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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...
    (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...
    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...
    (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...
    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 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...
    TIFFANY Trump has shared new behind-the-scenes engagement pictures from her billionaire fiancé's proposal at the White House. The former president's daughter, 28, announced her engagement to Michael Boulos, 24, a day before Joe Biden's inauguration last year. 4Tiffany has shared unseen pictures from the proposal 4She wrote: 'One year down forever to go' On Monday she shared unseen pictures from the proposal, writing: "One year down forever to go." The pictures show Tiffany and Michael in the grounds of the White House before Trump left office. MILESTONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE Tiffany had shared images from her engagement last year. "It has been an honor to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé Michael! " she wrote on Instagram, with an image of herself and Boulos. "Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!" Michael posted the same image to Instagram, writing  "Got engaged to the love of my life! Looking forward to our next chapter together."...
    New York (CNN Business)President Joe Biden's 2022 is off to a dreadful start. Prices at the pump could make it even worse.Crude oil has already zoomed back to two-month highs. Gasoline prices, which move with a lag, have stopped their muted decline. And they're starting to creep higher again. The energy resurgence is only going to add to the economic anxiety gripping the United States and sinking Biden's poll numbers. "This is a terrible situation. Gas prices are in this political danger zone," Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, told CNN.The White House knows how deeply unpopular high gas prices are. That's why Biden took sweeping action in November to intervene. The administration announced the largest-ever release of emergency crude reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in US history.Read MoreThe Fed is in a high-stakes race to catch up to inflationThe return of $85 oil will pile pressure on Biden to act once again — and the administration is signaling further action is on the table."Tools continue to remain on the table for us...
    Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, on Sunday advised the Biden administration to get its agencies on the "same page" when it came to COVID-19 messaging, saying a consistent message would be "enormously helpful." Fox News anchor John Roberts asked Jha for his thoughts on the Biden administration's COVID-19 guidelines messaging, noting that Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyChild hospitalizations reach record high amid omicron surge: WSJ CDC says N95 masks provide the most protection against COVID-19 CDC creating more confusion than calm, but it could be worse MORE, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head David Weil: Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time  Biden's voting rights gamble prompts second-guessing MORE's chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDeSantis says he disagreed with Trump's decision to shut down economy at start of pandemic Child hospitalizations reach record high amid omicron surge: WSJ Overnight Health Care — White House: Testing website coming soon MORE appeared to offer differing guidance when it came to measures...
    President Joe Biden should remember he was elected to 'stop the crazy' of Donald Trump rather than 'transform America' through his progressive agenda, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney suggested on Sunday. The moderate GOP legislator told NBC's Meet The Press there is 'no question that the nation is severely divided' and Biden's had a 'bad' first year in office. 'President Biden said he was going to try to unite the country,' Romney said, adding that 'his comments in Georgia did not suggest he's trying to pull us back together again.' He was referencing a fiery speech Biden delivered in Georgia last Tuesday while pushing for Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation -- an effort that stalled that same week after the president failed to get moderates Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin on board to change Senate rules that would allow the bill to pass without Republican support. Biden said Tuesday there was 'no option' but to abolish the filibuster in order for Democrats to pass the reforms with a simple Senate majority. He also compared opponents of his voting...
    Nathan Howard/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Donald Trump, the twice impeached ex-president who has never won a majority of Americans’ votes, held his first rally of 2022 last night in Florence, Arizona. Trump used the occasion to spout nonsense about the 2020 election, falsely claiming it had been “rigged and stolen.” He heavily leaned on a tendentious investigation by a now-defunct organization handpicked by his allies in the state, falsely suggesting it had identified enough fraudulent ballots to have given him a win.  The golf-course owner and former reality TV host, who remains the Republican party’s most popular figure, was joined on stage by a variety of politicians who have endorsed the “big lie” that Trump won the last presidential election, including candidates for Arizona governor and secretary of state. According to reporting from the scene, the 15,000 person audience included supporters who believe he could retake the White House before January 2025, the next scheduled presidential inauguration. The morning of the event, Steve Bannon, the president’s former...
    The founder of a national charter school network who once served as a White House adviser under President Barack Obama has pleaded guilty to a charge alleging he stole $218,000 from the network to get a lower interest rate on a multi-million-dollar Manhattan apartment. Seth Andrew, 42, a founder of Democracy Prep, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to wire fraud, admitting that he moved money in 2019 from the charter schools network to other bank accounts without authorization. 'I am truly sorry for what I have done,' said an emotional Andrew, his voice cracking, to Judge John P. Cronan. 'What I did was wrong and I deeply regret my actions.' Seth Andrew, 42, stole $218,000 from a charter school network he founded in order to get a lower interest rate on a multi-million-dollar Manhattan apartment Authorities said Andrew closed three of the school's bank accounts and deposited them into fraudulent accounts that he opened. This image shows Andrew inside a bank when he was closing the third account in November 2019  The cash was used to purchase a...
    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....
    Sean Hannity said the Biden administration is indifferent to its failures in Friday's opening monologue of "Hannity." "Mr. ‘I will shut down the virus’ has some explaining to do," he said. "But, if you want answers, … you're going to have to track him down somewhere in Delaware, because he's spending yet another long weekend not working away from the White House." BIDEN WHITE HOUSE REELING AFTER WEEK OF DEFEATS, SETBACKS, AND POLICY FLOPS The Fox News host added that Biden "could not be bothered to address any of the major issues affecting our country" in a speech Friday. As for White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Hannity said she "has her own unique way of responding to the growing chaos" of the Biden administration. "As the dumpster fire now gets worse and worse, she gets more mean and sarcastic, even mean-spirited at time[s] and frankly, a little arrogant on top of it," he said. Psaki suggested legislation for "bunny rabbits and ice cream" Thursday in response to a reporter's question about the state of the administration.  "Psaki, of course,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is set to hold a news conference marking his first year in office next Wednesday, January 19, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday."Next Wednesday, the President will hold a formal press conference at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon," Psaki told reporters at the press briefing.Psaki continued, "Look forward to seeing you there, and the President looks forward to speaking directly to the American people."Though Biden has fielded questions from the press informally following remarks and during departures and arrivals at the White House, he has not held a formal press conference since he addressed reporters at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021.Biden held nine total press conferences, including six solo and three joint press conferences with other world leaders, in his first year in office, according to data tracked by the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara. By comparison, then-President Donald Trump held 21 total press conferences his first year in office, then-President Barack Obama held 16 press conferences in his first year in office,...
    (CNN)The White House wants to get something straight: President Joe Biden is unpopular. But he's not that unpopular.Yes, really.Witness a polling memo released Thursday night by deputy White House chief of staff Jen O'Malley Dillon that takes issue with a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows Biden's job approval at a meager 33%."This week's Quinnipiac poll, just like Quinnipiac's poll for the last five months, is very likely an outlier," writes Dillon.As evidence, she cites the FiveThirtyEight running poll average (of all polls conducted) that shows Biden with an average job approval score of 43%. She blames Biden's low numbers in the Q poll on the higher-than-average percentage of people saying they "don't know" in response to the question of whether they approve or disapprove of the job Biden is doing." Concludes Dillon: "This is likely in part because Quinnipiac still exclusively uses a method called RDD (Random Digit Dialing, calling phone numbers at random) to collect data, a method which many major organizations have abandoned."Read MoreWhich, maybe!But, take a step back here. This is the Biden White House fighting...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday that President Joe Biden was “not the most effective messenger” when it came to convincing unvaccinated Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine shot. It was not the first time Psaki had noted that many Americans did not take their health advice from the president — and that some Americans would be inclined to ignore him for political reasons — but she stressed the importance of vaccination in any case. Asked whether the White House had any “evidence” or “sound basis” for believing that Biden could succeed in urging the unvaccinated to change their minds, Psaki said that “more than 80% of the country has gotten at least one dose.” She added: What the president also recognizes is that he’s not always the most effective messenger. Everybody in the country’s not looking for him to tell them what to do. He certainly knows that. What’s most important here is people hearing from local leaders, doctors, people who have different political beliefs out there, conveying clear, accurate information about the effectiveness of these vaccines....
    President Joe Biden invited rogue Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to the White House Thursday night in a last-ditch effort to convince them to change the filibuster rules in order to get voting rights bill passed.   Sinema and Manchin took turns Thursday dashing Biden's hopes. Though they accepted his invitation and met with the president at the White House for a little more than an hour, the White House said.    Manchin waited until after Biden appeared on Capitol Hill, issuing a statement saying he was against killing the filibuster.    Biden spent over an hour with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday to try and convince Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema to support removing the filibuster for voting rights legislation. President Joe Biden invited Sen. Joe Manchin (pictured) to the White House Thursday night in a last-ditch effort to change the West Virginia Democrat's mind of editing the filibuster to let voting rights bills go through the Senate using just a simple majority  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gave a speech on the Senate floor in support of the filibuster, which...
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin delivered a final blow to Joe Biden's hopes for federal voting legislation when he announced, after a personal appeal from the president, he was against killing the filibuster. Biden spent over an hour with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday to try and convince Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema to support removing the filibuster for voting rights legislation. Sinema dealt a death blow before the meeting when she went to the Senate floor to deliver a defiant defense of the legislative tool. Manchin waited until after the meeting to issue a lengthy statement explaining his opposition to killing the filibuster.    'I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,' he said. 'The filibuster plays an important role in protecting our democracy from the transitory passions of the majority and respecting the input of the minority in the Senate.'  Manchin's blow capped off a tough 48 hours for the Biden administration.  Besides the voting legislation loss on Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down Biden's testing or vaccine mandate for businesses with over 100 employees. On Wednesday,...
    Republicans are threatening to make Hunter Biden testify before Congress if they take back the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.   'We have a lot of questions about where he gets his money, from his artwork and from his consulting deals,' Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN.   President Joe Biden's son's business dealings have been scrutinized by Republicans for several years, as they played a central role in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment in 2019 and have created a headache for the Biden White House when Hunter Biden entered the art world.   Republicans, including Rep. James Comer (left), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, are poised to initiatie a number of investigations if they take back the House, including into Hunter Biden's (right) business dealings  Hunter Biden's business dealings have been scrutinized by Republicans for several years, as they played a central role in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment in 2019 and have created a headache for the Biden White House when Hunter Biden entered the art...
    Jeffrey Epstein paid more than a dozen visits to the Clinton White House throughout the former president's first few years in office - even bringing along with him multiple women, including four known to be his girlfriends, DailyMail.com can reveal.  Unearthed visitor logs last month confirmed the late pedophile had visited the Executive Mansion at least 17 times during Bill Clinton's first term, beginning shortly after his inauguration in 1993.     Additional records exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com now reveal that Epstein was not always alone during his trips to the White House, where he was joined by eight different women between 1993 and 1995.  Never-before-seen footage also shows the disgraced financier - who on three occasions visited the president's house twice in one day - kept framed pictures of himself at the podium of the White House Briefing Room at his Palm Beach mansion.  The nature of Epstein's accompanied visits is not disclosed in the visitor logs, however, they show one of them coincided with a dinner in the Blue Room attended by dozens of well-heeled guests.   Visitor logs obtained...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday made a plea to social media companies and media outlets to stop the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus. “Unfortunately, while our military is stepping up as they always do, there others sitting on the sidelines and we’re standing in the way,” said Biden during remarks at the White House. “If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it. Personal choice impacts us all, our hospitals, our country.” He continued, “I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets — please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows. It has to stop.” During his remarks, Biden announced that the White House will order a total of 1 billion Covid tests amid a nationwide shortage in testing. He also announced that the White House will distribute masks for free, details of which he said he will go into next week. “Next week we’ll announce how we’re making high quality masks available to the American people for free,” he said. Biden called on people to wear a mask, though he sympathized with the...
    (CNN)The committee investigating the deadly Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021, has issued scores of subpoenas to individuals and organizations as part of its probe into circumstances and coordination leading up to the storming of the US Capitol.And the panel has sent letters requesting that others voluntarily appear or provide information.From targeting some of former President Donald Trump's closest allies both in the White House and from the Trump campaign, to key organizers of the rally and events preceding the January 6 attack, the committee has shown a keen interest in deciphering what role Trump and his orbit played in spreading misinformation about the presidential election results and how that misinformation fueled the January 6 attack. Here's a look at the key figures and organizations contacted by the committee:Contacted for voluntary interviewsRead More Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader Jim Jordan, House lawmaker Scott Perry, House lawmaker Sean Hannity, Fox host Close Trump allies subpoenaed1. Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff 2. Daniel Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications3. Kashyap Patel, former...
    The White House admitted on Wednesday it was not prepared for the supply chain challenges and inflation surge that came with the coronavirus pandemic.  'A number of projections and forecasts have come out differently than we anticipated,' White House economic adviser Brian Deese conceded at the daily press briefing. His comments came after President Joe Biden attempted to down play a new annual inflation reading of 7 percent, the highest level in 40 years, by branding it a 'global' issue that his administration is making 'progress' with.   The record-high prices for food, fuel and homes was blamed on supply chain problems, along with Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress in March that injected a fast flush of cash into the economy. Deese echoed Biden's comments that inflation and price increases was a 'global' problem.  'I think we've seen a number of unanticipated outcomes when it comes to prices where we have we have said consistently focused consistently is that this is a global phenomenon,' Deese said.  Deese told reporters on Wednesday that the supply challenges were more significant than...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was conspicuously absent from her post on Fox News Wednesday. According to a report, that might have been because she was speaking with lawmakers on the Jan. 6 House select committee. CNN, after speaking with sources close to the matter, broke the news that McEnany had remotely addressed the committee. The Fox News host, who usually appears daily on Outnumbered, was subpoenaed by the committee in November after she was accused of making false statements by lawmakers about the 2020 election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said at the time that McEnany’s subpoena was part of a broader effort to speak with people close to former President Donald Trump. “The select committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on Jan. 6th and in the days beforehand,” said Thompson. “We need to know precisely what role the former president and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes, and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the...
    (CNN)The White House unveiled several new initiatives across the government on Wednesday to bolster offshore wind production, streamline a review of public lands for clean energy and implement power grid improvements as part of the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law. The Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a wind auction next month for more than 488,000 acres off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, according to a senior administration official. This upcoming sale is expected to generate 5.6 to 7 gigawatts of clean energy, according to a government fact sheet. The administration estimates that by 2025 it expects to hold up to six additional offshore lease sales across the nation, according to the senior official.Wednesday's announcement includes investments from the Department of Transportation for the Port of Albany and the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to strengthen the US offshore wind supply chain. Since the start of his term, President Joe Biden has emphasized the role that offshore wind can play in addressing the climate crisis. He signed an executive order his...
    Vanna White is lamenting the death of her friend Bob Saget in a week that has seen a who’s who of Hollywood and beyond extend their sincerest tributes to the late "Full House" star who died Sunday in Orlando, Florida, at age 65. "Bob Saget and I were next-door neighbors before we found success. I will always remember the support and confidence we gave each other as we struggled to start our careers and was so happy that our friendship came full circle when I guest-starred on ‘Full House,’" White, 64, told Fox News Digital in a heartfelt statement on Tuesday. "I'll miss the laughs," added the "Wheel of Fortune" cornerstone. Saget was pronounced dead in his hotel room after his body was discovered unresponsive on Sunday – mere hours after the intellectual comic performed two hours on stage and raved of his time in front of fans who had come out to see him do a gig. BOB SAGET SPENT HIS FINAL DAYS PURSUING LOVE FOR STANDUP AT 65: ‘I JUST WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH’ Vanna White...
    President Biden's Education Secretary Miguel Cardona apparently solicited the controversial letter from the National School Boards Association that said threats made by protesting parents should be taken as seriously as domestic terrorism, according to emails released on Tuesday. The NSBA, in an internal memo sent on October 12, revealed that they had held discussions with White House officials before sending the much-criticized letter to President Joe Biden.  Attorney General Merrick Garland later said the letter, setting out worries about threats, was the starting point for plans for a task force to protect members of school boards. Now, emails obtained by Parents Defending Education through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, suggest that Cardona himself was part of the process that led to its production. In an exchange on Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett wrote that the group's interim chief executive Chip Slaven 'told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.' 'Should this allegation be true, it would reveal that this administration's pretextual war on parents...
    President Joe Biden defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus, even as the United States reached a record number of cases and hospitalizations. “I’m confident we are on the right track,” Biden said to reporters at the White House. The president pulled his mask down to his chin so that reporters could see him speak but ultimately admitted it “looked stupid” and removed his mask entirely. Biden said he was concerned about the pandemic “worldwide” but said he was pleased with the amount of federal help to states who were struggling with the virus. More than 145,900 people were in U.S. hospitals with coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, beating the previous pandemic peak set in January 2021. Cases of the virus have exploded, as John Hopkins University reports more than 700,000 cases daily, roughly three times it was during the winter in 2021. The president spoke to reporters about the battle with the virus as he left Washington, DC, to deliver a speech condemning election security laws in Georgia. In...
    A federal watchdog cleared Dr. Anthony Fauci of breaching rules designed to prevent civil service employees engaging in political activities after a conservative group complained he criticized President Trump's handling of the COVID pandemic days before the 2020 election. Protect the Public's Trust claimed Fauci violated the Hatch Act during an interview with the Washington Post. In its complaint, the group said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases criticized Trump and praised then presidential candidate Joe Biden. Asked about the difference between their approaches, Fauci said Biden’s campaign 'is taking it seriously from a public health perspective.' Trump is 'looking at it from a different perspective.' And he contradicted Trump's optimistic assessment the country was 'rounding the turn.' Dr. Anthony Fauci has the target for conservatives ever since he took on a key role in the Trump administration's pandemic response. They have questioned his policy proposals and accused him of undermining Trump and efforts to reopen the country In its complaint, Protect the Public's Trust accused Fauci of criticizing Trump's handling of the pandemic and...
    President Joe Biden has adopted noticeably tougher messaging in discussing former President Donald Trump and Republicans, and veteran political operatives say the strategy is "clearly" aimed at boosting Democrats in a midterm election year. Despite ushering through his bipartisan physical infrastructure legislation in November, the president ended the year on a major skid. Numerous polls showed Biden's approval ratings slipping significantly in December. Still, the White House is starting the year by revisiting its massive "voting rights" push in partnership with Democratic leadership. The president's first major address of 2022, delivered on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, stressed how Republican efforts to pass strict state-level voting laws and Trump's claims about the 2020 election were attacks on democracy. During that speech, Biden addressed Trump nearly 20 times but never by name. Instead, he referred to Trump as the "defeated former president" and repeatedly cast himself as a guardian of democracy compared to his predecessor. TRUMP PIPES UP ON JAN. 6 ANNIVERSARY TO BLAST BIDEN 'INCOMPETENCE' "He values power over principle because he sees his own...
    The White House acknowledged Monday that people who had three shots of the coronavirus vaccine could still catch the virus. “I had been triple-vaxxed, I had minor symptoms,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily press briefing, recalling her experience with the virus to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy. Doocy reported that he also caught the virus, despite being triple-vaccinated, asking Psaki why President Joe Biden continued to call the coronavirus pandemic “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Psaki defended Biden’s slogan by noting the coronavirus symptoms among the vaccinated were less severe compared to the unvaccinated. “Those are significant serious statistics,” she said, calling the health impact on unvaccinated Americans “far more dire.” Psaki said the White House and Biden always acknowledged that “breakthrough cases” would occur among the vaccinated. “I think our president has said, as have we a number of times, that there will be breakthrough cases, there will be people who get COVID,” Psaki said. White House officials argued for months that getting the vaccine would stop the virus and prevent it from spreading...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed a 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for the shortage of COVID tests available as the administration announced on Monday that health insurers will be required to pay for at-home kits starting January 15. The administration is rushing to meet its promise to make 500 million at-home testing kits available for free for Americans. Psaki, at her press briefing, expressed confidence they would meet that goal and the U.S. Postal Service would be able to make the deliveries.  'We expect to have all contracts awarded over the next two weeks, and then Americans will begin being able to order these tests online later this month,' she said.  She pushed back against criticism of the long testing lines that popped up around the country as Americans sought to get tested around the holiday season.  'There has been a massive surge in cases as you know,' Psaki said. 'There's been an unprecedented demand for tests.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for shortage of COVID tests People wait in line...
    Sean Hannity (L) and former President Trump. Not only does Fox News continue to propagate all of the conspiracies and mistruths about COVID-19 vaccines, masks, and the terrorist attack on Jan. 6, but now we learn that during former President Donald Trump’s reign of terror, Fox’s Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and Jeanine Pirro, to name a few,  were on the Oval Office’s speed dial.  According to reporting by The Washington Post, former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham gave up all the goods on the access Fox News hosts had to the ex-president.  “There were times the president would come down the next morning and say, ‘Well, Sean thinks we should do this,’ or, ‘Judge Jeanine thinks we should do this,’” Grisham told the Post, referring to  Hannity and Pirro.  In an interview on CNN’s New Day, Grisham said: "Sean Hannity, I have got to say, he was like a shadow adviser.”  x x YouTube Video Fox’s “cable cabinet” (as the Post refers to them) advised Trump on White House strategy and his own personal messaging.  “A lot of it was PR —...
    The Biden administration has been on the receiving end of bipartisan wrath over its apparent mishandling of COVID-19 testing, as both tests and the patience of Americans have been in short supply nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a habit of amending its COVID-19 guidelines, most recently cutting the length of its recommended quarantine time for infected patients from 10 days to five. Those who are infected are now instructed to isolate for just five days, followed by five days of wearing a mask around other people.  FORMER ADVISERS PRESS BIDEN TO CHANGE COVID-19 STRATEGY: LIVE WITH IT, NOT SHUT IT DOWN The CDC also admitted its initial estimates about the prevalence of the omicron variant were way off, and seemed to release some misleading guidance on the efficacy of rapid antigen tests. Before that, the agency issued a series of confusing guidance on the wearing of masks. Nurse Ray Akindele processes COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at a testing site in Long Beach, California, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A...
    President Joe Biden delivering remarks on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. This week, President Joe Biden finally delivered the speech I wasn't sure he was capable of giving. After a year in which Biden and his White House have labored diligently to beat back the pandemic and advance important legislation with varying degrees of success, I wondered whether they would devote 2022 to more of the same at the expense of taking on the GOP's fascist coup in the making. To some, that may sound ridiculous. How could any Democratic president possibly whistle past the Republican Party’s brazen efforts at the state level to engineer victories through front-end voter suppression and back-end manipulation? And yet, Biden, of all presidents, seemed perfectly suited to do just that. His decades-long stint in a Senate chamber once hailed as "the world's greatest deliberative body" predisposed the president to a certain conciliatory disposition toward Republicans. The notion that compromise is not only possible but preferable was...
    President Biden admitted Friday that the coronavirus pandemic is 'not here to stay' but the virus itself is 'probably here to stay.'  'Covid -- as we're dealing with it now -- is not here to stay,' Biden told reporters Friday from the White House. 'Having Covid in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay.' The president's admission comes after several of his former health advisors have come out and urged the White House to adopt a strategy of treating Covid-19 as the 'new normal.'  Biden ran on a campaign promising to 'defeat the virus,' and just last summer promised July 4th would mark the U.S.' independence from Covid.  Just in the last two weeks, Covid-19 cases have risen 227% for an average of 610,989 by Thursday. The nation reported over 1 million cases on Monday. At the same time, hospitalizations have risen 65% in the last two weeks and deaths have risen 2% to an average of 1,404 per day.  On Thursday, the US recorded 786,824 new infections, an increase from the prior day and...
    Fox News contributor Karl Rove slammed President Biden and Vice President Harris on "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Friday for remarks on the January 6 Capitol attack focused on "hyperventilation and exaggeration" instead of "solemn recognition." NEWT GINGRICH BLASTS KAMALA HARRIS ON 'AMERICA'S NEWSROOM': 'TOTALLY UNFIT' TO BE VICE PRESIDENT KARL ROVE: Once again, it shows the tendency of this White House and many leaders in the Democratic Party to overstate things that could make a credible case about the problematic day of January six, 2021. But no, they have to exaggerate it and equate it with an attack by a sovereign country on a military installation in Hawaii and an attack by 21 terrorists on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center in an attempt to take out either the Capitol or the White House. Really? I mean, this was a day for solemn recognition of what that day, January 6, 2021 was, and instead we had hyperventilation and exaggeration. And as a result, it made the problem worse, not better. WATCH BRIAN KILMEADE'S FULL FOX NEWS RADIO INTERVIEW BELOW: ...
    As the media fawned over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) commemorating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot on Thursday, few remembered when she praised protesters who stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011. Over a decade ago, in the February of 2011, unionists stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol to prevent a vote on collective bargaining reform – the Act 10 protests. As Fox News noted, “thousands of demonstrators managed to enter the building by violently breaking down doors and shattering windows.” Democratic Wisconsin State Senators greet supporters as they march around the Capitol with protestors March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) This video provides a small glimpse as to what the occupation looked like:  Nancy Pelosi not only refrained from words like “insurrection” or “terrorism” in reference to the public disorder, she outright praised the occupation as “democracy in action.” @WeGotEd @thelastword I stand with the students & workers of #WI, impressive show of democracy in action #solidarityWI — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 18, 2011 Tonight #WI GOP showed their true aim: undermining workers rights. I continue to...
    Vice President Mike Pence's (R) office has reportedly made a effort to cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee as it continues its investigation into former President Donald Trump. Per Axios, Pence's former chief of staff Marc Short, former press secretary Alyssa Farah and Keith Kellogg, are included on the list of individuals who have testified to share their accounts of what transpired. According to an inside source, Short's decision to testimony reportedly came with approval from the former vice president. Inside sources have also revealed the most pertinent information has come from "second-and third-tier administration staff who were not directly involved but were at the White House on Jan. 6 and had access to top administration officials." The testimonies from Pence’s team have helped investigators "piece together" the series of events that occurred in the hours after the "Save America" rally at the White House. The Capitol was under attack for more than three hours on that day. As lawmakers feared for their lives while the angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the federal building, Trump was reportedly at...
    Laura Ingraham said Joe Biden’s presidency isn’t actually his, but MSNBC’s. Her comment would be unremarkable but for the fact the she and fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity gave advice to Donald Trump while he served as president. Hannity in particular was (and remains) close to Trump. According to one report from 2018, the two spoke on the phone almost every weeknight. “This is the Democrats’ entire political agenda in 2022: ‘We’ll protect from you the insurrectionists,'” Ingraham told viewers on Wednesday night. “This isn’t a hard left country. They’re not going to be able to convince voters to dump the Electoral College, make D.C. a state, get rid of capitalism, or eliminate prisons. Not gonna happen. This isn’t the Biden administration, though. Is it really? It’s the MSNBC administration.” On Tuesday, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection sent a letter to Hannity requesting his voluntary cooperation. In its letter, the committee quoted several of Hannity’s texts to then-chief-of-staff to Trump, Mark Meadows. The committee also has at least one text to Meadows from Ingraham, on...
    In the wake of the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, the House of Representatives, including 10 Republican members, voted in favor of impeaching then-President Trump. The Senate, which voted on the issue after Trump had already departed from office, failed to clear the threshold necessary to convict. Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming were among the House lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump last year, and those two legislators are the only Republicans serving on the committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 episode.
    A White House reporter asked press secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday why President Biden hasn't focused more on "scolding" unvaccinated Americans. Citing the approach of French President Emmanuel Macron, who raised eyebrows this week when he said he intended to "piss off" unvaccinated people in his country, Politico's Daniel Lippman wondered if Biden would employ a sharper approach to those who remain unvaccinated. "Since there are millions of Americans who have not been persuaded by the various government campaigns to get vaccinated, why hasn't the president focused more on scolding the unvaccinated to try to tell them, hey, this is not working for society, we keep getting these shutdowns," he said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2022. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON'S DESIRE TO ‘PISS OFF' UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS TRIGGERS OUTRAGE Psaki didn't address the notion of Biden scolding Americans, instead pointing to stats showing a vast majority of American adults have gotten at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine, with 70 percent of adults considered...
    Melania Trump's ex-Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham will voluntarily meet behind closed doors Wednesday night with the House select committee on January 6.  Grisham, who also served as press secretary to former President Donald Trump, was the first high-level aide to quit during the attack on the Capitol.  In her memoir, I'll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House, she said it was Melania Trump's ambivalence that inspired her to resign.  Melania Trump's ex-Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham will voluntarily meet behind closed doors Wednesday night with the House select committee on January 6. Grisham wrote that she had sent the first lady a text: 'Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?' 'No,' Melania Trump wrote back.  The first lady was in the middle of a photoshoot, capturing some of the White House's rugs.  CNN reported Wednesday that Grisham decided to speak to the Democrat-led committee after speaking to Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin by phone.  A source told the...
    The White House stepped in to defend President Biden on Wednesday after he was criticized for characterizing the COVID-19 crisis as a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' despite thousands of breakthrough cases. A former White House testing czar said the president's words were simply 'false' and might undermine public health efforts.   The White House defended the president, saying that the unvaccinated were far more likely to suffer hospitalization or death. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: 'We also know that you are 17 times more likely to die of COVID if you're not vaccinated, and 20 times more likely to be hospitalized. 'So I think in terms of the impact. the dire impact on people across the country, we should be very clear about the impact of not getting vaccinated - people who will be be hurt, be hospitalized and face the threat of death the most, and those are the people who are unvaccinated,' she said.
    Donald Trump's COVID testing czar criticized President Joe Biden on Wednesday for continuing to talk of a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' when so many vaccinated people were testing positive. Brett Giroir, who was part of the White House coronavirus task force, told Fox News: 'I think it's a disservice to say it's just ... the unvaccinated because it's telling the vaccinated that you don't have a problem, you're not subject to Omicron and that's false.' The Omicron wave has set records for cases in the US, hitting one million new infections on Monday. Schools and businesses have been forced to close, and airlines have canceled hundreds of flights during the winter wave. Biden offered an update on Tuesday, warning the nation of 'challenging' weeks ahead and urging unvaccinated Americans to get their shots.   'There is no excuse - no excuse for anyone being unvaccinated. This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' he said before a meeting of his response team. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: 'We also know that you are 17 times more likely to die of...
    An old tweet from White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain criticizing the shortage of coronavirus tests in June of 2020 is coming back to haunt him as the Biden administration struggles amid a testing shortage. “Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. We are the richest country on Earth, and we don’t have enough SWABS. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed,” Klain tweeted June 26, 2020. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. We are the richest country on Earth, and we don’t have enough SWABS. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. pic.twitter.com/aa3oxDASl1 — Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 26, 2020 President Joe Biden recently admitted that while his administration has made efforts to make testing more available, it’s “clearly not enough.” “We went from no over-the-counter tests in January to 36 million in October, 100 million in November and almost 200 million in December,” Biden said. “But it’s not enough. It’s clearly not enough.” (RELATED: As Americans Spend Hours In Line For COVID Tests...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sued President Biden over the administration's military vaccine mandate, citing the governor's authority 'as Commander in Chief and on Texas's sovereignty.' Abbott filed suit Tuesday in Texas, asking a federal judge to overturn Biden's vaccine requirement, in a filing that repeatedly invokes Abbott's own authority as commander of chief of the guard, which is subject to complex jurisdiction. Under overlapping statutes, state national guards remain under the command of governors except when they are called up for federal by the president. Title 10 of the U.S. Code applies to active duty military, while Title 32 applies to the Guard.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott sued President Biden and Pentagon officials over the military vaccine mandate 'Defendants’ intrusion into the discretion and scope of Title 32 commanders is contrary to the balance of power between federal and state officials set out by the U.S. Constitution and federal law,' Abbott argues in the suit, which names Biden in his professional capacity. 'It is unlawful for Defendants to attempt to override the Governor's authority to govern his troops, and...