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    Donald Trump and Mark Meadows. If Donald Trump’s lawyers don’t get quick action from the Supreme Court, the first four pages of White House records relating to Jan. 6 could be turned over to the House select committee on Wednesday evening.  The National Archives has identified four pages that the committee wants and that it says are not included in Trump’s lawsuit to block the release of documents. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in December issued an injunction preventing the Biden administration from turning over three tranches of documents—documents the court said can be given to the House select committee at the president’s discretion, and which President Joe Biden has said he would release—but allowed Trump time to appeal to the Supreme Court. The four pages set to be released on Wednesday at 6 PM ET are not included in those three tranches of documents, though, according to the National Archives, and Trump’s lawyers have not moved to specifically block them. “On December 17, 2021, the Counsel to the President directed the Archivist to withhold those records for an additional thirty days—i.e., through...
    The Biden administration has launched a task force to respond to future COVID-19 variants. The Biden administration is taking several steps to address the latest wave of COVID-19, including the creation of a response team designed to head off possible future variants of the coronavirus. Experts say the month of February will likely be "tough" in terms of omicron, though there are signs that the wave may be peaking as reported infections and hospitalizations slow. Health officials are simultaneously concerned about future variants developing and groups like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, meanwhile, has made moves to address the crisis, recently launching the Pandemic Innovation Task Force, which is focused on developing treatments, vaccines, testing, and other tools to respond to variants that may appear within six months to two years. Eric Lander, who serves as President Joe Biden's science adviser, leads the group along with Dawn O'Connell, assistant secretary for...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden spotted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on the White House campus last June and called out to the House Democratic campaign chair loudly enough for several others to hear: "I really want to talk to you about the races!" he shouted.   A week later, at the cherry festival in Traverse City, Michigan, Biden leaned into Sen. Gary Peters, who's in charge of Democratic Senate campaigns, with the same promise. He's always cared most about Senate races, Biden told the Michigan Democrat, and he wanted to have a meeting, an hour at least, to talk about helping his party hold the chamber in 2022. Maloney's staff eagerly followed up. So did Peters'. Then they followed up again. And again. Seven months later, there are still no meetings on the books.  Joe Biden enters the second year of his presidency looking for a reset after a tumultuous first 12 months They're not the only ones who've been left waiting. In three dozen exclusive interviews with CNN, top Democratic politicians, campaign officials and operatives say the White House political operation is...
    The White House on Wednesday established a council of officials from dozens of federal agencies to guide the administration's efforts to boost purchasing of U.S.-made goods. The "Made in America Council," comprised of career and political officials, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, according to guidance obtained exclusively by The Hill. The officials on the council were designated as a result of a June executive order aimed at strengthening the administration's "Buy American" policies. "The goal of the Council is simple: advance our Made in America goals by creating a regular forum and community for agencies to collaborate as they work to strengthen the use of Federal procurement and Federal financial assistance to increase reliance on domestic supply chains and reduce the need for waivers over time," Celeste Drake, director of the administration's Made in America Office, said in a blog post seen first by The Hill. The council will include representation from 23 of the 24 agencies named under the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act, which includes Cabinet agencies and additional departments like NASA and the General Services Administration. Twenty-eight agencies not covered by the...
    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 nominate Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the president announced on Wednesday.  Hartley was the ambassador to the France and Monaco during the Obama administration and the White House said in a statement that she strengthened the U.S. relationship with France while focusing on counterterrorism cooperation.  “She arrived in Paris shortly before the Charlie Hebdo attack and served through the Bataclan and Nice attacks. Hartley subsequently received the Legion of Honor from the President of France in recognition of her efforts,” the White House said in a statement. Harley was a fundraiser for Biden during his 2020 presidential run and was a major fundraiser for former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Bottom line Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE. Hartley previously was CEO of the economic and political...
    Former President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks at a rally Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz.Ross D. Franklin | AP The Department of Justice told a federal appeals court Wednesday that four pages of Trump White House records will be given to the select House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot later in the day, saying the documents are not covered by a temporary injunction barring release of many other Trump records. But a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, in his own letter to the appeals court, said the release of the documents would violate that injunction. He also accused the DOJ of "misconduct" in trying "to conduct an end-run" against that court order. The lawyer, Jesse Binnall, threatened to seek to have the DOJ held in contempt of court if it permits the National Archives to turn over the four pages to the select committee as planned early Wednesday evening. The DOJ, however, says in its letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that a decision by that court...
    The White House on Wednesday called the bans on blood donations from gay and bisexual men “painful” amid the worst blood shortage in a decade in the U.S.  The decades-old guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says to “defer for 3 months from the most recent sexual contact, a man who has had sex with another man during the past 3 months.”  “The legacy of bans on blood donation continues to be painful, especially for LGBTQI+ communities,” a White House official told ABC News in a statement.  The official said that 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 wants to ensure the policy is based on science and that the administration supports the Assessing Donor Variability and New Concepts in Eligibility (ADVANCE) study, which is focused on alternatives to the blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.  “The President is committed to ensuring that this policy is based on science, not fiction or stigma....
      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 plans to use his Wednesday afternoon press conference to highlight progress made on the economy and pandemic during his first year in office, but he will acknowledge there is more to do, White House communications director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden seeks to reverse Trump on Arctic drilling Biden environmental aide leaving White House The Memo: No more 'the former guy' as Biden tackles Trump head-on MORE said. "What he's thinking about is the great progress we've made in the first year of his presidency," Bedingfield said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," citing economic growth and improvements in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. "He believes that he has laid a foundation for progress," Bedingfield said. "But he would also be the first to say there's a lot more to do. There's a lot more to do, and he wants to finish the job on things that he started. "He set forth...
    As the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to infect across the country, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will begin to distribute 400 million free N95 masks to Americans next week.  The White House said that the masks will come from the government's Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million available. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF FREE N95 MASKS Three will be available per individual – although details were not immediately available on what sort of masks will be provided and whether they could be worn again.  The masks will be available at tens of thousands of locations nationwide, including pharmacies and community health centers that have partnered with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. A White House official said that this act marks the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history.  A pair of N95 masks (iStock) They said the administration would start to ship masks at the end of the week. Earlier this month, a senior administration official told Politico – which first reported this initiative – that...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden is holding a press conference today, only a day before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. The conference comes on the same day The White House's new website offering free Covid tests goes live. 2President Joe Biden is holding a press conference today at 4pm. What time is Joe Biden speaking today? For the tenth time since taking office, President Joe Biden is holding an extended solo press conference in front of 30 reporters in the East Room at The White House. The conference will take place at 4pm ET on January 19 and comes as his approval ratings are down to 44 percent from the initial 60 percent approval he received when he took office. The president's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal resulted in a drop in support and this approval rating hasn't recovered since. He is now struggling to gain support for his Build Back Better legislative agenda and curb the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant which now accounts for 73 percent of cases, according to the CDC website. White House Press Secretary Jen...
    The Biden administration intends to distribute 400 million professional-quality N95 face masks to adults free of charge. The masks will come out of the Strategic National Stockpile and will be made available to people through local pharmacies and community health centers, an unnamed White House official said. The announcement comes a day after the White House launched its program to provide free COVID-19 tests. "This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history," the official told CNN. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ROLLS OUT FREE COVID-19 TESTS WEBSITE A DAY EARLY The 400 million N95 masks would come out of the 750 million masks currently stored in the stockpile and would be part of an endeavor by the Biden administration to ensure the public has access to the more-protective masks. The effort is expected to begin in early February, the official said. The supply will not include child-sized masks, although two people with knowledge of the matter told Politico that the government is working on acquiring them. Biden had previewed the plan last...
    Pent-up frustration over press access has raised the stakes for President Joe Biden's second-ever stand-alone White House news conference. Convened on the eve of his first anniversary in office, Biden will take questions from reporters as his own party jeopardizes his domestic legislative agenda and he is tested by foreign adversaries abroad. BIDEN AGENDA TURNS TO ANTI-REPUBLICAN MESSAGING AS LEGISLATION STALLS Biden is anticipated to promote pandemic and economic progress while touting his $2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal during Wednesday's press conference, according to political communications expert Aaron Kall. But there are also inherent risks after Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona tanked his social welfare and climate proposal and undermined his voting and elections reform push and Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to escalate tensions with Ukraine. "There are always traps that presidents can fall into during these types of live press conferences," the University of Michigan director of debate and co-author of Debating The Donald told the Washington Examiner. "This is partly the reason Biden has not participated in very many to...
    The White House could be set to wade into the latest school mask mandate battle, which is now being waged just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital. Press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted about the issue after Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates, saying she supports Arlington County and other districts that have vowed to keep them in place. YOUNGKIN BATTLE WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS OVER MASKS SET TO ESCALATE Hi there. Arlington county parent here (don’t believe you are @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I am wrong). Thank you to @APSVirginia for standing up for our kids, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transmissible variant. https://t.co/6UeNIYoZCU— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) January 17, 2022 The tweet came from Psaki's personal account, and the White House did not respond to questions about its official stance on the matter. But the Biden administration has already gone to battle with several Republican governors over the issue of forced masking in schools. In August, the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week. The step comes after federal officials emphasized the masks’ better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings. The White House says the masks will come from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand. The masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the country. The White House says the masks will begin shipping this week for distribution starting late next week. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for "every home in the U.S." to access an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service. People can order four at-home tests per residential address, to be delivered by the Postal Service. It marks the latest step by President Joe Biden to address criticism of low inventory and long lines for testing during a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the website was in "beta testing" and operating at a "limited capacity" ahead of its official launch. The website will officially launch midmorning Wednesday, Psaki said.There were isolated reports Tuesday afternoon of problems relating to the website's address verification tool erroneously enforcing the four-per-household cap on apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings. A spokesperson for the Postal Service said in a statement that the error was "occurring in a small percentage of orders."...
    (CNN)The new government website where people can order free Covid-19 at-home rapid antigen tests is up and running. With just names and addresses, families can go to COVIDtests.gov and request up to four free tests to be delivered to their homes.The website comes online as the Biden administration faces growing pressure to fix the coronavirus testing shortage amid the Omicron surge. The White House says it already has tens of millions of tests ready to go. It is spending $4 billion to deliver the first 500 million tests to homes across the US.Have you tried to order free Covid-19 tests from the federal government? Tell us about it.The program passes the testing pressure to the US Postal Service, which says it's prepared to deliver."We have been working closely with the Administration and are well prepared to accept and deliver test kits on the first day the program launches," Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement.But right now, the Postal Service is facing problems, with communities in several states dealing with mail delays because of Omicron.Read MoreAs of Tuesday, more...
    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 face reporters for his first news conference of the year on Wednesday with serious questions about his agenda and the health of his presidency as he nears the first anniversary of taking office. Biden has been unable to move members of his own party to back his most ambitious goals, with Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-W.Va.) stiff-arming the president in ways that left the White House looking ineffectual. Biden’s climate and social policy package, the top priority of the White House and Democrats in Congress, appears doomed — unless parts of it...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings. The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand. The masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the country. They will begin shipping this week for distribution starting late next week, the White House said. This will be the largest distribution of free masks by the federal government to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In early 2020, then-President Donald Trump’s administration considered and then shelved plans to send masks to all American at their homes. President Joe Biden embraced the initiative after facing mounting criticism this month over the inaccessibility — both in supply and cost — of N95 masks as the highly transmissible omicron variant swept across the country. After facing...
    The latest conspiracy theory to convulse MAGA-land does not involve COVID-19 boosters or “deep state” Jan. 6 plots (more on those in a bit), but a bit of routine construction at dear old 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—which has convinced some on the right that Joe Biden is about to impose martial law. The White House tells The Daily Beast that the concrete barriers—or “wall,” if you’re being dramatic—on the lawn are for fountain maintenance. (“They kind of treated me like a kook,” discloses Fever Dreams host Will Sommer, who contacted the executive branch for comment.) This has not stopped some right-wing personalities characters from implying that “Biden is about to impose martial law or some unconscionable new law or executive order that will so outrage the American people that they will want to storm the barricades.” While the White House’s denial is unlikely to satisfy the true believers, Sommer points out that the incident is a meta-commentary on “Washington as canvas for conspiracy theories… there are people who walk around Washington, these conspiracy theorists who are very well paid by their...
    Senate Democrats launched an effort yesterday to get an up-or-down verdict on voting rights legislation, knowing full well they are going to lose. The question is, why? It seems to me to be a public display of weakness: Yes, we really want to change the voting laws, and yes, we control both houses of Congress, but we don’t have the votes. And it shifts the public spotlight to boring procedural arguments about the filibuster and other arcane Senate rules. The nominal reason is to get all Senate Republicans on record as opposing the two voting bills, so that the Democrats can exploit the issue in this year’s midterms. But that reflects a classic Beltway mentality. Without minimizing the importance of voting rights, especially to minorities and especially as Republican governors are tightening restrictions, I don’t think many Americans regard this as the most burning issue facing the country. For all the democracy-in-danger rhetoric, I’d say inflation, supply shortages, Covid and scattered school shutdowns seem more of a clear and present danger. President Biden walks to the Oval Office of...
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    (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...
    (CNN)If President Joe Biden's only task in his solo press conference on Wednesday was restoring his battered political standing, it would be daunting enough. But the President will arrive in the East Room at a moment of national exhaustion and drained morale as the coronavirus pandemic heads into a third year, amid a sense that events at home and abroad are cascading out of control and that vicious ideological divides could tear America apart. The country has not been as ideologically estranged for generations. Two big blocks of Americans believe everything that they think their nation stands for could be ripped away. Biden was elected to slake the poison, bridge divides and solve problems. But in his first year in office, political bitterness has deepened, partly because of ex-President Donald Trump's corrosive and dangerous campaign to destroy American democracy. And Biden's interpretation of tiny Democratic mandates in Congress might have delighted liberals but it has prompted some who saw him as a moderate to wonder whether they misjudged him.In such an atmosphere, the President is under pressure to do more...
    DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, arrived in the U.S. at Kennedy Airport in New York on a tourist visa about two weeks ago, officials said. He spent time in Dallas-area homeless shelters before the attack Saturday in the suburb of Colleyville. Akram was not believed to be included in the Terrorist Screening Database, a listing of known or suspected terrorists maintained by the FBI and shared with a variety of federal agencies, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. Had he been included, it would have been extremely difficult for him to get into the country. “Our understanding, and obviously we’re still looking into this, is that he was checked against U.S. government databases multiple times prior to entering the country, and the U.S. government did not have any derogatory information about the individual in...
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Biden administration will make 400 million non-surgical N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile available to Americans for free, a White House official said Tuesday."N95 masks will be available for the public to pick up at tens of thousands of local pharmacies, as well as at thousands of community health centers across the country," said the official. "The Administration is starting to ship masks at the end of this week, and masks will start to be available at pharmacies and community health centers late next week. The program will be fully up and running by early February."The deployment of protective masks by the Biden administration follows the CDC's most recent mask update.A White House official released the following statement:Experts agree that masking is an important tool to control the spread of COVID-19. That's why the President has consistently called on Americans to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. And, since taking office, the Biden administration has taken significant action, including using the Defense Production Act, to ensure the U.S. has enough masks so that frontline...
    The White House refused to take a stance on the ethical considerations of members of Congress trading stock while a proposed ban is gaining steam in the U.S. Senate. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that President Joe Biden “believes that everyone should be held to the highest standard,” but did not say whether the president supports or opposes a ban on congressional stock trading. “He’ll let members of leadership in Congress and members of Congress determine what the rules should be,” Psaki continued. Although she did not reveal Biden’s position, she explained that Biden had not traded individual stocks during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate. The STOCK Act, which requires members of Congress to disclose their trades above $1,000, was signed into law in 2012 after Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer exposed corruption in his book Throw Them All Out. Last year, 54 members of Congress violated the STOCK Act, according to a Business Insider report. Additionally, recent reports show that members of Congress traded better than the market, on average. Senators Jon Ossoff (D-CA)...
    A key ally to former President Donald Trump played down talk of a growing feud with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ahead of a potential 2024 election showdown. Mark Meadows, who was Trump's final White House chief of staff, made an appearance on Newsmax on Tuesday to respond to reports that Trump is fed up with DeSantis and, according to the New York Times, that DeSantis has told friends that it's too much to ask that he bow to Trump. People "want Trump in the White House," Meadows insisted. Although Meadows praised the "great job" DeSantis has done leading Florida, he also insisted that the governor is "smart enough to know that this is the party of Trump. This will continue to be." Trump has not said publicly that he will commit to another run for the White House, but Meadows said it "won't be Ron DeSantis challenging him" if he does. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS RUDY GIULIANI, SIDNEY POWELL, AND JENNA ELLIS Employing a tactic often used by Trump and his allies, Meadows accused the media of fabricating conflict...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.When President Joe Biden walks out at 4pm ET to greet reporters assembled in the White House's East Room, it will be the first formal press conference he has convened in months. Suffice to say, a lot has happened since then. Omicron has surged across the country. Inflation is at a 40-year high. The Build Back Better Act is stalled. Democrats are pushing a doomed bid to enact voting rights legislation. And Russia appears to be on the precipice of executing a military invasion of Ukraine.The White House, of course, knows things aren't going swimmingly. "The President knows there's more work to do, so he's also going to level with the American people about the challenges we still face -- especially when it comes to COVID-19 and higher prices -- and the actions he's taking to tackle them," a White House official told me via email Tuesday. But the administration does believe that it has a positive story to tell...
    (CNN)The National Archives plans to release four pages of Trump-era White House documents to the House on Wednesday, in what appears to be the first time the committee that's investigating the January 6 riot would get records that former President Donald Trump wants to keep secret.As the agency that holds all of the Trump White House records, the Archives notified the courts of the imminent turnover in a filing on Tuesday night. Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block the release of hundreds of pages of records related to January 6, arguing the documents are protected by executive privilege. The Biden White House, however, supports releasing the records to the House select committee, after determining the disclosure is in the nation's best interest and declining to assert executive privilege.The Supreme Court has not yet acted. Exclusive: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyles phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committeeEven though Trump has not won in lower courts, the appellate court in DC has blocked the release of three tranches of documents pending action from the Supreme Court. The handful...
    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...
    The White House admitted Tuesday that the United States government failed to flag a man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday. Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was shot and killed by police during his hostage attempt at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, was reportedly known by United Kingdom intelligence, according to reports. The United States government data bases, however, did not. “Our understanding and obviously we are still looking into this is he was checked against U.S. government data bases multiple times prior to entering the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. Akram flew into the United States through New York on January 22 with a tourist visa, according to reports. “The U.S. government did not have any derogatory information about the individual in our systems at the time of entry,” Psaki said. Akram’s brother expressed disbelief that he was allowed into the country. “How had he gotten into America?”Akram said to the New York Times. “Why was he granted a visa? How did he land at J.F.K....
    While it is starting to appear that the Omicron COVID-19 wave could be nearing its end, one model projects a grim future ahead for the United States, modeling that 58,000 to 305,000 more Americans will succumb to the virus over the next two months. Projections shared during a White House briefing Tuesday estimate that between up to 305,000 Americans could die from Covid between now and when the wave is expected to subside by mid-March. This likely would bring America's overall Covid death total - sitting at over 853,000 as of Tuesday afternoon - over one million, a mark no other country in the world has reached. The projection comes despite the growing data that the Omicron variant is less severe than its predecessors. Data revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week showed that a person infected with Omicron is 91 percent less likely to die than a person who contracted Delta. Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said last week that the Delta variant was even still responsible for the recent uptick in deaths...
    The White House raised more concerns about the future of Ukraine on Tuesday, as Russians amass troops at the border. White House press secretary Jen Psaki raised the alarm during the daily briefing. “We believe we’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine,” Psaki said. “I would say that’s more stark than we have been.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Russia could attack Ukraine at “any point.” (AFP) President Biden has repeatedly talked tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Ukraine, but tensions continue to rise over Russia’s decision to deploy troops in the region. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing a series of veteran-related bills at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Psaki said the Biden administration would continue exploring ways to deter Putin from acting in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) “President Putin has created this crisis by...
    Former Trump administration officials met on Monday evening to impede Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential return, CNN reported. The group was apparently only able to agree on two items: the difficulty of successfully plotting opposition to the former president, and the group’s dilemma of making up for lost time. Those in attendance on the secretive phone call were reportedly former White House staffers who served at the pleasure of Trump but likely found more harmony with the administrative state, the unofficial fourth branch of government: Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly Former Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin Former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Former Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Pence Olivia Troye Former Department of Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann Former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs Former National Security Advisor John Bolton Former DHS Chief of Staff Miles Taylor Taylor, who wrote an op-ed and book critical of the Trump White House as “Anonymous,” reportedly led the call and leaked to CNN the group was “overflowing with ideas” on how to restrain the...
    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...
    Take home COVID-19 self testing kits provided by the District of Columbia government, which provides city residents four free take home tests per day, are seen in this illustration taken January 11, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Americans on Tuesday started placing orders for free Covid tests promised by the Biden administration after the federal government rolled out the website a day earlier than expected — with some complaining on social media that they were blocked from ordering their own supplies. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the website, covidtests.gov, is in its testing phase and will officially launch Wednesday morning. Orders placed during the website's testing phase Tuesday are valid and will be shipped, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz told CNBC. Every household is limited to four tests based on residential address. The White House said last week it capped the number of tests people can order to ensure broad access to the program. Tests can be ordered here: https://www.covidtests.gov/ After clicking on "order free at-home tests," the website redirects customers to a Postal Service order form, where you...
    This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 14, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: It's really simple. If you don't pay your taxes, you shouldn't be in charge of anything. None of these people pay their taxes. It's unbelievable.We'll see you Monday. Have the best weekend.SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Welcome to HANNITY this busy Friday news night.Tonight, it is no secret that from the very beginning, we had really low expectations of the Biden White House. Now, somehow, some way, yeah, things are even far worse than we predicted. This is not hyperbole. This is not Sean Hannity talking points. No.As we speak, even Democrats and Republicans and the media mob are openly questioning if Joe and Kamala will even or be in a position to run for re election with some wondering if they can even finish out their current term. It is a legitimate concern.Every day this week was a horror show, one worse than the other. On Monday, the CDC recorded a...
    White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu briefed reporters Tuesday on the implementation of the infrastructure legislation President Joe Biden signed into law last year, declaring it "Infrastructure Week" at the White House yet again. "Except the difference is we're actually going to build stuff," Landrieu added, a clear reference to past administrations that failed to pass bipartisan infrastructure legislation. Under former President Donald Trump, multiple attempts to pass an infrastructure bill were promoted as "Infrastructure Week." But no bill ever received bipartisan support. The former New Orleans mayor outlined how in the 60 days after Biden signed the bill into law, the Cabinet and infrastructure task force convened six times — a seventh meeting is scheduled for Thursday — to plot out exactly how that $1.2 trillion should be spent over the next decade. He added that his office had contacted all 50 governors in the country to discuss upgrades to roads, bridges, and airports, noting additional announcements in the coming weeks. "This infrastructure work, in general, is not a one-time economic stimulus. It is not a race to see how many...
    The White House defended its decision to withhold visitor log records for President Joe Biden’s Delaware residences as tallies show the president logging a quarter of his first year in office in his home state. “The president goes to Delaware because it’s his home,” press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, adding that this is where Biden’s son, first wife, and daughter are buried. “It’s a place that is obviously close to his heart.” The president spent 28% of his first year in office in Delaware, typically on weekend trips, according to recent tallies. Biden has called his White House residence something of a “gilded cage in terms of being able to walk outside and do things.” But critics of the policy are concerned about who may be seeking to influence decision-making in the White House. BIDEN AGENDA TESTED AFTER WEEK OF HARD SETBACKS The Biden administration has pledged to improve transparency upon taking office, including issuing visitor logs of in-person meetings on the grounds. However, the rule doesn’t extend to Biden’s homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where...
    Some Americans were granted access to free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests through the federal government a day earlier than initially planned as the website went live before expected. The White House announced last week that beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 19, it will begin distributing up to one billion free testing kits, however, some reported that they were able to place their orders on Tuesday, Jan. 18, a day early as the website had a "soft" launch. Original story - COVID-19: Here's When Americans Can Order Free At-Home Tests On Tuesday afternoon, the White House confirmed that the website had been launched in its “beta phase,” and was “operating at limited capacity ahead of its official launch,” which will then open up more widely to Americans on Wednesday. “This is standard practice to address the troubleshooting and ensure as smooth of an official launch tomorrow as possible," a White House spokesperson said in a statement. "We expect the website to officially launch mid-morning tomorrow.” Once ordered, the tests will take approximately seven to 12 days to ship, and can be requested...
    The Biden White House this month pushed to protect scientific and statistical agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau from political interference in a report issued just days before newly disclosed documents showed the “unprecedented” extent of the Trump administration’s efforts to gain politically from the 2020 headcount. A report released last week by a White House task force said the American people have a right to expect from its government “accurate information, data, and evidence and scientifically-informed policies, practices, and communications.” “This requires scientific integrity — based on rigorous scientific research that is free from politically motivated suppression or distortion,” said the report from the Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee. Shortly after the report came out, new documents released over the weekend revealed that political appointees in the Trump administration’s Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, tried to exert unusual influence on the 2020 census, the nation’s once-a-decade head count overseen by statisticians, demographers and government bureaucrats. The documents, made public through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the Brennan Center for Justice and first reported by...
    The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. Despite massing some 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine, Russia continues to insist it has no plans to invade its neighbor further. But the White House and the Pentagon have cited “credible” intelligence that Russia is planning to stage false flag attacks against its forces to create a phony pretext for war. AMID RUSSIAN DENIALS, US SEES PLANS FOR WAR "We believe we're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine," Psaki said when asked if the threat of invasion was getting higher or lower. "I'd say that's more stark than we have been." The White House has warned of an accompanying social media disinformation campaign that now averages 3,500 social media posts a day — up 200% from the rate in November. The effort is similar to what Russian President Vladimir Putin directed ahead of the 2014 invasion of Ukraine's Crimea region, Psaki said last week. ...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiPsaki claps back at Youngkin over school mask mandates Clyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response MORE on Tuesday spent roughly 45 minutes briefing reporters, alongside White House infrastructure adviser Mitch Landrieu. Psaki told the press corps, reduced in number due to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, that the website to order free COVID-19 tests is in a testing phase and that the White House is talking with wireless carriers and airlines about 5G deployment concerns. Landrieu said that infrastructure projects could start as early as the spring.  Here’s the White House briefing – in brief.  Testing website, beta testing The government website on which Americans can order rapid COVID-19 tests to be sent to their homes is in the “beta phase” before it launches officially on Wednesday morning, Psaki told reporters. COVIDTests.gov went live on Tuesday but is in a testing phase, which Psaki said is typical for a large website launch.  “So COVIDtest.gov is in the beta phase right now, which is a standard...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiPsaki claps back at Youngkin over school mask mandates Clyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response MORE told reporters on Tuesday that the U.S. believes that Russia could carry out an attack on Ukraine “at any point,” underscoring the immediacy of the threat. “Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing, adding later that her language was “more stark than we have been.” Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenUS calls on North Korea to halt 'unlawful and destabilizing' missile launches Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Pacific tsunami threat recedes, volcano ash hinders response MORE plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday as the U.S. seeks to ward off an invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which has amassed 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and recently moved forces to Belarus for joint...