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    Politico's Sam Stein suggested President Biden's latest poor polling numbers were partly due to right-wing individuals who were "emotional" and couldn't hide their "hatred" for the president. Recent polling from Quinnipiac gave the president a 33% approval rating. The dismal survey arrived just days ahead of his one-year anniversary in office and amid bipartisan criticism for his handling of several important issues like COVID-19, the supply chain crisis, rising inflation, and the continued fallout from the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. AMERICANS GRADE PRESIDENT BIDEN AS POLL NUMBERS TAKE ANOTHER HIT Morning Consult provided more bad news for the president with polling released Wednesday that show his "worst job approval rating yet," according to the company.  Yet on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday, Stein suggested a few other factors for Biden's unpopularity, arguing that it shows how those "on the right" have "hatred" for the president.  "A lot of people gave him an F," Stein said. "And that’s a measurement of just how much hatred there is for him, especially on the right." U.S. President Joe Biden waves...
     Presented by Connected Commerce Council  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U   To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*  *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   HAPPENING TODAY Hello and welcome to The White House Roast:   via GIPHY   President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE will take questions from reporters today in his first press conference of the year.  What to expect reporters to grill Biden on: Biden’s stalled social and climate policy bill, his voting rights push and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic   What to expect from Biden today: “Sources close to the White House say Biden will find ways to speak directly to the people to more effectively communicate the work that is being done. Democrats also expect Biden to draw a sharper contrast with...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced he was nominating prominent Democratic fundraiser Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, a plum overseas posting that comes with the 35-bedroom Winfield House set in 12 acres in the middle of London. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman ambassador to Britain in 45 years.  Hartley, 71, served as ambassador to France during the Obama presidency and was  a major donor to Barack Obama.  But Biden struggled to fill the job, which is of great diplomatic importance given the long, close ties between the United States and the United Kingdom.  At least two candidates turned down the ambassadorship to the Court of St. James, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN reported. The president last year also had considered the-now late former secretary of state Colin Powell - there has never been a black U.S. ambassador to Britain and the historic nature of the pick would have come after Meghan Markle married into the British royal family.  The White House had also approached career Foreign Service...
    Biden administration lawyers are due in court on Wednesday to defend their use of a Trump-era immigration restriction that has led to more than a million migrants being expelled at the US-Mexico border. The Biden administration says the use of Title 42 public health protections are essential to stem the entry of COVID-19 into the country.  But human rights campaigners say its use deprives arrivals of their right to claim asylum and offers no public health benefit when the coronavirus is already widespread.  In September, a federal court in Washington, DC, issued a injunction barring the Biden administration from using the measure to expel families. However, that was overturned on appeal. Campaigners return to the appeals court on Wednesday where they will argue that they have documented thousands of murders, kidnappings, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence against expelled migrants. Asylum-seeking migrants from Haiti walk near the border wall after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas Critics have accused President Joe Biden of failing...
    President Joe Biden will hold a rare solo press conference on Wednesday evening, the day before his one-year annivesary in office, where he is expected to defend his tenure in the White House and preview his plans for the next three years.  He will also likely face questions on the issues of the day - voting rights, his Build Back Better bill, his declining approval rating, Russia and the Ukraine, inflation and the Omicron variant of COVID.  His last solo press conference in the White House was in March and his last formal press conference was in October, when he was in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26. He has held solo press conferences on foreign trips and joint ones with world leaders in addition to taking questions from reporters on the fly. In total, Biden has held six news conferences on his own and three jointly with foreign leaders - a number far below that of his predecessors in the Oval Office.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki started the defense of Biden's first year in her press briefing Tuesday when she...
    One year into his term, more than a third of the country believes President Joe Biden is flunking out, a new survey finds. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 37 percent of respondents give the president an “F” for the first quarter of his presidency. By contrast, a meager 11 percent give Biden an “A” thus far, while 20 percent give him a “B.” Nearly a third of the country put Biden in the “C” or “D” category — with 18 percent giving the president a “C” and 12 percent giving him a “D.” At this point in his term, Biden’s failing grade exceeds even former President Donald Trump’s. The 45th president got an “F” from 35 percent of Americans, compared to Biden’s 37 percent. Biden got his worst marks on the economy, immigration, and “restoring unity” — with 40 percent flunking him in the latter two categories, and 38 percent giving him an “F” on the economy. His best grades came on Covid-19 and health care, where 35 percent and 31 percent respectively gave him an...
    Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told viewers that President Joe Biden is “the angriest guy I’ve ever seen in front of a microphone consistently.” Kilmeade made the assertion on Wednesday morning’s edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends while providing analysis of Biden’s upcoming press conference, his first formal presser of the year. “He has got to change gears. It’s happened before other presidents have done it. The question is, will he do it?” Kilmeade said, then ticked off several suggested bullet points — including criticizing Biden for reflecting on his own personal grief at times of national tragedy — in particular, while consoling families of service members killed during the Afghanistan withdrawal. “There’s downsides to putting him out more to making it more accessible because he’s angry all the time. He’s the angriest guy I’ve ever seen in front of a microphone consistently,” Kilmeade said. He went o to add that Biden is “often detached. He does not know what ‘Let’s go Brandon’ means. He did not know there was a deal in place on the family separated at...
    (CNN)The President of Emirates tells CNN that the airline was not aware of some of the potential 5G rollout issues until yesterday morning, calling the situation "one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible" he has seen in his aviation career.Major international airlines are scrambling to modify or cancel flights to the United States amid uncertainty about potential interference between new 5G cell phone services and critical airplane technologies. Emirates has canceled flights to nine U.S. destinations today.International airlines suspend some US flights over 5G uncertaintySpeaking to CNN's Richard Quest today, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said that they were not aware of the issues until yesterday morning "to the extent that it was going to compromise the safety of operation of our aircraft and just about every other 777 operator to and from the United States and within the United States."Transportation regulators had already been concerned that the version of 5G that was scheduled to be switched on could interfere with some airplane instruments, and many aviation industry groups shared those fears — despite reassurances from federal telecom regulators and...
    Joe Biden is the worst president of my lifetime and might just be the worst president in American history.Politics is full of hyperbole. Politics is full of hyperbole and partisanship, and every four to eight-year cycle, those that disagree with the platform or the party of the president in power find themselves thinking we've arrived at hell in a handbasket. It couldn't possibly be worse than this. I've always had an aversion to that type of hyperbole. But the last two years have lived up not only to every conspiracy theory, but they've lived up to everybody's exaggeration. I was born in 1975, so for the standard of worst president of my lifetime, that would mean Joe Biden would need to outpace Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. And it's safe: Joe Biden runs across the finish line and almost laps the field for worst president of my lifetime. And I think you'll have a hard time, at least through one year of their tenure, finding a...
    One year after leaving office, former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE is in an odd spot. On one hand, Trump is clearly the dominant figure in the Republican Party. He would be the overwhelming favorite to win the party’s presidential nomination in 2024, should he enter the race.  His most vociferous internal critics are on the retreat. Three of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have already decided against running for reelection. On the other hand, Trump’s banishment from Twitter and other social media platforms after his incitement of Jan. 6 has made it more difficult for him to be quite as central to the political conversation as he once was.  Some Republicans in the Senate have become willing to raise their heads above the parapet to criticize him. And the jury is still out as to...
    Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Honduras for the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro in an effort to 'address the root causes' of illegal immigration. The trip is part of Harris' effort to 'deepen the partnership' between the US and Honduras to combat corruption and migration, as well as advance economic growth, the White House announced Tuesday.  Harris, 57, was tasked by President Joe Biden last year to lead the nation's border crisis response and has faced widespread criticisms over her efforts within the role. Republicans have mockingly nicknamed her the 'border czar' while also accusing her of being uninterested in actually visiting the US-Mexico border.   Since being named as the point person on the migrant crisis in March, Harris has visited the southern border just once, last June, when she spent a few hours in El Paso, Texas, before jetting off to her $5million Los Angeles mansion. Meanwhile, illegal crossings at the border have skyrocketed since Biden took office.  Customs and Border Protection data shows agents have encountered more than 1.75 million migrants illegally crossing or attempting to seek...
    (CNN)As he walked through the front gate of the White House complex last year for the first time as President, Joe Biden declared it felt like "going home." If the presidency seemed then like a natural fit for a 50-year creature of Washington, today its limits are leading to a reckoning over expectations and ambitions in a country as exhausted, angry and divided as ever.Biden enters the second year of his term with one of the lowest approval ratings of a modern-day president, depleted of the political capital and sense of confidence that followed him into office. A sense of normalcy returned to the White House following the whiplash of Donald Trump's presidency, but a string of setbacks -- at home and abroad -- have eroded the air of competence that once surrounded a President and his team, who have spent most of their lives in government and campaigned for the job on a pledge of restoring order.On most days since January 20, 2021, the President has arrived at the Oval Office early in the morning, peppered his team with...
    One of President Biden's biggest cheerleaders in the media is now sounding the alarm as the commander in chief has faced months of political blunders and devastating polls.  Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, declared in the headline of her column on Tuesday, "Biden needs a reset," before providing advice for the White House and Democrats.  MSNBC'S CHUCK TODD SHOCKED BY BIDEN POLLING HITTING ‘NEW BOTTOM’: ‘MY GOODNESS!’ "If the economy is strong, inflation is down and the pandemic is largely in the rearview mirror, Democrats have a fighting chance," Rubin wrote. "But if the economy and the pandemic are headed in the wrong direction, Democrats are cooked. As such, Biden’s failures now threaten to dwarf his accomplishments, which is why the president is facing Democrats’ rising hysteria about this year’s midterm elections." Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. (NBCUniversal via Getty Images) (William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) The liberal pundit warned readers to "Be prepared to hear a lot about a ‘reboot’ or ‘reset'' before citing Democrat comebacks after suffering big losses in 1994 and 2010.  "The question...
    WASHINGTON —  Los Angeles has been chosen by the Biden administration to host this year’s Summit of the Americas, a key gathering that U.S. officials hope will help mend diplomatic fences in the Western Hemisphere, officials familiar with the decision said. The White House is expected to announce later Tuesday that the meeting — to be held on U.S. soil for the second time since the forum was created nearly three decades ago — will take place in early June in Los Angeles. The administration is expected to cite the city’s “deep and robust” ties throughout the hemisphere as one of the reasons it was selected, according to a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter ahead of the formal announcement. President Biden will attend the meeting. Former President Trump skipped the last summit, which was held in Peru in 2018. The summit is scheduled to convene every three years, though it was delayed this time by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the Biden administration, holding the meeting in Los...
    ARE we about to go to war with Russia? The chances are still slim. Not least for the reasons that have existed since the Cold War. Which is that nuclear-armed states do not like to go to war with each other. 4Are we about to go to war with Russia? 4Two things have happened in recent weeks that have made the likelihood increasingly likely But two things have happened in recent weeks that have made the likelihood of some type of conflict increasingly likely. The first is that Russian troops and other military hardwear have been amassing on the Russian side of its border with the Ukraine. Dictator-for-life Vladimir Putin did the same thing with Crimea seven years ago. In 2014, taking advantage of a weak Democrat President in Washington, in the form of Barack Obama, Putin sent his thugs in and took a piece of land he had always considered his. Global disorder He did the same thing in 2008, when he provoked a war with Georgia and stole the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Each time Putin...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reportedly will not kowtow to former President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported about the media’s drummed-up feud between the two stalwart Republicans. While the establishment media are looking to misdirect readers from President Joe Biden’s 33 percent approval rating and his subsequent failures with “remarks made for irresistible headlines,” the Times joined other media outlets in creating “tensions” between Trump and DeSantis. The Times reported DeSantis’s friends believe Trump has an “expectation” that DeSantis should “bend the knee” to Trump’s likely 2024 presidential bid. But bending the knee, the governor’s friends reportedly stated, “is asking too much.” The reporting by the Times on the “tensions” comes after Trump reportedly trashed DeSantis as a 2024 primary opponent, dubbing him a “dull personality” with “no personal charisma” and without a chance of winning. Establishment media rumors suggest DeSantis responded on Friday to Trump’s comments via a podcast, where he noted “the Covid lockdowns former President Donald Trump encouraged early in the coronavirus pandemic,” NBC News reported. Both Trump and DeSantis have reportedly stated the drama between the two...
    The White House on Tuesday said it believed a Russian invasion of Ukraine could come at any time, as Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned of an 'extremely dangerous situation' at the border. Her words came as Moscow bolstered the number of troops in the region, sending an unknown number of personnel to Belarus for major war games.  Talks between the West and Russia failed to ease tensions last week. Now Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday before holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday in the latest attempt to defuse the crisis.    'Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation,' said Psaki.  'We're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine, and what Secretary Blinken is going to go do is highlight very clearly there is a diplomatic path forward.  'It is the choice of President Putin and the Russians to make, whether they are going to suffer severe economic consequences or not.' White House Press Secretary said the situation at...
    President Joe Biden has spent more than a quarter of his first year in the White House in his home state of Delaware and half of his weekends. Biden logged 99 days in Delaware, according to a count by the Associated Press, and spent half his weekends there - 26 out of 52, according to a count by Mark Knoller, the former CBS News White House correspondent who tracks presidential travel. That includes time at his home in Wilmington and the family beach house in Rehoboth.  The president has only spent 10 weekends at the White House. He also favors Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, spending 13 weekends there.  'The president goes to Delaware because it's his home. It's also where his son and his former wife are buried, and it's a place that is obviously close to his heart. A lot of presidents go visit their home when they're president,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in her briefing on Tuesday. Biden's eldest Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, is buried at in...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*  *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   HAPPENING TODAY Ready or not, here we come!:   via GIPHY   Senate Democrats are beginning debate on the voting rights legislation that has no clear plan for passage.   Watch the debate live: https://bit.ly/3twRk9Q WHY THIS IS A STICKY SITUATION: Via The New York Times’s Catie Edmondson, “The push to proceed even in the face of almost certain failure reflects the party’s conundrum, facing two key defections in its ranks and a wall of Republican opposition.”   And assuming the bills fail: It would be President BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE’s second failed priority in the past month — in a Congress that his party...
    London (CNN)Maltese center-right politician Roberta Metsola has been elected as the new European Parliament President, a week after the body's previous head David Sassoli died suddenly, and she immediately faced questions around her stance on abortion rights.Metsola, who was voted into the post on her 43rd birthday, had served as the Parliament's vice-president since 2020 and was elected comfortably in Tuesday's leadership vote, winning the support of 458 of the group's 705 MEPs. She is the third woman to lead the Parliament, but has drawn early criticism over her opposition to abortion -- a procedure that is legal, if restricted, in every EU country except her own nation of Malta. Reproductive rights have become a central issue on the continent since Poland introduced a near-total ban on terminations last year.Although the role of President is largely ceremonial, Metsola takes charge of the bloc at a critical time. She will seek to contain fractures among the group's MEPs, while it also deals with the Russian military buildup near to the Ukrainian border, a complicated trade relationship with China and emerging from...
    Nearly three dozen former Trump officials reportedly held a conference call last Monday to discuss undermining their former boss' influence in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Among those who participated were former White House communications directors Alyssa Farah Griffin and Anthony Scaramucci, former White House chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, former Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Pence Olivia Troye, according to CNN.  Griffin, now a CNN commentator, became a target of the president after she claimed that he knew he lost the 2020 election. On Monday she publicly encouraged Republicans to challenge Trump.  'DeSantis should run,' she wrote on Twitter Monday, quoting news that Trump had called the Florida governor 'dull.' 'So should Pence, Pompeo, Haley, Cotton, Tim Scott, Sununu, Hogan, etc. Credible Republicans with governing experience should challenge Trump. There's zero reason to nominate Trump again when R's have a bench & Biden is polling in the 30s.' Former Department of Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, and former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs were also on the call. Miles Taylor,...
    Former President of Kazakhstan Narsultan Nazarbayev, in his first speech to the people since the beginning of the protests in the country, said that there was no conflict or conflict between the elites. According to Ukrinform, Nazarbayev’s video address was published on its text portal There, Posted on YouTube. “In response to numerous appeals to me and the media coverage, I handed over power to President Qasim-Jomar Tokyo in 2019, then retired, and now I am on a decent holiday in the capital. I have not gone anywhere in Kazakhstan,” he said. Nazarbayev. According to him, the current President of Kazakhstan Qasim-Jomar Tokayev has full power. “He is the chairman of the Security Council. The president will soon be elected leader of the Noor Otton party. Therefore, there is no conflict or conflict within the upper echelons. According to Ukrinform, since the beginning of the political crisis in Kazakhstan, Narsultan Nazarbayev and his family members have not appeared in public and commented on what is happening in the country. read more: The protests in Kazakhstan were first...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Christian Democrat Roberta Metsola of Malta has been elected president of the European Union’s parliament. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a once-loyal member of Donald Trump's court, is refusing to bend a knee to the former president and says backing him in the 2024 election 'is too much to ask' after Trump publicly attacked his character. Trump allegedly branded popular governor as having 'no personal charisma' and a 'dull personality' as rumors swirl the ex-president is angry DeSantis hasn't declined to challenge him for the GOP presidential nomination.  DeSantis, however, has told his inner circle that Trump's 'expectation that he bend the knee is asking too much,' the New York Times reported.  The governor blasted back at Trump's criticisms, accusing the ex-president of being 'uncharacteristically out of step with the hard-line elements of his party’s base'.   Sources close to the former president who have recently talked to him about the governor said Trump has grown increasingly irked by DeSantis in recent months, with Trump beginning to voice his frustrations to those in his inner circle. Trump is said to be annoyed that DeSantis has refused to rule out running against him if he launches a second White...
    Sean Hannity said President Biden is liked by no one and that his administration's reputation cannot be salvaged by the mainstream media during his "Hannity" monologue Monday.  "After a historically bad week capping off a historically bad year, Joe Biden's presidency is now on the ropes. Things are going so poorly that even as one-time protectors the media mob, they're now beginning to take note," Hannity said.  He pointed to a headline from "fake news CNN" which read, "Is Biden's presidency doomed?" President Biden  (Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Another article Hannity raised was from Axios entitled, "Biden's Epic Failures." The piece detailed the novelty of Biden failing to impress Republicans and moderate and radical Democrats.  HANNITY: PRESIDENT 'I WILL SHUT DOWN THE VIRUS' BIDEN NEEDS TO EXPLAIN HOSPITALIZATIONS "In other words, nobody likes you, Joe. Poor Joey. Nobody. Nobody thinks he's competent, either," Hannity said. Hannity went on to point out what he believed was laziness from Biden. "In fact, during his first year, Biden spent more than a quarter of his time in Delaware. Now, during the...
    (CNN)As President Joe Biden approaches his one-year mark in office, he is hard-pressed to find any key political signals pointing in his party's direction. And now, a new analysis of polling from Gallup highlights how rapidly the Democrats' standing with the public has deteriorated since the start of Biden's term. Gallup found that in their polls conducted in the first quarter of 2021, an average of 49% of Americans identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party, compared to 40% for the Republican Party. (That represented the largest lead Democrats held on this metric since the fourth quarter of 2012.)Read More But by the fourth quarter of 2021, the Democrats' average advantage had completely vanished: 47% of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward the GOP, compared to 42% for the Democrats -- a net swing of 14 points. According to Gallup, a shift this dramatic is not the norm. In fact, the Republicans' five-point edge in party preference is the largest they have established over the Democrats since 1995 -- right after the GOP took control of the...
    Joe Biden's message and the promise he made to the American people from the beginning of his campaign for the presidency was that he was going to 'heal and restore America's soul.' Over and over again on the campaign trail, he spoke and pleaded with the American people in an effort to convey that he alone was the antidote to the divisive chaos of the Trump years.  He promised to be a president for all Americans and to usher us out of what was one of the most divided times in American history. We all know he hasn't done that. By any metric, America is becoming a worse place to live, work, and raise our children. The Fourth of July promise of freedom from Covid was little more than an ill-advised photo op. A new Gallup poll just released Monday shows that in 2021, Republicans went from a 9-percentage point deficit in party identification to a 5-point lead. It is the biggest advantage for Republicans since the 1994 'Republican Revolution.' Biden promised to be a president for all Americans and...
    A majority of Americans says in a stunning new poll that U.S. democracy is at risk of 'extinction.' The assessment comes in a new poll near the anniversary of President Joe Biden's first year and office, just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot.   About half, or 26 per cent, said U.S. democracy's survival 'is secured for future generations,' according to the poll from Schoen Cooperman Research. Slightly fewer, 23 per cent, said they weren't sure, with 51 per cent saying the democracy was in danger of extinction. The result comes after President Joe Biden spoke about the Capitol riot during a voting rights speech in Atlanta, saying that a year ago a 'dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.' A new Schoen Cooperman poll shows a 51 percent majority believe the U.S. democracy is at risk of extinction Only 54 per cent of Americans said President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the election in a new poll On Saturday, former President Donald Trump, who launched an unsuccessful election overturn effort last year, once again...
    Marlon Bundo, the Pence family's pet rabbit who inspired multiple children's books, has died.    The sad news was announced on Saturday by former Vice President Mike Pence's daughter, Charlotte Pence Bond, on Twitter.  The bunny shot to fame when it became the main character in Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of a Vice President - written by Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen and published in 2018. It aimed to teach children about the role of the VP by showing a day in his life through the eyes of BOTUS as he 'hops after 'Grampa' (Mike Pence)'.  Bundo even had his own Instagram account and earned the nickname BOTUS - or Bunny of the United States - during Pence's term as Vice President.  The Pences released another book featuring Marlon's adventures, entitled Best Christmas Ever in October 2019.  Marlon was also featured in Last Week Tonight's John Oliver's parody book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. Marlon Bundo, the Pence's family pet rabbit who inspired multiple children's books, has died. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife...
    The family of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is calling on President Joe Biden to put the same 'power and passion' he put into the bipartisan infrastructure bill into passing voting rights legislation. 'What we've seen with President Biden is what happens when he puts his full force and power behind an issue like infrastructure. What we want to see is that same power and passion being put behind voting rights,' Arndrea Waters King, the wife of Martin Luther King III told Politico's Playbook. 'We hope that [Monday] is a working day for President Biden.' She said the King family has long seen his holiday as a 'day of action.' She noted Coretta Scott King 'when she was working so many years to make sure that there was a King holiday, her vision of it always was a day of action - a day on, not a day off.' And Martin Luther King III, King's son, called on politicians to stop the lofty talk and get to work. 'No celebration without legislation,' he said. Biden lobbied hard...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U   To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*  *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   NEWS THIS MORNING Djokovic could ALSO be barred from the French Open:   via GIPHY Via Reuters, Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who was deported from Australia over the weekend over his unvaccinated status, may also be barred from competing in the French Open. https://es.pn/3GBEefh  How we know: “France's vaccine pass law, approved by parliament on Sunday, will require people to have a certificate of vaccination to enter public places such as sports venues, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and long-distance trains.”    What we know: https://es.pn/3GBEefh TIMING: Novak Djokovic just returned to his home country, Serbia, after losing his Australian visa to compete in the Australian Open.    When he landed: He was greeted by fans, according to CNN. https://cnn.it/3qAGWMs ‘AN UNPLAYED AUSTRALIAN OPEN IS A TURNING POINT FOR NOVAK...
    As we emerge from the pandemic, Joe Biden's economic policy bungling is driving America into a brick wall of malaise and stagflation. For those of us who lived through it, the comparisons to Jimmy Carter's failed presidency are hard to ignore.  So, why is the Biden administration so determined to ignore both the cause of Carter's economic failure and President Ronald Reagan's very successful formula for reversing it? Absent such an economic awakening, it's going to be a tough three years. Like Carter, the Biden administration is acting as though it can ignore fundamental economic problems forever. News flash – it can't. The longer we wait to seriously address inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain problems, the worse the threat of an inevitable and deep recession becomes. Case in point: On Wednesday Biden, claimed December's inflation report showed 'a meaningful reduction in headline inflation over last month' demonstrating that 'we are making progress in slowing the rate of price increases.' If you are a working or middle-class American that may have surprised you. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' actual report on...
              by Roger Kimball   I almost feel sorry for Joe Biden. The emphasis, I hasten to add, is on the adverb. Perhaps, if he didn’t make me feel thoroughly sorry for the United States of America, my sympathy for him would be unalloyed. But even many in Biden’s own party are aghast at his performance as president. It’s almost a matter of smell, of that sixth sense that alerts sensitive souls to impending disaster. Animals somehow know when an earthquake is coming, even before the ground begins to tremble. The far-left activist Stacey Abrams is well endowed with those antennae, which is why she invented “scheduling issues” and gave the president’s speech in Atlanta a miss last week. The aroma of events like that have a way of clinging to someone, and Abrams had the good sense to know that Joe Biden on “voting rights” and the run-up to Martin Luther King Day was likely to be a redolent affair. In the event, it was much worse than she, or anyone else for that matter, could have foreseen. Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff...
    Donald Trump is said to have branded Ron DeSantis a 'dull' charisma free-zone as rumors swirl the former president is angry the popular Florida governor hasn't said that he won't challenge Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Sources close to the former president who have recently talked to him about DeSantis said Trump has grown increasingly irked by DeSantis in recent months, with Trump beginning to voice his frustrations to those in his inner circle. 'In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,' said a source who recently spoke to Trump about DeSantis.  'He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality,' the source told Axios. Trump and DeSantis are pictured at a Florida rally in November 2019. The former president is now said to be bashing the popular Florida governor behind his back, with speculation mounting that the two men could face-off for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination  The two are among the most popular Republican figures in the country,...
    During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) derided President Joe Biden for the lackluster first year of his presidency. The Tennessee Republican lawmaker said he was the first president to become a “lame duck” in one year. “Joe Biden is the first president in history to become a lame-duck within the first year of his administration,” she said. “And it has been a bad week and a bad year. Maria, look at the Supreme Court overruling them on the OSHA mandate. You look at globally what is happening with Russia, Kazakstan. You look at the Russia-Ukraine issue. You look at Iran shooting — going after President Trump, North Korea shooting off a missile, China with their daily antics, and this plus all that happened on Capitol Hill, with the filibuster, with their election takeover.” “It’s been a very bad week for Joe Biden,” Blackburn added. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
    Fox News host Trey Gowdy said Sunday that President Biden used "deliberate misinformation" to "denigrate" the people of Georgia with his polarizing voting rights speech last week. "Less than one year removed from his inaugural address where he talked about unity to the everlasting delight of editorial boards across the country, this president is dividing the country again using race and voting," the "Sunday Night in America" host told viewers.  SEN. TIM SCOTT: BIDEN'S VOTING RIGHTS SPEECH WAS ‘OFFENSIVE’ TO ME AS A SOUTHERNER AND AN AMERICAN "It’s not hard to vote in Georgia. It’s actually pretty easy," Gowdy added, "so easy that Biden won in Georgia along with two Democrat candidates for Senate. Which is why it’s so hard to understand why he would want to denigrate one of the few southern states he has a chance to win. But he did, and he used deliberate misinformation to do it." U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 11, 2022. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Biden warned of...
    The email came out of the blue one day in 2016. Almost a decade had passed since Miles and Cathy Alexander had left their jobs as residential managers of Little St James, Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean. Since then, Epstein had been jailed — briefly — for paedophile offences and the couple had retired to their native South Africa. But now Darren Indyke, the disgraced tycoon’s attorney, was back in touch. The lawyer wanted the Alexanders to do something that would be of particular benefit to Hillary Clinton and her campaign to become the first female President of the United States, later that year. Epstein's lawyer Darren Indyke tried to scrub links between Bill Clinton and Epstein during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign It entailed them signing a sworn affidavit — which Indyke had already drafted for them — declaring they had never seen Senator Clinton’s husband, President Bill Clinton, at their former home: ‘Paedo Island’, as it had come to be known. Whether or not the once-most powerful man in the world had set foot on a 78-acre...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez took aim at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming his 'disastrous' policies are driving Hispanic voters out of the Democratic Party. She made the comments in an interview with Fox & Friends, less than a year until the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress -- and largely, Biden's agenda -- for the latter half of the president's term. 'When you look at these numbers, it should be not a shock to anyone,' she said of why many Spanish-speaking Americans are joining the GOP. 'You have seen Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party, and part of that is because they agree that we want to be the party.' Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to be elected the Sunshine State's lieutenant governor, said they believe Republicans will give them 'freedom that will provide them opportunities for their families.' She also lashed out at Biden for his Justice Department's crackdown on public education settings late last year amid a rise in violent incidents at school board meetings and after a letter from the National School...
    Half of Americans are “frustrated” with Joe Biden’s presidency, according to a new survey. A CBS News poll released Sunday finds that 50 percent of Americans are “frustrated” with Biden’s tenure in the Oval Office today. The survey also found that 49 percent are “disappointed” and 40 percent are “nervous” after Biden’s first year in office. The survey measured Biden’s current approval rating at 44 percent, which is actually somewhat higher than the current average of 42.5 percent, as calculated by FiveThirtyEight. With the exception of former President Donald Trump who clocked in at 40.2 percent approval at this point in his term, according to FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s approval is lower than that of any president at the one-year mark going back to Harry Truman. One of the major reasons, according to the CBS survey, is the economy. A whopping 62 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy — with 58 percent saying that he’s not focused enough on it, and 65 percent responding that he has not focused enough on inflation. Biden’s...
    Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R) said Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend” that her election means she was “the embodiment of what we’re trying to achieve in America.” Sears said, “I’m just going to repeat what our current President Biden and our current Vice President Harris has said about racism when they were asked, ‘Is racism systemic in America?’ Their answer was absolutely no. And so, I am the embodiment of what we’re trying to achieve in America. We want everyone to have equal opportunity. And here I sit today to say it can happen. I am so tired of those who look at life as being the glass is half empty. What a negative way to continue to view life because you know life is going to hit you hard, and you have to be prepared for it. You come out of the womb screaming. That ought to be an indication of how things are going to be, the rich suffer-yes- the poor suffer and everybody in between. We can make it. We can make it.”...
    Novak Djokovic fled Australia late on Sunday night after 11 days of remarkable legal wrangling saw the tennis champion finally exhaust his options, and left with no choice but to be escorted to the airport by AFP guards. The 20-time Grand Slam winner now faces being banned from Australia for three years, as human rights groups warn the case sets a worrying precedent that sweeping powers can be used to deport visitors over political ideologies. The controversial decision was met with horror by his fans, family and politicians back in Serbia, with Djokovic's outraged father labelling it an 'assassination attempt' against his son and President Aleksandar Vucic slamming 'lying' Australian officials.  But Scott Morrison, and likely millions of Australians, supported the move, with the prime minister saying he 'welcomed the decision to keep our borders strong'. The tennis star lost his last-ditch bid to stay in Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open on Sunday after three federal court judges unanimously ruled he did not have grounds to dispute Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's visa cancellation.  The 34-year-old, who has been ordered...
    A vast majority of American voters do not think President Joe Biden has his priorities straight when it comes to record-setting inflation currently gripping the country, a dire new poll revealed on Sunday. The agenda items the progressive president has been focused on, like his $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill, are only pushing his critics further away, according to the survey from CBS News and YouGov. The poll, taken January 12 to 14, shows Biden starting the year with the same lackluster approval numbers he ended the last with just 44 percent support.  It's still an improvement from a devastating Quinnipiac poll released last week that gives him a 33 percent approval rating. Among the majority who don't support him, more than three-quarters -- 76 percent -- have said Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate reform package that was indefinitely stalled by centrists in his own party last month would not boost their opinion of him. However, 63 percent of those detractors said they would like the president more if he got inflation under control.  Biden has suffered from...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: “We can overcome this deadly virus.” Neither malady has abated. For Biden, it’s been a year of lofty ambitions grounded by the unrelenting pandemic, a tough hand in Congress, a harrowing end to an overseas war and rising fears for the future of democracy itself. Biden did score a public-works achievement for the ages. But America’s cracks go deeper than pavement. In this midterm election year, Biden confronts seething divisions and a Republican Party that propagates the delusion that the 2020 election — exhaustively vetted, validated many times over, fair by all measures — was stolen from Donald Trump. That central, mass lie of a rigged vote has become a pretext in state after state for changing election rules and fueling...
    Comedian Pete Davidson appeared as Joe Biden from an alternative universe during Saturday Night Live's cold open. Davidson appeared without a t-shirt and his chest covered in tattoos.  During a sketch which referenced the latest Spiderman movie in which all three actors who have played the comic book character over the last 20 years appeared, Davidson's Biden showed up to tell the audience that they were living in the 'bad universe' while he had come from 'the real world.'   'Everyone on Earth is better off in the real world, except one man named Pete Davidson. Your world is maybe more fun for him,' he joked with a smirk.  Pete Davidson, left, appeared as a second President Biden from an alternative universe, a nod to Spider-Man's 'multiverse' concept with James Austin Johnson  The sketch show returned for its first show of 2022 with new cast member for this season, James Austin Johnson, playing Joe Biden urging people to stop seeing Spider-Man ‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/czPQ796lsO— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) January 16, 2022 The sketch show returned for its first show of...
    Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) finds a lot of things objectionable about President Joe Biden’s tenure thus far. During an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” on Friday, Gabbard warned among those was a creeping “authoritarianism” from the Biden presidency. “Well, what I see is people are struggling, and you can understand how people are frustrated and even angry at the fact that our government is failing us,” she said. “And one of the most disturbing things that I see coming out of this administration is how president Joe Biden has his attorney general targeting Americans as domestic terrorists for being, quote, unquote, ‘anti-authority.'” “And what is so extremely dangerous about this, Sean, is that the president of the United States is the authority here in America,” Gabbard continued. “And so, if our president is targeting Americans for being, quote, unquote, ‘anti-authority,’ what they’re really saying is you are an enemy of the state if you are against the president or his policies. This is the foundation of authoritarianism. And it’s — the message that is received by people at home is...
    The final Saturday Night Live episode of 2021 did not exactly go as planned after the live audience was sent home and the vast majority of the cast was either out sick with COVID or declined to risk their health for the sake of the show. So the pressure was on to deliver something better resembling what fans expect from SNL when the show made its big return to Studio 8H this week for the first new episode of 2022. And they kicked things off with a message from James Austin Johnson’s President Joe Biden about the one thing America can do to end the pandemic for good: “Stop seeing Spider-Man.” “Think about it,” he explained. “When did Spider-Man come out? December 17th. When did every single person get Omicron? The week after December 17th. Stop seeing Spider-Man.” For the rest of the cold open sketch, Biden took questions from reporters that mostly ended with him reiterating his plea. “See anything else,” he begged. “I saw the first half hour of House of Gucci. That’s more than enough movie for...
    Trump supporters showed up in droves in rural Arizona Saturday  witness the former president give his first rally of the new year to kick off the mid-term season, where he was joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point.   The Saturday night rally kicked off with a full embrace of the so-called 'big lie.' 'Who won the election?' Arizona's GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward asked the crowd. She received a chorus of 'Trump!' in return. At other times the crowd was urged to chant 'de-certify!' My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president's most ardent defenders of his claims of election fraud, aimed his ire Saturday at conservative media outlets who won't fully embrace those false claims. 'This brings up the biggest problem we face. It's not the media, the fake news media, we're all onto them. It's the conservative media,' Lindell said. 'The ones that don't talk. One of them rhymes with Fox,' he joked. 'They're disgusting. They're disgusting. They won't talk about anything,' he continued. 'When was...
    The affluent suburb of Paradise Valley in Arizona is a traditional Republican stronghold. With multi-million-dollar homes dotting a desert filled with towering saguaro cactus plants, its residents enjoy a choice of more than half a dozen golf courses, discreet upmarket shopping centres and award-winning restaurants, all nestled against the spectacular backdrop of Camelback Mountain. Donald Trump stormed to victory here in 2016. Donald Trump at a North Carolina campaign rally in 2019. His fortunes have changed drastically since the deadly Capitol riot Paradise Valley is part of Maricopa County, an area of 2.1 million voters which includes the city of Phoenix and its outlying areas and which has voted Republican for as long as anyone can remember. Yet in 2020, Maricopa County delivered a bombshell when voters turned in droves against President Trump in favour of Democratic rival Joe Biden. 'It was seismic,' says life-long Republican Benny White, who unsuccessfully ran for local office and found himself being chased down driveways by furious residents branding him a 'Trumper'. 'People just turned against Trump. He became a visceral figure of hate....
    THESE are the seven times Donald Trump wowed the crowd at his rallies from his lively YMCA dance to his special celebrity guests. As the former US president gets ready for his upcoming Save American rally at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona, here's a look at some memorable moments Trump amused his audience. 4The former president has shown off his dance moves to the tune of Village People's YMCA while causing a stir on social mediaCredit: AP 4In July 2020, Trump showed the crowd at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that he could drink a glass of water without difficulty after he was seen drinking with two handsCredit: Getty Trump is set to speak at 7pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022. His appearance will mark his second time being in Arizona since his presidency came to an end. Leading up to his presidency, the 75-year-old Republican went viral for breaking into robotic dance routines at his MAGA rallies around the US. YMCA DANCE The former president has shown off his dance moves to the tune of Village People's YMCA...
    “When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., November 1967. As the nation prepares to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the heels of President Joe Biden’s voting rights speech and the GOP pearl-clutching that followed it, it’s worth remembering that venerated Republican deity Ronald Reagan opposed the King holiday right up until the day he signed it, and made no bones about it at a press conference the day the law passed. Then-President Reagan held a press conference on October 19, 1983, the day the U.S. Senate passed the law creating a federal King holiday by a veto-proof margin of 78-22. At that press conference, Reagan fielded several questions about Dr. King, the answers to which failed to cover the Gipper in glory. Then-ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson asked Reagan about then-Senator Jesse Helms‘ smear of Dr. King as a communist sympathizer. “Do...