filed proposing new voting limits across the country since Trump’s loss in November. It will allow the state election board the power to replace local county election boards and permit challenges to voting eligibility. Those days were restored after Democrats pushed back, and additional Saturday voting days also were included - provisions Republicans cited as examples of the law making voting more accessible. On Monday, Trump endorsed a challenger looking to defeat Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the 2022 Republican primary.
Georgia's Election Integrity Act of 2021 makes it illegal to give food, water to voters in line
       
Brian Kemp, it's now illegal to hand out food or water to people standing in line to vote. "You know something is wrong when you can't give grandma a bottle of water and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "Georgia's bill would make it a crime to give free food or water to voters standing in line for hours and hours. But we know who these politicians force to stand in line all day long," Shaub said earlier this month on Twitter. "Republicans have defended the measure, dubbed Election Integrity Act of 2021, saying it's required to boost confidence in voting after last year's election.
Georgia Law Kicks Off Partisan Battle Over Voting Rights
       
President Biden on Friday called Georgia’s new law an “attack on the Constitution” and said the Justice Department was “taking a look” at Republican voting efforts in the state. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st century, it must end,” Mr. Biden said, a day after Gov. Let the people vote.”Civil rights groups immediately challenged the Georgia law in federal court, backed by prominent Democratic voting rights lawyers. Several Black leaders described the legal skirmishes to come as an existential fight for representation, saying the law clearly puts a target on Black and brown voters. Protests against voting restrictions unfolded this week in state capitols like Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, and more lawsuits are expected.
Trump heralds new Georgia election reform bill
       
Former President Trump is applauding a Republican-led election reform bill in Georgia, a state he narrowly lost in November in a defeat he falsely chalked up to voter fraud. “Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations,” Trump said in a statement through his PAC Save America, The Hill reported. Too bad these changes could not have been done sooner!”The election overhaul bill was signed into law Thursday. The Georgia election bill was signed into law this Thursday. Kimberly Latrice Jones speaks during a gathering outside of the Georgia State Capitol to protest HB 531 on March 4, 2021.
Biden attacks new Georgia voting law as ‘Jim Crow’
       
“Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over,” Biden said of the Georgia statute. But some civil rights activists argued that Biden is not doing enough beyond his impassioned rhetoric to ensure the passage of a federal voting protection law. ADThe new Georgia law has several components: It allows state lawmakers to initiate takeovers of local election boards while stripping power from the secretary of state. The House recently passed a sweeping voting rights bill, but it has foundered in the Senate. It’s urgent that we get it passed.”The White House said Friday that Biden plans to communicate with lawmakers and advocates to press for voting rights legislation.
Suez Canal ship may be freed by Saturday
       
SUEZ, Egypt—Efforts to free a ship wedged into the bank of the Suez Canal, blocking traffic through the critical waterway, progressed significantly late Friday, people familiar with the operations said, raising hope among authorities that the ship could be dislodged as early as Saturday, and the canal cleared for the resumption of traffic soon after. An attempt to refloat the vessel earlier Friday wasn’t successful, according to the ship management firm for the vessel. More diggers are being brought in and salvage teams are making plans to siphon out fuel and ballast water to lighten the ship, according to one person involved in the operation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration sees "some potential impacts on energy markets" due to the vessel blocking the Suez Canal. SUEZ CANAL MAY JEOPARDIZE YOUR MORNING CUP OF JOEMany shipowners have now decided to reroute.
Brian Kilmeade lambastes Democrats' hypocrisy over Georgia election reform, For the People Act
       
"FOX News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade castigated President Biden’s opposition to Georgia’s new election law and called out Democrats for describing it as "racist." Yesterday he called the bill "Jim Eagle" because Jim Crow, I guess, wasn't big enough. Democrats hammered the bill and called it racist, saying it makes it harder for people of color to vote. Democrats hate voter ID laws. So let's get this straight: If you support voter ID laws, you are a racist.
Deep-red rural Ohio's solar energy boom divides farming communities
       
In Ohio, renewable energy companies are developing 34 utility-scale solar projects all over the state. One renewable energy company, Canada's Innergex, owns Hillcrest farm in Brown County, a solar farm only weeks away from becoming fully operational. ... We found out about this solar project, through the grapevine of our country friends, a few months ago. Opponents of the measures say that it would be an infringement on the rights of local property owners and designed to stop solar development. These solar projects, still in the early stages of development, have not yet been around long enough to weigh the long-term impacts.
Biden suggests plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative to UK prime minister
       
President Biden suggested western nations develop a plan to rival China’s years-long Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), during a phone conversation with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Friday. "I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help," Biden told reporters before departing for Delaware. Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the BRI program in 2013, creating the world’s largest infrastructure program with multi-trillion dollar plans for international development and investment, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The majority of countries that have joined the BRI plan are underdeveloped nations that now rely in part on China for development on 5G networks, railways, and power plants. Biden is expected to introduce a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bill next week, aimed at improving roads and bridges while also addressing climate change initiatives.
Tornadoes confirmed across Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee; more bad weather possible Saturday
       
The National Weather Service warned of severe weather, hail and tornadoes across much of the South Thursday and Friday. An EF-2 tornado struck Wayne County in Tennessee with winds of up to 130 mph – as straight-line winds reached 85 mph in East Nashville and Portland. City emergency officials also said several tornado warning sirens had experienced malfunctions, and three had to be manually activated to warn residents of the looming danger. Alabama saw an estimated eight tornadoes and at least two struck Georgia, and authorities were still surveying storm damage Friday evening. An EF-4 tornado struck Newnan, Ga., about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, authorities said – carrying winds of up to 170 mph.
Durham probe focused on FBI, but prosecution of high-level officials like Comey 'unlikely': sources
       
Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation is largely focused on the activities of the FBI as he reviews the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, Fox News has learned, but sources familiar with the investigation said the prosecution of high-level FBI officials, like former Director James Comey, is "unlikely." A spokesperson for the special counsel told Fox News that they had "no comment from Mr. Clinesmith in August pleaded guilty to making a false statement to Durham’s team. Also over the summer, Durham's team questioned former CIA Director John Brennan for some eight hours at CIA headquarters. "I think that is fine, I have no problems with it," Brennan said, adding that he has already sat down with Durham's team for eight hours.
Amazon union battle raises stakes for Biden's sweeping labor revival
       
And the Democrats’ lack of a clear majority in the Senate will make passage of any far-reaching legislation difficult. Workers say they began organizing over concerns about the spread of the virus, and their frustration over racial injustice sparked by the George Floyd protests last spring. Those critical of labor unions caution that such drives are often heavily influenced from elsewhere and can leave local workers caught in the fray. “There has never been a greater argument for labor law reform and the PRO Act than this election,” said Appelbaum, the union leader. Alabama is one of 27 states that have enacted right-to-work laws, meaning that workers can opt out of union membership if they choose.
Biden vows action on migrants as he defends border policy
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will take steps to more quickly move hundreds of migrant children and teens out of cramped detention facilities along the Southwest border, President Joe Biden said Thursday. The number of migrants attempting to cross the border is at the highest level since a spring 2019 surge under Trump, according to the most recently released statistics. The number of migrants encountered by authorities along the Southwest border has been rising since April, shortly after the Trump administration imposed a public health order authorizing Customs and Border Protection to quickly expel most people. More than 100,000 migrants were stopped crossing the border in February, the most recent statistics publicly available. Biden says it is working with the Mexican government to take more of them and to shore up its own border.
Voting rights, hate crimes on Senate's 'big, bold' agenda
       
Democrats are vowing action on several of their top priorities in April, including strengthening hate crime laws to include Asian Americans and restoring voting rights protections to combat minority voter suppression. It would seek to restore elements of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, a decision that Democrats say left minority voters vulnerable to disenfranchisement. Democrats see it as a forceful response to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. Republicans are strongly opposed to the voting rights bill, arguing that it would tilt elections toward Democrats and take control of elections away from the states. While strengthening background checks is broadly popular among the American public, Senate Republicans have said they oppose the two House bills.
Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says he’d consider not managing 2021 All-Star game in Atlanta
       
If Major League Baseball opts not to move this year’s All-Star game out of Atlanta, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday he would consider declining the honor of managing the National League team. President Biden criticized the law as “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” and Major League Baseball Players Assn. executive director Tony Clark said the union “would look forward” to discussing with the league whether to relocate the All-Star game. “As it relates to the All-Star game,” Clark said, “we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue. In 2021, the Dodgers are worth $4.62 billion, Sportico estimated in its Major League Baseball franchise valuations released Friday.
Nikki Haley says VP's comparison of ICE to the KKK means she's wrong person to fix border crisis
       
'How can we trust Kamala Harris to deal with the border crisis when she compared ICE to the KKK in 2018?' The vice president was put in charge of addressing the administration's response, it was announced Wednesday. Secondly the vice president wants to strengthen relationships with Mexico and Central American countries. 'I have been informed that Vice President Kamala Harris has been put in charge of border security,' said Ducey, whose state has 370 miles of border with Mexico. He referenced her previous comparison between the KKK and ICE, and her promise that children would not be kept 'in cages'.
House Democrats introduce ‘DeJoy Act’ in mocking attempt to protect USPS from service cuts
       
Several House Democrats hope to block the US Postal Service from slowing delivery times to force the nation’s mail agency to commit to its current service expectations as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposes sweeping cuts. They’re calling it the Delivering Envelopes Judiciously On-time Year-round Act, or DEJOY Act, named after current mail chief – who has proposed doing the opposite. US Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi said his proposed legislation would “ensure that the USPS maintains the 2-3-day standard delivery option”. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Biden administration fires most Homeland Security Advisory Council members
       
ADAD“In the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the [Homeland Security Advisory Council] , I have ended the term of current HSAC members,” Mayorkas wrote in a letter Friday obtained by The Washington Post. The Trump administration typically allowed the terms of board members to lapse before replacing them. “It’s an absolute shame that Secretary Mayorkas has removed these well-respected homeland security leaders who have dedicated their careers to strengthening our homeland security posture.”Bratton, who remains the chairman of the council, said it is common for new leaders to appoint fresh advisers. Bratton said some members of the DHS council brought “phenomenal” expertise to the job and may be asked to return. ADOne of those ousted was Jay Ahern, who was an acting CBP commissioner during the Obama administration and was appointed to the council during the Trump administration.
After Trump tried to intervene in the 2020 vote, state Republicans are moving to take more control of elections
       
The new law removes the secretary of state from serving as chair of the State Board of Elections, giving the legislature the authority to appoint a majority of the members, and authorizes the state board to suspend local election officials. In a phone call on Jan. 2, President Trump insisted he won the state and threatened vague legal consequences. His efforts were blocked not only by dozens of judges but also by local and state election officials — including Republicans — who repeatedly refused to bow to pressure to halt the certification of the vote. The new law also gives the state elections board the power to suspend local election officials for violations of election rules or mismanagement and appoint a temporary superintendent. Democrats argued that giving the legislature the power to control the state board — which has oversight over the elections of the legislators themselves — creates a clear conflict of interest.
US gave coalition partners in Afghanistan years of free helicopter rides, report says
       
An error by the U.S. military meant some coalition partners, who are supposed to pay back the cost of helicopter flights, got free rides for three years, says a March 22, 2021, report by the Defense Department Inspector General. KABUL, Afghanistan — More than a dozen countries supporting NATO’s Afghanistan mission received years of free helicopter rides at the U.S.’s expense, largely because the military didn’t ask them to pay back the costs, a report released this week said. The Pentagon spent $773 million on helicopter rides for U.S. and coalition personnel and equipment in Afghanistan in the three years starting September 2017, the Defense Department Inspector General said in the March 22 report. That means the U.S. military never determined the per-person cost of helicopter rides and didn’t track or receive information about how many flights the coalition partners had taken, making it impossible to bill them, the report said. The Defense Department provides helicopters from outside contractors to coalition partners in Afghanistan under a system called Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements.
Pyongyang's launch of missile was self-defense amid US-South Korean drills - KCNA
       
Pyongyang's last missile launch towards the Sea of Japan was in self-defense amid joint US-South Korean military exercises, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday. In his statement, the North Korean official regarded the comments of US President Joe Biden, who said that North Korea’s tests violated U.N. The North Korean official stressed that the new US administration "took a wrong start" in politics. He warned that there will be "responses" if North Korea escalates, but signaled he was open to diplomacy. The test-launches were registered by Japan’s Coast Guard and confirmed by the South Korean and US militaries.
Biden invites Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to climate summit amid rising global tensions
       
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on tackling climate change prior to signing executive actions as White House climate envoy John Kerry and Vice President Kamala Harris listen in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2021. President Joe Biden on Friday said that Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China are invited to the global leaders' climate summit the administration is hosting in April. The White House later published a list of 40 world leaders invited to the summit, including Xi and Putin. The White House has prioritized speaking with close U.S. allies before reaching out to China and Russia. The White House has said it wants to cooperate with Russia and China on climate change despite rising tensions between the countries in a number of other areas.
A vivid reminder that the threat to American democracy remains
       
“Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump said of the Capitol. By itself, this is a problematic position for a former president to hold, much less to espouse publicly. Shortly before Trump’s interview with Ingraham, for example, Fox News host Tucker Carlson welcomed the far-right personality Jesse Kelly. The two were discussing a Politico report about President Biden’s son Hunter involving his purchase of a gun in 2018. Any nuance or uncertainty about the incident was swept aside when Carlson and Kelly were talking.
Ted Cruz details viewing 'Biden Cages' packed with migrant children at the Texas-Mexico border
       
Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped the Biden administration following a visit to the border with 17 other U.S. CRUZ: Today we visited detention facilities, in particular the [town of] Donna detention facility which is a giant tent-city that has been constructed in response to this overwhelming crisis that’s unfolding on the border. And the capacity in the Donna facility with COVID restrictions is 250 people. We saw cage after cage after cage that the Biden administration has filled with kids. It’s the direct result of political decisions the Biden administration has made.
Meghan McCain rips media over Biden press conference: 'There's no need to slobber all over' him right now
       
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain blasted the media Friday over its coverage of President Biden's first formal press conference. "I just want to present a scenario where somehow magically President Trump got re-elected. he didn't do a press conference. "Peter Doocy, was not called on, Fox News wasn't called on, which I think is a huge miss for President Biden yesterday." Even Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge trumpeted Biden's performance on his website with headlines like, "JOE'S NO DRAMA PRESS CONFERENCE" and "CHILL STYLE."
Fox Nation digs into 'The Curse of Tippecanoe' as part of look back at Reagan assassination attempt
       
Reagan was one such victim of the apparent curse, Baier describes, following a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981. President Joe Biden is the subsequent president elected in an aught year. To watch more episodes of "The Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan," visit Fox Nation and join today. Fox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from Tomi Lahren, Pete Hegseth, Abby Hornacek, Laura Ingraham, Ainsley Earhardt, Greg Gutfeld, and many more of your favorite Fox News personalities.
Frustrated Trump demands to know if Special Counsel Durham is still 'living'
       
Donald Trump mockingly wondered if Special Counsel John Durham is still alive, as the prosecutor's probe drags on into the origins of the FBI’s "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of his 2016 campaign's alleged ties to Russia. Durham has been probing the matter for about two years and was officially appointed a "special counsel" by former Attorney General Barr last October. Will there ever be a Durham report?" Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence to prove collusion between members of the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia. Durham stepped down from his post as U.S. attorney for Connecticut but retained his status as special counsel for purposes of his "RussiaGate" probe.
Harris acknowledges major new social welfare spending in $1.9T COVID relief bill was ‘intentional’
       
"This was the intentional purpose of the American rescue plan, which was to look at child care, to look at our child care workers, to look at our children, to bring them out of poverty," Harris said in New Haven, Connecticut, on Friday. Notably, the American Rescue Plan boosts the $2,000 Child Tax Credit by as much as $1,600 for parents of young children, and it also expands eligibility. Instead, they said Democrats used their congressional majorities to push through their own spending agenda on the taxpayer’s dime. Republicans have not specifically criticized the child care provisions in the law but instead have tended to attack what they view as superfluous spending. The administration is reportedly planning two more spending initiatives – an investment in infrastructure, and a "people-focused" domestic policy push.
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising its self-defensive missile test. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoNorth Korea on Friday said it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. “We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.”The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
Biden attacks Georgia's new voting limits as 'an atrocity,' civil rights groups sue state
       
(Reuters) -Georgia’s sweeping new voting restrictions came under attack on Friday, with civil rights groups challenging them in court and President Joe Biden saying the U.S. Justice Department was examining what he called an “atrocity” of a law. Biden, the first Democratic presidential candidate in three decades to win Georgia, on Friday accused Republicans there and in other states of mounting a broad assault on voting rights. FILE PHOTO: Protesters gather outside of the Georgia State Capitol to protest HB 531, which would place tougher restrictions on voting in Georgia, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 4, 2021. As he contested his national loss to Biden, Trump focused much of his energy in Georgia. That phone call is part of a criminal investigation by state prosecutors into whether Trump broke election laws by pressuring officials to alter the results.
Jen Psaki Has It Out With Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy Over Biden Snub
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki wasn’t having it when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy complained Friday about not being called on by President Joe Biden at his first news conference the previous day. The barely patient Psaki asked Doocy: “We’re here having a conversation, aren’t we? He claimed that Fox News was left off a “list” Biden had of news organizations to call on — a statement Doocy later contradicted on his own network. Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy go back and forth on Doocy's complaint that the network is "never" on Biden's list of media to call on. “I’m not sure if that was the end of the list” when Biden ended the press conference, Doocy said.
Wall Street Week Ahead: Investors look to utilities to weather any market rout
       
REUTERS/Carlo AllegriThe S&P 500 utilities index has outperformed the broader market this month, rising 9.3% so far compared with a 4.3% gain in the benchmark index and leading gains among sectors for March. Some investors say utilities also may be benefiting from hopes that there will be a bigger push toward green energy under the Biden Administration. (Graphic: S&P 500, sectors performance for March, )Cyclicals, which investors dumped during the early part of the pandemic, have benefited the most from the rotation. An end-of-quarter rebalancing of investment portfolios by institutional investors may be adding to the recent rotation from growth into value. As of Friday, the S&P 500 utilities sector had a dividend yield of 3.3%, the second-highest among S&P sectors after consumer staples, and well above the 1.5% yield for the S&P 500, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Four Tech Stocks That Could Be Winners
       
Tencent [0700.Hong Kong] is one of the largest and most-used tech companies typically not on many people’s radar. —Ivan FeinsethCentral Bank Digital CurrenciesChief Economist’s CommentUBSMarch 22: In 2017, cash ceased to be the main method of payment in the U.K. People are increasing the use of digital money. Private-sector-produced digital money, over which central banks have only indirect control, has become more and more important. This is why central bank digital currencies are being discussed.
The Value Stock Rotation Isn’t Over—Not by a Long Shot
       
The S&P 500 rose 1.57%, to a record 3974.54, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.58%, to 13,138.72. It’s still well ahead in year-to-date performance, with a gain of 12.5%, versus mid-single-digit returns for the Dow and S&P 500. S&P 500 financial and energy stocks are both down around 5% from their recent highs. Financials go for a 30% discount to the S&P 500, at just the ninth percentile of their historical relative range. Energy stocks, at a 13% discount to the index, are only at their 21st percentile relative valuation.
Higher Taxes? Deficit Spending? Why the Stock Market Isn’t Worried.
       
Soon it will be sizing up his tax plan, with likely proposals for higher corporate taxes as well as increased income and capital-gains taxes on high earners. “To some extent, higher taxes are priced into the market,” says Byron Wien, senior investment strategist at the Blackstone Group. Bond and stock investors seem to accept Ronald Reagan’s comment: “I’m not worried about the deficit. That’s a big swing, but if the company can execute—and some big investors like Fidelity are getting on board—the stock could be considerably higher a year from now. The stock may have bottomed, as it is now valued at just 12 times projected 2021 earnings and yielding 2%.
U.S. seeks input on licensing rules for information tech security
       
By David Shepardson and Karen FreifeldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration said Friday it wants new public input on establishing licensing or other procedures to help companies comply with a sweeping new rule targeting Chinese technology firms. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department allowed a regulation issued under then President Donald Trump in January to take effect over objections from U.S. business groups. "It has become apparent additional public input is needed," the Commerce Department said Friday, adding it "is seeking input into several aspects of a potential voluntary licensing or pre-clearance process." "It’s extremely broad and that’s what makes it very scary for any type of internet or communications technology company." Last week, the Commerce Department disclosed it served subpoenas on multiple Chinese companies that provide ICTS services in the United States to see if they pose national security risks.
Politics latest news: EU will not be 'blackmailed' over UK vaccine supplies, says French minister
       
France’s foreign minister has said the EU will not be “blackmailed” by the UK on Covid vaccines. 09:00 AMUK 'not that dependent' on EU for vaccine supplies, says expertThe UK is "not that dependent on the EU" for vaccine supplies, senior lecturer in supply chain management has said. "If Beijing want to credibly rebut claims of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, it should allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights full access to verify the truth." If Beijing want to credibly rebut claims of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, it should give ?@UNHumanRights? access to verify facts. It’s our duty to call out the Chinese Govt’s human rights abuse in #HongKong & the genocide of the #Uyghurs.
Delayed stimulus checks for 30 million Social Security recipients could go out soon
       
Around 30 million people receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits who are still waiting on their $1,400 stimulus checks could see the payments arrive soon. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sent the IRS missing files on Thursday that has caused a delay in stimulus payments for 30 million Americans, the House Ways and Means committee said. Earlier this week, the Treasury Department said it would be sending out 37 million more payments but that didn’t appear to include checks for eligible Social Security recipients. The third round of stimulus checks of up to $1,400 was included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue plan signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11. The IRS said it will automatically send stimulus checks to people who didn’t file a tax return but get Social Security retirement, disability or survivor benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income or Veterans Affairs benefits.
Dem, GOP lawmakers visit U.S.-Mexico border
       
Republicans, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, accused Biden of the crisis unfolding and the use of "cages." Republicans, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz blamed Biden for the unfolding crisis. The Senate Republicans blamed U.S. President Joe Biden for the surge at the border that has led to overcrowded conditions at facilities for unaccompanied minors. SENATOR TED CRUZ: "The Donna facility is a giant tent city built with a capacity of 250, it has nearly 4,000 people in it. We saw cages after cages after cages of little girls, little boys, laying side by side touching each other, covered with emergency blankets."
Arizona reverses course, will allow a FEMA COVID-19 vaccine site in Pima County
       
An outcry from Pima County prompted the state of Arizona to back off its previous decision to reject a federally operated vaccine site. The resolution says Pima County is ready to provide "the necessary site and administrative management, security, registration and vaccination support." The county supervisors' resolution also said that if Ducey does not approve a FEMA site, the county would appeal to the Biden administration. Also, Pima County said it would handle all of the necessary logistics without any assistance from the state, Christ said. Her letter expresses doubts about Pima County officials' ability to adequately support a federal vaccine site, but nonetheless gives FEMA the authority to work with them.
Plan made to refloat ship blocking Suez Canal using tide
       
A team from Boskalis, a Dutch firm specializing in salvaging, was working with the canal authority using tugboats and a specialized suction dredger at the port side of the cargo ship’s bow. “It’s a complex technical operation” that will require several attempts to free the vessel, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement. The Suez Canal Authority has said it welcomed international assistance. A maritime traffic jam grew to more than 200 vessels Friday outside the Suez Canal and some vessels began changing course. Satellite and photos distributed by the canal authority show Ever Given’s bow touching the eastern wall, while its stern appeared lodged against the western wall.
Former BlackRock sustainability executive says Wall Street green funds are ‘PR spin’
       
Sustainable investing incorporates so-called Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles into financial decisions; for example, how a corporation treats employees or what it’s doing to reduce pollution. He went on to be a principal at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board before joining BlackRock in 2018 as CIO of sustainable investment. The statement continued: “In the last year, BlackRock has clearly stated that climate risk is investment risk and articulated the investment implications of other sustainability factors. While at BlackRock, Mr Fancy said he believed that the environmental impact of green investing was overblown but “harmless and aspirational”. In his 2021 letter to CEOs, he upped the ante by issuing a stark warning that “climate risk is investment risk”, and dubbed the climate transition “a historic investment opportunity”.
Putin poses in sheepskin, drives a military truck and looks at wood on snowy Siberian retreat
       
Mr Putin is known for routinely releasing series of hyper-masculine photos, aiming to project the image of a healthy, strong and robust leader. Read more:He last went hiking in the Siberian forest, for his 67th birthday, in 2019. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. In April 2010, Mr Putin attached a satellite-tracking device on the collar of a tranquillised polar bear.
Inside Roma, the small Texas border town that has become the epicenter of illegal crossings
       
AdvertisementA small Texas border town has become the new epicenter of a surge in illegal entry into the U.S., with smugglers there brazenly ferrying hundreds of migrants across the Rio Grande every night. Roma, a town with historic buildings and boarded-up storefronts in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, is the latest epicenter of illegal crossings, where growing numbers of families and children are entering the United States to seek asylum. Each night as darkness sets on the Rio Grande, U.S. Border Patrol agents hear pumps inflating rafts across the river in Mexico. The Rio Grande runs between Roma, Texas, right, and Ciudad Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas, Mexico. They're about 2,200 of the roughly 5,000 people encountered per day in March, according to the Border Patrol official.
North Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' after missile test
       
Nuclear-armed North Korea has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensionsAdvertising Read moreSeoul (AFP)Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's North Korean missile launches risked provoking further weapons tests, a top regime official said on Saturday after Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the US president took office. The nuclear-armed North has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensions, in a carefully calibrated process to try to forward its objectives. North Korea has reported that the Thursday launch, its first substantive affront since Biden came to office, was a test of a new "tactical guided projectile" with a solid-fuel engine. A UN sanctions committee focused on nuclear-armed North Korea has asked its experts to investigate the test and European members of the Security Council have requested an urgent meeting to discuss North Korea. During their trip to Seoul and Tokyo, Blinken repeatedly stressed the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.
Bill Clinton on Georgia's new voting restrictions: 'An attack on our democracy'
       
The Republican-backed law, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp Brian KempThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Liberals think Biden just made getting rid of the filibuster easier Warnock visits Georgia state Rep. Cannon at jail after arrest: 'She did not deserve this' MORE (R) on Thursday evening, includes a range of new restrictions on voting — such as limits on the use of ballot drop boxes and photo identification requirements for absentee voting — and comes after the GOP endured significant defeats in the 2020 election and January Senate runoffs. “Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations,” Trump said in a statement through his political action committee Save America. “They learned from the travesty of the 2020 Presidential Election, which can never be allowed to happen again. Too bad these changes could not have been done sooner!”But Democrats argue it targets the Black voters who turned out in force last fall and again in January to support their party's candidates.
In Alaska, a cold start to Biden-era China relations
       
But if China's reported restriction on showing portions of the Academy Awards brings more attention to a film it finds objectionable, then that's better for those seeking freedom in Hong Kong — and worldwide. The delegation seemed to take its cues from a movie that Beijing backs, not bans: "Wolf Warrior," the first in a series of "Rambo"-like flicks depicting an emboldened China. The more assertive approach has even been dubbed "wolf warrior diplomacy." "China's 'wolf warrior' diplomats earn public acclaim and notoriety for standing up for China's dignity and honor. And yet, he said, "There is an interdependence between the United States and China.
Suez Canal: US Navy to send expert team to assist with stuck Ever Given as latest refloating attempt fails
       
The US Navy is planning to send a team of dredging experts to the Suez Canal as soon as Saturday to help dislodge the colossal Ever Given container ship that has been blocking the canal since Tuesday. The 400m-long ship became stuck when it ran aground in the Suez Canal after being blown sideways by 40-knot winds and a dust storm. “As part of our active dialogue with Egypt, we have offered US assistance to Egyptian authorities to help re-open the canal. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
AP Top Stories March 26 P
       
AP Top Stories March 26 PHere's the latest for Friday March 26th: Biden slams GA voting law as 'an atrocity'; House Dems investigate attack, Pelosi taps Sergeant at Arms; Colorado shooting suspect passed background check; Bird-watching rediscovered as social distanced pastime.
The Agency at the Center of America’s Tech Fight With China
       
WASHINGTON — As tensions between the United States and China escalate, a little-known federal agency is at the center of a debate in the Biden administration about how tough an approach to take when it comes to protecting American technology. The Bureau of Industry and Security, a division of the Commerce Department, wields significant power given its role in determining the types of technology that companies can export and that foreign businesses can have access to. In recent months, Washington lawmakers, lobbyists and other interested parties have been vying to influence how the agency, under the Biden administration, will approach a technology relationship with China that is both crucial for American industry and national security. China hawks, including a collection of national security experts, congressional Republicans and progressive Democrats, say that in the past, American industry has held too much sway over the bureau. They have been pressing the administration to select a leader for the agency who will take a more aggressive approach to regulating the technology that the United States exports, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’
       
WASHINGTON — At the end of a winding answer on Thursday about competing with China and about his relationship with Xi Jinping, a man he said does not have a democratic “bone in his body,” President Biden offered up a revealing assessment of one of America’s most pressing challenges. “This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”China’s president, Mr. Xi, Mr. Biden said bluntly, was “a smart, smart guy” who shared with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a belief that “autocracy is the wave of the future and democracy can’t function” in the complexities of the modern world. Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Mr. Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works — and that it is superior to the very different system Mr. Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.
Like White House, Associated Press won’t use ‘crisis’ to describe migrant surge at border
       
In a memo to reporters, the Associated Press claims the current US-Mexico border crisis "does not fit the classic dictionary definition of a crisis." The White House still won’t use the word “crisis” in referring to the surge of migrants at the US-Mexico border — and now the Associated Press won’t use the word either. The Washington Post singled out the AP for its language in describing the border crisis. Meanwhile, border control veterans are calling the situation a crisis, even if Biden and his administration do not. On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris admitted that there is a “huge problem” on the southern border, but she did not use the word “crisis” either.
Letters to the Editor — March 27, 2021
       
The Issue: President Biden’s performance at his first press conference since taking office. President Biden’s press conference was a fiasco and emblematic of an administration submerged in fallacies and incompetence (“Glazed and confused,” March 26). The press conference may have done nothing to help you, but it sure helped me. Barbara BellantonioEast MeadowAt his long-awaited press conference, Biden seemed bothered and bewildered, while the sycophantic press remained bewitched by a man in undeniable decline. Robert HenryPalm City, Fla.Everything that conservatives have asserted for decades about media bias was proven true at the Biden “press conference” on March 25.
Opinion | Yes, motive matters in mass shootings. But not as much as means.
       
People gathered in the streets to protest anti-Asian violence; President Biden pressed for hate-crime legislation; officials in Washington state vowed to set aside funds to fight anti-Asian bias. ADOnce again: “Officials Search for Motive Behind Boulder Mass Shooting.”The lesson of one mass murder might lie in motive, but the lesson of one mass murder after another must lie in means. But we can reduce gun deaths — including mass shootings — if we focus instead on the means. But every chance they get, Republican lawmakers, with few exceptions, have refused to pass laws to reduce gun violence — laws that save lives. ADRefusal to pass gun laws is killing Americans.
NRA faces internal woes as it girds for new gun control fight
       
ADADThe bankruptcy proceedings are likely to reveal embarrassing new details about the organization’s internal workings and extravagant spending. LaPierre and other executives also have “voluntarily participated” in the attorney general’s investigation, NRA attorney William A. “An important part of this plan is dumping New York,” LaPierre said in announcing the bankruptcy filing. The New York attorney general and Ackerman McQueen would go further. Those expenses, and more, were detailed in the recent filings by the New York attorney general.
Opinion | Mitch McConnell needs to remember why Republicans are in such poor standing in D.C.
       
In the November 2020 elections, the GOP failed to field candidates in contests for D.C. delegate, and Ward 2, Ward 4 and Ward 7 council seats. ADBlack people once formed a strong base of the Republican Party. The freeing of the enslaved by the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, had something to do with it. Once returned to power, Southern Democratic state governments suppressed Black political rights — despicable actions that were aided and abetted by violence after dark. window shade on which he had copied the party symbol of the Democratic Party of the State of Alabama.
Peter Doocy Reacts to Press Conference “Snub”
       
President Biden offered no questions to Fox News’s Peter Doocy at his first on-air press conference since taking office on Thursday, drawing criticism from many. When asked by Benson if he felt like it was a “snub” Doocy said the following:“yesterday we were the only part, the only network, part of the five network pool TV pool that did not get a question. And dating back to the history of these lists in Delaware at the end of the Summer last year, Fox has never been on the official printed staff prepared list of people that the staff want him to call on. So to answer your question. No, I was not surprised”
Opinion | Georgia’s repulsive new election law is Exhibit A in the GOP’s war on voting rights
       
Welcome to 2021, where Republicans have embarked on a national effort to suppress the vote at all costs. And, not to avoid the obvious, to suppress Black votes, because those ballots would not be cast to Republican advantage. Alice O’Lenick, chairwoman of the Gwinnett County election board, didn’t mince words about the need to tighten up voting rules in Georgia. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of [the Voting Rights Act] hurts us.”A shot at winning. The new Georgia law stands as Exhibit A in the 2021 campaign to curtail voting rights but will not be the year’s last.
Drudge Report raises eyebrows with praise of Biden's 'chill style,' 'no drama press conference' headline
       
Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge showered President Biden with praise following his first formal press conference Thursday. "JOE'S NO DRAMA PRESS CONFERENCE" the top headline read. NBC REPORTER PRAISES BIDEN FOR 'KNOCKING' PRESSER 'OUT OF THE PARK,' THEN ADMITS HE LOOKS 'TIRED'The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro reacted, "Drudge Report is now indistinguishable from Huffington Post." CBN chief political analyst David Brody blasted the display, insisting the Drudge Report should be called "The Amazing Joe Biden Report." @JoeBiden looked lost, confused and needed scripted notes for his press conference," Brody tweeted.
Chad Wolf slams 'tragic' Biden border policies: 'There is no enforcement' along southern border
       
The Biden administration's decision to roll back its predecessor's border policies with no contingency in place is a "tragedy" and the "direct cause" of the border crisis, former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told "Your World" Friday. WOLF: It is a crisis that is extremely impacting the men and women of the border patrol. What they did on the border ... [has] turned not only border enforcement but immigration enforcement on its head. They are astute to our policies and what occurs as they come across the river and are apprehended by Border Patrol. They will rescue them from the water and bring them on to land and process them in Border Patrol facilities and likely release them.
Vice President Harris is “not doing the border,” senior adviser says
       
President Biden has tasked Vice President Harris with addressing the root causes of mass migration from Central America – but she will not be handling southern border policy in general, a top aide said. "The Vice President is not doing the border," a senior advisor to Harris told reporters Friday. "The President asked the vice president to take on the diplomatic efforts with Mexico and …the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of migration." Biden had widely been reported to have tapped Harris to handle a larger portfolio that included general issues related to the border. The Vice President headed to Connecticut Friday afternoon as part of the administration’s "Help is Here Tour," to promote the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently signed by the president.
N.Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticizing its self-defensive missile test. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoNorth Korea on Friday claimed it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but said he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
U.S. spy agencies warn Biden of possible Taliban takeover of Afghanistan -NY Times
       
Such a takeover potentially would allow al Qaeda to rebuild in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported, quoting anonymous U.S. officials. Some U.S. officials who favor keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan are using the intelligence report to argue that the soldiers should remain beyond the deadline, the Times said. The classified intelligence assessment was prepared last year for the Trump administration, the Times said. At the same time, Biden said he “could not picture” U.S. troops being in the country next year. The Taliban on Friday said it would resume hostilities against foreign forces - which ended under the U.S.-Taliban deal - if they remain beyond the deadline.
Colorado mass shooting suspect moved to another jail over 'safety concerns'
       
BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) -The suspect jailed on 10 counts of murder in this week’s mass shooting in Colorado has been moved to another detention center because of “safety concerns and threats,” and he faces additional attempted-murder charges, officials said on Friday. It was the second mass shooting in less than a week in the United States, after a gunman fatally shot eight people at three Atlanta-area day spas on March 16. Dougherty said the suspect would face further attempted-murder charges in the coming weeks. The suspect purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol, a weapon that resembles a semi-automatic rifle, six days before the attack. The store where Alissa bought the Ruger said the suspect passed a background check before making the purchase legally.
Joe Biden Can’t Stop Talking About History
       
“The elder has the perspective of history,” Russell Riley, the co-chair of the presidential oral history program at the University of Virginia, told me. “The challenges that he faces are daunting, and big challenges make big moments for ambitious presidents, and I think he is visionary enough to seize the moment,” presidential historian Mark Updegrove said. Of the 10 Biden called on, as compiled by my colleague Theodoric Meyer, half of them asked about immigration. When Biden talks about labor, you could close your eyes and picture a New Dealer,” he said. “Biden knows,” Engel concluded, “that there’s only two or three moments in life that actually really matter for making a structural difference.
Biden looks into taking action on 3D printer guns, imported firearms
       
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media as he arrives in Newcastle, Delaware, U.S., March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWhile Democratic-backed gun control legislation faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Congress because of Republican opposition, Biden could decide to take executive action in certain areas without the approval of lawmakers. Biden also mentioned “these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”Often homemade, guns made using 3D printers have been a source of controversy. Biden said on Thursday passing new gun control measures in Congress is “a matter of timing.”
Slower than Suez: Global travel during Covid
       
Slower than Suez: Global travel during CovidWith help from Joanne KenenHALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD IN 68 HOURS — That little paper card the CDC issues when you get your Covid vaccination: It probably isn’t going to help you cross borders in 2021. I nearly fell at the first hurdle: Singapore demands a test taken within 72 hours of arrival. With rooms starting at $400 a night, guests are taken from the airport under escort — after their mandatory Covid test on arrival. Reach out with news and tips at [email protected] and [email protected] or on Twitter at @politicoryan and @renurayasam. The industry blames a patchwork of travel restrictions, a lack of bailout cash and a plodding vaccine rollout.
Rejected By 1 Mexican Port Of Entry, Migrants Are Flown By U.S. To Another
       
"We crossed the river on our own, and the Border Patrol grabbed us. Bienestar is charged with helping vulnerable Mexican families but now also provides migrant aid. In recent weeks, migrants in Border Patrol custody in the Rio Grande Valley have been flown to El Paso. She was among the migrants flown to El Paso and sent to Ciudad Juarez recently. Vasquez says she was turned away by U.S. officials after she crossed into El Paso last week.
GOP senators tour US southern border facilities
       
A group of Republican senators visited the southern border on Friday as President Joe Biden continues to face scrutiny amid a recent migrant surge. (March 26)Video Transcript[ENGINE RUNNING]JOHN CORNYN: What brings us here now is this immediate humanitarian crisis. The smugglers, the drug runners, they understand our laws, and they know how to exploit them to their benefit. TED CRUZ: All of us today witnessed the Biden cages. What is occurring here on the border is heartbreaking, and it is a tragedy.
Cartel members were taunting us, says Susan Collins on US-Mexico border visit
       
GOP senator Susan Collins (AP)Susan Collins said Mexican cartel members were “taunting” a group of GOP senators who visited the southern border wall. The visit by several members of Congress to the US-Mexico border on Thursday follows the recent arrival of thousands of unaccompanied minors and others – stretching federal resources. Ms Collins said she spent the night shift with US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and toured the Rio Grande, an infamous crossing point for migrants, when cartel members taunted the group. “We could hear the cartel members taunting us across the river. Agents took us through a dangerous path to the Rio Grande where we could hear the Cartel members taunting us across the river.
‘You are strong.’ Vice President Kamala Harris has a message for American women
       
The pandemic has been "devastating" for women, especially women of color, Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday in an interview with USA TODAY. Of that, $15 billion will expand funding for states to provide child care subsidies for low-income families with children 13 or younger; $24 billion will go to support child care providers and help them restart or maintain child care services. When asked what message she would send to those women, Harris said she wanted to look directly into the camera. Vice President Harris: Well, to your point, I'm told the majority of minimum wage workers are women and women of color. Vice President Harris: Well, not only first and last, but throughout the meeting in the room, participating.
S&P 500 returns to a record high after best day in weeks
       
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 453.40 points, or 1.4%, to 33,072.88, and both it and the S&P 500 set all-time highs. Higher yields can make investors less willing to pay high prices for stocks, with companies seen as the most expensive taking the most pain. The higher yields helped lift stocks of banks, in part because higher interest rates allow them to make bigger profits from loans. AdvertisementMarathon Oil gained 5.3%, and energy stocks across the S&P 500 rose 2.6% for the biggest gain among the 11 sectors that make up the index. Since interest rates began rising last autumn, tech stocks have been most caught within the the market’s crosswinds.
Biden invites China, Russia to global climate talks
       
The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden’s international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
Letters: SJSU housing | Loosening restrictions | Bad deal | Headlight hassle | Relearning compromise | Outdated amendment
       
Housing prices leaveSJSU students in bindAs a 21-year-old college student attending San Jose State University, I am very concerned about the housing situation for students. I consider myself fortunate because many San Jose State students are actually homeless. I feel as if once the restrictions are eased, then the public loses the sense of caution that came with the harsher restrictions. The United States has evolved to a point where the states do not have to fear a military incursion by the federal government. It should be repealed and a new amendment written to bring our gun laws into the 21st century.
Ducey asks Homeland Security for money to dispatch National Guard to border
       
Doug Ducey wants to dispatch National Guard troops in response to the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, he said Friday — and he wants the federal government to pick up the tab. "In Arizona, we’ve previously deployed the National Guard to the border to support law enforcement. A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson declined to comment on the meeting and referred questions to the governor's office. Governor has made dissatisfaction with border response knownDucey contends the Biden administration is the "inhumane" party, because it has incentivized migrants to risk dangerous border crossings and failed to provide adequate detention facilities after they arrive. Arizona last sent National Guard members to the border in 2018, in response to an order from then-President Trump.
Texas GOP efforts to loosen gun restrictions at odds with Biden’s efforts to tighten them
       
Several bills that would let people carry handguns in Texas without a license received a hearing Thursday, drawing hours of testimony early into Friday morning. Known as “constitutional carry” among gun enthusiasts, the controversial legislation has not gained much traction in recent years in the GOP-led Legislature. It’s legal in Texas to carry a rifle or other long gun without a license. Greg Abbott called for the creation of a Second Amendment “sanctuary state” for gun rights. This year’s session is the first since deadly mass shootings in El Paso and two West Texas cities.
Beverly Cleary dies: fans express sadness on social media, rejoice at the legacy she leaves behind
       
“She changed my life.”That’s a common sentiment being expressed by people reacting to the news that Beverly Cleary died Thursday at 104. Below is a small, representative sampling of reactions from social media:RIP Beverly Cleary. pic.twitter.com/BHjyL6XECi — Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) March 26, 2021I’m sad to hear that the talented, award-winning children’s book author, Oregonian Beverly Cleary, passed away at age 104. Beverly Cleary inspired generations of children from around the world, and she will be greatly missed. -Beverly Cleary — Jessica Russak-Hoffman (@HoffmanJess) March 26, 2021Beverly Cleary was one of Oregon’s favorite daughters.
Suga hints he won't seek early Lower House dissolution for snap election
       
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has indicated he does not see a need to dissolve the House of Representatives any time soon, effectively dismissing speculation that a general election might be held in May or June. “I don’t think (a snap election) will occur anytime soon,” Suga told reporters following the Diet passage of the fiscal 2021 budget. “We need to steadily carry out anti-coronavirus measures.”Some Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers believe that rather than being forced to dissolve the chamber just before the current term of Lower House members expires in October, Suga should take action earlier. Suga’s planned meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in April and other events in the coming months, such as enacting digital reform-related legislation, could buoy public support for his Cabinet, they said. Many anticipate a dissolution will come after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the summer, but the COVID-19 pandemic will likely affect the prime minister’s decision.
US states will get 11 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine next week
       
The U.S. government will distribute 11 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine next week, meaning that the firm will fulfill its pledge to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March. Johnson & Johnson's promise to do so has been under the shadow of doubt in recent weeks, after it offered a disappointing four million doses upon authorization in February. Biden doubled his initial goal of 100 million doses in 100 days amid criticism that that aim was unambitious, given that the U.S. would have reached 97 million doses given by mid-April at the pace of vaccination before Inauguration Day. Johnson & Johnson will meet its goal of delivering 20 million doses of its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. by the end of March, with a whopping 11 million doses shipping next weekEarlier this week, White House officials told governors that the federal government would ship 27 million doses of the three vaccines to states next week. The firm has a contract to deliver 100 million doses to the U.S. by the end of June.
Hunter Biden and his family join President on weekend away in Wilmington
       
Hunter Biden and his family joined President Joe Biden on Friday as he flew to his home in Delaware for the fourth weekend since taking office. Hunter held his 12-month-old son in his arms with Melissa close behind him before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn. The Bidens flew to the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland where they then traveled to Wilmington on Air Force One. Vice Presidents are not entitled to lifelong Secret Service protection in the way that Presidents are. The Secret Service told Politico it had no record of any involvement of its officers in the investigation.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
       
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
GOP senators reveal shocking images of migrants, babies packed in border facilities
       
Republican senators on Friday released shocking pictures of migrants and children packed into border facilities as they railed against what they called a border crisis of President Biden’s own creation. GOP SENATORS ENCOUNTER TRAFFICKERS, CARTEL MEMBERS AT BORDER DURING NIGHTTIME RIO GRANDE TOURThe 19-person delegation, led by Sens. Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, toured a facility in Donna, where migrants have been packed into facilities designed for many fewer migrants. Senators who spoke to Border Patrol and other officials said that authorities were "overwhelmed" by the numbers -- something that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has also said. Customs and Border Protection encountered 100,000 migrants in February, while there are more than 16,000 child migrants in Border Patrol and Health and Human Services custody.
Biden suggests creating initiative to rival China’s Belt and Road
       
US President Joe Biden says he suggested that democratic countries band together to fund infrastructure in less developed countries during a call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. United States President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from East Asia to Europe. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20 percent of BRI projects had been “seriously affected” by the coronavirus pandemic.
ICE's Fake College Defrauded Students, Then Deported Them. The Biden Admin Is Defending the Scheme. If the Biden admin wins in court, that sends a message to other courts: that law enforcement agencies can *violate contracts* & steal people's money with impunity.
       
ICE's Fake College Defrauded Students, Then Deported Them. The Biden Admin Is Defending the Scheme. If the Biden admin wins in court, that sends a message to other courts: that law enforcement agencies can *violate contracts* & steal people's money with impunity.
China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report
       
Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday, March 26, 2021, on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday, March 26, 2021, on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. The briefing appeared to be an attempt by China to get out its view on the report, which has become enmeshed in a diplomatic spat. At a press briefing later Friday in Geneva, the World Health Organization expert who led WHO’s China mission said the nearly 400-page report was finalized and in the process of being fact-checked and translated.
Biden criticizes Georgia voting law as an ‘atrocity’
       
Brian Kemp signed into law new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. “They passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote. The Republican changes to voting law in Georgia follow record-breaking turnout for Democratic victories in the presidential contest and two U.S. Senate runoffs in the once reliably red state. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” Biden said in his statement. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act.” Jim Crow laws enforced heavy-handed racial segregation in the South until as late as the mid-20th century.
“Jim Crow In a Suit and Tie”: Georgia Passes Massive Voter Suppression Bill
       
As he did, Georgia State Patrol troopers were dragging away State Representative Park Cannon, who was arrested and charged with two felonies for knocking on the door to the governor’s office as he approved the voter suppression legislation. “I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression,” Cannon wrote after being released from jail Thursday night. We saw democracy physically assaulted on January 6,” Democratic attorney Marc Elias said in an interview with Rachel Maddow Thursday. For the sake of democracy, Democrats must show the same level of resolve in fighting back. — Leak of Bombshell CBS Investigation Led to Multimillion-Dollar Settlement— From the Archive: The Day Before Tragedy— Not a subscriber?
Tucker Carlson Justifies the Idea of a Full-Blown Fascist Takeover
       
For years, Tucker Carlson has used his Fox News program to flirt with fascist and white nationalist talking points. Why should I be a good citizen if they don’t have to follow the rules?’” Carlson said. “I mean, things kind of break down at some point, don’t they?”“They will break down, they are breaking down, Tucker,” Kelly replied. Jesse Kelly, thank you.”Up until this Tucker Carlson Tonight appearance, Kelly’s most notable contribution to the discourse included one essay calling for the U.S. to split up––or else––and another fantasizing about Americans killing each other over political disagreements. — Leak of Bombshell CBS Investigation Led to Multimillion-Dollar Settlement— From the Archive: The Day Before Tragedy— Not a subscriber?
Your Guide to the Frightening New Voting-Access Bill That Just Passed in Georgia
       
The GOP-controlled Georgia legislature ultimately voted in favor of the bill, with Kemp saying, “After the November election last year, I knew, like so many of you, that significant reforms to our state elections were needed.”** Who’s against the bill? (Abrams’s voter-rights organization, the New Georgia Project, has already sued the state over the bill.) What effect could the bill have on Georgia voters? Voting-rights groups have been clear that the bill will have an outsized effect on Black voters in Georgia, who make up roughly a third of the state’s population and tend to vote Democrat. The bill also sets a potentially dangerous precedent, given how many other states are also seeking to pass voter-restriction laws.
Republicans have a new line of attack against the social media giants
       
Instead, a new theme emerged to connect many of the Republicans’ comments and questions: that Big Tech companies’ services are harmful to families. Another constituent complained that she had seen several cases of teenagers being bullied on social media. “It’s how you abuse your power and harm our children–your platforms are my biggest fear as a parent.”advertisement“The science on social networks is becoming clearer,” said McMorris Rodgers, whose district is in eastern Washington. Even when Republicans addressed censorship, they did so in a far less partisan way than in past Big Tech hearings. North Dakota Republican Kelly Armstrong focused on the “stranglehold” big social media platforms have on modern communication, arguing that this makes questions of fairness in content moderation even more crucial.
Massive, cheap testing is still a key part in ending the pandemic: Businesses could help
       
Without the tests, those employees might have otherwise infected coworkers, and several more people would also have had to quarantine. The vaccines are a major, major benefit. The Biden administration also plans to ramp up rapid COVID tests in schools. There’s one major challenge: Rapid tests are in short supply. The tests used in the Harvard study at Citi are made by Innova, and are already in widespread use in schools in the U.K.
A new 'Jim Crow era': Biden, civil rights leaders slam Georgia election reform
       
“We’re back at Jim Crow era,’’ said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a nonpartisan civic engagement group based in Georgia. Georgia officials approved Thursday a sweeping voting rights measure that would overhaul the state’s election rules.Hours later, Gov. Biden and other Democrats said Congress must pass voting rights measures that would undo some of the states' more restrictive changes. Biden and other Democrats, along with voting rights groups, are pushing for passage of voting rights bills H.R.1 and S1 in Congress that aim to expand access to the polls. Brown said Biden wouldn't have won and Democrats would not have the advantage in the U.S. Senate had it not been for Black voters.
Millions of Americans will officially get stimulus checks this morning
       
Stimulus Day — not to mention St. Patrick — is a reason many will raise a glass on Wednesday. A third coronavirus stimulus check officially landed in millions of Americans’ bank accounts on Wednesday morning, according to the feds. The answer lies in the machinery of the financial system. Banks and credit unions are then required to make the money available to account holders by 9 a.m. local time, according to the group. Some financial institutions such as the banking startup Chime made the funds available early.
Washington Post draws heat for changing a story on immigration
       
The Washington Post is drawing heat yet again — this time for changes it made to a story about immigration along the southern border. A post that ran on March 25 initially carried a headline that read: “There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” the paper said in a 129-word correction. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. '”That report was particularly upsetting to Trump supporters since the erroneous words attributed to Trump were cited in the articles of impeachment.
Dru Hill and Sisqo to appear on DJ Cassidy’s ‘Pass The Mic’ on BET
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)DJ Cassidy’s viral “Pass The Mic” series is going primetime. Cassidy recently inked a deal with BET to air six specials, and the first will air on Saturday after the NAACP Awards. Cassidy started producing the series online last summer to celebrate his 39th birthday in quarantine. We previously reported that in August, Cassidy lined up several hip-hop legends to appear on his “Pass the Mic: Volume Two – Golden Era of Hip-Hop” music series, including LL Cool J, Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa. “So to partner with the network to bring ‘Pass the Mic’ to the next level and to a wider audience is really a surreal experience.”
White House might tax motorists by the mile to fund $3-4T infrastructure plan
       
The Biden administration is considering imposing a vehicle mileage tax on Americans — as a way to fund a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan set to be announced by President Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Friday. Bloomberg via Getty Images“I’m hearing a lot of appetite to make sure that there are sustainable funding streams,” Buttigieg said. Buttigieg said a plan to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and waterways would bring a significant return of investment. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.”A day prior, Buttigieg urged the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to make a “generational investment” to improve infrastructure while simultaneously combating climate change and racial inequity. “There is near-universal recognition that a broader recovery will require a national commitment to fix and transform America’s infrastructure,” the secretary said.
Biden press conference raises questions about fitness for office: Ronny Jackson
       
Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, believes that President Biden's press conference performance raises questions about his fitness for office. White House press secretary Jen Psaki later dodged questions about whether the president was examined by a doctor after the fall. The president was caught in photos appearing to use "cheat sheets" at his first press conference, photos revealed. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOnly 25 reporters were allowed to attend the press conference, and only a select number of reporters were called on for their questions. Biden drew criticism after he snubbed Fox News from asking questions while appearing to pick reporters from a pre-chosen list.
GOP senators reveal shocking images of migrants, babies packed in border facilities
       
Republican senators on Friday released shocking pictures of migrants and children packed into border facilities as they railed against what they called a border crisis of President Biden’s own creation. GOP SENATORS ENCOUNTER TRAFFICKERS, CARTEL MEMBERS AT BORDER DURING NIGHTTIME RIO GRANDE TOURThe 19-person delegation, led by Sens. Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, toured a facility in Donna, where migrants have been packed into facilities designed for many fewer migrants. Senators who spoke to Border Patrol and other officials said that authorities were "overwhelmed" by the numbers -- something that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has also said. Customs and Border Protection encountered 100,000 migrants in February, while there are more than 16,000 child migrants in Border Patrol and Health and Human Services custody.
N.Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticizing its self-defensive missile test. North Korea on Friday claimed it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but said he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
U.S. spy agencies warn Biden of possible Taliban takeover of Afghanistan: NY Times
       
Such a takeover potentially would allow al Qaeda to rebuild in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported, quoting anonymous U.S. officials. Some U.S. officials who favor keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan are using the intelligence report to argue that the soldiers should remain beyond the deadline, the Times said. The classified intelligence assessment was prepared last year for the Trump administration, the Times said. At the same time, Biden said he “could not picture” U.S.-led foreign troops being in the country next year. The Taliban on Friday said it would resume hostilities against foreign forces - which ended under the U.S.-Taliban deal - if they remain beyond the deadline.
Reviving Iran nuclear deal not a question of who goes first, U.S. official says
       
(Reuters) - Who might take the first step to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not an issue for the United States, a U.S. official said on Friday, suggesting greater flexibility on the part of Washington. FILE PHOTO: An Iranian woman carries a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Iran February 11, 2019. Masoud Shahrestani/Tasnim News Agency/via REUTERS“That’s not the issue, who goes first,” the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The United States and Iran have yet to agree even to meet about reviving the deal and are communicating indirectly via European nations, Western officials have said. “It is absolutely not our position that Iran has to come into full compliance before we do anything,” the official said.
North Korea says Biden 'encroached right to self-defence' over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that U.S. President Joe Biden had revealed “his deep-seated hostility” toward Pyongyang and encroached its right to self-defence by criticising its latest missile test, the official KCNA news agency said. North Korea on Friday claimed it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but said he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri Pyong Chol, secretary of the North’s ruling Worker’s Party’s Central Committee, said the missile test was self-defensive against threats posed by South Korea and the United States with their joint military exercises and advanced weapons. “Such remarks from the U.S. president are an undisguised encroachment on our state’s right to self-defence and provocation to it.”Ri warned that Washington might face “something that is not good” if it continues to make “thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences.”
Vaccine data suggests Biden equity goal remains elusive
       
Detroit's population is 78 percent Black and 15 percent white, but just 13.8 percent of doses went to Black people. Federal officials say that about 60 percent of the 1.7 million doses of vaccine injected at federal centers went into the arms of people of color. The federally run centers are a complement to doses of vaccine the administration is distributing to state governments for injection into patients. Each state is allotted 12,000 doses of vaccine per day for its federal centers. Collecting data has been a challenge for federal officials, even though registration forms ask patients to fill out information on date of birth, race, ethnicity and other data.
Biden administration kicks off national vaccination outreach campaign
       
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is formally launching its much-anticipated national campaign to increase confidence among Americans in the coronavirus vaccine, branding the effort “We Can Do This,” according to images obtained by NBC News. Graphics the administration created with the slogan come in multiple languages, and can be set against the backdrop of a map of the U.S. or individual states, according to the images. The effort will also include ads on television, radio, online and social media platforms, though those ads have not yet begun to run. White House officials had said the administration was holding off on launching the campaign until the vaccine supply in the U.S. was closer to meeting the demand they hope such an effort would created. On Friday, the U.S. set a record with some 3.38 million doses of the vaccine administered, according to the White House’s COVID-19 data director, Cyrus Shahpar.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
President Joe Biden’s administration is cutting things close on a nationwide eviction moratorium, which is set to expire in less than a week. President Joe Biden’s administration is cutting things close on a nationwide eviction moratorium, which is set to expire in less than a week. Housing advocates are confident the ban, due to expire March 31, will be extended for several months and possibly even strengthened. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. ADVERTISEMENTBiden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium.
Growing calls to limit German chancellors to two terms following Angela Merkel's handling of the Covid pandemic
       
National ReviewTop Biden administration officials have largely kept their promises to vigorously compete with China. But this flurry of activity has been joined, puzzlingly, with a deliberate effort to leave room for meetings such as last week’s rancorous U.S.-China summit in Alaska and President Biden’s decision to invite the CCP’s general secretary to a global climate summit. Blinken and Biden both have defined this contest as a fundamental battle between democracy and authoritarianism in the 21st century. But that doesn’t mean that countries can’t work with China where possible, for example, on challenges like climate change and health security. The meeting only succeeded in providing an opportunity for top CCP officials to reach that desired audience.
U.S. blocks Venezuela bid to seek WTO review of sanctions
       
Venezuela had planned to request the formation of a WTO panel to rule on whether sanctions the United States imposed in 2018 and 2019 breached global trading rules. U.S. Trade Representative spokesman Adam Hodge said the panel request was illegitimate because the Maduro administration did not speak on behalf of the Venezuelan people. "The United States will reject any effort by Maduro to misuse the WTO to attack U.S. sanctions aimed at restoring human rights and democracy to Venezuela," he said in a statement. "Sooner rather than later Venezuela will defeat with the law what the United States seeks to impose with force," Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Twitter on Friday. The United States under President Donald Trump blocked appointments to the WTO's Appellate Body, leaving it with too few members to hear cases.
Trump CDC chief: Coronavirus ‘escaped’ from Chinese lab
       
Today Schmidt is one of the most prominent scientists warning the world about the risks of a warming world. In 2004, he helped start a blog, Real Climate, in hopes of explaining climate science to the general public and science journalists. “One of the big surprises that emerged out of that was how many other climate scientists actually needed help to understand climate science” beyond their own fields, he said. This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company
Democrats may bypass Republicans to muscle through trillion-dollar infrastructure bill
       
Politico reported on Monday that top Democrats increasingly believe that Republicans are determined to block President Biden's agenda. Without reconciliation, which can be used on certain tax, spending and debt limit bills, Democrats would need to secure the support of at least 10 Republicans. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., was caught on a hot mic last week telling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that Democrats will likely have to use reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut there are other complications; Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia, pledged to block Biden's infrastructure bill if the planned multitrillion-dollar measure does not garner support from any Republicans. "I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start."
PPP loans extended for small businesses until May 31
       
The House of Representatives already passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 last week on a bipartisan basis. SOME AMERICANS STILL NEED TO PAY TAXES BY APRIL 15, DESPITE NEW DEADLINECongress established the rescue fund, which provides government-backed forgivable loans to small businesses if they maintain their payroll, one year ago with the passage of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. This year through March 7, the PPP has approved 2.4 million loans worth about $165 billion, just over half of the $284 billion allocated to the program when it reopened in January. With the program's recent changes to eligibility, however, some experts worried there wasn't enough time to help small businesses that still need to access the fund. Under the new rules announced by the Biden administration at the end of February, businesses with fewer than 20 employees received an exclusive two-week period to apply for loans.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration has less than a week to decide on extending the nationwide eviction moratorium, a measure that housing advocates say has helped keep most cash-strapped tenants across the country in their homes during the pandemic. Housing advocates are confident the ban, due to expire March 31, will be extended for several months and possibly even strengthened. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban’s protection’s automatic and universal.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
Like Bush’s and Obama’s major-economies climate forums, Biden’s invite list includes leaders of the world’s biggest economies and European blocs. That includes two countries — Russia and China — that Biden and his diplomats are clashing against over election interference, cyber attacks, human rights and other issues. It’s not clear how those two countries in particular will respond to the U.S. invitations, or whether they are willing to cooperate with the U.S. on cutting emissions while sparring on other topics. China is the world’s top emitter of climate-damaging pollution. Russia is No.
Georgia election officials are sued over new voting rules
       
Erik LarsonBloombergGeorgia’s elections chief was sued by a group of nonprofit civic organizations that claim a new voting law signed Thursday by the state’s Republican governor will make it harder for minorities to cast ballots. The lawsuit, against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, is one of the first challenges to a wave of voting restrictions taking shape in state legislatures across the country. It was filed late Thursday, right after the law passed, by groups including the New Georgia Project and the Black Voters Matter Fund. It was a pair of runoff elections in Georgia that gave the Democrats control of the Senate. Read More: Georgia Governor Signs Bill to Overhaul State’s Elections SystemThe suit rejects the governor’s claim that the law will improve election integrity.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Trump mocked the science underlying urgent warnings on global warming and the resulting worsening of droughts, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. He pulled the United States out of the 2015 U.N. Paris climate accords as one of his first actions. The United States and nearly 200 other governments at those talks each set targets for cutting their fossil-fuel emissions, and pledged to monitor and report their emissions. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target.
Border wall work still paused, Army Corps says
       
Border wall construction remains paused in Arizona and elsewhere along the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the Biden administration's 60-day evaluation period ended last weekend. President Biden paused border wall construction on Jan. 20 and directed federal officials to evaluate wall projects and contracts. The 60-day period ended last weekend, but construction remains paused as of Friday, March 26, according to the public affairs office of the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees border wall contracts. At the time of Biden's proclamation, the wall stood along more than 220 miles of Arizona's border with Mexico, at a cost of roughly $4.8 billion, and about 230 miles of border in California, New Mexico, and Texas. Federal officials had planned to build about 20 more miles of wall in Arizona.
Attorney for Georgia lawmaker calls charges ‘overreach’
       
State police arrested state Rep. Park Cannon, an Atlanta Democrat, on Thursday after she said she wanted to see Republican Gov. Brian Kemp sign the law that places new restrictions on voting by mail and gives lawmakers more power to oversee elections. “This was a law enforcement overreach on all the charges, and my hope is that after examining the file, the district attorney will dismiss the charges,” Cannon’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, said Friday. Republicans said Georgia needed to restore the confidence of voters who believed President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud. “We’re expanding the right to vote in Georgia,” Kemp said Thursday.
Biden tells Johnson they should build massive global infrastructure plan to rival China
       
“They have an overall goal to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world. That's not going to happen on my watch.”Mr Biden plans to unveil a multi-trillion-dollar plan to upgrade US infrastructure next week. And I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative coming from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world." Meanwhile, nearly all Nato member states in Eastern and Southern Europe have associations with the project. According to a Refinitiv database, as of mid-last year, over 2,600 projects at a cost of $3.7 trillion were linked to the initiative.
Biden has invited Putin, Xi to virtual climate summit
       
China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin haven't spoken to President Joe Biden but "know they're invited," he saidAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)President Joe Biden has invited his counterparts Xi Jinping of China and Russia's Vladimir Putin to a virtual climate summit he is hosting in April, the White House announced on Friday. "They know they're invited," Biden said of Xi and Putin. Biden kept his campaign pledge to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day in the White House, after Trump pulled out of the deal. "The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts," the White House said in a statement. Biden dispatched his climate envoy, former secretary of state John Kerry, to prepare the ground for the summit in meetings with European leaders earlier this month.
Biden says he suggested to UK's Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road
       
(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative. U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he arrives at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Delaware, U.S., March 26, 2021. Over 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20% of BRI projects had been “seriously affected” by the coronavirus pandemic. There are also been pushback against BRI from countries that have criticized projects as costly and unnecessary.
Biden looking at imported weapons and those made with '3D equipment' for potential executive actions
       
(CNN) President Joe Biden is "looking" at what executive actions he can take on guns, particularly when it comes to regulating imported weapons and those made with "3D equipment," he told reporters on the tarmac in Delaware on Friday. "We're looking at that right now," Biden said. "We're looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons, as well as whether (or) not I have the authority to -- these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren't registered at all." CNN previously reported that the executive actions could include requiring background checks on sales of so-called ghost guns and other measures, according to Biden administration officials. The policy considerations come amid a renewed national focused on gun control following a pair of mass shootings in the US.
Biden calls Georgia law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century' and says Justice Department is 'taking a look'
       
(CNN) President Joe Biden on Friday called a sweeping elections bill signed into law in Georgia "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "an atrocity," saying the Justice Department is "taking a look" at the measure. Asked if there was anything the White House could do to protect voting rights in Georgia, Biden told reporters on a tarmac in Delaware, "We're working on that right now. Biden narrowly won the state of Georgia last fall, the first Democratic presidential nominee to pull it off since 1992. Shortly after releasing the statement, the President told reporters outside the White House that the Georgia law was "an atrocity." Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol on Thursday after passage of the bill.
The world’s biggest banks have pumped trillions into fossil fuel projects in the past 5 years
       
As the world careens toward a climate catastrophe, the biggest banks in the world are still financing fossil fuels in the trillions of dollars. Fossil fuel companies have a couple of avenues for generating capital for their projects. JPMorgan Chase was the world’s worst “fossil bank,” contributing $51.3 billion in fossil fuel financing last year alone, and a total of $317 billion from 2016 to 2020. Wells Fargo came in third, with $26 billion in 2020, though the report notes that the bank’s fossil fuel financing actually fell by 42 percent in 2020. Citibank was named the worst bank for “funding the expanders” — that is, for funding the top 100 companies that are expanding their use of fossil fuels.
Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine
       
Adherents of far-right groups who cluster online have turned repeatedly to one particular website in recent weeks — the federal database showing deaths and adverse reactions nationwide among people who have received Covid-19 vaccinations. Although negative reactions have been relatively rare, the numbers are used by many extremist groups to try to bolster a rash of false and alarmist disinformation in articles and videos with titles like “Covid-19 Vaccines Are Weapons of Mass Destruction — and Could Wipe out the Human Race” or “Doctors and Nurses Giving the Covid-19 Vaccine Will be Tried as War Criminals.”If the so-called Stop the Steal movement appeared to be chasing a lost cause once President Biden was inaugurated, its supporters among extremist organizations are now adopting a new agenda from the anti-vaccination campaign to try to undermine the government. Bashing of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is occurring in chatrooms frequented by all manner of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys; the Boogaloo movement, a loose affiliation known for wanting to spark a second Civil War; and various paramilitary organizations.
Live Updates: Biden Calls Georgia’s Restrictive Voter Law ‘an Atrocity’
       
Live Live Updates: Biden Calls Georgia’s Restrictive Voter Law ‘an Atrocity’ Georgia’s new law limits voting access. Some senior Biden administration officials have expressed skepticism of any intelligence prediction that Al Qaeda or the Islamic State will resurge in Afghanistan. Mr. Biden invited King Salman of Saudi Arabia but not the de facto leader of the country, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. President Biden has promised enough doses by the end of May to immunize all of the nation’s adults. A climate scientist’s new job at NASA shows how the Biden administration is elevating climate issues.
Fox News Faces Second Defamation Suit Over Election Coverage
       
Fox News and its powerful owner, Rupert Murdoch, are facing a second major defamation suit over the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election, a new front in the growing legal battle over media disinformation and its consequences. In the latest aftershock of Donald J. Trump’s attempt to undermine President Biden’s victory, Dominion Voting Systems, an election technology company that was at the center of a baseless pro-Trump conspiracy theory about rigged voting machines, filed a lawsuit on Friday accusing Fox News of advancing lies that devastated its reputation and business. Dominion, which has requested a jury trial, is seeking at least $1.6 billion in damages. Less than two months ago, Smartmatic, another election tech company, filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Mr. Murdoch’s Fox Corporation and named the Fox anchors Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro as defendants. In a 139-page complaint filed in Delaware Superior Court, Dominion portrayed Fox as an active player in spreading false claims that the company had altered vote counts and manipulated its machines to benefit Mr. Biden in the election.
Viral Video Shows Ga. Lawmaker Pulled from Capitol While Governor Signs Controversial Voting Bill
       
Brian Kemp's officeRep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is placed in handcuffs by Georgia State Troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that led to Gov. Brian Kemp's office Image zoomA Georgia lawmaker was arrested and pulled by police through the state's Capitol on Thursday night after she knocked on the governor's door as he signed a controversial new voting bill. Video of Rep. Park Cannon's unusual arrest quickly went viral on social media, where it has been seen millions of times. Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is placed in handcuffs by Georgia State Troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that led to Gov. "She is an outstanding public servant," he said, adding that "today is a very sad day for the state of Georgia."
First Lady Jill Biden Remembers First Big Thanksgiving After Beau’s Death: ‘I Knew How Hard It Would Be’
       
We find joy together," Dr. Biden wrote in a personal essayFirst Lady Jill Biden Remembers First Big Thanksgiving After Beau’s Death: ‘I Knew How Hard It Would Be’First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is opening up about her personal experience with resilience. In an essay for Oprah Daily published on Thursday, Dr. Biden reflected on her family's 2016 Thanksgiving celebration — their first since her stepson Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015. As she and husband Joe Biden arrived in Nantucket, Massachusetts, with their grandchildren, Dr. Biden, 69, recalled putting "on a smile that I didn't quite feel." Jill Biden; Beau Biden Image zoom From left: Jill Biden and Beau Biden in 2013 | Credit: ShutterstockWhile watching the grandchildren, including Beau's son and daughter, quickly fall "back into our old routine," Dr. Biden was struck by how they were able to "find joy" together. RELATED VIDEO: President Joe Biden And Dr. Jill Biden Offer Message Of Hope For Valentine's Day With Heart Cutouts On White House LawnDr. Biden has spoken numerous times over the years about the enduring pain of Beau's death.
Joe Biden 'snubs' Fox News reporter in first press conference since becoming president
       
Joe Biden 'snubs' Fox News reporter in first press conference since becoming presidentAdded: 26.03.2021 13:06 | 24 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN snubbed Fox news refusing to let reporter ask single questions. 'I had a binder full of questions!
Joe Biden walks away BEFORE press conference over – mumbles incoherently
       
Joe Biden walks away BEFORE press conference over – mumbles incoherentlyAdded: 26.03.2021 12:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN appeared to mistakenly walk away from his podium to prematurely end his first Press conference as US President.
Joe Biden says great-grandfather left Ireland 'because of what the Brits had been doing'
       
Joe Biden says great-grandfather left Ireland 'because of what the Brits had been doing'Added: 26.03.2021 15:17 | 19 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN told attendees at his first press conference his great-grandfather left Ireland "because of what the Brits had been doing".
Britons furious as Joe Biden hits out at UK's past: 'USA isn't squeaky clean!'
       
Added: 26.03.2021 19:29 | 6 views | 0 commentsBRITONS have reacted furiously to Joe Biden after the US President took a huge swipe at the UK during his first press conference.
Johnson & Johnson to deliver 11 million vaccine doses next week, Biden administration says
       
Added: 26.03.2021 21:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe influx of the single-dose vaccine will give a boost to the Biden administration’s goal of administering 200 million shots in the president’s first 100 days
9-year-old drowns trying to cross from Mexico into U.S.
       
9-year-old drowns trying to cross from Mexico into U.S.Added: 26.03.2021 21:17 | 4 views | 0 commentsThe child's death comes as the Biden administration contends with a surge of migrants attempting to cross the Mexican border into the U.S.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
       
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 10 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Live updates: Biden to hold first fundraiser as president, a virtual event to benefit Atlanta’s mayor
       
Live updates: Biden to hold first fundraiser as president, a virtual event to benefit Atlanta’s mayorAdded: 26.03.2021 12:17 | 19 views | 0 commentsVice President Harris is scheduled to travel to Connecticut with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to highlight provisions of the $1.9 trillion relief package related to child poverty and education.
Live updates: Biden assails Georgia voting law: 'This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century’
       
Live updates: Biden assails Georgia voting law: 'This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century’Added: 26.03.2021 21:17 | 5 views | 0 commentsVice President Harris is scheduled to travel to Connecticut with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to highlight provisions of the $1.9 trillion relief package related to child poverty and education.
Hunter Biden photographed with president after new reporting on 2018 gun incident
       
Hunter Biden photographed with president after new reporting on 2018 gun incidentAdded: 26.03.2021 22:07 | 3 views | 0 commentsJust after Hunter Biden came under renewed scrutiny for a strange 2018 incident involving a gun owned by the president’s son, Hunter and President Biden were photographed together outside of Air Force One.
What the News Conference Revealed About Biden & the Press
       
Added: 26.03.2021 20:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsOn Thursday, President Joe Biden gave his first press conference, 64 days into his administration. How did Biden and the press perform? And a look at the week ahead, which the White House would like to be devoted to infrastructure. Biden is scheduled to talk about his "Build Back Better" bill in a speech he'll deliver in Pittsburgh.
Joe Biden, Mr. Nice Guy, Bares His Teeth
       
Added: 26.03.2021 19:09 | 10 views | 0 commentsSure, President Biden made some news at his very first presidential press conference on Thursday.
The 'Green Energy' That Might Be Ruining the Planet
       
Added: 26.03.2021 20:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe biomass industry is warming up the South's economy, but many experts worry it's doing the same to the climate. Will the Biden Administration embrace it, or cut it loose?
GOP senators tour US southern border facilities
       
Added: 26.03.2021 21:13 | 3 views | 0 commentsA group of Republican senators visited the southern border on Friday as President Joe Biden continues to face scrutiny amid a recent migrant surge.
Biden slams Georgia voting law as 'an atrocity'
       
Added: 26.03.2021 20:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsPresident Joe Biden slams a new Georgia voting law as "an atrocity." The president says "you don't need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting."
A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News
       
President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know:Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? If the country maintains its current average vaccination rate, we’ll hit that goal ahead of schedule. The Commission said it will take reciprocity, a country’s epidemiological situation, and its vaccination rate into account when making decisions about exports. A return to “normal” seems closer, but the US isn’t there yetAs vaccinations continue, there has been more and more talk of the end of the pandemic, and a return to “normal” in the US. It’s likely that the novel coronavirus spilled over into humans from bats, though no one knows exactly where or how.
Vaccine FOMO Is Real. Here’s How to Deal With It
       
Psychologists call this “painful uncertainty.” It’s a uniquely aggravating condition associated with life-changing situations where you have no control over the outcome. Kate Sweeny is a psychology researcher who leads the Life Events Lab at the University of California Riverside and studies waiting in painful uncertainty. “When you’re pretty far from a moment of truth, people are pretty optimistic on average. But at this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’ll have the vaccine in a few months if you want it. However, when you’re waiting in painful uncertainty, it’s hard to know what help you need.
Does Nomadland Have Best Picture Sewn Up?
       
Photo: Courtesy of Searchlight PicturesAfter a few years of the Best Picture race coming down to the wire, are we finally in for another good old-fashioned Oscars juggernaut? It certainly appears so after Wednesday’s Producers Guild Awards, where Nomadland continued its season-long winning streak by taking the prize for Best Feature. So does this mean Nomadland can start saving a little place in its van for a Best Picture statuette? However, while Nomadland missed the cut there, so too did most of the other Best Picture nominees. Under the circumstances, I can see a Nomadland win simply becoming a fait accompli.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
       
FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. There was no known widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA , also sued Fox News over election claims for a similar sum of money. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.
What Did We Learn About Political Polling in 2020?
       
But an educated reckoning with polling error is in order, and Nate Silver, whose FiveThirtyEight site involves a lot of slicing and dicing of polling data, offers a good first take that is already spurring some debate. Average error in the presidential general election of 2020, however, was over 10 percent (the same as it was in 2016, actually). Looking at polling averages doesn’t eliminate the risk of industry-wide error or bias, but it does reduce it somewhat. Treating polling data as just part of the picture in analyzing political races (which many traditional handicappers like the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball do) is the safest approach. But as the proliferation of critiques and defenses of political polling illustrate, these are difficult times for that industry and for the writers, gabbers, campaigns, and elected officials who rely on it.
What Student-Loan Debt Forgiveness Means to 5 People
       
What would we do if we didn’t have nearly $60,000 in student-loan debt, combined? President Biden offers households like ours some small relief, but his proposal to forgive up to $10,000 in public student-loan debt would only knock a few years off our payments. A proposal by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer, which would forgive up to $50,000 in public student-loan debt, would put us in the clear. Without student-loan debt I’d be comfortable taking out debt for that, or even chopping down some of my savings for that. Lia, 31I have $102,000 in student-loan debt and it has prevented me from switching jobs and purchasing a home.
Dominion Voting Sues Fox News Over Election Fraud Claims
       
John Poulos, president and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, testifies before the United States Committee on House Administration on January 9, 2020. Photo: ShutterstockDominion Voting Systems filed a defamation suit against Fox News Network on Friday over the network’s claims that the company meddled in the 2020 election results. Allegations of massive voter fraud in the 2020 general election have been debunked. Fox News itself is already being sued by Smartmatic, another voting-equipment company, that also alleges the network made defamatory statements linking it to voter fraud. In response to the lawsuit, Fox News released a statement that said, “Fox News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court.”
What Can Democrats Do About Georgia’s Voting-Rights Restrictions?