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    New York : George W. and Laura Bush in the ad. Photo: @AdCouncil / Courtesy All living former U.S. Presidents and their wives, except Donald Trump and Melania, participated in a video launched to promote mass vaccination against COVID-19, in line with the policy of the current Joe Biden government. Democrats Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Republicans George W. Bush separately recorded their support for vaccination, in a Advertising Council “historical” video (Ad Council), “American organization non profit that produces, distributes and promotes public service announcements on behalf of various sponsors, including non-profit organizations, NGOs and government agencies ”. Throughout the 60-second message, the former presidents speak informally and show images of themselves and their wives on vaccination days, along with images of other diverse citizens. Carter, 96, says he got vaccinated to help end the pandemic “as soon as possible.” Clinton (74) affirms that she wants to “go back to work and be able to move”; Obama (59) plans to visit his mother-in-law to “hug her and see her on her...
    We’re one month and change into the Biden presidency, and let’s just say it. He’s been staggeringly good. He has way surpassed my expectations. And it’s small wonder he has a 63 percent approval rating. Most people like what they see. What’s he done, in big-picture terms? Three things. First and foremost, he and his team are not letting themselves be bullied by the economic supply-siders and neoliberals who’ve spent the last few decades transferring $50 trillion in wealth from the middle class to the rich. Second, the Biden team understands that the standard Beltway definition of bipartisanship is useless with today’s Republican Party. The Biden people get that congressional Republicans don’t even really represent most rank-and-file Republicans anymore—hence these polls showing significant support even among Republicans for most aspects of the COVID relief bill. This administration shows every sign of not letting itself get suckered into the false promise of trying to win Republican votes that aren’t likely to materialize. READ THIS LIST Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media Royalist World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel ...
    It would be bad enough if President-elect Joe Biden were a sore loser. Even worse: He’s a sore winner. Biden pledged something completely different. "With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation," Biden said on November 7. "It’s time for America to unite. And to heal." OFFICIALS RAMP UP CAPITOL SECURITY AHEAD OF BIDEN INAUGURATION AMID THREATS OF ARMED PROTESTS On December 27, he wrote via Twitter: "After a year of pain and loss, it’s time to unite, heal, and rebuild." "Here’s my promise to you: I’ll be a president for all Americans," Biden proclaimed on January 3. Biden’s inaugural theme: "America United." Alas, those warm words T-boned into Biden’s frosty speech last Thursday in Wilmington. Biden could have said: "Let me thank Vice President Mike Pence for his grace under pressure as he presided over yesterday’s Electoral College certification ceremony. What a contrast to the deadly rampage by some of the president’s extremist supporters. As good people on both sides agree, they should be prosecuted. I will see to...
    Bradley Cortright December 9, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama says he paid attention to President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse many of his policies — but he says he was not keeping a mental checklist.  Speaking to New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait about his new memoir “A Promised Land” in an interview published on Wednesday, Obama said he followed which of his policies Trump tried to reverse. “It’s interesting. I don’t think about it — I don’t have a checklist in my desk where I’m like, ‘All right, this survived, that they tried to reverse but weren’t organized enough to do’. I don’t think about it in those terms,” Obama said. He continued, “I do pay attention; I have paid attention to those areas where what the Trump administration attempted to do did some serious damage and where it’s more of a short-term setback on what is a long-term success.” He went on to note that while it was “nip-and-tuck for a while,” the Affordable Care Act remains “robust.” “I think it’s more robust than even some really thoughtful commentators like you may...
    Bradley Cortright October 23, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says crime bills he supported more than two decades ago, which adopted a tough-on-crime stance, were mistakes. During the final presidential debate on Thursday, President Donald Trump pressed the former vice president on his support of the 1994 crime bill, and several bills in the 1980s that — escalated the war on drugs — which critics charge contributed to mass incarcerations.  Biden said, “It was a mistake. I’ve been trying to change it since then. Particularly the portion on cocaine. That’s why I’ve been arguing that, in fact, we should not send anyone to jail for a pure drug offense.” “But why didn’t he get it done? See, it’s all talk no action with these politicians. Why didn’t you get it done? ‘That’s what I’m going to do when I become president.’ You were vice president along with Obama as your president, your leader, for eight years. Why didn’t you get it done?” Trump asked. Biden shot back, “We got a lot of it done.” He went on to claim that the...
    CLAIM: The Obama Administration set up the Trump administration with plans for dealing with a future pandemic. VERDICT: FALSE The Obama Administration depleted the National Strategic Stockpile of N95 masks and other critical equipment and never replenished it, despite warnings from experts, forcing the Trump Administration to rush to produce and obtain them in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday during the Democratic National Convention that the Obama administration had set up the Trump administration with “so much,” including plans to deal with a future pandemic. She claimed: After the last election, I said, ‘We owe Donald Trump an open mind and the chance to lead.’ I really meant it. Every president deserves that. And Trump walked into the Oval Office with so much set up for him: A strong economy. Plans for managing crises—like a pandemic. However, what the Obama Administration really set up for the Trump administration with was a depleted National Strategic Stockpile. As an April 4 USA Today article noted, the National Strategic Stockpile was established in 1999 to prepare...
    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates condemned Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy for accusing her and other members of the Justice Department of despising President Trump. Kennedy, a Republican, delivered a contentious line of questioning to Yates, who was testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign. Kennedy asked Yates if the FBI agents responsible for using the uncorroborated Steele dossier "despised" Trump. "All of [the agents] hated Trump, right?" Kennedy asked. "No, senator. They did not hate Trump," Yates said. "I have to say, I have to speak up here for the career men and women of the Department of Justice." Kennedy said he wasn't asking about the "career men and women" when he asked the question. He said that Yates and her fellow Justice Department officials under former President Barack Obama "tarnished the reputation of the FBI" with their treatment of the Trump campaign. The exchange was one of several heated moments between the two. Kennedy said he would be "like a rock, only dumber," if he...
    Donald Trump has dismissed the legacy of Rep. John Lewis following his death, saying the civil rights icon made a 'big mistake' not coming to his inauguration.  The president made the comments as Lewis lay in state at the Capitol last Tuesday. Asked about the late civil rights activist's legacy Trump replied: 'Nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.' Longtime Congressman Lewis, whose bloody beating at Selma helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, died on July 17 and was laid to rest last Thursday. Former president Barack Obama eulogized him at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also addressed mourners.  But Trump stayed away and instead refused to say whether he thought Lewis' life was impressive in an interview with Axios. He also did not visit the late Congressman's body as he lay in state.  Donald Trump has dismissed the legacy of Rep. John Lewis following his death, saying the civil rights icon made a 'big mistake' not coming to his inauguration. The president made the comments as Lewis lay in state at the Capitol last...
    Nothing says “2020” more than memes that purport to educate people while misstating all the relevant facts.  From claims ranging from how “Hitler Defunded the Police” to pictures alleging “the media is hiding from you” images of Black Lives Matter graffiti on the Lincoln Memorial, there are endless graphics of utter nonsense in all our social media feeds. This one, in particular, is floating around lately, ostensibly in response to the ongoing situation in Portland, Ore. There’s a crazy meme going around right-wing social media trying to blame President Obama (and then-VP Biden) for what’s going on in Portland. In fact, DHS is relying on 40 U.S.C. § 1315—which was enacted in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (signed into law by President Bush). pic.twitter.com/4kXT2l8MpD — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) July 21, 2020 The widely shared claim shows a picture of former president Barack Obama to argue that he — not current POTUS Donald Trump — is responsible for signing the law that allows unidentified federal agents to snatch protesters off the streets of Portland. As law professor Steve Vladeck...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed House Majority Whip James Clyburn about President Donald Trump’s role in several key reforms that impact the country’s African-American community. Appearing on Tuesday’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Clyburn criticized Trump’s executive order on police reform, which called for a ban on chokeholds and created funding for key training initiatives, as not going “far enough.” WATCH: “I think that what we’ve got to do is attack this culture that all of us know exists,” Clyburn said. “This is institutional. It was built upon two pillars that we seem not to want to deal with. One being white people came to this country of their own free will, who came here in search of freedom, running away from tyranny. The experiences of black people who came here against their will, chained, shackled and enslaved. And these two divergent pillars are the institutions of, in this country were based upon them—healthcare delivery, education, law enforcement — all built upon them.” Clyburn said that policing “started out as slave patrols” and called anything short of attacking...
    (CNN)Several Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday that they would oppose the nomination of retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to oversee the Pentagon's policy shop.CNN's KFile reported on Friday that Tata had a history of making Islamophobic and inflammatory remarks against prominent Democratic politicians, including falsely calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim.If confirmed by the Senate, Tata would become the third highest official in the Pentagon overseeing the Defense Department's policy shop, including its national security and defense strategy, nuclear deterrence and missile defense policy, and security cooperation plans and policies. The policy chief also closely advises the secretary of defense on national security and supports the Department of Defense's program and budget decisions. A spokesman for Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the committee that would oversee Tata's nomination, said in a statement on Monday he would oppose the pick. "Senator Reed's preference is to wait for the hearing process before commenting on nominees," Chip Unruh, Reed's press secretary, said in a statement reported by Politico. "But in this case there...
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