Documentary on Obama White House photographer Pete Souza

Pete Souza took some of the most historically significant photos of both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama while both served as president. He talks about what it takes to be a good documenter of a President in this profile. Be sure to check out The Way I See It if you want to learn more about his interesting career. — Read the rest
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The U.S. Health Department Tried to Offer Early Vaccines to Shopping Mall Santas

America's national health agency "halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers." The Wall Street Journal reports: As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public, according t...
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This Week In Trailers: Fireball, White Noise, City Hall, Farewell Amor, The Reagans

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, we’re dealing with white supremacy, things from space crashing into the earth, a legendary documentarian debuts his latest, look at...
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US Senate votes 51-48 to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before final vote on Monday

Senate Television via AP The US Senate on Sunday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote Monday evening. The GOP defeated a Democratic filibuster by a 51-48 vote. If confirmed, Barrett would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In a rare weekend session, the US Senate on Sunday advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a fin...
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Joe Biden is doubling down on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour despite the economic downturn. It could bump paychecks for over 27 million workers.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Biden is pushing ahead with raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour even as the downturn takes a toll on small businesses. The Biden campaign hasn't laid out a timeline to implement it, and it did not respond whether it supported a House bill that would raise it to that level by 2025. Congress last raised the federal minimum wage in 2009. It's the longest stretch without a wage hike in US history. Republicans oppose it, arguing it hurts employers an...
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More than 57 million Americans have already voted, suggesting a huge voter turnout for 2020. But it's not clear who that would favor.

Voters stand in line for the first day of early voting at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston, Texas on October 13, 2020. Mark Felix for The Washington Post via Getty Images More than 57 million Americans have already voted as of Sunday, according to the US Elections Project. The Florida professor who runs the US Elections Project said it suggests a total turnout of 65%, which would be the highest since 1908. Of those to vote early, almost twice as many are registered Democra...
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Mike Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short and top advisor Marty Obst test positive for COVID-19 as the latest cases in White House orbit

Vice President Mike Pence on the campaign trail in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 23. Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, and Marty Obst, a top advisor to Pence, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Bloomberg News. Short's positive result was confirmed by Pence's office in a statement to Bloomberg. The statement said Pence has been in close contact with Short, but that the vice president would not qu...
Tags: Politics, News, White House, Trends, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Short, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mike Pence, Bloomberg News, Pence, Jennifer Jacobs, Tallahassee Florida, Lakeland, Kayleigh McEnany, Marc Short

How a mid-size construction firm used political influence, litigation, and media stunts — and secured $2 billion in Trump border wall contracts

Tommy Fisher appearing on "The Ingraham Angle" in March 2018 as part of a media blitz to promote his wall design. Fox News/YouTube Fisher Sand & Gravel has secured almost $2 billion worth of contracts to build parts of President Donald Trump's planned southern border wall. The company's prototype was publicly rejected in 2018, but after a mix of lobbying, media appearances, and pressure from Trump himself, it got the contracts anyway. Business Insider analysed Fisher's track record, and fo...
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Trump kept on declaring the US is 'rounding the turn' on COVID-19, even as it recorded its 2 worst-ever days of infections

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Airport on October 24, 2020 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump again asserted that the US is overcoming the coronavirus on Saturday — despite data showing the opposite. "Now we got to have spirit, our country. We're rounding the turn, our numbers are incredible," Trump told rallygoers in North Carolina, repeating a phrase he has used often. On Friday and Saturday ...
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Stimulus checks could take weeks or months to arrive as Pelosi and Mnuchin remain locked in negotiations

Steven Mnuchin at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in 2017. J. Scott Applewhite/AP A second round of stimulus checks could take weeks or months to arrive as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the details of another trillion-dollar stimulus bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have struggled to agree on items such as financial aid for state and local governments and protection from COVID-19 liability for employers. "The speaker, on a numb...
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Outgoing Virginia GOP congressman says 'the two-party system is really failing the American people right now'

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Virginia) speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images US Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia on Sunday lamented the state of American politics on NBC's "Meet the Press," questioning the effectiveness of the current two-party system. "I believe duopoly is really, the two-party system is really failing the American people right now," Riggleman said. Riggleman, a Republican, has been highly critical of the QAnon movement...
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Coronavirus updates: Record-setting infections sweep US as White House says pandemic won't be controlled

The rise in COVID-19 cases continues unabated, while there were more than 900 additional deaths Saturday. Hospitalizations reached a 2-month high.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House chief of staff after new round of coronavirus cases among top officials

CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after it was revealed that top aides to Vice President Pence tested positive for COVID-19. Under CDC guidelines, this development would call for Pence, who has been in close contact with them, to self-isolate. But Pence is still hitting the campaign trail.
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'What just happened with the President?': '60 Minutes' airs Lesley Stahl's contentious Trump interview

"60 Minutes" aired Lesley Stahl's contentious President Trump White House interview, which Trump ended abruptly claiming the questions were not fair.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Report: If re-elected, Trump will immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray

Should President Trump win a second term, he plans on immediately firing FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people who have discussed the matter with Trump told Axios. Trump is also expected to quickly replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. They aren't the only three people on the chopping block, the sources said, but are at the top of the list. One official said Trump hasn't fired any of them because of the optics of doing this before the election.Haspel and ...
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Senate GOPers Vote To Advance Trump SCOTUS Pick’s Final Confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. The vote was 51-48. Barrett’s confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans mostly united in support behind President Donald Trump’s pick. But Democrats were poised to keep the Senate in session into the night in attempts to stall, arguing that the N...
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Ocasio-Cortez: No problem with Biden's lack of support for fracking ban, would be 'privilege' to lobby him

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's edition of State of the Union that she feels strongly about the need to ban fracking in the United States, but she's not letting that get in the way of her efforts to help former Vice President Joe Biden defeat President Trump in the upcoming election.Biden, she said, has "made very clear" that he disagrees with a fracking ban, but she says it would be a "privilege" to lobby him on the issue in the future. Howe...
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What we know about Marc Short, other senior aides to Vice President Pence testing positive for coronavirus

As coronavirus cases surge, a new wave of infections appears to have hit the White House too, as members of Pence's staff test positive for COVID-19.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Pence to continue campaigning despite a COVID-19 outbreak that's hit at least 4 of his staff

Vice President Mike Pence on the campaign trail in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 23. Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning even after at least four of his staff tested positive for the coronavirus, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN on Sunday. Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, and Marty Obst, a top advisor to Pence, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Bloomberg News. Short's positive resu...
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‘If you bring Florida home this thing’s over.’ Obama makes surprise Miami Springs stop

Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Miami Springs on Saturday, stopping by the small, majority Latino city to motivate local campaign workers for Democratic nominee Joe Biden before they headed out to knock on doors.
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‘Sue If You Must’: Lincoln Project Fires Back At Ivanka And Jared Over Billboards Threat

The Lincoln Project issued a scathing response to a threat from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s lawyer to sue the anti-Trump Republican group for its billboards installed in Times Square featuring the two White House senior advisers smiling alongside body bags and figures that reflect the country’s alarming COVID-19 fatality rate. On Friday, Marc Kasowitz, an attorney representing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner demanded that the Lincoln Project take down the “false, malicious and defamatory” ...
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A White House lawyer reportedly tried to get The Wall Street Journal to scoop Hunter Biden's emails

The Wall Street Journal published a short article Thursday night on Hunter Biden's business dealings that concluded: "Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden." The same night, the Journal published an opinion piece that asserted the Democratic presidential nominee had been aware of and/or involved in his son's business endeavors, about 24 hours after Breitbart News published a statement from a former Hunter Biden business partner, Tony Bobulinksi....
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Trump will take advantage of the UK's 'weakness' after Brexit if re-elected, warns Britain's former ambassador to the US

President Donald Trump at the final presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Pool Exclusive: Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Britain's former ambassador to the US, tells Business Insider that President Trump will try to 'take advantage' of the UK's weakness after Brexit if re-elected. Boris Johnson enjoys a warm personal relationship with the president, but the White House has adopted an in...
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Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal. Trump, as he said he would, tilted the Supreme Court further to the right with confirmation of two conservative justices and likely a third, Amy Coney Barrett, in the coming days. Trump has managed to undermine President Barack Obama’s health care law, but has fallen ...
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'Of course not': McConnell responds to questions about whether there are health issues the public should be warned about concerning his bruised hands

Photos of bruises on Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell's hands and mouth raised concerns about his health on social media. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images After photos of his bruised hands raised concerns about his health, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he does not have health issues.  When asked if there are any health concerns the public should know about, he answered "of course not" and said the bruises raise "no concerns," CNN reported.  His mouth had appe...
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Jared and Ivanka threaten lawsuit over Times Square billboards

President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, both top White House aides, are threatening to sue a group of anti-Trump Republicans for posting billboard ads in New York City's Times Square linking them to the country's almost 225,000 coronavirus deaths. A lawyer representing Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, made the threat on Friday in a letter to the Lincoln Project, calling the ads "false, malicious and defamatory" and saying they constituted "outrageous and shameful libel." ...
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Trump tells GOP donors that holding Senate will be 'tough' – report

* Washington Post reports remarks before Nashville debate * President also said he ‘just can’t’ help some GOP senators * How ending Obamacare would kill Fauci plan to conquer HIVShortly after Donald Trump insisted to reporters in Ohio he expected a “red wave” on election day, 3 November, it was reported on Saturday that he told Republican donors this week it would be “tough” for the party to hold on to the Senate.Trump trails Joe Biden in most national and battleground state polls. Democrats h...
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Trumpworld Boosts Pence’s ‘Essential Worker’ Excuse Amid Aides Contracting COVID

Trumpworld echoed Vice President Mike Pence’s “essential worker” rationale on Sunday as justification for the VP staying on the campaign trail, despite a COVID-19 outbreak among his aides within weeks of figures in Trump’s orbit contracting the novel coronavirus. In a statement issued on Saturday, Devin O’Malley, press secretary for Pence, confirmed that Pence chief of staff Marc Short recently tested positive for COVID-19. According to the New York Times, a person briefed on the diagnosis sai...
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Trump planning to axe top security chiefs in White House shake-up if re-elected — report

President reportedly planning clearout of officials seen as disloyal to his administration
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America's massive unpaid rent problem could have been avoided if every unemployed person received federal UI benefits and $1,200 stimulus, study says

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows that had every unemployed American received the extra $600 per week in unemployment insurance payments, on top of stimulus, then just 125,000 households would be behind on their rental payments by December. This research comes as millions of Americans could face eviction when the national moratorium implemented by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expires at the end of 2020. Even...
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