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Biden's chief of staff emerges as a force behind the scenes

Unusually visible, involved in practically everything, and free in sharing his opinions on what has become the new administration's must-follow Twitter feed, White House chief of staff Ron Klain has emerged as the building's most central figure aside from the President himself.
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Biden's chief of staff emerges as a force

• White House vows to 'keep fighting' for Tanden despite slim approval chances • Analysis: Frustration is growing over the obstacles Biden's nominees of color are facing
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A 2nd former aide has come forward to accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images A former Cuomo aide alleged the governor sexually harassed her last spring. Charlotte Bennett, 25, said Cuomo made sexual advances and asked her inappropriate questions. The news comes days after another ex-Cuomo aide wrote a Medium essay detailing similar allegations. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A second former aide has come forward to...
Tags: Politics, New York, Trends, The New York Times, Times, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Cuomo, Capitol, Bennett, Garvey, Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, Sexual Harassment Allegations, Michelle Mark, Lindsey Boylan


Johnson & Johnson’s Single-Dose COVID Vaccine Gets FDA Authorization

(CNN/CBS13) — The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine Saturday. It is the first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that “checks nearly all the boxes.” With more than 28.4 million confirmed COVID cases in the United States and nearly 511,000 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic, and while the demand for vaccines still far exceeds supply, these vaccines can’t come soon enough. “A third safe and effective vaccine is...
Tags: Health, News, California, Cdc, White House, US, Cnn, United States, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Johnson, Memphis, Latin America, Gavin Newsom, Wolf Blitzer


What kind of "behind the scenes" clemency moves might Prez Biden's staff be working on?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by a sentence in this Vox piece by German Lopez (strangely) headlined "Biden’s secret weapon for criminal justice reform."  The article is about the power of the President to grant clemency, and I think it a bit strange to call that power a "secret weapon" given all the attention that clemency has received in recent years and given that there has already been a number of prominent calls for Prez Biden to use this power in prominent ways (example...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, America, Aclu, Biden, Lopez, Douglas A Berman, Biden Administration, Prez Biden


Richard Grenell To Meet With Trump Saturday To Discuss Potential California Governor Run

(CNN/CBS13) — Richard Grenell, who served in the Trump administration and is expected to meet with the former president Saturday, may consider a run for California governor if the campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom gathers the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to a source familiar with the situation. The subject is sure to come up when the former acting director of national intelligence and Trump ally meets with the former President at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resi...
Tags: Politics, Obama, California, Germany, US, Cnn, West Coast, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Dni, Orlando Florida, Napa County, Newsom, Eleni Kounalakis, Kate Bolduan


Biden says the reopened Texas facility for migrant children 'won't stay open very long'

An influx care facility for unaccompanied children in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images The Biden administration has received blowback for reopening a Texas facility for young migrants. There are thousands of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border. Biden said that his administration is seeking to reunite migrant children with their families. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden on Friday said that a facility for young mig...
Tags: Politics, Texas, White House, Immigration, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Immigration Policy, The New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Progressive, Univision, Aoc, Department of Health and Human Services, US Border Patrol


Biden administration to make announcement about Saudi Arabia Monday as White House reviews ties

President Joe Biden said his administration would announce Monday how it will handle relations with Saudi Arabia after a report...
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Nearly three dozen GOP mayors back Biden's COVID-19 relief package

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Roughly 32 GOP mayors are backing Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The support is a stark contrast to the bill's opposition among congressional Republicans. The House passed the bill on Saturday and it now heads to the Senate where resistance is anticipated. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. While President Joe Biden faces firm opposition to his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package from congressional Rep...
Tags: Politics, Mississippi, Congress, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Democrats, Gop, Maine, Washington Dc, House, Biden, Usa Today, Kamala Harris, Oklahoma City


Justin Trudeau looks forward to working with President Biden: 'It's great to see America re-engage'

Canada's PM Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa. Reuters Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested he's looking forward to working with President Joe Biden. Speaking on NBC News' "Meet the Press" in an episode that will air Sunday, Trudeau said, "It's great to see America re-engage." "That need to work closely as neighbors continues," Trudeau said. "But now it continues with an administration with whom we have a little more in common." Visit the Business section of Insid...
Tags: Politics, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, United States, Biden, Meet The Press, Donald Trump, International Relations, Justin Trudeau, Trump, Trudeau, Peter Navarro, Nafta


Biden Says Saudi Announcement to Come Monday; White House Plays Down New Steps

By Steve HollandWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday...
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Andrew Yang intervened when a man wielding a metal pole attacked a photojournalist on the Staten Island Ferry

Andrew Yang, who is currently leading the contenders in his Democratic primary run for mayor of New York City, rides the Staten Island Ferry during a campaign stop to the borough on February 26, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Andrew Yang intervened Friday when a man wielding a metal pipe attacked a photojournalist.  Yang was able to calm the man and allow the journalist to exit the situation, according to reports. Yang, a former presidential candidate, is running for may...
Tags: Politics, News, New York City, Trends, Getty Images, Manhattan, Bill De Blasio, Staten Island, Democratic Party, Platt, Yang, Spencer Platt, Staten Island Advance, The New York Post, Andrew Yang, Connor Perrett


Obama-Springsteen podcast reveals a problem

If you had any doubts that podcasting had gone from fashionable to fully mainstream, you need look no further than the latest Spotify original, "Renegades: Born in the USA," for proof that they have. Hosted by former President Barack Obama and current rocker Bruce Springsteen, the show centers on a series of conversations between the two men and their experiences growing up as outsiders. It is necessarily nostalgic — neither Obama nor Springsteen has been an outsider in a very long time — and th...
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Obama and Springsteen's podcast reveals a key problem

If you had any doubts that podcasting had gone from fashionable to fully mainstream, you need look no further than the latest Spotify original, "Renegades: Born in the USA," for proof that they have. Hosted by former President Barack Obama and current rocker Bruce Springsteen, the show centers on a series of conversations between the two men and their experiences growing up as outsiders. It is necessarily nostalgic — neither Obama nor Springsteen has been an outsider in a very long time — and th...
Tags: Spotify, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Stories, Secret Service, Springsteen


Feminist Poll Asking About Kimetsu no Yaiba’s New Arc Has Most Fans Approving

Kimetsu no Yaiba has been accruing “discussion” on the Japanese side of social media ever since the announcement of its new anime season as it deals with the “red-light district arc”, with one Twitter feminist being shown what the fans really think through the results of a poll. Feminists and the usual ilk, located in […]
Tags: Politics, Internet, Feminism, Anime, Continuations, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Kimetsu, Yaiba


Biden said undocumented immigrants should have access to the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of being arrested by ICE

President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/AP Biden said undocumented immigrants should get the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of prosecution.  DHS earlier in February said ICE wouldn't be conducting enforcement near vaccination sites.  "They should not be arrested for showing up for being able to get a vaccination," Biden said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stori...
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Rand Paul is facing backlash for his anti-trans comments equating gender-affirming surgery to 'genital mutilation'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Sen. Rand Paul compared gender-affirming surgery for trans people to "genital mutilation" during a hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine, if confirmed by the Senate, will be the first openly trans official approved by the chamber. Some of Paul's Democratic colleagues sharply rebuked his remarks.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. During confirmation hearings for Dr. Rachel Levine for assistan...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Rand Paul, Transphobia, Republican, Murray, Democratic, PAUL, Schumer, Levine, Chuck Schumer, Chris Johnson


Fight for Fifteen, or Fight the Future?

Fast Food Workers of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your jobs!"At a McDonald's drive-thru in a Chicago suburb, customers may notice something different about the voice that takes their orders for Big Macs and fries. "Welcome to McDonald's, what can I get for you?" it asks in a welcoming, unmistakably feminine tone. While the voice sounds helpful, it's also stilted and monotonous enough for the average customer to figure out they're being served by a computer, not a human. It's a ...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Siri, Cnn, Chicago, Kids These Days, Alexa, Gadgetry, Tam, Don, McDonald, Richardson, White Castle, Pasadena California, Money Makes The World Go 'round, Lucy Brady McDonald


Ted Cruz engages in an online spat over Biden's HHS secretary nominee who sued the Trump administration more than 100 times

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during a Senate hearing on November 17, 2020. BILL CLARK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Ted Cruz opposes the nomination of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Cruz insists that the role should be filled by a scientist and not an attorney. Kevin M. Kruse called out Cruz for dismissing Becerra's tenure as a former congressman and current attorney general. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, well-known fo...
Tags: Politics, Texas, California, Kentucky, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Fox News, Biden, Donald Trump, Cruz, Ben Carson


From dreams of the presidency to 'Flyin' Ted': How Ted Cruz became the most ridiculed senator in US politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks out of a meeting room for the lawyers of former President Donald Trump and back to the Senate floor in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2021. Jabin Botsford - Pool/Getty Images Once touted as the next president, Ted Cruz is now one of the most controversial people in Congress. The senator is back in the spotlight after taking a trip to Mexico during a deadly winter storm. Scroll down to read more about the life and career of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Visit the Business...
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These 15 charts show the inequalities Black Americans still face

Civil rights activist Angela Davis pumps her fist in solidarity during a Juneteenth protest against police brutality as longshoremen shut down the Port of Oakland and 28 other ports along the west coast on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Oakland, California. Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images February is Black History Month. Although there's been some progress toward equality for Black Americans, there's a long way to go. From employment data to wealth, these charts look a...
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Trump wants to start a new super PAC headed by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, report says

Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Trump told political advisers this week that he plans on starting a new super PAC, Politico reports. The former president reportedly wants his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to run it. Sources said nothing is confirmed yet and that Trump could still change his mind at any moment...
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Biden to laud House passing relief bill as an important first step

President Joe Biden will praise the House of Representatives for passing his $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as an important first step when he delivers remarks Saturday morning, according to a White House official.
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The White House is beginning to look past recreational marijuana use to fill key Biden administration roles

Jamie Grill/Getty Images The Biden administration will overlook past recreational drug use to open up the pool of prospective applicants for key White House roles. Biden officials recognized that potential applicants might have difficulty securing positions without a waiver dismissing pot consumption, NBC News reported. Previous users must not use pot during their tenure in office and undergo random drug tests.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The White House on Fr...
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Biden is on the verge of making the same dangerous mistakes as the presidents before him

President Joe Biden during his inauguration at the US Capitol, January 20, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via AP President Joe Biden enters office amid simmering tensions with US foes all over the world. The costs of pursuing US global preeminence have been made clear, and it's time for US leaders to take a different path. Frank Giustra is co-chair of the International Crisis Group. Andrew Bacevich is president and cofounder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Visit the Busine...
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"President Biden has decided that the diplomatic cost of directly penalizing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is too high..."

"... according to senior administration officials, despite a detailed American intelligence finding that he directly approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident and Washington Post columnist who was drugged and dismembered in October 2018. The decision by Mr. Biden, who during the 2020 campaign called Saudi Arabia a 'pariah' state with 'no redeeming social value,' came after weeks of debate in which his newly formed national security team advised him that there was no way to formally...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, America, Qatar, Iran, United States, Biden, Yemen, Lebanon, Mohammed, Arab, Trump, Mohammed bin Salman


Biden to laud House passing Covid relief bill as an important first step to defeating Covid-19

President Joe Biden will praise the House of Representatives for passing his $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as an important first step when he delivers remarks Saturday morning, according to a White House official.
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Ron Klain emerges as a force behind the scenes -- and on Twitter

Unusually visible, involved in practically everything, and free in sharing his opinions on what has become the new administration's must-follow Twitter feed, White House chief of staff Ron Klain has emerged as the building's most central figure aside from the President himself.
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Trump begins settling scores with Republican opponents by endorsing a former aide's primary challenge to an Ohio congressman who backed impeachment

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (L) and Former President Donald Trump (R). Saul Loeb/AFP/ Pool via Getty Images Trump has endorsed Max Miller, a primary challenger running against Ohio's Rep. Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez is one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last month. Trump has indicated he would play an active role on the campaign trail during the 2022 elections.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Donald Trump endorsed former aide Max Miller in his...
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Biden White House Asks 'Trump Who?' Ahead of Speech to Conservatives

By Alexandra Alper and Jarrett RenshawWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's White House has made it clear it plans to ignore Donald Trump's...
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