White House begins talks with lawmakers on…

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package

AP source: Lawmakers threatened ahead of…

Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears

Bernie Sanders Turns Inauguration Meme Into a…

Bernie Sanders Turns Inauguration Meme Into a Sweatshirt for Charity. During President Biden's inauguration, . a photo was taken of Sanders sitting cross-legged in a chair, bundled up and wearing mittens. The image of him quickly went viral and took off as a meme. The Sanders campaign decided to capitalize on the joke with the "Chairman Sanders Crewneck.". The sweatshirt is $45 and already in high demand. Due to overwhelming demand for this item, it may be a few weeks until you receive your sweatshirt, Via berniesanders.com. All proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels Vermont

Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South…

Two White House officials say President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders

5, including pregnant woman, fatally shot in…

Indianapolis police say five people, including a pregnant woman, have been shot to death inside a home in the city

Biden to Sign Pandemic Response Executive Orders…

Biden to Sign Pandemic Response Executive Orders on 2nd Day in Office. The president will sign 10 executive orders to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. provide more coronavirus testing and reopen schools. Biden administration officials are confident they can meet their goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days, but they need funding from Congress. The pandemic response plan requires over $400 million as part of a proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package. While we will urgently execute the strategy, we do need Congress to act — and act quickly. , Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. Congress must provide the necessary funding in the Covid relief package, the American Rescue Plan, that the president will soon be sending them, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. As Biden's coronavirus team continues to evaluate the state of the vaccination program left by the Trump administration. they will start to hold regular public briefings to keep the public informed. The federal government should be the source of truth to the public to get clear, accessible and scientifically accurate information about Covid-19, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. We will be honest, transparent and straightforward with the American people to rebuild that trust, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News

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New leaders named at US-funded international…

The Biden administration has installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media

Growing number of GOP senators oppose impeachment…

A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial

Biden to Sign at Least 15 Executive Actions on…

Biden to Sign at Least 15 Executive Actions on Day One. Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. On his first day in office, the president intends to sign at least 15 executive actions reversing many of Trump's orders. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the actions are intended "to address the four crises that he's laid out.". Those crises are the economy, COVID-19, climate change and racial injustice. . Some of the major executive actions include rejoining the World Health Organization, moving to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit, advancing racial equity in federal policymaking. pushing for the immediate extension of eviction restrictions, attempting to extend student loan relief and more. In the coming days and weeks we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the President-elect's promises to the American people, .., White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement. ... including revoking the ban on military service by transgender Americans, and reversing the Mexico City policy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement

Thousands take to streets protesting Brazil's…

Thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets for a second day to call for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro

Biden attends Mass at DC church where he…

President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president

Joe Biden Is Sworn in as 46th President of the US

Joe Biden Is Sworn in, as 46th President of the US. President Joe Biden was administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday. Biden took the oath of office just two weeks after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, which he referenced in his inaugural address. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day ... democracy has prevailed, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. President Biden called for "unity" in the face of some of the most significant economic and health challenges the U.S. has ever faced. Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. The president stated, "politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path.". This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far. , President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. But we still have far to go, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. And together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. May this be the story that guides, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells age is yet to come, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'

Ex-CIA engineer tells judge he's incarcerated…

A former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says he's held in solitary confinement in an area of a jail where inmates are treated like “caged animals.”

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns…

Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous

How a US Presidential Inauguration Works

How a US Presidential Inauguration Works. The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States has been significantly scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. But presidential activities and ceremonies that we may be used to in the modern era are not laid out in the U.S. Constitution. To be sworn in as president, the Constitution states that Joe Biden must be administered the Oath of Office. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, .., Presidential Oath of Office. ... and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, Presidential Oath of Office. The chief justice of the Supreme Court usually administers the oath, but this is not required. That person needs only to be a judge. The custom is that the incoming president places their hand on a Bible, but this is also merely custom. . An inaugural address has been given by every elected president, but this too is not required. Some of the most memorable inaugural addresses were delivered by Presidents Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy. Security at Biden's inauguration is extraordinary due to the storming of the U.S. Capitol, with Washington, D.C., on lockdown. The only other time this has been the case was during Andrew Johnson's inauguration, who took office as Lincoln's assassin was still at large. Analysts of this inauguration will pay close attention to how the newly sworn-in President Biden refers to former President Trump

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Scotland's leader vows to push for second…

Scotland’s leader says she intends to hold a “legal referendum” on independence from the U.K. if she wins Scottish elections scheduled for May

Estonia to get first female PM as government deal…

Estonia’s two biggest political parties say they have clinched a deal to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history, replacing the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal earlier this month

Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as…

Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary in Historic First. President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination on Tuesday. According to the Biden-Harris transition team, if Levine's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, . she would be the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed official. Levine is currently the secretary of health for Pennsylvania. . Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. ... no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris referred to Levine as ... ... "a remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experience to help us contain this pandemic, and protect and improve the health and well-being of the American people."

New Georgia senators carry John Lewis' influence…

Six months after his death, the late civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis will retain a palpable influence in Congress

US police weigh officer discipline after rally…

Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol

Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message

Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message. The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to share a seven-minute-long farewell video addressed to the American people. She thanked those who have inspired her amid her time at the White House. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, via Twitter. I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace, Melania Trump, via Twitter. Melania also addressed the pandemic and thanked health care workers. As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all of the nurses, doctors, health care professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers and so many others who are working to save lives. , Melania Trump, via Twitter. She also seemingly referenced the attacks on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified, Melania Trump, via Twitter. The Trumps will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, . breaking a longstanding tradition symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power

Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for…

As one of his first acts, President Joe Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control

Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit…

Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on First Day in Office. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to yank the permit for TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he’s in office. . His transition team declined to comment, but three different sources have confirmed the news to 'POLITICO.'. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, declined to confirm reports as well, saying that Canada was still in favor of the cross-border permit. The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project … Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, Kirsten Hillman, via 'POLITICO'. The Keystone pipeline has been a major point of controversy for a decade. President Barack Obama delayed the project in 2015, which then-Vice President Biden supported. . During his first week in office in 2017, President Donald Trump revived the pipeline with a presidential memorandum. . Environmentalists have praised Biden’s reported plan to rescind the pipeline’s permit, saying he is showing “courage and empathy.” . President-elect Biden is showing courage and empathy to the farmers, ranchers and tribal nations who have dealt with an ongoing threat that disrupted their lives for over a decade, Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, via 'POLITICO'. On Sunday, TC Energy announced that the Keystone XL pipeline would be able to achieve net-zero emissions by 2023.

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Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters…

Rioters have set blazes in the center of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal's…

The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election

Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and…

Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and Commutations Tuesday. According to three sources in Trump's orbit, . the president is planning to issue the pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him, Source, via CNN. White collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others are expected to be granted clemency. At this time, Trump is not expected to pardon himself. Advisers reportedly said it would make him appear guilty of something, particularly after the riots at the Capitol. Many of the clemency actions are expected to be given to political allies and also revolve around criminal justice reform. . Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who was convicted of health care fraud, is one of the names expected to be included in the clemency list