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    Politico's Sam Stein suggested President Biden's latest poor polling numbers were partly due to right-wing individuals who were "emotional" and couldn't hide their "hatred" for the president. Recent polling from Quinnipiac gave the president a 33% approval rating. The dismal survey arrived just days ahead of his one-year anniversary in office and amid bipartisan criticism for his handling of several important issues like COVID-19, the supply chain crisis, rising inflation, and the continued fallout from the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. AMERICANS GRADE PRESIDENT BIDEN AS POLL NUMBERS TAKE ANOTHER HIT Morning Consult provided more bad news for the president with polling released Wednesday that show his "worst job approval rating yet," according to the company.  Yet on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday, Stein suggested a few other factors for Biden's unpopularity, arguing that it shows how those "on the right" have "hatred" for the president.  "A lot of people gave him an F," Stein said. "And that’s a measurement of just how much hatred there is for him, especially on the right." U.S. President Joe Biden waves...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF railroad wants a federal judge to prevent two of its unions from going on strike next month over a new attendance policy that would penalize employees for missing work. The Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad went to court after the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation union both threatened to strike over the new policy that is set to go into effect on Feb. 1. The unions said they are surveying their 17,000 members who work for BNSF to see if workers will support a strike. The heads of the two unions, BLET National President Dennis Pierce and SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson, said in a joint statement that the new policy would violate their contracts with BNSF and could provide an incentive for workers to show up when they are sick in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “This unprecedented BNSF policy repudiates direct and clear contract language, and in application, will attempt to force our members to report for duty...
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    President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced he was nominating prominent Democratic fundraiser Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, a plum overseas posting that comes with the 35-bedroom Winfield House set in 12 acres in the middle of London. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman ambassador to Britain in 45 years.  Hartley, 71, served as ambassador to France during the Obama presidency and was  a major donor to Barack Obama.  But Biden struggled to fill the job, which is of great diplomatic importance given the long, close ties between the United States and the United Kingdom.  At least two candidates turned down the ambassadorship to the Court of St. James, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN reported. The president last year also had considered the-now late former secretary of state Colin Powell - there has never been a black U.S. ambassador to Britain and the historic nature of the pick would have come after Meghan Markle married into the British royal family.  The White House had also approached career Foreign Service...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden spotted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on the White House campus last June and called out to the House Democratic campaign chair loudly enough for several others to hear: "I really want to talk to you about the races!" he shouted.   A week later, at the cherry festival in Traverse City, Michigan, Biden leaned into Sen. Gary Peters, who's in charge of Democratic Senate campaigns, with the same promise. He's always cared most about Senate races, Biden told the Michigan Democrat, and he wanted to have a meeting, an hour at least, to talk about helping his party hold the chamber in 2022. Maloney's staff eagerly followed up. So did Peters'. Then they followed up again. And again. Seven months later, there are still no meetings on the books.  Joe Biden enters the second year of his presidency looking for a reset after a tumultuous first 12 months They're not the only ones who've been left waiting. In three dozen exclusive interviews with CNN, top Democratic politicians, campaign officials and operatives say the White House political operation is...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a formal news conference on Wednesday from the White House as he marks the end of his first full year in office. Coming at 4 p.m. ET, Biden will field questions from reporters as his administration struggles to contain the latest surge of the Omicron variant and works to ease the economic anxiety gripping the nation. The President is entering his second year in office -- a midterm election year -- after facing a number of recent setbacks. The centerpiece of his economic agenda has hit a roadblock in Congress, it is unclear whether the Democrats' push for voting rights legislation will go anywhere, the Supreme Court struck down Biden's vaccine mandates for big businesses and recent key economic indicators show record inflation. The President regularly fields questions from reporters after delivering remarks and during departures and arrivals at the White House, but he hasn't held as many formal news conferences as his recent predecessors. In his first year in office, Biden held nine total news conferences -- six solo and three joint ones...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recent setbacks to his lofty agenda.In advance of the session, set for 4 p.m. EST on his 365th day in office, Biden gave no indication that he felt a reset was in order. But his appearance was playing out on the same day that prolonged Democratic efforts to overhaul the nation's voter laws appeared set to go down in flames on Capitol Hill and as Biden's massive social spending package remains stalled.The East Room event will offer Biden an opportunity to spotlight his accomplishments before a national audience, and he was sure to highlight the bipartisan infrastructure law enacted on his watch, a roaring economy and the country's progress against COVID-19.Still, it is a perilous time for Biden: The nation is gripped by another disruptive surge of virus cases and inflation is at a level not seen in...
    President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE will nominate Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the president announced on Wednesday.  Hartley was the ambassador to the France and Monaco during the Obama administration and the White House said in a statement that she strengthened the U.S. relationship with France while focusing on counterterrorism cooperation.  “She arrived in Paris shortly before the Charlie Hebdo attack and served through the Bataclan and Nice attacks. Hartley subsequently received the Legion of Honor from the President of France in recognition of her efforts,” the White House said in a statement. Harley was a fundraiser for Biden during his 2020 presidential run and was a major fundraiser for former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Bottom line Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE. Hartley previously was CEO of the economic and political...
    New York Times opinion columnist Bret Stephens suggested a few revisions to the administration’s current order as it has become bipartisan agreement that President Biden has so far floundered in the White House. Stephens highlighted how the president should consider building a new team, including a new chief of staff, and "focus on American needs, not liberal wishes." "No, the two are not synonymous," Stephens wrote. "Universal Pre-K might be popular. But Americans have spent the past two years suffering from the government’s inability to meet basic needs. Public health. Price stability. Safe streets. Secure borders. Functioning supply chains. Public schools that open their doors to children." Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks, as President Joe Biden looks on, in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) Even though not all these concerns are the responsibility of the White House, according to Stephens, what is a concern was Biden’s decision to appoint "overmatched" Vice President Kamala Harris as border czar. He also questioned why Biden would...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Ukraine on Wednesday rejected a motion by prosecutors to put former President Petro Poroshenko in custody pending an investigation and trial on the charges of treason, allowing the politician to walk out with just a few restrictions on his behavior. The ruling barred Poroshenko from leaving the capital, Kyiv, or the outlying region without permission from law enforcement officials, and obligated him to surrender his passport and make himself available for questioning when required. Poroshenko returned to Ukraine with much fanfare on Monday to face the charges, which he insists are politically motivated. He told a crowd of supporters on Wednesday: “We are not afraid, the truth is with us.” The prosecution has accused Poroshenko, owner of the Roshen confectionery empire and one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen, of being involved in the sale of large amounts of coal that helped finance Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014-15. The former president of Ukraine has been charged with high treason and his assets have been frozen pending the investigation. He faces...
    (CNN)On the eve of his one-year anniversary in office, President Joe Biden finds himself at the lowest polling point of his tenure -- a worrisome omen for Democrats desperately trying to hold onto their House and Senate majorities this fall.That's according to new poll numbers from Gallup that peg Biden's approval at just 40% with 56% disapproving. It's the lowest measure so far by Gallup and well below his 48.9% polling average over the past year in the organization's surveys. At this one-year mark, that average is about where Bill Clinton was and ten points better than Donald Trump, but that's a very small on-the-bright-side note.Those numbers are broadly consistent with CNN's poll of polls, which averages the last four national polls to give a better (and broader) sense of where Biden stands. As of last week, Biden approval in the poll of polls was 42% with 53% disapproving.The top-line numbers are concerning enough for Biden. But, dig into where Biden has lost support and things are even more worrisome. That erosion has come primarily from political independents, generally regarded...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Wednesday, hailing their the two countries’ cooperation on international issues, including the Syrian crisis. Greeting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the start of their talks in the Kremlin, Putin noted that shared efforts by Moscow and Tehran have played a key role in “helping the Syrian government overcome the threats posed by international terrorism.” Russia and Iran have joined forces to shore up Syrian President Bashar Assad, helping his government reclaim most of the country’s territory after a devastating civil war. Moscow has performed a delicate balancing act, maintaining contacts with Iran while also building warm relations with Israel, which views the Iranian presence in Syria as a red line. In 2018, Russia struck a deal with Iran to keep its fighters away from the Golan Heights to accommodate Israeli concerns about the Iranian entrenchment in Syria. Russia also has actively taken part in international talks aimed at salvaging Iran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The United States withdrew from the accord in 2018 under then-President Donald...
    Biden's first year report card is strikingly similar to Trumps, who earned a failing grade from 35% of voters after his first year in office If failing grades are a sign of ill-preparedness, President Joe Biden needs to hit the books as a devastating new poll showed more than a third of American voters grade his first year at the White House with an 'F.' The survey was conducted by Politico and Morning Consult and released on Wednesday, one day before the first anniversary of Biden's inauguration.  Asked to give the president a report card for his first year running the country, the largest share of respondents -- 37 percent -- flunked him. Twenty percent gave Biden a 'B' and 18 percent graded him a 'C.' The smallest share of people surveyed, 11 percent, gave him top marks. In another blow, 52 percent of American surveyed say they view Biden as a 'weak leader.'  A year full of crises -- including a record number of migrants straining local infrastructure at the southern border, an increasingly aggressive Russia and out-of-control inflation...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden is working to keep America safe despite the recent surges in coronavirus cases. On January 19, 2022, Biden will hold a press conference to mark that he's been in office for one year. 2President Joe Biden Where is Joe Biden? Biden is at the White House on Wednesday, January 19 ahead of his press conference at 4pm ET. He is expected to be asked questions about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the economy, voting rights and his social spending package. This is the second press conference Biden has held at the White House. What happened during the NORAD Santa tracker call? During a Christmas Eve phone call for NORAD, the President and First Lady were caught off guard by who mentioned the phrase, 'Let's Go Brandon.' The pair seemed unaware of the viral meme's meaning. On the call, Biden wished the father a wonderful Christmas, to which the father, Jerad, responds "I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas as well, and Let's Go Brandon." The president, unknowingly answers, "Let's Go Brandon, I agree." The phrase refers...
    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...
    Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Advocacy journalism isn’t part of the NBC News brand, the outlet’s president claimed in an interview published on Wednesday. In a discussion with the Poynter Institute’s Tom Jones, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said that advocacy journalism “certainly has a place in the menu of available offerings in the world for people who are looking for it.” “It has a really worthwhile place,” he continued. “It’s not what we do, though. It’s not what NBC News does.” Oppenheim remarked that NBC News “can have a great impact on” topics including “democracy, voting rights, [and] civil rights,” though do so “not through advocacy, but through illumination.” As an example, he cited NBC News’ “vote watch unit,” which is “a team of journalists, reporters, producers focused singularly on voting rights, voting access, misinformation, disinformation.” He said, “We continue to build that and invest in that.” Oppenheim continued: There’s no question the institutions that our democracy depends on are under threat. I don’t think it’s advocacy to say we’re going to cover that story. We’re going to cover the story...
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados held a snap general election on Wednesday after cutting ties with Queen Elizabeth II late last year and appointing its first ever president to lead the world’s newest republic. Prime Minister Mia Mottley with the Barbados Labor Party is seeking a second term for a five-year position she won in 2018, when she became the island’s first female leader. She faces opponents including Verla De Peiza of the Democratic Labor Party and Joseph Atherley of the coalition Alliance Party for Progress. Mottley’s and De Peiza’s parties have candidates vying to fill each of the 30 seats in the island’s House of Assembly, while Atherley’s party has 20 such candidates. The Assembly is the lower house of the island’s Parliament, with 16 seats needed for a majority. No elections are held for the 21-member Senate because they are appointed by Barbados’ recently elected president. Barbados is one of the wealthier nations in the Caribbean, but the winner faces an economy battered by the pandemic and a still struggling tourism industry. Opposition...
    President Joe Biden will hold a rare solo press conference on Wednesday evening, the day before his one-year annivesary in office, where he is expected to defend his tenure in the White House and preview his plans for the next three years.  He will also likely face questions on the issues of the day - voting rights, his Build Back Better bill, his declining approval rating, Russia and the Ukraine, inflation and the Omicron variant of COVID.  His last solo press conference in the White House was in March and his last formal press conference was in October, when he was in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26. He has held solo press conferences on foreign trips and joint ones with world leaders in addition to taking questions from reporters on the fly. In total, Biden has held six news conferences on his own and three jointly with foreign leaders - a number far below that of his predecessors in the Oval Office.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki started the defense of Biden's first year in her press briefing Tuesday when she...
    One year into his term, more than a third of the country believes President Joe Biden is flunking out, a new survey finds. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 37 percent of respondents give the president an “F” for the first quarter of his presidency. By contrast, a meager 11 percent give Biden an “A” thus far, while 20 percent give him a “B.” Nearly a third of the country put Biden in the “C” or “D” category — with 18 percent giving the president a “C” and 12 percent giving him a “D.” At this point in his term, Biden’s failing grade exceeds even former President Donald Trump’s. The 45th president got an “F” from 35 percent of Americans, compared to Biden’s 37 percent. Biden got his worst marks on the economy, immigration, and “restoring unity” — with 40 percent flunking him in the latter two categories, and 38 percent giving him an “F” on the economy. His best grades came on Covid-19 and health care, where 35 percent and 31 percent respectively gave him an...
    Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told viewers that President Joe Biden is “the angriest guy I’ve ever seen in front of a microphone consistently.” Kilmeade made the assertion on Wednesday morning’s edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends while providing analysis of Biden’s upcoming press conference, his first formal presser of the year. “He has got to change gears. It’s happened before other presidents have done it. The question is, will he do it?” Kilmeade said, then ticked off several suggested bullet points — including criticizing Biden for reflecting on his own personal grief at times of national tragedy — in particular, while consoling families of service members killed during the Afghanistan withdrawal. “There’s downsides to putting him out more to making it more accessible because he’s angry all the time. He’s the angriest guy I’ve ever seen in front of a microphone consistently,” Kilmeade said. He went o to add that Biden is “often detached. He does not know what ‘Let’s go Brandon’ means. He did not know there was a deal in place on the family separated at...
    Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. has had a long and storied career as a public servant and leader among the people of the United States. In 1970, when he was but 27 years old, Biden was elected to the New Castle County Council in Delaware. During his two years on the council, Biden supported public housing and opposed oil corporation proposals to build their refineries on environmentally sensitive coastal land. In 1972, Biden became one of the youngest U.S. senators in American history at age 29. He served as senator from Delaware for 36 years. During his time in the senate he was a longtime member and chair of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While he sponsored many bills, he has stated that his most significant piece of legislation was The Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Article continues after advertisement Under President Barack Obama, Biden served as 47th vice president of the United States for eight years. During this time he oversaw spending on infrastructure under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helped prevent...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country’s capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19. The plant in Cape Town — a partnership between a U.S.-based biotechnology firm, the government and South African universities — will help improve Africa’s ability to produce vaccines, Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “The pandemic has revealed the huge disparities that exist within and between countries in access to quality healthcare, medicines, diagnostics and vaccines,” said Ramaphosa. Africa is responding to COVID-19 with a “depth of scientific knowledge, expertise and capacity,” to make its own vaccines, he said. The factory was also launched by Patrick Soon-Shiong, the South African-born founder of NantWorks, a multinational biotechnology firm based in the United States that has invested about $200 million to start the facility, according to local reports. The new plant aims to reach a goal of producing 1 billion vaccines annually by 2025, Soon-Shiong said. South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare already assembles the J&J COVID-19 vaccine in a factory in Gqeberha, formerly known...
    George Conway went off about how former President Donald Trump could conceivably be charged with criminal intent for his actions related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Days after arguing that Trump should be charged with sedition, Conway appeared on CNN’s New Day to talk about the January 6th Committee’s move to subpoena the phone records of Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle. Conway began by dismantling Trump’s claim of not inciting a riot, arguing that the former president was insufficiently proactive in calling off his supporters. “That goes to his state of mind and what he intended,” Conway said, “and it goes to his state of mind generally, which is critically important when it comes to potential charges on the question of whether he and others conspired to, and did, try to obstruct Congressional proceedings January 6th.” When he got to the question of whether Trump engaged in a corrupt attempt to interfere with an official Congressional proceeding, Conway argued that the former president “certainly did.” “He lied his ass off,” Conway said, which drew light scolding from New...
    (CNN)The President of Emirates tells CNN that the airline was not aware of some of the potential 5G rollout issues until yesterday morning, calling the situation "one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible" he has seen in his aviation career.Major international airlines are scrambling to modify or cancel flights to the United States amid uncertainty about potential interference between new 5G cell phone services and critical airplane technologies. Emirates has canceled flights to nine U.S. destinations today.International airlines suspend some US flights over 5G uncertaintySpeaking to CNN's Richard Quest today, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said that they were not aware of the issues until yesterday morning "to the extent that it was going to compromise the safety of operation of our aircraft and just about every other 777 operator to and from the United States and within the United States."Transportation regulators had already been concerned that the version of 5G that was scheduled to be switched on could interfere with some airplane instruments, and many aviation industry groups shared those fears — despite reassurances from federal telecom regulators and...
    Joe Biden is the worst president of my lifetime and might just be the worst president in American history.Politics is full of hyperbole. Politics is full of hyperbole and partisanship, and every four to eight-year cycle, those that disagree with the platform or the party of the president in power find themselves thinking we've arrived at hell in a handbasket. It couldn't possibly be worse than this. I've always had an aversion to that type of hyperbole. But the last two years have lived up not only to every conspiracy theory, but they've lived up to everybody's exaggeration. I was born in 1975, so for the standard of worst president of my lifetime, that would mean Joe Biden would need to outpace Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. And it's safe: Joe Biden runs across the finish line and almost laps the field for worst president of my lifetime. And I think you'll have a hard time, at least through one year of their tenure, finding a...
    President Biden was blasted on Twitter Tuesday after using the phrase "Jim Crow 2.0" in a tweet pushing his agenda on voting reform.  Biden said, "Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion. It’s about making it harder to vote, who gets to count the vote, and whether your vote counts at all." "We have to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act," he continued, referring to legislation that is likely to be locked in a political stalemate in the Senate.  (Jack Delano/PhotoQuest/Getty Images | Tom Brenner/Getty Images) The tweet came after a recent Atlanta speech in which Biden said those who disagree with him on the legislation are comparable to reviled segregationists.  STACEY ABRAMS CAMPAIGN BLASTS 'MANUFACTURED NARRATIVES' OVER BIDEN SPEECH ABSENCE Biden had said, "Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to join the family of Tamiko Talbert Wednesday calling for justice and information in her death.The 49-year-old hairstylist was shot and killed while looking for a parking spot at her job in Chicago Lawn last Friday.Police said a dark colored Dodge Durango pulled alongside Talbert on 71st Street and Artesian Avenue and fired into her car."She's been going to this same salon for over 20 years. She's never had a problem. Ever. Everybody in that area knew that this is what she does," said Tikko Talbert, the victim's sister.RELATED: Pregnant woman killed in Englewood; mom pleads for justicePreckwinkle is also expected to discuss ways to invest in gun violence prevention.The video in this story is from a previous report
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country’s fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice President Iliana Yotova. The 58-year-old former chief of the Bulgarian Air Force overwhelmingly defeated his main contender, who was backed by the center-right GERB party, in a November election. Radev gained popularity as a vocal supporter of the months-long anti-graft protests last year and by appointing caretaker governments that were active in investigating the corruption practices of their predecessors. He said in his address to parliament that “democracy and the rule of law are the foundations we need to restore” and pledged to work for overcoming a demographic crisis, tackling poverty and inequality, and raising the standard and quality of life. Bulgaria, a Balkan country of 6.5 million people which joined the European Union in 2007, remains the poorest member of the 27-nation bloc. The lawmakers from the GERB party of ex-Prime Minister Boyko Borissov left the...
    EXCLUSIVE - Former U.S. Army Special Operations aviator Mike Durant is making a splash as the newest candidate in the Republican race to become Alabama's next U.S. senator, joining an already heated contest to replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Shelby at the end of his term. Durant, who was famously shot down during the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia and portrayed in the 2001 film "Black Hawk Down," told Fox News in an exclusive interview that his experience in the military, and as a small business owner working with the Department of Defense, had prepared him to take a stand for average Alabamians against the Biden administration's "mismanagement" of the country.  Durant expressed his desire for America to hold on to the founding principles that made it great, rather than cave to pressure from the liberal media seeking to tear them all apart in their efforts to appease Big Tech companies. Former "Black Hawk Down" pilot and Alabama Senate candidate Mike Durant speaks to Fox News' Brandon Gillespie in an exclusive interview on January 14, 2022. (Brandon Gillespie) (Brandon...
    One year after leaving office, former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE is in an odd spot. On one hand, Trump is clearly the dominant figure in the Republican Party. He would be the overwhelming favorite to win the party’s presidential nomination in 2024, should he enter the race.  His most vociferous internal critics are on the retreat. Three of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have already decided against running for reelection. On the other hand, Trump’s banishment from Twitter and other social media platforms after his incitement of Jan. 6 has made it more difficult for him to be quite as central to the political conversation as he once was.  Some Republicans in the Senate have become willing to raise their heads above the parapet to criticize him. And the jury is still out as to...
    President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE will face reporters for his first news conference of the year on Wednesday with serious questions about his agenda and the health of his presidency as he nears the first anniversary of taking office. Biden has been unable to move members of his own party to back his most ambitious goals, with Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-W.Va.) stiff-arming the president in ways that left the White House looking ineffectual. Biden’s climate and social policy package, the top priority of the White House and Democrats in Congress, appears doomed — unless parts of it...
    (CNN)Russia has plans to further increase its military forces on Ukrainian borders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday in remarks to personnel at the US Embassy in Kyiv."We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice," Blinken said of the massive troop build-up near Ukranian borders. "And that gives President Putin the capacity also on very short notice to take further aggressive action against Ukraine and that, of course, has gotten not only our attention, but it's gotten the attention of virtually all of our allies and partners and not just in Europe, even beyond.""This is a critical time for Ukraine," Blinken explained to a crowd of roughly 60 people, speaking alongside Charge d'Affaires Kristina Kvien.Blinken warned Russia there were two paths out of this situation."There is the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve whatever differences there are peacefully through diplomacy," he said. "Clearly the preferable path, clearly the most responsible path and the one that we would prefer, but there is also the path if Russia...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc’s parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen already canceled her attendance on Monday. Michel said “I have been informed that I was in close contact with someone who tested positive,” Michel said. “Therefore I will not be able to attend” the parliamentary session, where he was to brief legislators on the EU summit in December and issues like the pandemic and the standoff in Ukraine. He didn’t provide details. Von der Leyen canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Both were supposed to be in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, as President Emmanuel Macron would address the plenary on the plans during France’s tenure of the EU presidency, which runs through June. ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., was a guest on "The Ingraham Angle" on Tuesday night and spoke about President Biden’s poll numbers and the number of Democrats deciding not to seek reelection.  EVEN BIDEN CHEERLEADER JENNIFER RUBIN SAYS THE PRESIDENT ‘NEEDS A RESET’ REP. JIM BANKS: "It doesn’t get any better from here, Laura. I think it continues to get worse as this president, Joe Biden, and the Democrat Party refuse to acknowledge the pain the American people are going through—completely ignoring inflation, completely ignoring all of the other issues that are affecting American families and working Americans. I imagine these poll numbers will continue to get worse, as you said…two more Democrats announced today that they are not going to run for reelection because they can no longer defend the president or their own party. There’s 28 total. They see the writing on the wall. They know Republicans are going to win back the majority and they can’t defend it any longer." WATCH FULL VIDEO BELOW Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
                 Outrage at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s (D) leniency toward criminals has driven Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) to call for the prosecutor’s impeachment. Corman sent a letter to leaders of the GOP-run state House of Representatives asking them to seek Krasner’s removal. In his missive, the lawmaker deplored the city’s sharp present rise in violent crime and said the district attorney has played a major role in that spike by allowing many offenders to escape punishment. The senator, who is also running for governor, cited Philadelphia’s all-time record of 562 homicides last year. In 2017, the year before Krasner took office, the locality experienced 315 homicides, a number that has climbed every year he has been on the job. Not yet a month into 2022, the City of Brotherly Love has seen 30 murders this year, putting it on track to far surpass last year’s sad total.  Corman furthermore noted that, despite an uptick in arrests for violent firearm offenses under Krasner’s tenure, municipal prosecutors have increasingly declined to pursue charges for those crimes....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One year into a presidency defined by lofty ambitions and at-times frustrating shortfalls, President Joe Biden will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference and asks for patience with the pace of progress. In advance of the session, set for 4 p.m. EST Wednesday, his 365th day in office, Biden gave no indication that he felt a reset was in order. But his appearance was playing out on the same day that prolonged Democratic efforts to overhaul the nation’s voter laws appeared set to go down in flames on Capitol Hill and as Biden’s massive social spending package remains stalled. The East Room event will offer Biden an opportunity to spotlight his accomplishments before a national audience, and he was sure to highlight the bipartisan infrastructure law enacted on his watch, a roaring economy and the country’s progress against COVID-19. Still, it is a perilous time for Biden: The nation is gripped by another disruptive surge of virus cases and...
    Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Honduras for the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro in an effort to 'address the root causes' of illegal immigration. The trip is part of Harris' effort to 'deepen the partnership' between the US and Honduras to combat corruption and migration, as well as advance economic growth, the White House announced Tuesday.  Harris, 57, was tasked by President Joe Biden last year to lead the nation's border crisis response and has faced widespread criticisms over her efforts within the role. Republicans have mockingly nicknamed her the 'border czar' while also accusing her of being uninterested in actually visiting the US-Mexico border.   Since being named as the point person on the migrant crisis in March, Harris has visited the southern border just once, last June, when she spent a few hours in El Paso, Texas, before jetting off to her $5million Los Angeles mansion. Meanwhile, illegal crossings at the border have skyrocketed since Biden took office.  Customs and Border Protection data shows agents have encountered more than 1.75 million migrants illegally crossing or attempting to seek...
    (CNN)As he walked through the front gate of the White House complex last year for the first time as President, Joe Biden declared it felt like "going home." If the presidency seemed then like a natural fit for a 50-year creature of Washington, today its limits are leading to a reckoning over expectations and ambitions in a country as exhausted, angry and divided as ever.Biden enters the second year of his term with one of the lowest approval ratings of a modern-day president, depleted of the political capital and sense of confidence that followed him into office. A sense of normalcy returned to the White House following the whiplash of Donald Trump's presidency, but a string of setbacks -- at home and abroad -- have eroded the air of competence that once surrounded a President and his team, who have spent most of their lives in government and campaigned for the job on a pledge of restoring order.On most days since January 20, 2021, the President has arrived at the Oval Office early in the morning, peppered his team with...
    (CNN)If President Joe Biden's only task in his solo press conference on Wednesday was restoring his battered political standing, it would be daunting enough. But the President will arrive in the East Room at a moment of national exhaustion and drained morale as the coronavirus pandemic heads into a third year, amid a sense that events at home and abroad are cascading out of control and that vicious ideological divides could tear America apart. The country has not been as ideologically estranged for generations. Two big blocks of Americans believe everything that they think their nation stands for could be ripped away. Biden was elected to slake the poison, bridge divides and solve problems. But in his first year in office, political bitterness has deepened, partly because of ex-President Donald Trump's corrosive and dangerous campaign to destroy American democracy. And Biden's interpretation of tiny Democratic mandates in Congress might have delighted liberals but it has prompted some who saw him as a moderate to wonder whether they misjudged him.In such an atmosphere, the President is under pressure to do more...
    Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Honduras this month to attend the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro and to address matters including migration, a challenge which she was picked to tackle head-on by President Joe Biden. The plans for the trip come roughly a month after Harris revealed commitments by businesses and social enterprises totaling $1.2 billion to help develop Central America, which is "part of her role addressing the root causes of migration from Central America," according to the White House. "Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the Presidential Delegation to Honduras to attend the January 27 inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro. The Vice President’s visit will further the commitment she and President-elect Castro made during their December 10 phone call to deepen the partnership between the United States and Honduras and work together to advance economic growth, combat corruption, and address the root causes of migration," Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary for the vice president, said in a statement Tuesday. THE LEFT IS TRYING TO ERASE THE MEANING OF CITIZENSHIP Castro, the...
    Fox News contributor Lara Trump complained on Hannity Tuesday night that President Joe Biden is taking too many vacations. Some Republicans and reporters have criticized Biden for his frequent trips back home to Wilmington, Delaware, which is a 25-minute flight from Washington, D.C. “I’m old enough to remember when we had a president who worked all day, every day for the American people,” said Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law by way of Eric. “And by the way, he took no salary. Of course, I’m talking about president Donald Trump,” she said for anyone who could not figure that out. Of course, Trump famously spent much time away from the White House, often at properties he owned. During his presidency, he reportedly visited golf properties around 150 times while playing golf at least 298 times on those visits. On average, that’s one visit to a golf property every 10 days, and one round of golf every five days. Lara Trump then claimed Biden has been vacationing for a quarter of his presidency. “I remember when the press and the Democrats would go crazy if...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland could prosecute former President Trump for the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Senate Democrats say. Speaking with The Hill, several Democrat lawmakers said there is a “good chance” the Department of Justice will seek to prosecute Trump, potentially knocking him out of the 2024 election. Merrick Garland has given no indication he plans to prosecute Trump, and Senate Democrats provided no direct evidence or sources to support their claims. Both Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) said the Department of Justice could have evidence to prosecute the former president without specifics. “They have all of the evidence at their disposal,” said Kaine, adding that he believes there are “federal statutes that are very much implicated” by the president’s efforts to stop the election certification prior to the riot on January 6. Kaine said: Garland is a sort of by-the-book guy. You have prosecutors who will talk about things, kind of give you status reports along the way. But that’s not really the most professional things for prosecutors to do. What prosecutors usually...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The White House warns that a Russian attack on Ukraine could happen at any moment. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar just returned from a visit to Ukraine with a bi-partisan group of senators, where they met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. With tens of thousands of Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s border, Klobuchar told WCCO’s Esme Murphy that she agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin could be on the verge of an attack. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (credit: CBS) “One of the reasons we went was to send a clear message that if he does this there’s going to be consequences, and if he’s betting on the fact that Washington’s divided, that’s not gonna work,” Klobuchar said. She is the co-author of legislation that would impose sanctions on President Putin, senior military officials and the Russian banking sector if Russia acts against Ukraine.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Early voting began on Tuesday for the upcoming February 15 special election in San Francisco. This election is when voters will decide whether or not to recall three San Francisco school board members: President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison Collins.There's also two other races on the ballot: Assessor-Controller and a primary for Assembly District 17. ABC7 News anchor Liz Kreutz breaks down what you need to know about how to vote and what's on your ballot.
    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...
    President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE’s first-year average approval rating was 48.9 percent, according to Gallup, which ranked lower than many other presidents but remained higher than his predecessor, former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE. Gallup polled Biden’s approval rating at 13 separate occasions over the course of his first year in office, with an average of 48.9 percent of respondents giving him a positive report. The president entered office with a strong approval rating of 57 percent in January 2021, according to Gallup. Between January and early August his approval rating ranged between 57 percent and 49 percent, a time when COVID-19 cases were on the decline as more Americans got vaccinated. By the end of August, however, the Biden's approval rating took a turn, notably around...
    NEWLY-unveiled wax figures of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at Madame Tussauds are causing a stir online. Madame Tussauds New York revealed the wax sculptures on Tuesday with the unveiling timed to line up with the inaugural anniversary on January 20. 6A wax figure of President Joe Biden was unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York on TuesdayCredit: The Mega Agency 6The unveiling came ahead of the inaugural anniversary on January 20Credit: EPA 6A wax figure of Vice President Kamala Harris is also portrayed in a historic move for the museumCredit: The Mega Agency 6Harris (pictured) is the first vice president to be featured alongside a US president at the museumCredit: The Mega Agency The wax museum in Time Square features sculptures for each of the United States presidents but this is the first time a vice president has been featured, making the unveiling a historic move for the museum. "Not only has Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first woman, first black person, and first Asian American Vice President, but she is making history – her-story...