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    (CNN)Americans can now sign up to get free home Covid-19 tests from the federal government. Though the website formally debuted on Wednesday, the Biden administration quietly launched it the day before. Orders began pouring in immediately.The program is part of the administration's effort to increase testing amid the nationwide surge of the Omicron variant. The White House is ordering 1 billion tests for distribution.Have you tried to get a free home test from the federal site? Did it work smoothly or was there an issue? Tell us about it here.Here's what you need to know about getting free home tests from the federal government:Read MoreHow do I order the tests?Go to covidtests.gov and sign up. You'll need to enter your name, email and residential address. Orders will not be shipped to businesses.You should receive an email confirming your order and providing tracking information. Thousands of readers have told CNN that the process was easy and swift, taking only a few minutes. However, some have reported that they received a message that tests were already ordered for their address. How many...
    New York (CNN Business)From startlingly high inflation and empty grocery store shelves to elevated prices at the pump, Americans are frustrated with the state of the economy. Polls indicate voters are every bit as concerned about the economy as they are about the pandemic. And they feel the government is not doing enough to fight inflation.President Joe Biden can point to a booming jobs market as evidence of a strong recovery, but he can also expect to face tough questions at Wednesday's press conference about the economic problems that are making voters anxious right now. Here are a few that could come up: 1.) In December, Biden suggested inflation had peaked — but since then, consumer prices have accelerated to fresh 39-year highs. When can the American people realistically expect inflation to get back to normal levels?The high cost of living is the biggest problem in today's economy. Prices of everything from new cars to full-service meals rose at the fastest pace on record in December. Read MoreOil prices will surge to $100 this year, Goldman Sachs warnsIn just the...
    Biden administration lawyers are due in court on Wednesday to defend their use of a Trump-era immigration restriction that has led to more than a million migrants being expelled at the US-Mexico border. The Biden administration says the use of Title 42 public health protections are essential to stem the entry of COVID-19 into the country.  But human rights campaigners say its use deprives arrivals of their right to claim asylum and offers no public health benefit when the coronavirus is already widespread.  In September, a federal court in Washington, DC, issued a injunction barring the Biden administration from using the measure to expel families. However, that was overturned on appeal. Campaigners return to the appeals court on Wednesday where they will argue that they have documented thousands of murders, kidnappings, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence against expelled migrants. Asylum-seeking migrants from Haiti walk near the border wall after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas Critics have accused President Joe Biden of failing...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration will make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans for free starting next week, a White House official told CNN, the latest federal step aimed at reining in the US' Covid-19 surge. The masks -- which are coming from the Strategic National Stockpile -- will be made available at a number of local pharmacies and community health centers, the official said, adding that the program will be "fully up and running by early February.""This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history," the official said. The 400 million non-surgical N95 masks amount to more than half of the 750 million stored in the US' Strategic National Stockpile, a figure that tripled over the last year as the White House sought to boost reserves. The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recently advised that well-fitting respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health -- such as N95 masks -- offer "the highest level of protection" against Covid-19.The administration's step comes as the US grapples with an unprecedented surge in Covid-19...
    WASHINGTON —  Los Angeles has been chosen by the Biden administration to host this year’s Summit of the Americas, a key gathering that U.S. officials hope will help mend diplomatic fences in the Western Hemisphere, officials familiar with the decision said. The White House is expected to announce later Tuesday that the meeting — to be held on U.S. soil for the second time since the forum was created nearly three decades ago — will take place in early June in Los Angeles. The administration is expected to cite the city’s “deep and robust” ties throughout the hemisphere as one of the reasons it was selected, according to a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter ahead of the formal announcement. President Biden will attend the meeting. Former President Trump skipped the last summit, which was held in Peru in 2018. The summit is scheduled to convene every three years, though it was delayed this time by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the Biden administration, holding the meeting in Los...
    This is a rush transcript from "The Ingraham Angle," January 14, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated RAYMOND ARROYO, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: I'm Raymond Arroyo in for Laura Ingraham. This is THE INGRAHAM ANGLE.A group of scientists is calling on Spotify to censor Joe Rogan show, specifically because he featured the inventor of the mRNA vaccine platform, Dr. Robert Malone. Tonight Dr. Malone is here to respond.And since I'm hosting, we needed somebody to fill the Friday Follies void. Thankfully, actor and director Robert Davi stepped up, and we have video of an unhinged professor that you will not believe. Get your space helmet. Stay for that.But first, there is a new Quinnipiac poll that caught my attention. It claims that 58 percent of Americans believe democracy is in danger of collapse, collapse. I can see why they might think that. Oh, I'm not talking about the media fueled January 6th narrative, where a band of goofballs broke windows at the Capitol. No.Citizens even obnoxious trespassing riot as citizens are not the...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is demanding President Joe Biden's White House answer how a UK national with a criminal history was allowed to fly to the United States where he held four people hostage at a synagogue in Texas over the weekend. In addition to condemning the attack, he and other national Republican figures like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have been grilling the administration over its handling of the incident. Many accused the president of directing more federal law enforcement resources toward American parents protesting Critical Race Theory and mask mandates in public schools.  There is growing outrage and demand for answers as to how the British terrorist gunman who took four hostages at a  synagogue in Colleyville on Saturday was even able to enter the US on a tourist visa when he was known to intelligence agencies in the UK.  The FBI has declined to comment on the matter.  Malik Faisal Akram, 44, flew to New York City from the UK on January 22, despite being known to MI5 and having a criminal record.   'Over the past 48 hours, President...
    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...
    By Damon Darlin | KHN Americans keep hearing that it is important to test frequently for COVID-19 at home. But just try to find an “at-home” rapid COVID test in a store and at a price that makes frequent tests affordable. Testing, as well as mask-wearing, is an important measure if the country ever hopes to beat COVID, restore normal routines and get the economy running efficiently. To get Americans cheaper tests, the federal government now plans to have insurance companies pay for them. The Biden administration announced Jan. 10 that every person with private insurance can get full coverage for eight rapid tests a month. You can either get one without any out-of-pocket expense from retail pharmacies that are part of an insurance company’s network or buy it at any store and get reimbursed by the insurer. Congress said private insurers must cover all COVID testing and any associated medical services when it passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. The have-insurance-pay-for-it solution has been used frequently through the pandemic. Insurance companies have been told...
    Amanda Adkins, a Republican candidate in Kansas’ Third Congressional District looking to unseat Democrat Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), told Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM that Americans are frustrated by the lack of strategy and planning by President Joe Biden’s administration. Adkins, a business executive for 15 years and the former Kansas Republican Party chair, said it is essential to flip House seats like the one Davids currently represents and win back the House. “It is important for conservatives in the Republican Party to win seats like this continuously, you know, we need to do well in suburbia, we need to pull in independent voters,” Adkins explained. “I see a strong conservative streak right now and in, in center-right voters in general because people want to see limited government, they want freedom, they want to be the decision-makers. I mean, that’s what America is all about.” Listen: Breitbart · Amanda Adkins – January 15, 2022 The former Kansas Republican Party chair noted that Davids, while in Congress, has voted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Biden 100 percent of the time, which...
    The Trump administration tried to exert tremendous influence over the 2020 Census, which is now being used in a nationwide redistricting program, often handing Republicans even stronger gerrymandered congressional districts and in some cases attempting to dissolve districts of Democratic members of Congress, while eliminating some majority-Black districts. Then-President Donald Trump was directly and possibly “illegally” involved, as The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School’s nonprofit public policy institute, reports. The Trump administration also worked directly with an anti-immigrant group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of nativist hate groups, a “think tank” devoted to anti-immigration efforts, and with an individual known for “promoting voter suppression efforts.” “The Trump administration attempted to exert extreme partisan influence over the Census Bureau,” The Brennan Center reveals . It filed multiple Freedom of Information requests with at least ten federal agencies and was forced to sue the Trump administration when it unlawfully refused to produce the requested documents. The Brennan Center adds that “career Bureau officials pushed back at those attempts. An email among senior officials at the Census...
    During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) derided President Joe Biden for the lackluster first year of his presidency. The Tennessee Republican lawmaker said he was the first president to become a “lame duck” in one year. “Joe Biden is the first president in history to become a lame-duck within the first year of his administration,” she said. “And it has been a bad week and a bad year. Maria, look at the Supreme Court overruling them on the OSHA mandate. You look at globally what is happening with Russia, Kazakstan. You look at the Russia-Ukraine issue. You look at Iran shooting — going after President Trump, North Korea shooting off a missile, China with their daily antics, and this plus all that happened on Capitol Hill, with the filibuster, with their election takeover.” “It’s been a very bad week for Joe Biden,” Blackburn added. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
    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...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on the winter weather that is expected to bring snowfall to many parts of Maryland on Sunday. Winter storm warnings are in effect for Western Maryland, and winter weather advisories are in effect throughout Central Maryland and parts of Southern Maryland. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 7K Cases Reported Sunday As Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Continue To DeclineAccording to the National Weather Service, snowfall rates could be as high as an inch per hour. This will continue as rain and snow push from southeast to northwest. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Nor'Easter Snow Storm ArrivesThe transition to this winter weather is expected to happen in the early evening hours for Southern Maryland, and later on in the evening for Central and Western Maryland. “Our preparations for today’s winter weather are complete, and we ask Marylanders to avoid travel if possible for the rest of the day,” said Governor Hogan. “Keeping the roads clear not only keeps you safe, but it also gives crews and first responders room to carry out...
    AP Photo/Evan Vucci Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Former president Donald Trump made no secret of his interest in meddling with the 2020 Census. But newly released documents show the extraordinary measures his political appointees took to alter the outcome—and the strong pushback they encountered from Census Bureau career staff.  An accurate and total count of all people living in the country every 10 years is one of the few government functions explicitly described in the Constitution, and the outcomes of the Census determine everything from congressional representation to how federal aid is distributed. With the 2020 election fast approaching and a pandemic making it even more difficult to complete, the Trump administration began pressuring Census officials to wrap up their counting early—a decision that could have potentially benefited the GOP and Trump if the final count failed to capture certain harder-to-measure demographics like immigrants. In the summer of 2020, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University began trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to...
    Three epidemiologists, of which you are not even an epidemiologist, but three epidemiologists, prominent in their field [from] Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, you maligned them. You spoke openly with Dr. Collins and you did not disagree [to] paint them as fringe. You went after them and said we will do a public take down, not in Science or Nature or Lancet, but in Wired, in The Nation, a left-wing publication. You've engaged in base politics. You wonder why there's so much anger? You're not an objective scientist. You've lost that long ago. And so many of the things that people want, they want to know why you're forcing their children to be vaccinated when 95% of people at risk have been vaccinated. Over 95% of people over [age] 65. It's a huge, voluntary success. And yet you won't rest until you force every child to get this. So yes, there's a great deal of dissatisfaction with you and many people want you to go, but nobody wishes you violence. Paul told Dave our nation has probably never...
    The Biden Administration says it will start sending out at-home covid tests from a new government web site on Wednesday – but with a delivery window that could last longer than a typical case of covid. The administration has contracted for more than 420 million home tests kits, a senior administration official told reporters on a press call Friday. The tests will be free to the American public, with each household able to order up to four of them.   But with current wait times, it will take between 7 and 12 days for shipment within the continental, the official said. The U.S. Postal Service will be providing first class package delivery. 'We anticipate that that window will shorten as we get further along in this program,' said the official. Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories may have to wait longer for 'priority mail' delivery.' Those wait times may prove longer than some Americans are used to. A quick online search Friday revealed that Amazon.com could deliver a lawnmower by Monday, a holiday. Even in-demand at-home covid tests were available for delivery...
    Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned a Biden administration effort to send masks to Americans who want them, asking “what’s the point” if they can only be worn once. At Friday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduced FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell for an update and to take questions from reporters. This week, President Joe Biden announced a plan to send masks to all Americans. He said that “next week we’ll announce how we are making high-quality masks available to American people — the American people for free.” “I know we all wish that we could finally be done with wearing masks. I get it. But they are a really important tool to stop the spread, especially of the highly transmittable omicron variant,” Biden added. Doocy expressed skepticism about the program, asking “So what’s the point of now sending N95 or KN95 masks out to Americans, if a lot of those masks are just single daily use, like, somebody wears it once? Then what?” “Masks save lives, I think, is the important thing here, and we want...
    Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., said Friday on "America's Newsroom" that President Biden and his administration are governing for Twitter rather than the American people.  BIDEN REELING AFTER MAJOR LOSSES ON FILIBUSTER, VACCINES AND MORE TO START 2022 MIKE GALLAGHER: It seems to me the deeper problem in the White House right now is that the president is governing for Twitter and not for the American people. I mean all these things they keep saying. ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ insisting voter ID is Jim Crow. I mean they keep saying this stuff. It’s all a Twitter media hallucination. And I’m genuinely wondering, and I have some Democratic colleagues who behind closed doors are wondering where this is coming from and whether the president is actually getting access to the full scope of the facts and whether he’s purposely being kept in the dark.   WATCH BILL HEMMER AND DANA PERINO'S FULL INTERVIEW BELOW  Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    The word “encirclement” does not appear in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27th, or in other recent administration statements about its foreign and military policies. Nor does that classic Cold War era term “containment” ever come up. Still, America’s top leaders have reached a consensus on a strategy to encircle and contain the latest great power, China, with hostile military alliances, thereby thwarting its rise to full superpower status. The gigantic 2022 defense bill — passed with overwhelming support from both parties — provides a detailed blueprint for surrounding China with a potentially suffocating network of U.S. bases, military forces, and increasingly militarized partner states. The goal is to enable Washington to barricade that country’s military inside its own territory and potentially cripple its economy in any future crisis. For China’s leaders, who surely can’t tolerate being encircled in such a fashion, it’s an open invitation to… well, there’s no point in not being blunt… fight their way out of confinement. Like every “defense” bill before it, the $768...
    In a new ruling on Thursday, the six conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from implementing a sweeping requirement for vaccines under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. Using OSHA's power to regulate employers, the administration sought to require any company with 100 workers or more to ensure that employees are either vaccinated against COVID-19 or are tested weekly for the virus. Writing in a per curiam decision, the court's six-justice conservative majority used twisted logic to overrule the administration's decision. The three liberal justices wrote a joint dissent, arguing that the court's decision overstepped its own authority. (In a separate case decided at the same time, conservative Justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts joined the liberals to uphold the administration's mandate requiring vaccination for health care workers at facilities receiving funds from Medicaid and Medicare.) To justify its opposition to the OSHA vaccination rule, the majority argued that the administration exceeded the authority delegated by Congress. But to come to the conclusion, it had to use a rather bizarre and seemingly contradictory line of...
    Weeks ahead of the largest mass government mailing operation since the AIDS epidemic, some testing authorities, epidemiologists and public health experts are expressing concern that the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service may struggle to successfully deliver half a billion working tests to Americans who order them. “Putting it in the hands of the postal service is a risk,” said Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law Center, who bluntly told The Daily Beast that the mail carrier is “just ill equipped” to deal with sensitive pharmaceutical tests on a mass scale. “This is not like we’re sending Christmas cards and it doesn’t matter if it gets damaged or is late or what the temperature is,” Gostin said. “These are essential medical technologies.” By the end of January, the U.S. Postal Service is expected to begin shipment of the first wave of one billion at-home COVID tests—doubled from an initial 500 million announced last month—to every American household that requests one from an as-yet-unbuilt government website. The Biden administration, which faced criticism for...
    (CNN)The US Energy Department is launching a Clean Energy Corps to help implement the recent bipartisan infrastructure law and develop clean-energy solutions to the climate crisis, the agency announced Thursday.The Clean Energy Corps -- which will comprise staff from over a dozen offices across the department -- will also seek to recruit an additional 1,000 employees through a newly launched hiring portal.This effort is the Energy Department's largest workforce expansion since the agency was created in 1977, the department said. Off the charts: Weather disasters have cost the US $750 billion over past 5 years"This is an open call for all Americans who are passionate about taking a proactive role in tackling the climate crisis and want to join the team that is best positioned to lead this transformative work," said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a statement Thursday. "Solving the world's greatest challenge will require the inclusion of all voices, perspectives and experiences -- and we need people like you to ensure that DOE fulfills on our commitment to accelerating the clean energy transition to reduce emissions and save...
    A new poll revealed the challenges facing the Biden administration on Thursday, showing that only 31 percent of Americans see Dr. Anthony Fauci as a trustworthy source of COVID-19 information and just 45 percent approve of President Joe Biden's pandemic response. Biden has seen public support plunge during the past year as successive waves of COVID variants have upended his campaign promise to beat the virus. On Thursday he delivered an update on his response, but the NewsNation poll, conducted by Decision Desk HQ, reveals a country that distrusts him and his senior advisers.  When asked who they trusted to provide information about COVID-19 only 30.8 percent said Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, and 15.5 percent said Biden himself. Instead, almost two thirds said they trusted their doctor for advice, and almost half said they trusted federal health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only the news media fared worse than Biden and his top adviser, with barely 10 percent saying they trusted journalists. Dr Anthony Fauci's COVIC-19 advice is trusted by less than a third...
    Vice President Kamala Harris offered a…roundabout word salad of a response when questioned on whether the Biden administration needs to change strategies with regard to Covid. NBC’s Craig Melvin held a wide-ranging interview with Harris where he asked her at what point does the White House admit that their current approach to Covid is ineffectual. He made this point by referring to the six former Biden advisers who’ve written that the president needs to reorient his strategy and focus on helping America learn to how live with the coronavirus forever. “Is it time [for a shift in strategy]?” Melvin asked Harris. The vice president responded thusly: It is time for us to do what we have been doing. And that time is every day. Every day it is time for us to agree that there are things and tools that are available to us to slow this thing down. Harris eventually managed to offer a more cohesive point that “we still have a number of people that’s in the millions of Americans who have not been vaccinated and could be...
    Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday the administration would start sending out the first of 500 million home coronavirus test kits 'soon' – but offered no specifics as the administration tries to gets the program going.  'Shortly - they're going to go out shortly,' Harris said when asked on NBC's 'Today' show when the tests would finally start getting shipped to Americans.  'They've been ordered. They've been ordered,' she said. Interviewer Craig Melvin pushed her for more information. 'I have to look at the current information. I think it's going to be by next week. But soon. Absolutely soon. And it is a matter of urgency for us,' she said.  'Should we have done that sooner?' Melvin asked her.  'We are doing it,' was Harris' response.  'They're going to go out shortly,' said Vice President Kamala Harris when asked when the first of 500 million home covid tests would start getting shipped 'But should we have done it sooner,' he pressed again. 'We are doing it,' Harris responded.  A White House official said Thursday that President Biden would announce at...
    "Activists and citizens with temporary protected status (TPS) rally near Capitol Hill calling for Congress to pass the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act on April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The SECURE Act would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency." Citing “extreme drought conditions” and “social and economic crises exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Robert Menendez leads more than 30 senators in calling on the Biden administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Salvadoran, Honduran, and Nicaraguan immigrants already in the U.S. Senators additionally call on the administration to create protections for immigrants from Guatemala. Reuters reports that more than 2 million immigrants already in the U.S. could be protected from deportation, and imminent harm. “The crisis in Central America is urgent,” senators write. “In the past year, the region has experienced extreme weather events, including two hurricanes followed by a months-long drought,” senators including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tell Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Menendez chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has previously released...
    (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...
                 Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio to talk about his recent email to the Biden administration stating that he will not comply with OSHA which is mandating vaccines on his government employees. Leahy: We are joined in studio by our very good friend, the mayor of Maury County. (Chuckles) That bastion of freedom, that turbocharged engine of economic growth. Good morning, Andy Ogles. Ogles: Good morning. How are you? Leahy: Well, I’m pretty good. (Ogles chuckles) The question is, how are you and where will you be? Andy sent a shot across the bow to the Biden maladministration yesterday. He sent out an email to all Maury County employees. Why don’t you tell our listing audience? This is all over the news, by the way. Tell our listening audience exactly what you said in that email. Ogles: If you’ve not been paying attention,...
    This is a rush transcript from "The Five," January 10, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. JON TAFFER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/HOST, BAR RESCUE: About 20 percent as beverage costs. When you put it together, just the costs can run 60 percent before you pay your rent and utilities.(CROSSTALK)NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR (on camera): There got to be something.TAFFER: It's too tight of a margin to make it work. We really need this relief package.CAVUTO: We shall see, Jon. We shall --JESSE WATTERS, FOX NEWS HOST: Hello, everybody. I'm Jesse Watters along with Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Katie Pavlich, and Harold Ford, Jr. It's five o'clock in New York City, and this is THE FIVE.The country in utter chaos under Joe Biden's leadership. And the president does not want to answer any of the tough questions.(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: May God protect our troops. Thank you all very much.(CROSSTALK)UNKNOWN: Can you (Inaudible) in order to lower gasoline prices.BIDEN: Thank you very much.(CROSSTALK)UNKNOWN: Mr. President --BIDEN: Thank...
    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...
    The Biden administration continues its efforts to get children back in the classroom. More than 5,000 schools across the country pivoted to virtual instruction last week because of COVID-19 cases and resulting staffing shortages, according to Burbio, which tracks school reopening trends. Republican lawmakers are claiming that Democratic mismanagement and subservience to "special interests" are responsible for the closures. However, statistics show that the school closures were the result of the fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus and the schools' own responses to the resulting staffing shortages. And the words and actions of the Biden administration have demonstrated continuing efforts to get children back in school. "The science is clear: children belong in the classroom," Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), a rumored candidate for president in 2024, tweeted Monday. "Democrats are setting science aside and caving to special interests." "Joe Biden promised the country would not 'shut down,' but: thousands of flights are being canceled, office buildings are empty, Democrat politicians are trying to close schools," the Republican National Committee posted on Twitter last week....
    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...
    Democrat-allied experts have begun to turn on the Biden administration’s shaky coronavirus response, dubbing it a “credibility crisis” and “the butt of jokes.” While then-candidate Biden promised over ten times in 2020 to shut the virus down, the omicron variant has reportedly continued to set records, threatening Biden’s credibility. The Establishment Media has suddenly begun questioning the origins of the Coronavirus and if Donald Trump was ultimately correct. https://t.co/lGSKw9PkYK — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 27, 2021 “The administration in general has lost the confidence of people who would be their natural supporters,” Biden administration advisory board member Celine Gounder told Axios, speaking about the rise of omicron and the ensuing infighting between the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Former CDC Director Tom Frieden also told Axios the Biden administration’s wavering health guidelines and shifting messaging tactics is the “butt of jokes.” “It’s never good to be the butt of jokes,” the expert said. George Washington University professor and CNN commentator Leana Wen also acknowledged “the CDC is facing a real crisis of trust” and pointed to Biden’s CDC Director Rochelle...
    Vice President Kamala Harris's former top aide Symone Sanders is joining MSNBC after leaving the Biden administration less than two weeks ago, network president Rashida Jones announced on Monday. Sanders will likely continue backing her ex-boss from the sidelines in her new role as a host on the left-leaning network's weekend programming. She's also signed on to host a Peacock streaming service show titled The Choice on MNSBC. The top Democratic strategist is joining the Biden and Harris-friendly channel after defending Harris throughout a mountain of negativity plaguing her first year as vice president.  On top of consistently low poll numbers, the former California senator is grappling with a slew of reports painting her as a workplace bully and her office hemorrhages staffers in recent weeks.  A press release announcing Sanders' new gig states her new show 'will explore issues at the intersection of politics, culture and race and break down how decisions made in Washington impact electorates, industries, and communities across the country.' 'She will also interview law and policy makers, top government officials, scholars, and thought leaders.'  Sanders...
    House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared confident in his party's chances of taking back the majority in Congress during a TV interview on Sunday, as the midterm elections loom less than a year away.  'There's only a five-seat majority for the Democrats, the lowest it's been in a hundred years,' McCarthy told Fox host Maria Bartiromo.  'That number 25 is a very big number for Democrat retirements. In 2010 when we won the majority, 17 Democrats retired. Already 25 -- I expect that number to be up to over 30 Democrat retirements, because they see what the future holds, and they see the numbers.'  Democrats have held a slim majority during Biden's first year in Congress, splitting the Senate 50-50 and the House 221 to 212. At the end of this year, 25 Democrats are retiring or running for a different office compared to just 12 Republicans doing the same. But a number of factors including President Joe Biden's low poll numbers, soaring inflation and the more than two dozen retiring caucus members make retaining that edge an uphill battle.   ...
    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...
    Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Vice President Kamala Harris has unified the country — but perhaps not in the way she intended.  "If you look at her poll numbers, she has unified America," Conway told host Jesse Watters Saturday on "Watters' World." "They promised unity in America, and indeed they've unified America against both Biden but especially Harris." PSAKI DOES DAMAGE CONTROL FOR KAMALA HARRIS' REPUTATION AS POLL NUMBERS PLUMMET Conway used Biden's pledge of national "unity" against his administration and vice president. Harris compared the Capitol riot to the tragedies at Pearl Harbor and on Sept. 11, 2001. "I was at Pearl Harbor just last week with … three of my children," Conway said. "And anybody who's been there [knows] it is a disgrace to our military, to our veterans, to our country, to our democracy to ever equate the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans on 9/11, in Pearl Harbor." next Image 1 of 3 Vice President Kamala Harris.  (Pete Marovich/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images) prev next Image 2 of 3 Vice...
    The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing the details of its plan with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million at-home Covid tests for free to Americans who request them.   The administration is launching a website where Americans can request the rapid tests, though it's not clear when it will be online. Officials aim to begin sending out the test kits by mid-January.  A number of test manufacturers and distributors have submitted proposals to the government, and on Thursday night the Biden administration awarded its first contract for the tests.  Meanwhile, the Postal Service is reportedly negotiating with its four labor unions to extend their additional seasonal workforce, comprising roughly 40,000 workers who are brought in to help the agency manage the influx of holiday packages, according to the Washington Post.  The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing the details of its plan with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million at-home Covid tests for free to Americans who request them New Yorkers stand in line to take a Covid-19 test in Times Square on Jan. 3  Boynton Beach residents...
    Mother Jones illustration; AP; Zuma Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.As a surge in omicron variant cases of Covid spurs a record high number of new infections and a rise in hospitalizations, including among children, the Supreme Court is set to decide on whether the Biden administration’s workplace vaccine mandates announced in the fall can go into effect. On Friday, the justices will hear arguments in cases challenging two vaccine policies the administration proposed: one that requires businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or get tested on a weekly basis; the other that mandates full vaccination for health care workers at federally-funded facilities. These measures would cover an estimated 100 million workers.  Business coalitions, Republican-led states, and religious groups from across the country swiftly filed lawsuits to try to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule, arguing the workplace safety agency lacks authority to impose the vaccine-or-testing mandate. They assert these rules exceed OSHA’s authorized use of “emergency...
    During an interview aired on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Vice President Kamala Harris responded to members of the administration’s transition team urging the administration to adopt a new strategy that doesn’t attempt to eliminate the virus, but rather to reduce risk by stating that we can “at the very least, mitigate the harm to the greatest number of people” and the administration will urge people “to do what is necessary for us to get beyond this.” Harris also stated that while the administration welcomes input on how to accomplish their goals, the current approach has resulted in “progress and that that is the trajectory.” Host Judy Woodruff stated, “Six of the prominent public health advisers who were part of the Biden-Harris transition team have today gone public with a plea to the president to adopt an entirely new pandemic strategy geared to what they call the new normal of living with this virus indefinitely, trying to minimize the risk.” Harris responded, “First of all, what we know, without any debate, and I think all of us agree, is that we have...
    She went on to call Trump a "master manipulator" and express that she is personally hoping to "travel the country and talk to people who are believers like I once was" and "explain who he really is." "I'm hoping that people will talk to somebody like me or some of these other people who really did believe in Trump and understand you can be proud of his policies, you can still be behind a lot of the America First policies that he implemented, which I am, but it doesn't have to be him. It just doesn't have to be this man who has caused such chaos and destruction in the country," she told CNN. She added that at the meeting the former Trump officials will discuss "what are the most effective tactics in order to carry that message." Revelation about the forthcoming meeting came just one day after Grisham sat with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol, during which Grisham claimed that she “answered every question they asked of me, and I...
    Appearing on Thursday’s The View, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa recalled what former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon allegedly told then-President Donald Trump ahead of Congress certifying the 2020 election. “The chronology here is really important because throughout the weeks of November after the election, early December, up until when the electoral college votes, the Trump strategy was essentially fight this in the court,” said Costa. “They failed across the board.” Costa, along with Bob Woodward, wrote and published last year Peril about the final days of the Trump presidency and the early days of the Biden administration. Woodward appeared alongside Costa on The View. Costa continued: So when they had no other option on the legal court front, they decided, “Hey, what’s our gambit here?” There is a new focus on Jan. 6th, the certification day. And on Dec. 30th, we report in the book, Bannon and Trump spoke by phone and Bannon said, “You have to kill the Biden presidency in the crib.” I mean, violent language. And he says to Trump, “You have to get back to Washington to focus on...
    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...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back when Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked if it would also be fair to call this “a pandemic of the vaccinated” since breakthrough infections are occurring. Psaki held a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, during which Heinrich asked several questions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Several of Heinrich’s questions had to do with whether factors other than science were influencing recent changes to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which Psaki flatly denied. But Heinrich also challenged Psaki on the administration, and President Joe Biden in particular, messaging that stresses the risk to the unvaccinated. “The president yesterday said this continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Heinrich said, referencing the president’s speech Tuesday on the state of the pandemic amid an Omicron-fueled surge in cases. “Isn’t it also fair to say that it’s still also a pandemic of vaccinated, given the breakthrough cases that we’ve been seeing?” Heinrich asked. “Well, Jackie, we also know that you are seven time… 17 times more likely to die of Covid...
    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...
    This past Christmas Eve, after putting my kids to bed, I was able to sneak away to attend midnight mass at St. Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis. While it has been years since I have been an observant Catholic, the ritual of Catholic mass is still comforting and provides an opportunity to reflect on how being raised in the Catholic faith has shaped who I am and my work as an immigration attorney and professor. For fellow Catholics, the Christmas season includes a number of faith-based traditions and biblical stories of the Holy Family. While most know the story of the nativity and the Epiphany visit of the Three Wise Men, one lesser known story is the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt. According to the Gospel of Matthew, shortly after the visit from the Three Magi, Joseph is warned by an angel in a dream to flee with Mary and the Baby Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod’s order to kill all male babies in Bethlehem, known as the Massacre of the Innocents. Reflecting as an adult and immigration attorney...
    (CNN)The two visions of pandemic America have arrived at the US Supreme Court. To the Biden administration, this is a life-or-death moment. Administration lawyers defending a new workplace vaccination requirement highlight the human toll of the deadly virus, a collapsing health care system and the "grave danger" of Covid-19 transmission among workers. Businesses and states that brought the lawsuits to be heard at the high court on Friday say the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test regulation for large employers would cause workers to quit and profits to plunge. The challengers stress the cost to the national economy and to individual liberty. All nine Supreme Court justices have received a Covid-19 booster shotThe dueling assertions offer more than echoes of today's blue-and-red state politics. They reflect a key issue at this stage of the dispute over the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers against the Covid-19 virus, now as the highly infectious Omicron variant rages. A key question for this rushed set of hearings is which side would be injured more if the vaccination requirement were imposed...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday the administration will start delivery of its promised 500 million at-home COVID tests later this month as contract negotiations continue to fill the massive order. She also denied an allegation that President Joe Biden 'has lost control' of the COVID pandemic after long lines of people waited to get tested around the holidays and the United States recorded a million new cases of the disease on Monday.  When asked if she agreed with those critics, Psaki responded: 'We would not.'  'We're in a very different place than we were a year ago,' she added.  '200 million people are vaccinated. Those are people who are protected, seriously protected, from illness and death from the virus. We have also just purchased the largest over-the-counter purchase of tests in history - 500 million tests.' hite House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration will start delivery of its promised 500 million at-home COVID tests later this month Psaki held her press briefing with only 14 reporters after the White House Correspondents Association cut down the...
    President Joe Biden will direct officials to double the  government's purchase of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pill from 10 million to 20 million in his remarks on Tuesday. The president will push an accelerated of those treatments, Fox News reported, as the Omicron wave continues to make its way across the nation. The Food and Drug Administration granted Pfizer emergency authorization for its Paxlovid-nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets last month. The pill is the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 and is said to be effective against the Omicron variant. The announcement will come as the United States recorded a million cases of COVID on Monday.  That morning, the US reported 55,114,057 confirmed cases. By midnight, the tally had risen to 56,190,946 - an increase of well over a million in under 24 hours.  But hospitalization rates and the death rate remains low compared to past waves. President Joe Biden will address the Omicron crisis on Tuesday and will direct officials to double the government's puchase of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pill from 10 million to 20 million in his remarks Pfizer said that its Covid pill, called...