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    MARSHALL, Texas -- Students graduating from a historically Black college in East Texas were told at their commencement ceremony that an anonymous donor had paid their balances, officials said.Wiley College said in a news release that over 100 students were gathered for graduation Saturday when the school's president made the announcement."We are constantly communicating with donors to assist students in these ways so that they can begin their after-college experience with less debt," Herman J. Felton Jr., Wiley's president and CEO, said in the news release.The college said in the news release that the estimated total for the balances owed to the college by the graduating class of 2022 was about $300,000.The 2007 movie "The Great Debaters" starring Denzel Washington was inspired by debate in 1935 in which Wiley prevailed over the University of Southern California's nationally-known, powerhouse team at a time when the nation was heavily segregated.
    Donald Trump has no plans to rejoin Twitter, the former president said on Monday, after it was announced that billionaire Elon Musk bought the social media platform for $44 billion. He's instead sticking to his own app, TRUTH Social, whose popularity sputtered after a surge of interest during its glitch-ridden debut on Apple's App Store. It's still not available for Android users. And despite not having posted since the platform's launch roughly two months ago, the ex-president told Fox News he'd be a regular user within as little as a week. 'I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,' Trump told the outlet. 'I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.' A spokesman for Trump confirmed his intentions to DailyMail.com.  Trump claimed his app was getting a 'better' response than social media giant Twitter, though he did not appear to elaborate on how. 'We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Joe Biden opened a two-day visit to the Pacific Northwest by focusing on the runway and roof of the airport where he landed Thursday than on any of the region’s more traditional, natural attractions. Portland International Airport lies on a tectonic plate fault line but is working on a series of improvements, including a new, earthquake-resistant runway capable of accommodating jets coming and going even after a major natural disaster. The design would be modeled after the runway of the Sendai airport in Japan, which survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in that country, according to the White House. The trip is Biden’s first as president to this part of the country and comes as he has increased travel across the U.S. to tout the $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill his administration backed and Congress approved last fall. Just since last week, Biden has been to Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, and will travel to Seattle after the Oregon stop. Upon arrival, Biden received a briefing from officials on a $2 billion airport...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki objected when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked “Are you guys just going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?” President Joe Biden and members of his administration have been laying blame for the most recent spikes in gas prices at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s feet, calling it “Putin’s price hike.” The president also referenced Putin in a statement addressing broader inflation numbers Thursday morning. At Thursday’s press briefing, Doocy brought up the issue of inflation and gas prices: MR. DOOCY: We just heard you say again, that you think inflation is going to be temporary. We’ve heard you say that it was going to be temporary since last spring. So how long do you guys think temporary is? MS. PSAKI: Well, again, Peter, I think what we do is we rely on the assessments of the Federal Reserve and of outside economic analysts who give an assessment of how long it will last. The expectations and their assessment at this point continues to be that it will moderate by the end of...
    "It may be a mistake, but we treat prisoners of war fairly well. So you are stuck right now, and soon we'll start kicking your ass! And we'll start doing it right now!" he says. "Therefore, use your last chance!" the soldier concludes. The video was edited with subtitles translated into English, but with the expletives uncensored. The untranslated video garnered more than 350,000 views, while the subtitled video pulled in more than a million views in a few hours. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said that it was likely Russian forces would try to take the capital city of Kyiv Saturday morning. The U.S. State Dept. said he was offered assistance to leave the country, but he refused. Here's more about the Russian attack on Kyiv: Ukrainian President Zelensky Says Russian Forces Will Attack Kyiv www.youtube.com
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday confirmed that the United States has observed Russia moving supplies of blood towards its border with Ukraine, saying it showed that Vladimir Putin was intent on war - as Ukraine's foreign minister made a swipe at Biden and insisted there was no such thing as a 'minor incursion' of his country.  Biden strongly condemned Putin's actions in Ukraine, and detailed the sanctions against senior Russian figures - which were swiftly laughed off by the Russian ambassador to the U.S.  He also confirmed reports, which first emerged several weeks ago, that Putin was moving blood supplies to the area.  'Russia has moved supplies of blood and medical equipment into position on their border,' said Biden, speaking from the White House. 'You don't need blood unless you plan on starting a war.' There are believed to be 100,000-190,000 Russian troops surrounding Ukraine, and on Tuesday a huge military convoy of more than 100 military trucks with soldiers was also seen heading towards the Ukrainian border.  President Joe Biden announced in Tuesday remarks sanctions on two Russian...
    President Joe Biden is looking to start in-person interviews with possible Supreme Court nominees as soon as next week after saying he's done a 'deep dive' on four contenders.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her Friday press briefing Biden could start meeting in-person 'as early as of next week' but declined to give exact dates. The administration is also dealing with worries Russia will invade the Ukraine.  But Psaki said any action by Russian President Vladimir Putin would not affect the nomination timeline. 'We remain on track for the president to make a decision and announcement on who is going to dominate to the Supreme Court this month - in the next few weeks. That was his intention from the beginning - remains his intention now. And he will continue to read ... the materials about a range of candidates. That has not been changed by whatever decision President Putin makes,' she said. Biden left for Camp David on Friday afternoon for the weekend. While there he is expected to read up on his contenders for the seat...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday told Americans to leave Ukraine immediately, warning them that they could not expect to be rescued by U.S. troops if Russia launched an invasion. 'American citizens should leave now,' Biden said in an interview with NBC News.  'It's not like we're dealing with a terrorist organization. We're dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It's a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly.' Russia has amassed some 120,000 troops close to the Ukrainian border, triggering fears of an invasion.  Extra American troops have been deploying to NATO allies in the region but Biden said he could not imagine any circumstances where they were sent to help Americans leave the country.  'There's not,' he said.  'That's a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another. 'We're in a very different world than we've ever been.' Tensions ramped up further on Thursday as Russia held military exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea, prompting Britain to declare it as the 'most dangerous moment.'  President Joe Biden again urged Americans...
    U.S. troops touched down in Poland on Friday, near the Ukrainian border, where they will take up positions amid fears of a Russian invasion. The 1,700 soldiers join roughly 4,000 that are already stationed in various parts of Poland, including hundreds of soldiers that are supporting a NATO mission, 50 miles from Russian-controlled Kaliningrad. According to Stars and Stripes, the soldiers are from the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division, and have been deployed to reassure concerned allies. Russia has amassed around 130,000 troops near Ukraine's northern and eastern borders, raising concern that Moscow might invade again, as it did in 2014.  Moscow's troop presence and resulting uncertainty have unnerved Ukrainians, hurt the country's economy and raised the alarm bells of its neighbours. News of the soldiers' arrival came hours after the United States said it had evidence of a plan by Moscow to film a fake Ukrainian attack on Russians to justify an attack on its neighbour. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the US had 'information that the Russians are likely to want to fabricate a pretext for an invasion', but did...
    Donald Trump has $122 million cash on hand to start the midterm election cycle as he eyes another possible run at the White House in 2024. The former president's political action committees announced the total after raising $51 million in the last half of 2021.  But Trump's number is down from the $82 million his various committees brought in together in the first six months of 2021.  Still his impressive campaign war chest puts Trump in a strong position to influence the Republican Party - both in the midterm elections and as a warning signal to any potential 2024 presidential candidates. His total is more than double the cash on hand of the Republican National Committee. Donald Trump has $122 million in cash on hand to start midterm election cycle Donald Trump has been back on the road attending campaign rallies - including one on Saturday in Conroe, Texas Money in leadership PACs cannot be used to support that official's own campaign, meaning Trump could not use the funds if he runs for president again in two years. But it does...
    Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that President Joe Biden had “a lot to brag about” after his first year in office. Partial transcript as follows: RADDATZ: Donna, I want to — I want to start with you: unity, unity, unity. That is what Joe Biden talked about in his inaugural address just over a year ago. That is not what he has gotten. And this week it’s clear he’s changing course. DONNA BRAZILE, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: There’s no question that what the president called for last year is something that we should all aspire to. We want to be a united country, especially now, given the threats that we see abroad. He also said that he wanted to reach out. He has tried and, of course, we got — the result is the bipartisan infrastructure bill. But this is an opportunity for all Americans to really rally behind the president as we try to get this virus under control, keep this economy growing, keep our schools re-opened. Look, I think the president has a lot...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing at the start of the Winter Olympics for a summit that will include discussion of Moscow's talks with the U.S. and NATO about Ukraine, according to the official Russian news agency TASS. According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, Putin, who is set to attend the Feb. 4 Opening Ceremony, will focus on "security guarantees" being offered by NATO. "There has been no coordination [of Moscow’s and Beijing’s actions on security guarantees] until now," Peskov said. RUSSIA-US SECURITY TALKS PRESENT THESE MAIN ISSUES Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool) "At the same time, Russia and China, as countries maintaining relations of privileged partnership, are in constant exchange of information and views on the most topical matters, including this one," Peskov added. "That is why, naturally, President Putin will inform Xi about what is going on in this...
    The Biden administration apparently knows what went wrong on Virginia's I-95 on Tuesday, after an entirely predictable winter storm trapped hundreds of drivers in frigid temperatures for 24+ hours.  They didn't pour enough money on it!  Who knew dollars melt ice?  Even as commuters sat shivering in their vehicles, Kamala Harris took to Twitter.  The gaffe-prone Vice President never wastes an opportunity to make a bad situation even worse for the Biden-Harris administration.  The tweet, even by Kamala standards, was incredibly tone-deaf.  'Because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, America is moving again. That's what infrastructure is all about: getting people moving.'  The explanation for this poorly timed tweet is anyone's guess.  I'm betting a naive social media intern sent it out without realizing the optics nightmare that would ensue.  If that is the case, and if the rumors about the Vice President's treatment of her staff are true, then good luck to the poor soul who hit send on that whopper.  It is conceivable that Kamala and her team didn't know about the turmoil on I-95.  After all, Harris has...
    ROME (AP) — Italy’s lower chamber of Parliament on Tuesday set Jan. 24 as the start date to begin voting for a new president, officially kicking off a campaign that is expected to see Premier Mario Draghi and ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi vie for the prestigious job. The victor, who is chosen by around 1,000 “big electors” among lawmakers and regional representatives, will replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose seven-year term ends Feb. 3. The voting is expected to last several rounds over several days. The Italian presidency has limited powers and is largely ceremonial. But the president plays a key role in resolving political impasses, which aren’t uncommon in Italy. And this election comes before a new season of campaigning before the 2023 parliamentary election. During Italy’s political crisis last year, Mattarella tapped Draghi to lead a government of national unity to help guide the country through the pandemic and secure European Union funding for Italy’s recovery plan. At his end-of-year news conference, Draghi said he had accomplished what he set out to do, indicating his availability to move into the...
    Vice President Kamala Harris forcefully defended President Joe Biden when recently asked whether he or Sen. Joe Manchin is the president of the United States, as Biden's agenda remains stalled in part because of the West Virginia Democrat."So, who is the real president of this country, is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden, Madam Vice President?" Charlamagne Tha God asked Harris on Comedy Central's "Tha God's Honest Truth," in a clip released ahead of the interview set to air Friday."C'mon Charlamagne. C'mon, it's Joe Biden," Harris said to the late-night talk show host. "I can't tell sometimes," he retorted, before Harris cut him off."No, no, no, no. It's Joe Biden. It's Joe Biden. And don't start talking like a Republican about asking whether or not he's president, it's Joe Biden and I'm vice president. My name is Kamala Harris," she said. Our @VP can absolutely be the superhero that America needs to protect democracy if she applies *this* type of passionate pressure to progressive roadblocks like @Sen_JoeManchin. Hit our YouTube page to watch the full interview! Link in bio! #TGHT...